"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Monday, September 27, 2010

Football games/weekend activities

So far this football season, the kids are doing pretty well at the games. The first game in the Dome was a late one - didn't start until 6:30 - so that was a little rough. Brandon gets super sleepy right after supper time and is usually asleep by 7:30/8:00 so Cody had to take him home mid-way through the first half. Jaden lasted until the 4th quarter, and then Cody's parents took him home so I could stay until the end. He probably could have made it the whole game, but he was looking really sleep, and Tim and Deanne were leaving anyway so they took him with.

The second game went better. It was a 4:00 kickoff. Brandon made it until the end of the third quarter, and even fell asleep for an hour on Cody's chest -- even with all the noise! He's doing better than Jaden did as a baby -- I couldn't take Jaden at that age because he was terrified of the noise! Jaden did really well the second game and made it through the whole game. He got to go on the field aftewards and throw his football around. He got to see TC at both games and continues to love him. I keep waiting for him to show signs of fear, and it hasn't happened yet.

I need to get some pictures at games, but we're always so busy keeping track of the kids that I haven't even thought to pull my camera out yet. Maybe this weekend!

This past weekend Cody stayed home with the boys, and I got to go to the UNI/Iowa State game in Ames. I had an absolute blast (except for during the actual game since UNI played terrible). But it was so fun tailgating and seeing good friends from college. It brought back a lot of good memories, and I got the chance to visit with a lot of former UNI football players that I was friends with when they were players and I worked in the Dome.

We have a home game again this weekend... we also have family coming to town. On Sunday my grandpa and cousins from Cedar Rapids are visiting. They haven't met Brandon yet at all so we're going to enjoy some time with them -- and eat some good food! AND Jaden's been asking to go to the Pumpkin Patch so we're going to try and fit that in as well.

This is why I love fall! We are always super busy with fun and exciting things!

Kiddo Updates

Sorry it's been a while... :)

Brandon is close to sitting and crawling. He is strong enough to sit on his own, but he gets distracted and rolls right over. Gotta work on the balance. :) He also wants to crawl so badly. He gets up on all fours and rocks back and forth, which is adorable. It won't be long now! (I got video of the rocking back and forth this morning... I will post soon.)

We just switched formulas. You might have heard that there was a major recall on Similac formula -- and of course we used the formula that was recalled! It might have been a blessing in disguise. Brandon's on Soy formula - which Jaden had to use also because they both got uncomfortably gassy on normal stuff - so we had to be extra careful when switching his formula. I called the doctor's office, and they told me that they have been recommending people just use the generic store brands. They said that the production of formula is regulated so closely that they are all basically the same -- it's just the store brands don't put the marketing behind theirs that the big-name brands do. So -- we switched to the HyVee Soy formula and are saving almost $10 a can... which is a big deal right now :) He's doing fine on the new formula.

Brandon usually eats any food that we put in front of him, but his favorites seem to be - oatmeal, pears, apples, sweet potatoes and mixed veggies. 

Jaden is our goofy sweet little boy that continues to impress us and amaze us and everyone else around him. We are constantly told how well he talks for a 2 1/2 year old boy. He can count to 14. He can sing the alphabet letter for letter right along with us. He walks around the house saying, "UNI Fight UNI Fight!" quite frequently, and he's been mentioning God more and more. (Gotta love Sunday School!) This morning he was downstairs playing while I was getting ready, and he heard me drop my phone on the bathroom floor. He didn't know what had happened, so he yelled up the steps to me, "Mama okay?? Mama okay??" He was making sure I hadn't hurt myself. What a sweety :) Yesterday Cody was at a friend's watching football, and I ventured out to Old Navy with the two boys to look for some pants for the both of them. Old Navy has a coloring table set up for kids, and Jaden walked over to it, sat down and was perfectly content to sit there and color while Mommy shopped. When it was time to go, he looked up at me and said, "I don't wanna go home." The other night he was watchign the UNI football game on TV, and he kept walking by the TV saying, "Lets go guys! Come on guys!" Ha... such a fan! ;) His feet are huge. He's now wearing size 10 1/2.

He's about to go through a big change at daycare. There's another family that's been going there just as long as us -- two years now. They have a little boy, Carter, who turned two in August. Their other son, Noah, is just a few weeks younger than Brandon. They have decided to switch daycares to a place closer to the mom's work. Carter has been Jaden's best bud there for two years, and the two are inseparable. They have so much fun together, and they have learned how to communicate so well with each other. It's going to be a tough transition not having Carter there anymore in a couple of weeks, but hopefully a new family comes in that helps fill the void.

I have some videos I need to post... soon, I promise!

"Ready Now"

We sang a new song at church yesterday morning, and I immediately fell in love with the words. Here they are...

"Ready Now"

Come like You promised You would
I want to surrender for good
Know that I need You
And I don't want to keep living life alone

So take my heart
Make it new
Make it true
Make it like You
Take my hands
Lift them high
They're Yours not mine to do...

Do what You will
Do what You will
Do what You will

I feel like a blind man in Your sight
I know that I'm wicked in Your eyes
So wash me and make me shine like Your Son
I want to tell everyone that You're the only one

So take my heart
Make it new
Make it true
Make it like You
Take my hands
Lift them high
They're Yours not mine to do...

Do what You will
Do what You will
Do what You will

I'm ready now
I'm ready now
I'm ready now
Do what You will

I struggle a lot -- especially lately -- with giving everything over to God and trusting Him with every detail of my life, my family's life, my kids' lives, my work life, my financial life, my marriage... etc. etc. etc. :) I know He's there, I speak to him consistently throughout the day, and I completely trust him. But I still have many moments when things are down or I'm having a rough day... when I start to panic and try to figure out how to "fix" things -- and I try to do it all on my own. Which is silly. This is just one of the many songs that has spoken to me lately. Even though the tough stuff is scary to go through -- I know that He has a plan, and that all things work together for good for those who love Him. And when I sit back and remember to breathe and remember to pray -- I realize that I'm willing to go through whatever rain I have to if it's His will for me - if it makes me a stronger person for my family and a stronger person in my faith. And I also know that as I sit and pray for help in certain situations -- I couldn't be in better hands. And He truly cares about every little detail of my life. And while I'm waiting... He is at work. He's got it all figured out. Pretty cool... :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Nice God!

Jaden has started a new adventure at church recently. His first two years of life, he went to the nursery rooms while Cody and I attended the service. This summer he moved up to the "Terrific Twos" room, and now that the school year has started, they are implementing Sunday School teachings and offering some structure aside from just "play time." I love it, and Jaden loves it, too. I love picking him up at the end of that hour, and peeking in to see what he is in the middle of doing before he realizes we are there to get him. I also love that when the parents come to get their kids, we receive a little note as to what was taught during that morning's teachings so that we can expand on it at home in our discussions with our little ones. Yesterday morning when I picked him up, the note said that they had been talking about how God is the one who has given us all the nice food we get to eat every day and what a blessing that is. They also incorporated a little craft into the lesson. The craft was putting little circular cereal bites onto a drawing of a tree. (Gotta keep it simple at two years old!) One of the teachers politely informed, as she was handing me Jaden's picture, that he loved the cereal. When looking at the picture, I noticed that he'd eaten some of the cereal right off the picture after he had "glued" it on.... no surprise there ;)

Anyways... I was telling my parents yesterday about what Jaden had learned at church that morning, and as I was explaining it, Jaden chimed in with HIS version of what he had learned. And this is what he said... "NICE God!!"

In all the detail and the abundance of stories that are in the Bible... Jaden has already learned one of the most important things about our God. Yes, Jaden, God IS nice!! :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sweet face...

"The decision to have a child is to accept that your heart will forever walk about outside your body."
..So true.

Could there be a sweeter face? :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

6-Month Comparison

Starting to see more differences now... Jaden ALWAYS smiled with his tongue out, and Brandon almost ALWAYS has cute little wrinkles in his forehead :) Jaden also had more hair, and Brandon's face is a little rounder. Definite similarity -- they are both doll babies :) What differences/similarities do you see?? It's going to be so fun watching their similarities and their differences continue to develop!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

He's growing up!

It's amazing how the little things Jaden does make him seem so grown up! He's so independent now. I don't even think of him as a toddler anymore... but as a little boy. (Except for the whole diaper thing... sigh).

He gets his own milk cup out of the fridge and puts it away -- back into the fridge -- when he's thirsty.
He brushes his own teeth and screws the cap back on the toothpaste all by himself.
He can work the DVD player on his own -- open it, take one movie out, put the new movie in, close it - turn it off, turn it on, etc.
He gets in and out of his car seat by himself (we buckle him in).
When we got home from church on Sunday he started singing a song that was sung during that morning's service.
He drinks pop out of Cody's pop bottles. (Horrible, horrible idea, Cody)
He has shape cutters for his play-doh... we used to have to help with these. He now does it all by himself. He can press the shape cutter into the dough, pull the edges off around the cutter, and press the dough out of the cutter to reveal the intended shape.
He repeats his favorite quotes from his movies when we're not watching the movies. THIS is definitely just like his daddy ;)

There's more, but that's what I can think of off the top of my head. Some of these might seem like such small insignificant events, but to me, they're huge. I might have to take a vacation day his first day of kindergarten... it might take me a whole day to stop the tears ;)

He also has this cute little developing attitude that I can't help but laugh at. Case in point:
Saturday at my parents' house he was playing in the basement with my dad. He didn't want Mommy interrupting so when I came downstairs to say hi, this was the response I got from my little man:
"No. Go upstairs Mommy. Go upstairs Mama."
If we try to help him with anything, he thinks we're getting in the way --- "Go Daddy! Go!" Meaning... "get out of the way" ;) His little voice tries to sound so authoritative, and it makes us laugh... though we try to hide it from him ;)

Totally unrelated -- he is now obsessed with Thomas the Train. Thanks Papa Bob for that one ;)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Brandon's 6 Month Update

Brandon turned six months old yesterday, and to celebrate it, he came down with a cold. Bummer! However, it's amazing how much better he handles colds than I do. When I have a cold, don't even attempt to get me to smile. Brandon's still our happy little guy except for when he gets really really tired!

We took him for his checkup today. He weighs 17 lbs. 9 oz. (up almost 3 pounds from his last visit) and is 25 1/2 inches long (exactly an inch longer than two months ago). This keeps him at the exact same percentiles - 50th percentile for weight, 25th percentile for length. His head measures in the 75th percentile... so like Dr. said... he's got a lot of brains in there! :)

A little out of the ordinary... he has a little bump on his skin right in the middle of his neck on the front. It's been there since the day he was born, but to anyone else besides his mommy and daddy and his doctor, it would look exactly like a large pimple. It's also hard to see because it's usually hidden under his little roley-poley skin under his neck. Today was the first time I had shown his doctor because I'm so used to it being there, that I had forgotten to mention it until today. When the doctor saw it, she said it is a cyst. She has referred us to the University of Iowa Hospital Pediatrics ENT doctors (Ear Nose Throat). She said they need to take a look at it because sometimes when a cyst is formed in that area, it can actually be connected underneath to things in the throat region... and that if that's the case, it would have to be surgically removed or an infection can develop internally. So we go next Wednesday for that appointment. Three things could happen - they could discover that it's only superficial and that would be case closed, nothing to worry about. They could tell us that they don't want to make a final decision yet and want to see us again in a year. Or they could say -- yes, we need to do surgery. Our doctor thinks that if surgery is required, they would wait until he's a year old to do it. Our prayers are obviously that there is no surgery needed. We will keep everyone posted and would appreciate your prayers as well. The thought of someone performing surgery on my tiny sweet little man chokes me up a bit... but trying not to think too much about it yet!

The growth chart tab at the top of the page has been updated with his six-month picture.