Friday, January 15, 2010

A Journal on Jet

Jet in his high chair. :) He thinks he's so big.

Thank you all for coming. I have an announcement to make.
I, Jet Penny, am officially....
I know! My mommy was as shocked as you are! And to be fair I'm not purely a baby-food baby...I am an even greater fan of big-people fact - it's more like I "dabble" in baby food. lol. But just the same I have several successful encounters with baby foods such as chicken and rice, bananas and oatmeal cereal (a little). I have officially vetoed applesauce, pears, plums, sweet potatoes and any combination of the above (after several attempts by Mommy). I guess you could call me picky - but it's my tummy - I decide what goes in it. I LOVE real food - little bites of chicken, bread, muffins, refried beans, ice cream (yes...Mommy has pretty much let me try whatever I want) and I LOVE it all! Here are some pics of me trying chicken and rice baby food for the first time....a day to celebrate...the first successful food!
You're seriously trying this baby food thing again Mommy?
What was that? That's not so bad!
I did it! I swallowed baby food!

Now I can relax on the couch with Mommy.
I've recently discovered that along with my love for sitting up. I also love my feet.
What I don't love...socks.
Do love...TV. (but only for about 5 seconds. Then it's time for a toy)
Another great treat I've discovered I'll eat - puffed rice called Mum-Mums.
Funny name. Fun to eat.
I use my tooth to bite it. Glad I have that little guy.
Watch me eat my sock. :)
I hope I'm not becoming a couch potato.
See ya next time!

I saved the best for last...Jet new favorite game - pat-a-cake! This video is my favorite. :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What you missed!

So I just realized that I never posted Jet's 6 month professional pics (our first time NOT holding the camera ourselves! lol). They turned out so nice (thank you JPPhotography!) we decided to give them as Christmas gifts to family so I didn't want to post them back in November....then I forgot! Now that I'm posting them I realize how much he has changed already! Man - it seems like no time at all but almost 2 months has gone by and my little guy doesn't exactly match this little baby in the pictures anymore. BUT they are SO cute and some of my all time favorites so here they are. :) A look back in time - Jet at 6 months.

Aren't you glad I remembered these? lol. :) I love my beautiful boy!

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Today it snowed. Beautiful, bright, fluffy snow. It made the children squeal with delight in the class where I was a substitute teacher today (for the first time :)). It made the teachers hope for a snow day tomorrow probably more than the kids. It made me excited to drive home and take Jet outside for his first snow. And it was while driving home enjoying the snow that I heard a song on the radio. It was a song I'd heard before but like all songs you have that moment where you realized you've never really "heard" it before until now. The song was by Third Day (a great band with great lyrics to their songs) and it struck me today more than past times. Today as it turns out is the anniversary of the day we were told our baby had spina bifida. It was a horrible day full of fear, doubt, tears and questioning. It was a day I looked up to God and said "How do I do this?", "What do you want me to do?" and even more "Why?" We were broken. But God healed us. The days and months to follow were a testament to His love, power, mercy and His Plan. We didn't know what to expect. He exceeded our expectations. We didn't know what to do. He did everything we could not. We weren't sure how to move forward in our hour of darkness. He provided a Light. So today when I heard this song in the car and watched the snow fall lightly as I sat at stoplights, then whirl around me as I drove through flurry-dusted streets, I was teary-eyed. I saw light all around me when a year ago I was drowning in darkness. I felt excitement and peace to replace the previous dread and uncertainty. It was like the blanket of snow was a symbol of the renewal God gave to our lives. He healed our baby and blessed us beyond measure. When I got home to see Jet, the snow swirled outside the windows. I picked him up and never felt so warm.

These are the lyrics to the song:
"My life has led me down the road that's so uncertain
Now I am left alone and I am broken
Trying to find my way
Trying to find the faith that's gone

This time I know that you are holding all the answers
I'm tired of losing hope and taking chances
On roads that never seem
To be the ones that bring me home

Give me a revelation
Show me what to do
'Cause I've been trying to find my way
I haven't got a clue
Tell me should I stay here
Or do I need to move
Give me a revelation
I've got nothing without you
I've got nothing without you

My life has led me down this path that's ever winding
Through every twist and turn, I'm always finding
That I am lost again
Tell me when this road will ever end

I don't know where I can turn
Tell me, when will I learn
Won't you show me where I need to go
Let me follow your lead
I know that it's the only way that I can get back home

Give me a revelation
Show me what to do
'Cause I've been trying to find my way
I haven't got a clue
Tell me should I stay here
Or do I need to move
Give me a revelation
I've got nothing without you
I've got nothing without you

Father Thank You for this Day. Thank You for Your promises. Thank you for Your faithfulness. Thank You for these reminders. Thank you for our little miracle.
Did I mention this was Jet's first snow. :) Beautiful.
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Years Babies

Babies of 2009 - Welcome to 2010!
Okay so these babies may not wear top hats or banners across their chests - but they are a perfect symbol of the New Year for me and my family. Jet Montgomery and his sweet cousin Jane Darcy are the very essence of "new" - everything they do, see, hear and discover is new and wonderful!
Jane has "newly" learned to crawl
(as you see her try to escape in other pictures below)
Jet has a "newly" acquired FIRST TOOTH!
This is all he will let us see of it. But I can feel it in there! Sharp and pokey! lol.

We are so excited! Poor baby hasn't been too happy with this painful process but he's got a few more days to go before it's all the way in. He's a good boy though so we'll be fine. :) Jet and Jane had a lot of fun together this holiday. Jet showed Jane how to really sit back, open your eyes wide, and observe life around you - and Jane showed Jet how to kick like a crazy horse and how to really use your voice to it's full potential. I'm not sure either one will take the other's advice but it was fun to watch. :)
Jane also tried to show Jet that baby food is you can see he still does not agree.
Together they experienced the joys of wrapping paper, the suffering of mommy making you wear hats, and the true meaning of life - chewing on other peoples clothes.

Reflecting on the past year I am so thankful. What an amazing journey it has been. The thing that keeps going through my mind is the understanding "He makes all things new."
This past year, God has brought about many new things.
New little miracles brought to new families.
New surprises (like a darling red-head born to two unsuspecting blondies). :)

New meaning to the phrase "love at first sight".
(I discovered the "little man" of my dreams was short, chubby and handsome.)

New Daddies who never knew what they were missing.
New levels of insanity for mommies buying matching outfits for their babies. lol.

And last but not least - a new appreciation for each other. Being parents is a whole new kind of relationship. It needs a new way of communication, a new level of trust and a new kind of understanding...and though I don't think the learning process will ever be over - and parenting school will never let out- I'm beginning to feel comfortable with the knowledge that after each little graduation is just another level of school waiting for us. We know that we will be life-long learners -
I'm just glad my lab-partner is cute. :)
So Happy New Year Jet and Jane!
We love you SO SO MUCH! It's 2010
- let the fun begin!

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