Picnic Pictures

We went on a picnic today with some folks from the church and the weather was soooooo nice!! So, why not have an impromptu 6 month photo shoot 🙂 The perks of having a photographer for a husband!

glamour shot

family pic


big grin 2


sideways smile

grass 1

dimple face

scrunchy face

flying 2

flying 1

eating leaves

happy boy

The last one is by fay my absolute favorite picture of him to date. Love that grin.




At least we always laugh.

Two stories for today.

Yesterday was Josh’s birthday (yay). That is totally unrelated to the story, other than it happened on Josh’s birthday. So, there’s this guy from out of town here to teach on Revelation at church. So, he was talking about those who will be thrown into the lake of fire and said, “And what was their reaction?” And, with impeccable timing, Lincoln squeeled/screamed. The entire congregation turned at us and busted out laughing. The preacher dude just said, well, yes, that’s exactly what their reaction is.

overalls 2

Little stinker.

K, story number 2. I’m not sure if anyone remembers when I went to the electronics store back in Ankara like, a year an a half ago, and without knowing what I agreed to I ended up getting parts of my hair curled as a demonstration. Anyway, that happened. So, tonight we went to the pharmacy to get meds for Lincoln (that’s another post… but praise the Lord for Providence and the awesome pediatrician who helps us expat people). So, while we were waiting I decided to go look at the wall of baby things and just see what they had. Well, some lady comes and starts talking to me about make up she’s selling and says something to the effect of, would you like a free sample. Or, at least that’s what I thought she said. Nope, she totally did my make up for me…. complete with blush and eye liner. Then points me to the mirror and says, yeah, it’s so natural, right. You can’t even tell you make up on.

make up 1

Sure, lady. You can barely tell. And the grand total for the make up, should I want to buy it…. 560 lira. Hm, I think not.

Anybody PALEO?

First…. this hilarious sequence from Lincoln’s first day sitting by himself:

Ok, Lincoln’s poor little rash is really bothering me. I have no idea what is causing it, but apparently Josh had the same type thing when he was little, which makes me think it’s allergy related. And, to try to figure it out… I’m really thinking of adopting the Paleo diet for a while. I only know the basics: eat only meat, fresh produce, and nuts. Most of what I think is causing the eczema is either dairy or junk (i.e. chocolate, caffeine, even if it is only one soda a week, maybe gluten).  Maybe if I cut out all those things and it clears up, I can gradually re-introduce things and see what happens.

I have some reservations about this. Ok, a lot. But they’re mostly selfish – like, I don’t like vegetables that much and I don’t want to give up sugar. There is a legit concern about maintaining my weight and making sure I get all the nutrients I need… but that’s why I want anyone who knows anything about Paleo to please tell me what you know!


Istanbul Trip Photo Dump

They’re not in order… I was too lazy to rearrange them. Neyse….

Happy Half Birthday!

Seriously? It’s already been half a year. Are we sure it’s not still October? Or maybe even still September? Where does the time go!?!?

Anyway. Lincoln is, in fact, half a year old today. 6 whole months. And growing sooo fast!! He’s almost sitting up by himself now, which is fun. I really think most of the time that he could sit, but he would rather roll around in search of whatever toy is not in front of him. And we went to the Sam’s Club-ish store tonight and on the way, Josh was talking and I stopped him because from the backseat all you could hear was “ba, ba, ba, da, da, gurgle, ga…” He was totally competing with Josh in the conversation. Then, at the store he was going crazy! We loaned our beloved infant car seat to some friends who are expecting their little boy in a month-ish, so we can’t tote Lincoln around in it anymore…. which means I wore him in the ergo to the store. He loooves it. I think he just likes to see everything. So, I started bouncing with him and then dropping fast (um, I have no idea how to explain that without showing you), but he was laughing so much! It was so fun. Then some lady that works there started playing peek-a-boo and he just giggled at her. I love this age.

We went to the doc today for his 6 month check up and he weighed in at 7.28 kg, which the doc thought wasn’t a ton of gain from 2 months ago… but he is soooooo active all the time. And his height measured in at 72cm, but I tried to re-check it when we got home (emphasis on tried) and I think maybe it’s really somewhere around 70? I dunno. 72 just seems really long! And it would put him in the 99%, which I think is impossible for a child of mine. Hello. I’m not even average height.

So, at 6 months

  • likes: attention and people, anyone, stranger or friend, toes, bath time, the green stage 2 teether (weird, but it’s his favorite toy right now), rice cereal… because it’s the only food he’s had, being outside
  • dislikes: laying still, getting pj’s on, the inevitable changing of sides while nursing
  • teeth: none. ohhh the drool! the doc said something like “3 and 3” today, but I really think he thinks we have no language, so he didn’t tell us anything, really…. I’m just assuming it had something to do with teeth since he was looking in his mouth?
  • hair: it’s coming!! I think it’s my color or a bit lighter and super fine! poor kid.
  • sleep habits: we have some semblance of a schedule…. up at 7, naps at 8.30, 11:30, 2:30 and around 5ish most days. Yes, that is a lot of naps. Can I tell you how ready I am for the consolidated afternoon nap?
  • clothing size: he’s in a mix of 3-6 month and 6-9 month clothes. Most of his 3-6 month sleepers are too small, but the onesies are still doable. Ugh, he’s getting so big!

And without further ado, the pictures: