Sunday, March 19, 2017

St. Patty's Day and Weekend Phone Dump

A huge photo dump post!!  I worked St. Patty's Day but Giddy and Baby Boy spent the day with my parents.  My mom likes to buy little surprises, puts them on the front porch and then rings the doorbell and runs away.  When Gid opens the door he sees the treats that the leprechauns left him!  

This year he got a gold coin, green cupcake, and bubbles.  It's such a cute way to celebrate this holiday with kids, it will only be better as the boys gets older.

Everyone went to the park and the boys dressed in green

Gideon LOVES these window stickers-we get them for every holiday

Saturday I went to a baby shower for my friend Rachelle who I've known for 14 years!  We met freshmen year of high school.  I've been friends with all the girls in the picture below for 14 years!  They are such special women to me and it's a gift to have known them for so long.

Ali, Rachelle, Rachel, me, Kate and Caitlin-all celebrating Rachelle's new baby daughter Ada!

The baby shower was in a cute coffee shop in downtown Littleon and there were so many desserts, coffee, Sangria and enormous cheese plate

The weather was unbelievable and unseasonably warm this weekend.  It hit 81 today! Gid hit up some parks and the zoo. We slathered ourselves in sunscreen, put on our hats and packed snacks for the outings.

Saturday we went to Fuzzy's tacos and it was DELICIOUS!  I got some amazing chicken nachos with white queso and feta. It felt like the perfect weather for mexican food and cold drinks

After lunch we walked over to an old fashioned candy shop to pick out treats.  Gideon picked out suckers.  

Then there were big sad feelings at Target-we just had to laugh and then haul his mad little butt out to the car while the other person rapidly checked out

Gideon being a cheeseball.  His BFF Penny's sunglasses and mama's make up brush

Lou rocking the Grandpa sock look and ready to take on the zoo!!  We saw the new baby giraffe, the new tiger exhibit and really enjoyed the tropical discovery zone lizard area

Finally we celebrated my mom's early birthday today.  We bought her favorite Das Meyer triple white cake and had dijon mustard/coconut flour crusted salmon with salad, lemon asparagus, and bread.  We all went in and bought her a double stroller for her birthday but I forgot to get a pic!

We all ate cake and Gideon ended up naked after covering his belly in frosting.  That's how you know it's a good party for Gideon...stuffing yourself with cake and naked running through Gram & Gramp's house!

Baby Boy slept like a little angel baby before and after bio parent visit.  What a sweet little boy

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

Baby Boy 3 Month Update

Age: 3 months!

Oh chubby baby boy!  How far you've come.  Every one who's known him since the beginning are SHOCKED by his transformation.  He's so healthy and rolly.  He is just a little tub of butter and is getting into smiling, knowing our faces, and showing us more of who he is.  On the whole I think he's a pretty observant, easy going little fellow with preferences for lots of snuggles and watching Gideon prance around our house.  Baby Boy is a such a blessing to us and we just love him more each day!

Weight: 14+ lbs!  About a week ago he weighed in at 14.0 lbs so he's over that now.  What a perfectly plump peanut!

Length: 23 inches

Sizes: 3-6 month onsies, shirts and pants.  He cannot keep socks on no matter what but we like to put 12-24 months on him.  He's in size 2 diapers but absolutely popping out of them...too bad we just bought a huge Costco size pack of them.  

Eyes: Dark, navy blue.  He smiles with his eyes and one look at his sweet little eyeballs and you know exactly what he's feeling

Hair: Red, red, magical red!!!  He's got a nice bald spot on the direct back of his head but everywhere else he's a beautiful little redheaded boy. And gets 1000 compliments a day on it!

Sleeping:  Babies and sleep are just not meant to be.  Amen.  He's regressing on and off this week but has shown us some longer stretches lately.  He's been working on having the rocking off on his rock n' play and will be transitioning to his big boy crib very soon *dun dun dun*

 His typical schedule is awake around 6:30 am and a cat nap about 8:00 am for 45 minutes.  Then a really good afternoon nap from about 11:00-1:30 (waking once to eat).  Then he takes another 1.5 hour nap about 3:30-5:00.  He goes to bed about 6:30 pm and will sleep until we wake him to eat at 9:00 pm.  Then he sleeps (HOPEFULLY!) until 1:00 am for a feed and then again about 5:00 am.  Lately he thinks it super fun to take 20 minute cat naps throughout the day and wake me up at 11:00 pm for a 1 oz snack.  Whatever, kid.  What he wants he gets so he clearly has us trained

Eating:  He's a good eater!  He eats 4-6 oz about every 3 hours.  Sometimes he gets a little scrambled and confused telling us he's hungry and it's the right time for him to eat but he just gets super mad and cries uncontrollably.  We have figured out to just give him a rest in his swing and once he collects himself after about 2 minutes he will eat perfectly.  He's also off all reflux medications and having much less spit up.  Go Baby Boy!

Milestones/Words: He is trying to sit up with a passion!!!  He loves to do "crunches" any chance he gets from a propped position.  He loves to rock side to side and will be thrilled once he gets over.  He has figured out that he can make his hanging rattle in his gym noisy if swipes it with his fist.  He also loves to "stand", smile, coo, and yell out.

Memorable Outings:  We have not been very exciting this month.  He has been to the zoo and a few parks and lots of neighborhood walks.  

Favorite toys/activities:  He loves his lavender bubble baths, being front facing in his carrier, stroller rides, being snuggled, watching Gideon, and his giraffe or elephant toy attached to his pacifier

Funny Moments:  He is so responsive with talking and always makes us laugh when we coo at him and he coos back.  He really loves to have conversations with anyone-what a social butterfly!

Looking forward to:  We move to our new house this week and I am looking forward to getting him his own nursery set up and decorated.  I can't wait for him to have his own special space.  I'm looking forward to longer chunks of sleep, getting more wakefulness during the day from him, and seeing what types of things he enjoys and interests him in the next 4 weeks.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Finding Rest and Life Pictures

Foster care is two fold: a huge blessing to the child and to us...and then totally exhausting as it relates to all that is required to make it work.  Two resources that are speaking some major life into me right now regarding foster care because both are so encouraging and real:

My mentor mom at MOPS told me that even though we love our chunky Baby Boy, any foster care placement still puts an emotional pull on us-invasive home studies, court dates, visitations with bio parents, applications, appointments, etc....  In the midst of all that, we have to take good care of us!

So we are really trying to do that.  This week we are taking steps to moving bio parent visits to a weekday to protect our weekends, planning more one-on-one dates with Gid, attempting to do restful things on the weekends, taking advantage of help (my mom is our rockstar helper!!) and just letting some things go to find room to rest.

We are still learning!  Here are some pics of our week as we attempt to get better at this.  Though I will be honest and say this week has been one of my most overwhelming yet with some sleep regression from both boys and sleepless nights for me.  Yay parenting! ;)

Two boys playing together.  Mostly Baby Boy just watches Gid and Gid shows off his big boy skills

Can you sort of see those enormously chubby cheeks?  Baby Boy is a perfectly plump 14 lbs of sweetness.  I can't get over his fatness!!  Giddy has been really into reading independently lately and flipping through his family/friends book I made him

Playdate for Gid and Dec!  Two 1.5 year old boys is a chaotic playdate but Ali and I did our best to actually talk and entertain them

On Tuesday, my mom stayed with Baby Boy while I took Gideon to the dentist first and then to the zoo!!  We had a really special mama/Giddy date.  We walked all over the zoo, packed a lunch, rode the train, and had a fun morning just the two of us

Ummmm Gideon turned 12 over night in case you missed it!!!!  I think he looks like such a mini Daddy in this picture.  Like he's ready to go into the office for the day.  So sweet in his button down.

A few of my MOPS ladies.  This week we had a speaker and breakfast and then put together Blessing Bags for the homeless community to keep in our car.  We filled a gallon Ziploc bag with non-perishable food, water, toothpaste/brush, combs, hand warmers, towelettes, socks and a few other items.  Most importantly in the bags was  information regarding resources nearby for getting ID's issued, work placement, shelter for bad weather and any other help needed

Giddy Lou learning how to take a selfie

On Monday my mom, Giddy, Baby Boy and I all went to the mall to walk around and shop for Easter outfits.  We found a super cute bow tie outfit for Baby Boy but are still looking for Gid's.

Shorts in March?!  It's a 70+ degree week here in Colorado.  And it's supposed to be 80 this weekend.  We are definitely hitting up the zoo and some parks!

The rest of the week I work on Friday and 1/2 day Saturday, we have some vague plans to start packing a bit, a baby shower, a bio parent visit, the zoo, and my mom's early birthday dinner!  A full few days!  Hope you have a fun weekend too.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March 2017 Life

I have a few minutes to blog while Baby Boy and Ryan are at a court ordered visit with bio parents and Giddy is with his Grandma.  What is even my life to have this free time!?!

Gid and I both had a stomach bug this last week.  That was truly miserable and thankfully Ryan and Baby Boy don't seem to have any symptoms.  Now both Giddy's Gramps Nelson and Grandpa Decker are sick!!  It's making the rounds through our families!!!

We both seem to be on the mend but it's absolutely such a drag,

Sweet sleepy boy.  He's taken 3.5 hour naps this whole week.  But things were shaping up when we found his lion headlamp.

This last week was one of appointments and doctor's visits.  Gideon had a follow up to his broken foot.  It seems to still bother him every day so I had the ortho department at Children's run x-rays again.  He's fine and healing well.  Baby Boy got evaluated by a speech and physical therapist to make sure he's developing well.  He's 100% perfect and totally on track despite a rough start to life.

We have a fresh week ahead of us with unseasonably warm Colorado weather waiting for us to take advantage of!

This week my goals include #1 Getting to the zoo!  #2 MOPS  #3  A playdate #4 Getting our Vitamin D on in the amazing weather  

Any goals for you?

This fat baby is so snuggly and chunky!!  He's all belly and thigh rolls these days

Rocking his tummy time.  He's getting very close to some rolling

Left he was sleeping like a little angel.  And right, you can't see the biggest cheesy, toothless grin!!

Gid has been feeling too crummy to have his picture taken lately.  But he's very into cooking and baking these days.  He takes it very seriously and likes to stir, crack eggs, pour, and generally be involved in anything

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

On Having Two Boys Under 1.5 years Old

I think it's important to just say a few things about have two boys under 1.5 years old...

#1  My toddler has watched Finding Dory...before 9 am... in it's entirety... the last 3 mornings... in a row... so I can drink a cup of coffee and get ready.  Boom.  Slaying motherhood.

#2  I feel terribly guilty about not holding Baby Boy enough some days.  We do our best to snuggle and carry him but some days his front row seat to life is from his rocker or boppy.  

#3  Is a pack of gummies considered a good snack for a toddler? Like a serving of fruit right? Ha!

Having two little boys 16 months apart just about qualifies you for sainthood in my mind.  Every day gets more manageable.  If you're a mama just starting out it DOES GET EASIER!

(It does get easier, right? Right??)

When I had a 16 month old in a leg cast and a high-needs foster baby in our 950 sq foot apartment, I thought to myself: "NOPE. THESE ARE NOT THE DAYS."

But on Monday when I got all three of us to the library and our favorite bakery on as a reward all in one piece.  That was a win.

Driving Downtown in morning traffic for a doctor's appointment and finagle-ing a double stroller through a parking garage?  That was a big win!

Counting the wins over here!

My house is messier than I like.  The laundry often sits in the basket for days.  And there has been more than one rim in our toilet that I don't even like to think about because Gideon recently dunked his toy truck right into that water...*shudder*

But despite our adjustments and messiness these boys are big time blessings.  Like the best.  I'm so thankful for them.  And today I shall embrace the movie watching and gummy eating.  Because the days of eating more veggies and watching less TV are coming, but today is not that day.

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

Ecclesiates 3:1

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Around Here

We are almost done with transition!  That's really what we are most anticipating regarding March.   So much of our lives changed very quickly over the last 11 weeks and it looks like we will finally be getting to settle down a bit this month.

Ryan officially started his new job and let me just say this...dude is SO smart.  He came home telling me about work and I'm like, "What language are you now speaking?"  

He said this combination of words to me today: External mass transfer resistance "It's part of the paper I'm reading" NERD ALERT!!  Also, what the heck is even trichloropropane or hexavalent chromium or strong base anion exchange or hydraulic loading rate?

Our dinner time conversation makes my head spin and I'm so proud of how smart he is, how humble he is (he'll be very embarrassed when he reads this) and how he's using his gifts and talents to continue with community development and public health in a new way.

Secondly, we close on our new house in 22 days!!  Wahoo!!  We kept the other two houses as rentals in Golden but this is the house we will call home.  Hopefully for a very long time.  It's an amazing size and the yard is really what I'm looking forward to.

Finally, I transitioned out of full time nursing work and am working about 6 shifts per month now.  While I loved working full time, it is better for me to be mainly home with the boys.  They love it and I love it.  I'm working just enough to use my brain and get out of mommy-mode.

  Our season of life with a tiny 2 month old boy does dictate a slower pace of life-more playdates in and more mornings re-discovering our toys and walks around the neighborhood.  We will build up to outings to zoos and museums and parks.  For now, two boys 1.5 and younger is plenty to manage!!

Per usual, some pics from the last few weeks:

These two shots sum up MOPS.  Amazing food and amazing encouragement!  It's so nice to show up and have childcare for the boys, enjoy HOT coffee and breakfast, and be encouraged.  A friend at my table bought these fair trade chocolate bars and a note of encouragement to each of us 

Both boys had pediatrician appointments last week.  Both are growing perfectly and right on track with all their milestones.  I love showing them off.  They are favorites around the office!  Also, daddy and Giddy like to make cushion forts

Just look at that!  Baby Boy's BEAUTIFUL red hair.  Oh it's so soft and perfect.  I kiss his sweet neck 1 million times every day!

Last Friday night the boys went to bed easily and I decided to head out for a solo date to Target.  My favorite!  I walked every aisle and perused all the cute clothes and Easter goodies.  I decided to buy the boys their Easter baskets that night.  Gideon got a painting kit, a fun bath toy, forks and gummies.  Baby Boy got washcloths, a stuffed animal, a hat, pacifiers and bibs.

Giddy Lou is SUCH a mama's boy and snuggle monster lately.  He's so so sweet and I soak up every hug and kiss I get.  He's also experiencing some jealousy towards baby boy so we are working on being gentle with our hands when I'm feeding baby.  Poor guy, it stinks to not be an only child anymore ;)

Like I said, TOO SWEET for words!!  He's so giggly and talking up a storm these days.  He just started saying bird, meow and poop.  Also, he officially knows how to pick his nose and *drumrollllll* eat it.  UGHHHHH.  Such.  A.  Boy.  

Ryan's new co-worker gifted us these amazing eggs.  I already used them to make coconut bread and homemade chicken nugget batter.  We are definitely going to be paying regularly for more.  They are sitting on our counter now and don't even need to be refrigerated.

Oh this sweet, sweet little man!  He is SO chunky these days that I can't even put him in many of his 3 month pants.  They are too tight on his fat little tummy.  He slept for almost a 5 hour chunk last night and I'm pretty sure all the angels and heavenly beings were rejoicing that night with us!! 

Three sweet boys all born so close together. Baby Boy was mid-December (can't share his personal info), Fynn (far right) was December 28 and Caius (far left) was January 8th.  Decker family get togethers are baby heaven right now.

All bundled up in his polka dot jammies! And here he is getting some love from my dad.  He just loves to be held.  Baby Boy doesn't love his carrier as much as I would like him to.  Gideon LIVED in his carrier.  We are working on it every day because it gives me both hands, gives Baby snuggles and allows us all to be more mobile and adventure out more

Ok I think that about covers it!  Be ready for pictures of our house renovation.  We are getting right to work knocking down two walls, adding in a beam, putting in staircase railing and I'm going nuts on Pinterest designing the overall style.

Please keep praying for Baby Boy.  His story and beginning are messy and we want what's ultimately best for him-whatever the Lord ultimately says that is.

So glad you read here!

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:25-26


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