Sunday, January 31, 2010

He's talking

While Jeff was in Iraq H discovered his voice and is now 'talking' all the time. He loves being 'gooed' and 'oohhhed' at. Jeff got a good video a couple weeks ago of he and H talking to each other. Here's my adorable boys

Friday, January 22, 2010

Happy Baby

I finally got some good pictures of H smiling.  This kid does not like to perform for the camera.  My friend Jen recently posted on her blog about wanting a baby so she could put cute pics on her blog, but realizing that wasn't a good enough reason.  I thought about posting pics for her this morning of the clock at 3 am, and then again at 6 am, and then again at 7:30 am, the diaper explosions, my puke covered clothes, or me on the elliptical dying after 6 minutes.  But, nobody really wants to see those pictures - which is why I'm posting these instead! =)

All things considered, these are some pretty happy days around here. H has discovered his voice and is 'talking' all the time.  I'm convinced he is going to laugh any day now.

Notice that he is wearing his camo outfit.  Thanks Ross & Beth!

H sure loves talking with his Daddy.  They spend a lot of time gooing at each other these days, it is pretty adorable.

Here he is midstream in his 'Oooohhhs' and 'Aaahhhs'

So, while I don't relish the middle of the night feeding sessions, or how he can be a needy baby sometimes, it is really fun and exciting to see his little personality start to develop.  So far the verdict is that he is a really remarkably happy and sweet boy who loves to be around people and is quite the cuddler.  My next mission is to catch his talking sessions on video and get that posted on here... we'll see if he cooperates.  

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Books read in 2006

1. A Wrinkle in Time by: Madeline L'Engle
I love this book.  It is such a great story and I hope when H is in school it is still required to read this book.  Even if it isn't I'm sure I will read it to him.

2. Screwtape Letters by: C.S. Lewis
This is such a great book from the great mind of Lewis.  I love that he wrote this book from the Devil's point of view.  It makes such a great case for how ridiculous sin is and how easily entrapped in it we become... and how Satan would like to keep us there.

3. A Wind in the Door by: Madeline L'Engle
this is a sequel to Wrinkle and again is a fabulous story about good and evil and adventure.  An enjoyable book for children and adults alike.

4. Enchiridon on Faith, Hope, and Love by: Saint Augustine
I took a Christian classics class my last semester in college and so I had to read this book.  However, I enjoyed this book.  I stumbled over some of the language, but thought it was a really good and relatively quick read.

5. Inferno by: Dante Alighieri
While I found the principle behind this series to be thought provoking and very poignant, I won't be reading this again.

6. You Will See Hoopoes by: Lenna Lidstone
This was a book written by a missionary in Turkey.  Having spent time in Turkey the previous year this book was really dear to me.  If you have an interest in missions or Turkey you will enjoy this book!

7. Theirs is the Kingdom by: Robert Lupton
I LOVED this book!  I took a class on Poverty in Waco and had to read this book for the class.  I think I read it in two days, not because I needed to but because I just couldn't put it down.  This gives a great picture of urban America and a biblical view of poverty.  It is also a really quick read.

8. Purgatorio by: Dante Alighieri
Of the Divine Comedy series, I enjoyed this book the most.  I think because it made the most sense to me and had a lot of biting wit to it.

9. Unafraid by: Francine Rivers
This is the story of Mary.  It is a great story and is very biblical even though it is fiction.  I love how Rivers tells it and makes it so easy to get engaged in the story with her.  Also a really quick but meaningful read.

10. Paradisio by: Dante Alighieri
I had a hard time finishing this book and as I recall an even harder time writing an essay on it....

11. Pensees by: Blaise Pascal
I had never read Pascal before and really enjoyed this book.  I didn't read the whole thing, but read the majority of it.  The pictured book isn't the translation I used, but I couldn't find it on Amazon.

12. Pilgrims Progress by: John Bunyan
Of all the books I had to read for that class, this one was my favorite.  I really enjoyed this book and thought is was a very good story as well as a good analogy of the Christian faith without having to really dig for the meaning.

13. Pilgrims Progress Part II by: John Bunyan
I don't remember the second part?

14. The Irresistible Revolution by: Shane Claiborne
This was probably the most impacting book that I read this year.  The author is just an ordinary guy choosing to live life radially for the sake of Jesus.  He went to Iraq in 2003 just as the war started to speak to Muslims there about the love of Jesus.  He worked alongside Mother Teresa to speak peace to the dying.  He started a community in his hometown to take care of the homeless and marginalized.  He so challenged me and spurred me on to love and good deeds.  Read this book!

15. I Come Quietly to Meet You by: Amy Charmichael
These were really simply beautiful devotional writings.  I really enjoyed these and looked forward to reading them each morning.

16. Wise Blood by: Flannery O' Conner
This is a really excellent novel.  O' Conner is so clever and witty and makes her characters so alive for the readers.  I went out and bought a collection of her writing after this book because I enjoyed it so much.

17. Meditations on the Cross by: Deitrich Bonhoeffer
I read this book in preparation for Easter and found it to be really meaningful.  I love Bonhoeffer and this collection of writings focusing on the cross was very profound and yet applicable.

18. George Herbert and the Seventeenth Century Religious Poets
This was another book I had to read for my religion class and it was fabulous!  I enjoy poetry and had never read Herbert before.  He has some really great church poetry and is just really clever and emotional as a writer.  I have read other Herbert poems since this book because I liked it so much.

19. Poems and Prose by: Gerard Manly Hopkins
I also enjoyed his writing, not as much as Herbert but thought it was really meaningful writing.

20. Life of Pi by: Yann Martel
What an enjoyable story!  I really loved this book and thought it was such a creative and inspiring story.

21.  Empowering the Poor by: Robert Linthicum
While this book was informative, it was a little to statisticy for me to really get into it or find it very applicable.

22. Hearts of Fire by: Voice of the Martyrs
This was a collection of stories of the underground church and believers enduring persecution.  If you haven't heard about the church around the world you should read this book, it is really inspiring and informative.

23. The Poisonwood Bible by: Barbara Kingsolver
This book wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it was a good read... probably not one I would read again though.

24. To Own A Dragon by: Don Miller
I thought this was a really meaningful book.  I like how Miller is so readable and relevant.  He is funny and sharp and shares his story about growing up without a father in a way that most people can relate to.

25. Humility by: Andrew Murray
Wow!  This was one of the most difficult books I have ever read... not because of the prose or the length but because of the intense content.  I don't know that I have ever been more convicted or challenged by a book before.  I think every chapter of this book took me to a new place of repentance and potential for healing and growth.  I have since returned to this book and recommended it to several close friends.

26. The Revolution by: Heather Zydeck
This book is a really great launchpad to getting involved in justice around the globe.  It discusses the major issues from a Christian perspective and gives several ways to get involved.  This is a great way to get started making a difference with human trafficking, the environment, fair trade, etc.

27. Mary called Magdalene by: Margaret George
This is a fictionalized account of the life of Mary Magdalene before, during and after her ministry with Jesus.  It is a really compelling story and a great read!

28. A Tale of Three Kings by: Gene Edwards
This is a great book about brokenness.  It looks at brokenness and healing in the lives of three biblical Kings and as a psychology major I really appreciated the way it approached both hurt and healing.  A really great and quick read.

29. The Divine Romance by: Gene Edwards
I loved the previous book so much that I couldn't wait to read another of his books...this one I didn't love  or even really like that much.  Maybe I didn't give it a fair chance because it just wasn't what I was expecting.

30. Plan B, Further Thoughts on Faith by: Anne Lammott
This book certainly wasn't what I was expecting either.  While I think she is a really good writer she was way more political and kind of out there in her beliefs than I was expecting.

31. Boundaries in Dating by: Cloud & Townsend
I read the Boundaries book twice before I read this book and didn't think this book really expounded that much more from the basic boundaries book, but Boundaries itself is a must read.

32. Spiritual Authority by: Watchman Nee
This was another really challenging book for me.  I've never read anything like this before on biblical authority and I can't imagine there being a better book out there about this subject.  For anyone who struggles with pride, this is a really great book.

33. Captivating by: John & Stasi Eldridge
Honestly, I thought this book was going to be kind of a cliche and fluffy reading.  I was really wrong.  I found this book to be really encouraging, empowering, and just true!

34. He's Just Not That Into You by: Greg Someone
What a great book.  I laughed, I wanted to cry, I begrudgingly agreed with him.  I think men and women alike will get a kick out of this book.

35. Prison Poems by: Deitrich Bonhoeffer
I read his letters and papers from prison a few years before this and was so impacted by them.  I loved this book of poetry.  It captures the heart and soul of man as only facing death can.

Well, that was 2006.  My last semester of college and first job out of college in the real world.  All of these books take me back to places in my life that I don't always think about.  That is one of the great things about reading.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Books Read in 2007

Well, 2007 was the year of Jeff.  It was the year we started not-dating again, then dating again, then we got engaged, then we got married... all in the same year.  I also went to Iraq in there somewhere and got my first real job... so, it was kind of busy.  My reading list reflects that.

1. Passion and Purity by: Elizabeth Elliot
This was a re-read from 2003.  The first time I read this book I threw it across the room.  I thought it deserved a second chance and I liked it a lot better.  I think I needed to grow up a little bit before I could really appreciate her wisdom.

2.  Celebration of Discipline by: Richard Foster
This was also a re-read, but I read this book in 2001.  I did this book as a study with a bunch of college leaders every 6:30 in the morning.  It was rough - for everyone.  I love this book though, especially the second time I read it.  It is a great breakdown of the basic disciplines of the Christian faith and how to practice them in everyday life.

3. The Day Christ Died by: Jim Bishop
I read this book in preparation for Easter and it was really meaningful.  It is a historical and biblical breakdown of the days and day leading up to the death of Jesus.  It helped me get a fresh perspective and really meditate on the beauty and horror of Easter.

4. Catch 22 by: Joseph Heller
This book was really hilarious.  I have always wanted to read it and I really enjoyed it.  It wasn't a quick read for me, but even though it took me a while to finish it kept me entertained.  I will read this again someday for sure.

5. For Women Only by: Shanti Feldhahn
I really wasn't a huge fan of this book.  It was one of the first that I had read about men and women and relationships and can't say that I gleaned a whole lot from it.  It was entertaining and funny at times, but that was about all I got out of it.

6. Blessed Child by: Ted Dekker
This book was really disturbing to me.  It is a series and I ended up returning the second book without even reading it because I disliked this book so much.  Up to this book I had really liked Dekker and I think it was just the plot that was too sci-fy and kind of disturbing for me to really get into.

7. Bondage Breaker by: Neil Anderson
I loved this book!  I think everyone has baggage, whether or not you identify it as spiritual baggage or not.  I was so challenged by this book that I had to put it down several times and do what it said before I felt like I could move on.  I will return to this book - I already have to certain parts of it.

8. Sex and the Supremacy of Christ by: John Piper
This was the first book about sex that I read.  I read it shortly after Jeff & I got engaged and I'm glad I started with this book.  I love John Piper and I love to read about/hear about him talk about marriage.  This was a really meaningful book that I think about often.

9. Terrify No More by: Gary Haughen
What an incredible book!  It was written by the director of the International Justice Mission and it chronicles some of the missions they have gone on to free people from different forms of slavery and human trafficking.  This is the best book I have read on the subject that gives a really graphic and true picture of what is going on in the world.

10. Sense and Sensibility by: Jane Austen
This book was so fun!  It is so clever and I laughed out loud several times.  This book is why I love Jane Austen.

11. Falling into Love by: Ned Erickson
I loved this book!  It's an average guy's love story.  Parts of it are so disastrous you can't believe that could really happen to someone and yet the best part is that you can tell it is so true.  Reading this love story made me love the love that Jeff & I have even more.

12. Saving your marriage before it starts by: Les & Leslie Parrot
Jeff & I read this book together and met with several married couples to talk about some of the principles in this book.  I think we both benefited from reading this and talking through these things with others before we got married.

13. Sacred Marriage by: Gary Thomas
This was my favorite marriage book.  I really resonated with what the author put forward as the premise of the book - that marriage is not about our happiness but about our holiness.  After marriage this book really helped humble me when I needed to be more teachable and willing to sacrifice.

14. Sheet Music by: Kevin Leman
Of the sex books I read, I think this was the most ummmmm.... helpful?  I appreciated that it incorporated a biblical view of sex while still giving practical advice/information.

15. The Act of Marriage by: Tim & Beverly LaHaye
I was given this book as a gift and probably wouldn't have read it otherwise.  I think after the first 2 books I read I could have done without this one.

16. Kite Runner by: Khaled Hosseini
While this book was kind of disturbing, I'm glad that I read it... I maybe shouldn't have read it on our honeymoon... but I really recommend it.

I was looking back on my lists and was surprised to find that I read over 30 books every year until I got engaged and got married.  That was also about the time I stopped regularly journaling.  While I miss all the reading and the writing... I sure love being a wife and a mommy.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Books read 2008

I decided to count down the previous years of Books Read lists for you.  I've been keeping a list of books I read each year since 2004, but I've never posted the lists before.  So, here's 2008 for you:

1. The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by: Syrie James
Jeff's sister gave this book to me for Christmas.  She is a children's librarian and reads hundreds of books every year...thousands?  Anyway, I really loved this book!  It was a fictional tale of Jane Austen's life and how her novels came to be.  If you are a Jane Austen fan, you will love this book.

2. Dear John by: Nicholas Sparks
This was a pretty good read.  However, I recently saw the movie trailer for the movie they are basing on this book and it looked nothing like what I remembered this being about.  So, either I don't remember this book or the movie is a loose interpretation.

3. To Become One by: Chris Seay
This book was a gift from my sister and I really enjoyed it.  It was written by a relatively newly wed guy as opposed to most of the other marriage books I had read.  It was funny, relevant, and challenging.  I can't say it was foundational or shaping in our marriage but I would recommend it for someone who isn't a huge reader but would like to grow in their marriage.

4. The Princess and the Goblin by: George MacDonald
Such a great fairy tale!  I love this classic story and I love how MacDonald tells it.  He is very C.S. Lewis in his ability to entertain adults with smart, morally challenging tales.

5.  Return of the Prodigal Son by: Henri Nouwen
What an amazing book!  I read this book twice and it was so convicting and freeing.  Nouwen is one of my favorite writers and this might be my favorite book of his that I've read.  This is a pretty quick read, but don't mistake the length for lack of content... it is a heavy book, but simply heavy - which is why I think he is such a fantastic writer.  Not many people can approach these weighty matters and yet make it something true and yet digestible if that make sense.

6.  Love & Respect by: Emmerson Eggerichs
This was a really challenging and shaping book for me.  It was a tough read for me during our first year of marriage, but it really helped me understand Jeff's needs better and how I can better respond to those for both of our sakes.  This is a great book, but it is not easy reading.

7.  True Believer by: Nicholas Sparks
I don't remember being on such a Sparks kick last year, but apparently I was.  I also don't remember anything about this book and had to go back and read the synopsis.  And even after that the plot sounds like that other book of his I read last

8. At First Sight by: Nicholas Sparks
This is apparently the sequel to the previous book.  But I only remembered that by looking back at the synopsis - and then I still couldn't remember how it ended.  I enjoy his books while I'm reading them and won't remember them until the movie comes out I guess.

9. Angels and Demons by: Dan Brown
He may patronize or even vilify the church in his novels but by geeze does he write some entertaining fiction!  If you can consider his writing fiction - which is what it is - then I think you can enjoy yourself some Dan Brown.

10. The Shack by: William Young
It took me a while to decide that I liked this book.  But then I really liked it.  This is definitely a book that sticks with you and I have continued to think of it randomly even though it has been over 18 months since I read this book.

11. What was Lost by: Catherine O'Flynn
 This book is about the disappearance of a little girl and then fast forwards 20 years to show the effects of her disappearance on those involved.  This was a really entertaining book, haunting at times, funny and witty with really great character development.  I still think about this book too.

12.  Can you Keep a Secret by: Sophie Kinsella
I read this on a plane to somewhere and it was a great plane book.  It was entertaining enough that I didn't want to put it down.  The characters are pretty hyperbolic in their stereotypes, but it was a funny, feel good kind of love story.

13. Something Borrowed by: Emily Giffin
I happened across this book in a second hand bookstore and thought the plot sounded interesting enough.  This started my Emily Giffin obsession and I continued to read every book she had ever written.  This has been by far my favorite chic lit series that I have read.

14. Something Blue by: Emily Giffin
This is the sequelish to the previous book.  I say ish because it elaborates on the previous story by telling it from another character's point of view.  If you fall in love or hate with the characters in the first book, then keep reading because it only gets better.

15. Baby Proof by: Emily Giffin
This is a whole new story with new characters to love... and I did.  I totally fell in love with this couple's love, separation, divorce angst.  I've read a few chic lit baby books and this one is definitely different.

16. Love the One You're With by: Emily Giffin
I remember expecting more out of this book but it was still a pretty good read.  It's like the movie you should have waited until it hit Red Box, but wasn't a total waste of 2 hours.  Or the week it took me to read this book.

17. Chasing Fireflies by: Charles Martin
It took me 100 pages to really get into this book, but once I did I really enjoyed it.  I didn't even mind the library fine just so I could finish the last 50 pages.  This is a great redemption story with all the elements of love, forgiveness, murder, mystery and suspense.  I think this is considered Christian Fiction and as such I thought it was as really well sculpted story, like maybe it had to be true.

18. Three Weeks with My Brother by: Nicholas Sparks
While I appreciated the change in pace from Sparks, this was actually a true story about him and his brother, I kept waiting for the good part.  I don't remember there really being one, so maybe I'll stick to the predictable romances from now on.

19. Same Kind of Different as Me by: Ron Hall
This was my favorite book in 2008!  I've told most people I know that love to read about this book.  It is so fantastic and made even more fantastic by actually being a true story.  I don't want to spoil anything about this book, but I will say that I cried in the car for about 7 minutes while reading this (don't worry, Jeff was driving).

20. Twilight by: Stephenie Meyer
After mocking Chelsea and others who were obsessed with these books I got sucked into the vampire vortex too and totally loved it!  I think I read the first book in three days or less, good thing I went ahead and ordered all 4 because I was hooked after page 43...okay, 13

21. New Moon by: Stephenie Meyer
I didn't like this book as much as the others, but maybe because I was always Team Edward... sorry Jacob.

22. One Year Bible New Living Translation
I had never read this translation before and really enjoyed it.  I have done several different 1 year reading plans and really liked having my Bible be the plan, it really helped me keep up.  If you are trying to read though the Bible in one year and might need some help staying on track you should totally invest in this, it is a great resource.

So - that was 2008 in books.  Next up, 2007... it will be interesting to see how many of these books I can actually remember reading?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

feeling better

H is going back to the doctor tomorrow just to confirm that he is doing better, but he is sure acting like he feels a lot better.  Here are some pics of him from this weekend.

Look at that sweet happy boy!

Here we are playing today.

He has been all smiles lately...well, maybe not all the time, but much more frequently than last week.  Yesterday he almost laughed when we were in the car.  Hopefully, before long we will get to hear his sweet laughter.  I'm so glad that he's feeling better...whew.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Books read in 2009

I've read some pretty good books this year, here they are:

1. Eclipse by: Stephenie Meyer
I got sucked in to the Twilight series after I saw the first movie and the books totally did not disappoint.

2. Breaking Dawn by: Stephenie Meyer
This book I actually only read 3/4s of the way through and then we were headed to Iraq and it was too big to bring on the plane so Chelsea sent me a synopsis of the parts I didn't get to read.

3. Culture Shock by: Myron Loss
I read this book on the way to Iraq and it was a helpful tool in adjusting to life in a really different place.

4. Unveiled by: Francine Rivers
I really enjoyed this book, it was a quick read and offered a good, biblical perspective on the story of Tamar.

5.  Barefoot Language Learning by: David Larson
This was one of the most helpful resources I have come across in giving practical tips and presenting a strategy to help you learn a second language successfully.  This certainly helped me begin learning Kurdish and had I followed this principals a little more carefully, I think  it would have made a big difference in my language learning.

6.  A Thousand Splendid Suns by: Khaled Hosseini
I really loved the Kite Runner and had heard good things about this book.  This book was less disturbing in it's story and yet I felt like it gave a pretty accurate representation of what it is like to be a woman in a Muslim world.

7.  Confessions of a Shopaholic by: Sophie Kinsella
 These books are good mindless entertainment for me.  Especially in Iraq when we didn't have electricity very often in the winter.

8. The Power of a Praying Wife by: Stormie Omartin
This was a really good book for me to read.  I really appreciated her perspective and the prayers she included at the end of each chapter.  This should be a must read for every wife and a book I'm sure I will return to regularly.

9. What to Expect When You're Expecting by: Heidi Murkoff
The must read pregnancy book and it was maybe over informative for me sometimes but it really helped prepare me for what was ahead.

10. Shopaholic Ties the Knot by: Sophie Kinsella
 Honestly, I don't remember anything about this book...thinking....nope, the plot just barely rings a bell.

11. American Wife by: Curtis Sittenfeld
This book was an interesting read.  It is a fictionalized portrayal of George and Laura Bush and Laura's rise to the First Lady.  While it was a little graphic at times, I thought it was intriguing and found myself doing some research after I was finished to figure out how much of the book was fact.

12.  Created to be his Help Meet by: Debi Pearl
At first this book really rubbed me the wrong way, the author seemed really extreme in her views of gender roles.  But the more I read the more I was really challenged and convicted by the way she presented the Word of God in relation to my role as a wife.  I can honestly say this book was a real turning point in our marriage.

13. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by: Madeline L'Engle
This is a sequel to A Wrinkle in Time.  Even though it had been a couple years since I had read that book I still really enjoyed this one.  I used to read this book to Haydn at night ( this was right around the time that all the books said he got ears) and got excited about books that I can read to him when he is older that are just really good stories.

14. The Testament by: John Grisham
This was the first John Grisham book that I have read and it was really entertaining.  I can see why so many people enjoy his writing.

15. The Practice of the Presence of God by: Brother Lawrence
While I enjoyed this book as a devotional I didn't think that the translation that I had was the best.  It isn't the one pictured in the link, I couldn't find the exact one that I read.

16. Streams of Living Water by: Richard Foster
I love Richard Foster and I really enjoyed this book.  He broke down the different traditions of the Christian faith and highlighted some of the major figures in each.  It was really good to hear about new heroes of faith and  read his stories of ones I've been familiar with.

17.  In Her Shoes by: Jennifer Weiner
This was my favorite chic lit book that I read this year.  I missed the movie that was made from this book a few years back - the book was of course better!

18. Little Earthquakes by: Jennifer Weiner
I think I would have liked this book more if I hadn't read it when I was at a point in pregnancy where I was kind of panicked.  This book is all about babies and mommies.  So, maybe post baby I would have thought it was more entertaining instead of terrifying.

19. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by: Annie Barrows
I loved this book!  It is a collection of letters that tie you to a book club during world war II.  This was probably my favorite book that I read this year.

20. The Friday Night Knitting Club by: Kate Jacobs
This was a really entertaining book.  It almost made me want to knit.... except that it made knitting sounds pretty complicated.

21. Intimate Friendship with God by: Joy Dawson
This was a really challenging book dealing with the fear of the the Lord and having a deep relationship with God.  I think this is a book I will return to with regularity.  If you are looking to grow... read this book.

So that's it.  The books I read this year.  I'm noticing that I read a lot of fiction this year - more than I normally do.  I speculate that it had a lot to do with spending the year in Iraq and needing another world to live in for a little while.  The first book on my 2010 list?  Wicked by: Gregory Maguire.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

update for Jeff

Jeff is in Turkey right now and can't get into his e-mail accounts or call so I'm posting an update here for him to read.  So, this is way more info than I would usually post here, but I want to be sure Jeff knows what is going on.
We took H to the hospital this morning because his breathing was getting worse and he was getting a rattle in his chest.  The doctor said with RSV if babies are going to be hospitalized or if it is going to get much wore it will between day 3-5.  Today is day 3 and so far the fluid isn't in his lungs yet but he is still having lots of stuff in his chest that he can't cough out.  So, the doctor is giving him some antibiotics because he now has ear infections in both ears and he will be starting a breathing treatment with an inhaler and face mask every 2 hours to  help his lungs to open up and get him breathing better.  His fever seems to be better but he is still loosing a lot of fluid and not eating very well so we have switched from milk to a pedialite diet.  I'm also having to suction his throat ever hour to help him get rid of the stuff he can't cough up and since it is worse at night I have to get up every 30 minutes to suction his throat for the next 2-3 nights or until we start seeing improvement in his breathing and coughing.  H is with your parents right now so I can get his medicine and get some sleep.  We can't come with your Dad tomorrow to come get you because I have to take H back to the doctor again so they can listen to his breathing and make sure the fluid isn't in his lungs yet.  Make sure you sleep as much as you can on the plane because you guys are going to head straight back instead of spending the night in Houston, and there is not much sleeping going on here at night - so try to catch up as much as possible.  Hope your flights back are uneventful, looking forward to hearing from you tomorrow when you land in Chicago.  Love you and can't wait for you to get home... really.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Picture attempt 2

H had a great time playing under his rainforest gym yesterday.  He's still getting the hang of tummy time and isn't always the biggest fan of it.

Look how big I am Dad!


well... diagnosis confirmed, baby has RSV.  I just have a cold, but I can't take any medicine for it since I'm breastfeeding.  It has been a rough couple days at our house.  The doctor said to monitor him closely this weekend and if his breathing or fever get worse to take him to see a doctor or if overnight to the ER.  I think the worst part of it for me is just seeing him so sick and miserable and really not being able to do anything.  I'm not sure at what point you stop crying with your baby (or if other mom's even do this) when they are really hurting.  H and I have had crying sessions together everyday since Tuesday, man are we ready for Daddy to come home.  These are some pics from yesterday, H had much more 'happy' time yesterday then he has had today.  However, some things I've noticed that are already different in him since Jeff left are that he is 'talking' much more.  When he is awake and feeling well enough to be happy he is just blabbering away with his 'ooohhhs' and 'ahhhhs' and 'ah-gooos'.  It is pretty adorable.  He is also really mastering the self-soothing, which is great.  I woke up this morning to find a wide-eyed baby just watching me while he sucked on his hand.  He hasn't settled on a right or left preference yet. 

I'll have to post the pics later, blogger doesn't want to upload them right now.  Jeff starts the journey home tomorrow so be praying for his travels to Turkey and then back home.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


we made it through today.  Unfortunately,  Jeff left us the crud before he left - as if we could forget you Daddy.  So, last night and this morning Haydn and I cried together a few times.  It is hard to see him so sick and not be able to help him.  Things were looking up tonight so I'm hopeful that tonight will go a lot better and we will both be feeling better tomorrow.  Here are today's pics for you Dad

This is how we spent the better part of today.  When he calmed down enough to sleep he was OUT.  I even got midnight baby to sleep before 10 pm tonight!  We'll see how long it lasts...

There was no smiling today, he wore this concerned expression in place of the sad or mad face a few times today.  Maybe we'll be smiley again tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

For Daddy

H and I took some pictures yesterday for Daddy while he is in Iraq.  We are sure missing him and are sad that we couldn't go with him to say good bye to our friends there.  I talked to him today and he made it there safely and is busily packing and selling our things. 

I picked this outfit out on purpose... mostly because Jeff wasn't there to remind me that even when H is having a rough day (which he was) that he loves me and I love him.

Our little boy is getting so big!  At the doctor today he weighed 12.4 lbs and was just short of 24 inches long.  He also has a huge head, it is apparently larger than 95% of boys his age.  His Aunt Elyse says it is because it is housing his huge brain...

This one is kind of hard to see because I just took it and didn't want to wake H up.  He loves his new swing that his Agi bought him and in turn mom loves it too!

H got 2 shots today and it was terrible.  I knew it would be because it was bad the first time, but the last one apparently burns pretty bad and he was SO upset, I had to cry with him a little bit.  He is doing okay now, but the nurse said tomorrow will probably be the toughest day.

We love and miss you Daddy!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Nursery Rhymes

I read somewhere that babies like rhymes so I've been trying to remember all the old nursery rhymes for H.  Unfortunately, I need to brush up on my rhyming.  They all just run together in my head, kind of like - "Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock, the cow fell down and broke his crown, and they couldn't put humpty together again."  I knew this about myself before H was born, so I bought a nursery rhyme book to brush up, but I clearly haven't studied hard enough yet. 
H loves his moblie - and so do I, turning it on in the middle of the night usually buys me a few more minutes of sleep.  One of the songs it plays is the 'Hush Little Baby' song.  I listen to this song (just the music) play at least 10 times a day and H really likes it when I sing to him.  I usually make up words to this song because I can't get past the second line.  I thought I would share with you some of the songs I make up for him, this morning's went something like this.... (by the way, this song is like the ultimate bribe song, so once he gets older and can understand what I'm saying I will quit singing this - for multiple reasons)
Hush little baby, don't say a word, Mommy's gonna buy you a mocking bird
if that mocking bird don't sing, mommy's gonna buy you a diamond ring.
If that diamond ring don't shine, mommy's gonna buy you a ball of twine.
If that ball of twine won't roll, momma' gonna buy you a fishing pole.
If that fishing pole won't fish, momma's gonna buy you a silver dish.
If that silver dish gets tarnished, momma's gonna buy you some picture varnish.
If that picture varnish smells bad, momma's gonna buy you an English lad.
If that English lad ain't funny, momma's gonna buy you a fuzzy bunny.
If that fuzzy bunny gets lost, momma's gonna buy you some green moss.
If that green moss turns brown, momma's gonna buy you an Irish town.
If that Irish town is mean, momma's gonna buy you a fairy queen.
If that fairy queen is fat, momma's gonna buy you a smelly cat.
If that smelly cat gets old, momma's gonna buy you a jell-o mold.
If that jell-o mold won't jiggle, momma's gonna buy you ....something that wiggles?
I got lost about there and thankfully H went back to sleep.

I've been known to get a little more colorful in these songs, ( I mean it is the first rhyming thing that comes to me) but I'll keep that between me and H.  Mother Goose must have been a lot  quicker on her feet than me!