Saturday, January 20, 2018

January Updates

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.”

Lamentations 3:21-22

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday Happenings

I mean to blog more often but then I put my boys down for their naps at 1:00 p.m. and it's all I can do to make it to the couch to lay down while they sleep.  Have I mentioned I can't wait for this pregnancy to be overrrrrrrrrr?!?!?!  

TMI: I was still barfing this morning but thankfully my mom had already made plans to come over and hang with the boys.  This thrilled them to no end and I got to lie down.  Gram to the rescue!

We obviously have no clue when this kid will come but Ryan and I both hope it's sooner rather than later so I can start feeling good again.  I was never this ready for Gideon to come because I was never this sick but now I understand when ladies start googling all sorts of crazy crap on the Internet and try it out.  Desperate times, people!  

Here are our baby arrival predictions...

My baby guess:
Baby will come 1/21, weigh 8 lbs 3 oz and have no hair (even though I've had horrid heartburn)

Ryan's baby guess:
Baby will come 1/28, weigh 8 lbs 1 oz and have blonde hair


Updates to come!

Here are some pics of our adventures the last few days:

Cousins Fynn and Cauis both turned 1 recently so we went to their joined birthday party a few weekends ago.  I just love to see the three of them together-all so sweet!

Poor sweet Sir had a standard lead level heel prick at his 1 year appointment.  The results came back higher than normal so I had to bring him back in for a blood draw to re-rest.  Took two pokes :(  Thankfully the first test was a false positive and he is actually nice and healthy with no elevated levels!

I'm loving this new chalkboard in the back entry way.  My mom got it for me for Christmas.  It's a framed chalkboard from Hobby Lobby and then I drew on the calendar.  I included a "grocery" section, "to-do list" and "weekly verse"

Sweet Giddy Lou!  This kid is such a big boy lately.  He's been my big helper throwing away diapers, cleaning up toys, and closing cabinets so Sir doesn't get into them.  What a love

We went to the stock show last Friday and as you can see I was a zombie under the weather.   The boys will enjoy it even more in a few more years.  Gideon was ecstatic about the petting zoo, the John Deere tractors he could climb on and all of the sights and sounds

Daddy and Giddy.  Giddy had no fear of the animals and was very gentle to them

Tractor time!  

Fat Sir tried to eat hay at the petting zoo but really enjoyed all the animals also.  He thought he was such a big boy on the tractors and probably could have hung out there all day.  He was so happy to just walk around and see everything and got about 100 smiles from people around him

And this is just my handsome little stud ready for church.  I had to send Ryan to church solo with the boys because...you guessed it...super sick mama on Sunday.  Ughhhhhh.  But it blessed me that Ryan still took them, served on our volunteer team, and got them all settled into Sunday School.  Super dad!

We have a slow paced week ahead.   Just my style at 38 weeks pregnant.  A weekly midwife appointment for me, MOPS (yay!!), and maybe an adventure or two this weekend with Ryan's very necessary assistance.  It's a snowy day here today so we are staying in and staying warm but praying for warm weather for walks later this week.

God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work

2 Corinthians 9:8

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ringing In the New Year

Happy 2018!  We rang in the new year by having friend's over for an early dinner and they are the ones who reminded us it was New Year's Eve!  We had forgotten ha!

Needless to say we were in bed early and did nothing to celebrate.  Ryan had Monday off so we all hung out as a family and relaxed.

I'm thrilled it's 2018 because it means this is the year I will get this baby out of my uterus!!!  I cannot overstate the facts here: this is the ..

WORST.  PREGNANCY.  EVER.

Three migraines last week, on and off vomiting STILL (I'm almost 37 flippin weeks!), insomnia, restless legs, nighttime bladder spasms (so fun), sciatic pain, carpal tunnel, 6 of my fingers are totally numb and have been for 2 months, killer heartburn every night and probably several other complaints I can't even remember.  As if I am an unhealthy preggo lady who doesn't take care of this kid!!  We eat right, drink water, walk daily when it's nice out, I take supplements and go to regular midwife appointments.  Alas, this baby is growing and happy in my belly and I pray literally everyday he's much less maintenance on the outside that he's been on the inside.  

AI YAI YAI kid!

I haven't had my phone out much to capture our daily lives but they are playing more regularly together and just today played "chase" through the kitchen and living room for a solid 10 minutes!  We have been spending a lot of time playing with their new trucks and machines they got for Christmas, playing with their train table and jumping on a mini trampoline they received.  We're trying to make our basement the most fun for the cold days ahead.

The rest of our week is pretty low key.  We have a cousin birthday party and a friend's going away party but hopefully also lots of playtime and walks in the warmer weekend weather.  My wild boys were made to be outside!  Happy rest of your week!

His face when I say, "Tell me CHEESE!"

Fat Sir rocking the indoor beanie while he enjoys an afternoon snack

I made a DELICIOUS smoothie yesterday that the boys have been guzzling.  It was frozen berries, bananas, spinach, clementines, greek yogurt, chia seeds, and coconut oil all blended up in my beloved Vitamix. 

I know what you're thinking...she must be some kind of expert food photographer.  See above.  NOT!  We've been roasting a chicken about once a week and it's totally delish and a new weekly meal.  Plus lots of leftovers.  I soften a stick of butter add in 2 tbsp of dried rosemary and then paint it all over a rinsed raw chicken.  This one was 5 lbs.  I drizzle lemon juice over it and then pop it in the oven at 400 degrees for exactly 75 minutes.  Perfection!  We serve ours with roasted veggies, a fruit salad and some kind of bread

Also I realized my beautiful and limited Christmas decoration never made it into previous posts so it can just live here.  It's hard to decorate with two toddlers running around but we did get our barn door looking pretty festive and as you can see the tree had ornaments on the upper half only :)

By a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified

Hebrews 10:14

Friday, December 29, 2017

Christmas 2017

I will be brutally honest and just say this was one of our more draining Christmases to date.  There was a lot that was special and so much to be grateful for but the ages and stages of our kiddos didn't lend itself for much rest or really soaking up the holiday.

All that to say, if you had a stressful holiday chasing toddlers, disciplining, figuring out how to help a 2 year old navigate severe stimulation-overload and getting an overwhelmed 1 year old to nap....you're not alone!

I snapped some pictures of the highlights which are the memories I want to last :)

On Friday night I put together a cheese board and we had a mini date night in after the boys were asleep.  We spent a few hours snacking, playing Crokinole and chatting.  Ryan paired wine with his apps and I had a lemon La Croix

We were also able to sneak away the week before for a REAL date night!  We went to Arvada School House and really enjoyed it!  It's a neat atmosphere, decorated like an old school house with lots of whimsical touches.  I had the shrimp and grits and Ryan had a BBQ pork sandwich-both delicious!

The boys dove into some crafts Thursday night and I would say Sir tried to eat more crayon than he did any actual drawing ha!

Don't worry, they are just butter knives!  This kid LOVES him some swords, knives, or anything he can yell HI-YAH and twirl around

See previous caption...

On Saturday we went to church.  We walked there in really pleasant weather but by the time service was over it was 20 degrees and snowing!  Woops! We booked it home.  It was nice to celebrate a few days early at church and listen to an incredible message from our pastor

On Christmas Eve I read and sipped decaf coffee while the boys naps.  It was the quietest moment I had all weekend and it was a gift to sit by the tree and just enjoy

I got almost no pictures of Christmas morning this year but that's ok.  I've read the events you don't capture with a camera are the ones you remember most clearly in your memory.  Not sure if that's true ;) My parents did an incredible job making the boy's Christmas morning special with BIG stockings and fun Santa presents

This is how Sir felt about 2 hours after being up.  Just needed to lounge on his new sleeping bag with a bottle.  Too sweet!!

We spent the rest of the day with Ryan's family where the boys were again SO blessed by their Grandma and Grandpa Decker with thoughtful toys that will keep them busy all winter long.  Ylo (my MIL) had 12 grandkids to buy for this year plus all of her own kids and their spouses. She is a busy little Christmas elf!

And a final picture that pretty much sums up how we feel after a week of celebrating ha!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Sir's 1st Birthday Party & 1 Year Update

This post is a little late but so it goes with a second baby :)  We had a family birthday party for Sir on his actual birthday.  He had the cutest smash cake his Gram bought him, we tied up blue and silver balloons, feasted on a massive breakfast spread and let all the cousins play for a several hours.  Those things pretty much equate to Sir's dream day!

I think he felt celebrated and loved!  Happy Birthday to our perfect, fat little Sirloin who brings so much joy to our lives!!






Age: 12 months!

Our sweet Sir is officially 1 years old!  This year has been so many firsts for him and for us.  We are thankful for his grace and patience along the way.  Sir you have blossomed from a tiny, sick newborn into a bouncing, energetic, bright little boy!  You find so much joy in being around your favorite people, walking laps around the kitchen holding whatever toy you love that day and making sure you're in on all the action.  We love your smart brain, curious nature, bravery to try new things and laid back personality.  Our lives wouldn't be the same without you precious boy!

Weight: 24 lbs

Length: 30.5 inches

Sizes: He's rocking the 18 month clothes now and I need to dig out even more for him.  He still doesn't love to wear shoes but when he does he wears a size 4.  He's in size 5 diapers and a size 5 overnight diaper seems to be able to contain his massive mornings poops again ha!

Eyes: Beautiful blue and I believe they will stay that way forever

Hair: Definitely still red although it's lightened up a little  I gave him two haircuts in the last month much to Ryan's dismay.  He said I chopped his curls but really I just saved this kid from a mullet.

Sleeping:  He is the BEST sleeper and we are forever thankful about that.  He naps from about 9:00-10:00 these days and then from about 1:15-3:00.  His bedtime is around 7:15 p.m. and he sleeps solidly until 7:00 a.m. the next morning

Eating: His favorite foods include peanut butter toast, sausage, blueberries, clementines, chicken, applesauce, rice puffs, black beans and the occasional chocolate chip that Ryan sneaks him.  He's eating with his hands pretty independently and we just help with bites if he's distracted.  He likes to hold a fork or spoon but doesn't really use it yet.

We've started cutting back on formula and are down to 3 bottles per day.  I have been doing 50% formula and 50% whole milk which he is tolerating really well!

Milestones/Words: We have a walker!  He actually started taking reliable, longer set of steps right on his 11 month birthday and has been cruising around ever since.  We have heard him say Ma-Ma, Da-Da, Wow and Hi.  Sir loves to clap, pull items out of a box or drawer, babble endlessly, shake his head no and play hide and seek.  He is always the seeker and when he finds Ryan hiding he is SO proud!

Memorable Outings:  We took the boys to the Children's Museum and there is a baby/toddler room that he gets so tickled over.  As soon as he sees it he starts clapping his fat little hands together and plays hard the entire time we are there

Favorite toys/activities:  He loves a train he received for his birthday, musical instruments or anything that jingles or makes music, building block towers, pushing around anything that he can (chairs, benches, ride on toys), and carrying around his beloved broom or frying pan.  He still loves walks in the sunshine, being in the carrier, exploring the library and bath time.

Funny Moments: He LOVES to make us laugh by holding up a toy over his face and then popping out from behind it.  His grin is enormous and if you laugh then you have just made his whole day!

Looking forward to: I'm so happy he's a walking boy so I look forward to him learning more about the world and discovering what he likes and enjoys!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Fa La La La Christmas Fun!

Just a post of December happenings and pictures.  Ryan's new job allows him every Friday off because he works 10 hour days Monday through Thursday.  That makes the first part of the week feel loooooong sometimes but then Friday rolls around and we hit the ground running to our 3 day weekend!

Last week we brought our friends dinner who just had a new baby girl and then stopped at a nearby park to play.  Gideon loves to climb, slide, teeter totter and run off all that boy energy!  Sir tries to shove every stick and rock into his mouth so he is mostly in the carrier or in a swing



These two are always busy building something, tinkering with tools, or generally making a huge mess.

Last weekend we went to the Zoo Lights with my parents.  It was BEAUTIFUL and I think one of their best years yet.  It was a really mild night and the boys both did well (minus a meltdown from Giddy regarding the train ha!).  We saw a hippo opening it's mouth 180 degrees, Giddy petted a snake, we rode the train, and enjoyed all of the amazing lights.

Every tree and bush was lit up and there were tons of larger displays of animals or holiday decorations.  Gideon ran from site to site loving it all.  Plus he got to end his night petting a snake.  He was very gentle and very serious about this task :)

Sir was a warm little snuggle bunny in his stroller.  I bought both of the boys new winter coats and snowsuits for Christmas and we may have busted them out early for this outing.

These two!  Always so busy.  Sir loves to carry around that little broom and Gideon's FAVORITE activity of all time is pulling out a mini tool set Ryan gave him, a flashlight and his one big screwdriver he is allowed to have.  He fixes his truck, parts to the vacuum I lay out or lately he's been tinkering with my KitchenAid mixer.  He is so precise and such a boy.

These two were busy looking for Daddy last Thursday night.  They just got out of their bath, smelled like lavender lotion and we spent several peaceful minutes at the window looking at Christmas lights until Ryan pulled into the driveway

This sweet little snuggle bug came down with a nasty viral throat infection on Wednesday.  His pediatrician said his throat and tonsils were on fire :(  He literally had just gotten over a double ear infection last week.  So it's been a lot of Tylenol, long naps, warm baths and snuggles for this sick Sir

Giddy, my mom and I did some Christmas baking  on Friday.  Gid was pretty helpful with rolling and mixing but finally ditched us to watch a Christmas movie.  We made snowballs, fudge and sugar cookies. 

Last Thursday my MOPS group had a Christmas party as our weekly event.  We had a festive coffee and hot chocolate bar, delicious breakfast as always, our $5 gift exchange and several fun games with prizes.  I ended up with a Starbucks gift card and Burt's Bees chapstick.  SCORE!

My table sent my up for the gift wrapping contest.  We didn't win, ha!

Our group photo in the photo booth.  We were wrapping up our mentor mom.  This is a sweet group of ladies that I'm thankful to have met and grow with

We spent the morning at the Children's Museum and I didn't take even one single picture.  Sometimes I like not recording every minute and just enjoying what's happening with the boys.  Tomorrow is SIR'S FIRST BIRTHDAY!!!  We planned him a Winter "One"-derland party and I think he will be thrilled with his smash cake, breakfast, presents and special day.  

But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

Isaiah 43:1

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