Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Boys Will Be Boys

Just a few days ago, I caught Eli sucking on the tip of a Glade plug in. He pulled it out of the wall and put it straight into his mouth. I was just across the room. The boy is quick. I ran over to him and snatched it out of his mouth. He looked very stunned and confused as to why he couldn't continue sucking the disease causing fluid out of the plastic container (full of BPA I'm sure.) I immediately jumped on Google, because they have all the answers, and thank goodness I'm not the only Mom who this has happened to! Lesson learned- all of the plug ins have been moved to higher ground...

This morning, I heard Eli stirring in his crib. I always let him stay in there a while if he is not fussing. He will usually just crawl around and pull up on anything he can get his hands on. I finally decided to go get him and I walk in to find him standing there grinning at me. I thought something looked a little off. I looked down in the crib and saw his entire mobile had been pulled off the pole that is connected to the bed. It's still not put back together. I seriously don't know how he got it off. It's not easy. I'm sure he was hanging off of it like he was parachuting. If walls could talk...

After he broke the mobile this morning, I was letting him crawl up and down the hallway to his room and back to the kitchen. He would do this pretty much all day if I would let him. He will stop off and play with toys when he wants. I was at the bar in the kitchen and I noticed he was pretty quiet. I went to the hallway and I noticed he was chewing on something. I open his mouth and found the white cap off the door stop from the hallway. Thank God we didn't have to take a trip to Children's... Lesson learned- super glue white caps on the door stops.

Hopefully that's all the trouble for today! Boys will be boys!!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Weekly Recap

Saturday February 16
Daddy, or Lala as Eli calls everything now, had just gotten home from Wichita the day before. We decided to have a little Mongolian food. Eli sat in the high chair like a big boy! He enjoyed cheddar crunchies and blueberry puffs! We enjoyed fried rice, shrimp, veggies and lots of teriyaki sauce!

Sunday February 17th
We went to church that morning and then that evening I enjoyed snuggle time with my sweet angel!

Monday February 18th
I got on a cleaning streak! Cleaned out my coat closet and my armoire in my guest bedroom. I made the armoire into my little office. Complete with labeled binders! I'm such a nerd at heart!

Tuesday February 19th
I was still on a cleaning streak. I cleaned out Eli's closet and organized his papers from the hospital, doctor visits and daycare reports. It's in a neat binder with tabs! It's the little things! The picture is during the process. Eli loves to pull all of his toys out!

Wednesday February 20th
Eli's first snow! It was beautiful! We got several inches within a few hours. Eli didn't like it too much. We only spent a couple of minutes outside and he was tired of it.

Thursday February 21st
I worked from 7-3:30. There was still a lot of snow on the ground. Daddy came home from Dallas. We sent him a quick picture to let him know that we couldn't wait to see him!

Friday February 22nd
I snapped a cute pic of my little man in the bathtub. He is loving splashing around in the tub!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Winter Wonderland

Eli's first snow! It started snowing really hard around 7:45 am. It continued through the afternoon on and off. My neighborhood got around 3 inches. It was beautiful!

I decided to bundle up my little man and take him outside to snap some pictures. I sat him down and he had the most solemn look on his face! He kept looking around from side to side. After only a minute or so the tears started! He hated it! He just didn't know what to think! I managed to get some pretty cute pics!

Weigh In Wednesday

I stepped on the scale this morning and was surprised to see that I have maintained my weight. I'm currently at 138.8 pounds. My goal is 130 by summer. I haven't made the best choices in food the last several days but I'm glad that I'm at least maintaining my weight. Hard to turn down those Lays Cheesy Garlic Bread chips (thanks a lot Josh!)

When I started my weight loss journey, I had just delivered my first born son. I weighed in at 157. I only gained 20 pounds during my pregnancy. Lets just say I had TONS of morning sickness. I actually lost 10 pounds in the first few months of my pregnancy. So I gained that 10 back plus 20 more. If you have ever dealt with morning sickness, you know it's the most terrible thing ever! My husband thought I was dying at one point...he told me my skin had a nice green tint to it. Just glad he stuck around during all that! I'm sure I wasn't looking my best during that time!

So, in all I have lost 18.2 pounds! I'm very excited about that! I have 8 pounds to go. I know I can do this! I'm throwing in some Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred when I can. Trying to be faithful to it but some days I'm just so tired. That's no excuse!! Gotta step it up! I'm going to the beach in July and I fully intend on wearing a 2-piece and rocking it :)

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Monday, February 18, 2013


Boys are rough. Boys are tough. Boys are messy. I've already learned this in Eli's short 8 months on this earth! I turn my back for one minute and the whole toy box is dumped out. I look away for a split second and he has flipped his play mat over and made a tent out of it! I can't imagine how my life will be in the coming months and years! I'm gonna have to live with toys from one end of the house to another. Honestly, there is nothing that could make me any happier. Life as a Mommy is the absolute greatest thing. I'm so blessed.


The older I get, the faster time passes. I remember being a young girl and thinking that my birthday or Christmas would NEVER come! I definitely think that with age comes wisdom. Not saying I'm some scholar, but I do feel that I'm a little wiser now than when I was in my early 20's.

I think we all get so wrapped up in this crazy, fast world and forget to enjoy the simple things in life. I want to look back on my job as a Mom and think that I did the best best job. I want to truly be present when I'm with my husband or Eli. I'm so tired of being addicted to social media. Something has to give.

That being said, I decided to give up Facebook for a while. Most of the stuff on there is so ridiculous anyway. People praising God one second and cursing the next. I just don't get it.

I've decided that I'm going to rock my baby, lay in the floor and play with him, sit by the window and watch outside, and actually be present with ALL of me. Chores can wait until nap time. I want to be the best Mom to Eli. I want him to look back on his childhood one day and say that I was truly a good Mom to him. That I didn't put other things before him.

Time passes far too quickly. Kids grow up way too fast. Let's savor every single moment!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Eli's First Valentine's Day!

Luckily my boss let me off early to go to Eli's class Valentine party! I know he doesn't really know what's going on but I sure do hate to miss stuff like that!

Eli's classroom was decorated with hearts hanging from the ceiling. We all received a craft that they made for us, footprints and a picture of our kids with the sweetest saying. I took cupcakes. I went the easy route and picked them up at Target. I know... I'm a terrible Mom. Ughhh. Whatever!

Eli was ill and clingy. Fun. It was time for his nap. We did have a good time despite it being nap time. I got to meet some of the other parents and also met Eli's buddies, Keeton and Blais. They are all so precious!

I managed to snap a few pics with my phone. Being the terrible Mom that I am, I forgot my good camera at home. Oh well. These will have to do!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

8 Months

I'm a little late posting this, but here you go!

Sweet Eli, you are now 8 months old.  You have the best little personality!  Your smile is breathtaking.  You make my heart so happy!  Here is a time line of what new things you are doing.


  9th- you tried peaches for the first time.
13th- you started copying Mommy's movements (tilting your head to the side-so cute!)
15th- you went to the doctor to get your flu shot but you were not feeling well so we decided to wait.  You were 18 pounds 14 ounces!  Big boy!
16th- you picked up a banana puff and put it in your mouth!  You also said "Mama" 3 times!  You got your first bruise today.  You were pulling up on the changing table and bumped your left cheek.  It bruised immediately.  I cried and called your Dad to tell him what a terrible Mother I was!  I felt so guilty.  You only cried for a minute.
18th- you ate cheddar crunchies and yogurt melts for the first time and loved them!
19th- you went to the Tulsa Zoo for the first time!  It was such a pretty day.  We spent all afternoon there.
20th- you said "Mama" all day long!  You also started pulling up on everything and letting go, standing by yourself for a few seconds!
30th- your first tooth!  It's still not out very far but I can hear it when you chew on everything!


 3rd- you give kisses when we ask you to!  They are very wet, slobbery kisses and I LOVE THEM!
 5th- you started rolling your toy cars around on the floor.  You are definitely all boy!

 As I am typing this, you are crawling all around your room, pulling up on everything and dragging toys out of your toy box.  I can't believe we are at this point!  Seems like we just came home from the hospital and you just stayed in whatever position I put you!  Not so much now!

You have started to sit up in the bathtub like a big boy!  You crash your toy cars into the walls like a true boy!  You push the button on your toy elephant, that blows air out of it's trunk, and let the air blow in your face. You love to stand up in front of the long windows in your room and look outside.  You do this every morning.  You love watching the cars go by and watching construction workers across the street.

Eli, you make our lives complete.  We love you with all of our hearts.  I can't believe I'm already thinking about your first birthday party!  You are growing up way too fast!  Can't wait to see what new things you learn in the next month!  You are such a smart boy!  Love you to infinity and beyond!