If you get to know my family for any length of time you will quickly find out that my husband (and now my son) is all about aviation. My husband has his private pilot's license and goes flying whenever he gets the chance. Unfortunately, time and money limits his flying.
He did manage to take a flight several Saturdays ago. It was only about an hour flight, my husband flew to another nearby airport and did some touch-and-go's before coming back and landing. This was Hayden's very first flight! Ever! He's never even been in a commercial plane. I was a little nervous about how he would react but it went really well!
Flying with a small child is a lot like driving with one. We had him buckled in his car seat in the backseat of the plane. I was right beside him. You don't have to have the car seat rear-facing in the plane, since the event of a collision is very unlikely.
We found some child's ear protection on Amazon and it fit him perfectly. (I'll include a link below) The only downside is it is kind of a pain to get a 1 year old to keep something on his head!
After we were up in the air I got Hayden out of his car seat so he could look out the window. He took a few peeks, but he was pretty much asleep right away and stayed asleep during the whole flight. That was fine by me, because I actually started feeling a little sick. I've never felt sick on a flight before so I hope this isn't something that will happen again!
Anyway, we can't wait to take Hayden flying again! I wouldn't doubt it if we ended up with another pilot in the family someday. This kid can tell you if there's an airplane somewhere before you even know it. He even picked up the sign language sign for airplane the very first time we showed it to him, and he hasn't stopped doing it since!
Children's Ear Protection
We are slowly but surely recovering from sugar overload!
Last week was my husband's birthday and we spoiled him with this double-layer chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, 10 Kit Kat bars, and a whole bag of Reese's Pieces! It's so good, but so rich! A small piece is definitely enough you satisfy your sugar cravings.
On top of the cake, we also have candy around the house now from two Easter Egg hunts this year. It was Hayden's first time doing an egg hunt and he actually did pretty well! He scored a few eggs but was more interested in pinecones and sticks. That boy loves being outside!
Last week kept us busy for sure and was tons of fun, but it is also nice to get back to the normal routine!
We've had family visiting the last few weeks so I haven't had much time to write! That's a good thing though, since time spent with family is so much more valuable than time spend online.
Anyway, while both sets of grandparents were here we had an early 1st birthday celebration for Hayden. We went with the airplane theme again (poor kid, he doesn't stand a chance). We hung some clouds made with cotton balls and cardstock to the ceiling fan and put out our little collection of planes on the table. Hayden already has an obsession with ceiling fans, so hanging something on them as well really made his day!
I didn't do anything fancy with his cake. Its a boxed mix and a few cans of white frosting. I just tinted a little of the frosting blue, and then piped on some clouds with the remaining white frosting. I reused his little pilot rubber duckie from my baby shower as a topper. I thought it would encourage him to dig in, but apparently, redheaded babies don't like cake!
Overall it was a pretty short and sweet little party but I think we all enjoyed watching Hayden's disgust towards his cake!
Nobody warned me about how quickly babies grow up! Ok, that's a lie, but you can't really understand how true it is until you realize your baby is growing up! Our little guy is now 10 months and cuter than ever!
Hayden's favorite things currently are his walker, strings (yes, plain old strings- he's obsessed), pointing at EVERYTHING, lots of cute baby babbles, and French fries. He's a generally happy guy, but cutting four top teeth at the same time makes him pretty needy sometimes! He is doing the GI Joe scoot across the floor, and refuses to get up him knees unless he is trying to climb up into my lap. He is also eating lots more solids and I believe that's a big reason why he is sleeping so well at night! He usually only wakes once in the early morning to eat a few minutes and then back to sleep. Mommy loves getting a good night's sleep!
The beginning of October brought my birthday with it, so we celebrated by breakfast at the airport where Hayden loved watching the planes take off and land. We also bummed around the mall and had supper at the Cheesecake Factory! Unfortunately, Im still going dairy-free for Hayden's sake, so no cheesecake for me! I enjoyed watching Daddy eat his, though! :)
Mid-October we took a fun trip to the pumpkin patch. Hayden was fascinated by the animals, but only at a distance. He did NOT like the little goat licking his hand!
The end of October, Daddy had his second hand surgery for the injury to his finger. He had an accident while doing some woodworking and lost just the tip of his middle finger. Fortunately, it did not get the bone, so it should heal up pretty well! He had several surgeries to hopefully graft some skin to the injured area. He's now doing some physical therapy to get his hand moving and functional again. We are just thankful it wasn't worse!
October went way too fast, and November is following the same pattern, apparently. I can't believe we are halfway through already! We are excited that Daddy's parents are coming to stay with us for a few weeks soon! We'll be able to spend Thanksgiving together and maybe do something special for Hayden's 1st birthday!
Me? Well, this month I've just been doing the everyday activities of a stay-at-home mom and wife and loving it! I'm so grateful to God and my husband that its possible for me to spend my days caring for our son and watching him grow and learn. I get to take Hayden to our community center for playgroup every week where I can hang out with some other moms while the kids play. I also have been loving Hayden's more predictable daily routine lately (he's been taking better naps), since I've been able to get a little more crafting in!
So that's it for October! Until next time...
I can't believe how big my baby is getting!! He is now almost 8 months, and he is such a happy, curious, playful guy. He is rolling (finally!) from tummy to back and I have a suspicion that he could roll from back to tummy as well, but since he hates tummy time why would he do that? He's making lots of new sounds, like "lalala", the "b" sound, the "g" sound, the "n" sound, and lots of incoherent babbling. I just love hearing him find his little voice.
He has also been doing well in the food/eating department! He isn't gobbling down the solids like I thought he would, but he is actually starting to swallow the bites I give him instead of gagging on them, so that's progress! He will gnaw on a banana or a piece of avocado as well. So far we have tried rice cereal, banana, applesauce, avocado, carrots, sweet potato, and a few other items, I'm sure. I'm still careful to monitor what he is eating, since he is sensitive to dairy and soy. We consulted with a GI doctor, and she told us we could start introducing some of those things back in around 10mo. Since I have changed my diet to eliminate all dairy and soy, though, his diapers have cleared up and all looks normal (I'm sure you want details, right?)!
So far he also tolerates posing for his monthly photos. I'll take advantage of that as long as possible!
So yeah... this ^^^ happened!
This little man entered our lives almost 4 months ago now! I can't believe so much time has passed! He's a pretty happy guy. He currently loves chatting with anyone who will listen, looking in mirrors, peek-a-boo, and a few days ago we put him in his walker for the first time and he had a blast!
When he was born he weighed a whopping 6lbs 4oz. After we left the hospital he dropped to 5lbs 7oz. I constantly worried about his weight for the first few months, but he nurses like a champ and puts on weight wonderfully! He's still small on the percentile chart, but the doc says he's proportional and is totally fine.
Right now we are dealing with a few issues with his nursing, though. He has been showing some symptoms that our doctor tells us is classic for milk protein intolerance. So for the last week Ive been trying to cut out all dairy- the obvious sources as well as the hidden ones. After reading more about it, Ive also cut out soy, since that can cause problems, too. I didn't realize how many things have soy in it! Reading the labels on all our food, there's about 80% of stuff I now cannot eat. It's going to be a huge challenge to keep up with this change in my diet but Im going to give it my best shot!
I won't lie, it is weird and unnatural scheduling one of the biggest days of your life. That's pretty much what I did today.
My doctor called while I was in the middle of baking some Christmas goodies (great timing, right?) and all of a sudden we were talking about scheduling our C-section! I can't decide whether I like knowing the time this baby is coming or not. Its great knowing when you have to have everything prepared by, but its also crazy scary. I doubt I'll sleep at all the night before.
Our pregnancy has been wonderful and problem free up until just recently. Everything is ok, baby and I are both healthy, but he just never turned. At our last ultrasound he was still in breech position and our doctor told us he is measuring small. She advised us not to try to turn him, which is something we were going to do with our OB.
Both of the doctors we have been seeing think that the reason he is small and in breech is that I have a bicornuate uterus. Basically, my uterus is abnormally shaped. It is commonly referred to as a "heart-shaped" uterus, but there are many different variations and severities of it. I found many different online resources about it and THIS ONE was quite helpful.
Having a bicornuate uterus can make it hard to get pregnant, or it can increase the chances of miscarriage. We have been blessed not to encounter these obstacles so far. It also makes for a higher likelihood of pre-term labor and babies that don't turn. The reason for this is because since the uterus is heart-shaped, it has two sides and the baby can only grow in one side or the other. So really, the babies have a lot less room to grow in. Isaac didn't have any problems being breech, probably because he was much smaller and he turned before he ran out of room. I did, however, go into early labor with him. Our current baby still has not flipped, and the doctors don't think he will. He is probably too big now to turn. Also, if he is running out of room that might be a reason why he is smaller.
So, because of his size, and my abnormal uterus, it would be unwise to try to turn him and dangerous for us both not to have a C-section. I really do not like the thought of being cut open while awake, but I know it will be fine. Baby is coming one way or another- a lot earlier than we expected!
Prayers are appreciated, both that the delivery goes well and that I DONT go into labor before the C-section!
According to my pregnancy app on my phone, we have 30 days left until my due date. 30 DAYS! Hard to believe that about a month away we will be bringing home our tiniest family member!
We have been busy getting things ready. I've been planning and freezing meals so it will hopefully make the sleepless nights a little easier. We have everything we need (I hope!). Kaiwi assembled all the nursery furniture together and he installed the car seat in the vehicle. All the baby clothes are washed and put away and we have our hospital bags *mostly* packed.
So yeah... we at the final countdown! I put a few finishing touches on the nursery today, so Ill share some pictures with you.
We have been accumulating airplane-themed items since I was pregnant with Isaac, so this kid was doomed to an airplane nursery whether he turned out to be a boy or a girl.
Of course, Moki and Leonardo are best buds. :)
That's the nursery! Thank you to everyone who gave us stuff to put towards it. We have tried to incorporate everything we were given. It's so special to look at everything and think about the people who already love this kid!
It has been so long since I've written!
Our life has been super busy lately! We just made the big move from Washington state all the way to Oklahoma. The last month or more has been filled with a million and one things to do... pack up our stuff and ship it out, make endless phone calls to utility companies, find a new house, unpack everything (still working on that), change addresses, make more calls to our new utility companies... the list could go on.
Of course there was also the hotel hopping on our drive here. I just love living out of a suitcase (that was sarcastic, just so you know).
Everything went smoothly though. No major problems, maybe just a few hiccups :) I am glad that the AC in the car waited until we got here to go out though (not that there is really ever a good time for that to happen).
Now that we have been here a few weeks I'm finally starting to feel settled. We still have things to do but we are slowly getting into a routine.
I know a few of you have been asking for some pictures of our new house. Well, yesterday I dusted off the camera and snapped a few. Keep in mind that we are still working on the unpacking and organizing. Most of the house has been converted into livable space, though.
So here is the kitchen! I absolutely love it. The kitchen is the first room I always unpack. I feel like if I have a functioning kitchen, I can live there. To the left of the picture is our pantry (I have a pantry!!) and the door to the laundry room...
The laundry room has got to be my next favorite room in the house (right after the kitchen). I absolutely love the counter space and the cabinets, because I have a room that now functions as a laundry, crafting, and sewing room. AAAANNNDD... to the left of the picture is a huge storage room! STORAGE!
Here is our dining/office room. Yes, we are setting up the office area in the corner of the dining room. I don't think the pictures do a good job of showing the massiveness of this area. Even with all this stuff in here (pardon the boxes, we are still working on it), it still echoes.
I wasn't sure about the office right out here in the open, but I'm kinda beginning to like it (except for those cords... I didn't realize until looking at this picture how hideous they are... please ignore...)
Here is our living area. Also working on the boxes. This room is also very big, so half is for the couch and tv and the other half we are figuring out what to do with. Yes, we still have the ugly green couch. Feel free to hate it (I know I do), but just so you know... its SUPER comfy.
This lovely room is for all you guests that would like to come stay. Bring your own pillows, we don't have any for you.
This room is a second guest room for now, but later on we will be getting a crib in here. Sometime before January for sure :D
So that's about it for now. I didn't take pictures of our bedroom because basically, its a just huge room with a bed in it. We are seriously lacking in furniture.
Hope you enjoyed the mini-tour. If any of you ever wants to come down and visit us we would love to have you!
I can't believe we are down to only a few more weeks before we hit the road for Oklahoma! We have done a lot of planning already, but the next few weeks are definitely going to keep us on our toes! Just looking at our calendar keeps reminding me how much we have to do yet.
I have a bunch of to-do lists and yet I feel like I'm forgetting something. I'm not going to stress out about it though. I figure as long as Kaiwi and I get there safely, the rest of our stuff is just that... stuff.
"This world is not my home, I'm just a-passing through."
I am excited for the trip to Oklahoma, though. We are taking a little extra travel time and going to see some things like the redwoods and the Grand Canyon. You can bet your britches I will have my camera in my hand along the way.
I've already been snapping pictures of the area around here so we can look back on it after we are gone. I went to the Lilac Garden at Manito the other day and got a few (ok, a ton of) pictures of the lilacs. They are absolutely gorgeous! They remind me of the lilac bushes that grew at the neighbor house when we were growing up. The smell was just divine, as well.
I'm so glad we got to stick around here long enough to see them bloom. I'm definitely going to miss this part of Washington!
Im sure I will find plenty on new things to love in Oklahoma, though, too.
Welcome! My name is Marie, and I have been married for 5 years now. We have one beautiful son, Isaac, waiting for us in Heaven and another son, Hayden, here with us! I hope to share with you more about our journey- where we have been and where we are going.