Thursday, 18 December 2014

5 months

This month has been one of the best months ever. We are settled into our home, which I LOVE. Caleb is all sorts of FUN. I’m sure I’ll say this every month, but this is my favorite age so far. I am really soaking up every single day with Caleb. This is my only chance to have a baby without having another child to care for, so I want to soak it in and notice every little thing. (this is NOT an announcement-ha!) 

One of my favorite moments from this month happened two Monday’s ago. I went Christmas caroling at the hospital with several women and I didn’t want to take Caleb to the hospital. So I fed him up and he stayed home with Josh. When I came home a couple hours later, and Caleb saw me, he started uncontrollably laughing and smiling so big. He missed me so much. Josh could not get over how happy he was to see me. It was THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD. It was more than my favorite moment of the month, it was one of my favorite moments ever! 

His passport came in the mail which means we were able to book a trip to Georgia. His Aunt Erin and his Grandma wanted to see him so bad that they decided to fly Caleb and myself home as a gift.  & while I’m not exactly thrilled about flying with a baby by myself (Josh isn’t able to get away), it does just make more sense financially for me, being 1 person to go home and see tons of peoples, rather than more than 1 person paying to come all the way here, and we’ll be able to stop in Philly for a few days so he’ll get to meet tons of people in a short amount of time (run on sentence of the century)! Please pray for my travel with Caleb if you think about it! My mom and sister were VERY gracious to fly us out of Moosonee rather than us taking a 5 hour train ride and staying in a hotel for a night, so I’ll leave Moosonee at 8:30 in the morning and arrive in Atlanta by 4:30, which definitely makes it easier, but of course every scary thought has gone through my head. 

This Christmas season has been really special for me. Holding my baby boy definitely gives me new eyes for the birth of Jesus. He was a baby, like my baby boy, but He was the Savior. I’ve loved hearing different Christmas messages this season. My heart also aches for Mary when I read verses like, “And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” And a sword will pierce through your own soul. I would feel like a sword pierced through my soul if anything happened to my baby boy. Her baby boy (once grown) was beaten and mocked and spit on and crucified. The pain she must have gone through had to have been unbearable. I’ve learned a lot from Mary in the early chapters of Luke. I just found out Josh is preaching from Luke 1 and Mary’s song on Sunday evening. WOO. 

Moving on to the star of the show...

Caleb Joshua :
Weight:  18 lbs
Height: 26 inches

Doctor appointment:  He still hasn’t gotten his 4 month shots! Hopefully soon, waiting on the health center! & this just reminded me to call and make an appointment for his 6 month well visit!

Nicknames:  same ol’ nicknames! Though a bit less of all the chunker talk…my baby’s face is thinned out! Still has juicy thighs though!!

Eating: He’s eating a lot! Always! He’s in the 75th percentile in weight. We are going to begin him on solids very soon! We tried a tiny bit of avocado the other day and he did so well. I’m going to be reading up on solids and all the ‘how to’s’ to prepare!

Sleeping:  His bed time is slowly but surely getting earlier and earlier! I’m so thankful! I wanted it to be an organic process, I wanted to follow his ques…and he’s leading the way to an earlier bedtime. Which pretty much just means he gets up earlier. Except last night he went to bed at 8:15 PM and didn’t wake up until 8:45 this morning! WOW. It was great. Josh and I literally went to bed at 8:45…exhausted parents.  The earliest Caleb has woken up since going to bed earlier is 7:30, so we really can’t complain! He usually sleeps straight through with a couple cries here and there. Two nights ago he woke up screaming his head off like I’ve never heard before. I could barely calm him. His mouth was aching…absolutely killing him. The only thing that would calm him was when I rubbed his gums pretty hard. My poor baby! His naps are typically every 2 hours for anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour…but I think he’s growing or something because he took one 3 hour nap yesterday and another 2 hour nap! Crazy!

Diapers: Still in disposable...size 3 now! Moving on up! So many people here have been so generous to buy Caleb diapers. About a week ago this woman who I don’t even know all that well knocked on our door with a huge trash bag filled with diapers of all sizes. She also brought Caleb a little rubber ducky bath tub, a Columbia Snowsuit, blankets, etc. I was so moved by this. She gave me a big hug and so genuinely said “we are just so happy for you!” She attends the Anglican Church on the island. It was so incredibly kind of her, and we are so grateful for the continual love and support we feel here.

Clothing: 6 months to some 9 months. He’s already outgrown a couple of his 6 month outfits, but I think that’s just because those particular brands run smaller. He’s in a 9 month snow suit. He seriously has the cutest clothes! His mimi (Josh’s mom) sent ADORABLE Christmas clothes for him to be able to wear this Christmas season.

Social: He has gotten so social and grown so much in this area. He’s become a little less of a clinger this month and doesn’t seem uncomfortable around people. He’s been doing really well when other people hold him, even when I’m standing there (before if he saw me and realized he wasn’t in my arms he would cry.). He smiles at everyone. He’s being a lot more talkative everywhere we go now, not just at home. If you’ll hold his hands and let him jump in your lap…he’ll like you! Just yesterday a friend told me that seeing Caleb always makes her so happy. Her husband told her, "well you know why Caleb smiles so much? Look at who his parents are!" That comment made me so very happy. I remember smiling so much at Caleb even before he could smile, because I always want him to think of me as someone with joy. Josh and I have so much joy and are so happy our little one is bringing joy to others through his contagious smile!

New this month:  SO MUCH!!! This month has been an absolute BLAST! He has become SUCH a big boy. Talking more and making new sounds every day. Grabbing EVERYTHING, including the glasses off of my face. He’s learning how to communicate more and more…if he drops his Sophie the Giraffe on the floor he will cry to let me know he wants it. (WHAT!?!? I can’t believe we are already at that stage!!), He is completely owning his exersaucer, jumping, spinning, grabbing every toy on it. He is at the VERY beginning stages of sitting up…he can’t hold himself long, and still leans forward a lot, but he’s learning.  Less and less crying when he goes down to sleep, aka more comfortable in his room and crib. He’s getting more ticklish. Laughing more. He’s added a new sounding growl to his collections of growls…this one is all in the throat! Silly boy!

Likes:  He really likes his Sophie the Giraffe. I’m so thankful for that thing…he really bites down on it when his teeth are hurting him. He loves being lifted in the air. Loves his exersaucer. Jumping. Jolly jumper. His mom & dad (holla!), eating/nursing

Dislikes: teething, when josh or I walk into a different room…ha!, his snot sucker…which is unfortunate for him because him having any junk in his nose is one of my pet peeves.

Mama: I’m doing so well. This month has been one of the best months ever. I just said to Josh that this has to be one of the best stages because Caleb can’t really move (crawl), but he has really learned to entertain himself and play by himself. I can breathe, and get stuff done, and sit and watch him, and play with him. It’s the best. I feel incredibly blessed to be home with Caleb. I find lots of joy in being a stay at home mom and homemaker. I really enjoy providing for my family with a clean home and yummy meals, not that it’s perfect, at all. I was struggling last week with why the Lord has me in this position. I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing. So many moms would love to be home with their babies…why do I get this gift? I like to regularly be out of my comfort zone, because being a follower of Christ isn’t the most comfortable thing (but it’s the most worth it thing!). We have to share when we are afraid, help when we’re tired, be the hands and feet of Jesus. Being comfortable isn’t exactly how we reach the lost and love those who need it most. I started asking the Lord to teach me in this time. I asked Him to show me how my two worlds could become one. How do I be this stay at home mom and serve not only my family, but this island we are living on. The very next day I had 3 different women come over for encouragement, coffee, conversation, and 2 of them stayed for dinner. That entire weekend ended up being packed with ministry appearing in a different way, and honestly, it wasn’t all comfortable at all. Some of the time and conversation were uncomfortable. Sometimes when people pop in, or the phone rings I beg the Lord for grace and strength. The Lord taught me that He will use me, even as a stay at home mom. He will use me to encourage people, and to feed mouths, and to warm up some kiddo’s coming in from the snow. As long as I’m open to being uncomfortable at times, to saying yes to the kids when I don’t want to, to taking the call when I’m so tired, to loving when it’s hard, He can use me. I have SO much joy in the place the Lord has called me, and that’s OKAY. It’s okay that some days I am so very comfortable and cozy in my home.  I never want to be so comfortable though, that I don’t want to inconvenience myself with being the hands and feet of Jesus. And much of the time, ministry is very enjoyable and even comfortable for me. I love women and kids, it blesses me so much to spend time with them. This is where the Lord has me in order to bring most glory to Him. That looks different for each person. I’m so grateful that the Lord has taught me in this season. I so desire Caleb to know no other life but one of service and love.  I have so much more to learn. So much more patience and gentleness to gain. I still complain and am lazy. I need the Lord’s grace and strength every single day.

Daddy:  Joshua is the bomb. Being a parent is so sanctifying, and Caleb doesn’t even talk. HA! Josh has grown so much since that little 8 lb 11 ouncer came into this world. He has been so selfless and hardworking. I don’t say those 2 things lightly. Those 2 characteristics aren’t natural (for any of us), and have come through prayer and grace. He is so crazy about Caleb. I asked Josh what he wanted me to say in this part and he said, “say that I am just really really proud of Caleb.” They are the sweetest. Love them. He put on the “Biblical Mind Maintenance” conference last month, and it was AMAZING! It was a 4 part series through Philippians. It was seriously so life changing for so many people. I am thankful that Joshua made himself available for the Lord to use, because it truly made an impact. I am working on trying to be able to get the weekend on DVD…I can’t really think of someone who wouldn’t benefit from hearing this series. 

Fun things we did: Caleb went to the Sunday School luncheon at church and got a nice gift! (He must be REALLY cute because he’s not even in a Sunday School class yet…cha ching! ;) ) Just yesterday we went to a playgroup called the Aboriginal Headstart program. We had a yummy breakfast. They have awesome programming here for children 0-6 and I fully intend to take advantage of the programs. It’s a great way for Caleb to interact with other kids throughout the week with mommy right by his side. & for right now, while he doesn’t really interact with other kids, it’s a great way for mommy to get through her tired morning! WOO!  

What we're looking forward to:  We are looking forward to Christmas as a family of 3! No big plans, but it will be nice to have a full day of being together! We are really looking forward to going to Georgia in 3 weeks! Now that Caleb’s passport has come in and we have our trip booked I get even more excited over every cute thing he does. Now I think…”ahhh, my siblings are not even going to be able to handle how cute he is!!!” I can’t wait to show him to the world. I am so proud to be his mom, and I can’t wait for everyone else to meet him and see how special he is. I’m also really excited to go to Philadelphia for a few days for Caleb to meet Josh’s side of the family! While I’m VERY excited for our trip…I’m dreading leaving my handsome hubby…this will be the longest we’ve been apart since we’ve been married! 

Before I leave you with pictures I just wanted to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas. It is so wonderful to take a season to focus on Christ’s birth and spend time with family!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!



Tuesday, 18 November 2014

4 months

This month has been crazy! Caleb has grown more in the past month then any month yet! He’s gotten so smart & funny! His personality is coming out more and more and it has been so sweet to see! Right when I start to think he’s so big though, he’ll start sucking on my arm or hand and he’s right back to my tiny baby! This has also been an incredibly exhausting month for Joshua and me. We have finally moved into our new home! We have each lost 5 lbs between cutting most sugar out and the busyness of our move! Ha! Whatever works!  It’s been a couple week process, but today we spent 3.5 hours cleaning the old house and are officially done! Yee haw! 

The new home is so very nice! (Shout out to my father in law for helping to build it!! ) Caleb has a beautiful nursery! I was beyond excited for his nursery and it is coming together super well. I will post pictures when I feel more settled! There is a really nice basement, that will be completely finished next Summer when the teams come up from down south.  I look forward to using that for church get togethers! The living room is super great and could probably hold 50 people! We have fit 25 in our last, much smaller living room, so this is wonderful for hosting which we so love to do! The Lord has been teaching me a lot about Godly Hospitality, the kind where it doesn’t have to be pinterest perfect. My heart just needs to be open and welcoming and full of love for our guests. I am very much a Martha who really likes things to be perfect for my guests…the Lord is teaching me what He wants my heart to look like. 1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.” A beautiful house won’t be warm and welcoming if I don’t have a beautiful heart to go in it. (sidenote: I just thought about Martha from the bible being like Martha Stewart…Ha!! Have people made that connection? WHOA. Bible nerd + housemaker nerd…moving on…)

I’ve definitely missed family this month during the move. I would have done anything to have one of Caleb’s aunts or grandmas sit and play with him while I got stuff done in the house. I have definitely had to be carried by the Lord this month as it has presented the most challenging mommy moments yet. Praying for patience is both necessary and terrifying. Every time I pray for more I get inundated with situations that require LOTS of patience, like a baby screaming, a kitchen full of boxes and the many other pulls of life in ministry. 

I have really tried to do more than survive these weeks. I have very high expectations and hopes as a mom. I want my children to think of me as a patient and gentle mommy. I want them to see Christ in me. I want to be an example of joy and patience and gentleness and love. I can’t believe how much that has already been tried with a little 4 month old, and I can’t imagine how much more when that little cute mouth starts speaking. I pray for Caleb so often, and pray that I can be the best mommy to him that I can possibly be. I know I won’t be perfect, but I pray the Lord will work everything out even through my imperfections. 

I recently told my mom that if I could describe my childhood in 1 word it would be ‘Magical’. Really and truly my childhood was perfection, except it probably wasn’t. I know my parents made mistakes and weren’t perfect. By God’s grace though, when I think of my childhood all I remember are the great and beautiful things. I pray that same thing for my children. That even though I will inevitably mess up, that He would cover that with His sweet grace and allow Caleb to see the good.  

I am so very honored to be called here to Moose Factory to serve. It really is a joy. I feel so honored to be Caleb’s mom too. Life can be hard, but I am grateful to be called to what I am called to as a mother and Pastor’s wife & I’m thankful for weeks like I’ve had that have just encouraged my faith as I’ve seen the Lord work mightily! He is a sweet and great Lord!

Now on to my little chunker:

Caleb Joshua :

Weight:  17 lbs

Height: 25.5 inches

Doctor appointment:  He gets his 4 month “needles” (that’s what they call them here…if you call them shots they’ll laugh at you..just fyi) in the next couple weeks!

Nicknames:  Chubs, Chubster, Chub-Chub, chubby, chunker ( poor baby…recurring theme!!! His thighs & FAT wrists just don’t help his case!!) baby boy, big boy, his mama calls him by his full name often…Caleb Joshua!

Eating: LOTS. I realized I should start reading up on the next stage with real food. I know he’s not ready yet, but I have noticed him being hungry a lot, so milk may not be cutting it for long! Also, mostly for my records (I’m printing these all out for my memory, or lack of!), I have something called D-MER…It’s Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflux. There were so many times when I told Josh and my friend Brittany that I felt very depressed when I was nursing Caleb. It started happening so regularly (like every time I nurse) that Britt and I decided to google it…and what do you know…it’s a real thing, very real to me! Apparently it’s pretty rare, but when some women’s milk lets down their hormones go crazy (layman’s terms!) and feelings of depression, anxiety, hopelessness etc. flood hard for a couple minutes! It can be pretty intense, and make for one emotional mama. Since Caleb eats often, I experience it often, but we shall march on! I've been reading up on ways to possibly help it.

Sleeping:  Caleb is still a spectacular night sleeper. He usually goes to bed at 10 PM and wakes up around 8:30 -  9:00 AM!  He naps usually every 2 hours for about 30 minutes, except his 2nd nap of the day has been about an hour for the last few days! He’s becoming more and more comfortable in his crib, he’ll still cry and whine when we put him down, but it usually lasts no more than 10 minutes and then he’s out. I’d say that half the time he goes to sleep by himself, the other half nursing. I’m okay with this for now!

Diapers: Still in disposable...I thought I was almost out, then we hit the jackpot while packing up our house. Once we get settled I will start the washing the cloth diaper process. Thankfully my friend Britt did cloth diapers so I have someone to go to for any questions.

Clothing: He can wear some of his 3 month stuff. He is too tall and his feet are too big for sleepers in 3 month size (footy pajamas). I’ve been putting him in a lot of his 6 month stuff…it fits a little big, but is pretty good! He has such adorable clothes thanks to many of you reading this!

Social: Depends on the day. I’d say overall Caleb is a stage 5 mommy clinger. He loves his daddy too!  At first I was all “how cute and adorable” and now I’m all…”somebody take him!! Oh wait…you can’t!!”  I’m half joking…I still do find it quite endearing that he loves me so much. I know that nursing creates a very special bond between mommy and baby that often causes the babies to want to be near their mama's all the time. It’s also a different situation living in Moose Factory because there just aren’t many places to go. We went to dinner at a friend’s house on Saturday and it was a new place for Caleb. He already felt uncomfortable being in a new place, and when the woman tried to hold him he cried. He does really well at church, so I’m confident in time he’ll do better and better. Again, I’m ok with this. I’m not really worried about much. He’s loved and provided for. I trust that God will have Caleb grow up into the man that He wants him to be! Why worry?!?! Hakuna Matata!!

New this month:  Holy moly!! He has grown leaps and bounds this month! Caleb turns over from his back to his belly like a pro. If I put him down on his back within 5 seconds he’s over on his belly! I put him in his Jolly Jumper and he LOVES it. He goes nuts!! It’s such a joy to watch him be so joyful! He’s gone in his exersaucer the past few days. He laughs & scrunches up when I tickle his neck. It’s adorable!! He grabs things. He has found his hands and feet. Sometimes he’ll just hold his hands over his head and stare at them! It’s hilarious. Most recently he has bent over and sucked on his feet!!! He’s so flexible! It is hilarious to watch! This month was his first time in his crib and that’s going pretty well! It was an adjustment but I think he’s learning that he’s safe! I have been putting him in my carrier a lot lately and that has gone pretty well. He mostly just likes to face forward and see everything that I’m doing.  He has 2 teeth poking through on the bottom. That has been painful for my poor baby.

Likes:  Still likes his bath! LOVES his Jolly Jumper.  Being active 99% of the time! (Can you say exhausting for mom?!?!) Smiles so big when people give him attention and talk to him. LOVES being held and walking around the house with me or Josh. He likes when we change his clothes, both putting them on and taking them off… he just smiles so big and gets so excited. I’m pretty pumped about this because I know many babies dislike being changed!

Dislikes: Not being near mom & dad.  Being still. Ha! Teething! <---me too, baby!

Mama: I’m good! The last couple of weeks have been tough. I’ve been exhausted from moving. I’ve been overwhelmed because it’s nearly impossible to get anything done with Caleb.  (I need my mommy and mommy-in law!!!)  The whole DMER thing nearly pushes me over the edge when I’m already feeling defeated. I have been CLINGING to Jesus the past couple of weeks. Josh has been good to let me have alone time with Jesus each day without Caleb. Yesterday was one of my hardest days, but after spending time in the Bible and talking with Jesus I felt worlds better. Can’t imagine being a mama without the Lord to lean on. It’s a tough gig, a very sanctifying one, but an incredible privilege.  I’ve been doing a Bible study called No Other gods by Kelly Minter and it’s been phenomenal. I’ve grown so much over the past couple months doing it and have been super challenged. I would definitely recommend it! I’m still happy, still full of joy, still in love with my baby and his daddy! I have been so grateful being in this new home and seeing how the Lord has provided for us.

Daddy:  Joshua is great…exhausted, but great! This move has been tough with the Chubster. I have to be with Caleb so Josh has done A LOT of the moving part by himself, and I’m doing my best to do the sorting and organizing in the new house. He’s been moving, working and trying to spend time with us. He is putting on a conference this weekend at the Chapel called Biblical Mind Maintenance. There are 4 sessions, one for each chapter of Philippians! We are really looking forward to that! Hopefully Caleb is looking forward to napping during all the sessions so mommy can listen!!!

Fun things we did: Caleb went to his first wedding! He was precious! He was pretty bothered with teething that day, but we all still managed to have a good time! Being in a new house is fun! We are really praying the Lord will use us in our new neighborhood, living on the reserve now, about a 15 second walk from the chapel!
What we're looking forward to:  I’m looking forward to being settled in our home. Looking forward to Caleb’s passport coming in so we can plan a trip to Georgia & Philly. Looking forward to Christmas, hoping we have some visitors from the city of Brotherly Love…no pressure though ;)


 {his cool winter suit!! Thanks Mimi!!!}

 {he was mesmerized with the tigers on his feet!}
 {Caleb knows where the camera is because I can talk to him through it, we always catch him staring!}

 {I don't know why I look like an oompa loompa, but Caleb looks sweet!}


{i know I'm 100% biased, but this is the cutest video ever!}

“Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.” Isaiah 55:3

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

3 months

Just as I suspected...I'm 9 days late on Caleb's monthly update! Whoopsie! October has been crazy busy for us! It's been a great month! I love being a mama! It is such a joy! There have been a few times this month when I was taken back and SO HAPPY to realize, Josh and I really know how to care for Caleb now. WHOAAA. Ha! We have really learned him in the past 3 months and now know his different cries, we know when he's tired or hungry or achey. We know when he's bored and just wants some attention. We know when he's in a silly mood or feeling off. It's pretty awesome and has made everything so enjoyable!

Caleb Joshua ::

Weight: 15.5

Height: 24 inches

Doctor appointment: No doctor apt at 3 months, however we did take him in and he was A Okay!

Nicknames: Changes every single day, and it’s always hilarious and relevant to life that day. I call him Cale-chub most of the time, and sweets!! Josh is still sticking with my boy and little bro (LOL). 

Eating: He has become a very efficient eater!! WOO! He eats for about 5 minutes on each side and is done! I’m so thankful we are past the 45 minutes a side stage!

Sleeping: This child is a phenomennalll night time sleeper. I am soooo grateful. He’ll sleep at least 8 hours…last night he slept around 12 hours! I am trying to get him to bed a little earlier than his normal 10:30-11 PM bedtime because we are just too tired for that. Last night he basically went to sleep around 7:30…he woke up and fed for a few minutes around 8:30, and that was it! That was AMAZING! He’s been doing good the last few days with his nap schedule. Usually will sleep for 30 minutes every hour and a half to 2 hours! A couple days ago he only napped once the WHOLE day…that was rough!! :/

Diapers: Since he’s finally getting into a good eating routine I was told he wouldn’t have a BM every day…and could go as long as 6 days without one! That has definitely been the case! We are still in disposable…Caleb’s Moose Factory Gookum (grandma in Cree) just brought us back a huge case of disposable diapers…so I figure when we are out of those, we will start cloth!

Clothing: He is in 3 months, but some of it is getting snug…we will have to move to 3-6 months very soon! Every brand is different too! I am really liking his little GAP sweat suits and feel like we are getting  a lot of wear out of those this cooler time of year!

Social: At home, with Josh and me, Caleb is super social and happy but he has definitely gotten a bit of stranger danger this month. I think the more he’s realizing who Josh and I are the more he wants to be safely with us. We had a bunch of people over last Friday to celebrate Josh’s birthday and nobody could hold Caleb or he would scream his head off. Nooooo. I’m not getting too worried about it, I think it’s just a phase. Since that night several people have held him and he would do okay sometimes and not so okay other times.

New this month: There has been about 3 different times where he laughed. It was AMAZING!!! The most perfect cute laugh ever! He does the motor boat with his lips all the time and spits out bubbles. I think he may be starting teething, he’s SUPER drooly and was “off” for about 5 days (the reason I took him to the doctor). They said he was fine, just most likely beginning teething! Yikes!  He has officially grown out of his bassinet…but poor baby has to stay in it for another week until we move to the new house and set up his crib.

Likes:  He still loves his bath and has started to kick like crazy in it! Playing with his family—he LOVES attention.  Josh says, “he likes going to sleep on his own terms!” ha! He likes sticking his hands in his mouth. He loves when I sing…one of his 3 laughs was when I was singing…I don’t know whether to be flattered or hurt! I’ve started just singing my sentences to him instead of talking 

Dislikes:  Sometimes he dislikes going in his bassinet for a nap, other times he’s okay with it. Being put down when he wants to be held by Josh or me. 

Mama: Doing good! The 5 days that Caleb was ‘off’ I was definitely off too! It broke my mama heart to see him upset and not his happy self. Teething is so gonna be my enemy! I feel like I’ve definitely gotten the hang of things, but still learning and growing every day.  Really excited to move into the new house sometime in the next couple weeks and REALLY excited to set up Caleb’s nursery! I feel like it’s been a little chaotic since Caleb was born because we didn’t want to take the time and FULLY organize life in this house just to pick up and move…so it’ll be nice to settle for good in that house! 

Daddy: Joshua is the bomb. Caleb loves his daddy. Just today Josh walked out and it was the first time Caleb saw him today…Caleb looked at him then shrieked with excitement! It melted our hearts…oh my goodness! Last night Josh spoke a message on Psalm 46. It was a beautiful message with an overwhelming response! He really felt the Lord put it on his heart, and He clearly did, because it really blessed and moved our congregation! Every time Josh comes out of his office to get coffee or whatever he always gets sucked in by Caleb’s cuteness and takes time to kiss him and pick him up. I love this. I think the fact that he is so consistent with loving his son like this will make such an impact.

Fun things we did: Caleb celebrated his first Canadian Thanksgiving! He looked super dapper and handsome in his bowtie shirt and khaki’s. Don’t you American’s worry…we will celebrate Thanksgiving at the end of November as well! We’ll be the only ones…but we still will! J We celebrated Josh’s birthday with a party at our house on the 17th!

What we're looking forward to:  We are looking forward to moving! Also, looking forward to teething being over (and it’s only just begun!!!). 

(can you tell he LOVES selfies with his mama?? ;-) )

 (Thanksgiving attire)

 (first time in the bumbo chair...he doesn't really like it...he tries to get out of it :) )

 (Caleb got dressed for his Aunt Erin's birthday!)

  (can't ALL be about Caleb... :) .... Josh celebrated his birthday, along with our friends Zach and mike!)


 (I should have probably waited until the 4 month update to show this...because technically he just learned this a few days ago...but it's just so cute i can't wait...he screams and shrieks in a high pitch squeal and talks now! soooo adorable!)


(Caleb's Moose Factory Auntie Debs bought him this chair and he loves it)