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Four Month Update

Nate at four months:

  • is amazing.  I know he is my child, and I’m supposed to think that. But he really is a beautiful little guy.
  • weighs 15 pounds and 2 ounces.
  • is way better at the pediatrician than I am- I’m pretty sure I cry more at the shots than he does.
  • is teething? Drooling A LOT and I think there might be some little buds showing up. . . we shall see.
  • Can sit unassisted for a few seconds.  He can also do the “tripod” for a little longer. He was actually doing this at three months and three weeks. Dr. Long says he is very advanced in that department.
  • Still hates “official” tummy time but we are working on it.
  • Sleeps from about 10 until 1:30, then until 4:30, then until 7 or 8.  Would I like it if he slept through the night? Of course.  But we are managing, and we are not starting solids until six months. The end. That said, I do think his sleeping will get better when we do, but I can tough it out for another 45 days.
  • Is very active. He is always kicking his legs and smiling at anyone that will pay attention.  I know wear him facing outward in the baby k’tan and he loves to entertain everyone at Publix, Target or anywhere else we might be.
  • is very responsive.  He laughs, squeals in delight, and “talks.” I am trying to practice talking more slowly and focusing on the nouns (for example, hearing an airplane overhead and saying “airplane.”) Hopefully this will help with his language development later on.
  • Can hold toys and investigates them somewhat but his favorite thing to do is to put them in his mouth.
  • loves the mirror.  Lately I will walk in front of it with him in the baby k’tan and I will sing the banana song or play peek-a-boo and he thinks it is hilarious.
  • LOVES the banana song. I probably sing it twenty times a day.
  • walks with Grandmeggie or runs with me almost every day.  He is usually pretty good.  I am hoping he will get used to the habit and it will make me get out and exercise! I’m doing the tails and trails 5k this Saturday if anyone wants to join me!
  • loves to read.  His favorite right now is a nursery rhyme pop up book that my friend Colleen from MMS gave us.
  • still likes to be swaddled at night and for naps, but I’m trying to get away from the nap swaddling.  This is difficult because he won’t sleep for as long.

Thats all for now.  I’ll post on our adventure in the Bahamas soon!

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Someone to grow old with

Yesterday was the birthday of a very important person. The wide world might not know about him, he isn’t revered in sports or politics, but he is my world. My husband Trey works harder than anyone on the planet, has a childlike faith, and always makes me laugh. To say that I love him doesn’t really explain it. Yes, I love him very much- but our life gives me so much joy. Watching Trey grow into his new role as father is incredible. He and Nate already have the father/son super special bond. Trey plays with Nate a little rougher, and makes Nate laugh a little harder. It is precious and melts my heart just to think about it.

Today, I cooked and cooked. . . and cooked. I resembled something of a 1950s housewife with my homemade doughnuts, cake, and chicken wings (maybe the chicken wings aren’t so 50s, but you get the idea.) The crazy thing is it was FUN. I thoroughly enjoyed all of it and I realized something. Trey has brought out a side of me that I didn’t know was there. A more gentle side, someone with a softer heart and less complaints (I know what you’re thinking, but if you knew me before Trey was in my life you probably also know it’s true). The old Ginny is still there to though- I’ll get into a political debate anytime! 🙂 The difference is I might be a little more gentle in my delivery of why you are wrong. Just kidding. Seriously though, I love being mama to Nate, wife to Trey and taking care of them. They take care of me. It’s a pretty wonderful system we’ve got going. Just as a quick side note, I had a lot of help from the grandparents today. There is no way all this food would’ve happened without their help with Nate. The real 1950s housewife could have done it all by herself. In heels. With perfect hair. So I suppose I don’t fit into the 1950s housewife club. Oh well. Just as long as I’m not in the Real Housewives club. Ick. Moving on. . .

I am so very thankful that the Lord brought us together. Happy birthday to my best friend. This year is just the beginning. 🙂

Here are some pics from today.

The doughnuts: (recipe can be found here– I had to buy a doughnut cutter and a deep fry thermometer for this project but it was well worth it!)

After that, it was on to marinating chicken wings, slicing onions, and baking the cake. I was going to use the recipe from Bakerella, but an unexpected cookbook arrived yesterday (thanks Irene and Beej!) so I made this:

Using this fabulous cookbook:

I highly recommend it.

For Trey’s birthday, I didn’t do a “present” exactly, I just tried to incorporate all the things that he loves into a day. Time with family and friends, cards (think greeting, not poker), and FOOD- thus the doughnuts, chicken wings, and cake with lots of buttercream icing. I think everyone had a good time.

The boys enjoying some wings. I got the recipe from my mom’s good friend- she clipped it out of a magazine years ago. All you do is marinate the wings in a gallon ziploc bag with six ounces of Chrystal sauce for 2-12 hours. Preheat oven to 400, place wings on a baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes. Turn them over and roast for an additional 25 minutes. (I added a little salt at this point.) Broil for a few minutes then poof! You will have tasty wings. (Side note: if you are not familiar with wings- which I wasn’t at all, never really cared for them until tonight actually- when you buy fresh wings at the store it is actually two like you would get at a restaurant. The drumette and the wing is one fresh wing. Don’t order 130 fresh wings if you need 130 restaurant wings. You’ll end up with 260 wings. I’ll be eating wings for the next ten years. That is all.)

Trey and Dan with the boys.

“Seriously, guys, I’m big enough to eat wings too! Can’t I just have one?”

Nate loved sitting with the big boys.

I know it’s late, but Nate’s four months stats are coming soon! I haven’t forgotten.

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let them eat cake!

There is nothing better than yellow cake and chocolate buttercream icing. Unless it is homemade.  Then you have perfection.

I used this recipe for the cake and frosting.  To make the frosting chocolate, I just added tablespoons of Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa until it tasted chocolatey enough.  About 8? Anyway, it was delicious. I ate it for breakfast this morning. Oops.

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Happy Easter!

So this is late, but better late than never.  Here are some photos from Nate’s first Easter.  It is weird to think that last Easter we knew about Nate but we were still keeping it a secret from everyone.

Nate is too cool for an Easter bunny- instead he got the Easter Beagle!  See the card in the background?  Trey and I actually gave Nate the exact same card. Guess we think alike!

On the way in for Nate’s first Easter Sunday service.  We went with Trey’s parents to Deer Lake United Methodist and it was a wonderful service.  Celebrating the true meaning of Easter was a wonderful start to the day. We are so thankful for our risen Lord!

Nate chilling on a pew.

Easter shoes!

Nate and Great Grandma

It was a wonderful day!

I’ll try to get on the ball about updating more frequently.

Peace.

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a year ago today . . .

Trey and I were having the time of our life in London.  I didn’t think we could be any happier.

Nate proved me wrong. Big time.

This child is a constant reminder that we are blessed beyond measure.  Worries about losing baby weight, the bank account, what to make for dinner, cleaning the house, piles of laundry, Georgia (our very obnoxious/loud/energetic dog), waking up countless times in the middle of the night or not updating the blog for weeks at a time all seems quite trivial when staring into his trusting little eyes.  I love you, baby boy. Keep reminding me not to worry.

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