Monday, January 11, 2010

Abe Scooting

Yay. Mobility.

Will I ever Blog again?

I stink at blogging these days. I just do. Poor Abe. The second child syndrome is definitely there-- less pictures, no baby book (yet), less attention, and also less blogging.

I want to do a quick update though it will be far from thorough and hopefully help all you wonderful friends and family caught up a bit.

Well, first things first, we will be moving in less than 2 weeks! Yes, you read that right. We have been wanting to move closer in to Austin for awhile now and we finally are. We want to be closer to our church community as well as closer to where Rocky drives everyday for work. We are super excited (and nervous all at the same time). The house is only about a mile from downtown in East Austin. The house is a little bigger and very close to great friends.

Big things have been happening with the kids as well. Abe is now 8 months old. The last 2 months have been the biggest as far as milestones in his life. He is finally sleeping through the night! Rocky and I are now much happier because of it. He is eating solids well now and not nearly as picky as he used to be. He has been able to sit up on his own for about a month or so now which we were beginning to think he may never do. He has 2 teeth now, and he is truly mobile and into everything. He seems to be able to find cords wherever he is.

The biggest news in Adelaide's life is that she is (knock on wood) pretty much potty trained. This is almost a year after her first successful attempt. It has been a very long road, but like everyone says, working on it doesn't matter at all until they are ready. Unfortunately she kept changing her mind about being ready. It may sound silly, but please pray for no regression this go 'round. It is much nicer at this age. She can go all by herself-- pull down pants and panties, go (though I help her wipe), she pulls everything back on, dumps her stuff in the potty, and can even pull her stool up to the sink and wash her hands. She is still having about one accident every other day, but other than that she'll stop whatever she's in the middle of to go potty. At a party a few days ago, she couldn't find us but found a good friend of ours and asked her to bring her to the potty. She will go in the middle of playing, watching TV, etc. I feel so encouraged that she truly is doing it all herself and initiating herself. The last few times she was "successful" it was because I would make her go every hour. It seemed to stress her out. It's nice that she is thinking of it all on her own. Once she is completely accident free for 5 days in a row, she is going to have a Princess Party. She has it all planned out and is excited. Rocky is being super strict about what "accident free" means. One day she only had a little pee in her pull up, so little pee that the symbols on the front didn't even disappear (you know what I mean if you have toddlers I'm sure). Rocky still wouldn't count it as accident free. I guess I see his point. It is a whole party. Anyway, I'm excited.

Here's some recent pictures:
Opening Christmas presents our family sent. Adelaide loves her princess fishing pole.

Can you tell she's a little addicted to princesses?

Abe was super excited about his presents.

My nearly finished Jesse Tree. It was alot of work but I look forward to using this for many years to come. Each pocket will store the ornament and the scripture reference until the day it is supposed to be read. I plan to add a blanket stitch around the outside of the tree to make it even cuter-- next Christmas.

Friday, December 25, 2009


OK, so once again I'm going to be lazy and just post a link to my photos on flickr. I'll post one absolutely adorable one of Abe just to entice you. Here are tons more of my adorable baby boy.

I've got pictures of our trip to Seaworld we took on Wednesday. It was probably the best trip we've had there yet. The weather was absolutely perfect and even though we didn't get there until noon, we got to do everything we wanted to do and didn't suffer at all from the kids being tired late in the day. We got to build toys, visit with Santa, fed dolphins (which we hadn't wanted to pay for up until now), watched the Sesame Street Christmas show, enjoyed the always funny Sea lion show, and nearly cried at the Shamu show. However, Adelaide favorite thing wasn't any of those things. It was her first ever roller coaster ride.

She kept asking to go on it over and over. Rocky walked her up to the height requirement sign to show her she wasn't tall enough. Being 2 inches shy of the required 38", the attendant said, "it's OK. She can go." Rocky kept asking her if she wanted to back out and she kept assuring him she didn't. Well, off they went. Abe and I watched from the side and I panicked a little as they rocketed off.

As the roller coaster came to a stop, I heard a kid sobbing. I thought for sure it was Adelaide, but no. I saw her jumping up and down with her arms in the air, squealing with delight. Rocky said he wished he could of recording her expressions the entire ride. She was yelling "yes!" and had her arms. When the ride stopped, she said, "Thanks Shamu for taking me for a ride!" It was awesome. It's all the talked about the rest of the day. So cute.

Christmas day was incredible. We started out with stockings and then made a beautifully delicious breakfast (one of my favorites), eggs benedict. After breakfast, reading the Christmas story, and adding our last ornament to our Jesse Tree, we moved on to presents. Adelaide couldn't have been happier with all her gifts-- a doll house, cash register, homemade scarf, puzzle book, new glow in the dark book, etc. And Abe surprising got into it. He kept looking at us with this expression that said, "is it really ok for me to destroy this paper?" The shape sorter was a big hit with both him and Adelaide. I bought it because it was Adelaide's absolute favorite toy when she was a baby (we'd checked it out from the toy library AKA Family Connections many times). He also was thrilled with his new CD player; the kid really loves music.

I hope to do a big update of the kids soon, especially on Abe. He's grown so much in the past 1.5 since I updated-- he sits up, he actually eats solids, he sleeps, he's getting a tooth, he crawls (oh, wait. no. he's still just happily scooting), he "talks" alot more. . . He gets more fun by the day.

Anyway, Merry Christmas 2009 to all!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Desiring God

Christian Audio gives away one free audiobook download every month. This month the book is Desiring God by John Piper. I read it a long time ago and really enjoyed it. I just downloaded it. If you'd like to do so also, just follow the link above and enter in the coupon code NOV2009.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Abe is 6 months

Well, actually, he's been six months old for a little while now, but I haven't posted anything about it yet. Abe is growing up so fast. I feel like a granny when I say that, but it's so true! Abe is so big. He's finally started eating solids (though he only likes sweet potatoes so far). He is sitting up now though he's still wobbly, and he's about to crawl! I think he'll start crawling in the next few days or weeks. It's all he works on. A couple of weeks ago he was only able to scoot on his back. A few days ago he could only rock on his knees. Yesterday he was only able to scoot backward. Today he started scooting forward. He is determined.

He has also shot up on the growth charts. This time it's in height. Thank goodness. He is around 50th for weight again. Now instead of his height being the 10th, it's now around the 50th too. He grew 5 inches! No wonder he has been waking up so much to eat!

Abe, left to his own violation, wants to eat a few times in the middle of the night. This is a step in the opposite direction. Finally last night I decided to let him cry. It was hard to do but it didn't last too long-- somewhere between 30 minutes and an hour. He proved my point though by going back to sleep, not waking up again to nurse, and not even really acting hungry when he woke up at 7:30. I'm hoping it will stick, and we won't have to go through that again. (Update: Abe didn't wake up at all last night. Woohoo).

Abe's attempts to scoot forward:

Abe's jumping skills:

Abe's sitting skills: