Tuesday, November 15, 2011

small group

I've mentioned our small group before - the group we were a part of for a little over 3 years... we met at least once a month through our engagement, graduating college, getting married, my pregnancy, and Caedmon's first year. These people are ones we love so, so much.

But what's that saying - all good things must come to an end? Well, that was the case in this situation, anyway. We decided to part ways a few months ago for different reasons on everyone's part, I think. Our reason? We needed to make some new connections with other parents. We loved our old small group, but all are childless (or recently brand new parents) and we just wanted Caedmon to have some playmates as well as be around some wiser, more seasoned parents to help challenge us and help us just grow as parents.

We joined a new small group about a month ago - and actually just got home from dinner with them. They all have kids - two of the couples are quite a bit older than us, but for that I'm actually really thankful. It was so good to just watch them parent their children just a few years older than Caedmon. People always tell me, "Whenever I have a baby... I'm coming to you with questions!" And I LOVE that. I love it. But part of me is also jealous that because I was first... I don't have anyone to go to with my child related questions. But now I kind of do... and I like that.

So, here's to branching out, leaving your comfort-zone, and making new relationships that you never knew you needed. It's not easy... but it's been so good for us so far. We're not sure how long this small group is going to last (it's just a 6 week study - but we've talked about started another one when this one ends - guess we'll have to wait and see!) but we're certainly enjoying it for now. :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

This kid is awesome. Like, for real awesome. He can point to his noise, ears, mouth, and belly button. He can make the noises for a monkey, a cow, and a lion (it's the cutest little 'roaar' that is very, very soft and I just love it). He's my favorite. 

He's in a stage where he is extra super attached to momma, though. It's sweet and to a certain degree, healthy... but it is hard. We keep dropping him off in the nursery and every time he throws a fit... and every time I pick him up he's throwing a fit. The ladies always say he doesn't act that way the whole time so I'll just have to trust them. I just never thought the frantically-screaming-until-mom-comes-back kid would be mine. Turns out he is... and I wouldn't have him any other way. I know we'll get through it - we've just got to stick with it.

With that we decided to start him in preschool in the fall - so he'll be just over two. I just think we're I'm staying home with him it might take him a bit longer to get acclimated to a school-type setting - so we'll ease him into it with a two-day a week preschool. I'm praying it's a good call! And I know I could really benefit from those two mornings without a koala glued to my hip. :)

I'm sorry I've been the worst blogger... hoping to get better at it... so don't give up on me just yet :)