November 30, 2010

6 months

November 30, 2010

Claire recently (November 19th) turned 6 months old and I just cannot believe it. It feels like yesterday that I was walking waddling around with an achy back about to give labor – which by the way was a dream! I have to say without a doubt my Anna Claire is one of the best babies ever! She is super low key and loosely strung, unlike my first born.

Highlighting her 6 month birthday I had her ears pierced. Oh yes I did! I had not necessarily planned on doing it when she turned 6 months old, it just kind of all worked out that way. I have been saying since I found out I was having a girl that I could not wait to have her ears pierced. I’m not sure why, but it was just something I wanted to have done… I never would have imagined I would receive as much backlash from it as I have! Needless to say all the men in her life have not been happy about it at all. I really could spend the next 30 minutes ranting about it, but I will save that for later… or maybe not, we will see.

Our Claire Bear is rolling all over the place and I am expecting to see her crawl really soon. Were thinking that this may be our last baby so I have been trying to soak up every moment with her, every cuddle, and every little baby moment! Times seems to pass so quickly and were well aware that she will be a bouncing toddler in no time at all.

Colton loves Claire so much. We went to Dollywood the first of October and I had her in the stroller and the stroller covered with a blanket to keep the sun off of her. After a while of not seeing her Colton was adamant on knowing where she was, it was so sweet! Colton now asks where she is all the time if she isn’t in the room – it warms my heart and makes me so excited to see their sibling relationship develop.



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November 29, 2010

stream of consciousness

November 29, 2010
I have been pulled in so many directions lately that I have not had a free moment to give to my blog. I have so many posts floating around in my head and cannot wait to share some of them with all of you!

My little darling just turned 6 months old (more on that later), we recently spent the Thanksgiving holiday filling our tummies with my in laws and looking at lots of Christmas lights. I made the worst chili yesterday for lunch - still not sure how that happened. I have been back on my running schedule - was up and running at 5am this morning! Did you know there really isn't anyone at the grocery store at 5;30am!? I think I was the only shopper there this morning!

We recently had photos taken by a wonderful friend and I hope to have our Christmas cards and letter out next week! By the way, I love receiving Christmas Cards and Letters - I cannot believe that some people do not like Christmas letters - I LOVE them!!

My hubby is all healed from his injuries and is back working out and running .... he has lost 21 pounds in the past few months (without working out) and is looking to drop even more! He has been an inspiration for me... I am so stinkin proud of him!

I get to see my Alla-hooney (Chris' step sister) for Christmas and I am really stoked about that! I miss her tons - she was my best shopping buddy! She and her wonderful hubby are in the process of buying (another) home in Virginia so I think the hopes of her moving to Knoxville anytime soon have flown the coop :( ... I'm happy for her though! I think she has turned out to be a great wife - just as I expected! Here's to you Ally!

On the Christmas front I am having a really hard time narrowing down what I am getting for Colton and Claire. My in laws told everyone not to buy for them this Christmas... as nice of a gesture that is, it is also not really up my alley. We'll see what happens :)

I am contemplating going back to school and getting my masters... either my MBA or possibly something in the education field... not sure yet... just a thought. If we lived closer to UT it would be so much more than a thought! We will see what God has in store...

... and with that I must go! Bye for now!



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November 19, 2010

My First Born

November 19, 2010
This is my first born

and he loves me!
What more could I ask for!?



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November 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

November 17, 2010



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November 8, 2010

Separation Anxiety

November 8, 2010
Chris - "So when are you going to start him in moms day out? ... or are you just going to throw him into K3"

Me - "No, no I will start him maybe next summer"

we have been talking about taking him since this past summer so naturally my husband starts laughing at me!

Chris - "No. How about the first of the year"

Me - "hmmm... well maybe after cold and flu season"

at this point Chris is rolling with laughter!
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Here is the thing - I think when it comes to separation anxiety I am just as bad (if not worse) as Colton. This all started when.... he was born! ha! From the word go I would not let him out of my sight, kind of sad actually. The first time he was away from me was when he was almost 5 months old and we were moving into our new home. I needed someone to watch him while I cleaned because we didn't have furniture in our new house yet. My mother in law lives literally 5-10 minutes away so "I let" her keep him for a couple of hours. I remember calling my friend Christine in tears because he wasn't with me. Looking back I just crack up at myself because he was literally away from me for maybe 3 hours because I just so happened to forget my pump and had to go and feed him!

I remember one of the first times after he was a little older going grocery shopping without him - I felt lost! I realized at that moment that I had a problem.

See, I never saw the point of leaving him with someone else or doing things without him. When you are breastfeeding it is easier to be with them so when it is feeding time you do not have to worry about pumping (or at least that is what I tell myself). I have also always been a stickler about his (and now Claire's) schedule and naps and we all know that no one really wants to stick to the schedule you give them. Ahhh... see, I'm still making excuses! When I was fortunate to have to opportunity to travel on business trips with Chris we always packed Colton up and took him with us. Why leave him with someone else? We loved (love) him being with us and just never saw the point. The first time he was away from me for a night was when I had Claire and I actually ask if I could go home early so I could be with him! They said, "no" ... haha. I remember walking the halls with Chris getting my labor to progress and working my way through contractions and the majority of the time all I could think about was Colton. When I would think about him wanting one of us and us not there I would just want to cry. If you have read my birthing story you know Chris helped keep me side tracked with his timely or untimely humor. Come to find out he was perfectly FINE and his Papaw did an outstanding job taking care of him. None the less I was so excited to have him back in my company the next day.

Some may see all of this as a sacrifice and cannot believe that I do not do anything - or at least much of anything without Colton (and now Claire) in tow. However, I do not see it that way. I am his mother and in my mind no one can take care of him as well as I can, except for his daddy of course. So generally speaking if I have not been able to take him with me then I do not go and quite frankly I really do not mind it. Yes, ok maybe it is a sacrifice, but I will not get this time back - he will only be this age once. Just like not working - I would love to be working outside the home, interacting with other adults and supplementing our family income, but to me - its just not worth it. Its not worth missing out on all the "firsts" and its not worth him doing and saying things that he otherwise would not do when he's with Chris or I. So I realized that I now sound like a total control freak, but to be honest with you, I'm okay with that.

So here is my dilemma. Next August Colton will start K3. At first I was having anxiety over this because I felt like I would not get any time with him. Our church has a wonderful school and the K3 program runs from 8:30am until 11:15am (not even 3 hours, but Colton naps right after lunch... so I feel like the only time I will have with him will be late afternoons) and it is everyday! I think I would feel better if it were 3 days a week... ha ha! So I do not want it to be all of a sudden he is away from me everyday - I think this will be hard on him, and me (wink wink). So I have been planning on taking him to moms day out at our church twice a week to get him acclimated.

I have come to the conclusion that momma has a serious problem with separation anxiety!


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November 4, 2010

Halloween

November 4, 2010
Philippians 4 is one of my favorite chapters in the bible. I particularly cling onto verse 8 which reads:

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

As I have gotten older I have realized more and more the importance of this scripture - the importance of thinking on good things and pure and holy things and guarding my eyes and ears. And now as a mother it is extremely important for me to do the same for my children.

So needless to say, I am not a big fan of Halloween. This is because it is mainly made up of spooky and scary stuff and quite frankly I just do not like it. I detest seeing "RIP" signs in peoples yards and the use of coffins as decorations. It is disrespectful and insensitive to those who have lost loved ones.

Also, I do not give my children candy. Nope, sure don't! I know, I'm a terrible mother!! Seriously some people will roll their eyes and gasp when I tell them that. It is actually pretty funny! Colton is 26 months old and he has no clue what candy is... and he seems to be turning out pretty good so far :). I just do not feel the "need" to give it to him - why? What benefit does it hold? What nutritional value is there to it? To him a treat is a "healthy" snack from our snack bin or on occasion a freeze dried yogurt bite. He and Claire have the rest of their life to eat chocolate and sugar and ice cream, so I am going to do my best keep them clear from it as long as I can. I'm not saying he has never had sweets or never will - I'm just saying I do not make a habit of it and I certainly do not purchase it.

With all that being said - I do enjoy dressing my little ones up and going to trunk or treat at our church to see all the cute little ones and some big ones run around in their costumes!

























Of course, our evening would not have been complete without Colton getting to visit Garry and Melissa!

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