anyone who is still checking to see if there is a new entry! Haha. It truly does mean a lot to me if you are still interested in checking my blog. The frequency of my writing can only get better right? I frequently check the blogs of some of the Mom’s in my Mom’s group and there are a couple that have not written since October. So, not writing as often as we’d like, must be a Mom-with-baby thing (we all have babies born within a month or 2 of each other). I did use a disclaimer a couple of entries ago that November and December would be very busy months, SO…….a good New Years Resolution will be to write more often. I Got it!
As Thankful as I am for my readers, I have to say I am MOST thankful for my incredibly amazing little boys. God has blessed me beyond belief. Sometimes I feel I am not deserving of all of the goodness he has brought to my life. I strive hard to be a good Christian, but do get side-tracked at times. All I need to do to get back on track is spend just 5 minutes looking at my boys and realizing I have all I’ll ever need or want in both of them. I don’t think I was even able to write that we were going to Orlando for hanksgiving. My parents live near Orlando, but they actually went to visit my brother in San Fransisco. This trip to FL, Mike’s Dad was generous enough to fund. Mike, the boys and I went down last Tuesday and stayed until Saturday. It was SO nice to have 5 uniterrupted days spent with family. Mike’s parents, aunt and cousin came down Wednesday night. We spent 4 fabulous days visiting with Mike’s aunt (who lives in Orlando) and Mike’s Grand-pop who flew in from PA and met little Mikey for the first time. We had such a great time. Aunt Dawn provided delicious food (which I ate way too much of) and made the BEST sangria’s I ever had (which I also probably had too many of). The hotel we stayed at was gorgeous. The pool was heated so Braeden and his 9 year old cousin released all their energy at night swimming, while Mike and I relaxed in the hot tub. Mikey sat in his carrier and rocked himself into his own state of relaxation. SIDE NOTE- Let me just reiterate the amazement of Mikey’s ROCKING! Anytime he is in his carrier on a hard surface, he starts rocking. He will get himself going quickly and this is sheer entertainment to him. We can’t go anywhere without people staring and commenting, “Is he rocking HIMSELF?” “I have NEVER seen a baby do that before!” “I think that is THE funniest thing I have ever seen a baby do!” I even had one old man ask if the carrier was battery operated! Not battery operated, just God giving me an extra hand to my very needy little guy! Although we are so used to him doing it by now and at times it doesn’t even faze us, it is still the cutest thing. The funniest thing is watching him try and rock himself when he is in his carrier, but not in a place that he can actually make it move. There are plenty of times when I’ll be driving and I can hear him kicking his feet trying to make his carrier go. It will be very sad to see this piece of “equipment” go, particularly because if he is grumpy and not wanting to “go” somewhere, he perks right up after he is all buckled in and able to ROCK! He IS getting so heavy in it though and I’ve already been looking at the next size car seats. He has his 6 month check-up next week (although he was 6 months on Thanksgiving Day) and I plan to talk to the Dr. about the car seat issue.
Things have been going so well around here. I say that Mikey is needy, but he is really doing so much better in general. He is sleeping much better. He is STILL getting up at night, but is sleeping longer. We usually put him “night night” between 6:30 and 7:30 pm and he sleeps until about 9:30 am (waking up once or twice to eat in between- usually only once and he goes RIGHT back to sleep, if he really even truly “wakes up” when he is eating because he rarely even opens his eyes). He also takes naps in his bed- usually at least 2 1 hr naps a day. The naps could be better, but an hour is better than 20 minute cat naps. I am going to work hard on his schedule over the next month because starting the first week in January, I will be watching a 4 month old baby girl Monday-Friday all day. I think once the babies are a few months older, they will have a great time entertaining one another and playing together. It WILL be interesting, fun and refreshing keeping a “girl.” I guess having her 50 hours a week is as close to having a baby girl of my own that I will ever get. I’ll keep you posted. I met her and her family last night. She is precious and her parents are two people Mike and I see ourselves becoming great friends with. Plus, I WILL be getting paid- and I will still get to keep Mikey with me. 3 days a week at their house and 2 at ours.
Braeden continues to be so sweet. He is just such an amazing little boy. He is so helpful and sweet to his baby brother. We are so proud of him and Mikey adores him! If Braeden is the room, Mikey does not take his eyes off of him. You can see him anticipating the day when he can do what his big brother is doing. He is NOT far off either. He is now sitting on his own. He still goes TIMBER after a few minutes, but he is clearly progressing. He does try and balance himself with his arms to stay up, which he was not doing a week ago. He grabs anything and everything that is within eye-sight or arms-reach. He is eating baby food great. We started him at 4 months, but he was clearly not ready. The Dr. said it was OK to wait until he was 6 months and that they really don’t get any nutrition from it, and that it is just practice until they are off of their formula. We started back up this week and he loves it and eats everything we give him. Now, if only we can get big brother to eat better…..
We are really looking forward to the holidays. My parents and brother are coming here for a few days and then I think Mikey and I will head back to Fl with them for a few days. Braeden is going to Panama City to visit his other grandparents and Mike can’t take any time off. His Christmas present from me is a plane ticket to PA in mid January, so he is taking a few days off then. I’ve gotten everything together in the garage and we plan to get our Christmas tree in a few days. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday and it is SO much fun celebrating with your own children. I cherish the years that Braeden (and soon Mikey) still believe in Santa. Seeing the amazement in their eyes throughout the season is truly a Christmas gift in-itself.
Speaking of Christmas presents, here are two gifts that will never be topped in my eyes. My two precious gifts from God. Enjoy!
Once again, I will make up for my slacking with multiple entries! I have a lot to share, but thought I would start off with the most important news as of lately. Mikey was dedicated this weekend at our church. This was a little different for us. I grew up Catholic and only a few years ago made the decision to switch churchs. I have to say, by FAR this was the best thing that has ever happened to me. Yes, even better than getting married, or having my boys. I know that finding my husband and having my boys were gifts from God, but finding this church and becoming a REAL Christian is my gift TO God and that is far better than anything he can give US. No discredit to my parents at all for raising me in a Catholic home. Catholics are STILL Christians and they were the ones who built the foundation of my faith by taking us to church every Sunday and instilling in us good moral values. I just didn’t feel that I was really WORSHIPPING in the Catholic church nor was I really developing a relationship with God. Since the change, I have learned what it really means to be a Christian and have tried harder than ever to be a good one and live my life according to his teachings (don’t get me wrong, I still make mistakes and sin- I am not perfect). Anyway, the church we attend does not believe in baptising babies. We believe that a child should be old enough to understand what it means to have a relationship with God and what it means to live your life for the Lord, BEFORE they are baptised. Dedication is just as important though because it is OUR (Mike and I and the family and friends who attended) promise to the Lord that we will raise our child in a Christian home and with our church as our backing, teach them how to be a good follower of Christ. They are safe in us until they are old enough to truly understand and believe. Usually children are baptised when they are in 3rd or 4th grade. We will have Braeden re-baptised in a few years (since he was baptised Catholic). Anyway, it was a very special day filled with happiness and shared with family and friends. Thank you to everyone who attended. It meant so much to Mike and I to have your love and support. Mom and Dad, a special thanks for traveling here for the weekend and for helping out so much! Here are some more pictures of the beautiful day. Mikey looked adorable and we couldn’t have asked for nicer weather!
I don’t think I’ve ever included a picture of Mike’s parents. The other little boy is our nephew Harley (who Mike’s parents raise). Bless his heart, he had baseball all last week in the cold evening air and has terrible chapped lips.
Look at that face! He is saying, “Seriously Mama- NO MORE PICTURES!”
“It was a very long day and I don’t know about everyone else, but I am BEAT!” This is Mikey’s new bouncer and he LOVES it. He will stay in it for hours if we let him. As you can see, he loves it so much and will even sleep in it to avoid having to get out. The funniest thing is, when he does fall asleep in it and we try and take him out, he wakes up and immediately starts jumping…..like, “I am good, had a cat nap, back to jumping!”
IMPORTANT PRAYER! Please say a very special prayer for Mike’s boss and his family. He lost his 2 month old granddaughter this week. Apparently she got a virus that made her throw up and develop a fever. She died of dehydration. As if this is not tragic enough, he also lost his 18 year old daughter just 3 months ago to cancer. I know that God has his reasons for everything, but the pain, suffering and sadness this family must be experiencing is incomprehensible and our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to them during this difficult time and during the healing that will take place in the future.
We had a GREAT Halloween. Anything beats last year when my Dad had to take Braeden out because Mike had to work and I was still too sick with morning sickness. My what a difference a year makes! Mike and I and the boys had a lot of fun. We went trick-or-treating with some friends of ours and their 2 precious little girls (ages 3 and 4). They live in the same neighborhood as us, but in a newer section with bigger houses, so we decided to go there. For a brief moment I was sad that I will not have any little girls to dress like Cinderella or Snow White (their costumes), but as I watched their Mom try and get their hair just right, fluff their dresses for the 10th time, and make sure they didn’t get the pizza we ate before-hand on themselves, I remembered why I am SO happy I have boys! The kids got a LOT of candy (yes I did hit the stash at 2 a.m. once this week as I predicted I would). Another bonus to having boys, my 2 wanted to be done early (Mikey succumbing to Daddy’s comfy arms and Braeden just feeling he’d had enough). The girls could have went all night (and I used to want to do the same). Suddenly having MORE candy is not as enticing as an adult trying to loose 10 pounds as it was when we were kids. Anyway, here are some more cute pictures. Have a great weekend!
Mikey is VERY close to being able to sit on his own longer than a few seconds.
For Halloween at school, the kids were not allowed to wear costumes (safety reasons), so they had to dress as a cowboy. This was the best I could come up with without having to spend a ton of $ on another costume. Pardon the “curtains” in the back. I am finally getting some real ones this weekend. I had to wait till the couch came to see what would match.