don’t got a belly button

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So I miss writing. I really do. Right now I have a sticky note sitting next to me of things I want to share but I literally just looked over my shoulder and not only did Lainey roll from her back to her tummy but she also turned 180 degrees. How. Cool. Is. That! I don’t want to miss anything. All of these little things that this gal is doing freaking amaze me. Clearly I knew she would do all of these things. Educated as I am, I check for and ask parents about these things every day but watching her do these things blows my ever loving mind! I am so blessed to have the luxury of having her be at home with Adam. And, yes, it IS very much a luxury to have a spouse that can be a stay-at-home parent. I knew within minutes when she rolled from her back to her tummy the first time and had a video to watch within minutes after that!

I want so much for her and want to do so much for her. Adam says we can only spoil her if she doesn’t know that she is being spoiled. Oh man, we are so in trouble!

We started planting our garden last week…mostly all of the root veggies so far. Peas, parsnips, turnips, sweet potatoes, carrots and rutabagas (and no, Janna, rutabagas are not a type of purple car!). We plan on also doing egg plant, green beans, acorn and butternut squash and zucchini. Our goal is actually to try to do exclusive breast milk until about nine months and then introduce solids. Initially (like in last week!) we were thinking about pureeing the veggies from the garden and putting them up for the winter….but ┬ánow we are thinking more about going the baby-led weaning approach. The whole theory behind this simply makes sense to me. I’m just not real sure what to do with foods like rutabaga (ha!), the squashes, etc. I’d love to still be able to use our bounty from this summer for Lainey next winter but if we don’t puree them I am afraid that blanching and freezing them will make their consistency too gooey? Hmmmm, not sure. If anyone has any ideas or other baby-led experiences you’d like to share, let me know, emmkay?!

In other news, we now know with 100% certainty that a blow-out is not a true blow-out unless it:

  1. includes all four of the child’s extremities
  2. requires the disposal of the outfit the child was in
  3. requires the use of every wipe you have left in your possession
  4. involves the child’s neck
  5. gets under the parent’s fingernails

Adam has created a song list that he has playing during the day for Lainey titled “Lainey play time”. In it includes a lot of classic children’s christian songs but it also has many of the veggie tale songs. This one in particular has really taken our home by storm. I would like to say I am embarrassed that we both know pretty much all of the words to this song (but I’m not!). The thing is this…the song is hilarious.

p.s. Lainey is FOUR months old tomorrow!!!

 

nothing is the same

As I fall asleep at night and think of my day I can’t help but think of how nothing is the same. Nothing. I am married to the same wonderful man. Our address is the same and we drive the same car. But, really that is it. And, I love it! Our lives are so full at last. Today started a new chapter as I returned to work. I am only seeing patients two days this week, three next and then will return fully the week after. Last night was tough. I didn’t want Lainey to go to bed because then I had to go to bed which would mean this morning came, and so on. I’ll admit most of my tears were cried last night, with only a few shed this morning. I remembered to be so thankful that I didn’t have to bundle her up and take her out with me as Adam held her in the garage waving at me when I pulled away. She will stay home with him full-time.

Undoubtedly there will be days when I can’t get away for lunch and on these days they will join me at my office to eat and Daddy even says they will be coming to visit me at other times during the day when I get settled at the clinic. Having been unexpectedly gone my desk and patient schedule are (kind of) a mess but will get better within a couple of weeks! The one thing I want to share is how this morning at work for the first time in years I was actually looking forward to this evening already. I couldn’t wait to get home and rub my little girl’s peach fuzz head! Our lives used to be happy, don’t get me wrong, but I truly felt like I was on an episode of groundhog day most of the time. I would get up, go to work, come home, eat supper, read something, go to bed and then do it again the next day. Being married for 19 years, I guess you could say we were in a rut from being in the same routine forever. Losing babies and depression compounded this exponentially! Adam and I are the perfect match as he is usually always “up” and that way if I ever struggled with something he was able to grab me by the shirt collar and pull me up with him, but after losing Lainey in November, we were both at our lowest of lows. It is so wonderful to feel alive again. To want to be here tomorrow. To look into those beautiful crystal blue eyes and see our future!

I brought two photos with me to the office today, one was this one:

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Mundane, everyday things now hold new meaning. Planning our garden out on paper, something we have done for several years, was a blast! Things like turnips, sweet potatoes and parsnips?! Yay! Who would have thought? Why, of course we need to plant those so that we can put them up for our Miss Lainey to eat next winter!

Love her faces to pieces!!!

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It is wonderful to have someone other than Adam and I to be aware of, to plan for. And, I know it is just beginning. I realize that some of you Mama’s of teenagers out there are probably saying “Oh, Shana…you have NO idea what you are wishing for!!!”. And, you are probably right! But, for now, I am enjoying figuring out silly things like where she is going to take swim lessons this summer already! =)

Please keep praying for the little one (Baby E) that I have mentioned previously. Baby E and her family need our prayers very much!

Oh, one last nursery teaser! We were surprised when her furniture came in one month sooner than we thought!!

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cousins, asparagus and first experiences

I’ve mentioned before the hope of someday my brother and I having children that could grow up together as only cousins can. When we grew up our cousins all were far away and I wish for Lainey to be able to be closer to cousins her age. Right now she has a bucket full of cousins close by loving on her which we absolutely love! My brother, his wife and cousin Colt surprised us when Lainey was born and we are thrilled that Colt and Lainey met right away!

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We love Mr. Colt and hope to see him this summer!

This next photo is from the first week Lainey was home. Adam called her Archie at night. He swore that she looked “just like” Archibald on Veggie Tales. Yes, he is a grown man that knows about Archibald the asparagus on Veggie Tales….not much to be said about that.

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First visit to a big box store…of course the ever famous Tar-jay!

 

So, I (kind of) teased my Husband about being excited about using the family restroom in a previous post. Well, I (kind of) got excited to take Lainey through her first car wash. I love getting my car washed. There’s always this brief nanosecond of time where those big brushes could suck you up and then, voila you emerge all fresh and clean! It’s so awesome!

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Finally, another nursery sneak peak….

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prayer & praise

This will be short and sweet. There is a book I am reading that discusses how at this age, babies naps during the day become much shorter, more like “cat naps”….however, a blog I read called them “crap naps” instead of “cat naps”. I’d have to agree. A five-minute nap doesn’t count, Lainey. Are you listening?

Anyways, she wants to know if these shoes (that cousin Katia gave her) make her feet look big?

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....and a better view of her Vans while getting some love from cousin Madison!

….and a better view of her Vans!

And, two more things. First, we ask you to pray with us for one of Lainey’s milk buddy’s. She was diagnosed with two holes in her heart yesterday. Please join us as we pray for peace for her family and for complete healing.

Finally, a praise! We did our final home study visit today and all was great! Our social worker said she has no concerns. All we have left will be the court date in four months to finalize things and get Lainey’s birth certificate!

 

Adam Kent

Back in early January I was working on posts about who we are…I figure why not finish them! So, without further ado….some details about my darling Husband:

  • He loves to take baths. Like REALLY loves. He will lie down in the shower in the morning, fall asleep and then when the hot water runs out he wakes up for the day.
  • His favorite color is blue…which happens to be the color of Lainey’s eyes. Gush!
  • He is a hobby photographer. It is somewhat frustrating on my part, though searching through 800 photos from a single event for one picture….but he does seem to always get that “one” picture.
  • He is a gamer. I will say, though, that the last time he probably played was in 2014….
  • He cut his own hair until Lainey was born. I guess he got too tired then.
  • He has said for a long as I can remember that if I die he is going to take Kalia (she is one of our dogs) and move to Hawaii and live on a beach somewhere….I haven’t heard yet since Lainey was born what the plans are now!
  • He is an amaxaphobe. He absolutely cannot ride in the back seat of a two-door car. EVER.
  • He is a jack-of-all trades. Need something built or fixed? He’s your man.
  • He has horrible skin allergies. We have a “safe” list of things he can use from the dermatologist that we pick from when we shop.
  • He is dyslexic.
  • He loves Macgyver and Back to the Future.
  • He knows how to sew. Like, really sew. In fact, HE brought a sewing machine to the marriage!
  • When he drives at night, he has the interior lights on in the car to make himself feel like it is during the day…plus he says he like to eat while driving in the car and he likes to see what he eats! Makes sense.

Last and certainly not least, Adam is a Daddy. And, as he said the other day…he isn’t just a Daddy, he is Lainey’s Daddy!

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