Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I could just sqeeze him...

A few pictures of Rowan and I enjoying the weather in the hammock at my parents house (don't look closely at those feet..I need a pedicure!) and one with his favorite Auntie Em.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Enjoying the weather

Rowan and I have been spending as much time outside as possible. A luxury I haven't been able to enjoy for the last few years being locked in the classroom. Most days I spread out a big blanket and we play and look at things in the yard. I know we will soon be shut up in the house so I am trying to bask in the nice weather while it lasts. I am still trying to catch the laughter, not having much luck...he is a tricky little thing.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The sweetest sound

I haven't written in a long time. Months I think. Josh has taken over the postings for various reasons. Mostly I have been so busy that any free minute I have I do not want to spend on the computer. But also this new transition has been hard and I think I needed some time to process it. We have quite a following on this silly blog now so maybe I was afraid to write because I didn't know what might come out and I am not sure who's reading anymore. Maybe people will just see words and no new pictures and just pass it by. One can only hope.

Call it hormones, postpartum....whatever...this life change has been a big one. I wasn't one of those people to immediately fall in love with my baby. I know, even typing it is hard, because I can feel the judgment boring into me. Maybe it was the tough circumstances, maybe the month long hospital stay, or being separated for the first week, or the chronic pain that still shows up in the evenings, who knows, but it has taken me almost four months to say with confidence that I am in love with that little boy and each day gets better. I have really enjoyed getting to know him as his little personality has started to show up. His smile is the best.

Tonight I was able to hear the sweetest thing I have ever heard....it is right up there with, "will you marry me?" and "I do"...Rowan laughed for the first time. He has been making new sounds for the last few days and you could almost tell it was coming. I have no idea what struck him so funny on his changing table, but he cracked himself up and laughed and laughed. I tried for about 20 minutes to get him to do it again. Finally I let out a yawn and he laughed again, making me laugh, then him again. We went on like this for a few glorious moments, him just looking up at me and making the sweetest sound. He is always very pleased with himself when he has someones full attention and gets to entertain them. I know what people want me to say, they want me to say, "it was worth it", all the pain, hardship, difficulty. But I will not qualify his life that way. I will simply say it was a beautiful moment and has made me feel like I am doing something worthwhile with my time, energy and life. Maybe for the first time.

I promise to follow him around all day tomorrow with the camera trying to capture the sound. If we are lucky enough to get it, I will have Josh post it for you to hear.

Friday, September 19, 2008

baths and bedtime

Rowan is continuing to get bigger and bigger. Here are some of the latest bath pics, and some pics of him hanging out after bathtime.

a new hat...a new day

I mean, does it get any cuter? Really?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

a few more pics for the grandparents and great grandparents out there

growing up fast...3 months old

Shey and I can't believe how fast Rowan seems to be growing and doing new things. Rowan hit three months this week, and so the new monkey picture is above. This past week or so, Rowan has started to really become aware of his hands, and he has actually started holding some toys, and now, can even hit his toys every once and a while by himself. This morning before church, he even held a rattle with both hands and brought it up to his mouth and played with it all by himself! So below, we have a video of him talking with Shey and hitting his toy. Also, Shey's mom, Rowan's Katie Nana, turned 50 on Thursday, and we took some pictures of the little man to commemorate the occasion! Happy 50th to Kathy! So besides the video, we also have a few of the latest pics of the Rowan! We hope folks are well!

A soccer star is born

We are trying to raise the next Ronaldo, David Beckham, Pele, or choose your favorite soccer star. Rowan is already starting to work on some of his footwork, and of course, we are not surprised in any way that he is enjoying playing the best sport ever created. World Cup 2026 (or 2030) here we come!