Sunday, July 24, 2016

Nathaniel Is Two!

I have so much to share with all of you! Today though, I would be remiss if I didn't write about my sweet Nathaniel.  Today is his 2nd birthday.

When I think back over his life so far, it's hard to describe. On one hand, I remember so vividly the early days in the hospital - hoping he'd be okay, waiting for him to come home, missing Jeremiah, etc.  But at the same time, when I try to remember life without him, I have no good frame of reference.  He's changed my life so much that it's hard to remember day-to-day life without him.

How to describe this little boy?  I think if I had to choose one word to summarize him, it would be vibrant.  He's full of emotions and feelings.  There is very little middle ground with him. If something amuses him, he laughs heartily. If something displeases him, he is very clear on making those feelings known also!
 He is also super energetic.  He rarely walks.... running is more his speed! He often dances, bounces, runs around, and tries to give me a heart attack by climbing various objects!

He is as sweet as you can imagine.  He loves deeply - his big brother, me and John, Mama and Papa, and even the kitties (I think he loves them a little more than they would prefer at times!).

He's very sociable - his look of excitement when we get to daycare and we see his friends is adorable.  He waves to cars as they go by.  He told the animals at the zoo today "bye bye!" and was disappointed when they didn't reply.

His current favorite things are cars, dinosaurs, and anything Jeremiah is trying to play with.  He loves watching "Pinkfong" songs about dinosaurs and lions especially.

His smile is infectious, his laughter is contagious, and his whole life is one of my biggest blessings. I love you, my precious gift from God!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Plague!

We have had quite a week, which has led to a delay in posting about Jeremiah's 3rd birthday!

Last Sunday, we had a really fun party for him at Pump It Up. Here is a preview of the fun!

However, about 8 hours after the party ended, I woke up to the sound of a barking cough coming from Nathaniel! He had a temperature of 103!  I took him to the doctor that morning and he was diagnosed with croup. Luckily, I had the day off for Martin Luther King Day, but that meant I couldn't get anything I had planned on done!  But it was nice to spend the day cuddling Nathaniel since we don't really get that one on one time like I did with Jeremiah.

At 3:30, my phone rang and it was daycare. My heart sunk a little when I saw that!  Jeremiah had woken up from his nap with a fever and needed to be picked up.  So now we have two sick little ones!

Tuesday, the boys were with my parents at home and Nathaniel seemed to be rebounding. Jeremiah, on the other hand, wouldn't eat or drink almost anything. His fever was continuing.

Wednesday, Nathaniel went to daycare (he'd been fever free for about 30 hours, but still had a cough).  Jeremiah stayed home with John.  He started to show major signs of dehydration, so that evening on my way home, I called his pediatrician.  From him, I received the excellent advice not to give him beer to drink.... (I wish I were joking) and to try to scare him into drinking by telling him the hospital would poke him with big needles.  Sigh.  When I got home and saw how listless he was and couldn't get him to drink, I took him to urgent care at the hospital.  Just a virus, but he was slightly dehydrated. Not dehydrated enough to need an IV, thank God. So after about 3 hours of coaxing him to drink water, we were able to go home.

Thursday, Jeremiah was still miserable.  And surprise - Nathaniel had gotten worse again!  Both boys were still running near constant fevers.

Friday, I stayed home with the boys and took Nathaniel back to the doctor. We saw the same pediatrician we had seen Monday. He actually greeted us with "What now?"  Turns out Nathaniel now had an ear infection and a case of bronchitis. :(  I was glad I was able to stay home with them Friday. Leaving them as sick as they were had been torture the rest of the week.

Now it is Sunday.  Nathaniel has been fever free for about 16 hours now, and Jeremiah for about 6 hours.  Knock on wood.

I'm ready to have my happy, healthy boys back!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Welcome 2016!

See you, 2015.  It's been real. It was a year of a lot of ups and downs.  But now it is over.  Welcome 2016!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Week of Gratitude - Post #2

So, let's be real for a minute.  Do you know what is really bad when you're kind of an inconsistent blogger?  Deciding spontaneously to do a week-long series and only sketching out the most basic of drafts for each post fully intending on finishing them all in time to publish on their respective days. Because if you've been in the habit of letting life get in the way of your blog, that will probably continue to happen.  

So I'm combining a couple of post themes since I've missed like 3 days in a row. Oops. 

Two things I'm thankful for that go hand to hand are forgiveness and love. Without one, I don't think it is possible to have the other. It is only when we choose to forgive someone that we can really show them love.  

So yes, I am very thankful for the forgiveness and love I've been shown as well as the ability to forgive and love others.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Seven Days of Gratitude - Day 1

I've decided to do a little week-long series leading up to Thanksgiving on gratitude.  There is so much negativity and sad news in the world at large right now that I think it will help me to reflect on the positive parts of life.

No posts about gratitude would be complete without mentioning my wonderful family.  I am truly grateful for them.

From my wonderful parents who are such a help with our boys (watching them two days a week while we both work) and who do so many other things for us to my sweet babies - I have a wonderful, strong family unit.

Our extended family is spread over the globe so I don't get to see them as much as I would like, but each one is so special to me.

I believe that family is one of the greatest gifts God gives us, and how we deal with our family is one of our greatest responsibilities to God.  Strong families make strong communities. My family is such a blessing.  

Speaking of family blessings, Nathaniel occasionally sleeps through the night now.  That might be the biggest blessing of all. (I kid.... I kid.)

Monday, November 2, 2015


Linking up with Becky from Choosing Happy for this week's Currently link-up!

Currently I'm...

Loving this weather!  November 2nd and 70 degrees? Yes please and thank you.

Enjoying Christmas music! Now that it is November, I feel that I can enjoy my Christmas music and movies with no shame.

Sewing Ha! Yeah, no.

Watching the clock go by as the person I am supposed to be interviewing right now is 33 minutes late. Seriously?  It's a job interview. You show up on time or early. Not (at least) 33 minutes late. Ugh.

Craving a day to lay on the couch and watch Netflix. I was supposed to have Friday off, but it was so busy at work that I had to cancel it.  I need a down day desperately.

Welcoming all things holiday - Thanksgiving decorations are up, Christmas preparations are starting, and it's my favorite time of the year!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Nathaniel's Birthday Party - Under the Sea

For Nathaniel's first birthday party, we tossed around a variety of party themes.  I personally wanted to do a Baby Einstein theme since the boys have those DVDs and toys.  I even found a lot of cute ideas on Pinterest (of course) for Baby Einstein party ideas.

John wasn't thrilled with the idea.  He wanted to do something with dinosaurs.  This was an idea we had been tossing around since Jeremiah's first birthday!  But I no longer loved the idea for my baby. So we continued to toss around ideas.  Daniel Tiger was considered, but Jeremiah was more into that than Nathaniel since Nathaniel wasn't really allowed to watch tv.

Finally, we decided on "Under the Sea."  A benefit to having Nathaniel in the summer than in the winter like Jeremiah is that we had more flexibility with the party.  We could have some indoor activities, some outdoor activities, and (most importantly to me!) John could cook a lot of the food on the grill. In other important facts, I was able to find an adorable romper for him to wear that went along with the the theme.

We had about 20 people there, and Nathaniel got way more toys than he needed. :)  The food was good, I liked the decorations, and of course there was cake! Overall, it was great to just hang out and have fun with our friends and loved ones!

Happy big brother
Nathaniel and his fiance'