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2018: a year in review

Well, we’ve had an eventful year!  I feel like I say that every year, but really, 2018 was cray-cray and packed full of fun, adventure, joyful hellos and sad goodbyes.

What have we been up to?


Trent finished his 11th year teaching, the last of which was at IDEA Judson, where he’s spent the last two years of his teaching career.  He coached youth basketball throughout the spring and then said goodbye in June. 

This year it was a different kind of goodbye.  It wasn’t the “see you in 2.5 months” goodbye, it was an “on to new adventures” goodbye.  Trent has left the teaching world (well, kind of) and has entered into the world of Real Estate!  He is now a licensed Realtor with eXp Realty

If you want to read more about that transition, you can read about it here

While he wasn’t intending to go back to teaching, there was a need and he decided to fill it.  The homeschool co-op that I teach at, Artios Academies, was in need of a pre-k teacher once a week, so Trent volunteered.  So he teaches there one day a week. 

More recently a new job presented itself and so he also works for Foam-It, a foam-insulation company.  It has a lot of crossover to Real Estate and allows him to make a lot of good Real Estate connections.


I have been staying busy at home with the boys, teaching throughout the week and spending time in ministry.  I went from being a mom of a toddler and a teenager (we had our exchange “daughter” Yi-Han with us for half of the year) to being the mom of a preschooler and a newborn!  Yikes! 

In the midst of all of this, I am teaching Spanish classes out of my home on Mondays, I teach at Artios Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and am a group leader at BSF on Wednesdays.  Joining leadership at BSF has been such a huge blessing to me this year!

Our family volunteers at Revolution Church on Sundays and we have continued to lead our small group on Monday nights.  Meanwhile, we are still working for EF High School Exchange Year, placing exchange students all around the US!  All of this keeps us plenty busy!


After spending nearly 10 months with our family, Yi-Han, our foreign exchange student from Taiwan, left us in June to go back to her family.  It was a teary goodbye for all of us. 

We loved having her here with us and it broke our hearts to watch her go.   She really did become like a daughter to us and we had such a great experience with her!  Our family did so many fun things together while she was here and we made many unforgettable memories- bowling, tubing the river, going to a Spurs game and a Missions game, visiting state parks, walking in the largest MLK march in the country, camping, visiting the Botanical Gardens, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, Sea World, Japanese Tea Gardens, the Witte Museum, and the zoo. 

Oh yeah, and she attended her first birth!  She was right there in the middle of things as Levi made his way into the world!  Pretty crazy, huh?!?


Jedi is now THREE!  How does that happen?!?  We celebrated his 3rd birthday with a super hero birthday party

Jedi is no longer a toddler, but a very smart, sassy, STUBBORN and unstoppable preschooler.  He loves LEGOs, superheroes, reading books and watching his “kewo” (Kindle). He talks all the time and his vocabulary grows by the day… also, his favorite question is “why?” WHY?????

He dealt with a lot of changes this year.  In addition to lots of traveling, job changes, funerals, etc., he had to say “goodbye” to his “sister” Yi-Han and “hello” to his new baby brother, Levi.  But watching the two of them together has been so sweet.  He loves “his baby!”


And, last but not least, the newest addition to our family, little Levi!  He made his debut 11 long days after his due date, but his birth was amazing.  He was born at home, right in our living room after a short, 4 hour labor… all 9 pounds, 14 ounces of him!  You can read his birth story here or follow the story through pictures here

We are so blessed by this little guy!  He is so smiley and content (well, at least if momma is holding him).  He is always on the move and he is just a joy to have!


We began the year, kid-free (Nana had Yi-Han and Jedi for the weekend), on the beaches of Cancun for our first EF National Meeting.  We enjoyed an all-expenses paid meeting/”baby-moon” in warm, sunny Mexico!  

I followed that with a cold trip to Minnesota, this time just Jedi and I, as my grandma fell very sick and spent several days in the ICU before passing away in February.  Although it was bittersweet, I can’t tell you how glad I was to have been able to go up and spend her last few days with her.  When she first got sick and was in the hospital, we didn’t know how serious it was.  I debated on whether or not to go, but Trent encouraged me to go and I will never regret that decision.  For anyone who was lucky enough to know my grandma, she was an incredible woman, full of love and laughter, who lived a life of service and, more than anything else, loved the Lord with all her heart.  She was one of my greatest mentors in my faith and in life.  We emailed frequently and I am forever grateful to have her words and constant encouragement for me to look back on. 

This trip was sweet for so many reasons.  My sister Christie was also pregnant and we didn’t think we’d get to see each other before we had our babies.  The time we spent together was sweet. 

Uncle D getting in on the action!

Jedi got to see his cousin Evie and spend some special time with her. 

Jedi and I got to spend some quality time with my grandpa, who passed a little over a month after my grandma did, along with a lot of extended family and friends that I hadn’t seen in a very long time.  

That was the first of FOUR trips to Minnesota this year.  The second was in June for my grandpa Jim’s funeral.  Even though he passed in March, he was cremated, so the family decided to wait until school was out (for the teachers, kids and family that would be traveling).  My grandpa was another person who I treasured deeply.  He was a man of fervent faith; he was funny, smart and creative.  I had the pleasure of reading his memoirs, which I am so grateful he wrote and left behind for all of us. 

This second trip was sweet because I had a little, bitty baby to show off, and I got to meet my nephew Rowan, born only 2 and a half weeks before our Levi. 

Trent was with me for this trip, and the four of us enjoyed being there for Rowan’s baptism as well as for the beautiful summer weather!

The third trip was a blessing.  Each year, my family has a time share up at Breezy Point Resort.  We haven’t been able to go since Jedi was little, so, after two sad, unexpected trips to Minnesota, my mom and dad offered to fly us up for an enjoyable trip.  So in late July, we flew up again.  This time we were able to catch a family reunion and I was able to see some family that I haven’t seen since Trent and I were newly married. 


That was followed by a week up at the lake with my family.  We had a wonderful, relaxing time together and Jedi loved it!

The fourth trip was in October and it was for a very special event, my baby sister’s wedding!!!  We are rarely there in the fall, so we were ready for fall colors and cooler weather.  We enjoyed our time playing in the leaves!!!

However, despite it only being mid-October, it SNOWED while we were there, which led to a fun snowball fight with Grammy.  We were completely unprepared for the cold weather, but Jedi loved it nonetheless. 

The weather was cold and rainy most of the time we were there.  The morning of my sister’s wedding was frigid!!!  Our bridesmaid’s dresses were very cold and poor Jedi was all bundled up over his handsome ring-bearer get-up.  But the wedding was beautiful and I was so honored to be a part of her special day!   We are definitely proud of her and we love her husband Billy!

Our travels this year weren’t limited to Minnesota.  We really wanted to make sure that Yi-Han got to see a couple of other places in Texas before she left (and before Levi came).  So at 37 weeks pregnant, we drove to the coast and spent a few days in Corpus Christi.  We had such a great time at the beach and we also got to kayak and go fishing.  Yi-Han caught her very first fish!

The following weekend, at 38 weeks, we went to Austin.  We’ve made several trips to Austin this year, always stopping to visit our besties (also from China) Heather and Zach.  These guys are the best.  We love them so much.  They hosted us for a weekend while Yi-Han was still with us so that we could show her the sights and sounds of Austin.  We hit up the Texas State Capitol, Graffiti Park, Yi-Han got her first pedicure, and we ate lots of yummy Austin food!  #foodiesforlife

Among other short trips, Trent and I also went back to Austin for their annual murder mystery party.  If anyone knows how to throw a party, these guys sure do!  They always pull out all the stops and this year was no exception!  This year’s theme was “The Grand Gatsby” and grand it was!

Before our second trip up to Minnesota, we went to Dallas to meet up with all of our best friends from China. We were finally together again! Heather and Zach, Trent and I, and Justin and Catherine!!!  Zach and Heather live in Austin (as you have just read), so we see them pretty frequently, but Justin and Cat hadn’t been “home” in three years, so this was a really special time that we were able to spend together.  We were able to celebrate Eli’s 4th birthday and Eli and Jedi were able to meet in person for the first time!

Seeing these friends was an incredible blessing and we had so much fun together. These gals are truly my “soul sisters” and the time we spend together is such a gift. 

My dear friend Catherine is a photographer {Captured by Cat} and she offered to do a little family session for us while we were there, so in addition to getting to see our good friends, we also got some sweet, sweet photos of our (newly evolved) family!

While we were in Dallas, we also had the opportunity to go to LEGOLAND and Sea Life Aquarium.  Jedi is SUPER into LEGOs so that was a fun trip.  It also fell on Father’s Day, and you know that Trent enjoyed himself there too!

On the return trip, we drove through Waco and were able to visit Chip and Joanna Gaines’ silos at Magnolia Market!!!  (HGTV celebrities and my faves!!!)  It was a SUPER hot day, but we still enjoyed a little stop there!

Other notable events:

Other than our travels, the big news this year was attending Trent’s 20 year high school reunion!  We spent a weekend with his old classmates over several events and really enjoyed ourselves and the opportunity to reconnect with old friends. The first night was a family-friendly mixer out at The Well, where we ate, hung out with old friends and watched Jedidiah dance! The second night was downtown- Trent and I got to have a kid-free date-night on the town!

We walked in the MS walk like we do every year for team “I Heart Hallie” (although we weren’t the cover faces for the event posters this year).

I got to attend one of my alma mater’s soccer games while we were in Minnesota this fall.  It brought me back to my “glory days” at Northwestern College (now University of Northwestern, St, Paul), although the campus has changed quite a bit since I graduated in 2007. Even though it was a frigid night, we enjoyed watching them play. Oh, and did I mention, they were division champs this year?!? Go Eagles!

We also want to remember those we lost this year: Earl Cooley II, Betty and James Settle, Marilyn (MeeMaw) Keller, Jamin Matske and our kitty cat- Little Grey.

May they rest in peace and may we someday see them again in eternity!

This year was full of blessings, laughter, tears, and family. Wishing you and yours a happy and prosperous new year! Happy 2019!!!

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Levi Gabriel Logsdon: the meaning behind the name

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Oh, man, I definitely feel for all the second children (and third, fourth, fifth, etc…) out there.  With all the blogging I did when I was pregnant with Jedidiah, this poor baby hasn’t had a shred of blog-time.  Going from one to two has kept me extremely busy!

So, our second baby… I was sure it was a girl.  Of course, then our gender reveal showed that we were indeed having another boy and I was stumped!  It had been so easy to pick out Jedidiah’s name… in fact, I think we had his name picked out long before babies were ever even in the works.  But this time around… I’m not sure if it was because of the exhaustion or because of how busy Jedidiah kept us… but it was just harder.  It wasn’t even that there were names that we didn’t like.  There were lots of names that we liked, but we just couldn’t find the name that was the one.

I think we finally named Levi at 36 weeks, deciding on Levi Gabriel just a day or two before our two surprise baby showers (that just so happened to be on the same day).  So here’s the significance behind his name…

Levi is a Biblical name.  Levi was one of the 12 sons of Jacob (who God later renamed Israel) and the descendents of Levi, the Levites, were the tribe of Israel that served as priests.  It was this tribe that was set apart for holy service to the Lord.

I too, want my son to be set apart for service to the Lord and I pray that he would never forget his true identity in Christ:

“For you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness and into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

The Levites took care of the temple, performed offerings and served zealously in the Lord’s house.  Although we are no longer required to offer animal sacrifices to atone for our sins, our lives have now become our sacrifice to our God.  I pray that my son would not be conformed to the ways of this world, but that he would continue to be set apart and molded and guided by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God at work in his life.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2

Lastly, the Levites did not have any inheritance other than what was provided by the tithes brought in by the other 11 tribes of Israel.  God was their provider and he was their inheritance; He was their portion and their strength.  I pray that my son would not rely on anyone or anything other than his creator to fulfill, sustain and provide for him in his life.

“The Lord said to Aaron, “You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any share among them; I am your share and your inheritance among the Israelites” Numbers 18:20

Gabriel, his middle name, is also Biblical.  Gabriel was a prominent messenger in the Bible and has been considered one of the seven archangels based on extrabiblical texts.  The name Gabriel means “man of God,” and as an angel he was a “messenger of God.”  He was the one who bore the good news to Mary about the coming of Jesus and to Zacharias about who John the Baptist would be.  He was a bearer of good news!

So Levi Gabrielone who is set apart as a man/messenger of God. May he always and unashamedly declare the good news of God’s grace, love and mercy!

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The Jedidiah-ries (Diaries)- 12th month

Weight: 18.7 lbs

Height: 30 inches

General Observations: Jedidiah is now able to get on and off of things, go up and down little steps, climbs, and has figured out how to get up by himself (before if he would fall, he’d crawl to something nearby to pull up on, but now he just gets back up).


This boy is super silly and loves to run towards Trent or I with this goofy, open-mouthed, squinty smile and just plow into our arms.  Then he’ll go to the other parent or circle back and do it again!


Jedidiah also has started putting things in the craziest places.  He put the remote in the freezer, he puts his shoes in the bathtub, he puts toys in the cupboards, he puts his balls in the diaper pail… The funny thing is that he REMEMBERS where he put them, which just baffles me!  There was a day that I couldn’t find ANY of a certain kind of ball (he has four of them) and I looked high and low, and then all of a sudden we were in his room, and he was playing by the diaper pail, which I didn’t particularly want him to do, but then all of a sudden he opened it up and pulled a ball right out!  Crazy kid!

Our son has developed a love for singing and I often hear him “singing” or humming while we’re driving or just when he’s playing by himself.

Jedidiah had gotten very interested in faces last month and now he not only points to eyes, but can also say “eyes” when he’s doing so.  He also is very interested in our teeth and noses (he likes to pick momma’s nose) as well.

We’ve now found that Jedidiah is ticklish!  He is REALLY ticklish under his neck, which makes washing there pretty tricky.  He giggles and tries to squirm away as I suds him up and try to get in that neck crease!

He’s started signing!  He signs “all done,” usually in accordance with saying “all done,” and he will occasionally sign “more” and “milk.”  He’s also started using the “I don’t know” hands.  It’s super cute when he does this!

Health:  We went for our 12 month wellness check-up and the doctor said that he’s looking great!  He’s dropped off quite a bit on the weight curve, but he said that for as active as Jedi is, it’s to be expected and he’d only be concerned if he wasn’t eating well… which isn’t at all the case!

Our little Jedidiah did get his first bloody lips this month… twice he fell and caught his lips with those little teethers.  Poor baby sported his little wounds for a few days and then was back to normal!


Jedidiah now communicates when he wants to eat.  He says “eat” and points either to the high chair or my shirt… depending on what he wants to eat.

eating-handHe has also decided that instead of eating with his very proficient left hand, he’d rather try to eat with his right hand.  He takes the spoon or fork from his left hand and then very carefully hands it to his right hand, but grips it only by the very tip and then tries to scoop or stab whatever he’s eating.  Not only does he have a hard time getting it on his spoon or fork, once it’s on there, he has a hard time (holding it that way) getting it to his mouth!  He is however, starting to be able to stab and scoop a little bit.  It’s not very smooth, but he’s getting the hang of it!

Now when he eats something yummy, he’s started making “nom-nom” sounds.  It’s really funny to watch him!

He got two more teeth.  I had seen them coming long before they actually broke through and when I found that the one had broken through, I checked for the other one.  I didn’t see it, but it was definitely there!  In fact, one day we were playing on the ground and he was laughing and I saw that tooth, clear as day, in far further than the other one that I KNEW was there!  I don’t know how I missed it, but I did!

When he nurses, he still tends to pinch me, especially in my underarms… in that very sensitive thin skin!  I’ve taken to wearing t-shirts when I’m nursing just to give myself an extra layer of protection!  Another thing he’s started doing, which is pretty awkward, is sticking his hand in my other bra cup and playing with my other boob while he’s eating.  I try to limit his access, especially when his nails are long… that hurts!!!

Sleeping:  He’s gotten so much better about sleeping!!!  Naps are still a battle as far as duration (30 minutes like clockwork), but for the most part, he only cries for 5-10 minutes before putting himself to sleep.  My sister-in-law gave us her old black-out curtains for his room, so I think that may have helped a bit too!

He’s also taken to napping during our afternoon runs.  We go in the afternoon because there’s not enough time for me to digest our breakfast and run before his morning nap, and then the Texas heat is too strong mid-day, so we’ve been waiting until later in the afternoon and he’s been falling asleep in the stroller while I run.


Even still, I don’t think he sleeps enough.  There were several days last week where he woke up from his regular afternoon nap (in his crib, not in the stroller) and then was still SO grumpy!  He wanted to nurse as soon as he woke up and sure enough, 2-3 minutes in, he’d fall right back asleep… for another 30-40 minutes!!!  I KNOW he needs this extra sleep on the regular, but he just can’t seem to put himself back to sleep.  Once he’s awake and stands up, that’s it- there’s no lying back down.  So, we tried adding back in another early evening nap, around 4:30 or 5, because he was starting to show signs of being tired then, and he’d take a third 30 minute nap and then still be tired by bedtime.  I wish I could just get him to go down for longer stretches at a time, but I’ve learned the hard way to be thankful for what I can get!!!

At night he is sleeping well, and has our bedtime routine down!  He helps us put his Bible and prayer book back on the shelf and then points to the diffuser that we always run and says, “light” because it lights up when we turn it on.  After daddy or mommy turns it on, he smiles big and then knows it’s time to go to sleep!

Diapers:  Disposables… still size 3.

Clothes:  He’s very good at “helping” me get him dressed and undressed.  He knows how to get his hands/arms in and out of his clothes and if he’s holding a toy, he understands that he has to pass it from one hand to the other while I put his arms in/take his arms out of his clothing.  He also pulls his shirts over his head.

He’s finally getting too long for his 6-9 month sleepers, but the 12 month ones are HUGE on him!  So I guess he’s in-between sizes for the moment.


We went to Cibolo Fest for a while in the afternoon, just to check it out.  We had a birthday party to attend, so we didn’t have a lot of time to browse.  It was nice though, we knew some of the vendors, so it was fun to catch up with them.  Then we left for the birthday party and ended up coming back later that night.  Jedidiah loved looking at all the lights from the games and the rides.  He was so funny.  There was this one obstacle course house thing that he REALLY wanted to do (but was too little for).  He was looking through the bars at it (because there was a ball pit) and as we were leaving, he pulled us around the stairs, like, “Hey guys, seriously, we can get in RIGHT HERE!”

We went to our buddy Rowan’s birthday party.  He and Jedidiah are almost exactly a month apart.  In fact, I was holding her little nugget only a day or two before I went into labor!  Anyways, the party was fun.  Laura had set up a cute little pumpkin patch photo booth, which had I known, I would have put Jedi in some more appropriate seasonal attire, but alas, daddy still had fun with this one! I left them alone for a few minutes and this is what I came back to!!

One of my girlfriends from college was in San Antonio visiting and we were able to meet up for dinner on the Riverwalk.  This time Jedidiah was old enough to feed the ducks.  He so entertained a few couples that they just kept giving him more and more chips to give to the ducks! It must have made an impact because whenever we’re out walking, there’s one house that has some fake ducks outside their house and he gets VERY excited when we pass them!

We got to hang out with our buddy Declan one night while mommy and daddy enjoyed a night of wine and snacks with his parents and friends.  It was hilarious to watch the boys together.  They were both crazy about eating their “puffs” and at one point, they basically were boxing each other out around the coffee table, protecting their stashes!

We went to our friend Avery’s first birthday party!  She and Jedidiah are only a few weeks apart and we met her momma in our birthing class!  It’s fun that we all still get to hang out with the babies, post-delivery!!!  It seems that every time we try to get the three of them together for a picture, it’s always my son that’s crying… this time was no different, but we did manage to get a few cute shots!

We went to the zoo with our friends Laura and Rowan.  We enjoyed our day there and ran into some other friends Amberly and Kayden!  Jedidiah really likes the zoo right now.  He gets excited about the animals, and this time in particular, he loved waving at the birds!  He also LOVED the petting zoo!

Jedidiah went to vote!  He wasn’t particularly thrilled with the candidates, but he went anyways and waved to all the other people who were voting.  Thanks to him and his sweet nature, I know that there is yet hope for this country!

We went to a benefit dinner for Project 82:3 that sponsors an orphanage in Haiti.  It was a fabulous dinner with a bunch of Haitian foods and it was great to learn about all the good things happening at the orphanage!  If anyone is interested in supporting the orphans there or would like to go to the orphanage on a mission trip, let me know and I’ll hook you up with the right people!  They had a movie going outside in the yard and Jedidiah cozied up with daddy and all the “big kids” to watch for a while.


One Sunday evening, while I was out doing my long run, Trent took Jedidiah out on a walk and ended up at our old church up the street at a little fall carnival they were having.  Jedidiah loved playing with the beanbags (he STILL loves this game) and the balls (of course).

We did a family photo shoot at Cypress Bend Park, of course, Jedidiah was WAY too busy throwing rocks to look at the camera and smile, but it’s a good thing he’s so cute!  We haven’t seen the finished products yet, but we’re looking forward to it!



Throwing rocks into the river after it got too dark to keep taking pictures.


We went to an “Adopt a Soldier benefit” that my good friend Ana was throwing at a bar Trent and I used to frequent.  This was to raise money for Thanksgiving meals for our military brothers and sisters.  We bought two plates.  It was REALLY good food and we were happy to donate to the cause!  I guess we can mark Jedidiah’s first time at a bar off the list!

Likes: Our son got a kiddie basketball hoop as one of his baby shower gifts from my friend Abby and her kids and we finally set it up (in our house).  Jedidiah loves it when we pick him up and let him “shoot” the ball (he’s not quite tall enough to get it up there himself).  Sometimes he takes a bit longer than we’d like, but he has fun with it.  Now when we’re out walking, he shrieks with excitement when he sees other real basketball hoops!


Pumpkins are also something that quite excited our little guy.  When we’d be out walking, he would point out all the pumpkins people had sitting out as decorations!


He still loves balloons, balls, birds, dogs and his kitty cat, being outside and going on walks.



Excitedly pointing at the doggie in his book


Something else he really likes is putting the tops on things.  He used to always want to drink water out of my water bottle when he saw me drinking out of it, but now he just wants to help me put the top back on it!  He also likes to put the top back on the milk carton, plastic water bottles, his food pouches… pretty much anything!

He’s gotten much more interested in animals (more than just dogs and cats). He likes to look at his animal books and particularly likes to watch and listen to me making the animal noises.


As we started to get ready for Jedidiah’s first birthday party, we cleaned out the “man cave” and made it workable again (it had turned into a storage horror for a while).  Now Jedidiah and daddy like to go in there and hang out!


He loves his vacuum!  Nana bought it for him and he absolutely loves it!

He also likes this little game that daddy and I play with him where daddy holds him and dances and mommy dances in front of him.  It’s hard to explain, but he thinks it is SO funny and he smiles and laughs, and it’s all so very sweet!

Dislikes: To say that this kid doesn’t like to have his diaper changed would be the understatement of the century!!!  It’s like he just doesn’t have time for it; he’s got better things to be doing.  The second I lay him down he starts screaming and squirming.  It makes it very challenging for me!

Memorable moments and firsts:  Jedidiah has started laying down on the floor.  He thinks it’s a game.  He lays wherever and then rolls around (I guess we should maybe be more concerned with that).  At home, he does the same on the rug or he REALLY likes to do it laying his head on our bedroom pillows (that are usually on our bedroom floor…).  It’s so cute, he crawls and burrows his little head in the pillows and then waits for us to “attack” and tickle him.


He also likes to put his head upside down almost in a downward dog position.

Jedi started giving hugs about a month ago, but now he’ll pat our backs too, just like we would with an old friend!  Give a hug and a couple of pats on the back!  I love his sweet hugs!!!

Jedidiah pooped in the toilet!  Now before you get too excited, it was only because we were just getting out of the bath tub and I noticed that he was grunting, so we quickly moved him to the toilet and he pooped!  We waved bye-bye to the poopies and flushed them on down!  It may not have been intentional, but we were still excited!!!


Before we left China, our friends from our school all signed (and wrote cute little notes) on a couple of onesies for us.  Granted, at this point, we didn’t even know that we were having a boy yet, but they made us one little long-sleeved onesie that he was finally BIG enough to wear and we finally had COOL enough weather to warrant a long-sleeved shirt!  Putting this on him definitely made me feel nostalgic for the people we left behind!


Jedidiah went on his first bike ride! We’ve been waiting for him to get big enough to be able to ride in the buggy (and to wear the helmet) and he’s pretty much there.  He still tipped a little bit but we went out and he did really well!  Plus, look how cute he looks!!!

We had our first Halloween!  We don’t necessarily celebrate Halloween, but we do dress up (we’ll dress up for any excuse… and family themed costumes are the best).  We went to a costume party at De Voir Fitness, where I used to do Zumba.  It was a lot of fun, and it was great to see Trish!

Jedidiah had a few costumes that we put him in.  We had a hand-me-down Whinnie the Pooh costume and we also had the Yoda costume that we had bought for him.  This Halloween we did go to a church carnival and then to Trent’s parents house afterward.


We also partook in some pumpkin painting at the library and we tried our hand at carving a pumpkin (but he wasn’t very interested in that).


He did however, very much enjoy the pumpkin patch that we went to as a family.  He would continually try to pick up the pumpkins, even though most of them were twice his size!


We were out eating one night at Catalano’s Italian restaurant and it’s right by the train tracks.  Anyways a train came by and as soon as it tooted its horn, Jedidiah shrieked so loudly, as if to say, “GUYS!!!!!  The train is coming!!!”  Laughter erupted throughout the whole restaurant!

He has been going to Bible Study Fellowship for months now, and we had a really hard time at the beginning leaving him in the nursery, but now, not only does he stay in the nursery, but he’s really been enjoying it!  The ladies told me that he’s started singing during their song time and playing on his own (whereas someone used to always have to be with him).

Not only has he been staying in the nursery at BSF, he’s also FINALLY been staying in the nursery at church.  A couple of Sundays, he even stayed for BOTH services!!!  (we usually attend one and then serve one).  We are SO thankful that he’s passed the point of crying the entire time!  This makes for a much more enjoyable time for all of us!

Shopping has also become so much fun.  Anytime we go to Toys’ R’ Us to get birthday gifts for our friends’ parties, Trent takes Jedidiah to the “big” toys… the big cars and things that we can play with, but are NOT taking home with us.  I love watching him though, he’s just too cute in these pictures!!!

He’s got some new words!  He now says “yes,” “eyes,” “nom-nom,” “door,” “hello,” “out,” “down,” “eat,” “I want it,” “I do” and “please.”  This one was particularly funny because I said to him, “say please,” while showing him the sign for it, and instead of signing it, he just flat out, plain as day, said “please.”  Haha, I guess he doesn’t need to sign it if he can say it!

He can climb up the slide at the little coffee shop we go to pretty regularly.  It’s a nice distance away, so we walk there often in the early afternoons before his second nap and I let him run around outside and play to get some energy out.  Not only does he climb up the slide, but he also goes down… face first.  It’s a small slide, so for now, I guess it’s okay.  He thinks it’s pretty funny.

We go to this coffee shop often, and I’ve taken many pictures of Jedidiah there.  Here are a few of my favorites from this month.

Jedidiah has also started putting things away (YAY!!!!!).  It started at Nana’s house, when he started pulling out her Tupperware, and then… all of a sudden, he did an about-face and brought it all back!  It wasn’t returned quite as orderly as it was when it was taken out, but hey, it’s a start!  He’s started putting some things back at home as well!  Yay for cleanliness and order (or at least some semblance of it).

What about mom?  Well, this month mommy got really sick for the first time since he wassick born.  I think I had the flu.  No vomiting or diarrhea, but I had a fever and my body was SUPER achy.  It had me down and out for a few days, but there was one day where I could barely lift my head!!!  It felt like the longest day EVER.  I could not WAIT for Trent to get home to help me with Jedidiah.  That was pretty miserable.  I hope we don’t have to do that again any time soon!  Thankfully Jedidiah was pretty self-sufficient and kept himself entertained for most of the day, so I only had to move minimally.

I am still training for my marathon which is VERY soon!  I’m so thankful that Trent takes Jedidiah during my long runs so that I don’t have to push the jogging stroller (I hate running with the stroller).


I have been spending much of my time preparing for his first birthday party, which is coming up so soon!  I can’t believe that my baby is going to be ONE!!!  Wow, this year has flown by!  We chose a monkey theme for his first birthday party, since we’ve always said he was our little monkey.  This momma made banners, posters, games, decorations… all sorts of stuff!  I can see why people charge for this kind of thing on Etsy and after all the work I put in, I would probably just let someone else do all the work next time!  But it was all a labor of love and I look forward to celebrating soon with his friends and family!


I’ve taken on some additional responsibilities at church.  We serve in a lot of areas, but I am now in charge of our prayer team.  This team has been such a blessing to me and to others, and we are so grateful to get to serve YHWH and our church in this capacity!


I’ve also been helping coordinate Financial Peace University through our church, so Tuesday nights have been dedicated to helping others learn some Godly principles for their money!  This program helped get Trent and I debt free!

This time around, we struggled to get him to take his 12 month pictures… he did NOT want to sit still for even a moment, but thankfully we ended up getting a few cute shots, and here is one I particularly liked of him helping me “review” the photos when we were done.


Daddy time:  Daddy got sick this month too.  He had whatever I had but about a week before I got it.  And then he got it again!  Man, it just makes us that much more grateful for our health on a regular basis!

On the weekends, Trent has been so sweet, taking Jedidiah out for a walk in the morning so that I can get some extra sleep!

Here are a few of my favorite daddy moments from this month.  🙂


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The Jedidiah-ries (Diaries)- 10th month

Weight and Height: I totally didn’t even check this month!  And I’d do it now, except this post is already nearly a month overdue, so the numbers wouldn’t be very accurate.

General Observations:  Well, we have a walker!  Although he took a few steps at 8 months, he really started walking about a week before he turned 10 months old.  Before he was comfortable doing it on his own, he would take Trent’s or my finger and walk around holding on to one of our hands.  It was super sweet and we love it when he reaches up for one of our hands.


We’re still really dealing with separation anxiety and I have had trouble leaving him anywhere except for Nana and Popo’s.  He won’t stay in the church nursery and has a terrible time if I leave at all.  He also went through about a week-long period where he would scream/shriek this high pitched scream to get my attention.  That didn’t last long because it was OBNOXIOUS!!!

He is into EVERYTHING.  He loves opening up the cupboards and pulling everything out.  He even tries to climb INTO the cupboards.

Cupboards aren’t the only thing he likes to climb in.  He got a whole lot of enjoyment out of this bin too!

He gets down on his belly when he loses something or when his ball rolls under the couch or somewhere else where he can’t reach it.  He gets down and sticks his little butt in the air and reaches wherever it went.  If he can’t get it, he’ll wait there and look at me until I come and get it for him.


Another place he really likes to be is under our kitchen table.  Sometimes he goes around and around it, weaving his way from chair to chair; other times he just likes to crawl in the small spaces under the chairs and such.  It’s kind of nice when I’m sitting there trying to get some work done because I can see him through the glass.  Sometimes he makes the sweetest faces at me.  I love it so much!  Look at this cuteness!!!

He’s very sociable and waves to everyone, especially when we’re out and about.  It makes me smile to see him really brighten peoples’ days.  He also really likes looking at older kids and watching them and interacting with them.  He seems to make “friends” wherever he goes!

Health: We still have a happy, healthy boy!  We shouldn’t have to see the doctor again until we go back for his 12 month check-up!


Eating:  My, oh, my, do we have an eater!  He REALLY likes to eat and has gotten a good grasp of feeding himself.  He can feed himself now with a fork or a spoon (if we load it up) and is really pretty accurate with getting it into his mouth without making a mess.  He feeds himself with his left hand.  The one thing we needed to work on was throwing the spoon/fork when he was finished with the bite.  Part of it is that he just learned how to throw and that he LOVES to throw his ball, so of course he doesn’t know the difference between the two and why he can throw one and not the other.  But each time he would throw it, I would leave it on the floor and point to it and explain to him that now he couldn’t eat (for a little while) because he had thrown it down.  I would wait a few minutes (2-3) then get up and wash it off and we would try again.  It has worked for the most part!  There are times where he thinks about throwing it, and I simply say, “Make a good choice.  Give it to momma.” and most of the time… he does!  There are times that you can really see him considering his options though… like I REALLY want to throw it… BUT then I won’t get to eat for a while…

We’ve also started giving him some “puffs” now that he has two teeth on the top and two on the bottom.  They dissolve quickly and he really likes to eat them.  He picks them up very well (again, he’s very coordinated) and carefully puts them in his mouth.  It’s interesting though because he feeds himself with a spoon or fork with his left hand, but he favors his right hand when picking them up to eat.  The area we’ve needed to work on here is that, at the beginning, he wanted to put a bunch in his mouth at a time.  So we would just put a few out and break them into smaller pieces so that, even if he did put more than one in his mouth at a time, he would still be eating no more than the equivalent of one at a time.  Now he’s gotten  much better about pacing himself and figuring out how much he can actually eat at once.

One thing that we’ve really had to watch is that now he puts anything and EVERYTHING into his mouth.  Anything he finds on the floor tends to make it’s way into his mouth… including… the kitty food.  He’s had a few times where he’s gotten into the bag of cat food and I’ve had to swipe out one of the pieces.  The good thing is that when he picks something up off the floor, he usually holds it up to show me before it goes into his mouth so I have a few extra seconds to intervene.  Even better, if I ask him for it, he’ll usually put it in my hand (instead of in his mouth).

While nursing he’s really started to pay attention to my moles and freckles.  He delicately picks at them with his little thumb and pointer finger as if he could pick them up and take them off.  It’s pretty cute.  I also thought we had moved away from the pinching, but alas, it’s not over.  He did go back to the sweet rubbing for a while, but he still prefers to rub my skin in between his little fingers, especially where it’s most sensitive (like my neck)!

Sleeping: WELL… as I had written in my last post, we had been traveling and so Jedidiahsleeping was WAY out of his normal sleep schedule.  Then when we got back, Trent went right back to work and I also had a crazy schedule so, quite honestly… we got lazy.  We didn’t really know any better and we were both in survival mode so when he woke up in the middle of the night to nurse, I’d just bring him in bed with us and basically switch him from boob to boob every time he’d wake up.  Of course, that was not making for good sleep for ANY of us!  Anyways, my sister had called me because she was a part of a baby sleep study group and she had learned some tricks that she was going to try and she wanted to share with me too (bless her heart).  You see, I KNOW that Jedi can go at least 10 and a half hours straight without needing to nurse.  He had done it before all the craziness and out-of-routine-ness that came afterwards.  SO, after our conversation, both of us resolved to try to put our babies to sleep AWAKE (so that they would learn how to put themselves to sleep as opposed to us doing it for them) without the help of any soother (boob, bottle, blanket, pacifier…) and to let them cry it out for up to 20 minutes if they woke up in the middle of the night before it was time for them to need to eat again.  That first night, he woke up for about 20 minutes and cried, but then… went back to sleep!  Then again a little bit later, and cried for about 15… and then went back to sleep!  From that point on, it was easier and easier to get him TO sleep and to get him to STAY asleep!  Now if I go to bed at a decent time, I get great sleep!  It’s been nice to gain back some time on the night end of things for myself and for Trent.


That being said… napping hasn’t gotten much easier.  I’ve tried putting him in the crib awake, same as at night, and he cries and cries and cries.  I’ll go in there if it’s for longer than 20 minutes and (leaving him in the crib), just hug him and explain to him again that it’s time for him to rest and that when he wakes up that I will come get him and we can play again.  BUT so far it hasn’t gotten easier and he doesn’t really get GOOD sleep during nap time (unless I’m holding him or nurse him to sleep).  So I guess you can say we’re still working on that.

Diapers:  After coming back and feeling MAJORLY overwhelmed with everything that was going on, I definitely used disposable diapers.  With the exception of a few days this month, I went the easy route.  And honestly, I’m kind of glad that I did!  After we introduced the little “puffs” to him to eat, his poo got really gooey and sticky and messy!  I would NOT have enjoyed cleaning all of that out of the cloth diapers!!!

Clothes: He’s wearing 6-9 month clothes for the most part.  He can still fit into some 6 month onesies and on the other end, he can wear 9 month ones (but they are still a bit long on him).  But truthfully it depends on the individual outfit.  All clothes are made differently.  He wears a few 12 month outfits, yet fits into other 6 month ones.  It just depends.


Baylee came over for two days and I watched her while her mom had to work.  She was the flower girl in our wedding and I’ve known her since she was about Jedidiah’s age, so it’s kind of cool now that SHE is the one helping me watch him!  She helped me feed him and play with him and we did some fun things together.

We celebrated my sister-in-law Katey’s birthday with a family gathering at her house.  It is always fun to have the cousins together and hang out!

Just around the corner from us, a new pizza place opened and they had a grand opening party.  They were giving away free pizza and they had all sorts of games and music and such.  We took Jedidiah (he didn’t get any pizza) and he enjoyed watching all the kids running around.

We attended a birthday party for our neighbors.  Even though it rained, we enjoyed our time at the park and had a nice time celebrating Carter turning 3!


We got to go to the zoo with some friends and their kids.  It was TONS of fun (but still so HOT outside)!

We got to have a play date with two of the ladies that I met in birthing class.  We started a play group last year but had been on hiatus through the summer up until this point and then we got together again.  All of our kiddos are pretty much within a month of each other age-wise, so it’s cool to be able to get them together and watch them play!

We went to our buddy Declan’s 1st birthday party.  He was born a few months before Jedidiah and we hope they grow up to be good buddies.  It was a Mickey Mouse party and it was super cute!  Kathy made all sorts of decorations and had a little photo booth.  We had a great time and it really got me thinking that in a few short months, we too will have a one year old!!!

I’ve been co-hosting a salad prep “party” with my friend Abby where we invite people over and each person brings an ingredient to share with the group and we make mason jar salads to eat throughout the week!  It’s brilliant, fast, easy and fun to hang out and chat with my girlfriends while preparing healthy foods for my week!


We went to a baby shower and got to see lots of my old Friday’s crew!  For those of you who don’t know this, I worked at TGI Fridays for nearly 8 years.  I started working there in high school when I still lived in Minnesota and then ended up working at the one here for a few years as well before I started teaching full time.  Anyways, it was so much fun to see my girls and catch up while celebrating baby Raigh.

We got to attend a friend’s birthday party at Mr. Gatti’s.  This was Jedidiah’s first time at an arcade.  He LOVED the lights and the sounds.  He even rode the merry-go-round… by himself (daddy was right there to catch him if he lost his balance)!  His favorite game though was, of course, one that had to do with balls!  He LOVES balls.  This one you had to roll the ball down the ramp and try to get it into different colored slots.  He could have cared less about the slots, he was just excited when the balls kept coming!  It was so cute to watch!

Likes:  He LOVES opening and closing doors!  I have to watch him very closely to make sure that he doesn’t pinch his fingers, but he seriously could play with a door for hours!  At our house, we’ve started putting dumbbells in between the doors so that he can’t close them all the way (and pinch himself in the process).

Animals!  Any animal, but especially dogs and cats (ki-y, ki-y).  He enjoys chasing the dogs at his Nana and Popo’s house and even barks at them.  It’s so cute!

He LOVES balls and has gotten REALLY good at throwing them.  Like good aim, good release, good hand-eye coordination… just GOOD (and with both arms at that)!  He loves balls and when we wake up and go out into the living room, that’s the first thing he looks for.  I’m actually pretty surprised that he hasn’t said “ball” yet, for as often as we say it.

This little bocleanery loves to clean!  Well, I hope so at least.  He loves the vacuum, the broom, the duster… even the toilet bowl brush (ew).  Not that he’s proficient with any of those things quite yet, but you know what they say… “Train up a child…”  Speaking of which, when he’s finished eating, he always carries his bowl and spoon/fork to the sink and we sing a little song that goes like this… “Take it to the sink and wash, wash, wash; wash, wash, wash; wash, wash, wash; we take it to the sink and wash, wash, wash; when we’re all done.” (To the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)  Kids are never too young to start good habits!

He really enjoys this play table that my friend Traci passed down to us.  It has a hole in the middle for a ball to go in, and then it comes out one of the four legs.  It only took a few times for Jedi to catch on to this game and he spends  quite a bit of time playing with this.  Dropping the ball in over and over and then looking to see where it came out.  It is really impressive to watch him learn so quickly!

Another toy he loves is the new walker his Nana bought him.  Here he is playing with it.  His favorite thing to do is to open the little barn door over and over again because it says, “Peek-a-boo, I see you!”


Bath time is still his favorite and he’s finally using bath toys… kind of.  We got these plastic sea animals but out of all of them, he only likes the puffer fish… because it’s just like a ball.  He throws it in the tub and then goes to get it.  He walks in the tub… he’s all over the place!


Dislikes:  For some reason Jedidiah hates having his diaper changed and being put in his car seat.

Memorable moments and firsts:

He went to the San Antonio zoo for the first time!  We had gone to the Minnesota zoo while we were up there last month, but now he’s been to our “home” zoo too!  We went with some friends and spent a lovely day there watching the animals and hanging out!

He started pointing at things.  It is so cute.  He points at EVERYTHING now!  He also says “that” as he points.  🙂


Speaking of things he says, his vocabulary is up to about 10 words now.  He can say “momma,” “da-da,” “c-t” (cat), “dog,” “ma” (more), “all done,” “get it” and “got it,” “nana” (for banana), and “that.”

Jedidiah feeds himself now.

Spedrawingaking of feeding himself, we were out to eat at IHOP after church one morning and they actually brought us crayons and a kiddie menu.  For a good while, he was happy just playing with the crayons.  He’d take two at a time and then trade one out for a different color and repeat it over and over again.  But then he figured out how to color!  He didn’t do much, but he did make his first official drawing!  Maybe I should have kept it for sentimental value, but I’m certain that there will be much more where that came from in the future!



He figured out a fun way to get his ball to come back to him.  We had this big skinny cardboard box in our living room from an easel Trent had ordered for school, and Jedidiah found out that he could roll the ball up the “ramp” and it would come right back to him!

He got his first bonk and owie.  It comes with trying to walk and falling down.  He just happened to fall right and got a little bump close to his eye.  Thankfully it wasn’t big and it didn’t last long.  Just a day or two and he was back to normal.


He started getting down correctly off the couch (feet first, sliding on his belly).

One of the gifts we got for Jedidiah last Christmas were these shoes that have his name and birthday on them.  We finally put them on him for a little photo shoot, and it’s a good thing we did, because he BARELY squeezed into them!  But we got some really cute shots of him!


He got two more teeth!  Both of the top teeth are in.  They came in within a few days of each other (much like his two bottom ones).  Now he’s got this adorable toothy grin!


Jedidiah started doing this funny Chinese “dubbing” thing with his mouth where he’d make a sound and then silently move his mouth afterwards as if he were still speaking!

One day we were at Nana’s house and he was playing with three balls and he was really trying to figure out how he could hold all three at once.  He tried to pick them all up and obviously, that wasn’t working so well.  So then, he decided, well, if I can’t get it with my hands, I’m going to try to pick it up with my mouth.  It was hilarious!  He’s so clever and resourceful!

He’s figured out how to take selfies.  Haha… I think he still needs to work on the best angles.

When we go on walks, he likes to put his feet up on his stroller.  It’s so funny.  He just looks so relaxed and laid back.  I like to think of it as “stroller swag.”

He and I took our first trip to Brackenridge Park and our second trip to the Witte Museum.  It was a random Tuesday afternoon and I knew that we NEEDED to get out of the house.  The Witte is free on Tuesday afternoons but I had forgotten what time it started.  We arrived a bit too early and so we decided to walk around and play at Brackenridge for a little while before heading back to the museum.  It was fun to watch him play on the playground.  He likes to climb up (he’s good at that), but isn’t as good at climbing back down.  He also loved the steering wheel and climbing up the slide!

What about mom?  

September is my birthday month, so we got to go out and celebrate at Buffalo Wild Wings.  It was one of the only days of the month that Trent actually got home by dinner time.  It was extra special to be able to eat dinner together, AND to go out!  We were blessed with a beautiful sunset and a lovely evening together.


Well, I had a rough bout with breastfeeding.  I guess I should be super grateful that we hadn’t had any real issues up until this point, but I started having a LOT of pain in my right breast when I was nursing.  At first I thought that maybe it was a clogged duct, but as I looked more and more into it, I decided that that wasn’t it.  Then we moved to nipple blebs, but it really wasn’t that either.  It ended up just being a clogged Montgomery gland.  It was very painful for about a week but I watched it closely for any signs of infection and eventually the pain just went away.  It hurt terribly when he would first latch, but then the pain would get less and less as he nursed.  It almost felt like it had at the beginning again where my boobs were just getting used to nursing.  So… that pretty much sucked.  But we got past it and now we’re good again.

we started going to Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) with a few friends of mine at a chuch in New Braunfels.  It is about an hour and a half long and so I was worried about Jedidiah staying in the nursery that long.  He hadn’t done it at our own church (where he knows everyone) for a shorter time, so I was praying EXTRA hard that he would make it there so that I could enjoy my time in God’s Word and learning without having him distracting me.  It took 3 times before he stayed the whole time, but we made it!  It was so nice to be able to relax and study God’s word and enjoy this time of fellowship with other women all the while knowing that he was being taken good care of in their children’s program.

Daddy also let me dress Jedidiah in a Longhorns shirt for our church series called “Quarterback.”  You see, we’re a house divided.  I’m a Longhorn fan while my husband (bless his heart) is an Aggie.  This is a HUGE rivalry that gave us trouble at the beginning of our relationship.  We both agree that it was a God thing that they went to separate conferences- it may have saved our marriage!  Anyways, here are Jedi and I in our Texas gear.


Daddy time: I absolutely love watching these two interact.  I know I’ve said that since the beginning, but as Jedidiah has gotten more and more personality, it has become even more fun.  Trent always wants to spend time with him and unfortunately, his work schedule doesn’t allow for more of it.  Here are some of my favorite daddy moments from this month.



My boys serving together at church




Outside daddy’s school



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The Jedidiah-ries (Diaries)- 9th month


Weight: 17.7 lbs.

Height: 28 inches

General Observations:

We traveled a LOT this month and he really did well being in so many different places with so many new people!  That being said, Jedi’s schedule was completely out of whack for the majority of the month.

We spent almost three weeks in Minnesota and while we were there, Jedi picked up some bad habits.  His cousin Evie puts EVERYTHING in her mouth and up until they spent a lot of time together, we didn’t really have that problem.  Now… not so much.  Let me be clear though, I’m CERTAIN that she picked up some bad habits from him as well- like banging on everything and screeching in his high pitched excited squeal (Sorry Christie and Ryan).

When we got back from Minnesota, Trent went right back to work and I started watching my friend’s two girls for the week.  During that week, Jedidiah developed major stranger anxiety.  He was SUPER clingy and would freak out if I even left the room.  Sometimes he would freak out if I walked two steps away from him!  I think he had a hard time transitioning to daddy being at work all day after he was home with us all summer.  He was probably thinking, well daddy’s gone, now I better make DARN sure that mommy doesn’t leave too!  Poor baby.


He started making these stink faces toward the end of the month.  I have no idea where he gets it!  I am SURE that neither Trent or I make those kinds of faces!  He would look at people when we’d be out and just make these RUDE faces at them!  It was awful, but it only lasted a short while.

Object permanence- it’s there.  When an object moves or disappears, he knows to look for it and is actually very adept at where and when to look as well.

He’s been talking a lot more.  It is sounding much more syllabic and we’ve even noticed him copying our intonations!

He has CURLS!!!  They are tiny and just starting in the back and on the side of his head, but they are adorable!  I tried to get a good picture, but didn’t have much luck… this was about as good as I got!


And can we just talk about his eyes for a minute… these EYES!!!  OMG, I took this picture of him while the light was hitting them just right and they just look AMAZING!  And those lashes…


Health:   He’s got 2 teeth so far!  Look at how cute they are!


We went in for his 9 month check-up and the doctor said he is doing very well.  We had his appointment while I was still watching the two girls, so all four of us packed up and headed across town for this check-up.  He had to get tested for anemia this round and so he got a little heel prick (actually two of them since the first one didn’t get enough blood for a good reading).  The doctor popped his head back in before we left to give us the results and he left me very encouraged that we’re doing good.  He said, “I don’t know what you’re feeding him, but keep it up, because he is not anemic AT ALL!”  Lots of fruits and veggies are keeping this boy healthy and I’m pretty sure that my Shakeology is also partly responsible for the encouraging news!

Here we are in the waiting room with the girls

Eating:  This boy ALWAYS wants to eat and shows an intense interest whenever we’re eating.  He tends to throw a little fit if we’re eating and he isn’t.  So I almost always have something on hand that I can give him.  The only problem is that I have to time it right so that we finish at the same time… if he finishes his food before we’re finished eating then it’s more tears.


Getting some grub from Grandpa


He’s also been quick to get into the fridge.  He wants to be all up in EVERYTHING all the time!  And we’ve had to move the breakable things in the door up higher so that he can’t reach them!


He’s started smacking his lips when he really likes something.

While Jedidiah used to rub my arms or chest sweetly while nursing, it has turned sour as he now likes to pinch my skin between his little fingers over and over again.  It hurts!!!  Occasionally he will still rub me sweetly, but lately it hasn’t been as pleasant.

Oh yeah, speaking of not as pleasant… let’s talk about biting for a second, shall we?  Yowzas!  He hasn’t done it often, but wow, does it hurt!  I’m thankful that he only has bottom teeth at this point… I can’t imagine how a full set of teeth feels.

Sleeping:  Well, the majority of this month was spent on vacation, so his sleep was not consistent to say the least.  We had him in and out of our bed, in a pack and play and even in the same room as his 6 and a half month old cousin for a while.  There were lots of wakeful nights and it was definitely out of our normal routines.  So… momma hasn’t been sleeping so well either.  I’m thankful that now we are back and in our own house and Jedi is in his own crib again.  I was worried about transitioning back in, but that first night was AMAZING!  He went down, woke up once early on but cried himself back to sleep after a few minutes, then woke up later to nurse and went right back down for the rest of the night!

Diapers:  We definitely only used disposable diapers this month but we were traveling the whole time!  It’s way too much work to try to do cloth diapers on vacation!

Clothing:  He still wears primarily 6-9 month clothes, although he still fits into a good portion of his 6 month ones.

Social:  Oh, goodness.  I don’t even know if I can scratch the surface of “social” this month.  We flew to Minnesota to visit family and friends and we had about 2-3 outings a DAY for nearly 3 weeks!!!

Before we left we attended a birthday party for Trent’s best friend’s oldest son.  It was a nice time to catch up with friends, plus they had a little kiddie pool so Jedidiah enjoyed that!

On our way up to Dallas/Fort Worth we visited several friends/family members.  We were able to visit a friend of ours from China and her family.  Stopping at Debra’s was a nice break in the driving.  Then we spent the night with my aunt and uncle (who is also my Godfather) before meeting up with a friend of mine from high school for lunch.  Then we flew out of DFW to Minnesota!  (It is so much cheaper to fly out of there than it is out of SA, Austin, or Houston)

Hanging out with Debra and her family

With my aunt and uncle


With my high school friend Robert


We spent a lot of time with family- he got to hang out several times at his great grandma and grandpa’s house.

I was so thankful that we got to attend his cousin’s baptism!  My sister tried to plan it for when we were in town, but between us coming and our pastor being on vacation, there was only one Sunday available!  We’re so thankful it worked out for everyone to make it!  It was such a blessing to be there for the christening of our sweet niece!


We took a day trip to the zoo with his aunts, uncle and cousin.  Jedidiah loved seeing the animals and was actually pretty engaged in what was going on around him!


We hung out with TONS of different friends (far too many to post here).

We attended a benefit for my dear friend Terri, who passed away 6 years ago from a gastrointestinal stomach cancer.  The benefit was to raise money for GIST awareness.  They have this benefit every year, but this is the first year that we were able to make it.  I am very grateful to have been there!

We spent a week up at the lake!  My family has had a time share at Breezy Point Resort since I was in high school but Trent and I hadn’t been up there in several years.  It was so much fun with both of the babies together and EVERYONE was able to make it up!  It was great to spend time together as a family in a relaxing environment!  (Again, there are WAY too many pics to post to fully capture our time together)


Memorable moments and firsts:

  • He took his second round of flights to Minnesota this month and clocked a whole lot of driving hours!!!  He did really well on the flights and mostly played with the kids in front of him or on the floor at our feet the whole time!  It was so cute- he kept reaching in the crack of the seat in front of us and would put his hand on the little boy or girl’s arm (two different flights, two different kids) to make them look back and play with him.  But the kids were great with him and they seemed to love playing with Jedi!  It was SUCH a blessing!  I will say, however, that trying to keep him still this time around was MUCH more difficult than when he was a newborn!

On the flight TO Minnesota

On our flight back home to San Antonio

  • He started walking in the pool using a floatie to keep him up.  This was AMAZING and SO unexpected.  Another family was in the pool and had offered to let us use their little inner tube, so we accepted.  I put it around Jedidiah not thinking much and for a minute or so he just kind of hung out… and then all of a sudden, he TOOK OFF!!!  Literally walking from one end of the pool to the other!  It was such a cool thing to see.  He LOVED it!!!  (And while I won’t post it here because it’s far too long, my brother-in-law managed to catch it all on video!)
  • He says “Mama” now (even though “Da-da” came first)!  And I think he also says “Ma” by itself for “more” (judging by context).  We’re trying to teach him the sign language for that, but it doesn’t seem to be catching on yet.  It also sure sounds like he says his name- “Di-di-a.”
  • He is FEARLESS when it comes to water and swimming.  He is not at all worried about going under water and in fact, there were several times where he would just take off and dive in. He’ll sit on the side of the pool and “jump in” (fall in) to mommy.  This is something we practiced at swimming lessons, so he knew what to do, but he wasn’t the least bit scared!  This momma and daddy are going to need to watch him SUPER closely around the water!


His “THIS. IS. AWESOME.” face


  • Poor baby had a fall in the tub… well actually, it wasn’t a fall as much as a push-off.  You see, he loves to stand up along the side and pull everything into the tub with him (the soap, the washcloth, the pouring cup, etc.).  Anyways, then he just sits back down, like he would fall from a standing position normally.  Well, on this unfortunate evening, he not only fell back onto his bum, like normal, but pushed off back onto his bum, which wouldn’t have been a problem EXCEPT… he fell right onto the tub plug… and all the weight went right onto his poor little balls.  His first time getting racked.  It was terrible.  He cried for like 10 minutes and there wasn’t really much I could do to help him except to nurse him, which was the only thing that finally calmed him back down.  Eek!
  • Speaking of balls, he figured out how to throw!  He’s not great at it yet, but he can throw them!  He got to practice with his great grandma and his uncle Derek!

  • He went to the zoo for the first time with his aunties, uncle and cousin.  We had a lot of fun watching the animals!!!
  • He took his first steps!!!  One day at my sister’s house, he randomly took two steps towards me and we all stopped, looked at each other and were like, “He just walked!” The next day he took two more steps!
  • While we were up at the lake, we went up to the playground and put both Jedi and his cousin Evie in the swings.  They swung for a little while, while we all tried to get a good photo of the two of them together.  Yeah… that wasn’t so successful.  But my brother Derek started playing with Jedidiah and he absolutely LOVED it!  Just look at his face!

  • He began standing on his own for long periods of time!  We were at my grandparents’ house and he was playing with a toy and all of a sudden, he was standing… and still standing… and still standing, all on his own!  We were so impressed!!!


  • He started waving hello and goodbye.  He still won’t necessarily do it all the time, or when we want him to, but he gets the concept and moves his sweet little hand up and down!

  • We visited my alma mater Northwestern College after an evening at Caribou Coffee meeting up with some old girlfriends.  I LOVE the campus there.  It is just so peaceful.  Even though it was almost dusk, I decided to take Jedidiah down to the island so we could spend a few minutes by the lake.  I’m so glad that I did, it was a beautiful evening and I think just being there was good for my soul!

  • After seeing how much he liked the sand while we were on vacation, we were all too eager to get his sandbox up and going once we got home.  We had purchased it right before we left on our vacation, but Jedidiah has now finally had the chance to play in it!  The verdict- it’s a hit!

  • When we got back from Minnesota, Trent had to go back to work right away.  We spent most of that first week back helping him in his classroom and getting ready for the school year.  There were two significant events that were memorable.  One was just on a random night when we were there late helping daddy get set up and Jedidiah started moving from hook to hook almost like a monkey and then reaching up and pulling down the papers that we had hung from the cubbies above.  It was HILARIOUS to watch and we were all so impressed with his coordination!

20160813_192930The second was on “Meet the Teacher” night.  I had driven up to his school with the girls I was watching to help with some last minute touches for his classroom and to help out in any way that we could.  Anyways, it was getting close to time for the girls’ mom to pick them up and Jedidiah needed to nurse, so I decided to go out to the car where we could have a little more privacy.  Anyways, the girls’ mom came and Jedidiah finished up.  I was just finishing something up on my phone so I was letting him play with the steering wheel (which, for the record, I had done before many times, and he’s always loved it and we’ve never had an issue).  Anyways, once he finished, I headed back inside.  All of a sudden, I looked at him and realized that he was covered with black stuff!  Like ALL OVER.  It was on his face, on his hands, on his clothes… I was so embarrassed to see him such a mess so we hit up the bathroom and I cleaned him up as best I could, but his clothes were still black, so I decided that that was a sign that we weren’t supposed to stick around and we headed home instead.  I still don’t know what the heck was all over him!


Likes: Water- both the ocean and the lakes, playing peek-a-boo, throwing balls, playing in the sand, spoons, banging on things, being outside, going on walks, screeching with excitement, animals (especially our kitty cat or Nana and Popo’s dogs), and eating!

Dislikes:  Being in the car!!!  Oh, my, we had some pretty LONG, LOUD drives along the way, with lots and lots of tears.  He also very much dislikes having his hands held (unless we’re walking with him).  He gets mad at us if we try to hold his hands while we say grace before meals or any other time really.  We tried to reach back and hold his hand when he was upset in the car and he would just bat us away.

What about mom?  Well, mom got to run a race while I was up in Minnesota.  My good friend Katie had invited me to run the Warrior Dash with her and since it was a race that I had wanted to run for quite a while, and it happened to be while we were up there, I said YES!!!  Originally Trent was going to run it with me, but Jedidiah was at a stage where he wouldn’t take a bottle and since the race was an hour away, there was no way we could have left him with anyone.  SO, Trent volunteered to stay with the little man and my brother ran in his place.  It was really fun for the three of us to run and do the obstacles all while getting down and dirty!

Other than that, I REALLY enjoyed seeing my family and meeting up with friends.  It was a busy time that really flew by but I wouldn’t have traded it for anything!  The time we are able to spend with them really is priceless and it is so much more meaningful now that we have Jedidiah.  I really want him to know his grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousin (plus Great aunts and uncles, second cousins… you get the gist).  I have to admit that I also really enjoyed our time up at the lake.  There is something about being around water that really just helps me to relax and enjoy God’s creation.

Once we got home, I’m not going to lie, I was a bit overwhelmed.  We got back pretty late Sunday night and Monday morning Trent had to return to school and I was up at 7am with two extra kiddos.  Having them all week WHILE adjusting to having Jedidiah by myself and not having any transition time really made it tough getting back into the swing of things, but we ended up finding our rhythm again.

Separation anxiety has made things HARD on me.  Jedidiah was SUPER clingy that last week of this month and wouldn’t leave my side.  He would just cling to my ankles for dear life and desperately want me to hold him.  Poor baby… and poor momma!

Daddy time:  I know it was a hard transition for daddy to go back to work as well, especially after a really short summer (due to three weeks of training for his new job as soon as the last school year ended) and lots of traveling.  It kind of felt like there wasn’t much time for just the three of us to relax.  But I do know that he enjoyed our time in Minnesota as well and we had a lot of fun with my siblings and the rest of the fam.  Trent got some gaming time in with my brother and brothers-in-law while we were there and he really enjoyed playing with the babies!  We are also sad that daddy is back at work and he’s been working insanely long hours.  Once school started we really didn’t see him unless we went up to school to help out.  That was a BIG change for us (and for him as well).  Here are some of my favorite pictures of the two of them this month.


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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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The Jedidiah-ries (Diaries)- Seventh month

Weight: 17.4 lbs.

Height: 27.5 in. (Although I’m probably measuring wrong… since that’s what the doc measured him at last month)

General Observations:  This little boy is so much fun!  He’s also very smart.  I love watching him observe the world around him!  This month it’s been fun to watch him entertain himself with the simplest things… bubble wrap, paper (he loves paper), plastic bags, the remote, keys, ribbons… He is both fascinated and entertained by them, which makes this momma very happy!

Jedidiah is also fascinated with our cat (much to his dismay).  He loves to chase him around and gets so excited when he sees him!  His little arms go up and down with excitement and you can tell that he wants to pet his kitty SO BAD!  The cat is pretty good with him too, wary (as he should be), but still trusting and sweet with him.  He’ll let Trent or I “help” Jedidiah pet him, even though he occasionally comes away with a handful of fur.  He also likes puppies and wants to pet Nana and Popo’s dogs every time we’re there.

Jedidiah has started following me EVERYWHERE!  Wherever I am, he is there also.  He follows me in his little walker and watches or “helps” me clean, load the dishwasher, cook… you name it.  I have to be careful when I turn around so I don’t trip over the little man!  He’s always at my heels!

Jedidiah has figured out how to help get himself out of his car seat.  As soon as we unbuckle him, he helps pull his arms out and leans forward so that we can lift him out.

He’s also been laughing and giggling more this month.  At first it really took a lot of effort to make him laugh, but now he laughs at everything!

Health:  Poor guy has a gunky eye again.  It’s nothing more than a clogged tear duct and our pediatrician says it’s no big deal, but it looks rough.  Momma had a week or so where I wasn’t feeling very well and I worried that he might get whatever I had, but prayer worked to keep him healthy while I worked through it.

Jedidiah also ended up with two little blisters on his toes.  Trent took him across the street in his walker while he played basketball and the kid literally wore holes in his footy pajamas!  He’s recently learned how to stop, using his little toes as rudders.  Little did we realize while he was out there that he was ripping up his poor little feet!

holes in his toes

Eating: He tried his first foods this month!  We introduced him to watermelon in a little mesh sucker thingie (sorry, I have no idea what the technical term is) and he LOVED it.  You could just hear him sucking away!

He’s also tried avocado, banana, and potato.

Of course we are still primarily nursing.  This kid seems to think he’s a pro or something.  Any time that I don’t use the nursing pillow, he nurses in the craziest positions!  He’ll start in a normal spot and then literally work his way all the way around to the other side.  He also likes to nurse kneeling down nowadays.  It’s funny to watch but a little bit crazy to manage!

Whereas Jedidiah used to rub my arms or my chest while nursing, lately he’s shown much more of an interest in feeling our faces.  He especially likes the feel of daddy’s beard.

Sleeping:  Jedidiah was finally sleeping pretty normally.  He was going for about 7-10 hourssweet sleeping boy without eating and then he would nurse and go back to sleep.  We had a few 11 hour nights right at the beginning but then I got a clogged milk duct because my boobs were getting so engorged going that long without feeding him.  We both found a happy medium between these times and then he would go back to sleep.  He was still sleeping for 11-12 hours a night up until this last week!  I think either his teeth are bothering him, or he’s going through a growth spurt, or he’s just having fitful sleep because of all the milestones he’s hitting and the things he’s learning.  Now he’s back up several times a night!  He had also gotten better about napping… until he started pulling up.  Now I can’t just leave him in the crib… he immediately stands himself up and cries and cries.  I tried going back in there to lay him back down every few minutes, but he wasn’t having it.  Any suggestions mommas?  It’s not like we were getting long naps, but I was thankful for any little break I could get (plus, he’s a much happier baby when he’s not tired, and I’m a much happier momma when I can get things done!).


Standing up in his crib!


blowoutDiapers:  Well, it seems appropriate to mention here that we had our biggest blowout to date at the very beginning of this month.  We were at church and Trent had him in the carrier.  He had just woken up and we were going to head home.  Trent took him out of the carrier and started to hand him to me when I realized that he had poop on the back of his outfit.  So we went in to change him… not realizing how bad it was!  This kid literally had poop all the way up to his neck!  If we would have been at home, we probably would have just cut his onesie off and thrown him straight in the bathtub, but alas, we were in our church bathroom, so we just had to wipe him down with wipes and wash out his clothes as best we could.  It was a memorable moment.  We weren’t even mad, we were impressed!

He’s wearing size 3 diapers now and we’ve noticed that he’s leaking out more at night.  Like nearly every night for about a 5 night stretch, so I’m not sure if the diapers are too big, or if it’s just a different brand that fits him differently, or if I just need to make sure I change him in the middle of the night.

We’ve been doing much better with the cloth diapers lately.  The ones from China seem to fit him better now that he’s a little older and they have such cute designs on them!

Clothes:  This is the first month in a long time that we haven’t felt like we needed a bib at EVERY moment.  The past couple of months have seemed like a monsoon was coming out of his mouth ALL THE TIME.  We couldn’t do anything or go anywhere without a bib.  And, quite frankly, we were going through a lot of bibs each day.  After about an hour his bib would already be drenched through (and sometimes his outfit underneath too).  Somehow this month the drooling has seemed to slow down a bit.  Not that he’s stopped drooling, but it’s tamed itself down for now.

Dressing (and changing) this boy has gotten much more difficult!  He is SUCH a wiggle worm!  We’ve gotten pretty good at dressing him while he’s in a crawling position or in any other contorted way he ends up, but it’s certainly not easy!

He’s also started trying to look over the edge of the changing table (or any dangerous edge, it would seem).  I’m not sure if he’s a daredevil or if his depth perception is starting to develop, but we have to watch him like a hawk (we always do anyways)!


kidsRight on his 6 month birthday we attended a crawfish broil that some of our neighbors were having.  They had invited us earlier in the week but when it came to be Sunday, the weather was not very cooperative.  We were pretty sure it would be cancelled.  We drove around to check and just happened to see that they had rented out the hall just down the road.  So we ended up eatin’ good that day!  We carried Jedidiah’s little walker down with us and let him scoot around on the hard floor chasing some of the other kiddos that were there.  That was probably our favorite part of the whole shindig- watching him interact with the other children.  He laughed and laughed at them and the kids kept doing silly things to make him laugh.  It was so much fun to watch!

We had a family lunch at The Egg & I right before Jedidiah’s 6 month check-up.  Thankfully daddy was able to take a half-day and come to our appointment with us.  While we were there, Jedidiah was drinking from our water glass.  He really wants to be able to drink like we do.  Now we can hardly drink anything without him wanting to take a sip!

the egg and I

“Aunt Dot” came by for a visit one Friday afternoon.  She came bearing gifts for our little guy.  She’d just spent some time in Florida visiting Universal Studios and had bought Jedi a little souvenir- E.T.!  She said she thought of him because of his big blue eyes.  It was very sweet.  She also brought us a cute little summer outfit that says “Rad like Dad.”  He will look very cute in it!


My best friend, Traci, had a birthday party for two of her kids born just a few days (and years) apart.  It was a color party… you know, like a color run.  Unfortunately, Trent and I were late so we missed most of the color fun, but we still didn’t leave unscathed!  Dylan managed to douse us with what little color was left… so here we are… first white, then very pink!

We took a little trip to Georgetown to celebrate our friend’s mom’s birthday with a luau.  On our way we stopped off in San Marcos to meet up with one of the girls in our old youth group.  She’s now a junior in college!  Man how time passes!  We enjoyed our chat and she enjoyed hanging out with the little man.


After a nice time talking with her, we went on to meet up with Heather and Zach, our friends from China who just happen to live less than 2 hours away from us!  We had a great time at the luau celebrating Heather’s mom Shelly and then spent the night with them there.  There were some storms that night and we weren’t comfortable driving back.  Anyways, it really was a blessing because we were able to attend Zach’s church the next morning. He pastors a small church plant called the Church at Round Rock.  It was a pleasure to hear him preach again (we’d heard him several times while we were in China) and we were able to have some time together to catch up after service.  We really treasure these friends of ours and were thankful to have been able to go!

On our way back from Austin we stopped at BUC-EES.  For as many times as I’ve driven that stretch of I35, I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never stopped there.  Neither had Trent.  We enjoyed looking at all the stuff they had, but between the gazillion people  that were there and it getting close to feeding time for Jedidiah, we didn’t stay very long. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our stop there and I’m sure we’ll get the chance to visit again.

I helped my girlfriend Abby run a nature camp for a few mornings for some of our friends’ kids.  We enjoyed the nature trails and learned about lots of cool things.  We looked at different bugs and insects, searched for evidence of animals that might have been there and talked about the flood waters that had deposited a large amount of trash in the park.  Oh yeah, and we learned The Scat Rap… a rap about animal poo.  The kids loved that one!  Jedidiah loved being outside (even though momma got eaten alive by mosquitos) and he even has little fat roll tan lines now!  BAHAHAHA!  They’re so cute!

We finally had the chance to celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday with a trip out to Top Golf.  Now, not being a big fan of golf myself (I find it excruciatingly boring), I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much, but the facilities were great, the food was delicious, the weather was nice, and the golf was actually… fun!  It was a really nice time to spend with family and we all enjoyed ourselves very much.

top golf

We spent several afternoons visiting his daddy at work- playing with his kids and helping him pack up his classroom.  It was a lot of work, but we’re all  so excited that school is out and that daddy will be home for the summer!!!

Likes:  Simple things: paper, napkins, straws, bubble wrap, ribbons, magnets…  This is also the first month he’s shown any interest in toy cars/trains- he sits or lays on his side and rolls them back and forth.  He’s developed an affection for the game “Peek-a-boo” and loves it when older kids play with him.  My friend Abby’s kids came over to play and she caught this adorable photo of her boys playing with Jedidiah.

peek a boo

Jedidiah also likes musical instruments.  Nana bought him a xylophone which he quickly figured out.  He’s also enjoyed strumming the guitar (or banging on it) and playing our piano.  He also likes listening to different music and sometimes even sings along.

This little boy still enjoys his books and loves banging on them and flipping through them, looking at the different pictures.


Jedidiah is a big fan of nature.  He loves to be outside, playing with leaves, sitting in the rocks, anything.  Every time we go out walking in the stroller, he takes a piece from our bushes along and often holds it the entire time we’re out.  We usually bring a back-up one just in case he drops his first one.  I love that he loves to be outside so much!

Dislikes: Laying still for any amount of time!

Memorable moments and firsts:

He’s gone mobile!!!

  • Jedidiah figured out how to go from a lying down position to sitting and back to crawling.
  • Speaking of crawling, one afternoon Trent and I were hanging out with him in his room and Trent had just polished off a bag of chips.  Jedidiah started playing with it and soon realized that if he put both hands on the bag, he could use it to scoot himself forward.  So he would go to a crawling position, then scoot the bag forward until he was on his belly, then he would get back into crawling position and scoot forward again.  He did it for a good couple of minutes.  We were so impressed with his resourcefulness!  He’s such a smart boy!!!
  • He’s took his first few crawling steps and now he crawls like a pro!  It’s so cool to watch him crawl to Trent or I.  I love that he wants to be with us and now he can get there on his own!
  • He’s started pulling up on everything lately!!!  He particularly likes using the coffee table and banging on it as loudly as he can.  He even walks along it, but it doesn’t stop there… he’ll use just about anything, including the rocking chair, as you can see below.  He hasn’t quite figured out that pulling up on things that move isn’t the best idea…

We introduced a sippy cup since he’s shown such an interest in drinking out of our glasses.  He really liked it, but hadn’t quite gotten the hang of it.  He could get the water in, but he didn’t know to swallow it, so it just kind of ran out of his mouth and dripped down his chin.  Now, though, he has figured it out, and besides the occasional drips, he drinks like a pro.

We finally got to use our pool!  After a learning experience with a failed inflatable pool, we had gotten a hard plastic one.  And the day after we got it, it basically rained for the next few weeks in a row.  So our first time using it was actually on Memorial Day.  He and I got in the pool and he splashed around and played with his toys.  He also liked leaning over the side so that he could play with the grass.  We had a lot of fun with this little pool and I anticipate much more fun as the summer progresses!

Jedi started clapping and waving his arms up and down with excitement.  He hasn’t quite figured out how to clap with his palms open, but he has the concept down!

He’s “graduated” to riding in his stroller facing forward now.  We’ve ditched his car seat and just started strapping him in instead.  He loves to face forward because he can see so much better!  One night we were out and about on a walk and we ran across some bikers coming out of a nearby restaurant.  Jedidiah showed quite an interest in their motorcycles, and randomly one guy whipped out a toy motorcycle from his bike’s storage and gifted him his first toy motorcycle (well, it’s actually his second, but it’s the thought that counts!).  It won’t be able to come out of the box for a while (because of small parts), but it was a really sweet gesture and Jedidiah loved playing with it regardless.

Jedidiah went down his first slides this month, both with mommy or daddy of course.  He went down a slide with daddy at his work during recess and mommy took him on a (small) waterslide at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.  He also had his first swing experiences.  He seemed to like it and even pumped his little feet to get himself going!  I love his smile in this pic!


What about mom?  Well, I’ve started a new business venture from home, working as a beach bodyhealth and fitness coach for Beach Body.  I’ve really enjoyed it so far- I love their vision and heart for changing lives for the better.  It’s all about relationships, support and accountability!  I’ve already loved the community that I’m in!  However, that being said, I sure feel much busier trying to juggle this new stuff with a now-mobile baby and trying to keep up with the house… AND Jedidiah deciding not to take naps in his crib.  I definitely find that I don’t get as much done during the day as I would like to, and I’ve been more tired because of him waking up more often during the night.  On a positive note, starting this new job has forced me to be more intentional about where I spend my time and prioritize my life better.  I feel like I’m making healthier choices for myself and honestly, working out every day does help me to feel energized and good about life!  But I sure am ready for Trent to be home during the days!!!

Daddy time:  This photo is my absolute favorite one of Trent and Jedi from this month.  I’m not sure what it is about it, but every time I look at it, my heart just melts!!!


Trent loves taking Jedidiah out and showing him new things.  One of the things they did this month was play basketball together.  Jedidiah loved watching him bounce the ball and shoot it in the air.  He also loved the free reign and being able to walk wherever he wanted.  It is always so cute to watch the two of them together!

Thanks so much for reading!  Until next month…

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The Jedidiah-ries (diaries)- Month 5

Height:  I totally forgot to measure him this month… and by now, my measurements will be completely inaccurate!  Oops!

Weight: 16.7 pounds

General Observations:  This kid is already so much fun!  He loves to smile and giggle. He’s super tactile right now- he wants to touch EVERYTHING (but not yet put everything in his mouth, which is good).  He loves feeling different textures, and particularly loves feeling things in nature (and the cat’s tail- hehe).  You can tell that he is processing these different textures.


Here he’s checking out a flower.

He also has really good hand-eye coordination and his control is pretty good.  He grips toys and holds on to them fairly well and can even keep them in his grasp when he’s shaking them.

toy control

He is babbling more and seeming to make more actual syllabic sounds rather than just noises.  I speak to him in Spanish and I’ve noticed this month that he really stares and concentrates when he hears someone else speaking it.  This is also the first month that I’ve noticed any color other than blue in his eyes.  He has some small brown specks in there but blue is still the overwhelming color.  They’re really pretty.


He is sitting up by himself this month and even starting to get into crawling position.  He doesn’t quite have it down yet, but he can get his little legs under him and sometimes get up on his arms.

Now that he’s sitting up pretty well, we’ve sat him in his high chair to play a little bit.  It gives me one more option of a place I can set him down for a minute without having to worry.  I put him in his crib a few times too, but he loves to be upright. At the beginning of the month, he wasn’t quite sturdy enough to leave that way, so I could put him in his high chair and he could sit up with a little support.

high chair

Health:  Jedidiah has still been very healthy but we had about a week’s worth of a runny nose.  It was terrible.  He wasn’t running a fever or anything, but he HATES having the suction thingie in his nose and he doesn’t like the saline spray either.  We later realized that this runny nose was simply a symptom of teething so it really wasn’t anything to worry about.  Speaking of teething, we had a REALLY rough few days where he was just super fussy.  I could (and still can) see where a bottom tooth is pressing its way to the surface, but we’re still waiting on it to finally poke through.  As soon as he started getting fussy, I ordered an Amber Teething Necklace on Amazon.  I have friends who swear by these things!  The one I ordered was about 20 bucks and is made of Baltic Amber.  Supposedly, contact with baby’s skin and body heat release a pain-relieving compound that helps combat teething pain and fussiness.  So far, I can’t complain- he seems to be back to his normal self and his tooth doesn’t seem to be bothering him.  Plus it’s kind of cute!  Anyways, I totally recommend it if anyone has an infant who is or is about to be teething.

amber necklace

Look at how cute the necklace looks! (And Jedidiah, of course!)

Eating:  This month I had a realization.  When he would start to get really fussy (especially when we were out and about), I thought he was hungry.  But then he would fall asleep in the car.  When he woke up, I thought he’d be STARVING, but he wasn’t fussing at all.  So basically I think I’ve been feeding him when what he really needs is a nap.  Although, in my defense, usually when I fed him he would go to sleep, so we were accomplishing the same overall goal, but I just didn’t realize what he really needed.  So… all that taught me that really he can go like 3 1/2-4 hours between feedings in the day, where I thought he could only go 2 1/2-3.  It’s giving me a break in a way, but also not.  When I was nursing him more often, I could get more relaxation time (surf Facebook, check my e-mail, watch a show).  Now that he’s stretching out further, I really have to be on point all day when he’s awake.  So I’m feeling more tired!

He’s still so sweet when he nurses.  He gently plays with my hair or my shirt or my necklace or rubs my skin so sweetly.  I really love this time we have together.


Sleeping: Jedidiah had one 7 hour stretch at night and I thought, “Yes!  This is it!  We’ve finally gotten over the hump.”  But then the teething started…  It was like a cruel joke after he’d been waking up more frequently for feedings again in the night (I think he was going through a growth spurt).  Anyways, we haven’t seen another 7 hour stretch, but the cluster feedings have stopped and he’s back to just a few feedings a night.

We know we need to move him to his crib pretty soon as he’s outgrowing the rocker he’s slept in since he was born.  He is getting too long for it and we’ve had to start strapping him in (which was never an issue before) which sometimes wakes him back up.  He can wiggle and squirm and even though I’m pretty sure he can’t actually roll out of it, he’s sure tried!  I was starting to have nightmares about him ending up upside down in it and rolling out, so I knew we needed to start transitioning him out.  We know it’s only a matter of time before he will be too long for it.


As you can see, he’s trying to flip over in his rocker.

So… in order to transition out, we started sleep training in the crib for naps… oh, boy, what an undertaking!  I decided to start with naps so that we wouldn’t be losing sleep (only sanity) when we were trying to get him used to sleeping there.  So far, it has been exhausting and we only started it at the end of this month, so hopefully it will catch on soon!  I don’t know how much more of the crying I can take! It is agonizing listening to your little one scream in distress.  We go in every 10 minutes or so just to pat him on the back or tuck him back in, but then leave again.  We’re trying to let him know that we’re there but that he’s going to have to learn to sleep in his crib by himself.  So far we’ve been successful a few times!



Diapers:  Man, we’re still pretty lazy.  I use the cloth diapers, but not nearly as much as I thought I would.  I think if we were home more during the days, we would, but we’re just out and about all the time.  He’s up to size 2 in disposable diapers, but it won’t be long before he needs size 3!

Clothes:  This boy is long!  He’s outgrown all of his 3 month sleepers and most of his footed pants.  He’s still in 3-6 month clothes for the most part but most of the 3 month outfits are getting pretty tight on him.


St. Patrick’s Day was spent doing zumba together at De Voir Fitness.  Trent was on Spring break that week so he kept the baby while I worked out and then brought him by afterwards for the festivities.  Everyone loves to see him (since they were all there for my pregnancy).


Trent’s childhood friend, Ross, took us to Six Flags for an afternoon of fun.  We had a good time walking around and watching shows (and eating).  Jedi even rode his first ride… the Carousel.  He seemed to enjoy watching all the lights and movement.

six flags

We celebrated two family birthdays this month.  Nana’s birthday was a little surprise party at my sister and brother-in-law’s house (a few weeks late, due to sickness).  Then a few weeks later, we celebrated our nephew’s birthday.  It’s always a pleasure to get the family together, especially the babies!

We went to the Windcrest Carnival with daddy one Saturday.  Jedidiah and I hung out while Trent worked a booth.  Jedidiah got lots of attention (those sunglasses!) and seemed to enjoy himself.


Likes:  He still loves books and reading with mommy and daddy.  He even “helps” us hold the book and turn the pages.


His favorite place in our whole house is my bathroom.  He loves to play  in my basket- he likes to feel the brushes and he LOVES taking out (and putting back in) this random fake flower that somehow ended up in there.  He will sit and play with it forever!  He takes it out and puts it back in…. takes it back out and puts it back in.  And when he’s fussy and nothing else will console him, sitting in front of the mirror playing in this basket is our saving grace.  Who would have thought…

He still loves to be outside.  We take him on walks nearly every day and daddy especially lets him bring home grass, sticks, leaves and branches from bushes, which he shows me proudly and plays with very intently.  He also loves being on our outside swing with mommy or daddy.


Dislikes:  This month Jedidiah began to really hate driving in the dark.  I’m not sure if he gets scared or if he’s just mad that he can’t see anything, but night drives home were VERY painful for the first part of the month.  We decided that this was no way to live, so we ended up buying a car mirror that both lights up and plays music.  The very first night we used it, it was like a miracle!  He fell asleep within minutes of being put in the car.  The second night too.  It worked so well that we went out and bought a second one for my car (even though it wasn’t necessarily in the budget).

He also hates getting out of the bath tub.  He loves playing in the water and gets mad at us when it is time to get out and start getting ready for bed.

Memorable moments and firsts:

spursWe went to our first Spurs game as a family.  It was actually to celebrate our anniversary, but we wanted little man with us (we always want him with us).  It was a great game against the LA Clippers (which we won).  We had a great time.  We’re trying to teach Jedidiah to say “Go, Spurs, Go!” (Train up a child…).

He rolled all the way from one side to the other, and he rolled LEFT!  (Zoolander, anyone?)  He always rolls right, so it was fun to watch him roll all the way to the right and then all the way back over to the left.  This kid…

He started rubbing his eyes when he gets sleepy.

He LOVES to be upside down and it seems to be one good way to elicit giggles (or at the very least, big smiles) from our little man.

He’s got a tooth in the works.  I can see it pressing up against his gums and at the beginning of the month it was causing him a lot of pain.  He was very fussy.  But we ordered an amber teething necklace on Amazon and it has helped a LOT.  I totally recommend it for anyone who has a teething (or almost teething) infant.

Spring in Texas means annual Blue Bonnet pictures!  We are thankful for the random stranger who offered to take some family shots of us (instead of me trying to use the tripod and self-timer).  Bless her for some of these wonderful shots!

blue bonnets

Jedidiah celebrated his first Easter!  We served at church during the Saturday night Easter service and then attended on Easter morning.  We were blessed to have our whole family with us for this special day.


We started taking swimming classes!  We are attending FREE (Yes, FREE) classes at Love to Swim and Tumble.  They offer free classes up to 6 months old, so we are definitely taking advantage of this offer (and we wish we would have known about it sooner).  During his second class he was already kicking and splashing by himself.  He’s a quick learner and it is so fun to watch him enjoying the water so much!


Jedidiah can sit by himself!  WHAT?!?  Slow down, kiddo!  He started tripod sitting about midway through this month and towards the end, he was sitting up by himself for pretty decent stretches of time.  He loves to sit outside and play with the rocks/sand/grass around him.  I am so impressed by this little boy!

tripod sit

His tripod sitting

What about mom?  Mommy had her first long stretch of time without baby for a wedding I went to with one of my best friends.  It was hard being away from my bubba for so long, but daddy and Nana and Popo took good care of him while I was gone.  I was glad to get back to him though!

I’m still going to a mommy group once a week.  It’s a nice outlet and I enjoy the ladies a lot. I go to the Y several times  a week and tutor.  This gets us out of the house a fair amount.  That being said, I love staying at home with Jedidiah, exhausting as it is, and wouldn’t want it any other way!

Daddy time!  Daddy got to take Jedidiah to the library during his spring break for “baby and me” time.  I know he enjoyed being the one to bring him and they got to enjoy some “boy” time.

We’ve been trying to visit daddy for lunch every week to two weeks.  His kids like to interact with Jedidiah and I know that it makes Trent’s day so much better (plus, we love to see him too!).

lunch with daddy

Trent also got a new job that we are very excited about!  He will be working closer to home and he’ll be working with some friends of mine who are very excellent educators.  We are looking forward to this new adventure for next year!

Daddy’s started taking Jedidiah for walks every day when he gets home from work.  This allows me to cook dinner and have a few minutes of silence in my day.  He straps him on and takes him all around the neighborhood.  It’s good time for both of them to spend this daddy/Jedi time together.  🙂

daddy walks

The two of them are so cute together and I love to watch them interact.  Look at the matching ties.  I love these guys of mine so much!