Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ups and Downs




It has been an interesting week with lots of ups and downs. Two weeks is probably more appropriate. Our little man had a set back in growth and we discovered that he is anemic. We really kept it to ourselves for a while because, honestly, I have a hard time talking about it. Updating a large group of people on something that makes you feel a bit like a failure is just difficult. But, I got the good news this week that he has already gained a pound back in the two weeks since his last appointment. So he just had a little dip and it really should not be a big deal long term. Praise the Lord.

Then, great news, we met our t-shirt goal! We have been selling t-shirts to help spread the word and raise funds for our adoption. We were hoping to sell 75 shirts and we sold exactly 76 shirts! Only the Lord could have done it. We had several people order shirts that we don't even know and some just support us on top of that. I have been overwhelmed by how the Lord has used His people for His glory!

Then, we found out that our adoption application was lost in the mail. I was so upset and deeply frustrated. But I know that God has purpose in it. We are filling it out again and I have just been so blessed by how God is showing me Himself in the little things. He is SO good. I'm not saying that it is not difficult, or frustrating, or hard on my emotions. It is. But I know that God has a plan even in this. I don't know what the plan is, but I know it exists. I'm confident. I am prayerful. And I am further reminded that this process will always have its ups and downs.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

9 Months

Happy 9 Months, Little Man!

I thought his picture should include his favorite thing...a spoon. He LOVES food.

Fun facts for month nine:
Weight: 16lbs
Height: 27 inches
Eating: Every 4-5hrs during the day (but he eats fooorever because he likes to eat so much)
Sleeping: 2 naps per day
Diaper: Size 3 diapers
Clothing: 6-12 months, 9 months

What's new for month nine:
  • He LOVES solid food - he eats for maybe an hour at every meal because he LOVES food
  • He is saying MAMA when he wants me, "mmmmm" and bangs the table for more food, shakes his head for "no", and says "dyadya...aaahdadada" but we cannot tell if he means the last one or not
  • He loves people! People, people, people! He does not like to be alone.
  • RB and him have been sharing a room for a couple months now and I think he really loves it. They are getting along so well most of the time! 
  • He is babbling a lot of different consonants
  • He is getting better at playing without being in my lap, exploring 
  • He loves to bang things together and on other things
  • He is a pulling up machine!
  • He is getting closer to a genuine crawl. He can get around in his normal way, but he is trying to do it differently to be more efficient.
  • He is much better at napping now, praise the Lord. 
  • He occasionally wakes up at night, just for a minute
  • He is so grabby! I sort of, not really, want to shave my head.
  • He is a talker! He has started doing this funny growling sound
  • He loves to follow RB around with his eyes, he really obviously loves her
  • He is starting to like reading more! 
  • He talks to people and objects
  • His favorite toy is any type of ball!
  • He loves being outside!!
  • We recently found out our little man is anemic so he is taking a vitamin supplement - we are praying this goes away quickly

He loves spending time outside!
Mom! Hand over the blueberries!

Exploring!

He wants to eat his letter


Belly!

Cuddling up

"Hold You!"

This is what he thought of the water wall

He liked it better from the comfort of my arms (water wall)

Selfies and silly faces


He just now decided that baths are awesome



FOOD!


Behind the scenes of our photo shoot

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fundraising

Fundraising y'all





So, fundraising is difficult for me. It's not that I don't have cool stuff to sell or I'm not doing other things to raise this money. It's not that. It's that we want to bring this child home as fast as humanly possible and we cannot do that without raising some funds. I want you to know that my husband is working and we save part of that paycheck. I am working part-time and all of that money goes to adoption. Each cake/cupcakes/pastries/etc I sell goes toward our adoption. And y'all these t-shirts are for our adoption too. 

We are going to do auctions, we are going to sell other things, but these t-shirts are so cute! Not only do they help us fund our adoption, but they get the word out. They help other people, hopefully, get excited about adoption as well. They help others see how God is working through adoption because He first adopted us! 

Our goal is to sell 75 shirts and we have sold 50. We are so close! Here's how it works (people have been asking): We are pre-selling the shirts which means you give us the cost and your size of shirt in advance. Then, once we have sold all 75 shirts, we will put in the order and you get your shirt! Please help us out! Please.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Blueberries

The Day Blueberries Saved My Life





Today is the day that blueberries saved my life. Seriously people. For the last...month (or more, crying makes time a weird thing)...my little man has not been himself. He started out as a vibrant, happy, and loving little guy. You could not make this guy sad. As long as he was well fed and well slept, he was all smiles. Then some time between six and seven months, he lost his cool. He could not eat many solids but he was nursing enough that I did not think the solids issue was a big deal. Though he started sleeping poorly. He dropped his first nap altogether and slowly worked his way down on the second nap to thirty minutes only. It was awful. 

Then he started eating more solids 

(can I just say that all put together like this it is going to sound like a "duh" when I get there, but when you're barely surviving amidst the no sleep and not getting to eat and being sick yourself part of the time, it's not that clear) So he started eating more solids and went to a 1hr nap in the morning and a 1hr nap in the afternoon. Not enough, but praise God. He was still so clearly tired (TIRED) that I didn't know what to do. He wouldn't sleep but he was just a crabby mess. I changed him, I nursed him, I tried to get him to sleep...crying. So much crying. He wouldn't play and he would only be happy if I walked him around the house, bouncing him up and down in my arms. (Can I say that trying to do this while extremely nauseated is a TERRIBLE option) I say happy in the loosest terms. I should say "not crying". 

Lately he has gotten way better at eating solids

For the past three days, not only has been eating solids really well, but he has been willing to eat a lot more foods. So he has started taking a 2-3hr morning nap shortly after breakfast. Full tummy, right? So today he woke up early from his afternoon nap (which is the new normal) and I nursed him. When he was in the middle of nursing, he stopped to look up at me and gave me the biggest smile. Looking just like his old self. Loved that. Then, immediately after he was done he sat up to play and, shortly after, started crying again. But this time since it was so close to when he nursed (it isn't normally - usually he is pacified for a good bit after he nurses) that I thought maybe he was still hungry. 

So I fed him some blueberries

Oh.my.goodness. If I had just figured it out earlier!! Well, when he would not eat solids I suppose that we were at an impasse. But now that he is so much better, we have found a solution. Not only was he happy, he laughed! He laughed! We played happily together and he laughed! Then...you'll never believe it. He went down for another nap. A nap! I am blogging because he is sleeping! Praise the Lord!

Blueberries!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Weekend of Blessing

Two weeks ago I was given a huge present. An entire weekend of blessing.

Friday, August 1st: I got an email from Panera that I had a free smoothie on my membership card. So that morning the crew and I headed out for some smoothie time. I got a strawberry smoothie and shared it with my little girl. So delicious and all of us enjoyed the outing. For Cal and I's birthday in April/May a sweet friend gifted us a gift card for dinner and free babysitting. So, August 1st was the date we set! It was Houston Restaurant Weeks so we were able to eat at a fancy restaurant (set menu) for less than normal as well as give some money to the Houston Food Bank. Caracol was delicious!! Oh my goodness. I cannot even say. Mussels, shrimp, octopus, chicken, pork, so much deliciousness. The dessert was so interesting - sweet potato, ice cream, and something crunchy. Yummm.

Saturday, August 2nd: The first Saturday of every month is Cars and Coffee. All these people who own these fantastic cars get together and....show off. So the husband took the kiddos off for the entire morning to go check out some cars. They even went and walked around the mall to give me some more time. So I did some dishes, watched some TV, read a book, and generally just relaxed. It was lovely to be at home in the silence. When the kiddos got home, we did lunch and then it was naps for everyone. It was SUCH a relaxing day for me. I couldn't even believe that I had such an easy day.

Sunday, August 3rd: We had such a good morning of worship and that afternoon began a new tradition. My sisters, mother, and I have started reading through a book together and discussing its spiritual application on our lives. It is just so wonderful. Love that.

It was a weekend of blessing!

Monday, August 11, 2014

8 Months

Happy 8 Months Little Man!
 


Fun facts for month eight:
Weight: 17lbs
Height: 27+ inches
Eating: Every 3-4hrs during the day
Sleeping: 2 naps per day maybe...this kid does not like to nap
Diaper: Size 3 diapers
Clothing: 6-12 months, 9 months

What's new for month eight:
  •  This kid does not like to nap and it is crazy
  • He LOVES solid food, but still struggles with keeping it all in his mouth (yogurt, banana, pear, peas, cucumbers, carrots, pouches of any variety ha). You'd think this kid was starving the way he wants these solids.
  • He is saying MAMA when he wants me
  • He is babbling a lot of different consonants
  • He is getting better at playing without being in my lap
  • The last couple days he has started letting the husband hold him without losing it completely
  • He is trying to pull up and has been successful one time
  • He is getting closer to a genuine crawl. He can get around in his normal way, but he is trying to do it differently to be more efficient.
  • He is growing!
  • He can sit up without falling down now, yay for balance!
  • He is no longer being swaddled for any naps or bed time
  • He is so grabby! I sort of, not really, want to shave my head.
  • He is so fussy fussy
  • He is a talker! He has started doing this funny growling sound
  • He loves to follow RB around with his eyes, he really obviously loves her
  • He is starting to like reading more! 
  • He talks to people and objects
  • His favorite toy is any type of ball!
Watch his eyes follow Rebekah as I took pictures - he starts out crying because Rebekah is crying since I wanted to take a picture without her in it





He stops crying because he finds Rebekah making faces





 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Slowly, but Surely

So....

I keep feeling like I should have more to blog about. Like you, the public, needs to know my every step in this process. I suppose I want to feel like I have big things to say, profound words to tell you, milestones to conquer. But the truth of it is, sometimes things are just slow. Sometimes there is nothing profound to say. Sometimes things are just hard.

We are going at this the slow way. It's just tough and it needs lots of prayer coverage. We want to make the right decisions, we want to follow God's plan, we want Him to check the boxes for us in a sense. So we are doing a little at a time and rewarding each step of the way with ice cream.

Because you need ice cream when you do hard things, right?