Saturday, September 28, 2013

Two Years Later...

Pre-Surgery 2011                       9/28/11                                              9/28/12                                     9/28/13

I don't know about y'all, but to me, it doesn't seem like it's been two years since Fitz had his first surgery?!?  Yep, he had his first surgery on September 28, 2011.  What a scary day that was for all of us!  He had his lip and nasal repair, tubes put in his ears and was circumcised that day.

The doctor told us his lip would not be fully healed for a year, and that it would continue to go into place as he healed.  I wanted to do a comparison shot because I love them, and just to show how different he looks even today, than a year ago.  Isn't plastic surgery amazing?!?

It didn't matter to us when he had his cleft, and we were actually a little disappointed to see it gone right after surgery, but we are so blessed to live in a country where this type of surgery is possible, covered by insurance, and done so early in life.  When Fitz looks at his baby pictures, he doesn't even know who that baby is, with the cleft.  When I tell him that's Baby Fitz, he gives me his curious eyebrows like he doesn't quite believe that, ha!
Thank you, Lord, that you have a plan for Fitz, and it's a plan to prosper him and not to harm him, plans to give him hope and a future.  We give YOU all the glory.  Amen.

Friday, September 27, 2013

5 on Friday

A few other blogs I read have been doing 5 on Friday, with 5 random posts made into 1 Friday post, so I thought I would give it a try, too.
1.  I just realized it's been a week since I did a blog post...I'm not sure why other than the fact that John had surgery last Friday and we haven't really been up to much since then, other than hanging out at home since he can't walk right now.  He had a bone spur on his ankle, which was cutting into his foot every time he took a step.  Of course, when he first mentioned it, I thought he was just being a wimp...we all know women handle a little pain better than men, right?  However, when the doctor came out to see me after surgery, he said it was a record breaking spur for him!  The largest one he has ever seen on an ankle before.  Great.  I felt so bad! 
They put him in a cast last Friday after surgery, and we went back Monday to have the cast taken off.  Now he is in a large air cast which can be pumped up, until next Monday, when we get his stitches out.  Bless him.

2.  I hate going to the dentist.  I've had lots of dental issues in my life, and have often said that when the dentist tells me I need a crown, it should go on my head, NOT in my mouth.  When I saw this someecard, it was perfect for me!
3.  You know I said that I wanted to train for and run the upcoming Mercedes half marathon?  Well, I decided to look at the dates this week, and it just happens to be on the same weekend in February that I will be in NYC with my bestie, Heather, for her 40th birthday.  Total bummer.  However, I have a training plan that my friend gave me, and I may still "train" for it and just look for a different one to actually run.  I have to run 8 more miles to reach my goal of 40 for September!

4.  Have I mentioned lately how hilarious my child is?  He is such a sweet little boy, but he is also very quick to tell you when he doesn't like something you are doing, or something that is going on.  Here's a couple of shots of him doing both.

5.  Yesterday was Grandparents Day at Fitz's school.  Tootsie and Papa went with Fitz and had so much fun letting him show them his classroom, and all the toys.  He even made each of them a sweet picture:

I told mom to be sure and get someone to take her picture with Fitz, too, and she said the teacher got one.  I think she will put it in his memory book that she makes for the end of the school year.  Isn't that sweet??
That's all I've got for today...I'm linking up with Kristin and some of her friends for the 5 on Friday!



Friday, September 20, 2013

Comfort Zones

Do you ever get in a comfort zone, where you just dress the same way, do the same things, etc. all the time?  I feel like I've been trying to step OUT of my comfort zones lately.  You know I'm all about running now, which I never have enjoyed before, and now, I've started branching out of my comfort zone with clothes, too.  I thought I would share some of my new outfits.  Some of them are old things I styled differently, and some are newer items altogether.
First, some cute cheap ruffle pants that I got in a co-op group on FB for $12, paired with a new Kpea tunic and an old denim jacket.  Cute, right?
And of course, cute little Fitz!
 Next up?  A piko top and leopard leggings from Kiki La'Rue.  I love the leggings, so soft!  Not so sure about the piko top.  The sleeves are SUPER tight, so I've ordered a short sleeved one to try and see if I like it better.  If so, I will send this one back or sell it on FB.
This is a maxi dress I got from Old Navy this summer, with my same denim jacket and necklace from the top picture.  I finally found a maxi that is cute on me!  I've never worn them before this year.

And a new favorite for new Ink Blot dress from Matilda Jane.  In. Love. With. This. Dress.  I wore it with snake skin pumps to court the other day and got tons of compliments!  I plan to wear tall boots with it later in the fall and winter.  I've never, ever worn a belt with a dress, and really don't wear belts in general, so this was a huge leap for me.

Anyone have any other new kinds of clothes I could try??

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Famous Running?

I already told y'all about my Sunday run, but Tuesday's run was especially fun (I really didn't mean to rhyme that line).  Anyway, Tuesday morning, we had tons of people at our group run...
Why, you ask?  Because we had a local reporter coming to take our photo post-run!  Our paper does a Health and Wellness edition, and this year, they are showcasing running.  Emily came Tuesday and took our photo...and then we took her photo taking our photo, ha!

We cut our run a little short of our usual route because we knew Emily was waiting on us slower runners, but look how good my pace was!

We laughed this morning because we only had 5 runners today!  Everyone showed up to get famous in the newspaper, but then today, they slept in!  We had a gorgeous full moon that lit up the road for us this morning.  It helped me run the whole time again with no walking at all, and I was so excited about it because I kept a better pace this time, too.

The Mercedes Full and Half Marathons are in February in Birmingham, and I decided back in March that I would try to do the Half.  Then my foot hurt so badly after my 10k in June that I wasn't sure I can do it.  Now, my foot is better, and it's almost time to start training if I really want to do the Half.  I'm thinking yes.  My mind is not totally made up...but I'm thinking seriously about it!  What do we think?!?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Weekend Randomness

This post is pretty much full of weekend randomness...
1.  Fitz loves to try on my shoes lately...which I think is hilarious.  John?  Not so much, ha!
2.  John bought this book for Fitz months ago, and somehow, it got pushed to the edge of the bookshelf, so I just discovered it.  I adore it.  It is the sweetest thing I've ever read.  If you have a small child, or know someone who is pregnant, get them this book.  The last line says, "Heaven blew every trumpet, and played every horn, on the wonderful, marvelous night you were born."
It makes me tear up every time we read it, and Fitz loves it, too.

3.  I don't know about you, but where we live, the mornings have been nice and cool with little to no humidity, which made my Sunday morning run just about perfect.

4.  Over the weekend, I saw 2 FB posts about running that really stuck out to me.  This is the first one...

I've really started to enjoy my runs, so I liked that one a lot.
But the next one...

If you are telling yourself that, you are giving yourself an excuse to be lazy.  Just because I run and work out does not mean I'm putting my needs before Fitz's needs.  I run at 5:00 a.m.  Do you know why?  Because he is asleep, and doesn't even know I'm gone.  It takes NO time away from him for me to go run and do something for myself.  Do you know when else I work out?  Either during lunchtime on a weekday, or after he goes to bed.  You have to MAKE time to take care of yourself, because if you don't, you won't be around for your kids' whole lives, when they need you.  Don't let yourself believe that you are putting their needs before your own by letting yourself be lazy and out of shape, it's a lie.  You're benefitting yourself and your kids when you choose to take care of yourself.
Sorry for the rant, but it kinda ticked me off when I saw that one.
5.  We spent a lot of time at the park this weekend!  Daddy met us at the park on Saturday when he got off work, and we went back again on Sunday.  We spent so much time there mostly because Mr. Fitz decided he didn't need a nap at all this weekend!  He laid in his bed for over an hour both days, talking and singing. Oh well, at least he got some "rest", right?

That pretty much sums up our weekend, how was yours?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Halfway Motivation

That title is a bit of an oxymoron, but maybe it will make sense later in this post.  We are about halfway through September, and I'm on track to make my 40 mile goal this month!  I've run 17 miles so far in September.
I ran 12 miles this week, counting last Saturday's Monkey C Monkey Run 5k!  I already shared photos from that, so we will skip ahead to Monday, when I ran (almost) 3 miles with my running group:
I ran with my group again on Wednesday, and met a long time goal of mine when I ran the entire 3 miles without stopping to walk AT ALL.  I realized about halfway through my run that I had not walked at all yet, even for a few steps, and thought I could possibly keep running.  We have a fairly large hill towards the end of the route we take, and I was pondering walking a little up the hill, which is what I usually tend to do.  However, once I got to it, and had not walked yet, I made myself keep going.  The last leg of our route is all downhill, so I knew if I could get to the top without walking, I could finish with running down the hill, and that's just what I did!  I was so excited and proud of myself when I got finished!!

I also tried out Kundalini yoga for the first time on Wednesday at lunch.  My friend goes to Hot Yoga once a week, and they just added that to our schedule at the gym I go to, so I was excited to try it out...only to discover that there is nothing "hot" about it.  I'm not sure why they called it that, but my friend's yoga class is about 110 degrees, and mine was about 70 degrees, ha!  Anyway, the stretching and poses helped a lot with my foot pain, and I liked the class, so I will definitely be back for more of that.
The running group ran again on Thursday, but I'm not running two days in a row right now, because that is harder on my feet, so I skipped Thursday and ran by myself this morning instead.  The running group has given me the motivation to try longer, newer routes, even when I run on my own, so today, I set out and ran a new route all by myself!  I wasn't exactly sure how long it would be, but it turned out to be almost exactly 3 miles, so I did pretty well!

I sweat profusely while I run, but most of the time, I sweat even more after I'm done...does that happen to any other runners?
Anyway, on to another "motivation" part of this post.  After the race last weekend, lots of people were posting photos from the race and inviting people to tag themselves in them.  I missed a photo of myself, but Heather's mom caught it and posted it to my page.  I was mortified when I saw it, but didn't delete it.  Instead, I'm choosing to look at it as motivation to do better and get in better shape.  I haven't even been able to bring myself to post it until just now, but here it is...

I know we are our own worst critics, but please don't message me and tell me how this is not that bad.  I hate it.  I hate it enough to post it, and use it as motivation to not continue to look like this.  I know I look a lot better than I have in the past, but I have a ways to go, and I'm not giving up until I get where I want to be.
So that's it, we're halfway through September, and I've got some motivation to finish it out strong!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Monkey C Monkey Run 5k

Saturday, my girls and I ran in the Monkey C Monkey Run 5k, which benefits Camp Smile-A-Mile, for children with cancer.  What a great cause, right?
Fitz and Tootsie came with us, and enjoyed all of the activities while we ran.  They had cute monkey decorations everywhere, so of course, we had to take lots of photos with them!

They even had a big red monkey walking around.  Fitz was waving at him, grinning and pointing...until he got close to him, ha!

He had to warm up a little, then he went and gave him "five".

While we ran, Fitz and Tootsie played...

 and snacked...yes, that's a popsicle in each hand!
It was a fairly hot run, with lots of long steep hills, so I was glistening pretty good by the time I got done!

My time was nowhere near my best, but not too shabby, either.  Below on the left are my Run Keeper stats and on the right are the official time chip stats, from the race.

All along the route were photos of children who have gone to Camp Smile-A-Mile, so it was a really heart-warming race, and I'm glad we did it!  Another 5k in the books!  Let's get ready for October, girls!

Friday, September 6, 2013


I've been thinking a lot about changes over the past week or so.  Maybe it's the time of year, because a lot of changes in my life seem to occur around the Fall.  I was thinking about how to word this post this morning while I was getting ready, and it occurred to me, that nearly all of the major changes in my life have happened in the Fall months...
1998 - I started college in the Fall, moved into a dorm for the first time.
2002 - I moved into my first apartment that Fall, and started law school.
2005 - I started practicing law that Fall, bought my first house and moved to a new small town where I knew not one soul.
2007 - I got engaged to an amazing boyfriend that Fall, who would turn out to be an even more amazing husband.  I also left the office where I worked and opened my own law office that Fall.
2010 - That Fall, I had a miscarriage, and then quickly found out I was pregnant again with our sweet son, Fitz.
2011 - My precious baby had major craniofacial surgery that Fall, and looked like a different baby.
2013 - That sweet baby started preschool right across the street from my office.
All major life changes for me, and they all happened in the Fall.  I may have even left some out.  Not all of the changes were expected, and some made me kind of nervous at first.  I was also thinking about how much looks can I dug up some old photos.  Here's how much I changed from 2002 to 2013:
OMG, right?
When I first moved to this town, I didn't know anyone who lived here.  I moved here because I got a job here, and I did have a friend who lives in a nearby town, but no one here.  I had just become a lawyer, and had no idea what I was doing.  It was a HUGE change for me to move here, and start practicing law.  And now, I can't go anywhere without running into people I know.  When I moved here, I was VERY overweight, and not exercising or living a healthy lifestyle at all, and now, I'm still overweight, but I'm running and working out a lot, and even joined a running group this week!  When I moved here, I didn't even have a boyfriend, and now, I have a fabulous husband and son.
I can remember asking for prayer at that time, for me to make friends here.  Boy, did God ever answer that prayer!  I have lots of friends here now, and make new ones all the time.  I know this post is a bit of a ramble, but my point is, if you keep God at the forefront of your mind, and pray for His plan for your life to happen, IT WILL.  I got a job in this town because I couldn't find one anywhere else, and finally threw my hands in the air and said, "Ok God, just show me what you have in store.  I'll do whatever you want."  When I got the job here, I knew it was an answer to prayer, but I was also thinking, "Are you sure, God?"  I'm so glad I listened to Him, and that He answered my prayers.  After I had been here a while, I was thinking I would NEVER find a husband here.  All I met were criminals and divorce clients, or married cops.  Again, God had a plan and I met John. 
Changes are inevitable, but God can turn any of them into a blessing, no matter how they start.  When I opened the office, I was scared to death, and I didn't leave my old office in a good way, but now I'm doing great and loving working for myself!  Embrace the changes, they will turn out just the way they are supposed to, if you keep God and His will and His plans at the top of your list.
I went from no friends in town, overweight, unsure how to exercise, single, to a slightly less overweight, tons of friends, married with a baby, runner...and if you need to make changes in your life, you and God can make it happen.  Here I am with some of the running group before our run this week: 
My pace improved and it was so much fun!
Embrace the changes!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fitz's First Day

If you're my friend on FB, or IRL, you're probably tired of hearing about Fitz's first day of 2 year old preschool...and if so, you may want to quit reading this post now, ha!

I've been so excited about his first day, and looking forward to his since I got in line to sign him up at 6:00 a.m. one morning last spring.  I got him a new Polo shirt, and Tootsie got him a cute new lunch box from Pottery Barn Kids, and he was ready to go!  (We know that's a little ridiculous but neither of us care!)

Of course, I took lots of photos that morning while we were getting ready...

My favorite:

I'm sure I already said this, but my office is right across the street from the courthouse, and Fitz's preschool is right behind the courthouse.  Tuesday morning, he went to work with me, and then I walked him over for school on my way to court.  How awesome is that?  Kristy (my secretary/paralegal/right hand/friend) snapped a pic from our window of me walking him in!

He went right in and walked into his classroom like he knew just what he was supposed to do...I snapped this pic, right before he realized that I was not staying with him.  He turned and looked at me, and I guess he could tell that since I still had my bag on my arm, that I was only staying a minute...and he was NOT happy about it.

He started crying, so I hugged him and told him he would have fun and that I would be back in a little while to pick him up.  His sweet teacher came and got him like a pro, and I scooted right out the door and over to court before I could think about it too much.  On my way out, I passed other moms standing around crying...I mean, do they think that is helpful to anyone?!?  Just leave, they will be fine!

I went to court, and first thing, asked the judge if I could please take a break from my trial at 11:30 so I could be the one to pick him up after school on his first day (they only go half a day).  I am so blessed to work in such a small town with understanding judges...and my judge said yes right away!  Most lawyers in larger areas wouldn't even be able to ASK such a thing, let alone get it, from the judge, but I knew our judge would probably be fine with it.  Before we started our trial, I looked out the judge's office window to try to see Fitz on the playground, but I missed his class recess time.  We started the trial, and the judge told me to just let him know when it was 11:30, and after looking at my phone every 5 minutes the first 30 minutes of our trial, I did.

I walked over and picked him up, grinning from ear to ear.  His teacher said he did really well, which I loved hearing!  I delivered him to Papa in the parking lot, and off he went, to his babysitter's house.  

Later, when I got a chance, I found these two pictures in his folder:

I was so excited that he did a project on his first day!  After we got home for the day, I showed him his pictures and asked him if he painted them at school.  He got so excited and was babbling all about it, and showing me his hands!  It was so cute!

School must have worn him out because we weren't home but a few minutes, when he got up on the couch and snuggled up under a blanket:

Wednesday morning, I ran with a group of runners for the first time (more on that later), and one of them is a music teacher at Fitz's school.  After we recognized each other, she said, "How was your little boy's first day?"  I told her it was good, and then she got excited and said, "Oh, is Fitz your son??"  I hesitantly said yes, and she said, "He had SO much fun in music class!  He giggled and laughed the whole time.  He was just a joy to have in class!"  Oh y'all, I was so glad to hear that!  To know that he was having fun, and enjoying school...what a relief!  I just wish I knew what he was doing all the time there.  I wish there was an app where I could watch him on my phone while he is at that crazy?!?

Anyway, he had a GREAT first day, and I'm looking forward to a wonderful first year of school for our little man!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Labor Day Fun!

We started our Labor Day the way Fitz likes to start most playing in the floor with his trucks...and on Mama.

After I took a shower, and we ran around a little, we went outside to play in the little pool...

We stayed outside until lunchtime, then went inside for lunch and a nap.  After he woke up, he was ready for round two outside!

He took a break from swimming to slide...

And to mow the grass, of course.

We had a fun day, just around the house, and playing outside while Daddy was at work.  When he got home, we ate some supper and played some more.  All in all, a pretty good day.  I'm glad we got to do a lot with Fitz on that day, since the next day was his first day of school!

Come back tomorrow to hear all about his big first day!