Friday, May 31, 2013

home sweet home

Maybe you've noticed the lack of posting around these parts lately? Well, I am happy to say there will be regular posts again starting now! The reason for my lack of posts? We were gone for two weeks. The first week the sweet hubby left me to go work in Alaska (!!!) so I went to a much less exotic and exciting place: Ohio. At least while I was there I got to visit with one of my sisters and her little kiddos. And Emerson was loved on a lot while we were up there (not that he's not loved on a lot at home, it was just other people loving on him). After a week of staying with my sister Emerson and I came home early to surprise Landon. I told him we wouldn't be home until the day after he got back. He was sooo surprised to see us. I love surprising my man.

After being at home for less than one day to do laundry and clean our house, I packed us up for our trip to the beach. Packing was an all day process. It's amazing how much you can (and can't) get done with a baby in the house. Anyhow. I packed us up and off we went on a 10+ hour drive to Florida. I will share more about our trip in the next few days.

Upon coming home from the beach we were both sick. Well, Landon was sick (how do you not get sick all winter and then get sick on the last day of your vacation in hot and sunny Florida?). He decided it would be fun to get me sick (not really, he was praying I wouldn't get sick, especially since I wouldn't be able to take any medicine). Sick I got. Not fun. Then it was time for Emerson's four month wellness check up (four months?! oh, how my little baby is growing!) and instead of giving him the usual two shots he got four shoots. Apparently there is a national shortage of the medicine they normally combine into two shoots and that is why he had to get four. Poor baby. He had a terrible reaction to the shoots and got a fever. All of that while we had to be out of the house on urgent errands. It was awful. I'll explain a little more on that next week too. Now that we are mostly all better, Landon had PRK (like LASIK but a lot worse as far as recovery goes) and is esentially out of commision for the next week.

Ai. Ai. So to help me keep my sanity and get my life back I finally made some time to write. Thank goodness! I will be sharing all about our recent escapades over this next week, so yay for you :) Anyhow. I hope you'll come back, I promise I will.

Here's a little teaser for you. My cute little beach buddy! 
You can just ignore me and focus on him, mmmk? :) 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Emerson: 4 months


You are four months old now! My, my, how time flies! :) You have always been a very expressive little fellow, but you are even more expressive now. I love watching your face go from a smile to a pouty lip to a raised eyebrow back to a smile and then hear you giggle. You bring so much joy into my life and your Daddy and I love watching you grow!

You started blowing bubbles this month, and it's one of your favorite things to do.

You LOVE holding on to things. It might be a toy, blanket, ball, your paci (you really like holding this), or my hair (ouch!). You grab for things all the time now and really enjoy holding something.

You have become a lot more interested in your toys this month. You especially like your giraffe, but you quite enjoy your little ball rattle and a few other toys too.

You still are not a fan of tummy time. But you love playing on the ground. You scoot yourself in circles on your blanket and have the biggest smile on your face the whole time.

You gave me the sweetest Mother's Day card (with a little help from Daddy of course :) and I truly enjoyed my mother's day more than I can say. I love being your mommy.

You are "talking" all the time. We have lots of conversations these days. You goo and gaa (you really do gaa) and you look at me intently the whole time. You even more your hands when you talk to me. I love listening to you.

Your neck is getting stronger and stronger! You really like sitting up and are able to so with only a little help.

You still like cuddling, but only if you are sleepy. Otherwise if you are being held you like to see what is going on around you.

you got to visit your Auntie and cousins this month!
you had so much fun with them :)
You love me (it's true). You follow me around with your eyes and head if I am not holding you. Even if someone else has you you are looking for me and then you smile a big smile when you find me. It gives me warm fuzzies :)

You have much better control of your arms and hands and you like to hold my hand as you doze off a lot of the time. But you like to move them all the time if you are awake, which makes it super tricky to trim your little nails.

Your feet fascinate you, you are always kicking the air with them. Your legs are also getting much stronger. You are able to push yourself up and "stand" in my lap and I hold you. You do a really great job of this when you are crying and upset. 

You are still exclusively breastfed. Some days you do great and others not so much. I was hoping that once the thrush cleared up there would be no more crying and screaming while you ate... not so much. Then other days you eat like a champ! And you are eating, because you keep growing!

You are still in size one diapers and newborn and 0-3 months clothes. But you are growing! And getting cuter than ever!

You are giggling more and more and I LOVE it!! I give your belly kisses and you go nuts! It is too adorable! I could listen to your little giggle all the time. 

You love going on walks and looking above you at all the trees and birds and such... and then you doze off for a little snooze.

You are such a sweet little boy and I love you more than you can know. Thanks for letting me be your mama.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday's Letters

Dear Hubs, it is so nice to see you again. I missed you while you were away ... in Alaska!! I am still so jealous that you got to go and I didn't get to. Please lets go there together one day, mmk? Dear Boady, you are the best little doggy I could ever ask for. I love how you get so excited to see us (me) and you run over so fast your ears flap up and down like when you were a puppy. Dear Jesus, you know my heart, right? Right. So, thanks and I'll just keep on praying... Dear Beach, we are going to visit you sometime soon and I am sooo excited to see you! Please be nice and warm (hot) so I can get in the water and not freeze to death. Dear House, you are looking nice and tidy these days. I like it a lot. Please stay this way. Dear Laundry, you are getting done super fast these days. Keep it up! Dear Thrush, so long! I am sooo happy you are gone! Dear Weekend, I hope you are a good one :) Dear my wonderful blog friends, you make my heart happy! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Blogging app

We are out and about quite a bit which makes me unable to blog as much as I would like to, so I had the genius idea to look for a blogger app. and I found one. I'm giving it a few tests, mainly posting by using the app. So far it's good and I have no complaints. It's just the Blogger App and it's free which is a nice little perk. It lets me pick pictures from my iPad too, which is a nice little feature if you ask me. So I will leave you with this little tid bit... 

My little Emerson is getting s big! Have a great evening! 

Friday, May 10, 2013


Remember when I told you all I thought Emerson was allergic to dairy? And then I had a little update about it few weeks later saying I thought it was all better? Well, I thought I should give another little update. This is what I figured out: Emerson is not allergic to dairy. Which was nice for me since I love cheese and all things dairy but not nice at the same time because nursing him was still a challenge. I noticed that after a month or so of going without dairy he would still cry and scream while he nursed, the no-dairy didn't really seem to be doing much to help him eat better. So I put it back in my diet and figured out that regardless of what I was eating he was still crying and screaming while he nursed. Poor baby. I felt terrible. I tried everything I could or knew to do to help him, but nothing seemed to work.

So one night after an extremely painful week of nursing I searched the internet during one of his nighttime feedings for something to help us. Why was I hurting? Why was he crying when he should be eating? What could I do to fix it? This is what I found: he had thrush. Thrush is a yeast infection that develops in a baby's mouth and can pass back and forth from the baby to the mom if it goes untreated. It looks like little while spots in the baby's mouth, on his tongue, lips, and or checks. After I read about and did some research on thrush and what it is I was sure Emerson had it. I also knew he had had it for a while. I remembered seeing a little bit of white on his tongue for at least a month but thought it must have been milk. Then I remember noticing it on his lips and the inside of his cheeks. Still, I thought it must have been milk that was sticking around, though I was pretty sure it didn't always do that and didn't think it was supposed to. I really thought nothing much about it until I started to hurt more than usual [more on that later when I share our breastfeeding journey].

As soon as the doctor's office opened the next morning I called and gave Emerson's symptoms and they told me they thought it was thrush but to bring him in because he was so young. Thankfully they had an opening that afternoon and I took him in. Sure enough, it was thrush. We got medicine for him that evening and I started him on it the following morning.

Three weeks later and his mouth has cleared up significantly but there are still tiny little white patches on his tongue. He is doing so much better and eating without so much crying and screaming. Thank the Lord! Occasionally he will still cry and scream while eating, but it isn't nearly as often or for as long. It helps too that I know what is causing the crying. Now he will sometimes look up and me and smile the biggest gummy grin I've ever seen, eat for a second, pull off and smile his gummy grin [repeat 5-10 times :]. So much better than the screaming.

I am just so thankful we figured out what the trouble was and that he is feeling and eating better than he ever has.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

precious moments

Day 9 of the blogging challenge [that I am not doing too hot with]: one moment from your day.

Spending my days at home with my sweet little gooseberry Emerson is something that I love more than I knew was possible. Every smile and giggle makes my heart overflow. Each cry and pout melts my heart. I love my little man more than I knew was possible.    

I wish I could spend each day cuddling with him. All day long. He fits so perfectly on my chest. I love feeling the rise and fall of his warm little body against mine. He is my little sugar pie, my love muffin, the apple of my eye. 

These moments truly are precious and I will cherish them forever and always.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Day 7: I'm scared of...

Day 7: the thing(s) you're most afraid of.

When I thought about what I am most afraid of I thought of these:

- not being able to see Emerson grow up
- loosing a loved one: Landon, Emerson, a family member, my puppy
- tragic illnesses and accidents for me or my loved ones

These are the things that terrify me the most. Sometimes I find myself worrying about them and that's when I know I need to start praying again, more. That's when I need to give it over to Christ. He has the perfect plan for our lives, even though I don't know what it is. He is in control and I just need to trust Him. much easier said than done, but it is something I am working on [and will for the rest of my life]. 

Of course there are other little things that scare the living daylights out of me: 

- Rats [and mice, but rats absolutely scare me to death]. I am truly deathly terrified of rats. They are the nastiest, most disgusting, horrific creature ever [I don't mean to offend you if you happen to love rats, they are just not for me]. Maybe this is because I have had many many terrifying encounters with them [though not quite like my brother has]. Like one time, a rat was living in the box spring of the bed my brother slept on and even nibbled on his hair one night! We saw the rat run around the house before a cat finally came and caught him. And that is only one of my rat stories. Needless to say, if you mention rats to me I shiver up and down and have to make myself thing of rainbows and butterflies because I about die if I don't.

- Bees. I dance as far away from bees as I can the moment I see one. I don't really care for other bugs, but bees send me running. uuugh!

What are you afraid of? Go link up with Jenni. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

what I do

So I have already failed at the "blog every day in May" challenge... woops. I'll do better from here on out. And try to make up the ones I missed, but I'm won't promise anything... Anyhow, today's the question is: if you couldn't answer with your job, how would you answer the question 'what do you do?' 

Honestly it is hard for me to think of what I do, maybe because I feel like what I do makes up a big part of who I am. So maybe I should ask myself who am I? I am a follower of Christ, a wife, a mama, a homemaker, a baker, a writer, a teacher, an adventurer, and a nomad. I am all of these things and when you put them all together that makes up what I do. I seek after the Lord. I respect my hubby. I take care of our new little boy. I keep our house clean and tidy [or try to!]. All of these things are an important part of my life. They are who I am and therefore what I do.

What do you do if you couldn't answer with your job?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

a little baby shower

A few weeks ago ago I hosted a little baby shower for one of my sweet friends who is expecting in a few short weeks. I was so excited to have a shower for her and celebrate her little pumpkin. It was also a really good excuse for me to get my booty in gear and get this house cleaned up for the first time since Emerson was born. I enjoyed planning the menu, fixing the food, but mostly showering my friend with fun baby goodness. It was a simple affair, but lovely and perfect for the mama to be. 

 me with the mama to be and the co-host. 

 decorating some bibs for her baby boy

 lovin' on Emerson :)

 the diaper cake. I forgot to take a picture of it on the table when it was all set. woops.

 my little gooseberry :) 

the completed bibs. Which one do you think won the prize? 
Did you say the one with the piggy? Oh, you would be right! 
... it also happened to be the one I decorated. 
I have mad skills when it comes to drawing a pig. 
 the girls in my small group minus a few

 the only picture I have of the completed table. 

I would have had more pictures of the pretty table, but three of the guests arrived 30-40 minutes early to the shower. Is that even allowed? Is that rude? I was not ready for them to come knocking at my door 40 minutes before they were supposed to be there. I was so proud of myself too for planning ahead and allowing enough time for everything to get done right before 11 (when the shower started). However because of the early arrival of the guests (not even people I knew) I felt like I was not prepared at all and like I was running behind on everything. When in reality, everything was done by 10:55. But because people were there I forgot all about taking pictures of the finished product. It would be safe to say I was just a wee bit frazzled by their early arrival. I was still in my pjs when one of the ladies showed up! Thank goodness for a sweet hubby who talked to the guest while I ran upstairs to throw some clothes on. ai. ai.

Anyhow, after being frazzled the shower turned out quite well. The mama to be said she thought it was perfect and she loved everything about it. That makes it all worth it to me :) 

It was a brunch shower so we had blueberry muffins, ham and cheese sandwiches (coated in a very yummy special sauce!), fruit salsa and cinnamon sugar tortilla chips, zucchini bread, and juice. Simple but perfect. 


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My life in 250 Words

Today I'm linking up with Jenni and sharing my life in 250 words... here goes nothing.

I was born in Cincinnati, OH and moved to Lawrence, KS when I was barely walking. At the age of four-ish my family moved to Bremerton, WA where we lived till I turned nine at which point we moved to Papua New Guinea. My parents were starting their lives as missionaries. I said good-bye to my two older siblings and off we went. My little brother, older sister, and myself quickly adapted to life in a third-world country. I loved living in PNG, life was simple. Before my sophomore year of high school the five of us moved to Bangkok, Thailand. What a change. I hated it at first. Life was not simple anymore. But I learned to love it, and my time in Thailand. Upon graduating from high school I came to the states and started college at a little school in Illinois. I transferred schools once or twice and graduated from a different little school in Idaho with a degree in English. I moved to Kentucky where my boyfriend was living so we could live in the same city as each other for a while. We got engaged that December and married the following October and moved to Texas. A year later we moved back to Kentucky and I earned my masters degree in education. I became a Freshman English teacher [yikes!]. Now we have a dog and a three month old baby boy ... and more change is upon the horizon. Can you tell I move a lot? :)

And there you have it. My life in a nutshell.You should try it, it's fun!