November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


This year I have so much to be thankful for! I am so incredibly blessed to have a husband who loves me through the good times and the bad. And let's be honest, he's had to put up with more bad in the past few months than he has good (holy hormones!!!).  He's loved me when I have been unlovable and has taken care of Presley when I wasn't able to (holy kidney stones!!). He treats me like the princess I am a queen and you can see it in his eyes that the love he has for me is out of this world. You should totally be jealous that he's off the market forever!

But for a hefty price of $50,000,00-......wait..just kidding. He's not for sale :)

And then there's the adorable, chubby, and giggly little babytard! She has given Adam and I so much joy since she's been a part of our family and we have such a fun time watching her grow! She has taken center stage of our heart and soul :) 

Now if we could just get her to stop spitting up all over me 24/7 and start doing her own laundry I'd never complain again....

We are so thankful for our entire family. They've all been so helpful and supportive this year, it truly means the world to us...we love you all!

One thing that Adam and I are very grateful of this year is our church.  We've struggled in the past to find a "home" in a church and we feel like we have found "the one".  Even if it is held in a movie theatre, Safe Haven Church is definitely our "church home" and the people we've met and grown close to are blessings in itself.  We love our small group every Tuesday! And the series that we've been studying has seriously helped mine and Adams relationship in ways I never knew it could! I could go on and on and on, but if you live in T-Town you should totally come!

Anywhoozle...so much to give thanks to! I could go on for days but the kid and Toasty are both asleep so I'm going out on the town to hit the sack!

Holllllllla!


November 18, 2011

four months








Weight:
15 pounds 12 ounces (75 %). 
Honestly, we all thought she weighed more than that.  All of our round about guesses were 18 pounds.  I'm going to go out on a limb and say homegirl is packin' 6 pounds in her cheeks alone.

Height:
25 1/4 inches (90%)
Can we all gather 'round, hold hands, and pray together that she's going to be long and lean?! That'd be great.  I knew she'd gotten taller because she's outgrown pretty much all of her sleepers.

Clothing Size:
Shirts/onesies she's in 3-6 months.  If we put her in 3-6 month size pants they're usually a little short, depending on the brand.  Her sleepers are size 6-9 months and some of them are just plain ol' 9 months.  

**Side note: does anyone know of a certain brand of socks that will sat on homegirls feet?? Drives me crazy that they won't stay on, unless I put two pairs on....clearly I'm out of the loop in the sock department.**

Diapers:
Size 2 in Pampers, but if we are using Huggies she could probably wear a 3.  The Huggies are a little tight on her fat thighs. That's sad.

Feeding:
Holy guacamole, this girl doesn't miss a meal.  She is eating 6 ounces every 3 hours during the day (unless she is napping, then she will sometimes go longer).  Before bed she will eat about 6-7 ounces of cereal out of a cereal feeder.  We've been making it pretty thick and she does great with that..no tummy aches or anything! As you can see in the pictures below...she loves eating off a spoon...




Hair/Eyes:
Her hair is light brown and her eyes are finally green! Thems is so purtty, too! My eyes are just regular ol' doo doo green, but Adams are more of an emerald green.  While we are praying for height let's also pray for less doo doo and more emerald.  KthanksBye!

Sleep:
Good enough.  For about a week she was sleeping all night long without waking up at all.  Then all of a sudden she would wake up around 4 or 5 AM and want to be un-swaddled or fed.  I'm not sure if it was a growth spurt or what, but I'm hoping we are on the road to recovery and back to sleeping all night.  She really doesn't want to be swaddled any more but I'm too big of a pansy to not swaddle her and see how that goes.  Right now she goes to bed around 7:30 or 8:00 and will sleep until 7:00. If she wakes up and wants un-swaddled she goes right back to sleep.

Favorites:
Like always, bath time.  Except now she doesn't scream her balls off when she get's out.  It's glorious. We let her sit in the bath for as long as possible.  If I have to refill her water 32 times to keep her happy, then I will do it.  

She also likes her Jumparoo thingy-ma-jig.  She has almost mastered the jumping part but mostly just swings back and forth.  We have a Jenny Jump Up but we use that for more of a swing.  Adam and I just push her back and forth..

It's totally safe.  I think.


Fun Stuff:
Pdizz had her first outing to the Quad during the Bama vs LSU football game.  She wore her cheerleading outfit and looked sooo cute!  We didn't stay too long because it was super crowded and I just wanted to be home.

Presley also got to meet her Uncle Ricky for the first time! Him and my aunt Rah Rah live in Germany (he's in the Air Force) but he was home for a few days before being deployed soon! Rah Rah will be here in 18 days so then it'll be her turn to snuggle the little meatball!

That's about all for now! I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch of little details.  

Picture time!!

 **crappy iPhone pictures...sorry!**

Anna Lisa and the cutest little smileytard I know!

I had to work on this day, I so badly wanted to snuggle up to these two sleeping beauties!

Chubby cheeks!

Is it too early to put hot sauce on her thumb??

 Just for fun..but that's me on the left (although I am 7 months in that pic) and Presley on the right...sorry Adam, maybe the next one will look like you :)

November 12, 2011

Psycho: Party of 1...

That "party of 1" would be ME right about now!

Ya'll, my hair's falling out, I'm emotional, I'm tired, and I'm a fatty.

NO I'M NOT KNOCKED UP! 

What a mean joke that'd be! I mean, can't I heal from the first meat ball before we start brewing up #2?! Thanks!

Although, if you would have asked me last week if I thought I was preggo or not..I wouldn't have been too sure. But thanks to a $20 pee stick it's been confirmed that I'm not.

aaaannnnnnnddddd....exhale.

Not that I was worried.  But considering I ate Chili Cheese Tater Tots from Sonic at 9 AM and hysterically cried to The Little Drummer Boy song all in one day...my brain started wondering off to those crazy little quarters and suddenly I'm planning another nursery in my mind and totally freaking my freak.

I mean,seriously, the Little Drummer Boy just wanted to play his cotton pickin' drum! For Mary! And the sweet baby Jesus! And pretty little Virgin Mary loved it!!!!

**frownsmile**

Have mercy, I'm crazy.  Let's pretend none of this happened.  Mmkay?

____________________________________________

I've been very busy at work.  I did go to the doctor where he told me I have carpal tunnel in both wrists. Which I already knew, but I needed to pay someone $60 to make me feel like I wasn't a hypochondriac. He told me to wear some splints at night, but clearly I wasn't about to do that.  I then went and got acupuncture done.  It was super weird and definitely not relaxing. The needles didn't hurt when they were put in, but it did ache a little once they were in.  Not sure if I'm going to continue to get it done. At 50 bones per session I can see where that'll get expensive. One thing I will be starting next week is some training to learn a type of massage called Ashiatsu.  Or rather...the type of massage where I hold onto bars and walk on my clients back....

I will be trained by a Chinese guy named Houliang who has been doing Ashiatsu for 20 years.  He learned in China which means he knows his stuff.  I had one of these massages done and it was by far, the deepest pressure I've ever had done.  I seriously thought he was going to break one of my bones, but it felt so good! This will help my wrists since I won't be using my hands at all. Score!

Monday Pdizzle has her 4 month check up.  She will also be getting a shot or two...wahhhh! Just a Dtap and Rotavirus. She hasn't had any problems with shots before so I'm not too concerned about it.  I talked to her pediatrician a week or so ago and mentioned that we are too poor to keep buying soy-based formula every week we'd like to try regular formula to see if she's still lactose intolerant, and she said that they usually suggest trying that around 4 months.  Part of me is super nervous because if she still is allergic to the milk then that means hours and hours and hours of crying and straight up diarrhea.  

For her.  Not me.  

Although I will probably be crying too.....

....just not diarrhea-ing all in my diaper. 

She's doing great at school.  I think she just sleeps all day and then does a little people-watching baby-watching.  She loves to look at people.  More specifically, herself.  Give the kid a mirror and she's all smiley and giggly...ummm, can we say conceited???? RUDE!

I was going to take her to get her ears pierced today but Adam made me feel like a bad MamaTard and told me it was like taking his baby to have surgery.  I'm gonna go out on a limb and say he was being a bit dramatic.  But then I thought about it keeping her up at night and if you've even got half of a brain cell you know that you don't mess with a babes sleeping schedule.

So we wait. She's jewelry free for now.

In other news, I've been contacted by two different companies about doing a review for their product.  One of them will be a giveaway so all of you little secret stalkers better come out of the rock you've been hiding under. It's okay, I'm a stalker, I won't think any differently of you.

Unless you're a creepy old man named Frank with a mullet and 3 teeth.  Then I'll definitely think differently of you.

Alright, well this post has turned into complete rambling so I'll be scooting' off to bed.

Holla back young in'.



November 3, 2011

lessons learned

In the 3.5 months that I've been a Mom I have definitely learned several lessons! All, of course, learned the hard way & never the easy way.  

Why would parenting be easy anyways? Pshhh!

Any being the gracious person I am, I have decided to go ahead and warn you of these lessons so when you have a new baby yourself, you can just bypass these and pretend that you're really really smart!

Because I'm awesome like that.

You're welcome.

Ahem. 

Lesson #1- When you're still in the hospital after pushing your little meatball out, sending the baby to the nursery doesn't guarantee that you'll be getting "a good nights rest before going home with the babe".  No no no NO! You'll have people coming in every hour or so checking your blood pressure and taking your temperature, room service coming in to Swiffer the floors at 4 am, and the cafeteria calling you at 6 am SHARP to remind you to order your breakfast.  Which, by the way, will be nice and cold by the time they actually make it to your room.  The best part of it all though is when the nurse comes in every few hours to push on your stomach and check your pad...if you know what I'm sayin'.

Lesson #2- If you breastfeed then you know how badly it hurts in the beginning.  I can't tell you how many nurses and lactation consultants told me that "if it hurts you're doing it wrong".  I mean, there's only SO many ways to put a boob in your childs mouth and feed it.  

It hurts. Just trust me. 

Or maybe you shouldn't trust me because I breastfed for a total of 43 seconds and decided I was over it.

Lesson #3- Don't be too paranoid about everything.  I try really hard to not hover over Presley and worry about everything.  Granted, she's not mobile yet so I may eat my words later.  But at this point in her life I try not to worry about everything.  If she stays up later than usual one night, no big deal. She'll sleep when she's ready.  If she's crying because she is hungry or wants her diaper changed, I don't drop every single thing I am doing and run to her rescue.  If I'm doing the dishes or folding laundry I will finish that and then take care of her. That one sounds cruel, but honestly when's the last time you heard about a baby starving to death or something happening to a baby for having a wet diaper on for 5 minutes too long?  Exactly.

Lesson #4- Never Google for parenting advice! EVER! Because that will bring up Yahoo! Answers and you all KNOW how that ends up.  Every mother thinks they know ev-ery-thing about everything when it comes to parenting.  If you want to try something with your baby that others say you shouldn't do...do what you want.  I decided (before going to the pedi and her telling me it was okay) to give P-Nasty rice cereal at only a few weeks old.  My Mom gave me and my brothers cereal at about 2 weeks old....

....and look how awesomely perfect and smart I turned out!!!!!!!!!!!

**crickets chirping**

Anywhoozle.  Do what you think is best for your little nugget and don't worry about what other people have to say.

Lesson #5- If you want your baby to sleep through the night then read the Happiest Baby on the Block.  I borrowed this book from a friend and the second I followed the 5 S's (swaddling, sucking, sush'ing, side/stomach lying, and swing) that's when P started sleeping all night.  And my definition of "all night" was not unrealistic..we're talking a 6-7 hour stretch.

Lesson #6- If your child likes bath time, keep them in there until they start to get fussy and want out.  We start our night time routine around 7:00 and she is usually very fussy until she is asleep, it's not a glorious time in our house once she's ready for bed.  But, we get a good 20-30 minutes to pass by putting P in the bath every night.  She loves a bath and I will refill her bath water as many times as it takes as long as she's still splashing around and enjoying it.  Because once she's out...you better be on your A game and have the cereal bottle ready with her lullaby music on..because she will scream a bloody murder scream that I'm sure can bust an eardrum.  

Lesson #7- Staring at your child will not make them go to sleep any faster.  I swear, sometimes I feel like Presley and I have the worlds longest staring contest at night time.  I just think the harder I stare at her, the sooner she will shut her eyes and go to sleep.  Because by that point at night I just want her to GO. TO. SLEEP! 

The staring doesn't work, y'all.  It just dries out your contacts.

And that boys and girls, is all I have for now.  I'm sure in a few more months I'll have more brilliant advice to give...I know you're thrilled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm off to do laundry. Kill me now.

Oh by the way..want to know what's more annoying than folding adult socks??

FOLDING BABY SOCKS!! So tiny and impossible to match and ball up. 

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This is how we clean house together!

Pdizzle wore her Halloween costume to school!

Boots with the furrrrrr......

And here's a little video of our little babytard!