Another week away

  • Your commitment to finish is admirable.

After some midnight pillow talk that included my fears, my anxieties, my worries (and plenty of tears) about you being gone so frequently you offered to come back home and not finish the work needed out of town. Of course I want you home. I need you. But, you and I are not quitters. We follow through with the job until it’s complete. Maybe it takes longer than it should sometimes- but, it gets done. I dare say we’re both slightly “doers”. 

  
Your desire to put us first is admirable in itself, but your desire to complete a commitment is a great quality. This season is only temporary. It’s good for us and our family.

  • Your snoring has increased

Okay, okay. Before you see this as a fault or me bashing you- hear me out!! Snoring usually means that you are sleeping, and sleeping hard. Well, when you come home from a long week and snuggle up in bed with me (and shortly after bedtime Crosby joins in on the snuggles) and start snoring I know that it means far more than me being jealous of your ability to sleep so well and so soundly!

  
(Between this face and yours the two of you sleep amazing!)

To me… It means you gave this week your all. It means that you are HOME in OUR bed… Together. It means you’re comfortable and cozy! 

  • You take care of me

You filled up my car with gas. You saved me some left overs. You helped me fold all the laundry before your departure. You let me shower for as long as I want, uninterrupted!! You usually even make me breakfast when you are home. You empty all the trash and clean the litter box, all on Sunday so the likelihood of me having to do it is less! 

We’re lucky to have you. I’m lucky to have you. I’m also thankful. I’m practically a wreck when you’re gone, so hurry home love. We miss you!!

  

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Embracing a New Journey!

When my husband and I were dating he would work out of town often. Each weekend he would come home for a day or two to do some laundry, rest up, and repack for the coming week. Something that I delighted in doing was prepping little note cards and journals of encouragement. 

Once we got married his out of town work dwindled. Purposefully! We desired for him to be in town as much as he could. It was fantastic! 

Now that I have fully transitioned into being a stay-at-home mommy he has accepted out of town work again. It’s hard on all of us. It requires patience and sacrifice. I send loads of pictures throughout the day to keep him involved! But one thing I haven’t had time for is creating little daily notes of love and encouragement. 

So- as we enter week 2 of Daddy working out of town, here are some thoughts for your week!

  • Your sacrifices don’t go unnoticed. 

I couldn’t imagine the heartache of leaving for several days. Especially since adding Crosby to the mix. But you’ve made a noble decision to work and provide the very best for your family. It’s not unappreicated and I KNOW I could show and tell you that more often than I do. You’ve chosen to carry the burden of being the sole financial provider so that I can raise our son. 

  

  • Your hard work is deeply appreciated

Most days we only have a few minutes to actually talk or FaceTime. You are a hard worker. You are honest and you’ve never been one who will waste company time. You work hard and you are proud of the work you do. Although I wish while you were gone we had more time to talk, I know that because of your hard work Crosby will have a good example to look up to.

  

  • You are generous!

Because of these sacrifices and hard work, you have a heart that loves to give. You give to those in need. You give to those who want. You give your food, you give your heart. In all things, you are a giver. It’s something that I love most about you. You are generous with yourself, finances, prayer… Giving is who you are. You working away is another way for you to give. You are giving us the ability to be home. You are giving up and giving your time so that Crosby has everything he needs. 

  

We appreciate all that you do. We miss you something fierce! Thank you for everything you do for us. 

Love you always,

The Wifey and Crosby

  
I find that him being away makes it harder to embrace the journey. I find that Monday’s are a lot harder. It’s overwhelming and I’ve quickly learned how spoiled I am. I never have to take out the trash or clean the cat litter box. I never have to deal with recycling and now that it’s snowing- I usually don’t have to shovel. Thankfully my brother in law is coming to shovel for me 🙂 THANK YOU!!! My list could go on and on… But I’m sure you get the point! 
Maintaining a home alone for several days is seriously no joke. Between the baby and 3 animals someone always wants/needs something from me. I have a new respect for momma’s who are single-handedly tackling life with kiddos always! And those momma’s who’s partners or spouses are deployed or many other reasons. 

Hats off to you ladies! You are my hero! I’m embracing yet another journey, life is keeping me on my toes! Thankful to have complet rest in the Lord knowing I can soooo do this! 💙

4 months!

Dear Crosby,

Once again you’re snoozing on my chest. I can hear the threats of yet another wind storm blowing around the trees accompanied by the sweetest sounds of your snoring and deep breaths. I can tell you feel safe. Sometimes I start to feel a little impatient when you demand to sleep on me for the last portion of your naps. I get hungry, or I have to pee, or… I would just love a little space. But, I always remember- you need me. 

 
It’s been a privilege to watch you grow and learn new skills. I’m impressed by your increasing abilities and also saddened that you’re becoming more interested in your independence. But- without fail you still holler for me when you’re getting tired, hungry, or bored. Your high pitched screams of joy or laughter always make me giggle. Always. And when your bottom lip starts to quiver and turn to sadness, my heart always aches and my arms wrap themselves around you each and every time. I die inside when I see you cry. 

You continuously teach me things about myself, about God, and sacrifice. I’m amazed at my imperfections and how such a tiny little person like you can bring so much sanctification into my heart. 

Raising you is the deepest spiritual task I’ve been gifted. 

I love you. I love your wild spirit. I love your humor. I love your need and desire for more! You will do far greater things than I can ever dream of.

I love you,

Love- your momma!

  
Crosby’s likes: boobs. Seriously, I’ve taught him to be a dude very well. But I’m thankful to have such a good breastfeeding relationship with his love for boob. So naturally he loves eating. It’s safe to assume he’s probably not going to be a picky eater, but he may surprise me! Still loves bath time, and is excellent at drowning the entire room with water! He LOVES to be scared. So peek-a-boo is a daily must. He cracks up historically with Dad when they are scaring each other back and forth. Which reminds me- he loves to mimic people. So he definitely copies us. Which is great, it will probably hold me accountable for just about everything! 

Reflux is 95% gone (most due to my diet changing), I think we all like that!

Crosby’s dislikes: most recently….naps. Sleeping in general. I dare say we’ve been in the trenches of a sleep regression. However, it’s getting better, at least that’s what I tell myself! When he spits up he hates being wiped off. But other than that- this boy is pretty easy to please and generally happy- 99% of the time! Unless I’m taking too long trying to get pictures!!

  
Crosby’s milestones:

  • Holding head up perfectly
  • Reaching and grabbing toys
  • Rolling from back to tummy
  • Rolling from tummy to back (but seems to have forgotten how recently)
  • Sitting assisted
  • Reaching for and playing with toes
  • Talking, squeaking, squealing, raspberries.
  • Currently liking tummy time more and more.
  • Responds to his name 60% of the time. 
  • Loves his reflection
  • Loves to stand with assistance
  • Laughs like crazy at just about everything 

I know he’s doing so much more lately! So I had to just do bullet points! He’s incredibly conversational. Just plain silly!! 

  
Nicknames: Bubs, chubbers, Stinky Pants, C, and Cros 💙

Weight/Stats:  17 pounds, 26.5 inches long, head circumference is 16.5 inches. 

Basically- he’s happy, healthy, and thriving! We are still EBF, and he currently isn’t too interested in bottles or binkies. 

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There isn’t much going on over in the Brooks’ home. Just living, learning, and enjoying the holiday season. We did decide to have a spontaneous photo shoot with C, here’s fun we captured:

   
   
And, don’t worry, I didn’t let him actually chew on the lights. 🙂 

  
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year