Baby 101

Sunday, February 22, 2009

I just had to share this because I thought it was hilarious. Yesterday, we were walking around Walmart when Matt happened across a co-worker. When he spotted us, he walked up to our cart, pointed to Robby, and said, "Cute baby,". I thanked him, like I do everyone, but that's not the funny part. This is how the rest of the conversation went:

Him: "How old is he?"

Us: "Seven months."

Him: "Oh, so has he started talking, yet?"

Us: "Um, he's only seven months old."

Him: "Oh. Well, don't they start saying "no" or something at this age?"

Us: "Um, no? That's not until much later, thankfully."

Him: "Oh, so he can walk, though, right?"

Us: *laughing* "No. He can't even crawl, yet!"

Him: "When do they walk?"

Us: "A year or so?"

Him: "But he can at least point at stuff, right?"

At this point, I started cracking up. This poor "kid" had no clue about babies. I know I'm still learning and still very much green, but it isn't rocket science. He's seven months old! Just barely! He's still rather limited...or according to this guy, way behind! I explained to him that Robby can roll around, can get up on all fours and is preparing to crawl, and can sit up assisted. Oddly enough, he didn't seem as impressed after that.

I'll let you know when he starts juggling and quoting Shakespeare - which should be around nine months, evidently.


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Baby boy got a new walker today! He really likes it!

Seven Months Old

Friday, February 20, 2009

Sorry this is late. Over the past week and half, we've all been incredibly sick twice - once with the stomach flu and then with the flu...flu? Miserable, but we're on the mend, thank goodness.

Here's Robby at seven months. I'm finding it increasingly more and more difficult to take his monthly photos. In fact, I've come to the conclusion that it would be easier to give a cat a perm than to get one nice, non-blurry, smiley photo out of him. This is the best I could do. If you start seeing duct tape in the photos, you'll understand why.

Updates - still not crawling or sitting up on his own, but he's very, very close. He can get up on all fours and sit up with assistance for a few seconds. Other than that, he's eating anything and everything. He loves all food equally. He has, however, developed an aversion to juice all of a sudden. He used to love it, but then he got the stomach flu. I was desperate to get fluids into him that I kept trying to give him juice; now he won't touch it. And WIC gives us 15, 4oz bottles of juice a month. I guess we'll just start stock-piling for when he likes it again. I can definitely see his little personality really starting to bloom - his stubborn, head-strong, so-much-like-his-parents-I'm-in-trouble-when-he-turns-two personality. Thankfully, he's incredibly sweet and playful the majority of the time and so curious to explore his little world and all the items (i.e. papers, CD cases, etc.) in it.

Did I really have a baby seven months ago?

Selfish SAHM's (Stay-at-Home Moms)

Monday, February 16, 2009

The nerve of us stay-at-home moms!!
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Week Wrap-Up

Geesh. I'm so behind. I'm sorry.

Let's see. Last week in a summary - Matt and I worked our tails off (literally) and managed to lose 6lbs each, we attended a great Bible study at our pastor's house called The Truth Project and are looking forward to the following 11 weeks worth of learning and growing in the Lord, Matt and I celebrated (more like quietly observed) our 6th wedding anniversary on Saturday by spending the day together as a family, Sunday we went to church as usual, but a friend tagged along, and I was offered a possible desktop publishing/webmaster/blogging job for the VBS and I'm REALLY excited about it, and now Matt and I have some sort of chest congestion that has made working out and walking around very...winded. *Whew!* I hope I remembered everything. Busy week!

I'll leave you with this because I thought it was funny: Matt and I were discussing purchasing a jogging stroller for Robby for when we go to the CSI fitness trail last night. I sat and thought about it for a moment, thinking of the two strollers the kid already "owns", and thought about what his strollers' "car equivalents" would be (because my brain works like this). Here's the analogy I came up with:

Travel System = Ford Excursion

Jogging Stroller = Jeep Wrangler

Umbrella Stroller = Geo Metro

What Robby's Been Up To...

Friday, February 13, 2009

A couple of new "Robby developments" are:

Getting up on all fours (temporarily) and...

...sitting up (with assistance)!

And yes - the "binky" is unfortunately becoming a permanent fixture on my child's face. Not my plan, but how often do parent's plans for their children actually follow through?

Also, I wanted to mention that Robby had his first illness last week - the stomach flu, of all things! Poor kid had horrible diarrhea for almost a week. This miserable thing about it is that all three of us were sick at once! Yuck! But we're all better, now.

And yes - my living room is trashed. That's all I have to say.

My 10 Reasons

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

For Biggest Loser, our challenge this week is to write down 10 reasons why we want to lose weight. I thought I'd post it here for motivation:

1. I want to glorify my God by taking better care of the gift of life He gave me.
2. I want to be a better Christian example to those around me.
3. I want to see my son grow up, get married, and have kids of his own.
4. I want to be able to roughhouse with my son and husband without getting winded.
5. I don't want to have serious health problems when I'm older.
6. As much as I yearn for Heaven, I want to live this life to it's fullest.
7. I want to feel better about myself and I don't want to feel embarrassed to leave my home.
8. I want to look better for my husband, even though he still loves me no matter what size I am.
9. I don't want to break into tears in the middle of a store everytime I can't find something, anything, that will fit me.
10. I want to finally be rid of this sin and burden I have been bearing all my life.

And just for kicks:
11. I want more kids in the future!

Happy Birthday Kathy & Belated Birthday Dad!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Biggest Loser - Week 1

Monday, February 9, 2009

Biggest Loser is officially in full swing and I'm feeling as optimistic as ever about losing this weight once and for all! We all weighed in yesterday and I weighed in at a whopping 311.6lbs - only 4lbs less than my heaviest. Yikes. Again, I'm the heaviest contestant in the competition and am staring down 100lbs+ to lose to make it to my ultimate goal weight. That's so embarrassing, but it drives me to try harder than everyone else. So, my goals this week are to do 30 minutes of cardio three times a week, 20-30 minutes of strength training twice a week, making smarter food choices, and watching my portions. We bought a stationary bike this weekend. It's great and I was actually looking forward to using it this morning. I never thought I'd be so excited about buying exercise equipment.

Please pray for Matt and I and all the contestants competing and expect lags in posts for awhile. I have a lot of my plate right now.

Time-Lapsed Baby

Monday, February 2, 2009

I found this video on YouTube. It's a time-lapsed video of a nine month old baby boy playing for four hours (the parts with "human interaction" have been edited out). This kid reminded me of Robby - rolling around everywhere and into everything! Anything he can reach is fair game! Enjoy!

Facing My Sin

As the countdown to Biggest Loser wains, I'm preparing myself for the task at hand. Workouts, weigh-ins, calorie-counting, temptation, healthy eating - yikes! Here we go again! Yesterday, I sat thinking about why I wanted to lose the weight once and for all. Of course, my mind immediately went to Robby and Matt - I want to be healthy and live longer for them, I thought. And then I selfishly thought, so I look better and to be able to wear better clothes. But then I was struck with conviction from the Holy Spirit. In my past spiritual growth, I've learned to focus on what God is trying to point out to me instead of being quick to anger or ignoring it, so I sat and prayed.

The conclusion I came to made me want to drop to the ground. Despite being saved and being a firm believer, I was still living in sin and had been all my life, but had refused to realize it. I found the most important reason why I had to lose this weight - because God gave me this life, this precious gift, and I spat in His Holy face on a daily basis with my gluttony and slothfulness! Abusing this body He so lovingly blessed me with by filling it with nothing but junk for so long and doing nothing about it - what a disgrace! That is like someone handing you the keys to a brand new sports car and you promptly running it into a wall over and over and over again on purpose with no remorse whatsoever. I felt no remorse for selfishly stuffing my face, nor any remorse for not making any attempts to get off the couch and go for a simple walk. What a sickening feeling I had when I realized all this! But the important thing is that I realized this before it was too late, have since repented of my sins, and will make the necessary changes with God's will and strength.

Thank you, Lord, for your sanctification, mercy, and loving-kindness! And thank God that I am apart from this world, even though I was happily basking it in not too long ago. As it says in the Bible about this world:

"Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things." Philippians 3:19

So, as I embark on this journey to face and destroy my sin, please pray for me. This has been my lifetime weakness and only God Himself can help me be strong enough to overcome it!