welcome september

Holy Cow! Is it seriously almost September already?! How did this happen???? Anyway, in the past few weeks Barrett has gotten HUGE! It's insane how quickly he's growing! He still hasn't rolled over or laughed yet but he is so close! He loves to lay on the floor on his play mat especially when we put a mirror at the top so he can stare at himself. He pretty much knows he's a little stud! :) I just love him to pieces! Sadly, he's started to teeth already! I know. It's crazy! But poor little guy has all the symptoms. I feel so sad for him and just wish I could help him more! It was kind of funny [as in ironic, not haha] the other night TJ and I were both at our wits end and just didn't know what to do. I had been texting Cathy about his teething and she asked if we had prayed. DOH! I felt like an idiot. I had been so wrapped up in poor little guy's misery that I hadn't even prayed. So we prayed and I know my dad and Cathy prayed too. And little boy was still uncomfortable but it was less stressful for me.... So anyone who is dealing with teething babes {or really anything} just pray first. It will really help!

Also, I enrolled in a master esthetician program! I am beyond excited! I wish I could express in words how happy I am about this new path! I am supposed to start on October 24th but really I wish I could start tomorrow! :) Today, TJ called and said they might be moving him to swings and if they do that I will be super sad and not really sure what we'll do then because all of our plans would have gone kaput. We are going to meet with the admissions people at Marinello tonight because they have a full time option and the hours are different so hopefully between the two schools we'll have something figured out!

So that's kind of where we are at right now.... :)


family time

yesterday was an awesome day for our little family. it's crazy how drastically having a baby will change your relationship with your hubba bubba.... i think tj and i had been kind of on a downward slide for a little bit. we both have been so exhausted we were short with each other, barely communicating, basically doing whatever we could to make conversations shorter so we could sleep or even rest in front of the tv. this wasn't a purposefully hurtful thing.... we just kind of got complacent. i'm pretty sure it would happen to anyone. maybe not. anyway, i broke down to him. he held me and yesterday was the first day after that happened. it's amazing how much people can change if we try! yesterday after he got home from work was awesome! we were talking more, we shut off the tv so we wouldn't turn into zombies, we were nicer to each other, and offered to help each other with different things we were trying to get done. the best part was that it wasn't that hard and it helped soooo much! honestly, it probably sounds so basic but when you fall into a rut sometimes you don't even realize it!

i am so thankful that God blessed me with tj and i want to do everything i can to make sure we have an awesome relationship! i feel like i should treat him better than before we were married because it's a greater honor to be married to him than just "dating" or whatever.... anyway, this has kind of turned into me rambling thoughts and stuff... last night was so fun because we went on a walk and talked and it helped Barrett be less cranky! which is a new trick i'm going to remember!


newborn pics

ok.... i know i know. i'm a bit behind on this. if you have a baby you understand. lol :) my best friend stephanie took these newborn pics of Barrett when he was just a few days old. you should check out her blog!






day one.

today is the first day of my new diet. technically i wouldn't consider it a "diet" so much as a strict way of teaching you better eating habits. i'm doing the HCG diet with my good friend at work. we are so excited! i am hoping to do the 40 day plan. but if at day 26 i'm doing well, i may stop the drops and work on the maintenance and then do another round after a few months. anyway, i'm so excited! so i'm being super honest here {SCARY!} but on the first day, i am weighing in at 215.6 pounds. i would like to get to 180 and if i do the 40 days that is a realistic expectation. really i would say my goal weight is about 165 ish but i know i won't get to that point in one round. so for now, wish me luck! it's going to take a bunch of will power! but i know that it's always more fun when you have people to prove wrong ;p



i was reading a blog about a little baby diagnosed to be back with Jesus 6-12 months after birth. this poem was on the blog but i feel like it's appropriate for all of our babies....

I'll lend you for a little time a child of mine," He said.
For you to love the while he lives
And mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years
Or twenty-two or three,
But will you, till I call him back,
Take care or him for Me?
He'll bring his smiles to gladden you,
And should this stay be brief
You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there
I want this child to learn.
I've looked this world over
In search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd
Life's lanes, I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor count the labor vain,
Nor hate Me when I come to call to
Take him back again?"
I fancied that I heard then say,
"Dear Lord, Thy will be done,
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,The risk of grief we'll run.

We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known
Forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for him
Much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that come
And try to understand."

edgar guest

a very sad day....

Today my baby turned two months! TWO FREAKIN' MONTHS Y'ALL!!!! it is absolutely insane to me how quickly the time has passed! here's a couple stats for the books ;)

6.8.11: 7 pounds 8 oz 20.5 inches long
8.8.11: 12 pounds 2.5 oz 22.5 inches long [although i'm pretty sure that silly MA mis-measured his length!]

anyway, doc says he's doing well and he's a cutie! {let's be honest though, we already knew that!} i was so so so worried about him because i knew he was going to be getting his shots today. i have never seen a baby get their shots but in my head it was this horrendous event filled with alligator tears and lots and lots of screaming. not the case. he cried for a second when the needles, yes NEEDLES [there were three!] went into his chunky monkey thighs but as soon as i picked him up he was fine. he's been really sleepy ever since he was done but now he is super content sleeping on daddy's chest, which is seriously my favorite thing to see!


GroVia Cloth Wipes!

I have found a new hobby! I am loving cloth diapering and with it comes cloth wipes. So far I'm just using cut up pieces of cloth. It works. I am now working on winning diapers and wipes from other blogs. Anyway, I am really hoping I can win these GroVia wipes! Here is the link.