9:23 AM

Y3W

Friday, January 30, 2009



When reading up on milestones holding your own bottle will fall between 6-10 months usually. Kaleb has been wrestling with his lately and finally figured it out. We were able to catch a couple of pictures. It is obviously a little harder for Kaleb to hold his bottle. He sometimes pushed to hard with his right hand and doesn't have any fingers on his left to push back with equal force. Nevertheless, he finally figured it out and we couldn't be prouder. We have wondered since the day he was born how he would do stuff like holding his own bottle. We are amazed that he didn't need any help and actually figured it out ahead of the curve.

Kaleb's pacifiers also have this little holder on the opposite side. When we pick him up but don't want to touch the actual nipple we'll stick that part in our mouth to hold onto. Kaleb thinks it's super funny to turn his around now and chew on the wrong side like we do. He's such a good learner!

What an amazing little boy we have!



6:45 PM

Snow Day

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I have been super busy and have a ton of updating to do. However, today is a snow day for our family! Brian, Olivia, Kaleb and I have been home all day watching it snow and keeping ourselves busy. I made an amazing breakfast :) Eggs, hash browns, french toast, homemade biscuits and gravy, sausage and bacon. (I know, super healthy right?) We dragged out our mattress to the living room and have been watching movies. I cannot believe the last time I did this I was like 7 months pregnant. Now our little boy lays between us! I even went out last night to sled ride with Meghan, Manda and Olivia. We just walked to the high school but it was a ton of fun! :)


Kaleb was checking on the blog :)

My lilac tree :(
Checking out Grandma's house in the snow!

She thought this was amazing!
Brrrrrrrrrrr!



2:53 PM

Y3W

Friday, January 23, 2009


Having just filed our taxes we were very pleasantly surprised with our return. Hallelujah! I love tax time :)

9:37 PM

Prayers Please

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A few nights ago my good friend Char wrote me about her friend Evey. She is 27 weeks pregnant and had severe Preeclampsia. This is exactly what they induced me 4 weeks early for, severe high blood pressure. They gave her the steroid shots a few days ago to speed up her son's lung development.

At 27 weeks 1 day Evey delivered baby Braxton by emergency c-section. He weighed in at 1 pound 15 ounces and was breathing on his own. He even cried a bit :)

I am asking for a ton of prayers for this little family. Prayer is what healed my son and now I'm asking for those same prayers for this family. Please pray for a speedy recovery for Evey, strength for her husband Tj and for God to touch baby Braxton and heal him they way He healed Kaleb. He has a long journey ahead but I know the Lord is great. Please pass the word along.

If you could also say some prayers for baby Brayden and baby Harper. Click on the name to read their blog.

"I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him." 1 Samuel 1:27

10:44 PM

He's A Celebrity

Monday, January 19, 2009

During my pregnancy we went to the movies and Brian called the candy I requested, "Sour Patch Adults." To read about this event click here.

Anyone who knows this story understands that we give Brian a hard time about it CONSTANTLY. Honestly, the poor guy never gets a break.

We found out tonight that if you google "Sour Patch Adults" my blog pops up in about the 6th or 7th search item. Brian is officially one of the only people on the planet to make the mistake of calling them by that name.

Now Brian's mistake is a google item for the whole world to see :) Bahahahahahahaha

He's never going to live this one down.

3:26 PM

Y3W

Friday, January 16, 2009



To have a child that looks 99.9% like his papa makes me very proud. Brian is adorable. I love looking at my boys and seeing the similarities. I, however, am eternally grateful to have my eyes match my son's perfectly. It's like looking at Brian with my eye's. I love it! (Let's keep our fingers crossed he keeps those blue eyes!)

11:26 AM

For Your Viewing Pleasure

Thursday, January 15, 2009


My little bougar hates tummy time. If he's not sitting up and looking around he's just not happy. Every now and then we'll try some time on our tummy and to our surprise he rolls over, no problem! (please ignore my super annoying baby voice)

We are still getting the last of the sickness out of our house and weaning ourselves off the medicine. Hopefully we'll be germ free by tomorrow. Brian was such a trooper. My sister and I woke up one morning getting sick at the same time. Poor Brian was running up and down the stairs taking care of both of us. As soon as he'd get me settled he'd hear Olivia on the baby monitor (that he set up in her room) and would have to run down and help her. What a guy. I am truely blessed. When my mom (who is still sick) asked Olivia if she needed her mom to come over and tend to her she said, "No way I already have a mommy. His name is Brian Scott!"



10:20 AM

I can see the light...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009



It has been close to 6 hours with no sickies around here. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, knocking on wood, pulling out my 4 leaf clover and calling in some prayers that we are over sickness for the rest of the YEAR. I think we deserve that :)



The one amazing thing to come out of this is Brian threw away all of his cigarettes and dip. He actually got choked up talking about quitting and what all he wants to be able to do with Kaleb. He told me that getting hit with this sickness reminded him he's not as young as he used to be and he's no superman.



That's okay. He just has to be superdad. Kaleb & I will help on his journey. Yay!



More updates later, my babies are stirring.

5:49 PM

Take Two Steps Forward & One Giant Jump Back

Monday, January 12, 2009

Two nights in a row Kaleb slept in his bed. I was so proud of myself. Errrrrr hold the phone.

My poor little guy was just getting better and then he's hit big time. He started spitting up a few days ago. My child has never ever spit up anything. Not one time. So it alarmed me when my grandma said he has spit up a little bit. Strange.... but I'm not worried yet.

Kaleb ate about 4 ounces but has these droopy eyes and just wasn't my happy boy. I put him in his jumperoo (always a guarantee laugh) and he throws up. Then entire bottle. He continues to do this the rest of the day. The doctor urges us to get him on Pedialyte and if he can't keep that down he's going to admit him to Children's. We keep a constant vigil and thankfully he keeps his fluids down and we slowly introduce his formula back into his diet.

The entire night I am up with stomach pains and Brian keeps watch over our boy. He seems to be in much better spirits and takes all formula/cereal bottles. He's good for two feeds and he becomes my sleepy, sweaty, very sick boy. I'm having serious stomach cramps but I manage to stay home with him on Monday.

I call my mom for help. She's throwing up too. Brian walks in the door at noon. He's throwing up. I'm back into full blown mom mode (despite the horrible pain) and taking care of my boys. Thank God I have an amazing sister to help me out around here.

This should be a long night. Wish us luck!

8:27 AM

Y3W



Kaleb was jumping in his jumperoo and somehow sitting up he ended up with this on his back. I knew my child was special :) He can defy gravity and make things go north when they should be going south. I am so proud!

7:55 AM

Ah, the sweet smell of victory.

Friday, January 9, 2009


Give me back my "Mother of the Year" award. I did it. Kaleb slept all by himself in his big boy bed from 10 pm to 5:30 am. Let me start from the beginning...

I finally rearranged my furniture so that I can see Kaleb from my bed. Here is the view:
Not bad right? It is far enough away that it's super quiet and he sleeps so much better. It's close enough that I can see him and hear every whimper. I did that 2 nights ago. I lost my will power and brought him back into our room. I did put his pack'n play all the way across my bedroom to prepare myself. Baby steps...

Last night I did it. He never even cried. I got up about 6 times just to check on him when I was whimpering or making noises. By the time I made it to his room he was quiet. Hmmmmmm... I wondered a few times if I was imagining the noises. He took his pacifier this morning around 5:30 but I just decided to go ahead and get him some breakfast.

At exactly 3 months, 2 weeks our son slept his first night in his room. I'm very proud of us!

1:54 PM

Back In Business

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Why-O-Why is it that right when I get the bathroom sink sparkling clean Brian decides it's time to shave? He does a good rinse but he just doesn't get down to the nitty gritty. Men. I can't wait until Kaleb starts shaving.

Brian and I had the big talk last night. The big one. I'm going to say it (shudders: looks around for some sort of disaster waiting to happen)

We talked Wedding.

Yep. You heard right. The new year #1 resolution is to have our happy selves Mr & Mrs before this year is up. That is a promise. We have set numerous dates before. The main one being October 25, 2008. If you look back that was 3 days before my due date. Yeah I guess all that stressed out wedding planning can get you pregnant :) I warn all the girls at work. Now that we are back in gear (plus one) we sat down and hammered out some details and rules.

We went over everything that has to be done and made a plan. I also informed Olivia of this plan so she can stay in the loop as the MOH. We already picked out their dresses and made a date to go to Bridalrama at the end of the month. The caterer is handled (Thanks Mom)! We decided to not set a date until we see what the hall has available. We are going the first week of February to pick a final date. We are hoping sometime between August and October. Can I just say how wonderful it is to plan a wedding with a mom as a vendor? She has the inside scoop on everything. I love love love it! Mom is the best.

Stay tuned for more details. Brian and I may just decide to just do it (I could possibly be a Mrs before the big day) because what really matters is that we make our commitment before God and our family. The rest is just details. Ah weddings. This should ALMOST be as fun as being pregnant. Right? Headaches, nausea, fatigue, stress. Sounds like a wedding to me!

Let the fun begin.

2:20 PM

Sound The Alarm

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Brian is sick. Yucky sick. I don't think I've ever seen him down two days in a row. He's locked in his man-room or our spare room until further notice. I only open it to Lysol, administer cough medicine and deliver fluids. I actually miss him. Without him my well-oiled ship runs like a broken-down tug boat. Ugh. It's like being a single mother. Thank goodness my sister lives with me and my mom lives across the street. Brian was so sad when we went to be last night since he wasn't allowed near the bedroom. He blew us kisses from the doorway.

I drifted off to dream-land with Kaleb in Brian's spot in bed. He was all cozy inside his boppy and I felt good having him next to me. He wanted a snack about 1 am. I knew this was coming since I didn't wake him to feed around 10. We ate and went back to sleep. The next thing I know Kaleb is kicking me and coo-ing up a storm. He can't be up again! This is so unlike him. I glance at the clock. Holy cow batman it's 6:45. Mommy has to be to work at 7:30.

"Don't panic!" I yell at Kaleb. He laughed. I scooped him and ran downstairs. Olivia heard my footsteps and was up when I burst in muttering incoherently about how late I was going to be for work. I threw on my clothes, ran a brush through my hair and teeth, made Kaleb a bottle and ran out the door blowing kisses and yelling my goodbyes while putting on my coat. Whoops. I hit a patch of solid ice. I am able to steady myself before climbing into my car but just barely. I don't even wait for the window to defrost when I pull out of the drive sliding down our street. I somehow make it to the freeway in record time and (gulp) put on my makeup barreling down the highway in freezing rain listening to the road report and planning my route.

I pull into our lot at 7:28. Thank you Kaleb, my substitute alarm clock.

9:19 PM

Kaleb's Christmas

Monday, January 5th, 2008


So I know it has been forever since my last post. I have been off work since (gulp) Monday. Without details it's been one heck-of-a-start to 2009!

Christmas was amazing. My poor grandparents got sick and we had to cancel Christmas Eve at their house. We are actually did it Saturday (the 3rd) now that they are back to normal. We spent the evening opening gifts at my mom's instead. I got some great stuff! Kaleb made out like a bandit, of course, including 2 new pairs of shoes. Thank you aunt Olivia for the Timberland work boots and red Jordan's. We love them. Brian got some amazing new stuff for his guitar too. I gave Brian is autographed picture of Jamey Johnson (his all-time favorite music person ever) and he gave me the most beautiful bracelet in the world. It is a pearl bracelet (my birthstone) and a charm on it is engraved with Kaleb's name and his date of birth on the back. He is so thoughtful. I loved it to pieces.

Speaking of thoughtful gifts, my Aunt Barb gave me one amazing gift. She made Kaleb a picture quilt. She took a bunch of his pictures from birth to now and arranged them on a quilt (the matches his room exactly). She took quotes from this very blog. I get all choked up thinking about how truly thoughtful it was and how long I will cherish this quilt. I cannot wait to get a quilt hanger so I can display it properly. From what I understand it takes a very long time and a lot of effort. Thank you Aunt Barb & Kristi. We loved it! As soon as I do that I'll post some pictures. It deserves it's very own blog space :)

The next morning Santa came and brought Kaleb his favorite. Jumperoo. Oh how he love love loves his jumperoo. Can't you tell? He got a ton of toys including his play mat and he loves it too. Both he & Brian fell asleep playing on it. I tell ya, that Santa sure does know his stuff.

We spent New Years Eve with the Shankford's. It was pretty low key. I swear we spent more time in the kitchen than anything but everything was wonderful. I got to start the new year off right by smothering my boys in kisses.

For those of you who asked. No, Kaleb is not in his big boy bed yet (gasps). I know I know- no "mother of the year" award for me. I did take some proactive steps to make sure he is in there soon. I rearranged the furniture in his room so that his crib is against the back wall and you can see him from the hall way. Sometime soon I am going to fix our bedroom furniture so that if both of our doors are open I can see right into his room. I am almost 100% positive I'll be able to do it when I get our stuff moved around. I think being able to see him laying there across the hall will really help me. I was reading on my board today (thebump.com) that I am not the only one struggling. One woman dragged her mattress in there and slept on the floor for a while. I didn't laugh. I seriously considered this option. Since I am flexing this week and get off early I am considering breaking down and doing it tonight.

As I was pondering this last night I kept telling myself, "I don't want to share a bunk bed with my 5 year old... I don't want to share a bunk bed with my 5 year old." But my head was a complete contradiction, "Of course I want to share a bed with my 5 year old. I love him!" Jessica is my sole motivator at this point. Keep pushing Jess- eventually I won't push back! If Kaleb does ever sleep in his bed I'll come organize you ENTIRE house before you move. The whole thing =)


How can you not love these two?