Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Going, Going.... Almost Here

Lincoln has been through a lot of changes this past month. Right before my eyes my baby is disappearing! Those last few ties to babyhood are going, going, gone- but I suppose that's ok with Baby Sister scheduled to appear in less than 5 weeks. I'll get to start all over real soon!
So, what's my big boy been up to?
Well, you know we've been potty training. That's still a work in progress- some days are perfect, some days we're all frustrated. But overall, we're moving steadily towards being trained and a little further away from training. Which is good since I'm contractually obligated to have him off diapers before the next baby comes along and needs them! ;)
He's also moved out of the crib and into a big boy bed. (Well, its just the twin mattress and box spring on the floor in his room- I don't even have real bedding for it, but it works just fine!) We were going to wait to make that move sometime this summer since there's no real rush; Baby Sister will be in a cradle for awhile. But Lincoln kept crawling out, every day, coming to get us in the middle of the night, in the early am, during nap time... so we decided we might as well put him in a bed that wasn't a 5 foot drop to the hardwood floor! (Being the little monkey he is, he never actually experienced that drop, though Larry did find him hanging by a stuck leg once. Ouch!)
So, he dropped the diapers and the crib- what was left? The one thing I was probably holding on to as tight as he was... Paci. We took Georgia's paci at about 13 months, when she started making a game out of throwing it out of her bed, but for some reason I let Lincoln slide with his. Probably because he's a 2nd child, and he slept SO well with it! Nap and bedtime were so easy with him- give him paci & blankie, lay him down, asleep within 5 minutes, almost every time. Why would a momma mess with that?! I've know it was probably past time, at least according to our household rules, but, like the potty training, I was not looking forward to the learning curve I knew came with such an action.
Then, like the crib, he kinda made the move himself. One morning he woke up and showed me he'd completely chewed a hole in the end of paci. (oh yea- he's also finally getting his 2-year molars, so another fun change going on!) So I had to take care of that- broken paci's are not very safe, even if they do help usher in sweet sleep! I snipped the whole end off and handed it back to him. Of course paci didn't work then, and he told me so, then told me "we need to go to the store quick quick to get batteries for Georgia's camera and get a new paci". Nice try, little boy! So, he's finally getting used to the idea of falling asleep without paci, but it's definitely been another learning curve. A few days ago, after we heard a crash in his room at nap time, Larry found he'd fallen off the changing table somehow, (only a minor bump, no serious injury) where he'd been perched looking out the window for who knows how long! It was a very grumpy week with so many hours of sleep missed!
Despite the hard-to-miss fact that my baby is most definitely becoming a big boy, and that is always sad to a mommy, it's fun to watch him figure out the world in new ways too. He's big enough to sit on a barstool and paint with sister...
He's in love with baseball and constantly wants "mommy, you throw the ball and I hit it with the bat"- which he actually manages to do 2/3 of the time! He's got some skills!
And he's memorized "The Fire Engine book", so will tell it to us at bedtime! So great and adorable!!

I know it's all part of mommyhood, watching these sweet babies of mine grow up, but I must admit my hands are starting to itch to get back on a tiny, sweet-smelling, new bundle of joy! -Or maybe that's just my belly itching as it continues to grow to an astronomical size! ;)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Great Eight Anniversary

Yes- the Trifecta is underway at our house! If you don't know what that means- it's a special time of year where Mother's Day, our Anniversary and my Birthday come within about a week of each other- three distinct and special holidays that together my husband have named The Trifecta. And every year he does an amazing job of helping me celebrate!

And today is our Anniversary!!
A very special Happy Anniversary to my best friend, partner in all, love of my life- my husband, Larry. These eight years have flown by, yet we've been through many things, and every day I feel blessed to love you more than the day before. Thank you for everything- and that encompasses more than I can say! I love you!
Here are Eight Great moments, not in any order, and not the only or best great moments, but eight great ones all the same! :)

Our special engagement at The Breakers, West Palm Beach FL
Talking thru the door before our wedding; what a beautiful and fun day!
Our first Christmas- with our first, and most challenging "child" Bernie the Basset Hound!
Dedicating our sweet girl, our first precious baby Georgia to the Lord.
Adding our rough, tough, bundle of love, baby boy Lincoln to the group!
Big move to Tampa!
An awesome trip Whistler, Canada- before it was an Olympic hotspot!
Last year's Trifecta topped off with a great weekend getaway to Daytona, packed with space shuttle liftoff, monster Jeeps, and relaxing on the beach!
Many more Great Moments to come.... :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

I hope all the mothers out there had a great Mother's Day! I did- my family made me feel very special, appreciated and loved. I had a special breakfast carried into the bedroom to me (that I thankfully could intercept before my two little waiters dropped the whole tray!), sweet cards signed special by each of them, beautiful gifts that made me feel like a beautiful mama, a relaxing afternoon, and a delicious & special dinner celebration with my own mother. It was a great day and I appreciate the thought and effort that my family gave to make that way!
And I even got some great Mother's Day pictures with my babies- the perfect gift!

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Resurrection and Easter Eggs

As my mom and I were checking out at Michael's with goodies for Easter baskets, the cashier remarked to us, "How did we all get from Jesus dying on the cross and rising to life again- to eggs, bunnies and baskets?" At first I shrugged it off- "That's true- Jesus' resurrection is the meaning and heart of Easter; the rest is just for fun". But the question has stuck with me and I realize it's something my own kids may wonder and, hopefully, will ask about some day.
I don't have a sound, biblically-based, theological answer. Just what's been rambling around in my head! If you do, please share! And I do think the bunnies, egg hunts and treats are just part of the fun. But they, of course, are not the Point. The Point of Easter is to reflect on and celebrate the incredible sacrifice Jesus made to save me, save each of us, from eternal separation from God. He died a brutal, horrible death on the cross for the only reason that I needed Him to. Then He defied death itself and rose to life again 3 days later, which we celebrate as Easter morning.
Here's my stretch to the eggs, etc- Eggs are a symbol of life, as little chicks (and other animals, I suppose) are born out of them. Easter eggs are a reminder of the new life we have when we believe in Jesus as our Saviour. The bunny is one of God's happy little creatures. The Easter bunny is one of God's creatures that helps Him by sharing the message of new life by bringing the Easter eggs to all of us. We can be like the Easter bunny and help God by sharing this message all year long.
How's that answer sound? :)
And we had a great Easter weekend ourselves, with messages of new life, sweet treats and good times with family! We are finally finishing out the Easter candy in our house (which reminded me I had yet to post these pictures!)- but will continue to share the sweet message year round! :)
Easter Egg Hunt with our church
Lincoln would shout "Here's an egg!" with every one he found- which weren't hard to find since they were literally rolled out across the grass!
It took them each about 17 seconds to overflow their baskets!
Cool kids wear sunglasses like Grammie!
A picture of Larry & I- what a novel idea! Oh yea- and Baby Sister! ;)

Easter morning baskets... Lincoln was all about diving into the candy. Georgia was separating the jelly beans, chocolates, other goodies into appropriate piles.

Easter egg hunt with Emma & Logan before a yummy Easter dinner at Grammie & Grandad's.

Easter morning finery...

Hope you had a great Easter too!
(Didn't this just happen?? I can't believe it's now MAY already!)