Deacon: 7 Month Update

Weight:

I would guess around 18.5 – 19 lbs. He definitely hit a growth spurt this last month, but he still isn’t as chunky as I would prefer/he could be.

Length:

Around 28-29 inches.

Clothing Size:

Homeboy is filling out his 9 month clothes! There are a couple of 6 month things I can still squeeze him into, but it is becoming increasingly difficult…

Nicknames:

Buster, Bubba, Booger and occasionally Wittle Baby Deacon. I’m trying to call him by his actual name more often so he doesn’t end up telling his kindergarten teacher his name is Booger :wink:

Sleep:

We’ve been dealing with a little bit of sleep regression these past few weeks since we got back from vacay. Being in a new place with no real schedule really threw him off, so we’re having to work on sleeping through the night again. He’s still sleeping 11 hours (or more!) throughout the course of the night, but he has started waking up anywhere between 4 and 6 AM wanting to eat again… We’re almost back to normal though. I see the light at the end of the sleepless tunnel!

Diet:

As of right now we’ve done sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, yellow squash, butternut squash, green beans, pears, peaches, bananas, mangoes and apples. In the next month I’m hoping to start introducing finger foods (exciting stuff, people!).

Loves:

Army crawling EVERYWHERE, getting tickled, playing with Junebug, hanging out outside, jumping in his jumperoo, being in water, “talking” and sitting up like a big boy :-)

Dislikes:

Being put down for a nap when he’s not done playing and (most recently) the church nursery.

Milestones:

Shortly after he hit the 6 month marker he started sitting up by himself and army crawling! He is basically impossible to contain these days and he is loving his new-found independence. He is still jabbering a ton, and we are anxiously awaiting that first tooth…

Best Moment:

Taking Deacon to Wimberley for the first time will definitely be a sweet memory for us. He got to float the river in his little boat and take in all the Wimberley sights/restaurants/experiences that we know and love. I really hope we’re able to keep going back in future years so that he’s able to have fond memories of our favorite little central Texas town :-)

Worst Moment:

Sleep regression courtesy of our Wimberley vacation. While he seemed to really enjoy most of the activities, our little trip wore this bubba out!

Other Tidbits:

– I’ve started to incorporate some sign language into our feeding times. So far he just stares at me like I’m a lunatic, but I’m hoping he starts to catch on soon.

– This last week Deacon has started to cuddle a little! It has definitely been filling my Mama love-tank to get some of those sweet snuggles, even if they’re short-lived.

– We think he may be allergic to bananas! It’s truly tragic. The last two times I’ve fed him bananas he has ended up projectile vomiting (like, a LOT of projectile vomit) shortly after. I’m hoping this is something he grows out of since bananas have historically been the one fruit Jeremy and I always have on hand! Ha.

– His favorite toy is a spare remote that my Poppy gave him on the 4th of July. It’s the one thing that he always seems to play with/chew on when we hand it to him.

Deacon: 6 Month Update

Weight:

17 lbs, 11 oz (apparently I overestimated last month… but he definitely FEELS like he’s more than 17 lbs!)

Length:

27 in.

Clothing Size:

Officially in 6-9 month clothes.

Nicknames:

Buster, Bubba, Stinker, Wittle Baby Deacon and most recently I’ve been calling him Booger. Sometimes it just fits :wink:

Sleep:

Right now we’re pretty set at 2-3 two hour naps a day and around 11 hours each night. #blessed

Diet:

As of right now he has tried sweet potatoes, peas, carrots and bananas. Carrots have been his favorite so far, but he still has a ton of things left to try!

Loves:

Getting tickled, tugging on Junebug, trying to grab/eat our cell phones and chewing on people’s fingers.

Dislikes:

Not being able to get to whatever he’s fixated on. He is so close to crawling, but right now he is still just scooting an inch or so at a time… except in his crib, where he can propel himself to the other side while flipping over in record time.

Milestones:

Sitting up with assistance, scooting around and jabbering a TON. Nothing too official recently, but he is definitely on his way to teething/sitting up by himself/crawling!

Best Moment:

Having him take a real interest in Junebug has been so fun and cute! She is so gentle with him and he is FASCINATED by her. He even opens his mouth for kisses (gross, but still cute)! See exhibit A:

Worst Moment:

Six month shots. That red-faced-I’m-hurt cry gets me every. single. time.

Other Tidbits:

– I cannot believe my baby boy is already six months old! I thought time flew when I got married, but being a mommy has made everything go so much faster! Ugh. I can’t handle how fast he’s growing up, but thankfully each stage has been more fun than the last!

What Does It Mean (To You)?

David Crowder’s latest album Neon Steeple just released but the single “I Am” has been out for a while now. Here are the lyrics to the chorus without any capitalization or punctuation:

i am holding on to you

i am holding on to you

in the middle of the storm

i am holding on

i am

How would YOU interpret that? When I first heard this song, I wondered, “Does he mean that he is holding on to God or does he mean that I Am is holding on to ‘you’ so be encouraged? (Or is he being creative and meaning both or switching back and forth?)”

It’s a great song. You can hear it here: http://youtu.be/mw4ES27w3oU

Music is really powerful. It moves people in ways that nothing else can. That’s why I think it’s really important to clear up any vagueness that can occur with worship songs. If you’re singing to and/or about God, you’re presenting some kind of doctrine, whether you know it or not.

With Crowder’s song, neither version I offered presents a false doctrine. But I think the stronger image and message is that I Am is holding on to me in the storms. This interpretation puts the focus on God, rather than my efforts or desperation.

That’s why I was thankful that Crowder provided this:

If you didn’t watch it, he explains how amazingly reassuring it is that I Am, Creator God is holding on to us. Unfortunately, not all artists provide explanations for their songs. And even if they did, how many people would find those explanations rather than just assigning whatever meaning they want to the work?

Not too long ago John Mark McMillan released “Future/Past.” Here’s the chorus:

and you,

you are my first

you are my last

you are my future and my past

I know I’m guilty of over-thinking things but when I hear that chorus, I think, “What does that mean?” It sounds great and the video is nothing short of epic, but is it ok to apply any meaning that doesn’t contradict scripture? Or, worse yet, any meaning that is relative to the hearer? Or should it be more specific, especially since it’s a worship song? I looked, not very hard admittedly, but could not find McMillan’s explanation of the song.

And I’m not intending to attack McMillan. He just has a song that fits the bill here. I have been blessed by his music and we sing it in our College and Young Singles ministry often. But when “Future/Past” came out, a handful of leaders from our church, including some worship pastors, offered different meanings to the lyrics. (All of them were doctrinally sound!) This was a fun and interesting poll but also concerning. If leaders in the church are not exactly sure what the song means, how do we expect those new or unfamiliar to the faith to interpret it?

I understand that scripture can be (and is) misinterpreted often, too, but if we can take measures to clear up confusion, shouldn’t we? Or should we leave room for “what ifs” for the sake of art?

I remember a friend years ago taking issue with people singing, “Who may ascend TO the hill of the Lord?”

“Anyone can ascend TO the hill of the Lord,” he argued. “The question is who may actually ascend the hill!” The memory makes me chuckle. He was definitely more ardent, but I share his conviction for truth!

People connect with music very deeply. We sing and are moved but are often moved by the artistry and emotion of the song rather than the truth of the lyrics. So, I personally believe it’s important to guard doctrine when “teaching” through song, and I’m thankful for the worship leaders in my life who value this principle, as well.

May we strive to worship in spirit AND truth!

Deacon: 5 Month Update

Weight:

Roughly 18 lbs.

Length:

27 in.

Clothing Size:

Still in his 6 month clothes for the most part. Unless he hits a major growth spurt, we should still be in those for another month or so!

Nicknames:

Buster, Bubba, Stinker and Wittle Baby Deacon (this one is primarily used when we’re trying to convince him to snuggle).

Sleep:

He has been doing so much better at sleeping through the night! I’m hoping the past two weeks are a sign that we’ve turned a corner here, because he has been sleeping like a champ pretty much every night.

Diet:

We have officially started solids! Right now homeboy is eating sweet potatoes and peas, in addition to his regular breastmilk.

Loves:

Being tossed up in the air, tummy time, getting tickled/smooch-attacked and being outside.

Dislikes:

Missing naps.

Milestones:

Starting solids was a big one for us this past month! Other than that he is working on sitting up on his own and he is starting to scoot and move around a lot more!

Best Moment:

On Mother’s Day we had a Parent/Child Commitment at our church, which was pretty special. I’m so thankful for our church family and the way they support and encourage parents to raise their children in Truth and Love. That will definitely be a moment I treasure in the years to come!

Worst Moment:

Even though Deacon has been doing better at nights, he still had a rough night the other night where he woke up every 2.5-3 hours. I was EXHAUSTED by the end of it. But I’m hoping that just means he’s growing again!

Other Tidbits:

– Those pesky teeth have still not made their debut even though Deacon has been gnawing everything to death for over a month now!

– Deacon has started sleeping with his tushy in the air pretty consistently and it is majorly cute.

– Even though he made a face the first time he tried peas, he still hasn’t refused any of the foods we’ve given him! I’m hoping this means he’ll take after me and love ALL food, but it’s a little early yet :wink:

Setting Things Straight

So, the fellas over at Outside the Box Score have an 80s Movie Tournament Bracket going. Naturally, they messed up several of the seedings. This caused me great anguish in picking certain movies over others. They also snubbed Raising Arizona completely. So, myopia strikes again.

I’m trying to darndest to make sure The Goonies keeps winning. That’s right, I’m voting as many times as I can. Which is possible if you clear your cache, so the poll doesn’t remember you. Goonies never say die.

I liked their tournament idea, but decided I’d just declare some of my favorite movies because that’s the kind of narcissistic exercise that blogs accommodate so well!

I consider myself a movie guy. “Movie buff” seems too intense and lofty for my level of fandom. But, because I’m a movie guy, I can’t just answer what my favorite movie is without some explanation. And I certainly cannot list my top five or ten favorites in order. SO, I usually resort to this:

Favorite War Movie: Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Favorite Action Movie: Die Hard (1988)

Favorite Adventure Movie (Yes, it’s different than action.): Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Favorite Christmas Movie: Home Alone (1990)*

*Technically, Die Hard is my favorite Christmas movie but I figured I shouldn’t duplicate any entries.

Favorite Monster Movie: The Monster Squad (1987)

Favorite Silent Movie: The General (1926)*

*This is actually the only silent movie I’ve ever seen.

Favorite Comedy Movies: Raising Arizona (1987) and Bottle Rocket (1996)

Favorite Mob Movies: The Untouchables (1987), The Godfather (1972), and The Departed (2006)

Favorite Sports Movies: Hoosiers (1986) and A League of Their Own (1992)

Favorite Sci-Fi Movies: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Back to the Future (1985)

Favorite Fantasy Movies: The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003) and Willow (1988)

That’s all the categories that came to mind off the top of my head. When it comes to movies, “favorite” and “best” are two different things, I believe. A movie can be a favorite because of nostalgia, impact, resonance, etc. without being good. Conversely, a movie can be really well made but not interesting or enjoyable to me (see The Aviator (2004)). So that brings me to my favorite movie of all time.

All-Time Favorite Movie: The Goonies (1985)


Mother’s Day

135.

As of today, I have been a Mama for exactly one hundred and thirty five days. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, and at the same time, it’s hard to believe it’s gone so quick! These past few months have been the fastest and slowest, the most challenging and the most rewarding, the most fun and the most intimidating. I had no idea just how much I wanted to be a Mama until I became one. Sure I always hoped and planned to have kids (lots of them, in fact), but I didn’t understand just how wonderful it would be to hold that sweet baby and know that the Lord had made me to be his Mama. I pray that I would lead him well, that I would be quick to show grace and remind him of Jesus’ love. That I would prayerfully disciple and discipline him, and that I would teach him what it means to love well. It truly is a privilege and a joy to be a Mama.

So today, in honor of my first official Mother’s Day, I will be snuggling my sweet boy a little extra and soaking up every second of getting to be his one and only Mama… baby spit-up, dirty diapers and all.

And because you know we Wilsons have a Getty’s song for every holiday… (FULL DISCLOSURE: this song makes me tear up EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.)

Being a Mama

In honor of my first Mother’s Day, I thought I’d write out a list of what being a Mama really means during this season of my life. I’m constantly learning (i.e. failing), but thankfully Deacon has been a pretty gracious teacher and Jeremy has been a great support system!

10. Being a Mama means taking at least 20 pictures throughout the course of the day… most of which aren’t particularly interesting or special, but all of which are EXTREMELY PRECIOUS (to me).

9. Being a Mama means shaping my entire day around the schedule and needs of a 4 month old.

8. Being a Mama means I constantly smell like spit-up, breastmilk or poop. On extra special days I smell like all three :wink:

7. Being a Mama means looking like a complete idiot for as long as it takes to get a smile.

6. Being a Mama means showers are few and far between.

5. Being a Mama means even when I get time for myself, I miss my little guy.

4. Being a Mama means saying “our baby is SO CUTE” to Jeremy at least twice a day.

3. Being a Mama means worrying about things like poop, stuffy noses and which adorable outfit he’s going to wear.

2. Being a Mama means experiencing new levels of faith and new meaning in prayer.

1. Being a Mama means tearing up every time I start to think about how much I love my boy and how thankful I am that I get to parent him with my best friend.

Deacon: 4 Month Update

Weight:

15 lbs. 10 oz. (50th percentile)

Length:

26 in (85th percentile)

Clothing Size:

6 month clothes fit the best these days, but there are still a few exceptions to the rule.

Nicknames:

Buster, Bubba and Buddy.

Sleep:

We are starting to put him down around 9 or 10 and he is sleeping until 8 AM (usually waking up for one feeding somewhere in there). All in all I can’t complain! I’m finally starting to feel like a normal human instead of a (albeit happy) zombie mom!

Diet:

So far he is still exclusively breastfed, but today we got the green light from the doctor to start introducing solids! On one hand I’m excited that he’s growing and hitting these milestones, but on the other I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around how much he is growing. Pretty soon I’ll be sending him off to school, and then before I know it he’ll be a smelly teenager. WAAAHHHHH!!

Loves:

His Mama :-), his Daddy, making funny faces, chewing on fingers, “talking”, tummy time and bright lights (i.e. the TV, cell phones, etc. Yeah, we’re basically the parents of the year).

Dislikes:

Missing naps, rolling over on his tummy while he’s sleeping and having his fingernails clipped.

Milestones:

This past month has been a big one developmentally. He started by rolling from his belly to his back and then this past week he started rolling from his back to his belly! He’s still gumming everything to death, so I think we should see a tooth or two pop out in the next month or so…

Best Moment:

Deacon decided to perform his first official trick (rolling belly to back) on my birthday! He’s pretty thoughtful :-)

Worst Moment:

All in all this month has been pretty good. We’ve had a couple of meltdowns when Deacon hasn’t gotten his regular naps, but other than that he’s been a happy, healthy boy!

Other Tidbits:

– Now that he is rolling, Deacon has been waking up more frequently at night after getting “stuck” on his belly. Poor little guy just can’t figure out how to roll back onto his back!

– Deacon is finally starting to really play with toys! I mean, he’s not naming farm animals or anything, but he has started to pick things up and look at them, shake them, etc.

– I think we’ve finally seen the last of the cradle cap (and all the mamas said amen)!

Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed!

Hallelujah, the tomb is empty! I hope that if you’re reading this, you’re able to celebrate your risen Savior today. If you cannot, I pray you would turn to Him in faith.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Romans 10:8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

“The power that raised Him from the grave now works in us to powerfully save! He frees our hearts to live His grace; Go tell of His goodness!”

Happy Resurrection Day!

Forever-minded

“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 10:17 ESV)

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,

but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. (Psalm 20:7 ESV)

The grass withers, the flower fades,

but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8 ESV)

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 ESV)

49 years ago today the Astrodome opened as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” hosting an exhibition game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees. Today it is a mostly empty shell, hosting only fading memories. It’s dwarfed by the newer, bigger, better and shinier Reliant Stadium. Oh, how the mighty has fallen.

I might not have taken much notice of today’s Astrodome anniversary if I hadn’t already listened to the Johnny Cash interview I posted earlier. In that interview Cash is asked if he sees himself as an icon, the “John Wayne of rock and roll.” Cash thinks the question is ridiculous. He says when he looks in the mirror he sees pimples on his nose, a swollen and hurting jaw, and thinning hair.

As much as the interviewer wants Johnny to revel in the glory days of his youth, Cash keeps responding with humility and self-deprecation. I think Cash understood that new things get old, strong things grow weak, and shiny things dim as time passes on. He used to be one of the biggest and brightest stars, but it was all temporary.

Fleeting, just like the novel Astrodome of the 60s (Indoor baseball?! No way!). Temporary things have a way of disappointing over time because they, by definition, don’t last. But that’s what we always get caught up in, because this world is temporary.

“For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18b ESV)

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:17 ESV)

We are a culture consumed with the temporary. We don’t consider eternity, let alone 40 years from now. But what might change if we did? Less spontaneous tattoos, probably, heh. But hopefully and way more importantly, people living now for a kingdom and a King that will stand forever. May we be a people who boast only in the cross of Christ!