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Friday, August 12, 2011

SURPRISE!!!

Yep that's right; you guessed it...CAROLINE ELIZABETH FLURRY is here!!!!!! She's actually already 9 days old which means she was over 3 & 1/2 weeks early. All the people that said that I wasn't going to make it to 40 wks were right, the fortune cookies were right & deep down I knew I wasn't going to make it to my due date just like all my other friends that were due in Aug. I wasn't thinking she'd be here THIS early though. Of course now I can't imagine life without her...she's amazing!! Before I get into all of the details of little misses arrival, I wanted to share a link to my sweet SIL's blog so you can see a few pics she put up...click HERE.

Ok let's rewind back to Tues. Aug. 2nd where I had my 36 wk appt that afternoon which was the first time for her to check my cervix & see if I was already progressing any. I was 1.5cm & 75% effaced...I was 1 cm & 75% effaced with Carter at this point so no big deal. Supposedly sometimes when the Dr checks you it can trigger labor which is obviously what happened to me. My contractions or really pain didn't start until 6am the next morning but I never had this with Carter since I was induced so I wasn't sure if it was real labor or not. It progressively got worse but never to the point the Dr wanted "contractions 5 min apart for an hour"...I actually never felt contractions until we were headed to the hospital, just constant throbbing like the worst cramps ever! We finally called the Dr around 8:15 & she said just to come in & she would check me again. I was 3.5cm now & 80% effaced so she said "looks like we're going to have a baby today". I couldn't believe it...with Carter I had to get induced the day before my due date & Caroline was going to get here at 36 wks which is considered pre-term. Now if this was my first child, I would have been freaking out since she was early & we were so unprepared as far as being packed for the hospital, her room is nowhere near ready, etc. I guess that's what comes with already having 1 & knowing what to expect. I really wasn't nervous at all, I just couldn't believe she was going to be here that day. After I had my epidural by 10:30, water broken around 1pm, & only having to push for about 15 min. Caroline made her debut into the world @ 5:18pm on August 3rd weighing a whopping 7 lbs 8oz & 20.5 in. long...she was HUGE for being so early! Just think if I had gone to my due date with her...she would've been 9.5 or 10 lbs!!! Carter was 8 lbs 6oz so we already knew we make big babies...J was 10 lbs & I was 8 lbs 3oz.

Caroline has done fabulous since she entered the world...her APGAR scores were 7 & 9 & she never had any lung issues which is common with pre-term babies. She is a sleeper for sure & a wonderful nurser...I have to wake her up a lot of the time to eat within 3 hours. I just want to make sure she's gaining weight. She's completely opposite how Carter was...I mean night & day difference. Carter NEVER slept...he would wake up every hour & half to two hours at night to eat & would not nap during the day unless you were holding him. She only wakes once or twice a night & is just a little bundle of joy. I'm so in love with her!! Now I totally understand the people that decide to stay home & not go back to work...they had babies like Caroline. :) Now don't get me wrong, Carter was worth every sleepless night but it's just comforting to know not all babies are like that. We are over the moon with her...you forget how small & precious they are...I could just cuddle with her all day. More pics & updates to come!!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lately...

We are alive...I know you were real worried about us! :) It's been a few weeks & even though we have been very busy the blog hasn't been neglected just b/c of lack of time which is part of it but it is FULL again. I haven't had a bit of extra time to try to work on the new one much less try to clean out some duplicated pics from way back when I didn't realize that there was a picasa web album out there with all the pics I ever downloaded on here. I'm just as disappointed as you are to not have new pics up!

But as the blog continues to fall behind, we continue to get closer to Miss Caroline's arrival. :) I am 36 wks tomorrow & feeling as prego as ever!! I started swelling around my ankles a few weeks back but it would come & go. Now I've almost gotten to the point where I can't get rid of it unless I have my feet propped up all the time which who has time for that?!? I never really swelled with C but he was born in March & not the middle of the summer. It still is hard to be comfortable with your CANKLES feeling like they are about to exlode not to mention the extra water weight down there. But I'm making it.

As I type (with legs elevated), it sounds like a construction site above my head as I hear J working away on our demo/reconstruction upstairs. He began last w/e & it is really coming along. I have already been documenting the project thru pics which will hopefully appear on here at some point or probably the new blog. He has become quite the handyman & is doing a fantastic job!

Speaking of last w/e...some of my closest friends were so sweet to throw me a "sprinkle" to celebrate Caroline's pending arrival!!! We had a great time & she got some fun things! Sat. night, 3 of my pledge sisters & I stayed at Ross Bridge to celebrate all of us turning 30 this year...I'm not quite there yet...14 days & counting! :) The hotel was booked & the pool looked like a water park but we had a great time laying out, chowing down on some food & even went out downtown til later than I thought I would being 35 wks prego...it was great though & I had a blast hanging out with my girls that all live out of town!!

We head to the dr Tues to find out if I am measuring anything & that is when my weekly appts will start. No one thinks I'm going to make it to 40 wks like I did with C but we'll see...the dr says if you normally go that far with the 1st, you will with the 2nd. If that's the case then I will probably be getting induced again on my due date - 8/29. The funny thing is all the people I knew who were due in Aug, all had their babies this past Fri, well 3 of them...can you believe it?!? One was a planned c-section so we knew that one was happening but the other two were due 8/11 & 8/17 & just went into labor that day. The other one that was due 8/1 had her baby Mon. So I'm the only one left. :) One of the babies Daddy's birthday was Fri too so now they get to share a b'day. :)

Another funny thing...y'all probably don't remember this (devoted blog followers) but way back when I was 38 wks with C I posted THIS post. It was about how J & I went & had japanese & our fortune cookies talked about "doing something different this coming w/e" which ended up not being exactly right but we did get induced that Mon. Well C spent the night out last night with my mom (we were supposed to go to a wedding in Huntsville but with my swelling & J having his big project we decided against it) so we went out to Sumo for dinner last night. And here are our fortune cookies...I opened mine first & it said "You will soon get something special b/c of your charm" which could be anything but J's said "Next week at this time, something good is coming your way!". So once again if the fortunes are right we might be mtg sweet Caroline early this time around. I would almost be 37 wks so we hope that isn't the case but you never know. Oh & we finally decided on her middle name but I can't put it on here yet b/c we haven't told all the family. I'll do my best to post after my appt on Tues.

I'm off to finish sewing her bed skirt...happy HOT Sunday to all!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I wear my sunglasses...

...on top of my head like mommy & daddy!


Another random shot from when I was trying to do my 'homework' for my photography class...I realized this was a bad idea to try to get 3 different shots of a toddler in the same place with the same background. He looks so much like J to me in this pic! This precious boy has my heart!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Our 4th of July w/e

We had a reasonably laid back w/e. Sat. morning we met Kerri & Daniel & fam at the McWane Center for a little play time with Carter & Callie. They had a great time on every floor & then we all went & had lunch at Newk's (my 1st time to eat there; can you believe it?! & it was delish!) before heading home for a nap.

C checking out the touch shark/stingray tank...
A couple of these pegs ended up taking a trip around with us...
They have a fun little maze & C only got stumped once. He loved it & I think would've totally gone thru it by himself...I could barely keep up with him!

D & J built some fun tunnels & forts...


Sat. night our neighborhood held it's annual event with a patriotic parade of unique cars led by a fire engine thru the neighborhood to the country club for BBQ, fireworks and fun. They had a moonwalk or "bouncy" according to C & he enjoyed getting in & out & lounging inside (see pic below) while the 'big' kids bounced him around. He is just like his Daddy & likes to just sit & observe.  Sorry for the net & not so great pics...these were taken on my phone.

Finally getting a chance to bounce on his own when no one else was in it!

The firetruck stopped by the festivities for a visit...C's love!!



Daddy & C waiting on the fireworks to start...he's getting good at this smiling thing! :)

He 'stole' this huge glow stick from these little teenage girls sitting next to us talking about "how to get a guy to like you" & such...too bad they ran off b/c I was really enjoying eavesdropping on their entertaining convo. :)

My photography class has been going great & the teacher showed us how to take fireworks pics so I took my first stab at it...I think they turned out pretty well. You can basically hold open the shutter & catch as much or as little of the fireworks as you want. Some of them would have turned out better if I had a tripod...I guess I need to add that to my camera accessories wishlist.

Doing a little practice on C while he twirled the glow stick...





C loved them & could have cared less about the loud booms...some of them were pretty intense even though we were a good distance from the launch site. It amazes me the noises he doesn't really like (vacuums, the stand mixer, hair dryer, etc) but could care less about loud thunder, lightning, fireworks, etc.

My mom took C Sun morning to church which allowed us some time to get some things done around the house. I met them on Mon morning at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church which has a huge outdoor 4th of July celebration/carnival with games, cake walks, BBQ, music, raffles, etc. I didn't take one pic b/c it was either scorching hot or it rained for a bit but we hung in there & he really enjoyed pulling the floating ducks out of the baby pool for prizes (his prize of choice was bouncy balls which we now have 5 or 6) & going fishing for prizes, bean bag toss, putt putt, etc. After a good nap we contemplated either going to the Barons game (which ended up having a rain delay) to watch the fireworks after or going to see Thunder on the Mountain but both were so late @ 9pm or later that we decided against it. C has been sleeping much better...Hooray!...& hasn't woken up in the middle of the night since Fri. He talks about the "magic" gate anytime he sees it & wants to make sure it is closed, so it's working like a charm. :) Now if I could just get him to sleep in a little longer that would be great but I'll take what I can get.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable & relaxing 4th!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

The "magic" gate


J got the gate installed at the top of the stairs yesterday & we told C that it was his "magic" gate that would help him sleep through the night & keep him safe (so he doesn't fall down the stairs in the middle of the night in the dark). So far it seems like it worked like a charm & it is now mommy's "miracle" gate. :) I never heard a peep out of him last night & as far as I can tell he wasn't up until 6:45. J did find him outside his door right at the gate but barely making a noise. All I can say is I hope it isn't just a one night deal & that this will get him back in his normal sleeping routine (fingers are crossed). I do feel so refreshed today...I'm really not one to normally complain but this mama hasn't been sleeping great anyway which is to be expected at 32 wks but with these frequent late night visits or crying multiple times a night, it has really been wearing me down. I hope everyone has a wonderful July 4th w/e!!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The name game

We have FINALLY decided on a name for little miss...it's going to be...

Snow!!

HAAA wouldn't that be just downright AWFUL if we named her that...Snow Flurry! She would hate us for the rest of her life. Ok so all kidding aside our sweet little munchkin is going to be named....Caroline!!! She doesn't have a middle name yet but we are close on that too. I'm so thrilled & C is so cute when you ask him what his sister's name is...just the way he says it with a precious little smile on his face. Of course I'm not really sure how much he really comprehends that a little baby girl will be sharing his space, parents & everything else in just a few short months. He does love babies though & is completely drawn to them if we see them out anywhere. It'll be an adjustment but I'm sure he'll get used to it soon.

So back to the whole Caroline name thing. I remember telling J last football season that when we get prego again, if it's a girl I want to name her Caroline. At that point he shot it down, said it was too long, ppl won't know if it's Caroline or Carolyn (pronunciation wise), etc. But I just thought it was a good southern name, a good baby & adult name & most of all it sounds good with Carter...Carter & Caroline. And after much deliberation over what seemed like a gazillion other names, Caroline still stood out as the best fit.

I have a funny story about the whole issue with making sure it sounds good to say the siblings names together. I was in Once Upon a Time in Homewood a month or so ago & the very friendly sales lady was telling me about her daughter & how she already had a son named Sam & was having a girl & thinking about naming her Ella. She said once she realized if she was out somewhere & was calling for them...Sam & Ella, Sam & Ella, that it really wouldn't sound right. Salmonella, Salmonella.

On a complete other note, I am becoming very sleep deprived & it isn't b/c I am on the verge of 32 wks prego. That does have something to do with it but the biggest issue is Carter man is still waking up early & throughout the night. Last night was 2am & then up by 5:40am. The night before he was up at 12:15 & 2:30. This past w/e he was up on Sat morning @ 4:45am for the day...even after trying to get him to sleep in the bed with us, he was wide awake & not going back to sleep. He did finally fall asleep on the bed with me around 7:30 for an hr max. You would think he would have made up for it at nap, but no, he only took 1.5 hr nap. So this mama is exhausted & has had enough. J is going to install the top of the stairs gate that we bought forever & a day ago & hope that will keep him at least from coming downstairs in the middle of the night but hopefully in his bed sleeping!! We may have to resort to a nightlight on a timer set to turn on when it is time to wake up or one of those alarm clock things with the bunny that shows when it is ok to get up. He used to be such a good sleeper & sleep 10-12 hrs a night & I really wasn't expecting to be this tired until miss Caroline arrived. Here's to hoping the little non-sleeping monster will get back in his old routine & SLEEP!

Not much else has been going on. We did go to the zoo this w/e with the McFarland girls which was way fun since we went late on Sat & it was storming everywhere else but there so we basically had the whole to zoo to ourselves...it was wonderful. More updates & pics coming soon!

P.S. I forgot to mention that I finally got the sonogram video up on THIS post. Thanks to my computer genius bro who helped me convert it from whatever file it was to one that would work on YouTube. I did have to break it up into 5 separate videos (10 min long total) but in case you are interested/care to see little miss moving around then there it is for your viewing pleasure. :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tickled Pink!

Sara & I worked on baby girl's bedding stuff again last night & got a bumper finished so I just had to share...

This is the outside of the bumper...



The inside...



And to show you up close the detail & the piping...



So now I've got to finish off the other 3 bumpers, do the bed skirt, make a throw pillow for her chair & sew in the 'hardware' for her roman balloon shade. HERE is a recap of all of her fabric samples. In case I haven't mentioned she only has a 'port hole' window in her room...her room is attic space that was finished off by a previous owner of our house & it has fun slanted ceilings & is just a small cutesy space that I thought would be a perfect nursery. I really didn't want to move C from his room since all of his furniture grows with him as his bed converts from crib to toddler to full but I also didn't want to get rid of our extra bedroom. I'm not sure if I've mentioned or not how J is hopefully about to start remodeling our upstairs. He is basically putting in a hallway for the 3 rooms on the opposite side of the house from C's room. The extra bedroom upstairs has a large laundry room off of it as well as a walk-in closet that takes you to the "hidden" room which is going to be little miss' bedroom. So instead of walking through a bedroom to get to each of these rooms, J is going to knock out some walls, have the intake vent for the HVAC professionally moved to the ceiling & put in sheetrock, flooring, new doors/door casings, etc. to make a hallway leading to all 3 of the rooms. It is going to make the layout of the upstairs so much better. I will of course post before, during & after pics. This will be interesting since it will be J's first real remodel project...I have faith that he can do it w/o making it cost twice as much as it would have it we hired someone professionally to do it. :) Wish us luck!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Everybody goes to Milo's...

Look what I figured out I can get on at work today...the BLOG!! :) I got here this morning & realized my whole computer had been updated, revamped, etc. Of course now everything that was personalized on it is gone as well as all my pictures...don't you think they could have warned someone ahead of time?!? Luckily I'm pretty sure any pics I had saved on here are saved at home too but still. We'll see how long this lasts but for now I will take full advantage of catching up since I really don't have a lot going on at work right now. I took my last flight to TX last week since I'm almost to the "no travelling" stage. I hit 30 wks yesterday...I can't believe it!! I'm already going every 2 wks to the dr now instead of 4. The in-laws came in town yesterday for the week & Sara & I started tackling little miss' bedding last night. Tonight is the last night we will have to work on it together so after that I'll be all on my own finishing up the bumpers, skirt, bubble shade & pillow for her room. I'm learning a lot & can't wait to see the finished product...hopefully I don't screw it up. :) There has been a lot going on these days especially this week, day & night. I'm starting a photography class tom. night that lasts 4 wks...I can't wait to really learn how to use my SLR camera to its full potential. Hopefully I'll have a little more "professional" looking pics on here in the future. J is in the process of training for a triathalon...I think I've mentioned how he has run a 5K & biked in a fundraiser race recently. The triathalon is in Guntersville on Aug. 13 so he recently joined the Hoover Rec to work on the swimming portion of that. C has been getting up about as early as J has (around 5:45am) every morning for the past week or so & coming downstairs on his own. His bowels have been all messed up from his top 2 molars coming in so I think that is what is causing the early morning wake-up calls. He'll lay in the bed & watch Blue's Clues for about 10 min but then he wants to get up & eat breakfast & play. His usual wake-up time is around 7:15am or so...mommy is really missing those days. Last night we had to change his sheets around 1:30am when his diaper didn't hold it all & by 3am he was back downstairs & ended up sleeping in our bed horizontally...he hasn't slept in our bed since he was an itty-bitty baby. He pretty much kicked J all night & had his head on my side & gave me about a foot of room to sleep which doesn't really work for a 30 wk prego. Let's just say I'm struggling a bit today. I guess that's enough about us for now. Here is the original post that I have had saved in draft on here for who knows how long...these pics are probably from Feb or maybe Mar. I still wanted them on here for the "scrapbook" effect of the blog.
I think these were from back when pics weren't cooperating with me on here..C's first time to eat Milo's & he loved it. I have a video of him dipping his fries in the sauce & licking it off (that'll be another day)...he does this with ketchup these days too.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Obsessed

Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe C's love for lining things up especially his beloved cars...these pics are from awhile back (still trying to catch up & I know I've mentioned the need for this post for quite some time) & the lining up of anything has become a daily ritual so no need for pics anymore. 
These are from back when he only had 10 or so cars...his collection is now ranging in the 40-50 range. The crazy thing is he knows the majority of them & has names for them...he will ask for specific cars & most of the time we know or can figure out which ones he is talking about.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My little Tom Cruise

These pics were taken a month or so ago one random Sat morning (notice the PJ's) in Target. C has been needing some new sunglasses for awhile now & these were just too cute...reminded me of Tom Cruise in Risky Business.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Chopped

I finally chopped it off...my hair that is!! I just couldn't take it anymore with this heat & I had 9 inches to donate...enough for Pantene's version of Locks of Love. This is probably my 4th or 5th time to donate it...it takes 6 pony-tails to make one wig for a cancer patient so I'm almost to one whole wig! :) I'm sure I'll do it again in the future. Here is my before pic...


And after...sooo much easier to manage!


And here is the lonely pony that I am drying out to send off soon...


A quick update on Luck...she is still missing. I did hear from a neighbor that they have a cat that went missing a few wks ago too which really makes me wonder. I'm still hopeful that she'll show up sometime...that someone has taken her in not knowing who she belongs to & she just needs to escape & come home!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

M.I.A.

That's right, our sweet Lucky Loo is MISSING!! We realized on Friday that we hadn't seen her since Wed night...she comes & goes as she pleases & we've gotten pretty lax on making sure she is in at night since she can come in the dog door whenever. We've searched the neighborhood with the dogs & I obviously made some signs that didn't even last 24 hrs before they were taken down...we have an extremely strict homeowner's association here in Riverchase. She had on a collar but it didn't have tags b/c I was having to replace her collar every month or so since she would lose it when the tags would get caught on brush/branches while she was out...that was the only way I could keep a collar on her. She is microchipped which I've already called to notify them so I am really just praying that she has just gone on a bit of a hiatus & will show up sometime soon. My biggest fear is that there have been a lot of workers a few houses up the past few weeks & that her nosey self has jumped in the back of one of their trucks if they left their door open & that they didn't realize it until they got back to wherever they live or work & kicked her out. I just don't see her not making it home if she was hurt somehow but we did have coyotes in our neighborhood a few years ago so you just never know. I'm trying to stay as positive as possible but she is like a child to me so each day that goes by makes it that much harder & miss her that much more.

A few recent shots I have taken of her...she has gotten pretty attached to C's booster seat.

I love this one...the chair is pretty much pushed all the way up but she has managed to squeeze into it.

Praying for a quick & safe return of my precious Luck!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Little Miss

I haven't updated on the little munchkin in a while much less put up the 20 wk sonogram pics so here they are...

This is her profile with her right arm up on her forehead...oh the drama. :)


I originally thought the disk we got at the appt had these pics along with a few others but I was pleasantly surprised to figure out that it had the entire sonogram on video! Dr. T has switched practices since I had C so this was new to me & I thought it was pretty exciting. I will forewarn you that it is 10 min long & maybe a bit odd but I figured I would share for those that are interested in seeing all of her precious little body parts. The thermal paper runs out in the middle of it & she uses a lot of abbreviations like "bl" for bladder, "st" for stomach & "kids" for kidneys but it is still neat to watch her move around. Ok so I couldn't get the entire video to download in one clip (entirely too large) so it is broken out into 5 clips.





Little bit still doesn't have a name but I hope to have one finalized soon...she does have her bedding picked out though. :) A few w/e's ago we went to Mobile to visit my SIL & fam & Sara & I went around on Sat to a bunch of the awesome fabric stores they have down there. It is hard to really see the colors in the pic (they are light pink, a faint gray & a touch of chocolate brown) but this is what we picked out. The crib skirt will be the top owl fabric...I have a new fascination with owls & thought it ws super cute.  Her bumper will be the damask (3rd one from the left) on the outside & the pink minky (2nd from the left) on the inside. The striped on the far left will be the piping & ties for the bumper. We plan to make a balloon shade with the damask material for the port hole window she has in her room & a lamp shade with the funky round dot silk on the far right. The current rocker/recliner we have in C's room is what we will use in hers but it is a soft mint green color so I had to incorporate that in. I am going to make a throw pillow with the quilted solid pink material & monogram her initials on it with the same green color as the chair. I can't wait to get it all made & set up in her room. Sara, Jay & the girls will be in town for nearly a week right around Father's Day & since she is very experienced with making all of this stuff (she made C's stuff for his room as well as the nursery set for her girls) she is going to be helping show me how to make it...thank goodness! I def. know I'm going to need help with the bumper & the shade. She is so talented with the sewing machine so I know she can show me quite a few pointers.

I am 27 weeks now (this pregnancy is flying by) & feeling great!! I had my gestational diabetes test at my last appt (24 wks) & I assume I passed b/c I haven't heard back from them & usually "no news, is good news". Everything is going great & we are just trucking along. I've started feeling her getting the hiccups (C got them all the time) which always makes me laugh & she really loves to see how much room she still has in there all the time. :)

Potty training update...
I wish I had really positive news to tell you about our 3-day training process but unfortunately I don't. I hate to say we failed but I just had high hopes for a successful w/e & it started out that way but then went down hill as the w/e went on. The first day went well with the usual and expected accidents but he was already understanding & asking to go potty by right after lunch. By the 2nd day he was holding it until that same time (around 1pm) & would give tons of false alarms where he would say he had to go, we'd rush to the potty & then he'd go "nevermind, I don't need to go anymore" when he really did. That would eventually end up being an accident & then we'd try to finish it on the potty but he would freak out & want off as quickly as possible (we are using a step stool that J built for him & a potty seat on the big potty so he is comfortable). The only problem is he has a fear of releasing into the toilet (this is supposedly very common) but loves to flush it & watch everything go down, to put cheerios in it to "aim" at, & even to pull the toilet paper off the roll & drop it in. By the 3rd day he had completely gone backwards in progress & was just in pain from holding it for so long. Then when he went down for a nap & of course he would go in the bed & would wake up all upset for going. Monday was a very tough day & there were a lot of tears shed by both of us...a mother can't stand to see their child upset & in pain. :( I also worry about him getting a UTI or some other infection from not going potty. So all & all it wasn't a total waste b/c he gets it, we just have to get him used to using the potty. The other thing I realized is his two year molars are coming in (I actually felt the top 2 breaking thru tonight) which the doctor said we might not even notice but he has been waking up crying in the middle of the night for the past few weeks & drooling like crazy (so bad we had to change his sheets in the middle of the night the other night from drool). So I think this may be affecting the whole process too...we are giving him some tylenol for the pain but he just hasn't been himself anyway. So maybe it's just bad timing...who knows. We are going to keep at it though b/c you read everywhere that consistency is best so we will see how it goes over the next few months. School is supposed to try to help as well but he won't be in the actual potty training classroom until he moves rooms in Aug. Today was his first day back (J stayed at home with him yesterday...I was just hoping we would have a breakthrough but instead he held his potty until 5:30 pm!!) & we put him in pull-ups but let him take underwear b/c he likes to wear them but isn't afraid to poop in them which is better than holding that! Boys are stubborn especially ours so he'll get there when he's ready. More potty updates to come down the road. :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Our Memorial Day w/e will be spent...

in the bathroom...that's right we are potty training this w/e!! I will be so thrilled to be done with diapers or at least take a break until little miss comes along in about 3 mos. We are doing a 3 day crash course/boot camp where you stay at home the whole time, close to the potty & only wear a t-shirt & underwear. It is all about them learning to tell you when they need to go to the potty instead of constantly asking them or just sitting on the potty "trying" all the time. We do have to constantly tell him "Let us know when you need to go" instead of "Do you need to go?". Today is our first day & so far so good. We've had about 9 or 10 accidents so far which is to be expected & is the only way he'll learn. He has already gone "tee-tee" on the potty for the 1st time by 1pm which was sooner than I expected so YEA!! We'll see how the rest of the w/e goes. So proud of my little man & just praying that this lady that we got the 40 pg 3-day program from really knows what she's talking about. :) Happy Memorial Day w/e to everyone!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Daddy/Mother's Day

I know it's been awhile...3 wks or so...we've been out of town a couple of w/e's, super busy & just enjoying some good old family time! I have so many posts to catch up on & I have to start somewhere...I am pretty sure I have made as much space as I can on this blog for more pics & I'm almost to the limit. I've already started a new one but we won't go there until we have to. Onto the updates...Mother's Day w/e we took a long family trip to the beach (Th-Mon). Sunday was Justin's 30th b'day too so we had lots to celebrate. It was so great to get away from everything & spend some quality time just the 3 of us. We rented a condo in Gulf Shores that had a fun zero entry pool which was perfect for C esp. since he loved the pool scene much more than the beach...one day he'll love it (I hope) & not want to leave!

The car ride down...C being silly with his blanket on his head.

Sara & our 2 nieces drove over Fri to spend the day with us...Hadley & C hanging out. 
The little rugrats after a day at the beach/pool...gotta love the half dressed "rag-a-muffins". :)
We went to dinner at The Hangout & they had a DJ guy that was entertaining everyone with trivia games & such & he asked for anyone that was having a b'day...Sara & I nominated J not knowing he was going to have to stand on a table in front of everyone & dance to get down...of course that didn't happen but it was fun to watch him be the center of attention.
We tried to get a cousin pic after dinner...this was the best one I got...obviously C was worried about his sandal falling off.
C could have played this game all day...jumping off the stairs to Daddy.
I asked him to smile & got this...silly child.
On Sunday morning, we thought it'd be fun to ride the ferry round trip to Dauphin Island...
C kept himself entertained in the car some of the time...he loved being able to ride & not be in his car seat...he totally knew how to start the car (not actually but he tried).
Then he straddled the gear shifter & acted like he was riding a horse...so silly.
What's a birthday w/o strawberry cake from Edgar's...it was a fun surprise for J!
Our pictures on the beach were a total bust this year...C was not really having it.
Best fam pic we could get...I hate that the condos are in the background...I guess that's what you get for asking a random to take a few pics.
And since a few of you have asked for belly pics this is the best one I had that showed the bulge...
We went to eat at Tacky Jack's which we did last Sept too when we came down...see the comparison from last year below...they grow so fast!!