Friday, August 27, 2010

A First Time for Everything

As we drove Whit to the doctor for his first shots a week ago I began to think about all of the firsts in his life.

In the last 10 1/2 weeks Whit has had his first day with a sitter away from Mom and Dad, his first smile, his first bath, and his first road trip.  There are so many more that have happened that I can't possibly list them all.  It is difficult not to become nostalgic and emotional when I think of all the firsts that have come and gone.  Moments that we will never experience again.  We will never again feel the joy that came with that first smile, that first laugh, the first time he slept through the night!

Our baby is growing up so fast.  However, he still has many more firsts to come and I pray that we are able to enjoy each moment of every one of them. 

On that note, Whit is putting forth all of his effort right now to roll over for the first time.  The only downside? Rolling from back to belly means 'tummy time' which is easily Whit's least favorite activity.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


I'm forcing myself to get out both the camera and video camera more often.

Here's our latest take - Whit's First Concert - complete with vocals and percussion.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A few of our favorite things...

As the song goes: "When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad....I simply remember my favorite things and then I don't feel so bad."

One of Dad's favorite times is the first 10 minutes after Whit wakes up from a deep sleep.  Similar to both his parents, Whit is a very heavy sleeper at night and not a great napper during the day (sorry Mrs. Smoak - he gets it honestly!) While this can lead to frustration during the day when you lay him down and he is awake 10 minutes later, it also results in a rather adorable 'waking up' time.  While I would like to think that he could always change, I do believe that we will one day have a teenager that it is nearly impossible to wake up.

Mommy loves it when Whit gets that drowsy look on his face and can barely keep his eyes open but makes one last attempt just so that he can make sure that we aren't having too much fun without him.  I love taking a moment to breath deeply that smell that is simply Whit - especially first thing in the morning and after bath time. I love that Whit recognizes my smell and my voice and is beginning to recognize my face.  There's nothing like a mother's ability to calm her child simply by being near him.

From what we can tell, Whit loves to get clean.  You'll see the most smiles during bath time and diaper/clothing changing times.  Who can blame him, I like to be fresh as well! He also loves to cuddle and tends to sleep better and more soundly while being held (Again, sorry Mrs. Smoak - I swear he was like that when he was born!) I have a suspicion that this comes from several months at the end of my pregnancy when he was, to put it plainly, squished.  The best way to re-create that cramped space is held tightly in your arms.  Another favorite - eating. Weighing in at more than 15 lbs at 2 months old, it is an undeniable fact that this kid enjoys eating.  And he usually approaches it with gusto - no calm nurser, Whit makes it known when he wants to eat and he typically gets down to business.

Favorite Faces

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Super Mom

I have always been in awe of my mother - it seems that she can 'do it all.'  She is one of those amazing women that keeps a spotless house (unless her kids mess it up), cooks, bakes, works full time, and still manages to make it to her kid's important events.  In a word - SuperMom.

As Whit approaches his 2 month birthday, I find myself showing some of those same talents or 'super-powers' that I admired for so many years.  I've listed a few of them below.

Mind Reading
Mostly this comes in the form of knowing when Whit is actually hungry and when he is just faking so that he can get some cuddle time with Mom before he quickly nods off for a nap.  Some other thoughts I can now so easily pick from his mind are 'I'm hot', 'I'm bored', and my personal favorite, 'I'm happy' which is easy as it is typically accompanied by a smile. Child development and parenting experts would lead you to believe that I am simply learning my baby's unspoken requests, but I prefer to think of it as mind reading.

The Ability to See the Future
I impressed myself last week when I managed to catch spit-up with a burp cloth mid air just before it hit my leg.  Granted, I've failed many times in the past to catch it, but our laundry situation has vastly improved as I hone this recently discovered talent. I am also able to predict, usually within a 10 minute range when Whit will start to show signs of hunger or sleepiness.

Perhaps my least favorite new ability - this first manifested the day Whit was born when people began to acknowledge Whit first, Kirk second and me third (sometimes if at all!).  Useful at times, annoying mostly, I generally have to speak up for anyone to notice that I'm there. 

One super-power I wish I had, but sadly do not, is the ability to create time.  I am closing in on 24 hours until I go back to work full time and I would love to be able to create more hours in the day to spend with Whit.  I would also like to take a snapshot in time and be able to go back and visit all of the highs and lows we have had so far.  Whit already seems so grown up, so far from the tiny (or not so tiny!) baby we brought home from the hospital. 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

What it's all about

It has been a busy few weeks in the Renegar household, and unfortunately I have to keep this short and sweet.

I came to a conclusion a few days ago and had it confirmed this weekend while back home visiting family and friends. 

This is what life is all about.  When I say 'this' I mean family.  Being a daughter, a sister, a niece, a cousin, a friend......a mother.  Life is about the relationships you have, and those that you create.  It is impossible for me to look into my son's eyes and deny that he is a miracle. Some say it is biology, some say grand design, but everyone agrees that we were made to love.