Archive for May 2009

The cat's out of the bag...

Be prepared for a super long post. I have lots to say, so here goes.

First off, we are moving. Josh has been unemployed since late January. He has not found another job, actually he hasn't even had a call back or an interview. It is just a really sucky time to be an architect/developer. So of course we are quickly running out of money. Seriously it is only by the grace of God that we have made it this long. So we put the house on the market last week and once it sells, or Josh gets a job we are moving home to Amarillo. It is an extremely bittersweet decision and one of the hardest we have ever had to make. We have been here for 10 years and there are so many people we love dearly and are gonna miss like crazy. But we feel this is the best option for our family. We really want Kai to know his grandparents, cousin, aunts and uncles. It is so hard to raise a baby without any family around. I have great respect for anyone who does it. He is growing up so fast and I am so sad that my mom is missing it. He is at such a cute age and they aren't getting to see it. They haven't seen him since late march.
I am ready for baby #2. I want to be pregnant again soooo badly. I really want the kids to be close in age and want to be finished having babies by the time I'm 35. But I can't really justify getting pregnant while Josh doesn't have a job(I do have insurance though and having a baby will only cost $250, so that's a plus!!). My fear is that I am going to wait until we are stable and then it will take me a long time to get pg again. But I really can't think about any of that right now I guess. I am not in control of any of it so it will happen when it happens. I am just ready now.
We are going to Amarillo on friday for a visit and to take some packed stuff to go ahead and store. Our garage is full of boxes and furniture we don't need. Friday is Josh and mine's 10th wedding anniversary. We are gonna have grandma babysit and go out for some dinner and a movie. I am sooo looking forward to it. Josh and I could really use some grown up time together.
Kai is doing great. Not really trying to crawl yet, but he has the rolling thing down. He can roll to get the toy, so who needs crawling?! Yesterday we took his 6 month pics at the park. He was a little fussy so there weren't as many cute smiles. I still can't wait to see them, they of course will be super cute. But for now enjoy these cute pics that I took of the sweetie pie!!
In March Dougie and his girlfriend Tracy came down for a visit and we all went to the zoo. It was lots of fun.

Can you see his teeth in this one? Look close. He now has two on the bottom and I think he is getting a top one too, but it's hard to tell because he bites me everytime I stick my finger in there to feel around!

He is just toooooo darn cute don't ya think?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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6 months...

Tomorrow my baby will be 6 months old. Where has the time gone? It is so true when they say, "they grow up so fast". I will say they have been the best 6 months of my life. I have enjoyed every minute of it.

I am so thankful that I have been able to stay home and spend so much time with him. I don't want to miss any wonderful thing that he does. I cherish every moment that we spend together, every smile, every babble, every adorable thing that he does.

For so many years I never truly believed that I would have a baby and now I have a 6 month old. How quickly life can change. And how wonderful that change has been. My dream was to always be a mother, and it is so much more than I ever anticipated. It is the best job I have ever had. I treasure being able to watch him grow and learn. It is just so amazing to me to watch him discover new things and to see that huge smile on his face when he does.

I love my boy more than words can ever express, and I tell him that often. I love hug and squeeze him and it makes him smile so big. I love to tickle his tummy and blow raspberries on it. I love to do whatever it takes to make him laugh. That laugh just melts my heart.

I look forward to so many things and have so many dreams for him. I can't wait until he can call me "momma" and tell me he loves me. I can't wait until he walks and we can go play at the park. I can't wait for camping trips in the summer time. Going to pratices and games for all the various sports he wants to play. But as much as I can't wait for these things and many more to happen I don't want him to grow up too quickly. He will only be young once and I want to burn every moment into my memory.
Happy 6 month birthday my sweet baby boy. I love you more than you will ever know!

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Parenting styles...

I was reading Mel's blog post the other day and it got me thinking about my parenting style. I must say that I am doing things much differently than I thought I would.

First off, I heart co-sleeping so very much. It is not something I think I will do long term, but for now it works great for me. Josh pointed out that he thinks cosleeping is more for the mother and/or father than it is for the baby. I agree, I have seen babies put in their crib from the day they are brought home and turn out just fine. For me cosleeping keeps me sane. I worked so long and hard to get this kid I don't want him out of my sight. I love being able to put my hand on his tummy and feel him breathing at any time. I also love when he wakes up at 3 in the morning and I can roll over feed him and then roll over and go back to bed. That is a definate plus. We are teaching him to go to sleep on his own without us laying next to him. I want to be able to leave him with someone and not worry that he won't be able to sleep without us. He does great at nap time. Bedtime still needs some work but we are getting there.

I also breastfeed on demand. Now I did decide to give him a pacifier early on because I didn't want to be his pacifier. But if he wants to feed then why not. I'm not particular to a crying baby so I am happy to feed him when I think that is what he wants. But because of the pacifier he is pretty much on an every 2.5-3 hour feeding schedule. I also decided to introduce a bottle at a very young age. I wanted to be able to be away from him for extended period of times without him starving. So now others can feed him while I am gone.

I am also a babywearer. Annie got me a ring sling for my shower and I love it. I don't use it as much as I thought I would but when I do it is a life saver. When he is being clingy and I have to get stuff done the sling does the trick.

Now how about an update on the cutest boy. He is doing great. He loves cereal and eats like a champ. In a couple weeks I will start introducing veggies. I am sure he will loves those too. He is cutting two teeth. I couldn't believe it when I felt the first one. He has been a champ though, not hardly fussy at all. I did get him an amber necklace, I know a few people who have used it and liked it, so I thought why not.

He can almost sit up on his own. When I prop him inside his boppy he does a great job. We are putting him in his PNP and he sits there and plays with his toys. He is such a big boy. We have retired the swing and the bouncer chair. Neither on of them made him happy any more. We did get out his car walker. He is very cute in it. Not really moving around in it much yet. He still does love his jumperoo. It makes him very happy.

He loves to talk and always has much to say. He loves to smile and laugh. I think he is starting to get ticklish. He will wiggle all around if we tickle him under his arm. He loves bathtime. He kicks and splashes like crazy. We have started playing with toys in the tub too.

I think that is about all. Here are some of his 5 month pics in the bluebonnets. He is the one who picked flower, so if anyone should go to jail it is him!!!

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