Saturday, September 28, 2013


My poor baby has yet another cold.

However, that didn't stop him from energetically crawling around much of the day. Including to the laundry basket when I left him alone for one minute!

But then by the end of the day, he was so worn out and sick that he fell asleep in his high chair!

I hope he's feeling better soon!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Jeremiah is 8 Months Old Today!

Jeremiah is 8 months old today!

How is this even possible?  I mean, seriously.  Where has the time gone?

We weighed Jeremiah this morning. He's up to 24 pounds. Twenty four. TWENTY FOUR, people.  I should seriously have toned arms from carrying him around so much. 

Sorry, Mommy. I'm not wearing this sticker.
 Jeremiah is a sweet, cuddly, curious little boy! He loves to look around and explore with his senses - currently taste seems to be the most favored sense. ;)

Jeremiah has 2 teeth, but seems to be working on one more.

I suppose it won't hurt for one picture.
Most of his clothes are 12 months. There are a  few 9 month items that fit and a few 18 months that he's grown into, but it's mainly 12 months. The times he isn't in cloth diapers, he is still in a size 4.  (He'll be in those for a long while!)

He's a social butterfly if he's not sleepy. He can turn on the charm - church, a store, etc.  He makes friends. He gets that from his super-friendly daddy!

He had a few overnights with Grandma and Grandpa this month while John and I went to Cedar Point and then away for our anniversary. He loves spending time with them and gets very happy when he sees them!

He's starting to eat more and more food instead of just breast milk, but he still drinks about 24 ounces of that each day. We just this week started increasing him from 2 "meals" a day to 3 most days.  His favorites seem to be bananas, sweet potatoes, and avocado. He also seems to like applesauce mixed with oatmeal. Peaches and plums are not big hits, though he'll eat them, especially if we mix them with applesauce.  90% of his food is made from scratch - I like knowing exactly what I put in them.

He also eats things like puffs, teething crackers, etc.  We're starting to use a sippy cup for water, more for practice than anything else.

Everything goes in the mouth...
 He's going through a little clingy stage where he wants held a lot - especially when tired. He sleeps best when he sleeps with me.  Like tonight, he's been in bed 2 hours and already woken for a hug 3 times.  I rock him and put him back to sleep. We have pretty strong feelings about crying it out, so we never do that.

His favorite toys this month are still his Kick and Play piano, his jumperoo, and his Little Einstein piano.
Posing with his elephant
 He babbles almost constantly.  A few times, it's almost sounded exactly like he said "hi" including once when we told him to. I think it was coincidental and not truly his first word though. 

Hi there!
 He loves the cats. Sometimes a little too much. They don't always fully appreciate his affection - especially when it comes in the form of pulled tails and whiskers! But they are good with him. They just escape as soon as they can with no hissing, biting, or swatting.  I'm trying to teach him the difference between a cat and a teething ring though....

Happy 8 month birthday to me!
Now onto skills.

 Mastered Skills
  • Says “mama” or “dada”- he's said them both in the midst of other babble. But not like a careful, deliberate word. Maybe soon?
  • Passes objects from hand to hand- Definitely.

These month stickers are yummy!
 Emerging Skills
  • Stands while holding onto something- Yes!  His favorites are the couch and his musical toy.
  • Crawls- more like scooting.  Backwards? Definitely. Side to side in circles - yes. Forward? I saw it for the first time tonight. Some army crawling as well.
  • Points at objects- occasionally. Usually when he wants something, he stares it down instead of pointing. :)
  • Searches for hidden objects- not very often.
Taking pictures is exhausting...
Advanced Skills
  • Pulls self to standing, cruises- Yes, as long as he has something steady to use, such as the couch.
  • Picks things up with finger-thumb pincer grasp- He does this some when eating, but he's more likely to grab it in his fist and shove his whole fist toward his mouth.
  • Indicates wants with gestures- no. Just staring. :)
He's such an amazing little guy and I love him so much. We feel so blessed to have him!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Blogtember: Personality Type

For today's Blogtember post, we're talking personality types.  There are lots of different tests to determine different ways of expressing your personality.  The one we're doing for Blogtember is here. I've used this at work before; it's the Jung Typology test.

My personality is INFJ.  What does the random string of letters mean?

It means I'm slightly more introverted that extroverted.

It means I prefer intuition over sensing.

I value feeling over thinking.

I strongly prefer judging over perceiving.

What does this mean? According to the report,

Beneath the quiet exterior, INFJs hold deep convictions about the weightier matters of life. Those who are activists -- INFJs gravitate toward such a role -- are there for the cause, not for personal glory or political power.

This seems fairly accurate.  From the things I think about to the causes I support, my convictions run very deep.

INFJs are champions of the oppressed and downtrodden. They often are found in the wake of an emergency, rescuing those who are in acute distress. INFJs may fantasize about getting revenge on those who victimize the defenseless

Again, true.  Especially the bolded. When I think about those involved in human trafficking in particular, I deeply want revenge. Then I realize that it is not my place to bring revenge on others. The Bible tells us that vengeance belongs to God. But when people victimize children in particular, there is a large part of me that wants them to pay for their crimes.  I'm working on it.

This next part probably sticks out to me the most and summarizes my relationships with so many people so perfectly!

INFJs are deeply concerned about their relations with individuals as well as the state of humanity at large. They are, in fact, sometimes mistaken for extroverts because they appear so outgoing and are so genuinely interested in people -- a product of the Feeling function they most readily show to the world. On the contrary, INFJs are true introverts, who can only be emotionally intimate and fulfilled with a chosen few from among their long-term friends, family, or obvious "soul mates." While instinctively courting the personal and organizational demands continually made upon them by others, at intervals INFJs will suddenly withdraw into themselves, sometimes shutting out even their intimates. This apparent paradox is a necessary escape valve for them, providing both time to rebuild their depleted resources and a filter to prevent the emotional overload to which they are so susceptible as inherent "givers."

Personality tests are something I find very interesting in general.  I'd love to discuss it if you've taken this or a different personality test!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Blogtember: 3 Months Off?

I'm loosely participating in Blogtember. I already missed the first day, but it was our anniversary. :)

Today's topic is "If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do?"

I would take my husband and son and travel. Take a long vacation.  Spend time enjoying each other and enjoying the world. 

For the first couple of weeks, we would hang out at home. Get in a routine. Plan our dream days. Enjoy this little man.

First trip would be to Northern Michigan.  Enjoy the scenery, the laidback lifestyle, and the lakes.  From there, we would go to Washington D.C., one of my favorite places and somewhere John wants to go. The monuments, the Smithsonian, and so much more - we would see them all!  

After that, I think we would be ready for another few weeks at home.  

Then we would take a beach trip. Maybe a trip to see his family, maybe mine. (Traveling with a baby is not as appealing as traveling without!).

Overall, we would just live life without the daily pressures of work, etc.

It would be nice. ;)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Two Years Ago Today.....

Two years ago today.....

I put on some new shoes...

And a pretty new dress.

Got kisses from cute boys

And then I laid around.

  Hung out with some friends.

Got together with some family

Ate some cake

Saw some fireworks

Then went to the park with some friends.

It was a special day. Because, you know, I also married the love of my life.  The man I adore. The sweet, kind man that God has given to me.

Since that HOT September day,  a lot has changed.

Changed jobs, bought a house, adopted some cats....

And most significantly, become parents.

 I love you more today than I did two years ago!