Wednesday, May 14, 2014


This little boy has plenty of it.  He seriously stops traffic when we are out places (foot traffic that is).  Everyone just wants to stop and talk to/stare at/touch him.  He eats it up too!  You haven't lived until you've heard him tell you bye-bye and had him blow you a kiss.  It melts my heart. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

12 months.

So, this is a little late, but I wanted to post it since I had done the previous 11. I even took his pictures before his actual birthday, I've just been slow at the writing.

Heath is a year old!  So much change in 12 short months.  He just learns new things everyday.  I thought I would be sad when he was no longer a baby-baby, but really he just gets more fun.  I know we have trying days ahead with tantrums and discipline, but right now he's fun to play with!

At 12 months:

-can say a lot of words (mama, dada, dog, door, down, up, off, please, more, bye, hey, ball, etc)
-is starting to get into playing with toys (balls, balloons, cars, his tunnel, seem to top the list)
-eats 3 meals and 2 or 3 snacks a day
-nurses 4 times a day (getting down to one day time bottle while I'm at work)
-takes 2 naps (11:00ish and 4:00ish)
-sleeps from 8:30-6:00 then nurses and sleeps until 7 or so
-stands and will walk when both hands held
-loves to be outside and go places
-loves attention (no avoidance of strangers)
-still a mommy's boy, but getting less attached
-loves Kixs cereal and pasta
-not a huge fan of cow's milk (we have just started introducing)
-6 teeth still
-blows kisses bye-bye

12 month stats:
weight- 17 lbs 5 ounces (2nd percentile)
height- 29.5 inches (38th percentile)

He's still our little bit, but are on the charts!  We are also finally off of all of the breathing related medicine/breathing treatments!  Yay!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Heath!

Heath is one! Can you believe it? It seems like yesterday in some ways and a lifetime in others. This past weekend we had his party. It was great! We kept it simple, but festive. The "theme" was one. I used the colors of his room and tried to incorporate as many ones and firsts as possible. I think it turned out really cute!

Heath was hilarious with the cupcake. He was all business. He ate the whole thing. 

On his actual birthday, we had a delayed start at school.. So we got to enjoy the morning together. We went to breakfast and had a mommy/son date. 

Such a big boy!! 

We are so blessed to be his parents!

Monday, April 21, 2014

recent happenings

Last week was Spring Break, you would think I would have managed to get a post out, but I didn't.  Mostly because if I was online, I used the ipad mini and I hate typing on that thing!

We spent most of the week at home.  Heath and I didn't have any set plans, we just played, cleaned, etc.  It was pretty nice until around Thursday when he started getting really clingy.  I think he had a little cold, so he didn't feel his best.  Poor guy is going on 9 weeks of breathing treatments.  Ugh!

A couple of weekends ago I hosted a baby shower for a friend that just adopted a precious little boy.  I was so happy to help celebrate such a great occasion.

Last Thursday Heath's daycare had an Easter egg hunt.  Even though he didn't go to daycare that week, we still went to the egg hunt.  It was just for the babies in his classroom.  He had fun crawling around.  He actually would pick up the eggs and put them in the basket.  Then I would move the basket to the next egg and he would crawl over to it.  We had a good time.

This past Saturday we moved Michael's mom into her new assisted living facility in Chattanooga.  I thought it was only going to take a couple of hours, but it took all day.  We were exhausted by the end. Heath even went to bed early.  We're hoping this place sticks for a while.  We have spent the last few weekends getting everything done.  We still will have to spend time next Saturday too.  I just want my weekends (and my life) back.  However, I think I just need to face facts that we have a new normal that includes Michael's mom being a big part of our everyday lives.  While she doesn't live with us, she's now living somewhere she doesn't know anyone besides us.  We Michael still has to take her to EVERY SINGLE doctor's appointment (and there are a lot) and he has to keep up with all of her finances, taxes, insurance, etc.  That man deserves saint status.  Every mother wishes they had a son like him!  He even does is it with minimum complaint (I say minimum, because there are times that get to him, which is only natural.)

Even though Saturday was not great, Sunday ended up being a good day.  We went to church and brought Michael's mom with us.  Then we went to brunch and since the weather was so nice, we sat outside.  We ran a few errands and dropped Michael's mom off.  Then we came home to rest, went to the grocery store, and I even squeezed in a run.  Overall, a great first Easter for Heath.

Tonight Michael and I are going to the Nickel Creek concert.  We are throwing caution to the wind by going to a concert on a work night.  A couple from our church are watching Heath for us.  I'm a little nervous that he won't go to sleep for them, but I think it will be ok.  It's the first time someone else has put him to bed.

Sorry for the lack of pictures, I just had to use what I had on my ipad.

Friday, April 11, 2014

my 28 year old self apologizes.

I remember last February, when I was about 8 months pregnant, going to Target.  We were looking at the baby stuff and I saw a women sit in the display chair and start breastfeeding her baby.  I was shocked!  I couldn't believe it.  Why wouldn't you just leave or go to your car?  I swore I would never do that!

Well, I'm hear to apologize for my 28 year old self.  She (as in I) didn't know better.  She had never nursed a baby.  She didn't realize how time consuming and life altering it can be.  I still haven't nursed in Target (we life 1/4 of a mile from it, so I can just go home), but I have nursed in several public places.  (doctor's offices, Sonic drive-in, several Panera restaurants, museums, etc)

Recently, a kindergarten teacher and I got into a discussion about nursing in public.  She said that she had nursed in a dressing room before.  I told her that would be a good place, but I didn't mind nursing out in an open place either.  She said, "Yes, but I would." As in, she feels uncomfortable for me to nurse in public.  I was surprised by this, since she was a nursing mom at one point in her life.  But I'm sure it's like many things, you forget what's it's like.  You forget how the baby needs to eat every 2-4 hours.  You forget how if you only wanted to nurse at home, you would be chained to your house.

Now, I'm not suggesting women just hang out exposed... there are ways to be discreet.  But I don't think women should have to cover up either... babies hate that and it's really hot and uncomfortable for both.  Sometimes I pull out the blanket and make a half hearted attempt to cover up, just so people think I tried.

The reason why I (and many others) were/are put off by seeing a woman breastfeed in public, is because it's not a normal siting.  Breastfeeding in public is not an everyday occurrence.  It stands out.  I found a great link a while back to a series of historical pictures of women breastfeeding in public (pre-formula days, when there wasn't a lot of other options).  In those pictures, the people around the women don't seemed to be bothered at all.... it was normal and nothing to write home about.

When I first had Heath, I didn't mind nursing in public, but I was conscious about making others uncomfortable.  I did go to the car or make sure I was completely covered.  I would apologize if I had to feed him at someone's house.  However, that level of concern is hard to sustain for a whole year.  Now I just do what needs to be done.

Now that I have been on this breastfeeding journey for almost a year, Michael and I will probably not even blink an eye when we see someone breastfeeding.  We may think, "Cute baby" or "Good for her." But no shock or discussion about it later.  She's just doing what she needs to take care of her baby.

A friend posted on Facebook that a lady came up to her at a restaurant and congratulated her for breastfeeding her baby.  She asked is it really something to be congratulated?  I'm eating and my baby got hungry, so now I'm feeding her.  It's really not a big deal. I think that's so right... it's really not a big deal!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

eleven months

Less than a month until Heath is 1!!  I can't believe it.  His little personality is really coming to life.  He's saying more and doing more each day.  April is going to fly by! 

At 11 months:
-wears size 3 diapers (although still use cloth mostly)
-wears size 12 month clothes, but can still fit into several 9 month things
-says: mama, dada, dog, door, down, up, stop, bye, hey, ball, etc
-blows kisses
-likes to play with balls and a musical toy
-loves to eat noodles, yogurt, strawberries, cheese, and bread
-still nurses 4-5 times a day
-takes 2 bottles while at daycare
-usually takes 2 naps (one at 10am and the other around 3:30pm)
-goes to bed between 8 and 9pm
-no interest in TV, screen time, etc. (thank goodness!)
-great at crawling
-starting to pull up more
-loves to say "Hey" to people when we are out at stores
-says "Hey" when someone walks in the room or answers the phone
-waves and says "bye-bye" when I get my bags ready in the morning

Weight: 17 lbs (On April 1st), but probably more now

Monday, March 24, 2014

everything comes at once

Does anyone else feel like everything comes at once?  I feel like Michael and I are in a constant cycle of nothing and then everything!

A couple of weeks ago we went to Memphis.  On the way there, we got calls about Michael's mom not doing well (mentally).  The one weekend we planned to be out of town.  Luckily, the assisted living place had things under control, but we still had to go back a day early so that Michael could go down there.  The same weekend, Heath got sick.  He had a terrible cough/cold.  We had to do breathing treatments and everything.  We have been battling with those two things ever since.  Heath was better for a little bit, but then had a fever and was feeling terrible again.  Then we found out that Michael's mom can not stay at her current location.  So, we are currently looking for new places.

I get so overwhelmed by it sometimes.  I actually had to take some time off from work to stay home with Heath, but instead of just getting to spend the time at home taking care of him, I carted him around town to look at assisted living/memory care facilities for Michael's mom.  Talk about feeling like mother of the year.

We are far from having everything settled, but we have some better ideas of what she will need next.  We just hope this place sticks for a while. We feel like every month she completely changes the type of care that she needs.  It's exhausting!!  (So is having a sick baby!)

Heath is finally on the mend, although we are still having to do breathing treatments twice a day.  (He ended up with an ear infection as well!)