Friday, March 27, 2009

the brave, the bold, and the pizzokie pans

If you have ever been to BJs pizza

Sweet, sweet time with the family

My parents, sister, and nephew arrived on March 13 to enjoy some time with us and the new baby! The time together was good, really good, though not without the stress of 2 little ones and a sometimes-feisty toddler.

caught in the act!

I think we have a little thumbsucker on our hands! I'm THRILLED, really, as we will always have this portable soothing device on-hand (ha!) and won't have to make sure we have a pacifier on us at all times. Maggie LOVED her bink, if you remember, so this is a new experience for us. As hard as some days have been lately, I just love him to pieces and have found small joys in watching him discover his thumb.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

2 months old

Curren is 2 months old today and finally, I feel, starting to "even out" in his sleep, thank you Jesus! He is smiling all the time, cooing and gurgling, and a real snuggle bug. Here is his monthly pic and stats from our appointment yesterday.

Height: 22 1/2 in.--25th percentile
Weight: 13 lbs., 3 oz.--80th percentile
Head circ.: 16 in.--55th percentile

Maggie @ 2 months old

And her stats at @ 2 months:
Height: 22 1/2 in--50th percentile
Weight: 12 lbs., 9 oz--90th percentile
(unfortunately I don't have the stats on her head size but by this point it was off the charts!)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Monday, March 9, 2009

Hello, kitty!

Maggie had her first experience getting her face painted today. We joined our friends Avery, Asher, and Cademon at the Dallas Arboretum for a picnic lunch and "Mom and Tot" time, including Kindermusik, the aforementioned activity, and a petting zoo. Maggie was a total pro, sitting still while the artist turned her into a kitty cat! She loved it and was running around the grass saying, "Meow, meow" over and over. I think this picture turned out adorable and she is finally learning how to give real smiles...all that it takes is us turning the screen around on our camera so she can see herself (The paint did smear a bit after all the running around outdoors in our muggy weather).

Friday, March 6, 2009

first haircut

I can't believe it! Maggie had her first haircut yesterday. Isn't this a right of passage?! I know some moms don't cut their little girls' hair for several years, but honestly, Maggie's just needed some shaping and cleaning up. I took her to a kiddie salon. She did fantastic and loved sitting in and "driving" the fire truck and watching a Dora movie. I LOVE the result--more even with some layering (she's gonna always have to have layers of some sort because she inherited my hair--very fine in texture).
She was totally engrossed in the movie.

Of course, she loved the treat at the end--a lollipop! Another first. :)

Monday, March 2, 2009

a new week

It's been a rough several days, I won't lie. Curren seems to take short catnaps throughout the day and I'm a big believer in sleep training and can't figure out how to ease him into more of a routine. It's driving me a bit crazy. Maggie was a better napper...I'm sure of it. The longest he goes at night between feedings is 3 1/2 hours and I'm ready for him to take a good long 5-6 hour stretch. Laurie was good to remind me that sleeping through the night comes first, then the naps. I was glad to be reminded of this and was able to re-adjust my expectations. It seems the journey of parenting is all about re-adjusting expectations, you know? I was telling Aron this weekend that the hardest part about this new season of life is the constant state of highs and lows that occur. We can have some good feedings and sleep, then Curren has a few hours of being a total crab and crying his eyes out. You get the idea. I just feel I'm on a constant emotional roller coaster.

Yet, despite the challenging and tear-filled last few days, there have been joyful moments, too. I love the above pics of my kiddos, Curren fresh from his bath and Maggie happily smiling because she was my big helper. And this morning Maggie helped me put the final touches on some homemade cinnamon rolls; it was so fun. And speaking of her, I have to smile at how wonderful it's been to watch Maggie continue to grow and change before us. She loves, loves, loves to sing and regularly sings, pretty much verbatim, "All Creatures of Our God and King," "Rescue," "Do-A-Deer-A-Female-Deer" (think "The Sound of Music"), and several others, including some of Aron's original works. It makes me downright giddy to hear her sing his lyrics. She is very much into playing with her dolls, including changing their diapers ("it's stinky pinky!"), and building with blocks and Legos. She has a very active imagination and often talks about a dinosaur that is in the house ("Dinosaur, don't eat me!" or "The dinosaur is drinking coffee"). She likes to prepare meals for us, "stir & pour" at the sink, and has begun to ask the endless questions, my favorite of which is "who's that, mama?" talking about someone on the street/in the car next to us/at the grocerry store, you get the idea. Do I make up names? But perhaps one of the most rewarding things we've experienced in the past month is her beginning to pull out heart truths that we are instilling. After being disciplined, we ask her why she received a discipline and she will often tell us ("Because I playing with food," or "Because I not obeying," or "Because I run away"), then proceed to ask us for forgiveness. Without prompting, she will often talk about how it's good to obey "Because it makes Jesus happy." Wow! It makes me smile. And it is encouraging to show that she is listening and is internalizing what we are teaching. In those rough, dark moments, I try to remember these happy moments.