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Friday, January 27, 2012

bringing you up to speed…


It’s funny that this time last year my blog went eerily silent as well.

I was pregnant, wanted to talk about it but wasn’t ready to announce it yet AND the first trimester blahs had me exhausted and too tired to get creative and write about anything else.

Is it also weird that this January, one year from the date we saw Houston for the first time on ultrasound, I was again lying on an exam table, watching the ultrasound image on the screen again, experiencing C.R.A.Z.Y. déjà vu?

But before you jump to any conclusions about the amazing parallels of my life in January 2011 to January 2012, know this.

That ultrasound showed an empty womb.

{Except for the fun cyst we’re keeping an eye on. YAY.}

AND I made the ultrasound tech search and prove there were DEFINITELY no babies hiding in there ;)

{Don’t get me wrong, I want more babies if I should be so blessed… just not today.}

{…or this year}

It seems the exhaustion this January is due to the baby on the outside of my belly! That and the whirlwind of the holidays, changing jobs and only the winter blahs this year – NOT the pregnancy blahs.

Did you catch that little part about changing jobs? Ahhh yes… it seems my prayers have been answered. As always, God’s perfect timing, his perfect plan, has shown itself and made me completely ashamed in my doubting and fretting over things that are now a distant memory. Next week, I will be going BACK to CVS and working the 30 hour week I had always hoped to cut back to once that baby was on the outside of my belly ;) Less weekends, MUCH shorter days away from the babe, even closer to home and more opportunities to get in those church doors with this new schedule. I couldn’t ask for more!


As for that sweet child of ours… poor thing needs an update on this blog! He was 2 months old last time I gave some decent detail on his development. That makes my heart sad :( Last time I showed you a monthly pic he looked like this:


Seriously?! Head all adrift, legs wobbly… who IS that boy I don’t even remember anymore? Because for month 4, I bring you THIS little gem:


and this one…


and how could I leave out this one??



My precious baby boy is growing bigger, stronger, and more intelligent before my very eyes. From week to week it is now a battle for me to try and grasp what is happening here. A little {or a LOT b/c I’m way behind and needing to catch up} about Houston right now:

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  • He is SWEET. I mean this with every fiber of my being. He smiles 99% of the time, which makes for some great pictures ;) He wakes up smiling and makes it much easier for this sleep deprived momma to get her morning going with that precious face. He doesn’t know a stranger, he recognizes everyone close to him but he won’t shy away from anyone else either.
  • You can see from the pictures, boy just wants to STAND these days. He will wiggle all around and throw tiny tantrums for you to stand him up N.O.W. He’s starting to throw in a few bounces and steps these days too.
  • As for rolling, he still does it only within the confines of his play-mat or crib, but doesn’t do it to get anywhere yet. He doesn’t sit up entirely on his own, but he’s getting close – able to at least lean his tummy forward on his chubby thighs and stay upright for a little bit that way. I have yet to see him on all fours, but I have a feeling that he’s working more towards walking and is much less concerned with crawling. ‘Skip to the good stuff!’, he says.
  • Baby boy drools and drools these days though there are no teeth in site just yet. He reaches and pulls everything towards his mouth, including sinking his razor sharp nails into my neck or cheeks to pull me towards his open drooling mouth. It’s quite painful – but I laugh at the funny face he’s making every single time. He also has been CHOWING DOWN on his hands and fingers for months now.
  • He took his first bites of oatmeal this week and we started letting him “cry it out” in our own way last night {ugh}. More on both of those at another time.
  • Still in some 0-3 months clothing, mostly 3-6 months, and moved up to size 2 diapers at about 4 months old. Still eating every 2.5 – 3 hours during the day and we are currently {and by “we”, I mean “I”} attempting to wean him from middle of the night feedings. He was 14 pounds and 26 inches at his 4 month appointment. 25th percentile for weight and 75th for length – long and skinny boy!
  • He spends play time on his back on the activity mat, in the exersaucer or in the doorway jumper – both of the latter we have to pad around him with a blanket to help hold his little body steady in the middle. His favorite toys have either mirrors {he loves looking at his own handsome face} or flashing lights. For this reason {the lights} I have yet to take down his mini Christmas tree in his room yet. I’m considering making it a year round tree with decor for every occasion – we shall see!


Since we all together skipped the 3 month post – here’s one for the books!



I’m planning a “picture catch-up” post too if not just for my memory’s sake – I figured this one was already long enough ;)

Have a great weekend! Tootles poodles!


  1. Oh my word...he is PRECIOUS! Glad to see you back!

  2. He is too dang cute! I love your chevron curtains! :) xo

  3. he's gotten so big and so strong to stand at 4 months. he is a cutie and has such a cute smile!

  4. What a little cutie! Glad things are going well :)

  5. Super cutie pie. Glad all is well on the home {and work} front! Cheers.

  6. He is too cute!! I get to meet my precious little girl in a few weeks!!

  7. Awww!! What a cutie pie!! He looks so happy!

  8. I'm so glad you updated! I was wondering what was going on in the household and how cute your little guy was getting!

  9. Ahhh what a cutie! I love his huge smiles :)

  10. I am so glad about your work schedule. I only work 30 hours a week and that extra day off is amazing!!!! I don't know how I will do it with 2 kiddos now! Yikes....I dread going back! ;-(

  11. He has gotten so big and so handsome! He is out of that baby stage and now has his own features!

  12. Wow he is young to be standing like that! Watch out, Mama! He is going to be EVERYWHERE! :) What a cutie. THe picture of him sitting with his bunny with that big smile is PRECIOUS.

  13. What a precious baby boy!!!! He looks so happy! You definitely can't help but smile when you look at him! What a blessing <3
    Thank you for sharing these with us!

  14. He is PRECIOUS! Love seeing the pics, and can't believe he stands so WELL! Girl, he's gonna be walking super early, I'll bet...get ready! : ) Glad to see you back on here!

  15. Still waiting here for God to send his big answer about the work schedule. I just keep reminding myself (sometimes several times a day) that His plan is better than anything I could come up with. ;)

    As far as the crying it out goes...I hope it's going better but don't feel pressured to do it any certain way. We would set a timer. Ten minutes was my threshold. There were a lot of times he would literally cry for 9 and 1/2 minutes and drift off to sleep. But I felt like if he cried longer than that he was probably so wound up he needed a minute with Momma. So I would get him and rock/walk/whatever for about 10 minutes and we'd try it again. Also, if he's trying to cut teeth (and it sounds like you've got one coming down the pike), maybe wait a bit before implementing the whole cry-it-out routine. One thing I have learned is that teeth can rock your world in ways you never even thought possible. If his mouth is feeling yucky, he may just need some extra snuggles from you. And Tylenol. Tylenol is awesome.

    Sorry for the long comment! Congrats on the new job and schedule!

  16. Glad you're back! I love your blog and your family is just too precious for words! So happy for you about your job. God's timing truly is perfect, Amen to that!

  17. Oh my! He's so big! Yay for a new job and schedule!

  18. I love that little boy! BTW, I hope you like your new job and hours. Spending more time with Houston and getting to go to church more often will mean so much. I'm hoping to find a good church home and work less weekends so I can start going as well. I can't wait to see you soon!

  19. he is OH SO SO SOOOOO SWEET is right. omg i want to grab him and hug him!! he's handsome!!!

    and yaya for 30 hr work week! glad everything worked out for you as planned :)


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