Wednesday, June 13, 2012

At 8 months

This little face, I'm just so in love with it. With it's little teeth, and wide eyes. I know Keaton will be many things as he grows up, but I hope I can remember him like this forever. Especially when he's throwing a "terrible two" tantrum. :)

One of our good friends just had a baby, and as I was looking at their birth pics, it took me back to my own experience, and I just relished in how blessed we are that after all the chaos of Keaton's arrival, Keaton is perfect. Willful and ready to sin, yes :) but perfect. How crazy the process of pregnancy and birth is, and how even after you've done it and experienced it, it's very hard to wrap your mind around it and remember it again, so this month I'm feeling thankful.

Enough about me, on to Keaton.

-As described above, your little personality is breaking through. Not the sweet, cuddly side of you. The "I can do it my way" and I'll fuss if I don't get it too. A new season to say the least.

-Jake and I joke that you could be in baby competitions for eating. You put the food down, everything and anything you're not allergic too, and you are still a lanky little thing.

- You LOVE feeding yourself, you think you're a stud.

- You have discovered an array of noises you can make with your mouth.

- You are very verbal, occasionally I catch you in gibberish that sounds much older than 8 months.

- You say Hi, all the time now. And sometimes we get a wave in there too.

- Despite what I was thinking last month, you are not crawling like crazy yet, and I'm SOO glad, because I can still leave you in your room. You can get around, you roll around to the toys you want, and kind of scootch and flip about, but you're not so mobile that I have to be on you.

- You have been waking up at like 6am, nursing and going right back to sleep til 7:30-8 consistently, can we say REFRESHED MAMA!!!

- But you are down to 2 naps a day. :(

- You love the cats, and say a word that sounds like "titi" when they come close. I have yet to determine if it's coicindence or if you've named them that.

-You scrunch your face and nose up when you do your "performance smile" for other people.

- You alive, this drives me nuts and I must ask God for more patience concerning it. But you have full on discovered whining, you mostly do it when you want to stand (WHICH IS ALL THE TIME). Which is not fun for mama, cause while you can stand alone on something, I have to be close by. You also whine when I'm not feeding you fast enough--- I know I'm just seeing the first days of this one. :O

-But more than anything you love your mama, and squeal with delight like you've won the lottery when you see me for the first time in a few minutes, and it makes all the whining seem like nothin'.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Organic Mama?

I really didn't want this to turn into a mommy blog.... But it's really hard when you are a mom because that's such a big part of what you do day to day.
So, instead of fighting it, I'm just gonna be me.... and sometimes that means a lot of mom posts, tune out if you're bored. (Sorry!)

So, in general I would say I try to live somewhat "organically" -- not in the sense that I buy organic things (I really don't). But in the sense of the word that organic means natural and health conscious. I'm very aware to the fact that as we become more and more progressed as a society, we are really moving backwards in so many areas too--- food is a prime example. We have figured out how to process things in a way that makes them bigger, "better" and faster, but it also makes them completely unrecognizable from their original condition. Milk, meat, wheat, and about every boxed item in the middle of the grocery store have fallen prey to this. They can make chicken breasts the size of your head, but that same chicken breast eaten repeatedly might give you cancer for being so steroid injected and unnatural. So, it makes sense in the long run to just let chicken be natural and small and as they were before people started messing with things..... but there's a snag you see. BECAUSE the other way no matter how unnatural and maybe immoral produces a better profit, it makes more money for someone, somewhere.
I used to joke that someone would find the cure for cancer, and then they would start giving people cancer intentionally, so that you'd have to buy the cure..... now I wonder if such a terrible thing could really happen someday.

As many of you know Keaton has crazy allergies, and for many months we were already wondering if all the antibiotics that he received at birth (he contracted Group B, even though I was treated with Penicillan and had to be in the NICU for 12 days), could have actually been that double edged sword to also make him ill (rather allergic). However, as I've continued researching, I've found something else that could possibly be the trigger, or at the very least more thing to heap onto of everything else. Here is a short video that highlights my thoughts.

And it stinks because I had opinions about this before Keaton was even born, I had read Dr. Sears The Vaccine Book amongst others, and I still felt pressured.... At his 2 month appointment, I told them no, do not give him Hepatitis B vaccine and they did anyway, as part of a 5 part combo drug called Pediarix. I came home so worried and studied it that night, cause I had no idea what it was, or that they'd just given him 7 vaccines in one day. And I can't say anything for sure, but it was probably less than a week after his 4 month round of shots, that I 100% percent decided he was having an aversion to food I was eating while I was nursing. It could be a coincidence, but the more I read, I think possibly not.

Do the research, it's at least worth that if nothing else.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Summer Lovin'

Man alive, do I love me some summer. I really do appreciate fall, and Christmas and the traditions, and the hot cocoa.... but none of it compares to summer. I don't know if it's because I grew up in TX and it's summer half the year there or what, but the day it finally looks like summer in NJ, I am just as happy as can be.

I know that I am someone whose dramatically affected by sun light, if God ever sends us to Alaska, I'll know I did something bad He's trying to teach me something, because I will not love it there. It's so obvious how I literally get 10X's the amount of stuff done on a sunny bright day, then a dreary one. I wake up and make the bed right away, and start the laundry and work out and start baking.... and I love it. And I want to be like that when it's grey out, but it's just not in me.
Needless to ramble more, I love summer. I love backyard barbeques, long days, flowers, and parks, and sunscreen, camping, summer clothes, and hats. I LOVE grilling out, and I LOVE lemonade. I absolutely LOVE cherries (only in season in the summer), and I love summer desserts, I love stopping for ice cream impromtu, and I can't wait to teach Keaton the ways of summer too.

He's had his first tastes of summer, and so far he loves them all too.

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