Monday, October 26, 2009

Shots and Pumpkins and Cereal, Oh My!

Well Michael is officially four months old now. I cannot believe how quickly time is flying by! Really, if you blink you miss something with him. His doctor visit on Friday was sweet he was so happy until they gave him two shots at which point he stuck out his bottom lip and cried. The nurse tried to soothe him but when he saw me he started crying even harder until she handed him to me, then he stopped. It was wonderful to see how Mommy can soothe, what a bond. Well, the news is that Michael is in the 6th percentile for height and weight. He is a small baby. Not a skinny baby but small. The doctor reassures me that he is totally fine and super strong. I just wish he would plump up or something. That's okay, he is my little boy even if he only weighs 12 pounds 3.5 ounces. He has doubled his birth weight!
On Saturday, Momma Lu, Cliff, Lulu and Craig came down to visit. Cyndi, Michael and I went and ran errands while our realtor held an open house for us. We stopped by the pumpkin patch in Wimberley to take some cute pics in the pumpkins. They were so huge compared to Michael! He slept most of the day and then had a slight fever because of his shots. But a warm bath and a massage helped and his fever went back down.
On Sunday Michael and I snuggled for as long as he could stand it. We snuggled on the bed, on the couch, in the rocking chair. I just didn't want to put him down! That night we got out the cameras as Michael had his first taste of rice cereal. He was so cute. At first he kept trying to suck on the spoon. Then he made the funniest faces as he realized that it wasn't milk. The texture was obviously different so he kept making these smaking sounds. It was too much!! He finally realized how good it was and started opening his mouth for the spoon. If we were too slow he would suck it off of his bib! So, it was a successful first feeding, a night I will not forget. By the way, this whole thing where people think he will sleep better if he eats cereal is sooo not true. He was up every two hours last night eating. He must be going through a growth spurt. Cross your fingers! As soon as I figure out how to load videos, I will post the video of him eating. His facial expressions are just too cute! Oh and the fourth month bear pic is on the way!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

School Days

The first day I took Michael to daycare - now I call it school, was a bit hard for me so I did not take any pictures. However, now he smiles when he sees his teachers and seems to have a really good time with all of the other babies. He has four teachers: Judy, Dawnyae, Heather and Tara. They are all so precious and have the sweetest job in the world. All the babies are so cute in there. I told them I would love to have their jobs, but I can only imagine how hard it really is. Prodigy Learning Center is a GREAT place to take your baby. They truly love children there and Michael is thriving. They finger painted one day even though Michael was a bit fussy about that and when the weather is beautiful they go outside, something Michael LOVES. He is always so content when I pick him up in the afternoons. It really is a blessing to have found a place that will keep my baby safe and happy. Thank you ladies for all that you do for our little ones, you are truly appreciated! Getting ready for school begins the night before when Michael takes his bath around 7pm. I get up around 4:30am and get ready and then wake him up, that's right I have to wake him up, around 5:30am. I sing his morning songs while I'm getting him dressed for school. After breakfast and a quick burp it is off to school. Michael talks to his hand or his duck for about 10 minutes and then he is fast asleep for the rest of the ride. When we arrive, Judy greets us and Michael will usually smile at her and then I'm off to work. In the afternoons, Dawnyae or Tara will tell me about his day and say their goodbyes. He has really gotten into a routine and sometimes will just talk the whole way home about his day. I can't wait until he can really tell me everything he did in school, but for now I will adore the cute noises he makes as he chatters on.

Friday, October 16, 2009


One of my favorite things in nature is the butterfly. I love the variety of colors and shapes. I love how they fly from flower to flower and occassionally land on a lucky passerby. Yesterday on my commute home the sky was getting dark but it wasn't because the sun was going down. I then realized that everyone was driving so slowly. I thought surely there must have been a wreck or something. However, to my delight the "cloud" was a mass amount of Snout Butterflies! They were so beautiful just flying around landing on flowers. Everyone slowed down as if not to disturb their flight. I found out later that all of the rain we had wiped out the parasite that normally eats the Snout Butterfly. So we were blessed to see them in record numbers all over central Texas. As we were driving, my FAVORITE song came on the radio, Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole. It was magical. It was as if no one else was around, just this beautiful song the butterflies and my precious baby boy. I felt blessed to be a part of their journey to warmer climates. It also reminded me that no matter how much is going on or how tired we get, there is beauty everywhere and sometimes we need to just slow down and take it in. So enjoy your Friday and take a moment to see the beauty in something today.
P.S. If you don't know the song, scroll down to my playlist and have a listen

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.
- John 3:16
Message Translation

Well, it has been two weeks since returing to work and it really doesn't get any easier leaving Michael behind. I feel so guilty leaving him with others everyday when he should be with me. I know he is fine and really at this age it is more of an out of sight, out of mind mentality. Each day he greets me with a smile or laugh. I can't wait until he can say mommy! Each day as we drive to work, I pray with Michael. We pray for our day, his teachers, my students our family and so on. I started thinking about how much I love him and that I couldn't imagine my life without him. I get it. God loves me so much more than that. What an amazing love! Even more amazing is how He could give His only son so that we could know salvation. Here I am crying because I leave Michael for 7 hours a day while God sacrificed His only Son for us! I get it now. I have always known my Heavenly Father loves me and how much Christ loves me but now I understand. When I look at Michael I see the miracle he is and I know God looks on us in the same way. To know He is there and His love is so deep is such a comfort to me, as it should be to you. I was also thinking about how innocent Michael is. He has a clean slate, his whole life ahead of him. We too can have that through Christ. We truly are born again and have a clean slate, just like a beautiful baby. The best part is, we are like children, we are His children and we are so loved.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Friday Night Lights

On Friday night Michael, Derin, Nana and I packed up and headed to Canyon's football game. It was our Homecoming game. It was so much fun. All the CHS babies were there! It was the first time the cheerleaders got to see Michael in person. Kelsey of course was the first to hold him. Don't they look adorable? I walked around with a bottle of hand sanitizer and made anyone that held him put some on. I know I need to relax but this is flu season and Michael can't get his flu shot until December! Anyway, Michael enjoyed the ladies and one time the football rolled over in our direction and he watched it bounce! I can't believe how he is following things with his eyes like that! The night ended as all the babies fell asleep in their mommies arms. All the babies except Michael. As you can see he was wide awake and enjoying the view! He loved the lights and the band and of course all the girls :). He got to see baby Tatum and Marissa. I can't believe how old Tatum is, I remember her in her mommie's belly! Time truly flies too quickly! The night was perfect, topped off with a Cougar victory over San Marcos!

My Week With Nana

Well the day finally came where I had to return to work. It makes me want to go back in time because I can't believe that Michael is 15 weeks old! It is AMAZING how much he has grown and developed. He holds his head up, he laughs and "talks" so much more.
So Monday Sept. 28th I had to return to teaching. I just couldn't bear going back to work and taking Michael to daycare all in the same week so my mom came up to take care of Michael for us. What a sweet sacrifice to give up a week of her life to help us. I cried everyday on the way to work except for Friday. I think I was so excited that the weekend was here that I didn't have a chance to cry. I felt so safe knowing that my mom was with Michael everyday. She took pictures and texted them to me and I called four times a day to check on him. In reality I know that Michael will be fine but it is so hard for me to be without him. Plus I know he will cry and I will not be there to soothe him. But I know he had fun with Nana because everyday he would smile and giggle with her. She sang songs to him and rocked him in the rocker she used for Matt and me. One afternoon she took Michael on the deck and had a little photo session.
The days literally flew by and I could not have made it through them if it wasn't for my sweet students from last year coming to visit. Kelsey gave Michael the cutest little "sneaker socks". I can't wait until they fit him! I also believe that Michael has grown this week. I guess not being with him all day long allowed me to see that. The only regret is that I didn't take any pictures of Nana with Michael. Thank you mom, words cannot express how grateful I am that you took care of my little boy. Now I understand what an immense love a mother has for her children and I am so grateful to have a mother like you. And by the way, the Bumbo is awesome and Michael is getting stronger everyday!