Monthly Archives: October 2013

16 Months.

Gosh.  I can’t even believe how much I love hanging out with a toddler.  We even joke about going to wake him up at night sometimes.  8:30 just comes too fast in the evenings…

He tries to run, which has made this month ending up with a lot of bruises and cuts than previous ones.

He currently is enjoying Elmo, trains, his Melissa and Doug vehicles puzzle (he always pulls out and carries around the bus and fire truck), his fisher price toys, stacking rings (which Micah calls his squizzle stick…), the book go dog go, and the song 5 little monkeys.

He says thank you more often than not when you give him something.  Sometimes even if you help get him “unstuck” or something.  Talk about my heart swelling when he practices unprompted manners.

He will give “bear hugs” sometimes.  It involves growling and squeezing real tight.

This month I have really seen reciprocal affection.  He gives kisses and hugs, and calls for you, etc.  When we play chase or tackle.  He will say “gotcha” if he is doing the tackling.  One time was when I was trying to do a downward dog to my yoga dvd – I guess I was in a vulnerable position!  This is the best and I never want it to end.

He also has been laughing a lot more than I remember.  I feel like he has always been a relatively happy child but he is also a serious little sage! Which is why in almost all pictures he is just staring straight at the camera.  He concentrates hard and when the phone/camera comes out there is only one thing on his mind: button.

Haddon just LOVES babies.  Every time he sees a baby he wants to hug them.  We are working on him being gentle because he is so affectionate with them, much more than with adults!  I love it for the most part and pray that he will be like that when he has a sibling.

Haddon’s vocabulary is continuing to explode, so much so that I don’t even try to keep track anymore unfortunately.  He tries to repeat most things, so there is a lot he can say – even if it’s not the most accurately pronounced yet.

Probably one of my favorite things about this past month has been: association.

He “gets” things now.

Here are some  examples:

1)      Playing with blocks:

Me: “Haddon, look there is a train on this side of your block.”

Haddon: “train” – then he scurried to his room and brought me the book, The Little Engine that Could.

2)      Mornings:

Me: “Haddon you are going to see Miss Jessie and the girls today!”

Haddon: “Dazeeee” – Daisy is Jessie’s daughter

Me: “Haddon you are going to see Miss Dawn and your friends today!”

Haddon: “Zeeeeke”, “No No” (Noelle), “baby” – Zeke, Noelle, and baby Robin and Charlotte are his friends at Miss Dawn’s house

3)      After Mindy leaving our house (Mindy is one of our friends and neighbor and used to watch Haddon, she lives across the street about 4 houses down).

Haddon: looking outside to the left of our storm door.  “Mimi, go? Baby?”

4)      Micah went to Colorado for a few days:

Haddon: “Dada?  Go?”

Me: “Daddy went bye-bye on a plane”

Haddon: looks to the sky, points and says “dada”

and for my all time favorite….

5) Halleluyah

In the car we practice ABCs, sing wheels on the bus, 5 lil monkeys, etc but we will also just practice talking and so I try to get halleluyah as part of his vocabulary.  He has no idea what it means yet but he will try to say it back and its so cute.
The other day a song was on the radio at home and the chorus just sung the word halleluyah in different notes, he stopped playing, looked up and said “hawehuya”. I teared up and then smothered him with kisses and words of affirmation – “yes Haddon, he is singing that!  good job son” etc.

We went hiking and camping this past weekend and Haddon was obsessed with hiking.  Not so much waking up in a cold place… but the hiking part he loved.  He is his daddy’s boy.
He makes animal noises.  My favorite is when he imitates a rooster.
oh – and if he isnt starving, he folds his little hands when we say its time to pray.

We are crazy about this kid.

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Unplugged.

not for long, but it was still so so wonderful.

We haven’t gone on a hike or camped as a family since April.

Saturday we retreated to the Western part of the state for some much needed resetting.

I agreed (the day before) to go on this adventure if a) the camping spots were legal (don’t ask), b) whatever hike we did – Haddon could walk around some too (he loves his pack but he is at the age where he wants to explore too).

I should have also asked about bathrooms… anyway.

Micah took us to a little spot in the George Washington National Forest right beyond Buena Vista and it was so nice.

We ended up getting a later start than anticipated and had some logistical stuff to figure out so we did a pretty short hike but it was just right for the amount of time we had and it was perfect for Haddon.  He had the best time walking on the trail, singing songs as we hiked, and throwing rocks with Micah.

The time reminded me of when Micah and I first were dating and I loved his long beard, hair, bandana wearing, campfire smelling, nature loving self. Its always good to be refreshed and remember the sparks that were kindled back when it was just you two.  We cuddled and talked by the fire (that he worked so hard to build – I love seeing him in his element) as Haddon slept inside his little tent in our tent.

It wasn’t all beautiful – as much as Haddon liked the day before he was not a happy camper when we woke up.  I don’t know if he was cold, hungry, out of his element, etc but I ended up taking him to the car for 5 rounds of go dog go and wheels on the bus while Micah packed up.

let me know if anyone wants tips on traveling to hike/camp with toddlers.  I am learning along the way and can offer what I have so far!

I love mountains and I love my guys.

I may have left my camera phone alone but that doesn’t mean I didn’t document, enjoy a few of my favorites!

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Self vs. Self – Mom Wars.

I try to be very careful about not getting wrapped up in what the internet has deemed as “mom wars”.  Especially, because I am both – I do my darn hardest job raising Haddon and I work outside the home.

I try to just be who I am and be where the Lord has called me to be right now.  As we all should.  Don’t get me wrong I struggle with this weekly but I do try.

Be considerate of others but you can’t please everyone and you shouldn’t expect to (except God and probably your husband’s preferences if possible).

If the picture of your perfect Pinterest craft makes you really excited about what you did with your kid that day – don’t not post it to Instagram because some moms feel bad they don’t do crafts.  On the other hand, don’t do the craft if only to post it to Instagram.

If you are a working mom – don’t glorify yourself because you are so busy and can handle so much.

If you are a stay at home mom – don’t glorify yourself because you have the responsibility and privilege of “just” taking care of your kids all day.  (btw – I say that “just” with all its awesome implications.  I know taking care of kids all day is some of the most exhausting work there is.)

We should not glory one job over the other, just like we shouldn’t glory one spiritual gift over the other, etc.

Let’s call it what it is – we want to feel valued.  We want to feel important.  We want our jobs to be recognized.

Let’s all do ourselves a favor and glorify the only one worth glorifying – Christ.

Let’s also be grateful FOR one another and TO God and try our darndest to be thankful and content in whatever circumstance He has us in right now.

Let’s do everything for Him, not ourselves.  Whichever self we might find ourselves in right now.

Colossians 3:17

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

1 Corinthians 10:31

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

“New” Job.

I’m not quite sure where to start and how much info to give.  I don’t even have all the details yet…

The main part of this news is that… I thought I was going to get laid off yesterday and instead my boss and manager offered me a new job.

I will remain in the same training/design field creating instructional material and using my degree, working with my co-workers from the last few years on the same contract, reporting to the same office every day (for now), I will just be getting my benefits and pay from another company.  So I won’t be a C2 employee anymore.  That makes me a little sad because I’ve really enjoyed my first job.

However, in this economy – you work where you can to help provide for your family.

So to say I was shocked would be an understatement.

I even told my boss and manager that I have had a box in my car for a week (they kind of laughed).

Once again, my good Father shows me that in NO way, shape, or form can I come up with my own plans.  By the way, I have been trying to come up with a plan for the last couple months. Well, let’s be honest my whole life really.

I have prayed about quitting… but Micah and I weren’t on the same page with that quite yet.

I expected to get laid off.

Never in a million years did I think that this would be an option.

I can look at it as “they let me go” or “they traded me” but you know what I am looking at it as… my God is good and so gentle in transitioning my life and just gave me a job for the foreseeable next 9 months without me having to apply or interview for one.

Consider my mind blown.  I don’t even know what to say, but just thank you.

One of the reasons I am super excited… is because even though I will be reporting to the same office for now, there is huge potential to telecommute in the future.  If there is one “career goal” this mama has – it is to be able to be as available as possible for my family.

I always told Micah if he felt like I was slacking in any home responsibilities – I would quit working right away – no questions asked.  He doesn’t feel that way though and especially while we just have Haddon right now, I think it’s great if I can still help contribute towards the family income, and be able to maintain work/life balance.

I’m just speechless; except for … thank you Abba.  You are too good to us.

I start tomorrow – but at my same desk, with a couple of my favorite “co-workers”.