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

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