Monday, October 27, 2014

Jude and Luke 10 months

Life around our house has been full of babbling, crawling, pulling up, and cruising. 

Jude has 3 bottom teeth. Luke has 2.

Jude is still army crawling. Luke is normal crawling.

Jude just learned to pull up. Luke has been pulling up for awhile and is now cruising.

Jude weighs 20.5lbs. Luke weighs 20lbs.

Jude's favorite word: va-va-va-va... whatever that is.

Luke uses more blend combos. He did say, "Bye-Bye" the other night.

They both wave bye-bye.

Jude shakes his head "no" very dramtically. It's funny when he does it as I'm telling Luke "no." It's ironic because Luke so far seems to understand it better than Jude. Luke will stop what he's doing. Jude will smile and keep doing it.

In their babble, they've both said, "mom-mom-mom" and "da-da-da"... now if they were referring to us I'm not sure. I doubt it.

Jude has become more picky in eating. Luke seems to eat anything. Luke decided baby food was not for him and much prefers real food. Both babies prefer to eat whatever we are eating even if they've already eaten.

Their current favorite food: blueberries.

They drink 4 bottles a day and eat 3 meals a day. 

Their favorite toy is a ball... doesn't matter what kind. They throw it then chase it. Then eat it. Then repeat.

They sleep 10-12 hours a night. And they take two 1.5-2.5 hour naps a day.

They love people and most of the time give smiles freely. Luke smiled and flirted with the nurse who gave him his flu shot while Jude gave her death stares the whole time.

We've recently converted our living into a safe baby room. Removing the dvds and xbox out from under the tv. Moving the love seat out from the corner as well as the curtains and making that the baby corner where they can play freely. Baby gates are on the stairs and door ways to keep them contained. They love to move and explore and touch EVERYTHING. Life is busy, but oh so fun. I find myself saying no numerous times a day. The teaching and training is in full swing. It's not always a fun job, but I know its a very important one. The sweet, chubby, baby squeezes make up for the not so fun parts.



And my favorite part of this corner is the phot collages that disply their newborn pics and more recent ones. 


Life this last month:










They really are excellent babies, but sometimes we do have moments like this:




Happy 10 months!














Thursday, September 18, 2014

Jude and Luke 9 months

Jude and Luke are 9 months old today. This has been a fun month of exploration and learning the word, "No."

They are talking and babbling almost constantly. They play and laugh together. Jude follows Luke everywhere. Jude is army crawling almost as quickly as Luke crawls on all fours. Although Jude looks more like a lizard to me.

Jude still only has 2 bottom teeth and now Luke has his bottom 2 teeth as well.

They now think they need to be eating whatever we are eating so mushy baby food is almost a thing of the past. They still get 7-8oz of formula or breastmilk every 3-4 hours. They are sleeping 10-12 hours a night with two 1.5-2.5 hour naps a day. Self feeding is one of the cutest, funniest things to watch.

Jude loves to clap.

This was the first time Luke pulled up on something.

This sums them up. Luke is my explorer and Jude, though he does like following Luke around, he is more likely to stay put and play.

Sweet profile of his duck lips


Sweet Jude's pumpkin face.

 



They move so much its hard to get clear pictures! But you can still catch the cuteness of this shark and monkey.




This cute baby (Luke), standing jut like this, looked up and saw my coke can. I said, "You see momma's coke?" He clear as day said, "Coke." Then I kept prodding just in case it was a fluke. Sure enough, he kept saying, Coke. He babbles other words, but Coke he said on cue.

Happy 9 months to my favorite baby boys!





















Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fear

Once they placed these 2 precious babies in my arms something in me ignited that I never anticpated. Yes there was so much excitement and love that is indescribable.... but what I did not anticipate was fear. I wasn't fearful of my role as caregiver, but fearful of all of the unknowns that I could not control. Germs, SIDS, accidents, etc.... I never anticpated to feel so weighted down by this emotion. I definitely think my babies being born in cold December didnt help but the external was nothing compared to my internal battle.

I am currently reading a book called Tame Your Fears by Carol Kent. I recommend this to everyone. We all have fears of something and struggle at different levels but this book covers it all and points out the obvious... Living in fear is sin. Worrying is straight up disobedience. 

Talk about a punch in the gut. 

Growing up in church we know this stuff. We can quote the scriptures. We know there are 365 of them on fear. But do we live this out? Or are we living in bondage to something that is robbing our joy and literally putting a sin barrier up in our lives.

Decemeber 18, 2013... I had no idea that all of this was beginning. I knew I was a protective mom (still am! and I don't apologize for it. God gave me the responsibility of taking care these babies. No one else.) However being a protective mom is very different than being a fearful mom. 

A protective mom prays.
A fearful mom worries.

A protective mom surrenders her family to the Lord.
A fearful mom tries to control everything.

We (I) have a choice. I can be fearful. Or I can remember that yes, I birthed these babies, but they are simply on loan to me. I have the responsibility to raise them, but they are not really mine. I can hold on with white knuckles or I can surrender these precious babies to the One who loves them more than me.

I am learning. I am taking baby steps. I am not a super mom. I am human. But I am thankful for the One who is walking beside me in this journey. He created me and my family. And more than that, He loves me and my family and desires a healthy relationship with me (us) not a power struggle.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jude and Luke 8 months

As stated on social media earlier, this is what 8 months of cuteness looks like:


Luke is crawling and into everything.

Jude is getting everywhere by means of rolling... and I do mean everywhere.

They love playing ball...



They love their jumparoos.

They love the water.. and here are the chubby bubbies getting ready for it.



They love being silly... or maybe we love being silly and they are willing participants.

They love singing songs.

They love wrestling with one another but normally they don't love it at the same time.


And their favorite activity currently is sitting on daddy's shoulders, playing with his head.

And a big milestone for this momma was putting them in the church nursery a week ago sunday, August 10. They did great and so did momma. :) 

As stated above, they are moving around like crazy. Luke still has 0 teeth and Jude still only has the 2 front, bottom ones. They are drinking 7oz every 3-3.5 hours (breast milk part of the time and formula the other) and eating baby food 2-3 times a day. We have started introducing them to table food... to which their favorite seems to be homemade ice cream. (at least thats their daddy's opinion because thats his favorite food.)They take 2-3 naps a day and sleep 10-12 hours at night. 

I blame their Grammy and Bebe because they are spoiled rotten! Luke is more content being alone than Jude. Jude still gets the title of more high maintenance. But they still are sweet, good, happy babies which I am sure to thank Jesus for everday!