{Three Months Old}

She did so well on the plane!!

She did so well on the plane!!

We’ve done quite a bit in the last month; we travelled to Michigan, I started back to work, and Jane has continued to pack on the pounds!  She continues to be a delightful little girl and wakes up full of smiles every day.  We love her more than we can say and are so proud of our sweet and beautiful baby girl.
Weight: 17 pounds!!! (off the charts)

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Length: 24 inches (75th %-ile)

Sleep: She typically falls asleep at 9:30, wakes again between 2 & 3:30, might wake up at 6, and is then up between 7 & 7:30.  She doesn’t have set naptimes and although she usually takes one long nap a day, it’s anyone’s guess what time that might be.

Clothing size: 3-6 months, but she’s actually outgrown some of those already.

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Diaper size: 3

Shoe size: 1, but barely

Milestones: Jane now reaches for her toys and pulls them to her mouth.  She loves sucking on her fingers!
Challenges: Although she will take a little bit from a bottle, Jane still does not drink as much as I would like her to when I am away.

Successes: We’ve made some progress in the car!!  Yay!

Post-partum: Andrew and I went on our first date night and it was nice to spend some time out as a couple.  I also went back to work. Boo.

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For Every Season

I was so excited when For Every Season by Cindy Woodsmall arrived at my door; I recently read the second book in the “Amish Vines and Orchards” series and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, the third in the series.  This book continues the story of Rhoda Byler, a young Amish woman who has moved to Maine with a few Amish families to start a new community and merge her canning business with one of the other family’s apple orchard.  Rhoda is nearly engaged to Jacob, whose family owns the orchard, but is caught in a bit of a love triangle with Jacob’s brother Samuel.  We see the resolution of the triangle as well as her acceptance of the strange gifting that God has given her.

The fourth book in the series comes out next year and I am already yearning to read it!  I would definitely recommend this series as an interesting and relatively quick read.  You can pick up a copy for yourself at Amazon.com, where you can also preview the first chapter.

BloggingForBooks-125x125I received this book for free as part of the Blogging for Books program through WaterBrook Multnomah.  All opinions are 100% mine.  Feel free to rate my review on the publisher’s website!!

An Etiquette Question

Andrew and I have a wedding to go to this weekend and I’m really excited about it.  However, I have a dilemma: what to do with Jane?

I asked my mom and mother-in-law and they agree that since Jane is a newborn and exclusively breastfeeding, I should just take her and just be conscientious (sit in back, prepared to take her out if she makes any noise).   But should I ask the bride if it’s okay to bring her?  Honestly, I wouldn’t be able to go the ceremony if the answer is no, and I would hate to put her on the spot, but I would also hate to miss the wedding.

So, moms, what would you do?

The Car

We have settled into a pretty nice routine as a family of three and Andrew and I are really enjoying watching Jane thrive.   Although we are still far from truly sleeping through the night, we are getting more sleep.  Jane typically does one five hour stretch and then several 1.5-3 hour stretches at night.  She still starts the night in her crib after nursing to sleep while listening to Andrew read from The Chronicles of Narnia, but usually ends up in bed with me around 6 AM.  One day this week we were able to sleep until 9 after I brought her to bed at 6!  She has stretched out her nursing sessions during the day as well and usually takes three naps, one of which is 3-4 hours long.

So life is going pretty well, except for the last frontier: the car seat.

My sweet baby has a really easy going personality, but she has a limited tolerance for the car seat.  If our car ride is more than 10 minutes long, chances are she will have a meltdown.  It is so heartbreaking and now I hate going out when we’re by ourselves.  If I can get her in the seat when she’s in a deep sleep we might be able to go on a long outing, but it’s pretty tricky and I’m usually not too successful.  I’m hoping that this is just a phase, because it would be really nice to be able to take some longer trips out.

But in the meantime, I will give my sweet girl extra cuddles on days when she has to be in the car seat.

He is Jealous For Me

I was reading my Bible this morning and spending some time with God for the first time since Jane was born and read Ezekiel 14.  This chapter is about idolatry, something that Israel was having serious trouble with.  When I saw the header of this chapter, I wasn’t expecting to be convicted when I read the third verse

Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces.

Wow.  It’s been ten weeks since I’ve spent any time in the Word and this hit me like a ton of bricks.  I have idols.  I’ve made myself my own god.  I’ve heard sermon after sermon about having idols, but I feel like this was God talking to me directly in a new way. “I am jealous for you,” He whispered.

He is jealous for me.

He is jealous for me.

He wants my time and attention.  He wants my love.  How amazing is that?  He loves me so much that He wants me.  May I not take that for granted.  May I every day make the choice to serve the One True God, and not myself.