Monday, September 12, 2011

Blessed

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate."
Psalm 127: 3-5 (ESV)

A month since my last post - geez. I guess that's what having a kid will do to the blog. Besides being taken over by ridiculously cute pictures of the baby. :)
Speaking of...
Sweet little angel. :)


So much has happened in the last month! I don't even think I can recall it all, and I definitely didn't take enough pictures. I know Liam took his first trip to REI and Ikea - woo hoo! Daddy was super excited about taking him to REI (he asked me when he was less than a week old if Liam could go yet). Liam has been to church every week since week 3 - and he's 7 weeks old now! He does great during the worship music, but gets fussy when the music stops. We had great grandparents and a great aunt come to visit.

GiGi Liz and Grandpa Rich
My dad came up for one last visit. My mom left Labor Day weekend after being here for 8 weeks. :( Daniel and I joked about how we would miss our "cleaning fairy" and after a week of her being gone we'd look around and realize there was no one to pick up after us anymore. Yeah, it happened. I've had to begin doing my own laundry, cleaning the house, taking the dog out, and figuring out what we are going to eat. Daniel has been such a wonderful husband and has been cooking a lot of the meals - more so because it's food that he bought and I have no idea how to cook. Lobster tails? Steak? Catfish? Really? Not exactly on my list of main foods that I cook on a regular basis.

Learning to love his toys!
Liam also took his first trip to Mississippi! On Friday of Labor Day weekend, we headed to Vicksburg to stay with our friends Brett and Laura Beth and our other friends Brad and Cari were staying the night too. It was fun to catch up since we hadn't been together since the spring. Laura Beth slept with Liam on the couch again, just like she did when she came to visit us in TX. :) Saturday we traveled to Louisianna for a wedding. Liam's first formal affair. :) He looked so cute in his little onesie with a tie that Laura Beth made for him! Liam got to meet a lot of our college friends and we enjoyed a night of celebrating Taylor and David's unity in Christ!

David and Taylor are married!
We drove back to Pelahatchie on Saturday night (in the ridiculous rain) and spent Sunday and Monday with family. Liam was held the entire day Saturday - I'm not sure he was put down once. Daniel didn't even hold him until 10:30 that night. The only reason I got to hold him was to feed him. :) We have a lot of family in Pelahatchie and everyone wanted their time with him, which we didn't have a problem with!

Liam and Mamaw Sharon
Liam has been going to Chapel at the Seminary on Tuesdays and Thursdays - we meet Daniel after class and stay for lunch normally. Daniel is off on Tuesday and Thursdays after he gets out of class at 9:45 so it's nice to be able to spend that time as a family.

Jack doesn't like that Liam hogs all the attention now.
Liam weighed 10lbs and 2 oz (that puts him in the 50th percentile for weight) and was 23 and 3/4 inches long (95th percentile for height) at his 4 week check up - we go again in a few weeks for his 2 month. He's growing so big!!! and so fast! We've had some issues with spitting up and gas pains and fussiness. (It's gotten a lot better lately and we are very thankful!) The doctor noticed Liam's rash on his face and chest (which I attributed to the newborn rash) and she said it was possibly from a milk allergy. So I've been trying to cut out dairy - super hard for this girl to do - and we switched to a soy formula for when we had to supplement. The rash is all gone now! And the fussiness has improved. Maybe if I completely cut out dairy it would go away all together, but dairy is like water for me. I need it and crave it! And it's incredible the amount of things that have dairy in them. I'd never actually thought about it before.

Waking up from a quick nap in the chair.
We're slowly getting a schedule started - but none of our days are ever the same. We wake up in the morning around 9 and start our day (I LOVE that he sleeps in!). He generally eats about every 2 hours. He goes down for a nap sometime between 12 and 1. Wakes up by 2. Eats, goes back to sleep for a few hours. Then it's the 2 hour eating schedule with occasional naps in the bouncy seat or my arms until 9pm when we start winding down. We attempt to get him to sleep by 9, but most of the time he fights and wakes up when we put him down, but by 11pm he's out for the count. He'll sleep for 4 hours at a time. (Before we went to Mississippi he slept for 6 hours straight for 2 nights in a row.)

In his favorite Elle Bee Creation by Laura Beth!
I can't believe how much of a blessing this little boy has been already. He grows and changes every day. I get all emotional when I hold him because I know one of these days he won't let me hold him like that anymore. I'm so thankful to have a job that lets me take 12 weeks off so I can spend extra time with him! And I'm thankful that it's a job that allows me to come back working 2 nights a week - Friday and Sundays - so that we don't have to pay for daycare or hire a sitter.

I caught a smile! It's not a great picture, but it's still a smile!
Liam - You have brought so much joy in your daddy and mommy's life already. The past 7 weeks have been crazy and tiresome, but they have been so much fun too. We love that you are looking at us now and focusing on our faces. We love how you snuggle up on our chests when you get sleepy. We love that glimmer of a smile that you show us on special occasions. The special moments that we spend in the rocking chair and singing to you during family worship are moments that we will always cherish. We love you little boy!
Please notice Liam's face in this picture...