Saturday, July 18, 2015

Josiah Dodge: 4 Months

At 4 months old, Josiah weighs 12 lbs, 14 ounces (5th percentile) and is 25 inches long (40th percentile).  Dr. Dalton said that if he had been born full-term, his stats would be 25th percentile (weight) and 50th percentile (height).  Josiah moved into size 2 diapers & wears both 3 and 6 month clothing.  He eats around 10:00 each evening and then wakes again around 3:30 to nurse.  Lately, he has been waking again at 5:30 when Dave gets up for work, so Dave usually takes him downstairs while he eats breakfast and gets ready for the day so I can sleep a little longer.  In the last month, Josiah has become much more talkative and social.  He smiles, coos, and babbles, and we all love it!  
Josiah loves his swing!  He coos at the animals that rotate above the swing, and he coos to get anyone's attention when they walk by--adorable!

Josiah has also become much better at sitting in the Bumbo seat.  He often sits on the kitchen counter while I cook or do dishes.

**smiles with daddy in the bathroom mirror and during bathtime**

Daddy's first Father's Day with three kids!  

Josiah's first Fourth of July!
Josiah is wearing a onesie I purchased for Isaac's first Fourth that says "little firecracker!"  We all laughed that Josiah is the calmest little firecracker ever! 
Josiah only cries when he's especially hungry or doesn't want to go into his carseat (which is about every time), but he has found his right thumb to pacify himself.  

**matching shirts from my mom for the boys**
Isaac was so proud!

Emma looked at Josiah the other day and said, "He has a double chin!"  Oh, I love the little rolls on this guy.

Josiah does tummy time more often now, and he is able to lift his head up higher and higher each time!
Isaac is still enamored with Josiah.  I thought it may wear off by now, but he is still thrilled to see him every morning and spends a lot of time laying by and talking to him.  Isaac said, "Mom, life is sure different with Josiah, but I wouldn't want it any other way."

We love this precious boy!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Fourth of July 2015

Dave and I were busy keeping up with our IVF appointments and all my shots last July, and now this "little firecracker" is in our arms this July!  We laughed when we put this "little firecracker" shirt on Josiah, because he is definitely the calmest little firecracker ever!  

We had a fun Fourth of July weekend!  Dave had Friday off, and we all loved having him home for a 3 day weekend!  We swam at my parent's house on Friday night, and then we watched the Roanoke fireworks.

Isaac got this little chair from Grandma Debbie in Chicago, and it was a hit at the fireworks!  

These little friends had a turn on the special chair, too.  I am including this picture because I want to remember how Emma points at me all the time (even when I'm taking her picture) and says, 'That's my mom!" or "You're my mom!"

Look at those precious smiles!

We watched from quite far away, which meant we didn't battle any crowds or worry about lost kids!

We also swam at my parent's house on Saturday and Sunday evenings.  Isaac especially was SO happy!  He said, "I can't believe we get to swim three nights in a row!"

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Josiah Dodge: Months 2 & 3

At two months, Josiah weighed 9 lbs, 2 ounces and was 22 inches long, and at three months Josiah weighs 10 lbs, 14 ounces.  He wears 0-3 month clothes and size 1 diapers.  

Josiah's favorite place to be (besides someone's arms!) is in his swing.  Josiah loves looking at the bright colors and jungle animals go around in circles above his head. 

He has started smiling a lot!  His first real smile was at Isaac!  You can't imagine how proud Isaac was!  Josiah sleeps in a co-sleeper right next to our bed, and I wake up to a huge smile each morning.  It's so precious!
 Josiah has his last feeding around 9:30/10pm each evening and sleeps until 3:30-4am!  Then, he wakes up again around 6:30am to eat.  

Here are a few (okay, many) pictures from months 2 & 3:

Josiah's first visit to Keystone Church was Easter Sunday!  Isaac was so proud to have Josiah sit next to him on the trolley.  

Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015

This adorable burp cloth is a gift from Josiah's cousins--Griffin, Sawyer, and Briggs!  Briggs was born just 9 days before Josiah, and I can't wait to see these two sweet cousins together in just a few months.

Emma has a "Baby Alive" doll that "eats" yogurt from this spoon and says, "More please!" day she was feeding our real baby with Baby Alive's yogurt and spoon!
saying "goodbye" to Josiah before preschool one morning

Isaac loves to have his picture taken with Josiah.  One day he said, "Mom, you have to take our picture every time I hold him!"  Haha!

Josiah and Briggs both went to Bible Study Fellowship for the first time on the same day!  Corrie and I both thought we were a little crazy to be back at BSF so soon after our babies were born, but we both missed it so much!

Emily and Caleb flew down from Chicago to meet Josiah for a long weekend.  We had such a fun time together!  I love this sweet picture of Emily holding Josiah.  Oh, Emily fielded a lot of phone calls during my IVF procedure and pregnancy, and she prayed her heart out for this little guy.  

My girlfriends threw a beautiful baby shower for Josiah and me on Thursday, April 23.  It was held at my friend Anglea's barn, which was such a fun space to have this celebration!
my sweet friends, Anglea and Amber

Instead of opening gifts, we spent the whole time chatting, eating delicious food, and cooing over Josiah.  At the end of the shower, these precious ladies prayed over Josiah and our family.

You can see the sweet "Josiah" banner in this picture and a canvas made with one of his newborn portraits.

amazing praline chocolate cupcakes that Ericka made!

my dear friends and the shower hostesses
top: Kimi, Summer, Ericka, Corrie
bottom: Shari, Amber, Anglea, me, and Jenny (we are missing Jessica in this picture!)

one happy and thankful Mom-o with her daughter and newest grandson
This was the scene at our house when I arrived home late that night after the shower.  Wow!  While all these gifts are such a blessing, the greatest blessing of all is having an incredible church family who loves our family so deeply.

~Josiah's dedication~
Josiah was dedicated at Keystone Church on Mother's Day, May 10, 2015.  My parents and Dave's brother, Uncle Mike, all came to Josiah's dedication.

Josiah and Mom-o on Mother's Day

Josiah just wishes he could take a bite of Pop's fruit pizza :)

bright-eyed and waiting for Dr. Dalton at the pediatrician's office

first trip to the grocery store with three kids!

Josiah found his thumb!  Adorable!  (Of course, as a thumb-sucker myself, I probably shouldn't say it's adorable...since I ended up wearing braces for three years as a result!)  

Josiah's first trip was to Houston!  We drove to Houston over Memorial Day weekend to visit Dave's brother, Mike, and my cousin, Nate.  We were supposed to drive to Colorado that weekend, but ended up postponing our trip once we realized how crazy it was to drive 16 hours with an infant!  And, there were a few times we felt crazy even driving to Houston with an infant...such as when it took us 8 1/2 hours to get home!  (It should've been a 4 1/2 hour drive!)  But, we had a lot of fun visiting Nate and Mike.  We spent one morning at The Children's Museum of Houston!  And, we visited The Bridge Church, where are our friends from Keystone, Geoffrey & Leasha, are now on staff.

my favorite Josiah picture of all least for being 3 months old!  :)

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