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

Savor

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

Make It Happen

I’ve been on a reading kick lately and I am loving it…so here’s another one that I just finished!

I was a little nervous about reading Lara Casey’s Make It Happen because I didn’t quite even know what I wanted to “make happen” or what “it” was for me.  There was a good chunk of the book that touched on Lara’s story and her own insights that she has learned along the way.  I love reading about how people have gotten to where they are, what they struggle with, how God has intervened, and this book was no different.  I found myself looking forward to reading these parts and really connecting at times with things Lara went through in life.  This would have been a fantastic book for me to read in my late teens or early twenties.  I think I would have really resonated with Lara then!  I still resonated with her, but have been encouraged to find myself in a different spot and to see the growth in both myself and Lara!

The book is meant to be interactive so I would definitely suggest doing this with a small group and to really dig out a notebook and get ready to sit and write.  There were many parts that I have bookmarked to go back over and spend more time sitting with and praying over again.  One part that I really loved too was where she mentioned that she has a mission statement for her social media use–that seems totally beneficial and helpful to me in this time where it can be easy to use social media in ways that are time wasters rather than using them to positively make a difference.  The book was a good mix of providing direction while not being a “how to” or even implying that there could be a one size fits all formula.  So, even though I didn’t end the book with a big lightbulb moment about what my “it” is I appreciated that Lara even explored the concept of not rushing into finding it and that it may look very different than our first thoughts.  She challenged my ideas on wanting something “big” to go and do and make happen.  I’m excited to continue to sift through the workbook portions of this book and see what God reveals as I do the activities.  All in all, a great book and wish I had read it a few years earlier! 

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.”

Scary Close

I’ve been having a theme of reading books about vulnerability, intimacy, community, and relationships this year so Donald Miller’s new book fit right on my list!  I’ve enjoyed the other things I’ve read by him and was excited to see this one come up as a choice to review.  I found myself underlining like crazy, laughing, nodding my head, and connecting with much of what was written.  I felt drawn into the story of Don and Betsy from the start and enjoyed following along with them throughout the book.  I loved the way their love story was threaded throughout in a meaningful way.  Don also shares about his experience at Onsite and with working with counselors, trusted friends, and in learning new ways to form healthy relationships.  He was authentic and honest in these without being soap boxy.  Basically, I loved that he was vulnerable enough to share about areas he struggled and what he did to get help.  He even shares about his list of new freedoms including “I am willing to contradict something I’ve said before.  I’m willing to sound dumb.  I’m willing to be passionate about something that isn’t perceived as cool.  I’m perfectly willing to be perfectly human.”  I personally was challenged by his own journey of dropping the act and being himself.  There’s something powerful about belonging and acceptance without fear of judgment.  Even after I turned the last page of this book, I left thinking that I need to go back over what I had underlined and continue to keep doing my own work of dropping my “act.”  Thanks for the awesome book, Don (and Betsy).

Have you read anything great lately?

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.”