Friday, April 19, 2013

6 months... growing like a weed

Baby Joshua is six months old.  Can you believe it???  Time is going so fast.  Here's the highlights.  Joshua weighs exactly 17 lbs, and is 26 3/4" long.  Both in the 50th percentile.  He got his six month vaccines on Wednesday and has been a little fussy/feverish since, poor baby.  He is generally so happy and pleasant.  What an incredible blessing he is to our family.  He is absolutely the light of his brothers' lives.  I cannot believe how much they love him.  No one makes him laugh like they do.  Seriously.  He loves it when Jacob says (yells!) "There's my smile" and jumps in his face.  He also loves it when Jonathan puts his foot on his belly and pretends to fall on him.  Lord help us all if he ever
actually falls on him.  It makes me nervous, but the belly laughs that result are so worth it.  I'm convinced that there is no better sound on earth than that of a happy baby laughing.  Joshua started eating some solid foods this month.  First sweet potatoes and then bananas.  He liked them both.  Next up??? avocado... that's sure to be some DIRTY bibs and clothes.  :-)  Joshua started rolling over and sleeping totally on his belly.  That makes me nervous, but there's no sense in me changing it.  He's pretty darn content.  He is an incredible sleeper!!! He sleeps from about 8 or 8:15pm to 8 or 8:15pm.  We still wake him up at 10 or 11 for a dream feed.  What a sweet boy.  He is enjoying being outside watching the boys run around and jump on the neighbors' trampoline.  He doesn't like the sun in his eyes.  He is all into his toys and can
transfer them from hand to hand. He also has started sitting up on his own - he can hold on for about 15 seconds before making a face plant. He's right on target developmentally.                        

                          It's getting harder and harder to get his month-by-month update pics :)
see, he's totally trying to stand up...
or lay down on the job...
or scoot and roll (speaking of rolls, check out those thighs!)
Whatever he's doing, I'd say he is just about the cutest thing ever!!!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

what to do?

Those of you who know me well, know I've been agonizing over a big decision... to send Jonathan to Kindergarten or wait another year.  Still not fully decided, but after hearing from his preschool teacher, his Sunday School teacher - who both have many years of experience with this age kiddos, and Jacob's kindergarten teacher, who so awesomely agreed to give Jonathan a screener... we decided to go ahead and register the big boy for BIG K.  Oh. My. Goodness.  Honestly, I may still change my mind in August, but I really think he's ready.  He did awesome on the screeners and academically is totally ready.  I don't want him to be bored if he waits another year.  He just seems so much more vulnerable than Jacob was.  I don't know why... I guess it's the second born syndrome.  Or the fact that he had all those medical problems when he was two.  Probably, it's the fact that he still has crying fits and home and acts like a total baby sometimes.  Yep, that's what I worry about the most.  Of course, everyone says he acts totally mature and responsible in other settings.  And of course we still have 4 months.  :-)  I love that little guy so very very much and I want the best for him.  I pray that he loves school and he is happy and has good friends.  I pray that he will not be led by the wrong kiddos. I pray that he will be salt and light in a dark world.  I pray that he has awesome teachers.  I pray that the speech stuff he has going on won't be a big deal and that he won't get made fun of by his peers. Y'all, this parenting thing is no joke.  I know this is the first of many many tough decisions.  :-)
Here he is on Kindergarten registration day!

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

who says dressing boys can't be fun???

Happy Easter from our little family to yours.  We had a fun-filled weekend with family, friends and sweet worship at church.  Thank you Jesus for the ultimate sacrifice - may we never ever forget!