Sunday, August 31, 2014

Henry is 3 Months

Our little man is 3 months old and such a joy in our lives. Henry has such a contagious smile, you can't help but smile back at him when his face lights up and he gives a big gummy grin.
 
At 3 months:
 
Sleeps a solid 7 hours most nights
Smiles all the time
Started giggling at Josh at 12 weeks old
Wears 6 month clothes
Wiggles and will fully rotate while in bed
Usually takes 4 or 5 naps a day (lucky guy)
Loves the fresh air outside and looks around at everything
Had his first hotel stay and did awesome!
Bath time is more enjoyable some days that others
Starting to reach and grasp for items
Enjoys sucking on his fist
Nurses every 2 - 3 hours depending on the day

 




Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten

August 20th was Lillian and Claire's first day of kindergarten. They have been excited to start all summer, but as the day grew closer, their excitement grew stronger. The night before they were starting to get a little nervous and so was I. Thankfully, Josh was able to go into work late the morning of their first day so we could share in this experience together as a family.
We had a bit of a melt down with Claire. She didn't want to wear the outfit that was set aside for the first day, the skirt she begged to buy in July and refused to wear it for a month so it would stay nice for the first day of school. She said it was "too much pink." If you know Claire even the slightest bit, you will know there is no such thing as too much pink for this girl, she will wear head to toe pink every single day if allowed. Once we got over that hurdle, the rest of the morning before school went smoothly. They were excited to wait for the bus and walked right up to it and climbed on as soon as it pulled up. After the bus took them, Josh, Henry and myself loaded into the car and drove up to school to meet them getting off the bus. We could have walked them into school, but I knew I would become a fountain of tears and I also think it would have been more difficult for Lillian and Claire to say goodbye. We gave them a hug and kiss and they walked into school holding hands. Melts my heart. 
 








 
 
They were very happy girls getting off the bus at the end of the school day. They told us they had so much fun and "school is awesome!" They told us about some of their friends in their class, but of course had no idea what their names are. They were excited to see some of their friends from church and pre-k on the playground during recess. I loved hearing everything they had to share and their love for school.
August 20th is also Josh and my wedding anniversary. I love how full and wonderful our lives have become in the 9 years since our wedding day. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Work

Monday was scheduled to be my first day back to work from maternity leave, but that didn't happen.
About a week ago I sat on the couch with Henry in my arms on night and I was ready to start crying at the thought of leaving my baby boy with someone else and not be able to spend my days with him. I wish I could say that this decision was an easy one, but it wasn't. Financially we cannot afford for me to stay home without some sort of income. However, it also doesn't make sense for me to return to my previous job when most of my paycheck would be spent on full time child care for Henry plus before and after school care for Lillian and Claire.
I can't say for sure what the future will hold for our family,  but I thought that same thing this time last year and it is amazing how our story is being written.
A year ago I was hired at Xceligent. A month later we found out our family was growing. I met some pretty great people at work and built more relationships at church. We have had a tough year with many ups and downs, but we have also been blessed in more ways I can count this past year.
Tonight there is still a lot on unknowns for our family, but I am confident that something wonderful is in the works for our family.