Friday, November 23, 2012


Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His love endures forever.

{Psalm 107:1}

there is so much to be thankful for this year - 

for amazing and saving grace

for our sweet baby bud, who joined our family 10 months ago and changed our lives forever in the best way possible

for the ability to stay home with my baby bud

for our health, a precious gift

for our bud's grandma sue, who loves him dearly.  seeing his eyes light up and arms extend when he sees her warms my heart

for family near and far

for friendships that endure distance and time


this year we hosted thanksgiving

we had a full house, and the sounds of children running around, toys being played with, football being watched and dinner being prepared with my sisters, brought me back to my childhood (minus the football, haha)

a few of the memories i'll cherish - 

{watching our bud with his grandpa jerry}

{and his great-gran}

 {love this expression as he's watching her}

 {cousin audrey pretty intensely watching cousin mackenzie play}

{all the kiddos at play}

{grandpa and bud at play - love}

{this year, our thanksgiving dinner had some romanian flair added to it - romo chicken soup, sarmale - cabbage rolls-, and salata beuf - romo potoato and beef salad}

{three generations}

Monday, November 19, 2012

10 months old

this year is rapidly coming to a close, and that means our bud is getting closer to one year old.  yikes and sobbbbb!!!

10 months old is such a fun age because every day is a new adventure.  i never quite know what new thing he's going to figure out how to do, but there's always something.  he know how to keep this mama on her toes, that's for sure.

10 month highlights (in completely random order) - 

  • teething has resumed after a one month (or was it a two week?) hiatus.  two more teeth are coming in on top (for a total of six teeth), and his nose has been running non-stop for over a week.  at first i thought it was a cold, but now there's no doubt it's just teething.  he's waking up at night again as a result, and wants to chew on EVERYTHING.  
  • loves having his teeth brushed - i use a rubber finger brush, and he opens his mouth wide and really enjoys the feel of the brush against his teeth and gums.  he's also stared holding onto my finger and gnawing on the brush where his new teeth are coming on.  whatever provides relief!
  • his hair is so long i either need to keep him in a hat, or deal with the fact it's in his eyes and will accumulate food throughout the day.  i'm this close to giving him his first haircut before his first bday. oh, if only he could wear bows!  and i'm sure if i'm ever blessed with a little girl, she'll be bald.
  • figured out how to climb down two stairs
  • has tried climbing up stairs, and we quickly discouraged him from that, so he's not a stair climber...yet.  our next home won't have stairs...for many reasons, including this one.
  • stands up holding on to everything he can, including people if they're on the ground next to him.  he's even attempted to only hold on with one hand, and once or twice has let go.  he's especially daring with this when he's on a bed.
  • his favorite 'toys' - the dishwasher, the fridge & freezer (which he screams if i close before he can get to) and zoe's food and water bowls (if we forget to put them out of reach).  he makes a bee-line for any of the above if they're available
  • loves pulling my glasses off my face
  • eating - this is our biggest success story! for a while in the last month or so, i was getting discouraged because he no longer seemed to care for the pureed foods i'd been making him and he'd been eating, such as sweet potatoes and carrots.  i blamed it on teething, but even during breaks in teething, he never quite came back around to them.  so i just started giving him random finger foods, and found that he loves them!  in the last couple of weeks he's had eggs, oatmeal, cheese sticks, chopped up carrots and peas, greek yogurt with a few drops of maple syrup (one of his favs) and sometimes with sweet potato puree mixed in, toast with veggie puree, avocado, etc.  but the most exciting thing was two nights ago when the hubs and i were eating indian butter chicken with quinoa for dinner and our bud was intensely eyeing us and acting like he wanted some.  i started feeding him from my plate, and he LOVED IT!  i was shocked because i just didn't expect him to enjoy such 'weird' flavors, for him anyway.  he had quite a bit, and i was thrilled!  then last night, we has split pea soup (complete with shredded ham) and again, he loved it!  i guess he's ready to eat big boy food, so who am i to limit his little palette to pureed foods, haha!
  • talking - his sounds and babbles are sounding more and more like real words and sentences. he's very expressive when he's trying to communicate his excitement or unhappiness to us, and it's usually pretty funny!
  • gives high fives - he's been doing this for a while, but now, after every time he does, he get's really excited and gives a little shriek of excitement as if to say, 'i did it!'
  • favorite playtime - after his last bottle of the day, right before he goes down for the night, the whole family plays on the big bed.  this has become part of our bedtime routine, and i would've thought that all the activity right before bed would make it more challenging for him to sleep, but on the contrary, once his energy is spent, he falls asleep right away.  he loves climbing over us, diving head-first into pillows, the blanket, and his boppy, purposely falling backwards and wrestling.  hearing his giggles as we play makes this my favorite part of the day.  :)
  • my favorite moment in the early hours - during his feeding (usually around 5-6am), after i'm done nursing him, he lays his head against my chest and stays there until he falls back asleep.  because moments when he stays still long enough to snuggle are few and far between since he's discovered his mobility, i cherish this so very much.

and some fall fun pictures we got in right before the crazy rains came.  his favorite part...chewing on the leaves, and once he remembered he could crawl around in them (about 30 seconds into it), there was no standing still and posing - he was on the move!

Monday, November 12, 2012

getting serious

yesterday i joined la fitness.  i'm really trying to be excited about it.

my bud is 10 months old, and other than taking the occasional leisurely walk and trying a mommy fitness and mommy/baby yoga class in the past week, i've done nothing. nada. zilch. as it relates to getting my body back in shape post-baby.

weight-wise, i'm right around what i was pre-baby (i credit breast-feeding for that).  but the weight has been re-distributed completely differently than before, so that none of my clothes fit.  hence, i wear the same 2 or 3 outfits over and over and over.  my back is completely shot (as is my posture), and i've lost any and all muscle mass i had before (aka. i'm totally flabby).

so you'd think i'd be uber-motivated to get toned and my clothes fitting again. especially since i used to love working out.  well, the way i felt afterwards, anyway.  i'm one of those people that needs to feel the pain, the burn that comes from a great workout to feel like it was worth my time.  the kind of pain that comes from taking a sculpt class where the drill sergeant-type instructor pushes you to do squats, lunges, dead-lifts, push-ups, burpees, and contort your body in other ways my mind has chosen to block out.  the kind of work-out that leaves you sore for days afterwards, yet you go back because it's addictive and you see results.

my nike friends know what i'm talking about (beth, anyone?!).  silly as it may sound, besides my nike family, what i miss most about working at nike are the amazing sports facilities and fitness classes that challenged me physically like nothing else i've ever tried.  i also underestimated the power of being surrounded by friends and co-workers who were motivated to work-out and thus, motivated me.  i guess i need someone constantly pushing me, at least when it comes to this.  so here i am, 10 months later, trying to motive myself to get back on track.  i haven't even started yet, but i can already tell not having a workout buddy is going to make this process much more difficult.

at least the la fitness club i've joined has a few things going for it:
  • it was a great deal (and i love me a good deal!)  - $29.99/month, $25 initiation, month-to-month, no contract
  • childcare costs $10/month, unlimited, up to two hours a day (not like i'm planning to work out for two hours a day, haha!)  but i checked other clubs in the area, and i know $10/month is unheard of.
  • all classes are included
  • the facility is close to my house, so i'll actually go
  • the facility is brand new, and (according to the sales person that helped me, anyway) is the largest one in clark county.  
  • the locker rooms are great, as is the sauna i hope to use occasionally
  • but most importantly...based on the tour i was given (and according to what the sales person told me) it didn't appear to be your typical meat-market gym scene.  i remember that from my bally's days, and that's one of the reasons i waited this long to check la fitness out.  the clientele is a good mix of young, old, stay-at-home moms and your after-work crowd.  a much more diverse scene than you'll typically find at this type of club, and that made me feel comfortable right away.
so tomorrow i'm scheduled for a physical assessment, a one-hour complimentary assessment they provide to all new members, and one that will probably really depress me when i behold the evidence of just how out of shape i am is right there in front of me in black and white.

do i really want to know what my % body fat is??

maybe it'll be just the push i need.  after that, hopefully it'll be full steam ahead.

now if i could only figure out how to eliminate these...

and these...

from my diet, i think i could really get somewhere.  after all, isn't 90% of getting back in shape related to diet??  oh man, if that's really the case, i think i may be a lost cause after all.

Friday, November 9, 2012

baby dedication

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
Psalm 139:13-16

last sunday marked our bud's baby dedication at imago dei community church.  as believers, it was a very special day for us, and one in which we dedicated him to God, and dedicating ourselves as parents to raising him to know Christ.

until i became a parent, i didn't fully comprehend how deeply i could love another person. the love i have for my little bud is so powerful and so overwhelming, yet it pales in comparison to the love that God has for us.  i believe that to be true.  i serve a God who loves me even more than i love my son - that blows my mind!  and i want our bud to experience that love.  

our day was made complete by the family and friends who were able to join us.  :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

over the past week...

baby bud had play-dates with old friends

and made some new ones

we FINALLY met up with dear friends who moved back to the northwest from boston - woo-hoo!!

our little yoda finished his sign language class 

we visited great-grandma at her retirement home

someone was fascinated with grandpa

we went trick-or-treating...well, we visited a couple of neighbors before little yoda had to turn in

and our little man stood up in his crib for the first time...he's so proud of himself!