Bet you thought this would be another post about Cora! 🙂 HA! Nope, this one is about Rebekah. We have dedicated Cora and Benjamin to the Lord as infants and wanted to do the same for Rebekah. I think we waited the longest on her, but we got it done this past Sunday! We decided to just go nuts and add her dedication to the crazy birthday weekend! Why not? We had such a special day celebrating Rebekah and dedicating her to the Lord. Our good friend and fellow pastor, Kevin, performed the dedication (and then had to leave to go lead his own church service!), and we were thankful for his service in this! We pray for Rebekah that she will want to follow the Lord and accept him as her Savior at an early age. We have chosen life verses for all 3 kids, and the one we picked for her is Psalm 34:8. It says, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man (or woman!) who takes refuge in him!” Our prayer for Rebekah is that she will see that the LORD is good, and she will always take refuge in him. After church we all went out for lunch at one of favorite restaurants! It was nice to just relax and be with family and not be responsible for any of the food! HA! We love our Bekah and are so blessed to have her as a part of our family!
Update: Rebekah weighs 22 lbs and is 29 inches long! She was deemed healthy and beautiful and “squishy!”
Bekah is 9 months old today! I’ll be taking her to her well-check tomorrow so will have her new stats later, which I’ll just add to this blog later! She is, of course, growing like crazy, as babies are want to do! This past month she has continued on adding to her diet. She loves avocados, and we gave her some mashed potatoes, which she inhaled on her own (I put glops on the table in front of her, and she gobbled them right up!). I’ve started giving her whole peas, which she is also having a lot of fun eating on her own! It’s so interesting to me, the differences in each of the kids. She is zipping right through her milestones. Cora was more “by the book,” Ben does things on his own time, and it would appear that right now, Bekah is our over-achiever! It’ll be fun to watch as they continue to grow to see how these early things play a part in their personalities later in life! Oh, and Bekah is waving now when you wave at her, and she is a pro at pulling herself up in a standing position! I said last month I expect her to start walking this month…we shall see!
Rebekah has been sitting up like a champ for quite a while now. As soon as the other 2 were sitting up I stopped bathing them in the kitchen sink and used the regular bathtub. For some reason, I’ve waited longer with Rebekah. However, last week it was obvious she has outgrown the kitchen sink, and I figured it was time to graduate her to the regular tub! I have no idea why I’ve waited so long…Anyway, last week she got a wee bath with Cora and Ben at my MIL’s house, but yesterday I gave her her first bath, by herself, in the great, big bathtub! She LOVED it!!!! I seem to remember both Cora and Ben crying when they moved to the big tub, but not our Bekah! She took right too it, tried to crawl around, wanted to pull the plug, etc. She had a great time! Cora helped me bathe her, and in the sweetness that is Cora, she says, “Mommy, I need to help you do this so I can learn how to be a good mommy.” I about cried. I said, “That’s right! And one day you’ll be a great mommy!” A few minutes later Ben woke up and came to find us. Cora says, in her little mommy voice, “Ben, you need to be in here and help! We need to learn how to be good mommies and daddies! Roll up your sleeves and help me with Bekah.” Oh, I just melted, right there. I love my children. God has blessed us richly with them, and he reminds me everyday, which I’m glad!
Look who’s 8 months old! Yep, Bekah Boo is!!! This past month she’s been busy cutting teeth (3 on the bottom and 2 on top), adding to her diet of pureed foods and sitting up all on her own! She has also been quite insistent that she stand for as long as we’ll let her. The other day she used her brother, who was laying on the floor, to pull herself into a standing position at the couch. Yep, she is our earliest-at-everything. I will not be surprised if she’s walking at the end of this month, or next month. This child is so much fun, and obviously we love her so much! I love watching her with her siblings. They all love each other so very much. Makes my heart burst with love and pride toward them.
Over the weekend–Saturday to be exact–Rebekah turned 7 months old! Wow!!! We are now on the countdown to her turning 1 year old! I can’t believe it…of course! Let’s see, what it is our little “Boo” up to these days? Well, she has started eating “solids” (I use that term loosely because how solid are pureed foods anyway?). She’s also army crawling and working really hard at “regular” crawling. We have found getting her legs to stay up under her is a challenge on the hardwood floors! But, she’s getting it and is so darn cute too! She definitely knows how to get to what she wants! She continues to be our most smily baby and LOVES to watch her sister and brother. She has also cut tooth #3, and I think more are soon to come if her gums are any indication! She is so much fun, just about sleeping through the night (she WAS doing it before the holidays hit us…) and well, we love her so much! Oh, what kinds of foods has she tried thus far? I’m glad you asked!
This precious little cutie is 5 months old today! Can you even believe it????? She is rolling all over the house now, getting stuck under the couch and chairs. It’s amazing how much ground a baby can cover just by rolling! She is FULL of smiles and drool–thinking we have some teeth on the horizon! She is comfortably in size 9 month clothes now and growing like a weed. She is so much fun, getting on a better schedule and well, we just love her! Look at that face–how could you not love her!
Last week Rebekah turned 4 months old! Yesterday I took her to her 4 month well-check, and she is a-growin’–she is 17 lbs and 26 in long!!! WOW! She is rolling, still trying to figure out how to got from belly to back and is figuring out how to laugh! She is also still not sleeping consistently, or taking naps, and I’m having the darndest time getting her on a feeding schedule. So, it was with great exhaustion and weariness I asked our pediatrician for some help. I was hoping an outside perspective would be helpful, and it was! See, Rebekah will not take naps. I have tried the whole cry-it-out, watching her cues, etc. Naturally, by 5:00 p.m. she is exhausted and ready to sleep. And she does, until 11 p.m. She is then up about every 2 hrs the rest of the night. She also seems to snack all day long. It’s very rare that I can get her to finish a bottle in one sitting. This is all new territory to me. I believe Cora and Ben managed to get on eating/sleeping schedules by this point. So, here’s what the pediatrician recommended: Let Rebekah take a wee nap from 5-6 p.m. and get her up at 6. From there, feed her and make her stay up until 8. At 8, put her to bed. If she wakes up we’re going to try not feeding her because she should be able to go 6-8 hours without eating, especially at night. Then, I need to work even harder during the day to get her to take a nap in the morning and afternoon. She has been a super fussy baby for a while now, and we know it’s not her belly hurting. It’s obvious she’s tired. She fights sleep like I’ve never seen a child do. We’re all tired and David and I need more than 2 hour stretches at night…If you think of us, please pray that this works. Oh, we’re also going to start giving her a little bit of rice cereal during the day (like 1x a day for starters) in hopes that this will help keep her feeling fuller longer. Anyway, I’m tired and so very frustrated by it all. I keep thinking she is my 3rd baby it shouldn’t be so hard. however, our pediatrician was good to remind me that she IS our third baby, so we have a lot of experience, but she IS her own little person and will still throw us some curve balls. Anyway, I feel much encouraged and am glad we have some kind of a plan. I feel like a first time mom with all this, but am going to try not to stay frustrated and just forge on! She is our Bekah Boo and we love her so much! She continues to be such a joy to us and it cracks me up how excited the kids STILL get every. single. time. they see Bekah roll over: “Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Come QUICK! Bekah rolled over!!!”