Twenty-7

Jonathan celebrated 27 years this past Wednesday. I know I am behind on the post, but I felt it was worth backtracking since this was a special birthday. Not only did Jonathan turn 27 on the 27th (which Jonathan thought was extra special since it's a once in a lifetime thing) but this was also Jonathan's first birthday as a daddy! Early Wednesday morning, as Jonathan was showering for work, I snuck downstairs and made him chocolate chip pancakes. He loves pancakes but this is something I don't usually make for him since it creates quite the mess in the kitchen. I didn't want Brody to feel left out so I made him something extra special as well. He ate an egg yolk for the first time in celebration of his "da-da". That afternoon Brody and I surprised Jonathan at work with balloons tied to a basket full of goodies that he can munch on over the next couple of weeks. Then we took him to the mall to let him pick out something for his birthday. He couldn't decide on what he wanted (which is part of the reason we hadn't already bought him much) so we left the mall and went to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. Here are some pictures we took as we celebrated the night...
After dinner, Brody sat on the table as we paid the bill.  He found a piece of bread left in the basket and snatched it before we knew what he was doing!  When we caught him he thought it was funny and decided to share some bread with his daddy. :)
After returning home, Brody and I sang "Happy Birthday" to Jonathan and gave him his cookie cake.  Brody thought since he got away with the bread that maybe he could sneak in some cake too!  Thankfully, we caught him before he ate any of the icing off his tiny little fingers.  That little booger!
I am so thankful for my wonderful husband and mischievious baby boy.  Birthdays are twice as nice when you have a little family to enjoy them with!

Teething Bites...Cuddle Bugs Don't!

As I write this entry, Brody, wearing only a diaper and a bib, is cuddled up next to me in a blanket watching his "Your Baby Can Read" DVD. ( I have to add that this is taking me forever to type out as one hand is wrapped around my little man!)  He's had a rough night tonight.  His first little incisor is trying its best to push its way through his sweet little sore gums.  Brody is quite the trooper though.  He's hardly put up a fuss at all.  We didn't even realize he has been teething the past several days because he has hardly "complained" at all.  It wasn't until today, as he was laughing at me playing silly games with him, that I got my first glimpse at the small white tooth pressing against the surface of his gums.  And, yes, I am sure this time he is actually teething.  I know that Jonathan and I have been saying since he was about 3 months old, "I think he must be teething," but this is the real deal!  He's been his normal self, happy for the most part and sleeping well at night.  Besides a runny nose (which apparently is common when teething) and tons of drooling (hence the bib), the only issue he has had is eating dinner.  The past 3-4 nights he has cried and wailed when I tried to give him chicken, green beens, etc.  Why? I wondered. He eats just fine throught the day.  It's only at night.  Then, after seeing the tooth this afternoon and watching his drama tonight at dinner, it hit me.  It's the warm food that is bothering his gums.  The cool fruit, yogurt, etc. feels good to his sore gums.  So, we ended dinner early tonight and I took him up stairs to take a bath.  Baths always put him in a better mood.  After toweling off and getting lotioned from head to toe, I brought him downstairs wearing only his diaper and his bib.  We sat on the couch together as he watched his DVD.  As I was researching online, I felt his little head lean over toward me and his little body rested beside mine.  I am cherishing every moment of it and I don't want to forget it!  My little cuddle bug needs his mommy and there is nowhere else I'd rather be right now!

Esther

Yesterday morning Brody and I woke up earlier than usual to attend a Beth Moore Bible Study with Katheryn, my cousin.  Brody played in the nursery (probably checking out all the girls) while we studied Esther.  I learned so much, and I'm excited thinking about the knowledge I will walk away with over the next 8 weeks.  I have to admit though, I was pretty embarrassed and disappointed in myself as I realized I don't know as much about the Bible as I thought.  I grew up in church, and, as a family, we attended church every Sunday and most Wednesday nights.  I was very involved with the youth group in Jr. High and H.S. But, as I sat and listened to my group talk about the historical timelines and significance of all that was happening during Esther's time period, I realized that in all my years of going to church we mainly only focused on the New Testament and Jesus' teachings.  I was taught the Old Testament stories, of course, but we never talked about it in as much depth as Beth Moore does in her studies.  To be honest, I never really felt I was missing out on anything though (I always hated history class the most in school!)...until today.  I can't even begin to express how excited I felt just listening and learning this morning, and I'm sure if I tried to reproduce today's discussion I would bore you all! But, wow!  You should be a part of one of her studies if you ever get the chance.  It has given me a renewed passion for learning God's Word.  It feels like I found a twenty dollar bill in the pocket of my old pair of jeans...makes you appreciate the jeans again and glad you didn't just throw them out! ;)

Since the Bible study was close to where Jonathan works, we went to visit him and eat lunch at his office.  I tell you this only because I want to share this cute picture of Brody sitting with his Daddy at Jonathan's desk.  Maybe he will be into computers one day too...
















Also, I took this sweet little picture of Brody that I am thinking about entering into the LIVE! With Regis and Kelly show.  If, by chance, he were to win (which we know is a LONG shot since there are literally thousands that have already entered), he would get a $125,000 college scholarship and he would appear on the cover of parenting magazine.  If he were to be one of the 4 runner-ups he would get $25,000 for college.  All of the top ten get like a $1000 worth of Gerber food and such.  So, there are lots of great prizes to win.  We're not getting our hopes up, but we figure it's worth a shot.  Plus, I'm also excited because if he were to win (again, I know it's a big IF) they would fly all of us out to NY and put us up in a hotel so that we could appear on the show.  How cool would that be!?!  Anyway-it's fun to dream, at least!  So, here is the picture I'm thinking about submitting.  Let me know what you think...















After we came home it was time for Brody to eat again.  I gave him some juice in a sippy cup and this is him trying so hard to figure this sippy cup thing out...















Poor kid!  He'll get it soon, I hope!  I just LOVE him!!!

My New Pretty Journal

I woke up this morning and found myself in the same daily routine: feeding Brody, playing with him, changing his diaper, and playing with him some more.  But, after I put him down for his morning nap, I found myself setting up this blog.  In the past I never imagined myself blogging, and I've never been one to follow blogs, but my sister-in-law insisted it was something I really should do.  She got into in several months ago and has been campaigning for it ever since.  I just shrugged it off as something that was good for her but something I would never get into.  Then, a few weeks ago, a friend of mine sent an email with a link to her new blog.  I checked it out and starting thinking, Maybe I should set up a blog...

So here I find myself, posting my first entry.  I'm hoping this will be something I will stick with.  However, I can't make any promises.  Even as a child I couldn't keep a diary longer than a month.  Just about every year I would get a new journal.  Something about the possibilities of a blank journal excited me and I couldn't wait to get started.  But after about a week I would stop writing in it every day, creating a new entry every few days, then every few weeks, until I had stopped writing in it all together.  Then months later I would come across a pretty journal in the store that I had to have, one that I just knew would inspire me to keep writing in it all year long, but a month later the journal would have a few pages of my thoughts followed by an eternity of untouched pages.  Occasionally, I will come across one of those journals and shake my head.  I get irritated at myself for not sticking to it.  I'll never get those memories back....all those memories I never bothered to write down.

So now that I have a beautiful baby boy, I'm hoping I will stick to it this time.  I want to remember all the "insignificant" day-to-day memories we make as a family.  My hubby and I are 27 and can't remember what we did for our anniversary last year and many other significant moments in our lives.  We have friends tell us stories about us that we had completely forgotten about, and I mean completely!  I don't want to forget a single thing about my Brody Boy and I'm afraid there are things I have already forgotten in the past 8 months.  So here's to a new pretty "journal" that is waiting for me to jot down all the things I will too soon forget!

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