Monday, December 31, 2012

12.30.12 - 2 Months

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.

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


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 (! 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!