Thursday, May 31, 2012

First Birthday Gift (Vlog)

We got Fitz an "Anywhere Chair" from Pottery Barn Kids for his birthday, and since he's only turning 1 and won't know the difference anyway, I brought it home for him today.

He loves it, and smiled and bounced in it when I sat him in the chair...but he has to learn how to crawl up into it and OUT of it.  He tried to just dive off head first, which obviously didn't work!

We figured most of our friends and family would buy toys, so we got him something he can use for a few years.

I know it seems like this is becoming a "VLOG" (Video Blog), with all the videos I've posted lately, but our boy is just so darn cute that I can't help it.

Here we are playing in his NEW chair, with his OLD red block:

I know he won't always think his Mom is hilarious, so I'm going to enjoy it while I can!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wednesday = Fun Day!

Am I going to do a blog post every time we have a play date with Mary Eloise?  Probably so.

How could anyone get tired of watching these two adorable babies play together??

Mary Eloise wanted to hug Fitz so badly...he was not happy about it at all!

She showed Fitz how she can pull up and walk behind her baby stroller...

and he showed her how he can crawl everywhere now, just like she can!

She wanted to show him all of her neat toys, and pointed to each one that she wanted to play with.

They fought over each other's sippy cups, and fussed when we swapped them back to their rightful owner.

They watched each other, played with each other a little, played on their own, refused to sit still next to each other for a picture, and then finally, sat down to have a brief conversation:

I love how at the end, once they are done with their talk, they just turn and go their separate ways, ha!

I love these babies and I hope they stay buddies as they continue to grow up.  I have a feeling Denise and I will foster that relationship whether Fitz and Mary Eloise like it or not!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day

When I was younger, Memorial Day didn't really mean much to me, except that my parents were off work on a Monday.  Now that I'm married to someone who served in the Unites States Army, and have heard about his experiences, it takes on a whole new meaning.

John has a weird work schedule, and is rarely off on holidays, but Memorial Day this year fell on a Monday when he was off work.

We didn't have major plans, but we did meet up with Tootsie and Uncle Zac for lunch at Jim and Nick's.  We had lots of yummy food, and lots of fun feeding Fitz bites off of our plates.  He ate baked beans, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and cheese biscuits...after he ate his lunch that I brought to feed him!

Later, I saw a quote on Facebook which really put Memorial Day into perspective:

"Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:  Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.  One died for your soul, the other died for your freedom."

Thank you so much to my husband for putting his life on the line for our freedom, and to all of the soldiers out there; those who died, and those who risked their lives, all for our freedom.  We live in a great country, and should be proud to be Americans, where at least we know we're free, and we have our military men and women to thank for that.

Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Weekend Fun

We haven't done anything very exciting this weekend, mostly just hung out at home together.  Saturday morning, I let Fitz try a bite of donut for the first time. Look how happy he was once he got a taste of it!  He is his father's son!   

Sunday at church, Fitz discovered that if he makes loud noises, it echoes in our "sanctuary" (which is actually a gym).  He continued that discovery in the kitchen at home on Sunday afternoon.  He crawled into the kitchen and started making loud noises and grinning.

People have often asked me what Fancie thinks about Fitz, and I always say that she really just acts the same, and doesn't really bother him at all, or care about what he's doing.   Once Fitz became mobile, however, Fancie became much more concerned about his activities.

Fancie was obviously very concerned and thought something was wrong with him when she heard him in the kitchen squealing.  She moved to the end of the couch where she could see him, and then went into the kitchen to investigate.

Fitz loved it that she came to check on him and crawled out of the kitchen to play:

I think Fancie was trying to herd him back into the living room, where we were sitting!  They are so funny together.  I can tell I'll have much more blog material on the two of them once Fitz becomes even more mobile!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Wave

Fitz has a new trick...the wave.

He waves at everyone, all the time, whether they are looking at him or not.

He will do it if you say, "Hey Fitz!"

He will do it if someone new comes into the room, or just in his view.

He waved this morning during breakfast.

He waved at Fancie when we came downstairs after he woke up because I said, "There's Fancie!"

We went to the grocery store and he waved at everyone we passed.

We walked at the park last night and he waved at a bunch of teenage girls who passed us.

I love it!  I think he is hilarious, and he is obviously very friendly and just wants to make everyone around him feel acknowledged!

Keep waving buddy!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

First Hair Cut and Fancie's Toy Box

Today, I took Fitz to get his first hair cut!

He was so good.  He sat on my lap, and never fussed, although he did look at the girl like she was crazy when she sprayed his hair to get it wet.  I just wanted to get the edges and the back trimmed up and even, because he was starting to grow a little baby mullet, and I'm just not having that!

I think it turned out really cute.  You can see how much shorter it is in the back in the next picture:

When we got home, Fitz played for a while...and found Fancie's toy box.  I knew it was only a matter of time before he found it, once he started crawling really well.

He didn't try to eat any of her toys...

And when she came to investigate, he gave them to her and thought it was funny when she started eating them!

I thought Fancie may be mad that he was touching her toys, but she didn't seem to be bothered at all.

As a side note, Fancie NEVER bothers Fitz's toys.  They are on his blanket in the living room, and she won't even touch them.  She won't walk on his blanket at all, even if one of her toys gets on it.  Isn't that funny?

After we took a long nap, we headed outside to pot some flowers that we bought this morning.  I took Fitz's jumparoo outside with us and he thought that was so much fun...jumping outside!!

Look at that grin!

After I fed him supper, he was laying back in my lap and I noticed a little speck of white.  Upon closer examination, I realized that he has another tooth that has come through!  So, in addition to his one bottom tooth, Fitz now has one top tooth right above it!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Crawling: The Video!

The first picture has nothing to do with crawling, but look how cute that Under Armor outfit is on our boy!

Fitz has been crawling consistently since he did it for the first real time on Sunday (Mother's Day!).  The only thing is, he will only crawl if he has a reason to crawl.  If he wants something that is out of his reach, he'll go after it.  Otherwise, he's content to just hang out with his red block, ha!

He holds his red block and puts it out in front of him a little ways so he can crawl to it.  It's a cylinder, so sometimes it rolls pretty far and he goes after it. 

That video is not the best, but it shows him doing his crawl!

I've told y'all that Fitz will say "Dada" but not "Mama".  Here's what he does when I ask him to say Mama:

I think he knows how much I want him to say it and he's just teasing me!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day

This time last year, I was pregnant with this little booger.  I was big, and growing by the day.  I had swollen feet, high blood pressure, and was about to be put on bed rest, even though I didn't know it at the time.  I was nervous, and excited.  I wondered what Fitz would look like, how I would feel about his cleft lip, and how I would deal with my baby having surgeries.  

This year, he's here and I love him more than I knew was possible.  I marvel at the fact that God chose ME to be his mom.  His cleft lip didn't even phase me as I gazed at my perfect baby when he was born.  He's had two surgeries, and is doing great.  Looking at him, you can barely see his scars, and I don't see them at all.  The only thing I see when I look at this baby is the cutest, most perfect baby that God ever created, and I still can't believe he is ours.

We had a great Mother's Day around here.  Daddy had to work, but Fitz and I went to worship service this morning, then lunch with Tootsie.  Fitz didn't want to take an afternoon nap and miss part of my big day, so we played all afternoon until Daddy got home.  Then we went to see Daddy's mom (Grandmama), and wish her a Happy Mother's Day.  We topped off the day by visiting with Aunt Heddy (my friend Heather).  We wish Daddy didn't have to work, because if he had been with us all day, it would have been a perfect day.

John gave me a "MOM" charm for my Pandora bracelet, a ring and a sweet card that made tears come to my eyes.  Fitz gave me an even better present...he crawled all the way across the room, going after his red block!  Finally!!  I was so excited that I didn't even have a chance to grab the video camera, ha!

Being Fitz's mom is the greatest gift God has ever given me, apart from sending his son to die for my sins.  I know it is by His grace that I have received this gift, because nothing I have ever done would make me deserve Fitz.  He is funny, smart, happy, gorgeous, and I'm so thankful for him every single day.  I wouldn't trade being his mom for anything in the world.

I hope you all had a great Mother's Day as well!  Please remember to say a prayer for all those ladies that are waiting to be mothers, too!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Road Trip!

On Saturday, Fitz and I left the house bright and early!  First, we went to have his 12 month pictures taken.  I can not wait to get them back from Kamin!

Next, we picked up Tootsie and headed to Mississippi to see my sweet Grandmama, and lots of other family members.  Grandmama has Alzheimer's, and is not always sure what's going on around her, but she had so much fun playing with Fitz (and her food, ha).  My Aunt Bonnie was cutting up Grandmama's piece of cake for her to eat, and Grandmama handed it to me and asked me if I wanted some of that "scrambled cake".  She's so cute.

The first picture at the top is Fitz with his Great-Great-Aunt Mamie and Great-Great-Uncle Grady.  He had a ball with Aunt Mamie playing Patty-Cake, and she loved every minute of it.  Aunt Mamie and my Grandmama are sisters and Uncle Grady and my Granddaddy were brothers.  Sisters married brothers, so my mom has double first cousins.  She says her family tree doesn't fork, ha!!

We met everyone at a restaurant in Starkville, MS, and probably annoyed the staff because we stayed about 2 hours, but we had so much fun!  Fitz followed the doctor's orders about trying new textures and ate (parts of) tomato slices, several spoonfuls of Grandmama's potato soup, and a few small tastes of caramel icing from Grandmama's cake.

This picture shows Fitz with his Great-Grandmama, and my cousin, Casse.  I'm not sure why, but all babies LOVE Casse!  Fitz had fun playing with her, and squealed with laughter at her several times.

Some of us went back to my cousin Glenn and Brianne's house after lunch to visit a little more.  Glenn is a Registered Nurse, but he's also a talented carpenter, who built the swing that Tootsie and Fitz are swinging on!  I think Fitz thought he was big sitting up there next to Tootsie.

Fitz entertained everyone by crawling(!!) and rolling around in the floor, babbling the whole time.  He even showed us how strong his legs are by standing up for a few seconds at a time.

I'm so glad that my family likes each other and likes to get together and laugh and visit.  We had a really good time with the family and can't wait to do it again at our reunion in July!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Post-Op Appointment

We had our post-op appointment at the Cleft Clinic at Children's Hospital yesterday.

Fitz weighs 20 lbs, and is 27 3/4 inches long!  I was glad to hear that because that means he has gained weight since his surgery, so I know he's getting enough to eat.

One thing I love about the Cleft Clinic is that when we go, we see everyone we need to see.  So, first, they checked his ears to make sure his tubes are clear.  The audiologist thought one of them was clogged, so we did a hearing test.  It was really interesting to see that, since all I knew about what the first hearing test they did after he was born.  

She took us into what she called a "chamber", which seemed sort of like a vault.  I sat Fitz on my lap facing out, and there was a TV in front of us, one to our right and one to our left.  She got his attention by flashing a picture on the middle screen, then made a noise into the right TV, and he whipped his head right around to it.  Then, she made a noise to the left, and he whipped his head that way.  She got his attention in between sounds by flashing a picture on the middle TV.  After a couple of times, he knew the pattern, and would look left, then right, then back to the left.  He's so smart!  I was very impressed by that, and she said some babies do pick up on the pattern.  At the end, she said his hearing is perfect!

When John can't go with us to the doctor because of work, Tootsie usually goes, so she can help me with Fitz.  She's pretty good entertainment for him, too!

Fitz was getting sleepy before Dr. Grant came in, so I grabbed a glove, just trying to find something new to entertain him.  Tootsie blew it up and Fitz thought it was the best new toy ever!  I was afraid he was going to pop it because he kept pulling at it and squeezing it, but it held on!

Dr. Grant came in, looked inside his mouth, asked some questions, and pronounced Fitz "PERFECT".  I told him we already knew that, but we appreciate hearing it from professionals.  He said it was good that Fitz is making new sounds since surgery, said most children eat more after surgery like Fitz is doing, and said based on what he sees, he doesn't think Fitz will have any trouble with speech.  Praise the Lord!

Dr. Grant said we can now start experimenting with new foods and textures, anything we want to try!  Fitz is in for a treat!

We will go back to the Cleft Clinic every 6 months, to check his speech.  Dr. Grant said they won't be able to really tell if his speech is going to be normal until about 3 years old.

I am so thankful that everything went well and that my baby is PERFECT!

P.S. I'm sorry about that black speck in every picture.  I forgot my camera, so I had to take these with my phone and it has that black speck somewhere on it.  I've tried to find it and get it off, but have not been successful!

P.P.S.  Off the subject, but John and I are doing this crazy strict diet, and as a result, I was able to wear my pre-pregnancy jeans to the doctor yesterday!  Finally!!  Now to just get where I really want to be!

Monday, May 7, 2012


You can't understand me? 

I don't know why not, because I clearly know exactly what I'm talking about.

I love to hear his sweet babbling!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Fun Saturday!

We tried a couple of new things today.

First thing this morning, I made Fitz grits for breakfast.  He's still eating baby food only, so I thought since grits are about the same consistency as rice cereal, that he would love them.

I could not have been more wrong.  I WISH I had the camera out when I put them in his mouth.  I can not adequately describe the look of disgust on his face, and then he cried until I gave him something else.

Mom fail.

My other idea for today was to take Fitz to the park for the first time and see how he like the swings.

As you can tell, Mom was successful this time!  He loved them!

We started out like this:

On a swing facing the sun, with just our clothes and flip flops on.  I quickly realized he could not see at all, so Daddy brought us a hat and sunglasses and we moved to the swings facing the other direction (top and middle pictures), and kept having fun.

The only time he fussed was when the swing stopped!

So, for this weekend, the score is:

Mom: 1 
Fitz: 1

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dear Fitz (Eleven Months)

Dear Fitz:

How can you be 11 months old already?  I was thinking earlier, it is amazing all the things I can get done around the house now that you can entertain yourself for a few minutes!  It feels like just the other day that you couldn't even sit up by yourself, and we were propping you up in your boppy pillow.  Now, you love to play by yourself with all of your toys.

Your tenth month was a big one, because we had your palate surgery.  It was not much fun for any of us, but you amazed us with how quickly you bounced back to your old self.  The night of your surgery, you grinned at us, and the next morning you were sitting up in bed watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, your favorite show!  You were eating the day after surgery, and only came home with Motrin for pain. What a strong boy you are!  You gave up your bottle after surgery and will only drink from a sippy cup now.  Such a big boy!

Out-take 1

I have no idea what you weigh right now, or how tall you are, but I'll find out when we go to your post-op check-up next week.  You are eating about twice as much as you did before surgery, and drinking about half as much, but that's getting better every day.  You still mostly just want your smooth baby food.  I tried a Stage 3 food (lasagna) the other day, and I thought you would love it, but those tiny chunks of noodle and meat made you very upset.  You shook your head "NO" and would not eat another bite!  I'm going to try mashed potatoes and grits next (not together!), and see if you like those better since they are smoother, like baby food.  You like the taste of other things, just not the texture.  Who can blame you?  You still only have one tooth!  Daddy and I were hoping you would get another one while you were taking your pain medication from surgery, but no such luck, ha!

Out-take 2
Always with the tongue out lately!

Since your surgery, you've been babbling a lot more, and will even say "Dada"!  I'm not sure you know what you're saying, but you say it a lot.  We love to hear you "talking".  You make all sorts of new noises since surgery, and I bet you'll be talking soon.  

You're not crawling just yet, but you are about this close to doing so.  The past few days, you've been diving over onto your stomach and holding yourself up on your knees.  You'll be crawling in the next few days, I bet.  You still get pretty mad when you get stuck on your stomach, but the doctor said to leave you in positions you don't like, so you'll learn to get up from them.  It sure is hard to hear you fuss.  I want to make it all better.

You are still such a happy boy, hardly ever crying or fussing, sleeping through the night with good naps during the day, and showing those dimples off all the time.  You are more and more fun all the time, and we are loving each new stage in your life.  We love you more than you will ever know.