Birthdays, Boats & Ear Infections..OH MY

A happy belated blog birthday wish to my hunky husband! Jeff turned blankity blank last weekend and thanks to some dear family friends who offered to watch Luke, we enjoyed a Saturday night out with our friends, Josh and Katherine. Did you know you could eat free at Benihana's for your birthday? We both really like it there so we took full advantage of that! Followed by some delicious Yogurtology... I love that place!

Here's what I got Jeff for his birthday:

Ha! Yeah right. My gift was WAYYY better than this. (ha! yeah right.) Let me introduce you to the newest addition to our family... well... shared custody. Jeff, Jer and Dad have bought this little black beauty and we look forward to lots of fun with it during our lake trip this summer. We're going to take it for a spin on the lake next week some time (waiting on a life jacket for Luke) and Jeff's parents will drive it up to Vancouver for some summer enjoyment (which includes our Kelowna vacation!) and then it'll come back here in the fall. This boat will get around!

This week's not been the greatest as far as vomit, poop and ear infections are concerned. BLECK! Sooooo... we picked Luke up after our Benihana outing and the ever so sweet Mr. and Mrs. Glups reported that he was such a good little boy... but he vomited his entire dinner all over the place. WHAT??!! Oh how bad we felt! You never want someone else to clean up your child's vomit. Heck, we don't want to clean it up! So we brought him home and he vomited again. Poor little guy. It was a late night getting everyone and everything all cleaned up and off to bed. The next day he wasn't too bad but he still wasn't quite himself and on Monday... not good. So off to the doctor for a diagnosis of double ear infections. Accompanied by a fever, nasty cough and runny nose. Besides some loss of appetite, slight irritability, excessive dirty diaper changing (thanks to the antibiotics), one more night of vomit, and an extreme overdose of Veggie Tales, the week wasn't too bad! Crazy what we get used to as parents. He still slept well at night and took pretty good naps so that helps make everything else seem a little bit easier. We treated him tonight to McD's chicken nuggets and he ate 3 so I think he's on the mend! Below is a photo from the other day at approximately 5:00 p.m.. For those of you who know our child, you know that this is highly unlikely to ever happen!

On to "bigger" things... :-) I am still feeling pretty good. There are always little fears that creep into my mind at this early of a stage so I definitely look forward to my next appointment. Two more weeks! Hearing that little heart beat and the "okay" from the doctor gives such a great peace of mind. And I'm not really much "bigger" than before .. just was making a joke. He he. :-)

We're off in a couple of weeks to enjoy some cooler weather in Castle Rock, Colorado. We'll be visiting Jeff's cousin, Randy and his wife, April and their little boy, Isaiah, who is turning 3 very soon! April is also expecting and our due dates are super close. We'll both find out in July what we're having. Come on pink!! (or blue of course) ;-) He he.

More soon! xoxo


December 14th!!

We are excited to share our joyous news that another precious Hepting baby will bless our family at the end of this year! We will find out if #2 is a boy or girl in July. Please keep us in your prayers!

I have been feeling good.. just tired. Almost everyday I take a nap, which is a really hard thing to do when you have a little one to clean up after and a house to tend to. But for anyone who's been pregnant before, I know you know what I'm saying. It's like you just can't function without that nap! I've had some nausea but that came and went. And this darn stuffy nose is back. I had this with Luke too. It's very annoying. I've had a greater desire to exercise this time around so on the days I have the energy, I've been taking advantage. Otherwise... I can't complain just yet.. I'm sure that's to come in the months ahead!

Luke's separation anxiety has been SO SO SO much better! The past few Sundays, not a tear. This past week at the gym, not a tear. This past Saturday with a babysitter, not a tear. Who is this child? :-) I am so grateful.

We started swimming lessons a couple of weeks ago. The first lesson was not so fun. Luke cried quite a bit, along with the other kids too, so I know it's mean to say but I'm glad I wasn't the only one there with a whiny toddler! Last week was much more fun. He only cried a little and it was because he wanted to continue playing with something when it was time to move onto the next exercise. Hopefully it continues to get better.

We start soccer in a couple of weeks... that should be interesting. :-)

We'll keep you posted!


Dancing, Apples and Helping Daddy

Shake your groove thang: (p.s. I have seen proof that we are not the only ones allowing our fragile child to dance on the coffee table! :)

One of Luke's everyday words (and snacks):

Daddy's little helper:


Sunday's Separation Scenario

I am so grateful for the response we received as a result of our last blog post. Thank you to those of you who shared your experiences and much appreciated words of wisdom and encouragement.

After thinking and praying more about it, Jeff and I came up with our plan! We had given both church service times a try (allowing several weeks for him to become comfortable in each one) and felt that if we had to choose which one he did "well" in, we would choose 1st service. It wasn't close to nap time or lunch time and would give us some wind down time when we got home before nap time. In addition, Jeff is going to change his ushering commitment to 1st service so we can be there as a family. So I'm really excited to stick with this! Well, maybe excited isn't the right word but I feel encouraged! :-)

And I'm happy to report that Day 1 of this brilliant plan began today. After a late night watching Avatar (great movie by the way!) I wasn't so sure how pulling us all together earlier in the morning would go but we did it! And Luke did REALLY, REALLY, REALLY WELL in the toddler room today! He started crying before we even reached the doors and cried a bit harder and louder as we handed him over so I was feeling confident our big red number would be flashing before we even sat down. But they didn't! And when we picked him up he was happily playing with toys and smiled when he saw us. I felt so relieved. Miss Carrie said he calmed down quickly and played very nicely the whole time. I cried. :-) We'll be praying for the same turn out next Sunday.... we'll see!