Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Adventures in Rebekah: 4 Months Old

Dear Rebekah, 
You are 4 months old today! What a special month we have had, filled with family, friends, and special occasions. 

You got your first bath in your own special bath tub (before you were just getting showers). You LOVE the tub. You splash and kick and don't cry at all. Even when you get water in your face. Mommy and Daddy love watching you in the tub. You started wearing cloth diapers this month now that mommy finally got her act together enough to wash them. You look very cute with your bum in the cloth diapers!

You discovered your toes and for a week or so, you would hardly let them go! 
You also love to jump in your jumper. Sometimes it even looks like you are trying to dance. And the most exciting thing you learned is how to roll from your back to your tummy. It took quite a few tries to get the hang of it, but you didn't give up. Now, every time you are on your back, you try to roll onto your tummy! 

You are such a happy, sweet girl. For your first Thanksgiving you were with all of your grandparents and most of your aunts and uncles. Everyone loved holding you and making you smile. 

You love looking at all the Christmas lights and decorations around the house. Your Auntie Wen took some beautiful Christmas pictures of you - you are such a good little model! 

You had 2 very important events at church this month. The first one was your dedication service. You did a great job of being adorable while Pastor Jim and Pastor Dennis prayed for you.

The 2nd event was a surprise for mommy! For our 5th wedding anniversary, daddy arranged for us to renew our marriage vows! It was extra special because you were there with us. 

Look how much your have grown this month! You are almost to big for all of your 3 month clothes now.... 

It is hard to believe that this time last year we were just finding out that you were growing inside of me! 
What joy you have brought us, sweet little girl! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Adventures in Motherhood: Learning Every Day

Before we had Rebekah, I knew that babies learned new things everyday...but what I did not know was that mommies learn new things everyday too!

There are so many things I have been discovering these past months. About being a mom. About myself. About what is important and what is not really important...

Eating food while it is hot is not that important... Same with eating ice cream while its frozen. Some days it feels like every time I am about to eat or drink Rebekah needs to eat or sleep or be changed. Last week I warmed up a mug of apple cider 4 times before I finally got to drink it. Daniel has been a huge help by wrapping up my dinner so it stays warm or putting my bowl of ice cream back in the freezer so it doesn't get soupy...I HATE soupy ice cream. He loves soupy ice cream ... when he was growing up his Grandma would put his ice cream in the microwave for a few seconds for him to make it soupy. 

Ok, where was I....Oh, yes. Things I have been learning! 

Did you know babies can tell when you are standing and when you are sitting when you hold them... Even when they are asleep?!...Well, I learned that lesson in motherhood right off the bat. I have learned that Rebekah prefers standing. Seriously, if bouncing/swaying a baby while standing was an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal. 

I have learned that there is nothing quite like the feeling of holding your child ... and having your hand on their diapered bottom at just the right moment to feel gas or something else come shooting out of them. Wow, I already have lots of stories about Rebekah that are about poop...but I will save those for another day. 

I did not know that my emotions would be so tied to this little girl. Her first laugh made me cry. Watching her excitement as she explores the world around her fills me with such joy. If she is grouchy...I try not to be grouchy but it doesn't always work. And when she is in pain, my heart literally hurts. It's the worst when she is in pain. Thankfully that has only happened a hand full of times in the past few months. 

Yesterday Rebekah learned to roll from her back to her tummy. It was VERY exciting!

I wonder what we will learn today? 

(no post is complete without a cute Rebekah picture, right?!
 This one is from a Christmas card photo shoot with her Auntie Wen)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Adventures in Motherhood: Love Is Patient

One thing that always amazes me about the Bible is that I can read a verse that I have read hundreds of times before and have God speak a totally new message to my heart. 

Since becoming a mother, this has been happening a lot to me. And not just on verses with stories or analogies about children and parents. Often it's verses about love. Most recently it has been 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient ... Those 3 little words have a totally new meaning to me now. For much of my life I feel like I've been learning the lesson of patience in one way or another. 

Learning patience while waiting to find out if I got into the college I wanted to attend. 
Love is patient
Learning patience while waiting for God to show me the man He had for me to marry. 
Love is patient
Learning patience while trying to start our family. 
Love is patient
Surely I would have, should have, learned the lesson of patience by now...right? When I'm up at 2 a.m., and have been rocking Rebekah for over an hour, praying that this time when I lay her in her bed that she would stay asleep ... Love is patient

Because I love her so very much, I (*try to*) remain patient. Soothing her, rocking her, helping her learn when it is time to sleep and when it is time to be awake. Starting the process over for the 6th time when her little eyes fly open as soon as her head touches her bed...Some days I know that it is only God's love in me that is keeping me from screaming into a pillow out of frustration and exhaustion.
(deep breath)
Love is patient. 
Being patient with Rebekah is a way that I can show her my love for her. How much greater is God's love for me that He is continually patient with me...when I don't bring my concerns and worries to Him first, when I try to do something without His help, He is patient with me. 
Love is patient. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Adventures in Rebekah: 3 months old

I feel like I am going to start every post about Rebekah the same way: how has another month already past!? Well, here we go again....

Dear Rebekah, 

You have had a very busy month, filled with lots of firsts! You took your first trip to Minnesota to visit your Grandma Deb and Papa Ron...

While you were in Minnesota you got to meet two of your great- grandpas and lots of other family members. You were bashful for the first time and it is so fun seeing you develope new emotions! You even got to meet some new friends from Minnesota!

You went to your first wedding and I was so happy when you slept during the ceremony.
You got your first fever after you got some shots...Mommy cried almost as much as you did.

You also got to meet your cousins from Colorado for the first time this month. You loved watching them play! 

You are such a sweet happy girl! You love playing on your activity mat and in your swing. Your new favorite place to play is in your jump seat! 
Tummy time is not always your favorite but you tolerate it most days.

You have been learning lots of new noises and like to practice them all the time - especially when mommy is changing your diaper. You usually stop when I take out my phone to capture them on a video ( little stinker!) About a week ago you laughed a real big girl laugh but we haven't gotten you to do it since. You are getting good at grabbing things with your hands (like mommy's hair) and have also started to discover your feet and ears.
Sleep is something we are working on. Some nights are better than others. Most days you only want to nap if I am laying next to you. But mommy and daddy are trying hard to teach you about good sleep. We love you so very much, sweet Rebekah! 

(On a side note, it is getting more challenging every month to get a good picture of her! So wiggly! But it makes for some good outtakes...)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Adventures in Motherhood: Nap Time

I'm laying in bed as I type this...typing with one thumb. Why just one thumb ? Because my left arm is the being held hostage by a sleeping baby. Before Rebekah I thought nap time would be when I got things done around the house... But not today. Or yesterday... Or all last week. You see, Rebekah has been going through a phase of not wanting to sleep during the day. (Thankfully once she falls asleep at night she has been sleeping pretty well.) 

I feed her. I rock her. She is totally asleep. I put her down. Slowly back out of the room and about 3 minutes later... She is awake. Not just awake. "I took a nap and am ready to play" awake. We try again with the rocking but with the same results...

So today there is a new plan in motion. Just get her to sleep.  More than 20 min at a time. Because, you see, on days when she doesn't sleep more than 20 min at a time during the day - the afternoons and evenings are a grouch-fest. Nothing makes her happy. Fussy is the name of the game. 

Everyday I learn more about what it means to be a mom...

Mom lesson I learned today:

Yes, I have other things I could be doing right now. We are having guests over tonight - I could be cleaning. I should probably be cleaning. But I'm not. I'm snuggling my sweet girl because that is what she needs me to do right now. I'm working on letting my plans go and enjoying each stage of Rebekah's life. Being there when she needs me. And I know someday I will wish she wanted to snuggle with me and take a snooze. So I'm taking full advantage of this snuggle bug's nap time today. 

Hopefully our guests tonight will understand that baby snuggles are more important to me than a clean kitchen. 

Any tips on babies and sleep? :-) 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Adventures in Reading: Where Treetops Glisten

Normally I have a very strict "NO Christmas before Thanksgiving" rule. And it is a VERY big deal for me to break this rule. But I did it. I broke the rule. I read a Christmas book...I started it before Halloween even! (But let's be honest here, Hobby Lobby has their Christmas trees up already, so I'm not the only one who is doing Christmas stuff already!)

The book is called "Where Treetops Glisten" and it is actually 3 stories, by 3 authors, about 3 different members of the Turner family. Each story is set in the Christmas season of a different year of World War II. And each of the members of the Turner family have a different lesson that God is teaching them. Mystery, romance, forgiveness, learning to trust... All elements to make a great trio of stories.  

I originally wanted to read this book because one on the stories is written by my favorite author Sarah Sundin. But I enjoyed each of the 3 stories equally and wished they were their own full length book. The characters and story draw the reader in from page one. I was satisfied with the conclusion of each story and since each main character was a part of the same family, the stories all tied into one another. The 3 ladies must have had a fun time writing this wonder piece of historical holiday fiction together! 

If you are looking for a fun read this Christmas season - I would totally recommend Where Treetops Glisten. 

I did receive this book for free from litfuse publish but the opinions are my own. 

Adventures in Rebekah: 2 Months Old (a few weeks late!)

Rebekah is actually a little closer to 3 months now that she is to 2...but I guess that is just life with baby!

Dear Rebekah,
What a month of discovery and learning for you (and your mommy and daddy!). You really discovered your voice and you love to make noises. You love looking all around you and smile when mommy or daddy walk into the room. Some nights you let mommy sleep for almost 6 hours! 

You love to wiggle and move around, making it a bit harder to take pictures! You are such a joy, even when you are having a fussy evening. We love you more every day!