Tuesday, October 28, 2014

6 Months!

Where has the time gone?! Our baby is already 6 months old!

Will's Aunt Jenny took his 6 month photos this past Friday, so we'll post those when they arrive. His 6 month well-child visit is next week, so we'll have official stats after that!

So how have the past 6 months been? Humbling, exciting, heart-warming, overwhelming, challenging, wonderful, and satisfying.

Life is not easy, and I'm finding less and less time to write since being back at work. I'm thankful to be able to capture weekly updates of Will though. It seems like so much happens one week and then we're just doing the spiritual discipline of the mundane routines in another. I find myself re-reading this post because it's so true now as it was when he was a month old...just in a different way.

Sometimes I wonder, "What did I do to deserve Will?" and then remember that I did absolutely nothing. And really, he's not mine. Will is a gift. A precious gift that grows and strengthens me, as well as gives me pure joy and gratitude.

The majority of my life I've battled comparison...comparing worth, grades, body. The Lord has guided me through each stage, and as soon as Will was born it started all over again. As much as I don't want to face this challenge, I love how the Lord wants to keep deepening my reliance upon Him. Honestly, it is very hard not to compare Will with other children.,,,or rather, our parenting with others. But comparison is truly the thief of joy, and I am continually reminded that Will is beautiful and just right the way the Lord has made him. And Corey and I are not perfect but learning and thriving. Sometimes it's easy to forget the obvious even when it's staring (and smiling and laughing) right in front of my face :) I'm honored to have a job where I help Will continue growing into that beautiful person the Lord created him to be.

Seeing Corey as a Dad is such a privilege as well. He is such a natural, and always willing to help, play and be with Will. Having a baby has actually brought us closer together which I know is not always the case with couples. Don't get me wrong, we still have to work hard at our marriage ;) But our little one has made it even sweeter.

I have many friends who have had and are still having difficulty becoming pregnant. I want to acknowledge that although I am thankful for Will and love him dearly, it does not mean that I don't hurt for you. In fact, having him makes me ache even more for you. However, I am confident that the Lord is faithful to our prayers, and He will protect, pursue and provide for your heart. In fact, He already has for a few dear friends!

So the past six months of parenthood have been everything I imagined and nothing I imagined if that makes any sense. There are a few truths I hang on to...

The Lord's power is made perfect in my weakness
We are so blessed by our happy baby boy
God is so good to gift us with Will
I want to soak in every moment because it goes so fast
Nothing is sweeter than seeing Will recognize me and smile or laugh

Here's to the next six months in our journey!

Monday, October 27, 2014

26 Weeks!

26 weeks!

Tomorrow I will do his 6 month post that's more an overview of how the past half year has been for our family overall :)

We finally switched Will to be forward facing in his stroller rather than in the car seat. Not sure what took so long, but he loves it!

He also had the biggest blowout yet this past week. I know that's gross, but really, it's just our life now :P It was bad though...all over the three of us! (Yes, all. three. of. us.)

Will eats baby food like a champ. He wasn't so sure about puffs, but he kept eating them regardless. Of course Mags was his personal vacuum.

Will likes to sit up and look at himself in the mirror. We still need to be close because he does lean and eventually topple. He can go from his back to his side, but he can't roll to his tummy yet. When he's on his back, he is constantly lifting his head and legs up as if he's doing a crunch. He's going to have abs of steel ;)

He keeps the paci in really well know. But he also likes to pull his paci out when trying to get to sleep, so sleeping with his Taggie blanket to hold on to is a must. We tried not swaddling him, but he woke up at 4:15am, so we're going to keep his arms in the swaddle sack to transition. A friend kept just her baby's arms swaddled till 8 months, so I'm glad we're okay :P

A few other things to note...

Will is oh so ticklish on his feet, neck and back
He grunts when he can't reach toys...he usually goes back instead of forward
He has done an army crawl again, but not consistently
Bananas constipate him (not fun!)
He lights up when he sees his Daddy :)

I finally got more pictures of Will in the jumper thing Corey's parents got (my parents have a different one he loves). He is such a hoot!

At the end of the walk :)

The blowout that made its way up his back. I couldn't resist a picture, haha! Corey's face is priceless...

He was screaming with excitement! He had some great facial expressions, but those pictures were blurry

Big boy!

I love eating books too...he loves the crunchy sounds


Trying to eat my leg...no big deal

Trying to grab everything, including the phone/camera

Watching his cousins play soccer!


Trying to feed himself sweet potatoes

I posted a video on FB of Will laughing as I cleaned him up from his sweet potato mess. This boy seriously fills my heart :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Carving

This past Saturday was a day we've been looking forward to for quite some time. Not because we were doing anything grand, but because of the people we were sharing it with. 

We spent the afternoon and evening hanging out with our small group. As is our tradition now, we carved pumpkins, ate a homemade meal together and then played games. 

These friends are more like family. We've been through much together, and we always know how to have a good time. I am so thankful to bring Will into this community...and I'm beyond grateful at how they love him.

Hard at work

Will with his friend Autumn :)

Getting hugs and kisses!

Corey carved the silhouette of the boxer

We took some nice and silly photos of all of us with our pumpkins...just waiting to get those from someone else's camera :) I also forgot one crucial picture...the 3 of us! But we are taking Will's 6 month photo shoot on Friday, so we will get some good ones there.

It was such a fun weekend, and we are beyond grateful for our group where encouragement, accountability, and service are fostered. Living in community with these friends is a gift!