Crazy, sweet, often-disobedient, loving Jack, you are 4 years old today.
You greet each day with silliness and laughter and loudness with your sister.
You test the boundaries and break all of the rules.
You have made tremendous strides in your speech this year and now talk our ears off all. day. long.
You love your people, and your people love you.
You are wild and adventurous. Smart and creative.
You know how to count to 20, but always skip 15.
You know the alphabet, and you enjoy being read to and "reading" to yourself.
You love to sing the books of the New Testament song, and you enjoy learning about people in the Bible, especially Jesus.
You love to eat, and eating at a restaurant makes your day. Grandpa and Nana took us out to eat for your birthday today at your favorite place, and you were a picture of grins as you and Daddy and Ella watched the boats out on the river and played washers and ran around and as Nana and Grandpa and Oliver and me all…
Edit - he weighs 18 pounds and is 26 1/2 inches long.
Oliver is 11 months old today!
I know I say this every time, but he is the most delightful baby. He’s happy 99% of the time.
He’s crawling all over the place and pulling up onto his knees a lot.
He has two bottom teeth and four coming in right now. He looks ridiculously adorable when those gums and chompers are on display!
He babbles and squeals often and only gets out “Momma” when he’s sad.
He loves exploring and heads to the bathroom quite often for some reason. Thank goodness for safe cleaners and clean bathrooms. He had his first tub bath a few nights ago. Loved it!
He adores his siblings and laughs so hard for them.
He enjoys breast milk as his main source of nutrition, but we’ve started introducing finger foods for times I need him occupied. He likes banana, Cheerios, black beans, broccoli, frozen peas, and shredded cheese. He also likes apple sauce and quinoa.
Tomorrow he is having his hernia repaired. I’m anxious, an…
**Updated with video of the ultrasound at the bottom. The last shot in the video is the latest picture we have of the Little One. There is a song that plays in the background (one of my favorite Selah songs), and to enlarge the video, you can click the button on the bottom right.**
This is more for my sanity than it is for anything else.
I'm writing out the events of today's doctor's appointment and ultrasound so that I don't have to keep rehashing it for those who ask.
And, so that our friends and family can begin praying specifically.
It's been a long day.
The appointment started with my weigh-in (up 9 pounds so far) and blood pressure check (normal). Then, we heard the heartbeat, which was wonderful (145 bpm). We headed into the ultrasound room after waiting a bit.
The doctor came in, asked a few questions, (we told her there had been more bleeding this past weekend), and she began the ultrasound.
The good news:
1. The baby looks healthy!
2. The …