Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Last Saturday, My dad and I took William to the LSU homecoming parade. Rebecca was riding on the Chi-O float so we had to go check it out! After the parade, we walked down sorority road to see all the decorations. While we were taking pics in front of one of the sorority houses a guy from the advocate asked if he could take a few. I didn't think I was in the pictures so it was a little surprise for me Sunday morning. I snapped a pic of the paper with my phone...
Monday, November 15, 2010
At his last doctor's appointment he was 21.8 pounds but I am pretty sure he has gained a little. I can no longer carry him in the car seat carrier. Thankfully, I have an umbrella stroller...don't know what I would do without it! :)
He is a big fan of the great outdoors. Whether we're on a walk, swinging at the park, or just laying on a blanket in the backyard, he is happiest when outside. He is also very happy in the bathtub. The moment he gets in the tub, those little legs start kicking!
He doesn't roll over much during "play" time but as soon as I put him in the crib, he is all over the place. He somehow manages to turn in complete circles and go from tummy to back and back to tummy while in his crib. It's always a mystery where he will be when he wakes up from his nap! :) William is not the best sleeper but I am hoping that just means he's like me and doesn't need a lot of sleep! :) [He still hasn't totally adjusted to the time change...we were up at 5 am today and yesterday and the day before that.] He does take great naps. [that probably has something to do with not sleeping great at night]
Baby boy loves to eat. I've introduced some soft solids but he's not real into it just yet! [lots of gagging and it stresses both of us out :)] But he is all about the baby food! He enjoys time in his exersaucer and the bouncy horse and it doesn't matter what toy I give him, he'll find the tag [if it has one] and suck on that. Still waiting on ma-ma. Babbling consists of da-da and tis and his screams [talking screams not crying screams...but both are very loud! :)]
The first photo session with the giraffe didn't really work out...he not only has remnants of food all over his face but he was also in desperate need of a nap! :) The second photo session went a little better. He's starting to move a lot more so taking these cute little pics is getting difficult.
Happy 8 Months William! We love you lots and lots!!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thinking back on that week, I was reminded of God's unfailing grace. I was brought to my knees over and over that week. It started with William having fluid in his lungs when he was born. He was on oxygen for a few days and, although this is very common, it was not what I expected...brought to my knees. Four days into our stay, Adam wasn't feeling great and ended up having the flu! [of course this would happen the week I had the baby!] But I wasn't worried about William AT ALL because I got the flu shot when I was pregnant. I told the nurses about Adam and they gave William a test...it was positive. [I was a disaster...brought to my knees.] They started testing the other babies in the nursery and 8 out of the 10 came back positive. [I was a basket case...brought to me knees.] A VERY LONG 24 hours later, we found out all the tests were "false" positives. No one had the flu [except Adam...and he was quarantined in our condo]. I took this opportunity to praise God rather than lash out at the hospital [although it was quite tempting]! William came home two days later 100% healthy!
I was a reminded yesterday, while talking with this doctor, of the mighty God we serve! A verse from Isaiah came to mind...
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior..." Isaiah 43:1-3
On a much lighter note, have you seen Fiddler on the Roof? My dad and I watched it last night [I didn't make it through all three hours of it]. But I have been singing Matchmaker all day! :)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
So, I loaded up the babe this morning and went across town to Tuesday Morning hoping they had a twin. Problemo #2...I got there at 9:00 a.m. on the dot but they didn't open til 10:00 [ahhhh, this is not good when you have a 7 month old who needs a nap at 10]. I happen to need an oil change and there was a Firestone across the street so I thought I could check that off my to-do list. This is where things get interesting and WIERD!!!
I'm in the waiting room holding William and talking to another guy waiting on his car. He had a one-year-old and three-year-old (who were not with him) and we were talking all things baby [night feedings, height/weight percentiles, schedules, he was really into it]. This is where it gets weird...he asks me... "Don't mind my asking, and I don't mean to offend, but are you breast feeding?" WHAT?!?!?!?!? Did he really just ask me this in the Firestone waiting room???
You would think that would be enough awkwardness for one sitting?!?! Oh no, I had one more awkward weird encounter! I go to actually check out and the Firestone cashier looks down at William and says, "Man, you are a big guy! I bet you hurt coming out!" WHAT?!?!?!?!? Where are the hidden cameras...is this for real? :)
Without a doubt, the strangest experience I have had while getting an oil change. The only positive of this experience [I guess you could call it positive?] was that it took an hour so I got to go to Tuesday Morning. BUT you guessed it, problemo #3...NO TWIN COMFORTER!!!!!
All I have to say is what a Wednesday morning!!! :) I laughed out loud in my car most of the way home!
Oh, and here's a pic of my little man in his mickey onesie! :)
Sunday, October 31, 2010
A few months ago, Under the Sycamore posted a tutorial for a message board using an old frame and chicken wire. I LOVED the idea and decided this would be a great way to display Christmas cards. I've had this ugly framed mirror forever but never wanted to get rid of it. I knew I could do something with it! Here is my before, during & after shots.
Now I'm hoping I actually get to use it this year! :) [Or I guess it will be hanging in my parents house!]
I also made a few onesies for William. I found a tutorial on freezer paper stenciling. I couldn't believe it actually worked!!! And since he giggles every time we watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, I thought he needed a little Mickey onesie.
I painted another Mickey with the cut out pieces but it didn't turn out nearly as good.
I can't wait to have the space where I can do all my crafting!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Right now we are living with my parents (LOVE them) and house hunting. There are several reasons why I don't mind being displaced...the #1 reason would be all the willing hands to hold baby boy, but a real close second would be the sidewalks for afternoon strolls, coffee always brewing (thanks to Kyle), fellow late night peeps (my fam stays up late), heated games of badminton, morning coffee with my mom...the list could go on and on! :)
Adam and my dad beat us twice last night...yikes. My swing is a little rusty!
And I had to share this pic...we were walking around the neighborhood and saw this sign a few houses down. I just don't know what I think about this! :)
Happy Halloween from the little skeleton!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Last week I showed up to my morning bible study without William’s bag. It’s not like I forgot the bottle or the diapers or the nunni or the nunni clip…I forgot the entire bag! How is that possible at this point; I have been doing this for seven months! Several friends came to the rescue and shared diapers, wipes, even a bottle with the 100% unprepared mother! :)
Learn my lesson??? Not yet! Friday night was a similar experience. We went to Johnny’s Pizza with some friends and their kiddos. This time I was more like 25% unprepared! :) [getting better!] I had his bag, a nunni, toys, but no bottle. In my defense, I fed him right before we left but you always end up staying out longer than planned! :)
Friday, October 15, 2010
He is 21.8 pounds and 27 ¼ inches long.
This week one of his bottom teeth popped out. You can barely see it but I know it’s there! :) And the one right next to it is about to break through. This meant two sleepless nights for me but I can’t wait to get some good pictures of those little suckers!
He just started sucking on his top lip and it cracks me up…he looks like a paw paw when he does it.
Still not a big roller. He’ll do it but it’s not something he does for fun. But he sits up like it’s nobody’s business. Go William!
First real babbling goes to the dad…yep, he LOVES to say da-da! He also likes to say tis. This is how our conversation goes…
Me: “Whatcha thinking about this morning?”
William: “da-da-da-da-da-da [crescendo style] tis-tis-tis-tis [softly] AHHHHHHHH [pretty much an all out scream followed by giggles]!”
That’s how he responds to all my questions…and I LOVE hearing it every time. I can’t wait for ma-ma to be added to the mix.
His favorite song is Wheels on the Bus, favorite foods are Yo-Baby with the fruit/veggie mix and oatmeal with pears and cinnamon [he’s got a sweet tooth like his mama], is turning into a giggle machine [I found those tickle spots], likes to get out of the house as much as I do, grabs things and doesn’t let go, has figured out how to put his nunni back in his mouth and holds his bottle by himself [*tear* he's growing up], takes decent naps, goes down for the night between 7 and 8. Oh, and he has mastered the fake cough! :)
He is becoming more of a little boy everyday.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Anywho, while I was on maternity leave last school year, I got a very interesting phone call from my principal. She informed me Forest Heights was selected by the Department of Education showcasing the positive aspects of public education. She wanted me to come back and teach a class for the filming (which was done by the History Channel). I couldn't pass up this opportunity! Here is part of the article from the US Department of Education’s website…
“This week, the Department of Education released a video about a remarkable public elementary school that combines the art of learning with the learning of art. Produced for ED by the History Channel, the new video tells the story of Forest Heights Academy of Excellence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana—an award-winning public magnet school where students excel in both academics and the performing and the visual arts…”
AND…here is the video! I have the tiniest little part around 1:16.
Hubs keeps telling me, “I love map” [we quote Anchorman] :) And apparently I didn’t have any good sound bites to put in the video! [this makes me laugh] In my defense…I had been on maternity leave for 6 weeks, had been up several times the night before feeding the babe and I had to teach in front of a “real” film crew! I admit…I was nervous.
All to say, I thought the video turned out SOOO great and I’m so proud of all the great things going on at Forest Heights!!!
It’s Tuesday…and it feels like summer again, eh!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Considering all the pre-pictures drama…the shoot itself could not have gone any better. He smiled like a champ in his “unsnapped” outfit! Of course, I had to do some tucking and the photographer had to position herself to keep the diaper out. And then we lost the outfit altogether and took some naked shots! LOVED those! (I know he’ll hate me later for them but that booty is too cute!)
My little boy is getting too big!!! [Hmmmm, I wonder if his overalls will fit next week???]
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
William coughs. I wake up. William coughs again. I wake up again.
Two weeks of this nastiness! But…we’re almost there! We are so close to complete wellness, and just in time for the real sick season! :)
In other William news, his love for mum-mums started this week. To be completely honest, I don’t know who enjoys mum-mums more…me or William?!?! He loves to gnaw on the flavored rice rusks [with the occasional gag] and it’s nice knowing I have something to distract him for twenty minutes if I need to. Sometimes it’s as if he knows when to lose it…I’m on the phone with the insurance people and he decides to practice those lovely new screams. Oh yes, we will always have mum-mums in the house. [I hope he likes them next week!]
LOVED the book club. I can’t believe I have gone this long without being in one. We decided to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay to discuss next month. I’m on the waiting list at the library [laughing]. You know the website People of Wal-Mart? I think I might have to start a website for People of the Library in Baton Rouge. The place was packed and everyone was very unique. I desperately wanted to snap a few pics but I withheld!
We got a special visit from Adam’s grandparents this week. They are the SWEETEST!!!
Monday, September 27, 2010
“When your energy fails you, do not look inward and lament the lack you find there. Look to Me and My sufficiency…Go gently through this day, leaning on Me…Thank me for your neediness, which is building trust-bonds between us.”
God knows. He knows my daily struggles. He knows my shortcomings. Today I have no energy but I know He will provide what I need to get through this day.
I also have a tiny confession…William’s croupy condition is not the only reason I haven’t been sleeping. Two words...HUNGER GAMES! I am joining a book club and our first gathering is tomorrow. And in true Lauren fashion, I didn't get the book until Friday. On my way home from the bookstore, I had figured out how many pages I would need to read each day to finish the book! Oh, that wasn't necessary...I could not put that stickin' book down; it is SOOO good! I am dying to get the second (and third) book but I am forcing myself to wait until we’re done with the croup.
And we’re both going down for afternoon naps today! :)
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Off to bake cupcakes and cookies for the tailgate!
ps – double boo refers to double rainbow in the sky. Check it out on youtube!
Friday, September 24, 2010
[Keep your eye on the ball, William!]
[Swing and a miss…]
[“Is that all you got???”]
[“Uh, there’s a ping-pong ball stuck on my head!”]
You can never teach them too early, right??? :) He'll be playing with nun chucks before we know it!
It’s the weekend! Woo-Woo!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
But I guess it’s a compliment when I felt a lot older yesterday…I took one step closer to the BIG 3-0! Only two more years left in my twenties! Yowza!!
I took William on his first bike ride. He loved it! I think the helmet is still a little big but my dad is in insurance…that says it all! :)