Sunday, July 31, 2016

Benny is Eight Months

Benjamin is 8 months, and over 22 pounds; but he's still in 12 month clothing... for now!

He's in size 4 diapers, with a Huggies nite time diaper at night. Though I think he'll be switching to size 5 diapers soon. Benny is eating 5 ounces of formula every 4 hours, and has solid food 3 times a day. We recently bumped down his formula because he'd rather eat solid food than formula. He eats canned green beans, cherrios, banana, bread, peas, etc. If it's small and will eventually dissolve in his mouth, he's into it. His favorite food is still apples. The boy ate squash! There is no food this boy won't eat now.

Still waking a few times a night, but we are working on that.

He rolls all over the place, sits up if you sit him up, and will scoot backwards all over.

He will reward anyone who talks to him with a big grin. His favorite toys are Sophie the giraffe, his Maileg puppy, and his buddy. He desperately wants to play with big brothers... to the point he will reach and scoot for them. He's always asking for his "bobs" aka brothers. Levi hates being called a "bob" so he yells, "I'm not your bob!" Benny just smiles.

Ben says "bobs", mama, dada, hi, and bye. But never when I want him too... He usually is a chatter box after we are done face-timing with someone.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Swimming Lessons: Show and Tell

It's been two weeks of swimming lessons, and today was the "show & tell" session where they got to show everyone what they learned.

Here's Levi (remember, this is the kid TERRIFIED to let go of you in the water.):

And, Here's Jonah the fish (the child convinced he's the original Jonah that was in a fish...):

They did so well! I'm proud of my little swimmers. There are a couple areas that we still need to work on, but Jo learned a lot, and Levi is no longer afraid of the water. In my book, it was a success.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Swimming Lessons

The Bigs have started swim lessons with Crawfish Aquatics in Baton Rouge. I use to swim on a team (both elementary and high school), but the hubby can basically just doggy paddle. It is important to me that my children swim, and swim well. I feel like it's a life skill they need.

Well, today was day one of eight. They LOVED it. Jo is my little fish, so I really wasnt too worried about him. Levi... He loves the water but only when someone is tightly holding him. So imagine my joy and surprise when his instructor tells me that on day one he was floating on his tummy, with his head in the water! Jo had a good first day too, he floated on his tummy with his head in the water, and even started kicking. I was so proud of big boys, that I bought them a prize: goggles.

While waiting for their lesson to finish, Benny and I were walking laps in the next door gym. My senses were overwhelmed with chlorine and rubber from swim caps. I love swimming, and I miss it. It was fun seeing all these little kids with swim caps and goggles. The flash backs to my days of swim kept me grinning.
Levi wanted to sleep with his goggles on... My Mother In Law has a picture of the Hubby doing the same thing.

Crawfish aquatics has an adult swim team... Gives me something to dream about.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Surprised by Motherhood

I love reading. There have been so many nights that I have stayed up until the wee early morning hours to finish a good story. I read the entire Laura Ingalls Wilder series by the soft glow of my lava lamp in elementary school. Totally convinced that my mum was ignorant of it... I know better now (thanks mum for letting me read). When I was punished, I wasn't spanked, or grounded... I had my books taken away. I LOVE to read.

All this to say that I have consumed countless books, but I can count on one hand, the books that have changed my heart, my mind, and at the risk of sounding like a dramatic teenager, my life.

Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker is one of those books.

The best way that this mama of three can explain it, is reading this book was like putting neosporin on my heart. Justin and I have been raising these man-cubs hundreds of miles away from family. It's lonely. It's scary. It's hard. Lisa-Jo was able to put into words what my heart screams daily, and then wrap it all up with scripture and experience. She points the way for tired, Christ-loving mamas. She writes it in a way full of grace, and love. 
A spot on quote from the book.

I wish this book was around for me to read when I was pregnant with my first. I would have been so much more prepared. Less naive, more ready.
Possibly my favorite quote.

If you are a mama, or soon to be a mama. Read this book. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll probably want to hug Lisa-Jo. But most of all, you will be changed.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Blog Update

A couple weeks ago I noticed that my blog design was not working. As in, all the special elements that the previous designer created (header, signature, about me, basically all the pretty stuff) disappeared. My lovely little nook in the inter webs looked wonky. So strange in fact, that even the hubby took one look and told me to get on etsy and find someone to fix it. Love that man.

Que Green Tangerine Design. Allison was wonderful. She patiently listened to all my quirky ideas and made them happen.... Quickly!

I'm so thankful that my little blog is functional and pretty again.