One reason I continue to blog over the years is because it allows me to look back and remember little details of our life I would have forgotten or stages that passed by too quickly. I love looking back to remember how little Giddy was, the progress we've made on something or ways we've grown. So a quick January 2018 update on each of us so I don't forget these days...
But first pictures!
Loud and wild = Giddy Lou
Ryan bundled up the boys this morning and took them on 1.5 mile run. They love this jogger and Gideon always declares "MORE!" when they get home. They are both so snuggly and warm in there.
Daddy snuggles on the couch while they watch a show
My co-workers hosted a baby shower for me on Friday. It was so thoughtful and I didn't expect anything at all! We had a big potluck, a cake and received lots of generous presents
I was the closer Friday night so after my last patient left I loaded up one of our wagons that our littler patients usually leave in with all the gifts and got everything to my car that way. Such a blessing to work with kind, thoughtful women who already love our little boy!
January 2018 Updates on everyone...
Ryan: Ryan is rocking his new job as an engineer at the city with endless positive feedback from his new boss and more responsibility every week. He's learning all the pieces to his new job more quickly than anticipated and really excelling! It's a huge blessing to our family (and Ryan!) that he goes into a job that he truly enjoys and finds purpose in everyday. Plus the 13 minute commute thrills me to no end because at the end of the day I am ready for him to be home :) We've been struggling with Ryan's health again lately. More Crohn's symptoms re-flaring so his GI doctor is sending him in for blood work and stool samples to see what's up. I will say that most people probably would never suspect Ryan feels crummy so many days because he hides/deals with it well. He's on two medications to manage this awful autoimmune disease and I hope they keep working and we don't have to switch again. Other than that Ryan is super Daddy to our boys. I hear our little guys belly laughing from the basement while they wrestle, he sets the tone for loving disciple and as a final brag he gets up at 6:00 a.m. every day for work and ALWAYS (literally has never missed) has breakfast waiting for us when we wake up. Who is this guy?!?!
Carly: I am mega pregnant and mega over it. This has been a tremendously hard pregnancy because of the physical symptoms that just seem unrelenting and get increasingly worse by the week. I cannot express how thankful I am for a healthy, growing baby--I just wish incubating his tiny hiney was a little easier on my body. I'm spending most of my days at home with two sweet and WILD boys navigating play, discipline, sibling rivalry, and keeping up with our home. Having two little boys is one of the most exhausting things I've done and simultaneously one of the most rewarding and joyful. Parenthood is so dynamic and weird ha! Mamahood of two very little boys requires all of my time and energy and I'm working on not wishing the boys were older or in different stages-THIS is where are today and I want to soak them up. I still work 1 day a week at Children's thanks to my generous parents who keep the boys-this has been so good for my mental health to use my brain and interact with other people and keep up my nursing skills. Things that give me life throughout the week are my MOPS group, playdates, an outing or two with the boys, resting on their naps, unwinding with Ryan on the couch after the boys are asleep and COFFEE!!
Gideon: Gideon is getting into such a fun stage where he can help and play, use his imagination and show us his humor with jokes and teases. He is trying to talk with all his might and we can distinguish about 75% of what he says. He babbles in his "Gideon-ese" as we call it and he is gaining more words each week. We've thought about speech therapy for him but I think he's showing progress in his talking and definitely isn't declining. We work with him endlessly on words and games and he's advanced in so many other ways which eases our minds about how he's developing. His favorite things right now are his pillows (piles of pillows for days!!), trucks and machines, being read to, being outside, watching SuperWings, playing with his train table and being wrestled by Dad! He's still not a big eater and meals are a struggle but he's a big kid and is healthy. Gid is an ornery, sweet, spicy, independent, smart little thing. We just love him.
Sir: This sweet guy is entering the independence stage with a mighty fierceness!!! He wants to do everything by himself: feed himself with a fork, walk without holding anyone's hand, figure out a toy, etc. He generally has lots of smiles but can also have a typical 1 year old attitude and just searches for trouble some days. He keeps us our toes with his fearless climbing and running! He is our adrenaline junkie for sure and I adore his bravery and independence. Sir lives for snuggles at naptimes, when breakfast includes sausage, long walks outside, playing on the climber Ryan put downstairs, and anything that includes dirt or making a mess. Such a boy! As far as foster care goes, we were notified by our caseworker that there is an official scheduled Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) in March. WOW! While this is sad on a lot of levels for his bio parents it also means stability, safety, love, and consistency for our sweet Sir to stay with us. More details to come. We love our chunky, sassy, sensitive, brave and goofy Sir!
This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end.”