Thursday, April 29, 2010

toolbox on my head

So I've been on vacation this past week, and apparently vastly overestimated the amount of time I'd have to sew/clean/love on Jude. I'm a big list-maker, I'm a stickler to my to-do lists, and I get a little antsy when I don't get things done as I'd like. As it turns out, being on vacation doesn't actually add an extra six hours to your day, and your toddler doesn't know that vacation week means 1) sleeping in, and 2) letting Mommy get a lot of work done. So I'm shifting my focus to instead concentrate on getting as much sewing done as I can and spending some quality time with Judeabug.

Speaking of quality time with Jude, he's learning like crazy right now. He now knows the sounds that the cow, puppy, and pig make, and he's working on the "baaaaa" of the sheep. He can sign, "all done," "more," and "water," and does them all on a regular basis. He can also identify my head, nose, and eyes (by pointing to it when I ask where it is). It seems like he was a little bit behind with communicating, so I'm excited to see him catching up a little bit (and yeah....I'm excited to not have to guess fifty-eleven things to find what he wants , too).

And now for your viewing pleasure, I present a video of play time with Jude. Which is pretty random, to be quite honest. A few months ago, he started putting the toolbox from Grammy and Grampy on his head and laughing at himself. You'll see that he still enjoys his super cool toolbox helmet...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

holy crap, we gave birth to "my buddy."

Very sophisticated and refined folks are we. Shawn declared "Holy crap, we gave birth to 'My Buddy'" last night while we were flipping through the channels and stopped on VH1's I love the 80s. We spent the better part of our night last night proving this hypothesis. I present to you the evidence of our 'My Buddy-look-alike' child (the evidence would've been more convincing if I could have found a shaggy haired picture of him looking at the camera with his big blue eyes). Still, I think you'll find that our evidence proves beyond reasonable doubt that we did, indeed, give birth to My Buddy. If we were having a girl, a joke about Kid Sister would be perfect here, but instead I'll just include a retro commercial clip for your enjoyment.

If for some reason Blogger isn't allowing you to view the commercial clip, just click this YouTube link.

Monday, April 26, 2010

mondays are tough on everyone

...sometimes your plans just don't work out like you think they will.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

old school sunday

Shawn being ordained as a minister the day before we graduated. I think it was at that moment that the real gravity and responsibility of going into ministry hit me. Five years later, and I'm still honored to be on this adventure with him.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


There are many reasons why I keep this blog - to share pictures and videos with friends and family, to have a creative writing outlet, to gain wisdom and insight from other people, and to share Jude's cuteness with the world. One of my primary reasons for starting and continuing this blog however, is because I hate scrap booking. Blogging seems like a much more efficient way to document what's going on with our family, to put up photos, to track milestones, and to keep videos. Plus, it's way cheaper. Scrap booking can get expensive, yo!

So I fully understand if this post is of no interest to you, because quite honestly - this isn't one of those posts that I write for anyone else but ourselves. I just wanted to document some of the things Jude's been learning in the past couple of weeks. Nonetheless, I'm thrilled to be able to share some of the things Jude's learning with you, and hope you find it at least vaguely interesting.

Jude has the sign, "all done" down pat! We've only used it in reference to eating and sometimes diaper changes, so it blew me away when he signed "all done," during our outside playtime the other day. "That's cute," I said to Shawn, "He's waving his hands around!" Shawn realized that Jude was actually saying that he was all done playing outside and asked, "You ready to go inside, Jude?" With a nod of his head, Jude answered "Dessss," and toddled himself to our door to go inside. Sometimes I think I severely underestimate what he's capable of understanding.

Without intending to, it appears that we've taught Jude how to pray. Shawn and I pray before eating dinner, and have always held hands across the table when we do so. Once Jude was in his highchair, we'd each hold one hand out to him to hold. At first, he looked at us like we were the strangest people he'd ever met. Then he'd hold our fingers for a second or two and babble through most of our prayer. He now mostly holds on for the entire prayer, though sometimes he has a hard time waiting to dig in. :) After we started eating last night, I was playing around with Jude and held my hand up to his tray. He grabbed my first two fingers and just held on for awhile. Imitating him, Shawn grabbed my other two fingers and said something about Jude and Daddy holding Mommy's hand.

Jude pushed Shawn's hands from mine and with his other hand held onto Shawn's now free hand. He squeezed his eyes super tight and bowed his head. Our little guy was expecting to pray! Of course we obliged, thanking God for our sweet son and how He's molding and growing him.

Jude has also learned that cows go, "Mooo." I had shown him pictures of cows and made the noise, and he would sometimes imitate me. While we were playing yesterday, he picked up a little stuffed Chick Fil A cow from Grammy. He held it up in air, looked at the cow, looked at me, formed his lips into a perfect "O" shape, and let out a deep, "Ooooooooooh." He'll figure out how to attach the "M" at some point.

Jude can also now clean out his own ears with a Q tip (supervised, of course). We typically clean his ears out after bath time, and he's recently begun grabbing the baby Q tip and doing it himself. He has remarkable aim and actually does it correctly. Now if we could just figure out how to teach him to change his diaper....

I could also share how he's learned to throw himself onto the floor in a fit of rage, how he's found the one lower cabinet in our kitchen that isn't childproofed and hides random books, toys, lids, and other "treasures" in there, or how he's learned to throw his pacifier on the car floor and then scream for twenty minutes because he doesn't have his pacifier. I could share that stuff. But for now, we're just going to pretend that he's angelic, sweet, perfect, and cute all the time. Because really, he's pretty dang close.

Friday, April 16, 2010


After spending way too much time whining to get what he needed, Jude is finally starting to use words (and sign language) consistently to communicate with us. As of yesterday, he could say juice, cheese, and all done. Juice and cheese sound very much alike, and all done sounds more like, "aye duh," but I'll take it! And as a bonus, he exaggerates his lips quite a bit when saying juice, and it's just about the cutest thing I've ever seen.

Baby Deuce is a little over 23 weeks along, and seems to be doing just great. I'm actually watching my tummy move and roll right now as he makes himself right at home in my uterus. About a week ago I went from, "Oh yeah, I am pregnant. I forget sometimes because I can still move about like normal," to "I'm a whale and it takes me ten minutes to get off the floor." I'm remembering all of the fun aches and pains, groans and ooomphs, and what Shawn affectionately calls my pregnancy waddle. Which Jude is starting to imitate. Nothing makes me feel better than to see my 18 month old son waddle through our house with his belly sticking out. I thought I was hiding it better than that - apparently not.

I just read that our baby can now hear and even be startled by outside noises. I can't wait for him to hear his Daddy leading worship on Sunday morning! Despite the contractions (which are still happening, but are getting MUCH lighter and less consistent) and aches, I'm really continuing to rejoice in this pregnancy. It's not what I expected, but I love this little boy with every fiber of my being. I can't wait to see what he looks like, I can't wait to cuddle him against my chest, and I can't wait to watch his little face take in the new world around him. I'm so excited and so proud to be the Mamma of two little boys and to have the responsibility of raising two little men.

Speaking of little man...

Something about his sweet self just begs to be picked up and cuddled, huh? :)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

easter eggs and dandelions

After church on Easter Sunday, our family had a delicious lunch with the Poore family and enjoyed some Easter egg huntin' outside. Logan is pretty much the perfect Easter egg hunt age, and really loves being able to find all of them. Jude on the other hand? Not so much.

Checkin' out the goods with Daddy.

Logan excitedly running after eggs!
...and Jude studying a dandelion
Jude really does love dandelions. He spends quite a bit of our outside time picking dandelions and handing them to me. I've never understood why dandelions were considered weeds, and I've always thought a yard full of dandelions was pretty, so I love when Jude picks the flowers for me. Shawn, on the other hand, does not agree with me.
Instead of giving me the dandelions this time, he gave them to the angel statue. Very thoughtful, that one.
Apparently a long day of pretending- to- hunt- Easter- eggs- but- really- picking- dandelions- and- trying- to- visit- the- neighbor's- dogs will wear a boy out.

And because it's amusing to me, I thought you'd like to see Jude at the Poore's house last Easter. We thought he had a lot of hair here...little did we know.

Still more interested in the yard than he was the actual Easter eggs:
Sweet Logan, Cranky Jude, and Handsome Shawn:
We did an Easter basket for Jude that he got to have after his nap that afternoon. We included things like sidewalk chalk, coloring books, crayons, and bubbles (all of which he loves!).

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

easter egg hunt

I'm having a really tough time uploading pictures today, so it looks like you'll have to wait a little bit longer for the rest of our Easter photos. I was able to get the ones of Jude's very first Easter egg hunt on Saturday up!

After the hunt was finished, the Children's Ministers asked that the kids empty the candy into their baskets and return the eggs. Jude had a LOT of fun throwing the eggs into the tub. Then again, any time he can throw something, he's happy.

We realized at the last minute that Jude didn't have an Easter basket, and we found this cool basket at Hallmark when we were visiting Shawn's Nan on Friday. It actually collapses and pops out (which Jude thinks is hilarious).

We had to wake Jude up early from his nap in order to get to the hunt on time...he was very skeptical about all the noise at the beginning.

I'm sorry my posts have been so sporadic lately, but life just gets crazy sometimes. I'm starting to have contractions, and while 50% of me says it's nothing to worry about, 35% of me is really concerned. They were strong enough the other night that I had to curl up on my side because they hurt. The other 15% of me is tired of worrying and wants chocolate - just in case you're wondering. :)

I have noticed that drinking enough water and not overdoing it during the day helps keep them at bay. But seriously - how do you NOT overdo it with a toddler? I guess I'm just a little exasperated with being here again.

On a lighter note, I am feeling the baby kick a lot! Shawn and I still don't have any names picked out, but we're working on it. Thankfully that's not ever been an issue that gets heated in our home, and we both feel like this little one will eventually have a name that suits him perfectly.

Jude is continuing to get cuter with each passing day! He's learned how to throw a temper tantrum that can last for up to ten minutes which I'm still ignoring them, but I'm thinking we'll try time outs soon. He's also turning into quite the charmer and loves to jabber at anyone who will make eye contact with him.

I promise that as soon as the blog lets me, I'll have more Easter pictures to share!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

easter videos!

I have pictures, but since it took me all day to upload the two videos those will just have to wait. Both of these are of Jude at Pinedale's easter egg hunt on the Saturday before Easter. He had a lot of fun, and while he was easily distracted, he definitely understood the concept of finding the egg and putting it in the basket. And bonus - Mommy and Daddy found some Hershey Kisses inside the eggs to munch on later!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

prayers and encouragement

I'd like to ask you to pray for two good friends of mine. Matt and Patrice had to take Jonah to the ER yesterday, and while they avoided him needing an IV, it's still possible in his future and is just scary. The other friend is Trish - she has seven kiddos one of whom (Seth) has cerebral palsy. He has pneumonia again (apparently for the 13th time!), and is very much facing a feeding tube.

It's hard to see my friends hurting and scared and to be able to do nothing else but pray. Please pray that both kiddos get over their illnesses now, and that they'd remain healthy and thriving.

Also - this is more for my Mom than anyone else - I was on a radio show called Encouragement Cafe on Saturday. Here's the link if you're interested in listening. I'd also really encourage you to read the devos on the homepage. They were written by one of my small group girls, Kayla, with whom I was on the show. She's amazing and her writing is both inspiring and incredible!

Monday, April 5, 2010

baby deuce update

Without meaning to, it seems this new baby has acquired a nickname thoughtfully given to him by his Daddy. Shawn and I have both been referring to this kiddo as "Baby Deuce," and it seems to have stuck.

I'm nearing the 22 week mark and had our monthly appointment this morning. So far everything is looking perfect! He's growing as he should be, has a nice strong heartbeat, and hasn't been causing me too many aches and pains. I'm feeling him move quite a bit now - almost constantly. I'd forgotten what a precious feeling that is and how it makes everything else very much worth it!

My only concern this month was the brief spells of contractions I've had. I think strong, regular contractions started with Jude around 29 weeks, but I do remember having some faint ones right around 22-23 weeks. I'm so scared of bed rest, and was especially interested in if that is imminent. The nurse was encouraged that I'm only getting them at the end of long days, and they stop once I empty my bladder, put my feet up, and drink some water.

She also told me that with strong contractions with a first baby, the doctors tend to be hypersensitive. However, since I have a "history" of early contractions but ALSO a "history" of delivering a full term baby, bed rest won't be likely unless I'm dilating. Despite the trips to the hospital and contractions every 3-7 minutes, I didn't start dilating with Jude until I was around 36 or 37 weeks. So I was relieved to hear that, God willing, I don't have to worry about being on bed rest!!!!

It would appear that I just have what is known as an irritable uterus, which is why I apparently start contracting so easily. Every time I'm told that by a medical professional, I picture an old lady with too much lipstick, smoking a cigarette, and drinking whiskey from a tumbler.

That's what I think an irritable uterus probably looks like.

So when my uterus starts getting all irritated at the young whipper snappers these days, I imagine myself pouring her a figurative glass of whiskey, handing her a figurative cigarette, and telling her to simmer down.

Simmer down, irritable uterus, simmer down.