Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Extra Extra

William and I made the Sunday paper!

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...

Oh, and I hit up some garage sales Saturday morning. I was the most excited about these two tiny chairs. How cute are they??? They were each $1!

Beautiful day in Baton Rouge!

love, lauren

Monday, November 15, 2010

8 Months

Yesterday, William turned 8 months old.
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! :)

[hmmmm, I'm getting big!]

It's official, I've got a social butterfly on my hands. It doesn't matter where we are...Wal-Mart or the post office, he LOVES any kind of attention! He lights up when people talk to him, he'll give a big grin to anyone willing to share a few words, and he'll kick his feet if he really likes you! He happily goes to just about anyone.

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!!

love, lauren

Saturday, November 13, 2010


I always have the most interesting conversations with complete strangers in public places. Yesterday, William and I took a little trip to Hobby Lobby. Standing in a very long line to check out, I started chatting with the guy behind me. Turns out he is a doctor in the NICU at Woman's Hospital. I was instantly brought back to the 10 days we spent in the Special Care Nursery after William was born. I asked him if he remembered the "false" positive flu test outbreak in the Nursery back in March. He grinned and said, "Oh, yes!"

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!

[William in the Special Care Nursery]

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! :)

love, lauren

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

All I wanted was an oil change.

Have you been to Tuesday Morning on Tuesday morning??? Once a month [it might be just a few times a year] they release a bunch of new items on Tuesday morning. [no surprise on that one :)] I didn't make it out there this Tuesday but my mom did and got William a train table [i love love love it] and a dump truck comforter. Minor problem, the comforter was a full and we needed a twin.

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! :)

love, lauren