Thursday, September 30, 2010

Travel

At 5 o'clock this morning, Husby and I packed up our Little Man and headed out the door for a quick visit up north. With Grandpa along for the first part of the trip, we lugged our suitcases and carry-ons to the airport, and set out for a flight to CID. On the way to our gate, we passed by the USO, and since we had a little time to spare, we peaked in for a visit. Never have we felt more welcome in a new place. The volunteers at the DFW branch deserve a standing ovation - thank you for your warm hospitality [and free breakfast!].

On board our flight, we settled in for the 100ish minutes of recycled air. Little Man, having flown twice before already, settled in for a long nap in my arms. And sleep he did, until his ears wouldn't pop on decent; poor baby let the whole plane know he was unhappy. Luckily, I've recently discovered that Jesus Loves Me quiets him right down, so our fellow passengers were graced with my [lovely?] singing voice to calm his tears.

Spending mere minutes in Cedar Rapids, we quickly packed into our rental car and headed to Madison for a [very] short visit with my paternal grandparents. Being the first [and, so far, the only] great-grandchild, Little Man is adored by all - especially his DGAP [Doctor Great-Aunt P], who met him today for the first time.
After 9 hours of travel, we're all ready to settle in for the night. And we better sleep while we can - we're headed back to Cedar Rapids tomorrow before noon!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Birthdays

This afternoon, we helped some friends of ours welcome their newest family member, born yesterday morning, into the world. This little guy is fortunate enough to share a birthday with not only a cousin-in-law, an acquaintance at church, and a good friend of mine, but also your's truly! We welcomed him into our birthday-buddy club with open arms - seriously, who wouldn't want to hold this little bundle of joy?

Congrats Pastor & Misses - a family of five seems just perfect for you.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sweet Potatoes

After four days of carrots, Little Man has now moved on the Sweet Potatoes! Mixed with some baby rice cereal, he's eating about 4 ounces at each meal [9am breakfast, 12pm lunch & 6pm dinner]. Since he's also nursing in between 'meals', he's nearly doubled his calorie intake since last week. Our skinny little bit is quickly plumping up.

Grow, Little Man, grow!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Practice

We're getting closer to sitting up like a big boy!
And crawling might not be far away either!
Go, Little Man, go!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Giberish

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Today's post brought to you by Little Man and his keyboard curiosity. 
As far as the translation is concerned, your guess is as good as mine.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Carrots

As of yesterday, Little Man has added carrots to his pallet. And the good news is: he loved them! And not just, "oh, yeah, I guess this is better than plain rice". He lunges at the spoon, and whines if we don't keep it coming fast enough. 

The concerns we had about his weight are quickly evaporating. He's starting to plump up already - it's almost as though we can see him growing.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Check-Up

Today was Little Man's four-month check-up and immunizations. We've had some concerns lately about his weight gain and growth, and were disappointed to have our fears confirmed today: Little Man isn't growing as he should be. At nearly five months old [just two days away], he weighs a mere 11lbs. 6oz. and is a quarter inch shy of two feet tall. His pediatrician reassured us that he can catch up fairly easily - we just need to feed him more, and more often. Since we're now well established into rice cereal, we've been given the go-ahead to start him on veggies as well. Hopefully, the extra flavor will encourage him to eat more for each meal [he's been balking at the rice lately, complaining as we feed him] and thus help him get to a healthier weight.

For the most part, he's a rather content baby. He lets us know when he's hungry, eats until he appears to be full, and doesn't complain much until it's time to eat again. Since he's not telling me that he's unhappy, I'm not too concerned at this point. We'll be headed back to the doctor in three weeks so she can weigh and measure him again to get a better idea of how he's growing, so I'll save my worrying until she tells me I need it. My Mommy Instincts tell me that he's healthy, and until I hear otherwise, I guess I'll just have to trust that he is.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sitting

While he may not be able to sit up completely on his own quite yet, this baby boy is done with reclining. He'd rather prop himself up on his elbows and look around than just lay back and stare at the ceiling. It's a good thing his bouncy chair has a buckle ...


"I'd much rather grab my toes than lounge around."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Field Trip

After being cooped up at home for days and days with nothing to do, Husby and I decided to take Little Man out for a field trip. This little guy loves to look around while Momma shops, so we took him to the biggest store we could find - IKEA. All three of us enjoyed wandering around, looking at all the gizmos and gadgets and collecting fun ideas to use in our own home [someday].

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Marching Practice

Little Man loves music - especially instrumental. He also loves movement - his little eyes can track you across a room. So when we took him up to watch the Allen High School marching band practice tonight, he was trilled.


Auntie B & Auntie K did a great job out on the field [even though their drill was constantly being changed - way to still with it, girls!], and we all enjoyed their show. We didn't hear much playing [until the end, when Little Man was all bundled up in his seat, falling asleep], but the constant movement sure kept his attention. We might just have to go again next week.

Here's an example of their new Scatter Drill, which is going to be pretty impressive once they add in the playing. We're excited to see how this show comes together!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Balloon Fest

Every year, the town just to the south of us hosts a Balloon Festival. The kaleidescope of multi-colored nylon is enough to bring joy to any heart, and when those flying machines take to the air, my heart soars right along with them.



Visit the Facebook Album for more photos.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fine China

Nine years ago, when my family moved into the house where we now live, my mother's china cabinet was set up in the dining room. Since the house also has an eat-in kitchen, and my mother has only one table, the unused dining room was turned into an office - but the china cabinet stayed. Today, while rearranging the office furniture, she and I decided it was time to move the cabinet into the dining area, where it belongs. 





Since we had to take everything out of it in order to make the move, I decided that it also needed reorganizing. Thus, we now have a beautifully arranged china cabinet sitting alongside our table, as it should be. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Jungle of Friends

Little Man recently graduated to a "new" Play Gym [given to us by some friends who's children have outgrown it], and he quickly made friends with his new toys. This little guy loves to tell his giraffe stories, just chatting away until someone else talks to him - though he completely ignores the lion for some unknown reason. Regardless, he's getting some much needed independent play time, and Momma gets some even more needed not-holding-baby time. Thank you, Lord, for hand-me-downs.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Part-Time

As I mentioned before, we're here at Grandma & Grandpa's house temporarily - Husby will be going to training in Mississippi this November, and there is a possibility that Little Man & I will be able to accompany him. Since we're here for a few more weeks, and currently without any paychecks, Husby has been applying for part-time, temporary jobs. Today was his interview with Macy's, and they offered him a position as a stocker. He'll be working early in the morning, unloading trucks and breaking down boxes, and making a little money so that we're not completely broke. It's not the best job - or the best hours - but it's better than nothing, and we'll take it. Besides, we're up in the middle on the night feeding a tiny person anyway, so getting up at crazy hours won't be foreign to him. Plus, he'll be home in the afternoons and evenings with us, which we will thoroughly enjoy.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Rain Dancing

As a child, my sister and I used to run outside to play anytime it started raining. Forgoing umbrella and galoshes for wet clothes and bare feet, we'd run and jump into any puddle we could find. We were silly little girls, laughing and giggling as we frolicked in the sprinkles.

Since we've grown, these exciting adventures have subsided, being replaced by concerns for our appearance and well-being. We've taken to using umbrellas and running inside when the rain starts. We seem to have become old and boring. 

But today, we reclaimed our youthful giggles as the downpour drenched us to the skin. As the storm rolled in, we reminisced of 'the old days' when rain storms meant puddles to kick up at a sister, to jump into without a care. And when the rain was it's hardest, we dashes out onto the sidewalk, down the block to where the cement is sinking and the puddles are glorious, and danced to our hearts' content; the laughter we shared should keep us both healthy for a long time to come.

Monday, September 13, 2010

You Tube

For your viewing pleasure:
Little Man rolling over!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Rolling Over

Twice tonight Little Man rolled from his belly to his back, completely unassisted and for the first time - this Momma is so proud! We're still working on back-to-belly rolling [which I'm told usually comes first], along with many other forms of mobility, but we must be doing something right. 

He's also recently started pulling up to stand from sitting while holding Momma or Daddy's fingers [or anyone's, really] - holding on to furniture is in my near future. While it's exciting to see him grow and learn, I'm a little frightened of this next stage ...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Teaser

Little Man got his first costume today! We have two festive occasions coming up for which a costume is appropriate, and this year my baby boy will be battling it out for Cutest Kiddo.

The Allen Escadrille hosts an annual Boo Bowl, where they all dress up for the football game nearest October 31st. This year, Little Man will be accompanying Auntie B & Auntie K to the game, in dress-up garb of his own.

Also, our church hosts a "Treat'n'Feast" every year, to give the kids a safe and friendly alternative to the traditional "Trick or Treat". We'll be a dressed up and ready to play some games and win some candy; no need to worry about cavities since he doesn't have any teeth.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Drill

Husby left for his monthly drill weekend in Kansas this afternoon. This will be his first weekend with his new unit at McConnell, and he will hopefully be given more specific details about his orders for training in November - we're hoping to get some clarification on whether or not Little Man & I will be allowed to accompany him or not. We just keep praying ...

Rather than stay home alone all evening, Little Man & Momma are spending some quality time with Auntie A & Uncle K at their place. Good food, nice company, one excited dog, and a sleepy boy will make for an interesting visit. But regardless of how 'exciting' the night turns out to be, it will be nice to get out of the house for a little while.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Nurture

Little Man has been quite a bit fussier than normal in the last week or so. I'm attributing his demeanor to a lack of consistency in our recent schedules. From what I've read [and heard from many reliable sources], it's important for little ones to have some semblance of structure in their tiny lives; my baby boy has been relocated and confused so many times in his short 4ish months that I fear he may be afraid of what comes next. Poor Little Man. Now that we're back at my parents' house [and planning to stay for a few more weeks], I'm hoping I can get him into a pattern that will help us both know what's coming next. We had a system that worked quite nicely in Utah; perhaps we'll be able to develop one here as well.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday


Rain by the buckets today, courtesy Hermine.
[Photos taken during a lull in the day-long storm]

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rice Cereal - Take II

Daddy got to feed Little Man some cereal tonight [Momma did most of the feeding last night, but was busy making dinner for the big people this time], and the event was not welcome at first. Little Man was pretty hungry by the time we were ready to feed him, and cereal was not what he wanted.
Eventually he discovered that if he swallowed what Daddy was giving him, his tummy felt less empty. But he had a hard time wrapping his mind around eating without sucking on something. "Maybe my thumb will do the trick."
But every time he saw Momma walk by, he started up his crying again: "Momma, I'm hungry, and you're the one who feeds me ... why aren't you over here?!"
Tonight he managed to eat a couple of tablespoons [which is a vast improvement from last night], and was still hungry afterward. A few minutes of nursing later and he was just fine. Hopefully he'll continue to progress, and we can have him eating mostly cereal for dinner at night - and perhaps he'll even go back to sleeping through the night. This is one hopeful Momma ...

Monday, September 6, 2010

Rice Cereal - Take I

Tonight was Little Man's first experience with Rice Cereal [or really anything other than milk]. 
He was a little hesitant at first, but once he figured out that he didn't have to spit out what we put in his mouth, he decided that he didn't hate it. 
In total, he ate about a teaspoon, but I'm told that it's normal for the first feeding to be mostly mess and not much consumption. 
We'll be trying again tomorrow night; here's hoping that it goes as well the second time around.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Our Journey

God has guided us through some interesting situations and occupations in the last few years. When Husby and I were married in August of 2007, we had a vision of where we were headed and what our life was going to be like. Apparently, God had another plan for us, as we've had a multitude of 'homes' since then, and are preparing for yet another move. This November, Husby will start training for his new career field with the Air Force - they'll provide a place for us to stay and all the schooling he'll need, and we'll be in Mississippi for a number of months. New adventure, here we come.

For those of you having a hard time keeping up [which, at times, includes me], here's a run-down of our journey so far [but don't think we'll be settling down anytime soon]:
  • August 2007 - December 2007
    • Wichita, KS - McConnell AFB
  • December 2007 - June 2008
    • Johnson Ave, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • June 2008 - June 2009
    • 29th Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • June 2009 - October 2009
    • 6th Street NE, Mount Vernon, IA
  • October 2009 - December 2009
    • Aylesbury Drive, Allen, TX
  • Decemeber 2009 - May 2010
    • Independence Parkway, Plano, TX
  • May 2010 - August 2010
    • Ogden, UT - Hill AFB
  • August 2010 - November 2010
    • Aylesbury Drive, Allen, TX
  • November 2010 - ????
    • Biloxi, MS - Keesler AFB

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Party Perspective

Tonight was the birthday party for a particular six-year-old with a fondness for princesses. Complete with a Princess Cake [the top half of Barbie stuck in a round cake base] and themed presents, this little miss was treated to a celebration any princess would have been proud of. 

Little Miss's Momma had an interesting [and intriguing] idea on party guests that I believe I may adapt for my own children's parties down the road: rather than inviting a bunch of six-year-old girls, who may or may not be 'friends' of her daughter, and whose parents would mearly drop them off and return once the mayhem had subsided, she chose to allow her daughter to invite "a few of her favorite people" - which included our family [she and her sisters are pretty fond of my dad, and the rest of us by default]. This way, there were a few special families invited, and the event was a party rather than a few hours of free baby-sitting for the other children's parents.

Growing up, our birthday parties were usually similar - my parents would invite the families we were close to, and we would all get together [many children, with wide age ranges] to swim and play and eat cake together. As I think back on it, these parties were more enjoyable than some I attended where there were no parents [other than of the birthday child], and everything was a little crazier. Perhaps Little Man will have 'family parties' instead of the more traditional [American] 'kid parties' ... but I suppose we'll have to wait and see ...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Escadrille

The Allen Eagle Escadrille is the largest high school marching band in the country - and probably the world, but I haven't been able to find documentation of that fact quite yet. Composed of 730 band kids and 50 Colorguard girls [plus 70 Tallenettes, who march with them at the start of their show], this band blows their competition out of the water - if for no other reason than the amount of sound they produce!

Auntie B & Auntie K are members of the AHS Colorguard, so we see a lot of band shows around here. Tonight, Little Man & Momma went up to the practice field to watch the band run through their show before boarding the buses for an away game. This was Little Man's first experience with the Escadrille, and he loved it! I was a little nervous that the sound level would get to him, but he took it all in, and was fascinated by the moving colors on the field. I'm glad he enjoyed the show; we'll be seeing a lot more of them this football season.


Allen Escadrille Hall March - 2010 Kickoff
Band, Tallenettes, & Colorguard

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pit Stop

After a two-week visit with Husby's family in Iowa, we've now returned 'home' to Texas. One 16-hour drive and three very tired people later, we're glad the trip is over. The visit was enjoyed, but the drive was longer than we would have liked. To break things up a bit [and give ourselves the chance to stretch our legs], we took a quick side-trip to the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, Missouri [about half-way through the drive].

They had a small playground at the Welcome Center, 
with fanciful characters to keep you entertained.

The gardens were lined with angels, trumpeting your arrival.
My boys took a moment to pause for a photo.
The main wall, at the back of the chapel, 
is home to the final painting, finished in 2009.
There were so many details to take in;
lovingly painted scenes,
beautifully simple stained glass windows,
and so much more I didn't photograph.

Little Man was a trooper throughout the trip - for about the first 14 hours, that is. After that, he was done with his car seat, and wasn't shy about letting us know. With a little coaxing, he closed his eyes and made it the rest of the way. We're all glad to be 'home' now, settling back in at Grandma & Grandpa's for the time being, and waiting on our next adventure.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday

~ 2010 ~
Back Row: Husby, Uncle Art Teacher, Uncle Air Force, Opa
Middle Row: Momma, Auntie Fiance, Nana, Auntie
Front Row: Little Man & Cousins