Saturday, August 30, 2008

Naomi at a year

(I heard both kids become strangely quiet and i turned the corner and saw Nathan give Naomi her first raisin. She figured how to chew it with her one tooth!)

She is such fun. We went to the Doctor for a check- up this week and he told us her stats.
23 lbs- 75% in weight
30 inches- 90% in height
Regarding her allergies we are just going to be careful in introducing things and let her drink rice milk like her brother! I think stopping the Elecare formula will help not pack the calories on as much. Don't get me wrong, i love a chubby baby.... but my back is about to break! I really think she is going to be a tall girl... her feet are so big.( size 5) My prediction is that she will be bigger than her brother, we will see!
She is doing more bottles... trying to walk... trying to talk...and bringing us much joy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My friend Susan and a game

This is a picture of Max, Briggs and Nathan before we left St. Louis

I wanted to blog about my friend Susan Maynor. She is one of the people that the Lord used in my life so greatly when we were in St. Louis. I was able to help her with her children when her dear husband was in the late stages of Lung Cancer. Her sweet boys were 16 months and 3 when I first met them. I was pregnant with Nathan and was able to be involved in their lives until I was pregnant with Naomi and Eric graduated from Covenant Seminary. I had the privilege for 2 years to be involved in their lives and learn about life from Susan who was raising her two boys as a young widow. I was able to be over at her house, watching her live life and love on her kids 2-3 days a week. She taught me so much about the Lord and being a godly mom. I organize my kitchen cabinets like her and try to feed my kids like her now! Mostly she taught me how to embrace the Lord in the midst of circumstances that are your biggest fear! Her courage in the Lord has been such a huge example to me. Her hope in Heaven has reminded me all the time... that the Lord never leaves you and he has so much waiting for us! Anyway, i am so thankful for you Susan! I know that your boys are growing into men that will always know how deeply the Lord loves them and how they are made for Heaven.

O.K. now onto the game part. Susan tagged me for this game of fives!

How it works:
1. Post the rules of the game at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags five people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read the player's blog.
4. Let the person who tagged you know when you've posted your answer.

What were you doing five years ago?
Newly Married and working with Eric at FPC working with youth and college students

What are five things on your to-do list for today?
1. Go walking in the a.m
2. Change the kids sheets
3. Work on a Hebrews Bible study
4. mop
5. write thank you notes for Naomi's birthday presents

What are five snacks you enjoy?
1. Brownies
2. Brownies
3. Brownies
4. Brownies
5. Brownies

What are five things you would do if you were a billionaire?
1. Buy Eric a recording studio
2. Give to my friends the Mixon's that are missionaries in Kenya
3. Get new carpet for my house ( how many pee stains can a carpet handle!)
4. Give my parents enough to not have to worry about working anymore
5. Set up funds for the kids for school ( I hope HOPE will still be around for them!)

What are five of your bad habits?
1. Committing to too much
2. Not getting up early enough
3. not relaxing with Eric
4. licking my fingers
5. singing too loud

What are five places where you have lived?
1. Griffin, Ga
2. Valdosta, Ga
3. St. Louis, MO
4. Macon, Ga.
5. Jacksonville, Fl.

What are five jobs you've had?
1. Woman's Director with College students with Campus Outreach
2. Substitute teacher
3. Waitress
4. Medical Assistant for a Dermatologist
5. Mom

Five people I tag:
1. Shannon W.
2. Amy W.
3. Aspa C.
4. Kristen D.
5. Alyssa R.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Happy Birthday GiGi and Papa

Happy Birthday and Anniversary GiGi and PaPa!

You mean so much to all of us! Thanks for loving us so well!

Naomi's Celebrations!

I really wanted to invite a hundred people to Naomi's first birthday celebration! I want to thank all of the people who have loved, prayed for, cared for, rocked, held, and encouraged her as well as loved and endured our complaining about her hurting. This was such a milestone for all us. In the past couple of weeks her vocabulary has exploded and of course she decided to take her "first steps" at her birthday party! I wanted to cry... so much all at once!
We are so very thankful for her!

Since she has been able to recently eat yogurt and cheese, we decided to just try out a normal cake and see how her allergies reacted. No break outs... but she did not sleep well that night!
" What is there something on my face?" Nathan wanted to be right in the middle of everything " helping" Naomi eat her cake! We are thankful that my parents got to come on Friday and celebrate with us.
Of Course Naomi had to get Nathan a present. Yes, for those of you who know Nathan's obsession... he got a train track! Now maybe he will act decent when he goes to any of his friends houses who have train tracks... i am not counting on him being able to be decent at Barnes and Noble, though!

So, I decided to make her a dairy free cake for cake #2 to see if helped her tummy. Of course, she broke out this time( maybe the eggs?) but slept good at night. Hopefully we can get an allergy test at her next appointment.
She knew right what to do this time! We are thankful Eric's parents, sister, cousins and Aunt and Uncle got to celebrate with us!
After birthday presents threw up everywhere, she was done for the night. If you look closely you can still see some splotches on her cheeks.

Could she be any cuter!
We Love you Naomi and thank the Lord Daily for you and how he has already changed us through you! We look forward to many more celebrations!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Naomi!

August 22, 2007

August 22, 2008

It has been a long but oh so sweet year!

More birthday pictures to come...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Elcee and girl power!

I just began keeping a friend's 4 mos. old baby in the mornings 3 days a week as my friend teaches half a day at our church's Day School. I have only been doing it a week... but she has been so sweet and easy. Her name is Elcee Leslein and she only cries if she is hungry or tired. I guess that is why most babies cry.. but mine always seem to have some other issue aggravating them. Anyway, it has instilled confidence back in the fact that there are sweet, easy babies out there. It has been easy having her around because we usually don't leave the house until after 11am so Naomi can get a nap in and she usually naps 2 hours. Nathan has had fun with her... he loves being the bossy older brother. He also loves affection and he gets it with these two. I also never knew that a 4 mos. old could crawl... I promise i saw Elcee crawl today! Her parents are very athletic so i would not doubt this baby may one day grow up to be in the Olympics.
I must admit that keeping her does make me miss Max and Briggs and the Gordon clan... it is precious to have the privilege to love on people when they are so little! Can you believe i used to not be excited about having kids... the Lord has completely changed me through so many of these little people!

Here are some fun shots from the week:

Nathan, Elcee and Naomi
Naomi and Elcee conspiring...
They got him... don't let him fool ya... he loves it!
It is sad to think the days of bottles are gone... we still do one at night!
Man she is fast these days... you can't leave a door open or a toilet seat up!
She is so fun these days... makes those 9 months of hurting so worth it!
Let me out of here!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Conversations and songs

There are always things i want to write down... so i can remember this fun stage the kids are in... but i never take the time.
So, today in the car Nathan( aka mr. verbal) says" Mama, Naomi doesn't talk very good" and I reply "I know, we are working on that." Nathan begins to take things in his own hands by telling her the words she needs to say. His first try is Mama... "say Mama Naomi" and as she responds in babble he keeps repeating " no, say Ma- Ma." He eventually gives up and tries other words.... "say thank you Naomi", "say i love you, Naomi", "say big truck, Naomi" and he concludes by saying.... " Mama, Naomi doesn't talk very good." The words that Nathan first said are so different than her. The only words i know for sure she can say is " da da", " bye bye" and "dack dack" for quack quack.

Another way we use our time in the car to distract Naomi from fussing is singing. Unfortunately, my beautiful voice is not very soothing. Nathan on the other hand has the touch. When Nathan begins to sing, she is mesmerized. If you ask Nathan what his favorite song is... he will always reply with " twinkle twinkle" and the runner up is "ABCD" (aka the abc's) . I promise we sing so many other songs... many about the Lord, but for some reason when he is upset the only thing that will do is "twinkle twinkle." Please tell me there are other little boys that like this song too.