11 Months!

11 Months

(wrote this about a month ago or so and just now getting around to adding the pictures! so here’s the very late update!)

Wow! Asher is already 11 months old and is SO close to being a 1 year old!  Hard to believe that a year ago I was wondering when he would come and if he would be early since my mom had all her babies early…but nope, he stayed put!  A lot of friends and people we know have been having babies of their own so that’s been all sorts of fun too.  Anyway, back to the 11 month update!

What we have learned…walking!! Well, taking steps and walking quite a ways at least!  He’s learned how to turn around to go down the stairs and it’s pretty cute.

What we are enjoying right now…sleep!  Naps and night time sleep seem to have finally turned a happy corner and we will take what we can get!  We are also just enjoying watching him learn new things and just his happy personality.  Favorite books include…That’s Not My Tiger, and 5 Little Ladybugs.  Songs: “Come Thou Fount” and “Give Me Jesus” by All Sons and Daughters. And Ryan sings “Jesus We Love You” and “When You Walk into the Room” to him for bedtime.

What our biggest struggles are…time as a couple! We are adjusting to new work schedules and figuring it all out still.

Asher’s most exciting milestones…walking for sure!  Still hanging out with the 7 teeth but all are through far. Talking and imitating more too!

What we are looking forward to…time in the cities, walks, hikes, time outside, and Asher’s birthday! And all the family that will be home over the 4th!

Asher’s likes and dislikes…he still loves to be rocked to sleep!  He loves listening to All Sons and Daughters–particularly their Come Thou Fount and Give Me Jesus.  He loves exploring things.  Opening and closing things.  Being outside.  Eating all the food.  Going down the stairs.  Still loves when the dishwasher is open and the refrigerator too.  The electric toothbrush.  His dislikes…when he’s overtired, diaper changes, when we shut the door to the stairs, if he has to wait for food, and sometimes he dislikes getting into the carseat.

What sleep looks like…night feedings are all done!  He usually goes to bed around 7:30-8:30 and sleeps until 6-8 in the morning.  Sometimes he will wake up in the middle of the night and need to be rocked back to sleep but that has even gotten better lately.

What we are eating…lots!! This kid can eat!  He’s pretty much eating what we are eating.  He’s down to 3-4 nursings a day (generally when he wakes up around noon and then again around 4 and then sometimes one  at like 9 or 10)

Who we have seen…we celebrated some birthdays and had Memorial Day and mostly nothing new here.

At the last doctor’s appointment…we don’t have one until his 1 year appointment so nothing new here.  He is in 12 month and 18 month clothes.  Still size 4 diapers.

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What Keeps You Up at Night?

I love the title of Pete Wilson’s new book!  The tagline adds to it even: “How to find peace while chasing your dreams.”  I had high hopes for this book, but was a little nervous that it might be too similar to other non-fiction Christian books.  I’d say that the book probably did both.  There were some really great chunks and nuggets of truth while there were also sections that felt like a lot of other books that I have read in this same genre.  My favorite chapters were focused on the spiritual disciplines and then one challenging us about our “containers” and how we view how things should go.  The latter chapter included a part that I keep going back to when I want to define success.  Pete describes a hypothetical conversation between Jeremiah the prophet and his missionary board.  The idea is that Jeremiah would not have much positive to report back yet he was absolutely being faithful to God’s calling on his life.  Thankfully not all the prophets in the Bible are that unsuccessful, but it did challenge me to remember that success in God’s terms may not look how I expect it.  If you’re looking for a book heavy on theology, I’d say try something else, but if you want a more story based, easy to read style then this might be a good book for you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

10 Months

10 Months

What happened…how are you 10 months already, little man!? Crazy, but so happy!

What we have learned…how to make clicking noises withhis tongue, more sounds, how to eat more foods and using pincer grab more too,

What we are enjoying right now…warmer weather! We even sat outside some and have gotten more walks in too.  We are also enjoying having him sit at the table with us for meals and just how he’s more content for longer periods of time.

What our biggest struggles are…same old, same old.  Still working on sleeping at night.  Feels like by the time we get close then he gets sick or gets another tooth.

Asher’s most exciting milestones…standing for a few seconds without holding onto anything!  Crawling, pulling to standing, and pincer grab are old tricks by now.  Oh and he’s rocking 4 teeth on top and 3 teeth on the bottom.  One on the top and one on the bottom are just barely through though.

What we are looking forward to…Ryan’s birthday!

Asher’s likes and dislikes…he sure does love to be held and rocked to sleep.  He loves standing on the couch and looking out the window.  Still loves the wind!  He likes trying to get in the dishwasher.  He’s pretty proficient at climbing stairs too.  Oh and cords any type of cord or tag.  He dislikes when we don’t pick him up right away, diaper changes (he’d rather be rolling over), getting pjs on for bed, and being startled or knocked over.

What sleep looks like…goodness who knows. Well, he’s making longer stretches and for a while was only up once at night, but then he got a fever and he was up a bunch but then slept in way late–thank goodness for a baby who likes to sleep in late!  I will take sleeping in until 10 when we’ve had a rough night!

What we are eating…lots of new foods!  He’s more or less eating what we eat.  He even got some whipped cream… :)

Who we have seen…we got to go to the cities for a little weekend getaway and Asher got to stay with Carrie and Micah!  We also had all of the Easter stuff too.

At the last doctor’s appointment…weighed in at 19 lb 10 oz and was 29 inches long!  He’s slowed down a bit in terms of percentiles, but otherwise all is well!  He weighed 20 lb even when we went in while he was sick.IMG_3064IMG_3059IMG_3056


I’m pretty sure I’ve written all sorts of other blog posts in my head, but lately we’ve been all about the books and the baby updates.  And today the trend continues…here’s another book that I am reviewing!

I’ve had Shauna Niequist’s books on my to read lists for quite a while and haven’t gotten to them yet so I jumped at the chance to review her new devotional.  I also listened to her podcast on the Influence Network recently and I just love her heart behind this devotional.  The tagline “Living Abundantly Where you Are, As You Are,” so resonates with me in this season.  I love the idea of celebrating and really thriving in life where God has put me for this time.   I’m also a big fan of food so the fact that the devotional includes recipes and fun little stories are a bonus.  I’ve found that the devotional is a quick, light-hearted read.  I didn’t see this as a dig deep into the Bible type devotional, but rather a let’s enjoy life and let Shauna share some of her relevant stories.  Some entries flow together and some stand alone.  There is a scripture at the top of them and a reflective question or exercise at the bottom.  If you’re looking for something to help you embrace where you are and who you are while adding a biblical basis into the mix then this might be the right devotional for you.  Oh and the cover and just the feel of the book is gorgeous.  They did a great job at making the book look appealing!  If nothing else, this has made me want to dig into Shauna’s books a little sooner.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Life Is…

I saw a lot of buzz on social media about Judah Smith’s book so I was excited to jump into it when it arrived to review.  I haven’t read his previous book so that might have helped, but the book still made sense as a stand alone.  He did a great job at adding humor, personal stories, and good points into the different chapter.  The book is divided into four sections talking about how Life is… to be loved and to love, to trust God in every moment, to be at peace with God and yourself, and to enjoy God.  Some of the book felt like many other Christian non-fiction books that I have read, but I was thankful for a few new insights.  My favorite parts were the chapters talking about God’s illogical love for us and about how life is to enjoy God.  The biblical stories connected with these themes really brought a fresh revelation and reminder about how rules and regulations don’t work.  We can want to put God into a nice little box of blessing us and loving us when we meet His expectations, but God shows us a different way.   For me, this is always good to hear again since I can tend to want to make lists or rules or make “sense” out of the things that happen or what is happening.  Instead, when I am focusing on enjoying and loving God while also resting in knowing that He loves me, that is when I am most content and walking out His plans.  I feel like this would be a great book for someone who has not read too many Christian non-fiction books and who likes personal stories mixed with biblical stories along with a light-hearted feel.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

9 Months!

9 Months

A little late but here it is!

What we have learned…pulling up and standing up, playing the drums with hands & drum sticks, climbing stairs, how to open drawers and cupboards, and how to facetime with grandma.

What we are enjoying right now…crawling, standing, eating, exploring!   He still loves the wind and being outside.  Music and drums are favorites as well.  We are also loving some warmer days for walks.

What our biggest struggles are…getting to sleep without us…this has become a theme…he sure loves us.

Asher’s most exciting milestones…pulling up to standing! And more teeth……..his two on top and two on bottom have come through quite well and he’s got one more just poking through on the top.  He also finally learned how to get off the treadmill without help.  Saying “dada” and lots of new foods!  He loves eating off our plates.  Our food is better obviously.

What we are looking forward to…while we were looking forward to Easter last month and the Easter egg hunt at church.  We are still looking forward to warmer weather sometime….

Asher’s likes and dislikes…still loving being held, being tickled, crawling, exploring, getting books off the shelves, putting everything in his mouth, the drum set, the little red dog toy, and opening cupboards. He seems to like eating bananas, clementines, and well really he hasn’t not eaten anything we’ve given him…this kid likes food.  He dislikes being tired, teething, when someone walks by and doesn’t pick him up if he wants them to, when we don’t give him our food, when he hits his head or falls hard.

What sleep looks like…still getting longer stretches, but had a few not so great nights with teething.  We learned that sometimes he doesn’t like to nurse to sleep anymore and that works better–not always.  He likes to keep us guessing.  Still doing a bath before bedtime.

What we are eating…lots of new things!  We ate at Chipotle with Carrie, Mardo, and Micah–and Asher so kindly snagged some of Carrie’s peppers–like I’ve said…this kid can eat and knows what he wants!  We also got Jimmy John’s when we filled all the Easter eggs for church.

Who we have seen…we got to see Carrie, Mardo, and Micah in Maple Grove when we made an impulse trip to REI! Totally fun.  The new worship leader and his wife too.

At the last doctor’s appointment…waiting until next month for his 9 month appointment so we will see what he’s like then. He’s into 12 month and almost out of it even…18 month is on the horizon.  Size 4 diapers at night but mostly cloth too–we even snagged some more covers from the seconds sale.

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8 Months

8 months

Wait. 8 months!? I guess! This last month has seemed to be a big one in lots of things happening!

What we have learned…crawling rocks!  Chasing Boaz’s tail is the best thing and eating food is fun too.  Though, kiwis do not make for fun diapers…

What we are enjoying right now…eating food, crawling around, making lots of noises, chasing Boaz, music, Asher loves being sung to, & sleeping longer!  He’s got all sorts of personality and is such a happy baby.  He loves mornings and exploring!

What our biggest struggles are…getting to sleep without us…little man loves mom and dad.

Asher’s most exciting milestones…crawling! And hello more teeth.  Two on the bottom and seems like two on the top are just through or just about through too.  He also loves to “walk” while holding our hands. Oh and we retired the kick n play but kept the piano part separate and out.

What we are looking forward to…spring…please come quickly…

Asher’s likes and dislikes…still loving jumping, songs, being held, Boaz, funny noises, when we raise our eyebrows at him, being tickled, standing, and chewing (especially chewing on straws or pens).  Also loving crawling, crunching paper, picking things up, the drum set, trying to crawl on the treadmill, and chewing on tags.  He dislikes getting to sleep, when straws or pens or things he wants are taken away from him, when he gets stuck, and when he notices us but we aren’t paying attention to him.  He’s got a pretty good “blah blah blah” angry noise when he doesn’t like something too now.

What sleep looks like…getting longer sleeping stretches! Who knows why but bedtime has been pushed back a bit lately and it’s been more like 8:30-9:30 by the time he actually falls asleep but then he’s sleeping more like 5-6 hour chunk…here’s to dropping night feedings soon!

What we are eating…Asher keeps eating more new foods and we are trying to keep up on buying things he can eat!  We got to go to Bello Cucina for Valentine’s Day and got a vanilla milkshake from Cafe 116.  We discovered we love Papa Murphy’s pan pizzas.  We ate queso from Qdoba.  We snuck in a Starbucks treat.

Who we have seen…we got to see grandma and grandpa when they got back from their trip!  We did get to have dinner with great grandma and grandpa—Asher showed off his crawling and eating for them too!

At the last doctor’s appointment…we had his “6 month” appointment this month and found out that he’s 18 lb. 12 oz. and 28 1/4 inches long!  Still our tall and skinny kid according to the doctor.  He’s also definitely into 12 month clothing.  Rocking the size 4 overnight diapers but mostly doing cloth still!IMG_2181IMG_2195