Friday, June 29, 2007

Oliver and Amy

Oliver and Amy

Zack and I got to babysit our friends baby the other day for and hour or two. It was really fun to see Oliver and Amy together. Oliver kept trying to take all the toys from Amy, but she didn't seem to mind. I think she was in awe that Oliver could crawl around since she is only 5 months old. Amy started to get fussy and cry and then I guess out of sympathy Oliver started to cry for no reason, it was kind of cute for about a minute until you realize you have to calm two crying babies. Zack and I managed to get both babies down for a nap at the exact same time which I'm sure is some sort of feat that we deserve a metal for! We thought we were pretty hot stuff. "Two babies? Sure no problem!!" Well at least until they woke up! That was a different story. Luckily Amy's mom Sarah came shortly after she woke up to save us. But all in all it was fun. I guess that's kind of ironic considering my previous post today!

WHEW, thank heavens

I had a dream the other night that I had gone to the doctor's for something and after running some tests, the doctor came back and said, "well, you are 5 weeks pregnant." Immediately I screamed out "WHAT???" and then quickly following that I said, "Zack is going to be so mad!!!" The doctor asked if it wasn't a good thing that I was pregnant and I said that I guessed it was since we want to have more children, except that I currently had an 11 month old baby and wasn't sure I was ready for another yet. Heck, I can barely manage one baby let alone two. And then I just kept saying how mad Zack was going to be. Then I woke up, sat up in bed in a cold sweat. Whew, thank heavens it was only a dream....... However I have been a little freaked out by it since then. Maybe I should take a pregnancy test just to ease my mind! ha/ha The picture above is basically what my face was like in my dream when the doctor told me.....minus the burrito in my hand of course.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


So I was reading my Parents magazine last night like a good new parent (Which actually probably isn't a good thing because it gives you a whole new set of issues to worry about that you had never thought of before with each monthly copy!)and anyway, there was an article in it about nursing in public. I have no problem with nursing in public, I had to do it for 8 months when we went out, and agreed with the article that there is basically nowhere to nurse while in most public places except your occasional department store bathroom, but what I read disturbed even me. They had people write in their stories or comments on it under "Breastfeeding Confessions." So one lady from Massachusetts said,"Sometimes I'm so busy I feed my daughter while I'm going to the bathroom." EWWWWWWW........Are you serious??? Okay, I can see having to feed her in the bathroom, possibly even sitting on the toilet (lid down of course), but.....Can you really be THAT busy? There is no other time? I mean really? The poor child. I'm sorry but that is just gross to me! Is that even sanitary? I'm frightened, we are moving to Massachusetts in a month and she could be our neighbor!!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Swinging for the 1st time!

Oliver in his Highchair

Zack and Oliver

I've been meaning to put these photos on since Father's Day, but had never gotten around to it. But it was Zack's 1st Father's Day! And I have to say what a wonderful father he is, We love him!!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

A Shared Obsession

These pictures are of Oliver and me outside and then one of Bisous our cat. It seems that Oliver and Bisous share an obsession= The Great Outdoors! You see Bisous was an indoor cat that could go outside when she wanted. Then when we moved to Georgia, we basically had a forest for a backyard with all sorts of wild life etc... and after being outdoors in the forest, Bisous one day got very sick. And so after Zack shoved pills down her throat for 2 weeks, it was decided that Bisous would now be an indoor cat. This did not go over well with Bisous once she got better. And even now at being an indoor cat for the past year or so it is not uncommon for her to "belly ache" as my mom would say at the door to go out. And now the shared obsession: Oliver has recently grown a love of OUTSIDE. Yesterday Zack came to me and said, "I guess we are going to have to start spelling instead of saying certain words." He was referring to the fact that if you say "pool" or "outside" Oliver quickly whips his head around and heads for the door, only to find it shut. Then the tears begin to roll. Nothing is more important than getting outside, it's sad, very, very, sad. Going outside would be fine by me except that we live in Georgia and it is summer, it is warmly humid to say the least. All unnecessary trips outside are usually done early in the morning or to the pool or somewhere air-conditioned. And so even though our cat Bisous cringes at the sight of Oliver and his hair pulling hands, they share more in common than Bisous would like to admit. Taking turns belly aching at the door is only the beginning...........apparently babies enjoy cat food as well!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Our Little Buttercup, has the sweetest smile!!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Oliver Can SLEEP!!!

Miracle of miracles, the boy can sleep! So this picture is not of Oliver sleeping, but he is near his crib, where the sleeping (thank heavens) finally occurs!! Yes our lovely little 10 month old has actually sleep through the night 3 or 4 times in the past week! The joy it brings, the sleep it allows, the sanity it revives!!! I guess to appreciate this more you have to realize that our child has been a horrible sleeper since day 2 (I'll give him a grace day, being born is a little traumatic). He never wanted to sleep and especially never wanted to sleep in his crib, or anywhere besides someone's arms for that matter. So for 6 LONG months, 6 months-- I basically slept sitting up in bed while holding Oliver as he slept. Sound crazy? It was. But the choice was either hold him, or have a baby awake in the middle of the night, and trust us, there is nothing good on TV at 3am- we know. Then at 6 months we decided enough was enough, I was spent and not just a little depressed. So we decided to let him cry, in his crib. That worked, and after a month or so and we were so excited/happy that he was sleeping in his crib. Okay, so he still woke up every 2 hours and needed to be rocked back to sleep, but hey at least I didn't have to hold him while he slept! Then we let him cry a little more and he was down to waking up every 4 hours. My body almost didn't even know what to do with 4 hours of solid sleep. Then in the last month or so we got him down to one waking a night, midway through and then suddenly one night I heard him cry and I looked at the clock thinking it was 1 am or so and it was 6 am! What? So we have had a few more nights like that and it is amazing!! Then all the sudden he was sleeping in his crib for naps during the day! What? (Before we had to hold him, then move him to the bed and lay next to him for the duration of the nap.) And he's been sleeping ever since!! He still isn't sleeping all through the night every night, but we'll take what we can get!!! Sleep is amazing, a cherished friend!! I literally thought I may never sleep normally again, but the past 2 weeks has given me hope! Thank you Oliver! I hope he's enjoying it as much as we are!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


UGH!!!!! I think the #1 reason right now that I am excited to move is that we will get a new phone number! Sound strange? Well I just received 4 phone calls in a row, during Oliver's nap mind you, for someone looking for Juvenile Court. Now if this was a one time thing, sure nothing to get your panties in a wad about, but the fact that we get calls multiple times a week is annoying. I think what happened is the Juvenile Court must have a very similar number and thus people are always calling us. But it doesn't stop there, we are constantly getting people calling for someone else, people leaving messages that grandma didn't get picked up by the shuttle and they are very angry, drunk people calling us at 3 a.m. rambling on about whatnot, people wanting to make appointments with their case worker, and the mechanic that fixed our car a 6 months ago keeps calling looking for other customers because apparently he has our phone # still lying around. So come August 1st I say, "Hello Massachusetts, Hello new phone number!!"

Dragon at the Pool!!

I took Oliver to the pool the other day, and when we got there we found many other children much to Oliver's delight! Also there were a couple that lives in our apartment complex that we go to church with. So as I was sitting on the pool steps with Oliver getting him use to the water I was talking with this couple and Oliver was splashing around happily. Since there were so many kids at the pool, of course there were many pool toys and floating devices of all sorts. One in particular was a huge dragon blow up that you could get on, heck probably 5 kids could get on, it was huge! A while later we were out floating around in the pool and the husband of this couple brought the dragon over and Oliver seemed interested, so he bent the dragon's head down so that Oliver could see it/touch it. Yikes! Oliver flipped out and started to cry and I think almost climbed on top of my head to get away! It took me awhile to calm him down, and of course our friend felt really bad. It was surprising since Oliver has never reacted that way before. But later I was thinking about it and I guess it would be as if a life size dragon was craning its huge head down at me. I think I might have been a little scared as well. Luckily, we haven't had any dragon sitings since at the pool!