I’m dumping and awarding medals. That sounds wrong. But it never stopped me before.
So this summer we have been trying to stay cool…Hotlanta is living up to it’s name…and been enjoying all things Olympics, all things family and all things milking-Will-as-our-single-child-for-now.
As with all the Instagram posts, I am featuring my favorites and giving them virtual medals…just my way of bringing a little competition to the table. c’mon Will…you don’t wanna lose to a photo of humus.
No worries this week though…You scored bigtime my little man with your ‘while-you-wait’ photo.
This was a moment as I was getting ready for our big gender-confirming appointment. Will waited patiently…reading his train book while I prayed silently for peace and for focus and ironed my shirt – which obviously means this was a big moment if I was breaking out the iron. I want to make sure I enjoy these last moments with Will as an only child…they are escaping me quite quickly…and I tend to worry about how he will adjust. I want the transition to be more than just a present exchange on the birth day…I want the transition to be filled with deliberate focus, a message to Will that our attention to him isn’t diminishing, and that this new addition to our family is going to be fun for all of us to love.
Silver medal goes to Mr. Cool. Because let’s face it – the random sunglasses and the mini double thumbs up just makes me laugh.
Bronze goes to my fish. Or should the medal really be white? Either way – I’ve had this fish-on-a-stand since I started dating Jeremy. I got it at a Pier 1 clearance store and it’s always been outdoorsy with it’s brown scales and maroon and hunter green accents. No more. That sucker isn’t spongepainted anymore people. Now it is a sleek and classy white color. I have no idea why I waited so long.
Second set up – summer continued….but this time, we end on a fun Florida vacation with Jeremy’s family.
I gotta give the golden prize to my little floor sleeper. He has been climbing outta his crib….and he’s FAST…basically if I lay him down and turn to walk out, he is right at my heels by the time I reach the door. And he’s persistent. We’ve tried the Super Nanny method, the no talk method, the time-out method, the attachment-parenting method…he wants out. This particular night, he climbed out, turned on the light, turned off the fan, pulled out a few toys and fell asleep while playing quietly in his room. I love that his hand is still on the toy. It’s moments like these that remind me that there are so many more firsts in his future. So many that I am excited to see him do.
On vacation, I had a rough time. Jeremy wasn’t joining us for the first three days. That meant that I had Will full-time day and night with Jeremy’s dad & stepmom who don’t get to spend that much time with Will. To put it lightly, he was being difficult and needy. I was weary. I just plain missed Jer. He’s my sanity sometimes. He lets me be free to be me – good bad and ugly…and encourages me to love on Jesus and be a better, more forgiving and more loving person. So on a particularly hard evening in Destin not for any particular reason, I was tearing up. Then I saw this sunset. What a beautiful reminder that God gave me Jeremy, He gave me Will, and He will give me a glimpse of his goodness when I need it most.
Third goes to my little swimmer. This was the first summer we have really enjoyed pools with Will. It’s been interesting. scary. exhilarating. and oh-so-fun. Will…well, he loves it. Both Jeremy & I are water people. I swam competitively for years, coached swim teams, life guarded, taught swim lessons to pay for college, you name it. And my darling boyfriend is a water-sport maniac…owned a boat when we first met and taught me how to wakeboard, knee board and how to throw a person off the back of a sea-doo. It’s perfect natural for our offspring to be relaxed with his toes wrinkled, casual with his trunks on, and excited about jumping off the diving board. You go my little Ryan Lochte
So how have you guys been spending your summer? Swimming? Eating? Passing out on the floor? Enjoying sunsets?
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