Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Happiest Day ever

2 years ago this was the best day of my life....This was the day I had dreamed of since I met Chris.  Yes, the day we stood on a beautiful beach with sand between our toes, in front of family and friends.  We announced our love for everyone to see, even those random beach goers.  I couldn't imagine my life without you.  You are such a wonderful husband!  Happy 2 years Chris! I can't believe how fast they have gone....soon we will be celebrating 3.  I love you and am so thankful to have you as my hubby and baby daddy!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Out of touch...and for good reasons

Sorry there has not been a new post since Father's day! Not my intentions but it seems the world is against me...Okay maybe I am a little dramatic, but still. Let's see here is a list of post I have been dying to type up
Chris' family came to town.
The CRAP-TASTIC day we had last Wednesday
Chris' father's day gift....and pintrest fail
Harper's new tricks
My parents 43 wedding anniversary (today, congrats to them)
Chris and I's 2 year wedding anniversary coming up
and so much more......

Here is the reason I can't seem to get my life in order!
Our sewer exploded in our kitchen last Wednesday.  That was a Sh*ty day literally from sun up to sun down.
My car got broken into...nothing major done thank heavens.
Winston had major knee surgery Monday. Came home...had to go back and spend Tuesday at vet because he wasn't eating or drinking and in pain.
Winston is on day 4 of post op today...and it has been poop and vomit fest at our house from him today.  Poor guy can't catch a break.
Add caring for 5 month old into this mess and well that is what it is a MESS!!
IPHONE 4S gets a good wash---while cleaning up the grand poop vomit fest my phone got picked up with the towels...and to the washer it went!

Needless to say this month has SUCKED! Every since my beautiful rolex fell to the floor and shattered my month has been nothing but suck fest!!  I am sure I have pictures of it all but I just have to get this blog done since I can't get anything else blogged about.

Oh and did I mention....I'm running away to a happy non emotional roller coaster of a place!  If you could also point me in the direction of that happy place I would love you for ever! Until life returns to normal that is.....

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy FIRST Father's Day

I am so excited to wish Chris a Happy FIRST Father's Day!  Harper would be sad if she didn't have such a great daddy.  You are wonderful with her...and she loves you to pieces.

You know just how to make her giggle no matter what.  She loves to scream and play with you.  You make her light up anytime she sees you.  I am thankful you are so good with her...and she is thankful you care so much about her.  We love you so much and hope your FIRST Father's day is amazing.  I can't wait till she is big enough to help me write this post....

2 months old 
4 months old

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Miss H is 5 months old!

Harper you are FIVE months old!   

This month you weigh around 14 pounds (all estimates because it is not a dr. visit month).  You are now about 25 1/2 inches long! You are a growing girl and we couldn't be happier.   You are still wearing size 1 diapers for about a week more...once we finish up this box SIZE 2 HERE WE COME!! And you are wearing size 3-6 month and/or 6 month clothes. 

Here are a few things you are really loving this month:

Nursing: You have officailly become a 4 1/2 to 5 hours eater.  You no longer eat every 3 hours....and mommy loves this.  We can get so much more done between our feedings.  You normally want to nurse around 4.5 hours.  You are kind of not a fan of the bottle this month...that is mommy's fault.  She has had the month off from tennis between my seasons (spring and summer).  However, you will take it just not as excited about it.  NO worries though every Friday from her on bottles it is since mommy has tennis...get excited! Funny because on your baby calendar one of the milestones is holds bottle...I just realized you wont really meet that since you don't really use bottles...just a side note!

Smiling: You are still such a great smiler.  I love that when other people talk to you you let out the cutest smile!  It's your way of saying hello.  You are such a great little smilier...I don't know many babies that wake up with such a huge grin.  I love that you are the happiest girl around.  Your daddy can make you smile from ear to ear without even trying! 

with the sock monkey

Talking: Let's just say you are not shy about it.  Your sweet talking voice has been taken over by the "happy" SCREAM!!  You now know how to scream and man do you only scream.  No matter where we are you let out these cute little happy screams.  I am sure the people eating around us are not to thrilled, but we think it is too cute! Although I do miss your sweet coo'ing voice some days.  You really love to scream with daddy...he screams then you do and so on; yall are a hoot.

Awareness:  You have begun to notice when daddy or I leave the room.  Sometimes you are not to happy about that and let out a sad cry.  Even though we come right back you just want us close.  Not only do you know your mommy and daddy but now you know your toys.  You love to play with them and work most of them like a pro.  You also can get a bit fussy if we take something away from you!  It is funny to see your attitude come out like that....but you know what you want!

WINSTON and BOB: Now you just YELL at them and hope they come to play! It is so funny to see you just scream and get so excited when you see them.  Winston of course is doing a great job as big brother...he always check the car seat when we come back from being out and about.  He normally gives you a lick on the toes just to make sure your still there.  Bob has learned her job as sister....She patrols your room at nap or night time.  If you get upset and cry out she is normally sitting right in front of your crib waiting on me to come in.  She loves to see you happy! 

Sleep: You are making great strides to a full nights rest! WHOO WHOO the past week you have managed to sleep 7-8 hours at a time.  Mommy couldn't believe it and was very excited.  You still have ONE snack at night, but I think you are phasing that out on your own.  Thank the Lord.  Naps, well they go as good as I can ask.  You and I normally snuggle up for the morning nap.  I have to say that is probably my favorite time...your afternoon naps are in your crib.  I am going to start moving your morning nap to the crib, which makes me sad....but I am sure it is best!  I just love my little cuddle bug!
This pic doesn't go with this but I love this little butt! 
Your hands:  You are a PRO at your hands these days.  I can't believe how easily you can pick up your toys and put them where you want them.  You also still love to suck on those fingers....crazy girl! You are also mastering the paci...taking it out of your mouth and managing to get it back in.  If only you could master this faster it would make bed time so much better!

Mouth: spit, spit, and more spit!  Miss H is a mega drool queen, but now she has learned a super fun new skill (can you read the sarcasm?)  She has learned how to blow SPIT BUBBLES!!  For a mommy who hates wet shirts and such this kills me.  Plus I am not a fan of the bib, but we have had to bust them out as of spit bubble blowing time.  She is so cute as she works so hard to get her mouth ready and then pushes them out.  
The face she makes while making spit bubbles
Your legs:  This little legs just KICK, kick, KICK! You have always been a kicker...but man do you love to move those legs.  Somedays it is an act of congress just to get your pants/shorts/bloomers on you.  You just have to keep them moving.  Not only do you kick but you can now stand great.  If I simply hold you by your hands you will just stand up like a pro.  You really put your legs to use in your johnny jumper.  Man do you love that thing!  You love to bounce around and try to grab your puppy.   

her leg exercise
TOES: You love your toes about as much as kicking.  You do the cutest things with them.  I love the "leg exercise" or so I call it.  This is where you hold your toes and then kick out and in with your leg...it looks like your are working out.  You have also accomplished the SUCKING on your TOES!  You really enjoy doing this in the car or at bath time.  Sometimes I blame this move on your poop outs, ha.

Bath time: You now officially sit in your little tub, no more infant sling.  You love bath time and get so excited. You can now splash too....man do you splash! Take a look.

Rolling over: You are such a funny one when it comes to rolling over!  You know how to do it, but prefer to roll as far over as possible without actually completing the task.  It is like you just want to hang out in the crazy pose.  Not only that but you have now rolled from TUMMY to BACK 3 times....this is new in the past few days.  I think you are shocked every time it happens. 

Giggles: Not only do you giggle now but you randomly laugh too.  Now you will just be sitting and playing and let out a little laugh...its like you crack yourself up.  I love it!

A mind of your own: did I mention you know what you want and when you want it now? Not only that but you have learned how to toss things away when your mad.  You really like to do this in the car...you toss your toy over the edge of your seat then get mad. Cause and effect are soon to follow I am sure! 

Things you are almost doing:

Sitting on your own: You can sit up with pillows all around great.  You actually will sit up fine for a long time...but then if you lean forward or sideways it's over.  I'm sure you will have this mastered by 6 months.    

You are also doing a crawl type motion when you are on your tummy.  You lay there and squish your legs up to move forward.  I am fearful that you will be crawling soon! I don't want you to CRAWL...NOT YET!! I am so not ready to "baby" proof our lives, nor is Winston ready to be chased.  

You had a few FIRST this month! 

You slept over 7 hours.
You rolled over from tummy to back.
You mastered getting your toes in your mouth.
You had your first trip to the lake.
You went swimming.
You sleep on your tummy sometimes.
You splash in the tub.
You make spit bubbles.
Your first trip to the church nursery.

Your favorite toys are:

Sophie still you just love to chew on her like a crazy woman.  Sophie is always in our diaper bag no matter where we go...she is a MUST.

Olivia: You seem to love her...she is new to the toy gang.  You enjoy chewing on her too, she has a few little hanging toys you can grab pretty easy. 

Taggie Ball: She is loving this ball..I think it is because she can grab it easy due to all the tags on it.  Plus she can hold it on her tummy between her legs while she plays.  She will roll all over for this ball.

Football: Thanks to cousin B who wanted Miss H to be a boy...he gave Baby R this awesome oball football.  She really likes it too due to the ease of grasping...and she can chew on it so easy.  

Harper you are grown up so much.  I can't believe another month has come and gone.  Next thing I know you will be in college!  You are such an amazing little girl.  I love that you are really becoming your own person.  I can tell you are going to be a wonderful leader someday.  You love to just sit back an watch as you figure out how things work.  Mommy and daddy love you so much...words can express how much love and joy you bring to our lives daily. We love you all the way to the moon and back!

And for the monthly comparison....
3 months
4 months
5 months

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bitter sweet...

This past Monday was bitter sweet for me....I headed back to work for my first day back since Miss H, and my last day of teaching!  I am so excited and thankful that I am able to be a stay at home mom!  I couldn't imagine missing anything that Miss H does....yes even the blow out poops.  However, it was a little sad to clean up my class room.  I mean I have been teaching for 6 years.  I have taught K-2 through out the years and at 2 different schools.

The bitter sweet part is that I had finally found an AMAZING school and family there. I love, love, love Sweet Lily B.  There really is no other school like this one.  The staff and work environment are over the top.  Not to mention the outstanding families and PTA.  I have never seen a community like Lily B....and am sad that I was only able to enjoy it for the past 2 years.

I had a heavy heart leaving my kids for many reasons.  1) this was by far my sweetest class...they were so loving and wonderful.  I had no real behavior issues, which was so nice.  2) the families...man my families this year were just as amazing as their children.  They were so supportive. 3) Sweet S (my special needs child), he had such a bad rap at school for his past 2 years...and well needless to say he and I were wonderful together.  He was succeeding and making progress acadmically and socially as apposed to spending everyday in the office.  I knew once I left to have the baby things would probably change with him and that broke my heart.  Not a day went by that we didn't talk about how when I left I would still be checking on him...and that I had to be gone with the baby for a while.  Come January he was so prepared he could give me the speech by heart...."Mrs. Roberts' has to be with the baby and I am going to continue to follow the rules and do my best work even if it is not fun or kind of hard...so on and so on."

When I did leave in January, it was just for maternity leave (at least that is what my parents were told...for contractual reasons I couldn't say more)  Finally at spring break I was able to inform them that I had made the choice to stay home...by this time they were good with my sub and life seemed to go on pretty good without me.  That made my choice of staying home so much better...and it showed me that my kids were pretty prepared for the new teacher to step in.  Thank heavens...I did worry about that all year...actually I think I probably taught harder this year than the past just because I wanted to make sure every child was well beyond where they needed to be when I left.

Now, where does this leave me....excited because I get to see my beautiful daughter grow everyday. I just can't picture myself leaving her with someone else and heading off to teach.  I mean I loved my job as a teacher.  I loved seeing my student succeed and grow, but I just couldn't do that rather than be with my own little one.  When we found out I was pregnant last May we knew right then and there I would be making a choice to stay home once she was born.  Chris and I both come from families were our moms were there for everything...I can remember to this day going to 1/2 day kinder (yeah when that was around...I know I am old) and then spending the afternoon with mom.  I want Miss H to have those same wonderful memories. I know she wont remember it all now, since she only 4 months old....but in the long run she will.

Thankfully mom wonderful mom made the trek back up here to help me out.  (I feel like every time she leaves from helping me with something, she is turning right around to come back and help again) She is the best mom ever....I really wouldn't have been able to do it without her especially since Miss H was with us.  It took us 3 days but we managed to pack up all my MUST HAVE school items and move them out.  I am sure we could have done it quicker but we had the time....plus Miss H had to eat and nap in there a few times.  I left some of my teaching stuff behind for the new teacher to use, but kept the stuff I loved. You know like things I though Miss H could enjoy one day in her playroom or that her mommy may want to teach her.  The fun things....and well don't kid your self I took all my SHARPIES home when I left in January.  Yes, I love them so much I couldn't stand the thought of my sub using them.  Ha ha ha.  Here are some pictures from the GREAT MOVE!

Day1: We cleaned out all of the cabinets and sorted...

 Here is what my room looked like BEFORE we began the cleaning out!  All my wall decor and such I left behind..

My Door...I decorate my door every year with a new fabric. I love it because it is different from the others.

mom removing my door fabric

Miss H taking a nap as we worked

Amy and Emily enjoying a break from there rooms in mine! 

I love this pic of mom and Harper...so sweet
 Day 2: Putting it all in boxes and containers....

 Day 3: Pack all boxes up and take them to my storage unit.  Small side note...we had to rearrange my storage unit to make room for it all. HA HA HA Yes my storage unit is holding all my apartment from when Chris' and I got married. 

Thank you dad for the van...it was very good for the move! It only took 2 loads to get everything there.

 We had to take majority of it out to rearrange.  Good thing my unit is on the corner, we used all the halls! 

Miss H being a trooper in the heat, look at those cheeks.
The unit all rearranged and organized! 

 My class room on the final walk through...and last few items picked up!