So, my little man will be six months old Sunday... well, sort of. He was born on the 29th and there isn't a 29th this month! So, we're just going to count it on the 1st! I can't believe that a half of a year has gone by since my little man was born! We will start solids next week. We're going to start with rice cereal but if he doesn't like it I'm not giving it to him by itself! Luke never liked it! So we just went to fruits and then mixed the fruit with the cereal. I started cereal with Luke when he was 4 months old, but he was on formula. It's recommended to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months. I've already had a few people ask me why I haven't started him on solids yet. One of the reasons is that you can help to avoid allergies (or lessen them) by breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months. I could kick myself for giving him those four bottles of formula. I know formula is not poison (Luke was formula fed and is perfectly fine, healthy, and smart.. if I do say so myself!) but for a child who may be allergic breast milk is best and anything extra may hinder that. And you never know whether or not they are going to be allergic until it's too late. Now with Luke I wasn't educated on all of this but now that I have the knowledge I won't make that mistake again (for future children). Number two reason for not starting solids is that Eli is so little. I would have felt completely wrong giving him baby food at 4 months! It would have just been weird! He is so much smaller than Luke was. So, we'll be going super slow with solids. I actually get a little nervous when I think about it. Especially after I read this story. Allergies are serious. I'm sure there are people out there who think that it's ridiculous that I'm avoiding dairy and eggs and that I'm just making up Eli's issues. Well, that's ok. I'm just protecting my baby. I have actually added some hidden dairy back to my diet. I added Cheddar Bunnies. They are kind of like Goldfish. So far, no reaction. I just have to remember that just because he doesn't react to my breast milk doesn't mean that he can tolerate it. It will be a whole new ball game when we begin giving him things. I was talking to my mom tonight and after reading that story I may just go sit in the hospital parking lot the first time we give him anything with dairy/egg in it. Seriously.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
My little man (who will be 6 months old soon) has turned into a little chatter box! So, here is a little peek at what I get to hear all day long!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
It boggled my mind that once Christians passed beyond the common notion that everyone needs Christ for salvation, there was confusion and even contradiction on what triggered the new birth- our faith and repentance or God's enabling Spirit? These are haunting, important, fundamental questions. How could the majority of evangelicals be so oblivious to the need to research what is the biblical gospel? ... I have to admit that the resurgent interest in this topic in evangelical circles is healthy. Who can deny that there has been an increased participation in evangelism?... Yet something bothers me- and I believe others also have an uneasy conscience. Could some aspects of contemporary evangelism lack biblical integrity?
that it will also help me in the area of witnessing. I pray it helps me to understand more clearly my role, my calling to reach others for Christ. Not to just 'get decisions' but to make disciples.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Update: Ok, I fixed the link! Sorry it wasn't working!!!
Do you want to see God today? Well, just click here and you can see a beautiful picture of the gospel and of His great, unfailing love. Seriously, you do not want to miss this.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Luke loves to get mail (so any of you out there who'd like to send Luke something, it would make his day!) So, we often give him the junk mail to 'read'. Here is our conversation as he was reading his mail yesterday.
Me: "What's your mail about today?"
Me: "Oh, what does it say about Jesus?"
Luke: "Jesus, make me."
Me: "Yes, Jesus did make you!"
Luke: "Mmmhmm, Jesus make me a cupcake!"
Monday, February 2, 2009
I think I've mentioned a few times here lately about us attending a new church that we absolutely love. Well, I just wanted to share that our pastor and his wife are on their way to China right now to get their sweet daughter! I am so excited for them!! So, I just wanted to pass along their travel blog, in case some of you who don't know might want to read about their journey. They are planning on updating it often throughout their three week trip. I know they would appreciate your prayers as well!