Friday, June 24, 2011

peace in the rough days.

Whew! It's been a crazy week or two in our household.  Our little man suddenly decided that sleep was for the birds.  And it was ROUGH!  He was back to getting up 2 and 3 times a night and suddenly screamed for a LONG time every time we put him in his crib.  It was so unlike him that I took him to the dr. to see if anything was wrong. NOPE.  I'm pretty sure that he was growth spurting since he was eating like a champ ALL the time.  Anyway, I am happy to report that we might just be getting back to normal {I say this lightly as normal seems to change everyday} .  Although I am still tired and we are still not sleeping through the night, my sweet, happy baby that will go to sleep without crying is back! Praise the Lord! Not to mention that my wonderful husband {who knows just how tired I am} offered to get up with Thomas once last night so I could at least get a chunk of sleep.  And do you know what?  Thomas only got up once!!  So I slept from 11-7. GLORIOUS.  We have been praying so much about these sleep issues and our friends and family have also been praying.  And we thank the Lord for His gracious answers!


God has taught me a lot through these rough days.  I found myself almost constantly in prayer for sleep, strength, wisdom, peace for our child and our marriage, and the ability to portray the fruits of the spirit even in my very sleep deprived state.  I kept thinking about how the Lord knows what we need- right when we need it.  And he knows what we need better than we do.  That doesn't mean that God will necessarily make my baby sleep right when I want him to, but he will give me the strength and ability to get through the lack of sleep.  It reminded me of  Matthew 6:7-8-
 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
What a sweet encouragement! Especially when I have been so tired sometimes I can't even put together coherent sentences.   


Even in these hard days, I know that the Lord has been SO good to us and has blessed me with the chance to stay home and raise our son to be a man of God. 


-R 


ps- don't you just want to kiss those cheeks?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Seeing old friends...

Last Saturday, some of J's friends from college came to Louisville for the day!  We had a great time hanging out, eating at Toast on Market and having them meet Thomas.  They were all naturals with him:) After they left, we both decided we wished they lived closer.
Brandon and Thomas

Kenneth and Thomas

Kellyn and Thomas

Old friends back together again :)

All the boys!

I was actually there, but I have no pictures to document it!  In other news, Thomas is 3 months old today!  We will definitely have some pictures to post later :)


-R

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thomas with Oma

Thomas is having SO much fun with his Oma who is visiting from SC!  We all wish she didn't live so far away!!



-R

Friday, June 10, 2011

updates.

hahaha- tummy time!

i just love his smile :)
We are just 8 days shy of this little guy being 3 months old!  Wow!  He is starting to interact with us so much more, smile all the time and make all kinds of new sounds, which is pretty much adorable.  He is also desperately trying to get his hand/ thumb in his mouth.  I think that he will be able to do it in the next few weeks:)  He has started rubbing his eyes when he is sleepy and and frequently gets out of his swaddle.  I would like to get rid of the swaddle soon, but am really scared to do so since he still tends to wake himself up without it.  


We are still trying to figure out his sleep- he wakes up often early from his naps, but goes to sleep pretty easily on his own if he is not overtired.  The last few nights he has had trouble going to bed so I am not sure if he is getting too much daytime sleep or if he is overtired.  We generally do 4 naps a day- though the last one is usually not as long.  I still feel like he sleeps so much!  Any advice on this? He is only getting up once a night and then I sometimes have to wake him up in the morning so he doesn't sleep too late.  Ahh, sleep!  Every time I think I have it figured out something changes!


Besides that we are loving our little guy and thank the Lord for him daily!  Isn't he just the sweetest thing?


-R

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Do not be anxious

This morning as I was helping Thomas get drowsy for his nap by rocking and singing to him, I began to sing a song I learned as a child.  In fact, I am pretty sure that my Dad used to sing it to me at bedtime.  The lyrics are really simple, but something I definitely needed to hear.
I cast all my cares upon you. I lay all of my burdens down at your feet. And anytime I don't know what to do, I will cast all my cares upon you.
There have been lots of times in the past year and especially the past 3 months of being a new mom where I just didn't know what to do. I'm confident every new mom must feel this way sometimes. I have plenty of babysitting/ nannying experience, but I still at times feel lost.  How can I mother in a way that leads my little son to Jesus, that teaches him the right things, that helps him learn to sleep on his own {and so many other things}?  Many times, instead of casting my cares on the Lord, I try desperately to figure everything out on my own. Often I have prayed, but not really believed that the Lord could do what I was asking.  But God in His grace is reminding me today that He can and that He cares.  It made me think of this verse that I memorized years ago...
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-6
 It says to rejoice always- even when I feel anxious, even when I don't know what to do.  And then it reminds me that the Lord IS near.  He is not far away.  He cares about even the trivial things- He tells me not to be anxious about anything.  And then He reminds me that when I do give those things that I am anxious about over to Him, that His peace will guard my heart and mind.  Peace that transcends all understanding. {To transcend: to pass beyond the limit of; to be greater than as in intensity of power, to surpass} So this morning I am rejoicing that though I am full of sin and unbelief, the Lord cares about my cares and I will cast them on Him.


-R