Thursday, April 17, 2014

Miss Priss at 5 Months

Sadie's nickname around our house has become Miss Priss or Prissy and Justin has said several times the name suites her well. Sadie is very sociable, smiles often, and loves watching her brother. Her new favorite toy is her singing puppy from MoMo and Pop's house. (It's one Jude had but we left in NC and she loved playing with it. It sings songs and moves and she will watch and laugh at it forever.)

Sadie is rolling all over the place, turning 360's, and scooting on her belly. We will be surprised if she's not crawling soon. She is wearing some 3-6 month clothes but has moved to some 6 month clothes as well. She is definitely on her last size 2 diapers. (We only use them at night and at church.) The next pack we purchase will have to be 3's.

Sadie prefers to be held, by me. She has began reaching for me and it melts my heart. We moved her to her crib at night (she's been napping there since we moved) when we got back from NC and she's done great! We've dropped her dream feed and her schedule is as follows: Her last feeding is around 8:45-9 pm. Asleep by 9:15 (Yes, we do have late bed times but it works for our family...I think it will bump up when we drop our cat nap in the evening.) She sleeps until 4:45-5:15 am for a feeding, then goes back to sleep until 8-8:30 am. From here she's on a 3.5-4 hours schedule and doing great. She naps well and actually prefers to be put down to fall asleep on her own. If we hold her, she fights it but if we put her down, she'll fuss for only a few minutes and go right to sleep. She continues to not want a pacifier.

We started solids just a few days ago at dinner time. We have tried rice cereal, carrots, and avocado. She loved the avocado. I do think this has helped her with sleeping longer at night.

Every day goes so quickly and I can't believe it's been 5 months since she made her debut. Happy 5 Months Miss Priss!

 Yummy, yummy!
 Finger lickin' good!
Hanging out with Uncle Zach which in N.C.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Trip to NC, Part II-Jude's Birthday Party

The 2 families usually meet in Concord to switch off. I really want Jude and Sadie to have memories of family birthday parties (as much as possible) and since we were close enough to Jude's birthday, we did a belated Lightning McQueen party at Chickfila. It was great to have family there to celebrate Jude. I still can't believe this boy is 3!

 Uncle Zach's girlfriend Brittany owns a bakery near Raleigh and she made Jude's amazing birthday cake. She surprised him with a Tow Mater Rice Krispie cake too!
 Jude couldn't wait to get some cake. We were afraid he would love it so much he wouldn't want to cut it. Instead, he said, "Let's cut this Lightnin'!"
 Needless to say, Jude got LOTS of fun new toys.
 Jude and Eli had a good time in the play place. It was so fun to see these 2 interact on our visit, except Jude's inability to share.
 Jude is like his Daddy...it's difficult to take a posed picture with his eyes open. :)
 Nana and Hannah, the twins.
And, I had to post one of this cutie. This was a few weeks ago, but I haven't posted her in a picture in any Auburn gear yet. In lieu of A Day game, I thought I would add this one. 

Another birthday has passed and I'm trying to soak it all up, day by day.





Thursday, April 10, 2014

Visit to NC, Part I

We spent 2 wonderful weeks in North Carolina that went by entirely too fast. I was very nervous about flying with both kiddos solo, but prayers were answered and both trips, coming and going, went smoothly. (Minus our long wait in the Subway line and Jude started saying "I'm doing the pee pee dance." when I was the next person to pay. Needless to say, we bolted out of line to the bathroom and ate yogurt parfaits for dinner instead.)

We flew into Charlotte and spent our first chunk of our visit with the Dellingers. We were able to see lots of family and spend some good time with Justin's parents again and his brother. This visit was very special to both sets of family since it was the first time many were able to meet sweet Sadie.

 Papaw Jerry with Sadie...she really enjoyed his duck sounds.
 Sadie with Mamaw Mart, her great great grandmother.
 Sadie with Mamaw Ann. Sadie loved her polka dot sweater. We could not get her to look up.
 Jude with Uncle Cody and his girlfriend Sydney. Jude might have a slight crush on Sydney.
 Jude was really interested in Cousin Hunter's dirt bike magazine.
 Cousin Hannah (aka Nana's look alike) with Sadie. She is such a sweet girl. I would be blessed for Sadie to turn into such a caring and respectable teenager one day.
 Uncle Cody getting some smiles out of Sadie. (Look at those legs!)

We are greatly blessed to have my inlaws open their home to us and for the opportunity to make such special memories.

Monday, March 24, 2014

4 Months Already?

Sweet pea turned 4 months last week and we had her 4 month check up a few days later. The doctor was very pleased with her size and her social sweetness. She cooed and laughed at him the whole time. We saw our new doctor in our new town and I really like him! He took so much time to talk and get to know us. I think he will be a great fit for our family.

Sadie is a big girl! At least she is proportional I suppose. Jude was bigger at this stage too and thinned out once he started moving. Here are her stats:

Head Circumference: 16.25 cm (90%)
Weight: 15 lb. 14 oz (75%)
Length: 24.5 in. (75%)

Sadie does have excema and the cyst on her eye is one we have to keep an eye on. It is on her left eye brow. Our first pediatrician thought it was a birth trauma but our new doctors feels certain it is not. He gave me the  name of the kind of cyst but I don't remember. :( It could go away, but if he doesn't by age 2, he will refer us to an eye surgeon. As long as it does not effect her vision, which now it does not seem to be, we have no worries other than the cosmetic side of things.

At 4 months, Sadie LOVES to jump. She wants to jump in her play table, jump while standing on your legs, or lie on the bed while Jude jumps on it. She laughs and is so ticklish. She is on a good day schedule, taking a morning nap around 10, an afternoon nap around 1:30 and an evening cat nap around 5-5:30 pm. Bed time is 8-8:30, dream feed at 10:30, and she wakes between 4-5 to feed, then goes back to sleep until 7-7:30. She has skipped the early morning feeding a few times, but not consistently. She continues to not care much about her bappy but does enjoy snuggling with her lovey. She can roll backwards and forwards and enjoys chewing/sucking on her fingers. She adores Jude and watching him.

Sadie, you are a beautiful blessing and we love you more each day!

*We will have lots of pictures from our NC visit on the next post! :)


Sunday, March 16, 2014

3!

 We celebrated Jude's 3rd birthday yesterday! We told him he could choose anything he wanted to do for the day, and he wanted to go sledding. We decided to go to the ski lodge about 10 minutes from our new home for some adventures.
 Jude loved throwing snowballs and going down the small hills. About 30 seconds after this picture was taken, Jude let go and Sadie face planted into the side of the sled.
 Though I miss my friends in the western part of WA, I sure am glad this handsome guy is home every night.
Birthday Boy!
Before we went sledding, we had a family birthday part at home. Jude woke up to gifts, balloons, and a home made birthday cake. He wanted me to sing happy birthday to all his new toys.
Jude really enjoyed opening his new gifts. He is also excited to have a family birthday dinner when we go home to North Carolina in a few weeks.
Jude enjoyed his cake, but he really is excited about his Lightning cake from Miss Brittany!

Here is a little interview from Jude:

AT THREE...
Favorite Color: green
Favorite Toy: Francesco
Favorite Fruit: banana
Favorite Movie: Airplanes (Planes)
Favorite thing to eat for Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly
Favorite thing to wear: I like Lightnin' shoes (crocs)
Favorite game: ball
Favorite snack: Cheeze its
Favorite Animal: "In the ocean, a whale. On land, a giraffe."
Favorite Song: Baby Cruise (Cruize by FGL)
Favorite Book: Petunia
Best Friend: "At school? Alexander. At church? Drake"
Favorite Thing to Do Outside: Throw snow in the water
Favorite Drink: milk
Favorite Holiday: My Birthday!
Favorite Thing to Take to Bed: Monkey and Skipper
Favorite thing to eat for breakfast: Trix
Favorite thing to eat for dinner on your birthday: pizza
Favorite place to go out to eat out?: bagels (Einstein's)
What do you want to be when you grow up: A scientist. I want to study antelope and you will come with me to catch antelope. You have to stay with Daddy though. I am going to shot the antelope with my gun and you stay with Daddy and I will go get the antelope.


Jude, 

You have grown into a handsome, sweet, smart, wonderful boy. We are so proud of the huge things you've already done. In the past year, you have said good bye to your bappy. You are now potty trained and sleeping in a big bed. You welcomed your first sibling and we made another move. You continue to learn every day. You know all your letters, numbers 1-20, and are learning how to write your name and phonemes. You continue to love to read and hear stories. You are learning new Bible verses and show your manners. You are so incredibly precious to us. We pray every day that you will know Jesus as your Savior and choose to follow him every day. We love you so very much!

Momma

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Settling In

 We are officially settling in at our new home. Boxes are officially unpacked, pictures are on the walls, and we are getting a new routine. Part of that new routine is LOTS of time outside, which I'm enjoying. We have a creek that runs in our backyard with a bridge (as you see pictured) that allows Jude to play safely. He loves to throw sticks and rocks into the water.
 We also have a 2 acre front yard. Lots of great space for Mason and Jude to romp around in, as well as for Justin to mow in the summer. Yippee.

This is definitely a change in pace considering we are in another small town, quite different than life near a large city, but it's a blessing to be home every day and to know Justin will be home with us. We are enjoying our time as spring approaches (and Jude's birthday this weekend!)
 And of course, I can't post without including these 2 sweet faces. Sadie continues to be such a sweet baby. She wakes up between 7:30-8 each morning and feeds every 3.5-4 hours. She officially goes to bed between 8 and 9 every night. Though I've followed the same routine as I did with Jude man, Sadie is still not sleeping through the night consistently, but that's ok. I know she is still little. She usually wakes between 2-3 am, again around 5:30 or 6, and then wakes up for a slight snack as aforementioned to begin her day.

She truly is a very contented and happy baby. She naps well and her favorite things are her jumpy toy and watching Jude play. She will actually cry at times until you put her into her jumpy.

We go for her 4 month check up next week so I'm eager to see how Miss Pris is growing.
And this little man is doing great with the new transition into our new home. Because it's a lot bigger than our old apartment, the first few days, when we would ask him to go get something in such and such, he would often go the wrong way, ha. He now knows where to look for things. He is a great helper and enjoys helping me cook and do some chores around the house. We try to do 2 15 minute learning/structured tasks each day focusing on numbers, letters, and Bible time but overall, we enjoy free play and exploration.

Though I greatly miss my friends and am adjusting to a new town, I am thankful for God's hand over us and for these passing days with my babes.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Be Thou My Provision

And we know all things work together for good for those who love God; for those who have been called according to His purpose. -Romans 8:28

I sigh a deep sigh when I begin to type. My blog is usually filled with fun family pictures for friends and family to enjoy and to serve as a digital journal of sorts for me to remember things. However, today I am going to share some more personal things. I hope that someone will find hope and peace through my transparency.

Justin and I got married on July 19, 2008. Before we got married, we had made the decision to move to Auburn, AL for Justin to attend Auburn University for his Master's degree. When we visited the campus and town our senior year of college, I left and called my Mom, telling her, this is where we're moving next year. We both had great peace about the decision, a peace only the Holy Spirit could provide. In the coming months, things fell into place including a TA position for Justin, my first teaching job at a great school system, and a home.

I could go on and on about our 3 years in Auburn, but in a nutshell, God flourished our lives with people and opportunities. Blessings abounded (some tough to see as blessings and others easy). Through our time in Auburn, we made life long friendships that we still have today. Upon Justin's graduation from Auburn, one of the hardest decisions we ever had to make was to leave a town that had become our second home. I kid you not when I say I cried all the way to the Mississippi line when we pulled out of our drive way on Dumas Drive.

Before beginning my thoughts on Arizona, I want to preface it with the fact that Justin and I have agreed to discuss our process. I would not share this if my husband was not ok with it. When we moved to Arizona, I did not have a peace about this decision. All I can explain is that I didn't feel that was what God wanted us to do. We moved to a new place where the town could not be more opposite of Auburn, nor the school I taught at. There were huge shifts for me personally, emotionally, and spiritually. Though we made some friends in Globe, our community at large was much different than where we left and I often felt very dry emotionally and spiritually. The 10 months we lived in AZ was very difficult for our marriage and for our relationships with God.

Thankfully, God sustained us through this time and used Justin's work experience to open a door for us in Washington State. Again, a lot of prayers were sent up and a lot of tears were shed about the decision to make yet again, another cross country move. While doors were opening and closing, I began to have a peace that God wanted us to go. We packed up, yet again, to make another big move to the Seattle area.

God continued to show his faithfulness in providing us a nice apartment and a great teaching position for me. He also showered financial aide to us through Justin's grants for his PhD and for Jude's school. We gave us another great church and a new set of great friends. The blessings continued to be showered upon us. I must add that the term blessing is not always what we seem as good, but what God sees as best. There have been times when Justin and I didn't know what we were going to do financially, but God placed exactly what we needed in front of us. There have been times when I felt very lonely, and a friend would invite us over for dinner. There were also times when I really missed my family, and the praise band would play my parents' favorite hymns. God truly is a God of details.

And, we are now facing another move. Though we are remaining in WA state, a good job opportunity has opened for Justin and we were be relocating about 5 hours away. More good byes, more moving boxes, more new beginnings including finding a church, doctors, and learning how to navigate my chosen grocery store. This will be our 6th home, 5th state, and 4th town we've lived in during our 5.5 years of marriage.

It's hard y'all. It's hard to finally make a set of friends to have to leave them. To finally begin a friendship that you feel comfortable enough to discuss personal things and have to say good bye. To find a church where your children know their teachers by name. To plan a birthday party for no one because your child's friends are 5 hours away, your family is across the country, and we won't be in our new town long enough to make friends.

This is not a complaint, but a testimony of how our God provides. In every move, He has been our Provider, Our Supplier, Our Healer, Our Hand holder, Our Sustainer. There have been bumps and even pot holes along the way, but God has brought us through it. I have missed big things. I could not rush to the hospital when my brother was having brain surgery. I couldn't be there to see my nephew's birth. We have missed weddings of close friends, birthdays, and even Christmas, but God has been here with us. The things that are special, in the midst of missing those things, God has turned what could be bitterness and resentment into thanksgiving for all He has provided.

This has been a daily journey for me to get here. To see His goodness in all this craziness and He is good y'all. He will work all this for His good, we just have to sit with our hands and hearts open.

So, another move, a new town, a new place, a new adventure...here we come.


And, 2 of my most precious blessings...couldn't post without sharing these sweet faces.