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Hi I’m Jen- I'm one lucky lady to be married to the most wonderful man, Jason. I am a mother to three beautiful children, Grant, Norah, who was born with hydrocephalus, and Mason. I love spending my time with my family. I also like to challenge myself with new things. I'm on a constant quest to become more organized, it may never happen but it's a dream. I currently work part-time as a RN in an emergency department. I love this journey of life that I am on with God by my side, knowing that all things are possible when you Believe.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mason's First Food

Next week Mason will be 6 months old....a 1/2 of a year gone by so quickly. It is the time to start eating cereal and baby food. I have been patiently waiting for signs that he is ready. The last couple of weeks Mason appetite has increased, and he has been nursing so often, he has made my supply noticeably increase. He is also beginning to put things in his mouth. Both signs that he is ready, or is he? For the last week we have been giving baby rice cereal and oatmeal, both were major fails, lots of spitting out of foods, swift turning of his head, oh and that the look of betrayal. Its that look that breaks my heart, I am doing this to help you grow little one, not to make you miserable, I promise.

Yep, this looks like some who is not found of baby cereal. So instead of continuing on with cereal which he definitely not a fan of we will move onto squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes. I hope he likes those a bit more. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tea Party

The other morning I heard Norah playing in her room, it sounded like she was having a tea party. When I walked into the room and saw this.....

....what kind tea party is this spunky little 2 year old having?

She gave me a look, older than her years, saying "Mom, leave me alone!"

She continued on talking to her friends on her phone. With all that money on the table, I wonder if she placing some bets, like Wisconsin will return to the Rose Bowl and the Packers will be making another Superbowl appearance :)

She poured herself some tea, then decide to have a bit more.

Then offered an invitation to sit down and have some tea with her. I was honored and couldn't refuse.

I had to sit down with my little lady and find out all the current gossip, after all I had just worked all weekend. I hope years from now we are still having our fun little tea parties. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

One Size Fits All

It's official Mason is in Size 3 diapers, which happens to be the same size Norah wears. Now that we only have to buy one size I feel like we are saving money, but I know that is not the case. It just means that Norah is safe from being put in a size 2 diaper. I found myself often putting a size 2 diaper on Norah, sometimes not realizing that I had done it until the next diaper change.

Now the race is on to see who hits size 4 first.....

Friday, November 11, 2011

Long Shorts

As the first snowflakes of the fall came down, Grant came into the living room carrying his corduroy pants.

"Mommy I'm going to wear these long shorts today." ~Grant

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Return of the Paci

A month ago while we were in St. Louis, Norah threw her pacifier in the garbage. We had been working with her, encouraging her that when she was ready to get rid of her paci and be a big girl.She could give them to Mason or throw them away. She was aware of the decision she made, she told us she was a big girl and didn't want to share her paci with Mason. She's a smart one.

Well we went with it. No paci led to screaming and tears with naps and bedtime. It also took away full nights of sleep, with Norah waking up in the middle of the night, yelling out "all done sleeping." She would look at Mason's paci longingly, often stealing it and caught throwing his paci away a few times.  Jason and I stood firm, we were not going to cave.

Here we are a month later, sleep deprived and watching Norah developing terrible sleeping habits. What we decided the weekend when Norah was put to bed at 8pm, awake from 10:30pm to midnight and then up at 4am, was that it's just a pacifier. If this is what she needs for know to help her cope she can have it.

It was like reuniting her with her best friend, she was happy, oh so happy to have her paci back and sleep has returned, Thank Goodness!

The new paci rules are that Norah only gets her paci in her bed with naps and bedtime. She can't steal Mason's paci during the day otherwise she gets a time out. Let's hope sleeping through the night has returned.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Grant was a Rocketship! He would BlastOff (count down and sound effects included) and run to the next house.

Our little Norah Bug! She used her walker to get to the end of the block and then preferred to be carried after that and had the cutest Thank you as people would drop candy into her pumpkin.
Mason was our little Fireman! A few weeks ago, a friend gave us the perfect accessory for his costume, just checkout his pacifier.

Jason joined in the fun wearing his fun new hat and beard. The kids love getting "mustache kisses" from their daddy when he's wearing this hat.

We walked down to the end of the block and back up the other side of the street, but the kids just wanted to go home and pass out the candy. So we turned on the porch light and sat on the front stairs passing out lots of treats, by far Grant's favorite part of the evening.