Friday, May 31, 2013

Macie Jane - 2 1/2

As you know, I'm one of those people that will celebrate just about anything. So much so, that I make a point to celebrate half birthdays. What? You aren't in the know about such events? Let me explain. Your half birthday is celebrated 6 months prior to your actual birthday. My birthday is November 1st so I get to celebrate my half birthday on May 1st. Simple enough, right? Now, start planning away! (You are more than welcomed).

As luck would have it, I was in Ohio for Macie Girl's half birthday. Since I will be missing out on her 3rd birthday in November (the heartache has already started to creep in... sigh), I thought let's celebrate now! And my girl was game! (Of course. I mean, we are best friends).

She will pretty much do anything I ask. She loves her Tay Tay.

These are Mae's real parents. They are pretty cool, as far as parents go.

My girl is so sassy! Love it!
And I saved the best picture for last.

I can't wrap my head around how fast she has grown! I always told Mark and Kari I wanted Mae to be 2 years old. I love 2 year olds (maybe because I don't have one yet). She is so much fun and has the best (sassy) personality ever. She says the most hilarious things and her facial expressions? Dear Lord, they kill me. 

Happy 1/2 Birthday Macie Jane!! Tay Tay loves you more and more, all the way from Texas!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

5.30.12 - 7 Months


7 months? Seriously? Where has the time gone? It's flying by at lightening speed, not giving me time to cherish every. single. moment!

Your personality has grown so much this month. You have entered the stage where you pretend to be shy, when in fact, you are so far from it. There isn't a single person you don't love to be held by or played with. You are a bit of an attention hog! You have started to show a little bit of your stubborn side and it's been quite a transition from our easy going babe. You hate getting dressed most days. You roll and squirm and yell. If I even come at you like I'm going to wipe your face, you start thrashing your head from side to side. The fact that you are almost crawling makes it difficult to keep you in one place during diaper changes. You are on the move constantly. It won't be long now and you will be a full blown crawling baby boy.

You are much more aware of your surroundings and what is going on. You love sitting outside watching the cars drive by. You watch them come and go. It completely amazes you. You also have to make sure you can see whoever is talking; you stretch and strain yourself so that you can get them in your line of vision. This also applies when I leave your sight - you do not like that! I am afraid to say it, but you are now a Mommy's boy (sorry James). It's made for an interesting couple of weeks.

See all that drool? That's pretty much your style these days. You are now the proud owner of 2 bottom teeth, which explains the constant wet face and shirts (and the 2 weeks of torture on my end; teething is horrid). You have been eating so well, considering you mouth has to be sore. You have 4 bottles a day, oatmeal and fruit in the morning and 2 veggies at lunch. I can tell you are starting to put on some weight; you look much chubbier and boy are you getting heavy! You are still sleeping like a champ. You sleep 10-12 hours a night, with one 2-3 hour morning nap and a 1-2 hour early evening nap. And the days you don't get your naps? Lord help us! You are in size 6 months clothes and size 2 shoes. You are still a bit on the small size but it's nice to have you finally out of 3-6 month clothing.

But true to form, you are still the happiest baby we could have ever wished for! You brighten our days with your smiley face and deep belly laugh. You are really quiet a ham, even if lately I've called you Frankie on a daily basis. Some of your favorite things are your blanket. Boy, do you love your blanket. You have started playing with your toys much more and have shown a interest in the trucks I've handed you. Especially the ones that make noise. You are a huge music fan. We listen to Pandora's Toodler station daily and you have a few favorites: The Wheels on the Bus, 5 Little Monkeys and This Little Light of Mine.

We love you Connor and as much as I've enjoyed the last 7 months, I know the fun has just begun. This time next month, you will be crawling, providing Momma with lots of cardio! I look forward to the fun we will have this summer together.

Momma and Daddy

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Next Step

Remember when I introduced ya'll to Annie? Well, her and I have spent quite a lot of time together since she came into my world. Okay, I will stop talking about a camera like she is a human. But in all seriousness, I have thrown myself head first into learning all about her and what she can do!

Sure, I am constantly taking photos of Connor. So much so, that the moment he see the camera, he starts smiling. He knows exactly what I'm up to and doesn't seem to mind one bit. But I've also signed up for photography classes at a local college to really beef up my knowledge. And James, being the most supportive husband possible, purchased me backdrops and lighting! I can't wait to use them. I'm such a rookie but can honesty say, I haven't felt this passionate about something in a long time.

However, during my recent trip to Ohio, I was asked to snap a few photos of my cousin for her spring senior photos. I informed my her and my aunt that I am no pro and can't guarantee they will like what I am capable of producing. Prior to our session, I spent some time playing with my camera and looked online for some tips. As prepared as I would ever be for my first photo session with someone other than Connor, here is the outcome.

What do ya'll think? Seriously! Give me some honest feedback! As much as Lacey loved the photos I was able to produce and I actually thought I did an okay job, I need some feedback from those of you who can be brutally honest (from the safety of your home, far from me).

I really want to make the next big step and start offering my photography services (if you can call them that) to gain some exposure and to build a portfolio. I am talking FOR FREE, just to get myself behind the camera and doing something I love and enjoy immensely.

I am going to take the next step sooner or later. I love capturing special moments and sharing them for years to come. I just hope I can be good at something I enjoy so much.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Our 1st Field Trip

One perk of visiting our family and friends in Ohio is that we get to tag along to my niece's school field trip. Today, we joined Cora and her 1st grade class for an outing to The Children's Museum at Union Station in Cincinnati. One of the last train stations built, Union Terminal has become one of the iconic symbols of the city. The museum is home to various smaller museums and attractions. Today, we spent the afternoon touring the Duke Energy Children's Museum.

This was Connor's first trip to the museum. He loved. every. minute! He is ALL boy and had the best time taking in the sights and sounds. What made the day even more special was that we got to enjoy the outing with Uncle Stevie, Mamaw and cousin Will and Allee.

*Stevie, Mom and Will were ready to go! ** Connor had a blast with the ball pit. *** Cora got to go around with us to take in all the sites.

As you can tell, Connor enjoyed himself. He just took in all that was around him - the lights, the sounds, the children coming and going, singing, talking and yelling. You would NEVER guess the little dude is currently cutting two teeth.

C really enjoyed the water area and sitting on the cars. I can't believe my baby boy is ALMOST big enough to sit on a toy car. Where has the last 6 months gone? #timepleaseslowdown

Stevie and I let out our inner kid out and played grocery store. I made sure to ask for coupons and their rewards cards (the frugal part of me just can't hide).

Today was so much fun and I love being able to share a first of Connor's with his grandparents, uncle and cousins. As much fun as the children had, I think I may have been the most excited one in our group. However, it is almost 7 and Connor is STILL taking his afternoon nap. I think it's safe that today's excitement wore the little guy out.

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Time I Lost More Than Extra Hair

When it comes to skin, I have the worse. If I'm not breaking out like a 14 year old boy in the throws of puberty, I have large areas of dry skin. 

As a teenager, I had acne EVERYWHERE so I did my best to cover it up. I wore thick heavy makeup and wore tops to cover my chest and back to hide the blemishes. I tried every medicine on the market, including once a day antibiotics. I even tanned on a regular basis hoping that would help but nothing worked.

When I turned 22, I found an amazing dermatologist who would give me what I wanted. Accutane. Accutane is a form of vitamin A. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly. I'm sure you've heard about all the horrible side effects from this medication. For example, Accutane can cause severe, life-threatening birth defects. Because of these risk, I had to use two specific forms of birth control and have regular pregnancy tests before, during, and after taking the medication.

At the time, the birth control and pregnancy tests were more than worth it. I just had to get this skin under control.

In six months, my skin went from broke out and oily, to smooth and (nearly) flawless. I couldn't be happier. For the first time, for long as I could remember, I had great skin! I was overjoyed.

The happiness I felt was soon replaced by "You have got to be friggin' kidding me?" when I got my eyebrows waxed for the first time.

Photo was taken 5 days after the waxing appointment.
See those arrows? That's to help you notice the skin that is missing and been replaced with red scabs. Nothing says I feel pretty like red, scabby, flaky eyebrows.

I couldn't believe it. I might have flawless (to me) skin but now I look like some weirdo with burnt flesh. Okay, I might be overreacting but the picture doesn't even do the pain I was in justice. I had raw skin and it hurt to wash my face. And when I applied make-up, well, damn if that didn't burn.

No, I'm back to trying to find a solution to help shape my eyebrows without wax because apparently, a side effect that was NEVER mention to me, is that Accutane can make your skin thinner and more substitutable to burns.

Oy! Any suggestions?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Booty! - Pinterest Style

Nowadays, Pinterest is the new Superman. Always there to help you in a jam, to allow your creative juices to flow and even, at times, make you feel less than stellar.

I've said it before and it still rings true, I am not crafty. If you follow me on Pinterest, you know that the majority of my completed pins are meals or recipes. I'm just not talented enough to pull off what others' do so easily.

However, I recently found a pin that I was dying to try.

Source of Inspiration

Isn't that the cutest little thing you've ever seen? Now, I knew I would love to do something like this with Connor. We don't have a lot of photos of him in his birthday suit; I just had to give it a shot.

Tuesday, after nap time, when he wasn't his liveliest yet, I set up a similar scene and got a photo that I love.

Look at that booty! I love the innocence in this moment. He had no clue what to think when I put his naked tush on the wood floor but he was good long enough to get this photo and I couldn't be happier.

And is this not a great photo to use when C is older to embarrass him with? I believe so!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Making Friends at 30

When life hands you a chance for a change, what do you do? Do you turn your back and drag your feet? Do you shut the door and ignore the constant knocking?

No. You make a choice. You leap into the unknown. You move outside of your comfort zone. You make a choice to take a chance (for once in your friggin' life).

When moving to Texas, I knew I was going to have to make new friends. I was leaving my friends from childhood and adulthood in Ohio. Yes, we can Skype, text, email, Facebook and Instagram. I joked that I didn't need friends nor did I want them. I had friends.

4 1/2 months later, I've made new friends. No, they don't know me like the ones back home but they are friends none the less. Like my Northern friends, they all serve a purpose in my life. To me, each friend provides me with something that I need, something that makes that relationship special, unique to me.

Through, I meet another SAHM, Chrissy. She is Mom to a little girl, just a couple months younger than Connor. We both found the meet up group was lacking but we gained a friendship. We take walks at a local park on a weekly basis and have now started meeting for lunch once a week. Throughout the day, we will text each other with a parenting questions or share this or that with each other. The nice thing about Chrissy is that she isn't from Texas. She, too, only knows her husband and little one (and a few others). That helps in building relationships. We both demand and NEED are weekly play dates and lunches. We don't know many people so it's nice to have each other.

I also have gained a wonderful friendship with a co-worker of James'. Pitt is fabulous and she ADORES Connor. I joked that she likes me just for my baby. I really can't blame her. He is just that wonderful. Pitt is so crafty; her craft room amazes me. She has made some of the nicest little blankets for Connor. We have monthly craft nights and we have gone to Painting With A Twist together as well. This week, we are going to get pedis together. Like Chrissy, Pitt isn't from Texas and knows what it feels like to be a stranger in your new hometown. Her whole family has been very welcoming of James, Connor and I. We have had dinner with her and her family twice and I feel so welcome and comfortable with them. They are truly the sweetest people. And the best part? She gets me. I can be me with her.

I didn't plan on making friends. I thought I didn't need new friends. Boy was I wrong. I put myself out there. I was vulnerable and instead of hiding and dragging my feet, staying locked up with Connor all day, I put myself out there. The risk paid off. Texas is slowly becoming more of a home and less of a pain.

Making friends at 30 isn't easy. But then again, if it's easy, is it really worth it?

Monday, May 13, 2013

The First of Many

Yesterday was perfect. I didn't spend it at the spa. I didn't dine at expensive restaurants.

I spent it with 2 of the most important guys in my life. Connor worked hard on the perfect message for my card. Isn't my boy just the sweetest?

Church in the morning, followed by lunch at one of James' favorite places - you can never go wrong with Mexican!

Followed up with a 3 hour nap for me while the boys played. That's right?! A 3 hour nap. I am so grateful for that gift, let me tell ya!

A dinner of carry out and a late night run for milkshakes. Simple. Easy. Us. Nothing better than spending your special day, doing the things you love the must: cuddling my baby, getting spoiled by your hubby, long naps and good food.

I hope each of you Moms had a very special day, no matter how it was spent. I know that as a mother these days are rare, making them all that much more special. A day filled with love, being recognized for all the hard work we put into our home, marriage and children.

Yesterday was also the first Mother's Day I spent without my Mom. Even though she is miles and miles away, her presence was felt. I am my Mother's daughter. I learned to be who I am as a wife and mother from her. There is no way to celebrate my roles as both without acknowledging my Mom. The best Mom I could ask for. The sweetest Mamaw for my son and niece and nephew. The greatest best friend a girl could have.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

In honor of my amazing Momma...

Dear Momma,
Happy 30th Mother's Day! As we celebrate our special day on Sunday, I want you to know how much you mean to me. How much you have shaped my world.

I know that becoming a Mom wasn't something that was planned for you. I know how much of a surprise I was. When every one else wanted to overlook this little being growing inside of you, you decided to have me, raise me and become a mother at the young age of 16. Being a teen mom was hard yet you never let me know it. You were always the best mom, my biggest cheerleader and the one person who always believed in me. You gave me and the boys everything we could ever need and so much more. You and Daddy sacrificed so much without hesitation to make sure we had a life we would love and become children you could be proud of.

Thank you for giving us a loving home. For working night shift so that you could further your education during the day, allowing our family to have opportunities we wouldn't have had any other way. Thank you for making birthdays and holidays special year after year. Thank you for doing my art projects in elementary school because I lack the talent. Thank you for supporting me when you didn't want to but did so anyway because that's the kind of Mom you are. Thank you for making Coma Cake at every family gathering (my ass just thanked you, not my belly).

When my days of parenting are hard and my nights are long, I think back to all the struggles and hardships you have encountered and know that we are cut from the same cloth and if you can get it through it, so can I. I know it was never easy being a young mom to 3 kids but you did it with with style and class. You never once wish you had made a different choice when it came to being a parent. You took the cards you were dealt and you turned over a winning hand, time and time again. Thank you Mom. Even though you may think no one sees or knows what you've sacrificed, I do. Now as a Mom, more than ever.

And even more importantly, thank you for teaching me how to be a mother. You provided the best example and when you say Connor is perfect because I'm a perfect Mom, it's because I learned and watched you over the years. No one can do it better. You take the cake on how to be an amazing Mom.

Happy Mother's Day, Momma. I love you!


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Finish The Sentence Link-up


My best friend says... "You're pregnant" far too often for my liking. Leave my ovaries alone.

People call me... unapproachable. Which is so wrong. I'm fabulous. You should get to know me.

The best part of my day... is when Connor goes down for a nap without throwing a fit. Nothing is more peaceful than a sleeping baby.

I really don't understand... how my husband likes me sometimes. Some days, I am not at all pleasant. Bless his patient heart.

I get really annoyed... when TSA checks my hands for explosives at the airport. What the hell?? Do I look like a terrorist? NO! Or do I?

There's nothing like a... good piece of... cake. Where did you think I was going?

Lately, I can't get enough... Lay's Barbecue chips. I am currently eating them straight from the bag. At 10:17 a.m. Oink.

One thing I am NOT is... patient. I want it done now, this way or else.

I spent too much money on... Coach purses. Especially now that I only carry a diaper bag.

I want to learn.... how to like people.

If I ever met Jake in real life , I would... have him makeover my blog design.

I can't stop... thinking about taking a nap when Connor goes down today. I'm so tired.

Never have I ever... been out of the country and Lock Up Aboard has Cox paranoid so he refuses to go.

Reese Witherspoon... can do no harm in my book. She is now just one of us. Just filthy rich.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

So What! Wednesday

So What Wednesday 

Happy Wednesday friends!
I'm hooking up with Shannon for another week of So What! Wednesday:

** The first day of feeding Connor 2 meals along with 4 bottles resulted in a vomit explosion we haven't seen since the early days of parenthood.

** I have been walking and "working out" lots lately but my eating habits are atrocious.

** Speaking of, I am jonesin' for some cake. Good cake. Like from The Cake Shop or The Cakery. Dayton folks, you know what I'm saying, right?

** Working 2 hours a day has caused me work related anxiety.

** Connor is dressed daily in one cute outfit or another while I keep it classy in black yoga pants and a t-shirt.

** I plan to start watching Parenthood once all my favorite shows go on hiatus for the summer.

** A snotty, congested baby that has just gotten shots could be used as a torture device.

** Someone has a birthday and Christmas list compiled already.

** June is going to be a stellar month of Connor and I socially. Watch out Austin.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

6 Month Check-up

Connor had his 6 month check-up this morning.

Can I tell you how I have a love/hate relationship with check-ups?

I love being told Connor has made great progress. I love getting his percentiles, especially when they nearly double. I enjoy getting compliments from the staff saying how great and well behaved C is.

I HATE when he has to get shots. You know, 5 by needle and 1 orally. What's up with that, right? I hate seeing this on the chubby legs when we head home.

Connor has grown so much since his 4 month check-up and I couldn't be happier with his progress. He has always been a little guy but in the last 2 months, he has gained some ground against the other babies his age.

He now weighs 17 lbs, 1 oz. That's about a 2 1/2 pound increase from March. He is 2 inches longer and his head only (thank you Jesus) grew a half an inch.

Connor is now in the 37% for weight, 63% for height and holding steady at 80% for his head. I see him growing every day right before my eyes so it's nice to know he is finally moving up the charts.

Now, at 6 months, it time to start incorporating 2 meals a day into his diet. He has already had some exposure to oatmeal and as of right now, there isn't a veggie he hasn't tried that he doesn't love. We will be adding some fruits into the mix and I was given the green light on letting him try Mum Mums.

Our pediatrician recommends that Connor consume only baby food until he is a year old. I know a lot of parents out there introduce adult foods to their children prior to them turning 1 but we are going to stick to what our doctor recommends. However, I'm curious as to when ya'll introduced adult foods to your little ones? Did you follow your physicians instructions or did your babe show interest sooner, prompting you to feed them before table foods before turning 1?

Monday, May 6, 2013

Big Boy Business

As a parent, you try to remember you child's first this or that. You document and photograph every. waking. moment. No, just me? I didn't think so.

C is now 6 months old and throughout the last 6 months, there have been many firsts and with each one I've made a fool of myself with the amount of praise and excitement I've associated with each milestone.

However, in the last month there has been one milestone that makes me happier than any other. Yes, it was so great when he started holding his big head up on his own. I loved watching him roll and discover things from his tummy. But without a doubt, I love that he can now sit up on his own with little to no assistance. Connor is now in the Big Boy Business.

I am sure to a little babe, the world looks completely different from this point of view. He sits and looks around and just takes it all in. Being the nosy baby he is, I am sure he is really enjoying life nowadays.

This new position also allows us to get a better look at those chubby legs and arms. Those were hard earned in this household.

Oh of course, there are those big eyes I love so much! They are a hazel color and I hope they stay that way. Everyone comments on how big and bright his eyes are.

I know so much is going to change. He will be crawling before we know it. There is going to be a time when he is too busy to sit down for more than a minute so until our lives are controlled by a mobile baby, I'm going to enjoy just sitting around, taking in the world.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Picture Perfect

Connor, you are something else! With every passing day, your smiling face and happy eyes melt my heart a little more. Never did I think I could ever love someone so much. Someone who has no clue how much of an impact they have on my life. Boy, you are one of a kind and I am so very happy your are mine.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

So What!? Wednesday

So What Wednesday 

Happy Wednesday!
Let's say So What! to a few things, shall we?

* This post is coming to you at 9:03 p.m. That should tell you how busy my day was.

* I booked Connor's birthday location today. 6 months in advance. I'm that kind of party planner.

* The expectations I'm putting on myself to make this party AMAZING is too high to measure. Good luck handling me until October.

* Our house is so big compared to our old one that I break up the cleaning by floors and days. And always have a day in between where I don't clean. At all.

* James made fun of how I looked by saying "Do we not own any mirrors?". Yup, he's a goner.

* We celebrated CJ's 1/2 birthday and frankly, the kid had no clue what the hoopla was all about.

* I do more now as a SAHM than I ever did before having Connor. The house is always cleaned, laundry completed, dinner cooked and dishes washed. That shit didn't happen when I worked 40+ hours a week.

* I put far too many photos on IG. Wanna see for yourself? (1sassycox).

* The above So What! was a shameless plug, right?

I hope ya'll had a great Wednesday! Time for some Silver Linings Playbook!