I feel like I have to do these enormous dump posts because:
A. My time is limited
B. I never have internet access
C. I'm tired
D. All of the above!
D would be correct!!
I do love blogging but it's just not a weekly habit for me right now. But I want to keep track of what we have been up to because like I've said 1,001 times here, it's such a blessing to back and reflect on our life over the years.
Anyway, we have been both busy and slow at times. It just depends on the day. Some days are nothing but snuggles, naps, and house chores. Other days we are out with friends, seeing grandparents, running errands or at MOPS. This last week Ryan had a work conference at a retreat center called Glen Eyrie and Giddy and I were lucky enough to go with him! We packed up our car (how can one baby require so much stuff?!) and headed out.
The retreat was beautiful. Set in the CO Springs mountains and in a historic castle. There wasn't a TV in our room or much in the way of internet so Giddy and I took lots of naps, walked, explored the castle, and rested. I also complained plenty to Ryan about no internet because I wanted to watch Master Chef :(
Overall it was 3 days well spent; Ryan attended some really informative, interesting sessions for his work and I think the family trip was memorable.
Isn't the castle gorgeous? The food was AMAZING, the weather was so nice, and I got some quality Giddy time
In between walks and naps we took baths (love hotels and their unlimited hot water) and used the moby wrap to walk all over the grounds
There was wildlife everywhere! Wild turkeys, deer, and big horned sheep
Let's see what else have we been up to...
Well these two are wonderful! Ryan is such an involved, caring Dad. He loves Gideon so much and so well. He spends time with him, plays guitar and sings for him, changes diapers, and so much more. Gideon is blessed out of his mind to have Ryan Decker be his Dad!!
I love watching these two interact, Gid is SUCH Ryan's mini-me. Sometimes Gideon will furrow his eyebrows or get a certain look on his face and it's like I'm staring right at Ryan. Cracks me up every single time.
We are cloth diapering maniacs! I've been using some second hand bum genius diapers for the last few months and while I love them, they are a size small and Gid is popping out of them. We have also used Alva's and aren't quite as pleased with them but the company is sending a new batch to replace what's not working well.
Anyway, Ryan went online and found a KILLER clearance deal on new bum genius diapers so it was Christmas come early for me!!! Wahoo!!! I ADORE these new diapers. They were an investment up front but in the long run are saving us so much dang money on disposables.
Cloth diapers for president!
Look at all those pretty new diapers!
Last week, Gideon, Linny, Jay, and I all headed to the mall to finish up some Christmas shopping for our parents/grandparents. A trip to the mall with a 3 month old and a 4 week old was an adventure! There were lots of pit stops for each of us to nurse our babes and I think overall everyone did really well! It's nice to get out of the house and being with another new mama always makes me more brave.
Overall, there was no crying or melt downs and the babies did great too ;)
Oh, what's that? Why yes, Gideon is actually 3 months going on 13 years old. How does he look like a dang teenager here?! Ack!
Dear Gideon, Please wear hoodies with bear ears forever. Love, Your Mom
Ryan will totally make fun of me for posting this picture but I am SO proud of my breastmilk supply! Every day when I file away another bag in my freezer storage I ask him if he wants to come oogle at the amazingness of what my body is creating and he always replies, "No, I don't want to look at your breastmilk again"
Oh husband. He's actually very supportive but I do brag on my body a lot to him so he's allowed to not want to look at it 10 times a day. Seriously though, I need to start selling this liquid gold on the black market for some big bucks! Or donate it and do the noble thing to help thirsty babies who actually need it. Either way, I've got almost 200 oz saved up and I'm a freakin lactating machine!
Then you have this smiley little boy! He is the absolute best thing in the whole world. Every day is not perfect or smooth as the pictures would sometimes lead you to believe but 99% of the time this kid is absolute perfection wrapped up in a lot of chub and rolls.
Gideon is the absolute light of our lives. Sometimes I think my heart will just burst wide open with love for this tiny human. He is so dang legit.
How did someone ever have such a great smile? He has the best on in all the lands
As for me, I have been working on some on-line modules and tests to get ready for starting work ASAP. I want to be orienting for my new Pediatric RN position in December and hopefully working 1 day a week later in December or January.
I escaped to Starbucks after Gideon went to bed this evening and cranked out some medication tests, safety quizzes, and lots of other important information. All this fascinating, wonderful RN info is coming back to me and re-igniting my passion for nursing. I can't wait to get going!
Well that should wrap up this enormously long post for now! Have a great week homies and stay safe in the snow!