Surrenduring to Sleep

Everyone says that we have such a good baby. Do not let the boy decieve you. Joshua is an extrovert and a very social baby. He loves people when he is out in public and puts on a great public face. When guests come over, nine times out of ten he is asleep or very compliant and wide eyed so as to solicit comments such as "He's so cute!" or "What big eyes he has!". He eats it up. Joshua loves all the attention you heap on him. But, like all babies, he has his whiny crying side that doesn't want to go to sleep. Mommy & Dadddy say, "It's time to sleep Joshua" and Joshua's facial expression and flailing body movements say, "It's playtime!" But we love him, even if it is often a fight to get him to go down for a nap or to sleep at night. He struggles. He cries. He thrashes and moans and sighs. He wriggles his little arms out the swaddling cloth like a Baby Houdini. But when all is said and done, he finally goes down (to sleep, that is). As you can see in the picture, Joshua eventually puts his hands up and surrenders, submitting to the parental wisdom that sleep really is better than crying and thrashing about all night.

Joshua's Baptism

This past Sunday, we had Joshua baptized. It was wonderful to see Joshua formally recognized as a part of the covenant community of God's people at Grace Presbyterian Church. I know that Joshua will remember none of it, but he was as content as could be as I held him in my arms and Pastor Ron asked us the appropriate questions and sprinkled his little forehead. God has given his covenant promises to his people, both adults and children (Acts 2:39), and as Joshua grows up, he will be reminded that the waters of baptism signify God's promise to wash away the sins of all who trust in God, confessing Christ to be their Lord and Savior.

Like Father, Like Son

On the left is Karl at around 3 months old. On the right is Joshua at almost 3 months old. Do we look alike? Is father like son? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Attempting a Routine

We are trying to get Joshua on a routine in the evening for our sanity and his well-being:  feeding, bath, reading and soft singing, and off to bed.  We are trying to wean him off his binkie (that's a pacifier, in adult english) and it is working OK so far.  It takes him a while to go down and sometimes involves quite a bit of screaming but once he goes down, he is really down - for anywhere between 6-9 hours.  Gotta love that.  If Sun puts him down, she'll read some Scripture to him and sing a song of her own invention ("Goodnight Mommy, Goodnight Daddy, Goodnight World"), Jesus loves the Little Children, and whatever else she can think of.  If I put him down, I'll sing the goodnight mommy song with some of my own lyrics and then some hymns.  I have "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" memorized as well as four of five verses of "All Creatures of our God and King."  I only have the first two verses of "Be Thou my Vision" down but I hope to do the rest later.  It can be really difficult to maintain a soothing, calm, soft tone when you can't hear your singing over the screaming.  Oh well - try, try again.

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