Friday, 22 May 2015

10 months

Hello all! My sweet Caleb boy is 10 months! This past month has truly been the MOST fun month ever! Caleb's personality has just blossomed! I am so surprised daily by the funny and crazy things he does! 

We've had a really great month. April was probably one of my hardest months ever, definitely my hardest in MF thus far. The Lord is so gracious though, I learned A LOT in April and grew leaps and bounds, so May has been all about reaping the harvest. April showers DO bring May flowers! It has been a very fruitful month and a month of joy! I am very grateful!

I celebrated my first Mothers Day and that was wonderful and surreal! Joshua made it extra special by making me dinner, and writing me the sweetest letter of all time. I feel very appreciated and encouraged in my role as mom, and that is such a gift!

I really want to do a ministry update soon because just SO much is going on all the time, and so many cool things have happened. It's just tough because it's hard enough for me to get this montly update done, so I just don't know when I'll find  hours and hours to do that update!

Weight:  23 lbs
Height: 28 inches (didn't actually check! ha!)

Doctor appointment:none

Nicknames: same nicknames in rotation constantly, but a whole lot of 'sweetie' these days, cause he's just SUCH a sweetie pie!!!!!!!!!!!
Eating: He still eats most things! I did make cauliflower soup that really upset his belly the other day, so no more of that for either of us! He's also tried peanut butter and isn't just so happened that we had 2 doctors and 5 nurses at our house when Caleb tried PB for the first time...but we can just pretend that I wanted to be EXTRA cautious in having him try it the first time. ;-) :-)
Sleeping: Sleeping is pretty hit and miss these days! I would say he wakes up in the middle of the night about 3x a week, maybe less. I'm going to work on some things in the next few weeks that hopefully will help Caleb sleep better when we are traveling!
Clothing: 12 months! Some 12/18 months!
Social: Always VERY social in our home. I've been bringing him into the main sanctuary during the music since he was born (and then I take him in the back nursery wants the service starts), but he is officially distracting during the music. Haha! He stands on the chair and makes noise and is just crazy. It's nothing our church isn't used to, that's for sure!
New this month: He does something new and funny every day! He's learning how to wave, definitely hasn't mastered it. He's FINALLY saying mama again...he retired that word for about a month, but it's back, along with baba & dada! He screams REALLY loud sometimes, just because he can! He really likes his tongue these days, today he was just holding it and moving it around, must be fascinating! Still isn't walking, I don't think he's really interested in it. I think he finds it most efficient to crawl where he wants to go, but he does walk quickly along furniture. We've been on lots of walks this month, he LOVES it.   
Likes: Caleb loves dancing and music! He LOVVEESS going for walks, he just smiles the whole time. I took him out a couple days ago and it was pretty chilly so he was wearing a hat...I look at him several minutes into our walk and the hat was totally covering his eyes..hahaha, and he didn't even care! He was just happy to be going along in the stroller! He laughed all hard when I moved it! silly boy! He loves his daddy and can't contain his excitment when he has the full attention of both mommy and daddy at the same time.
Dislikes: He has not been liking going to bed lately. Ugh. He doesn't like getting his diaper changed anymore. 

Mama: Thank you to those who prayed for me last month. Like I said above, this month has been really great. I feel like April was just a hard low season for me, but I still faithfully sought the Lord and I would go through it all over again if I knew the growth that was on the other side. I feel like this month has been all about learning, being encouraged, growth, and gained wisdom. Be encouraged if you're in a low season to just KEEP fighting, KEEP seeking, BE disciplined. The Lord honors it. There were many days last month where I wanted to go back to bed when Caleb napped, but instead I got in the Word and filled my mind with the truths of scripture, and it was more fulfilling than any nap could ever be. I feel like I have a much better grasp on grace in motherhood, being a homemaker and being a wife. I'm learning and growing and that's all I ever want.

Daddy: Joshua is great! He finished the book of Ecclesiastes! It was a phenomenal study. We have a very kind man in the churh who is organizing the whole hard drive of sermons for us, so hopefully one day we can have more available for you all. If you didn't know, you can type 'Biblical Mind Maintenance' into youtube and 4 of Josh's studys should pop up! Watch, and be encouraged!! He since has started Habbakuk, and that too has been great! Caleb LOVES his daddy, yesterday was probably the first time of many where Caleb cried when his dad left for work! It was SO sweet (and sad)! 

   What we're looking forward to: SO looking forward to our trip in 3 weeks! ahhhh!!! Can't wait! Please pray for our plane rides. I can't imagine Caleb sitting still for 1.5 hours x 2!!! yikes! and the train ride will be interesting too, but at least there is a bit ore flexibility on the train. We are always so encouraged and refreshed after time spent in Philly, so we are definitely looking forward to that. We've been watching the Missions Conference that took place at Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia, and have learned a lot, so looking forward to putting to practice some of the things we've learned. 

{I LOVE this cute hat that a friends mom made Caleb!}

{the day Caleb fell in love with OUTSIDE. His first day out this year, how cute is his hat?}

{Mothers Day 2015! A collage that best represents the wild ride of motherhood!}

{someone just woke up!}

{someone just woke up AGAIN}

{My dare devil! Once he gets up though, he doesn't really know how to get down, hahaha, so I have to go stand by him and he falls in my arms! Caleb's version of the trust fall...he trusts me...woo!}

{Haha, that tongue hangs out of his mouth most of the time these days!!} 
{going for a walk with Lorraine- his Moose Factory Gookum (grandma!)}

{Singing out of his Cree hymnal!}

{Watching his daddy on the TV in the nursery! P.s. for those who didn't know, the chapel broadcasts live to the island and mainland- available to over 7000 people!}

{I knew it would happen one got awful quiet while I was cooking dinner then I find he took all the tissues out and was making a run for it!}

{there is that tongue!!}

" But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you"
Matthew 6:33

Thursday, 23 April 2015

9 months

 I have laundry to do, dishes to wash, diapers to assemble, cookies to bake, and dinner to prep, so today will be a quick one!
Not a day goes by that I'm not amazed by Caleb and all that he's learning. He brings so much joy to my life. I adore him and being his mama!

Weight:  22.5 lbs
Height: 28 inches

Doctor appointment: he got his 6 month 'needles'
Nicknames: I mostly call him Caleb Joshua Oestreich these days...because we're formal like that!

Eating: Everything! Last night he had fajitas with avocado! Doing our best to make sure he loves Mexican as much as us!!

Sleeping: He has 2 new teeth coming in so sleeping has been a bit interesting lately. He still sleeps very well...which I have to remind myself of when he has off days/nights. Last night he woke up around midnight in pain and wanting to nurse, I just nursed him and put him back to bed and he was good! His naps are kinda wimpy on the days when he's growing or in pain.
Clothing: 12 months! Can't wait to get some Summer clothes on that boy!!

Social:I've heard about the 9 month making strange and I saw a bit of that in Caleb. One night at church he just cried every time someone came up to us! (awkwwarrdddd) But he's been doing better! It's also just him and me all day long, so maybe he was just overwhelmed that particular day at seeing so many faces.

New this month: He's walking all along furniture, crawling through and under anything he can, 2 new teeth coming, he's saying "mamama" "dadadada" and "babababa" a lot! He dances every time he hears music, he has a new fake laugh that he does whenever Josh or I laugh. 

Likes: He gets VERY proud of himself when he does something is THE CUTEST thing I've ever seen, LOVES his fruit smoothie he has for breakfast every day, likes dancing with mommy which is also a daily activity, ha! LOVES his dad...seriously OBSESSED, it's so CUTE!!!

Dislikes: When I take something from him that he shouldn't have, wiping his runny nose

Mama: This month has been the hardest month I've had since living in Moose Factory. I am grateful to know that we are in the Lord's will, and that brings me peace on the hard days. I would really appreciate prayer as I learn how to be a mama in a place that I never imagined being a mama. Things like going for walks, going to the park, meeting friends for lunch, going to mom days out, running errands are things that I long for when it's just Caleb and me all day long. We are learning all the time. I just want to be the best mommy I can be.

Daddy: Joshua is doing great. He is working A LOT. He's preaching every message in the month of April, 2 on Sunday and Wednesday evening, among sooo many other things. He is the hardest worker I know. He comes home every single day and lays down his life for his family. I adore him and am beyond grateful for him, tears are coming to my eyes as I write this. I feel very blessed.

   What we're looking forward to: I am looking forward to our vacation in June. I absolutely can not wait for some family time at the beach. We truly need some rest, so I can't wait for that. Also can't wait to be with family & friends in Philly. 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

8 months

  8 months?!?!? Yikes. That was fast, sorta! In ways it was and in some ways it feels just as it should. I am just smitten and absolutely in love with Caleb Joshua and am so honored to be his mom! 8 months is a CRAZY FUN age!!! Holy moly! He is just so friendly and fun! He's a BLAST!!! What a rewarding, hard, fulfilling, sanctifying honor!!! If motherhood doesn't remind you that you need a Savior, I don't know what does!!! I am certainly not loving, patient, gentle or kind when Caleb is cutting a tooth and clingy and whiny or when I am so tired I could fall asleep taking a shower. I have been learning a lot and depending on Jesus to, through the Holy Spirit, live out the fruit of the spirit even in my tired and annoyed state. It's been pretty exciting to see that it IS possible through the Lord.

We have been VERY busy! We've had guests on and off since late January, many happenings at the church, Josh has been preaching a lot, Caleb is more active than ever, life has been wild! I am tired, but have been making a serious effort to fight through it and be the best wife, mom and homemaker I can be. A nap sounds soooo appealing right now but I just keep thinking...I am who I choose to be each day. I am a product of all my is napping every day going to fulfill me and cause me to feel proud in my job as a mom and homemaker...I'll tell you what I've learned...NO, no it isn't. I don't have to be busy all the time, and rest is GREAT (and SO so necessary), but I think I was allowing myself to get bogged down with tiredness. Fighting through it has been the best thing for me and I feel SO much better about how I'm spending my days. When I'm intentional about spending time with Jesus (even when I rather use that time to nap) everything is better and put into proper perspective. I find that I have the time to not only do the dishes and make dinner, but also to do some fun things that I'd like to do. Anyway, I'm learning, as I am every month. I am SO beyond blessed and grateful for the grace to grow and learn and be made better. It is my hearts desire to honor the Lord through what He has called me to.

Back to Mr. Cutie pie...
Caleb Joshua :
Weight:  20 lbs (I think with him being so active he's just stayed the same weight!)
Height: 27.5 inches (up a half an inch)
Doctor appointment: nope!

Nicknames: changes every single day! :) But I just made up this one....Teethy McTeethster in honor of his growing collection ;)

Eating: Eating well! It's been nice just throwing whatever we are having for dinner in the magic bullet. In the past week he's had chicken pot pie, fajitas and BBQ chicken + veggies. He LOVES it all, but especially the chicken and veggies mixed!

Sleeping: He is such a great sleeper. I am so so thankful to the Lord for blessing us with a good sleeper. He woke up at 3 AM a couple of nights ago because his 5th (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) tooth was cutting and I just went in and held him and loved every second of it! I LOVE being Caleb's mommy and nurturing him. It reminded me of the newborn days when it was just him and me and the silence of the night. It was so special and I'm grateful that it is such a rare occurrence so each time can be special.

Clothing: Mostly in 12 months clothing now.

Social:We had more company this month and Caleb was super friendly. Two young boys (age 10 & 12) came here with their parents and Caleb loved hanging out with them. He's laughing a lot for other people. Really loves skyping his grand parents and aunts and uncles!

New this month: More teeth. Pulls himself up on everything, it's his favorite thing to do. Laughs a lot more. Eats more things since he has more chompers. He's just SOOOOOO muchhhh fun!!!! 

Likes: pulling himself up, getting into everything he shouldn't, when we go and get him after a nap or in the morning (getting him in the morning is one of my favorite things of life), kissing his mommy and daddy (my heart just started beating's one of my 'likes' too....try 'LOVES'!!!!)

Dislikes: When he's teething (which he is so much of the time) he doesn't like us to be far away, laying on his change table
Mama: I'm doing well! I have struggled the past 2 years when Spring comes around. Spring in the past has meant so many things that it doesn't mean anymore. It doesn't mean warm weather, or outdoor runs, or plans of going to Spring training or the beach. It does mean a hint of warmer it's 14 F (but it has gotten in the 30's recently), it does mean SLUSHY roads which are terrible for walking and even driving. I'm learning though...always learning. It's okay to miss some's inevitable, but I am grateful to say that I am truly SO happy where the Lord has called us and He has sustained me through every single season. I expected to be lonely and homesick very often...and I can count on 1 hand how many times I've cried from either. So while I would LOVE to be watching the Yankees at Spring training wearing shorts and going to the beach on off days, I am grateful to be in Moose Factory serving those around me and serving in my home. The Lord ALWAYS gives me the grace and rest I need. I've also been more intentional about using Caleb's nap times more wisely. I've been working out, doing house projects, spending time with people, and I find that doing something for myself each day is very revitalizing.
Daddy: Joshua is doing well!! He is one busy man! We had a group up last week from the States that do archery programs! It was a fantastic Gospel centered program and since there were a couple extra spots, Josh got to actually take part! He had a blast and even got to make his own bow. He's been preaching a lot, counseling often, prepping for the Summer teams coming and helping with things around the house. Please pray for strength and grace for him (and all of us) as he will be preaching a TON in April. He is just such a great daddy. He comes home from work and gets right down on the floor and plays with Caleb. Caleb adores his daddy...and so do I! :)
   What we're looking forward to: I am seriously looking forward to our trip in June, but am trying hard to just enjoy each day! Looking forward to getting our house a little more decorated. We have slowly but surely been putting up the different decorations we got on our Timmins trip. Our home is feeling much homier, so I'm thankful for that. I LOVE having a home that makes people feel cozy and welcome.

Pictures of our silly little man...