A Good Season

Hello! I don’t know where to start! I haven’t updated much since Ari was born but that’s because with a newborn, everything goes up in the air. I have, however, learned the art of blogging while breastfeeding ever since I downloaded the WordPress app. Let’s do a rapid-fire update shall we? Then I’ll get into it in the end.

  • So this happened: 
  • Russ and I celebrated 4 years of marriage in April 
  • Ari is now six weeks old. He got his shots a few days ago. Here’s a picture from when he turned one month old.
  • And he has also started smiling and cooing.
  • I celebrated my first Mother’s Day!

A few weeks ago, our floor felt warm. We then found out our upstairs neighbor had a hot water leak and unfortunately, their water pipes ran under our floor. To sum it up, we had to talk to our insurance, we had to rip up the wood floor Russell installed less than a year ago, a plumber came and cut out a bunch of holes in our walls and ceiling, then a drywall guy came to patch it up. Our place though still looks like a mess. Because again, with a baby, it’s really hard to get things done. But we just bought new wood floors so here’s to hoping that Russ and I find time to clean the house and re-install new floors.

The home I prided myself on all of a sudden wasn’t the same anymore. What I realized was that I found so much comfort and peace in my nicely and minimally decorated home that it became my escape. Especially when Ari was born, Russ and I took refuge in our little home. So you can imagine my frustration when our condo looks like a cold cement storage unit. But I’m learning. I’m learning to take it one day at a time. I’m learning to find my peace and comfort in Jesus and not in worldly things. Russ and I finally made it back to church on Sunday (and have been going consistently for the past 3 weeks!!) after weeks of not going and instead yes, staying home in the comfort of our home with our new child. We needed a little push to get out and worship with our church family again and we certainly got that. I was reminded of how good our Father is. I am so blessed by my family.

Amidst all of this, Russ and I celebrated 4 years of marriage! Every year, we try to do a trip during our anniversary. This year, we took the baby with us and made a 20 minute drive to get milk tea. Yay! Small steps with a newborn 🙂

Ari also celebrated turning 1 month by giving us his first social smile. Oh goodness, I don’t even know how to describe it. My heart melts every time he gives me a smile. It makes all the long nights, endless hours breastfeeding, and fussy days worth it. And to think he couldn’t get any cuter, he has also started cooing. He loves being talked to and will grunt at you if you stop socializing with him.

He also makes cute faces like these

A lot has been going on. Both good and bad but mostly good. When people ask me how it’s going, I don’t know how else to respond except for with “good.” Because, it is good. It’s hectic and crazy, and I’ve found myself crying more times than I care to admit.

Our first time back at church, one of the worship songs they played was “Good Good Father” by Chris Tomlin. It brought tears to my eyes because, wow, what a great Father we serve. Ari ended up at CHOC children’s hospital when he was 4 days old and it was probably the worst night of my life. I remember praying in our little hospital room for my son who I just met. There’s a peace beyond all understanding when it comes to trusting in God. Anyways, that song has a special place in my heart because it reminds me of that dark night in CHOC.

But I’ve heard the tender whispers
of love in the dead of night

So if you ask me how parenthood/life is going, I’ll probably try to answer you, stumble then settle with a ridiculously goofy smile. Because, well, It’s been good.