One Year

Friday, April 30, 2010

Isaac Levi, your smile is our world. To think we took satisfaction in our lives prior to your existence is insanity. To think that I ever doubted the possibility of enjoying motherhood literally takes my breath away.

You made your entrance in the same fashion I think you'll live your life, profoundly and on your own terms. Doctor? Please. Who has time to wait on someone else's schedule?
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There have been some extremely rough times during your first year, but it's our prayer they won't even be a point of conversation until you're grown and out of the house because they are so far past remembering.

Sadly my photography has really improved since you were first born, I say sadly because it pains me to look back on your newborn pictures for more reasons than I can hardly believe how big you are now! Instead, here are two picture from our friends Gina and Amy.
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You have been the most content, happiest baby that we have ever witnessed. How God blessed you to us, we still do not understand. You flahed Mama with this smile, just a week before my return to work aka when my heart was ripped from my chest. It pained me so much to leave you. Your smile made the earth stand still the first time we saw it. Those dimples.
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You've deepened the love of your Mom and Dad more than they thought possible. The look of peace your Dad has on his face when he holds you could make a grown man cry, let alone an emotional mama like me. He adores you, and tells me every day. There is nothing more attractive than a family man. :) Additionally, you've strengthened our faith past the point of probability. The preciousness of your life entrusted to us of course stirs our reliance on God for support. To think that we could do it without Him is craziness.
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We've been convinced you're a genius or bound to be a professional player of some sport basically since you've opened your eyes. We quickly became those parents, but how could we not? There are just so many reasons to be proud of you.
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I don't want you to ever doubt that your Dad and I are your biggest supporters. You could never outlast our love for you. We have had many great adventures this first year, but can't wait for the experiences to come. Daddy loves his little buddy, you're two peas in a pod. Someday you'll hate that you're so alike, but I promise you that you'll come around. There is no one better to take after. Your Dad is a smart, handsome and compassionate man who would literally upturn the world if you asked him to. He loves you more than he knows what to do with himself.
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Really. He loves you so much.
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You've been a mover and shaker as soon as you could figure it out. We knew you were going to keep us on our toes early and did not let us down. Your problem solving skills and love of books gives Mama hope that you won't be a bumbling brute. You'd still be a cute brute though, so no worries if the academics fall through. :)
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Everyone idealizes their life after baby when pregnant. There's just so much time to dream of the future and while I'm not quite the crafty mother I want(ed) to be, I can honestly say that reality is better than those daydreams.
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You've shown us all how to love wide open. Everything that you do is full force. Your cries are just as hearty as your laughs and we love that about you. You've enriched us so much Isaac. There just aren't enough ways to say it.
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We've had a couple of scares, including the time you split your tongue wide open, but you can not be deterred. You are one independent dude, who is intent on doing things your way when you want to.
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Thankfully you crave a little bit of cuddle time peppered into your cruising. Mama and Daddy just cherish the times you fling your arms around our necks or crane your body towards one of us. Those coupled with your shrieks of delight literally make our world go round.
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We've never seen anyone, man or child, quite as expressionate as you! You just can't help from raising your eyebrow, scrunching your face or beaming from ear to ear. You are such a beautiful child Isaac.
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Mama and Daddy could not imagine a richer life than one including you. I need to write down all of these wonderful feelings though, because I see the mischievous look in your eye and am certain you will be a bit of trouble maker like your Mama. Grandma just looves talking about what a strong willed and determined child I was, looks like I'll find out what it feels like!
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You're one year old and have already changed at least two lives. We pray that God will equip us as parents to raise you in a loving home orchestrated by the Lord's will. We love you mister man.
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You topped the scales at 21 1/2 lbs (30's%), 31 1/2 inches (60's%) and 47 +cm head circumference (30's%).

Dang Bangs

Thursday, April 29, 2010

About two years ago in a fit of frustration at life, you all know what I'm talking about, the kind of frustration that can only be solved by changing your hair, I cut my bangs. Now I've pretty much always had side swept bangs, but these? They were fringe, just at the top of my eyebrow. They looked modern and were super simple to style. I loved them.

I have bangs now too. However, my bangs now are not by choice.
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I'm not sure what happened to cause these bangs, but blame it on my post baby hair loss. I pretty much hate them because they refuse to grow and are on a haggard line. Even Isaac's squawking about them in the above picture.

There's no point to this post, I'm just super frustrated with my hair.

Wedded Wednesday

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Wedded Wednesday is a collaboration
of married bloggers sharing their inspirations,

anecdotes, struggles and thoughts regarding
the amazing union of two separate people, as one.

Be Intentional.

My relationship with Tony is different now. I can't help but laugh at our arguments or frustrations in our relationship previously. Yes, some still exist, but we know their triviality. This past year, wow. We survived, with a little bit of flourishing even thrown in there!

The largest take away that I think we can both agree on after life with a newborn and now toddler: Be Intentional.

Think through your words before speaking. Identify your motives behind your actions. Choose daily, minute by minute, down to the second, to choose love. Lift up your spouse and your spouse will in turn have the strength to shoulder your load when it is too heavy for you! Commit yourself to your spouse, without reservation. Ban any thoughts on how to improve your life, but rather focus what can be done to better your spouse's.

To be honest, Tony and I have never ever had a date night. I think it's a wonderful concept and wish that we observed it, but it's never been practical. Our schedules conflict too much. I know, I hear you, that's the point of having a date night, so that at least on that one day you don't allow a conflict, but it's just never worked for us. The above though, that's how we connect in a way to stick it out through the rough times.

Yes, I will remember the two bouquets I received last year, but additionally I'll remember Tony's hand on the small of my back guiding me away from the sink as he took over. I'll remember the sweet nothings that I blew off as ridiculous as I fought off my baby weight. I'll treasure the moments he asked to hold his son, so that I could go for a run. I'll remember the first time Tony told me I was a good Mom, as I lay half collapsed over the bed sobbing. I'll remember those moments, because those times are now a part of the glue that holds us together. When Tony at least chose to intentionally love me, choose me and our family.

Birthday Fun

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Following Friday's fun, I second shot for Gina on Saturday . . . and then I turned into a complete spazoid. Gina and Tony talked me down, but I was on the brink of a breakdown, or at least the closest that I've come in awhile. Of course everything came together, like it always does, but not before 12:30am Sunday morning.

Additionally, for whatever reason, I always seem to jam pack my life events. This time I decided to throw together my first wedding, Isaac's dedication and birthday party. What an emotional overload! The dedication post will have to wait, as the prayer was absolutely beautiful and I want to write down the words from the podcast . . . but it's not available yet. Boo. So, moving on to the birthday celebration!

We elected to have it at a neutral location and it turned out to be a great choice! The weather was questionable and there's no way we would have been able to have everyone in our house if we'd tried to have it at our house and it'd rained. Plus, this way there was no clean up prior to the party or clean up post party to deal with! Genius.

We purchased the invitations for his party from this etsy seller, his shirt from here and the decorations were a printable pdf from here!
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We had these little hat sundaes at the Metrodome, which I now can't remember the name of, but I wanted to emulate the idea using these clearanced bowls from Target! My Mom and I made the sugar cookies and I decorated each and every one (even though they kind of look like red and white basketballs because I didn't actually stitch them)!
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Finally, the drama filled first birthday cake, whose story will not be shared on this blog due to respect for my husband. I'm honest, but have several rules regarding my honesty and this story just doesn't cut it . . . yet. Ginger, don't critique too harshly it was my first and only attempt at cake decorating!
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And now for the birthday boy! We were totally overwhelmed by generous friends and family and were so blessed to have Gina take pictures of the day, so that I could relax and enjoy the time!
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Unlike his padded Gopher hockey stick, this stick hurts!
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Isaac got skates for next year from Grandma and skates for this winter from us!
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He hates hates, unlike his Daddy! But we got a couple of pictures.
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My father in law made this gorgeous rocking horse. Isn't it amazing?
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My brother got Isaac his first ride!
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Levi then played ball with Isaac.
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Next up was Isaac's birthday cake! I can't lie, I totally choked up while singing to him, even though AJ warned me!
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Isaac wasn't too sure what to make of all of the singing. HAH!
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Tony and I simultaneously blew out his candle.
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And then we watched as Isaac assessed the situation.
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Cake?
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NUMMY! Now that is my son!
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Not quite ready to get dirty yet.
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But he got there!
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He got there.
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And then Grandpa gave him ice cream!
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He was alll about that!
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Exhibit B
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Exhibit C
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It was a great day!
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Isaac says "THANK YOU FOR THE BIRTHDAY WISHES!"
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