Monday, March 23, 2015

Don't Let Me Forget

Yesterday was filled with moments I hope to never forget.  
We started the day by enjoying a church service with both wonderful little children sitting in big church.  They were well behaved and happy and I soaked up the moments spent with Henry in my lap.  Goodness he is getting big.  
After church our darling daughter not only took a long nap but she did so in the comfort of my arms.  It warmed my soul to know she was comfortable and at peace enough to have such a deep sleeping rest.  I had a million things on my to do list but lying her in her crib to accomplish anything other than snuggles would have been foolish.  I stared at her fingers, her nose, and those lips, I leaned over and kissed her head at least a dozen times, and I read my bible study holding an angel.  I couldn't think of a more precious and holy way to spend an afternoon.  
At bedtime I walked out of the stillness of Mallie Lynn's nursery with the trail of nightly prayers on my lips into the room of sweet and patient Henry.  Greeting him for our good night ritual I was surprised to find him already asleep.  A creak in the floor gave away my presence and he through open his eyes and arms greeting me with a smile and "Hey mommy!"  I wrapped him in my arms and gave his forehead kisses while he drifted in and out of sleep.  He played with my necklace and snuggled under my chin and I 
Every last drop, until I began to pull away and he once again flashed a grin, pulled up his shirt and requested "will you rub my belly?"  So I rubbed that sweet tummy until his eyes were heavily shut.  I took the deepest breaths of thankfulness as I gently closed his door.  My heart was so full of undeserving love that it spilled happiness with each step I took down the hallway.  

You two are everything.  You are life's treasures.  Gifts from above, and living breathing evidence of our makers love. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I'm a little boy mama.

Someone I love dearly is growing up.  I would call him a big boy but lately he corrects me when I say so. 
"I'm a little boy mama!"
Ohhhhh and thank goodness you are.

Becoming a big brother has not come without a few growing pains.  When mommy has needed to tend to Mallie Lynn's needs you have been left to entertain yourself.  It has taught you to enjoy independent play, and to exercise patience.  You have taken it all with grace and charm (and a sprinkling of time outs and tantrums), we could not be more proud of you darling son.

Blanky is still your buddy and recently you have decided to cling to him more than usual.  Over the past two months you have experienced separation anxiety once again.  Tears and sadness have insued anytime we drop you off at school, church, bible study and even with grandparents.  I like to think it's because we are so darn fun to be with, but it's possible that all this big brother business has taken a toll on you.  
You continue to be in love with sports and go from playing basketball, to putting onto your imaginary green on a daily basis.  You love to have us watch you as you pretend to be Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl Anthony Townes, Dekari Johnson, Dominique Hawkins, Marcus Lee, or Poythress, while asking us to pretend to be your coach or referee.  
You are as sweet as pie.  It is apparent in your unsolicited I love you's, the way you care for your sister, the way your ALWAYS say "be careful mommy" when you watch me chop food with a knife.  If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand and five times....You are a delight.  I'm so privileged to be your mommy. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

5 months of knowing Heaven on earth - Mallie Lynn

  5 Months brought us: 
Weight: 13lb and 14oz
Height: 241/2 in long

Feeding: When your hungry.  You've been more like a newborn this month, sometimes it's 1.5 hrs others it's 3.  

Sleep: what sleep?  What naps you had started to take have become our daily chore.  We spend 30+min trying to get you down for a 15 min. power nap.  Every once in a while there is a 45 min snooze sprinkled in there.  We are still quite far from having a routine, each day is so different.

Night time sleep:  you have established a pattern of being tired by 7 so that's become our new bedtime.  As long as you aren't too tired too quick you enjoy reading a story in your rocker  and grabbing at the pages.  Staying asleep is now our issue.  We spend a bit of time in and out of your room, shhhsshing, giving you a paci (thank goodness you'll take one now!), patting, rocking, gas dropping, and crossing our fingers, usually 5 trips in before midnight and 3-4 after midnight.  The result- we are all tired, and sometimes we just give up and put you in the rock n play where we are given a 80% chance of you staying asleep longer.  Too bad your feet are hanging over the edge.  Yikes!

Awake: Still a fan of being awake during the day.  My little energizer bunny but much more alert and inquisitive about everything around you.  Happy and talking much of the time.

Loves: Hearing your own voice as you play with new sounds and squeals.  Drooling!!  Watching Henry do anything or getting a hug from him.  Mat play time, your toy hootsie wootsie, grabbing anything in sight,  chewing on your fingers, chewing on your tongue and moving it around as you get ready for talking, having your legs lifted in the air, being swaddled, nursing, your brother, listening to music. This Little Piggy. Itsy Bitsy Spider, getting raised in the air, sshhhing to sleep.

Dislikes: when mommy leaves you, being tired, some sort of protein we can't figure out.  This month we saw you revert to a bit more unhappiness.  Fighting sleep like it's nobody's business and unhappy to be so tired you have been a bit grumpy.  Bowel movements have been out of line too and this past week we found blood in your stool.  Needless to say we are back to ruling out foods in hopes of finding a happier you.  Originally we were told by doctors to take the first 4 major triggers in FPIES patients out of our diet, now I'm taking all common FPIES trigger foods out again and will reintroduce in a month when your intestines has had time to heal again and we can watch for a reaction.  Hoping this is a good solution.  My guess is chicken and sweet potato but I could be completely wrong. 

Temperament: You love to flash a wide mouth grin when you're around those you love!  You are tough!  We saw you get wacked, hit with a soccerball, and scared a few times this month as little brother gets eager to play with you; not one of those events caused tears.  However when you are in a tired/uncomfortable belly state you can certainly let your needs known. 

Clothing Size: 3 months and 3-6 months depending on the brand.  Mommy was sad to see 3 months become to small this month.

New Milestones: Taking a paci!!!!  Holy Heaven we are so happy to have a way to sooth you when you're upset or help you fall back asleep.  Noticing your feet, Squeals and talking, learning to grab things with your hands, sleeping in the woombie instead of a swaddle, observing everything around you, listening intently to books.  I have so enjoyed the moments you show us how much you love us, especially the way you light up at the sight of your brother or daddy.  You are such a sweetheart.

We love you darling girl!   

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Adventures in Snowmageddon.

Waking up to a blanket of white is kind of my winter dream.  
Be careful what you wish for or you could get 10 inches and not leave your house for 5 days.  
*insert smile :) 

Snowmegaddon came with some of the coldest temperatures we've seen in a decade.  So unfortunately snow play was kept mainly to the indoors.  Especially since our little man could barely walk in the stuff.  

So over the course of the week we tried every snow activity we could find.

 We bulldozed the snow.

We painted snow.

We laughed at the snow.

 We ate snow.

 Daddy even stayed home for the first part of Snowmageddon.  He helped tackle our two snow bunnies, build towers, play football, soccer, and shovel 1250lbs. of snow.

We cooked in the snow.

We practiced sitting up in the bumbo without a lean.

Blowing bubbles.

and mean muggin.

 We made snow volcanoes.

 and we made the mistake of tasting them.  baking soda and vinegar aren't his favorite snack.

With a serious winter permafrost still lying on the ground I'm starting to think we leave in Michigan.  This snow loving momma has had her wishes filled, now come on spring!