A Good Reminder

Today I attended a funeral for someone who’s life ended unexpectedly. Last week, my husband’s high school best friend’s father passed away. I listened to the funeral while sitting on a couch in the lobby of the funeral home. You see, right before the funeral began, David became a bit chatty and whiny (we were nearing nap time). So I quietly excused myself with David to the lobby. David fell asleep in my arms within a few minutes. As I sat alone on the couch with my sleeping baby in my arms and listened to the music and the words shared, my heart filled with gratitude for life and for family. I was reminded that sometimes I get too lost in the minutia of life. I stress over little, inconsequential details. I was reminded that my focus and my joy should be in serving Jesus Christ. Life is short; too short to worry about the little things that don’t really matter.

Baby David: Seven Months

On Friday, our cutie hit his seven-month mark. In the last month, I feel like he’s grown so much. Just last week he started feeding himself a bottle when I lay him down in his boppy.

Fun facts about David at seven months:

  • As mentioned above, he can feed himself a bottle.
  • He loves looking and smiling at himself in the mirror.
  • He likes to say “dadadadadadada” (in many different tones and levels of excitement, I might add).
  • He shakes his toys more vigorously than before.
  • He is a rolling king; he rolls all over the floor. He hasn’t learned to crawl yet, but he hasn’t let that stop him from being able to cross a room.
  • He still sleeps through the night (from about 7:30 p.m. to 7:30/8 a.m.). Although in the last week, he’s started struggling a bit to go to bed without having a crying spell. He used to fall right asleep without making a peep.
  • He’s become a much better napper.
  • He can sit in the front of the grocery cart when we go to the store. I used to use my purse or blankets to prop him up and give him something to lean on.
  • He doesn’t like going to bed or taking a nap if people are around and fun things are happening.
  • He LOVES watching videos of himself. That will always make him smile.
  • He still has a toothless, gummy smile (which we think is so cute).

Baby’s First Baseball Game

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On April 27, we headed to Nationals Stadium for a baseball game. The parents of my friend Keri were in town, and she organized a baseball evening. The game started at 7:05 p.m. (essentially David’s bedtime). I was a little apprehensive about what this might do to his sleep schedule, but decided it would be a fun experience nonetheless. John had to miss the game because of work travel, but my parents were able to go, and I knew they’d be able to help me with David if needed. I contemplated purchasing baby headphones for him to perhaps help him sleep during the game, but ultimately decided not to.

When we walked up to the stadium, David was enamored by all the crowds. He’s never been somewhere with so many people. When we got up to our seats, I realized we were right by a speaker and the noise was loud. David also realized this and shortly after sitting down began screaming. I think he was tired and experiencing sensory overload. Thankfully, there weren’t too many people in our section so no one was bothered by the screaming. Plus, the music was so loud that I’m not sure anyone could hear him scream. My dad held him for the majority of the game and patted David’s back. We sometimes call my dad “the baby whisperer” because he has a certain way of holding David and patting his back that lulls David to sleep. Sometimes when the crowd would cheer especially loudly, David would wake up and start screaming again, but my Dad was always able to calm him back down.

A little before 9 p.m. David woke up and we gave him a bottle. After that, he loved the game and was so pleasant and happy. He loved looking at the scoreboard and seeing all of the colorful lights. It was a fun night had by all…even David 🙂

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I stole the next two pictures from my sister’s Instagram…

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