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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Gideon 20 Month Update

Age: 20 months

How will we have a real life 2 year old Gideon this year?!  Our minds are blown.  I've probably typed it before, but this is totally the best age yet.  He's chatty, more independent, curious, feeling some big feelings, has so many preferences, and is still hilarious.  We love who he is and who he continues to become!

Weight: 26 lbs

Length: 33 inches

Sizes: 24 month clothing, some of it is getting tight.  2T shirts.  He's a size 4-5 shoe and size 4-5 diaper

Eyes: Still blue and so beautiful

Hair: Gid is definitely a strawberry blonde these days.  His hair lightens up more each day because we spend so much time outside.  I like to still think of him as my redhead but he's headed in the blonde direction fast

Sleeping:  He goes to bed around 7:15 pm every night after a bath, bedtime snack (usually cherrios, yogurt and sliced banana), brushed teeth, a bedtime story and prayers.  He wakes up maybe 1-2 times per night and will gulp water when we go in to comfort him.  Mostly he sleeps through the night and wakes up about 6:00 am.  He naps at 12:00 pm for about 2 hours.

Eating: Ryan and I have said that Gideon FINALLY seems to enjoy eating. Eating was always a big struggle with Gideon.  He just wasn't interested and would eat the tiniest amounts you can imagine.  Now he is truly seeing how delicious food is and seems eat a lot.

His favorite foods are anything sweet (his sweet tooth is ridiculous!), cupcakes, french toast, whipped cream, yogurt, ice cream, larabars with peanut butter, banana, tomatoes, applesauce, french fries and chicken nuggets

Milestones/Words: His vocabulary is growing by the day. His newest words are Papa, fish, milk, water, "nana" for banana, bird, bread, vest, bear, this, three, milk, water, and ABC. He puts away his dishes from the dishwasher, loads laundry in the washer, throws a piece of garbage away, helps feed baby, walks down stairs with less assistance, points to just about any body part you ask him, and feeds himself totally independently.  SO big! 

Memorable Outings:  He had a double sleepover at Grandma Decker's house.  He went to open gym with Gram and we adventured to the zoo and museum with our membership passes.  Our biggest adventure everyday has been exploring our new backyard and neighborhood on long walks.

Favorite toys/activities:  Being outside!  Oh this child loves the outdoors and anything to do with water, mud, rocks, digging, sand, trees, bugs etc.  He likes to watch Frozen (loves Olaf and hates the scary snow monster), do the hand motions to "Twinkle Twinkle", play with this cars, read books, put his animals to bed and snuggle with big pillows and soft blankets.  Real live animals are his absolute favorite--any cat is pretty much the coolest thing in the world to Gideon.  He also LOVES walking anywhere-the library, museum and zoo are the best places to take long walks and learn along the way

Funny Moments: Just last week Gid and I had an afternoon just the two of us.  We spent over an hour exploring his toys, reading, and me tickling Gideon while he belly laughed non-stop.  He is SO ticklish under those little armpits and under his chin.  He just laughed and laughed.

Looking forward to:  A summer of Giddy fun!  We have so much to do this summer like bug hunting, running through sprinklers, going on scavenger hunts, roasting marshmallows outside, sidewalk chalk and picnic dinners in the yard. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Baby Boy 4 Month Update

Age: 4 months

Every time I update on this little man I'm pleasantly surprised by the progress he's made and SO thankful for how far he's come.  At 4 months Baby Boy is so smiley, chubby, curious, showing signs of wanting to be a big kid already, and very snuggly.  He's a brave little fighter who loves nothing more than kisses and being held

Weight: 16.5 lbs

Length: 25 inches

Sizes: I just had to swap out all of his clothing for bigger sizes! He's in 6 month clothing and fits in everything perfectly.  His belly is even a little too round for some pants so I roll up 9 month pants.  He's a size 3 diaper.

Eyes: Navy blue!  Plus he has the most gorgeous, long curly eyelashes you've ever seen.  They are literally so long we can't believe how those eyelashes bat at us

Hair: Red!!  He's getting more hair on top and is still bald in the back.  I think it's turning a little more brown in the front but he's definitely a redder in the back.

Sleeping:  DREAM.  BABY.  Seriously!!  Well, most of the time anyway ;)  There was a time when baby was just home to us that he was up every 45-75 minutes absolutely screaming and inconsolable.  I don't know how we made it through that time.  I can barely remember those days now that he's come so far!!  He goes to bed about 6:30 pm, dream feeds at 9:00 pm and we don't hear from him again until 2:00 am.  He eats 3 oz and is back to sleep until 7:00 am wake up time!  He also is the easiest baby of life to put to bed for naps.  Just set him in his bed drowsy and he's out in less than 5 minutes.  He's at 3 naps per day and loves his daytime sleep.

Eating: He eats about 6 oz every 4 hours and sometimes a little more.  Eating has always been and on and off struggle for us.  Sometimes he is overwhelmed by the flow despite using the nipples he's always used since the NICU and propping him upright.  Other times he's the best eater and will chug 7 oz in 15 minutes.  It's important for me to to reflect back on his progress because he's had mountains to overcome to get to where he is today!

Milestones/Words: His new favorite perch is in the bumbo which makes him feel very grown up.  He also likes the carrier outward facing and will help with lots of chores around the house in that.  He smiles spontaneously, reaches for a toy, recognizes our faces, "stands up" with support, and swings at dangling toys. 

Memorable Outings:  This baby boy has rocked sleepovers with Gram, also adventured to the zoo, and has been very brave at the MOPS child care twice a month.  He's settling into his new room in the house and seems very observant of our new home

Favorite toys/activities:  He likes sitting up and watching Gideon play and can track him all over a room.  He has a favorite stuffed turtle that's super colorful and he'll bat at that quite a bit.  He does "crunches" in his carseat if he's feeling bored and really enjoys floating in the water at bath time.  I think his favorite thing is being near one of us and hearing all the commotion and talking that goes on around our house.

Funny Moments: Baby Boy has started reliably laughing when you tickle under his chin which is too darn cute!  He has a deep chuckle and gets very excited when you tease him with tickles.  He also loves when I call him "Fat Sir" and make silly voices at him-that makes him laugh and wiggle his arms all around

Looking forward to:  He starts some solids in June and that will be a fun adventure for him!  I look forward to him being outside with us, rolling, getting more mobile, and seeing more of those precious gummy smiles

Monday, April 3, 2017

PHEW!!!! Done with Transition

Hello!!  1/2 a month flew by and this is the first minute I've had to blog. 

We moved into our (new to us) house this weekend and even though we are still surrounded by boxes and piles of clothes and general's so nice to be in.  A 950 sq ft apartment with a newborn and toddler is on the list of "things that will stress and refine you"

I can't wait to post some before and after pics of the house!  My poor husband knows I mean business about getting the walls and kitchen cabinets painted ASAP.  We are so tired but want to just be moved in and done. The house is so cute (even though very dirty upon move in) and has a great open floor plan.  The yard is probably the best part of the whole house an Gideon plays for hours a day outside. 

Overall it's been a crazy last week and a half getting packed up and moved in but here we are and we are so thankful.  Gideon and I chatted up our 81 year old neighbor today and have been meeting new neighbors everyday.  Nothing makes people more chatty than seeing two cute little boys playing outside.

Here are some pics of our last few weeks-nothing exciting just two growing boys, a tired mama, and a hard-working daddy.

My mom kept Baby Boy so Gid and I could have a date to the butterfly pavilion.  It was a huge hit for Gid and we were the only ones there on a Monday for the first 45 minutes.  He even touched starfishes!

We celebrated my mom's actual birthday at the zoo!  She got a free ice cream with sprinkles which Gideon happily shared with her and a free carousel ride.  It was a chilly morning but a fun way to celebrate our beloved Gram!

ALL BOY!!!!!  This kid drinks puddles, throws dirt on his head, rubs ketchup in his hair laughs when he farts and picks his nose too much.  I love every ounce of him.

Giddy is so into animals these days.  Live and stuffed :)  He lines his animals up in his tent and shows them all his toys, puts them "night night" and carries them everywhere!

Doesn't he look so grown up???  He's drinking perfectly from a cup these days and has proven to be a true left-handed boy like daddy.  What a tiny little future-engineer

Just our usual outings.  Baby Boy slept while we played out front and snoozed at the library

Giddy had a sleepover with Gramma and Papa!  Someone looks tired (and it's not Gideon!).

This sweet baby boy has started getting up only once at night to eat!!!!  And all the mamas said AMEN!  He isn't in as many pictures because he's sleeping a lot through his growth spurt lately.  He's a big fan of his bumbo seat, neck tickles and finally loves his Ergo carrier.  What a chubby little sir.

We have a week of unpacking ahead of us and settling into our new house.  I hope our second wind hits so we can paint FAST and be done!


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