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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Age 1 = bumps and bruises?

No one explained to be that when my child turned one, he would instantly become more like his father and "lead with his head"

Since his brithday, 2 days ago, my poor little one has learned to get himself down from the couch (via a head-first route) and how to try and take pictures with my camera (via head-butting the lens)

How he made it 1 whole year without any brusies or bumps and then has proceeded to get 2 different ones within 2 days of being one - I will never know.

I do know that he is very hard headed.  Although the floor and camera lens both got in the way of his head, he only cried for about 10 seconds.  Then, he looked around and started crawling away - on to bigger and better things.

I'm so happy that he is so tough and reslient...especially since my tough and resilient flew out the window when the little one bumped his head.  This mum is not fond of sad little tears - even if they only last for 10 seconds.

The worst thing?  My dear husband has scars all over from "leading with his head" - he never allowed anything to get in his way - not barbed wire, concrete, get the picture.  Seeing as how peach trees don't bear apples, I'm thinking that we are in for a bumpy ride!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

and now he's one...

yeppers.  you read right.  the kidlet, munchkin, HRH is now ONE!!

Not sure how on earth this past year went by so fast, but it did.  And, what a ride it was...

This time last year, I was lying in a hospital bed while my kiddo was 2 floors above in the local NICU.  He was tanning himself and taking his own time deciding if he wanted to eat. I was sleeping.  We were both hooked up to a lot of tubes and wires.  I was praying to never take blood pressure medicine and I think he was praying that his previous 8 hours be a bad, bad dream.

The blood pressure meds were not required again and the kidlet realized what a great gig he had outside my body.  He was enamored with what a great mum God had supplied him with and he was so excited to hurry up and get home. (a slight exaggeration might have just taken place)
Today, we celebrated with family and friends.  We will continue the celebration through next Sunday.  Extended celebrations are a benefit of huge families.  We like to make sure everyone is involved, which can take a few weeks.  I enjoyed watching my little one turn his nose up at the cupcake.  I think he was confused at the bright, neon green frosting.  He looked at me as if to say "that is not a normal color for food" - I love that he eats healthy vegetables and questions the fake icing.  Good job kid!

Pictures will be posted tomorrow.  For now, you will just have to accept the fact that I left my computer charger in Dallas and am having to use my husbands pc.  Due to the fact that I use a mac and don't have the right cards, I will need to wait until tomorrow to get my pictures uploaded.

I'm off to bed, before my son gets up from bed and tells me that he has purchased a car and is moving out.  He is growing so quickly, I'm hoping that my Jenia gets down here to see him before he is old and has to move to an assisted living location.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Crocs might not always be the best option

When I travel, I like to travel light.

I already have to take all of my supplies for work, a large breast pump and my own bag.  Since baggage fees are super expensive, (unless I am lucky enough to be booked on a Southwest Airlines flight) I try to carry on my bag.  Therefore, I try to not take more than will fit in that bag.

This means that coats and shoes are normally left at home.  I figure that I will be indoors most of the time, so it should be fine.  I can deal with the elements a little bit at a time.  I was in New York last week and this plan worked out really well.

Then, I traveled to Aspen.

It is cold in Aspen.  And snowy.

I thought I knew what that meant.  Until I woke up my first morning here.

I did not realize that I needed to build time into my schedule to "find" my car.  It was covered in snow.  Real, white, fluffy snow.  I need to offer that description because in Texas, snow is crunchy.  Anyway, I walked outside and saw that my car was covered in snow.  While walking to my car, I realized that I probably should have worn different shoes.  I wear ballerina style crocs 80% of my life.  I normally wear these without socks.  This was a very bad decision for Aspen.  By the time I reached my car, my feet and pants legs were soaking.

Here is a picture of my foot.

next time - I'll pack according to

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Holy Canoli.

That's about all I can say to where my days have gone.

Yep, Holy Canoli.

I just don't know how other mothers do it.  This working mum thing is really hard.   It is hard enough to be a working mum who is based at home, but a working mum whose job is 80% travel is just insane.  Thankfully, I have a family who is VERY helpful, but it is still really stressful.  I want a companion pass on Southwest - then my little one could come along on my trips.  I'm working on that companion pass, but it is really hard to get.  But, I'll keep trying.

On a much happier note, the little one now has his first pair of Toms - which means that another little one will now have a new pair of shoes too!
I love that they give a needy child a pair of shoes each time you buy a pair.  We all need shoes, so why not get ones that help others at the same time?

And, speaking of the little one, not only do I not know where the past few months have gone, but I'm evidently unaware of what happened to the last year.  According to my calendar, the little one turns ONE on Saturday.  I'm not sure how I feel about this - my little bit is already growing.  I can't stop the growing, so I am going to embrace it.

We will have a party.  We will celebrate his entirely fun first year.  We will play with the girlies who come to his party.  We will take pictures.  We will eat overly colored rainbow cake.  We will laugh.

We will make his new funny face all day long.  (Not sure where he learned this face, but I know that he keeps doing it because it makes both of his 'rents LAUGH!)

I will love his second year just as much (if not more) than his first.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

tonight I WILL be thankful.

Tonight, I'm inclined to be grumpy.  My baby is at my parents, my husband is working out of town, my dogs are also with my parents and I am by myself.  
Not my idea of fun. 
This is about the time that my husband gets confused.  He doesn't understand why I don't like being alone when I do enjoy doing things on my own as long as others are around.  
Weird, I know. I blame it on the big family I grew up in.
I love to have people around.  I love the noises of a busy home.  I love the feel of many people doing their own thing in the same area.  I love it because it is normal to me.  For most of my life I have equated quiet with the following questions. "Where are the kids?  What are they doing?  Why are they being quiet? "  Quiet was a BAD sign at our home!

So, I prefer the noise of having others around.  That being said, once they are around, I prefer for us to all do our own thing.  I'm not such a fan of having to chit chat or answer tons of questions.  My husband on the other hand, loves to talk.  We are still working on this little area...

Instead of being grumpy (and slightly frightened from the darkness of night combined with a silent home) I am going to think of what I have been blessed with this week.  I am also currently turning up the 2 tvs and the radio in this house.  Noise is noise, right?

Blessings this week:
  • A little one who is happy at his Mimi and Papa Joe's home. (289)
  • My amazing parents - although they both have full time jobs and are both working on Master's degree programs, they are there at a moments notice to help watch my little one.  They add him into their day and just continue on as normal.  No stress, no comments to me that this might affect their day, no mention of how they would love to help, but that they are too busy.  Just a simple, "whatever you need, we will help."  I can't begin to explain how blessed I am to have parents that are able to do this...  I hope that I am as helpful and calm a parent as they are to me! (290-291)
  • A little one who is beginning to babble like crazy.  It is just too much fun to listen to him ramble on and on.  (292)
  • A smooth work week.  My training this week went on without a hitch.  This was totally an act of God and I am thankful beyond words. (293)
  • A brother and sister who are amazingly helpful with my little one and my puddleducks.  They help to make my life possible. (294-295)
  • The knowledge that God knows where we will live in 2 weeks, in 2 months and in 2 years. (296)  Since I do not know the answer to any of them, I am so happy to know that HE knows.  And, I know that HE will let me know, when HE sees fit.  (I'm currently praying for patience and peace with this subject)  Although I know that HE knows, I still have to remind myself about 50 trillion times a day.  I so badly want us to have a place of our own, to have a bedroom that I can decorate for my sweet little one.  This will happen.  In His timing.  I will be patient and I will trust in Him.
  • Only 2 more months before my hubs will be eligible for Health Ins. (297)
  • Snow Leopard Upgrade disk.  Macs rock my world.  (298)
  • Pony Tail Holders.  Need I say more? (299)
  • Sweet Tea - such a wonderful concoction.  Seriously one of the best drinks ever. (300)

what I've been up to...

To sum it up in a few words - going crazy.

My little one will be ONE in 17 days!  I can't even begin to imagine how much fun we are going to continue having as he gets older...  I still haven't totally decided on when and where his birthday party will be - it's looking like we are going to have 2 - one in Houston and one in the 'ville.  It is becoming too complicated to make it all happen in one place.  One thing I do know is that he will have a rainbow cake.  And, I already baked it!  All 6 layers!  Wrapped in freezer wrap and placed in the deep freeze.  Patiently awaiting me to rescue it from the freezer and slather it in yummy cream cheese icing. (Now, I know that those of you who know me well are now on the floor choking, seeing as how getting things done ahead of time is not normally in my DNA.  It's ok.  I'm trying something new - don't hold you breath, I'm not sure how long it will last.)

Easter was quite fun.  The little one and I went to my parents for the weekend and most of my siblings were able to come as well.  My husband was able to make it up from Houston on Sunday afternoon!  My sister and her two adorable blondies were not able to make it, but we hunted for extra eggs and ate more sweets in honor of them.  Next year we are hoping to have everyone together!

Besides baking and Easter egg hunting, I've been busy working!  The office this week, New Jersey next week, Oklahoma the following week and then finally, back home.  It should be an interesting few weeks!