Leslyn's Lovely Life: February 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Emmett: 7 Months

Weight: 17 lbs 15 oz (41%)
Height: 27 in (38%)
Head Circumference: 18 in (97%)

Milestones: Emmett is now pushing up on all fours. I bet he'll start crawling pretty soon (I am SO not ready for that). He loves imitating sounds that we make, although he still hasn't figured out how to imitate "mama" or "dada". He sits for long periods of time now, and he only falls over whenever he is ready to roll around on the floor. He loves giving kisses and getting them.

Sleep: We were doing really well with sleep training (he only woke up once a night, and I was able to soothe him back to sleep without feeding him). And then the RSV happened, so we're starting at square one. DJ and I just got back from Mexico yesterday, so we were able to enjoy 3 nights of uninterrupted sleep (Thank you, Lord! Oh, and thank you grandparents. Haha!).

Favorite Things: Red is still this little boy's favorite color. He loves playing with colorful toys (and he likes eating them too). He could spend hours in his activity bouncer- he especially loves pushing the buttons that play different songs. Emmett also loves sitting in his high chair at dinner. We give him a few toys to play with while we eat, and he throws them on the ground and thinks it's the most hilarious thing.

Health: This last month was a little rough on our little buddy with RSV. It was not fun for anybody. He used a nebulizer, inhaler, antibiotics and steroids for two weeks. Thankfully, he's made a full recovery! Also, he's continuing to gain weight, which we're super thankful for!

Eating: Emmett eats two solid meals a day, is still breastfeeding, and we occasionally supplement with formula. He has now eaten sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, prunes, peas, green beans, and asparagus (and rice, of course). I think we're going to start introducing more fruits this month.

Here are a few pictures of him, since I don't think I post nearly enough. :)

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Journey to the Past

April 25, 2007

Dear Leslyn,

I hope that you loved every second of college. I hope you loved being in [this a-capella group that would have put Pitch Perfect to shame], that you had the opportunity to be on Program Board, and that you excelled academically. I hope that you remained friends with Carly & Hailey. You might still be dating [an ex-boyfriend]. You will be an amazing nurse. I hope you will stick with your job, and become a mother and wife in the next few years. 

I hope you're still an encourager, that you are trustworthy, and that you are a hard worker. 

I hope that you've learned to be happy with who you are, and that you've learned that you don't have to change for everybody or anybody. Stay true to who you are, and keep on smiling!

I remember writing that letter. It was a sunny day, about 75 degrees, I was with a group of other people who were on a freshman leadership board, and we were sitting under the trees in the middle of the main lawn at Belmont University in Nashville. But more than the beautiful setting, I remember where my heart was.

I felt so lonely. I only had a few good friends. I decided to become a nursing major so that if things "worked out" with my boyfriend at the time, he could pursue his dream of being a musician, and I could support us. Of course, I had no desire to be a nurse (that's why I had to tell myself to stick with my job! Ha!). As you can see in the last paragraph, I was unhappy, and I was trying so hard to be accepted and loved, to the point where I changed the way I looked, the way I dressed, and my personality. I lost 30 lbs in one semester, and I got to the point where I could wear a size 0... and I'm 5'7". I spent all of my money on expensive clothes that were pretty, but uncomfortable. In spite of the pretty clothes, I still felt disgusting and unworthy of love. I was a mess.

When I received this "time capsule letter" in the mail a few months ago, I felt overwhelmed by God's grace and His divine plan. I learned a lot from my time at Belmont, but I am thankful that ultimately, there was a better place for me where I would come alive, make a TON of lifelong friends, and meet a man who loved me as I was, and still loves me unconditionally to this very day. I was so broken before, but I was healed and restored during my time at Ouachita. I am forever thankful.

So if you're reading this and feel trapped, rejected, and alone, know that you're adored by the Creator of the universe and many others, whether you realize it or not. There is always, ALWAYS hope.


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