Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Two Things Tuesday (7/30)

1.  This little boy had a not-so-good night last night due to congestion. 
Poor guy could not seem to clear his throat. I tried clearing his nose with the blue bulb thingy, but nothing seemed to help. I got lots of junk out this morning, but there's still some in there. 

2. We've decided that in order to do what's financially best for us, we need to lease out or sell our condo. Pronto. 
Because of this very difficult decision, we have to find a home or homes for our two cats either temporarily until we're able to afford a place to live or indefinitely if the new owner(s) desire.
 It's really upsetting, and I'm trying to stay positive, but things are tough right now. I've had my Siamese since I was in college (over 10 years ago), and I've had my tabby since I moved into the condo 6 years ago.  They've been my constant companions, and I'm going to try hard to find them homes because I can't stand the thought of taking them to the shelter. Just breaks my heart. 

I know I say this often, but your prayers are so precious. Thank you for walking this journey with us. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thankful Thursday (7/25)

Today's "Thankful Thursday" post is a no-brainer.

Today, I'm thankful for family. 

You see, the start-up company The Husband started working for a few weeks before Jack was born has had financial trouble. Enough so that they've had to lay off all of the people who worked in the office. The Husband worked in the office. 

And, because they've been struggling to get their finances together for a while, he hasn't (along with everyone else in the company) received the last three paychecks. 

So, we've been staying/living with my parents and will probably have to continue to do so until he is able to find something that will pay our bills.  

My in-laws have graciously been taking care of our cats and making sure everything is ok at the condo, and The Husband may end up staying with them once in a while when he is networking and searching for jobs in that area. 

I can't tell you how difficult this has been. If you or your spouse has ever been without work, you know how I feel. How we feel.  It's discouraging and disheartening and disrupting.  

I don't know why God allowed this to happen. I don't know if The Husband will be able to find work in the amount of time needed to pay our mortgage and other bills. I don't know if we'll have to sell our condo in order to prevent foreclosure. I don't know if we'll have to give up our cats.  I don't know a whole lot.

I DO know that God has given us family members who have been gracious and caring through a very tough time. I DO know that if Jack ever needed us like this, we'd do our very best to help him. I DO know that God is with us and will carry us through. We might lose it all.  We might not. But, we'll still be held by the One who put the stars in the heavens. And, to me, that seems like a pretty powerful Someone to be putting my trust in.

And, I look at this little boy, and I remember God is faithful.  So very faithful.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Two Things Tuesday (7/23)

Two Things

1). This little guy is 6 weeks old today! 

I didn't do a "what's happening with Jack" post when he turned a month old, so I might as well do one now!  

What's happening with Jack? 
~He's far more alert these days and usually seems to enjoy tummy-time and the times he lays against my propped up legs while listening to me sing songs to him like "The Wheels on the Bus," "How Much is that Doggie in the Window?," and other nursery songs. 

~He hates to be swaddled, but he sleeps like a pro when he is. 

(First time to nap on the floor)

~He sleeps like an even bigger pro with the sound of rain I play on this awesome app my mother-in-law told me about. 

~Speaking of sleep...he's now (normally...but last night was a different story) at 4 1/2 hours, 3 hours, and 2 hours between feedings at night. It's soooo much better than the every 1 1/2 to 2 hours between feedings we were working with a few weeks ago. 

~He's a great eater! So much so, that he has what we lovingly refer to as his "triple chin."  He goes for 2 to 3 hours between feedings during the day. Three weeks ago, I thought I'd never get used to nursing. Now, I look forward to our sweet time together! What a blessing!

~He hasn't smiled yet. I watch for the slightest hint of it every day! 

2.  The Husband and I are celebrating our 2-year anniversary today!  
Happy anniversary, My Dear!  What a ride it's been so far! 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thankful Thursday--a new thing

 In an effort to be more consistent with posting (even if the posts aren't lengthy), I've decided to try out a few "theme" posts each week.

The truth is I'm incredibly thankful for many people and many things

This Thursday, I'm thankful for the opportunity to go to the gym. Even though it just consists of walking right now, the chance to get out of the house and to exercise has been such a sanity-saver. We're getting ready to go there now.  See?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Two Things Tuesday

Two Things

1.  Yesterday, we tried out the wrap successfully for the second time. I had tried him in it several times since the weekend at my parents', but each time he just cried and cried. Not a happy camper. 
But yesterday, I wanted to clean up the kitchen, but he didn't want to be put down. So, I crossed my fingers, held my breath, and put him in. After 10 minutes of resting comfortably against me, he fell asleep and stayed asleep for about 45 minutes. It was really sweet being able to hold him close like that.

2.  Yesterday, after a good night of sleep the night before (thanks to swaddling him), I decided that swaddling is a must. But, the swaddles and blankets we have keep him too warm or are way too small.  So, I bought some muslin swaddling blankets.  I chose these because they're lightweight, breathe better, and are HUGE.  I swaddled him last night, and although he didn't sleep quite as well as the night before (he managed to do a Houdini and free his arms a few times), he did sleep better than he has been. Yay! I also was able to put him in his bed to nap this afternoon, which was a first. Normally, he has only been able to nap in his swing or the Rock 'n Play. Or on me. I count that a success!  Unfortunately, I didn't wrap his arms tight enough, and he, once again in Houdini-like fashion, freed them. Which woke him up.  He was pretty irritated that he didn't get his nap out.  He's in the swing now :). I'm hoping to grab a quick nap, too!

Friday, July 12, 2013

The 4th and Several Other Things

It seems like I can only get one post in a week. I wonder why? :)
The Husband had a long weekend, so we drove down to visit my parents on the 4th. We stayed through Sunday, and other than having to sleep on the couch with Jack next to me in the rock 'n play, it was a great visit.

The Husband was feeling particularly patriotic :)

We headed to The Bestie's house for a visit. Because The Husband and I were too chicken to do it, she trimmed Jack's nails for us!  She rocks. 

I think these leg-warmers are deliciously cute on him! I also love this picture of his tiny feet with my dad's hand. 

We had lots of tummy time practice this weekend--the baby not us. Three generations :)
And, hello matching stripes!

...And bunches of naps. 
Unfortunately, he didnt quite get this nap out before visiting with my sister and her family. He was one grumpy little man!

We even had time to hang out with friends.
The Husband took this shot. Neat perspective!

We've already arranged their marriage ;)

The Bestie's little one likes hanging out with her Uncle Spencer!

I asked The Bestie to show me how to use the sling she gave us.  It's a Baby K'tan.  Here we are trying to figure out the directions on their website.  Once we got it on and got him situated, he seemed to really like it :)  And, by "like it," I mean he fell asleep.
I love the confused expression on my face.  I had no idea what the heck I was doing.

After a long drive back on Sunday (we stopped by to see The Husband's grandpa on the way), we finally made it back home.  My two guys were worn out.  I was, too, but I had tons of laundry to do so that The Husband would have clothes to wear to work :)

Tuesday morning, we headed out to see Jack's pediatric cardiologist.  Here we are waiting patiently.

I don't know what it is about new places, but he always does such a good job at staying content.  This is him after a diaper change.

The doctor had an ACG done to watch his heart rhythm.  No, he wasn't happy.  But, thankfully, the test only lasted for a few minutes.

The doctor came back in and gave us the good news:  his heart looks great!  No abnormal rhythms detected whatsoever!  The doctor does want to see him one more time in six months to make sure everything still looks good though.  But, I'm not worried!  We've been sending up prayers of thanks since we got the great news!

Wednesday, we hung out at home and had a pretty lovely day (the evening not so much...).  We had more tummy time in the afternoon.  He usually doesn't mind it (unless he's super tired).
Side note--People ask me how the cats are doing with him.
Do you see the lack of curiosity? 
Yeah, they ignore him.

Thursday, Jack turned one month old! How did we celebrate??? We went to my OBGYN appointment! Yay! Haha, seriously, he did a great job there, too.  He nursed and got a diaper change (and peed ALL OVER EVERYTHING).  He got a little fussy just as the doctor came in, so she encouraged me to hold him.  He fell asleep during the exam! He's a funny guy.

Here he is while we waited for the doctor to join us.  I know I've said it before, but we LOVE my doctor.  I'm a little sad that it will be a whole year before I see her again! I know that's a weird thing to say about one's gynocologist!

And, now it's Friday! We're heading to the gym to do a little walking and get our day started off right. :)  Have a good one!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Why, Yes.

Why, yes. I am three weeks old today. 

Why, yes, I do look adorable in this Under Armour onesie my Aunt Sam gave me.

Why, yes, I am wearing a completely different Under Armour onesie and diaper cover in the next picture.  

Is it because I peed EVERYWHERE while getting a diaper change?  The wall? The table?  Two clean outfits? Even on my face?  Twice? All by 10:00am?

Why, yes!

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Morning of Diapers and Friends

We have had a lovely day so far!

First, PRAISE GOD, the baby slept a good three to three and a half hours between each feeding last night.  It's amazing what an extra 45 minutes to an hour of sleep can do for one's outlook :)

Second, I decided that since his umbilical cord has fallen off and his circumcision has healed, we'd try out cloth diapers today.  He hasn't cried any of the times I've changed him today!  And, they look super cute on his little tushy! :)  Haha, they look sooo big on him, but he's cozy, they haven't leaked, and they're downright adorable!


We tried out a Charlie Banana diaper first...it's pretty massive, but it's an all-in-one/one-size-fits all diaper.  It's so soft, and the liner is very absorbent.  
Then, we tried out a regular unbleached cloth diaper with a Thirsties size 1 diaper cover.  Very cute!
 And, third, the two of us headed up to the school to visit with the ladies I was blessed to work with in the office.  I took the opportunity (and a willing pair of arms and a comfy shoulder to hold Jack--thank you Ann!!) to finally clean out my desk in the library.  That task normally would have taken place at the end of school, but since I was put on bed rest while school was still going on and hadn't had a chance to get up there, the right moment just hadn't presented itself.  I didn't have much to pack up--just one bag full--so I got to spend lots of time visiting with my girls.  It was lovely :)

The day's almost over!  He's resting...restlessly...and will probably want to nurse again soon.  Then, I'm hoping to rest a bit myself until The Husband gets home.

Here's hoping the rest of the week goes this great!