Memorial Weekend

The three of us (make that four, since Cooper tagged along) took advantage of our three day weekend together.  Saturday we ventured to Grand Rapids.  It was like a ghost town when we arrived shortly before lunch time.  We spent the first part of the day at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.  I really didn’t know much about the man, so it was a great chance for me to add to my knowledge of American presidents.  I thought it was pretty interesting that he wasn’t voted in as President OR Vice President, yet he became the President of the United States!

The other museum we visited on Saturday was the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts.  Ezra sure is getting exposed to some cool stuff!  There were some wacky exhibits at this museum, but we enjoyed the unusual and unique perspectives of the artists showcased at this stop.

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Here’s where our plans didn’t finish up as we’d hoped.  A Red Hot Chili Peppers concert was taking place that night (unknown to us until we saw the crowds forming,) so the town was flooded with concert-goers.  Every place we considered for dinner had crowds of drunk smokers congregating near the doors, and it just wasn’t the family-friendly environment we wanted.  So, we walked to the hotel, picked up the truck and drove to the next town for a dinner at Chili’s.  All-in-all it was a good day, even with the snags in our plans.

Sunday we drove west to the shore.  Lake Michigan is supposedly beautiful, but we only got glimpses of it.  Whereas the California coast is easily viewed from a considerable distance due to the sparse trees and elevated, rocky shoreline, the West Michigan coast is blocked from view by the dense trees and flat terrain.  We were able to take a trail to a vista point of the beach, and what we saw looked like a nice place to layout and get some sun.

On our way back home we stopped in Kalamazoo.  We planned on having lunch at Bell’s Brewery, but between having the baby and the dog being with us, we sadly resigned to Burger King.  Our next vacation will probably be dog-free so we can have a few less hindrances on venue selection, be it hotels or restaurants.  While traveling with the baby can be fun, it does change what types of things we do, too.  Of course, having a baby changes everything!

I came across a Trace Adkins song that reminded me to enjoy each day for what it brings…because I’m “going to miss this.”

Monday, Memorial Day, the three of us (Cooper stayed home this day) went to a friend’s house to barbecue and let the kids play in a kiddie pool.  All three couples had children, ranging from two and a half months to two years.  It was nice to be around a group that didn’t mind if the conversation turned to “kid stuff.”  Ha ha!  How quickly our topics of conversation have changed since becoming parents!

Ezra enjoyed his first time in a pool.  He liked splashing and I think he enjoyed the cooling effect of the water on such a hot day.  Another first for the little guy was getting his first teeth in.  His dad and I guessed a few months back when he’d get his first tooth/teeth.  I guessed at six months, and his dad guessed by Memorial Day.  Dad was right on the money!  Yesterday and today have been challenging for us, as the little guy has been crying and uncomfortable with his teeth continuing to come in.  I wonder how long this will last.

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It’s time for an update!

Chairein, friends!  It’s been a while since we’ve “talked,” hasn’t it?

Things are going splendidly in our household.  Baby E is now five months old!  He slept 10-11 hours the past two nights with only one wake-up for nursing each night.  That rest has me feeling like a new woman….or at least a much more capable version of myself.

Baby E, his daddy and I went to Louisiana for a wedding and to visit family and friends.  It was really wonderful to spend time with some old friends from grade school and college.  One friend even threw me an early Mother’s Day brunch…so sweet!  While Cooper and Daddy had to return home after a week of visiting down south, baby E and I flew to California with his Paw Paw to look at houses and enjoy some SoCal sunshine.  After much looking and thinking, we’ve decided renting is probably the best option for our family at this time.

Hubby (E’s daddy) is having a birthday this week.  We still haven’t planned anything as a celebration!  Do you have any suggestions for us?  If so, leave them as a comment on this post 🙂

New things about baby E:

  • the beginning of teething
  • he wakes up on his belly lately
  • he’s somewhere between squirming and crawling
  • sitting up on his own seems to be coming up soon (He’s almost got it.)
  • one more month until we start introducing veggies
  • making lots of ‘b’ and ‘p’ sounds and blowing raspberries
  • wearing mostly 6-9 month clothes already
  • really interested in Cooper, his doggy

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Chairein

Chairein, friends!  The Greek translation of this word means “joy to you.”  I love that!  Hearing this really spoke to me.  Beth Moore says that joy is our birthright and cannot be taken away from us.  This message seems pretty fitting to share with you considering the subtitle for my blog is “Finding joy in the everyday moments.”  I discovered this word while participating in week two of Beth Moore’s study of James (James: Mercy Triumphs.)  Chairein is the original Greek word that was translated to “greetings” in James 1:1.

A verse I’ve had on my wall for a few months now is Psalm 126:3.  “The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy.”  I guess it’s safe to say that JOY is my theme for this year.  

I’m excited to learn more in this Bible study.  I never realized that James (author of the book of the Bible, James) is Jesus’s brother.  More accurately, he’s Jesus’s half-brother.  They share the same mother, Mary, but have different fathers.  James’s father is Joseph, and Jesus’s father is God.  I’m sure many new things will be revealed to me as I continue this series.

Something I’m thankful for this morning is a second night in a row of baby E getting six consecutive hours of sleep.  With that I’ll leave you with a closing greeting.  Chairein!  (Pronounced Ki Rain)

Baby E

Life with baby Ezra is getting easier and more enjoyable each week.  I think we have finally adjusted to our new life as parents.  It took several weeks, but we are now getting decent amounts of sleep most nights.  Ezra wakes up one or two times at night to nurse, but otherwise has slept pretty soundly.  It’s amazing how big a difference getting rest makes in your day!

E is growing well and has received his first big round of shots.  He had a tongue tie clipped, which has helped his efficiency with nursing.  I think he may have a lip tie, so  we are trying to get an appointment with his doctor scheduled to get that checked.

Our winter has been much milder than last winter.  Praise God!  The warmer temperatures have allowed us to get out of the house with baby E much easier.  The roads have been relatively easy to drive on with the lesser amount of ice and snow this year.

Cooper has adjusted to life with his little brother, also.  We think he will become really interested in baby E once solid foods appear on the menu.  For now Cooper shows interest but knows to be gentle.

Here are some photos from January.  Enjoy 🙂

CHWH Swap

Back in October I signed up for the Cold Hands Warm Hearts glove swap hosted by Sandy and Ilene.  I was matched up with another blogger, Courtney, to send a pair of gloves and other goodies to in the mail.  This blog post was supposed to be submitted December 13, but I was a little busy that day.  I was in the hospital preparing to give birth to my sweet baby, Ezra.  So…I think that’s a pretty good excuse for running late on this little assignment 😉

Courtney sent me some awesome goodies.  I received a pair of brown gloves.  They’ve already been put to good use up here in frosty Michigan.  She also sent me two cute flower hair pins, a fun green bracelet and a package of great smelling bath products.  Thanks, Courtney!  I hope you got your package from me in time to participate in the blog link-up and that you like the goodies I sent your way.

32 1/2 weeks

Wow!  Time is flying!  It looks like I haven’t done a very good job of keeping this blog up to date.  Here’s a look at the progress I’m making on my to-do list:

  • scrapbook 2010 and 2011 1/2 way done with 2010
  • purchase necessary baby items (items still needed: more nursing bras and pads, cloth diapers, wet bags, humidifier)
  • do a major cleaning on the entire apartment, going through everything we own and getting as organized as possible (this is always a work in progress, ugh)
  • find an outfit for our maternity shoot in October
  • attend birthing class will be done with this tomorrow
  • pick out and purchase a new computer (not sure if I should get a laptop or another desktop)
  • pick out and purchase a new printer  my parents are giving me one, so this isn’t an issue anymore
  • find an outfit for my sister-in-law’s wedding in November
  • turn 26
  • have remote starter installed on my car
  • get new tires before the snow starts (also need an oil change)
  • do all the Christmas shopping about 1/2 way finished
  • buy a Christmas tree
  • decorate for Christmas
  • get one last hair cut, because who knows how long it’ll take me to get back to the salon once baby’s here scheduled
  • enjoy these last months of pregnancy with some quality time with the hubby in progress

I still have lots to do, but I’m making some progress.  We had our maternity photo session two weeks ago.  Hopefully we’ll have those photos to share soon.  I can’t wait to see them! 

The cold weather is starting to set in.  It was 31 degrees last night.  I can’t say I’m thrilled about this, but at least these pregnancy hormones are keeping me a little warmer than I’d be without them.  Considering I’ve been warmer than usual, I’m so glad I get to be pregnant in an area that isn’t too hot and humid.  So, there’s one perk to being in Michigan!

The trees gave us some beautiful Fall color, but it didn’t last long.  I’d guess we had about two weeks of nice color.  Most of the trees are either green or brown now, with a few remaining yellow and orange leaves here and there.

Hubs took this photo of me and my babies 🙂  If you’d like to vote for this photo (cropped version) to help me try to win a family photo session, click here and like the photo.

When I figure out the problem with my photo converter I’ll share some more photos from the past few weeks with you.  Until then, Go Tigers!  Right now they’re beating Auburn in the second quarter.

17.5 weeks

Wow!  How did I get this close to the 1/2 way mark already?  Our baby is about 5 1/2 inches long from crown to rump and weighs around 6 ounces.  It’s incredible that our baby was only the size of a poppy-seed 14 weeks ago. 

In less than two weeks we have our big ultrasound appointment.  The doctors will carefully look at the baby from head to toe to find if everything is developing well.  We also might find out the sex at this appointment.  I haven’t decided if we’ll announce that bit of information immediately.  It would be kind of nice to have it as our own little secret for a while 🙂  I’ve shared everything else up to this point.

My parents came to visit us last week.  Showing them our town and hang out spots was fun.  We sure did eat well (or a lot) while they were here!  This baby will certainly not be malnourished!

I’m working on our baby registry.  If anyone has suggestions for things they thought were absolutely necessary with their kids (or kids they saw grow up) or things that were a waste of money and not used, I’d love to hear them!  I’m having a hard time picking a playard.  There are so many to pick from.  I guess I need to take another trip to the store to see them in person and really inspect the features and designs.