Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Our Year In Review Part 1

What a year this has been. Sit down, grab yourself a drink (you'll be here for a while, this is a long post!), and buckle up. You are about to fly through the first half of 2008 with us!

Last Christmas we were ecstatic to be able to share some very exciting news with our families: We were expecting again! Baby Meyers was due August 27, 2008 and we couldn't be happier. January was full of fun in the snow, trips to the mall to play, excitement over Kevin and Rachel's engagement, and celebrating our 5th anniversary while wrapping our heads around the idea of two children. Looking at Jayce right now, it's hard to think of him this small.
I just had to post this picture because Jayce is wearing an outfit at 14 months that Grayson is wearing now at 4 months. I find it hilarious.
February marked one year since Jeremy's Dad's diagnosis with Pancreatic Cancer. We were so thankful that Grandpa was still here with us, able to participate in his grandson's life. He had actually been getting good news at the doctor's office too: the cancer indicator in his blood and a CAT scan were showing that there was no sign of cancer! God was truly working a miracle in the life of Jeremy's dad. This picture is from a staff appreciation lunch at Cornerstone.
Of course, Valentine's Day came and went. How fun was it to dress up my son and take really cute pictures of him!!
At the end of February we received some unfortunately news. Jeremy's grandmother, who had been diagnosed with cancer the previous summer, had taken a turn for the worse, and was hospitalized in Arizona. She passed away just a few days later. This is one of the last pictures we have of her with (some of) the family.
Because of the pending funeral, and because it just really needed to happen, we took Jayce to get his first official haircut... This was the best out of the bunch of pictures I had. And the one with the least amount of tears. Now you know why we do his haircuts at home now.
We traveled with Jeremy's family down to Silvis, Illinois for Grandma Meyers' funeral in early March. While it was hard saying goodbye, we were pleased to have been able to spend some time with some of Jeremy's family from out of town. We really enjoy spending time with Uncle Bill and Aunt Diane.
And I'll take any excuse for getting my two boys into suits and dress clothes.
March also brought Kevin and Rachel back to Michigan for a weekend! Since Kevin and Rachel live so far away (some times Virginia seems like another planet!!), we take any excuse to see them, and a bridal shower seemed the perfect way to get them into town! And, of course, we took some big family pictures.
March ended and April started with celebrations: Easter, my birthday, and beautiful weather that allowed us to get to playgrounds much earlier in the year than normal!

Towards the end of April, we received some heartbreaking news that Jeremy's cousin, Nate (Nathaniel) Borger was killed in a motorcycle accident. Understandably, the family took the news very hard. Nate was a young man (he'd just celebrated his 28th birthday), full of life and love for his family. Jeremy had always had a special bond with his cousin and his aunt and uncle, due to the fact that it was their family that we always stayed with (even since he was young) when visiting with family in Pennsylvania. Naturally, the Meyers extension of the Borger family traveled down to celebrate the life that Nate had lived. We still miss him today.
We packed Jeremy's parents minivan with 7 of us (one being pregnant and very uncomfortable!) for the trip down for the funeral. It was a tight fit, but quite the family bonding experience.
May brought us more nice weather and more of a chance to be outside playing. Jayce absolutely loves swinging, so he was glad to oblige when Papa offered to take him for a ride at Karen and David's engagement party.
We were thrilled to be able to take our yearly camping trip with Jeremy's parents over Memorial Day weekend.
We had beautiful weather and Jayce was able to enjoy his first impromptu dip into lake water.Finally we were to June - I only had to make it through the summer and we'd be able to meet our new addition to the family! We were fortunate enough to be able to travel to Pennsylvania for Jeremy's cousin's wedding! Our extended weekend was full of many fun memories made with family. We visited the donkeys with Uncle Gary.
Jeremy and Jayce had a good time bonding during Amber's wedding reception.
Jayce really enjoyed imitating the fish in Aunti Sue and Uncle Ralph's pond!
We had a great time staying with Gary and Eldora again. Their hospitality is always so amazing, even in the midst of their grieving. We are already looking forward to the next time we get to visit with them.
Through the fun we were having with Jeremy's family, it became more and more apparent that Jeremy's dad was not doing well with his fight against Pancreatic Cancer. According to Karen's Christmas letter this year, "Ron started to have much more pain and nausea. He started to lose more weight, as he couldn't eat. By June, he had lost so much weight and was extremely weak and the pain required pain patches along with additional pain medication." Things took a scary turn when he was hospitalized at the end of June. However, the doctors were able to insert a catheter to help him stabilize his weight through intravenous feedings.
Thus ended the first half of our year... I was due in 2 months and we were looking forward to Kevin's wedding which was just around the corner. Check back in tomorrow and catch the second half of Our Year In Review!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Even More Random Things!

So, last night I set up Grayson to play on the floor in the kitchen while I was cleaning up from dinner. Jayce decided to get in on the action! Tummy time anyone??
This is Grayson's new friend, Elmo. Elmo and Grayson really like each other!
My kid is hilarious! And sweet... he's just a great kid!

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We did play-doh for the first time last night too. Jayce has an aversion to touching the play-doh itself, but he did find it fun pushing the cookie cutters into it. And rolling it out. Pretty much he'd do anything but actually handle it. Oh well, baby steps.

This guy here had a doctor's appointment this morning. It was his four-month check-up, and he passed all of the doctor's questions with flying colors! In fact, I could probably have the doctor look up this blog in order to prove that he is able to do everything he'd asked about - rolling over, laughing, following someone with his eyes, grasping things, etc. It's all on here!! Any guesses as to his stats?? I intentionally put my size 10 foot in the picture so that you all could have a reference point... :o)
Just a side note here: Today I had both boys at Meijer (stocking up on groceries amongst other things), and someone came over and started talking to Grayson, who was buckled into the seat on the front of the cart. She talked about how big he was, how cute he was, how old he was, etc. etc. etc. I have to say that it's fun having cute babies - and random strangers liking to say how much they think they are cute! I felt bad for Jayce though... he was sitting in the cart too and he got NO attention what so ever!! I suppose that all the attention from his grandparents is probably enough to sustain his very good self-esteem. :o)

Jayce spent some time at Grandma and Grandpa's house while I took Grayson to the doctor. When Jeremy was getting him dressed this morning, Jer asked Jayce what he wanted to wear. Jayce's response was "jammies," so we wore the Superman jammies. And I got a picture with the Superman punching bag... too cute! Doesn't it look like he's almost puffing out his chest like Superman??
Check back in tomorrow - I'm borrowing an idea from my brother that I'll be posting on here: Our Year in Review!! (this is in lieu of a Christmas letter this year, because I just didn't get around to it!!)







Oh yeah, in answer to how big Grayson is... 25 lbs. 10 1/2 oz (100++% according to the nurses), 27 1/2 in. long (100%) and 17 3/4 in. head circumference (100%). Yup, he's a big boy! (But we all knew that, right?)

Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy New Year!

Yes, this does seem a little premature, but on Sunday we celebrated with our Meyers' family New Years tradition - Pork and Sauerkraut. Sounds delicious, right?
Jayce polished off everything on his plate! He did better than me!! I can't make myself eat the pork and sauerkraut...
Grandpa got Jayce a new Cornerstone sweatshirt this year for Christmas for that Grayson can take over his old one... Aren't they cute!! Grandpa is too. :o)
Here's to hoping that you all have a wonderful new year and that God brings you and your families many blessings.

"The Sound of Music" Amongst Other Things

So, last night "The Sound of Music" was on TV, and I love that movie! As soon as I saw it, I started singing along with all of the songs. My mom claims that "The Sound of Music" and "Annie" were my favorite movies as a small child. I am still singing the songs from last night in my head this morning. It got me thinking, though, about high school choir and the hand symbols for do, re, mi, etc. You choir girls (Jenney and Erin!) know what I'm talking about, right?? What were those called???
***Updated*** It's called solfege!! I just remembered... but I can't remember the hand symbols... ahh, memories! ***

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I have to give proper credit to where it's due - Thank you to our friends at Our Family Circus for this terrific idea!!
Jeremy and Jayce made a "car parade" and it was subsequently destroyed by a bulldozer.




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Here's a shot of my boys.

And Grayson hanging out in his exersaucer. We just brought it up from the basement!
Here's Jayce admiring his name. How cute, right??
Jayce and Jeremy came up with this fun game... Our house it like an amusement park!

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Yes, my kid is this smart!

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So, as I've been posting today (and yes, sometimes it seems like my posts come in pairs or something), I've also been reading MckMama's blog about her little baby boy, Stellan (8 weeks old) who is very, very sick and in need of some major prayer. Please pray that his current heart problems are only a result of his severe cold and that God heals him today from this cold. Also, that God will give the doctors wisdom on how to deal with his problems.

Not Me! Monday

Here's to making up for last week and this week and telling you all the things that definitely didn't happen in our family's life:

While visiting my parents, I definitely did not only change a handful of diapers because I tend to take advantage of my mom's adage, "At least I'm close enough to change them!" I would never abuse my mother's kindness and willingness to help out with the kids, even the not-so-nice parts, when she's around. Nope, NOT ME!! (by the way, thanks mom for all you do!!)

I would never allow my 4 month old to lay on the floor, half-asleep while I'm blogging and watching (gasp) General Hospital because that's the only way he's been happy in the past hour or so because he's teething!! Yeah, I would never have a 4 month old that would teeth several months prematurely. I mean, he's definitely ahead on the weight and height charts, but teething early too?? Com-mon!!! (**Update! After a diaper change, quick feeding, and a small amount of Tylenol - by the way, how much Tylenol do you give a 4 month old who weighs 25 lbs.? I know it's based on weight, but he's only 4 months old! According to the weight, he should be getting the same amount as my 2 year old! - he's napping peacefully in the playroom**)

I definitely did not celebrate Christmas this year for (count them!) 6 days and apparent allow my kid too many presents to the point of him getting up every morning since then and ask for "More presents??"

I would never redress my baby into the pajamas he'd just spit-up all over only because I didn't have any other clean ones due to the fact that I hate to do laundry in our semi-broken down washing machine. I would also never continue to dress my baby in his cute outfit that he spit-up all over while being dressed only because his older brother was getting dressed in a similar outfit that day... Oh yes, I did do that!!
I definitely did not enjoy 5 blissful nights of full, uninterrupted rest while we were gone only to return home and have my 4-month-old waking up at least once during the night since then... I also did not in a fit of sleepy annoyance question said 4-month-old's love for his mother and need for his mother's sanity. Like I said, I was sleepy!

I am most definitely not considering moving my four-month-old into my closet (MckMama-style!!) because I just can't see him sharing a room with his older brother quite yet. The youngest still gets up at night some times (see previous Not Me!) and the older is not a great sleeper, and I don't really feel like dealing with the sleepless nights because of those two things. Oh, I mean, that's definitely not me!

I couldn't have finished off a tin of Christmas cookies that were left at our house because I'm on Weight Watchers - and I definitely did not eat all kinds of junk food while at my parents' house "because it's Christmas". I know this doesn't really pertain to being a mother, but I think that the best mom I can be is one that's not still battling baby-weight (from the 1st baby) and over-weight because I'll be healthier and have more energy, etc. And let's be honest, when you feel better about yourself, you can give a lot more to others... meaning, when I feel good about myself, I feel like I'm being a better mother.

Well, this has officially been long enough. What are your "Not Me!'s" this week??

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Very Meyers Family Christmas

Well, I'm finally getting to the end of our Christmas fun with family. After doing Christmas morning with our little four person family here at our house, we jetted off to the Meyers' household to celebrate with Jeremy's family. We always have a good time when everyone is able to get together, and this Christmas did not disappoint. Check out Grayson below enjoying his aunts!

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Per Meyers family tradition, we started with our stockings. Doesn't that mantle look full?? I suppose that's because we are adding more Meyers to the family every year! And wouldn't you guess that the two with the largest stockings are the two grandchildren... hmm.
Here's Jayce opening his stocking.
Grayson was enjoying his time with Aunti Kalena who was helping him open his stocking.
Then Grayson decided to climb into his stocking! We were a little surprised that he actually fit...
Wait a second... who is that small baby in that stocking? Well, flashback - just two short years ago there was another baby who was hanging out in a stocking... Jayce!
Grayson had some good laughs with Grandpa while everyone else was opening their stockings. Although we missed Jeremy's grandma this year, it is such an answer to prayer that we had the whole family together celebrating Christ's birth this year. And we are already praying for the same thing next year.
Aunti Lauren and Uncle Jonathan fixed Jayce's farm for Jayce for Christmas. It had stopped working a few months ago, and Uncle Jonathan being the nice guy he is fixed it for us! Thanks Uncle Jonathan!
Jayce is really quite the expert at opening presents... he's had lots of practice at it over the past month or so.
Here's Grandma and Grandpa opening their photo book from us. Do you remember my post about the free photo book from Oprah? Well, we were able to make both of our parents photo books of the boys for Christmas this year. I think they liked it...
Someone (I didn't see who actually gave it to him - I think it was Grandma and Grandpa) gave Jayce one of those blow-up punching bag things that bounces back up to you for Christmas. This is one of the things that Jayce likes to do with it. He's trying to blow it over while screaming "BLOW!". He also likes to ride it... I don't think he's quite gotten the concept of this toy. Thank goodness that there are Grandma and Grandpa's house toys and Mommy and Daddy's house toys. Guess where this one lives... :o)
I still can't tell you who was more excited about this remote control car present to the boys. And by boys, I don't mean Grayson and Jayce. I mean Jeremy and Jayce. The bigger one has had too much fun with this toy so far... It's nice to see the kid come out in him sometimes.
Grandma and Grandpa got Jayce this letters puzzle. Grandma is a pre-school teacher in a three-year-old class and she says that she's never seen a three-year-old in her class finish this puzzle in 2o (I think) years of teaching... I guess that means my kid is smart? Excuse me while I take a minute to brag here... He can also name all of his letters AND spell his name!! He also counts to 14 or 15, knows all of his colors, shapes, and numbers, and is just an all-around sweet kid that loves to run and have fun! Ok, I'm done. :o)
We took a short break and had a small snack after our nap at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Jayce was a big boy and sat on a bar stool. Unfortunately, Jeremy had to leave for work much too early. But we were thankful that he was able to celebrate with us. We were almost unable to have him around all day long because of his job. But thankfully, he was able to celebrate Jesus's birth with us.
We ended up our night with a Christmas "Bob-Larry-TV" movie. Yes, Jayce is pants-less. His pants got wet and were drying by the fireplace.
To the Meyers family - Thanks for a wonderful Christmas Day!