Saturday, January 22, 2011

Think he likes Star Wars???

Hee Hee

Busy Boy

Jonah: Mommy, my second job is to protect the world from bad guys.

Me: What is your first job?

Jonah: Oh, I'm just a secret spy here on a mission watching people and reporting back.

No wonder he sleeps so good at night! Apparently, he works 2 jobs and goes to preschool!

More fun with the Widows

Back in September, the sweet ladies in our Widow's Ministry at church, gave us a wonderful shower for Micah. We told them we would be back with him to visit again once he arrived. Due to the holidays, their first meeting after his birth was in January. We joined them for their lunch and had a wonderful time introducing Micah to some of the sweetest people in our church. Jonah was invited back also. And, in true grandmother form, they had a few gifts for him.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wow...they look so much alike

Way back WHENsday

While looking through photos from January of 2008, I came across this video. I decided to share it rather than pictures. I hardly remember the days before Jonah could clearly articulate what he wanted us to know. This made me smile early this morning. If you knew him back then, you probably will too!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The knees

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to start training for a 5K. Running is something that has intrigued me since our days in Northern Kentucky. A friend there did the Flying Pig Marathon. Hearing her talk about the training (on our way to eat Fried chicken) totally piqued my interest. I looked at it but realized it was something my knees would never let me do. I've had significant knee/leg issues since junior high. From 7th grade through college, I regularly saw a rhumetologist and orthopaedic doctor. I had bone scans and MRIs. I was just born with terrible knees. Nothing I could do about it.

Over the past few years, they have been better. I've been able to do things I never could before. So, after being inspired by my friend Jenny, I decided to do this whole 5K thing. I was really more motivated than I have ever been. Thanks in part to my trusty Iphone, the Runkeeper App and the Couch to 5K app, I set out on my first run and loved it. I loved the weather, the feeling I got from running, the music blaring through my phone, the alone time, the wonder of God's creation, the sense of accomplishment, the waving at neighbors I've never seen before, etc. Seriously, I really did love it.

On my second night of running, I convinced Dan he should do it too. I mean, come on, how much fun would it be to do the 5K together? He (not so happily) obliged and set off on his own journey that night when I returned. We have to go at different times so someone can be here with the boys. As soon as I got in each night, I checked my time, speed, pace and distance on Runkeeper. I was extremely motivated. So much so that all day last Wednesday, I tried to figure out who I could ask to come stay with the boys so I could go run earlier in the day. I didn't call anyone so I just went when I got home from church.

Within in minutes of starting the run that night, my legs just felt different. Each pound of the pavement caused a little pain in my knees. I decided to just push through it. I mean, we all know the saying, no pain, no gain, right? By the time I got home and showered, I felt okay. I decided it was just the adjustment period that all "runners" go through. Yeah, not so much. Within a couple of hours, each step I took hurt. That was last Wednesday.

The pain has gotten progressively worse with each day. I tried two different knee braces without good results. At 8:00 a.m. yesterday, I was calling the local group of Orthopaedic doctors for an appointment. They were able to get me in this morning. It appears I have stress fractures in both knees. He did an xray but told me before the xray that stress fractures don't show up in xrays until they begin to heal. Therefore, after seeing the xray, he would do a bone scan. So, that is what I'm waiting for now. I'm supposed to hear from them tomorrow to know when to go.

For some reason, I don't feel sure that is the correct diagnosis. First of all, the doctor kept calling me an athlete. HAHAHAHAHA! I'm far from an athlete. Every time he said that word when referring to me, I couldn't help but giggle. Seriously, 2 weeks of running and I'm an athlete??? I think I'll say I'm training for a triathlon just so someone will call me a Triathlete! How awesome would that be???

His advice to me: "I know this might go against all you are but stop running and don't even jog until this clears up!' Ummmm, first of all, I could not run OR jog right now if my life depended on it. Didn't you see me holding on to the wall as I walked in here? I can barely hold myself up, much less run or jog. And second of all, "go against all I am??" HAHAHAHAHA! This was by far the most entertaining doctors visit I have ever had. I guess when I wrote "RUNNING" on the line that asked how I hurt myself, I gave him some false sense of identity.

While I'm very concerned about my knees and hopeful for the best outcome, I'm so bummed. I'm bummed about having to quit what I was so determined to do. I'm bummed because my knees (especially the left one) hurt really bad. I'm bummed because it is hard for me to carry my 10 week old baby because I'm so wobbly. I'm bummed because my husband or none of my friends were there to hear a doctor call me an athlete!

So, for now I just wait. He advised me to go home and rest. He told me to stay off my feet and do as little as possible. That sounds great, you know, in an alternate world where I don't have kids, meals to cook, laundry to do, a preschooler to pick up from school, etc. Hopefully the bone scan will give me some sort of concrete reason I'm in so much pain. Until then, I'll be looking online for a bumper sticker that says "ATHLETE ON BOARD!"

Monday, January 17, 2011

Micah's first Sunday at church

Yesterday was Micah's first Sunday at church. We knew the morning would be a crazy rush, so we got every thing ironed and laid out before we went to bed. Sundays are particularly hard around here because Dan leaves so early. When it was just me and Jonah, things were easy. But, adding Micah into the mix means I'm going to have to really plan ahead in order to get all of us out of the door on time. If yesterday is any indication of how it will go, it should be a breeze. Micah woke up at 5:30 for a bottle then went back to sleep. That was perfect timing because he wouldn't want to eat again until around 9. That meant I could wake him, dress him and get to church before his next feeding.

Jonah was up, dressed and fed so he went in to help me wake Micah. He loves his little brother and is so sweet with him. Micah grins at him and follows his voice when he is in the room. He woke up in a great mood. When I flipped him over to button the back of his outfit, Jonah got his bear and kept pressing the button so Micah could hear Jonah talking to him. He smiled every time Jonah pressed the button.

I attempted to take a few pictures of the boys together before church but Micah decided to quit smiling about that time. So, we took just a few then headed out the door.

I tried again when we got to the sanctuary to say hi to Dan. But, a certain 2 month old was very sleepy! I do love a picture with a yawning baby!
We walked down the hallway towards the choir room so I could take a picture of Dan with his boys. Susie walked by as I was doing it and offered to take one of our entire family.

I took Jonah to his SS class then took Micah to the nursery. He was quite the smiley boy even though it was time for him to eat. Ms. Betty was there and more than ready to get her hands on my sweet baby boy.

I left my camera in the diaper bag and was happy to find a few pictures from Micah's first Sunday stay in the nursery.

I was very happy to rush over and get my sweet boy after the service. Dan and Reggie were sitting on the front walk talking about the services when I walked back in. Dan grabbed his baby boy and got some sweet kisses.

After some snuggle time with Dan, I headed home with the boys. Dan had a meeting right after church so he couldn't come with us. Micah was in a FABULOUS mood so I took that opportunity to take a few pictures of my boys after church. Jonah stood next to me and did silly things to get Micah to smile at him. It worked!

I convinced him to stop "helping" me so he could be in the pictures too. I'm so glad because I got a few of the two of them together that I love!

4 years is a big age difference for these two guys. I know the time will come that Jonah is annoyed by Micah so I cherish these sweet moments. It is so sweet to see them together. People often ask me how Jonah is handling the addition of Micah to our family. I can honestly tell you that he has been amazing. There was only one hint of jealousy all this time and it came during a game of Star Wars Legos on the Wii. Dan had to stop playing to get Micah and Jonah said "Daddy, just ignore him and keep playing with me." When Dan stopped playing, he pouted for a little bit but moved on. That was it. That is the only sign of unhappiness or jealousy since Micah arrived.

After the photo session and lunch, Micah (and his mom) was exhausted!! I put him down at 1:36 p.m. and he slept until almost 6:00 p.m. I was fortunate enough to join him in a nap! It was glorious!


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