Friday, February 22, 2013

3 Months!

Well, I don't know about you but the last month has NOT gone by fast. It feels like it's been forever since I last wrote even though it wasn't. We have had quite a month here. The babies are doing so well and are getting so big! I don't have an exact weight for you this month but Anders is in the 14lb range and Joline somewhere around 11 or 12lbs I would guess.

This month we've:
-Started using the gDiaper cloth diaper system for Anders which is going very well.
-We had our first sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa Parcels' house during the big storm because our heat went out. =
-Joline started rolling to her side.
-Both babies are sucking their thumbs pretty regularly now.
-Sleeping from 11pm-7am (not consistently but we'll take what we can get).
-Moved to their nursery from the bassinet in our bedroom. Yay!
-Anders started taking rice cereal in his bottles to help with reflux issues. Joline now gets rice cereal in the last bottle of the day too; this helps her sleep longer.
-Both are wearing 0-3 or 3 month outfits.
-Started practicing sitting up in the Bumbo chairs. (They still can't completely hold their own heads up yet but we practice a little every day.)
-We are getting lots of smiles from both babies; I can't wait to hear some giggles starting soon!

We're so thankful for happy healthy babies and we look forward to the new things they will discover in the next month! They are not officially 3 months until the 25th so this post is a little premature. :)

In other news, we've had quite an interesting month in regard to health too. Some of you have inquired so I'll give you the full story here. This past Sunday morning I woke Jared up about 1:30am kicking him. He startled awake to find me having a grand mal (Tonic Clonic) seizure. This is the first grand mal seizure I have ever had. I have Epilepsy but all of my seizures up until now have been petti mal (partial complex). Not knowing what exactly to do he called my mom who confirmed that he should call an ambulance. Thankfully, the seizure happened in bed so there wasn't any real physical harm other than biting my tongue pretty bad. Apparently I have a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and these can sometimes cause seizures. Why it was more severe than my usual seizure I'm not sure but hopefully once that gets cleared up I won't have any other grand mals. One of the most disappointing things about  it is that I was a week away from being able to drive again. I haven't driven since August 2012 because of my seizures and I was really looking forward to having that freedom back but now it will be another 6 months. I know that safety is more important than my freedoms both for myself and the babies as well as other drivers. So you can bet that when I do get that freedom back I will not take it lightly. It is a privilege.

Well I think that's enough boring health stuff... :) I hope you all are doing well!

God Bless,
Valentine's Day: Anders got a tractor from Daddy. 

Joline and her rose from Daddy for Valentine's Day. 

Big Boy! 

Joline sleeping on her side! She's rolling now. 

Cousins! Trevor, Anders and Fitz. 

Big girl! Rolling to her side now. :) 

Friday, February 15, 2013


13 Weeks old this Sunday! Wow. That blows me away. Being a mom is a full time, all in kind of job. You can't be a mom and be part time; it just doesn't work. Unfortunately there are those out there that try to be part time moms or no time and that is one of the saddest things ever. We are flawed, us humans. There is a part in every mom because of sin nature that would love to just walk away for the day, sit in a bubble bath, drink our coffee while its still hot, and read a book from cover to cover and not think about her screaming babies in the next room. But we can't, so we make plans for Grandma or Auntie to take over for a little while so we can get some relief. Even in that though you don't stop being a mom. It's just not possible. Once, when I was in High school and my brother was in Middle school my mom got so fed up with us. I can't recall what we did or how we were treating her that made her so mad but she was fuming! She actually yelled (which doesn't happen hardly ever) and told us that she quit. She was going to stop doing our laundry, making our meals, packing our lunches, making sure we brushed our teeth and all the other things that come with being a mom of teens. She successfully held back for about a day. :) That day was horrible for my brother and I. We had to do everything for ourselves and we couldn't rely on Mom to pick up the slack. She was done...right? Well, like I said, it didn't last long because she is a Mom to the core and she eventually forgave us and after a long chat we decided that she was right and we were being terrible; placing so many demands on her and requiring them to be done a certain way. SO I resolved to be more helpful and less demanding and I learned something about motherhood that day; even if you say "I quit" you still are MOM it's in everything that you are.

I recently watched the movie "October Baby" which I would recommend to everyone. It's the story of a  young girl who finds out that she is alive only because a nurse in an abortion clinic recognized that her mother was in labor and took her to the hospital rather than allowing the abortion to happen. This powerful story of forgiveness was so moving. I don't want to give away all the details because I think you should just go rent it, but I will say that this story speaks so clearly about what it means to be a parent and the weight of our choices and how those choices affect our children. It also sheds light on the power of forgiveness both in being forgiven and choosing to forgive even if the other party hasn't asked for and/or doesn't "deserve" it. When we realize we have made the wrong choice we must go back and make it right. Here's the beautiful thing; we can't always make it right and that is exactly why Christ died for us. He's already forgiven us and he can take our choice and turn it into something beautiful. When we acknowledge Him as God and trust our lives to him by faith, we can be sure that He will make it right.

The reason I bring up this movie is because it really made me so grateful for my mom and for my kiddos. I was grateful before but this reminded me of why. Life, both big and small, is significant. We all have the ability to give and to receive love; that is a universal language. So lets give it big and when we receive it, lets not run away. Christ loves us even more deeply than the love of a mother or father. So why do we run from that love? Why do we try to ignore it? Like the mom who says 'I quit' yet never stops being mom we can't change who we are and what we were meant to be. We were meant to receive Christ's love, so let's embrace it and stop running away from who we are.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Month 3 So Far...

Here are some pictures for you! So far, Month 3 has been fun and full of growing...

Aunt Sandy got us these "Worth the wait" T-shirts and we finally fit into them! We were definitely worth it! 


Joline...Not too thrilled about being in front of the camera today! :) 
 Super Bowl Party at Aunt Abby & Uncle Dan's new house. We wore our red for the Niners...Too bad about that. :( Oh well! We had fun anyway.
Grandma and Joline

Joline, Grandma, Fitz, Grandpa & Anders

Grandpa and his boys!

Go Niners! :) 
Happy Tuesday!