Sunday, August 25, 2013

It's Quiet around here...

On the blog that is!

In my life, however, it has been anything but quiet. We've had busted lips and cradle cap, lazy Saturdays and late nights. There've been frustrating times, but also joyous times. Hectic, and slow.

New sleep schedules and work schedules are taking some time to get adjusted to, and both Daddy and I have been pretty much exhausted on a daily basis. I know that once we get in the groove of the new things, that life will go back to some sort of normal, but for right now, this small update is the best I can do.

The baby is good, the toddler is good, and we are surviving. No doctor's appointments for a while, because we have to wait 90 days with Mike's new job before we can get insurance. Cam still hasn't gotten any of his immunizations, and it makes me a little nervous. Our financial situation is tight. Really tight. But we're trying to make the best of it. We will be ok.

So, thanks for sticking around, and I promise to at least keep these small updates coming!

In the meantime, here's cute photos of the kiddos.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cameron: One Month Old

Dear Cameron,

I can't believe it's been a month already! If there is one thing that I remember about your big sister being born, it's that it is crazy how fast time goes by! You are doing amazing, and besides a little teeny concern about your weight gain, you are completely healthy!

After you were born we had your first checkup with your pediatrician, who is amazing. He was concerned that you hadn't gained enough and there was a screening that came back inconclusive for a vitamin from your hospital stay. So, we had to go draw some more blood, and you were a trooper! You barely cried at all. Luckily, at your last appointment the doctor said that your screen came back normal and you don't have a vitamin deficiency, which is definitely apparent lately with how much you have been eating!!

When you were born you weighed 6lbs 14oz. At your first appointment you weighed 6lbs 4.5oz. Two weeks later you weighed 6 lbs 9oz. At your "one month" appointment, you weighed 8lbs 1oz.

You were 19 1/2 inches when you were born. At your first appointment you were 19 3/4 inches long. We haven't measured you since then, but I wouldn't be surprised if you are already longer!

When you came home from the hospital you were drinking approximately 3 oz of formula at a time, every four hours. Now, you are drinking 4-5 oz at a time, and you are eating about every three hours! You are a little piggypants, and you snort just like one! It is so cute! And you are just like your sister in that you do not like to burp! You will finish a whole bottle and never burp! I find that just crazy!

You are currently wearing newborn and 0-3 month onsies and sleepers and newborn diapers. We will probably be moving you to size 1s this month! You are growing so quickly!

Other than your vitamin thing, you just have a little bit of congestion in your nose, much like your sister did when she was little. I think you also may be having some trouble swallowing all of your bottle because it seems to get worse for a little bit after you eat. The doctor doesn't seem to be concerned, however, so we are not worried about it!

Momma and Daddy love you like crazy, and sister does too! We are enjoying your snuggles so much!


Grow big and strong little buddy,


Sunday, August 11, 2013

My Husband Rocks: Vol. 25: Stepping Away

No husband is perfect and it doesn’t really matter. What matters is how I set myself up to think about him. If I focus on his failures, his annoyances, or ways in which I’ve felt hurt by him, then I will interact with him as a hurt and frustrated and disappointed wife. That makes for miserable living for me and my husband and those around us. But if I focus on his strengths, his potential, and the ways in which I feel blessed by him, then I will interact with him as a forgiving, blessed, and contented wife. And there’s no greater need a man has than to feel respected by his wife. If he feels like all he does is hurt, disappoint, and frustrate, then the same atmosphere and the same actions will be perpetuated. But if he feels that his wife can be happy and responsive regardless of his shortcomings, he feels respected and empowered. Then a positive atmosphere is perpetuated and actions, once destructive, can improve in an environment that is rich for cultivation and growth into deepened respect and intimacy."


By now, all of you probably know that I have a newborn and a two year old. Any of you who have children of your own you will be able to relate to me when I say that I have had zero time lately. I barely have time to write this post! And I haven't really gotten a lot of interest from this linkup, so that has made me come to the decision to step away from this link up for a while. Not forever, just a few months or so. I love giving my husband props for the things that he does for me and this family, and that will continue, and I still may post about him from time to time, but for right now I need to downsize.

I will still be posting but it will be more of a whenever I can kind of thing. It's all I can handle right now, at least until Cam is a little bit older and needing me a little less. I want to take full advantage of his snuggles while I can!

Thanks for understanding everyone, and thanks to those who have co-hosted and linked up in the past! I appreciate it so much!


Friday, August 9, 2013

52 in 52 Update: August

We're at the halfway point, and I am not doing well. I last updated on July 12, 2013. You can view the full list here.

1. Blog at least twice a week. I didn't accomplish this.

2. My Hubby Rocks posts each Sunday. I'm taking a pause on this link up for a few months, read why here.

3. 52 in 52 updates once a month (6/12 )

4. Post Desire to Inspire posts once a month. Also taking a break from this, see number 2.

5. "Little Miss Natalie" posts twice a month. Here and here. (5/12)

13. Lose all baby weight (starting weight: 210) (current weight: 214)  I am going to be starting my weight loss program on September 1st. My bestie's husband made me a workout plan, and I am officially swearing off soda again, because I have gained two pounds since I was weighed at my post partum appointment.

6. Rename all photos, organize, and delete duplicates. Still in progress.

24. Get a meal planning system going. We have been doing really well with eating at home, but still don't have an actual schedule yet. We haven't had the money to go grocery shopping all in one trip, so are having to go every few days and eat cheap.

30. Update baby book monthly. I haven't really been doing this much. But not much has changed.

38. Montly update shots of Cameron. Month one is done. See it here.

45. Have a set bedtime and wakeup time and stick to it, even on weekends. I've downloaded an app that is supposed to help me with this. I started using it this week, so we will see how it goes.

49. Read 25 books. (2/25) Read: Fifty Shades Darker. Currently: (still waiting on) Fifty Shades Freed.

That's it for now! September is going to be the month of gym time! I hope I can fit it in to my already hectic schedule. I'm going to be looking to my hubby for help with this!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Little Miss Natalie

Hey little girl! You are growing up too fast, so slow it down ok?! Here's what you've been up to lately:

Some of your new tricks:

When you're on Daddy's shoulders, you take his hat, put it on, and then take it off and go "yeeehaw!"

When you swing you love to repeat "Weee! Weee!" over and over!

You run around in circles going "woohoo! yay! woohoo! yay!"

You turn your bike over and pretend to "fix" it (I honestly don't know where this one came from!)

You learned how to work your sit and spin toy, which you had been trying to work for months!

You like to take your monkey and "stow" him in the back of your tricycle or inside your Minnie mouse car.

Speaking of tricycle, you love riding it! We even got you a helmet and knee/elbow pads and you love them too!


You are such a little fish! You love to swim, and you love the pool that you got for your birthday!

You like to roar like a dinosaur! Then when Momma roars back at you, you scream like you're scared and drop like you're dead! You are so funny!

You like to pretend to sneeze! You go "achooo!" and then rub your nose!

You also bow whenever you dance at the end and go "thank you"

You got a new Bubble Guppies microphone and you have been singing into it non-stop! You say "1, go!" (here we go) then you sing and at the end go "yay!"

You love slides!

Current words/phrases:

Here we go!
::gasp:: oh no!
all done/all gone
Oh googoo! (Oh Toodles! from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse)
Nigh nigh (Night night)
Oh hey Momma
pop tart
Hey Dad
Hewwo (Hello)
He's cute! (Mostly about your brother)
I cute!
mhmmm! or uhhh huh!
I love you
I got it/I get it
Yeah I'm ok
It's ok (again, mostly to your brother when he is crying)
Bless you!
A Goal!!
Gotta go!
Nooooo ::unrecognizable jabber:: Ok? (mocking your Nana when she tells you to do or not to do something)
Ahoo! (Woohoo/Yahoo)
Bubble Puppy
Bubble Guppies (you also love to sing the song)
thank you
see you guys

You also love to shout "yyyyyyyes!" when we ask you a question, but you also say no and understand what it means. I love it when you go "uuuuuum...YES!"

 Your Current Favorites

TV Shows:

Bubble Guppies
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Sofia the First


Mac n Cheese
Hot dogs
Chicken Nuggets
French Fries
Corn on the Cob


Molly Doll
Sit and Spin
Rock with Me Elmo
Fisher Price Star Stacker
Magna Doodle
Bouncy Balls (big ones AND little ones!)
Leap Pad


Momma and Daddy
Baby Brother
Mawmaw and Pawpaw


The Pool
The Park
Chic Fil-a


When baby brother cries
When anyone tries to do anything for you - you want to do it all yourself!

Things that Momma and Daddy are loving right now:

Your laugh
Your ponytail! Also, your curls now that your hair is getting long!

How good you are with your baby brother

Your love for swimming and your pool

Your love of reading


The way you mimic Momma and Daddy, and even Nana!

That you sleep in the silliest, and cutest of positions!

Momma and Daddy love you more and more every day beautiful girl!

Row Merrily my Beauty,

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