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The Jedidiah-ries (Diaries)- month 8

Weight: 16lbs 8 oz. (Down a bit from last month, but he is SO active!!!  He’s burning through those little calories)

Height: 28 inches-ish (trying to measure a squirmy baby is NOT the easiest… or most accurate)

General Observations:


Sitting on his knees


This boy is ALL over the place!!!  He pulls up on nearly everything, even with only one hand (and for some reason, he also thinks it’s a good idea to use his mouth to help him pull up).  He holds on and leans down to pick things up.  He even tries to stand or go between different things by himself.  He hangs from things.  It is crazy!  He has pretty good balance and loves to sit on his knees and bounce up and down.  He has also gotten much better about balancing and tries to stand by himself on occasion.  He also falls better.  Now he knows how to fall right on his bum or drop to his knees so that he doesn’t get hurt.  Jedidiah is just SO BUSY all the time!  He’s loving crawling and has gotten very fast at it.


His hair is getting longer and blonder and his eyes have evolved in color to the point where I’m not even sure exactly what color to call them.  They are a bluish gray on the outside with specks of brown around his iris.  Whatever color they are, they are BEAUTIFUL!  Especially with his long lashes!  I just can’t get enough of this handsome boy!

looking back

Health:  He’s doing great.  That tear duct is still clogged but other than that, he’s happy and healthy!  He’s also SUPER tan!  I’m SO jealous of his coloring- he definitely got his daddy’s skin.  He’s got a farmer’s tan right now, and he’s even got fat roll tan lines in his little creases.  They are so cute!

tan lines

Eating:  Jedidiah loves to try new things!

A list of foods he’s tried so far: Avocados, lime, bell peppers, bananas, mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes and refried beans… yep, like a true Texan (and he loves them!).

While nursing he still moves all over the place.  Gone are the days where he would just lie still and snuggle with me… now he’s standing up and getting down and moving, moving all around!  He definitely keeps me on my toes!

Sleeping:  Ughh!  Jedidiah’s sleeping was TERRIBLE this month!  I think that it was just because of the teeth, but man, he was waking up SO MUCH during the night.  It was just towards the end of this month that things started to get back to normal.  Thank God!!!


Diapers:  We got busy again this month.  We took a few little trips here and there and so we reverted to the disposable diapers more than the cloth ones.  We moved him up to size 3 but really, they’re still pretty big on him, he could totally still get away with wearing size 2.

Clothes:  Jedidiah can still wear some 6 month clothes but he’s starting to need the 6-9 month sleepers.  He’s just getting too long for the 6 month ones.  But he’s still skinny enough to wear 6 month clothing in most everything else.  I love all his cute clothes and of course his Nana is always buying him adorable new outfits!

The other thing we’re finding right now is that Jedidiah doesn’t so much like to wear shoes, which is such a shame since he has the CUTEST little shoes!  He basically wears each pair once… just long enough for us to get a cute picture of him in them… that’s about all we can hope for right now.


This month was Father’s Day!  We celebrated Trent for the awesome daddy that he is!  Jedi and I made him a little something

(Star Wars themed, of course) and we just spent the day relaxing and enjoying life.

yoda best

Trent and I took Jedidiah to Fischer Park early on and spent an afternoon hanging out at the splash pad.  It was a hot day so the water felt great!  We also visited a second time with our friends the Steele’s and their little guy (who is just a few months older than Jedidiah).


Chief Gramma Wanda came by for an afternoon visit, so Jedidiah got to see one of his great grandma’s.  He was very sweet with her and even crawled right over to her and into her lap!

PicMonkey Collage

We spent a weekend in Houston visiting two sets of close friends.  We drove out on a Sunday afternoon (Which was an awful idea because traffic was TERRIBLE) and drove back Tuesday morning.  We got to see our friends Sheena and Nick (who I went to college with in MN) and also our friends Kelly and Antonio, who we worked with in China (and who recently got married!!!).  It was a great couple of days catching up with good friends and we’re thankful that we got to see them!


Hanging out with Kelly and Antonio


We had a couple of outings with our neighbors down the street.  They’ve got a 3 year old and a 1 year old, so it’s fun to hang out with them and the kiddos!


I was able to have a little play date with two of my old co-workers from years ago, even before I started teaching.  My girl Brilyn was in town with her 2 1/2 month old, so she and my girlfriend Missy came over for an afternoon.  Missy brought her daughter Baylee, who was the flower girl in our wedding.  She’s grown up a lot since then!  She loved carrying around Jedidiah and playing our piano.

We visited some of my old kiddos from a few years ago.  We had visited once when I was pregnant (after coming back from China) and had promised to come back with the baby.  It was later than we had intended, but we really had a great time seeing all these sweet kids and their families.  They were all great with Jedidiah too!  They passed him around like a champion.


We made a short visit to Trent’s Meemaw (Jedididah’s great grandma) to say hello and take a few pictures of them together.  She has dementia so it is hard to stay for a long time because she keeps forgetting who we are and why we’re there, but we wanted Jedidiah to have a chance to see her.


We went to the Witte Museum in San Antonio for their free Tuesdays.  We actually ended up paying half price to get into the Maya exhibit, but it was pretty cool and worth the entry fee.  I had the chance to visit many Mayan ruins when I lived in Mexico, so it brought back a lot of memories for me.  We found that most of the displays were really still too advanced for Jedidiah to enjoy, but he did like playing with some wind chimes and drums and then he LOVED playing with the different rocks inside the gift shop.  We just sat there for nearly 30 minutes and let him play in the different bins of colored rocks.  It was a great day and we totally recommend going!  I only wish we would have had more time to explore and check out the rest of the exhibits.


We drove to Austin for a day to meet up with one of my best friends from high school, Tiffany, who actually lives in Florida but was in Austin visiting.  We were lucky enough to have lunch with her, then headed to the Austin Nature and Science Center where we spent a good amount of the hot afternoon in the shade of the Dinosaur sand pits.  Then we met up with another friend from China for dinner… at a Chinese restaurant.  🙂  We enjoyed our bubble tea and Jedidiah even ate some curry potatoes.  It was a fun day filled with adventures!

San Antonio hosted a thing called SciFest, a mini comic convention, and so we got nerded out as a family and dressed up to go check it out.  We didn’t stay long but we were there long enough to pose with some of the characters and walk around for a while.  It was fun!

We attended a tea-party themed birthday party for our neighbor down the street who was turning one years old!  We got dressed up as a family and had a lovely time hanging out with them.

My good friend Sandy and her son Cyler came by for a visit. Jedidiah is at a fun age where he really enjoys watching and playing with older kids so he and Cyler were really cute together!


We had a chance to hang out with Trent’s sister, her husband and their two kids.  Her youngest daughter is only 2 and a half weeks younger than Jedidiah, so it is really cool to watch the two of them interact with each other.  Now that they’re both crawling, it is fun to watch them chase and follow each other around the house!

We also took a trip down to Corpus Christi to visit a good friend of mine and also to bring Jedidiah to the beach for the first time!  He absolutely LOVED the sand and the ocean.  He wasn’t scared at all and just wanted to get out there!  I love my adventurous spirited boy

Likes: Pulling up on anything and everything, playing in the dirt or the water.  Jedidiah absolutely loves the vacuum!  He watches intently when I am using it and always wants to help me push it around.


He pretty much likes anything that is cylindrical.  He nearly almost always has a pen, a spoon or a straw in his hands.  He crawls and even pulls up with things in both hands and particularly likes small hard-to-get-into spaces.

This little boy LOVES to bang on things!  His favorite being the table, Nanas birdcage and cardboard boxes.  I’ve even thought of calling him BAM-BAM because of how much he loves to hit stuff!  Jedi REALLY likes to eat!  We’ve also found that he really likes animals- watching them and trying to pet them (which basically means he chases them all over the place).

Dislikes: Being in the car for long periods of time.  This month especially, with all the trips all over Texas, he was NOT a fan of being strapped in when all he wants to do is GO, GO, GO!  He’s also been a bit more wary of strangers and new places/situations.  He gets pretty angry when we’re eating and he’s not.  Ha!  He’s so his daddy’s boy!

Memorable moments and firsts:

  • Jedidiah popped his first teeth this month, both in the same week, just days apart!

You can KINDA see those two little teeth on the bottom if you look hard


  • He stood by himself!  He’s been doing so for anywhere from 2-4 seconds at a time.
  • Jedidiah celebrated his first Fourth of July with a parade in the morning, a party in the evening and fireworks that night.  He really liked the fireworks the first time we saw them a few months ago, but this time he only watched for a short while before falling asleep on momma’s shoulder.  It was a fun day together as a family!
  • He took his first trips to Houston, Austin and Corpus Christi.
  • Jedidiah had his first beach experience!

What about mom?  Well, Jedidiah’s always been active, but now that he’s into everything and pulling up on everything, I really have to be super vigilant.  With no crib naps (only naps on momma), I really lack time to myself.  I constantly feel behind on the housework and rarely have a spare moment to get things done that I want to do (this blog for instance).  It’s been tougher for me for sure, but it’s also been such a blessing.  I’ve really enjoyed every stage so far, but this one that he’s in is just so fun and exciting!  I always feel like he’s doing something new and he is so smiley!  He’s such a happy boy and that makes me happy too!  He likes to watch me when I work out, and often he tries to climb on me while I’m trying to get it done.  This is one of my favorite photos from the month.  He just wanted mommy to hold him.  🙂


Daddy time:  I think I can speak for the both of us when I say that we are SO happy to have daddy home for the summer!  This little boy LOVES his daddy!  They play all sorts of little games together.  Lately Jedidiah has really liked making a game out of taking off daddy’s hat or glasses.  It’s super cute to watch the two of them together.  I absolutely love it!



And I leave you with this cuteness… just because I can’t resist!  Until next month (which, since I’m so late on this post could be in a week or two)!

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“Bumpdates” weeks 23-27

Wow! I can’t believe I just finished my second trimester of being pregnant! Now we’re entering the home stretch and I am so excited to meet our little guy!

Week 23:

This week Jedidiah is the size of an eggplant- measuring about 11 inches long and weighing just over a pound. He can feel my movements now and I can certainly feel his! This was the first week I could actually see my stomach moving as he moved inside of me. It is a strange, but cool experience. His little lungs are still developing and are busy preparing to breathe outside of the womb. His hearing is fully developed now, but of course, things might sound a bit muffled since there’s lots of other “stuff” going on in there.




I was reminded this week how important it is to write Jedidiah’s story down and make sure that it is shared. He already has a unique story and purpose in life and we can already see how God’s hand has been at work in making him. Amber White, my pastor’s wife, took some time to share with Trent and I the stories of her two babies and how they had to trust God with both of those pregnancies. It is always good to be reminded of how God brought us through the tough times (I’m thinking back to the stress and confusion of my early pregnancy). I want to remember that my Jedidiah is deeply loved, highly favored, greatly blessed, totally righteous and destined to reign all because of what Jesus did on the cross! He has already been created by and for the creator of the universe. He has a purpose and a future! We were blessed by hearing her story and reminded to be thankful for ours.

Pastor Zak, Amber and their two kiddos

Pastor Zak, Amber and their two kiddos

In other big news this week, we bought a second car! We bought it used, with cash, so that we can save the majority of our money for baby boy. A very worthwhile investment, indeed! Ironically, we bought the same make and model that we sold right before we left for China. Apparently a 2005 Dodge Neon is destined for us even though our other one is being used by a ministry somewhere in Mexico. We also paid off our CRV, so we are officially debt free (except for our house)!!! FREEDOM!

new car

Other highlights of the week included meeting with my Bible Study again. I have been meeting with the same core group of ladies ever since I moved to San Antonio 7 years ago, and we’re still going strong! This core group in many ways reminds me of my house church in China; it is an intimate group of believers with one heart and one mind- to glorify Jesus in all that we do.

Some of my core Bible Study girls

Some of my core Bible Study girls

We also got to go swimming with Trent’s sister Katey (and baby) and our nephew Cohen. It was (and always is) so much fun to watch Trent interact with Cohen. The two of them had so much fun together, which allowed Katey and I to relax! It was awesome.

Trent and I went for a game night to celebrate my dear friend Abby’s birthday. Abby is the reason I moved to San Antonio in the first place and has been a big part of my life ever since. We had a great night celebrating her birthday and having fun, playing games and eating yummy cupcakes!


We went out to dinner one night at the BBQ place right down the road. They catered our wedding and we always enjoy their food. Harmon’s BBQ- if you’re ever in Cibolo, that’s the place to go!


Symptoms this week: Nothing… I feel like I have a lot of energy and I’ve been trying to work out and walk more often. The San Antonio heat sure zaps me though and makes me pretty tired, but only if I’m outside for long periods of time. I’m still craving (and eating) a lot of pancakes (…and pickles… but not together). Preggo brain is in full swing!

week 23

Week 24:
Wow, 6 months pregnant! That’s HALF A YEAR! In some ways it seems like it’s flying by and in others it seems to be going slowly. This week baby boy is the size of an ear of corn. He is about a foot long and weighs just over a pound. He is starting to fill out a bit more and get more “baby fat” on his little body. His brain is continuing to grow as are his taste buds and lungs.




This week we began looking at birthing centers in and around San Antonio. We toured three different ones: San Antonio, Stone Oak, and New Braunfels. All of the centers were very nice and we enjoyed chatting with each of the midwives, but in the end, we decided to go with the New Braunfels Family Birth Center. My friend Abby (the same Abby who had a birthday last week) had her last two babies there, and not only is it the closest to our house, but we felt most comfortable there. They even checked me out while we were visiting, just to give me some peace of mind (We hadn’t been to the doctor in over 6 weeks… since China). They took my blood pressure and all my measurements and made sure that Jedidiah and I were doing well before we left. That extra care goes a long way in a mommy’s mind! I’ll write another post soon about why we chose to go the “Birthing Center” route instead of the typical OB-GYN/Hospital route.

Daddy and I have been reading to Jedidiah every night out of The Toddler’s Bible. We bought it last week at Barnes and Noble and have decided to start reading one story a night to our little guy. What I really like about this Bible is that it is simple and that it is bilingual. So Trent reads the story in English and then I read it to Jedi in Spanish… and then Trent tries to read to him in Spanish too. It is good practice for him. Lol.


Mommy started taking zumba classes this week at DeVoir Fitness just down the road from our house on FM 78. I really enjoy the music and the movement, and now Jedidiah should be able to feel it too. It has been a fun way to make sure I’m getting the exercise I need for a healthy pregnancy.

work out ready

Some highlights of this week were going to the river for Trent’s best friend, Casey’s, birthday. We floated all day long, ate some amazing BBQ, and then headed back to their campground for a dip in the pool. The sunset was beautiful and we got to watch some deer wander along the side of the lake at dusk.


trent in the pool

You can see at least one deer by the lakeside... at one point there were 6 or 7 of them.

You can see at least one deer by the lakeside… at one point there were 6 or 7 of them.

We also got together with my bestie, Traci, and her family for dinner at Genghis Grill. Yum! We had a family dinner at Trent and I’s favorite local restaurant, Garcia’s. We got to see some family that we hadn’t gotten to see since we got back, so that was really nice.


Lowlights of the week: Trent spent this ENTIRE week studying. His new job requires him to pass the Generalist EC-6th grade test for Texas since he will be the teacher of record (he was already certified for Special Ed). Poor guy…8-10 hours a day he was pouring himself into his studies. I’m thankful for his diligence though. He wants to make sure he can have this job and provide for his family. Love him!

Symptoms this week: Preggo brain!!! Hard core. It was SO bad this week, I couldn’t remember anything. I also had no control over my body… there was one night I nearly had a breakdown… after not being able to think clearly or remember anything, I sneezed and peed a little (sad times) and then just minutes later, I was literally drooling… WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!!? What is happening to my body!?! The crazy thing is that it will only get worse. I also had my first bloody nose this week. It happened at the river of all places, but I had been reading that many pregnant women have sinus issues and nosebleeds due to rhinitis, the swelling of your nasal cavities while pregnant. It’s just a side effect, but it still came as a surprise!

week 24

Week 25:
Man, my baby boy is growing! He is now 13 and a half inches long and weighs a pound and a half. Jedi is the size of a rutabaga or an acorn squash. He’s growing more hair- even the color is distinguishable now! He’s also fattening up and filling out those skinny little arms and legs.




This was a week of WAITING for us. Trent took his teaching test on Friday and we didn’t know that he PASSED until this Wednesday! It was a long few days of waiting but daddy did good! Now he can officially work at Windcrest Elementary! I’m so proud of him!

We had dinner with my friend Missy and her daughter Baylee, who was our flower girl in our wedding. My, has she changed! This little girl is growing up!




We spent an entire day doing yard work with Trent’s mom- we trimmed our trees, bushes, and cacti, and cleaned out the garden beds so that we can plant again. It was a lot of work and it was exhausting, but the yard looks so much better now! While we were working we came across a HUGE spider and a very large wasp’s nest. Good thing we didn’t end up disturbing either one!


spider context

wasps nest

Symptoms this week: I feel great! Preggo brain hasn’t been as much of an issue and I’ve had a lot of energy.

week 25

Week 26:
We are getting so close to the third trimester! This week Jedidiah is the size of a scallion, about 14 inches long and almost 2 pounds. He’s growing so fast! His sense of hearing has really developed so hopefully he can hear daddy and I talking to him and reading to him at night. We hope so! He’s begun breathing in small amounts of amniotic fluid- again, preparing his lungs to begin breathing outside of the womb. Since he is a boy, his testes have begun their descent… a process which apparently takes 2-3 more months!




Trent officially started work on Thursday- he went in for two days of trainings, signing contracts, and all that other official stuff. We went out to dinner on Thursday night to celebrate his first official day of work. We decided to go to Texas Roadhouse. I had a hankering for their bread (oh, my gosh… so good). Anyways, as we were sitting there, one of the managers came up to us because her son used to go to Trent’s school. He wasn’t one of the kids on Trent’s case-load, but Trent worked a lot with many of the Gen. Ed. kids too. She still remembered him and praised him highly for how much her son liked and trusted him. She was sad to hear that he wouldn’t be going back to Walzem (there weren’t any job openings when we looked), but was happy for him in his new position. I love to brag on my husband because I’ve seen how great he is with the kids, but it is even better to hear other people sing his praises! It made me so proud. On top of all that, she bought our dinner for us! It was such a nice gesture that again, made me love my husband even more.

Friday night, they had a “welcome back” party at his new Vice Principal’s house. It was nice to meet lots of Trent’s new co-workers and I got to see my dear friend Hope, who Trent and I both worked with at Walzem and who is currently the other Vice Principal at his new school. They even had a pinata and a photo booth! It was a fun evening.


The rest of the week he spent at his new school, in and out of trainings and preparing for the first week of school. I spent a lot of time with him getting his room set up and helping in any other way that I could. It was a LOT of work that left both of us exhausted, but I think we are ready!

On Saturday evening, we went to Revolution Church’s “After Party” and gorged ourselves on pizza and popcorn. They had a climbing wall, a petting zoo, and karaoke! We love our church and all the cool things it does for outreach, but the coolest part about the evening was running into one of Trent’s new co-workers. Not just any co-worker, but his mentor, Gabe. It was an answer to a prayer I had been praying that Trent would not only find community in his new school, but that there would be other believers there that he could connect with. Seeing them at our church was super cool and we were excited to hear that he and his family also attend Revolution! We also enjoyed a beautiful sunset that evening!

revolution after party



On Sunday, after church, we took our weekly “bump” pictures, but then also decided to do an impromptu photo shoot. I have tons of pictures of ME and the baby, but we hardly had any of Trent AND I. So we went up the road to a cornfield and tried to self-timer the camera for a few good shots. We were really happy with how the pictures turned out. Unfortunately since the car ended up being our “tripod,” there’s not a whole lot of variety in the angles of the shots we got and the background is the same in all of them. But for us being by ourselves, I think we did alright. We started out serious…


looking up

photo shoot

photo shoot2

…and then, as usual, things turned silly. We had fun- that’s for sure!




photo shoot silly

photo shoot silly2

Other highlights of the week included eating dinner with our friends Sandy and Derek. We hung out, chatted and Sandy and I watched as Trent and Cyler (their 6 year old) played with the dog. I know I’ve said this before, but Trent is going to be such a good daddy. As we were leaving, Cy wrapped his arms around Trent in a big, impromptu hug (he didn’t even say goodbye to me…) and I knew that Trent had totally made his night.

Cy and Bay

Symptoms this week: I’ve been much gassier/bloated than normal. I’ve been tired too, but probably from helping Trent with his classroom. Setting up for the school year is a LOT of work! We’ve been seeing/feeling much bigger movements from Jedidiah. Before we could really just feel his kicks, but now I can tell when he’s shifting inside of me. Sometimes I can feel his head or butt or elbow or heel moving across my belly. It’s pretty cool. I’m also pretty sure baby boy has had the hiccups once or twice (but only for short periods of time).

week 26

Week 27

This week Jedidiah is the size of a cauliflower- weighing 2 pounds and measuring about 14 and a half inches long. He has become active at more regular times- usually right before bed and for a few hours in the evening, and also usually right when I wake up in the morning. He’s also off and on throughout the day.


cauliflower front

cauliflower side

This week was full of excitement! Trent’s sister had a birthday, so we went to celebrate with a dinner at Houlihan’s.


We also took a road trip to Dallas with some of our best friends from China. We met the Mosby’s (Zach and Heather) in Georgetown, just outside of Austin, and then spent Friday night at their place after a delicious Mexican dinner at Chuy’s (I’ll never stop being thankful for Mexican food after living in China).

Heather and I

Trent and Zach

We enjoyed our time together, catching up with these two, who left China several months before we did. They also gave us a present for Jedidiah, full of cute outfits for him to wear!

Jedi gift bag

baby gifts

Early Saturday morning, we woke up, ate some tasty bagels (another luxury we didn’t often get in China) and coffee and then hit the road. Other than a stop at the Czech Store for some kolaches, the trip went by pretty quickly. We arrived at Justin’s parents’ house (where they were staying) around noon and it was SO great to be reunited with these friends! I’m sure you’ve read about Justin, Catherine, and baby Eli in some of our other posts. We spent the weekend talking and catching up, lounging in the pool and eating delicious BBQ. It was so great to be able to be together again and we left feeling like our souls were refreshed!


pool belly shot

the boys

Elijah has already gotten so much bigger and he’s nearly walking (he does this hilarious walk on his knees). He also LOVES the pool and being in the water. Trent and him played for a while and it was precious to watch. Eli loves his “uncle” Trent!

Trent and Eli in the pool



Justin and Cat also got us a gift for Jedi- more adorable (and funny) onesies. We can’t wait until Jedi is here so that he can actually wear them!

more gifts for baby Jedi

Heather had put together awesome gift bags for Justin’s parents (for hosting us) and another one for Eli. Here they are together with the stuffed dog she got him.

Eli's gift

It was really a great weekend!

Monday was a big day for Trent… his first day of school! I should have taken a picture of him (too late now) but I forgot. His first day was bit on the rough side, but lots of kinks have been worked out and the rest of the first week went much smoother.

I had to take our kitty to the vet because something is wrong with his poor ears. That was a bit traumatic, but it worked out in the end. Now we just have to give him medicine in his ears for the next week and a half.

Symptoms this week: Nothing much. I feel a little bit more sluggish than normal, but I’ve been waking up with Trent in the mornings to get his breakfast and lunch ready for school, then I’ve been trying to stay up (not go back to bed) and do my devotions early in the morning and maximize the time I have in my days.

week 27

I’m planning on doing my “bumpdates” more regularly now that I’m hitting the third trimester. I’m aiming for every 2-3 weeks instead of the 4-5 I’ve been doing! Keep posted for more coming soon!

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