Tuesday, June 28, 2011



Hard to believe you're two months today! You are getting so big: 24 1/3 inches, and 10 pounds 11 ounces. You're in the 90th %ile for height and 40th for weight. You got your 2 month vaccinations yesterday, and I was terrified. I don't know how I feel about you getting so much medicine in your little body in one day, but Daddy took you because I had to work. :( He's so good to us. He said you took it like a champ, and hardly cried. Good boy!

Let me give you a little run-down of our last month...

We got to visit all your aunts/uncles and cousins in Peoria. It was a short trip, but it was much needed...just more people to love on you! :) Daddy coached baseball sectional on Labor Day. He got the day off work, and you and I went to support him. They won the 1st game, and we got to spend the afternoon as a family in the hot, hot weather! You did awesome, but the sun wore you out. It was nice to see you and Daddy relax together between games, and then celebrate the sectional win later that night. We went out to eat with Uncle Nic, Aunt Tori, and Colton after the game.

Mommy went back to work on June 1st. It was so hard. I cried and cried and you did just fine! I had to go back to work this summer because I have to graduate in August, and then, all my attention is your's the MINUTE I get home! Aunt Ash (and other lovely family members fill in when she can't) watches you on Monday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons. Daddy stays home with you on Tuesday and Wednesday. You have been so good to all of them. Your cousins like to help take care of you. They feed you, rock you, play with you, kiss you, tickle you, make you giggle..the list goes on. They love you.

Daddy is getting to do the 'Mommy' things with you like take you to the doctor, play with you during the day, feed you, pick up the house. It is not EVER what I had planned. I wanted to be Mommy, but we are making it work, and it is so good for you and Daddy to be together so much. He's so good! He's been taking you for walks, talking to you, watching SportsCenter with you, teaching you all sorts of things, and he even picks up the house for Mommy. You love him. His favorite time with you is when you wake up for an early morning feeding. He usually gets to feed you and then you fall asleep together on the couch for a few more hours. You guys melt my heart when I see you.

On June 7th, you were 9 lbs, 6 oz. The doctor was nervous you weren't gaining enough weight, so Mommy had to start supplementing with formula, and then go back to the doctor on the 7th. Good news! You were a healthy little boy, and he was happy with your weight gain! Good job! :)

You smiled for the first time with meaning on June 9th. Aunt Ash got to see it first, but I got to see it soon after. I LOVE when you smile.

We've been going to a few of Uncle AJ's summer baseball games in Huntington. You sure enjoy being outside, and you might be doomed to play baseball as much as you've seen in the 1st two months of your life.

Uncle Nic and Aunt Ash had to go to New York for a wedding, so Gavin and Graci stayed with Grandma and Grandpa while they were gone. We got to go miniature golfing with them on Saturday the 18th. I did not do so well with a crying, hungry baby, and I'm not sure you loved golfing, but you'll learn. :)

Father's Day was June 19th. We got Daddy a safe, some clothes, a book about you and daddy, and a plaque with your footprints. It wasn't much, but it was special for his first Father's Day. June 19th was also Aunt Ash/Uncle Nic's anniversary. Seems like just yesterday they were married! Time flies! I'm realizing that even more with you. You're growing so quickly.

On the 24th and 25th, Daddy had training at work, so he got to work in the morning, which meant we got to hang together as a family that weekend. On Friday we went to visit Uncle Thad and watch him coach. It was a short, last-minute trip, but it was so nice to see him. You stared at him the whole time. I think he's excited to teach you every thing he knows about baseball. You better listen to him. He knows what he's doing! :)

On Saturday afternoon we went to Fort Wayne to watch the Tincaps with Uncle AJ and his friend Lindsay. I love going to watch the Tincaps. Such a great baseball atmosphere. We laid on the lawn and talked and laughed. They lost, but you loved your first semi-pro game, and you got to watch your first fireworks afterward. Uncle AJ bet that you would cry the whole time, but you didn't! You LOVED them! You watched every single one of them shoot into the air and explode. You are so good!

We like to get to the pool on Sunday afternoons whenever we can. We haven't gotten out to the lake yet this year, but I cannot wait until we can. All your grandmas and aunts are so nice, and when we go to the pool they usually take baby duty and I lay in the sun for a little while until you get fussy (which isn't very often). On June 26th, though, you took your first swim in the pool! You really liked it for a little while, but then you were tired of being wet, and you and I took a little nap. :) It was so nice.

Yesterday was Mommy and Daddy's 2nd anniversary. Hard to believe that two years ago we promised each other our lives, forever. We promised to keep God at the center of our relationship and to love in sickness and health, rich or poor, etc. Hard to believe I love your Daddy more today than I did back then. We have experienced so much together, and I am soo soo thankful and blessed that Daddy gave me you. We knew we would have children, we prayed for our children before and after we were married. We dreamt of you, but we're thrilled you're finally here. We didn't get to do much for our anniversary because Daddy had to work, but we fell asleep on the couch as a family when he got home. It was perfect. It was our life. We're working on making changes so that we can be a family. You deserve a Mom and a Dad. You have us, but you deserve to see our love and to have us together. God is opening and closing doors and we cannot wait to see where he leads us in our family.

...and today you're 2 MONTHS! You went to Uncle Nic/Aunt Tori's for a little while while Daddy was at pre-trial. Aunt T loves you. Then you and Daddy went to Dick's to look around and then back home to rest. Auntie Abby came over to say hi before she leaves to go back home. She brought you a shirt from her recent vacation. Mommy got off work early, so the three of us headed to the pool before Daddy's Church softball game. You rested at Poppy Doc and Grandma Great's. They made us dinner, and we went to watch Daddy. It's fun watching him do things he loves. You got to see Grandmas and Grandpas, Aunt Ash/Uncle Nic, Gavin/Graci, and Weinbergs. You are worn out from your shots, so when we got home you've just been eating and resting. I'm listening to Daddy snore and you're asleep on his chest. A perfect way to end your 2 month birthday. :)

Just so I don't forget these days, you've been falling asleep around 10:30, waking up between 2:30 and 3:30 for 15 minutes, and then at 6:30 for 15 minutes, and then you sleep usually until 9-10 o'clock. I'm proud of you for letting us get our rest!

On a side note, let me tell you how much you mean to Daddy and I. We love you with every part of our being. It has been a challenge for me to surrender you to the Lord every morning, but I know God has blessed us with you. You are His child, and He will direct your path. I will always hurt when you hurt, laugh when you laugh, cry when you cry, but above all else, I pray the first thing I do is teach you to look to Him in all situations.

Daddy and I are learning all about you. What you like/don't like, what makes you smile, what makes you mad, which cries mean what, how long you're going to sleep, how much you're going to eat, the list goes on and on. We learn about you every day. I find myself studying you. I don't want to forget a moment. I never thought I could love someone so much, but I do. That's what makes it hard to remember to look to God for all decisions regarding you. I do not ever want to be too concerned with wiping your tears, being you friend, loving you unconditionally, feeding you, clothing you, providing for you that I forget to teach you about the one most important thing in our lives; a discipleship with Jesus Christ.

Please know Daddy and I will protect you and love you forever. We will pray for you daily. Daddy and I will try to show you love, not only to you but with each other. Seeing us together will one day be one of the most important models in your life. Your grandparents and greatgrandparents were all amazing models of love and discipleship, and we pray that we provide you with the same foundation in order to grow and love Jesus yourself.

Anyway, you are growing so fast, baby boy. I am so happy to see you grow and discover new things, but it's a bittersweet thing when I want each stage to last forever. I cannot wait to see what this month holds. Your smile melts my heart. I love you, sweet boy!

Love, Mommy

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