Friday, December 25, 2009
i also planned to make nametags for the gifts under the tree.
i planned on getting Alan a few more gifts...that never got bought.
i didn't plan on being on-call for work this Christmas.
i planned to see my family before New Year's Eve.
i really planned on making a bow for the top of our tree.
i didn't plan on all three of us being sick all week.
i didn't plan on getting home at 9:45 last night.
i didn't plan on Rowan being asleep when we got home.
i planned on reading him the Christmas story before bedtime.
i planned to take pictures of Rowan leaving cookies and milk for Santa.
i planned on starting my Christmas shopping early...
and being done by now.
i planned on cooking a big breakfast this morning...
but i was in bed until 10:00.
i planned on playing with Rowan all day...
instead we all three slept almost all day.
i planned on making peanut butter balls.
maybe by next weekend?
i didn't plan on eating Chinese take-out for Christmas night supper.
but so it goes.
and I am trying to be okay with it.
Now that I am a mom I am realizing I have to let
go of some things...
On a sidenote...we have had a wonderful day anyway.
Having Rowan has really made Christmas fun.
He loved all his gifts.
He is starting to sit up by himself which makes it really
easy for him to play.
So far I haven't been called in.
(Thank you Lord. Just 2 more days and I'll be
done with Christmas call for the next 5 years. I hope.)
We are all feeling a little better, but ready for these colds to pass.
We gotta head out tomorrow and finish our shopping
for Christmas with my family next week.
And hit up a few after Christmas sales too.
I gotta work on making my peanut butter balls.
To heck with making any bows or nametags at this point...
Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!!!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
So excited for tomorrow even though he doesn't even have
a clue about what's going on.
We will be at home for Christmas this year
because I am on-call for work starting at 1:00 this afternoon.
Hoping for a really quiet Christmas...
little boy stuff.
We bought it last year at Hobby Lobby.
along with some ornaments too.
I added the bow, the berries, the sprigy things
at the top and a few more ornaments this year.
No tree skirt, just some bunched up felt from
Hobby Lobby around the bottom.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
We changed him from Zantac to Prevacid
this past Tuesday because we felt like
the Zantac wasn't working.
And boy, are we glad we did.
He is eating better.
(I think he is already over 14 pounds!)
Going to sleep easier.
Taking 2 hour naps.
Cooing and laughing all the time. So precious.
Spitting up less.
We are all happier!
Friday, December 4, 2009
This is how...
I spent 34 dollars on Black Friday and got 26 ExtraCare
Bucks (ECB) back. (They are like instant cash.)
So my trip Monday would have costed me 36.93...
but I shopped sales, then I had coupons for every sale item,
then I had a 5 dollar off 15$ purchase from the
bottom of a receipt and my ECBs.
So, my grand total, get this, was 1.28...and that was TAX!
Can you say excited!
I started couponing seriously a few weeks ago and am loving it!
My favorite stores are now Publix, Walgreens, and CVS.
I have learned alot about all of it, but I have so much more to learn.
These are my favorite sites so far.
These awesome ladies do the homework for you!
Their websites are full of wonderful deals, coupons,
store sale ads, and more!
I spent 30 dollars at Publix on Monday and saved 50 dollars.
I came home with bags and bags of stuff.
I would love to hear how y'all save money!
I would also love any other sites you may use to help
your family save money!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
our sweet baby boy.
our access to healthcare.
the U.S. of A!
food on our table.
clean water to take a bath.
glasses and contacts to help me see.
warmth on winter nights.
cool air on summer days.
clothes on our backs and in our closets.
our nice cozy bed.
emotions and passions.
laughter and joy.
the beauty of the Earth.
God's GRACE in abundance.
God's many, many blessings.
So I felt like Rowan has been especially fussy here lately.
He has been spitting up since he was 3 days old, but
here lately it has been much more frequent.
He was having difficulty nursing.
Some days he was totally not interested in eating.
I could hear his stomach rumbling around at feeding time.
He wasn't taking good naps.
Evenings around here were hard because Rowan is
inconsolable due to tummy troubles.
He even looked smaller to me.
I knew something wasn't right...
On Monday as I was reading Babywise it was confirmed
that Rowan may have AR.
There is a chapter in the book that talks about stomach issues.
I was reading scenarios of several different children.
One of them was about a little boy named Asher.
And well, he and Rowan could be twins.
So I text Alan really quick to tell him I am calling Rowan's
peditrician to ask what we should do, etc.
We take Rowan to see Dr. Smith on Tuesday morning.
He says "Yes, that is acid reflux and we need to go ahead and
start treating him."
He also explained that all the above problems are because of the reflux issue.
We also found out that Rowan only weighs 12 pounds, 4 ozs.
He should weigh at least 13 pounds, 8 ozs. according to Dr. Smith.
Poor baby hasn't been keeping enough down to gain weight.
Now we are on Zantac twice a day.
We go back to see Dr. Smith next week.
I'm praying for relief for Rowan and some weight gain too.
Pray with me please!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Alan and I saw this video at church a few Sundays ago...
and it brought us both to tears.
It is so amazing what these simple-to-us shoe boxes
can mean to a precious child!
We couldn't wait to go out and fill up some boxes!
We put together a boy box...
And we had a ball!
If you haven't already made a box (or two) I encourage you to do so!
Details can be found here.
God is using this ministry to reach children
all around the world for Him!
What an awesome way to start the holidays off!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
yes, that's me. on my "birth"day!
Today was a fabulous day!
I really can't believe I am 28!!!
Alan took the day off to spend with me!
I got to sleep until 9:00.
Opened my cards and presents. Sweet!
Got lots of birthday phone calls! :)
Some that made me laugh out loud!
We went to Chick-fil-a for lunch.
We went to Publix, Walgreens, and CVS for
my couponing deals. (More on that later).
We looked at a house.
We went to Mikata's in Macon. YUM!
Then we took Rowan to see Santa at Bass Pro Shops!
Nothing spectacular, but totally wonderful!
I am so thankful for the life God has blessed me with!
28 is gonna be great!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I remember feeling shocked, overwhelmed,
and in awe of God's goodness.
I wondered if it was gonna be a girl or a boy.
I wondered what he or she would look like.
I wondered what it would feel like to have
a baby moving around inside me.
I wondered what labor would feel like.
I wondered what it would be like
to be a mother.
And now I know.
Thank you God for our sweet baby boy!
You have so richly blessed our lives
by giving us Rowan!
I couldn't imagine life without him.
We love you sweet Rowan!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I don't know if it was normal.
I don't know if it was a combination of hormones and normal.
But I hated it.
Oh, it was horrible.
I hated myself like that.
I am so glad the fog is lifting...
I am feeling like me again.
I am feeling like life is so much better with Rowan.
Like our life is just beginning...
I am laughing again.
Alot actually. At myself. Because I act so dumb sometimes.
I am hugging (and kissing) my hubby again.
I cherish my off days with my little man.
And miss my boys like crazy while I am at work.
I am stressing less and anxious less.
I hope I am easier to live with...Alan will need to vouch for that.
I can now think about having another one...down the road of course.
I have accepted that we can still go and do...it might just take longer.
I am sooo thankful that God chose us to be Rowan's parents.
And, now, I can't imagine it any other way!
P.S. Please don't feel like I am horrible!
Friday, November 6, 2009
coming home to my boys.
nursing my sweet boy!
bedtime with no tears! yay!
unloading the dishwasher.
loading the dishwasher.
peeking on my sweet boy as he sleeps in
washing bottles and pump parts.
making pimento cheese.
burning my autumn wreath candle.
really, really cold diet sprite.
folding Rowan's itty-bitty clothes.
anticipating the sweet reunion of good
and soon bedtime!
and I enjoyed every minute of it!
"I'm so proud of my Aunt Paige!"
And I am so proud of my older sister.
A commitee at her school voted her "Teacher of the Year"!
She is also a student again herself.
She is working towards getting her Masters degree.
I don't know how she juggles being a mom,
a wife, a teacher and a student.
Not to mention all the things she is involved in at church.
Way to go Paige!
We love you!
We had the perfect outfit to take a picture for Paige!
Her school colors are red and baby blue!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Since most of our friends and family live out of town
and won't be able to see Rowan in his cute little
Have a great weekend...
Happy Pumpkin Day!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sweet boy slept from 8-5!!!
I was totally scared to go check on him this morning.
We are listening to him cry right now.
It isn't as easy today because I worked...
and I haven't spent much time with him.
I so want to go scoop him up and squeeze him.
I can do this!
Consistency is key!
And thanks so much for the sweet, encouraging words!
A lurker even came out of hiding...Hi Paula!
Just thought I would blog it!
One, to remember this day.
And two, to keep me busy for a while...
And oh, this precious face.
He is truly "eat-able", as my dad says!
Monday, October 26, 2009
experiences as a mother. today i was thinking back
over Rowan's short life and feeling like i need to be
mom always says "you're gonna miss this" and
"it won't be like this for long".
and well...she is right.
so, Rowan, my beautiful baby boy,
drives me crazy
and this is why...
last night for example.
he fell asleep in my arms at 8:00.
i layed him down in his crib at 9:00.
at 10:00 he woke up.
he was awake till 11:00.
then up at 12:45.
then back down till 3:00.
then up at 5:00.
then up at 7:00.
then up for good at 8:00.
i'm exhausted people.
so today we started "crying it out".
before today i have thought it was awfully cruel
for a mother to let her child cry.
especially for 45 minutes.
well, that was awfully judgmental of me.
sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
so i noticed him rubbing his eyes and acting sleepy
around 11:15. i layed him down in his crib.
He cried until 12:10 then fell asleep.
He slept for 25 minutes.
The again around 2:00 he looked sleepy again.
He cried until 2:25. Then slept for 25 minutes.
Then this evening he cried for 13 minutes when i layed
him down. And he slept...i don't know how long.
Not enough time for me to finish the corn chowder
i was making.
Tonight after his bath and lotion and pjs,
i rocked him for 2 minutes and layed him down.
He cried less than one minute.
But then he was up an hour later.
Instead of rescuing him, I reassured him.
And he went back to sleep on his own.
It is 10:00 and this apartment is silent
except for the clanking of the keys as I type this.
Motherhood can be oh, so hard sometimes.
I feel like I don't have a clue what I am doing.
I just don't feel like I am good enough for Rowan.
"Mom guilt" haunts me.
Anyways, I better get to bed.
Who knows when he will be up again.
My beautiful baby boy who i am crazily in love with.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
It is beautiful and I love it!
Just got a text from Alan that he killed a deer!
That's good for two reasons...
it's opening day of rifle season, and
that means he is one less away from his limit.
Meaning the quicker he kills his limit the less
he is gone from this house.
Oh to be married to a deer hunter!
what I am looking forward to today...
A big mug full of homemade hot chocolate.
A girl from work made the mix and gave it out
at Christmas last year.
It is absolutely the best hot chocolate I have
Rich & Creamy Cocoa Mix
¾ cup powdered nondairy creamer
½ cup nonfat dry milk powder
½ cup of milk chocolate chips
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup packed brown sugar
3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix well.
Place in 1 pint food storage jar with tight fitting lid.
Lightly pack down.
Here are the directions for the gift tags...
1 jar of Rich & Creamy Cocoa mix
6 cups of boiling water
Place cocoa mix in medium saucepan.
Add water, stiruntil mix and chocolate chips are melted.
Makes 8 servings.
Now off to make a big breakfast and enjoy
time with my sister, my nephews, and
Saturday, October 10, 2009
i want to memorize your face.
the way your eyes dance when you smile.
your precious hands.
your quirky ears.
i never want to forget.
your soft skin.
the hilarious little faces you make.
i could stare at you forever.
hold you in my arms.
dreaming big dreams for you.
help me always remember.
makes life so much more fun!
I am not much on Halloween, but having
Rowan has made me more excited about it!
He has 4 halloween outfits that we bought
last year before we even knew he was on the way!
Not to mention the cutest costume
that I bought at none other than Walmart in August!
Two weeks after Halloween last year we found out
I was pregnant...so we all know what that means! :)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
and adoring our baby boy I have been
goodwill-ing, cooking, sewing, and shopping!
I love to frequent Goodwill. It's like a treasure hunt. I put
Rowan is his stroller and off we go.
A few weeks ago I bought him 11 outfits
for 18.00. Three of the outfits are pictured below. I am not fond of the dinosaur on the second
jon-jon, so I am in the process of removing
the applique. I am either gonna have it
monogrammed or put some other type
of applique on it. Still can't beat paying $1.50 for it!
I already have one, so I gave it to my mom.
It is a Southern Living Dress-me-Up Plate.
This picture was taken at one of my baby showers
(that I never blogged about).
By the way, this is the third one I
have bought at Goodwill.
these glass cups in it last week too.
I figure it is multi-functional.
Flowers, pens, pencils, buttons, candy, ...etc.
I was proud that I introduced Alan to a food
I ordered that when Rowan was a few days old
and I was having a rough day.
It is adorable!
Here is the buffalo chicken dip.
It was spicy...a little too spicy for baby boy...
but I ate some anyway.
It was a little salty, but good with Ritz chips!
If I make it again I will alter the recipe!
baby girl two weeks ago. I whipped these
up so I would have a little gift to take
her when we went to visit.
I also made Rowan a Christmas burp cloth.
I have bought fabric to make some Halloween ones.
Black and orange polka dots (pictured above)
and black with pumpkins.
I better get on the ball it is October 3rd already!
I love Walmart. I have found the
cutest outfits for Rowan there lately.
The great thing about it...they are only FOUR dollars!
And they are baby blue...which I love for my baby boy!
I ordered these waterproof vinyl stickers
a few weeks ago. I put them on
all of Rowan's bottles and pacifiers.
I thought they would be great for daycare.
Well...they were great for the
day and a half he was in daycare.
I will share our horror story
about that sometime later. (Maybe.)
I am trying to forget the experience right now.
Rowan will be staying with Ms. Laura
starting on Monday. So far...she has
already been a blessing!
Rowan stayed with Alan for my first day back
to help with the transition.
I cried all the way to work...and when I got to work.
Alan took him to Bass Pro for the first time.
He bought him a camoflauged pacifier.
I think it's cute that Alan took him, and even cuter
that Alan bought him something to remember the trip.
He even brought him to see me around 1:00.
Just what I needed to get me through the day!
They had a great day together.
Going back to work was/is very hard.
I hate leaving Rowan.
When I get to work I get busy so the
day will go by fast. I am so thankful I am only
away from him 3 days a week.
Alan has been doing a great job with him
in the afternoons. He picks him
up between 3:30 and 4:00.
It has been great to be back around
my work friends and to be back taking care of patients.
I am thankful for a great job, great co-workers
and a great boss.
Well, right now I am in Alabama.
Rowan and I came over on Friday morning.
We went to a really nice consignment sale this morning.
I got Rowan 14 outfits for 85 dollars!
Consignment sales are fun!
Well, I better get to bed.
Rowan will be waking me up again soon...