Monday, December 31, 2012

12.30.12 - 2 Months

CONNOR
Holy smokes, Connor, you are 2 months old now. Boy, does time fly! It seems like just yesterday we found out we were pregnant with you. The last 2 months have been such a joy.
This month, your personality has really started to show. You smile so much and laugh and "talk" to us all the time. You are just the happiest baby. Every one comments on how alert and happy you are. I still think you are almost too good to be true; you are THAT good. I can't thank you enough for being such a good babe. You still give us a little trouble with sleep. I think you just like being up and taking in everything; you don't want to miss a beat. We are going to transition you to your crib in January and this makes me so nervous! But I think you are ready for it.



You are growing and gaining weight so well. You are now 10 lbs, 9 oz and 22 inches long. Although, I think you are getting bigger and bigger by the day but strangers always say how little you are. I guess now would be a good time to let you know that you aren't going to be too tall. Daddy and Mommy are a bit on the short side. Sorry buddy!

You still look like your Daddy's side of the family to most but your Mamaw thinks you look like me, especially those big blue eyes of yours. Not only are you growing so perfectly, but you are starting to look less like a newborn and more like a infant. You can now see more and love it when we get down on your level and talk and play. The best part of the last month is that you can now recognize voices. It's safe to say, the sound of my voice is your favorite. Daddy would agree.

In the last month, we celebrated your first Christmas, meet your Oklahoma family for the first time, had your first round of shots (you took it like the champ I know you are!) and moved from Ohio to Texas. The move provided your first flight. I was so nervous to fly with you and Mamaw (who had never flown before) but you did really well. You slept the entire first flight, during the layover and on the final leg of the trip. I'm glad you did so well because you will be flying to South Carolina in March and back to Ohio 3 times in 2013. Can we say frequent flyer?
Connor, we love you so much and you have given us so much to look forward to. There is no doubt that you are the best part of our 2012.


-xo-
Mommy and Daddy



Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of His love at Christmas and always.
 
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
 
 
Enjoy the holidays and we will see you all in 2013!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thankful Thursdays in honor of Newtown, CT

 
This week I'm thankful for...
 
** knowing that the ones taken from us in Newtown are spending this Christmas with the most amazing Father we could ever imagine having.
 
** having the holidays with my friends and family when so easily that ability can be taken from us.
 
** teachers and staff who are willing to give their very lives for children that don't share their blood,  but are their children nonetheless.
 
** living in a country where our leader can show his sorrow and love for those he will never know but yet feels for them with deep emotion.
 
** for being able to see my nieces and nephew after school on Tuesday.
 
** the fact that no matter how ugly this world can be and sometimes is, our God will take care of us. We will mourn, we will miss, we will question but in the end, our heavenly Father will carry us through with his loving grace.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

So What! Wednesday


Happy Hump Day!! Enjoy the next 2 days... the worlds gonna end so make the most of it! ;)
Some things I'm saying So What to this week:
 
** I'm back on birth control - PRAISE JESUS!
 
** I was so exhausted last night that when J got home from being away for 3 days, I didn't even attempt to make small talk or spend time with him. My bed and pillow was were it's at.
 
** Hearing my youngest brother say "I'd smash it" made me laugh! I couldn't even pretend to be mortified. He is hilarious!
 
** I can't figure out Connor's sleep schedule AT ALL.
 
** I plan on getting (a lot) tipsy on New Year's Eve.
 
** I'm totally disappointed in the amount of Christmas cards we got this year. Were is the spirit people? And my cards!!??
 
** I think being pregnant GAVE me a metabolism.
 
** I should be packing but instead I'm blogging. Priorities!
 
** The only Christmas decorations we have up is our tree. Moving during the holidays? Decorating buzz kill for sure.
 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Blog Swap Show & Tell

Earlier this month, I linked up with a few fellow bloggers for a Christmas Blog Swap. The swap provided me with the chance to meet a new blogger and send him/her a small Christmas gift. I was matched up with Traci over at The Schindewolf Squad. Traci is a mother to two adorable little boys and she is from Texas! I am looking forward to asking her lots of questions about the Lonestar state since we will be residence of the Texas in less than 2 weeks!

We were tasked with sending our new blogger friend a Christmasy gift under $10 and Traci sent me two items I love and actually needed!

I got this adorable mug, which I used the day I unwrapped it, along with an 'Cookies for Santa' platter! I may use the platter for the cookies we leave out for Santa.



Thank you so much Traci! I love my gifts and I hope you enjoy the ones I sent to you as well!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Car Seat Woes

Yesterday, Connor and I took a trip to see my family and to watch William and Allee sing in their school Christmas program. My parents live 70 minutes away in the middle of nowhere. It's totally county but is beautiful The trip allows me to see some rather pretty sights. But, now that Connor is here, car rides have a new effect on me. "Why?" you ask.

Connor HATES his car seat. I don't get it. And the worse part is, he has to get over his hatred for something so simple. Obviously, there is no way around using it. Any time we leave the house, he has to be buckled in and placed in the car. Plain and simple. Or not so simple because every time, he throws a fit. These fits vary in length and severity but regardless, we've only had one fit-free day out since birth.

Yesterday was more of the same. On the way down, he slept so it was peaceful and I got a chance to clear my head and think of a few things other than feedings, burpings, diapers and bedtimes. He was a doll at my parents. Mamaw feed him (lots) and he spent time cuddling with Aunt Linda and Uncle Stevie and got to talk with his Uncle Chetty. Overall, it was a great Sunday.

Coming home? Not so much. I had to stop 3 times to make sure his head wasn't going to explode - that's how pissed he sounded. I gave him his paci - I have 6 with me at all time. Can we say first time Mom? HA! I gave him Seth the Seahorse and even provided him with some white noise. NOTHING WORK. Finally, about 15 minutes from home, I had enough and decided to have a talk with him, which went a little something like this.
 
"Connor, honey, you have to calm down. There is nothing wrong with being in your car seat. Mommy is right here and as soon as we get home, we will take a bath, have some dinner and you will be able to lay down and get some sleep."
 
He had stopped crying/whinning/screaming while this conversation went on. I was shocked so I continued because of course a 6 1/2 week old totally undestands what I'm saying.
 
"Connor, I know you hate being in such a small space but it's the law. You wouldn't want Mommy to get in trouble and be accused of being another Britney Spears kind of Mom, would you? You just need to give the car seat a chance. In just a few minutes, we will be home and we can cuddle. But sweetie, you need to face the fact that your car seat isn't going anywhere soon so let's make the most of it. What do you say?"
 
I don't think he liked being told that the car sear was sticking around because he decided to scream bloody murder until we pulled in front of the house. Then, to my utter shock, he stopped crying. Cold turkey.
 
Fellow Mommas, please tell me this will end soon? Or please, please, please provide me with some suggestions to make Connor's hate for his car seat go away. I mean, really? I can only stay cooped up in the house for so long!



Friday, December 14, 2012

Life as I know it

... Christmas is 11 days away. We have all our gifts purchased and wrapped and the house has been decorated since the week after Thanksgiving. First holiday with a newborn? A success.
 
... We got Connor 3 gifts this year. None of them got wrapped and he has used 2 of the 3 already.
 
... I've considered having a drink multiple nights when Connor goes to bed but never do. I'm worried I won't hear him when he wakes up at 4 a.m. Yes, I'm scared one drink could do that. It's been a while.
 
... I am back to monitoring my calorie intake and exercises on MFP. But I have my daily calorie goal set to 1625. This is a 1/2 pound loss per week so I can still enjoy food. I mean, who starts dieting during the holidays? Not this girl! I'll really kick it into gear after the New Year (maybe).
 
... The movers come in 12 days and nothing is packed and Christmas is next week. Oy!
 
... Connor has been sleeping so well at night and taking such good naps throughout the day, I can only hope it last.
 
 ... James has been out of town a few days each week this month and he leaves again on Sunday. Solo parenting? I got this.
 
... I love being home with Connor but I've really let myself go. I never do my hair or makeup and I'm usually in comfy clothes or pj's. I need to fix this before James wonders what happened to his wife.
 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SWW


It's Wednesday! Which means I get to say So What to a few things...
 
** I am officially a mall walker.
 
** I have already started taking down some of my Christmas decorations.
 
** Moving and packing has stolen my Christmas spirit this year.
 
** Teen Mom deserves a Emmy, Golden Globe and/or Oscar in my opinion.
 
** Solo parenting is for the birds. But so far so good. Week two, let's do this!
 
** This isn't fair. I think it should be outlawed to look this good, this soon.
 
** I wish the cast of The New Girl were my neighbors or even my best friends.
 
** My flight to TX is at 6:30 a.m. I feel like American Airlines is making me their bitch.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Parenting - 6 weeks in

6 weeks ago, we welcomed CJ into the world. I can't believe how fast 6 weeks has flown by. Not only has this little newborn turned into this growing fella who laughs, smiles and giggles but he has totally changed my world and everything I thought I knew.

I have mentioned before that I never really wanted children. Now, I can't imagine my world without our son. Sure, it's not always rainbows and happiness but it's been the most rewarding job I've ever taken on.

 I've been spit up on, thrown up on, peed on and even chewed on a little. We've gone through multiple outfits thanks to a feeding gone wrong. Our bed has been stripped and remade thanks to projectile vomit. I sleep when I can and I spend most of my days in comfy clothes and hair that looks like a bird's nest. I am lucky to remember to put on chapstick, let alone makeup.

But it's all worth it.

I have this little man that smiles the moment he wakes up in the morning. He giggles when I rap to him about cats, dogs and things Mommy and Daddy like. He farts so badly, I've called him Pigpin a time or two million. He burps like a grown man, maybe a little like Barney from the Simpson's.

He has changed so much that I can now see myself in him. It melts my heart. Knowing that he is ours and nothing can change that, makes all these "hazards" worth it.

He has made me the happiest I've ever been. I honestly never imagined loving someone so much. Just 6 weeks in and I know that I was meant to be a Mommy, Connor's Mom. I could spend day after day with just him, discovering the world through his eyes.



Monday, December 10, 2012

Ebates Referral

How many of us shop online? Lots. And if you are anything like me, it's so much easier and darn near stress free to shop online now that we have Connor.
 
Not only do I like shopping online but I also like getting paid for shopping. How you ask? EBATES! Ebates pays members cash back every time they shop online as well as provide them with the best coupons and deals online. You start shopping at Ebates and they transfer you to the store of your choice. That's it. It's really easy. I just got a $10 Target gift card for signing up (hello free diapers!) and I have at least $28.53 coming to me in check form this Feb. And that's only if I don't do anymore shopping between now and then (that's not happening!).
 
For each of you that follow my referral bonus link, I get $25**. Momma like! Here is my personal referral link for Ebates - Stephanie's Ebates Link
 
Let me know if you have any questions (sacox65@gmail.com)! And HAPPY SHOPPING!
 
**The $25 referral bonus is only applicable to your first lifetime qualified referral. A qualified referral is a new user to Ebates referred by you who makes a purchase of $25 or more earning cash back.
 
 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A message from Connor

Merry Christmas!
Love, Connor 
 








 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thankful Thursdays


Happy Friday Eve folks! Today, I am thankful for:
 
** Kristin's gift wrapping abilities.
 
** My parents being able to spend the weekend with us while James is house hunting in Texas.
 
** The combination of mint and chocolate; in any form.
 
** Life without alarm clocks.
 
** Healthy baby girls - Jesup DeAnn was born yesterday to my aunt and uncle.
I can't wait to meet her!
 
** Professional bakers. The cake I made and decorated for Mom's birthday is ridiculous. I should be ashamed but I'm sure it will taste amazing! It is cake after all.
 
** Cookie dates with girlfriends.
 
** Visitors during the week while James is at work. Connor likes meeting people and I like talking to someone who can talk back.
 
** Moments when Tug isn't howling or barking.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

So What Wednesday


I'm linking up with Shannon for another chance to say So What! this Wednesday:
 
** 4 out of 10 of my toenails are rockin' chipped polish.
 
** White noise works better for James and I than Connor.
 
** I would love to have Kathie Lee and Hoda job. Drinks at 10 a.m.? I'm there.
 
** My house is a wreck, 24/7. Welcome anxiety!
 
** If I am not in pjs all day, it's been a good day.
 
** Princess Kate is suffering from morning sickness, as did I. And I didn't make the news. Move on to real news folks.
 
** I wish I didn't have pregnant boobs (still).
 
** I don't know if when I comment back on comments left on my post if they make it back to the person who commented. I'm such a blogging rookie.

** I am a single parent until Friday and so far, so good.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Hey, That's Pintastic!

Happy Monday!! Which can only mean I've lost my mind since I put the words happy and Monday together in the same sentence. I blame it on the lack of sleep.

Today, I'm linking up with AP.

This past weekend, I made it my life's mission (so dramatic) to complete a project I've pinned on Pinterest. I can't tell you how many pins I have yet I have NEVER actually followed through with any of the projects/crafts. I wanted something for our dining room table. Something simple and easy enough to do while Little Mister is sleeping.
 
I decided to make Peppermint Trees. All you need is small peppermint candies, 2 Styrofoam cones and a glue gun. Just unwrap the candies and glue them to the Styrofoam cone. It's pretty easy and if I can do it, you can, too! I didn't take pictures as I was working on the pieces, I was attempting to get them completed along with tackling dinner and laundry during nap time.
 
Here is the boring before picture

 
And here are the finished works of art


The top of the cones where a bit bare so I used cupcake toppers to fill it in. I really liked the extra touch. The total cost for this was less than $10 and took less than an hour. I'm now going to look for something to "set" the peppermints in hopes that I can reuse these next year!

Visit again next week to see what project Connor and I tackle!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Happy Holidays!

December is among us!! This year has gone by so fast. We celebrated our first wedding anniversary, welcomed our son into the world and will end the year with a big move across the country.

With all the excitement 2012 has brought, I can only imagine what is in store for us in 2013. We have been blessed and I hope the blessings keep coming our way.

 
Happy Holidays!! Enjoy the holiday with your friends and family!


Friday, November 30, 2012

Liebster Award Nomination

I've been nominated! I love when someone thinks enough of my little 'ol blog and nominates me! It's a nice perk of connecting with people through blogging. I'm surprised by how many people I've gotten to know through And Baby Makes 10.
 
Sarah over at from TX Wife to Mama nominated me for the Liebster Award.
THANK YOU SARAH!


This award is given to new or up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers...the award is then passed along to other bloggers in the same category to help spread the word and support one another.
If you receive the award, there are a few rules to follow...
1) Each blogger nominated must post 11 things about themselves
2) Then answer the 11 questions the tagger has asked
3)Blogger must then create 11 questions of their own to ask the bloggers they decide to nominate
4) They must choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate
and link them on their blog post
5)Bloggers must be notified of their award!
6) No tag backs!
 
11 Things About Me
 
1) I think being a SAHM means you should bake and complete a craft on a weekly basis.
Am I wrong or just crazy?
 
2) I want Connor to be an only child.
 
3) I love getting the mail from the mailbox. When James beats me to it, it makes me a little sad.
 
4) I use BOTH my Vera Bradley planner and my Kindle Fire to keep myself organized.
 
5) I plan on continuing my love for Buckeye and Bengals football while living in Texas.
 
6) I never paint my nails. I prefer a natural fingernail.
 
7)  I shop for Christmas all year long. Sometimes, I have too much stuff
and no one to gift it to.
 
8) I watch more TV shows based on murder than anything else. By now, I could easily get away with the perfect murder (that makes me sound creepy, doesn't it?).
 
9) My best friend is a 2 year old. She is just fabulous and you would be here BFF, too, if you had the chance.
 
10) I have a grandparent complex. I am jealous of anyone who has grandparents.
 
11) I have a soft spot for older men.
 
Questions from Sarah
 
1. What do you hope your life will look like in 10 years? I would like to be settled in our dream home and back to work. I plan on being a SAHM for a while but would like to go back to work when Connor goes to school full time.
 
2. What is your favorite movie? Gone With The Wind. All-time favorite. Nothing compares.
 
3. If you were stranded on an island, what 3 items would you bring? Chapstick, water and a camera.
 
4. What is your favorite hobby? I can't pick just one - lately, I've been baking, crafty and blogging when I have free time (mostly during nap time). It's been nice since I'm home with a 1 month old.
 
5. If you could meet any person (alive or dead) who would it be and why? 1969 Elvis. That is when he was hottest. I have always loved him. Remember, soft spot for older men. And I'm pretty sure I would make him fall in love with me. Or at least throw myself at him, in hopes of him loving me.
 
6. Where is your favorite place to shop for you and/or your little one? I prefer to shop at Kohl's or Old Navy. I have to shop at the GAP for jeans. I can get Connor clothes just about anywhere since he is so little. I find the best prices at Kohl's.
 
7. Do you make anything? If so, tell us about it.
I made a baby, does that count? HA! I won't go into details there but I am currently working on my first Pinterest inspired craft and should have it finished today or tomorrow.
 
8. Who is your biggest inspiration? My mom. She had me when she was 16 and raised me and my brother by herself until she meet my father. She put herself through nursing school while working 3rd shift and gave me and the boys the best life ever. She has been so strong and giving. She is an amazing mom, wife and Mamaw. I couldn't imagine my life with any other Momma.
 
9. If you could meet any blogger, which blogger would you choose? I'd like to meet Laura over at Moments With The Mays. She is a Mom to 2 adorable little boys and she has it together! I think I could learn a lot from her about being a SAHM.
 
10. What is the chore you wish you never had to do? Cleaning the tub and I DON'T. That is the one thing I ask James to do. I just hate it and can't seem to get it clean enough. It really just needs a man's elbow grease!
 
11. What is your favorite meal to make? Sharp Cheddar Lasagna Made Over; it's easy and so tasty!
 
Questions For My Nominees
 
1) What is the last book you read? What book?
2) When was the last time you bought yourself something? And what did you buy?
3) What was the last piece of snail mail you received (bills and junk mail don't count)?
4) What famous person do you share you birthday with?
5) Favorite Christmas tradition?
6) How did your parents choose your name? Were you named after anyone?
7) What is your computer or cell phone wallpaper/background?
8) When are you going on your next vacation? Where are you going?
9) How many candles were on your last birthday cake?
10) How many of your blog followers do you know in real life?
11) Are you on Instagram? If so, what's your name so we can follow you?
 
And The Nominations Are...
 

11.30.12 - 1 Month

CONNOR

You are 1 month old today. I. CAN. NOT. BELIEVE. IT! You have brought so much joy, happiness and laughter into our lives in the last 30 days. We are beyond blessed and lucky to have you as our son.


As amazing as the last month has been, there have been times when you have tested my ability to take care of you. When you first came home, we had problems with you throwing up your formula, which caused you to lose a little too much weight. We took you to your pediatrician (who we love) and Dr. Hansen prescribed you medicine for reflux. Ever since then, you eat so well and haven't gotten sick. In 30 days, you've only had a bad day once. You spent an entire day crying and fussing. When Daddy got home, you didn't do much better with him. After 3 hours, you finally gave in to sleep. I think you were just so dang tired. Since then, you've been our normal happy boy.

You are the best baby. Seriously. You don't fuss unless you are tired, hungry or weight. You like to cuddle and when you are tired, you snuggle up close and we can rock you to sleep within minutes. You sleep 3-4 hours during the day, 2-3 times a day and at night, you have slept as long as 5.5 hours straight. We are feeding you 6-8 bottles a day. It just depends on how much you sleep. We must be feeding you enough because if the scale at home is right, you weigh about 9 1/2 pounds! I don't know if this is good or bad, but I like knowing you are growing and gaining weight!

Your features are changing and you are just the most handsome little guy. You still look like your cousin Jordan, it's so strange! You resemble your Daddy's side of the family much more than my side. You have your Daddy's long monkey toes and Jordan's long skinny fingers. You would think you would resemble me a little since I carried you for 9 months! Even though you don't look like me (at all), it's safe to say you hold my heart in the palm of your little hand.

In the last month, you have celebrated Thanksgiving and Macie's 2nd birthday. At both gatherings, you slept the entire time. You weren't very social but everyone commented on what a good baby you were. Something about all the noise and chaos made you one sleepy fella. You took your first road trip to Mamaw and Papaw's and slept the whole way. The real travel test will come next month when you, me and Mamaw fly to Texas.

We love you Connor and we are so excited to watch you grow!

-xo-
Mommy and Daddy

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful Thursdays

 
This week I am giving thanks to:
 
** phone calls that make a bad day all that much better
 
** crafts for Christmas (my cheap therapy these days)
 
** planning my days. It makes for a smoother, more productive day
 
** repairmen. Our house has all but fallen down around us this week.
 
** prayers. No matter how desperate they are or their frequency, I need to remember God is always there, no matter how much I neglect our relationship
 
** photo opps with this little fella

 



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

So What! Wednesday


Happy Hump Day! This week I'm saying So What! to:
 
** I called my Mom yesterday and had a good cry. I might be 30 and a Mom myself but I will never be too old to cry to my Momma.
 
** I also cried a little to James last night. I was a mess yesterday.
 
** I have a couple Christmas crafts I'd like to do but I'm missing the supplies. Maybe I can get the hubby to get them for me.
 
** I told the Roto Rooter man I was the easy one. I wonder how that came across.
 
** I don't want to move to TX but I am looking forward to decorating the new house.
 
** You moms with more than 1 child need to be rewarded daily. Booze, shopping, whatever.
You deserve a medal.
 
** Hot Pockets have been my lunch for the last 2 weeks. Healthy, right?

** Connor wakes himself up every morning pooping. Which means, I get to wake to a poopy diaper between 7-8 a.m. YAY me!

** I have been watching Christmas movies with Connor. I want to be able to say he has watched this or that since his first Christmas.
 
** I haven't even opened C's baby book. Epic fail there.
 
** I don't want anything for Christmas. Which. Is. So. Not. Like. Me.

** I joined Ebates. And I could kick my own ass for not doing it sooner. I bought SO MUCH online to prepare for Connor's room. Lesson learned.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Texas

Last week, in my So What! Wednesday, I mentioned that we were moving to Texas. Mentioned it and moved on. I guess I should explain myself.

James has been offered a new position with his current employer. This new job means we have to move to Austin, Texas. Which for those of you who don't know, is 19 hours away from our current home in Dayton, Ohio.

I will be honest, brutally so. I did not want to move. I don't like change. I am somewhat of a homebody and 98% of my family and friends live within a 90 minute drive. Not to mention, I have a newborn, who when we move, will be a day shy of his 2 month birthday. And I am a stay at home Mom now. I cry when I think of moving. I cry even harder when I think of not seeing certain people as much as I do now.

I am scared I am going to hate Texas. I'm scared I will be homesick 24/7/365. I am scared I won't make friends. I'm scared of how this move will effect my relationships with my friends and family in Ohio. I am scared that all these changes will effect my relationship with James.

However, I also know that my husband wants this; I know how important this opportunity is to James. We weighed the pros and cons and as a couple, we decided this is a move we needed to make.

This move is going to test me. Test everything I have ever known. But I am hoping and having faith that this works. That we love our life in Texas and all those fears I once had no longer exist. That we are doing what is the very best for our family. I have to believe this or I will end up in a black hole of emotions sooner than later.

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers over the next few weeks. We will be moving right after Christmas. James starts his new job on Jan. 2.

Change happens. And in my case, it's in the form of Texas. May God help my poor Democratic soul.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Our 1st Holiday

As you read this post, I hope you are either a) in a wonderful turkey hangover or b) heading to bed after taking one for the team and tackling the Black Friday madness. Regardless of if you are a or b, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving; we did!

Thursday morning, we meet some friends and family for breakfast and got the chance to take our first Thanksgiving Day photo as a family of 3.


After breakfast, with our tummies too full, we went to my parents for Thanksgiving dinner. As always Mamaw/Momma, cooked way too much food and we ate more than we should have. Connor was the life of the party, as clearly showcased in this photo:


My favorite part of the day was Connor meeting his Uncle Chetty. Chetty, or Chester, has been away at college and I was so excited to introduce 2 of my all-time favorite people!


I hope you all got to enjoy time with your loved ones. We sure did!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful Thursdays


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
I hope everyone enjoyed time with their friends and families today.
This week's Thankful Thursday is a special edition - I am giving thanks to the people in my life.
** My parents. I have the best Mom and Dad ever. They have given me so much love and guidance and provide me with the best advice, I am so lucky.
** My brothers. They were my very first friends and no matter where we are in our lives, we know we can depend on each other. There is a 9 year age gap between me and my youngest brother, but we understand each other more than anyone else.
And the best part? We get our family when others don't.
** My husband. He has made me the happiest lady in the world. Sure, we have our moments, but overall, I have a damn near perfect marriage. Yes, I'll be that wife. My marriage is perfect.
** Connor. There are times when I think "What the hell have I gotten myself into?" with staying home with him but I know that it's going to be the most rewarding job I have ever had.
** Friends. Without some of my girlfriends, I would be lost. They all serve a different purpose in my life but each of them are important and valuable to me. I love each of them dearly.



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

So What! Wednesday


I remember when Wednesdays used to mean we were that much closer to the weekend.
Oh, the life of a SAHM!
This week I'm saying So What!

** I gave in and had a caffeinated drink on the 13th, a Coke at that. It had been 17 months since I had drank any pop at all. I can't believe I gave in but damn, it really picked me up.
Momma needed some caffeine.

** I would give anything, ANYTHING, to have a dishwasher. I have done dishes, mostly bottles every day since coming home from the hospital and I'm over it.

** I don't do well with change. It freaks me out. I cry and act foolish.
It's one of the worse sides of me.

** We are moving from Ohio to Texas next month.

** I glazed over the fact I'm moving 19 hours from home.

** I stopped following someones blog. As much as I wanted to, I just didn't relate to her. I feel bad but because she has like a zillion followers, I doubt she will cry over losing little ol me!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Humbled

Nothing is more humbling than having a baby. Connor is 3 weeks old today and in the short time, I can't believe how much I have changed; how humbled I am.

On any given day, you can find me wearing pajamas bottoms and a comfy shirt or sweatshirt. My hair is typically in a bun that's seen better days and there isn't a stitch of makeup on my face. 3 weeks ago, you would have found me with my hair and makeup done and I would have been dressed so that if we had company or left the house, I would look like a respectable 30 year old.

Speaking of 30, I turned 30 on November 1. Which 3 days before freaked me the hell out. But then I gave birth to this little piece of Heaven. This boy that I love more than I ever thought possible and the fact that I turned 30 was glazed over. As for being 30, I love it. I am exactly where I wanted be at by 30 - married to the man of my dreams, raising our amazing son and surrounded by the best friends and family.

The little things used to matter. Going out, shopping, spending time being busy, blogging and looking my best 24/7. However, all those little things have been forgotten. I have learned the most valuable lesson in the last 3 weeks. I've learned that no matter what is cool, popular or acceptable, my world doesn't revolve around those "important" things. My life revolves around my husband, son, family and friends. Those are the important things in my life.

I've learned so much about myself. I'm humbled. I'm happy. I couldn't ask for a better life.

Friday, November 16, 2012

I'm One of Those...

People. Moms. First time parents. Call it what you will. Regardless, I am one of those people that made profound statements of what I was and wasn't going to do as a parent.

And then I had a baby. And plans/ideas changed. Went out the window. Never even attempted.

I had planned to breastfeed. Well, after 28 hours of labor and a c-section that I wasn't crazy about, the idea of being the sole feeder for Connor made my head spin. All I could think about is how I would be the only one to feed him and I wouldn't be able to rest and recover. I know this sounds selfish, trust me, I know it does but I just didn't have the energy. I know I could have pumped and James could have fed him but even this didn't make me feel better about breastfeeding. 2 1/2 weeks later, I am still recovering from my c-section and I am totally content and okay with how Connor is fed. If anything, I'm glad we went ahead and fed him formula (soy) because he eats so much. I have often wondered if I would have produced enough. Regardless of how he is fed, he is healthy and gaining weight beautifully. He is almost 8 lbs, which is a big increase from the 7 lbs he was at on his first check-up.

I had made the comment multiple times that Connor was not going to use/take a pacifier. When I received them as gifts, I returned them. When he was brought back from an exam and his circumcision and had a paci in his mouth, I made the nurse remove it and toss it. I didn't want him to be dependent on a paci and I didn't want it be something I had to break him of. Enter the little Mister who likes to suck and self-soothe. He uses a paci after he eats from time to time - he has a bad acid reflux problem, one that had resulted in projectile vomit hitting me squarely in the face on occasion - to help settle his stomach and he sometimes wants it when is he sleepy. He never has it in his mouth for more than 10-15 minutes. Often times, you can offer it to him and he spits it right back out.

Connor is fed soy formula. He uses a pacifier. None of these makes me a bad mom, less of a parent. If anything, I'm doing what is best for Connor. What works for me, him and our family. James hasn't once mentioned my failed declarations and neither has my friends and family. The goal is to have a happy baby. We have one. He is damn near perfect actually. He doesn't fuss much and he is a good eater and sleeper. He does let off some awful gas and is a bit of a happy spitter but overall our son is amazing!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful Thursdays


 
One week from now is Thanksgiving - holy smokes this year has flown by! I have so much to be thankful for this year. I'm really one blessed lady.
 
I'm giving thanks this week to:
 
** being a stay at home Mom. Right now, it's easy. Connor sleeps most of the day away but regardless, I get to see him all day long and even though there are going to be times when I wish I could drop him off at daycare and head off to work, right now, this is perfect for us.
 
** we got my short-term disability check already and it was a lump sum. It's nice having that extra money right before the holidays but knowing it's my last paycheck (for now), I'm a bit anxious. We are officially a one income household.
 
** my hair appointment this evening. I am so looking forward to a new color and some time out of the house. This will be Connor's first time being away from me, too. It's only for a little bit but I know he is safe and sound with Aunt Kari and Uncle Mark.
 
** 5 hours of peaceful sleep. Mr. Connor has slept almost 5 hours straight the last 2 nights and it's been wonderful. I feel like mentioning it could jinx it. Knock on wood.
 
** Weekend plans. Tomorrow Aunt Kristin and Uncle Big Love are coming over for dinner and Sunday is Macie Girl's 2nd birthday party. It will be so nice to spend some time with adults and have conversations with someone who can actually talk back! 
 


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

So What! Wednesday

 
I'm linking up with Shannon for another week of So What! Wednesday.
I'm saying...
 
** So What! if I have this deep love for Barbara from Teen Mom 2. Everything about her screams train wreck but I can't look away. Her voice is the one part of her I love the most.
 
** So What! if I feel like having a child opens you up to every ones advice, wanted or not. I can't believe how so many people are experts. I mean, Connor is my baby, I know him best.
 
** So What! I haven't worn a stitch of makeup in 15 days and I don't care as much as I thought I would to be photographed without it. I used to be a fanatic about having my makeup done. Not now. I'm just happy I can shower every day.
 
** So What! if I am plan to eat my body weight in Thanksgiving food. I have 4 pies in my freezer and I hope to have a slice of each. No shame. (PS: that's a lot of body weight)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Life Lately

** we have a 2 week old baby boy. Holy heck! Time really does fly once you become a parent. Every moment has been perfect, even the 3 a.m. feedings and horribly smelly diapers.
 
** James and I both are getting used to our house being a bit messy.
 
** I've only left the house to go to the pediatrician. I can't believe how much this doesn't bother me. I joked that it's like I'm on house arrest.
 
** The holidays are right around the corner and I'm a bit overwhelmed with the idea of getting the shopping done. I think I will be solely shopping online this year.
 
** I have only 6 pounds to lose to be at my pre-pregnancy weight HOWEVER, my tummy is much squishier than before I got pregnant. I see lots of core workouts in my near future.
 
** This little Frankenstein is hard to resist:
 





 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Introducing Connor James

Here is the new love of my life... Connor James.
Born 10/30/12 at 8:02 p.m. after 26 hours of labor by c-section.
He weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and is 20 1/2 in. long.
 


 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thankful Thursdays


This week I'm giving thanks to:

** every one who has been there for James and I in the last 8 days while we adjust to being parents. It's been a easy transition so far but as most parents know, that can change at any point.

** pain medicine. I feel good most days but c-sections aren't for the weak. The first couple days, I hurt and felt like shit but I'm getting better, day by day.

** Connor. He has made me a Mom. Something I never thought I would be.

** Dean. Thank you for running errands for me! I owe you!

** James. I can't believe how amazing he has been as a Daddy. I was uncertain of how he would react to being spit up on or changing a dirty diaper but he has been a champ. Connor and I are both so very blessed!

** for living in a state where the weather is somewhat normal. My heart goes out to those on the east coast who just a week ago had to deal with a hurricane and are now dealing with a snow storm.

** the right to vote. You might not agree with my choice of President but there are countries where no votes are ever cast and women have no voice. Our system might not be perfect but we are lucky to have the right.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

So What! Wednesday


It's Wednesday?? Seriously! The last week of my life has gone by so fast but I think I finally have the hang of things - if not, at least I have found time to work on my blog!
 
This week I'm saying So What! to:

** we are 8 days into being parents and James and I both have been thrown up on (projectile vomit - my turn resulted in vomit landing on my chin and neck) and I have been peed and pooped on. I think this makes us legit parents!

** if I seriously have the best Mom. Hands down. She came to stay with us for 2 days and I got 6 hours of sleep one night and 11 the next. Wonderful! I didn't realize how tired I was. My Mom is fabulous.

** it's been 8 days since I have had on any makeup. Or jeans. My new job doesn't require any special dress code (I'm loving it!).

** I don't know how to be lazy or take it easy. I had to have a c-section (more details on that later) and was told to take it easy. I can't. It's not in my DNA.

** I need suggestions on what to watch doing the day since I'm home all the time now. I watch Investigation Discovery all day - it's nothing but murder shows after murder shows. By the time Connor is 6 months, I will be able to plan and execute the perfect murder.

** if you don't like my baby posts on FB and IG, then we shouldn't be friends. I love being a Mom and I'm in the honeymoon stage still. Get use to it.

** there has been a pack of Oreos in my kitchen since Monday and I have yet to open them. I deserve a medal.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

So What Wednesday


Hello folks!! It's Wednesday which gives me a chance to link-up with Shannon for another So What Wednesday. I want to apologize if it's heavy with baby and birthing So Whats!
 
** I can't believe I'm a Mommy. I am already so in love with my little guy, I can't imagine life without him and he has only been around for 24+ hours.
 
** if I went 2 days without washing my hair or brushing my teeth. Judge if you will but my labor and delivery did a number on me.
 
** Baby Boy looks like his cousin, Jordan. I think it's so bizarre that he doesn't look a bit like me. I mean, I did the majority of the work, the least he could do was have one of my features.
 
** Having a baby has taught me one thing - I have zero pain tolerance. No shame here; that's what narcotics were made for
 
** I'm a bit impressed that I don't look "that" pregnant still. By no means I'm I thin but I am happy with where I stand at this point.
 
** It might take me some time to write my birthing post. I don't know where to start or how detailed to get. So until then, here is a picture of our newest love:
 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Letters to Connor - #3

Hi Baby Boy,

I can't believe I am going to meet you in 4 short days. You should have been here on Wednesday but you just aren't ready yet. I wonder what is keeping you. Is is that Indian summer we just had? Well, it's gone and it's nice and cool now. Maybe you are like your Momma and enjoy cooler temperatures. Or are you wanting to work the whole full moon theory? That would allow me to meet you a day earlier. I'm up for it.

Everything is ready for you at home and I hope you love your home as much as Daddy and I do. We have been preparing for you for almost a year now. I can't wait to see how you and Rudy interact. He is Daddy's first baby and the relationship they have it one of a kind. So be nice to him; he doesn't like to share your father.

All of our friends and family are so excited to meet you, especially Mamaw and Papaw. They have been waiting for me to give them a grandchild for so long so you are extra special to them.

Connor, I want you to know that I love you with my whole heart. I can't put into words how excited I am to be your Mommy. I hope when you look back at these letters, you know that before I every held you in my arms, you were loved beyond measure.

See you soon Little Mister -
Momma


Friday, October 26, 2012

The Liebster Award - 11 Questions

My cousin, Jenn, over at These Ripples and Waves was awarded The Liebster Award and has nominated and tagged me in her post to answer the following 11 questions:

What's you favorite time of the year and why? I love Fall. It kicks off some of my favorite peoples birthdays and the holidays are soon to follow. I also love the fall activities - football games, bonfires, the change in the trees and the fall smells - pumpkin, carmel and toasted anything! Can you tell, I really like fall?

What's one family tradition that you loved as a child? It isn't a tradition but I loved when we would visit my grandparents. They lived about 90 minutes from us and I remember riding home and thinking the moon was chasing us.

What is your favorite quote? There are too many to really name just one but if I had to, I pick this one: "You can, you should and if you're brave enough to start, you will" - Stephen King

Modern, vintage, eclectic? What's your style? I would go with all 3. I don't really have a style. Not when it comes to our home or to my appearance. I am more of a comfort style of person.

What's your current favorite song? I am still head over heels in love with Home by Phillip Phillips. 
 

What is your all-time favorite book? Flowers In The Attic - V.C. Andrews. It's the first book in a series and kicked off my love of reading.

What's your favorite spot in the house? My bed. It's so comfy. We got a new mattress a couple years ago and it's amazing; so soft.

What is your dream job? I would love to be a high school guidance counselor. I truly believe counselors could change the outcome for a lot of kids if they were taken more seriously. I would be the one everyone loved! ;)

If you could live anywhere abroad, where would it be? I've never left the country but I think I would love to live in Europe somewhere. I feel like Europeans have the opportunity to experience more than us in the U.S. do.

If today was your last day on earth, what two things would be on the top of your to-do list? I would call my Papaw and tell him I loved him and I would spend time with my family, especially my parents and brothers.

If you could buy one thing for yourself, money is no issue, what would it be? A new house. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thankful Thursdays

 

Happy Thursday folks! This week, I'm giving thanks for:

** our induction date: October 29th. This means that we will be welcoming our son into the world sometime on October 30th. I can not wait.

** it's officially 2 months until Christmas. I love the holidays and I'm so blessed to have a baby to celebrate with this year.

** James. He has been so supportive and helpful throughout my entire pregnancy. As we get closer to meeting Connor, I can only imagine how awesome of a father he will be.

** maternity clothes. I couldn't imagine trying to put on "normal" clothes. There is no way in Hell that would be possible.

** the cold front that is coming in the weekend. I'm over the Indian Summer we are having (as our my feet and ankles).

** the nice comments I got about my fear of breastfeeding. Thanks ladies!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

So What! Wednesday





This week, I'm saying so what to:


** the fact that I'm at work on my due date! I know, I know. The odds of me having Connor on his due date were slim to none but damn, I am hoping my "retirement" kicks in soon.

** if every night when I get home from work, I watch a DVR'ed show BEFORE starting dinner or doing anything useful around the house. I need some me time.

** if my feet are finally swollen. I mean... I now have wrinkles in my toes where before, there were no wrinkles. It's so strange to look down, it's like these feet don't belong to me.

** I can care less about the election. I'm going to vote and I take it seriously but I am over having to hear about either party on a daily basis.

** I love that Jessica Biel (Timberlake?) had a pink wedding gown. What I don't love? That J & J spent a reported $6.5 million dollars on their wedding. That's a bit much, lovers.

** if I'm jealous of ladies who are tall. I have height envy. I always have and the more pregnant I become, the greener I get.

** I'm scared to breastfeed.