Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Letters to Reverie: 3 months

reverie hope at 3 months
My dear Reverie Hope,

You are no longer a newborn, and I've never been more wistful. I've been squeezing you tight and planting kisses aplenty upon you this month in an effort to bottle up all your precious newbornness. The way you break out into the hugest gummy grin whenever I catch your eye, twisting your head from side to side and kicking your legs from sheer joy. You reserve the biggest smiles for your mama, daddy, and siblings. You began laughing this month - a gurgly, effervescent giggle that is an overflow of your smiley spurts.

When you're not smiling, you are jamming your fists into your mouth and sucking on your fingers. You nurse every 2-3 hours during the day, and will wake up anywhere between 2-4 times a night to feed. You nurse efficiently, usually about 10-15 minutes and longer right before your 4-6 hour stretch of sleep at night. You fall asleep right after nursing at night, and you have been crying it out for naps during the day the past couple of weeks. The way you stretch your little body with your legs curled in froggy position once you wake up kills me. It has been so helpful not to have to wear you for naps anymore. However, I'll plop you in a wrap or sling anyway for you are most content that way, snuggled up against me with your little fists against my chest or by your mouth. You enjoy observing life around you with wide-eyed curiosity, whether you're being held, laying on the floor, or getting your diaper changed. You inch backwards by kicking your feet against the floor. Your head is getting steadier as you practice tummy time.

You wear 0-3 month clothing, size 0 shoes, and just transitioned to size 2 diapers. You have the biggest diaper blowouts almost daily, which are hilarious because you often sneeze or burp while pooping: a multitasker from the very beginning. All in all, we are head over heels in love with you. We are convinced you are the sweetest little babe. We are so honored you are our littlest love.

Love you so,
Mama

P.S. Reverie at 01, and 2 months. Plus, her birth story.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Chips off the old block

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We celebrated Father's Day a day late. The chips off the old block made a card and baked chocolate chip cookies for their daddy while he was at work today. Valor employed oil pastels to scribble on a few pieces of paper, which I used to glue "chips off the old block" cut out of construction paper. It served as a garland backdrop for photos. The kids were so excited to surprise their daddy for they love him so and proudly proclaim him the best daddy in the world. Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies also helped to lift everyone's spirits, as evidenced by the above pictures. My heart soars to witness Alex love and lead our children in the ways of the Lord. He models the gospel in our home, setting the example for the kids to follow. So thankful that the kids are learning that though we sin and disobey God, Jesus died on the cross for our sins so that we could be made right with God. We don't deserve Alex, but we are so thankful God gifted him to us.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Alex's birthday trip

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We celebrated Alex's birthday early earlier this week with a brief stint in Las Vegas. I was hesitant to travel with three kids for the first time, especially since Reverie is still a newborn. However, Alex declared sojourning in Vegas was all he wanted for his birthday, so of course we granted his request. It turned out to be a rather agreeable trip. We treated ourselves to time with friends who were simultaneously vacationing there, plenty of pool time, an array of tasty food, thrifting and outlet shopping, and as much rest as we could muster up. So thankful we got to get away and spend time with one another, for Alex has been busier than usual of late. We are a blessed bunch to call him the leader of our family. He is an irreplaceable gift - the calm to my storm, the silly and compassionate daddy to our kiddos, and the one who leads us to love Christ in all of life. Happiest of birthdays, my love!!!