Thursday, November 19, 2015

Gideon: 3 Month Update

Age: 3 months!  Oh how we love this precious baby boy!  This kid is so adaptable, curious, sweet, smiley, content, and easy going.  He is so pleased to just watch everyone around him but will happily "talk" (aka coo and babble) at one person for several minutes at a time.  He really gets a serious look on his face and will tell you everything you wanted to know about his day.  We melt.  He also laughed out loud for the first time at around 11.5 weeks and Ryan and I got to both be there for that.  SWOON!

Weight: Approximately 15 lbs

Length: Approximately 26 inches

Sizes (diapers, onesies):  He's in size 2 diapers and still wearing 3- month clothes.  It's so fun to put him in little jeans or kakhis with a sweater now.  Such a very big boy!

Eyes:  His eyes have stayed a really beautiful shade of blue and I just love those sparkly eyes!  He has the longest eyelashes that are so dreamy and I tell him all the time that ladies pay big bucks for lashes like that.  His Aunt Lindsay often tells him how gorgeous he is lol I think it's the red hair/blue eye combo ;)

Hair:  I got my redheaded baby I always dreamed of!!!  This kid has my exact red/strawberry hair and I just adore it.  It very very light  on top so he looks practically bald. And he does have a lovely bald spot on the back of his head now that he's moving his head more.  I kiss his soft little head of hair every minute of the day. 

Sleeping:  We had two HARD few weeks of sleep.  From about weeks 9-11 sleep was painful.  I would get a consistent 3-4 hour stretch during the first part of the night and then my sweet little Giddy was up every 1.5 hours after that.  I knew that would happen with a newborn and more mentally prepared, but when I have a 2-3 month old I just sort of hoped it would be different. There are probably mamas out there who have sleep a lot worse so I can't really complain but it was still hard 

Anyway, after what felt like an eternity of just being exhausted all the time my baby cakes started giving me a more relaible 4 hours strech from 10 pm to 2 a, and them waking up again around 5 am for a final feeding before getting up for the morning.  At 11.5 weeks he gave me a 9 hour stretch!!  WHAT??!?!  I was pleased by this on the one side because I got sleep but then I also don't want him sleeping that long and not getting calories.  Oh mamahood and all the thoughts and concerns that come along with it!

Eating:  We have a perfectly porky baby.  He eats every 2 hours or so during the day and is a monster eater.  He's so good at nursing and getting nice and full.  He likes to kick and talk and make lots of noises while he eats which cracks us up!

Milestones:  Giddy has amazing head control and a very strong neck and head.  He follows familiar faces, looks in the directions he hears a noise, and likes to look at toys/objects placed closely to his face.  He mimics noises, babbles, laughs, coos, and even puts weight on his fat little legs for a few seconds at a time.  He is very alert, very interactive, and is such a bright, smart little baby.

Memorable outings:  At 11.5 weeks we all headed to the mountains in Colorado Springs for a work conference for Ryan.  We stayed in a very pretty retreat center, Glen Eyrie, and really enjoyed the time away as a family.  Also, we packed like 900 things to make sure Gid was prepared for the weekend lol  It's crazy all the items a baby needs and uses!

Favorite toys/activities:  Giddy seems to really enjoy one on one time with people. He is content to be in a busy room but really likes to just make eyes contact and talk and babble to one person at a time.  

He loves any store we venture out to because of the bright lights and sounds.  We still walk several times per week but he is not enjoying his moby wrap as much and would prefer to be bundled up in his stroller where it's warmer and cozier.  He tolerates tummy time but MOST enjoys when I prop him up and we sing and dance.  This kid loves music and will happily stare at his Daddy playing the guitar.

Words/sounds:  We laugh because you can get Gideon talking by making eye contact with him and saying, "Ah-goo".  It's like translation to him as "Hello!"  It really gets him talking and it's like his own little language that just he understands.  He mimics the noises we make and he likes for us to mimic his noises back.  He has so many little sounds that we have learned to expect that are unique to him.  Love our talkative little boy!

Nicknames:  Giddy Bear, Giddy Up, Gid, Giddy, Itty Giddy Titty Monster with the tiny hiney (he won't be embarrassed of that at all when he's older...), G, Peanut, Sweet Thing, Mister, Man Cub

Funny moments:  Gideon's first laugh had Ryan and I cracking up!  We were talking with him, tickling him, kissing that plump neck and then suddenly he's laughing and laughing!!  It was this hilarious squeaky belly laugh that was the most gorgeous noise I'd ever heard in my whole life. It was too much for my heart!  

Looking forward to:  Ryan and I have both said how excited we are to just hear his voice.  Isn't that funny?  We want to know what it sounds like when he talks.  I cannot wait!  But for now I'm looking forward to consistent sleep (doesn't have to be 9 hour stretches, but in that ballpark), my boy being more alert and playful during the day, and discovering more bits and pieces to just WHO Gideon James Decker is

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November is Flying By!

I feel like I have to do these enormous dump posts because: 
A. My time is limited 
B. I never have internet access 
C. I'm tired 
D. All of the above!

D would be correct!!

I do love blogging but it's just not a weekly habit for me right now.  But I want to keep track of what we have been up to because like I've said 1,001 times here, it's such a blessing to back and reflect on our life over the years.

Anyway, we have been both busy and slow at times.  It just depends on the day.  Some days are nothing but snuggles, naps, and house chores.  Other days we are out with friends, seeing grandparents, running errands or at MOPS.  This last week Ryan had a work conference at a retreat center called Glen Eyrie and Giddy and I were lucky enough to go with him!  We packed up our car (how can one baby require so much stuff?!) and headed out.

The retreat was beautiful.  Set in the CO Springs mountains and in a historic castle.  There wasn't a TV in our room or much in the way of internet so Giddy and I took lots of naps, walked, explored the castle, and rested.  I also complained plenty to Ryan about no internet because I wanted to watch Master Chef :( 

 Overall it was 3 days well spent; Ryan attended some really informative, interesting sessions for his work and I think the family trip was memorable.

Isn't the castle gorgeous?  The food was AMAZING, the weather was so nice, and I got some quality Giddy time

In between walks and naps we took baths (love hotels and their unlimited hot water) and used the moby wrap to walk all over the grounds

There was wildlife everywhere!  Wild turkeys, deer, and big horned sheep

Let's see what else have we been up to...

Well these two are wonderful!  Ryan is such an involved, caring Dad.  He loves Gideon so much and so well.  He spends time with him, plays guitar and sings for him, changes diapers, and so much more.  Gideon is blessed out of his mind to have Ryan Decker be his Dad!!

  I love watching these two interact, Gid is SUCH Ryan's mini-me.  Sometimes Gideon will furrow his eyebrows or get a certain look on his face and it's like I'm staring right at Ryan.  Cracks me up every single time.

We are cloth diapering maniacs!  I've been using some second hand bum genius diapers for the last few months and while I love them, they are a size small and Gid is popping out of them.  We have also used Alva's and aren't quite as pleased with them but the company is sending a new batch to replace what's not working well.

Anyway, Ryan went online and found a KILLER clearance deal on new bum genius diapers so it was Christmas come early for me!!!  Wahoo!!!  I ADORE these new diapers.  They were an investment up front but in the long run are saving us so much dang money on disposables.  

Cloth diapers for president!

Look at all those pretty new diapers!  

Last week, Gideon, Linny, Jay, and I all headed to the mall to finish up some Christmas shopping for our parents/grandparents.  A trip to the mall with a 3 month old and a 4 week old was an adventure!  There were lots of pit stops for each of us to nurse our babes and I think overall everyone did really well!  It's nice to get out of the house and being with another new mama always makes me more brave.

Overall, there was no crying or melt downs and the babies did great too ;)

Oh, what's that?  Why yes, Gideon is actually 3 months going on 13 years old.  How does he look like a dang teenager here?!  Ack!

Dear Gideon, Please wear hoodies with bear ears forever.  Love, Your Mom

 Ryan will totally make fun of me for posting this picture but I am SO proud of my breastmilk supply!  Every day when I file away another bag in my freezer storage I ask him if he wants to come oogle at the amazingness of what my body is creating and he always replies, "No, I don't want to look at your breastmilk again"


 Oh husband.  He's actually very supportive but I do brag on my body a lot to him so he's allowed to not want to look at it 10 times a day.  Seriously though, I need to start selling this liquid gold on the black market for some big bucks!  Or donate it and do the noble thing to help thirsty babies who actually need it.  Either way, I've got almost 200 oz saved up and I'm a freakin lactating machine!

Then you have this smiley little boy!  He is the absolute best thing in the whole world.  Every day is not perfect or smooth as the pictures would sometimes lead you to believe but 99% of the time this kid is absolute perfection wrapped up in a lot of chub and rolls.

Gideon is the absolute light of our lives.  Sometimes I think my heart will just burst wide open with love for this tiny human.  He is so dang legit.  

How did someone ever have such a great smile?  He has the best on in all the lands

As for me, I have been working on some on-line modules and tests to get ready for starting work ASAP.  I want to be orienting for my new Pediatric RN position in December and hopefully working 1 day a week later in December or January.  

I escaped to Starbucks after Gideon went to bed this evening and cranked out some medication tests, safety quizzes, and lots of other important information.  All this fascinating, wonderful RN info is coming back to me and re-igniting my passion for nursing.  I can't wait to get going!

Well that should wrap up this enormously long post for now!  Have a great week homies and stay safe in the snow!

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Psalm 119:105

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!


And hello you sweet baby Monster

We dressed Gideon up as Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc.  His Grandma Decker found him this costume and I have to say it is the most scrumptious thing I've ever seen!! 

I think it's the horns that get me.

Our Halloween plans include dinner with friends and passing out candy.  I'm sure this little monster will be asleep early but I love dressing him up for now and enjoying how totally adorable he looks.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Some October Life

October has been full, sometimes challenging, and full of abundant joy at our house! 

#1.  We got a new nephew!  

My sister and brother-on-law welcomed their first son, baby Jay, on October 17 just one day after her due date (thank goodness!).  This perfect little man weighed 7 lbs 1 oz.  He is the absolute CUTEST thing.  My favorite parts of him are his abundance of dark, soft hair and his husky little newborn voice.  He is the best!
Yes, he smells as good as he looks.  I just gobble him up when I see him!!

#2.  Sleep challenges

I like to think stepping into mamahood has been very natural and joyful for me.  I truly love it!  But my biggest challenge as a new mama in the past few weeks is sleep.  Our son is LEGIT and pretty much perfect in every way (says his mama ;) ) BUT sleep is something he is still working to get better at.  He went through a pretty long growth spurt in the last 2 weeks and therefore the naps were far and few between for him, unless he was in our arms or in his moby wrap, and he was up every 1.5-2 hours all through the nights.

I felt like I had a newborn again.  

I was SO exhausted at one point I told Ryan my head felt like it was swimming and it was hard to even focus my eyes.  It was sleep deprivation to the extreme.  I was just stressed and tired from the poor sleep habits of my baby boy.  And that felt hard.  I'm thankful that he's progressed a lot the last few nights to a long 4 hour stretch at night and then he usually does 2-3 hour chunks for the rest of the night.  But man, am I a hot mess without plenty of sleep.

We are learning how to manage my stress when sleep is hard to come by and how Ryan can support me in the evenings so I'm able to be present the next day.  Many times my husband will send me in for a bath with a glass of wine and a book and that makes a lot of things much better :)  My man is the best.


#3. Cousins!

Gideon has a lot of Decker cousins (7 to be exact) and now 1 Thunell cousin!  In this picture Gideon is ~13.5 lbs and my sweet little Jay is ~7 lbs.  Ack my heart!!!  They are so yummy. 

I love seeing Gid with all his cousins, that is such a special relationship and I know he will grow up well loved by them all.

My son looks like a miniature Grandpa...high sweatpants and a balding head.

#4. Breastfeeding

 As aspect of mamahood that has come VERY easy has been breastfeeding.  And I think it's the most amazing, miraculous, special thing in the whole world.  Breastfeeding for President!

How is it even possible that I grew this chubbo in my uterus and THEN can sustain his life and grow his little self with my body?!  It's just too cool.  Anytime someone comments on how chubby/porky/fat/rolly/huge my son is, it makes my heart swell with pride.  I take it as the highest compliment because my body is so freakin cool to make milk and grow my boy!

My name is Gideon and I am a milkie monster.

#5 Fall!!

Ahhh I love this time of year so much.  Gideon and the doodles and I went on a walk just yesterday morning and it was the most perfect fall weather.  Overcast, just cool enough for a light jacket, and plenty of crunchy leaves to step in.  I wrapped up my plump little muffin in his moby wrap and we headed out.

It's so sweet to indulge in my favorite season with a Gideon.  Between walks, sipping decaf coffee while we nurse and read, going to a pumpkin patch, dressing up for Halloween, or making a big pot of's all even more wonderful this year with Gideon here. I do have my fall decorations up but need to get a picture and post them!

So life is good here!  We are learning and being humbled everyday.  I'm thankful for a supportive husband, a sweet, healthy son, and that life is just GOOD.

What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?

Psalm 116:12

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Gideon: 2 month update

 Age: 2 months!  He is such a big boy!  At 2 months we can really see and enjoy how independent and social he is.  He really like to be involved with social settings and knows when the fun is happening but he likes to check in with mom especially every once in awhile since big crowds are a lot of work for a cute boy!  This is such a fun age.  Yes, he still sleeps a lot but when he's awake we have the best times.

Weight: 13 lbs 6 oz which puts him in the 75% percentile for this category

Length: 24 inches which puts him in the 74% percentile for height.  Also his head is in the 89% which I just love--my smart boy!!

Sizes (diapers, onesies):  Size 1 diapers and he consistently wears 3-6 month onsies and clothes.  Some just 6 month clothes fit him just fine which is blowing my mind!  He is so tall and solid, this kid!  A lot of times I can't even get the onsies buttoned up on the 0-3 month outfits.

Eyes:  Still blue, blue, blue!  Oh his eyes are so dreamy.  They just sparkle and they are so big.  He gets a lot of compliment on his swoony blue eyes and I'm practically beating the old ladies away in the grocery store.

Hair:  RED!!!!  Thank goodness this color hasn't changed.  My mama heart would be so sad.  It's pretty thick in the back (and the softest thing you have ever felt!) and it's coming in a little more now on top.  Right now he looks like he has some male pattern baldness going on but those hairs on top are just so light! 

Sleeping:  His sleep just keeps improving each week.  Some nights are harder but most nights he goes 4 hours, then two more 2-3 hours stretches.  He sleeps about 16 hours a day and we are working on doing longer naps during the day.  He likes little cat naps in the morning and then two longer ones in the afternoon.  We transitioned him out of his swing and into his crib mostly because he's just too dang tall to fit in the swing any longer!  After the first night of having lots of frequent wake-ups, he is officially a big boy crib sleeper and we are so proud of him!

Eating:  The kid clearly likes to eat based on his awesome stats!  He chows down every ~2 hours during the day.  Sometimes because he's hungry, sometimes just a comfort nurse is all he needs.  We are on-demand feeders so when he wants it, he gets it.  Keeps things simple.

Milestones:  He is very interactive and smiles when he sees mom or dad and when we interact with him.  He is holding up his neck with a lot of strength and we rarely support it anymore unless he just gets tired.  He knows when he is about to get fed and gets very excited!  During tummy time he follows toys or books with his eyes and seems to engage when we "play".  I'm so pleased with what a bright, interactive kid he is. 

Memorable outings:  We do a "playdate" a week meaning I get together with one of my friends and we drink coffee and gab while Gideon and his little friends lay on the floor or something haha  We did take a pretty long trip up to Eaton a few weekends ago for a friend's baby shower.  It was memorable in that my 8 week old screamed the. whole. way.  2 hours and 20 minutes people.  You can't make that up.  UGH!  And there was awful traffic so it took literally double the time.  Gideon really doesn't like the car but he really enjoys our destinations once we arrive.

All my girls at the baby shower!  They made the miserable drive SO worth getting there.  I had Gideon in August, Ashley (back row 3rd from the right) is due on Friday, Amanda (front row 2nd from the right) is due in December, and Alissa (back row far right) is due in February!  We were all exactly 8 weeks apart in our due dates form the next one.   Love them all.

Favorite toys/activities:  He loves walks outside whether in his moby wrap or in the stroller.  He seems to really enjoy the grocery stores because of all the lights and sounds and people.  

We read together every single day and do a music time which means I put on Baby Einstein on Pandora and we sing while I move his arms and legs around.  He seems to not mind tummy time too much as long as it's 5 minutes or less and will happily stare at soft blocks and his toys.  Gideon LOVES talking and will share about his day with you if you just face him towards you and ask questions-so cute!

Words/sounds:  He is quieting down a little at night (used to be SO noisy in his sleep) but he is still a very talkative baby.  I love that about him.  He coo's, gaa's, goo's, and makes the best noises.  He has a little high pitched giggle that's pretty short and I can't wait to hear a full out laugh!

Nicknames:  Giddy Bear, Giddy Up, Gid, Giddy, Itty Giddy Titty Monster with the tiny hiney (he won't be embarrassed of that at all when he's older...), G, Peanut, Sweet Thing, Mister, Man Cub

Funny moments:  We laugh when he poops because he is VERY concentrated and gets the absolute funniest look on his face.  We also laugh becuase Ryan and I try very very hard to get smiles out of him.  We just love to see them.  So we will spend minutes just being silly and trying to coax a smile, sometimes to no avail.  But put him in a little bouncer seat for 5 minutes and he's laughing at some shiny screw he can see in the pole or he's smiling at the lamp.  Geeze.  

Looking forward to:  I can't wait to see this little keep chunking up and growing.  His face changes everyday.  I see more of his personality blossom and it's an honor to get to take care of him and how he is uniquely built.  I look forward to seeing his strengths and passions come out and find out what makes him tick.  And MORE smiles--those dimples are like crack...I'm addicted!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Fall Family Photos!

My talented (and 38 week preggo!) sister, Lindsay, snapped some family photos for us on Saturday.  They turned out so beautifully!!  It was a super overcast day so the lighting was really nice.  She did such an outstanding job even thought Giddy was pretty bummed to be cold.  We warmed him up in between shots and he was a great sport about it. Poor bubba!  But Lindsay worked around his sadness and caught some really nice shots.

Fall is my favorite time of year so it seems to be becoming a tradition to have them done in October.  Plus its so fun to see how much our lives have changed in just 1 year.

On the right was us in 2014 and then of course here we are in 2015.  WOW!  I could never have dreamed we would have this perfect, sweet baby in our arms just 1 year later.  God is so good.

Here are a few more pictures capturing the day.  We did a few Christmas ones but I'll save those for a couple months until it's the right season to post!

We took these shots on our favorite trail in Golden.  The leaves were changing and it was the most perfect October day.

My favorite shot of them all!

Haha!  This is a terrible picture of our little bubba but I thought he looked so chubby and yummy with his cheeks and tie

I just love how squished his fat face looks.  He is the sweetest little baby boy!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Joy Bombs!

Here are a few things that just overwhelm us with joy lately...

Joy Bomb #1: Drying our own fruit!

We have started drying our own fruit in a dehydrator Ryan's mom got us.  So far we have dried peaches and green apples.  They are such a delicious, healthy snack and so easy to throw into trail mixes!  What else can you dry?

I've heard bananas and pineapple and we will make elk and deer jerky once Ryan hunts this year...other ideas?

Joy Bomb #2:  Gideon in a collared onsie

He is SO yummy this one!!!  There are the cutest little overalls that go over this onsie that my mom got him.  He made all the girl babies that saw him schwoon!

Joy Bomb #3:  Quiet times and MOPS

This a s 2-for-1.  I find that if I feed my little chunky monkey and then moby wrap him up nice and snug I can get just about anything done in the morning.  So I've tried to set aside some chunk of time (even 5 minutes!) to getting in the Word and read the new devotional I received.

The devotional is from MOPS which is another new activity I look forward to!  I joined the one in Golden and it's a phenomenal group of women.  We get together twice a month for encouragement, community, sometimes a speaker, food, and connection.  I'm thrilled to be a part of it as a new mom!

Joy Bomb #4:  Red hair!

I kiss this rolly little neck all day and touch those soft baby hairs every chance I get.  I love Gideon's red hair and I hope it stays that way forever!!

Joy Bomb #5:  Getting to see Ryan be a Dad

It's been one of the greatest joys of bringing our little man home.  Gideon happens to adore his Daddy and often time settles down when he is upset much faster with Ryan than he does with me.  These two are two peas in a pod.  They have the same eyes, nose, expressions, adorable's Ryan's mini-me!

 It makes my heart just swell seeing Ryan spend time with Gid and pour into him.  I hope Gideon grows up to be just like his Daddy, that would be a complete parenting success in my opinion!

Joy Bomb #6:  Community

There are A LOT of people who are in love with our little Gideon.  We have had friends and family pouring in the last 6 weeks to bring us food and support but more than anything to meet Gideon.  And everyone is so sweet with him.

Nothing makes a better visit than when people are just crazy for our boy.  It's a joy to see the people we love most in the world holding him close and caring for him.  Our hearts are just brimming after those kinds of visits.

We have tremendous joy these last few weeks for so many reasons.  We often tell the Lord, we don't know what we did to deserve such good gifts and a rich life!  His grace is overwhelmingly undeserved and sweet.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13


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