Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day from the Burri Five!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Becoming a Boy

We've begun the path toward boyhood in our home. Farewell toddler...hello little boy.

If any of you know Jacob even the tiniest bit, you know what a treasured possession his "B" has been to him. "B" has carried Jacob through many events in his little life: separation anxiety, stitches, shots, doctor trips, car rides, airplane flights, overnights, boo boos, hurts, fears, the arrival of twins....the list could go on and on. "B" became an important part of life extremely early; somewhere around three months of age. Jacob named "B" within in weeks of starting to talk.

Today is a momentous day. Today we said good-bye old friend and tucked sweet "B" away in Jacob's memory box. We'll save it for Jacob's little boy to have one day.

Earlier today this seemed like a great idea to Jacob. Put "B" away and go a whole week without it and earn a "boyhood excursion" with Daddy next week (aka putt putt and ice cream). Now, as nap time is in full swing, and the babies are crying in the room next door, the tears are flowing.

As a parent I know that I must stick to the plan. Jacob is a little boy who is BRAVE and STRONG and he does not need his "B." As a mommy I want nothing more than to get the soft blankie out of his memory box and return it to its rightful owner. As a mommy I want to go into a room and shed a few tears too because as I put that "B" away in that box today, I put away an era of Jacob's life. He isn't a baby anymore. He's a little boy. And it's all going way too fast. Goodbye thumb sucking, pudgy cheeked, snuggles in mommy's lap. Hello big boy hugs and annoyed kisses.

Jacob, I am not sure who is going to hurt more throughout this process, you or me nor am I sure who will shed more tears. But I do know this. I LOVE you and I cannot wait to see the boy and MAN God has created you to be. Remember your verse sweet boy: "Yes! Be bold and strong for remember, the Lord your God is with you where ever you go." And yes, God will be with you, even as we say good-bye to "B."

Farewell "B." It is time for Jacob to become a B-O-Y!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

We May Be Twins, But.....

I thought it would be fun to write a blog about the similarities and difference between Grace and Joshua. They may be twins, but they are most assuredly NOT the same children!

Sucks left thumb, but only once half asleep. Paci first, then thumb.
LOVES to be naked!
Thinks it is fun to play with her toys with her feet.
Is happy, but not all that talkative. She saves conversation for the "important" stuff.
Is the worlds SLOWEST eater.
She's a deep, deep her mommy. :-) She will sleep through anything once she is asleep.
Grace is a deep thinker. She sits back and takes it all in.
Can't handle being awake for long periods of time.
Gracie LOVES the toys on the play gym.
Coughs when she cries.
Really doesn't care for the car much.
LOVES to shop and will just ride in the cart and quietly look around watching.
Burps rather daintily.
Can do tummy time all day long and rolls over.

Wants the paci and nothing else! Hasn't really discovered even how to suck his thumb.
Is a kicker while he eats. Kick, kick, kick those feet!
Is a CHATTERBOX! He will coo and goo and babble at anyone who will listen.
A HUNGRY boy and eats FAST.
He's a light sleeper and more restless. He startles easily and wakes at noises.
When he goes to sleep he covers his face with his hands and LOVES to have his head rubbed.
Likes to stay awake longer than Gracie.
Joshua LOVES the toys on the bouncy seat.
Has a low, slow, deep groan when he starts to cry.
Loves to ride in the car, but it must be moving at all times! No stopping allowed!
Sleeps through every shopping trip.
Burps like a man. :-)
HATES tummy time, can barely get his head up, and is no where near rolling over.

Joshua and Gracie:
LOVE their big brother Jacob and could watch him play for hours.
Don't really like to be left alone anywhere...they always want at least one person around.
Have smiles that will light up a room.
They both get mad right before they pass out for a nap. Really mad....
Are morning babies...happiest first thing in the morning when Mommy comes in and says, "Good morning babies!"
Both have issues with the 9PM feeding. Tummy issues or something?

I know there are more, but they are more different than they are alike!

Life as Five

It has been three months as a family of five. We've gone through the ups and downs of postpartum life, sleepless nights, frustrations, diapers, formula, three year old issues, surgeries, appointments, photos, hugs, kisses..... It is hard to believe it has been three months yet at the same time it is hard to believe it has ONLY been three months.

A lot has changed in such a short time. Gracie can roll from front to back, suck her thumb, "talk," smile, play with toys, and sleep through the night. Joshua can talk, smile, play, and sleep through the night. Jacob is in a big boy bed and has memorized almost every song they play on K-Love. I am officially a stay at home mom and have discovered coupons, baking, crocheting, and that laundry is an endless task for a family of five.

I have gone from not being able to move off the couch without help to going to the grocery with all three kids alone weekly. We venture to the park, the grocery, the library, and have play dates. We have signed up for Bible study in the fall. Being home has allowed me to do more to serve Chris--getting his clothes ready each day, packing lunches, and occasionally getting up to cook a yummy breakfast. I work harder now than I ever did working 40+ hours a week. I am exhausted each day and sometimes wonder how it will all get done, but I love it. Do I get frustrated with my kids? You betcha. But I still wouldn't trade this job for any others. I am so thankful I have such a hard working husband who makes this all possible!

I can't wait to see how much life continues to change and grow for us as a family of five!

God is Good!

There is nothing better to me than the sight of my family, enjoying family worship before bed each night (well, I admit, I do find my husband holding all three of my babies incredibly attractive too!).

What a great looking bunch, those Burri!

Bath Time and Nap Time!

Joshua and Grace have discovered bath time is fun! FINALLY!

Gracie has also found her thumb during bedtime and nap time....

And Joshua has assumed the "I'm spent, so sleepy, can't take anymore" position here....

I have the best babies ever. :-)

Room Time!

Each day I have Jacob spend a little bit of time alone in his room so he can practice his skills of entertaining himself (plus it gives me time to do a little housework without the assistance of a three year old). Jacob is told to stay in his room and he can do whatever he wants to do, but he must play quietly (the babies are napping usually) and he has to do it on his own. Some days he is more enthusiastic about room time than others.

This is how I found him today:

I LOVE that my boy LOVES to read!