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?


Monday, July 14, 2014

Seven Months

Happy Seven Months, Little Man!


Fun facts for month seven:
Weight: 17lbs
Height: 27+ inches
Eating: Every 3-4hrs during the day
Sleeping: 2 naps per day, Sleeping ALL NIGHT LONG!
Diaper: Size 3 diapers
Clothing: 6-12 months, 9 months

What's new for month seven:
  • He is pseudo-crawling haha - when he wants something out of reach, he will get up on hands/knees and crawl forward one "step" then lay back down. If it's still too far away he repeats the process, but only one "step" at a time
  • He is still anti-food, but I'm not worried. He'll figure it out eventually
  • He is growing!
  • He can sit up indefinitely if he has a toy, but without a toy he falls over after a little while
  • He occasionally naps without the swaddle which is amazing
  • He is so grabby! I sort of, not really, want to shave my head.
  • He laughs at nothing sometimes, he just loves laughing
  • He is teething (read: fussy times), and has lots of little white dots on his lower gums. It's a race to see which tooth will come in first
  • He loves to stand and will plant his feet/arch his back to get out of sitting
  • 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 the stacking cups

Little Kid Chair!

Cow Appreciation Day with these beautiful ladies!





He is just so happy that she is sitting by him!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

This Process

Many of you may be following me on Instagram (MummertsAdopt) or read my last post, seeing this photo:





We have been slowly but surely working our way through the special care list as part of our adoption application. Every night we tackle one (or two if they are smaller) section. We spend so much time researching each disease, issue, syndrome, and more on a medical encyclopedia. We look at treatment, long term care, therapy, and anything it takes. We are just coating this process in prayer, asking God to show us our calling. We know that He already knows our future little and He is guiding us to check the right boxes. But can I just say something?

This is heavy.

Heavy stuff. Last night we began the neurological section of the application and it just weighed on me so heavily. Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Meningitis, Neurofibromatosis, just to name a few. Each one just saw my heart sink further into my chest. Children have these conditions. Babies. Toddlers. And while we are trying to say yes to as much as possible, we cannot say yes to everything. God just hasn't called us to that at this time. Maybe He will later, but right now He has only given us a peace about so much. I have a close friend that has needed to remind me over and over that God will show us what is right for our family. She also has reminded me that I do not need to feel guilt over what we have not been called to at this time. 

But it's so hard. It's so hard. Not only is it just tough not to be able to take everyone regardless, but in realizing that there are these children. There is this darkness. There are toddlers waiting for forever families who have polio or something else debilitating. There are these babies who we cannot take. It just feels like such a weight on my heart. I am so excited to help those we can, but there are so many more. The weight is almost unbearable. 

But God is still good. Today, in worship, I was really blessed by this song. God knew my heart needed a reminder of His goodness, His control, and His love for these children. He has not forgotten them

You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore
Every heart that is broken
Great are You, Lord

It's Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It's Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise to You only

-All Sons and Daughters

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First Things First

Hot Chocolate and Adoption

It's begun. We have taken a big step and begun our adoption application! While this is a little scary (three kids!), it is an answer to prayer in so many ways! I have wanted to adopt since middle school thanks to a beautiful family in our church who adopted five children. God worked on my heart for a long time and gave me a passion for Russia. I took Russian in college so that my future Russian baby would always have their language in the home. 

While that might still be God's plan, it is not His plan for right now. Russia is, unfortunately, closed for adoptions in the present. But we still feel His hand guiding us to begin our adoption now. We are still looking at international adoption, and are going through Dillon International. Interesting fact, we don't know what country yet! Dillon has this cool thing called "open options" where you can be considered for multiple countries and once, with their staff helping you narrow it to the best fit based on their needs as well as our capabilities. We have also said that we will take either a boy or a girl, so it's a lot like being pregnant - we don't know much yet other than that a sweet little will be at the end of it all!





The hardest part thus far has been the Special Care Checklist. We were given this long list of possible diseases, conditions, and backgrounds to decide what we are willing to take in a child. It is a weighty decision! We are taking a lot of time to study each condition and pray over it to discern God's will for our family. The only thing we know for sure is that our child will be under 3 years old. We don't know what country our child will come from or how we will afford all of this, but we do know that God is good! He will provide! He is in control and He knows the name of our future child. We would love it if you would commit to pray alongside us and be loving support as we begin this journey.