Thank You's no matter how great the intentions...I never got thank you card's sent out to everyone who got us gifts and gift cards for Alex...It's officially a lost cause. So I just want to thank everyone that did from the bottom of my heart. Please don't take the lack of card as a lack of caring...Each and every gift has been a blessing to us. The gift cards have saved us too...because we are still using them to buy all of Alex's food, diapers, etc. and they have been fantastic.

Thank you all so much!!!


It Has Begun....

Take a look at this story to see what I'm talking about...

Maleah & Alex...

They are so sweet!

Alex has to hold a lovey when he's tired. I've never seen a 7 week old who needs a lovey...but as soon as you put one in his hands he begins to relax. So sweet :)

He gets so incredibly worked up when he's hungry. And when you take the bottle away to burp him too soon...he wines this adorable little he can't believe you would dare do that to him. And the pucker face he makes when he does breaks your heart.

He loves his sister. If she's around and talking...he's watching (unless he's sleeping, of course). ;)

He loves to sleep on his belly. When we swaddle him at night, he's like a beast getting out of that thing! He's so tough for such a little guy....

He looks so wise. Always watching and observing. He doesn't seem like a little baby...he seems like a little man.

Maleah just loves him. She'll get right up in his face when he's laying down and talk to him and kiss him and call him a "nice boy". Yesterday she got her book "Meet Blue's Baby Brother" and held it up right next to his face and was "reading" to him...pointing out to him who all the characters were on the pages. It was adorable. She loves to hold him too. She'll climb up next to me on the couch and say "Hold Alex please" over and over until I let her "hold" him. She always, always, always wants a bottle to feed him when she holds him too.

We went outside last night and she took her baby for a walk. She tucked her in, would stop to put the sun shade over her head, made sure she was fed....she's so sweet...pays attention to everything.

I did my first set of taebo yesterday while Alex was sleeping. Maleah was doing it too. Cracking up the whole time. She even ripped the side of her diaper and it popped off. She had the best time though.

They both love to be outside. Alex will sleep for hours under the shade of the tree in his pack 'n play. Maleah will do everything...the fence my dad put up is amazing! She loves the outside...but it makes it so much easier to have her play when you don't have to chase her around front!

That's all for now! ;)


Cry Out to Jesus

I've been thinking about people in my life who are hurting....I wanted to share this song...

Cry Out To Jesus by Third Day

To everyone who's lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
When you said goodbye

And to all of the people with burdens and pains
Keeping you back from your life
You believe that there's nothing and there is no one
Who can make it right

There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary
Love for the broken heart
There is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing
He'll meet you wherever you are
Cry out to Jesus, cry out to Jesus

For the marriage that's struggling just to hang on
They've lost all of their faith in love
And they've done all they can to make it right again
Still, it's not enough

For the ones who can't break the addictions and chains
You try to give up, but you come back again
Just remember that you're not alone in your shame and your suffering

When you're lonely, and it feels like the whole world is falling on you
You just reach out, you just cry out to Jesus, cry out to Jesus

To the widow who suffers from being alone, wiping the tears from her eyes
For the children around the world without a home
Say a prayer tonight


Count Your Blessings....

Each and every day I find that I need to look around and see just how good I have it. When the worst things going on around me personally are not having enough money for home projects, losing sleep from being up with my healthy baby boy, or arguing with Bob over what to have for dinner ( :) ) then I'd say I have it pretty good.

There are so many people around me, or that I hear of, that are going through situations that I fear for the day it comes knocking at my door. So many people that I love that are hurting right now. I am a fixer. I want to fix it for them. I want to take their pain away. Whether emotional, physical or both....oh how I wish I could fix it. But there's someone that can. Accepting Christ doesn't mean the pain will go away, that the situation will radically change. But Jesus takes that burden away. Does it mean you won't hurt? That the worst will not happen? Not at all. But the radical difference in your outlook on the situation, the hope in something greater than what rests on this earth....that makes it more bearable.

To those going through situations right now that seem so on Jesus. It'll be the greatest move you ever make. And remember...we're praying for you.

To those not facing the toughest of the tough....pray for those that are...

And look around at just how good you have it right now.


Just a few more pics...

I thought I'd add a few pics of Alex too... :)

What Maleah's Doing....

She is currently sitting in the middle of our living room floor....on a towel with a changing pad her babies bubble baths. You would not believe how happy she gets to fill a bowl with bubbles and use her baby bathtub and wash them all. She makes a mess all over herself and washes herself more than her babies....but she absolutely loves getting to do it!

She's an absolute doll :)

I thought I'd add a few pictures....I don't think I've done that in awhile...



The bicyclists get on my nerves!

I was so frustrated. We were coming up Paint Street and there were many in front of me and about 3 behind me. I was going to turn down 2nd St...but the 3 stupid people (and I mean that) behind me decided to pass me on my right-hand side at that moment. I thought they were supposed to obey regular traffic laws?! Anyway, I decided to go down to Main St. instead....and there were more coming up behind me. I got in the right hand lane but the light was red. They all start passing me, totally surrounding my car. I am a polite driver, but I wanted to lay on my horn. That's a good way to get run over, for crying out loud!

A good note....I did get to see one of them fall down off their bike. That felt sort of sweet :)

Evil Miranda must be coming out thru this!

Alex Update...

I took Alex to the doctor on Thursday and here's the updates:

1. He weighed in at 10 lbs 4 he's gained 2 lbs since birth. :)

2. He measured in at a whopping 24" long! (Keep in mind he was born at 21.5") He's above the doc's 100% mark for height.

3. He got a treatment for thrush...a one time treatment inside his mouth. It looked like he chewed on an ink pen. It was purple dye stuff....and it got 6 spots on top of his head that look funny. They still haven't gone away....that stuff is STRONG!

4. He still had his umbilical cord stump when I went in that morning. One month and one day old...and that thing STILL hadn't fallen off! Bob changed him that evening...and it FINALLY did! Gotta be close to a record! Geesh!

He's excellent. Growing so fast and getting so big! I'm so proud of him :)


Wish someone would have told me....

I wish someone would have told me how quickly Maleah would grow up. Not just in life in general...though I still can't believe that she's 2...but with having Alex.

Sunday night, April 5th, I went to bed and she was my baby. April 7th, I came home, and she wasn't a baby anymore.

If I'd have known just how fast she would seem so incredibly big, I would have held her longer that Sunday night....I would have let her stay up a little later....made sure I got down (no matter how uncomfortable I would be) and played with her all day long. I would have made that day last.

She'll always be my baby girl....but she is definately NOT a baby anymore.

I am so incredibly proud of her (even in her fit-throwing, I'm not listening to you and I'm rolling my eyes moments). She's an amazing little girl and getting bigger by the day. She moved up out of her nursery class and she was so excited to be playing with the big kids. She amazes me day by day and moment by moment. She's totally awesome.

But if I'd have known she'd grow up that fast.....I'd have held on just a little longer....

One Month Already!!!

Alex is one month old today. I cannot believe it! This month seems to have flown! He's getting a little chunky and I'm going to have to start putting cereal in his bottle because he's eating sooo frequently! He has his appointment tomorrow...I cannot wait to see how much he weighs and how long he is! For those of you who haven't seen him since he's been must see him before he starts walking around! I'll update on his appointment tomorrow. The dumb umbilical cord stump is STILL there....from what I've read we shouldn't be worried...but come on! It's been there for a MONTH!

On a side note...Maleah is enjoying Alex alot more :) She was giving him tea to drink yesterday from her tea party :) She loves to help with him too!

A side note to my side note....she now knows how to use a computer mouse. She'll play her own videos on the computer from her DVD and from iTunes. Cracks me up :)

You should see her too. She's getting so big and talking so so so big. :)