Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Laughing all the way...

Kennedy Joy,
You are 5 months old today and we are so thankful for each day God gives us with you!

I will try to describe your personality right now. You enjoy people and new places and are super observant. You are content to be held and just watch what's going on around you. So far, you still let strangers hold you without a problem. You have a few 'happy' times throughout the day, and I soak in those smiles you give me!

I would have to say, though, that you are not the most easy going baby.Your attention span is extremely short and you seem to get over stimulated pretty easily, so your window of play time is pretty short. You are sort of over your play mat with the hangy toys. You are so rolly, you just flip onto your stomach and then get bored and fussy. (I think you are bored with most of your (5) toys, haha! I'm so glad nana is bringing a whole car full of them for Christmas!) I can't put you in the nap nanny anymore because you will try to roll off. That was where you spent the mornings with me as I ate breakfast and read my Bible.  So instead, I try to put you in the exersaucer we borrowed from Josh and Britt.
 It amuses you for maybe 5-8 minutes (after I act super excited about it and show you how to play with the toys on there), but then you are whiny and ready for the next thing. You aren't quite into reading books yet. Partly because you hate sitting, and partly because whatever object I am holding, you immediately try to put in your mouth. I think you are teething for REAL because you chomp on anything, not just suck on it, and seem to be in pain/fussy a lot. You have been trying these teething tablets, but I'm not sure they are helping. I tried giving you an apple and you loved gnawing on it.
         That being said, I gotta keep you moving and try to cue in instantly when you seem to be tired and ready for a nap. You seem to prefer to be held in my arms (although I can't sit and hold you, I have to be standing and often moving for you to be content). When we go shopping and I try to take you out of the car in your car seat and click you into the snap and go stroller (which is awesome, by the way), but you become discontent pretty quickly and I usually end up just carrying you through the store in one arm while pushing the stroller and trying to grab the grocery items with the other. It is exhausting! If I need to shower or grab a load of laundry and I set you on your play mat, you usually scream and scream til I can pick you back up again. Needless to say, I have become a SUPER fast shower-er.  During those naps you take, I am scrambling to get everything done that I possibly can. (I also  think my left bicep is going to be twice the size of my right one because when I hold you, I usually put you in my left arm so I can still do things with my right. I'm basically doing a 14 lb bicep curl for hours a day!)
            We have sort of figured out the schedule you prefer. If we are at home all day, which of course rarely happens, you will usually take 3 naps. These completely vary in amount, from 30 min to 2.5 hours. You get up around 7:15 and we play an hour or so, then you start getting fussy indicating it is about time for your first nap. You are ready again around noon and then around 4:30pm.  You STILL eat almost every 2 hours! So either you aren't eating much each time you eat, or you have an extremely high metabolism, because you are still growing like crazy and have lost a lot of your baby chub! So you eat about 6 times/day, and who knows how many ounces you eat because I nurse you about 90% of the time.
      You are still an awesome sleeper, sleeping about 13 hours straight through the night. I'm SO thankful for this!
      The doctor told us at your 4 month appointment to work on sitting with you. You HATE it! Haha, it's pretty ridiculous how much you will fight sitting. You will arch your back and try to straighten your whole body or throw yourself forward try to lay on your stomach. You want to be on the move, girl!
        You also love being naked.  I realize having a diaper on you 24/7 is a bit restrictive, but it is definitely a risk to let you 'run free' for even a short amount of time, as the cool air seems to encourage you to pee immediately.

Latest developments
-You just finally started LAUGHING! AHHHH! This is the best thing EVER! I have to work SUPER hard for it and do ridiculous things, but oh my gosh this is so my favorite. I THINK I finally found a ticklish spot if I squeeze your tummy the right way, and you like when I kiss your cheeks over and over or your belly or feet.
-You have really gotten better at reaching and grabbing onto objects. You can hold something with BOTH your hands, which is new, and you can hold onto an item for longer before dropping it. You really do try to touch everything and put it in your mouth.
-Your babbling and cooing has slowed down, I think because you are more focused on movement right now. It's so crazy that 2 months ago you talked way more than you do now.
-You still fit great in 3-6 month clothes and aren't quite big enough for the size 2 diapers we bought you.
-You reach for me! This is another one of my favorite things! If someone else is holding you and I come close to you, you reach out your arms! Or in the morning when I come get you, if you are on your back, you reach your arms up to be picked up. Love this!
-You can't quite reach your feet, but when you lay on your changing table, you love grabbing your legs. I have to put your toes in your hands for you to grab onto them, and I think it still surprises you that they are attached to your body :).
-You love being lifted high over our heads and brought down quickly. This HAS resulted in spit up landing on our heads, so this is only to be done BEFORE you eat. You aren't quite sure if you like being tossed up in the air yet.
-You have finally been spitting up less, which I will attribute to the acid reflux medicine we started you on 2 weeks ago
-You celebrated your first thanksgiving with LOTS of dad's relatives, a houseful of 30ish people, all of whom are AMAZING and love the Lord and love you!

-You took your first airplane ride to Chicago to visit Nana and Papa! You did pretty well on the plane, eating during take off and landing and sleeping for most of the ride. Praise the Lord!

-You met your second puppy dog and you weren't afraid of it!
 -We drove into the city, saw the lights (well, you screamed most of the drive) and went to Nana's favorite Greek restaurant where you got to meet all of mom's relatives. SO FUN!
-You also got to meet 3 of mom's best friends, Kendra, Annie, and Kara and had your first 'play date'.
It was an awesome weekend home, and nana and papa are excited to come here to see you again for your first Christmas.
 Love you so much, KJ! Happy 5 months!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Coffee, Tv shows, and a vacuum

So I realize since I got pregnant almost every blog is all about my growing belly or my baby girl. For those of you who don't have babies, I realize you probably don't care much about Kennedy's milestones and month by month development...But I want to keep the baby updates consistent for a few reasons. 1. For my daughter to read someday (although I wonder how she will feel about the whole world having access to the journey of her life...) 2. comparing her milestones with my other kids someday and remembering what I went through with each kid, what worked, what didn't, etc. and 3. It's helpful for ME when other moms with babies post about this stuff because I can relate, get good ideas and advise, and learn how to help KJ through each stage by their posts. So maybe mine will help some moms. Who knows. I also think, when it's your first baby, you have more time to totally focus on that one kid. He/she really DOES become your world as you figure out parenting. And everything is new to you, so it's a little more exciting (or more overwhelming since you have no idea what you are doing). But anyway, for all of you non-parent-readers, I'm sorry for the single focus of my blogs these days. All my friends were always at a different stage than me and I TRIED to relate to them but really just couldn't. So here is a post about things besides baby.

How are Kent and I doing? Good question. I think Kent would say that his job is taking a lot out of him these days (on top of being a new parent) and he is SOOO ready for Thanksgiving break (as our most teachers, I'm sure). We haven't quite fallen into a rhythm yet or figured out how to thrive with his work load and caring for Kennedy. BUT, that's why we are thankful teachers have these breaks at the most needed times. He has also been training various sports teams every day after school (until track season starts) and that is something he really loves. Working with athletes, motivating them and relating to them is something he is so natural at, and I'm thankful Briarcrest offered him this extra job.

As for me, I am loving that I can stay home with Kennedy and continue to count it a HUGE blessing. I LOVE MY BABY! I can't imagine missing most of the day with her, coming home and basically having to put her to sleep. Kent only gets an hour with her. I would HATE that! That being said, I still struggle some days with not feeling accomplished, not bringing in income, and not getting to build community with people I work with/not having a life 'outside'. I also don't feel like she's the most easy-going baby, and some days seem REALLY long trying to get her happy. There are only so many ways to play with a 4 month old. In the same house every day. By yourself. Now that she is so 'roll-y', I am running out of places to put her when I need to do laundry, dishes, cook, or clean. Also, lots of my mom friends live in other parts of the country. I Can't exactly do play dates with them and there aren't a ton of moms I know here with the same age kids (although I think that won't matter as much once KJ can walk and play at the park and all.) So those are some of my challenges.

I AM super thankful for my Thursday women's bible study at our church. I have been learning a lot and loving the other moms in the group. We just went through a study on the book of James, which I love (who doesn't?) and it was fun to re-memorize it, since I'd memorized it 6 years ago while at the Kanakuk institute. LOVE. THAT. BOOK. Now we are doing another study on the best seller book, One Thousand Gifts. It is all about cultivating a heart of gratitude that freely receives ALL God allows into our lives. Even the bad stuff. With thanksgiving. Yikes. And how to fully live an overflowing life amidst heart ache, confusion, or just times when life seems tedious and mundane. This is something I am all about, because I can easily become a complainer or get stuck in the 'always wanting what I don't have' mentality, and that really sucks the life out of you (and those around you). So learning to be thankful EVERY DAY and embrace even the hard stuff that comes my way with JOY is a much needed lesson. I'm excited to get to know these women better also, as many are moms of older kids and I have much to learn from them. And if you are needing a good book, get this one!

I also LOVE my Tuesday nights. I meet with a great group of people from my church and we just share life, pray for one another, and spur each other on in our faith. I always say that to keep on keeping on, I NEED 'my people'. When we moved here and left all 'our people' back in Arkansas, we knew God was calling us to start over and dig in deeply with others here in Memphis who were striving after Him. If you know me at all, you know that it is one of my FAVORITE THINGS to meet with a small group of women to share life and get in the word. I LOVE studying the Bible SO much. I don't get the long, uninterrupted quiet times I used to have where I can soak deeply in the word and study it without distraction. I'm a quality time person and need that to feel close to people- even the Lord. Now it seems that just when I get my cup of coffee in hand and sit down with my Bible, KJ is awake and hungry. Then when I get her fed, changed, and dressed, I bring her in with me and HOPE she will entertain herself for a short while so I can read and pray. That never really goes over well, as my baby is SUCH a wiggle worm and has a very short attention span. Anyway, I have to learn to connect with the Lord differently, in short moments throughout the day or through random prayers that come to mind as I'm holding, rocking, feeding, bathing, or playing with my daughter. All that to say, at least on Tuesday nights (if baby girl lets us put her to bed first), I DO get rich time talking about God's word and accountability as to if I'm actually APPLYING it to my life. I love the 6 women in this group and getting to know them better has been really fun. They bless me, encourage me, and pray for me. They hold me to the things we talk about and spur me on towards living the life God desires for me. Now that I'm not in full time ministry, it seems harder to apply God's word. Ha, I realize that sounds lame, but I feel like I have a lot more opportunities to NOT be doing what I should be doing, to be selfish,  and to waste time with worldly or pointless things. I don't get to hang out with kids and leaders, disciple, lead bible studies, and study the word all day! Having KJ has given me different opportunities to actually apply God's word. It is stressful having a kid, if I'm honest. When she is screaming in the back seat of every car ride, my husband and I can quickly lose our patience and snap at each other. We also have a lot more to miscommunicate about with her and need to show each other a lot more grace. Finances are tougher and can be another area we can worry or fight about and fail to trust God with. SO, those are some areas where I need to live out my faith these days. SO different than my life the past 6 years!

Anyway, Kent and I are enjoying this stage of life. We cherish our time together, our random date nights, and our nightly TV shows to unwind once Kennedy goes down. Our newest show is 'The Last Resort' (makers of LOST). We love 'Person of Interest', 'Chicago Fire', 'Up All Night', 'The Mentalist', 'Ben and Kate', and are fall backs are 'Friends' and 'Seinfeld'. I still LOVE baking and probably make something every other day. I'm trying out Pinterest recipes weekly, and because cooking is a lot more challenging with KJ needing so much attention, the crock pot has become one of my best friends. Our church just got a new pastor since our old one moved to Ethiopia with his family to do missions. So he will start this Sunday. That's exciting.

We are spending Thanksgiving and Christmas here in Memphis this year. My parents are going to join the Austell family for their Christmas (that way both grandparents can experience KJ's first Christmas!). I will fly home to Chicago with Kennedy the weekend after Thanksgiving and see all my bfs! CANNOT WAIT. I haven't been home in so long! What are ya'll wanting for Christmas? I'm asking for a Keurig. Any of ya'll have one? Such a splurge. I know it's so much more expensive for each of those coffee pods, but it just seems so fun and so convenient. I'd also love a Kitchen Aid mixer, but those things are SO expensive. And, I really need a new vacuum. You know you are old when you ask for a vacuum for Christmas. Worst. Gift. Ever. Ha!

Well, I know this was a picture-less and wordy post, but I wanted to just free-lance the thoughts in my head about what's up behind the scenes with us. Love ya'll!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Little punkin...4 months old!

Kennedy Joy-
You are 4 Months Old today! 13 lbs (48th percentile) and 24.5 inches long (79th percentile). I can't believe its been 4 months since I had you and it's already hard to remember what life was like before you came around. I don't think I actually call you Kennedy or KJ to your face very often. More like 'baby', 'punkin', or 'lovey'. You never know what knew nicknames your parents will give you at this stage. We also can't seem to talk to you in a normal voice. I think it's a disease moms get when they have their babies where they can only talk in a high pitched baby voice. So sorry about that, it's uncontrollable, really.
This was a huge month for you. And for me! I have had to put away most of your 0-3 month clothes and pull out the 3-6 month outfits. Thinking that you have already outgrown the first stage of clothes we got you makes me SAD because, if that stage went quickly, I know the rest will also go way too fast. Gone are the little bitty baby days where you would just snuggle in my arms all day. You are ready to explore the world around you! You are SO wiggly and curious, always looking around, grabbing things, trying to stand up, trying to talk back to us. But this new stage is REALLY fun too, and I'm excited to see all that you learn in month 4!
I walked away for 30 sec and came back to find you almost completely off of your bouncer

The ridiculous amount of pictures I usually take of you has diminished a BIT, partly because you are more mobile and not just sitting/laying on me all day so I can't just sit there and take pictures. BUT, of course I managed to get a FEW of your wonderful goofy faces...

-You roll front to back like its no big thing anymore. The 'back to stomach' is a bit more challenging but you can do it after much effort.
-You can ALMOST feed yourself from a bottle the way you grab it with both hands! WHOA.
-You can grab toys and bring them to your mouth, although putting sophie giraffe in your mouth is still a bit tricky since she's so long.
-You are more stable now when sitting, but eventually slump to one side or the other and still need major support.
-You haven't been screaming in the car as much lately. Although you still hate  your car seat, you get distracted more now and stop crying once the car moves. PRAISE THE LORD!
-Pretty sure you are teething! Oh joy! The drool is out of control.
-You are still going to bed pretty easily now that you can find your hands and put them in your mouth til you fall asleep. Still sleeping through the night most nights.
-I think you've decided which part of your hand you prefer to suck on. The middle two fingers seem to be your favorite. No thumb sucking for you, but you still enjoy your paci.
-You still fit into size 1 diapers but we are about to try size 2

-You are LAUGHING! Not quite a loud belly laugh, but more of a shriek of excitement and happiness. I'll TAKE it! It is the greatest thing ever to hear you laugh! Dad and I act ridiculous in the hopes of getting a laugh from you.
-Daddy getting home from work is a highlight. LOVE watching your face as he greets you!
-I love your curly hair (especially just out of the bath) and you do too. You twirl your fingers around in it and they get stuck. It is crazy!
-Love that you are a blue eyed brown hair baby. Definitely a mix of your dad and I (even though we still can't quite see the exact resemblance yet). Hope you keep those blue eyes!
-You love it when we sing to you. Morning worship sessions and night time serenades are becoming more regular. I love that music captivates you.
-You got to meet your mom's best friend! Aunt Kelley came to visit us and you sat on her baby boy (your potential future husband) when you sat on her lap :).
Too bad almost all of my friends have boy babies...doesn't seem like you'll have many girlfriends your age to play with.

-Wake up at 7am.
-Eat every 2-2.5 hours (YES, while other babies go about 4 hours between feedings, you are definitely ready for more after 2 hours. Apparently your dad was the same way as a baby..ALWAYS wanting to eat) Still nursing like a champ! Keep it up, baby!
-Mid morning nap (only if we are at home. You won't sleep at church)
-Mid afternoon nap (this is also inconsistent...we probably need to be stricter about your schedule, missy)
-Ready for bed by 7pm.

Looking forward to:
-Getting a jumper or exersaucer so you can work those legs and entertain yourself for a short while (suggestions as to which kind? The fisher price looks awesome but she can't touch her feet to the ground in it yet...)
-Hearing more laughs and baby sounds. You aren't super talkative, but I LOVE hearing your noises
-Our first flight to my home sweet home, Chicago! You will get to meet lots of your mom's best friends and spend time with your nana and papa. Cannot WAIT!
-Spending the holidays with you for the first time! Thanksgiving with dad's whole fam, and then my parents will join us here for Christmas. It will be SO FUN!
(-We hope to hold off introducing you to food until 6 months! Not quite ready for that stage!

KJ, you really are my JOY! I thank God every day for you. I Love being your mom! Happy 4 months!

*Moms, know of any good developmental toys for 4-6 month olds? She just now seems interested and is pretty lacking in the toy category.

I'll post again soon about what's been happening over here besides KJ's world. Love ya'll!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Being 3 months old is awesome!

Kennedy Joy

You are 3 months old today, October 11th!

SO many things have changed about you over this past month!It is AWESOME to see you learn new things and you are getting cuter and smarter and bigger every day! I often look back at pictures from when you were born and cannot believe you were ever that little and fragile!

Your Routine:
-You still go to bed between 7:30 and 9pm. You usually sleep through the night and wake up between 7:00-9am. (Although for some reason this past week you have been waking up once between 3-5am for an extra feeding...which you haven't done since 6 weeks old! Growth spurt?) I LOVE waking you up in the morning! You are so happy and playful.
-Around 11am, we go on a walk or run through the neighborhood (which you don't like very much because you are stuck in one place). We are going to need to find you some baby mittens and warmer clothes now that it’s getting cold!
-You take a long nap sometime between 11am and 2pm and another around 4pm. The rest of the day you may take small cat naps, especially if someone is holding you.
-You still eat every 2.5 hours or so. (I don’t have a clue how much you eat because you are still breastfeeding, but when I pump a bottle for you, I give you about 4-5oz).
-You hang with your lolli (grandma) Monday and Thursday afternoons for a couple hours so I can run errands and personal train.
-You hang with your baby friends in the church nursery Sundays, Wednesdays (during MOPS) and Thursday mornings (during mom’s Beth Moore bible study).

Your latest Accomplishments:

-You started putting your hands together this past week and it is adorable.
-You started reaching for things like your caterpillar pacifier and the toys on your play mat, and can even grab on.-You flipped yourself over from your stomach to your back last week! (I often find you flipped over in your crib when I come get you in the mornings.) This week you made it from your back to your side, and almost onto your stomach. You are SO squirmy! I can't turn my back on you for one second when you are on your changing table.

-You are ‘talking’ a little bit more, cooing, imitating us and enjoying the sound of your own voice.
-When you are laying, you often stick your right leg straight up in the air and just keep it there for awhile. So funny! Your dad is convinced it's a sure sign you will be a hurdler.

Areas to work on
-You HATE your car seat. You literally throw a fit and cry hysterically for at least 20 minutes whenever we drive anywhere. It’s very stressful! Even when you are sitting in the stroller on our runs, you pout and cry. THIS has GOT to stop!

-You just hate sitting these days. You want to stretch out, lay, or stand. You won’t stay in one place for very long and we rotate you from play mat to swing to nap nanny every 10 minutes or so during the time we can't hold you. 
-You spit up SO MUCH. Not just right after you eat, but at random times especially when we are without a burp cloth. You also cough, gag, and choke a lot, which I think are all symptoms of acid reflux. Poor baby!

Your latest adventures:
-You road tripped to Nashville in September for the weekend to watch your uncle Drew run in a cross country meet. You did great sleeping in your pack and play at the hotel, but didn’t love the car ride (surprise surprise).
-You also road tripped to Fayetteville, Ar for the wedding of Anna and Andrew Pennington. You were first introduced to COLD WEATHER, you had your first sleepover with your friend Rozy Foster, borrowed her clothes and shared hair tips. You also got to meet mom and dad’s good friends from Fellowship Bible church and K-life (the place your parents met and later fell in love). 

Meeting your new buddy, Roz, for the first time, clearly jealous of her awesome hair.
Some of mom's Fayetteville besties

Bundled up in the freezing cold at the Foster's house

-You are going BACK to Fayetteville again this weekend for another wedding and to meet MORE of mom and dad’s good friends! YAY!

-Your Pops just did a 3 month photo shoot of you in his photo studio at home. So of course we will be posting more of those pictures shortly...Because I'm sure everyone needs to see MORE pictures of your cute goofy self!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Growing up

So besides baby updates, I'll tell ya some things going through my
head these days.

One thing lately I've been dealing with is a little bit of fear...
What I mean is... right now, I get to rock a crying baby, feed her,
change her, play with her, take her on walks and put her to sleep. And
although the crying fits try my patience, parenting is 'easy'! My
daughter is not out 'in the world' yet. She hasn't tasted the lure of
media or been bombarded by cultural pressures. She has no clue the
amount of evil going on around us, the state of our economy, the ways
truth is being twisted and Satan is deceiving us. She is innocent! One
thing everyone with older kids constantly tells me is how fast time
goes...to 'enjoy the moments'. I agree with this. Time does fly...I
felt like it was 2 years ago that I was in college...Yet I've moved to
Arkansas, done youth ministry for 6 years, gotten married, bought a
house and now have a child!! I'm a grown up with a baby...and yet I
still feel like a kid myself at times. Where did the time go? Now I
have a child looking to ME to teach her about the world, to teach her
how to live for God and flee from the desires of our sin nature, to
'keep oneself from being polluted by the world', as James 1
says...that is so humbling, and terrifying! I know I can't keep my
daughter in a bubble...I can't protect her from everything bad. But
these young innocent years are SO precious...before she is worried
about what people will think of her, before she starts comparing
herself to others, before she starts being afraid to fail. Besides my
fear of the world influencing her in bad ways, I know that I still
struggle with so many things! There are lots of things about ME that I
don't want my daughter to imitate. SHEESH! Lord help me!

All that to say, I am HOLDING ON to this time with my little
girl...praying over her future and all that she will face, praying for
the character of Christ to be formed in her, praying she will fall in
love with Jesus, cling to him and not be conformed to the ways of this
world. I'm praying for Kent and myself, as we will need a WHOLE lot
more wisdom in the days to come with how to actually raise and parent
our daughter. I know I just have to take things one day at a time and
try not to worry about tomorrow, but I DO know this job is going to
get a whole lot harder! Have you all seen the movie Hook? One of my
FAVORITES! Don't you wish there was an actual place called Never
Land where we could all be kids forever?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

2 Months Old

Kennedy Joy:

You are 2 months old today and it is SO fun to see you learning new things every day! 

-Your smile is the BEST thing. You often have a pretty serious expression with a furrowed brow, you can be pretty intense. But when you smile and your face relaxes, we soak up  every second! Every morning after you eat, there is a 15 minute HAPPY TIME where I get the best smiles and can't stop taking pictures (sorry everyone on instagram...i know it gets ridiculous)

-You make the BEST faces...are so expressive! It cracks me up!
-You are drooling ALL the time, and constantly trying to suck on anything, mostly your wrist or hand (you still can't find your thumb), rarely your paci, sometimes our arm or your burp cloth or whatever is closest to you.
-You spit up what seems to be MOST of your meal. What's the deal with that?
-Your head control is so good! When we put you on your tummy, you are pushing yourself up to see everything around you. (We are working on that arm strength already!)

-You scooch around whenever we lay you down. At night when we put you in your crib, you always end up in a complete circle or in the opposite corner. We always laugh at the positions we find you in.
-You LOVE to kick and use your legs! Standing (with assistance) is your new favorite thing and you are so strong. We put you on the nap nanny on your tummy so you can push up to a standing position and look over the edge. When we hold onto your fingers you can stand for a long time! I have a feeling you will be up and moving sooner than later.

-You are a pro eater, and eat about 3-4oz every 2.5 hours during the day.
-You are also a pro sleeper. Everyone is jealous. Although it still takes us 3 or more tries to get you down and asleep at night, you sleep between 9-11 hours pretty consistently! It. Is. Awesome. We try to put you down at 8, but usually it is 10pm before you are down for the night.

-Your naps are still inconsistent throughout the day. Sometimes they are cat naps, sometimes you are out for 3 hours!
-You love to go jogging with your mom and it often puts you to sleep.
-Your 91 year old great grandmother came to visit you for the first time(the day before she fell & broke her pelvis in 2 places)
Me and my grandma

You & your great grandma
-You also met your aunt Leslie for the first time!

-You LOVE when your dad gets home from work! You love when he holds you, and he is the best at putting you to bed.

-You are 23 inches long and in the 94th percentile for length, 11 lbs 12oz and in the 90th percentile for weight, and the 86th percentile for your head size. Pretty proportional, way to go. I won't comment on your weight because you are a girl, and may be sensitive about it : ) but you are already too long for a few of your 0-3 month clothes!

We are SO THANKFUL God gave us YOU!

As for what's up with me- I really think I injured my lower back from holding my child. (You did see her weight, right?) She so often cries during the day unless she is HELD, and doesn't often let me even sit down with her (unless she falls asleep on me). So I have to stand and walk around, and I guess I lean back so she can rest on my chest. Anyway, I think that is why my back is killing me...I've had so many weird body aches since having her. Arms from holding her wrong well breast-feeding, upper back from pushing her in the jogging stroller, now lower back...No one prepared me for all of the post-pregnancy pain ; )

I have been running more since week 6 now that I have been cleared by the doctor. It is great because it gets us outside, puts her to sleep when she has been fussy, and gives me time to just think & be! But I have this nerve problem in my right foot, which is becoming a real issue. So pray for that to disappear.

Other than those 2 complaints, we are doing GREAT as a family as Kent gets into the swing of school and we learn more and more how to be intentional with each other and enjoy each stage with our daughter. God is GOOD...all the time!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Bake this Now!

  This isn't a baby update post but of COURSE I have to post the latest pics of my little preshy!

She got her vaccines this past week, 3 shots! She was so brave! Cried for a couple minutes and then just needed to be snuggled the rest of the night. The next day she slept ALL DAY...I guess it was quite a traumatic experience for her. 

Some of you have seen my posts about her lengthy sleeping stretches at night. You'll be happy to know (those who were jealous) that it hasn't continued, lately, at least. She has reverted to one middle of the night feeding again. (Maybe a growth spurt?) I'll update more one KJ on her 2 month birthday. 

Now...the reason for the post. My 2 newest favorite sweet treats. (And if you know me, you know I love my sweets!) Of course I TRY To keep it healthy to make me feel better about the number of sweets I eat. These recipes are (to me) as good as a non-healthy sweets, which gets me pretty pumped! So give them a try and tell me if you agree.

Banana Oat Cookies (THE BOMB!)
I found these here
and made a FEW adjustments

You need:
1/2 cup banana (one small ripe banana)
1/3 cup olive oil
1 egg (or a flax egg=1 Tbs flax ground seed and 2.5 Tbs water set for 5 minutes)
1/2 cup brown sugar ( can use less if you load up the chocolate chips-it's pretty sweet!)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup oat flour (or 1 cup oats, for a chewier cookie)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips (this is a lot...you can do less)
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease the cookie sheet (or use parchment paper)
2. Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In another bowl, mix the olive oil, brown sugar, vanilla, egg, and mashed banana.
3. Then, add in the dry ingredients and mix until blended.
4. Stir in the dark chocolate chips! (And walnuts, if you like.) Drop dough one spoonful at a time onto the cookie sheets with some space between them.

5. Bake about 10 minutes until the edges look a little crisp. They are especially DELISH just out of the oven! Here are mine.

Next delicious sweet treat is fromTHIS site:

(Makes 1 huge serving)
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
scant 1/16 tsp salt (don’t omit)
sweetener (such as 1 stevia packet or 1 tbsp sugar)
1/2 tbsp sprinkles
1 cup almond milk (I JUST tried this for the first time...SO good! I got the vanilla kind) 
OR canned coconut milk (*See below for substitution notes.)
 1/4 tsp butter extract (Don't leave this out!)

Mix the ingredients together in 1 or 2 shallow plastic containers. Freeze. (You can also use an ice cube tray.) Once frozen, pop the blocks out of the container (I thaw for 30 seconds in the microwave first) and blend in your blender. The website says use a Vita-Mix which I don't have so I used my blender and it comes out more like a milkshake. But OH MAN is this good!
*If you just use your normal milk, 1% or skim, it will still be good but maybe add 1/4 cup of the coconut milk or even 1/4 c of vanilla creamer if you have it to give it a richer taste

That's all for today! Over and OUT!

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