Monday, March 26, 2012

Updates, Spring Break, and 8 Months Old!

7 month old photo shoot by Amanda Bilbo!
What's happened in the past month? Well let me tell you. :)
  • Liam says Mom-ma now!!! He was babbling for a while and say "mmm mmm mmm" and then all of a sudden it turned into Mom-ma! Now he's saying something with a "B" like "Bweh Bwuh". We haven't figured out what he's trying to say with that. The only thing we can come up with is that Daniel calls him "Boy" most of the time so we think he's imitating that.
  • We've been spending a lot of time at the park, going to walks, having picnics, and swinging. Liam is loving the warm weather and being outside. We've been going with friends and the little girl that I've been keeping. I enjoy being outside too!
  • He's crawling everywhere, pulling up on everything, and if it's in his reach, it's not safe. It goes straight in the mouth. Clothes, remotes, toys, food, dirt and leaves, the dog's ears, trash, diapers (clean mostly), diaper wipes (these seem to be his favorite, besides the remotes), the iPad and our phones. Beware of Liam. 
  • We did a lot of solids over Spring Break because we actually sat at a table to eat our dinners and he did wonderful. But now that we're home, he's not really interested in eating solids. Oh well. He'll let me know when he is. 
  • He LOVES puffs! You know those little cracker-like things that melt in the mouth. Yep, he'll grab handfuls. And over Spring Break he actually learned how to get them in his mouth instead of dropping it on the floor while trying to eat them.
  • Broke out bubbles the other day. I don't know who had more fun, Jack or Liam. :) Jack went crazy.
The first few weeks of March flew by! I don't know where the time went. I bought a sewing and embroidery machine from a friend so I'm excited to start working on projects. I went to JBF (a large consignment sale here in FW)  and got lots of cute things for Liam. One of my favorite toys has been a stuffed dragon that is filled with balls (like a ball pit) - Liam loves it! I also bought a bunch of newborn and 0-3 month onesies so I can start making gifts for all my friends who are pregnant! :) I'm so excited to learn to use my sewing machine.

Liam is officially a big boy! We got him a convertible carseat before we left for Spring Break because we didn't think he'd be too comfortable in his infant carseat on the long trip.

On to Spring Break! In my last post, I mentioned that we had planned to go and preach a revival through the Seminary, but that didn't work out, so we decided to take a vacation. We decided on Colorado since we never got a "real" winter in TX. We got to Colorado Springs late Saturday night and stayed at a hotel. Liam decided that sleep was for the birds, so when everyone else went to bed around 10:30pm, Liam and I headed down to the hotel lobby for more playtime. At midnight, we went back to the room, I put him to sleep in the pack-n-play and laid down myself. He woke at 1am, I brought him to our bed, and he woke again around 2am. At 2 he was wide away and crawled all over the bed making cute noises so around 2:40am he was being too loud so we went back to the lobby. He got tired around 4am, put him in the pack-n-play, awake again at 5am, brought him to bed with us, woke at 6am and I just got up at that point.  We went back down to the lobby for breakfast at that point. I got *maybe* 4 hours of sleep that night. Somewhere in there we lost an hour. Not really sure where. We left Sunday morning and were going to drive up to Pike's Peak, but they had the road closed to the top so we just took our time and headed to Estes Park where we rented a cabin for a few days. We settled into the cabin on Sunday evening and found a local restaurant with really good food.
Exploring the cabin
On Monday we decided to go snow shoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park. So much fun! I strapped Liam to my front with my new Ergo carrier and he slept most of the time. I've never hiked in the snow before. Liam did great and we all enjoyed an afternoon outside looking at the beautiful mountains, frozen lakes, and landscapes around us.

Tuesday we went into town and walked around a while. Think Gaitlinburg, but smaller, and less commercialized. We looked in a lot of stores, ate some really good pizza, and got candy at some of the candy shops (there's like 6 in a short stretch of town). Oreo covered caramel apples. Yes, please. Salt water taffy. Yum. Peanut butter and chocolate fudge.  Oh yeah. We drove around RMNP for a while to see all the different mountains and views. Incredible. I love the mountains.

Both nights Liam has been having problems sleeping. He's been waking every hour. He won't let you put him down after he's fallen asleep - he just wakes up crying. It's been stressful, but God gave me strength and while I didn't get much sleep, I wasn't super tired. I was very thankful for that. Liam was so precious on this trip. Other than at night, he's so happy and he's loving new surroundings. He ate some snow and got so excited. I wish he would be able to remember this trip. That's what pictures are for I suppose. :)

On Wednesday the boys went for a hike. Apparently the trail was really hard to follow and they ended up working a lot harder to get up the mountain than they were supposed to. They missed quite a bit of the trail. But they made it to the top! They came back with lots of fun stories. They both ended up breaking treking poles and there was lots of slipping on random patches of ice. After lunch we headed to a indoor climbing gym. We had assumed it would be too cold to climb outside so we didn't take any of our own climbing gear. We should have known. The weather was perfect for climbing outside, but no gear. But we had a great time at the gym. For a while we were the only ones there and Liam crawled all over the place. He was so happy.
The boys and their broken poles - but they conquered the mountain!
I'm so glad that we've traveled with Liam and didn't let having a child slow us down. He enjoys it just as much as we do I think. We'll have some awesome stories to share with him when he's older. How many 2 month olds have camped on the rim of the Grand Canyon, or visited a metor crater, or stood among a heard of elk, or snowshoed through the mountains to a frozen lake? I can't wait to see what other interesting things we end up doing with him. :)

On the way home we stopped at some steak house that Daniel has seen advertised numerous times. The atmosphere was crazy, the food was good, we were serenaded by a band of old men who were hitting on Laura Beth, and apparently if you at a 72 oz steak in 1 hour you got it for free. We didn't try. Liam really enjoyed eating some lemons that night too.  We got back to TX around 4am on Friday morning and we all crashed. Exhaustion had set in.

I took a nap before work on Friday night and woke with a fever, but came to work anyway. I should have known better. I was feeling pretty bad by Saturday morning. I slept most of the day on Saturday and that night felt better so I went to our CARES event (a wine tasting party). During clean up I started feeling bad again and got home and found that I had a temp of 101. Sunday I decided to stay home from church and I went to a clinic to see if I had strep or the flu. I had neither. They weren't really sure what I had but gave me a script for some antibiotics which I never took. I stayed home from work Sunday night since I still had a fever. Then Liam got sick.

Around 1am on Monday, Liam woke with a fever of 102.5 under the arm. I gave him some tylenol and called his pediatrician and we went for a visit. (18lbs - woot woot!) But double ear infections. Poor thing. We started some antibiotics and were alternating with tylenol and ibuprofen. The fever never really went away though. Tuesday morning he woke up with a temp of 104.2! So I called the pediatrician again and she wanted to check him for RSV since he was having some pretty bad congestion now. (Lost a few oz, 17lbs 10oz - no biggie) And no RSV thankfully. Poor thing was so puny for most of the week. His fever finally went away sometime on Wednesday and by Friday he was pretty much back to himself. I hate when my child gets sick. Especially when he's that sick. Plus he's teething again. So that doesn't really help anything. He's doing better now though. But the teeth are starting to bother him again.

We broke out the bubbles the other day. It was so cute! He loved sitting there and crawling after them, then looking at me with a confused face when they popped and disappeared. Jack had more fun with them I think. He was going crazy!

I love my life. Even when I'm tired. Stressed. Emotional. Burnt out. I'm still blessed. I'm trying to remind myself of that.
My little Blessing (7mo) - photo by Amanda Bilbo
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-4

Thursday, March 1, 2012

7 Months Old

6 month photo shoot!
Liam is now 7 months old. Here's an update on the past month:
  • He has 2 teeth. That's right TWO! Bottom teeth. Those things are sharp!  
  • We went to the doctor for a shot at the beginning of February and Liam weighed 17lbs 10 oz (but that was with clothes still on)
  • He started army crawling all over the place at the beginning of February.
  • A few weeks after that he started to pull up on the couch, TV stand, dog, whatever he could get his hands on. 
  • And then a week after that we had full on crawling - hands and knees.
  • The house is no longer safe from Liam. We've officially babyproofed everything. We barricade him in the living room with our ottoman to keep him from going to the kitchen.
  • We have had a lot of falls this past month. I'm preparing myself to have to go to the ER one of these days.
  • He's wearing 6-9 month clothes. The 9 month pants are still too big, but we're making them work. 
  • No more thumb sucking. He just chews on his fingers now. 
  • Never started signing with him. I still should do that.
  • He's still not very verbal. He definitely makes more sounds, but not "word" sounds.
  • Still loves his Jumparoo - but he prefers to be free these days
  • Working on solids. I haven't been pushing them though. I think it's more laziness on my part, but he doesn't seem to want them anyway. We've added peaches and avocado to the list. Loves peaches. Hates avocado.
Sweet potatoes from head to toe
  • We put frozen cantaloupe in a mesh teether the other day and he really enjoyed chewing on it!
  • He's started taking a pacifier some at night. He normally falls asleep during his nighttime feeding but still wants to suck on something so we transfer the pacifier in to keep him happy. 
  • He's slowly but surely learning to put himself to sleep without having to eat or be rocked to sleep. 
  • We bought him "The Beginning Reader's Bible" for Valentine's day and he's been enjoying his reading scripture with some awesome pictures before bed each night. 
  • The past two weeks, we've been keeping a little girl who is a month older than him and he's been learning about sharing. And he's doing great!
A.B. and Liam
  • He has a favorite show on Netflix. It's called Early Bloomers. If he's ever fussy, all we have to do is turn it on and he immediately quits crying.  I don't know who invented it, but they were a genius. And Daniel introduced him to Blue's Clues the other day. He's a fan.
In a trance
  • He's started staying in the nursery at church on Sundays and enjoys playing with other little ones. 
  • We've been having lots of play dates with other kids! Mommy enjoys them too. :) 
My living room gets full when we have play dates with other moms and their kids.
  • Sleep Habits: Up until a few days ago, he was going to bed around 11pm and waking after 9am with 1 or 2 feeds in the middle. But these past few days he's been going to bed a little earlier and sleeping ALL NIGHT! I'm so proud of my little man. And I've thankful for consecutive sleep. My body actually hurts though because I'm used to waking up and changing positions after getting up to feed him and now I'm so tired that I collapse and don't move all night = soreness in the morning. But thankful, very thankful.  

I guess that's about it concerning Liam. I need to learn to update as things happen. Maybe one day. Probably not though.

Daniel and I have had a busy month as usual. I continue to work weekends. Daniel continues to work on MWF, so we have Tuesday and Thursday together, which is nice since I work on weekends.  But Daniel got a NEW JOB!!! Praise the Lord! He's going to be able to use the engineering degree that he worked so hard to earn at Mississippi State. He will be working for a company called Kobi Group. Definitely a God thing as to how he got this job. He'd been searching for one all last semester, but nothing ever worked out so he gave up. And then a random facebook friend of mine (not even someone that I know, just know of her) posted that her husband's company was looking for a new employee with an engineering/math/science background. So I gave her Daniel's name and email, the lady's husband contacted him, Daniel submitted his resume, they talked on the phone, he went in for a real interview, and came out with a job! He starts when we get back from Spring Break.

Speaking of Spring Break, Daniel had originally planned to preach a revival somewhere in the US through SWBTS as part of their Revive this Nation program. But they had too many sign up and not enough churches, so he wasn't asked to participate this semester. We were really bummed, but decided to take a road trip since we had the opportunity. We've wanted to go to the mountains and stay in a cabin and have snow, so we decided on Colorado. We also decided that we would rather go with some friends, so we talked with our friends Brett and Laura Beth and they decided to come with us! We got a nice cabin in Estes Park and we can't wait to spend time with our sweet friends! :) Plus it will be Liam's first time in the snow!

Daniel and I are still really enjoying teaching Sunday School and working with the children's ministry. God is teaching us a lot through this ministry. And I have started a one-on-one Bible study to disciple a lady from our church. We had our first meeting this past week and I'll just say that God is good!

Daniel and I had our first REAL date in we couldn't tell you when. Before Liam? My mom watched Liam when he was 2 weeks old so Daniel and I could go out for ice cream, but I don't really count that. Our sweet friend Erica called and asked if she could babysit Liam on Valentine's day so that we could have a date. Her husband was working that day so they were waiting a few days for their Valentine's day. Daniel took me to see The Vow and we ate dinner at the movie theater (it's one of those dinner and movie theaters and then we went out to Benbrook Lake to watch the sunset. I miss our dates like that. We used to do things like that all the time when we were in college. Thanks again Erica for letting keeping Liam! :)

Maybe I'll add some pictures later. - DONE! :)
First time to pull up! We dropped the bed that same day.
Got a bike seat so Liam could go on rides with us.
A Valentine from Liam!

Basic, but Truth.
John 3:16
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."