Thursday, February 23, 2012

Four Years

Four years since I said, "I do" to the sweetest man I know.

Four years of laughter, leaning on each other, and love.

Four years of stealing the cold spots in the bed, watching movies, and taking fun trips.

Four years of being thankful I have such an amazing husband.

Four years of blessings, including the best one of all, our sweet baby boy.

The best four years of my life!

Happy Anniversary, John!  I love you!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cows Are Hilarious!

If this doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will.

I'm so glad I finally caught his sweet laugh on camera!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's Recap

We had a great Valentine's Day full of love, and we hope you did, too!
We got Fitz a cute little monkey who says, "I love you" when you squeeze his hand.  His little face lights up every time he hears it!  We also got him a new bath toy that lights up and sprays water.  

I thought it was a good idea...

but after trying it out, I think it will be better once we use the big bathtub, not the ducky tub!

It was always in Fitz's face, and he didn't fuss, but he didn't move away from it either, ha!

He decided to stick with his smaller toys for now.
Tootsie babysat Fitz, and she brought him this hilarious monkey that laughs when you tickle him, and a book to go with him.  He loves them both!

Daddy got fun bath products from Bath and Body Works (don't laugh, he loves baths!) and a giant Reese's heart, which I hope he'll share.

I got 2 cards, chocolates, and these gorgeous flowers!  I love that John knows how much I like colorful flowers like Gerber Daisies, and sends them, instead of sending Roses just because it's Valentine's Day.  He knows me well.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Shopping Day

Most Saturdays, if Daddy has to work, Fitz and Mommy go shopping!

Today, we went to Super Target first, where Fitz sat in the buggy like a big boy again.  He actually wound up leaning back in the top of the buggy like a recliner.  

Everyone loved his hat.  It was about 40 degrees here today, so we had to bundle up!

Fitz has worn hats plenty of times, but never one that covers his ears, until today.  He wasn't quite sure what to think of it when I put it on him, ha!

We also went to the mall, and Fitz grinned at everyone from his stroller as we wandered around.

We can't wait until Daddy is off on weekends with us, but until he is, Saturday will be our shopping day!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Working Mom

We took this picture one day this week before I left for work.  As most of you know, I am a working mom, as in, working outside the home.  Growing up, I really didn't give much thought to what type of family I would have, but I thought a lot about what I wanted to "be" when I grew up.  I wanted to be a pediatrician, the first female U.S. President, and at one time, a special education teacher.  My parents always told me that I could be whatever I wanted to be, and I plan to teach Fitz the same thing.  

I have friends that are working moms and I have others who are stay-at-home working moms.  I have no strong opinions on either.  However you want to live your life is fine with me.  I, for one, love working.  I have a job that I love, close to home, working for myself.  That makes it easier to not miss much with Fitz.  I leave work most days by 4 or a little after, so I can pick him up and feed him his dinner before John and I eat dinner.  I love that.  In the mornings, I feed him breakfast, we get to play and snuggle, he plays on our bed while I get ready for work, and sing and talk on the way to whoever's house he is staying at that day.

We are blessed to have grandmothers and a sweet babysitter to keep Fitz.  I love the variety he gets in his day.  Usually, he stays with either my mom or John's mom three days a week, and with his babysitter the other two days.  The babysitter has her own child, who is 3, in the home, and keeps another 3 year old girl.  Fitz adores them.  I like it that he gets to be around other children, without being exposed to the germs of daycare right away.  He learns a lot from the other kids, and loves spending time with them.  Since he has to have several surgeries, I prefer him not to be in daycare.  I've mentioned before that his babysitter's son was also born with cleft lip and palate.  She is such a blessing to us.

Do I miss things Fitz does?  Yes.  He rolled over for the first time at his babysitter's house.  Was I upset about it?  No!  I was excited that he did it, and it was just as exciting to me the first time he did it for me and John.  Will I miss other things?  Probably so, but he'll keep doing them, and as long as he develops as he should, I don't mind missing the first official time he does something.

I love my job, but I love Fitz even more.  However, I feel like I'm a better mom because I work.  I would not be a good stay-at-home mom.  I like the interaction with adults, and the variety in my day as well.  I truly believe I'm doing what God has planned for me to do, and I enjoy it.  If He decides in the future, that my plan should change, I'll go with that, too.

I'm linking up with Kelly for the first time today.  If you've never read her blog, head on over and check it out.  I read it every day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Week of Firsts

On Sundays, after church, we always eat lunch at Del Toro with our friends from church.  Lately, Fitz has been watching us closely while we eat our chips and salsa...almost like he's wondering why he doesn't get any.

Last week at the grocery store, I bought some teething biscuit-type things, so I pulled a pack out at Del Toro on Sunday and gave him one.  We have decided not to give him anything other than baby food until after his palate surgery, but the package on these things said they dissolve easily, so I gave it a try.  I wish I had taken a picture, because he was so excited about it.  I guess he thought, "Finally, I get one of those chips!"  The package was correct, it dissolved easily and it kept him entertained.  That was his first "real" solid food.

Remember how I told y'all that Fitz will not sit in the top of the grocery cart?  
Well today, for the first time, he did it!  I strapped him in, and got the camera out, fully prepared to take a pouting-crying face picture for the blog, and he grinned at me.  

I slowly wheeled the buggy into Target and he kept smiling, so I was thinking, ok this is going to be great!  Then, he spit up.  All the way down his cute "Heartbreaker, watch out girls here he comes" shirt.  He had carrots for lunch if that tells you how noticeable it was on that red and white striped shirt.

We were still at the front of the store, so I went and got some napkins from the snack counter, cleaned him up and went on our way.  A few minutes later, he sneezed.  Carrots.  On the shirt, again.  No more napkins.  A sweet lady nearby handed me a tissue, and after thanking her profusely, I cleaned him up again, held on to the tissue and we finished shopping.  

Lesson learned for mommy:  keep some wipes in the purse at all times.  His bag was in the car, but I must be prepared!

Remember how Daddy used to make Fitz's hair into a mohawk?  Well, for the first time since he was first-born, Daddy tried it again tonight after bath time.  He has a few cowlicks now, and lots more hair, so it didn't work out quite as well.  Instead, Daddy just brushed it straight up.  Look at all that hair!

I have no idea why he was sitting with his arms straight out like that, but he kept the position through several pictures, ha!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Dear Fitz (Eight Months)

Dear Fitz:

It is so hard to believe you are 8 months old!  You are more and more fun, and show more and more personality every single day.  You are not afraid to tell us when you don't like something, but also quick to grin and laugh when you do like something.  Your favorite things to play with include:  your blocks from Santa, your light-up singing mirror, your moose toy...and cups.  Yes, cups.  Not just red Solo cups, although you do like those a lot, but you pretty much like any cup, and fuss if you can't have one.  You closely watch anyone who is drinking from a cup, as if they might decide to hand it to you at any moment.  You even grab the cup in your bathtub that I use to rinse you off!  It makes me laugh because I have no idea why you find them so fascinating!


We went to the doctor a few weeks ago for the second part of your flu shot and you weighed 18 lbs!  You had gained 2 pounds in one month!  You're eating solids (baby food) at breakfast, lunch and dinner now.  You usually have a large fruit (Stage 2) for breakfast, with a bottle, a small vegetable (Stage 1) for lunch, with a bottle and a large fruit or vegetable with a bottle for dinner.  You have a bottle between breakfast and lunch and one before bed, too, so you are eating a good bit.  We still mix all of your food with rice cereal, as it seems to be easier for you to control and swallow than just straight baby food, which comes right out your nose!

You are sitting up all the time now, all by yourself!  You love to sit on a quilt on the floor and play with your blocks, and bang them around.  When you get tired, you just lean back and kick them with your feet instead.  You also sit in any high chair now!  You've loved your own high chair for several months now, but you will now sit in high chairs in restaurants.  You still will not sit in the top of the buggy at the grocery store, though!  You hate it!  You cry every time I try it, until I take you out and let you ride in your carseat in the back of the buggy.  You also do not like the cart/high chair cover, and refuse to sit in either if the cover is on.  You are so opinionated, and I have no idea where you get that from, ha!

2 months

4 months

6 months

8 months
You took a big boy bath sitting up in the tub for the first time this month, and loved it!  We got you a rubber ducky inflatable bath tub and you think it is so much fun.  You play with your bath toys, grab at the rinse cup, and kick and splash in the water.

You have started becoming a bit of a mommy's boy, and reach for me when I come into a room where you are.  If I don't pick you up and talk to you, you get mad.  When I pick you up from your babysitter's house, or anywhere, you get so excited and wave your arms and smile so big!  It warms my heart every single time.  

You love your daddy, too.  You love to sit with him and pull his ear...we're not sure why you love his ears so much, but I think it is hilarious to see you reach right for them when you sit with Daddy.

You continue to amaze us all the time, and we love you more and more every day.  I can not wait to see what type of boy you will grow into, and I pray that you are always sweet, happy, and love church like you do now.  I love you more than words can say, and I'm so thankful God chose me to be your mom.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The month of LOVE!

Happy February!

Valentine's Day is this month...but that's not the only reason it's the month of love in our house.

This month also marks our 4 year wedding anniversary!

We haven't been doing much this week.  I have a bit of a cold, and I'm hoping to keep from passing it to Fitz.

I'll have a better post later this week when a little someone turns 8 months old!