Friday, May 17, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
When he returned to school the following week, we had prepped him for going potty at school, put on his favorite new undies, and were ready. However, on Monday, he would hold it until he could hold it no longer and wet himself. He was not having pottying at school.
On Tuesday, I got a call that Jude had 2 messy pants. :( When I picked him up, I myself was not feeling well and called Justin to meet us at home soon because we were both feeling pretty yucky. By 6 pm, I was running a fever and Jude was throwing up. The next 4 days we were consumed with messy pants, throw up, and chills. Thankfully, our bug left us, but Jude's fear of extreme stomach pain and stinging in his bottom did not and he began to refuse to go potty because he said it "hurt". Since then, we've given him a few weeks off to calm his fears and feel comfortable again. We're going to attempt the potty thing again before summer.
In April, we also traveled to Eastern Washington to see where Justin has been doing research and it was a nice weekend get away. Jude LOVED seeing all the animals and he is now an expert in knowing the different between cow poop and moose poop, thanks to the knowledge of his Daddy. I took my camera with me but it never left my duffel bag. :(
Friday, March 15, 2013
This captures my favorite smile!
My sweet boy!
Being adventurous with Daddy.
I could go on and on about how I can't believe Jude is already 2 years old, but I won't. The second year has gone even faster than the first and I keep loving this sweet little man more and more every day. In the past year, Jude has lived in 3, yes 3 states (AZ, NC for the summer, and now WA). He's visited 7 states total and been on many adventures including many hikes, museums, libraries, family and friend trips, and zoos. Here is what I always want to remember about Jude during his 2nd year:
Color: Pink (I know, we're working on this one)
Toy: Brown cow, new Thomas, and Chalkboard Easel (He also loves anything with animals and Elmo, his helicopter, and puzzles.)
Activities: Playing outside, drawing/coloring, doing puzzles
Books: Brown Bear Series, Sesame St. Books, and Big Red Tractor by Francis Chan
Food: Cheese, yogurt (particularly squeezers from Trader Joe's), sweet potatoe fries
Movie: Lion King
Game: Hide and Seek
Friend: Kate and Raegan from church and Reese, Evie, and Mackie (McKenzie) at school (He told me this one.)
Song: Praise Him, Old MacDonald
Animal: This can change daily, but usually elephant or cow
Hat: Reindeer and Auburn tobogan (I don't know what we'll do when it's too warm for tobogans, or what west coast people refer to as beanies.)
What he knows:
-Can identify all his ABC's but does not know the song yet
-Can count to 10
-Colors: blue, pink, purple, green, yellow, orange, brown, black, white, grey
-Shapes: square, rectangle, circle
-We're trying to learn a new Bible verse every month (paraphrased any way) but only January's has really stuck "Jesus washes white snow" aka "Jesus washes us white as snow."
-Jude knows more things about animals that I do. I say this seriously. He knows what many of them eat, where they live, and in what order they appear at the zoo. The other day I said, "There's a bird." and he replied, "No bird Mommy. Albetross." I guess we're both correct, but still.
Jude officially has ALL his teeth for 2 years old, as his last 2 top 2 year molars started breaking through this week. His bottom 2 came in a few weeks ago and I never realized until they were all the way in..oops. Of course, his minus his right bottom canine from his December fall (sad face) but he's proud to show his big gaping hole off and tell you the story of "fall down Mo Mo's stairs".
As I've mentioned before, this blog serves as a keep up with family and friends, but also for my memory sake. At turning 2, Jude is sensitive. When he saw me cry when leaving NC in February, it made him very concerned and he will take his little chubby fingers, put them on my cheek and say, "No cwy Mommy." then squeeze my neck. He is also concerned about people's boo boos, especially Uncle Zach's. He is also opinionated. He wants to have a say in his clothes, mostly if they have animals, Elmo, or Thomas on them and of course his crocs and hat of choice. He does like his 1 "war eagle" (blue and orange striped) shirt.
He still enjoys being outdoors. Just this week we had a wonderful evening (enjoying the time change) of running up and down the hill by our apartment. He would squeal and laugh over and over and ask for "More outside." I burned some serious calories during this adventure. He enjoys riding his bike, running, and playing ball outside. He also loves looking for the moon. Unfortunately, due to our cloudy skies, he doesn't get to see it as often as he would like. Jude also loves coloring. He prefer markers over crayons and he loves to use his chalkboard. He likes to draw "nakes" (snakes) best.
He is also attentive to our prayer time. We pray before every meal, on our way to school, and at bedtime. He always ask for prayers for family and friends and the occasional toy and Mo Mo and Pop's doggies.
He is doing well with following directions and becoming more independent, including putting away toys, watering my plants, brushing his teeth, etc. He likes being a helper and wants to help me put clothes in the washing machine and sweep. I pray that his helping heart continues.
Jude is struggling with transitions. He does not like to change clothes, at all. He also doesn't like going to different places (unless it's very preferred) but of course he enjoys it once we're there. He certainly has his moments, but overall (knock on wood), he is obedient and is learning what it means to do what is asked of him. He can be strong willed at times, but pretty typical of his developmental stage.
He still goes to bed around 8:30 and wakes between 6:45 and 7:15. He naps every day from 1'ish to about 3 at school, but he'll stretch it out to 4 at home with less distractions. He still has his bap at night time. He also sleeps with his "babies", Monkey and Lamby. Bedtime routine consists of rocking and reading books, then being sung to by Mommy. He laughs when Daddy sings. :)
This sweet, beautiful boy is definitely not a baby, even though he asks to be Mommy's baby sometimes while I'm rocking him. As I think about how quickly these moments pass, I hope that Jude will know how much he is loved and how thankful I am to be his Mommy.
Happy Birthday sweet boy! We love you to the moon and back!
The Lord God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. -Zephaniah 3:17
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
We had such a wonderful visit. It was great to spend time with family and friends (my college roomie Boofee came for dinner one night) as well as Justin's family. Jude had a quick visit with great- grandparents and my inlaws came to visit for a day. We also had an early birthday party for Jude while they were there, including cow and Elmo cupcakes, per request. Jude wanted me to keep lighting his candle over and over so he could blow it out. He cried when we sang to him, but he LOVED the cows on his "cupakes".
We are so blessed to have had our time with family. To say it was emotional to leave is an understatement as our boys are growing oh so fast. The Lord is always faithful to fill the void in my heart when I miss my family.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
It's been a lot, but let me tell you, God is faithful. Jude has been an amazing trooper through it all and continues to melt my heart every day. His love for books, animals, and choo choos blows my mind and how he is able to express himself blows me away. His vocabulary grows more and more every day and Justin and I are going to have to work hard to stay ahead of him. Let me give a disclaimer, my child is not perfect. He has began to learn the "art" of throwing himself to the floor but I think he's quickly learning that gets him no where fast. He can be whiny and bossy. But, in the midst of his sinful nature, he is sensitive, sweet, and pretty dern smart.
Thankfully, my boy does not like messes like his Mommy so he's pretty good about wiping up spills and helping with chores like sweeping, putting laundry in with Mommy, and picking up after himself when asked. There is the occasional "no" he gives me, which is usually ignored while he is then guided to do the said task. He knows where every thing is, meaning, his animal magnets on the fridge, yeah, when he plays with them and one random "dino" is missing, he tells Mommy, "Find dino peese!" It's usually behind the recycling bin or slipped under the fridge, but he knows it's not there, and he has over 20 of them. Maybe type A personality?
What has really melted my heart this month though is his spiritual development. He has learned 2 new Bible verses, 1 from church and one we've been working hard at home with. He says "Jesus washes white snow." Meaning, "Jesus washes us what as snow." and "I can all thing thwough Chwist". He's also started to help say the blessing at dinner, which makes my heart so happy.
There are so many horrific things he can and will be exposed to in this world. Oh how I pray for his soul and that his heart will be sensitive to the moving of the Spirit as he grows. I can't believe next month we'll be celebrating another birthday but until then, we'll enjoy these daily steps of Jude learning and growing.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I am so thankful this beautiful blessing has arrived and I know he and Jude will be into some rowdy trouble in the years to come! I love you so much Eli and can't wait to meet you in just a few weeks!
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Thank you Lord for healing Zach again! We love you and know You alone are worthy of praise!