Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dedicated

Today we had Sebastian's dedication at our church. We were so blessed and thankful to have many family and wonderful friends with us to celebrate and walk alongside us in this journey! Thanks, everyone!

As part of the dedication service, Tim & I shared a letter that we had written to Sebastian. We had to cut it down some due to time constraints, but I'm posting the unabridged version here.

Dear Sebastian Roy,
Today we stand before our family, friends & church community to publicly make a commitment to raise you in a way that honors and pleases God. Our love for you is great – larger than we could have imagined - and yet, we realize that we are only human, and we need God’s helping hand to bring you up in this world. We also recognize that we are abundantly blessed to have the love, support & guidance of many who surround us today. These people are very special, and we want you to know, love & appreciate them as we do.


While you were still inside me, I wrote you your first letter that said:
“It's a truly amazing feeling to carry you in my womb. With each new day, I feel more and more of your kicks, punches and rolls... it is such an awesome sensation - sometimes it makes me giggle, at times I just say "whoa!," and occasionally it brings a tear or two to my eyes. I can't wait to meet you, but at the same time I love knowing (and feeling) that you're safely inside of me. I certainly don't want to rush this process, but I'm sure we'll be ready to warmly welcome you anytime after April 20th (when I turn 37 weeks).”


Apparently you were so comfortable inside of my belly, that you chose not to make an appearance until many, many weeks later… on May 24th, the day we proudly and thankfully welcomed you to the outside world. At times, it feels as though you’re not so safe anymore - on the outside - and I have to fight against fear, as we release you to grow up and experience many new things each day. I am comforted, however, by God’s promise to keep you safe – he knew you before he formed you, and before you were born, He set you apart. His word says to fear not, because He is with you, and with me.


Also in that first letter, your mommy wrote:
“We are excited to prepare for your arrival, and are thankful for how fortunate we are to be able to gather things to raise you comfortably. Both of us have seen poverty and have lived among and worked with other children who are significantly much less fortunate than you will be. Our desire is to share with others some of the blessings that we have received. Your daddy came up with the idea of contributing a certain percentage of any money we spend on purchases for you to an organization that specifically works with children's ministries. We'd like other children to have a better chance at food, shelter, education, health, and daily necessities. We know there will always be much more that one can do, but we hope that we'll be able to make a small impact by sharing this gift with other children. We also pray that you will have a similar heart, and that we do our best as your parents to model giving and missions.”

Many people have asked us how and why we chose your name. While we were still pregnant, we took a “babymoon” trip to Nicaragua. We met a man there named Sebastian, and instantly I fell in love with the name. In keeping with our desire to grow in you a heart for the nations, I specifically wanted a name that could be pronounced easily in many languages, but especially in God’s favorite language – Spanish. Sebastian was the perfect name, and we’re finding that it suits you so well. It took some time for the name to grow on your daddy…not to mention the fact that we both were pretty much convinced that you were going to be a girl, and we got used to calling you by your girl name inside my belly. You were a very pleasant surprise, though!


Over time, and after I learned the meaning of your name, I started to become quite fond of it. Sebastian means calling forth respect through age, character and attainments. In early Christian lore, Saint Sebastian was a Roman soldier who was martyred when his Christian faith was discovered. We commit to show you the way of Christ and desire to see you commit your life fully to Him even if it means the ultimate sacrifice.


Before the thought of you even entered our minds, God knew that you were going to arrive after a very long wait and change our world and our lives forever. We're new at this parenting thing, so we ask for your patience and understanding. We'll continue to learn and grow together. What a gift from God you are and will continue to be!


We're so thankful for you and for the opportunity to be your parents. We know that your birth and your life is an opportunity from God and an inspiration to let Christ shine through us by being even more intentional in our pursuit of holiness and the presence of God in our home and in this world. This truly is an occasion to reflect on God’s goodness and to celebrate.


Again, our hearts swell with love and joy. Our prayer is that we be faithful to the call to rise up and serve as your earthly parents, nurturing you in love and truth, so that you may grow to know of your heavenly father in a personal and special way, and that you would develop a heart for peace, justice, human rights and service to all of God’s people.


We love you Sebastian Roy!

And here are some pictures of Sebastian with his grandparents. He's one lucky guy!

Friday, September 25, 2009

4 months!

It's so hard to believe that Sebastian was 4 months old yesterday! Everyone tells you to cherish the moments when they're so itty bitty, because they go by so fast... and well, it's just plain true. Every Friday I make rounds in the newborn nursery at the hospital, and I get to examine these teeny, tiny munchkins with their wrinkly skin, always sleeping, snuggled up, so peaceful and precious... today there was one that was only 4 pounds, 6 ounces! And every week, I'm amazed that my little baby is another week older. Time really does seem to be slipping away! Nonetheless, Sebastian continues to be such a joy and cutie pie. And I'm the super-enamored mama, who has to always post pictures of my baby boy. But I know you all love to see them too, so here they are!

We're having Sebastian's dedication this Sunday at church. It will be a great time of commitment and celebration, and we're thrilled to have lots of family and friends that will join with us in the memorable event!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Burned

My skin, that is... right in the middle of my abdomen, just to the right of my belly button. Silly me.... a patient told me she had a "wart" that she wanted me to burn, so before I examined her, I went to get the TCA (trichloroacetic acid). Seems like someone prior to me must have had a little spill or leak, or didn't put the cap on tightly, because when I pulled the plastic box down from the shelf that houses the TCA, liquid splashed onto my new (only have worn it twice) blouse... and subsequently thru the blouse and onto my skin. I flushed my belly with water and went about my day sulking a little bit because of the new shirt likely being ruined - I anticipate a big hole in it as the TCA eats it away when I wash it. But when I got home and put my PJs on, I found that what had been just a little red before is now a lot red and about 2 inches by 2 inches, in the shape of a heart of sorts. How ironic. A burn, on my belly, in the shape of a heart. And you know what the real kicker of it is? I didn't even burn a wart today. Sigh... The joys -and hazards- of doctoring.
Interestingly, when you google TCA burn, you get all sorts of information on chemical peels using TCA for cosmetic purposes. So maybe the TCA will wipe away a few unwanted blemishes left over from a pregnant belly after all. I'll keep you posted. It's a good experiment, since it only fell on one side. It seems almost a little too high up on the belly to make a really good experiment, though.
You'll also find a video of a cheerleading championship dance... I'm not sure I can come up with any explanation for how that fits with "TCA Burn" though. I guess I'm just missing something. Huh.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

our happy baby


We've been very busy lately. That's not really anything new for us, but we're starting to recognize how it affects our little tender baby. All in all, he's done incredibly well with the hectic schedule, and we can't complain - he's such a good baby! But, we've noticed that he's waking up a little more at night, last week he had a couple of fussy days after a very busy weekend with two weddings, hundreds of people and loud music, and he's all of a sudden decided that the car is not his favorite place to be. It all just makes me want to eat more ice cream...which is OK, right? I'm still a lactating woman who needs extra calcium and protein. What better source than ice cream?!?

Anyways, we're still trying to figure out the juggling act of baby, work, eating, sleeping, doing laundry, keeping the house somewhat tidy and in order, lots of renovations, and all of our other commitments. Many people have told me that the juggling act continues 'til the kids are in college! Seems like we've got a long road ahead of us!

I know I've said this before, but I continue to be amazed at how much my heart swells for something (someone) so small. God has so richly blessed us with a wonderful, handsome (see pictures below), healthy, generally happy and easy-going baby, and it's easy to overlook that and forget it in the midst of what seems like such a busy life... We are so, so thankful!

And, if you'd like to hire our baby as your next baby model, let us know... we're not interested in exploiting him and his good looks, but it's not a bad idea to start a college fund, right? Yes, of course, I recognize how ridiculous my biased opinion of my gorgeous baby might be, but every good mother has the right to boast a little, no?



Friday, September 18, 2009

At long last... the nursery!

It's been a long time coming and a labor of true love (note: hand painted circles on the walls and stripes that were done to near perfection)... but the nursery is finally finished! Well, almost, that is... We still have to finish the closet, replace the two windows, and install the radiator, as well as a few final touches, but it's looking schnazzzy if you ask me! Sebastian's mattress just arrived yesterday, so we gave him his first go-around in the crib for a nap this morning. He seemed quite content... and quite honestly, if I had his mattress, I'd be quite happy too! It seems wonderfully divine... and healthy, too!
The beautiful rug is 100% wool from Ikea... and ties things together oh, so well. I still have some pictures of children from around the world that are framed and just need to be hung - we hope that Sebastian learns to have a heart for the nations by our modeling, but also through the simple reminders that will adorn his walls. Plus I plan to do something with my belly cast - likely paint it in matching colors and hang it in the corner above his changing table.
All in all, we're quite happy with the room, and sure hope that Seb learns to love it just as much as we do!
Bit by bit we're crossing things off the remodeling to-do list, and that sure feels good! Stay tuned for an upcoming post that shows off our gorgeously, freshly painted house! Ahhh! So nice!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The first dance!

We had a very busy weekend, celebrating with two great friends, as they joined the ranks of married folk. Sebastian got to go to both weddings with us, and did extremely well...never mind the clearly audible sucking noise heard during "silent worship" at the Quaker wedding... that was his THUMB, even though those around me didn't believe me as they witnessed a squirmy body underneath my nursing cover!
It was great fun to witness couples so in love making vows to one another - brings back such wonderful memories!
And Seb had his first dance on a real dance floor... Maureen swept him off his feet!
video

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

We gotta get a video camera!

So I had put Sebastian down on his playmate, and decided to let him have some tummy time. I turned around for just a moment, heard a 'thump' and turned back around to find him on his back! My little boy rolled over! All by himself! And I missed it... sigh...
Then I put him on his belly again, and he did again! So his mama got to see it. :) That equals happy mama. And then he did it again. And again. And again! All the while laughing and squealing and having a blast! Boy, do I wish I had a video camera right now. Umph.
It was one of those milestones that I feared he was going to do while at one of his sitters' homes. But he did it here first and for me. And even if he had done it before, they didn't tell me about it...a sign of a good babysitter. ;) So I believe it happened here first. And oh my goodness, he just did it again while I'm typing this! He he he! Tickles me pink. Watch me smile and giggle and beam with joy.
Our little boy isn't so little anymore! If only we had a video camera... you all could see it too!
Hooray for happy babies and happy mommies!
Gosh, I love this little munchkin and could eat him alive!
Now if only Tim could get home to see this wonderful sight!

four generations

We had a special day yesterday! Sebastian got to meet his one and only great grandparent - Great Grandpa Martin. It was the annual chicken bbq for the Martin family, and we also were celebrating Great Grandpa's 90th birthday, which is later this week.

We were able to get a picture of 4 generations at the bbq - Seb, Tim, Harold and Great Grandpa.
What a treat to capture moments such as these! There are 25 years between Tim's Grandpa and his dad, as well as between Tim's dad and Tim... but then the trend changed quite a bit with this most recent generation! Someone had to shake things up a bit, right? Sebastian was a very chill and happy baby like usual, and he allowed his Great Grandpa to hold him for quite some time. Take a peek!

There were three other 3 month old babies at the bbq, but we all agreed that Sebastian was by far the biggest... well, at least the longest! He just doesn't stop growing!

And I experienced something new for the first time - candy dropping from an airplane. I guess this is a tradition - an airplane pilot was hired to fly over the field next to the church/school where the bbq was held and drop buckets-full of candy from the sky. What a sight to see! Children scrambled to scoop up as much candy as they could. I guess it's Lancaster County's version of a pinata, of sorts...just without the stick and the pinata! :) Sebastian's cousin, Gabe, was kind enough to share some Milk Duds with Seb... but mommy and daddy had to try them out to make sure they were OK. We decided he should stick to breast milk for now - it seems to be doing the trick!

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