Thursday, February 24, 2011

Micah's toys.

I don't know where the time is going, but it is flying by. One day Micah was just laying there looking at me. Suddenly he has become this active little person! He coos in a "conversation" with me and his daddy. Micah is wiggly, and he almost jumps out of your arms when you hold him. He's always alert looking around all over the place. He grabbed the toy in his car seat one day in the last week or so. I thought it might be an accident, but today he was fully playing with his toys on his play gym. He sat in his Bumbo and fully engaged himself in trying to grasp what was in front of him. It is amazing how fast Micah is growing and changing. The last picture shows him actually grabbing the toy. He has a fondness for the rooster. Way to go, Micah! You are growing up too, too fast for Mommy!!

Monday, February 21, 2011


The procedure did not go well. I don't know how I'm always the 5% girl. You know that girl? The statistic they are obligated to tell you but really happens to nobody?

Hello, my name is Nobody. Nice to meet you.

I've had this procedure before. In fact, this was my third one, and I've never had any problems before. Today? Oh. My. Word. Yes, I was knocked out. Yes, that was lovely. I mean who doesn't love high powered drugs in legal volumes under the care of a doctor to just knock you out? I mean, come on. ;)

When I awoke in recovery, I was in complete agony in my upper right shoulder. I was doubled over in pain, and I spent a great deal of time nauseous. The nurse literally said to my husband, "I've only seen twelve people out of about two thousand procedures have this reaction to the drugs. No one gets nauseous. Especially not this nauseous. No one. In fact, this drug has an anti-nausea drug in it. I don't ever see this kind of reaction!"

Hello, my name is Nobody. Nice to meet you.

Thankfully, I'm home resting comfortably. Things are much better now, but it was a rough day! Nothing new was found (or at least told to us), but biopsies were taken to perform further tests. I guess we'll see what they find within the next week. Thanks for the prayers.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Rolling, rolling, rolling.

Well, tonight Micah got a kickin' his legs, waving his arms around, and the next thing we knew...

He rolled a little bit.

Ok, maybe he just made it to his side.

Then he had no idea what to do.

He was super content to just sit there on his side and stare at The Amazing Race and eating those fingers, of course.

Who wouldn't want to watch random people race all over the world? I mean that is good entertainment.

So while the tv entertained Micah, he entertained us by attempting to start his rolling days.

And he hasn't done it since.

Oh my. Some days parenting is really hard.

Today I'm in prep to have some medical tests run on my colon. If you read my other blog, you probably remember me whining about my stomach during my pregnancy. I'll just say it. I whined, complained, and belly-ached rather profusely. Choose any word to describe it. I love my child, and I thoroughly find every minute worth it. However, I did complain a lot. I do apologize for that!

Anyway, I have a stomach condition that started back in 2001 during my senior year of college. As time has gone on, it has come and gone depending on the time of my life. I've been misdiagnosed, went through a couple of doctors, and came out with various "conditions" that it could be. Tomorrow, I am being tested for some more things again since I just haven't been the same since the pregnancy. I had everything managed and under control pre-pregnancy, but during the pregnancy and postpartum my body went absolutely haywire even for someone who is used to dealing with random issues.

So. I've been eating liquids for multiple hours now "prepping" for the procedure tomorrow. I'm used to doing this with....well, not an infant. An infant who apparently has some tummy issues of his own tonight poor little thing. Thankfully, I made the smart decision to have this procedure while Mr. C is off. (He works nights with a Tuesday to Saturday schedule leaving him free on Mondays). Mr. C is being an enormous help this afternoon as I am basically sick with a screaming child in the other room. I'm too sick to do much about it.

In any case, please pray they find out the cause of my problems--more specifically that it is the lesser problem mentioned by the doctor this week than the more serious condition he is also checking for. Pray Micah will feel better, too, so we can calm down the house somewhat. It's days like today that I realize how hard parenting can be. I'm thankful for every minute of it, though. I think I've learned more spiritually in the last two months than my whole life just by watching Micah in utter amazement of the Lord's awesomeness.

Complaining over. No complaining. Just some requests for happy prayers and thoughts tomorrow around 12:45 PM CST. And also to make it through this long, horrible night!

Friday, February 18, 2011

For the love of his thumb.

Oh my. I have a love-hate relationship with Micah's thumb. We have ultrasound pictures of him sucking his thumb in my womb, but I have never wanted a thumb-sucker for a baby. I wanted a pacifier baby because it is something I could take away at some point in the future. However, my son has other ideas. He loves to put his hands in his mouth, and after two months of trying to figure out how to get his thumb in his mouth...

I think he figured it out, huh? I came into his room this morning to find him like this...

Bless me when I have to try to break him of his thumb one day. I have tried the pacifier, but he isn't having it. So what is a mom to do?? I'm trying to learn to love the thumb because I have to admit it is kind of cute. Kind of.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


I opened my Google reader this morning to see my friend Ellen from college posting about this giveaway. Since Ellen recently gave me some awesome baby gifts from Pitter Patter Art (scroll down to the M burp cloth and onesie), I started reading this blog myself. (THANKS, ELLEN!) Laura is super talented, and all her proceeds benefit her child's adoption. Awesomeness! So I thought I'd share the love, blog about it, and hopefully encourage you to support her, too. Maybe I'll win something in the process?? :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Micah's first trip to the zoo.

We've been cooped up in the house for months and months this winter. Part of this was because:
a. massive snow
b. small newborn without shots
c. overprotective parents of small newborn without shots
d. more snow
e. oh, yeah, then some more snow

It was finally, FINALLY beautiful outside so me, C, Micah, C's mom, C's sister, and our two nephews on C's side headed to the zoo for a day of enjoyment. For about $90 a year a family can buy a membership to our local zoo. At $15 per adult + $10 per child + $5 parking = $45 for one trip. Easy decision if you live in this area and have kids. Get the pass!

Female lion.
When we first arrived, it was kind of cold. (Remember those overprotective parents? We're the ones that kept a blanket over him for a while, too.) I promise there is a child inside the stroller.
Side note: We have this stroller. My mom found it at a consignment shop for well over half off. At any rate, I highly recommend this if you only have one child. Who needs those huge stroller systems? They are so expensive!! This frame barely ways anything, the car seat snaps securely in, and off we go!

The monkeys enjoyed entertaining us.

C, Micah, & the lioness.

C & our nephew.

Me, Micah & the elephant

The newest section of the park is Teton Trek. My hubs and I have an affinity for Montana/Wyoming and anything national park related. We love this exhibit.

Grizzly bears!

This little wolf walked right up to us! I didn't even use a zoom on this picture.

Micah woke up, I fed him, and we stopped for some family photo-ops.

Tropical bird house.

I really like this picture!

By the afternoon, it had warmed up considerably so we let go of our overprotectiveness. The adults had peeled off our jackets, and Micah was out and about seeing the sights.

C, Micah, and the penguins.

Micah kicking back in his stroller.

We had a great first day at the zoo!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My birthday.

So today was my birthday, and my family took all the photos. I just enjoyed the day. I will post once I get the photos from my mom. But so I won't forget, I'm going to blog it now.

C got me some beautiful orchids and a bag of Blow Pops for my birthday. Poor Mr. C has his job cut out for him every year. A wife born the day before Valentine's Day. Since we didn't want to really spend much money this year (long maternity leave so basically we don't have money until I go back)...I thought he did a great job! First of all, he really knows me well. My favorite candy flavors are always the red ones in everything. This probably has something to do with being born around Valentine's Day? So I had a whole bag of red suckers to myself. He also knows how stupid I think it is to spend $500 on some flowers that will die and wilt. Instead, he got me potted plants that we can cherish. (As long as I don't kill them. Which I tend to do.) They are on the mantle right now, and they only have to be watered with 3 ice cubes once a week. See? I told you he knows me well.

We went to church, and we are currently visiting churches. Well, we've been visiting churches since May, but who's counting? Anyway, the church shall remain nameless, but it was the worst Sunday ever. I even convinced my husband to go to this church with birthday bribery. You see, my husband and I are on different ends of the church spectrum. I am on the more contemporary end. He is more on the traditional end. I would wear jeans to church whereas he thinks that isn't giving God your best. Does anyone else deal with this issue? Any ideas how to resolve it? It's made for interesting times of church hopping over the past months. One week we go to Ultra Hip Church, and the next week we attend The Most Conservative Church in America. Anyway, the church I wanted to go to is known for being more "out there" by his standards. He humored me, and we went. Oh. My. Goodness. It was out there even for me, so much so we left right after the preaching because I couldn't take it any more. I was getting that bad of a headache. Am I that old?? Oh, well. Eventually we'll find somewhere to go we both thoroughly enjoy. (Sidenote: we have one church we keep coming back to, but we just want to be REALLY SURE so we keep visiting everything out there).

After church we went to my parent's house and celebrated with my family. Tacos, red velvet cake, and chocolate chip ice cream! Time with the boys (meaning the cousins) was precious. Oh, yeah. I enjoyed seeing my parents, sister, brother, and brother in law, too. ;)

My parents got me a framed photo collage of Micah's newborn pictures. LOVE! They also got me a membership to Sam's Club for a year. I got gift cards so that I can have some pictures developed. That's all I really asked for because otherwise, I won't have any of Micah's pictures. I'm that bad about developing digital images.

::Insert lots of really cute pictures here.::

After that, my parents graciously watched Micah while C & I attempted our first date sans child. We went to Sakura, my favorite restaurant from my Jackson, Tennessee college days. Oh, how I miss Sakura! But they opened one up down here!! C & I went to eat there, finished, and then realized...

Everything closes at six on Sunday nights in the whole city.

Did you know that? In this large metropolis? Nothing is open after six? So our plans of a "hot date" lasted an hour. Maybe a little bit more because we did find a Dunkin Donuts with a huge wood burning fireplace. We sat there chatting for a little while after dinner. All in all, it was a great evening! It was a wonderful birthday!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Smiles all around.

My sister and nephew came by tonight, and my sister finally got a great picture of Micah all smiles. It is one of my favorite pictures so far!! I have to say, my son is so cute! Still trying to figure out who he looks like. A lot of times (is this vain?), I feel like he has many of my features moreso that Mr. C. He's got my eye color, hair color, and nose. Maybe that is why I think that, but a lot of times I look at him and see parts of myself which is really scary!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Just an afternoon photo shoot of randomness.

So this week, I just took a bunch of random pictures of Micah. Did I mention we've had five snowstorms this winter? And Bible study (and everything else) has been canceled over and over again? And this is Tennessee so we're not used to snow? And I was bored...well, I should have been cleaning. It's not like I didn't have stuff to do. However, I decided to take random photos instead.

Micah in his little outfit with his "staged" photo backdrop.
Also known as a blanket.
I am not a photographer, but I wanted to show off his blue eyes.
So...stack him in blue, right? :)

Micah falling asleep with Mr. Gloworm in his swing.

Micah finally smiles. Only I realized as I was taking the pictures he had a little spit up on his face.
Do you see how big his eyes are? I just love his beautiful blue eyes!
Ah, there's that smile!! (With a little bit of spit up. Sigh.)

Fun time in the bath.
He's definitely chunky monkey!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Baby brigade.

Tonight we went to visit our friends the Beauchamps. And Micah was getting "petted" repeatedly by Hannah and Beau. In an effort to reduce the head pats, Tami gave her kids their own babies to hold. It didn't really work, but it made a great photo op. :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sleep baby 2.

In an order to document Micah's "firsts" on the blog...

Last night (January 31, 2011) Micah slept through the night all by himself! He went to bed around 10:30 after our 10 pm feeding and woke up around 5:30 this morning! Yay, Micah! Not sure if it will continue, but did want to document it for the sake of memories.