Wednesday, November 25, 2009

We start'em young!

Trotwood has taken an interest at a young age in reading.After becoming slightly bored with literature appropriate for his age, he decides to move on to bigger and better thingsTrotwood tries to soak up some good information by Alexis de Tocqueville so he can share it with his daddy.Daddy pays close attention as Trotwood imparts his knowledge on democracy in America. Doesn't Trotwood look so forlorn without the company of a good book?
We sure hope that someday, he will love reading as much as we do.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Spider-Men

We brought Trotwood home from the hospital in the little Spiderman onesie he is wearing. Of course, at the time we didn't know much about sizes and baby clothes. We thought the onesie was for a newborn but it was actually labeled as a 0-6 month onesie. It was so baggy on him the day we brought him home (unfortunately I don't have any pictures of that day) and now it barely fits him, it's so snug! The onesie came with a hat and some socks. In this picture, we didn't even try to put the hat on his noggin but he was able to keep the socks on for a few hours. Mr. Rochester was a big Spiderman fan when he was a kid. I think he sure looks like he is having a good time reliving parts of his childhood in his big Spiderman T-shirt...and now he has a mini-man that he can share that with.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Roly-poly

Yay! I saw Trotwood roll over this weekend! This is a picture taken by Mr. Rochester of Trotwood's victory pose after a successful "roll". Trotwood has the back-to-front roll down pretty good now and continues to work on trying to get from his tummy to his back. Being on his tummy still frustrates him, but he is just getting stronger and stronger every day. I can't believe how much he has already changed in only three and a half months.

Friday, November 20, 2009

29 years

Last weekend I turned 29 years old. Even though I keep getting older, I don't feel like I am. Whenever I meet new people that look like they are around my age, I usually think they must be older than me. What normally happens is I find out that they are a few years younger than me and Mr. Rochester. I still feel like I am the same age when I got married, so in my head, time just stopped when I was 24 years old. Anyway, I'm going to enjoy my last official year of being in my twenties. Then maybe next year, I can begin my 10 years of being "thirty, flirty, and thriving".

To celebrate my 29 years of life, Mr. Rochester was a trooper and did whatever I wanted to do. We went (together) to a boutqiue show/craft fair and then walked around an outdoor mall. My sole purpose in going to the mall was to visit the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to get one of these:You can try and convince yourself that these apples must not be as good as they look. But believe me, they taste better than they look. They are absolutely delicious! The first time I ever had one of these caramel apples was during our honeymoon. After that I was hooked. While we were still living out west, Mr. Rochester and I made it a tradition to get caramel apples around our anniversary...and sometimes, if we (usually me) had a craving, we would get them at other occasions during the year. When we moved to the south, I was sad to leave behind our fun tradition. I didn't think a place with the name "Rocky Mountain" in it would be anywhere near us. However, a few months ago, to my delight, I found out that there is a Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory about 25 minutes away from where we live. Getting that apple was the main thing I wanted to do for my birthday. I got one and it was delicious. And guess what...our anniversary is next month so I should get to enjoy another one of these again soon! We have to keep the tradition alive!

The rest of the day we watched football and visited with some of our best friends who recently moved to the area. To top off the day, Mr. Rochester served up pieces of an Oreo Fudge Brownie cake from Cold Stone Creamery (another one of my absolute favorite places). He did a fantastic job choosing the cake. All in all, it was a wonderful day.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

In all things

Well, I've been back to work now for almost a month. I dreaded returning to work after Trotwood was born because I really wanted to stay home with him...I still want to stay home with him. But returning to work hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be. This past week has been the roughest because Trotwood has started going to bed around 7:30 or 8:00 pm and it's 5:30 by the time I get home. So on weekdays, I really only get to spend about 2 hours a day with my son (plus the 30 minutes in the middle of the night when I get up with him) and that really makes me sad. On Tuesday, Mr. Rochester called me at work to tell me that Trotwood rolled over (back to front) for the first time. I was excited for Trotwood's progress, but I also felt sad that I missed it. And now here it is two days later, and I still haven't seen his great accomplishment (although I have come close)! This morning after Trotwood ate around 6 am, I put him back in his crib on his back and then I left his room. A few minutes later, I heard him making angry noises on the baby monitor so I went back in to check on him and there he was on his tummy (he's still learning to enjoy being on his tummy)! I just need to catch him in the act now.

When I started thinking about how little I get to see Trotwood during the week, a domino effect took place in my mind and I started thinking about all of the other things that make me unhappy, which led to me feeling sorry for myself. Shortly after that, I watched the 5 minute Mormon Messages video
In the Spirit of Thanksgiving and realized that even though my life may not be as picture perfect as I would like, I am happy and there are many, many things I am thankful for.

I love this quote by Elder Oaks:

"We should thank God for our adversities and pray for guidance in meeting them. It is all part of the plan. Let us give thanks for what we are and for the circumstances God has given us for our personal journey through mortality. When we understand that God offers us opportunities for blessings and blesses us through our own adversities and the adversities of others, we can understand why He has commanded us again and again to “thank the Lord thy God in all things” (D&C 59:7).

So, let me just name a few things for which I am thankful. I am thankful for a healthy, baby boy whose smiles and laughter light up my life each day. And even though I would like to see my little boy more often, I am thankful that he is going to bed early each night and usually only waking up once in the middle of the night. A few weeks ago, he wouldn't go to sleep until 10 or 11 pm at night and that was really tough so I am grateful that I can go to bed early now if I want. I am so very thankful for a loving husband and a happy marriage -- I don't know what I would do without Mr. Rochester. As Catherine says of Heathcliff so is Mr. Rochester to me: "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." I am grateful that we were blessed with a daughter, if only for a short while in mortality, and I am thankful for the knowledge that our family will be together forever. I am grateful to have a job that provides us with health insurance and a small income while my husband continues his journey through graduate school. The more I think about all the things with which the Lord has blessed me, the longer this list gets. Each day, I hope that I can remember to "thank the Lord in all things".