Tuesday, January 12, 2010

He's Here!!!

Noah Robert arrived Thursday afternoon, at 2:47pm.  He weighed 7lbs 9oz and was 20.5" long.  I sure am glad I was induced 10 days early, or he would have been a big baby!!!  I had an easy labor and delivery, although it was a little over an hour longer than with Anthony.  Guess second babies aren't always born faster :)

Noah is an absolute sweetheart!  Anthony was an amazing baby so I thought for sure we would be in for a much harder time.  God definitely blessed us again though, and little Noah is living up to his name already.  (It means peace, rest, and comfort.)

He is a champion eater... at his check up yesterday he was only one ounce shy of his birth weight.  Normally they don't see that until 2 weeks, but he's only 4 days :)  We no longer have to be concerned about him eating every 2 to 3 hours during the night, so he can sleep as long as he'd like.  He does seem to be quite the night owl though, and was still wide awake last night at 1am.  Good thing I'm still in complete awe and didn't mind just looking at his sweet little face.

Anthony is loving his baby brother.  He wants to hold him, "all by himself", all the time, and does a great job reminding baby brother to not scratch his face... although were trying to work on not yelling at him to stop :)  He's not so happy with Tony and I right now, so I am very happy my mom is here to help with him.  I'm not sure what he's feeling exactly, but he doesn't really want anything to do with us.  At least he's not taking it out on Noah.

So happy to introduce you to our newest addition!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2010 Goals

Over the weekend, my husband and I spent some time talking about our goals for the new year.  We went along with this post from Simple Mom.  (which by the way, if you haven't checked out, you should... I love this site!)  I love that it asked some very specific questions and wasn't just a broad "What are your goals for 2010?" It really helped us to focus on specific things, which I think will make the goals we set actually attainable.  It took us through some personal and health goals, goals for our marriage, family, and kids, financial goals, and other relationships.  Then it had you narrow it down to 5 specific ones.  Here are my top 5 goals for the new year:

1. Quiet time with Jesus daily: Although I wanted to say I'm going to read my word daily, I really felt like I'd be setting myself up to fail.  With a new baby arriving shortly, I will have lots of time in the middle of the night and in the early morning to spend with Jesus.  I hope this often involves opening up my Bible, but may also just be me being still before Him, spending time in prayer, or worshiping.

2. Lose baby weight and get in shape: When I am not pregnant, I'm a pretty small person.  This does not necessarily mean I'm in good shape though.  I hate it when people assume that!  Anyways, I really want to focus on this for the upcoming year.  I know the longer I wait to do this, the harder it will be to start.  I love doing Yoga and Pilates... I find them both relaxing and rewarding, and I always sleep better when I do it.  I also love the Wii Fit.  Anthony really enjoys playing along too, and Tony and I enjoy competing against each other on it.  I am also looking forward to the spring when we can go enjoy the outdoors here in the beautiful NW.

3. Become less selfish: This one will be hard, but it truly shows up in all areas of my life.  It has to do with control for me.  If I get my way, I feel like I'm in control.  I actually hate it though.  I really don't want to be in control... it's way to stressful!  How much easier it would be to surrender everything to Jesus and let Him take control, and in all actuality, He's already in control anyways.  I'm not sure why I spend so much time trying to control what I actually have no say over in the first place.  I think Matthew 10:39 is going to help me with this: "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."  I want to let go of my own life, give it to Jesus, and focus on loving Him and those around me.  I know it will bring myself, and therefore my family, so much more peace and joy. 

4. Spend time daily ntentionally teaching Anthony: Anthony is smart.  I'm not just saying that because he's my son, but because he really is an extremely intelligent little boy.  He is so eager to learn and asks me everyday to do school with him.  I feel guilty for not taking more advantage of this.  Maybe I shouldn't be so hard on myself being the last 9 months have been filled with morning sickness and bed rest, but I still feel like I've failed him.  I've come up with a tentative plan, and have about a month's worth of lesson figured out already.  Each week we will focus on a different letter of the Alphabet and a specific thing that starts with that letter.  Then each day of the week will be a different subject.  For example, A will be for Ant.  We'll look at the different parts of an ant's body and do a craft using this for science.  For math, I'm going to make some ant hills with numbers on them... then he'll have to glue that many ants (raisins) onto each hill.  You get the idea.  I will then incorporate spanish and sign language into the lessons when appropriate.  I wish I could learn languages like he does!  I've also found an ABC list of verses to use.  It will help Tony and I in memorizing scripture too :)  Then in the fall, we hope to be able to afford to send him to preschool.  Not because I couldn't continue to teach him, but because he really thrives being with other kids.

5. Kiss my husband daily: I've noticed lately that sometimes we go a whole day without so much as a hug or kiss or anything... sometimes maybe even multiple days  In no way is this intentional.  It's not because we get in huge fights and are punishing each other or something  I love my husband, and I love to kiss him... He says he married me for my kisses :)  I think we both get so busy doing, that we forget to just be.  You hear stories of people who realize once the kids leave that they don't know each other anymore.  I don't want to be that couple!  We have a whole lifetime ahead us and I want to make sure I am continually putting into it.  I need to remember my relationship to my husband comes before my children.  I am not really sure how this actually plays out though with a 2 1/2 year old and a newborn arriving any day.  Anyone have any advice on this one?  I remember being so drained at the end of each day with Anthony, that by the time he went to bed, I had nothing left to give Tony.  I just wanted to go be by myself.  I can only imagine how much more I'm going to feel like this with two.

So there they are.  For the whole world to see, or whoever happens to read through all of this :)  Has anyone else taken time to think about what they hope to accomplish in the new year?  What are your top 5?

Cute Little Birdies

My Aunt has recently opened an Etsy shop, and right now she has the cutest Valentine's cards available.  I highly recommend heading over to Friday Finds Mama to check them out.  They are the most adorable little felted birds complete with hand stitching.  These two are my favorite:

Aren't you in love?!?!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Pardon My Absence!

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted anything!  I really don't have ANY excuse.  I've had 6 weeks of bed rest, meaning I should have had all the time in the world to write.  And although I really despise being stuck in bed, it was very relaxing having some much needed alone time.  I can't remember the last time I had time to myself that I didn't use cleaning or cooking.  And other than some sewing, I pretty much just laid and did nothing for 6 weeks.  I didn't even really have the TV on.  It was just quiet.  It's going to be a long time until I experience that again :)

I've been off bed rest for 2 weeks now, and the past week has been an interesting one.  I took a trip into labor and delivery on Monday around 5am.  After being monitored for about an hour I dilated from a 2 to a 4!  They had me get up and walk for 2 hours, checked me again, and no change.  They decided to send me home for a nap and some lunch, and told me I'd be coming back in that evening to have the baby.  HA!!!  My mother-in-law flew out right away, stayed for a week, and guess what?  Still no baby!!! 

So now I'm waiting again.  The house is clean, the car is packed, and I am going crazy.  I had a very fast labor with Anthony, only 6 hours from the time they induced me until he was born, so I am VERY nervous about not making it to the hospital in time or being able to get an epidural.  Especially since my contractions never hurt until my water was broke.

So there's a baby update for you.  Nothing too exciting, but I know I'll enjoy looking back at this one day.  So I guess it's more of an update for me :)

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's!  Maybe I'll post about ours later...