Monday, April 25, 2011

5 Months

"Uh oh! Hello! That's five months!" (a favorite quote of Frank Eggelhoffer from Father of the Bride)

Dear sweet Jonah,
First off, I'm really sorry I wasn't on the ball for your first two monthly pictures. I guess that just shows it took me about three months before I could really get a grip on reality after having a baby. I'm sure you could care less about that but, being a bit of a perfectionist, it is driving me crazy and there really isn't anything I can do about it.

Jonah, we are loving every minute we get to spend with you. This stage is so much fun and each day we continue to learn so much about each other. We love seeing your sweet little personality come out. Around us you are quite the charmer but when we are with our friends you are Mr. Shy Guy.

This month has been a month of firsts. We started giving you solids. I guess third times a charm because the first two times we attempted to give you rice cereal it didn't really go so well. And it also took your Aunt Beth to prepare the cereal and feed you, you ate so well for her. So far we've tried green beans and peas. The new tastes don't really seem to phase you. You are usually more interested in your bib and I have to fight you to keep your hands out of your mouth. (more pictures of eating to come)

You also rolled over from your back to your belly about a week ago. But you've only done it about three or four times. Belly time still isn't your fave but we're working on it.

We went to the zoo with your Ruiter cousins when they were here visiting over their spring break. You slept for most of it, but that's ok because there wasn't much to see this early in the season.

And you went swimming for the first time. On one of our trips to Massillon, Grandma and Grandpa came and we stayed over night and the hotel had a pool. You acted a little nervous at first but I think you enjoyed it. Your swim trunks were a little big, they're size 6-12 months (a gift originally for Leyton from our friend Lauren, I was so excited we got to finally use them).

Your mommy and papa love you so much Jonah and continue to thank the Lord for blessing us with such an amazing little boy. I am excited to see what this next month holds for us and the new things we will discover. 

*Next time I complain or say anything about Jonah only taking little cat-naps during the day can you please slap me up-side my head? I feel like I have been going crazy thinking his sleeping and over analyzing it to death that I haven't been fully thankful about him sleeping through the night. Jonah sleeping through the night just happened so early that I don't think I got to fully appreciate it. I mean I certainly appreciate it but not to the extent that most mothers do...until last night. It was like he was a newborn again. We had a pretty crazy Easter weekend with lots of parties, late nights, and a short visit from family so maybe that is the reason he was up so much last night, or maybe he isn't feeling well, or teething, or maybe it's nothing. Either way, I am praying for a better night tonight. 

Thanks for reading. Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! Those pictures to come soon too.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"Is this your first?"

"Is this your first baby?" Even before I got pregnant with Jonah I knew I was going to be asked this question. This is a tough question for me and I have been hearing it a lot, like almost every other day. I don't want to make people feel uncomfortable or awkward so sometimes I say yes. But I immediately feel terrible and feel like I have let Leyton down or feel like I am forgetting him when I don't mention him to people.

(not sure if I've already shared this before...) I remember the first time I heard the question but it was actually directed toward my mother. My mother came with me to one of my first OB appointments (I think I was about 12 weeks pregnant with Jonah) and the nurse asked my mother if this was her first grand-baby and without any hesitation she quickly responded, "No, this is my second." Hearing my mother say that was really encouraging to me.

Having Jonah has made my heart so full and my heart melts every time he smiles at me. But there is still a place in my heart that hurts everyday when I think of Leyton. He is my first son and I want to honor his memory when people ask me about my children.


Josh has been working some long hours with his ER rotation, so Jonah and I have been kickin' it during the day (a major change from Josh's other rotations this year). As you can imagine this almost 5 month old has been keeping me busy. So thankful for this sweet boy.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Family Photo

1. This picture was taken by my good friend Brooke at her son's mustache blast 1st birthday party, it was so cute. Hop on over to her blog and look at the past couple of posts to see her cute decorations for her son.
2. Josh's mustache looks almost real.
3. Jonah looks like he is already embarrassed by his parents.

Friday, April 8, 2011


I just laid Jonah down for a nap and I am praying hard he sleeps for more than 40 minutes. Poor guy needs a long nap so bad. I thought we were getting better at napping but this was a bad napping week. It certainly doesn't help that we have been out of town the past two weekends  and we just had three of his cousins here for two days who are a balls of energy. I'm pretty much accepting his scheduling being off until the end of June. That will be after Josh graduates, we move, go to the cottage with Josh's family, and go on vacation with my family. It's just gonna be crazy for a while and that's ok.

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