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Sunday, November 8, 2015

JDRF One Walk- Three walkers and a Bundled Sleeper

When I was pregnant with Decker I swore up and down that, after his birth, I would walk.  I would walk to lose the baby weight.  I would walk to give my newborn 4th son some fresh air.  I would walk to lose the baby weight.  I would walk as an escape from the chaos within our four walls.  I would walk for my own sanity.  And, I would walk to lose the baby weight.

He is 8 months old.  I have taken him on some walks and I have let him enjoy the fresh air.  And, although it isn't easy in a home with 3 rambunctious brothers, we have even escaped the chaos on occasion.  But, I have not walked to lose baby weight.  Not once.  I can prove this by stepping on the scale.  There are a million reasons, or excuses, that I have given for why I didn't commit to walking: the lack of time (I do have 4 kids and a job;) the need to sleep; and more than once I used the weather as an excuse.  I can't do that anymore.  At least not as an excuse for Decker.

Checking out the comforts of his new seat
Last Sunday (November 1st) I had the honor of walking in the JDRF One walk to help raise awareness and money for Type 1 diabetes.  With relatives and friends afflicted with this disease I knew this was just a small piece of what I could give to help find a cure.  I was joined by three of my sons and lucky enough to be part of a wonderful team, filled with little ones like Decker, that was sponsored by JJ Cole Collections.  The JJ Cole #bundlemegood Moms team earned $1,000 towards the more than $200,000 raised that day for Type 1 Diabetes.

In part of this sponsorship JJ Cole Collections provided the littles on our team with a #teambundleme hat and an original bundleme.  Decker was both in style and warm in his original toddler sized bundleme (in graphite) and his warm and cozy new hat.
Sunday morning was a beautiful day for a walk with just enough chill in the air in the early morning to justify the bundleme.  The bundleme is, for all intents and purposes, a sleeping bag.  The coziest, warmest, most snuggly sleeping bag you can imagine. With just a few velcro strapped openings for the infant carrier buckles it attaches simply to your car seat.  In less than a minute I converted his ol' infant carrier into the softest and snuggliest mobile oasis.  I strapped him in and within minutes he was asleep.  And, sleeping is how he remained for the next 3 hours.  He slept through the in and out of the car, through the steep downhill trek from the parking lot to the welcome area of the walk, and through the loud music and happy sounds of children and adults gathered for a good cause.  He slept while his brothers played in the game truck on site, and through the starting sounds as all of us,   JJ Cole Team #bundlemegood Moms and all of the many other JDRF supporters, began our 3 mile trek through beautiful Tyler State Park.  He slept, as I panted and sweat, and pushed up the many hills, and he slept as two of his brothers darted ahead of me claiming that I walk just too slow.  And, who could blame him?  I wanted to climb right in myself, particularly after the three miles winded me, and take a 3 hour nap. 


The starting point, we are off!


Now, it's true I think he is one cute kid, but how adorable does he look all snuggled up in this comfort?


When we crossed the finish line, his eyes opened, he grinned instantly, and you could tell he was happy and comfortable, and was probably unaware of the mitzvah his brothers and I just made.  And, when I pulled him out for hugs and play he was cuddly warm, which was perfect on my skin in the fall breeze.  Truth is, it was a beautiful day and he may not have needed all of that warmth, but the bundleme is a zippered sac that allows you to remove the top part if a beautiful day comes our way in the middle of the colder seasons.  And, the temperature can drop a lot, as it will in the coming weeks and months, and I can still have my boy outside and know that he is comfortable and warm. 


The bundleme is machine washable and easy to change from car seat to stroller so he won't need the bulk of winter jacket (which also prevents the 5-point harness from fastening close to him.)  And, since we are amidst Chase's ice hockey season, Decker will spend many games cheering on his brother rink side from the comforts of the warm and cozy bundleme.  I think I need to get myself one of these.  Then, of course, I really won't have an excuse to start walking off the baby weight.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

You Say Ya Want a Revolution

After a year of begging, and a year of Rec hockey, Chase has given up soccer to play ice hockey.  He is on Philadelphia Revolution Squirt White and is loving every minute of the "cool" sport.

He has improved dramatically in just these first two months and I am excited to see where he ends up by season's end.

He is an offenseman who shuffles between right wing and center.  He is learning to skate better, is making new friends, and is having a blast.  Here's to a great season!  Let's go Rev!

Hockey Tough

Avi's Bar Mitzvah

Last Shabbos we celebrated Avi's Bar Mitzvah.  He was amazing, and mature, and he looked handsome.  I always love, more than most things, when our family gets together.  Near and far gathered for the simcha and I enjoyed being together and having the boys spend time with their cousins.  Although I am sure there are pictures out there, I took none.   Eventually, they will surface.

But, Saturday night. While the bar mitzvah boy was partying with his friends, many of us gathered at Aunt Barb's to spend time together and, mostly, with the out of towners.

This picture was taken and I just love it.  Cousins are always the best friends you'll have.

Chase (9), Ryder (9), Turner (6), Max (2), Layala (3), and Lily (5)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Turner's Piano Recital

For Turner's 6th birthday he only asked for a few gifts:

-A robe, which may have been his favorite thing, Thank you Aunt Amy, Uncle Jay, Delaney and Madden.

-Lego sets (thank you 90% of the people who celebrated his birthday)

and, Piano Lessons.

So, with the help of Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop, Mom-Mom Jill, and Poppy, (thank you, all), Turner began taking lessons.  Beginning slowly he just went every other week and thrn conflicts (both by us and the teacher) caused us to skip many weeks in between.  But, he kept going.  And, before long came his first piano recital.  10/9/2015

Well-dressed, well-practiced, and bursting with a shy excitement, he got up in front of an audience and performed his first three songs.

We are so proud of you, Turner.  Keep practicing, keep learning.  We look forward to the next one.

Monday, October 5, 2015

A Letter to my Son on his 7th Month Birthday!

Dear Decker,

Today we celebrate 7 Months Happy!  Indeed, we do.

It is no secret that time passes quickly, as we get older time gets increasingly faster.  I am aware that it will feel like no time at all has passed, yet this seven month letter will become a 7 year letter.  Or, 17.

But, as fast it goes, you're not supposed to be in such a hurry.  Yet, you are.  You are trying to outpace time.  Or, at least it feels that way/

At 7 months old you crawl.  And, although you can crawl in traditional style you will also, sometimes, crawl then place one foot down- as if, mid-crawl, you may just get up and walk instead.  At 7 months old, you sit on your toosh, well-postured, for long stretches of time.  Then, you will bounce, on your toosh, as if you are trying to spring yourself to standing position, only you are not ready to fully stand just yet, so you sit back down.  You easily get an inch off the ground.  At 7 months old, you pull yourself up to standing and put your arms up to reach for us. At 7 months, you crawl up the steps, unassisted, though we do still stand behind you in case you should fall.  At 7 months old you do yoga.  You do not know you are doing yoga.  You've never been taught yoga.  Yet, you do a downward dog better than most people I know.  From that position, you will walk like a gorilla for a few steps.  It's only a matter of time before evolution takes over and you straighten up like the homo-sapien you are.

You started eating food right after your 6 month birthday and within a few meals you were well on your way.  You now eat two meals a day and, so far, have enjoyed carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, apples, and pears, most of which I have made.  You've also had a little bit of chicken soup.  All of it you like and you're starting to get the hang of the whole spoon in mouth, swallow food thing.  Soon enough, we will add the third meal in.  You still take 4 bottles a day.

You started day care and have been doing great there.  For the first 5 weeks it was just you and Ms. Cheryl.  Last week, however, Phoebe came to join the party!  You seem to enjoy your day there and are always happy and playing (when you're not sleeping) when I arrive to get you.

You continue to be the easiest, most joyful baby.  You are happy and calm and bring a smile to all of us.  You're a serious boy, who takes in so much information as you watch the world unfold around you.  You watch your brothers' every move, mine, daddy's- and it is obvious that you are just collecting information to use at a later date, when your body catches up to your mind.

On many Fridays, though not all, you still spend your time with Uncle Mat. No one else teaches you like he does, nor communicates with you the way he does.  It is a wonderful bond you have with him.  When he is in the room with you, you do not take your eyes off of him, your focus can't be broken. It is quite fascinating.
Time with Uncle Mat includes Bass lessons....
...and piano lessons

You are truly my special little blessing and it is hard to believe we had a life prior to your existence.  You filled a hole we didn't know we had, and completed a puzzle we didn't know had a missing piece. We are grateful every single day.

I love you so, Decker


you love spending time with your brothers

Turner helps feed you

Turner at 7 months
Chase and Ryder at 7 months

Sunday, September 20, 2015

He Crawls

He's been working on it for months, long before his little tiny body should have been. At 3 months, when he started rolling over, he would try to move his body from one point to another.  But now, at 6 months, he is up and moving.  He didn't do it at 5:00pm and by 6:00pm it was done.  He's a crawler.
 Look at him go.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

He Laughs

His laughter is contagious!