Monday, March 31, 2008

It's a Boy!

Before leaving California for Texas, we had a sonogram done of Baby Mackey. The sonogram technician wasn't too sure that she would be able to tell the gender of the baby. Once she started, she was able to tell pretty much right away that it was a boy. There was at least one sigh of relief from Caleb that it was definitely a boy. Josiah was pretty definite all along that a brother was growing inside of me. Levi has no idea that the family dynamic will change come September. Kerry and I knew we were going to be happy with either a boy or a girl. It looks like we will have a household full of boys!

We have already decided on this precious one's name. We knew that the first name would be a Biblical name, so we've been looking at different names since we knew we were pregnant. We also knew that we wanted a family middle name. One night while I was driving home from running an errand (the boys were with Nana), I felt like God was telling me if we had another boy, his middle name was to be Kent, after Kerry's brother. From now on, this baby boy will be known as Silas Kent Mackey. We look forward to the day he arrives and we can see him face to face.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Easter on the Road

Josiah trying to pose for the camera

Caleb is ready to hunt for eggs

Levi will find anything on the ground to explore

The best group picture of the three

Celebrating Easter on the road was quite interesting. Dying Easter eggs took place outside on a picnic bench near the camper. The boys were thrilled that Daddy was able to participate this year. I wish I would have taken a few pictures of Kerry's one of a kind eggs. Sunday morning found us going to church at Saddleback. We actually drove together as a family. Not the norm when your husband is typically working at church on the weekends. I have to admit, it felt kind of weird, like it wasn't normal. But we still had fun. Kerry and Caleb went to Overdrive while I took Josiah and Levi to the Family venue. After that, we enjoyed lunch as a family and went back to the campground for the traditional Easter egg hunt. I've learned over the past 2 and a half years that we've been in California, that it truly doesn't matter where you are as long as you are together as a family and keep some of the traditions consistent. The boys had just as much fun this year hunting eggs in the campground as they did last year hunting Easter eggs at Saddleback since Daddy was up at church all day Sunday or hunting them in our house the year before when it was raining outside. The most important thing is that we are together as a family with God as our focus.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Two and a Half Year Old Josiah

I've been meaning to write a post about Josiah for some time so that I would remember some of the interesting things he has said and done.

*While the boys and I were staying with my parents, Josiah headed into the bathroom after we had gotten ready for bed. I assumed he had to go potty or was going to brush his teeth again. He was in there a little too long for those choices so I told him he needed to come back in the bedroom. When he arrived, his eyelashes and eyes were covered in mascara. I'm ready for toddler proof drawers again!

*He calls pants -- long pants, shorts -- short pants, and swimsuits -- swimming pool pants.

*His favorite show right now is Backyardigans.

*His vocabulary is huge. I'm sure having a big brother that uses more complex words has helped in that. He uses words like unusual, amazing, awesome, cool, unique, etc.

*He still loves to sing. The first song he sang completely was "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." His second song was "The Star-Spangled Banner." He's laying on the couch right now singing it as I type.

*When he explains something that has happened to himself, he often changes his voice to explain exactly what he said in that situation. For example if he told me he cried, "Mama, help me." His voice would be normal until the, "Mama, help me" part.

*If you tell him you love him, he'll say, "I love you back."

*His most funny thing happened not too long ago. Kerry, Caleb, Josiah, Levi and I were eating lunch somewhere. Josiah is very excited about the new baby and we were talking about the baby being in my tummy. He proceeded to pat on my breast (in the restaurant) saying that that was where the baby's head was and his tummy and feet were down below. Kerry and I couldn't help but laugh at his explanation. We did go on to explain where the baby can actually be found.

Life with Josiah has and never will be dull. A loud Josiah is often better than a quiet Josiah, because a quiet Josiah is normally exploring something he shouldn't. It's easy to find a loud Josiah and know what he's doing. Along with that, he is so loving towards Levi and Caleb (most of the time) and will often help me when asked. I can't wait to see what the future holds for him!

Where Are We Now?

I'm sure you are all wondering what has happened to our family since I haven't posted in awhile. Currently, we are in Southern California. We've been at an rv park for the past week and a half. The boys are having a blast riding their bicycles, playing at the park, and searching for lizards. We've enjoyed spending time with friends. The boys had dentist appointments and it was brought to our attention that Caleb would need new expanders since his have expanded almost as far as possible. Levi has his one year check up next week. We are praying that his hole in his heart has healed.

I had my first pregnancy visit with my midwife this week. According to her calculations, I'm 16 weeks pregnant and due September 4th. This was the first time we've heard this baby's heartbeat. It was great to hear. Next week, we go back for a sonogram to make sure all looks well with our baby before we leave California. A week from today, we will leave for Texas and spend a few days there before going to Florida. Then, it's back to Texas for the rest of April.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Birthday Fun!

Saturday evening, Levi had his birthday party with Mommy, Daddy, brothers, Nana, Granddaddy, Nate, RyAnn, Brock and Braxton. I spent a couple of days baking cakes so all the boys could have an individual teddy bear to eat. I have to admit, they turned out really cute. Levi loved his and did not take his hands off of the bear until he was done. I think he feared Mommy might take it away. He had fun opening his presents and all the boys enjoyed playing with them. I'm glad we were in Texas to celebrate his first birthday with family.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Levi Turns One!

Levi turned one on Friday, March 7, 2008. His first year of life has flown by. Two days before his birthday, Levi took two steps by himself. He hasn't taken off yet, but at least he is understanding what he needs to do with his legs and feet. I'm sure in the next couple of months, he'll be walking all over the place. He also loves stairs and if the gate is not on my parents stairs, he heads straight to them and tries to climb them. He is doing very well on eating solids and has mastered one sippy cup. He is very particular at this time when it comes to sippy cups and won't even try any others. He made it one full year of nursing. I still offer about once or twice a day, but the milk has changed with pregnancy and he's not very interested unless he's almost asleep. His little personality has come alive and he's no longer the laid back baby I once held in my arms. He loves to be on the go, talk to whoever will listen to him, and is very curious about the world around him. He has no problem sharing his opinion on things, especially if something is taken away from him. He is still such a joy to be around and I love watching the world through his eyes. Happy birthday Levi!