Arrow 11 Months

I’m coming in only a few weeks late but here it is! My baby is 11 months.

What we have learned…you are quite the climber! You aren’t walking all the time yet (just taking a few steps) but you can climb onto the table and chairs. You can climb onto beds and all the things. You love to explore!

What we are enjoying…your smile and sweet nature. I love snuggling with you and how you lay your head on my chest still.

We are struggling with…slowing down time! I keep wanting to soak up all the time with you and your siblings.

Most exciting milestones…you are standing some and taking steps! You know how to go down backward from things but still need to be reminded.

Arrow seems to like…eating everything, standing, climbing, cars and toys, being held, music, and being included.

Dislikes seem to include…toys being taken from him, getting stuck in the high chair, being “sat on” by his siblings, and being left alone.

Sleep looks like…getting up usually once in the night to eat around 4-5 but then back to sleep. Usually waking up around 7-8. Still rocking a morning nap around 9/10ish and an afternoon one around 1-2ish. Totally rolling with all our flexibility.

He’s eating…all the things! He likes Annie’s bunnies, pancakes, pizza, and he eats whatever we are eating. He’s still nursing 4-5 times—working our way toward weaning. Still takes him about 10-15 minutes to eat.

At the last doctors appointment…he weighed 18 lb 13.5oz and was 29.25 inches long. His head circumference was 46cm.

Asher is 7!

  • Favorite Foods: Bananas foster pancakes
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Favorite Book: Books about war
  • Favorite Song: The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything by Veggie Tales
  • Favorite Movie/show: Octonauts and Paw Patrol
  • Favorite Animal: Dragon and a dog
  • Favorite sports: Basketball and tennis
  • Favorite toy: Model boats
  • Favorite thing to play: Legos
  • Favorite place to go: A cave
  • Job he wants: Officer in the Navy or a Captain
  • Place he wants to visit: Yellowstone or New York City
  • Favorite Bible story: David
  • Friends: Josiah and Jacob

What a year it has been! I’m happy to say that about a month after his birthday he got to visit Yellowstone! We filled that part out around his birthday and I’m just now getting around to finally posting this. I can hardly believe I have a seven year old who is going into first grade!

Asher, I see you as fun, adventurous, full of ideas, a great negotiator, constantly asking us to read you books, and you live up to your name as you bring such joy and happiness to people around you. I see you feeling all the big emotions and caring deeply. When we are out on hikes, in campgrounds, and out and about, I will often find you striking up conversations with all sorts of people. There are so many people I would not have met if you hadn’t said, “Hi! I’m Asher!” I’m so grateful for the ways you help around the house and see me when I’m sad. You bring such joy (and a few challenges ha!) to my life. I’m so curious to continue to see all the ideas you come up with and all the things you will do in life. Thanks for hiking with me in Yellowstone and going on an adventure together. You’re my favorite Asher.

Arrow 8,9,&10

Oops! Time flies when summer is here and all the things are happening. So, I’m jumping in with a 3 month update.

What we have learned…you are awesome at camping and hiking and going along on our adventures. You have such a fun personality and we love seeing it come out. From your loud noises to your little smile to raising your eyebrows at us, you bring us joy!

What we are enjoying…that you are along for the ride fully now! You eat pretty much what we do and you love to explore and play. We love being with you!

We are struggling with…keeping you from eating dirt and all the things! You want to crawl everywhere and taste all the things. You do put up more of a fuss about going in the car seat sometimes and you’re a pro at rolling away from diaper changes.

Most exciting milestones…you went on your first camping trip to Gooseberry Falls! You crawl like crazy and love to bear crawl to go faster. You sit and play with toys. You are starting to stand without holding onto anything for a few seconds at a time. You’re learning to go down backward from things too and are great at climbing (even the ladder when Ryan is working on trim). You have 5 teeth. 3 on top and 2 on the bottom.

Arrow seems to like…eating everything, standing, climbing, cars, being held, and being included.

Dislikes seem to include…not being able to reach what he wants, toys being taken from him, too much touching, and not being allowed down the stairs or out the doors especially if someone else is going out.

Sleep looks like…getting up usually once in the night to eat but then back to sleep. Usually up around 4-5 to eat and then then waking up around 7-8. Still rocking a morning nap around 9/10ish and an afternoon one around 1ish. Occasionally one more around 3/4ish too. Still rolling with all our summer schedules!

He’s eating…all the things! He tries just about everything. He eats whatever we are eating. He’s still eating about every 4ish hours during the day. Still takes him about 10-15 minutes to eat.

At the last doctors appointment…he weighed 18 lb 13.5oz and was 29.25 inches long. His head circumference was 46cm.

Global Running Day

Recently it was Global Running Day and I saw some fun surveys so I thought I’d jump on board and write mine up.

1. Would you rather run along a beach or on a mountain trail?

Oh man! Such a tough question…both?! If I had to choose, I guess I would go with mountains but I do love a good beach run too.

2. What’s your preference—out and back, point to point, or loop?

Point to point! A loop is a close second though and what I usually do for runs from my house.

3. Would you rather train through the winter for a spring race or through the summer for a fall race?

Definitely a fall race. Though, that is totally based on freezing Minnesota winters.

4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide how far and fast?

I love a training plan to check it off but I’ve learned to enjoy just going out for a run too.

5. What are your favorite running shoes?

I love trying new ones! Altras are next on my list.

6. Would you rather start your run uphill and end on a downhill or start downhill and run uphill?

End on a downhill for sure!

7. Favorite run since becoming a mother?

The Grand Forks Half Marathon with my husband! Totally hard but totally proud we were able to do it while I was still nursing Melea.

8. What would you recommend to a new runner?

Have fun! Get some good shoes and enjoy.

9. What are your favorite running clothes?

Shorts and a t-shirt!

10. What is your favorite distance to run?

Lately, I’m really loving the idea of a 10k race but otherwise I’m all about the challenge. With littles around and still nursing, I do what I can!

11. When you aren’t running, what other exercises do you do?

Revelation Wellness tv! I love their workouts and their focus on Jesus!

12. If you could relive any race in the past, which one would it be?

My first marathon! So many I loved about it from getting to talk to so many people to the feeling of accomplishment.

13. How long have you been running?

Consistently since about 2007 which makes like 14 years! I did my first marathon in 2010. Some of my most memorable runs though were in South Africa.

14. How did you start running?

I started running as a hobby after I finished playing tennis in college. I figured I needed to do some exercise and tennis is sometimes hard to find someone else with a similar ability so I tried running!

Out on a run for Global Running Day—I’m grateful he comes along to help push strollers!

Arrow 6 & 7 Months

Checking in again with another update. Arrow is 7 months and spring might be coming someday. With snow on the ground, who knows when the weather will stay warmer. We have enjoyed the warmer days though and have gotten out when we can!

What we have learned…you still love your thumb, you’re big enough for the Nuna and this has been our easiest transition to it, you’re on the move, and thankfully you’re spit up game has slowed.

What we are enjoying…having you sit in the high chair for dinner, watching you explore, getting you to smile or laugh, reading books to you, and being with you!

We are struggling with…mess, noise, trying to get the house finished, and cold weather. t

Most exciting milestones…you’re on the move! You can rotate and are starting to army crawl. You have two teeth and you’re trying new foods. You got to go on an airplane and go to Phoenix! You did awesome on the plane and on all of our hikes. The gloo was great for sleep too!

Arrow seems to like…eating, chewing his toes, being held, having us talk to him, when we come home and say hi to him, being on his tummy, plank, and trying to move everywhere.

Dislikes seem to include…getting stuck when he’s rolling and moving, too much touching, and not being able to get to his thumb. 

Sleep looks like…getting up usually once in the night to eat but then back to sleep. Usually up around 2/3 and then again 5:30/6:30 and then usually go asked up around 7:30ish or later if we don’t have anywhere to go. Still rocking a morning nap around 9/10ish and an afternoon one around 1ish. Usually one more around 3/4ish too. Still rolling with all our punches and schedules.

He’s eating…milk! He started trying food too! He’s tried green beans, corn, peppers, raspberries, Noand lots of other little bites of whatever we are eating. Baby led weaning for the win! He’s still eating about every 3-4 hours during the day. Still takes him about 10-15 minutes to eat. 

At the last doctors appointment…he weighed 16 lb 4.5oz and was 27.5 inches long. His head circumference was 17.25 inches which is in the 49th percentile. So, like 16th percentile for weight and 68th for height. All looked good and we are so grateful.

A Survey About Us

I thought it could be fun to write up the answers to this Valentine’s Day survey that is making the rounds. So here we go!

How did you meet?

We met at a church Bible study and also briefly at this young adult volleyball event.

First date?

I made him wait a long time! I said I needed to work on some things first (and I did! Probably could have worked on even more in counseling). But we did go to Sonshine together and then we weren’t together. About a year later though we went to Carlos State Park and had a long talk. He then took me to Cherry Berry once he decided he wanted to give it a go again!

How long have you been together?

We started officially dating June 2012 and were married by December! We met January 2010.

Age difference?

I’m older by 5 months.

Who was interested first?

Probably him. Although, the second time around I was.

Who is taller?

Him!

Who said I love you first?

I said it kind of out of habit (how I usually end conversations with family) on the phone when I called him from Greece. He didn’t hear it though!

Most impatient?

Me. I’m usually wanting to know things or have things done ASAP.

Most sensitive?

Neither? Not in terms of like crying at things.

Loudest?

Neither. Ha. Maybe him by a little bit. Although, I can get loud in a fight.

Most stubborn?

Me. I don’t like giving in or not “winning.”

Who falls asleep first?

Him. Though, I totally sleep more.

Who is the better cook?

Both! We love cooking together. He’s better at doing exact things and I’m better at improvising.

Better morning person?

Neither. We both can get up. He likes getting up early more than me.

Better driver?

He’s better at driving in snow and with backing up and parking. I’m better at paying attention to stop lights, signs, and knowing how to get places.

Most competitive?

Me. Totally.

Who is the funniest?

Him!

Where do you eat out the most of the couple?

We love to try new places! Some places though are Birchwood, Pizzeria Lola, DJs, Pike & Pint for dessert nachos, and lots of ice cream places.

Who is more social?

He is! I kind of hit my limit earlier.

Who is the neat freak?

I wish I was. But I’m not.

How long did it take to get serious?

Not long! We both went in pretty clear about intentions and saying we didn’t want to date forever. I probably was more serious first. We were also older and wanting to be married!

Who plans date night?

Both of us! I usually come up with ideas and we decide together.

Who picks where you go to dinner?

I’m usually pickier about what I want but we decide together.

Who has more tattoos?

Me. Though, he probably wants more.

Did you go to the same school?

Nope! He was homeschooled and I went to public school. We went to different colleges too.

Who drives when you are together?

He usually drives.

Where is the farthest you two have traveled?

South Africa!! Twice and hopefully more travel in the future.

Arrow at 4 & 5 Months

Another two months have flown by with our little man! I am still in awe that I have 3 little boys and one little girl at home. The noise level and destruction level feels appropriate though for this many kids.

What we have learned…despite our efforts you still prefer your thumb to a pacifier, ditching the swaddle is never fun but you’re still a good sleeper even if I am not a routine following mommy, you love to roll and thankfully your spit up is a bit less. You still spit up a lot but maybe not every time you roll. Your drool though has increased. No teeth in sight.

What we are enjoying…having you sit in our laps, more head control, your laugh especially when getting a new diaper, having you listen to books, watching you explore new toys and seeing what you want to grab, and mainly just having you here with us.

We are struggling with…all the noise, the mess, and winter. I’m really in need of some sunshine and warmer weather. Oh and this postpartum hair loss could stop anytime and that would help.

Most exciting milestones…you’re in the I’m going to roll to my tummy ASAP when you’re set on the floor stage! You also are getting more head control and starting to hold onto us when we hold you. Plus, you’ve got the cute grab your toes and bring them to your mouth milestone down pat.

Arrow seems to like…being held, having us talk to him, when we come home and say hi to him, being on his tummy, trying to chew on everything, his kick n play, and listening to music for naps.

Dislikes seem to include…getting stuck on his tummy, his arm being stuck, being left alone for too long, if he goes down for a nap when he is overtired, and too much touching.

Sleep looks like…getting up once or twice to eat in the night and then back to sleep! usually he goes to bed around 8ish and then either eats one more time before we go to bed. Up sometime around 3ish or 5ish and then up for the day around 7:30ish. A morning nap around 9/10ish and an afternoon one around 1ish. Usually one more around 3/4ish too. Lots of flexibility with school pick up and drop off and just general life.

He’s eating…milk! I haven’t really tried bottles either. But still eating about every 3-4 hours except more like 5-8 hours at night. Still takes him about 10-15 minutes to eat.

At the last doctors appointment…he finally had another one! He weighed 14 lb 7oz and was 25.5 inches long. His head circumference was more in the 70th percentile too. So, like 25ish percentile for weight and 60ish for height. All looked good and we are so grateful.

Working out with mommy
So loved by his siblings. They all love holding him.
Sleeping with daddy

Friday Favorites

Friday is here! I’m ready for the weekend and a new week. This has been a hard, disappointing week in many ways. Instead of going there, I’m taking a few minutes to share some fun favorites.

1. Books and Baby Snuggles

I’m reading a really interesting book and it’s been so good to sneak in some baby snuggles. Having had three other newborns, I know just how fast it all goes! I’m all about soaking up the moments with my sweet boy. I love the baby stage (most of the time!).

2. Dreaming of Travel

Even though we had to cancel some travel plans, I have been dreaming of places to go and adventures to be had. The kids especially have loved following the YouTube videos (LiveSutton) of a family who is hiking the Appalachian Trail (the mom was in Africa with me way back when).

3. Lego Creations

The kids have been making all sorts of fun things out of legos and duplos. I love seeing what they come up with and how they build differently than I would do my own. We all really are so unique.

4. Good friends

In the midst of the hard stuff, I am so thankful for some good friends who pray, listen & understand, and love me even on the hard days!

5. Desert Nachos

Nothing beats some late night desert with my husband after a hard, confusing day. He even loves going out at night to pick it up when I’d rather be tucked in a blanket.

January Recap

Wow. One month is already passed and here we are heading into another. My google photos keeps popping up all sorts of memories from years past and I love it. Though, it is so odd looking back on a year ago to see what we were doing and how we had no idea what all would be coming. Such big changes in the world. Never would I have imagined masks and school closures and for it all to still be going on today to some extent. Yet, I am so glad I set my intention as staying grounded in God’s truth regardless of shifting circumstances.

I’m still holding onto my word from last year while moving forward with “create.”

January started off with my desire to “create” some new rhythms and goals. Ryan and I jumped into doing The Little Way by Revelation Wellness and reading Sparkling Gems 2 by Rick Renner. We tried to wake up at 6:00 am and do these before he went to work but that did not end up being the best. We both ended up tired and struggling. We kept going and did what we could when we could. The kids even joined in for some workouts and kept us on our toes. We have some ideas for February to try out!

I also finished my first Sally’s Baking Challenge of the year! I’m planning to participate each month to have something fun, different, and out of my norm. January’s challenge was making a Stromboli. I definitely needed the practice when it came to rolling it up but even with the poor rolling job it tasted delicious.

I stretched my baking skills by making a delicious Coconut Cream pie that I brought to our prayer and praise celebration at church. I almost wished people didn’t eat it so I could have had leftovers!

For podcasts and books, I had a really good month! I listened to Havilah Cunnington’s series on boundaries, Crystal Paine’s series about motherhood, and snuck in one from Alisa Keaton and her daughter. I listened to some in a WhatsApp group I’m a part of too. For books, I read The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner, The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins.

In other family happenings, Canon got stitches on his lip/in his mouth from getting knocked down by his brother at a friend’s house, Arrow turned 4 months and is rolling up a storm, Asher went skiing for the first time, we built some train tracks, and survived another month of winter.

Lastly, I continued writing in a Bible for Melea and am working my way through Jeremiah currently. I picked up making a gratitude list last year back in May and am still doing the practice—I’m in the 700s. Also, in that journal, I’ve been keeping notes for myself about what God is speaking to me from His Word.

Now, we are onto February! Here are some of my intentions for the month:

4+ podcasts

2+ books

Daily Bible reading, gratitude list, and Bible notes

Bibles before Bed with kids—pretty much what it says! Reading their pick of a Bible before putting them to bed.

Sparkling Gems 2 with Ryan

RevWellTV Advanced Workout Calendar—I’m switching things up and following their calendar this month instead of picking what I want.

Paint the kitchen! The walls are primed and ready for paint. We just need to make time to do it.

Sally’s Baking Challenge—I haven’t fully decided but I think I am going to do her alternative of raspberry cheesecake bars since I’ve made chocolate soufflés before. Either way, I will do something that qualifies for the challenge!

A few other things that are being held loosely but may happen this month include: intentional goal planning/year in review with Ryan, Phoenix trip or trip somewhere, and other house projects

There you have it! A January recap and a look toward February.

Friday Favorites

I thought it might be fun to pop on here to share some of my favorites from lately.

1. My ice cream maker! Ryan got me an ice cream maker for my birthday so we have been having fun trying all sorts of flavors. The only downside is that the ice cream gets eaten fast! We’ve tried Mint, vanilla, maple, maple cookies, and mint with Trader Joe’s JoJos. Next up is a pistachio!

2. Time with my sweet Canon. With Melea and Asher back at school, I have been loving the one on one time while Arrow naps. I love getting to build trains, play duplos, and generally have fun with him. He’s at such a fun age and is so sweet.

3. Board games as a family! We have added some new games and Asher is at a great age to play. Melea is content to play some and play with pieces happily if it’s not her turn. We’ve been playing Catan Jr., Risk, Stratego, Pandemic, and a few others. We also did a puzzle recently which was quite the challenge with a two year old around. I definitely redid a fish border at least three times.

4. Library books. We are such big fans of books and I love it! I recently got a haul of cookbooks and got two historical fiction. I’ll report back when I finish them (maybe!) but I started with the Jane Austen Society one! So far, I’m liking it! The kids have been diving into pirate books, lots of history books, and princess ones too.

5. The Little Way from Revelation Wellness and Sparkling Gems from the Greek 2! I convinced Ryan to commit to working out with me and reading a Sparkling Gem each day. This has been so good even if I’m a bit resistant to do it at 6:00 a.m. I still like my sleep and prefer staying up!