Thursday, January 15, 2015

Life With Kate... 4 months old!

What a month it’s been! Our baby girl has been growing and growing!
 She now weighs in at 14 lb and 10 oz (61%) and is 24.76" long (65%).

The month started out on a not so fun note, as Kate had just been diagnosed with an ear infection. She had a couple of grumpy days and so we had lots of cuddle time! It only took a day or so for the antibiotic to kick in and she was back to her happy self for the most part. (With the help of the occasional dose of Tylenol!) She did not like that Amoxicillin though! It took some major prayers to get that down twice a day for 10 days!

Kate getting some sick time cuddles.
Our happy girl just a couple of days after being on her meds. 
We took our first trip with Kate when we traveled to Bartlesville for Christmas. We were gone for 8 days! Kate handled the driving like a champ and though we made longer stops to care for her, it went really well!

While in Bartlesville, Kate got to meet her Uncle Nick and Aunt Heather!

Of course, her Grandpa and Grandma had lots of fun with her too!

Our sweet Grandma Genie drove from Ponca City to meet Kate and it was so much fun spending time with her and introducing our baby girl to her!

After Christmas, we drove to OKC to spend the day with my Uncle John and Aunt Janine, and my cousin Jenny's family.  So Kate met 8 more people! It was so much fun to watch the kids love on Kate.

As we were getting ready to leave OKC the next morning we realized that it had been snowing! So Kate experienced her first snow. She was a little bit confused by it!

On our way home we stopped for lunch in Burleson, Texas to see my Mema, Papa. Kate also met my Uncle Jim and Aunt Sherry.  It was fun to see them!

Once we got home, we headed to my parents house the next day for Christmas with my folks! 
More fun!

 On December 28, Kate rolled over from her tummy to back for the first time! That was super exciting for us! Around that time she started to really pick up on how she played with her toys. Her Hungry Caterpillar toy has been her favorite toy to play with so far. 
She is starting to grasp more and really play.

New Years Eve was a big night for us. We began the transition of putting Kate to sleep in our room in her Rock and Play to in her crib in her nursery. We were fully prepared for how to teach her self-soothing with our pediatrician’s instructions in our hand! Much to our surprise- she didn’t make a peep! She slept from about 10:00- 4:45. I fed her and she went back to sleep for a few more hours! She continues to sleep really well with hardly ever an issue.

After the New Year, my Aunt Mary came to visit us at my parents and Kate got to meet another very special person in our lives! (Do you think she was loved on enough this month?!) Kate started to be very fussy that day and was fussy for a couple of days after. I even thought she might be sick, but her pediatrician said that she wasn't. Just a lot of change going on! 

Here she is in her first pair of overalls!

She got a new toy with some of her Christmas money. She loves her “exer-saucer”!

She is also starting to talk to her toys more and it’s really really cute!

She also talks to us more! I promise the other day her little voice said, “Uh-oh!” I know she wasn’t trying to say the word or anything, her sounds just happened to make that word.

She is doing well on tummy time… when she actually stays on her tummy!

And of course… she LOVES her bath time. We had to move her little whale tub of the counter and into the big tub because with her splashes and trying to wash her hair we were getting water all over the place. We've started doing a night time bath every evening as part of our bed time routine. She is drooling all over the place these days so it's nice to get her cleaned off. 

By the way… the tub is where I can tell just how much my baby has grown. Take a look at how big she’s gotten from her first bath!

She is starting to stay in our church nursery more. This past Sunday I actually took her into the nursery during The Lord’s Supper because she wanted to make her presence known a little too boldly! Yesterday I left her in the nursery during Ladies Class and I left her for almost the whole time! From 10:00-1:30! (Our church offers child care through 2:00 to allow ladies to go to lunch or run errands… such a blessing!)

I love this girl! It wasn’t very long ago that she was just a bit over 5 pounds getting photo therapy and that I was having to wipe her with cold clothes to wake her up enough to eat. She has come a long way! Clearly she doesn’t miss a meal these days!

God is so good!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My Word for 2015... "all about that grace"

It's taken me a lot longer to get around to writing with the holidays, the responsibilities that motherhood has brought about, and my fancy wireless key board needing new batteries that I didn't have, but writing continues to be a positive outlet for me so I enjoy making time for it when I can.

Over the years I've sort of done away with resolutions and instead focus on one word for the year. It's been 2015 for a few days, and I hadn't really considered what the best word might be for this time in my life. Last year I completely forgot about my word challenge after a few months. (Pregnancy is distracting I tell you!) A friend of mine posted her word challenge, and it encouraged me to start fresh with a new word for 2015. 


That is my word for 2015. Let me tell you a little bit about how that came about. 

The past couple of weeks I've been dwelling over a recent situation in which I was offended. I felt everything from anger, insecurity, jealousy, pain, sadness, and frustration. All the meanwhile I felt  guilty for feeling that way toward a couple of people whom I should be feeling love. 

I began to hear a gentle whisper from God every now and then when I found myself lost in my victimization, "See them through the eyes of my grace." 

Earlier this year I read that we should view our spouses through the eyes of God's grace and it really made an impact on how I've treated Blake. I felt so thankful when I was reminded of this and realized that my husband is not the only person I should be looking at with more grace! 

I'm not completely over the situation that caused me much grief, but once I began to look at the situation with a little more grace, I've found a better sense of reality about it. I've realized it wasn't as big of a deal as I made it out to be in my mind, and I'm accepting possible reasons for why it may have happened, and I'm starting to find forgiveness in my heart. 

Philippians 1:3-7 says this:

"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me." 

The people who offended me share in God's grace with me. Just as I mess up, and have even offended others, I'm forgiven and covered through God's grace. So are they! God's grace is extended to all of his believers and I need to view others through that grace. 

There is another verse that is a gentle encouragement on this topic:

"Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." Colossians: 4: 5-6

Here we are told that it is wise to show grace. I think it's interesting that with grace we will know how to answer everyone. I might be stretching this a little bit but, won't we all answer to God one day? I don't want to have any anger or resentment harbored when I answer to Him! 

Grace. It's a beautiful thing. Grace toward myself, toward my husband and daughter, toward my family and friends, strangers, my church family... grace. Wouldn't the world be a happier place if everyone looked at each other through eyes of grace- seeing past the hurt or judgement to understand where the other is coming from. Grace leads to forgiveness after all. 

So... 2015... is "all about that grace".