Brave Adventure

Brave Adventure

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

23 Months

Happy 23 Months

Fun facts for month twenty-three:
Weight: 28+lbs
Height: 30+ inches
Eating: 3 meals a day and 1-2 snacks
Sleeping: 2 Naps during the day (although sometimes it is 1 rest and 1 nap)
Diaper: Size 4 diapers
Clothing: 12-18 month clothes and some 18 month clothes (she actually fits into some 2T pants - crazy)

What's new for month twenty-three:
  • She can speak in some simple sentences now!
  • She loves going outside and picking flowers - she says "more flowers!"
  • She tries to blow the seeds off the dandelions (when they are the white poof)
  • She can blow bubbles herself!
  • She loves her grandparents, aunts/uncles, cousin
  • She is starting to remember her friends' names
  • She loves her little brother and has started trying to play with him
  • She is getting more comfortable with child care at church
  • Reading, reading, reading!
  • She is such a helper
  • She loves animals - she didn't freak out the other day when we saw a dog down the street
  • She wants to walk, don't mention the word if you don't want to go out
  • She is my little mimic - I taught her to say "bummer!" on accident the other day, so then she dropped a crayon yesterday and went "bummer!" it was so funny

First day roasting marshmallows!

Our tiny referee

She loves to throw the football!

Our first attempt at the photo shoot

The jar of flowers she picked

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Two Months

Happy Two Months
Fun facts for month two:
Weight: 14lbs
Height: 24inches
Eating: Every 2-3hrs during the day, Once at night
Sleeping: All the time...
Diaper: Size 2 diapers
Clothing: 3 month, 3-6 months

What's new for month two:
  • He is getting great at lifting up his head - strong neck
  • He only poops every few days
  • He has started to be happy when he's awake
  • He enjoys looking at the pictures in books (especially Runaway Bunny and Goodnight Moon)
  • Very vocal - making the sweetest sounds
  • He is SMILING! He smiles at me after I nurse him every morning!
  • Loves the bouncy seat, hates the swing
  • He prefers napping in the crib or bouncy seat and is refusing to nap in the pack-n-play
  • He loves to follow RB around with his eyes and has started letting her give him the paci
  • They read together a lot (she goes "See!" and shows him the picture, then he looks at it, then at her and sometimes smiles)
  • He is sleeping really well at night, finally giving in to the swaddle
  • He loves to be rocked
  • He likes the sound of water so sometimes I take a shower and put him in the bouncy seat outside the shower to help him get to sleep (win/win)
  • He has started letting RB hold him without crying immediately ("hold" him)
  • A day or so after he turned one month (I think), he learned to roll over from tummy to back going both directions (apparently this is a four month milestone) 

He loves that paci

After a session of peeing out and spitting up, we had some diaper time

We dedicated our home/Corban to the Lord

Sunday, February 9, 2014


The Spontaneous Idealist

So, because I do not often know what to do with my free time nor do I know how long said free time will last, I find myself taking quizzes on Facebook frequently. I mean frequently. I am Katniss, Robin (HIMYM), Elizabeth Bennett, Hermione Granger, etc. I know my IQ, and now I have taken a personality quiz. I took it twice too because I did not believe the results. I made my husband help me take it (which he hated, ha!) because I wanted to make sure I was not lying to myself. It was so weird.  I received "The Spontaneous Idealist" - it had a lot of things that are 'spot on' about me, but I have never ever characterized myself as spontaneous. We used to joke that I was spontaneous on Saturdays from 3-5pm. Get it? I have always been highly scheduled, routine oriented, and any other similar ideas. The husb has made it clear that this was not honestly what I wanted just more what I needed. I was committed to school, I am committed to my children, and this requires a schedule. But he began pointing out to me all the times I wish I was spontaneous or try to be spontaneous. It was just interesting to see myself through his eyes. But I kept insisting that this test was not perfect and he asked me a good question...

Is the test flawed or are you changing?

I'm changing. Well of course no online personality test I found on facebook will be perfect, that is a given. But also, I'm changing. I am valuing alone time more (although still not an introvert), acts of service mean a great deal to me, travel looks different, dates look different, sometimes spontaneous is all there is. I am even changing my style, learning how to look like a grown up to some degree. Having two kids is so much harder than I ever thought. Finding time with my husband. Finding time for me. Getting time with God much less getting time to shower. Or the other way around. I'm changing. I am no longer that same person I was in college. I am no longer the same person I was even two months ago before my son was born. I can't be. But at the same time, I am not changing so much as realizing who I am. Who God has meant for me to be. I am becoming more comfortable with this, with me. I have heard that until you have your third kid, you still hold on to this notion of being able to do it on your own, have some control, and try to make your home "perfect". Well I started out at not caring much about looking like I had it all together or keeping my house perfect so it only took having the second to break me I guess. But even though many days I am losing it, I am also gaining. I have fought change in myself over and over, but now I am grasping it and even thanking God for it (most of the time). Let the change continue.

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone! One of my Sunday school girls asked me who I was cheering for in today's game and I honestly couldn't even name the two teams that were playing. I'm clearly very invested. I did, however, know that Peyton Manning was one of the QB's (Broncos I have been told) and that "we" need him to get one more ring for some reason or another. Anyway, so I suppose I am going for the Broncos even though I have no intention on spending a significant portion of my attention watching the game.

On the other hand, I am rooting...routing...rooting (whatever) for the Pandcorns and Neon Ninjas as they play each other and other teams in the annual Middle School Bowl our church hosts. Go 6th Grade! The husband is ref'ing the games, but between the rain and subzero (more like sub60) degree temperatures, I took the kiddos home after some pizza and camaraderie with the teams. What am I doing with my time this afternoon? Oh ya know....watching Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightly - isn't Mr. Bingly just gorgeous in this rendition), drinking hot chocolate, sitting by the fire, and filling out my CHL application. You did not read that incorrectly. In just a moment I will feed the littlest and then begin baking for the Super Bowl party tonight.

The exciting life of me!