7 Months!

Asher 7 Months

Ah! You’re closer to your first birthday than to when you were born, baby.  And you’re looking more and more like a little boy.

What we have learned…being sick can seem to last a long time.  Sleep does get better!  Asher learned how to get up on his hands and knees as well as to move backwards. He’s also rolling all over now and not as unhappy on his stomach!

What we are enjoying right now…sitting at the kick n play playing, a few warmer days, staying awake longer (usually about 2ish hours!).

What our biggest struggles are…getting to sleep sometimes and balancing all of the things we want to do and how to find time to make them happen.

Asher’s most exciting milestones…starting food!  He also has a tooth just barely poking through on his lower jaw.  He’s learned how to move backwards and can roll all around to get what he wants.   He also got to hang out in the Nursery during Bible study.  Oh and let’s not forget to talk about his hair…yay for even more hair coming in and it looking thicker!

What we are looking forward to…Valentines Day, date night, warmer weather (please?), and Grandma & Grandpa coming back from their trip.

Asher’s likes and dislikes…still loving jumping, songs, playing at his kick n play (he likes to sit in front of it now though), being held, Boaz, funny noises, when we raise our eyebrows at him, being tickled, standing, and chewing (especially chewing on straws or pens).  He dislikes getting to sleep, when straws or pens or things he wants are taken away from him, and when he notices us but we aren’t paying attention to him.

What sleep looks like…getting better!  Bedtime has been all over because of being sick and just crazy schedules still, but he’s pretty consistent at going 4ish chunks.  The last week or so he’s been in a 2 and 5 rut, but then will sleep in a bit so we will take that.  He is totally not the kid who goes to bed late and still wakes up early…he is the I will sleep as long as I want no matter when I go to bed.  So we’ve had some late mornings :)

What we are eating…Asher started eating food other than milk!  So far, he’s tried bananas, avocado, pear, rice cereal, and broccoli.  The rest of us enjoyed going to eat at the Minnewaska House for date night and we got to try the new Ben & Jerry’s cookie butter ice cream.  We also snuck in a Chipotle run and some yummy cinnabites.  Pretty much, we all love food.

Who we have seen…we got to meet Graham this month!  He and Asher are going to be best buddies just like their mamas ;) Though, we wished the circumstances had been different we were definitely happy to have Ally, Levi, Madi, and Graham home.  We also got to celebrate Carrie’s birthday with her and Micah in St. Cloud.

At the last doctor’s appointment…well, in the middle of the month when the poor guy had the miserable influenza, we found out that he weighed 18 lbs! He even got to sit up to be weighed and watch the little fishes.  We have another doctor’s appointment next week so we will see where we are at then!

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Lean On Me

Book number 2 finished for the year!

I recently read Lean on Me by Anne Marie Miller.  This book had been on my radar for a while and I was intrigued since a long time ago I used to follow her when she was Anne Jackson.  I have also read some of her other books, but I knew that a lot had changed in her life so I was curious about this book.

I loved that from the beginning she made it clear that this wasn’t going to be a “how to” or a ten steps type book.  I agree with her that while there are steps and actions that can be taken in building community there are also so many factors and individual situations.  This is a topic that leaves much room for variation.  So, instead, Anne takes us through her own realization that she does not have the committed and vulnerable community that she thought she had.  She then chronicles what she does in order to create the type of community that she needed at a hard time in her life.  The type of community that emerges is varied and comes from all different stages of life for her.  She shares this with smaller stories throughout and does not sugar coat the hard parts.

I appreciated that she left the end of the book without a neat little bow.  She didn’t say that she’s figured out community or that she’s doing it perfectly.  She left room for us all to be in progress on our own paths.  Yet, she still highlighted the benefits and the importance of having committed and vulnerable relationships in our lives.  There were times I wished I could have heard more about the stories or about her choices.  I wanted to know how she handled the boundaries with the people on her team who were men and married.  I wanted to know more about the types of interactions they built.  But most of that was out of curiosity rather than “needing” to know.  The book was still a fun, quick, and engaging read.  I found myself evaluating the type of community I have and the type of friend I am to others.  

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6 Months!

Happy half birthday little man!

 Asher_6 Months

What we have learned…how much fun it is to have a baby at Christmas! We also learned that Asher likes to chew on wrapping paper and ribbon.  He’s also a big fan of sitting up and playing at the kick n play.

What we are enjoying right now…laughing, playing, sitting, rolling (well only sometimes we enjoy that!), and just plain life!

What our biggest struggles are…still working on figuring out naps and sleeping :) hair loss seems to have slowed which is a BIG plus!

Asher’s most exciting milestones…we definitely have a roller!  He decided to roll from his back to his stomach at night and boy did that make him mad!  He was not a happy kiddo when he got stuck there.  Right now, at least, he prefers rolling from back to stomach and does it more often even though he totally knows how to roll the other way.  He’s still loving chewing on anything and everything.  He got a Sophie the giraffe for Christmas and an aardvark, which he loves to chew on often.  He’s a pro at sitting…until he gets distracted or decides he’s done.  Still in size 3 diapers and pretty much at the edge of 6 month clothes and we’ll be switching to 9 month soon.

What we are looking forward to…a semi-normal month where we can hang out and do fun family things!  And a few of our favorite people have January birthdays so we are hoping to celebrate with them!

Asher’s likes and dislikes…still loving bouncing in the jumper and standing up to jump.  He’s a talkative little guy still and had fun at Christmas too.  He’s also liking sitting up to play with toys and grab for them.  He dislikes being tired, having to wait to eat, and we are not a fan of too many car naps.

What sleep looks like…good question…maybe I should try to write this down during the month because I don’t even know!  He’s still good at eating and then going right back to sleep.  He did go through a growth spurt/wonder week at the end of December where then the rolling started right after…those were some nights full of eating.

What we are eating…for Asher, still loving the milk!  The rest of us are enjoying Christmas cookies and treats, Noodles & Co., Cru, Good Earth, Crave, The Chocolate Ox, and ice cream of course.

Who we have seen…we had fun seeing all sorts of family for Christmas!  Those who came from far included Jack, Tom, Laura, and Doug.  We went down to the cities for a fun day at MOA where we ate at Crave.  We also got to go to Grandview Lodge in Nisswa for a fun little anniversary getaway.

At the last doctor’s appointment…well, at the “4 month” one we found out that our little guy is still the tall and skinny guy according to the doctor.  27 1/2 inches long and 16 lb. 11 oz.  This appointment was at the beginning of December so he’s grown since then!

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Same Kind of Different as Me

I decided I wanted to be a little more intentional about reading different types of genres this year so when I saw Same Kind of Different as Me pop up to review, I jumped on board and I am glad I did.

The book chronicles the interwoven stories of Ron Hall and Denver Moore. They both take turns writing and sharing in the book, which I enjoyed getting to have multiple perspectives. Plus, this is a true story which makes it fun to read!

I loved getting a peak into history as Denver told his part about growing up on a plantation after slavery had ended but injustices still reigned. This highlighted much of the realities of life during that time. Denver also showed us a glimpse into homelessness. The real, raw realities of being homeless and what life is like.

In contrast, Ron Hall shared about his own prejudices toward the homeless and about his changing views as he began to interact with people at the Union Gospel Mission. His wife also plays an important part in the book and in encouraging the two men’s friendship. Personally, I would have loved to read more about her.

Overall, I felt like this was a quick, interesting, and fast paced novel. Some parts prompted me to look at my own perceptions while others challenged me to look at how I respond. I like books that do that. These topics are important and worthwhile to consider. I would recommend this if you like historical memoirs that read like a story with an emphasis on race/class distinctions and faith. Faith is a central part of this book and the authors did not shy away from sharing how they have wrestled and questioned.

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What have you been reading?

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5 Months!

5 Months

What we have learned…how to make noises with our lips, about losing our balance while sitting, about what diapers don’t work well at night for little boys, and that Boaz is funny.

What we are enjoying right now…when we can get him to laugh! Lots of smiles still!

What our biggest struggles are…drool. Lots and lots of drool.  Random stranger anxiety! When he decides to boycott naps :) And my hair is still falling out..but it maybe seems to have slowed? I hope…

Asher’s most exciting milestones…he’s rolled over a few more times (front to back)! Chewing on things like crazy–doesn’t seem to have a preference for teethers yet.  Sitting up for longer and longer on his own!  He also knows how to spit/make noises with his mouth.  He’s gotten really good at grabbing things and bringing them where he wants (aka his mouth).  Oh and he totally has putting his whole foot in his mouth down too.  Still in size 3 diapers, but let me tell you…this kid can pee.  We have yet to find a good nighttime solution, but are still loving our cloth diapers during the day. Still mostly 6 month and 9 month clothes.

What we are looking forward to…Christmas! An anniversary trip! My birthday! December is the best.

Asher’s likes and dislikes…bouncing in a jumper (thankful for friends who borrow baby toys!), standing, jumping, making noises, sticking his foot in his mouth, sticking his tongue out, fake “dropping” when being held, Boaz, and eating.  He dislikes certain nap times, having to wait to eat, and being over stimulated.

What sleep looks like…we’ve gotten much better at longer nighttime sleep! More toward 4-5 hours for the first chunk and then good chunks after that.  Naps and daytime sleep are more sporadic and he’s edging up his wake time but still napping shortish (maybe an hour or so?).   He’s still waking up somewhere between 7:30-8:30 for the day and going to bed earlier…more toward 6:30-8 depending on the night and if I have to work.

What we are eating…for Asher, a nice milk diet!  The rest of us are enjoying Thanksgiving food and bountiful baskets and soups and cheese sandwiches and cereal and ice cream when we can fit it in the budget!

Who we have seen…we finally got to go see Carrie, Micah, and Mardo in the cities and have them meet Asher.  Uncle Jack also came home for Thanksgiving and finally got to meet Asher.  We went to the Rose side for Thanksgiving and stayed overnight in the cities.  We’ve been hanging out at church and he’s still coming to staff meetings.  Oh and Asher and Boaz are still hanging out happily.  Until Boaz is sad that he doesn’t get to eat Asher’s drool.

At the last doctor’s appointment…well, we still are waiting for our next appointment! Next week though :) At grandma’s, we did the scale trick and he weighed about 17 pounds–that was toward the middle of the month.

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yeah…we love him!

4 Months!

Ah! My little man is already 4 months. He is so loved.

4 Months

What we have learned…being sick is no fun at all.  Staying at a hotel with a baby is a different experience but our Nuna Sena was awesome to have!  I learned that I get to go back to my job with contact work so I don’t have to meet set hours (win, win!) and this means my grad school loan will be paid off even faster!

What we are enjoying right now…smiles, lots and lots of smiles.  Pterodactyl noises galore.  Asher loves to squawk.  Family days at home.  Tasty food.

What our biggest struggles are…being sick!  Not fun at all.  Ear infection and colds.  Boaz even got a big cut recently too.  Oh and my hair is still falling out. Eh!

Asher’s most exciting milestones…he rolled over! Only once, but still!  He rolled from his stomach to his back in the media room at church.  He still loves loves loves to stand up with help and bounce up and down.  He’s liking tummy time more lately too.  We are moving into size 3 diapers and mostly using cloth except at night.  We haven’t tackled cloth at night.  He is into 6 month clothes and a few 9 month clothes (especially with cloth diapers).  He’s had some more time without me since I’ve gone back to work at my other job too.  Grandma & Grandpa and Ryan have had all sorts of fun having time with him.  For Halloween, we went bowling with church and Asher wore his hot dog costume for all of 10 minutes.  He also came in a solid 2nd place for a photo contest for Bountiful Baskets where he was covered in veggies. Ha!

What we are looking forward to…Thanksgiving!! My brother will be home and we will likely go to Rochester too.

Asher’s likes and dislikes…eating and eating some more, reading books, bouncing/jumping, music/having people sing to him (still loves head, shoulders, knees & toes), playing with his toes & hands, flipping to the side, turning 90 degrees while laying on his back, and being held.  He dislikes waiting to eat, not being able to jump, sometimes when he’s confined too tightly, and waking up when mom & dad aren’t there.

What sleep looks like…during the day he is still pretty consistent! He’s still loving his 2 hour schedule, but with a longer nap in the afternoon.  Let’s not even talk about night time sleep since sickness messed everything up!  Still waking up for the day around 8 though and is maybe up 2 times a night on a good night with no sickness ha!

What we are eating…milk!  Definitely still more distractible while eating and still eating speedy.  We also went to Cafe 116 to eat on a Saturday! So much fun and Asher was a champ. We also got our first Bountiful Basket and got fennel in it!  We made fennel soup.  English muffin bread was also made and devoured.

Who we have seen…church family, family, friends, and Asher has taken a new interest in Boaz.  He’s starting to grab at Boaz’s ears and face. Boaz is handling it like a champ.

At the last doctor’s appointment…we found out that our poor little guy was sick, but up to an impressive 15 pounds–probably more now that it’s been a few weeks.

Who we have seen…we had friends over for lunch, church family, and family.

At the last doctor’s appointment…we found out that he’s the “tall kid” right now at about 25 inches and weighing in at 14 pounds 2 oz. He’s doing great and now we’re waiting for him to roll over :)

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Good Night October

You’ve been a challenge and by no means have I done it perfectly but I’ve had fun. Here’s to continuing to post in November and I’m onto my next challenge of completing 60 miles (run,bike, walk, etc)! I saw the challenge posted by Julie at PB Fingers and thought it’d be fun. Here’s the link Pile on the Miles.
And here are my favorite guys :) We had fun bowling with our church people tonight.

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