Thursday, May 18, 2017

How Was May So Busy?

It's already the MIDDLE OF THE MONTH!!  How??

I keep reading on Facebook how everyone is crunched in May and I'm like, "Yes, exactly!"  Minus that I don't have school age kids, or graduations, or end of year projects, field trips, parties or anything like that.  Everyone is so busy from the school year wrapping up.

I'm at stay-at-home-mama/work once a week nurse with two boys 21 months and younger...maybe I am just mentally preparing for the future Mays in our future of craziness??  Anyway, I think this is just a wild month for a lot of people winding down most regular year rhythms and prepping for the summer.

I have been hunting for summer activities on Pinterest.  I want a mix of fun/kindness/serving/free and will be planning all of that this weekend.  Here is a list I found and I'm already making lists to build up our craft closet and tactile bags:

I'll photo dump the rest of this post but for now I'll just have to remember our last few weeks in list-form!  In May we have...

Visited Children's ER
Visited Children's Neurology center for Baby's EEG
Had well child checks, 1 round of vaccines
Caseworker visited
GAL visited
Weekly bio parent visits
Girl's night at Village Tavern
Court hearing, gained legal custody of Baby Boy
I spoke at MOPS tea/testimony meeting
Finished a bathroom remodel
Finished staining the banisters on our stairs
Hosted 2 of our favorite people for a week
Hosted a baby shower
Hosted a BBQ for 40 people
Went to new parks
Visited the Children's Museum Denver
Visited the Museum of Nature and Science
Celebrated Mother's Day
Went to a job interview/was offered the job/accepted! (future post!)
Started doing 10 minutes of yoga in the morning pre-boys waking up
Prioritizing a quiet time FIRST thing in the morning pre-boys waking up
Planted a small garden
Bustled around normal life

We have some good things coming up this week-our final MOPS meeting, a playdate, visiting family and one of our favorite weekly activities: walking to church on Sunday morning.  I hope you have a good week too!

We have had CRAZY weather here.  Today it's snowing and last week we had a hail storm that was SO bad!  Both boys got to wear warm winter hats when we went outside

On a nicer day, Ryan wore baby for lawn chores

At one of our many doctor's appointments

Baby Boy working on sitting up!  He still is like the leaning tower of Pisa so I don't leave him alone sitting but he's getting there!

Sweet baby at his EEG.  They hooked up 20 different electrodes to his head and then went to sleep.  He slept hard because we had to keep him awake for 4.5 hours.  If you know anything about 5 month olds, they don't like to be awake longer than about 2 hours. It was painful for everybody involved!

Two boys in their high chairs!  Baby Boy starts solids next month and Giddy will show him the ropes

A house warming gift of planted herbs from our dear friend Maggie

It compliments our little garden.  We're growing cucumbers, green bell peppers, yellow bell peppers and tomatoes.  I want to get a pumpkin in the other planter but this crazy snow makes me glad I didn't do that yet!

Gideon playing at a nearby park.  We are so blessed to have the best parks and splash pads near our home-it will keep this boy busy all summer

Bathroom remodel sneak peek!!  We need to get a mirror obviously and some shelves and few decorations.  I absolutely love how it turned out-clean and bright just like I wanted

Just a boy and his hose

On Tuesday Gram kept Baby Boy so Gideon and I could have a Mama/Gid date to the Children's Museum.  He played so hard and had the best time!

We explored every inch of that place including the outdoor park

Gideon is the silliest, funniest, most unique little guy we know.  He insisted on wearing his dress shoes with his diaper.  And he also insisted on getting in Baby's crib and then screamed bloody murder when I put him in there HA!  

Gid loves crafts and art almost as much as he loves being outside.  He can paint and color for a solid 30 minutes!

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Baby Boy 5 Month Update

Age: 5 months

Oh man this baby boy has been through a lot in the past 4 weeks!  4 trips to his primary care doctor, a trip to the ER, 2 x-rays, an upper GI scope and a trip to Children's Neurology for an EEG and sleep study.  Oh and he switched to a hypoallergenic dairy-free formula for his belly. Poor guy!  What's so interesting is that all of those trips were clustered pretty closely and now here mid-May he seems to be sailing along a little more smoothly.  He's had several good days in a row and we are praying that momentum keeps up for him.  Baby Boy loves to laugh when he feels good, is working very hard to roll over and is as fat as ever with all his chunky thigh rolls!  We love this boy.

Weight: 17.5 lbs

Length: ~25.5 inches (he'll get measured in June again)

Sizes: He is wearing 6-9 month clothes in all sizes.  We love to put him in shorts :)  He wears 12 month socks and size 3 or 4 diapers. His belly is so large size 4's just seem to fit better.

Eyes: Blue.  He gets a lot of compliments on his beautiful little eyes and is always busy observing someone or something.

Hair: Still red (thank goodness!).  It's getting longer up top and he has a hilarious cowlick at the front of his head that's so cute.  He's still pretty bald in the back.

Sleeping:  My little angel sleeping boy.  Baby Boy makes sure to get good sleep in or else he wouldn't have the energy for all of his crazy activities lately!  He gets up around 6:00 am usually (although he slept in until 7:45 am yesterday!).  Then back down for a 1 hour nap at 8:00 am.  Next nap is around 11:30 am and this is his long one for about 1.5-2 hours.  His last nap is just a kitty nap at 3:30 ish.  He goes to bed around 6:30 pm and goes down easily.  He's easily sleeping 8+ hour stretches without a peep.  I'm SO thankful for his ability to do that.

Eating: Oh eating.  The ER trip was for refusing to eat for an alarming amount of time and extreme pain he was showing us when eating. They thought briefly he might be silently aspirating, have a mass or fistula, or just severe GERD.  Nothing conclusive has been found yet. We switched him to a hypoallergenic dairy-free formula and about 3 weeks on that now we are finally seeing some significant progress in his willingness to accept a bottle with ease, eat peacefully, and spit-up less.  We tried 2 other formulas before this and several anti-colic/reflux bottles. But this seems to be what helps!  He eats about 6 oz every 4 hours during the day, an 8 oz bottle at bedtime and a small "snack" around 10:00 pm for his dream feed.

Milestones/Words: He is much more tolerant of tummy time, can sit propped with a few pillows and he's really working those legs to prep for crawling!  Baby is squawking, cooing, and babbling much more.  He has a deep voice and his signature chuckle is to die for! There is one particular butterfly toy attached to his jumperoo that he will focus on so intently and not give up until he has his fat hand grasped around it.  He's so determined and sweet!

Memorable Outings:  Well outside of all of his medical outings we have been able to go to the Museum of Nature and Science, City Park in Denver, host playdates at our home and venture to the library

Favorite toys/activities:  His favorites include bouncing in his jumperoo, shaking his big ball/rattle, putting anything into his mouth, holding his soft turquoise hippo, and being propped up like a big kid to sit.  He also loves to be rocked in our rocking chairs our back with a blanket over him in the evenings.  He loves his carrier and helping Ryan with any and all chores

Funny Moments: He thinks it is too funny when Ryan surprises him by saying "HI SIR!" in a loud, silly voice.  It makes him laugh and laugh.  

Looking forward to:  This baby feeling good and knowing what it's like to not have pain/distress with eating.  His bio mama's pregnancy was not a healthy or safe one and Baby came out with so many complications.  I look forward to him continuing to grow and put more time between him and his withdrawal/painful days.  He deserves to feel good!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Things of April

So far my Monday is on the right track because BOTH boys are napping at the exact same time.  THANK YOU JESUS AND ALL THE ANGELS!  

Baby Boy transitioned over to a pack n' play (temporarily until we can locate his crib hardware in a random box we are still unpacking) and is rocking it.  He slept 8 uninterrupted hours last night in it, first try.  What??!

Gid is worn out from a morning of lego building, painting, play-doh, digging, and running around outside.  Whenever he goes down for nap still smelling like dirt and sunscreen despite my best efforts to clean him, I know he'll sleep like a rock :)

Life has felt pretty rushed the last few weeks.  We pretty much renovated our home while both working and caring for 2 little boys. They each had wicked colds 2 weeks ago and Gideon a double ear infection.  They both seem to have runny noses/coughs yet again today.  We actually spent 7 long hours at the ER with Baby Boy Friday night because he was having such difficulty and pain eating-maybe related to his past sickness or another problem altogether.  No answers after several tests but he seems to be doing a bit better the last day or so.

Sunday night we folded laundry while we watched Parks & Recreation and that felt really nice to just sit on the couch and not be painting/cleaning/fixing/unpacking something.  Slow down, April!   Here are some pics of our last few weeks:

Gid is very into creating and art these days and especially painting.  He is very meticulous and loves for me to show him his masterpieces later in the day when it's dried.  He smiles very proudly!

Gid had several friends over for a playdate last week and they all spent their few hours together digging together.  So sweet!

Family Saturday afternoon walk resulted in finding some tulips

I need to post our house pics when I can get it tidied up a reasonable amount!  To add a little color to the walls I have been framing Gideon's art work and throwing it in next to our favorite pictures.  And to the right are our new painted kitchen cabinets!  I'm dying for some new countertops and backsplash but for now we are enjoying having the orange-y oak gone and new white on top and navy on bottom

These are all Gideon's pictures he took 100% on his own.  The first is a masterpiece!  The next ones less so, and I think there were about 20 in a row on my phone mostly pics of up his nose

On Sunday after church and naps, Ryan and Gid went out to ice cream for a daddy-son date.  They got frozen yogurt with any topping Gideon wanted (cookie dough, sprinkles, butterfinger, etc) and then to a park to play.  That one-on-one time for Gid with each of us is SO important.  

One thing we really needed in the midst of moving, renovating and taking care of two little boys is a date night.  Our friend Jayni's birthday party was Saturday night so my mom generously babysat so we could go!  It was at a little brewery with lawn games, a food truck and good friends.  The whole night really filled us up.

Just a few more Giddy shots.  I love to see his cheeseball smiles and creative mind churning day-to-day.  These shots capture our best moments but believe my when I say there is plenty of tantrums, crying, jealousy, discipline, and parent-fails.  Two little boys 20 months and younger stretches me and it's growing our whole family.  We need Jesus more everyday!

Poor Baby makes it into so few pictures these days!  He's been taking longer naps and when he is up he really just wants to be held so my arms are not free with a camera.  He's a sweet, chunky fellow who we love!

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

1 Peter 1:18-19

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Easter 2017

 We had a full weekend of Easter celebrations!  Saturday morning I worked, but Gid, Baby Boy and Ry headed to a massive Easter egg hunt in the park with friends.  Gid found a golden egg and therefore earned a plastic frog that hops, ha!  It sounded like he just wanted to explore the field and not really egg hunt for long.

 That afternoon we had dinner with my parents.  They made an Easter ham dinner and even delivered it to our house where we all ate together on our back porch.  We really value our outdoor space and spend hours out there each day.  Everyone opened up Easter baskets, Giddy hunted for eggs and we played in the yard since the weather was gorgeous.

Sunday we WALKED to church!  One gift about our new house is that a wonderful church is an 8 minute walk from our doorstep.  So after a morning of breakfast, the boys opening their 2nd of 3rd Easter baskets (spoiled!!), we loaded up the bus double-stroller and headed out.

The church service was really special.  The title was The Spirit Is On Me and we loved every second of it.  We invited Baby Boy's bio parents to come with us ( that was awkward, joyful, tense, gladdening) and I think they enjoyed being there.  The pastors are welcoming, the church atmosphere is laid back plus coffee and donut holes makes anyone feel at home.  Please pray for bio's and their experience at church last weekend!

My mom found this bunny cake that Gideon got VERY excited about.  And Gideon with his own special lawn chair that was a part of his basket

Gramps and Baby Boy.  Baby was eyeing that cake hardcore!

Giddy hunted very seriously for some eggs.  I think he understood what he was doing and had fun!

Grams make the best egg hunting partners

My mom does not joke around with Easter baskets.  They were loaded!  Gideon's was outdoor themed so he got gardening tools, his lawn chair, sunscreen, a hat, dirt cake mix and many other goodies!  Plus he received a giant bunny from us and he loves to lounge on "Big Bunny" all day long

A spiffy Daddy and spiffy Giddy

Family shot--poor Baby was asleep

There isn't much that attracts more attention that two little boys in bow ties

Easter afternoon we headed to Ryan's parents for dinner.  Most of the Decker cousins were there and they hunted for their baskets, we all had dinner, and then we headed it home because the boys were tired, Gideon was hopped up on sugar, and ready for bed after such a great day

 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all

Acts 4:33


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