Thursday, June 28, 2012

22 months and 14 weeks!

Thinking about the 22 months that Holden has been in heaven and the 14 weeks that we have had Grey in our arms is amazing.  Oh how I love my children!

I vividly remember holding, smelling and kissing Holden like it was yesterday.  I remember hearing those WONDERFUL first screams of Grey's like they were last night.  I love that I have my "first" memories of my children always in my heart. :)

Grey is 14 weeks today, and she had a very busy day to celebrate!  We took a walk early this morning with Erica and Henry, visited our friends Sawyer, Beck and Henry at the Jones', baked cupcakes and had a nice visit with Tressa and Abbey this afternoon, all while teething.
Yes, I said teething!  This week's major milestone is TEETHING!  We would've never thought we could teeth this early, but we definitely are.  Grey is all about defying timelines. :)  She has been gumming and chewing on everything, drooling, fussing, refusing a lot of her feedings, running a fever and sleeping a lot, lot less this week.  Chet said certainly she will be an easy teenager since we are getting all this "rough" stuff out of the way early, right?  Either way, I don't want to think of my precious baby as a teenager, so I can't elaborate on that.  My sister's boys were early teethers, so Grey is keeping up with her cousins!

Bop, at 14 weeks old:
It seems like you have grown up three weeks in this past week!
  • You are teething!  We think you must be too excited to try "big people" food to wait!  Sweet girl, teething hasn't been fun, but you are still full of joy and smiles a lot!  It is especially cute and sad to see you cry while trying to smile at me.  
  • You have started noticing the television.  Your eyes get big and you seem to watch whatever we have on.  This makes me very aware of what we have playing in our home, although I should have always been this thoughtful about everything we see and hear.  It also means I mostly just have music on now, since even commercials are disgusting to enter your innocent mind.
  • You continue to "talk" more and more; you've pretty much become a chatterbox. :)  I LOVE IT!  You say "mommamommamomma" daily now, although it's not purposeful or directed toward me.  You can't help it if I say Momma to you a thousand times a day.  Some might call it brain washing. ;)
  • You are sticking with size 1 diapers another week.  You are rocking a pretty darn cute muffin top though that I happen to like.  You may be in size 1 diapers for a while longer since your Momma is too sentimental these days. ;)
  • You weigh 11 lbs. 1 oz.!  I think the rice cereal in your bottles makes you pack on those precious rolls even more!  I can't get enough of your chubby cheeks and rolls, so keep 'em coming honey!
I pray daily that you will have a fervor for things that matter eternally, sweetheart.  Nothing you do on this earth compares otherwise.  

It has taken me nearly all of 14 weeks to establish a regular routine, but I think we have got it!  I'm very grateful our mornings consist of walks in the park with Erica and Henry!  Fresh air, blood pumping and girl chat is quite nice to start our days.  Grey and Henry usually fall asleep on the walk, but both of them love being outdoors.  Even with reflux and teething, Grey is doing good and has decently predictable naps.  (Granted, we are far from a Babywise baby, but our schedule works for us!)  We are reading the Old Testament together, and are currently in the Chronicles.  I have been humbled by many experiences lately that I have forgotten a lot of Scripture, and I miss the power of the Word!  I am making it a priority to read the Bible, regardless of what our day looks like, and we are all benefitting from it.  I am able to stay on top of Holden Uganda work a lot better too!  This is a HUGE blessing since Holden Uganda is continuing to grow in a way only God can do!  I still wake up each day humbled to be a part of the bigger picture God has for our firstborn's life.

These are pictures of the sweetest person I have ever known, taken today for her "14 week shoot" (still using my iPhone because our computer is in Dallas getting fixed and I have no way of getting our camera's card on a computer):

We have discovered our feet this week.  They pretty much are hilarious.
Chubby tummy
Muffin tops and smiles?  These "tools" make it easy for Momma to spoil me.
Precious grins.  I pull out all the stops when I want to get my way.
Big girl face.
Silly face.
 Not a picture of Grey, but of the baby ducks we saw on our morning stroll.  They were so tiny and worthy of stopping for a picture!
 Henry, Sawyer and Grey chillaxin during our playdate.  What fun it will be to watch all of Grey's friends grow up together!
Baking cupcakes with Momma - one of many experiences in the kitchen together.  I look forward to teaching her how to cook and bake (even if "bake" might mean 'came from a box mix' on occasion).  I know a lot of moms are not fortunate enough to get the privilege of staying home, and I am extremely grateful for each cherished moment.  Grey #1 - seemed to like her boppy more than she ever has while we baked today, and #2 - wanted some chocolate.  She kept reaching for the frosting and sprinkles.  She's her momma's baby. :)
(The side of my fridge is covered with pictures of special kids in our lives, I know. I can't put them up.  Our home is lived in.)

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you."  Solomon answered God, "You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place.  Now, LORD God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth.  Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?"  God said to Solomon, "Since this is your heart's desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you.  And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have."  2 Chronicles 1:7-12
Not a coincidence that we read that today.  Imagine what it would be like if our leaders asked this of the Lord.  
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  1 Timothy 2:1-2


  1. Grey is just gorgeous Sarah! And happy 22 months to Mr Holden!