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The Jedidiah-ries (Diaries)- 11th month


Weight: Terrible as it is, I didn’t weigh or measure him this month either… totally forgot about it!

Height:  Again, I have no clue, but lots of people have commented that he seems much taller.

General Observations: Jedidiah is talking so much more and seems to be learning new things almost daily.  He is very social and loves to wave to anyone and everyone passing by.  He also has mastered the art of high fives and loves to give them as well!  Jedidiah has also gotten much better at walking and directing himself where he wants to go, although he had no awareness of obstacles in his way at the beginning.  He has gotten better about knowing where things are and how to steer clear of them.  Even though he walks well, he still enjoys pushing his walker around the house.  He is excellent at maneuvering that thing!!!  Like seriously, I am impressed.  He knows that if he’s hit a dead end or run into something, that he needs to back it up and redirect it, and he can even turn it all the way back around in a U-turn when he hits the end of the hallway!

I’ve definitely noticed that his personality is much like ours- silly and playful with a bit of mischief.  He plays little games with me, like he’s teasing me, and likes to go where he knows he’s not supposed to go.

He’s developed this adorable little squinty faced smile that reminds me a lot of the face my little sister Jackie used to make when she was little.  It’s super cute and makes me laugh every time!


Oh, that sweet little smile!


Health: Jedidiah had his first real fever this month.  😦  It lasted only a day and a half but it wasn’t super high and it didn’t really seem to bother him too much otherwise.  He was still his normal, active, silly self, just a much hotter version (literally).  I’m pretty certain that it was teething related, so we didn’t go to the doctor.  We used essential oils to bring down the fever and it got better soon thereafter.

Speaking of teeth, we now have four teeth!  Two on the top and two on the bottom!

Eating:  I know I’ve said this before, but this kid loves to eat!  He really enjoys food and wants to eat a lot more “real” food.  He’s even thrown a few tantrums when he didn’t get to eat what we were eating.  I’ve been making a deliberate effort to make our dinners something that he can eat too.

He really likes carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli and strawberries.  His favorite though is probably still banana.  He can eat an entire banana in one sitting, no problem.  Jedidiah has also enjoyed vegetable curry and rice when we made it as well as acorn squash with wild rice and a little bit of chicken.  He really hasn’t run into too many things that he DOESN’T like (which we’re very thankful for), except for peas.  They were mushed up, so I’m wondering if it was the taste or the consistency.  We’ll try again with regular peas.  I think if he can pick them up and eat them, he might like them a bit more.

Another thing along with eating is that he used to eat dominantly with his left hand.  I would dish up whatever he was eating onto his spoon or fork and he would very accurately get it to his mouth.  Well, now we’ve been letting him try to scoop/stab things for himself and he’s SO funny!  He will pass the spoon or fork to his right hand, but only hold it by the very tip of it and then try to scoop or stab whatever it is.  He doesn’t have much leverage however, since he’s only holding the tip of it and usually only by his thumb and pointer finger.  Then, IF he can get a piece on his utensil, he has a much harder time getting it to his mouth!  I’m not sure why he won’t just try to scoop things up with his left hand- I think he’d be SO much better at it, but for some reason, he REALLY wants to use his right hand.  So far, he’s just ended up getting frustrated, so between that and us wanting him to eat independently, we’ve more often than not opted to just put little chunks of food on his plate that he can eat by himself.  Then WE both get to eat our dinner as well without pausing every other bite to feed him.

Sleeping: Jedidiah has gotten into a much better sleeping routine and now hardly fusses at all when we put him down at night.  I nurse him and then put him in his jammies, then we read to him and pray with him and give him kisses and hugs and then put him into bed.  He knows the routine and will even point to the oil diffuser we put on at night and say “light” because he knows that the little light goes on when we turn it on.

sleepingNapping is hit or miss.  Some days he cries for a LONG time (now “long” is more like 20-30 minutes, not the old “long” which could be upwards of an hour) and some days it’s only for a few minutes.  He still only sleeps for 20-30 minutes at a time and only twice a day (which, to me, doesn’t seem long enough), but I’m grateful for what I get!  That’s the only time I get during the day to catch up on things or do anything that requires silence!

The one thing is that we’ve ran into is that he ends up sitting and crying until he falls asleep, but then he ends up falling asleep against the bars of the crib and by the time he wakes up he’s got these deep creases (and occasionally small bruises) where his head was resting against the bars.  It’s a terrible predicament… I don’t want to go in there and move him when he’s asleep because he will surely wake right back up.  But I hate that he sleeps this way too.  My poor baby…



Look at that deep crease over his eye.  😦


Diapers:  Oh, my.  I really want to be using the cloth diapers again, but we only have a few of the ones that are already set to the right size, so I constantly run out of them and the other kind we have all need to be adjusted, which is actually quite a task.  The elastic on each side of the diaper has to be changed via two tiny buttons on both sides.  It’s something I just need to sit down and do, but WHEN?!?!?  The other problem I run into then is that I’ve used the 6-8 good diapers that we have, but I never feel justified washing just that few… plus the last load I did, I washed with some towels and all the diapers came out with lint on them, which end up on Jedi’s little bum when they get wet.  Ay-yay-yay!  I just need some time to get situated and then I’ll get back to using the cloth ones!  I especially want to start doing that now, since he’s getting closer to the age where he could be potty trained!

Clothes:  For as tall as people think he is (which I don’t ACTUALLY know because I keep forgetting to measure him…), he’s still barely fitting into 9 and 12 month pants.  If they don’t have elastic on the bottom he trips and slips on them as he walks and they end up being more work than they’re worth.  That being said, he is wearing mostly 9 month clothes.  He still fits into some 6-9 month sleepers, and a few 6 month onesies.  On the other end of the spectrum, he’s also fitting into some 12 month clothes.  So it varies.


We went to Mr. Gatti’s again this month, but this time with Nana, Popo and cousin Cohen.  He really had a fun time playing arcade games and particularly ANY game with a ball.  At the end he even got to cash in his tickets for a little orange bouncy ball, which excited him beyond belief.

Jedi and I went over to a friends house to make fall wreaths and have a play date.  We made tacos and drank mimosas and had a wonderful time hanging out (and letting the kids hang out) and celebrating fall (or what SHOULD be fall… except that we live in Texas…).


We got to celebrate daddy’s birthday!!!  We didn’t do anything particularly special.  I kept asking Trent what he wanted to do, but he just said he wanted a day to relax with his two loves (Awwww).  So that’s what we did!  We’re so thankful for him and another wonderful year of life to spend together!  We did, however, get to go out to celebrate both of our birthdays that evening with Trent’s family.  We went to Houlihan’s and then back to his parents’ house for cake and presents.  It was a great time celebrating!

We drove up to Austin for a surprise birthday party for one of our best friends from China.  We barely arrived on time, but were there to yell “Surprise” to “uncle Zach.”  It was a really nice party (His wife, Heather, ALWAYS throws amazing parties) and we enjoyed catching up with these dear friends.  Another friend, Nicole, who we also met in China was there as well, and we were thankful to be able to catch up with her too!  Jedidiah loved being outside, playing with Chara (their dog) and throwing the corn-hole beanbags in the hole!

Jedidiah and I headed to a pumpkin patch at Stahlman’s at Bear Creek in New Braunfels.  We went after Bible Study Fellowship one morning with our friends Ashley (and Avery) and Vanessa (and Elizabeth).  I totally forgot both my camera and my phone that morning (total mom fail) but thankfully Vanessa had her nice camera and was kind enough to take some pictures for us.  Here were a few that I absolutely LOVED!

We had another play date with two of my old co-workers from the days when we worked at Copeland Elementary/Walker Intermediate School.  We got together in the late morning and had a nice time chatting and catching up over lunch while the kids played together.  🙂

We had the chance to go to Hondo to their South Texas Maize festival with our neighbors and friends down the street.  It was so much fun to do together and the kids had a good time.  We walked through the corn maze, played with the pumpkins, and checked out the animals.  I totally recommend going!  We had a great time!

The two of us attended a baby shower for one of my friends from Northwestern College (in Minnesota) who lived in San Antonio for a while before moving to Austin with her husband.  We are so excited to meet her little guy!


Mommy hosted an Usborne book party and Jedidiah got to play with some of his little girlfriends.  He had a good time pushing Avery in his little riding motorcycle.  He’d make the car noises and push her down the hall.  It was soooo cute (the picture is a blur because he was moving too fast)!!!

We went to a small outing with a few close friends to celebrate my friend Abby’s son’s 4th birthday.  We went to the Trinity soccer game and enjoyed hanging out with all the kiddos and her brand new baby boy!


This month we attended our neighborhood’s National Night Out, although we couldn’t stay long because of other obligations at church.  We still made it in time to see the police officers and their patrol dog.  Jedidiah of course loved the dog!  He also got a police badge sticker from the visiting officers.


Likes: The three B’s- birds, balls and balloons!  If he sees any of these things, he will balloonsliterally shriek with delight!  It’s hilarious and a bit obnoxious, but you can’t help but admire his enthusiasm!  We will be walking through HEB and he’ll see the balloons and freak out.  I have to try to keep him away from the front area so that he doesn’t get too excited.  Even still there have been a few other times, where they’ve had special promotions (one day was “Italy day” so they had red, white and green balloons at the food sample booths) or there has been a random stray balloon that floated up to the ceiling (even in the back where they store everything).  If there’s a balloon there, he will find it!  In parking lots or even sitting in his high chair, he will point out the birds with great excitement.  It’s really adorable to watch!

Another thing Jedidiah loves is the broom, vacuum or duster.  Really anything he can push back and forth… oh, yes, and the fly swatter (not something I particularly like for him to play with).

He is very interested in the dishwasher and every time I open it to load or unload it, he climbs right up into it and starts “helping” me with the silverware.


Much to my disdain, one of his favorite places to play is in the toilet.  He just can’t seem totoilet understand why he can’t play in that water and why momma makes such a big deal about it.  At the beginning, we could just close the cover because he couldn’t quite open it, but those days are gone.  We really need to invest in toilet locks but for now we’re just trying to keep the doors to the bathrooms shut at all times.

Speaking of doors, he still absolutely LOVES to open and close doors.  Thankfully he has a good awareness of where his fingers are and hasn’t pinched them.

Jedidiah REALLY likes rocks!  Especially when we arrive to the church that my bible study is held at, he sees the rocks and FREAKS out!!!  I use it as my bribe to get him to stay in the child care.  I tell him that afterwards we can come out and play with the rocks.  It’s worked so far and he REALLY gets excited about them.  He really impressed me one day because he picked a particular rock and threw it (into a million other rocks) and then went and found that exact same rock to throw again!  He did it twice, finding that same rock, before he moved on to another one.  I don’t even know if I could find the same rock I threw in all those other rocks!

Another thing he gets  SUPER excited about is seeing dogs!  He loves Nana and Popo’s dogs and any dog he sees while we’re out walking.  Our neighbors all have dogs and when I’m loading him into the car, he’ll say dog and point (even though they’re behind the fence) if he hears them barking.


Jedidiah absolutely LOVES the bath.  As soon as we start filling up the tub, he is right beside us, SO ready to get in there and play! He walks ALL over the tub, which of course scared the crap out of us at first, but he does a good job with it and is really proficient.  Of course, his favorite bath toy is still the little orange puffer fish that resembles a ball.


Dislikes:  He HATES having his diaper changed.  In fact, I think he really dislikes any time we try to lay him on his back or keep him still.  He also STRONGLY dislikes and fights getting put in his car seat.  He arches his back and squirms so that it makes it very difficult to get him in!  It doesn’t happen ALL the time, but it would be safe to say that MOST of the time, he does NOT want to be strapped down!  Usually once he’s in though, he’s fine.

He also hates having his mouth wiped after he’s done eating, and he’s gotten pretty good at blocking me!  Sometimes we’ll be out and about and I’ll see a spot I TOTALLY missed!  Oops!

Memorable moments and firsts:

We went to our first pumpkin patches this month!  One in Hondo at the corn maze and the other with my girlfriends.

Jedidiah has started saying lots of new words this month.  He’s added “peek” (for peek-a-boo), “light,” “outside,” “water,” “thank you,” and “choo choo.”

Shopping with him has really become a lot of fun.  He is able to communicate much more clearly the things he likes.  One day we were out at Toys’R’Us getting a gift for a friend’s birthday party, and as we were leaving, he was adamant about sitting on the little rides they have in the front.  He could care less that they weren’t moving.  He just wanted to ride them!  So I brought him over and let him sit on both rides and clearly, he enjoyed it!

Jedidiah has been greeting with us at church since he was about 3 weeks old, but now he is ACTUALLY greeting people, with waves and high fives!  He’s so darn cute!

He makes car “vrooming” noises when he’s playing with his walker or toy cars or even anything he can push (like it’s a vacuum).

When he’s playing with his toy phones, he now puts them to his ear (backwards).  He also does this with my cell phone too.  When daddy calls he won’t talk to him but he will wave hello and goodbye to him.

He puts his face in the water at the pool for 4-5 seconds at a time.  He hasn’t figured out how to blow bubbles yet, but he holds his breath.

There’s this cute little café up the road from us called Emily’s Place.  We walk there oftenmotorcycle and Jedidiah loves to play on their little playground or run around outside while we just chat and relax (and chase him around).  We’ve been making a habit of going up there on Saturday mornings just to unwind and begin the weekend slowly.  Plus the weather has been nice these last few Saturdays so that’s been super helpful as well!  They have this little motorcycle there that he likes to ride on.  He can get on and off of it by himself and he loves it when daddy pushes him around on it!  The picture to the left was particularly great because he was wearing his yellow and blue motorcycle shirt riding the blue and yellow motorcycle.


He’s learned how to kick the ball (like intentionally, not accidentally) and occasionally will choose to kick-the-ball-and-chase-it rather than his usual throw-the-ball-and-chase-it down our hallway.

We were at Ihop one Sunday after church and after we had finished our meal, Trent was walking around with Jedidiah (as he often does, to let me finish my food).  Anyways the cleaning crew had come around and Jedidiah saw the broom and dustpan and was ENAMORED!  I’m telling you, I hope this kid keeps up his excitement over cleaning tools!  Anyways, we let him “sweep” a little and all the staff thought he was adorable.  Who knows what the other people in the restaurant thought… maybe that he was going to have to work to pay for our meal!


We randomly decided to go garage sale-ing one morning but got a much later start than werocking-hors had intended.  We really only found a few that were still going, but we totally lucked out!  We found an awesome rocking horse in excellent shape that gallops and whinnies!  It would have been my dream as a little girl to have one like that, so we snatched it up!  He likes to push it around like a walker, and he also likes to rock it back and forth.  He’s not too sure about being on it yet (but it’s a bit too tall for him yet).  That day will surely come!

Jedidiah has been helping me make my shakes for a while now.  For the longest time, he just liked to put his hand on top of the blender and watch it blend.  But one day we were making my shake, and he was already helping me with the ice cubes (we always count them as we put them in) and then he kept motioning towards the sink.  I couldn’t figure out what he wanted, so we went over there and I let him grab his little plastic fork out of there.  When we went back over to the blender, he put the fork in and started stirring around my ice cubes!  This was amazing because it just goes to show how much kids watch what you’re doing, even if you don’t know they’re watching, and even if you don’t realize you’re doing it.  You see, every time I make my Shakeology, I grab a spoon and push all the powder down so that it gets blended and doesn’t stick to the sides, and he NOTICED that!!!  Not only did he notice, but he tried to replicate what mommy does on a daily basis.  WOW.  That sure gives me pause to what else he sees me doing!

Speaking of which, another thing he must frequently see me do (like every time we leave the house) is unlock the deadbolt to the door with  my key.  One day after coming in, I left my keys on the table beside the door.  Jedidiah immediately took the keys, turned around and reached up towards the lock with the keys.  He KNOWS what he’s doing!


He has finally figured out the art of sucking!  He can suck out of a straw and he can suck out of those little food pouches by himself.  Now he also likes any water bottle that you can suck out of as well!


When we go to HEB, they give the kids these little things called “Buddy Bucks” which you put into this arcade-like machine and push a button and it gives you points which you can then redeem for little prizes.  Well, Jedidiah could care less about the prizes, but he sure does get excited about pushing the button!  It’s super cute to watch his tiny little self walk up to that machine and reach up and push the button.


When we put him in his car seat when it’s already in the car, he loves to play a little peek-a-boo game with us.  It is SOOOO adorable and he gets such a kick out of it!  We usually let him play it for a minute or two and then he doesn’t fight us so much getting into his seat.

We are still going to the library for “Baby and Me” time and it’s been fun to watch Jedidiah begin to come out of his shell more and get more excited about playing.  He still doesn’t necessarily play with the other kids, but he’s at least playing alongside them.  🙂

We’ve started going to parks now that he can walk and climb.  He can’t do everything, but he loves to be outside and loves to climb on everything.  He particularly wants to go up the slides, but the stairs are good practice for him as well (he crawls up them, not walks).  He also enjoys the little steering wheels that they have on the playgrounds and any of the little rocking animals (he’s also figured out how to rock them by himself!).

He makes “choo-choo” noises every time he hears the train.  He’ll stop and listen and then make the sounds.  It’s super cute and I love how observant he is!

I think I wrote last month that he had used crayons successfully one day at Ihop, and this month he was very interested in me writing.  He loves to play with pens but I usually make sure that they are “disabled” so that he can’t write on anything.  But one particular day, he crawled up in my lap while I was making a to-do list or something like that and I let him draw a bit.  It didn’t hold his attention for long, but he did make the connection between what he was doing and the lines on the paper that were forming.


Jedidiah loves to be a part of everything that we do.  We had bought a new shelf for his room for his toys and such and we were putting it together in our living room and he was enamored with the hammer.  So we helped him use it to “hammer” in a few nails.  I love that he always wants to be a part of everything.

What about mom?  Well, this momma signed up to run a half-marathon on the 19th of November, so I’ve been training through the weeks.  Usually on the weekdays, Jedi ends up being my running buddy, but I’m not really a big fan of running with the jogging stroller.  I’m not a fan of running with anything, really.  I just prefer the freedom to move my arms and run unhindered.  It has however, been good for training as when I’m doing my long weekend runs WITHOUT having to push the stroller, it is MUCH easier!

Other than that, I’ve still been going to Bible Study Fellowship on Wednesday mornings.  I LOVE this time to grow in the word and fellowship with other women.  And as much as I love spending time with my little guy, I am SO very grateful for those two hours a week that he is being cared for and ministered to by OTHER people!  It has been a huge blessing for me.

I’m really LOVING my job as a Beachbody coach!  I love connecting with people and encouraging them on a daily basis.  How cool that building relationships and pouring into others’ lives can be my ministry AND my job!  Plus it keeps me in good shape and keeps me accountable for how I eat too.

Daddy time:  I know that I literally say this every month, but I. Love. These. Two.  The way they interact is so precious to me.  They play little games and have so much fun.  Jedidiah looks up to his daddy and loves spending time with him!

One night they were playing this silly little game as we were getting Jedi ready for bed.  Daddy would put his shorts on his head, and Jedi would laugh and pull them off.  Then daddy would put the shorts on Jedidiah’s head and he would laugh and pull them off.  They went back and forth with this little game for quite a while and we all got a good laugh out of it!


Until next month… thanks for reading!

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Upon our arrival at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport over the holidays, we headed down the concourse to a familiar place, TGI Fridays, for lunch.

Many of you may know that I spent many of my early years working at Fridays– I began working there during high school and worked there all throughout college until a year after I graduated.  It actually turned into a bit of a “family business” as my mom has worked there for years, then I began working there, and during different times, both my brother and my youngest sister worked there as well.  Now my dad works there as his second job.  Anyways, every time we fly home, we try to pass through there to see old friends and to eat food… after all, “In here, it’s always Friday.”

I actually quite enjoyed this job.  I have to say that I truly believe that every person should have to work in a restaurant at some point in their lives.  It teaches you a LOT of things: problem solving, people skills, how to bite your tongue when people are acting a fool, how to calculate percentages, how to carry four glasses in one hand or 5 plates at once… you know, life skills.  😉  My co-workers were cool, we got to meet lots of interesting people from all over the world, and I made good money there.  In fact, had I not been called to teaching, I may have been a “lifer.”  The hours were good (since we were in the airport) and we made minimum wage as well as our tips (I didn’t realize how vital that was until I moved to Texas and only made $2.00 an hour…).  Anyways, it was a good gig.  Fun fact, Trent also worked at Fridays for a while in Texas, and when I moved there, we ended up knowing some of the same people.

Some throwback pictures from years ago (the middle one is my brother).

Anyways, it’s always fun to visit, as most of the people working there have been working there since I started (or even before me), so there are always lots of familiar faces.  This time was even more exciting, with our new baby boy in tow.  My parents carried him and showed him off to nearly everybody!  It was so cool to watch everyone “ooh” and “ah” over our little one.  Here is a glimpse at the scene.

Anyways, we enjoyed lunch together (I still really enjoy their food) while people stopped over one-by-one to see or hold Jedidiah.

As we were getting ready to leave, low and behold, who walked in?  My friends Becky and Eric, who both used to work there (and in fact met while the three of us and another friend were on a camping trip), and their one year old son.  They were just coming back from a vacation in Mexico.  It was just happenstance that we ended up being there at the same time.  They were doing the same thing we were… stopping by to say hi to old friends.  Anyways, it was so cool to see them and to get to catch up a bit!


Throwback picture: Me and Becky used to be “work twins”

After saying hi to them, we had to go.  The rest of my family was at home eagerly awaiting our arrival (well, probably not our arrival so much as Jedidiah’s).  I’ll tell you more about that in my next post.

*We also got to swing back through on our way back to SA and see a few more people.*

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The Jedidiah-ries (diaries)- one month old

Well, I know all parents say this, but I can’t believe how fast time has gone!!!  My baby boy is already over a month old!  I had intended on doing weekly updates during his first few weeks of life, but it was such a whirlwind of everything that I simply did not get around to it!  (Heck, I barely posted this one month update and he’ll be two months in two weeks!)

Anyways, these posts may not interest everyone, but I want to have them to look back on as my baby boy grows up.  Read them if you’d like, don’t if you’re not interested.  Either way, here’s our first month with our sweet baby Jedidiah.

Jedidiah- month 1

Weight: 9 pounds 1 ounce

Height: 22 and a half inches.  I do realize this is the same as his measurement at birth, but he HAS grown.  At birth, he had quite a bit of swelling on top of his head (from crowning for so long) which has now gone back down.  I think the swelling accounts for the difference (or lack thereof) in height.


General observations:  Jedidiah’s hair is much lighter than I thought it would be.  Both Trent and I have very dark brown hair, so I figured it would be darker.  It probably will be eventually, but for now, it’s a light brown.  He seems to have his daddy’s nose, but no other features that are noticeably “Trent” or “myself.”  His eyes are very dark blue, as most newborn’s are, so we don’t know what color they will end up being, but I keep hoping that they will be like his daddy’s!  (Me and the rest of the world- Trent’s eyes are GORGEOUS!)  Jedidiah is a very observant baby; he loves to look around, quietly taking everything in.  He’s got a super strong neck and was holding it up and looking around even in his first few days of life.


Only 2 days old and already holding up his head!


He also seems to have really good control over his little arms.  He loves to suck on his fists and seems to move his arms and hands with purpose.  Trent and I find ourselves just watching him… for hours at a time.  We love seeing every little expression he makes and hearing all his different sounds.  It’s amazing to think that we MADE this little guy!

Health: Thankfully, Jedidiah is a very healthy baby.  Since he had such a hard time coming out, he sustained some head trauma, and therefore we chose to administer the Vitamin K shot.  Babies that have this shot have a higher chance of getting jaundiced, so we had to make sure that he got at least 30 minutes of sun time every day.  We really enjoyed this time just “soaking in” (pun intended) the time to watch him.

One thing that gave us a major scare was his little tremors.  The first time they happened, I thought he was having a seizure.  His little sleeping body convulsed somewhat rhythmically and it lasted for more than a minute.  I just held him close, prayed over him, and cried.  It happened a few more times within the first week and a half and each time I got more and more worried that something was wrong with my precious baby.  Thankfully, my girlfriend Heather helped me out and looked up his symptoms on the internet and we found that he has what they call “Benign sleep myoclonus.”

From, this is defined as:

• Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus consists of myoclonic jerks of the distal extremities, occurring in clusters during quiet NREM sleep and disappearing during wakefulness.
• Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus occurs in early life, especially the first 6 months of life, rarely persisting during childhood.
• Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus is not associated with EEG abnormalities and occurs in otherwise neurologically normal children.
• Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus may be induced by repetitive sound stimuli and by gently restraining or by rocking the child, especially in a head-to-toe direction.

Anyways, Heather put my mind at ease that Jedidiah was okay and that it wasn’t anything scary or dangerous that was happening.  My midwives confirmed this.

Eating:  This boy is an eater!!!  Since I am breastfeeding, there are times where I literally feel like a 24 hour cafeteria, but he’s happy and healthy so I can’t really complain.  First thing I want to say is that breastfeeding is HARD.  Wow.  I had no idea how painful those first few weeks would be.  I blistered, I bled, I cried… it was terrible.  Jedi also had several nights between 2 and 5 weeks where we thought he might be colicky- he would cry for hours at a time and be otherwise inconsolable- but I think we determined that he just gets bad gas.  He has a REALLY hard time when I eat or drink dairy products, so I’ve all but eliminated them from my diet so that we can all be happier.  When he’s having a tough time, we’ve found ourselves re-making old hip-hop songs and singing them to him.  Two of our favorites are “Push it” by Salt’n’Peppa and “Walk it Out” by Unk (changed by us to “work it out”…”South side work it out”).

At the beginning he was eating every hour or two.  I was feeding him between 14-20 times a day!!!  Talk about a full-time job!  He was eating for 10-20 minutes at a time.  But we learned that newborns have such tiny stomachs that they really can only take in a small amount, and once it’s digested, they are hungry again.  The frequency by which he has been eating has changed as the month wore on.  Now we are feeding every one-and-a-half to three hours and he eats for 20-40 minutes at a time.  It’s much more tolerable now, and since my nipples don’t hurt so bad, it has actually become a time I am starting to enjoy with my little bubba.

What do we call him?  Well, truthfully, I find that we call him little pet names much more often than we use his actual name.  Both Trent and I default to “bubba” or “bubs” for short most often.  I find that when I am talking to him, I usually use his full name, Jedidiah.  But when I am talking about him, I use Jedi or J.J. instead.

Sleeping:  I will say that Jedidiah does a pretty good job sleeping at night.  That’s not to say that he sleeps through the night, but despite the feedings, he seems to know day from night.  After he eats, he quickly falls back asleep, and this tired momma does too!  He tends to sleep late in the mornings, and there are days where he and I don’t get out of bed until 10 or 11 in the morning.  That being said, he wasn’t a good “napper” during the day for the first few weeks.  In fact, he’d hardly sleep at all during the day.  This made for long days once Trent went back to work.  But once he figured out how to take a pacifier, then he started sleeping more during the day.  Now he’s taking one or two longer naps during the day and a few random cat naps.  It sure helps me feel more productive!


Look how cute he sleeps!  Always with his arms up.


Diapers:  We are going to be using cloth diapers eventually, but we got so many diapers from our baby showers and as gifts, that we wanted to use these diapers first.  They’ve lasted the entire first month, although I never thought it possible to go through this many diapers!  Disposable diapers also made the most sense now because Jedi’s body is so tiny, I feel like the cloth diapers would swallow him up!  They were also easier to use right away as we were adjusting to everything as new parents.

My girlfriend Catherine had people write little messages of encouragement on diapers at my “Mommy to BEE” baby shower (read about that in my post Showered with love! Part 1).  Those really were a blessing in those first few weeks of parenthood.  Thanks Cat!

Clothes:  Despite being born at 8 pounds, he fit into his newborn clothes. I thought they’d only last him a week or two, but they’ve fit him this whole month!  I’m not sure how much longer they’ll fit him, but we got a good month’s use out of them, so I’m a happy camper.

Social:  Wow, this kid has quite the social life!  (Much like his parents)  He’s had many visitors in his first few weeks of life.  We stayed at home for the first few weeks, venturing out only to “Nana’s” house and for occasional walks.


He went on his first road trip to meet my aunt, uncle and cousin who live in Weatherford, Texas, and then also to meet his “Auntie” Heather and “Uncle” Zach in Georgetown, TX.  You can read about this trip in my post Bubba’s first road trip.

Then he went “out” to Nana and Popo’s house for his first Thanksgiving. This was right after he got circumcised, so he wasn’t the happiest little guy. But he did get to meet his cousin, Cohen, and Cohen LOVES his Jedi!


Jedi’s first “real” public outing was to Revolution Church about two weeks after he was born.

Then in the following weeks we went to a birthday party, Trent’s work Christmas party, the Cibolo Holiday parade, our chiropractor, and out to meet his new cousin!


Hanging with Mickey at Kaden’s birthday party



At the Cibolo Holiday Parade


Trent’s sister, Katey, had her little girl only two weeks after our little guy was born.  Shortly thereafter, Jedidiah got to meet his adorable cousin Audra!

Difficulties:  Like I mentioned before, breastfeeding was VERY hard at the beginning.  Jedidiah really didn’t like having his diaper changed for the first few weeks and would scream and cry every time we’d try to change him.  We bought ourselves a wipe warmer after the first two weeks and that seemed to help a bit.  Now he seems to be getting more used to being changed and for the most part, won’t fuss too much.  We also found that he would fuss during transitions- moving from person to person, in the carseat and out of the carseat, etc.  He still fusses a little bit when he’s moved around, especially if he’s just waking up, but he’s getting much more used to these transition moments.

We held off on giving Jedi a pacifier, since we wanted to make sure that our breastfeeding routines were clearly established first, but when we eventually did try to give him one, he wouldn’t take it.  We tried several different kinds and eventually found ones that he will take.  He’s still figuring it out, but has taken it a few times now.



His first time with a pacifier!


Jedidiah also seemed a bit colicky for the first few weeks, but that has seemed to pass.

Memorable moments and “Firsts:”

  • He took his first walks with mommy and daddy, just around our neighborhood.
  • His first smile!  This one happened on November 23rd and I tried so hard to catch it on camera, but all my attempts came out blurry.  This was what I got…

Now he’s starting to smile more often.

  • First bath(s).  He seems to like the water and it seems to calm him.
  • He hadn’t peed on either of us, but he has peed on himself a few times… once it even got in his mouth!  Gross!  Parenting FAIL!
  • He had his first (of likely many) photo shoot.  My bestie, Traci Lippincott, of Tcup Designs, took some newborn photos for us.  Unfortunately baby boy was not so cooperative that morning and was awake almost the whole time (which makes it much harder to take photos).  We still got some good shots, but maybe not as many as we had hoped.  You can check out her facebook page at  She also took our maternity pictures.  She’s awesome!
  • The first time I brought him to Bible Study, the girls were asking me if he’s had a blow-out yet and if he spits up.  He hadn’t done either, but in that one night, he both peed out of his diaper and drenched my shirt AND spit up what was, to that point, more than he ever had (which was basically not at all).  Clearly, I spoke too soon.
  • He was circumcised- in Dallas… by a rabbi.  You can read about that in my post Bubba’s first road trip.

Highlights of the month:  Trent being home for the first two and a half weeks after Jedi was born!  I love watching him in his new role as a daddy!


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A birth story


After weeks of waiting, hoping and dwelling on when we would meet our little man, it finally happened.

I had been stressing out about the time frame.  If I wasn’t already thinking about when the correct due date was, I was worried about both my midwife and my birth photographer leaving on vacation for a week.  Both were leaving on the 15th, so I kept telling baby Jedi that he either needed to come before the 15th (which would have been at either 42 weeks or 39 1/2 weeks depending on which due date was correct) or wait until after the 22nd.  And believe me, when you’re at the end of your pregnancy, you do NOT want to wait any longer!  But I really wanted Amber to be able to deliver him and I wanted my girlfriend Heather to be able to be there.

Anyways, Heather called me on Saturday afternoon and we were talking about how bummed out I was that Jedidiah probably wouldn’t be here before they left and how, as much as I didn’t want to, that I would try and keep him holding out until she got back.  I was laying on the bed and all of a sudden I felt a little trickle.  I didn’t think much of it but then it kept coming.  I sat up and realized that it was getting the bed wet, so I got up and ran to the bathroom where it became very clear that my water was breaking!  I was still on the phone with Heather and I told her that I thought my water had just broken and that I’d call her back in a little bit when I was sure.  Trent was out on the couch watching some college football.  I called to him and told him that I thought my water had broken.  I moved to the shower to see what color it was and if it had any sort of smell to it.  Water just kept coming.  That’s when I knew… we were going to get to meet our little man very soon!

Since I had tested positive for Group B Strep, my midwife wanted to make sure that labor got started within four hours of my water breaking.  I texted her shortly after it happened (3:32pm) and she messaged me back that we needed contractions to start by 7:30.  I laid low until then, I read my Bible, cooked dinner, and drank lots of pineapple juice (to try to start labor).  Trent painted my toenails.  7:30 came and went and contractions hadn’t started yet.  Amber messaged back and said that we’d need to start with castor oil.  I ate a teaspoonful of it with some ice cream and then Trent and I went out for a walk.


We also took our last bump pictures, knowing that our little Jedi was on his way!

Almost exactly an hour later, contractions started, at 8:30pm.  They were lasting for about a minute but were still pretty far apart and inconsistent.  At 10 I started to feel pretty nauseous and 20 minutes later I threw up my entire dinner, ice cream and everything else I had eaten since lunch.  After that the contractions started to pick up in intensity and frequency.  For the next half hour or so, the contractions were about 5 minutes apart and lasting for a minute at a time.


Then they got even closer and more intense.  From about 11:40-1:00am, they were anywhere from one and a half to three minutes apart and lasting for a little less than a minute apiece.  At this point they were super intense and I barely had any recovery time between them. I was certain we needed to go to the birth center.  We had been communicating back and forth for a while and they told me that the castor oil tends to make contractions very intense about 4 hours after it’s taken and that I probably still needed to wait.  But for me, not knowing any better, I decided it was time to go!

Zach and Heather had arrived sometime around midnight and hung out with me and in the living room while I labored.  Then we headed out to the New Braunfels Family Birth Center around 1am.  Trent’s parents had called several times and wanted to know when we’d be going to the birth center.  They were on their way over to our house when we decided we were ready to leave.  They happened to be close, so we drove in tandem to the birth center.  Heather rode with us and timed my contractions while Trent drove, Zach drove their car behind us, and then Debbie and Steve (Trent’s parents) drove behind him.  We arrived shortly before 1:30 am.  Shelby, the doula who had been our birthing class instructor and is a midwife in training, already had things ready for us.  The lights were dim, it smelled nice and there was soft music playing.  I was immediately grateful for how comfortable she had made it.  The main house was under construction, so we were in the newly renovated birth cottage out back.


The contractions continued close together for a while.  Our midwife Amber arrived shortly thereafter.  She asked if I wanted to be checked when she got here and I said yes.  She kindly told me that we still had some work to do (which I knew was her kind way of telling me that I wasn’t very far dilated yet).  Shelby continued to encourage me to not fight the contractions, but to work with them to help baby move down.  That was probably the best advice she could have given me.

Not too long after, true to what they had told me, my contractions slowed down a bit more and I had more of a break between them.  While I labored, Shelby rubbed my back and Amber massaged me.  Only two hours later, I was nearly ready to push.  Since I wanted to have a water birth, they began to fill the tub.  I moved there around 3:30 am and I started pushing.


After a while, they told me that his head was close and let me reach down to feel his fuzzy little head.  I continued pushing but had a hard time getting the traction that I needed (I was all greased up from the massage).  Baby boy’s head started to show but we decided to move to a different pushing position.

We tried the bed for a while and he started to crown but we didn’t seem to be making enough headway so we moved again, this time to the birthing stool.  I thought for sure the gravity would work him right out of me, but I had a hard time pushing here too.  I was still too slippery and couldn’t get enough of a grip on the stool to really get good leverage to bear down.  I was starting to get discouraged now, it had been an hour and a half and I felt like he should be coming.  Everyone kept telling me how close I was getting every time, but until Shelby went to get a mirror to show me, I didn’t believe it.  I saw his little head… he was so close!

After a while, we moved back to the bed and continued pushing.  We stayed here for what felt like an eternity.  I pushed for 3 and a half hours total, moving between locations with my baby’s head half-way out between my legs.  He was crowning for over 2 of those hours.  Towards the end I was so discouraged.  I felt like I couldn’t do it anymore; I wasn’t doing it right, we weren’t making enough progress.  Bless their hearts, everyone was so patient and encouraging, telling me with every push that he was coming closer and closer.  Even though they really were telling me the truth, it just didn’t seem close enough.  Heather had to leave soon and I kept thinking that we just needed to get him a little bit further and he’d come out.  Unfortunately, Heather had to leave before he was born, even though she pushed it as far as she possibly could.  I pushed, and pushed, and pushed, but I just couldn’t stretch enough to get him out.  After each set of contractions, I had to keep pressure there so he wouldn’t slide back in.  Amber kept trying to stretch me out using essential oils so that I could either tear or stretch enough to let him through.  They used massage and constant pressure to try to get me past this spot.  I was about to give up.  I prayed for strength but I was finished.  I remember crying and saying, “I can’t do this.  I’m trying as hard as I can.  I can’t push any harder.”  Trent was such a trooper through all of this.  He kept me going.

helping me labor

Amber mentioned cutting me open, which is something she didn’t want to do and has only had to do three times in all the births she’s done.  She gave me the option- she could cut me on the next contraction, or I could try one more round of pushing.  I was so tempted to just do the cut, but somehow in my delirium, I decided to keep pushing.  Every time I would push as hard as I could, and every time everyone would say how close he was.  Shelby showed me again with the mirror- his head was so close!  I tried again through two more sets of contractions.  I was going to give up again but they just kept saying, “Ang, you gotta get him outta there!  Keep pushing!”  So I kept pushing, even when I wasn’t having a contraction.  Finally we all heard an audible “POP” and his head was out.  I have never been so relieved in all my life!  I still had to push out his little body out, but two minutes later, we had a baby!  His little head came out at 8:00am and the rest of him at 8:02, his official time of birth.  Trent helped lift him out and place him on my belly.  We talked to Jedidiah and told him how happy we were that he was here, and what a trooper he’d been hanging in there for so long.  I only wish that Heather would have been able to stay for that moment!  She wanted to be there for his birth SO BAD!  We waited until the umbilical cord stopped pulsing and Trent cut it.

he's out!

At this point, Amber had to leave for her flight.  One of the other midwives, Galyn, came to finish up and take over.

They got me a bath ready while Trent took the baby and had some skin-to-skin time with him.  Mom and Dad got to see him and then headed out to get us some breakfast.

daddy and jedi

After I got out of the tub, Galyn and Shelby did all the measurements and tests.  Jedidiah weighed 8 pounds, and was 22 and a half inches long.  His head circumference was 14 1/2 centimeters (the average is 13cm).  As she did his measurements, she said that the official diagnosis of time in the womb was 39 weeks- she based this on the vernix still on his skin, the amount of cartilage in his ears, his nipple protrusion (or lack thereof), the lines on his testicles and the creases on his feet.  So we weren’t overdue after all!  But little guy must have known that if his head got any bigger I wouldn’t have been able to deliver him any later that I did.

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Then we tried breastfeeding for the first time.  He did a good job!  He had a good latch and fed for nearly 40 minutes!  By then, everyone had left and Trent and I finally got to rest!

me and bubbadaddy timefirst change

first outfit

His first outfit.

We chose not to have any other visitors that day and boy, are we glad that we didn’t.  We had been up for over 24 hours and we were absolutely exhausted!  We slept most of the day at the birth center and decided to head home at around 6pm.  Trent and I got Jedidiah in his car seat for the first time and drove our baby boy home!

After 11 1/2 hours of labor, we are so thankful that our little Jedi is here!  We are so thankful to God for our sweet, healthy baby boy and the strength he provided for us to deliver him!


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