Friday, March 30, 2012

Turning 2 Months is fun!

Zoe turned 2 months old this week!  She has gotten so big and so much fun!  Just check out this video!  (feel free to ignore my voice.)

She also met her cousins for the first time this past weekend, as well as her great-grandpa & great-uncle.
At first Pap was a bit afraid of breaking Zoe.

Nan wasn't at all apprehensive.

Four Generations.  Great grampa held her but Pap was keeping his eye on her.

Great Uncle Chuck saw Zoe for the first time.

Cousin Colton loved holding Zoe.

The birthday boy held her too!

Even Tyler held her eventually.

Jacob gave her back right after this because she started fussing.

Happy 2 Months ZoZo!

P.S. We moved 2 weeks ago and aren't quite settled in yet, thus the lack of posting lately. 


Monday, March 12, 2012

I would never

Before I became pregnant with Zoe (well some of these I did start to consider after Aaron and I got married), there were things I thought I would never do:
1. Deliver my child outside of a hospital 
2. Use cloth diapers
3. Co-sleep
4. Nurse in public (I use a cover)
5. Think twice about letting a child cry it out.  
6. Give up my child easily (to allow others to hold)
7.  Have a midwife
8.  Desire a home birth
9. Have thought to use natural cleaning products
10. Have cared about whether products were free of harmful chemicals
11. I would never give my child a pacifier
12.  I would never have considered pulling into a parking lot to nurse (yup, it's happened)

Isn't it funny how we have these conceptions of how we will be as parents?

And then, everything changes. 

I never leave her to cry it out.  If she's crying it's because she needs something.  And even if I can't meet that need (because I can't figure it out), I'm at least going to let her know she is loved. 

I thought I'd be super possessive but because I get all day with Z, when others ask to hold her it's easier to concede.  

I'm sooooooooo happy we had a midwife and a "home" birth.  Someday I will write out our birth story.  It's not glamorous, but it was what we wanted!  And I hope to have all of our children at home.  It was so wonderful. 

I've learned that babies like to comfort nurse which isn't so comfortable to mom, so we now offer a pacifier.

Co-sleeping we've done since the day she was born and is a decision we've gotten much input on, but it's what works for us.  Nursing at night is so easy this way. *smile* And, waking up and seeing her face next to yours is so wonderful.  Thanks Casey for your awesome post that made me consider this option.  

What are some things you'd never do???

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

In all Things Praise Him

Two days ago was a great night!  Aaron found out that night he got a full-time teaching job for high school math. It's an innercity school and it's going to be rough and he knows that.  But we're praising God that Aaron can drop one of his part time jobs!  Which means he'll only have 2 14 hour days a week. Praise God!  We're so excited to have Daddy home more often. 

We also will be moving soon.  This news is causing us to move sooner!  Aaron starts on March 19th, so we are planning to hopefully be moved in and unpacked by then!  We will have our own washer and dryer!  So incredibly exciting after 3 years!!! Along with that we have been so blessed that Zoe won't really need clothes until she's about 2.  We've also not had to buy any diapers so far!  And when we move we're going to be doing cloth diapers. 

God is SOOOO Good!!!
Our precious 5 week old!
Then yesterday happened.  Most of the day was great, I packed 4 boxes, Aaron fixed our broken sink with some help, and my Mother-in-love and I took Zoe to do some errands.  We got to the parking lot, and the next thing I know, I start flying towards my little girl, and the jeep is turning.  Someone ran a stop sign and slammed into the door where I was sitting.  My first thought is I hope Zoe is ok.  The guy was going fast enough to spin us and send us up onto the sidewalk. Zoe was crying so I took her out to comfort her. Mom-in-love was on the phone calling in the incident.  She came around to check on Zoe and I the guy picked up his headlights and took off in those 5 seconds she was checking on us.  One witness tried to go after him but couldn't catch him.  Then the paramedics came.  They suggested sending Zoe to the hospital. So even though I thought she was ok we rode in the ambulance to the hospital.  She was examined and was fine.  Praise God.  I escaped with a few bumps and bruises but, nothing big and the same for Mom unit.  Unfortunately, we can't say the same for the jeep.  It's undriveable. We also have to get a new carseat but I have to call the company today.  The carseat is still in tact, but once in an accident, you're supposed to send it back.  

But, you know what??? In all of this God is still good!!!  We're so thankful to have this little girl safe.

And at 5 weeks she no longer fits in this outfit from Aunt Kristin, so when she starts playing with dolls, she can have a ballerina outfit for her doll :)

So thankful for God's protection!

Proverbs 19:23
The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.


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