Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bottoms Up


{Hotty Toddy}

 I fail to believe two cuter bootykins exist.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Terms of Endearment

I have always enjoyed analyzing speech patterns, as I enjoy analyzing most things.  One thing that I've been noticing recently is what I call "terms of endearment".  They're not exactly pet names, because they are kind of generic and, at least in the South, used for a wide range friends, acquaintances and near strangers. You know them- the "honeys", "dears" and "darlin's".  I couldn't say I have the same feelings toward all these little colloquial endearments.  Honey and Sweetie don't really phase me, although I do find Sweetie bothersome unless the person is a little older than me or is, well, my Sweetie.  Dear, on the other hand, is a term I have strong disdain for.  It's basically Southernspeak for dumbass, in most cases. There is the rare instance where I feel it's a comfortable acknowledgment- usually among my mom's bridge club friends who really have a totally different vernacular than anything resembles modern American English.  Their expressions and vocabulary often seem reminiscent of Gone With the Wind, or at the very least, The Help.

Which brings me to Darlin and two separate instances involving the word.  First, the one y'all have already heard about.  Oh, I didn't like that woman darlin-ing me one bit.  It was basically a really mean spirited, rural sounding Dear.

The second was more positive and perhaps more interesting.  I recently bumped into a boy I went to high school with, who is several years my junior, at church. He's a bit of a ladies' man inasmuch as a good Christian boy with stellar upbringing can be.  I guess he's what you'd call a flirt, if that's an appropriate way to describe a nearly college graduated boy man who is in a serious relationship. [And I don't mean that in a negative way all; he has a precious personality and is just uncharacteristically friendly to both guys and girls.  I think he was his fraternity's rush chairman or something.] So I wasn't surprised AT ALL by his big, sweet embrace.  What I was surprised about were his words- "Well, HEY, Darlin'!".  He's about to be a senior in college and from our interaction, it was obvious he's starting to identify himself not only as my peer, but also as a full grown man. [High school boys, and most college guys, don't use the term darlin', especially in reference to a mom of two.]  I really wasn't a big deal at all, but I've always thought of him as SO young, in part, I suppose because in recent years his mother has become a very dear friend.

I have to say, I honestly love it when men use Darlin' in a friendly way.  It's just a warm greeting that feels like the beginning of a charming screened porch conversation.  It's a verbal hug and it just makes me grin.  I'm BIG on affection, sometimes to the point of it being inappropriate (in an awkward sense, not in a sexual sense-obs) and I love terms of affection.  Darlin' is a favorite because it conjures images of yesteryear and for some reason, when said by a (non sleazy) man,  it makes me feel so perfectly different from the opposite gender.  That's a feeling I love- like wearing dresses and aprons and using hot rollers in my hair. 

Which brings me to an even more uniquely feminine term (as clearly, I have been known to call Peyton darlin' on more than one occasion)-- Mama

Have y'all noticed this trend??? Now, I am not talking about when your husband calls you Mama (which, by the way, I typically insist on spelling the way I was taught- Momma).  That is a whole discussion for another time, but I will say, per my discussion with some friends, I think most women are in agreement that spouses calling each other their parental titles is awkward at best, a mood killer at worst.  Of course, situations allow for goofiness and I don't mind Peyton using it as long as he's basically playing ventriloquist and pretending to talk through one of our children.

What I'm talking about, though, is the emergence of a new (I think) tendency for women to call each other Mama as a term of affection.  I see it most often within the attachment parenting/super natural/crunchy community (I don't know why that is and maybe I'm over generalizing?) and it's usually used when offering consolidation.  On any day, my Tweetstream will often have one or more "I'm sorry, Mama", "Don't worry, Mama", "Praying now, Mama", or "Get some rest, Mama" in response to all sorts of issues from sore boobs to insomniac kids to cryptic references to marital problems (seen it).  I actually think this one's sweet, too, and would probably jump on the bandwagon were it not for the fact that, as I mentioned, sometimes I'm already awkwardly affectionate and some people probably only like being called Mama by their kids.

Well, this was a really fun indulgence into the way my mind works and the often absurd things I put way to much thought into, no?  Anyone want to share any more loved/hated "terms of endearment"??

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Weekly Happenings Post #119 (June 20-26)-- A Pain in the...Head

Well, this week was kind of a bummer.  I've felt sort of sick all week, mainly just really run down and with a constant headache.  I attributed it to sinuses/the weather change and just staying up way too late, but tonight I caught a glimpse of my again fire engine red boob, poked at it a little, and realized I had round two of the awful infection.  UGH. Is Graves's mouth septic? Ohmiword.  I called in some antibiotics and Peyton already got them, so hopefully I'll be able to zap it really quickly.

I tried to start getting back in the groove on Monday.  I had stayed up SO late the night before, though, and was really tired.  Peyton let me sleep late and when I woke up I started some laundry and then got ready and ran to the post office to buy stamps and made a very quick grocery store run.  Right before I left, Ann Peyton bit me (hard) and I screamed at her.  Peyton kind of got on to me because we try not to yell at our children.  I felt terrible and kind of fell apart over it.  Getting out was good for me, though, and when I got back I changed over the laundry and put up grocery and got AP down for her nap.  She took a great nap, but Graves had slept a bunch that morning, so he was up for most of it. He was only fussy part of the time and the rest of the time I watched TV, uploaded and edited pictures, tried to get some addresses for the birth announcements, and played with my new phone.

I broke out one of Annie's old playmats and he really seemed to like it.  Annie woke up and had a big snack and I folded laundry.  I put Graves in the Bumbo seat (I'm trying to figure out what to do with him while he's awake) and just held him and tickled him and made him smile.  Ann Peyton loves tickling his feet and he smiles so big at her!  We just played and had a nice afternoon and I fed Graves before it was time to get AP to bed and he fell asleep.  She ate supper and went to bed easily and I got on the computer and finished my Weekly Happenings post and uploaded some videos then I cooked veggies for dinner.  It was the fist time I've cooked a real meal since Graves had been born.  I know that's absurd.  Anyway, we had corn, okra, and butterbeans. Yum.  I love a veggie dinner in the Summertime.  As I was walking into the laundry room, I tripped over a place where the linoleum was coming up.  I hurt my knees and jammed one of my fingers REALLY bad. The picture does not do it justice- it looked way worse in person!

I ended up falling asleep on the couch with Peyton.

Tuesday morning was pretty lazy.  Peyton got up with the babies and I got a little extra sleep and then started laundry and took a bath.  I also finished up the birth announcements and put them in the mail.  I had to address a few more and stamp them all.  I'm glad I had most of them addressed, because it hurt SO bad to write with my fat, jammed finger. Tuesday afternoon was kind of rough.  It was raining and the thunder kept Annie up.  I tried for about an hour to get her to take her nap, but every time it thundered she'd get so scared.  I just got her up and finished up doing dishes, scrubbing the kitchen counters, and sweeping the floors.  I had planned on mopping the floor and my mom told me that she used to do hers with a towel on her hands and knees, so I decided to try it.  It was definitely more time consuming (especially with my little helper), but it got it MUCH cleaner.  I may start doing it once a month or something.  I did feel really bad because about halfway through Annie decided she just HAD to be in the room with me (she had been playing in the den).  I kept telling her she had to stay on the dry part behind me, but I don't think she even knows what "behind" means.  She wasn't being defiant, but she wasn't minding very well.  Well, of course, the inevitable happened and she slipped down.  It wouldn't be such a big deal except for my accident the day before; I realized she could have really hurt herself.  Now, I realize that the chances of her getting seriously injured from slipping down are not very high, but it still made me sad because I chose my desire to accomplish something over my concern for her safety.  I know it's ridiculous, but I feel guilty when I don't get something done and here now I feel guilty when I do.

Of course, she was fine and I ended up having time to give her a bath before Graves woke up.  I had put him in the Pack N Play instead of his swing and I think he slept better in it.  We all got ready once he woke up and I fed him and then we went to our Ultreya meeting.  It was great and we had a speaker from a neat ministry for women who are addicted to drugs.  After we got home, I put up a TON of laundry in the kids' room and got them to bed.  I checked Twitter and wrote a blog post and then Peyton and I watched the first episode of Lost together.  It's on "Watch It Now" on Netflix and I think it's our new show!

Wednesday was Peyton's day off and I wish I had more to show for it.  It was a good day, though!  Annie and Graves both woke up about two hours earlier than normal (around six) and Peyton was his darling self and got up with them.  Praise the Lord for morning people, or rather "morning husbands"!
 [I kind of got onto him for letting her do this on the floor.  He told me if the waffles were for other people or were something like pudding where the germs wouldn't cook away, it would be different, but this was fine.  Ahh!]

I got up a little later and he went for a bike ride.  We played and folded laundry.  I managed to fold a couple of loads and get the bedding changed on our bed and AP's.

Peyton got home and I put the babies down for naps and got on the computer.  I had lunch, did dishes, and took a bath and then Peyton and I chatted a little.

When the children woke up, we got ready and made the grandparent rounds.  Everyone was still kind of tired from being up so early.  They did okay at my parents', but by the time we got to Peyton's parents' house they were in meltdown mode.  Peyton showed his parents my video post (which, sidenote, I'm not begging for comments or anything, but is Hubbykins not hilarious?? I think so!) and they clicked on the Vimeo link and the featured video was basically pornographic.  What the heck?  I may try a different video uploading service next time ;) We put them to bed and Peyton fixed burgers for supper.  We watched Lost and then I got on the computer and read blogs and wrote a post.  I put up laundry and went to bed.

I woke up with a bad headache on Thursday and our house was insanely hot.  We realized pretty quickly that the AC was broken.  Luckily, it was only in the 80s, which is pretty unheard of this time of year in Mississippi.  I got a few things going, but I felt so "blah" that I just took a shower.  I pumped a bottle while I fed Graves and that's the last time I'm doing that!  I always did it that way with AP (it was the only way I could pump with her), but I think it messes him up.  He seemed fine for the time being, but he was hungrier all day long.  Or maybe he was just thirsty from being in a miserable hot house.  Anyway, I ate breakfast and then started working on painting my doorway sign for my classroom at VBS next week while Peyton played with AP and Graves was asleep.  The guy came to fix the air and I fed Graves and did a few things around the house- put new batteries in our air condition control box thing, took out the trash, made some phone calls, and  started a load of dishes.  Annie woke up early from her nap because she had a dirty diaper and Graves woke up about that time, too.  We had a fun afternoon and they were both in a pretty good mood so I took some pictures and then folded a bunch of laundry.

I fed Annie supper and gave her a bath and cut Graves's fingernails and then she helped me clean up her toys.  Graves got kind of fussy as I was putting her to bed, but she went to bed easily and I fed him and got him a new diaper and put him to bed.  I finished my sign and got on the computer and read my Bible.
Graves was up a lot during the night.  He wasn't even hungry; he was just fussy.  He'd cry a little and was just restless.  Still no idea.

Peyton let me sleep late on Friday morning, but when I did get up my headache that I had had for two days was worse.  I went ahead and took a shower and we ran up to the church to hang my VBS sign.  I fed Graves when we got home and he got Annie lunch and then put her to bed.  During her nap, I cleaned up the kitchen and gave Graves a bath and put him down and then just relaxed and messed around on the computer.  When Annie and Graves woke up, I got us ready and then we headed to my parents' for Beans and Rice.  We had a great time and when we got back, I went to bed.

Saturday was a wonderful day. The babies woke up and we got ready and went over to my parents.  We swam for a few minutes at their neighbors, but Ann Peyton was being SO strange.  I asked her after she got out if she had fun and she shook her head no.  I asked her why and she thought for a minute and then said "TUNDER!".  Apparently, she remembered the storm from our last swim there and got scared.  We went inside and all had lunch (bacon and tomato sandwiches) and relaxed and then we went home.  I put them to bed and spent most of naptime working on my July blog design and then I got ready for a wedding my mom and I were going to.  Graves woke up and I fed him and then hopped in the shower and got ready in record time (he finished eating at about 4:00 and we left at 4:35)!!! Cookie and my dad kept the kiddos and we went to the wedding.  The bride was one of my very best friends from childhood and it was so good to see her and so many other old friends.  I was so glad I went even though I didn't really feel much like it at first.  Peyton was at my parents' house when we got back (he went to pick up Annie and Graves and ended up staying) and we hung out for awhile-I fed Graves and Annie got a bath and then headed home.  AP ate supper really late and we put her to bed.  I fed Graves again and finished working on my blog design.  Up way to late.

Graves slept good, but he woke up at 6:00 on Sunday morning and my alarm was set for 6:30, so I went ahead and got up after I fed him and got ready for church.  I felt miserable; I ate at the wedding but hadn't since so I think that was a factor.  We got ready and were a little late to church (I took a ten minute power nap before we left).  Peyton took Annie in his car and I left a a little later with Graves.  I couldn't find Peyton at the service because he was on the opposite side of where we usually sit.  He had work but I went to Sunday School.  Most of our class took a trip to Arkansas (we couldn't go because we just went on vacation, boo!) so the three of us that were there just ending up discussing Christian fiction books.  Once we got home, I put the sheets I had washed back on our bed, started laundry, and did the dishes.  AP ate lunch and I also gave Graves a bath because he smelled like spit up.  They both went to sleep and I had lunch and got on the computer. I was really nervous about how naptime would go because of this:

but she did fine!

My friend, Amanda dropped by with a baby gift and she stayed and visited for a little while.  Graves woke up and I fed him and got ready to go up to the church for our first night of VBS.  The "Discovery Station" went great and the kids really like the experiment we did- mixing yeast, sugar and hot water to make a balloon inflate.  We got home and Peyton and I talked some and then he went to play pool with his brother and I finished up this post.

This week is VBS week and I have a few simple goals, as well.  I'm going to try to work on my closet changeover (it's absurd, as Summer is halfway over), finish some way overdue thank you notes, catch up on our finances, and put some more pictures on Facebook.  I probably won't get half of it done, but it's a goal.  Above all that, I want to really try to read my Bible every day this week. I've been so lazy with it!

Weekly Smorgasbord

Links for this week:

Posted: 23 Jun 2011 07:35 PM PDT
"This is family life–so overwhelmed with opposite clashing emotions. I just do the best that I can and sometimes I can't even do that."

What she said.
Posted: 23 Jun 2011 07:03 PM PDT
WOW, these are so cute!
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 09:50 PM PDT
I saw a link to this on Kelly's Korner and I LOVE it. I needed these words this week!
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 09:41 PM PDT
Ohmiword. The cute cakes are so cute. The weird ones are so weird (disturbing even).

Traveling with a Picky Eater - 8 ways to get your kid to eat new foods
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 07:43 PM PDT
I always check out "tips" articles on Babble and in parenting magazines. This was one I really liked!
Posted: 21 Jun 2011 08:26 PM PDT
Something I actually agree with him on. Gay marriage? NO. Civil unions? Yes. Just my opinion. [Actually, I would love it if everyone just had civil unions and marriage was left up to the church. That idea's courtesy of Peyton and his beloved White House contender, Ron Paul, I believe.]
Posted: 21 Jun 2011 08:06 PM PDT
I thought these were some fun activities for older kids.
Posted: 20 Jun 2011 06:26 PM PDT
I think the Strawberry Nutella Tart, among other things, looks awesome.
Posted: 20 Jun 2011 06:25 PM PDT
"Fathers, with all your sins and weaknesses, show your children as much of God as you can. Both his severity and his joyful kindness. Help them recognize the fully biblical God."
Posted: 20 Jun 2011 06:24 PM PDT
Um, yeah, that does not look safe.
Posted: 20 Jun 2011 06:18 PM PDT
Oh my goodness. So cool!
What else?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Two Months, Two Years, and Two Sets O' Shots

Last week Graves and Ann Peyton had their two month and two year check ups, respectivly.  I thought  I'd give their stats and the highlights of the appoinment:

Ann Peyton's stats:
Height: 33.75 in (36th percentile)
Weight: 23 lbs (4th percentile)
Head Circumference: 19.37 in (85th percentile)
BMI: 14.2 (4th percentile)

Graves's stats:
Height: 23 in (51st percentile)
Weight: 10 lb 7 oz (23rd percentile)
Head Circumference: 15.16 in (twentieth percentile)
BMI: 13.9 (<1 percentile)

So, Graves has slowed down a bit, but he's still much bigger than his sister was at his age (she weighed about what he did at four months and that was AFTER we had to start waking her up at night to fed her).  The big news with Ann Peyton's stats is how much taller she's gotten.  I kind of figured though because a lot of her outfits are getting too "short in the stride" as my mom would say.

We discussed a bunch of stuff.  First we talked about Graves- he's allowed to sleep up to eight hours at night and we're going to start trying to get him on more of a routine with two or three real naps a day.  We're also going to work on napping in the crib/Pack N Play rather than the swing and trying to go three rather than two hours between most feedings.  I'm not going to make him go hungry, though, of course!  We talked about him being "colicky" and Dr. Denney told me that if he wasn't being consoled by my holding him it was fine to put him down for a little bit.  That made me feel much better.  He also said it's okay for him to just cry sometimes and that made me feel better.  I know it's obvious, but sometimes I feel so guilty letting him cry when I need to get a shower or take care of something for Annie.  As he gets less and less like a tiny newborn I don't feel as bad, though.  Obviously, I'm going to try to help him when I can and I'm not talking about letting him cry to go to sleep yet, but I have to give myself grace when I can't fix it every time.  I asked Dr. Denney a bunch of other stuff, about sunscreen, his head flop in the car seat, and a few other things.

We basically talked about potty training Ann Peyton and that was it for her.  Dr. Denney said not to push it and just to follow her lead.  She really doesn't seem ready and I'm trying not to be too stressed about it.

Then they both got shots.  I talked to Dr. Denney again about the risk of the vaccinations, but we basically already knew where we stood (both our kids are on typical schedules).  They got their shots and it was a little crazy getting them both settled, but that was it.  Good appointment!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Proof My Kids Have the Planet's Most Fun Papa

Exhibit A:

[Wardrobe credit: Graves's Nationals attire courtesy of Virginia McClure; Annie's shoes and headband c/o of mine and Peyton's closet respectively.]

Exhibit B:

[Hippopotamus was also a gift from my brother in law, Michal. She's all the more cool because she came with a bright pink sleeping bag rolled up in her tummy!]

Monday, June 20, 2011

Weekly Happenings Post #118 (June 13-19)-- By the Beautiful Sea

 [Peyton wanted us to pretend to cry.  Weirdo.]

This week was fun, but definitely tiring.  We had a great time at the beach, but it was no vacation.  A great trip, but definitly not a "vacation".  It was really a work trip for Peyton and the kids and I ended up spending a lot of time in the hotel room.  I'm still glad we went, but next year I think we'll try even harder to find a "helper" (please, Cookie??) to go with us.  Also, I think we'll stay "on site" at the hotel where the convention takes place.  Peyton's expectations for the ease of the trip were a little higher than mine and I think he was sort of disappointed and felt bad for us that we didn't get to do that much.  Like I said, though, I'm glad we were all together and overall, it was a good first travel experience with two.  I am kicking myself because I hardly took any pictures.  It was just that going to the beach was such a feat, I couldn't imagine trying to add a photo op to it.  Anyway, I am glad to be back home!

Everyone slept super late on Monday morning.  Ann Peyton didn't wake up until almost ten and neither did either of her parents!  Once we did get up, Peyton fixed breakfast and then he and AP went and worked/played in the yard while I got myself and Graves ready for the day.  Peyton's mom and dad stopped by for a visit and I ate breakfast and fisnished getting ready and talked to our Vacation Bible School director about my job in a few weeks- I'm going to be the "Discovery" teacher, which is basically a kind of science lesson!  We got everything together to go meet Carrie and her kids for lunch and I asked AP if she wanted to wear her fishERMAN sandals.  She misunderstood and got so excited because she though I said "fishy sandals", meaning these:

Well, Peyton and I had a little argument.  They didn't match at all, but he thought I should let her wear them.  I finally agreed and he said he was proud of me ;) We went to Broadstreet and it was SO crowded.  We had a hard time finding a parking place and an even harder time finding a table.  We ended up having to go upstairs and I barely made it with both kids.  I was drenched in sweat from our trek across the parking lot and all that climbing.  Graves was a little fussy and AP had a rough time toward the end.  She did pretty good for not having a high chair and I had decided in advance that if I had to take her to the bathroom for timeout, we'd just have to leave; those steps were so rough!  Fortunately, she minded the whole time.  Once we got home, AP went to sleep, but Graves had a really difficult time.  I FINALLY got him down for a nap and my mom and Cookie came over.  I washed dishes and straightened the house while talking to them and then we woke Ann Peyton up and they fed her a snack and played with her for awhile. They left and Annie and I read books and I put up clothes in the nursery and took some pictures for a Babykin Boutique post.  We played some more and then I had to wake Graves up to eat (that doesn't usually happen!).  I fed Ann Peyton supper and got her ready for bed and she helped me clean up her toys and then went to bed.  I finished last week's Weekly Happenings post and just relaxed until Peyton got home.  I folded laundry and made a big to-do list for Tuesday.

Oh my word, Tuesday was busy!  Peyton woke up early and we chatted a little and then I went back to sleep and he went and watched TV.  For some reason, his phone beeped and said he was supposed to be at work and he FREAKED out and took this super fast shower and got all in a fuss and then realized he was wrong.  Annie woke up and he played with her some and I got ready for the day.  AP, Graves and I met my friend, Logan, for lunch at Newks and Peyton did yard work.  We picked him up after lunch and went by Deville because I was having trouble getting the viewfinder on our camera to focus (the picture would be clear, but it was blurry in the viewfinder).  They helped me and then we headed to Dr.  Denney's office for Graves's two month visit and AP's two year visit.  I'll post their stats and a recap soon!  I dropped them off and pumped a bottle since Graves took one at the doctor's office and then I headed to AT&T to get my new iPhone(!!!!) activated and then up to the hospital because our dear friends Morgan and Haydn had their second little girl.  We had a great visit and Sarah Beth was beautiful!

Peyton had had a rough time with the kiddos.  Graves had several blow out diapers and was super fussy (from his shots, I think) and Annie didn't really take a good nap.  They kind of calmed down, though, so we got ready and dropped them off at my parents' house and went out to eat at Amerigo, since, oh yeah, it was our anniversary. 

 I wanted a family picture so bad because we took one on our anniversary for the past two years.  AP was having a melt down, though, and it just wasn't to be.

We picked up some hummus on the way home and got the children and then it was time to START getting ready for our trip.  I cleaned up the house and started packing and Peyton helped me get AP to bed.  I was up WAY too late (as is always the case with things like this).

We left for the beach on Wednesday.  We had originally planned to leave between eight and nine but I knew by Tuesday night that wasn't going to happen.  I woke up with an AWFUL headache and feeling kind of queasy and Peyton was really sweet and told me not to stress out and to take my time.  He went to the grocery store to get a few things for the trip before AP woke up and then helped me get ready.  We ended up leaving at 10:45 and I was for some reason proud of that.  The kids did GREAT in the car on the long (six hour) trip.  Graves did so good; he hardly cried at all and we only had to stop to feed him once!  I actually asked Peyton if he thought Dr. Denney had vaccinated him against fussiness.  And Annie did better than I could imagine a toddler would even be capable of doing.  We had gotten Annie a new book and I just happened to grab it on the way out.  It's a pretty long book and she looked at every picture for probably ten minutes.  That book kept her entertained at least three fourths of the drive.  I told Peyton I thought we should get her a new book every time we went on a long trip.  He asked me what we'd do for Graves and I said we'd probably have to buy him a GameBoy.  Ha!  I, on the other hand, was miserable the entire drive.  My headache got worse and worse and when we stopped halfway there I tried to eat lunch.  A lot of times, if I don't eat enough, I get a headache and get nauseous so I thought that might be the problem.  I ate a few french fries, some of AP's apples, and two sips of a frosty and then went to the bathroom.  And threw up.  Four times.  Ohmiword, it was awful.  I had to go get Graves and go back in there and fed him after all that, too.  UGH.  I will say that, just like when I was pregnant, I did feel some better after the experience.  We got back in the car and made it the rest of the way with only one more restroom stop.

Peyton had a little welcome party that family was invited to and he was just going to take Annie, but once we got to the hotel, I was feeling a little better and I decided I'd take a bath and see if I felt up to it.  We ended up all four going.  It didn't last too long and after that we decided to walk around and enjoy the sand and waves, since our hotel wasn't directly on the beach.  I use the term "enjoy" loosely; much as I expected, the sand kind of frustrated Ann Peyton.  She still thinks getting sandy is akin to getting dirty and she's kind of OCD about it.  Peyton held her and I put Graves in his sling and we had a nice time just enjoying the beach for a little bit.  After we got back to our hotel, we ate some of the food we brought and went to sleep.  Annie had kind of a rough time getting to bed because she loves being in her bed all by herself and she's very possessive of it.  We gave her the option of sleeping on the little sofa (it was pretty low to the ground) or sleeping in bed between us.  She finally decided to sleep with us and she had a pretty good night.  I woke Graves up once to fed him so he wouldn't wake her up crying.  He basically nursed in his sleep.  Dream feeding a tiny baby is so adorable, no?  He woke up on his own around seven, but AP slept through it and woke up a little after eight.

Peyton was already gone when we got up on Thursday morning and we just had a nice time relaxing.  I got everything straightened up in the room and watched a little TV while AP read some books and played.  I washed dishes in our bathroom sink, got on the computer a little, and fed Graves and then Peyton got back.  I told him it kind of made me wish we lived in a small apartment.  It was so nice being able to see AP the whole time without having to chase her around and it only took ten minutes to straighten the whole place.  Of course, I know in real life, I wouldn't enjoy it for long!  

We all got ready and were planning to go the aquarium (Peyton had promised AP we would go see fish), but it was closed.  We decided to go look for a pet shop or some kind of restaurant with a fish tank (HAHA!) because Peyton is big on keeping his word with her. Well,  then we saw a Bass Pro Shop.  The irony here lies in the fact that we are at the beach and here we are driving up into this redneck hunting and fishery store, one of which we have in our neighboring town.  [Hope nobody takes offense to that, but it's true.] Anyway, we saw the fish, but it actually wasn't as impressive as the Bass Pro in Pearl and then we headed to the outlet mall.  We all ran in J. Crew, but we didn't find anything and then we gave Graves a bottle and changed his diaper and I went in Gap and The Children's Place.  Peyton was going to just drive around, but he ended up getting both kids in and out of a store and purchasing a shirt with NO stroller.  I'll be honest, I know I could do it (I do it at restaurants and for church every Sunday so I know it's possible).  It's not that I'm lazy; it's that I'm scared!  I really don't trust AP to hold my hand well yet and Graves is still sort of "floppy"; I just don't feel confident walking across a busy parking lot, espesially without him in his carrier.  I guess now that I have the sling, it wouldn't be difficult, though.  Anyway, after that I ran into Gymboree and actually made a few purchases (including a pair of rather large on her 12-18 mo. shorts and a 6-12 mo. t-shirt that fit; bless her heart!).   We got back to the hotel and Peyton headed back to his convention and I fed the kids and then we just hung out in the hotel all afternoon.  Annie really didn't want to read or do puzzles or anything.  She mostly just wanted to explore the room, opening drawers and climbing on the couch and bed.  I watched TV and got online and just played with her (and changed lots of diapers, ha!).  Graves slept a lot and at one point Annie asked to hold him.  It was the first time ever and she had been so good in the boring room, I woke him up and let her hold him.  She also wanted to cuddle with me and scratch my back.  I don't know what made her so affectionate, but it was sweet!  She did talk to me a lot; she's getting much more articulate and it's fun to hear her little thoughts.  I fed Graves and got her a snack and then Peyton got back.  Peyton took Annie for a late night swim and Graves and I joined them a little while later.  There were some little girls down at the pool talking to Peyton and playing with Annie and when I got there they asked me questions like "Can he [Graves] open his eyes yet?".  Funny.  We got back to the room and all went to bed.

Graves was up a few times during the night but the two of them and I slept until after ten on Friday!  I was amazed!  We got up and and got moving slowly and I managed to get my shower before Peyton got back.  Graves was asleep, but AP got mad when I trapped her in the bathroom with me.  I sang her some songs ("Puff the Magic Dragon" and "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain") and that made it better. 
 These two know how to relax.  Oh, and that's the new book I mentioned.  The pictures are great; it's a really neat little Bible anthology!

Peyton got back and we finished getting ready and then headed back to the outlets.  Peyton went in a few stores for himself and I went back to The Children's Place and to Carter's, OshKosh and Keds.  I also nursed Graves in a Saks fitting room and had an unfortunate encounter with an older lady.  We got back to the hotel and rested some and then Peyton left for the evening.  Not gonna lie, that night was pretty rough.  Graves was really fussy and Annie was playing on the bed and rolled off and it scared her really bad.  At one point they were both in my lap howling.  Peyton got back again and we headed out for our last stroll on the beach.  It was nice, but Annie still didn't like the sand and it was a little windy for Graves.  Peyton did get AP to sit in his lap and let the waves come up over her toes.  When we got back to the room, we got both the children to sleep and talked a little.  I packed up most of our stuff and then got on the computer for a little while.

Peyton got up early on Saturday to get the car packed before going to his last day of seminars and Annie woke up, so I got up too.  I had gone to bed really late, so that meant not a whole lot of sleep.  Graves had slept eight hours, though (!!!), so at least it was uninterrupted sleep!  Peyton left and I got a shower and got both babies bathed, fed, and dressed and then we just hung out in the room the rest of the morning.  
Graves has really started smiling and I love it!

W decided not to stay at the expensive resort type place the convention was being held; it just seemed a bit absurd with two little, little kids.  I was actually pretty impressed wit our hotel, for what we paid.  However, the floor made me want to gag.  All week long, I though Annie's feet were just getting dirty outside, but the last day we were there I gave her a bath and a couple of hours later, THIS.  Oh gosh, I nearly threw up.  I may have to go all Kate Gosselin and make my kids wear shoes in hotels from now on!

Peyton got back and it took us a while to get the last minute things loaded, fed Graves one last time and check the room and all that.  I was kind of frustrated because I had thought I had everything ready to go.  We ate some snacks in the car and drove through Sonic for a late lunch and then we found a parking lot and I fed Graves. The kids were such good travelers again.  Peyton and I talked, listened to some of his MPB podcasts, and read Radical Together.

We decided kind of last minute to make a stop at Granny's since were were basically going to be right by her house.  We stayed for about an hour and half and she entertained us with stories of farm life and it was good because I got to fed Graves and Annie got to stretch her legs a little.  We got back in the car and were about an hour from home when both babies started melting down.  I got in the back with them and got Graves to go to sleep and played "Peek A Boo" with Annie the rest of the way home.  She was so funny because she started saying "Dolly" and "cupcake" and I finally figured out that she realized we were getting close and was thinking about her room (she has some little pretend cupcakes she loves to play with).  For some reason, that made my heart grin. 

We got Annie to sleep and I started unpacking bags.  I got a load of dishes (basically sippy cups) going and sorted all the laundry.  I wash everything that we bring on trips because hotel rooms freak me out, so it was quite a bit.  I started a load and got the Pack N Play set back up and then I relaxed a little and went to bed.

 Graves slept eight hours again!  I was still so tired on Sunday morning, though.  I slept late, but we got up and got ready and managed to make it to Sunday School on time.  I missed the majority of it though, because Graves wanted to eat, even though I fed him before we left home.  I think when he sleeps so well at night he thinks he has to make up for it the next day ;)  I actually left him in the nursery for the first time after he got done nursing.  We heard a nice Father's Day sermon at church and then went out to eat (Mexican!) for lunch.  We were both really proud of ourselves because we basically just ate the groceries we brought on the trip and only "ate out" (at fast food restaurants) on the way there and back!  We drove around looking at houses, just for fun and both kids fell asleep and we transferred them to their beds.  I got on the computer and then tried to take a nap myself.  Graves was fussy and once I got him to sleep, I just couldn't get my mind to slow down, so I got back up.  It ended up working out good because Cookie and my mom came over about that time.  We woke up Annie and played with her.  She was in SUCH a good mood and was just so sweet.  Peyton got home and they left and I fed Graves and headed up to the church for a meeting for VBS teachers.  I got home and Graves was fussing so I fed him and then we got AP ready for bed.  I changed over laundry and continued unpacking.  I got most everything that wasn't washable (shoes, bows, carriers, toys, books, ect.) put up in their room and then I cleaned out the bottom of our coat closet where all our luggage stays and put our bags up.  It was good to declutter it and we got rid of several bags we didn't need.  I got on the computer and messed around and then read my Bible and addressed the rest of Graves's birth announcements.

This week we don't have hardly anything going on that I know of and I'm kind of happy about it.  I really hope I can accomplish a lot and get some loose ends tied up.  I feel like last Summer, in the absence of our school routine, I did a good job of creating a new flexible routine that served us well.  This Summer, so far, that has not been the case.  Things have just been so inconsistent week to week it seems and we've been busier with two children and what seems like more engagements.  The week after next is Vacation Bible school and the following week Graves and I (and Carrier) are taking a short little trip to meet Ashley in Memphis.

Three Little Girls and Now Three Little Boys

I was thinking last night as I was working on my Weekly Happenings post (which will be forthcoming at some point today), about an upcoming girl's trip in Memphis and then I started reflecting back on the few times Carrie, Ashley and I have all gotten together since Ash's move.  I had hoped we'd be able to see Ashley a few times each year, and so far the Lord has seen fit to bless that. I am more thankful for that than I can express.

The first time (really it was the second, but the first was really, really close to the actual move) Ashley came back for a visit after she moved was right after Carrie had Jude.  I announced I was pregnant and it was the first time Ashley shared how strongly she was being drawn toward adoption.  We didn't know it at the time, but just as we had walked through the early years of daughters lives together, the Lord was going to allow us to walk through the journey of our sons lives together, too.  It gives me chills to think about it!

On the next visit, Carrie and I drove to Missouri to see Ashley.  Carrie had Jude with her, I had Graves (who we by then knew was Graves)  in my belly, and we talked often over those few days about the child that would become Ashley and Kurt's.  At that point, only the Lord knew his face and his name, but he was already loved and certainly prayed for.

The next visit was back in Jackson and it was truly special.  I was nearing the end of my pregnancy and was on bed rest and so my friends came to my house.  It was kind of a scary patch; I was so ready to meet my baby, but he needed to hold on just a little longer.  My friends were such an encouragement.  Also, strangely enough, Ashley had gotten news the very morning of our visit that she had a little boy.  It was such a joyful time.

This trip will be special.  It will be special because I will get to introduce my little boy to one of the best friends I have ever known.  But it will be more special because [I'm trusting in the Lord that] it will be the last trip before Carrie, Ashley, and I all three have our three daughters AND our three sons home with the parents that have so longed for them.

 Praise Him!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Herrington Happenings in the Sunshine State

This is probably the longest I have gone without blogging in at least a year!  I'm planning on going back and checking when we get home.  Our anniversary was on Tuesday and it was honestly as crazy, fast paced, and hectic as our wedding day was (not that our wedding day was crazy in a bad way; it was just busy!).  Actually, probably more so since we've added two munchkins to the mix since then.  We just had so much to do before leaving town on Wednesday.

And then we left for Florida on Wednesday and I was sick the whole car trip.  We've been here since then and I've really had time to blog, but I just haven't been able to.  I always blog when the kiddos are asleep (or at least AP is asleep and Graves is content).  At first, I started that because I didn't want the distraction during my time with them, but, honestly, now I check Facebook and Twitter and do other stuff online when they're awake sometimes.  Writing (or reading) a full blog post is hard for me, though.  I just feel like I can't concentrate and it saps all the enjoyment out of it.  Peyton goes through his Google Reader all the time when they're playing, but it's just too hard for me.  Like I've said before, I'd rather fill my time when they're up with more "mindless" activities like simple chores and watching a TV show or two. And, of course, playing with them!  Well, Annie has taken naps in the car only and when she's gone to sleep for the night we have, too.  So....really no time to sit and brew up a good post.  Anyway, here's a little update:

- I was super sick on the way here, like I said.  As in, miserably nauseous.  Also as in, threw up about four times around the half way mark.  More details in the forthcoming Weekly Happening post .  Stay tuned!

- Graves has actually napped better during the day and been less fussy than ever.  I've been waking him up at night, though, so he doesn't cry and wake Annie up.

- As far as an update on AP, she's been super sweet and a real trooper, too.  She's been really well behaved the whole trip, even when I know she's exhausted.  Unfortunately, though, she HATES the beach.  I kind of suspected that would be the case, though, because she's not a fan of sandboxes.  Graves was really too young for us to have much beach time, anyway, so it's not a huge deal.  There's always next year.

- In other not so fun news, a lady at the outlet mall today SEVERELY chastised me for not having a hat on Graves.  I guess it's pretty good I've made it this far and that's the first comment I've gotten from a stranger on my parenting.  I mean, I know people these days will say anything.  It really got to me, though.  I'm just so incredibly sensitive.  Here's the dialogue, for those interested:  "Darling,  HAVE YOU HEARD of hats for babies in the Summer?"" and then she began talking about his soft spot and protecting it, which, um yeah, a HELMET would do, but I'm unsure of how a hat would serve that purpose.

When I mentioned it to Peyton, he said that had he been there he doubted she would have said anything.  And he's right.  He was in a store and I was fooling with my new iPhone(!!) trying to call him and trying not to call other random people and of course, I have no stroller, no sling and this kid with still not great head support and I'm sure we looked a mess.  I'm sure she saw a very young mom who seemed to be a bit of a bimbo and decided to enlighten me.  The thing that bugs me the most is that I didn't say anything back.  I just kind of mumbled  a thank you.  I wish I had told her who I really was.  I wish I had told her that this was round two and despite the looks of it, I have my crap together.  I wish I had told her that I do educate myself on what is best for my children.  I want to have told her that I have spent all of fifteen minutes on the beach this whole trip, in part because I know it wouldn't be good for a very young baby.  I want to have shared that I had just finished up with another awkward encounter with a man (???) working in the fitting rooms at Saks when I decided to go nurse him in there because I'm trying my hardest to give him my very best.  I want to back up even further and tell her how I went about educating myself trying to figure out the best possible way for me to bring him into this world.  For some strange reason, I am still, hours later, thinking about all the things I wish this random woman knew about me so she'd be convinced I was a good mother and not some seventeen year old who is more interested in her phone than her child's sun exposure.  I know that it matters not and that I'll never see her again and it's a character flaw of mine that I let the exchange effect me to the extent it did.  Anyway, it felt good to share it with y'all.

Tonight is our last night here and I think we're going to try a stroll on the beach one more time. Despite how it sounds, it really has been a good trip, overall and I'm glad we tagged along.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Weekly Happenings Post #117 (June 6-12)-- Quality Time at Mickey and Minnie's

This past week was fairly uneventful.  I didn't get a whole lot done, but we had a lot of fun!  We went swimming twice and that's always a blast and for some reason we ended up going over to my parents a bunch.

Monday actually was pretty productive. Peyton got up with Annie around eight thirty and Graves and I slept a little longer.  Once I got up, I fed him, changed over the laundry, and finished loading dishes from the night before.  We ate breakfast and then I took a bath.  Right after my bath, I decided that I wanted to help Peyton and Annie in the yard.  Peyton planted some veggies in the garden and I washed out several indoor trash cans that had gotten gross. Graves napped in his swing We watered plants and AP swam in her pool.  I got the shampoo and Peyton gave her a bath.  I had some lunch and Peyton went in to take a shower.  I watered plants and then we came in and I fed AP lunch and got her down for a nap.

I fed Graves and he slept for a little bit.  I got on the computer and when he woke up we spent a good half hour trying to practice with the Moby wrap that Carrie loaned me. We attempted to water plants in the front yard, but the hose was broken. I feel a little more confident with it!  He was kind of fussy, so I did a little straightening off and on, but I held him a lot and fed him again.  I finally got a second shower and then he spit up in the Pack N Play so I gave him a bath and changed the sheets. 

I got back on the computer for a few minutes and then it was time to wake Annie up because we were going to my parents' house and she had been asleep for over three hours (SCORE!). I had gotten out the vacuum so I could vacuum out Graves's stroller because we had left it unfolded in the garage and a kitty had slept in it and I also wanted to vacuum under the sofa cushions.  Well, it terrified Annie.  I did it really quick (probably not a very good job).  Her crying woke up Graves and I hurried and got them both ready since they were both upset.  We headed over there and had a great time visiting and eating supper (tuna croquets, green beans, and mac and cheese).  We got home pretty late and I went though some piles and fed Graves and then got on the computer.  Peyton and I watched TV and I wrote thank you notes and then uploaded some pictures and videos from the camera and video camera.  I folded laundry, read my Bible, and went to bed.

I was kind of dreading Tuesday because we were planning on staying home all day.  It ended up being a great day and it was rainy in the afternoon so it was the perfect one for it!  Graves had slept well the night before and I got up before him and Annie on Tuesday.  I got dishes and laundry going and then I fed Graves and pumped. Annie woke up and we had a pretty typical morning at home- laundry, breakfast, and The View. Graves was super hungry all morning and I feel like most of what I did was fed him and change diapers ( think I changed three wet ones and three dirty ones before noon between him and AP).  I also practiced with the Moby some more. Peyton was gone for the first part of the morning- touring a place our church may do some missions work and playing basketball with his brother.  Once he got home, he played with Annie a little and then went to the store for some juice because she was constipated :(  When he got back, I took a shower and he and AP worked/played in the yard.

The kids both took FABULOUS, OVERLAPPING naps. My friend Morgan stopped by to drop some things off and then I tried to educate myself on Picassa because I'm trying to figure out an online storage system for our photos.  I messed around on the computer wrote a blog post and then ate a late lunch. It started thundering and it woke AP up. It scared her and she was super snuggly.  I put Graves back in the Moby and we put up laundry in the nursery while Annie played and then she ate supper and I unloaded and loaded the dishwasher.  It took longer because I had to keep repositioning Graves and I felt like I should hold him when I bent down, so I only had one hand.  It was better than having to hold him on the sofa and it not getting done, though, I guess.  After that I fed Graves and I gave Annie a long bath.  I read a chapter in Modern Parables AND folded an entire load of laundry and then got her out and got her ready for bed.  Right after I got her down, Graves tuned up.  He SCREAMED for an hour and a half.  It was awful.  I tried the rice sock, holding him, taking him outside, the prescription gas drops, EVERYTHING.  I tried to feed him twenty five times and finally he nursed a little and I put him in his swaddle blanket and he fell asleep.  I just laid on the couch and read blogs for awhile.  Peyton and I ate a casserole that we had frozen.

Wednesday was Peyton's day off and it was super busy.  We got up, hustled to get ready and then dropped the Buick off  because the check engine light was on. We went by my sister in law's house so she could help me with some babywearing tips.  She helped me with the Moby and let me try out her ring slings.  In return, I counseled her a bit on stain removal.  After our visit, we went to Coolwater Cafe for lunch because Peyton had a coupon and then picked up the car.  I put AP down for her nap in her sleeping bag because her diaper leaked AGAIN (clearly, we need to stop giving her so much fluid right before bed) and fed Graves when we got home and then got ready for my hair cut.  Peyton had a conference call while I was gone, but he managed while watching both kids!  I got there early so I stopped by the consignment shop in the shopping center and then got my much needed Summer trim.  I went by the other consignment store in the area and headed home.  We had to kind of hustle again to get ready because we were having supper with the Howie's (daddies/papas included!).  We met them at Mellow Mushroom and had a really nice time.  We had some high energy little girls, but Graves slept the whole time, thankfully.  It was fun!  I think Peyton's expectations were a little high because he thought AP was a little bit naughty and he thought we made a total mess (she spilled my Sprite) so he left a $10 tip.  Kinda crazy, because I think Carrie and I were pretty impressed with everyone's behavior!  I think next time we're going to do dinner at one of our houses.  We put Annie to bed once we got home and Graves had the bottle I thought he'd want at dinner.  He had a massive blow out diaper and spit up on the couch, so I got to work cleaning his swing and the sofa (Peyton took care of cleaning his bottom!).  I got on the computer and wrote a post and then Peyton and I read together.

I got up before both kids on Thursday.  Peyton was gone ALL DAY and it felt good to get a head start.  I pumped a bottle, worked on cleaning the pooped on swing some more, checked Twitter and started some laundry and then Annie woke up around 8:30.  We played and I put the fresh sheets on her bed and then woke up Graves to fed him.  He went back to sleep and I put AP in her high chair so I could go up to the attic to get my swimsuit because we were going swimming with Cookie.  I watered some in the front yard and Annie came outside with me.  I hopped in the shower (even though we were going swimming I just had to) and got stuff together and once I had both kids ready I fed Graves again and then we went over to my parents' house.  Annie and Cookie (and Cookie's BF, Conrad) swam for about an hour at my parents' neighbors house while Graves and I lounged in the shade.


[Have I mentioned that my sister is GORGEOUS???]

 It started thundering so we went back to their house and then it got really bad.  I already had Graves in the car but my dad (who was home early from work and is a weather freak) told use we should wait a little bit.  I got him back out and it cleared up in about ten minutes.  We came home and both kids took naps.  Annie's nap was kind of short for her and I just read blogs, fed Graves and took another shower.

Annie got up and we had a snack and started Army Wives and then I decided that we should spend some one on one time together while Graves was asleep, so we did a few puzzles and read some Beatrix Potter.  Graves woke up and ate and I turned back on Army Wives and folded laundry.  I put their laundry and talked to Ellis on the phone and then it was supper time for AP.  I put up dishes and reloaded the dishwasher.  She and I straightened a little and then I put her to bed.  I finished cleaning up and got on the computer and wrote a blog post.  Peyton and I talked and ate supper and then went to bed WAY too late.

Graves ate at two the next morning and then was up again at four, six, seven, and eight.  Needless to say at eight, I promptly handed over parenting duties to Peyton.  Annie woke up around eightish on Friday morning and she and Peyton played while I slept until after nine.  When I got up, we decided to go swimming again, so we headed over to my parents' neighbors' house.  We had a pretty short swim because Peyton had to go to work and then AP and I (and Graves) ate lunch with my mom and headed home for naps.  I got the kids down and straightened and did small things the house for about half an hour and then got on the computer for a while and took a shower.  Graves woke up and I fed him and then got Annie ready to go back to my parents'.  We picked up my mom and ran a few errands- I got a sling to wear Graves in at Leap Frog and we also went by Hudsons.  We came back to their house and my sister's friend and her sister stopped by for a visit.  We had a good time catching up and then we had red beans and rice and Cookie gave AP a bath.  We got home late and Peyton and I talked and then I read blogs for a little while and went to bed.

I was a little shocked when AP woke up at 7:30 on Saturday after such a late night.  Peyton was really sweet and played with her so I could sleep until he had to get ready to be at work by nine.  Once he left, I got up and started dishes and feed Graves while Ann Peyton played with some chapstick.  When it was time to put it up she pitched a huge fit and hit me and spit on the floor.  When I got her out of time out, she just started throwing a fit again.  This went on for some time and after abut the fifth time out, it worked. After all that we headed outside to water the flower beds.  I put Graves in the new sling and he LOVED it.  And Annie loved following me around and running through the sprinkler and picking blueberries from the bushes in the backyard.  We went inside and I put Graves in the Pack N Play and got Annie in the bathroom with me so I could take a shower.  AP lost it and kept trying to get in the tub and Graves started getting mad, too.  It was just horrible.  I skipped blow drying my hair and fed Graves and got Annie some lunch.  I know she was just tired, but her behavior was wearing ME out.  My mom called and I ended up telling her how upset I was.  I've gotten to where I can handle both of them crying at the same time pretty well, but I asked my mom "Do you think I just have sad children?".  I know I was just worn out, but I was genuinely wanting someone to tell me that this was normal and I didn't have unusually unhappy kids who hated life.  Thankfully, my mom did just that.

I put Annie down for her nap after lunch and she slept for FOUR hours.  Guess she was tired!  Graves slept a lot of that time, too and I managed to do a lot.  I read blogs, ate lunch, and watched some TV and rested on the couch.  Then I read some in this photography series I'm trying to get through and got out my camera manual and read about fifty pages in it.  I fed Graves and read two chapters in Modern Parables and then Annie woke up.  She was in a GREAT mood and so sweet.  I put Graves back in the sling and folded laundry while AP ate a huge snack/early supper.  Peyton got home, but he was going to a going away party for someone from work.  I knew Annie was going to melt down when he left again, so he took her with him!  Graves and I had fun at home!  I fed him and then straightened a little and looked for something that got lost in their nursery.  When Peyton and Annie got home, I organized Annie and Graves's shoes and pajamas that I've bought ahead in boxes in their closet.  I know it seems like I'm constantly reorganizing their closets, but I just try to really maximize the space.  Peyton said that Annie missed Graves- when he put her in her car seat, she pointed to the base where his car seat goes and said "Baby Graves...Baby Graves!".  So sweet ;)  We put AP to bed and talked some and Peyton watched a movie and I got on the computer and ate supper. I organized some pictures on the computer and then read through some of the archives of one of my favorite blogs.  [Does anybody else do that???]

I got up at six on Sunday to get ready for church.  We all got ready and I fed Graves and we were out the door by eight.  We had a guest preacher and he preached a good sermon using the an Old Testament reading and then we studied more of the gospel of Mark in Sunday School. 

 Ann Peyton was finally big enough for this dress I got awhile back and I had to trade Graves's little booties in for some real shoes.  They're getting so big so fast!

We came home and I fed Graves and AP had lunch and then I tried to get her down for a nap.  She said she wanted more to eat, but that's usually a stalling tactic, so I brought her some water and left.  Well, she kept talking about it and fussing and I had gotten her out of her high chair a little early (she seemed like she was loosing interest in her food), so I fed her more lunch, which she ate, and then put her back in her bed.  It took her awhile, but she finally went to sleep.  I got on the computer and worked on several posts.  Graves woke up and I fed him and gave him a bath and got him ready to go back to church and then I woke Annie up.  I had a nice time at Bible study and the nursery workers took the older toddlers down to the ice cream kick off for the children's Summer program.  I think AP enjoyed herself, too!  On the way home, my friend Haley texted me to say they were grilling out last minute and could we come.  I ran inside to pump a bottle since Graves had taken one at church and I hate to miss an opportunity and Peyton kept the kids cool in the car, so we wouldn't have to unload and reload.  We had a great time visiting with Patrick and Haley and seeing precious Hank.

On the way home, the oddest thing happened.  We saw these little girls in the MIDDLE of the street playing in our neighborhood.  They were probably eight or nine, maybe?  Anyway, we drove by but then decided to go back and tell them that we couldn't really see them and maybe they should move to the side of the road.  Well, right as we drove up again, we noticed another car stopped and then it drove off.  Peyton and I both kind of freaked out and we actually followed the car.  Sure enough, there were two littler girls in it, but they looked really calm and not scared so we figured they hadn't been kidnapped or anything.  We kept following them, though, until they turned into a church that was obviously having some sort of function because there were lots of people there.  So crazy!  We got home really late, but I insisted on taking Graves's monthly picture.  

 [Peyton using his favorite prop, Hippopotamus, to get the kids to smile]

We all went to bed pretty soon after that!


This week is going to be pretty busy, but fun!  We've got some fun stuff the beginning of this week and then we're heading to Florida! Hopefully the babes will love the beach!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Letter to (Two Month Old) Graves

Dear Graves,

You are two months old and you are getting cuter, smilier, and more fun by the day!  I just love getting to know you and falling more and more in love with you.

I'd be lying if I said you were as content and laid back as your sister was at this age, but you are your own little person.  We have slowly figured out what keeps you happy and that is a good feeling!  You love being held and are such a lap baby.  I've said it before and I'll probably say this every month, but it's really a blessing because it makes me slow down and enjoy these moments.  I just bought a sling to "wear" you in and you quite enjoy that, too!  At the very least, you want to be in arms reach of someone if you're awake and you like it when I put your bouncy seat beside me while I blow dry my hair or bring your swing with me in the kitchen or study.  You love snuggling with your Papa and you especially like lying on his chest on your stomach.  You're starting to like being on your tummy on the floor, too.  I think it helps with your gas issues.  We give you prescription drops for those sometimes, but usually putting the rice sock on your tummy and putting you in your swing or in the Pack N Play with the vibration unit on is sufficient.  You love motion and you love the warmth of your rice sock.

Some other tricks I have to get you to calm down are taking you outside and softly rubbing your forehead.  Minnie figured out that one!  You like to be swaddled  up in your little SwaddleMe blankets that have velcro tabs, although you've figured out how to get you arms loose.  You're also a bit of a paci addict.  You've loved the hospital issued MAMs from day one and we're pretty happy for you to have them!  There's something you like more than a paci, though...

the real thing!  You are a great eater; you still nurse every two to three hours during the day, but you've started going longer stretches at night.  We haven't gotten the official "go ahead" from Dr.  Denney (we'll see him next week), but you've slept several six hour stretches and one EIGHT hour stretch.  It's so nice!  You do eat a little too fast and I think that contributes to your gas and spit up issues.  You spit up so much more than your sister did, but you eat a lot more!  Our friends think it's so funny to watch you take a bottle, because you sound just like a little pig.  You are a noisy eater!

I have no idea how much you weigh, but you're growing fast!  You've moved out of the newborn diapers and are in size ones when you wear disposables.  [By the way, your diapers are unreal and you poop through the disposables like crazy!]  We've packed up a lot of you newborn clothes and sleepers and you are wearing lots of 0-3 mo. things and some 3 mo. stuff.  I also had to put up your little knit booties and find you a real pair of shoes to wear to church!

You have started to smile some and Minnie is especially good at getting this reaction from you.  Your smile is HUGE and funny, almost mischievous even.  I love it.

Your sister is falling in love with you as well.  The other day Papa took her somewhere, just the two of them, and when she noticed you weren't in the car with her she said "Baby Graves...BABY GRAVES!!!".

We all love you so much, precious boy!

Momma (and Papa)

P.S. Your outfit this month is a 3 mo.; you're growing so fast!

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