Friday, February 27, 2009

Things change

A lot of things change when you have a baby. Here is a list of the major things that change that you don't hear about usually!

1. You finally stop to smell the roses, because your baby is in your arms.

2. Where you once believed you were fearless, you now find yourself afraid.

3. The sacrifices you thought you made to have a child no longer seem like sacrifices.

4. You respect your body ... finally.

5. You respect your parents and love them in a new way.

6. You find that your baby's pain feels much worse than your own.

7. You believe once again in the things you believed in as a child.

8. You lose touch with the people in your life whom you should have banished years ago.

9. Your heart breaks much more easily.

10. You think of someone else 234,836,178,976 times a day.

11. Every day is a surprise.

12. Bodily functions are no longer repulsive. In fact, they please you. (Hooray for poop!)

13. You look at your baby in the mirror instead of yourself.

14. You become a morning person. (I'm not quite there yet!)

15. Your love becomes limitless, a superhuman power.

16. You finally realize that true joy doesn't come from material wealth.

17. You now know where the sun comes from.

18. You don't mind going to bed at 9 p.m. on Friday night.

19. Silence? What's that?

20. You realize that the 15 pounds you can't seem to get rid of are totally worth having.

21. You discover an inner strength you never thought you had.

22. You no longer rely on a clock — your baby now sets your schedule.

23. You give parents with a screaming child an 'I-know-the-feeling' look instead of a 'Can't-they-shut-him-up?' one.

24. Your dog — who used to be your 'baby' — becomes just a dog.

25. You take the time for one more hug and kiss even if it means you'll be late.

26. You learn that taking a shower is a luxury.

27. You realize that you can love a complete stranger.

28. You find yourself wanting to make this world a better place.

29. If you didn’t believe in love at first sight before, now you do!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

It's Bumbo not Dumbo

We got Eli a Bumbo seat the other day. He absolutely loves it and so do we! He can sit in it unassisted and loves to just look all around. I feed him his cereal in it sometimes. It is really nice because it helps develop the neck and back muscles so he can sit up on his own sooner.

We were really hoping that once he started eating cereal he would start sleeping better (translate: longer) at night. Before cereal, we would lay him down at 10 pm and he would sleep solid until 4 am. Now we lay him down at 10 and he is up at 12:30 but he's not hungry. He just wakes up crying. Then he's up again at 2:30 to eat and again at 5:30. So to say that we are tired is a HUGE understatement! I talked to his doctor this morning and she said that we just have to let him cry at 12:30 and he will start to realize that he doesn't need to wake up. I am able to do this ok but I don't know about Big John. We'll see...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Time flies!!

I can't believe it's already been a week since I posted last. I don't know how time gets away from me so much!

Eli had his 2 month check up last week. Again, where has the time gone? He weighs 12lbs 15 oz. and is 24 1/4 inches long. He is in the 75 percentile for his age. Which means he's a big boy which we already knew. We started him on cereal at night. I feed it to him with a spoon. At first he didn't know what to think about it. Now, I can't shovel it in fast enough for him!

I am really hoping that he will start sleeping better now. Maybe even sleep through the night! He got 3 shots in his little legs. He did really good with them though. He only cried for a few minutes after they were done and then he was all smiles again. Such a trooper!

Saturday night Big John and I left Eli with his Mamaw and went out on a date. It's the first time we have left him like this. We had such a good time. We went to dinner, Lowes, Walmart, and the mall. It was nice to be able to take our time and shop.

Next Sunday, Eli is getting baptized. I can't wait!! I will be sure to post pictures of it!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sick baby and rude people

Eli caught Big John's cold this week. We started noticing it on Thursday and by Sunday morning he sounded pretty bad. When he tried to cry it came out as mostly squeaks. So we decided to take him to the doctor to make sure it wasn't anything serious. When we got there I had to sign in at the front desk and fill out some paperwork. The girl working was extremely rude. She didn't say a word to me until I was finished with the paperwork. I sat the clip board down on the counter so I could get out Eli's insurance card. She looked up and said in a mean voice- "Where's his insurance card?" If you know me, you know that I don't deal with rude people very well. Add to this the anxiety I was feeling over Eli being sick and it could have been a deadly combination. But since I work within the health system in question, I just smiled and handed her the card. She said that she was busy with everyone else's registration and she would get his card back to me when she could. So we went and sat down in the waiting room. About 25 minutes later, a nurse calls our name. She said that we should've been put into a room immediately since Eli was so little and hasn't had his shots yet and they don't want him to catch anything sitting in the waiting room. Nice of them to let us know right away! So we went into the room and saw the doctor, who was very nice. We got all done and went to check out. And wouldn't you know that girl was rude also. I asked her why our copay was higher there then at a regular doctor's office and she barked at me that they were considered urgent care and we have a higher copay for urgent care. I was relieved that Eli wasn't too sick so again I didn't say anything. But thinking about it now I think I will send a letter to the manager of the office. As an employee, I understand that it can get very overwhelming in a busy doctor's office. But the general public doesn't understand that. I can't imagine how many unhappy parents there are out there if this is how they are all the time.

On a good note, Eli is doing a lot better now. We got a vaporizer for his bedroom and it worked wonders. He doesn't sound nearly as hoarse today.

Big John and I found some furniture that we LOVE!! It is very different and includes a huge chair that spins around 360 degrees!! How much fun will it be for us to put Eli in it when he is a little bigger and spin him around and around! Here is a picture of it. We are thinking about getting the couch and the chair and the ottoman which isn't pictured.

The chair is so big that when I sit with my back against the back of it,my feet barely reach the edge of the cushions. It is so comfy!! And it's unique which is a big reason that we like it. They had a sectional couch on display and I like it a lot better but we don't think that it would work in our living room. Well, it would but we would have to buy one of those very expensive TVs that you can hang on the wall. So I don't think that's going to be an option! Hopefully we will be able to get all the furniture soon so we can start on the other rooms I want to redo. I can almost hear Big John groaning at me right now...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day everyone!! My mommy decided to put me in this outfit and then embarrass me by taking a million pictures of me in it. Luckily I decided to not cooperate and either cry or move a lot so most of them didn't turn out. HAHA Mommy!!! You think she would learn that I don't like my picture taken but nooooo! Anyway, happy Valentines Day. And to all the ladies out there, yes I am single.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Survivor's back!!!

Let me tell you how sad our lives have become. The highlight of my week is that fact that Survivor premiers tonight. We are Survivor junkies!! Let me explain just how addicted we are. A few years ago I was in a car wreck. My car was totalled and I needed to go to the ER to be checked out. I didn't want to go by ambulance so Big John just drove me there. It was on the night that Survivor premiered and we knew we would never make it home in time. So I suggested that on the way from the wreck to the hospital we make a little detour and stop at home to make sure the DVR was set to record it. How sad are we!!!! Everyone knows not to call us on Thursday nights between 8 and 9 unless someone is dying. And even then, it's iffy on getting us to answer the phone. I am just so psyched that it is finally back on!!! We are also American Idol junkies. Really, there are a lot of reality shows that we watch. We have our tv schedule set. Are you like that too? We have certain shows that we watch every night through the week. We now have our DVR set up to record all of them just in case something happens and we aren't able to watch them. I know... we need help. :standing up: Hello, I'm Big John's Girl and I am addicted to my TV shows!

Big John is sick today. We both started feeling like we were getting colds the other day. Mine hasn't gotten much worse but Big John is feeling pretty crummy today. He is running a fever and has a sore throat. So instead of him picking Eli up from daycare like normal he is going to go home and sleep all day. I will be picking Eli up this afternoon after I get off of work. I am really looking forward to it. I just want to see for myself what all is going on while he is there.

I am getting back in to the routine of working a lot easier than I thought I would. I can't wait until 4:30 everyday so I can rush home and see Eli. That is the highlight of my day now. Walking through the front door and seeing Eli smile at me! It melts my heart! He has his first Valentines day this week and I know for a fact that he is getting a Valentine from at least one little girl at his daycare. How cute is that!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Where has the time gone? I can't believe that I am back to work already! Eli will be 2 months old next week. Hard to believe huh? I apologize for falling off the face of the earth. I have just been spending every spare minute with my little man.

Yesterday was my first day back to work. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do when I left Eli at the daycare. It was the first time I have left him with someone other than family and for more than just an hour or two. I was a crying mess all morning. But I made it and Eli make it also. Today was a little easier for me. I didn't cry! It just makes me look forward to spending the evenings at home now.

We got our tax check the other day and I have a HUGE list of projects I would like to accomplish. We redid our kitchen this past weekend. We are going to get new furniture in our living room, redo our master bathroom, paint the dining room, and rip out a wall in the laundry room. Big John is dreading all the work I'm going to make him do. But I can't wait to get it all done! It will be like a whole new house!

Eli is smiling now. It just melts my heart every time he looks at me and smiles really big! Last week we had to take him to Riley Children's Hospital for a few tests (everything is just fine) and he weighed 12 pounds 1.5 ounces. He is a BIG boy!! I can't wait until his 2 month check up next week to see how long he is.

Thanks for all the emails making sure I was ok since I haven't posted anything for a while. I hope to be able to get back to regular posts again now that I am getting into a better routine.

Here are a few pictures to tide you all over until next time!