9 months in…9 months out!

  
Our precious little guy is 9 months old! So hard to believe he’s been out and part of our lives longer than we knew we were expecting him! Time is flying and we are doing our best to cherish every moment (the good AND the tough) and to celebrate everything he is learning and we are experiencing being first-time parents. Soon it will be time for all of the holiday celebrations and to start planning our sweet boy’s 1st birthday! But until then…

9 Months:

  • 18.5 lbs (dr. says Luke needs to gain more weight – but he eats a ton; he’s just so active!)
  • 28.5 inches
  • crawling “army” style
  • loves to pull up on anything
  • always wants to be moving
  • entering the “stranger anxiety” phase – loves to be with mommy
  • bobs/moves to music
  • enjoys his new outdoor swing
  • Friday mornings at The Little Gym are a highlight of the week – love pulling up on the bars and playing with the bells and bubbles
  • loves his puppies; they can always make him laugh!
  • stands up in crib when ready to get up from a nap
  • still loves all food and eats three meals a day

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

8 Months Old

Wow – 8 Months already! What a fun month we have had!

  

  • Two teeth
  • Loves food – still eating everything we give him and wants everything we are eating
  • Trip to TX to see all the grandparents and to FL for vacation and to meet family
  • Started “Bugs” classes at the Little Gym – so much fun! (4-10mo)
  • Started hanging out with 3 baby friends (and their awesome mommas) on Mondays
  • Prefers to stand (with help) over sitting
  • Favorite toys: Jumperoo, Sophie Giraffe, Ball with holes, plastic bowls and spoons, empty water bottles
  • First boat ride (Airboat ride in the FL Everglades)
  • Pulled himself up in the crib (which got the mattress moved down that night!)
  • “Walks” assisted
  • Loves to laugh when tickled, watching something funny happen, or at the dogs
  • becoming a little more clingy to mommy

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

6 & 7 Months Old!

Time is flying and although these blogs have been written, they haven’t been posted! Here’s some updates on our baby boy…

6 Months Old:

  

  • 18lbs, 2oz
  • 27.5in
  • Definitely teething!
  • Two baby friends were born this month!
  • started feeding solid foods – likes everything we give him
  • favorite toy is still the jumperoo, loves to bounce around and when the dogs come up and lick him
  • starting to sleep a little better – we are hopeful!
  • lots of walks with mommy in the nice CO weather
  • had 6 month pictures taken
  • starting to sit up on his own

7 Months Old:

  

  • First tooth broke through on 7th month birthday!
  • took an Amtrak train ride to the Western slope with mommy, daddy, and nana for our 5th anniversary
  • Loves his new ride – the hiking backpack!
  • Slept through the night for the first time – but not a common occurrence yet
  • Can roll anywhere he wants in a room – able to sit up well and on hands and knees
  • Started baby “mom and me” swim lessons – loves the water!
  • Uses the big bathtub now, loves to play with toys in the bath
  • Mommy signs basic signs to him – hopefully he will sign back soon!
  • Loves to look at, laugh at, and “pet” the dogs
  • Blows lots of raspberries 
  • Stands with help 
  • Let mom and dad have a few date nights this month 

4 & 5 Months Old!

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Luke is 4 months old! His personality is really starting to shine! He is growing like crazy and we are enjoying every moment with him – and thankful for nicer weather!

  • ~16 lbs
  • ~25 inches
  • new favorite toy – the jumperoo!
  • Still loving walks in the stroller, starting to be awake more!
  • Rolling back to front and front to back consistently, still prefers back
  • went on first “outing” with Dad and left mom at home to throw a baby shower!
  • Likes to “talk”
  • Toes are definitely a favorite!

  
Luke is 5 months! We are so glad it’s summer and looking forward to nice weather, vacations, and new adventures!

 

  • ~18 lbs
  • He has outgrown some early favorite things such as the Rock N Play, Bouncer, and Baby bathtub!
  • Lots of spit ups around 5 months
  • Enjoyed lots of visitors in May! (Both sides of grandparents and Mommy and Daddy’s friends for Daddy’s birthday!)
  • Made the graduation party rounds with mom
  • Fingers are always in the mouth!
  • Rolling over like crazy
  • Riding in the stroller like a “big” boy (no infant car seat)
  • Got to visit a fire station – everything was so neat to look at!
  • Trip to Texas for cousin Mel’s graduation
  • First time in a swimming pool – loved it!

Five Minutes…Under Water.

I recently read (and then watched on the Today Show) one of my favorite speakers/authors/people-I’m-sure-I-would-be-BFF-if-I-knew-her-in-real-life, Jen Hatmaker, refer to parenthood in the early times of your children’s lives like five minutes (a really short amount of time!) but under water (difficult!). Read this post. Seriously. As soon I heard this phrase, I totally got it. This is my life, especially now.

Sometimes I feel like I’ve totally got this parenthood thing down. Yes, I know I’ve only been doing it three months. But when I get Luke down to nap twice a day actually IN his crib and not on me, when he only wakes up once a night, when he goes an entire day without pooping through his diaper or spitting up all over himself, and smiles a lot with minimal screaming at me, I feel pretty good. But somedays, everything opposite happens (all of it, in one day) and then, yeah, I totally get that underwater part. I am ready to run for the hills, back to my “predictable” (not really – at all, but rose-colored glasses, right?) job as a DCE where I felt like I generally knew what I was doing and was decent at it, and even though I worked with teenagers – THEY never pooped and peed on me in the same day, and take that baby back to the hospital and say even though I’ve been married almost 5 years, have been an “adult” for 8, have a college degree and a Master’s – this is NOT what I signed up for! Whew! This parenting gig is way too hard for me! I am totally at the underwater stage and just trying to catch one breath! And then…

THEN I get the five minutes part.

I realize that even though I’ve been home with Luke for three months, time IS FLYING. The first few weeks of his life are such a blur to me now, and I find myself emotional that I am packing up his newborn and 0-3month clothing. What?! I spent the majority of last year waiting not-so-patiently for what seemed like forever for him to be born, and now he’s growing up and changing like crazy! My baby! I want him to stay small in my arms forever! He’s precious!

Sure, these five minutes are flying by and they are so incredibly special. The next five minutes will be too though, and so will the five minutes after that. Every stage is full of opportunity and adventure and love. There will be lots of “five minutes” – moments and stages that seem to fly by with Luke and with any future children, and some of those “five minutes” will feel like we’re underwater, barely able to breathe and gasping (probably quite literally, crying) for breath. We’ll be glad when we finally come up for air and are ready for the next stage.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

My prayer for myself, and for all my other mommy friends (and even beyond that, because in a lot of ways I think this is a “people” issue, too) is that we learn to embrace those “five minute” stages, whether they are deep underwater or laying on the beach. That we experience God’s goodness and gifts in the good times, and His grace and forgiveness in the bad. I pray with all my heart that the verse above is a constant in my thoughts, no matter the circumstance. That he would use those times, however fleeting they may be, to rest and share in His promises and show His love to our children and those around us.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 26:3

Love & blessings,

Steph

Three Months Old!

We can’t believe it; our sweet baby is no longer a newborn – he’s three months old! We are starting to pack away clothes that no longer fit and are noticing growth and new development every day! We are loving seeing his cute personality start to come out, but would be okay with time slowing down too!

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Three Months:

  • ~13.5 lbs
  • ~ 24 inches (total guesses on height and weight; go back to the dr at 4mos)
  • smiling all the time; especially when he wakes up!
  • “talks” a lot
  • loves to look at different things, especially pictures, paintings, the dogs, the light and fan
  • not interested in pacifier unless it’s his doggie soothie! (pacifier with little stuffed animal attached)
  • took his first flight to Texas and met lots of family and friends! (watch for a separate post on flying with babies)
  • consistently only waking up twice a night – we are working on getting it to once!
  • starting to nap (morning and afternoon) in crib, sleeping in mom and dad’s room at night
  • Mom saw me roll over twice in Texas! (stomach to back) Dad hasn’t seen this yet and is sad 🙁
  • Loves to “flirt”!
  • like to fold hands as well as suck on them!
  • Reading books is a daily occurrence with mom – but sometimes we have to take a break in the middle!
  • Enjoys 2-3 mile walks with mom almost every day
  • Total joy!

IMG_0456Cooooolllllld day in mid-April for this little bear!

IMG_0440BFFs – Luke and Copper

IMG_0429 See, we’re TRYING to sleep in the crib!

IMG_0410Guard puppy.

IMG_0405Figuring out the Bumbo chair!

IMG_0392 We did our first trip with a 2.5 month old! Yay! IMG_0388 We loved our trip to Texas!

IMG_0378 Hook Em!

IMG_0371 Happy Easter! He is Risen! IMG_0368 Playing with Nana!IMG_0365I love my grandparents!  FullSizeRender Texas WildflowersIMG_0340The guys hanging out!  IMG_0325 Love Grandpa Jeff! IMG_0317 Meeting Great Uncle Greg!

IMG_0283Sleep bubbles!

IMG_0268 “Uncle” Ben changing a diaper!

IMG_0265Surviving dad’s first work trip!

IMG_0234Cutie!

IMG_0223Hiking with cousin Mel in Winter Park.

IMG_0212 Love this sweet life.

IMG_0191 Nana and Mel visited us for Spring Break.

IMG_0182Luke and his puppy paci!

Two Months Old

This is a bit delayed, but Luke was two months old on March 16th!  He is growing a ton, and it is so fun to watch him develop!

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Two month picture taking went a bit better than one month!

  • ~11 lbs
  • ~22 inches
  • Eyes are still blue
  • Blonde or brown hair – we don’t know!
  • After six weeks off (awesome) Andy went back to work 🙁
  • Started to smile (all the time!) at the beginning of the month
  • Starting to follow things (especially mom and dad and the dogs)
  • Likes to focus on faces
  • Really likes looking at lights and outside
  • Sleeping at least one 4-5 hour chunk a night
  • Still loves to dance
  • Falls asleep best to a sound machine – the rain sound
  • Loves walks (tends to fall asleep)
  • Started going to MOPS with mom
  • Enjoying tummy time more – starting to hold head up
  • Not screaming during bath time anymore
  • Really likes music (at home, church, in the car, etc) – calms him down!

IMG_0272We had a lot of cold days this month! Brrrr! Ready for Spring!

IMG_1961Mommy’s best friend Rachel came to visit! Luke loved it! IMG_3298 If this isn’t a spitting image of Andy (outfit and all), I don’t know what is…IMG_4746Swaddled and in bed – but wide awake!  IMG_4848 Luke and I have lots of fun together! IMG_5120 Luke isn’t really a fan of the snow!!

IMG_7282Fun with Daddy – love when he comes home every night! IMG_8172Our puppies loveeeee their baby!

IMG_9879Luke’s personality is really starting to shine! Love this picture.

One Month Old!

Luke was one month old on February 16th! The past month has flown by! We are so in love with this little boy. Here’s his “one month stats” and some other pictures we’ve taken over the last month!

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We tried forever to get one of him tolerating this. I think there is one on my camera, maybe. He really is a chill little dude most of the time. Promise. But you know what? This is real life.

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  • ~9lbs
  • ~22 inches
  • blue eyes
  • became a child of God on Feb. 8th with lots of family to love and support
  • sleeping in 3ish hour chunks
  • loves to eat! a lot!
  • several outings – church, Target, out to eat, Arvada Chocolate festival – only a few meltdowns
  • likes to “be worn” in baby K’tan wrap
  • starting to enjoy looking around (especially at the dogs, lights, and outside)
  • loves two-stepping around the living room with daddy – calms him down lots!
  • indifferent about pacifier
  • first bottle at 1 month – took it like a champ
  • gaining a little bit of neck control
  • starting to smile (it’s not just gas!)
  • falls asleep instantly in car almost every time
  • incredibly loved by his mom and dad!

IMG_0616Newborn Photo Shoot. We have the best photographer!  IMG_1503Visiting with GG! (Great Grandma Hunt)

IMG_2351 I love to be worn!

IMG_2844 Happy Valentines Day!

IMG_2855 First time to church!

IMG_4062Playmat with my dog-mom, Copper

IMG_4566 Our little love bug!

IMG_5332 Playing with Nana and Papa J.IMG_6086 Naps are the best.

IMG_6558We love family walks!

IMG_7261Our little mousy.

IMG_8392Naps with Grandpa Jeff.

IMG_9620 Getting ready for first bath, pre-screaming.IMG_9755God-parents, Chris and Lindsay!

Top 10 Things I’ve Learned in the First 3 Weeks of Being a Mom

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Andy and I have officially been parents I suppose for 9+ months, but parents to our “outside” baby for a little more than three weeks. Luke is an awesome baby and we love living life with him in it. We wouldn’t trade it for anything! We’ve learned A LOT in the last three weeks, as we expected, but the things we have learned are not exactly what we expected to learn (at least from this momma’s perspective). While some of the thoughts below people “warned” me or told me about, I didn’t really get it, at all, until Luke was actually here. So for all my friends that are expecting, or if you just wanted to know what the first few weeks of real-life parenthood is like…here you go!

1. Your entire life changes. Okay. People definitely told us this, so those of you that did, thanks. But I have to say I didn’t really get it. I just thought my life might be different by getting a little less sleep.  Once your baby is here, you have to think about EVERYTHING. Like remembering to take your baby with you when you make a quick run into the store. Or that you always better have enough diapers. Or that you need to open that baby’s college savings account, or does that restaurant have a sling seat for your baby’s car seat or that literally as I’m trying to write this my baby just woke up and wants to eat RIGHT THIS MINUTE. And now its an hour (okay two hours) later…

2. You were probably selfish before your baby was born. This isn’t meant to sound mean or anything, but it’s true. Totally talking about myself here, too. Before baby, you just did what you wanted, all the time. Sure, you probably served people – spouse, coworkers, volunteering, etc., but you can take a break from that, separate yourself from it for a bit, or take some time to focus on yourself. With a really little one I think you truly learn what it means to serve selflessly or serve with your WHOLE self, at least to a much greater extent than you probably did before kids.

3. Have a support team. One of my biggest fears about having a baby was doing this “parenting” thing with our family so far away. Now both of our families have made great efforts to be here for us physically and emotionally, but they live almost 1000 miles away and can’t be here all the time. You have to create a support team in whatever way you can, including with your spouse. Figure out what “team” means together. For us, that means I feed the baby (duh) and Andy changes (a lot) of diapers. He also takes the baby in the morning so I can get a little more sleep. Also, I have friends near and far that have been available to me via text and phone calls about ridiculous questions that I might have. You don’t have to(and shouldn’t) do it all alone. People want to help. Take it. And be that for others when the time comes.

4. Take the help. Similar to the previous point, but really. You don’t need to be embarrassed. Having a baby is a huge change and it takes a lot of adjusting. Let people help you. Let them clean, do your laundry, make or bring you food and hold the baby so you can take a shower and maybe brush your teeth for the first time in 3 days. It’s for your sanity.

5. You talk about things you never knew you would talk so much about.  Like poop. And other strange bodily functions and issues (yours and baby’s). And poop.

6. Us mommas need each other. There was a recent commercial someone shared with me right about when Luke was born that basically sums up my thoughts on this. Watch it. I had observed this quite a bit before having Luke, so I am trying really hard to just be there for my mom friends and to be encouraging, because that’s what I need too. Especially encouragement. Thanks, random-other-young-mom at Target today who smiled at me in the checkout line when my son was screaming his head off because he was hungry who made a point to stop and say, “hey, don’t worry about it, it’ll get better.” Seriously though, I needed that at that moment, and I’ll remember it for a long time.

7. It doesn’t matter how much reading you do, you won’t know it all. This is probably a “duh” point to most people, but if you know me at all, you know I tried to read everything I could about babies thinking I could “figure it all out.” Was my reading helpful? Sure, and it will continue to be. I’ve learned lots of helpful nuggets by reading other blogs and articles about pregnancy/birth/newborns, etc. You can’t however, by any means, learn it ALL – and that’s okay, and fun! Trust your mommy intuition and do what’s right by your family – it’ll be okay!

8. Weird things happen to your body that no one probably told you about. People gave me a pretty good idea what it meant to be pregnant, but after the baby arrives? Yeah – I had no idea, and it happens almost immediately. I won’t go into graphic details, but I totally get when people say “your body is no longer your own.” Pregnant friends – let me know if you want more info.

9. You didn’t know how much you could love another human being. Wow. I love Andy. A lot. I’ve loved him for almost 7 years basically since I met him. This little guy that we created together? That is the best parts of both of us? I can’t even really describe it, but it’s awesome.

10. You gain a whole new appreciation and understanding of God’s love for his children. A few really special moms in my life told me this before Luke was born, and they were so so right. Can we fully understand God’s love for us? No, we can’t – it’s infinite. However, I think I understand it just a little bit more now. I love Luke so much, and God loves him (and me, and you) even more than that. It’s pretty incredible. Not only do I have a better understanding of God’s love, I have a better understanding of how he wants us to completely depend on him for everything we need – just like Luke depends completely on us for what he needs. Mark 10:13-16

These are just a few things I’ve learned in the last three weeks. There are so many more. I’m humbled by this new vocation of “mom” that God has given me, but I am excited for the challenge and blessings of what lies ahead!

Warner…Table of 2 (& 1/2)?!

In the last 9 1/2 months, but especially in the last 2 weeks, our lives have changed drastically! With the addition of our awesome son, Luke, on January 16, our world has turned upside down – in a good way. I decided to get back to blogging to share my thoughts of being a mom in this crazy world in which we live, share our adventures and experiences in parenthood (seriously, there have already been some really funny ones in 10 days), show pictures to our friends and family who actually care (do all of my social media friends really need to see 12398 pictures of my adorable son, and really, do I want my acquaintances from middle school to know about Luke’s first bath?), and continue to share my thoughts on Scripture, family, faith, and current issues.

While I am stoked to be a stay at home mom (I already love the one-on-one time I get with my son on a daily basis) I know for my sanity I need to keep talking, discussing, questioning and listening about faith. Blogging is one way for me to do that. I’m not quite sure how interested people will be in what I have to say, and in fact, people might not be interested at all, and that’s okay. My identity is not found in that, as I realized the last couple years (possible future blog post alert).  So, stay tuned, and thanks for joining in on our adventures!

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