Monday, June 29, 2009

Life Changes

The ol' Tuck Tuck was a month old on Friday. I took him to the doctor for his check up this morning. He's weighing in at 11 lbs. 8 oz. (90th%)! I was hoping he was gaining some good weight and that he has been doing. He's 22 inches (50-75th%) now as well. He's been steadily growing out of clothes already so that was a sure sign of height and weight gain. I have been meaning to document a little about Tucker's life since he's been with us so here we have it...

I guess Tuck's life pretty much stays consistent with an eat, play, sleep, poop regiment...maybe this will be a little more about our life since he's been here.

Grey: Grey has adjusted well to being a big brother. He does love to check on Tucker and make sure he knows where he is at all times. He's good at kissing him, nuzzling him, waking him up when I've just gotten him to sleep. Yesterday after church, all 3 of us had come inside. Tucker was ready to eat so he was pretty much screaming in his carseat, Grey was chomping on some rainbow Goldfish, and I was unloading from church. I saw Grey with Tucker's paci trying to give it to him to calm him down and watched him gently put it in his mouth. Tucker calmed down and I walked to the other side of the counter to put something away thinking to myself, "wow, Grey did a really good job with that." As I returned to get Tucker to feed him, he had a purple Goldfish hanging out of his mouth! Sheesh, another lesson for Grey in what not to do with your baby brother. He does ALWAYS want to help though. He helps me wash Tucker's hair every day. He's very gentle most of the time. He sings to him, dances for him, reads to him, etc.
He's really doing great regarding a big change in the attention I am able to give him. I am probably doing worse with that than he is. He is learning to occupy himself more in short periods of time. We watch a little more t.v. than I'd like right now due to frequent nursing times. We have figured out a few fun things to do during those times though. (i.e. puzzles, games, singing, getting things for mommy) Overall, Grey is doing a lot better than I imagined he would and I feel like he is able to learn on a whole new level!

Matthew: What a super star. He has become even MORE willing to help out any way that he can. He is cherishing his time with both boys in completely different ways. It is fun to watch him in even more of a daddy role than ever. He has been spending lots of time with Grey when he is home. July is going to be a rude awakening when Matthew is gone most of the month!
He is much different this time around with a baby. With Grey being such a total surprise and not having ANY experience with a newborn, Matthew was extremely slow to warm up to the idea. This time He takes charge with the Tuck Bomb and to that I am more than grateful! I am so thankful the Lord created him for me. I am so thankful He created him for Grey and for Tucker. I am watching in awe of the way God is molding and shaping his heart constantly and satisfied knowing that our sons are watching and following a heart devoted to the Lord.

Me: Well, I'm a long story. There have been times I have questioned my ability and my strength in this first month of having a newborn and a two year old. There are times I have wanted to literally scream right along with both children. There are times I beat myself up because I am not investing whole-heartedly in each one of them at the same time. There are times that I have just wanted to leave the house all by myself for just an hour to regroup and figure out what the heck I'm doing and where the last 3 hours went! I struggle constantly feeling like I am cheating each one of them in some way.
There are also times that the Lord gives me quiet, structured time with both boys. There is a period everyday that I get to spend with each of my children individually and I cherish that. In moments that I don't know what to do and want to react so quickly (yes, because that's what I normally do), I try to remind myself of truth. The Lord purposfully willed this time in my life. He created me to be Grey and Tucker's mommy. He has given me all that I need and it is enough. I have access to the One who possesses all patience and abounds in love. He desires for me to exemplify His character to my children just as He has to me.
I am humbled by the task that lay before me each day in so many ways. I am learning how to do things with two and do it with excellence. That's what I desire in our everyday. I don't want to "just get by" much longer. I want to strive to access all the Lord has given me and teach my children, love them, and simply have so much fun with them!
I could probably write a book about the ins and outs of my experience so far. (I can be a little wordy I guess) I know there have been a billion people that have had more than one child but for me, it's a new experience. I'm not going to hide that I am not having the easiest time with it but I know I have got to learn and I am finding joy in that. It is amazing to look at the two sweet faces that God has given me here on this earth to shepherd and teach His ways. I will keep my heart in check knowing they are ultimately His and continue to pray for their salvation. I am so thankful for this time in our lives and know that it is going to fly by. Let's just have a good time!
Tucker: I guess I will give some insight on this little man other than what was mentioned above. He does have likes and dislikes. He certainly loves to be snuggled. He loves to eat. He loves to sleep on his tummy. He hates to sleep on his back or be set down on his back. He also hates when he's awake and not being held. (this is probably cause of some of my moments of insanity) He loves to move. He hates the swing. (probably because he's not being held) When he cries really hard he sounds like a lamb. He's very strong. He lifts that little head and looks all around. He is becoming very alert and follows faces and sounds. He has the cutest little yawn and noise that follows. He is entertained already by his big brother. He is starting to smile a little and react to me and Matthew. He sleeps great when he's really asleep. He eats every 2 to 2.5 hours when awake and every 3.5 hours when he takes his long winters nap (that's what I call it at least) during the afternoon. He loves having his hair washed. He loves sleeping on mommy and daddy's chest. What a precious little munchkin!

Thursday, June 25, 2009


I have found myself, in quiet moments, recording my thoughts on what the Lord is teaching me. I have yet to share any on the blog but today, God has instructed me to share a little about Him. Probably because I will need to be reminded quite constantly of this truth later in my life. (or every single day)

I am doing a study on the names of God. I finished up my study today on El Elyon, God Most High. I was telling Matthew two nights ago at dinner how much learning about the character of God changes everything about me. It's incredible really. It is all satisfying and my hope is restored in learning and experiencing who He is. My perspective on every single thing in my life changes and my standards are challenged which provokes much wanted and necessary change. Here is my entry from today...

El Elyon – Most High God

This name of God possesses all strength because it ultimately means God is sovereign. He is sovereign over all. No one can be delivered from his sovereignty. He wills and does as He wills. He gives life and takes life away. He forms the light and created the dark. He causes well-being and creates calamity. He brings low and He exalts. He makes poor and rich. He wounds and He heals. He opens and closes the womb. He alone gives breath to me every single second of every day. He created me with gifts to use for His glory.

So many times I get caught up in my circumstances and fail to praise the sovereign God who sustains me in every way possible. The God Most High calls me His child. He has promised me His inheritance all because of the blood of Jesus and my faith in Him. I am blown away by this truth and my heart bows to my God Most High. I am but dust without Him. I am desolate and my soul is condemned to hell without the saving power of Jesus Christ. His will was to save my soul.

Why? Only my sovereign God knows. His will is perfect. His perfection will ultimately be had on this earth and throughout eternity. My sovereign God is to be worshiped for who He is, not for what He does. He is to be worshiped in my well-being and my calamity. He created it and He is perfect. My circumstances are purposed for His glory. My faith is steadfast because of my sovereign God. I am challenged today by the life of Job and His integrity and simple confidence in who the God he served is.

This truth I grip so tightly. This truth is my hope. God’s sovereignty is comfort to my rescued soul. Even though my circumstances have yet to be life-shattering here on this earth, the day in day out fight and battle takes a toll on my weary soul. My desire is choose God’s standard over the world’s and I get so tired of fighting my flesh. I desire to love my husband and respect Him as I am instructed. I desire to model God’s character to my boys. I desire to lead teenagers (and anyone else for that matter) to the throne of grace and to experience the One who loves them more than anyone or anything on this earth. I hold on in this battle with the hope of inheriting the glory of my Heavenly Father through the sovereign God.

Monday, June 22, 2009

my dad is rad

Fathers Day 2009
you can't quite see it but Tucker's shirt says "daddy's pride and joy" with two lions
daddy-son basketball game
my 3 handsome fellas...the younger two will celebrate this day a long long time from now :)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Abby and Cady's Visit!

Grey's finally back to his ol' Grey Bear self. Thank goodness. That meant that Abby and Cady got to come visit us yesterday! It was such a great treat to have them here. It really wasn't long enough at all but I'm just glad they got to make the trip up! Cady is such a sweet girl and very content to just play in the same spot for a while. (I guess it's been awhile since that phase for us) Abby said she was "off" yesterday but honestly, she must be perfect "on!" Tucker mostly slept while they were here (11-4 is pretty much his hardcore naptime) but he did wake up towards the end of their visit. It was so great to hang out with Abs a little. I just wish we lived down the road from each other. In our usual fashion, we took lots of pictures so here are some cute ones!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It's only Tuesday

The first 2 days of this week have felt like at least 5 days. Grey has had a fever for almost 48 hours at this point and let's just say he is one pitiful child. Matthew did take him to the doctor today where they tested him for strep. It was negative but he still has a very red throat. He has fallen asleep twice on the couch and once on the floor in the past 2 days. This is not my child. It's hard enough to get him to fall asleep in his room.

I am trying to get used to being a mom of two and this has really broken me in. I can't figure out who to tend to when they both need me. We are still here and living so I guess I'm doing something right here and there.

Tucker is 3 weeks old today. I had to document his sweet face. I know I have said this but he is a GREAT baby! He is laid back and is really starting to develop his own little look. He is sleeping and eating really well. (and along with that...pooping A LOT!) Matthew can't keep his hands off of him when he's home. He is such a snuggle muffin!

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Our Friday and Saturday were filled with some great family time. Friday, Gigi and Papa came up to visit for the day. I only got one picture which I was bummed about. We had a great time and Tucker got to hang out with Papa.

Saturday Poppie, Marmie, and Gram came up to visit for the day. Gram got to meet Tucker and spend some good time with he and Grey. We had a nice relaxing day just here at the house.

Today, it's just the four of us. Matthew and Grey are at church this morning and Tucker and I stayed home for some quality time together. It's been a great 3.5 hours. Hopefully we'll all get a good nap in this afternoon!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

2 weeks

Tucker was 2 weeks old yesterday. He is so sweet and we are enjoying him!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Dry Diapers

Grey started off the morning wanting to try out the potty. I guess this means he's initiating and I better step it up! His diaper has remained dry and I am praising him continuously. I snapped a couple shots for the memories.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Potty Potty Potty

After dinner, Matthew took Grey up to give him his bath and normal night routine. I was going to go up to give him a hug and kiss but as I was finishing cleaning up our dishes from dinner, I heard Grey and Matthew "flying" (just like airplanes) down the stairs. I had just gotten Tucker down for a little snooze so I came around the corner telling them to quiet down just a tad. I had no idea what was in store for me...


I was more than surprised to hear this! Grey frequently sits on the potty and pretends to go but has never actually gone. We have not pushed it knowing when he's really ready he will do it. With the new coming of Tucker, I did not want to put in a bunch of effort only to have him stop using it and have to train him all over again.

It was really exciting to see how proud of himself he was as he told me. I think I just need to have the mindset that this is going to be fun and difficult all at the same time! What a cool milestone :)

Monday, June 01, 2009

Since We've Been Home...

In his first 6 days in this world, Tucker has been a GREAT baby! He is laid back and very content (unless he is hungry). We have had to wake him up at night to feed him. I'm sure he would sleep 5-6 hours at a time if we didn't! When we went to the doctor on Friday, he was down to 8 lbs. 9 oz. so we had to go back today for a weight check. He was up to 8lbs. 14 oz. so they were pleased with 5 oz. gain in 3 days.

Grey is also doing really well. He has been very interested in everything Tucker. He loves to pat him and love on him. We were thankful to have my parents up for the week last week to take care of Grey and then to help out when we came home. They of course lacked nothing when it came to helping do anything. They left yesterday and we seem to be doing really excellent! I feel better than ever and have more and more energy everyday. I feel like myself again which I didn't really know I didn't feel like myself before. Thankfully I have patience back and all is well! Here are a few pictures since we've been home...
Sharing watermelon after playing in the sprinkler
Follow the leader (airplanes)
eating a "pop"
Grey stretching like Tucker
Loving on Tucker

bye bye Poppie and Marmie


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