Saturday, December 20, 2008
Caleb is One! 1 year ago I could not explain or imagine how life would change for this family. Caleb has grown into a charming little boy. He started crawling 1 week before his birthday. It was hilarious! One afternoon we were playing ball, and there was a ball across the living room. He literally just decided to go get it! When he got to the ball he didn't stop.... he kept going to the kitchen. Then he got worn out! :)
We were in Illinois for his birthday, so we had a small party with family. It was a snowman theme and Caleb got to have a cupcake for the 1st time. Caleb had so much fun, and he even learned how to hold up his finger that he was 1! It was hilarious!
So far Caleb has a large vocabulary... "mama"(although he hasn't said it in over a month!), "dada", "do" for dog, "duh" for duck, "bah" for ball, "boo" for book, "p.t." for pretty tree (thanks to Grandma Becky!), "baba" for bye.
Caleb loves to be around people, which we are so grateful for! He is such a happy boy unless... he's tired or feeling poopy! He's going to be such a great helper to mama when his little brother/sister comes in March.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thanksgiving was held in Peoria, IL this year. Caleb tried Grandpa Brian's smoked turkey and mashed potatoes for the 1st time! Great Grandma Aaron watched him one night, so the rest of the family could go watch Australia at the movie theatre. We are so thankful that God has bless us with a healthy boy this year!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Caleb and Grandpa ready for church
Well, we had our first snowfall over the weekend while Grandma and Grandpa were visiting. Caleb fits his Pooh hat and mittens this winter... they were a little big last Christmas! He doesn't like to wear the hat and mittens, but he'll just have to get used to it. We have a long winter ahead of us. Caleb is more fun to be around currently. He had 2 more teeth come in this past month for a total of 3! He's no fun when they are coming in! Still not crawling or walking yet, but showing great progress recently. He is starting to army crawl backwards, not forwards. :) He loves to hold on and walk with you. He's starting to move his feet on his own and his balance is always improving. Some of his new words now are dada, ba for ball, up, ba ba for bye bye, and I think he's about ready to say duck since he loves all his rubber duckies during bathtime. His newest trick is learning to give a high five! We have fun doing that. He continues to sleep wonderfully at night: 7pm to 7am!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Caleb has been working on eating with a spoon. He has been successful and unsuccessful. The 1st time we tried he absolutely refused! He was so stubborn that he screamed and screamed every time I tried to put it in his hands. Then he was so stubborn he would not even try to eat from the spoon unless you would put it into his mouth! It would literally be an inch in front of his mouth, and he would not budge. It was sure a battle of wills! Now he will eat with a spoon if he wants, but this is him being a little "birdie" we call it. He follows the spoon anywhere it goes! :)
For those of you who wondered, I did get Caleb's approval to post this picture!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
So... yesterday Jason had to have his blood drawn for life insurance purposes. The nurse, whose name was Joy, came to our house and Jason of course told her his history. We were prepared for everything! Jason was going to lie down on the sofa and we had the trash bucket in place. :) Joy told Jason to drink a glass of juice right before she took his blood to see if that would help his sugar level from dropping so much which she figured was the reason he fainted. Jason drank his juice, Joy talked to him while taking 2 vials of blood, and then it was done! We waited.... and nothing happened!!!! Jason felt a little woozy, but felt completely fine. For the first time in his life, he gave his blood with no problems! So that is why we love Joy!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I'm having so much fun!
Look! I picked out my 1st pumpkin... just the right size!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Hope you enjoy some of our favorite pictures from this month. Caleb is doing some new things this month: starting to eat some finger foods (favorite are Cheerios!), saying "bah" and "mama" all the time, shaking head "Yes!" and "No!", getting strong legs, and loves to play with the remote and "horse" on daddy. He still loves the water since being in Florida. We went to a pool on Labor Day and he had so much fun. He is definitely an outdoors baby, so all this rain we've had isn't making him too happy. :)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
My favorite color: brown (to wear), greens (in my home), and red (overall)
My favorite movie: Sleepless in Seattle
My favorite TV show: The Office
My favorite song: That's so hard! Amazing Grace is one of many!
My favorite restaurant: Carrabba's
My favorite vacation spot: Yosemite for hiking, Saint Lucia for relaxing
Favorite indulgence: Pedicure
My favorite snack: Wheat Thins
My favorite season:Fall - perfect weather and beautiful trees
My favorite dessert: Cheesecake
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
It's been a couple of great weeks since my 1st Mother's Day! It was a great one too! Caleb gave me a couple gifts on Mother's Day. The first one was sleeping in till 9:15. :) Then when I got him up he had a Douglas J package in his crib for me! He knew just what I wanted, so I got to go get some pampering and get my haircut that week. Thank you, Caleb (and Jason)!
We wanted to share with you another blessing from God that we noticed recently. If you have been following the blog from the beginning, you know that Jason had a Diaper Party with his friends before Caleb was born. We were blessed with tons of diapers in all sizes! Well, to this date we have only had to buy 2 packs of newborn diapers. We didn't have enough of that size. A couple weeks ago, I was opening our last pack of diapers in the next size. I commented to Jason that we were on our last pack and isn't it interesting that Caleb is growing out of them at the same time?! I don't think that this was a coincidence. I know that it was a sign from God that He cares for us so much that He provided just the right amount of diapers Caleb would need. I'm saving a diaper, so that I will always remember God's provision for us during this time.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
He does smile!
My favorite! :) I can definitely see both of us in Caleb now.
Happy Mother's Day, Mom! Since we can't be with you today, I wanted to send you a special message from the 3 of us. I love you so much! Hope you enjoy it. :)
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
This past weekend we went to Chicago to visit our friends. We had a wonderful time and Caleb did really well out of his normal environment. We are so thankful for friends that make us feel right at home!
Today was a rollercoaster day: it began well, went down in the middle, and ended very well. Caleb had an appointment to check on his weight, and he gained a large amount in a week so we're so thankful for that! It was an emotional afternoon, but we quickly remembered how things have changed so much for the good since we brought him home from the hospital. We were laughing how crazy it was the 1st week home! Caleb is just changing, and becoming so grown up! :) Tonight was a night I'll remember for a long time. Caleb and I went to my in-laws for dinner and stayed up a little past his bedtime, but he was so happy! When I was putting him to bed I wished that moment could last forever... holding him in my arms. I never knew I could love someone so much! I feel so blessed to be Caleb's mom.
Still snacking on daddy's finger!
We enjoyed this outing to Quality Dairy the other day. It was a beautiful day for a walk and QD has the best deal in town for ice cream! The deal is to order a kid size waffle cone and they give you 3 scoops for only..... $1.29! What a deal! Caleb enjoyed his too. :)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
That day the passage was this:
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5: 1-2, 6-8
As a new mother, sometimes I feel overwhelmed by what the "right" thing to do for Caleb is. The popular question right now is "How is he sleeping?" My answer is... "I think he's sleeping pretty well." (because I don't know any different!) The fact is he was sleeping really well, and then he got a growth spurt, the time changed, and we took a trip to Nashville. He started waking up again during the night to eat. I was annoyed! I kept reading advice on sleep habits, and it was just frustrating me. I didn't know what the "right" thing to do was. Do I put him to bed early and just let him cry? Do I go in to comfort him when he cries? Do I ignore him the entire night? Kind of impossible when he sleeps in the same room as us!
Anyways, back to how this passage related to me as a new mom that day. The study asked you to picture Jesus bringing you into God's presence. How would Jesus introduce you? What would God say to you in response? I saw myself introduced as a good person, but feeling unworthy in that moment. I felt God would say to me: I love you! I give you my grace and I am faithful to you! God was telling me to stand in His grace. I felt He wanted me to be confident of my ability as a mother. If any other moms have ever felt overwhelmed, tired, confused, etc..., ask yourself this question. How does God view me as a mother? I guarantee you He will say "You are doing the best you can! Stand in my grace. Be confident!"
By the way, Caleb slept the entire time! He woke up when Karen was about ready to leave. :)
Monday, April 7, 2008
It's been so long since we've posted anything that Caleb is now talking! Yes... he speaks full sentences now. :) They sound like "goo, mmm, maaa, muh"! We've been very busy this last month. He had a little growth spurt a while ago and wanted to eat all the time. Went to Nashville again with Grandma Mary for her Spring Break. We sure missed dad while we were gone! He is starting to enjoy his tummy time more and even more exciting for us is that he doesn't cry during bath time anymore! Woo hoo! Many of you know he would start to scream bloody murder the instant he got in the bathroom. Now he doesn't even make a peep! Pretty soon he'll be loving it we're sure. Hope you enjoy having a conversation with Caleb in this video.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
We recently had our longest adventure with Caleb... trip down to Nashville to visit Aunt Jodi! He did such a great job. Even though there was a lot of crying in the car... there was a lot of sleeping too. :) Caleb liked breathing fresh air and feeling misty rain on his face. It's been so cold in MI that he seems to always be bundled up tight whenever we go outside. His biggest accomplishment was sleeping for 12 hours one night!!!! Wow! Thanks for a fun trip, Aunt Jodi!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Time is flying by! Caleb had his 2 month old birthday yesterday. As Jason says, "He is getting so mature." His gift to us last night was sleeping the longest yet at night --- 9 hours! We are so proud of him. Hopefully he can keep this up! Some of his newest accomplishments are holding his rattle, following the rattle with his eyes, starting to roll side to side (not all the way over yet), and making more fun sounds all the time. He has his 2 month checkup next week, so you can be praying that his body handles the vaccines well. We'll let you know how much he has grown then!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Caleb continues to be a lot of fun to be with! He is smiling all the time now, and that makes us so happy! Someone told me they thought that God has babies start smiling around 6 weeks because otherwise the parents might pull their hair out. It really does make my entire day to see his face light up! Caleb is starting to be more social... making more sounds like he's trying to talk back. We are just waiting for him to laugh. He is also starting to hold onto things... like a couple rattles he has. In the pictures in the slideshow, you will see some of his "friends" he enjoys: butterfly and his bears on the bouncer.
Enough about Caleb for a second! I want to brag about my husband just a little bit! We had our friends Kip and Sarah over for dinner Saturday night to see Caleb and to have some adult company for a chance. It was so wonderful! Anyways, Jason said he would take care of dinner since I had my hands full with Caleb. He made the most delicious meal in the world! As Kip said, "It could have come straight from Olive Garden!" Jason made cheesy garlic bread and a shrimp alfredo dish over angel hair pasta and all I did was make a salad. I knew my husband could cook, but Saturday he definitely outdid himself. We'll see if he can recreate it again someday.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Caleb has had some new sleeping breakthroughs this past week! We're so proud of him. The top picture is him falling asleep in his swing... it has only happened once, but it was so nice not to have to be "the swing" rocking him to sleep for once. :) The bottom picture is him falling asleep sitting in my arms in the rocker! It just feels so good holding him like that.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Finding joy in every circumstance!!!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Caleb is now 1 month old! Here are some pictures from the last couple weeks. This past weekend Grandpa Brian and Grandma Mary came to visit and were here to celebrate his 1 month birthday. We went to Carrabba's to celebrate! Caleb likes Italian music and food. :) You can see that he is now smiling at us especially when you sing to him or "buzurp" his neck or stomach. He is such a joy!
(To see comments on the pictures, click on the balloon in the bottom left corner of the slideshow box.)
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
I wanted to use this time to share with you how how we have been blessed so far and seen God work since Caleb has joined our family. So many of you have been praying for us, and we want to let you know that it's working!
- I really desired to go into labor naturally, so when my doctor wanted to induce me I had to adjust my expectations. Being induced allowed Grandma Mary and Grandpa Brian to arrive the night before Caleb was born. Caleb was obviously ready to come out because the induction went really well. I only had to push for 15 minutes!!!
- Epidural or not? - I had really struggled with this decision... in the end getting an epidural was the best decision for me. I endured the pain of labor for 10 hours and in the end was able to enjoy the process! I think Jason was glad that I decided to get one... I was squeezing his hand so hard. :) Actually, he didn't like to see me in pain.
- I was so glad to have the doctor I felt most comfortable with be on call the day I delivered. That was a huge praise!
- The nursing staff at the hospital was excellent! They kept Jason and I informed at all times and were so helpful. I have the utmost respect for anyone in the nursing profession.
- Caleb's pediatrician could not have been more helpful! Her flexibility and understanding has been amazing. She even came to our house the day after we came home to help us out! WOW! Jason and I can't be more thankful for her.
- Christmas Eve - Caleb slept completely through dinner (take-out Thai food) and didn't wake up until the last present was opened. Caleb truly made the meaning of Christmas more real to us this year!
- 1st Wedding - Caleb was so good! He slept through the ceremony, fed before the reception, fell asleep in the car on the way to the country club, then slept through the reception and all the way home. In fact, he was so passed out that I was concerned he wasn't breathing! He was... I just had to check. :)
Well, these are just a few of the blessings we have experienced so far. Hope to share more memories in the next blog.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Our little bundle of joy is now 2 weeks old and we are 2 week old parents. So many people told us how our life would change, and it truly is indescribable. It's amazing how much you can instantly love someone! Life will certainly never be the same. Right now our days are revolved around feedings, sleeping, changing diapers, trying to figure out why he's crying, and taking care of ourselves. These are some of our favorite pictures so far.