Friday, April 30, 2010

Life with Lana today (3 years, 9 months)

*Around the beginning of March, Lana started having terrible nightmares. She would wake us up screaming and crying several times a night, most nights of the week.  For the past month, we've noticed a pattern. If Lana has quiet time instead of napping, she is up at night with nightmares!  It makes sense because Dan is the exact same way.  If he is overtired, he tosses and turns and talks in his sleep and is very restless in general.  Like father, like daughter, apparently.  We've started making sure she gets a nap on most days, and she has almost completely quit having nightmares.  Relief!

*Mommy and Daddy went on a date night, and one of the things we did was play arcade games.  We used our tickets to buy Lana a whoopie cushion - she loves it!!  She thinks it's the funniest thing to blow it up and then to jump on it.  I don't know if she really "gets" what's funny about the noise, but it sure is funny to watch her!  I SO wish we had gotten a good picture of this!

*Almost every day, she asks me if it's July yet because she knows that her birthday is in July, and she can't wait to be 4.  Oh, I just want it to slow down.  I TEACH 4 year olds in preschool - I can't imagine her being that old.  How did this happen?

*Walking through the grocery store this week, she said, "Mommy, I could just read books with you all day long."  Music to my ears.

*This morning, Lana slept in quite a bit longer than her brother.  He was going down for his nap just as she was waking up.  She came out of her room in her pj's, flip flops, and a headband (or "crown" as she calls them).  The first thing she said was "Can I go outside to play?"  It makes us so happy that she loves the outdoors!

*She has really started to play "family;" it's her favorite thing ever.  Everyone is assigned a family member to be - can you guess what she always is?  It's fun to watch her imagination take off and send her into her own pretend world.  We have plans to find her some sort of little playhouse to put in the backyard - she would love it.

*These are the perfect pictures to sum up the personality of my girl: playing on top of the train table, in dress up clothes.  Digging in the dirt, planting seeds, in dress-up clothes.  I absolutely LOVE it:

*Words can't even convey what a good big sister she is.  She loves to play with and talk to Tucker, truly delights in every new thing he does or tries to do.  (The only thing she DOESN'T like is when he slobbers on her toys.  Don't blame her much.)

Feeding Tucker...they both love this, and although it's a little messier than I might like, it's too sweet not to let her do it from time to time.  Preferably outside.

These two smiles M.E.L.T. me.  He is trying to crawl, and scooted himself underneath the table.  She joined him.

She loves it when I find a way for them to "play" together.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Field trip the strawberry farm with Daddy!

Lana's preschool class took a field trip to pick strawberries.  We have several Pick-Your-Own farms in the area, and this is a fun one!  Dan doesn't have class on Thursdays, so he rearranged some things so that he could go with her on the field trip.  We know he won't always have the flexibility to do that, so we're taking advantage of it while he can!

They picked some delicious strawberries!  The class mascot came along for the ride, too.

These strawberries were seriously delicious!  I told them to pick a bunch, because I intended to use them for pie, jam, bread, etc.  Well...not so much.  We just flat out ate them.  

It's so neat to see Lana interacting her her friends.  Preschool is SO good for this girl!  We knew a year or two ago that if we weren't very careful, she would become one of those children who hide behind their mama's legs all the time.  Little Lambs has done so much to help Lana interact in a healthy way with her peers and other adults - and all the while, I'm just a few doors down!


Monday, April 19, 2010


After "Jesus" there is no sweeter word in all the Bible than "grace."
It is the wealth of God's kindness;
the riches of His mercy;
the soothing ointment of His forgiveness;
the free and undeserved, but lavishly offered hope of eternal life.
Grace is what we crave when we are guilt-laden.
Grace is what we must have when we come to die.
Grace is our only ray of hope when the future darkens over with storm clouds of fear.
If we but knew a fraction of the future God is making for us,
If we could begin to feel that all our deepest longings will be satisfied,
that every beauty of this world will be preserved and heightened,
that every good affection will soar, that every proper relationship will be restored forever,
that all pain and frustration and ugliness will vanish,
and Jesus will fill the world with golden light-
if we could believe what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9),
our hearts would be freed from the greed and fears that cause us to sin.
We would escape from the corruption that is the world,
and become partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).
--John Piper (7/20/82)

And because we don't fully grasp that Jesus paid the penalty for all our sins, we despair of God's blessing when we've failed to live up to even our own desires to please God. 
Your worst days are never so bad that you're beyond the reach of God's grace.
Your best days are never so good that you're beyond the need of God's grace.
--Jerry Bridges

The main art of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself.
You have to take yourself in hand.
You have to address yourself,
Preach to yourself,
Question yourself.
You must say to your soul "Why are you cast down? What business do you have to be disquieted?" 
You must turn on yourself,
Upbraid yourself,
Exhort yourself,
And say to yourself "Hope in God"
Instead of muttering in this depressed, unhappy way.
Then you must go on to remind yourself of God:
Who God is.
What God is.
What God has done.
What God has pledged Himself to do.
Then, having done that, end on this great note:
Defy yourself, and defy others, and defy the devil and the whole world, and say:
"Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God!" (Psalm 43:5)
--D. Martin Lloyd-Jones

Christ loves you selflessly through your repeated rebellion, haughtiness, apathy, laziness, and rejection of Him and His terms.
He loves and accepts you when you are angry at and/or demanding of Him.
He perseveres in patience toward you when you are puffed up with worldly wisdom, demonstrating your sinful actions and attitude that you believe you know better than God how to govern your life.
His love continually reaches towards you when you want nothing to do with Him.
His patience is never exhausted and He always seeks your highest good.
So He asks you to love others in the same way He loves you - yes, even your enemies and the unloveable. He then gives you the power through His indwelling Spirit to do so. When you think you cannot love someone who is difficult, take a quick look at how you rebel at times, and how God's love for you remains unwavering.
--D Patton

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Life with Tucker today (7 months)

*Tucker will sit unassisted for a minute or two at a time before he crashes over, but he is still happiest laying on the floor and rolling around.  At small group the other night, I laid him in the floor in the middle of all 10 or 12 of us, and he just rolled around and looked and smiled at everyone, happy as a clam.

*He's just a very social boy - will smile at nearly anyone who talks to him.  This makes it so fun to take him anywhere.  The only downside is that he's becoming less likely to nap when we're out and about because he doesn't want to miss anything.  This is a rare time when we got him to nap at Art After Hours:  

*He loves tags!  I've seen other babies do this, but Lana was never very interested in tags.  Tucker will find the tag on anything...a toy, a bib, etc...and put it right in his mouth.

*He is eating just about everything these days.  He LOVES when I roast sweet potatoes - those are his favorite.  I'm going to try broccoli and cauliflower this week.  I hope he loves them like his sister does!  Fruits are still a bit too tart for him, although he does much better with fresh fruit in his mesh feeder than he does the store-bought purees.

*He does LOVE his mesh feeder!!  I need to be better about putting more in there.  Pears are his favorite.

*He also loves Sonic ice.  Don't ask me how I know this.

*He recently had his 4th ear infection - ugh.  He ran a fever with this one, for the first time.  It was so bad that it spread to his eye - I had no idea that ear infections could even do that!

*He sleeps from 7:30 pm to 6:30 am most nights, and then takes 2-3 naps/day, totaling about 3 hours.  If he misses a nap, he easily gets overtired and then doesn't sleep well the rest of the day.

*He is not interested in crawling yet, probably because he's so happy rolling around.  I try to put him on his hands and knees a few times a day - he will rock back and forth a few times, and then collapse on his belly.

*He is still taking reflux medication.  He takes Prevacid in the morning, and Zantac at night.  Dr. Dirk wants us to try to quit giving it to him and see if he's grown out of it, but I'm scared to.  One day while we were in Alabama, I forgot to give it to him one morning, and by noon he was irritable and spitting up all over the place.

*I LOVE wearing him in the Ergo, but he much prefers the stroller, probably because he can see better.  When I put him in the Ergo, he will push his arms against me and arch his back so he can see everything around him.   

*I am introducing the sippy cup to him, but he isn't interested at all.  I'm not sure how it's going to work, because we have to thicken his formula so he doesn't choke on it because of his dysphagia.  Water in his sippy cup is so thin - he chokes on it every time.  I'm going to ask his therapist when we go this week.

*Lana is still his favorite person in the world - she is almost guaranteed to get a laugh out of him, often for no reason at all.  She better watch out, because when he can crawl, she's in trouble!

*He is not interested in the monkey we bought for him to have as a lovey.  So sad!  I have pictures of Lana at his age with her lovey in her bed, and he just has nothing for it.

*He has two teeth on the bottom, and they are sharp as little knives!