Friday, January 29, 2010

Personal Disclaimer

I've had a lot on my mind lately.  Yes, even with a 2 month old, I do have time to think about things un-baby and my brain has been working overtime. 

I know, it's hard to believe. 

Anyway, when I first started this blog it was just for fun.  I really didn't think anyone would read it or be interested in what I had to say.  Lately, I've really gotten more involved in this whole blogging world by reading some pretty incredible blogs by some really incredible people.  What makes these blogs so amazing is that they are written from the heart, holding nothing back.

It has changed my whole outlook on how I want to approach my blog going forward.

You see, up to this point, I've been writing about what I feel people would want to read about.  When what I really want to do is write what I want to write about. 

The Good.  The Bad.  And Even the Ugly.

I've been hesitant to do so in the past for fear of offending some of my readers, who for the most part are family members and personal friends.

That's about to change.  Starting now, this blog will take on a whole new life.  Don't worry there will still be posts on my totally awesome and super cute baby boy folloqwed by oodles of pictures.  But there will also be the honest truth no matter how ugly it may be.  If what you read offends you, I apologize in advance.  We either move past it,or we dont.  That's your choice.  But know that what I write comes from my heart. 

So there you have it.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Today, I need this

and these

I would rather be spending time with him.

Lucky for me, ( not so much for him) Tristan got shots yesterday at his 2 month check-up so we've been doing lots of this. 

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Calling All Moms

The time has come to transition Tristan from our room and the Pack and Play, to his room and his crib.  And I'm scared to death.

Why, you might ask?  Lots of reasons.  I like knowing that he's right next to me if he needs me.  I like knowing that if I feel the urge, and I often do, I can raise up from our bed and sneak a peek at him snoozing away.  I like being able to have a jump on getting his bottle ready when he starts to stir to avoid a major midnight meltdown.  I like all of us being in the same room in case, heaven forbid, something were to happen(i.e, natural disaster, fire, etc.). 

I know he can't stay in our room forever, SO.....I'm asking for your help.  How did you handle the transition from your room to the nursery? 

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thyroid Update

So I'm a little behind with a follow up to my post about Tristan's possible hypothyroidism.  What can I say, I've been a little busy lately.  =) 

We saw the pediatric endocronoligist on Monday, Jan 4th.  Jason and I REALLY liked her.  She was very sympathetic to our situation and gave Tristan a very thorough examination.  Basically, we learned that for now, Tristan will stay on the synthetic hormone that he has been taking since he was 2 weeks old.  It is part of our morning routine and Tristan has gotten quite good at taking his medicine.  He will stay on this hormone until at least 3 years of age.  The reason for this is because the hormone the he could possibly be lacking, is very important to cognitive development, especially in the first three years of his life. We will have bloodwork done every two months to test the hormone level and his medicine will be adjusted accordingly if need be.  So for now, we are just enjoying watching our sweet boy grow, and grow he is.  He was 6 weeks old at this doctor's visit and weighed in at 12lbs 8.5 oz.

Tristan is changing so much everyday.  He is starting to smile at certain things now and is getting really good at holding his head up when he's on our shoulder.  He is transitioning into 3-6 month clothes and we had to move up to size 2 diapers this weekend.  It's amazing how much he's changed over the past 2 months.  I can't believe how fast it has gone.

We got Tristan a Bumbo Seat this weekend and I couldn't be more excited.

We still have to help him hold his head up, but it won't be to long before he is sitting up all by himself.  He is so cute when he sits in it--like such a little man.  Well, I'm off to spend some time with my hubby and my sweet baby boy.  Until next time. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Friday, January 8, 2010


I've never considered myself a very lucky person when it comes to winning contests or such.  In fact, I can only recall ever winning two in my entire life and that wasn't for lack of trying.  I am so unlucky that if I "special order" food at restaurants, there is a 95% chance that I won't get what I ordered.  I'm not exaggerating on this one--you can ask my hubby.  It's so bad that he has started ordering the same thing as me, just so there is a 1 in 2 chance that the order will be right.  He's such a sweetie. 
Well, maybe just maybe my luck is turning around.  I entered to win a blog makeover from The Design Girl and I WON!!!  I am super excited.  I've been wanting to jazz up my blog for some time now since I'm trying to invest more time and now I can.  I can't wait to see what Danielle comes up with.  Be sure and check back in the next few weeks to see the new design.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Keep Your Fingers Crossed.....

Tristan's days and nights have been mixed up for the last couple of weeks.  This has been his schedule for the last two nights:

Friday night:

Asleep at midnight
Up at 2:45am to eat
Back down at 3:45am
Up at 6:45am to eat
Back down at 7:30am
Up at 8:15am for the day

Saturday night

Asleep at 12:30am
Up at 4:00 am to eat
Back down at 5:30am
Up at 7:45am to eat
Back down at 9:00am
Still asleep as of 11:30am

Keep your fingers crossed that things are turning around for our little guy.

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Magic Tree

Jason and I happened upon "The Magic Tree" last Christmas while on the way home from a Christmas party.  It is truly an amazing site.  This family has been decorating this tree since 1995.  It is lit every night from Thanksgiving to January 6th.  It takes approximately 120 hours to cover the tree in more than 75,000 lights.  It has become quite the popular over the years attracting people from all over MO. 

Christmas and the New Year

Our trip to Charleston for Christmas was definitely a learning experience for Jason and I.  We are still learning that it takes twice as long to get anywhere with a baby.  This trip was no exception.  Christmas Eve morning we were up at 7am thinking we would be on the road by 9am at the latest. HA!  After packing up everything but the kitchen sink, we finally got on the road about 10am and that was after rushing around like crazy people.  It rained the entire trip which did not bode well for two very sleep deprived parents.  Tristan did GREAT on the trip, sleeping the whole way and waking up to eat just once.  On the other hand, for Jason and I it was such a struggle.  Riding in a car makes me sleepy anyway and when you are going on little to no sleep for several weeks PLUS a cloudy rainy day, it makes for a VERY long trip.

This is where Tristan spent most of his time while we were in Charleston.

Tristan had his Grandpa wrapped around his finger the entire trip.  He would sit and hold him for hours.  He even got up with me in the early morning hours and watched the baby so that I could get a few more hours of sleep.  I'm amazed at how my father has taken to Tristan.  He even chaged a poopy diaper while we were there.  Believe me, that's a BIG deal for my dad. 

We have always opened our family presents on Christmas Eve and Santa would come on Christmas morning.  After Ben was born we continued this tradition and would celebrate Ben's birthday on Christmas afternoon.  It was always a crazy 24 hours filled with lots of food, fun, and gifts.  Christmas was always my mom's favorite holiday.  After she died it just hasn't been the same.  It's hard to enjoy a holiday that reminds us all so much of her.  


Dad, Ben and Mamaw opening presents Christams Eve

This is a bib that some of Ben's friends got for Tristan.  Ben thinks it's perfect.

Tristan in the Christmas outfit that his Mamaw Vicki got for him.


Family Picture - Christmas 2009

Tristan and his Great-Grandmother

We also celebrated Ben's 17th birthday on Christmas Day.  I can't believe my baby brother is 17 years old!!  I still remember the day he was born. 

We had a great long weekend in Charleston visiting with family and friends that we haven't seen in a while, but we were glad to get back home on Sunday. 

I'm looking forward to seeing what 2010 will bring us.  We are hoping for some big things to happen this year, but only time will tell.  In closing, here are a few more pictures from our long weekend in Charleston.