Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I Get It!

As I sit here this evening, I realize (yet again) how good God really is.

We had a crazy day today. I mean super nuts (and I'm not even working right now)! Looking back over the craziness of the day - I get it! I get why God's plan for our children was much more spaced out than my own. I get why God allowed us to wait ten years to meet our second child.

You see, I am a wearer of many hats. I have many irons in the fire. My plate is pretty full. I mean really full. Really really full. I'm busy. You get it. I know.

Today I realized that if I had two small children at once there is no way I could be as active and involved as I am. No, with two small children at the same time, I am pretty sure I'd be completely insane!

 I was able to do one hundred different tasks at once today, but only with the help of my precious 10 year old. He was a true hero. He fed the baby, helped me bathe the baby, and even helped me cook dinner (among a million other things).

Having an infant is still not an easy task, but having the best big brother in the world makes it a lot easier!

I think God had this plan for my life for many reasons, but one of them (most definitely) was for my sanity.

Again I am reminded that God knows best and his timing is perfect. Always. Perfect.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Vacation...Sort of

I can't believe I'm about to say this but....Liam is SIX months old today!!!

What?? How can that be??!!

There are times that I can't believe this is all really happening...and happening so fast! Of course, it didn't feel fast when we were waiting for our miracle. It didn't feel fast when Troy was going through chemo, and it didn't feel fast when we had to wait two weeks to find out if were we pregnant or not...no, that all went by really really slow!
Liam Jaimson, 6 months old today!

But the good stuff...that just flies by. So. Not. Fair.

We have had a relatively good six months. It was a rocky start, but pretty awesome right now! Liam is out of his fussy phase and seems to only cry when he is hungry or sleepy. He goes to bed like a champ every night by 8:30. I wouldn't mind if he stayed up later but he is ready (and let's us know it) by then. Sometimes I can tell he is sleepy by 7:30 and I try everything to keep him up until at least 8:00. He doesn't take long day time naps, so I guess that is why he is ready for bed so early. He still wakes up once a night. I thought we were out of that, but NOPE - I was wrong. I am not sure if I am ready for hardcore sleep-training or not, so for now I will just schlep up the stairs in the middle of the night for a feeding and pray to God that I don't fall down them afterwards. It is working so far.

We went on a short out of town trip last weekend. It was the second time we have stayed in a hotel with Liam. The first time he was only 10 weeks old. We decided to try and do something fun over Spring Break - for Ben. Well, it was fun...for Ben. Liam was still pretty fussy then but he did okay considering (I can't remember if I blogged about it or not). Mom and dad were pretty much a nervous wreck the whole time. This trip was a much longer car ride (almost 5 hours), he actually did great in the car! The hotel stay was different. He stayed up way past his bed time and had a really hard time getting to sleep. He screamed for almost an hour straight - believe me...I tried everything. I had already heard the people in the room next to us earlier in the day (we had one of those connecting rooms so there was a door to the other room) so I knew they would be able to hear our screaming baby. I was certain they would call and complain and we would be escorted out by the "Fancy Hotel Noise Police." Amazingly, that didn't happen. We were staying in a Resort/Spa type place and I was pretty sure that everyone who saw us whispered to someone else in their party something like, "Why, would they bring a baby to this hotel?" or "Oh......that's the baby we heard all night." I felt compelled to explain to everyone we saw that we were there for a wedding, otherwise we would be staying at a "family hotel." And every time I saw another family with a baby I felt better...surprisingly I saw several families with babies. We ended up putting Liam in bed with us the first night (which we have never done before) and he went right to sleep. I didn't sleep at all, however, for fear that I was going to roll over on him or something...but the kid slept great!
Oh, yeah...this was our view!!!

The second night went much better. We had the wedding and the reception so Liam was up late again, but somehow managed to fall asleep during the reception to the soothing sounds of the "Cha-Cha Slide." I don't get that one...he can't fall asleep in a beautiful hotel room with all of the comforts of home...but passes completely out in a room full of people shouting "Everybody Clap Your Hands...!" (Our white noise machine has a lot of sound settings: ocean, rain forest, bumbling brook, water fall, even hair dryer and vacuum...but no "wedding reception"...will have to see what we can do about that!

We have another trip planned (for Ben's birthday) in a couple of months...so I'll start praying now!

Although it pains me to see my baby growing so fast, I do get a little excited when I think about all of the things we can do as he gets older.

Vacations aren't really vacations with an infant...but those slobbery kisses and snuggles kinda make up for everything else!

Our boys hanging out in the hotel!