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Friday, February 25, 2011

My baby CAN read!

Earlier this week I noticied something amazing... Legree can read! No, not a whole book, but a couple of words!! I still can't believe it. We didn't teach it to him (yes, I'm a horrible parent and haven't even tried). But we read to him a lot so I guess that's where he picked it up..? Who knows!

He loves to carry around one of our DVDs "Dude Where's my car?" because it has a picture of a dog on it (but oddly no picture of a car). Tuesday he pointed to the DVD and said "CAR". I was like, uhh did you just read that? We hadn't been talking about cars, there was no picture of a car on the dvd.... but I still thought it was a fluke. Later that afternoon we were watching Yo Gabba Gabba and the show that was on was about cars. Before the show starts they show a sign that displays what the shows theme is. So on the screen was the word "CAR", but no picture of a car. He pointed and squeeled out CAR! I knew then he WAS REALLY READING!

So, over the past couple of days I've written it on a piece of paper and shown it to him and he proudly says car. Today, I decided to see what other words he might know. I tried John Deere since that's one of his most favorite things but he looked at me like I was crazy. So, then I tried dog, another favorite of his. And lo and behold he said "DOG". I was astonished! I tried corn next (he LOVES corn and asks for it all the time). I wasn't sure if he could do this one since it's VERY close to car... but he said corn clear as day!

So, I'm going to get some flash cards and see if I can teach him some more... my little child prodigy may be reading whole books in no time!!

Here's a video for any skeptics out there :) Ohh and by the way... he's 19 months old! And excuse my hand and the length of the video, he wouldn't come to me so I had to unplug the video and go to him.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Growing up

Legree is saying more and more words lately and learning more and more tricks. I love seeing him grow and learn. I do miss my little baby, but I love my toddler every day! Here are some of his new "things" and "words"

- He has a tractor book that has a word for each letter of the alphabet. He can say each word that goes with letters A-E (apple, barn, corn, dog, egg). It's so cute and he's so proud!

-Says pumpkin now... well, his version which is "pumpin"

- I pointed to a barn the other day and said what's that Legree? He responded with "Barn, put John Deeah!". I knew he knew what a barn was but I didn't know he correlated barns with where you put tractors! He's picking up more then I thought!

- He spent the night with my parents the other night and in the morning dad was getting dressed. Mom told Legree that Papa was going to put his clothes on and Legree looked at my dad and said "Paw, put clothes on!" She said he said it clear as can be!

-He's obsessed with Kilo (our dog) right now. He loves to go outside and pet her and "feed" her anything he finds on the ground (leaves, rocks, straws). She' a great dog with him considering she really hasn't been around him much (she's an outside dog). She doesn't jump on him and just licks him a lot. And she plays along with him feeding her everything and just takes what he offers.

- He still LOVES (is obsessed) with tractors. He says John Deeah all day and talks about them constantly.

- He's really into DVDs and think all of them are his John Deere DVDs that are Ben's parents house. When he does go to their house ALL he wants to do is watch John Deere DVDs over and over and over again!

- Loves to "help" mommy sew. He loves that my sewing machine is a machine really. He loves all the knobs and the loud whirling sound

- He calls Daddy "Ben" now which Ben DOES NOT like. I thought it was funny at first, but now I'm trying to correct him. He picked it up from me talking to Ben and saying his name.

- He is currently in LOVE with peanut butter on graham crackers.
- He has been very curious and interested in the potty lately. He knows where we go potty... if I tell him I need to potty and where should I go he takes me to our bathroom and points to the potty. He's sat on our potty and his little potty a couple of times. He grins from ear to ear and is so proud. But we haven't had any "results" in the potty... but I'm sure it will come with time!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A minimalist approach...

I've been in a bit of a funk for the past week. Why you might ask? That's a good question! I couldn't and still can't quite put my finger on it, but I thought being productive this weekend will help light a fire up under my butt and get to working!!

I read a blog this past week (one of those you find on a friend of a friend of a friend's blog). I wish I could find it again, but alas it's gone to blog never never land. Oh well, the idea of the blog was minimalist approach to life and belongings. Not that you have to shed EVERYTHING but just go with the minimal amount of stuff to make life EASIER, LESS COMPLICATED and CLEANER! Sounds like a good way to go for a mama in a funk. Now, I am about as opposite of a minimalist as they come. In fact, I'm a bone a fide pack rat! I just can't seem to part with anything, especially of Legree's. It ALL has meaning!

But I'm going to try to do better and clean up and clear out! My best friend Megan and her husband Andrew are on the road to adopt another baby this year. While trying to raise funds for it they are throwing a yard sale at my church! I'm so excited! So I decided I'd "kill two birds with one stone". Actually kill three with one stone... here's why...

1. Go for the more minimalist approach in our house, de-clutter, organize etc.
2. Give everything we are getting rid of to Meg and Drew to help raise money for adoption fees
3. Get the house ready and cleaned out to put on the market this spring

WHY WHY WHY didn't I do this before?? I guess I needed three big reasons to get my butt in gear. So, here's my goal, one room every weekend. This weekend I did the big one... THE KITCHEN!

I took EVERYTHING out of the cabinets, scrubbed the insides and outsides of the cabinet, got rid of everything we haven't used in the past year (or ever in some cases, sad I know). Now I already have a HUGE stack of things to give to Meg and Drew. I'm sure some family out there could and will actually use. Now my cabinets are clean organized and sparkly AND I would be perfectly happy with ANYONE (even potential buyers) to look in my cabinets AND I can already feel a weight lifted off of me and my funk clearing.

Next up? The hallway closet and Legree's room... SCARY!! But I don't have to worry about it till next weekend, because I'm pacing myself here :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

28 years and counting...

Today is my birthday... when I was younger that was cause for celebration overload. It still is a reason to celebrate, but not nearly the same way. You know what I mean, don't you?? It just isn't the same. And that is OKAY with me!! For real! Today was just another Wednesday. Just me and my little man, with daddy in the evening. We went to Bible Study this morning like any other Wednesday and hung out the rest of the day at home. Our normal Wed. routine.

My mom came over to say hey and wish me happy Birthday. I told her I should be wishing her a happy birthday because she did all the birthing and the work to get me here!! I realize that birthdays should really celebrate the mom's more then the child now that I'm a mommy myself. Legree's birthday will always be etched in my memory much more then my own!! I got tons of phone calls from friends and family to wish me happy birthday. I also got TONS of Facebook happy birthdays. That means more to me then anything! I love my family and friends and I love having an "excuse" to talk to them and catch up. So, talking and hearing from everyone is my birthday presents.

Ben got me a sweet card, tulips (my favorite, which luck of all lucks are in season around my birthday every year) and a Joann's gift card to support my sewing/crafting habit. We're going to go out this weekend to celebrate when Legree can hang with his grandparents. It's NOT fun taking Legree out to eat. I get more stressed out about him talking and annoying other people that it's just NOT worth it. Since it was my birthday I didn't want to cook and wash dishes like normal, so I heated Legree up some vegetarian corn dogs, left over peas and cut up a pear. I had a lean cusine Pizza and Ben had cereal for supper. REAL CLASSY! LOL, but it was perfect because I'm here, I have the Lord in my heart and with us and my wonderful family by my side. What else do I need??

And bc I never take pictures of myself...a cute one of the Geesy Bear to end this post...

(He was eating cake at his cousin Ava' 2nd Birthday party, hence the reason there is frosting all over his mouth! )

Monday, February 7, 2011

My baby.. in school??

Well, I signed Legree up for preschool this morning. I just can't believe he's old enough for preschool!! It really seems like yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital. I know every parent says stuff like that, but you don't understand it till you're going through it.

He'll be in the two year old preschool program at a local church. Our church, unfortunately, doesn't have a preschool program yet. There is talks of it and I'm on the board at our church trying to push it through! But in the mean time, I'm sure Legree will be happy where we've got him.
Legree has been with me, Ben or our parents from day one. No one else has watched him. So, it should be interesting to see how this goes. He is great playing with other kids and is VERY friendly to everyone. BUT (and this is a big but) he goes nuts if we leave him. It's like we are his security blanket and he doesn't want us gone. He does great when we leave him with his grandparents, but that's because he's so used to them. So, I know it's going to be a tough adjustment for him, but a healthy one!! He's got to learn some day!

Thankfully, he doesn't start until September. That'll give this mama some time to get used to the idea of him being gone from me for a whole 4 hours during the day (and only two days a week)! LOL.. sounds ridiculous, but it's going to be hard for me to let my "baby" go!!
How'd we go from this little one day old baby to a big boy going to school??

Sunday, February 6, 2011

SEW distracting!

So, as I said in a couple of earlier posts... I've been sewing! It's been such a distraction I've let my blogging fall to the side... WHOOPS! I'll do better :)

I've always wanted to learn how to sew. I love all the homemade boutique style clothes. My sister in law's mother (got that?) has always sewn all of her grandchildren's clothes. I always loved to see what Jenny's niece and nephew were wearing because I knew their Grandma made it. Everything was so cute! I told Ben one of my goals was to learn how to sew before we had another baby, but never really made a quick move to learn.

In October I was trying to figure out what Legree should be for Halloween. I decided on Bam Bam because he is little, has the perfect blonde hair and really looks JUST like Bam Bam. All of the outfits I found online were WAY to expensive for me to consider buying them. So, I thought I'd make it. I thought I'd just get some sewing glue and glue all the pieces together since I had NO idea how to sew! Well, the sewing glue DOES NOT work on the material I got. So, I asked my mom if I could use her sewing machine and for her to show me how to sew. Well, my mom hasn't sewn in 15 or more years. But dad got her sewing machine down. My dad got her this sewing machine on their 1 year anniversary (they'll be married 40 years in June!). So, needless to say... the machine didn't work. We tried everything to get that thing going and it would work for awhile, and then nothing. I decided then and there I had to learn how to sew. So, I signed up for a sewing class, Ben bought me my own brand new sewing machine (a very basic but wonderful Brother model).

I was able to sew Legree's Halloween outfit together after a lot of trail and error. It wasn't complex by ANY means, but it took me forever to figure out what I was doing. But it turned out decently and he had a super cute outfit that everyone LOVED!

So, in November I went in for my first sewing class. I was the only one in the class! So, I was able to pick what we did and my instructor walked me through all the basics of sewing. I made a pillow first, then some overalls for Legree and started on a jacket (which to this day I haven't finished because I'm a bum).

Most of Dec. I didn't sew too much because we were so busy with the holidays. I did sew Legree my first real pair of Jon Jons! I was soo proud of them!! I made them in the beginning of Dec and by the time Christmas got close... they were WAY TO small for him :(! I was not happy, but he got to wear them once or twice and they are special to me since they were the first ones I did.

Since then I've made a ton of things. Pants, dresses, appliqued shirts, several Jons Jons, pillowcase rompers, a necklace, the list goes on and on! You know that old says "If you give a man a fish he eats for one night, if you teach him how to fish he can eat forever."... well that's true about sewing! I loved getting handmade things and loved looking at them and wondering how to make them. Now I know! And I can make just about anything I want!!

The only problem is time. I never have enough time to do all the projects I want to do. There are so many swirling in my head. And I've got a list a mile long of outfits I want to make for friends and Legree. I'm trying to focus my sewing ADD and get something done.

So, my biggest goal right now is getting my sewing stuff organized (it's a mess of fabric, pins and utensils all over our kitchen table right now). I can never find what I want when I want it. If everything had a home, that would be much better!! So, I'm going to work on that. I'm also going to make all of Legree clothes for this summer. No, not tshirts or anything. But I'll make all of his shorts and several Jons Jons and he should be set. It'll be much cheaper to make the clothes. And much cuter and more meaningful if I make them!

I really wanted to learn to sew to sell my clothes to friends, family and on ETSY. I still am going back and forth on that. With sewing all of the Legree's clothes, presents etc. I'm not sure I'll have the time to keep up with orders. But Legree is going to be starting 2 year old preschool in the fall, so that will open up more time for me to sew. So, I might start doing it then. We will see!

Here are some pictures of things I've made so far... sorry some of the pics are side ways. I forgot to flip them before uploading and am just too lazy to fix it (at least I'm honest right?).

More sewing udates to come!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"I am fearfully and wonderfully made.."

I know I said I'd do a blog post next on my sewing, and I will do one SOON. However, I've had this stuck in my head the past two days and wanted to write it down.

This verse keeps popping into my head...

"13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. " Psalm 139:13-14

No, I am not pregnant. I've been thinking about this in reference to Legree. As Ben and I are TALKING about expanding out family in the near future... it makes me think of the time when I was pregnant with Legree and the whole road to him arriving here with us. He certainly is a miracle and God has been with him every step of the way, from the moment he was concieved and "knit" together in my womb. What an amazing miracle and I feel SO honored that God allowed me to be a part of one of His miracles. It humbles me and makes be feel so special to be such a special part of God's design for human's.

Legree was a bit of a suprise to Ben and I. Well, not a bit...a BIG suprise. We weren't planning on starting a family for a few more months. God had other plans. Looking back I see God's "knitting" in play even before I was pregnant. Ben and I's intense love for each other, my doctor moving offices at the right time so my prescription couldn't get filled when I needed it, etc etc.

I had no idea or even thought that I was really pregnant. When I was 4 days late (I'm NEVER late and took medicine to make me regular in that dept anyways) I thought it was odd, but didn't really think it was possible. I took a test anyways, just in case. The instructions said it took 1-3 minutes for the results. Almost instantly the test said I was pregnant. I thought you had to wait 1-3 minutes for the "real" results because I just knew I wasn't pregnant. After 1 minute I was still pregnant, after 2 I was still pregnant and lo and behold after 3 minutes I was STILL very pregnant.

I found out first thing on a Tuesday morning, election today. I didn't want to call Ben and tell him over the phone. I wanted to be there when he found out, to see his reaction to rejoice in this with him, together. Not hear it. So I waited... I thought about our sweet baby all day and worried about his health. I called Ben about 20 times waiting for him to come home. I kept telling him to hurry. He finally got home, I handed him a box and told him I made him a present. He opened it and found the positive pregnancy test as well as a note that said "Daddy, I'm pregnant! Love, Mommy". He told me he was going to kick me out. LOL, if anyone knows Ben that's SOO him. Such the jokester. Then he grabbed me in a big hug and kissed me! We were suprised, terrified, excited and overjoyed all at the same time! We didn't know what was in store for us!!

When I went in for an ultrasound all was good. The next U/S they found small white spots on Legree's heart. Pretty normal for a baby that far along in the womb, but they can be indications of problems if they are still their further along in your pregnancy. Legree had two dots, anymore then two can a pretty clear sign of a birth defect or abnormality. I was reassured by the dr. that two or less, no biggie and they are usually gone by around 20 weeks and if not they are generally always gone by 24 weeks. When we went in for our 20 week check up, they were still there, but the dr. wasn't worried. Everything was normal. At 24 weeks the "dots" were still there. The dr. still wasn't too terribly worried since their were only 2 and he was SO healthy and everything else looked so great. At 28 weeks I asked if we could do another U/S to see if these dots had gone. The Dr. thought it was a good idea and scheduled an U/S at 30 weeks. I went in and the tech did a very long U/S. The dots were still there. She also found several other alarming "issues". We spoke with our Dr. and found that there were possible problems with his leg size, head size, intestines and some heart issues. Ben and I were both devestated. She scheduled a level 2 ultrasound with a genetic specialist to see if these were issues. An ultrasound after 24 weeks are pretty inaccurate. A highly trained seasoned US tech can mess it up. But from what they were seeing at our Dr's office it was not good. They thought at best there is nothing wrong and the US findings were inaccurate, at worst he could have a genetic abnormality and be disabled or not survive at all. This was on a Friday. The level 2 US was scheduled for a Tuesday. To say this was the hardest weekend of my life is an understatement. I literally spent the entire weekend praying, reading the Bible, crying onto Ben's shoulder and laying in bed wondering what was going to happen to my sweet baby. By the end of the weekend I knew I could handle anything God gave me. I just hoped and prayed that our child was going to survive. The rest, were just details. I know I could have handled it if he hadn't survived, because God would give me the strength but I just couldn't handle thinking about it then.

We went into the Level 2 ultrasound with a meeting planned with the best genetic doctor in the area afterwards to see where we stood. They did an US took LOTS of pictures and took a lot of time reviewing EVERYTHING. Like I said, US this far along have a high precentage rate of being wrong in their findings. The baby is just too big to get correct information sometimes. Anyways, thankfully they found NOTHING wrong with Legree. He was perfectly heathly! I mean not ONE thing wrong with him. The two dots were still on his heart, but they assured me that that was okay and would disapear in time. His intestines were fine, his bone structures were fine, his heart was fine. They told me what I was dying to hear... HE WAS HEALTHY!

God knit this child in my womb. I praise Him everyday for Legree's healthy and vitality! That incident made me appreciate and realize I am not in control of my pregnancy, of my life, of my child's life or over anything really. That everything was in God's hands. I see God's work in this situation too. Some people thought I should be upset or mad for them messing up the US and making me worry so. But I'm so thankful for it. It made me appreciate the Lord and appreciate my son's health SO much more then I ever could have had this not happen. I look back now and I'm pretty sure that time was the closest I've ever been with God. And I see how much it's strengthen my belief in Him and my relationship with Him.

And now I know..."your works are wonderful, I know that full well"

Here's some US pictures from when we found out Legree was a sweet little boy!