Brave Adventure

Brave Adventure

Friday, August 22, 2014


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) 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 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!'ll never believe it. He went down for another nap. A nap! I am blogging because he is sleeping! Praise the Lord!


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 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