Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!


And hello you sweet baby Monster

We dressed Gideon up as Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc.  His Grandma Decker found him this costume and I have to say it is the most scrumptious thing I've ever seen!! 

I think it's the horns that get me.

Our Halloween plans include dinner with friends and passing out candy.  I'm sure this little monster will be asleep early but I love dressing him up for now and enjoying how totally adorable he looks.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Some October Life

October has been full, sometimes challenging, and full of abundant joy at our house! 

#1.  We got a new nephew!  

My sister and brother-on-law welcomed their first son, baby Jay, on October 17 just one day after her due date (thank goodness!).  This perfect little man weighed 7 lbs 1 oz.  He is the absolute CUTEST thing.  My favorite parts of him are his abundance of dark, soft hair and his husky little newborn voice.  He is the best!
Yes, he smells as good as he looks.  I just gobble him up when I see him!!

#2.  Sleep challenges

I like to think stepping into mamahood has been very natural and joyful for me.  I truly love it!  But my biggest challenge as a new mama in the past few weeks is sleep.  Our son is LEGIT and pretty much perfect in every way (says his mama ;) ) BUT sleep is something he is still working to get better at.  He went through a pretty long growth spurt in the last 2 weeks and therefore the naps were far and few between for him, unless he was in our arms or in his moby wrap, and he was up every 1.5-2 hours all through the nights.

I felt like I had a newborn again.  

I was SO exhausted at one point I told Ryan my head felt like it was swimming and it was hard to even focus my eyes.  It was sleep deprivation to the extreme.  I was just stressed and tired from the poor sleep habits of my baby boy.  And that felt hard.  I'm thankful that he's progressed a lot the last few nights to a long 4 hour stretch at night and then he usually does 2-3 hour chunks for the rest of the night.  But man, am I a hot mess without plenty of sleep.

We are learning how to manage my stress when sleep is hard to come by and how Ryan can support me in the evenings so I'm able to be present the next day.  Many times my husband will send me in for a bath with a glass of wine and a book and that makes a lot of things much better :)  My man is the best.


#3. Cousins!

Gideon has a lot of Decker cousins (7 to be exact) and now 1 Thunell cousin!  In this picture Gideon is ~13.5 lbs and my sweet little Jay is ~7 lbs.  Ack my heart!!!  They are so yummy. 

I love seeing Gid with all his cousins, that is such a special relationship and I know he will grow up well loved by them all.

My son looks like a miniature Grandpa...high sweatpants and a balding head.

#4. Breastfeeding

 As aspect of mamahood that has come VERY easy has been breastfeeding.  And I think it's the most amazing, miraculous, special thing in the whole world.  Breastfeeding for President!

How is it even possible that I grew this chubbo in my uterus and THEN can sustain his life and grow his little self with my body?!  It's just too cool.  Anytime someone comments on how chubby/porky/fat/rolly/huge my son is, it makes my heart swell with pride.  I take it as the highest compliment because my body is so freakin cool to make milk and grow my boy!

My name is Gideon and I am a milkie monster.

#5 Fall!!

Ahhh I love this time of year so much.  Gideon and the doodles and I went on a walk just yesterday morning and it was the most perfect fall weather.  Overcast, just cool enough for a light jacket, and plenty of crunchy leaves to step in.  I wrapped up my plump little muffin in his moby wrap and we headed out.

It's so sweet to indulge in my favorite season with a Gideon.  Between walks, sipping decaf coffee while we nurse and read, going to a pumpkin patch, dressing up for Halloween, or making a big pot of's all even more wonderful this year with Gideon here. I do have my fall decorations up but need to get a picture and post them!

So life is good here!  We are learning and being humbled everyday.  I'm thankful for a supportive husband, a sweet, healthy son, and that life is just GOOD.

What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?

Psalm 116:12

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Gideon: 2 month update

 Age: 2 months!  He is such a big boy!  At 2 months we can really see and enjoy how independent and social he is.  He really like to be involved with social settings and knows when the fun is happening but he likes to check in with mom especially every once in awhile since big crowds are a lot of work for a cute boy!  This is such a fun age.  Yes, he still sleeps a lot but when he's awake we have the best times.

Weight: 13 lbs 6 oz which puts him in the 75% percentile for this category

Length: 24 inches which puts him in the 74% percentile for height.  Also his head is in the 89% which I just love--my smart boy!!

Sizes (diapers, onesies):  Size 1 diapers and he consistently wears 3-6 month onsies and clothes.  Some just 6 month clothes fit him just fine which is blowing my mind!  He is so tall and solid, this kid!  A lot of times I can't even get the onsies buttoned up on the 0-3 month outfits.

Eyes:  Still blue, blue, blue!  Oh his eyes are so dreamy.  They just sparkle and they are so big.  He gets a lot of compliment on his swoony blue eyes and I'm practically beating the old ladies away in the grocery store.

Hair:  RED!!!!  Thank goodness this color hasn't changed.  My mama heart would be so sad.  It's pretty thick in the back (and the softest thing you have ever felt!) and it's coming in a little more now on top.  Right now he looks like he has some male pattern baldness going on but those hairs on top are just so light! 

Sleeping:  His sleep just keeps improving each week.  Some nights are harder but most nights he goes 4 hours, then two more 2-3 hours stretches.  He sleeps about 16 hours a day and we are working on doing longer naps during the day.  He likes little cat naps in the morning and then two longer ones in the afternoon.  We transitioned him out of his swing and into his crib mostly because he's just too dang tall to fit in the swing any longer!  After the first night of having lots of frequent wake-ups, he is officially a big boy crib sleeper and we are so proud of him!

Eating:  The kid clearly likes to eat based on his awesome stats!  He chows down every ~2 hours during the day.  Sometimes because he's hungry, sometimes just a comfort nurse is all he needs.  We are on-demand feeders so when he wants it, he gets it.  Keeps things simple.

Milestones:  He is very interactive and smiles when he sees mom or dad and when we interact with him.  He is holding up his neck with a lot of strength and we rarely support it anymore unless he just gets tired.  He knows when he is about to get fed and gets very excited!  During tummy time he follows toys or books with his eyes and seems to engage when we "play".  I'm so pleased with what a bright, interactive kid he is. 

Memorable outings:  We do a "playdate" a week meaning I get together with one of my friends and we drink coffee and gab while Gideon and his little friends lay on the floor or something haha  We did take a pretty long trip up to Eaton a few weekends ago for a friend's baby shower.  It was memorable in that my 8 week old screamed the. whole. way.  2 hours and 20 minutes people.  You can't make that up.  UGH!  And there was awful traffic so it took literally double the time.  Gideon really doesn't like the car but he really enjoys our destinations once we arrive.

All my girls at the baby shower!  They made the miserable drive SO worth getting there.  I had Gideon in August, Ashley (back row 3rd from the right) is due on Friday, Amanda (front row 2nd from the right) is due in December, and Alissa (back row far right) is due in February!  We were all exactly 8 weeks apart in our due dates form the next one.   Love them all.

Favorite toys/activities:  He loves walks outside whether in his moby wrap or in the stroller.  He seems to really enjoy the grocery stores because of all the lights and sounds and people.  

We read together every single day and do a music time which means I put on Baby Einstein on Pandora and we sing while I move his arms and legs around.  He seems to not mind tummy time too much as long as it's 5 minutes or less and will happily stare at soft blocks and his toys.  Gideon LOVES talking and will share about his day with you if you just face him towards you and ask questions-so cute!

Words/sounds:  He is quieting down a little at night (used to be SO noisy in his sleep) but he is still a very talkative baby.  I love that about him.  He coo's, gaa's, goo's, and makes the best noises.  He has a little high pitched giggle that's pretty short and I can't wait to hear a full out laugh!

Nicknames:  Giddy Bear, Giddy Up, Gid, Giddy, Itty Giddy Titty Monster with the tiny hiney (he won't be embarrassed of that at all when he's older...), G, Peanut, Sweet Thing, Mister, Man Cub

Funny moments:  We laugh when he poops because he is VERY concentrated and gets the absolute funniest look on his face.  We also laugh becuase Ryan and I try very very hard to get smiles out of him.  We just love to see them.  So we will spend minutes just being silly and trying to coax a smile, sometimes to no avail.  But put him in a little bouncer seat for 5 minutes and he's laughing at some shiny screw he can see in the pole or he's smiling at the lamp.  Geeze.  

Looking forward to:  I can't wait to see this little keep chunking up and growing.  His face changes everyday.  I see more of his personality blossom and it's an honor to get to take care of him and how he is uniquely built.  I look forward to seeing his strengths and passions come out and find out what makes him tick.  And MORE smiles--those dimples are like crack...I'm addicted!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Fall Family Photos!

My talented (and 38 week preggo!) sister, Lindsay, snapped some family photos for us on Saturday.  They turned out so beautifully!!  It was a super overcast day so the lighting was really nice.  She did such an outstanding job even thought Giddy was pretty bummed to be cold.  We warmed him up in between shots and he was a great sport about it. Poor bubba!  But Lindsay worked around his sadness and caught some really nice shots.

Fall is my favorite time of year so it seems to be becoming a tradition to have them done in October.  Plus its so fun to see how much our lives have changed in just 1 year.

On the right was us in 2014 and then of course here we are in 2015.  WOW!  I could never have dreamed we would have this perfect, sweet baby in our arms just 1 year later.  God is so good.

Here are a few more pictures capturing the day.  We did a few Christmas ones but I'll save those for a couple months until it's the right season to post!

We took these shots on our favorite trail in Golden.  The leaves were changing and it was the most perfect October day.

My favorite shot of them all!

Haha!  This is a terrible picture of our little bubba but I thought he looked so chubby and yummy with his cheeks and tie

I just love how squished his fat face looks.  He is the sweetest little baby boy!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Joy Bombs!

Here are a few things that just overwhelm us with joy lately...

Joy Bomb #1: Drying our own fruit!

We have started drying our own fruit in a dehydrator Ryan's mom got us.  So far we have dried peaches and green apples.  They are such a delicious, healthy snack and so easy to throw into trail mixes!  What else can you dry?

I've heard bananas and pineapple and we will make elk and deer jerky once Ryan hunts this year...other ideas?

Joy Bomb #2:  Gideon in a collared onsie

He is SO yummy this one!!!  There are the cutest little overalls that go over this onsie that my mom got him.  He made all the girl babies that saw him schwoon!

Joy Bomb #3:  Quiet times and MOPS

This a s 2-for-1.  I find that if I feed my little chunky monkey and then moby wrap him up nice and snug I can get just about anything done in the morning.  So I've tried to set aside some chunk of time (even 5 minutes!) to getting in the Word and read the new devotional I received.

The devotional is from MOPS which is another new activity I look forward to!  I joined the one in Golden and it's a phenomenal group of women.  We get together twice a month for encouragement, community, sometimes a speaker, food, and connection.  I'm thrilled to be a part of it as a new mom!

Joy Bomb #4:  Red hair!

I kiss this rolly little neck all day and touch those soft baby hairs every chance I get.  I love Gideon's red hair and I hope it stays that way forever!!

Joy Bomb #5:  Getting to see Ryan be a Dad

It's been one of the greatest joys of bringing our little man home.  Gideon happens to adore his Daddy and often time settles down when he is upset much faster with Ryan than he does with me.  These two are two peas in a pod.  They have the same eyes, nose, expressions, adorable's Ryan's mini-me!

 It makes my heart just swell seeing Ryan spend time with Gid and pour into him.  I hope Gideon grows up to be just like his Daddy, that would be a complete parenting success in my opinion!

Joy Bomb #6:  Community

There are A LOT of people who are in love with our little Gideon.  We have had friends and family pouring in the last 6 weeks to bring us food and support but more than anything to meet Gideon.  And everyone is so sweet with him.

Nothing makes a better visit than when people are just crazy for our boy.  It's a joy to see the people we love most in the world holding him close and caring for him.  Our hearts are just brimming after those kinds of visits.

We have tremendous joy these last few weeks for so many reasons.  We often tell the Lord, we don't know what we did to deserve such good gifts and a rich life!  His grace is overwhelmingly undeserved and sweet.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13


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