First off, i cannot believe Adam is 2 months old!...quite frankly, it seems like it's been longer. haha! I feel like everything from pregnancy, labor, delivery, and even the newborn stage never happened. I guess that is why we decide to have more children. We forget the agonizing parts of bringing a baby into the world. It is a good thing that we do, because there would be less and less precious little ones if we did remember. haha! (it's worth it!)
Adam is doing so great! God has truly blessed us with this youngen. Literally everything i prayed about while i was pregnant, God answered. He is breastfeeding like a champ - you can tell by his weight. He weighs about 13 - 14lbs and he is in 6 month clothes! (my biceps are going to get toned just by hauling this boy around)
He is starting to sleep long stretches durning the night. Last night i put him down about 1030pm and he did not eat until 5am. I can deal with that!
Those are all wonderful things, but my favorite is just how joyful he is. His smile helps me keep going when i am exhausted or overwhelmed. He is all snuggles and smiles. I am so thankful for that little guy.
James has been doing so much better with having a little sibling. He is already learning how to put the blame on Adam though. If James does something wrong or even when he doesn't get his way, somehow it is Adam's fault.
The first thing in the morning that James wants to do is see his little brother. "There's baby Adam...he's cute." is what he says. James has a way of making Adam smile so big....it's sweet.
That has been a continual prayer of mine that James will look out for his little brother and that Adam will look up to his big brother.
I know i am painting a beautiful picture here...which it is....but it is time consuming and energy consuming raising children. No matter how easy they are.
I have been putting my whole heart into my roles as a wife and a mommy...but the past 2 months i have lacked in my relationship with God. With good reason yes, but i my soul has been craving time with Him. I don't know if anyone else is like this, but my attitude pretty much...sucks when i don't spend time with Him. Which in turn makes my boy's attitudes reflect the same.
When do i or when can i spend time with Him? I can hardly go to the bathroom when i want to. I tried spending taking the time where they are both napping at the same time...but that resulted with me napping. haha. I could at night - but i that is my time with my hubby. I could wake up early before the kid's wake up - but i need to sleep as much as i can. Can you see a chain reaction here? Excuses. I am full of them. It came down to what is really important and what does my life need?
This past week i have woken up at 6:25am...roughly a half hour before James and Adam wake up. I chose that time because some reason that time keep coming up. I looked up a scripture - Matthew 6:25
25 Therefore I tell you, stop being [a]perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
If anyone knows me, i tend to worry quite a lot. Especially since i became a mommy. That is something i have struggled with and have tried to change about me. The fact that this scripture came up spoke volumes to me and what i should do...take time out for the Lord.
There are so many scriptures about rising early in the morning to meet with the Lord.
"She gets up while it is still dark..." - Proverbs 31:15
"But i will sing of your strength, in the morning i will sing of Your love; for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble." - Psalm 59:16
"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up...and prayed." Mark 1:35
"Early the next morning, Abraham got up and returned to the place where he stood before the Lord." Genesis 19:27
I haven't had any ground breaking experiences this week from getting up early and spending time with God. But i do have peace, patience, and enough strength to get through the day.
I want to better myself for my family.
Yes that extra 30 minutes or so of sleep would be wonderful! Especially with a baby who still wakes up once in the middle of the night. But if don't live out what i say i believe...than what good am i doing?
If i want to represent my Jesus well than i need to spend time with Him. As a parent, you always have a little audience watching...they will remember and see what you do. And they will be thankful that you took time out to better yourself so you can be better for your family. :)
What a great way to set the tone of your home by waking up early (before they wake up) and pray for them.
Trying to better myself as a person, i am starting back working out. Woo-hoo! I haven't gotten my discharge yet, but i am already gradually getting back into exercising. I am so excited! I know i am one weird woman. I love working out! It is such a huge stress release for me. I danced for 14 years, if my body is not moving i feel...off. Our bodies are meant to move. Anyway, i am excited to get into shape after having baby #2. In future blogs, i will try to post about my progress and even some tips about exercising while being a mom.
Sorry this post is random...
Yesterday James wanted Adam to watch his Train movie with him. I put Adam on the couch beside James to watch for a minute. James was so tickled and described every train to Adam. It was so cute!
I have had an itch to paint. My grandpa, Daddy Rhyne, was an artist. I used to love painting with him out side in his yard in North Carolina. I have always been intimidated to paint...i've always loved sketching, because you can erase your mistakes. But with paint...it's as is. I gave it a try this past week. Ryan had some scrap wood in the garage and nailed them together. I painted this little Burkart creation to hang in our dining room
I hope every one has a happy day!