Saturday, December 31, 2011
I can't believe my little guy is already four months! He is doing so well. He is cooing and smiling all the time now. He is drooling constantly, and I am wondering if he is already starting to get one of his bottom teeth. Sophia and Sam got theirs much later, but the way Preston is drooling makes me wonder. Physically he is so strong, he rolls from stomach to back, almost instantly every time I put him on his belly. He is sitting in the bumbo fairly well, although when he is done sitting in it, he arches so strong that he can almost pop himself right out of it. He has a little light projector in his crib that plays music that he is actually hitting and has turned on in the middle of the night! I can't believe he has done it. The first time he did it I thought that it was an accident, but now he has done it a few times. I am not sure how much he weighs right now as his four month visit hasn't happened yet. But I am pretty sure he is my biggest baby!:-)
Friday, December 30, 2011
Each year after Christmas we get together to celebrate Christmas with Matt's parents and his brother Tim and Tim's family. Tim and Tracy have three kids, and so do Matt and I. The kids really enjoy getting together and playing with their cousins. In the past Jacob and Sammy have gotten the same gift each Christmas, and this year was no different. It is fun to watch each child's different reaction
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Matt's aunt Terri and his uncle Danny were so good to us. I have really developed a wonderful bond with Terry as has Sammy. They used to live out here and Terry was so wonderful all the time. She was always willing to help out and she really enjoyed spending time with us and playing with Sammy. Unfortunately for us, shortly after Sophia was born they moved out to Oregon! It was so very sad when they left. I have missed Terri so much. Right now they are back out here! We are so thankful. Their daughter Traci is getting married in april. So they are out here until May! I couldn't be happier. I am so thankful that Sophia and Preston will really get a chance to spend time with them and develop a good relationship with them. Cousins Traci and Peter have come up several times in the last year and we love them so much! The kids are really fond of them and have great visits each time they come. This was no exception! They were really rough housing with Peter.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Since I worked Christmas Eve overnight I was so concerned that I wouldn't get home before the munchkins woke up Christmas morning. But they slept until almost 8am! I was so thankful. They had a blast opening their gifts and playing with their new toys. Christmas was small this year as the finances are pretty tight, but the kids were really happy with their gifts. Sophia got a baby backpack for her Bitty Baby and some clothes for her. She was thrilled with that gift. She also really enjoyed many of her stocking stuffers: her watch, her bath toys, her lip gloss etc etc. Sammy was thrilled with his nerf gun (NOT my favorite thing!), and his new wood working kit. He also enjoyed many of his stocking stuffers, especially the "Flarp" which is noise making goo. After we opened gifts, we went to church, which unfortunately I didn't get to hear any of the message as Preston was exceedingly irritable at that time and I couldn't get him to sleep. After church we went to my mom's for a few hours and got to spend some time with my family. And then after that Matt, Sam and Sophia went to his aunts house for dinner and Preston and I came home, as I was extremely exhausted by that point. We sang happy birthday to Jesus which is a very special tradition I want to continue with my kids. I think in the future I would like to do the same type of thing that my mom has always done on Christmas Eve, which is have a birthday party for Jesus! We make a cake and sing happy birthday to him....Reading the Christmas story would be a perfect part of that.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Wow another blessed day we have had. We spent a part of the day with each of our families, and also went to a wonderful Christmas Eve service at our church. My favorite holiday tradition has always been spending Christmas Eve at my mom's house as she has hosted a birthday party for Jesus. This year the typical traditional things that she does didn't happen, which was a little sad, but it was wonderful to all be there as a family. My brother Dennis and sister Johanna drove up as a surprise for Christmas so it was wonderful to spend the time with them as well, especially since my brother will be deploying in february... My Auntie Irene and Danay
Friday, December 23, 2011
Goodness, it has been such a crazy week!!! I am rejoicing today in the fact that Sophia DOES NOT have a tumor or any form of cancer on her bone! I am so thankful and relieved. I didn't even realize the stress that I was carrying around while waiting for the MRI and then the results. I was speaking with my cousin yesterday and she really helped me put things into perspective when she said "GOD knows!" And He does, no matter what the outcome, no matter what my thoughts/feelings are God knows, and I am so grateful to have that knowledge. So yesterday morning to add to the craziness of our week, I opened our mail and it stated that Sam's IVIG had been denied! As this had never happened before I didn't know even where to begin with fighting it. He was actually due for his treatment yesterday and I panicked thinking that it was a holiday weekend and that he would be exposed to tons of friends and family throughout the weekend, and that we would end up in the hospital next week....But praise God, things have worked out! God opened the doors for the approval to go back through and we went in tonight for his IVIG. Unfortunately it was a HORRIBLE day for an IV for Sam. It took eight attempts and three nurses to finally get an IV in him. I just feel so awful when that is what happens to him. Thankfully he is such a trooper but I wish he didn't have to be. I really wish that we could get a port for him but his immunologist doesn't think that this is a good idea. His multiple other doctors think that it is though....I thought as he got older IV access would get easier but it hasn't yet. This week has been a complete and total roller coaster ride! But throughout the whole thing God has been beside me carrying me through. It is so strange to think back this week to how things have been absolutely crazy, but that in each and EVERY situation God was right there seeing us through. How amazing is he??? Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I am so ready to celebrate the miraculous coming of our Lord to this earth!!! Praising God tonight, knowing that He is a God of miracles, and that regardless of our circumstances that NEVER CHANGES!!!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
We received this Fisher Price Little People Nativity set as a gift last year. I am so thankful for it. Even though the kids know the Christmas story and we can read it to them, it is so nice for them to have hands on play with it. They really tell the whole story in their words about how Our Lord came to this earth as a baby. I am humbled and blessed to hear them tell the story:-)