Saturday, October 31, 2009

5 month picture and Halloween

I can't believe Buddy turned 5 months old the other day. Here is his chair and bear picture to show how he has grown.

Here are a couple pictures of Buddy and his Halloween costume. Thank goodness I only paid $2 for it since he doesn't like it very much.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Please Pray for our friends

I know that many of you who read this are people who pray. Today I am asking that you pray for our friends and their little boy. These friends were our "NICU mentors" - as they had spent considerable time there themselves with their twins, especially Luke.I do not know if I have the freedom to post the details, but these friends have been on a roller coaster so to speak for over a year. God has done miracles in this little guy's life, and he needs continued prayer for even greater miracles. If you would, please remember them as you pray.

Monday, October 26, 2009

What are we doing with our lives?

Well, we currently don't know. The Air Force Officer door has closed, so in a way, we are back to the drawing board. This weekend M and I had several conversations, including pro and con lists for our 13 options. It seems we are now down to six or seven options, and waiting to see which doors close and open. As hard as it is to have a door closed, at least it eliminates something from the list. It is the possibilities and the unknowns that I do not enjoy. I just want to know what we are supposed to do for the next three to ten years and a general idea of how it will turn out. Not too much to ask, right?
Do we stay here or do we move? If we move, where , when, and how? Should we attempt to sell our house even if we are not sure about the moving details? Does Hubby stay in a similar career field or try something different? Do I go back to work full-time, part-time, or not at all? I just wish we had some clear direction, a voice saying, "Do ______ and live _______." I know I once randomly moved across the country to a town where I knew no one, but even as adventurous as that was, I did have a job lined up when I did that. Agh! So that is what is going on with us these days. :) And even with all of these questions, this weekend I felt God give me a sense of peace that He is with us amidst all the wondering and pondering.
Buddy is great. He interacts more each day. He is sleeping pretty well at night, but he fights bedtime and naptime even when he clearly needs to sleep. He is getting excellent at controlling his head while on his belly, he loves batting and kicking the objects the dangle from his baby gym-thing, he is still practicing rolling over - he does it some days and not others - and he has started "talking" to us with a variety of coos and sounds, looks and expressions that seem like he really wants to communicate something with us. He wants our attention most of his waking hours.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

More pictures

For those of you who aren't on facebook, here are the pictures Mike and I took today in our backyard.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mid-October update

I can't believe it is already October 13th!! Here is an update of what is going on with Buddy. Sorry for doing it with bullet points.

  • Today he rolled over from belly to back. He has been working on this for the last couple of weeks, and we thought he would do it while everyone was in town last week. He has learned to prop up his head really well, and today he finally coordinated his bottom, back, head, arms, and legs. He rolled at lunch time for me (and honestly, I kind of missed it because I turned my head at the exact moment of the roll), and then he did it for Hubby this evening. What a big boy!

  • He is working on some giggles/laughs. I would call them half-giggles. We have a new game where I move my hand on his belly and chin and then pinch his cheeks. He smiles really big (he is getting great at smiling), and then he gives a tiny laugh. I love this new game because the repetition of it is teaching him to anticipate what I am going to do. It is so neat to watch.

  • He is officially in his 3-6 month clothes and his size 2 diapers. I packed a bunch of clothes away, and it made me thrilled and sad at the same time, just like it did when he moved out of newborn clothes.

  • Buddy really likes getting his dirty diapers changed. I know this seems weird to type, but when I move him to the changing table and he is laying (lying?) there, he does a little happy dance both pre and post-change.

  • Our family enjoyed having everyone in town for the dedication. Thank you to those of you who came, and thanks to everyone who sent in a letter. You can still send a letter if you wanted to and didn't yet. I have not found a neat box yet for storing the letters. Buddy and I also enjoyed another trip to IL to spend more time with grandparents and great-grandparents. The trip seemed too short. We didn't even make it to Whitey's or to see anyone else. So sad. Sorry to those of you I missed.

  • I hesitate typing this, but Buddy is sleeping a lot better at night. However, this means he is eating constantly during the day and also not napping. He is a very social boy, so he likes my undivided attention all day. Most of the time this is wonderful, but I would like a little time to vacuum and fold laundy. Oh well. There will always be housework, but he is only a baby for a short time. I will relax and enjoy.