Tuesday, October 27, 2009

9 months

When she was born, I blinked, and now she's nine months old. Today she had her well-baby check-up. She has consistently stayed in the 90% for her height and head circumference and in the 50-75% for her weight. She tends to grow long and then fill out. I guess she's in a long phase right now. These percentiles always reassure me that she's actually eating enough. Rodney always rolls his eyes, but I have a hard time gauging how much she's actually eating since we're still breastfeeding. She only takes between 5 and 10 minutes to nurse (crazy -- persevering through those first months totally pays off).

So for all of the grandparents and great grands who like to know...


Weight: 19 pounds, 12 oz.
Height: 28.5 inches
Head Circumference: 45.5 cm

I just took these pictures in the middle of an afternoon walk. It's seventy degrees and sunny here in Houston today:) My car said it was 59 degrees on my way to her doctor appointment. COLD! Well, not really, but I did see someone wearing a winter coat today. Ha! I do, however, know that I have acclimated to this warmer weather, and I'm not quite sure how I'll adjust to the cold up north over the holidays...perhaps it's good that we'll be in Tennessee for Thanksgiving. It will be a warm-up for an Illinois Christmas.

She's starting to pull herself up and likes playing the piano on her knees:)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fall is Here to Stay (we hope)

Happy Fall to all of our family and friends! Yes, our air conditioning has now been turned off for three days. Granted, it was 80 degrees in the house yesterday, but all the rain slowly cooled things off and we're set to have a cool week of 70 degree weather (with lows in the 50s) for the next 10 days. I am ecstatic.

We've had several slow days in the past couple of weeks. Rodney was sick again on Friday through Sunday and has had an all-consuming week at work (and is set to travel to Louisiana for an oil show Monday through Thursday next week). So Abigail and I have had lots of time together:)

Abigail update --- Well, she will be 9 months old in a couple of days and has her well-baby visit on Tuesday. Since she hasn't been sick, our only visits to the doctors have been for her well-baby appointments, so I always look forward to seeing how much she weighs and formulate a long list of questions for her pediatrician. She started clapping two days ago, and as a consequence, has also developed a liking for banging things together to make noise. She is also standing much better and likes to be up on her feet. She's mastered pureed fruits, veggies, and cereals, so we'll start introducing chunkier versions and some finger foods in the next couple of weeks.

A friend who watches Abigail in the church nursery also tells me that she thinks Abigail will grow up to be quite musical. She bops her head whenever she hears a beat, music, or a rhythm of any kind, and loves to hear us sing and play her little Fisher Price piano. It's quite adorable.

Mommy update: Well, it's kinda been a lonely couple of weeks. With Rodney being gone in the evenings (he got home last night at 9:30) and with him being sick, I've felt more like a single mom these past couple of weeks. But...don't get me wrong...I do count my blessings. Gosh, I don't know how my mom did it growing up, with my dad being gone months at a time. And I sure am grateful for such a great hubby, who is a blessing from the Lord.

I'm also really thankful for BSF. Rodney makes copies of the lessons for me every week so I can keep up, so I'm doing two John Bible studies (BSF is much more mind and soul challenging...church Bible study serves other purposes...building relationships, etc.)...

So this week I've been challenged by the passage in John, "He must increase and I must decrease." This by no means is an unfamiliar passage. John's disciples have come to him, concerned that everyone is going to Christ to be baptised (and not to John). And John responds that everything we have is a gift from heaven, his joy is full because Christ is here, and his purpose (to go before the Messiah, proclaiming his coming, preparing people with hearts of repentance) is complete.

I was struck again with new conviction that I am often concerned about being preeminent. Even my spirituality is too often from selfish motives, self-love. Oh to be like Andrew and John and joyfully be second place in this life! Being a wife, mother and friend means laying my life down in service, love and joy every day in all that I do, putting other peoples needs above me own. So my own personal challenge for this week is to lead people to love Christ, not to love me...

I can't do it alone, but as Paul who said, "Who can deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!" How thankful I am that the grace of God is abundant for every need...

"He must increase, but I must decrease."
Hope you enjoy the new pictures!
look at all that hair:)

holding on to momma...

hanging out in her diaper right before bath and bedtime...i love the expression on her face...

our baby girl is growing up...

Friday, October 9, 2009

Fall in Houston

Two of three members were down sick this week in our house, marking the beginning of fall and cold/flu season. But colds and runny noses were about all that marks fall here in Houston. We had heat indexes in the 90s and 100s this week, and I decided to "ignore" the hot weather and make roast, homemade bread, baked squash and pumpkin bread in spite of it all:) Thankfully, Abigail and Rodney are both feeling better; though, Abigail as of the last 48 hours has been really crabby. But I think this time it might really be teething. She is, after all, almost 9 months old, so those teeth have to come in sooner than later.

Abigail still isn't crawling, but she does locomote quite well. She stretches from side to side from her sitting position and inches her way forward til she's back on her tummy. Then she proceeds to roll to the desired location. She is quite successful with her lunge and roll technique, so she might end up being one of those babies who skips crawling all together. She is starting to pull herself up, but still has a long way to go and can even hold herself in the standing position (but not for long).

I am enjoying the "Growth Groups" at our church. We meet every Wednesday night with a group from our church and leave Abigail with a sitter. Last week, Rodney and I took his Jeep, and I truly felt like I was on a date, even though we were only headed to a church discipleship event. It was the first time that I'd been in the Jeep since I was 8.5 months pregnant. I am also enjoying a Tuesday morning women's Bible study, and Abigail is adjusting to the nursery. I am thankful for these structured studies of God's word because since Abigail was born, I have grown quite lazy spiritually. And lazy spirituality tends to translate into the rest of my life. So maybe, just maybe, these disciplines unto Godliness will also help me be more disciplined in other areas as well (aka -- exercise). Speaking of which, I need to move on to those disciplines before my hubby gets home from work.

"helping" Momma stuff her diapers...she pulled them all from the neat pile to play with them:)

Like I said, the sippy cup has many uses...and makes a good teether too...

waking up...

I think she's starting to look so grown up in this picture. She was intently playing but is fascinated by the camera...an off limits toy:)