Monthly Archives: March 2011

meet the pooches: elsie’s adoption story…

what is it about buying a house that suddenly gives you the impulse to get a large dog? what’s that you say? it’s doesn’t? guess I’m one of the weird ones then. in june of 2007, john and I bought our first house… and for some reason my brain went into hyper drive… WE MUST FIND LARGE BREED DOG ASAP! I am a huge dog person in general, but it had always been small breed dogs up until this point… mainly chihuahuas, which is what I was raised with. stop it. they’re not all bad.

one night I asked john what he thought about adopting a retired racing greyhound. he replied with, well, I love all things fast. so sounds like it’ll fit right in. and with that, he unleashed the beast. I was on the HUNT! I got “retired racing greyhounds for dummies” and read it cover to cover… then I went online and got in touch with an amazing rescue out of the bay area in california, GFFL otherwise known as, greyhound friends for life. they were amazing… and thorough! they came and did a walk through of our house. we were interviewed countless times. it was INSANE. by the end of the process we were wondering what we’d gotten ourselves into… but then this little love walked into our lives…

seeyousoonsweety was her racing name… she apparently wasn’t very good at racing and she had been shuffled from track to track in her three years of life. ending up finally in mexico… once they were done with her she was dumped in the arizona desert with a mama greyhound and her NINE puppies… who does that? I will spare you my rant for now, but seriously… in the desert? I mean really… she was one of the few greyhounds that would get along with small dogs and baxter was already in the picture… so this was huge… and the kicker? black greyhounds are the least desirable. who knew? she does look a bit like a dobie from far away… and her bark is killer. even though she hardly uses it. so… of course I wanted the one no one wanted… and as you can see… she didn’t mind our little mutt in the slightest. in fact, the two became fast friends.

the first night we had elsie, she slept in our room. big mistake. during the night she managed to chew the corner of our bed off (BRAND NEW BED FRAME) and from going in and out of the dog door tenthousandtimes she had mud all over the carpet. did I mention we had just bought this house? yeah, that. she wasn’t my favorite for quite a while after that…

but she grew on me… and now she’s my girl… the only other female in the house! we have to stick together! she’s getting older now though and it’s beginning to show. on tuesday she got four teeth removed. she was under anesthesia for two hours and they only managed to take care of one side of her mouth… that should clue you into how bad her mouth was. reaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllly bad.

a few elsieisms for you…

→ she is wicked lazy. I mean seriously lazy. she wants to go for walks, don’t get             me wrong… but that is where it stops. the rest of her time is spent lounging             and she’s stoked on it.

→ if you piss her off, she will not only hide things from you… but when you                   decide you’re over looking for “it” she’ll destroy it right in front of you.

→ her teeth chatter. it’s an excited/nervous thing… sometimes it’s charming.                 other times it makes you want to scream. i.e. 3am…

→ she’s got the personality of a cat. she wants to be loved on, but on her terms.           okay, I suppose I’ll let you pet me right now… eh, I’m over it. ::struts away::

→ she’s the BEST guard dog ever. she doesn’t bark for fun. she barks when she’s         got something to say… and she sneaks up on you. which is the best kind of                 guard dog if you ask me. and her bark? freaking scary!

→ she has an insane prey drive and she WILL toss your cat over the fence if it               ventures into our yard. or raccoon, or squirrel, or anything small enough…             and slow enough… and dumb enough to come into our yard for that matter.             she’s had about twenty just in case rabies boosters for this very reason.

→ she lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvves john. loves him. thinks he’s hers. she tries to spoon         him if he lets her onto our bed. no can do girlfriend!

→ she’s an amazing runner. should be a given right? still doesn’t make it any less         incredible when you see her in action. the girl has skills!

she’s a ton of work, but she’s been a great addition to the family and I couldn’t picture us without her. there were a couple of moments right after g was born where I thought to myself, is she going to survive this? she kept looking at him like he was a squirrel… and that’s no bueno. but now she’s finally settling into this new routine with our new little human… which is fantastic because with us is right where she belongs…

and that my friends is els’ story… baxter’s will be debuting soon… that’s all for now.

toodloo…

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too many chores and a healthy dose of grayson…

today was spent completing as many chores as humanly possible. only two days until john and I head off to texas for our house hunting expedition this weekend. and thursday and friday I work all day. do you have any idea how many chores get done after I work all day? hmmmm, none. yes, I’m one one of thossssse. so today was very important. I got most everything I needed to get done, thankthelordjesus… but more so than anything I spent much of the day today admiring g. I feel like after last nights scare I was even more captivated by him. I mean would you look at this kid…

(photo by kristen young.)


(photo by kristen young.)

he’s growing and learning and shaping himself into a little human! everyday I’m seeing him do something new. he’s becoming more and more aware of the world around him. he currently thinks his hands are the tastiest thing on the planet. he stares out the window while we’re in the car fascinated by the trees and cars passing by. he’s eating us out of house and home. he’s rolling over and over and over. I put him on his mat this morning and two seconds later he had rolled across the room! you can see his little brain working things out now.

I am completely in love with the kid. completely. overwhelmingly so. it’s kind of an amazing feeling… and I think I’m beginning to really appreciate that feeling…

nighty night, friends…

p.s. totally off topic… but I LOVE paul mcdonald on american idol… don’t forget to vote for him! no seriously. V.O.T.E. um, k? k, byyyyyyyyyyye.

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the naked face challenge…

as usual highly hilarious deanna over at delirious rhapsody is up to her usual antics. she’s become one of my favorite blogs. she never fails to amaze me with the funny. this chick is overflowing with the funny!

now onto the matter at hand… I checked her out today and she had a pic of herself. no makeup, just showered. clean faced. she deemed this the naked face challenge. freaking brilliant. first off, deanna you’re still gorgeous! as for me… I don’t wear a ton of makeup in general… so this challenge wasn’t all that scary. for me, the hard part was she said to only take one picture. ONE! well, alright… here’s what you get on a first take with sara…

yes – I always have some stupid expression on my face. that’s my personality. before g came along I would never leave the house without makeup on… let alone post my naked face on the internet! but you know what? it was hecka fun… and it got me out of my head for a while. deanna, thanks for rocking this idea.

that’s all for now. toodloo…

oh and p.s. calling all bloggers! get your face naked and let us see! don’t forget to let deanna know you’re participating! see you around…

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all that worrying…

g stopped breathing today. or so I think… I keep telling myself it was hard sleeping. so say it with me now, he was hard sleeping.

I never thought I would ever have to say that. never in a million years. I thought all of this worrying of mine was silly. everything I obsess over was just my new mama jitters. just from hearing it from the docs in the nicu… and until today I think that may have been true. today was the first time I didn’t trust my gut. the first time I didn’t go to check on him just in case. the first time I genuinely feel like I failed him. which on one hand, I suppose I did… but on the other? I kind of think I saved myself a little bit. if that makes any sense at all.

I have g’s monitor strapped to the side of his crib, because I am that obsessive about his breathing. I will not go to sleep before I check on him at least twice… at the risk of waking him. I have to see his stomach rising up and down. I will reposition him… to make sure he’s in a position I KNOW he can breathe. am I obsessive? hell yes I am. does he have bumpers? yes. does he have blankets usually? double yes… why? because the kid won’t sleep otherwise. trust me, I’ve tried.

here’s the scoop. tonight I put g to bed at 6:45. he’s been going to sleep early, but it hasn’t been an issue because he’s been sleeping through the night. tonight was no different. I put him down… and he was out like a light in no time. I decided I would watch “black swan” … which is a movie I’ve been dying to see… so I sat down, turned the monitor on… and got comfy… about ten minutes into the movie I thought I heard a cry. but I looked at the monitor and it was on. no sounds coming from his room. honestly? I thought I was hallucinating. which I will tell you has definitely happened since he was born. I hear him at work sometimes people… so I didn’t think much of it. my gut said, just go check on him… but I thought, nah. I’m gonna have some me time. he’s fine. about an hour later I thought I heard it again… so I walked upstairs… went into his room to find him covered with his blanket… it was wrapped around his neck and smothering his face.

my worst fear realized.

I yanked him out of his crib and he wasn’t really moving. he still had lots of color so the first thought in my head was to turn him over and pound on his back… about two seconds into this he started coughing… and until about ten minutes ago… he was in my lap cooing and laughing at me. THANK GOD. I called my peed and he said this happens on occasion… he said I was incredibly lucky and that I definitely should remove blankets for the time being. I agreed. I also sent a nasty gram to graco… because my monitor was on… just decided it didn’t want to communicate with the parent unit.

moral of the story? don’t use blankets. don’t buy a graco monitor. and TRUST YOUR GUT.

how did this save me? for months I have been stressing that I was over thinking everything. that I was majorly sucking at this mom gig. and that I needed to just slow down and enjoy g. now I’m beginning to realize that’s a part of me being a mom. I’m going to over think things. I’m going to stress from time to time… and I’m going to trust my gut instincts. I’m still new. I’m gonna make mistakes. and lord knows, if this would have had another outcome, I would be destroyed. but it didn’t. so I’m going to be proud of myself for not crumbling in the moment… and I’m going to never buy any graco product ever again…

(photo by kristen young)

because this guy right here my friends… is irreplaceable…

that’s all for now. toodloo.

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just another lazy sundayyyyyy…

not feeling the usual iphone post today… I got some goodies this week, but I’ve got so much on my plate right now I just don’t feel like taking the extra time to crop, resize, and play with them to tell you the truth… it’s not called lazy sunday for nothin’…

this week has been a bundle of emotions… the relocation company finally contacted us… so the move to texas is officially in motion… I’ve finally stopped being nonstop nervous and sad to super excited and ready… I’m very much looking forward to taking our little mini-getaway next weekend to find a house… most of all, it will be nice to hog john when he doesn’t have to work. in my mind that’s like the grand prize…

yesterday our friends kristen and scott came over. kristen is a photographer, so she took our family pictures and g’s “six month” photos as well… he’s not technically six months yet, but john won’t be here when he turns six months… a little early never hurt anyone I suppose… I’ll post more pics as she sends them, but here’s a teaser, which also happens to be one of my favorite pics of our little family ever…

(photo by kristen young)

back to hanging with the fam… we just got back from taking a walk with the dogs… we’re enjoying the sun, but I’m looking forward to WARM… enough of my rambling…

toodloo…

p.s. what do you think about my new header? made it today… I’m kind of diggin it…

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lurky mclurkerson…

I was reading a highly hilarious blog the other day… and the highly hilarious author was writing about how she sometimes follows blogs anonymously. she went on to say that she thinks she does this because she reads tons of blogs and doesn’t always have time to comment on every one she reads… and she doesn’t want to be found guilty of… you guessed it… lurking.

well my friends, I am TOTALLY guilty of this. no shame. I am an even worse lurker on twitter. I check twitter several times a day… and I’ve maybe posted fifty times… which is nothing compared to the thousands of tweets that go out daily… and I love reading them. I’m nosey! twitter makes it incredibly easy to BE nosey! sometimes I follow people just so I get the WHOLE picture of the conversation… don’t lie, you’re guilty of that, too…

with blogs I try to comment when I have time or feel compelled to do so. but when I started blogging and meeting fellow bloggers I felt I had to comment… which let me tell you… is lamesauce. because here’s the thing… when I forced myself to comment because I thought I had to… it took all the fun out of it and frankly, all the intelligent thought straight out of my head. blip! gone. so I told myself you’re being ridiculous, sara… be genuine! it’s more fun… for everyone… no one likes comments like… “nice post. cute pics.” which is about all I could manage with all the self imposed force action going on…

I suppose what I’m getting at is… I don’t think it’s all that bad to be a lurker. we blog to share our lives, right? why does everyone have to have a public opinion about it? sometimes I don’t have opinions I want to share… and honestly, sometimes I’m too drained to have an opinion at all… of course I love to comment and I love getting comments… but I don’t force it. which means when I do comment… it’s because I was genuinely compelled to do so… and that’s pretty rad, if I do say so myself…

so here’s to you… my dear lurky friends… if you want to comment now and again… I won’t hold it against you. just thought I’d throw that out there… being so pro-lurking and everything…

that’s all I’ve got for you tonight. no exciting g moments I’m afraid. had a long day at work again today and basically got to bathe him and put him to bed. he would not stop smiling though… and it was enough to make my day. he’s a great kid and I swear his personality is growing and shaping everyday… it’s exciting to watch.

john and I are going to texas next weekend to find a house. very, very excited about this. can’t focus at work… I’m that excited. I’ve never been to texas… so it’ll be nice to actually visit my new home state… and it’s all being paid for by the company… airfare, hotel, rental car, meals… it’s gonna be like a nice little paid getaway… and let me tell you… it cannot come too soon…

nighty night fellow lurkers. until next time, toodloo…

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why I am officially OVER being a working mama…

tonight I didn’t get off of work until 6:15pm. once I got home, around 6:45pm, g was so tired he could barely smile while greeting me. once he realized it was me, he perked up… but only long enough for me to change his dipe, put his pj’s on, snuggle him for a minute… and he was ready for bed.

it. was. heartbreaking…

honestly, I’m pretty sure it was one of the worst feelings ever. on one hand, I am super proud of myself for getting him on such a stellar schedule… on the other? just this once, I wish he was feeling the need to stay awake for an hour… just an hour. I just needed to be around him… but he was tired. I could tell he and daddy had a very busy day… go daddy!

the good news? two weeks from tomorrow I am officially a member of the SAHM club! and I’m GIDDY about it. am I going to have bad days? yes… most definitely. more power to those of you mamas out there who continue to work… and I’ve had more than one day where I needed to go to work, but I’m so so so happy john has worked his butt off and made it possible for me to stay home and be the primary caregiver for our son. I imagine this is not the last of my working days… I plan to finish my degree in the coming years… and hopefully have a big girl job eventually… but for now, I’m going to enjoy my time being a mom and a wife… I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. ::sigh::

::a moment I don’t want to miss… bath time… he’s finding his hands!::

enough of the blubbering I tell you.

the last couple of days I’ve decided to enjoy john as much as possible. don’t get me wrong, we usually have no trouble enjoying each other, but especially right now… because it looks like we’re going to be apart for a while once he starts his new job. I’m NOT looking forward to it… and I’ve been a bundle of nervous stressy energy about it as of late. I rely on him for a lot. he’s my sounding board. he’s my partner in parenting… he’s my best friend! what can I say? I like spending time with the guy… and to not have him around for two to six weeks? scary. sad. stressful. not looking forward to it… and as a result? I’ve been a mega grouch. so, I’ve told myself I’m not going to do that. I mean come on… I need him to still at least like me when we reunite! hahaha… but seriously, moving is stressful enough as it is… we don’t need the added snarkiness… am I right?

here’s a couple more reasons I have a rad husband… (just in case you needed more reason to consider me the sappiest person on the planet…)

tuesday he hung out with me most of the day… and then that night? I got to go out with a couple of girlfriends and indulge in these…

which is something I haven’t been able to do since g was born… it was all kinds of fabulous. girl talk. martinis. and no baby worries… it may have only been for an hour, but it was an incredible gift. he even said when I came home… you need to do that more often, it’s nice to see you come home happy. hmph, maybe I just need a martini on occasion…

wednesday he hung out with us all day again… this is yet another reason I love my husband… he gives up precious sleep to share moments with us like this…

he was entertaining g while we waited for john’s turn in the barbers chair. pretty freaking amazing… needless to say, I love the guy. how could I not? he gave me that gorgeous little piece of baby heaven.

besides the seemingly never-ending back pain I’m experiencing and the mounting stress of the move… life is good. I need to remind myself of that on occasion… so I can stop being such an ungrateful brat! (I used another word, but deemed it inappropriate… use your imagination…)

that’s all for now… sorry for being lazy at blogging lately… too much going on around here! I’ll try to be better… until then, toodloo…♥

 

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since I can’t move, I might as well blog…

had an interesting wake-up call this morning. I awoke to what felt like a thousand needles in my back/neck/shoulders and a tingling sensation in my fingertips… as I eased out of bed I realized it was going to be a complicated morning. my head felt as if it was a hundred pounds and my neck could barely handle its weight. I then walked down the stairs as steadily as I could manage, all the while trying to keep my sanity as I listened helplessly to my baby cry for his morning feeding and cuddle sesh. once I reached the bottom of the seemingly endless stairs I caught john’s eye…

“omg, what’s wrong with you?” he asked, as if I looked as bad as I felt. thanks for the reminder, dear.

“I pulled something in my back.” was all I could manage. then the tears came. I’m such a wimp. cramps? tears. contractions? DEFINITELY tear action. puking? tears. bad headache? chance of tears… like I said, wimp.

“aww, babe. I’m sorry. sit down. I’ll get the icy hot.” he then rushed into the kitchen and came back armed with icy hot and some excedrin…

now mind you, john never once held my hair while I puked every day during my pregnancy. he almost always gets annoyed when I’m sick… he doesn’t like seeing me that way so he chooses to ignore it. so, I was definitely caught off guard when he rushed to my aid this morning. I’m pretty sure he could tell the pain was overwhelming… since he did make mention later in the day how the first thing he found odd was that I came down the stairs this morning sans baby g. which never happens… if he’s awake, he’s going to join his family…

that was the beginning. now here I sit, 8 excedrin, 4 rounds of icy hot, one piercingly hot bath, and many hours of the heating pad later… and? a little bit better. I still can’t lift my arms above my chest and it hurts so much for my neck to hold my head up I hunch over when I’m standing… but… any type of “better” is good by me at this point… I haven’t had back pain like this for at least a couple of years. DERN YOU STRESS!

when john had to go to bed at 5pm… I thought I was going to have a meltdown… up until that point I hadn’t lifted g at all today. thankfully, his bedtime routine was seamless… it was almost as if he knew he needed to take it easy on me tonight. do you think that’s possible? it sure seemed like it. he’s sleep moaning over the monitor right now. have I told you how obsessive I am about hearing him breathe at night?

his monitor is sort of flat. so it’s been velcro-d to the upper inside of g’s crib… why? so I can hear him breathe. I am OVER the top when it comes to this. it was something the doctors said over and over when he was in the nicu… we just have to make sure he’s breathing ok… and that has really stuck with me. even when he sleeps through the night I get up to make sure he’s breathing about eightythousand times… so when he sleep moans? I’m pretty much the happiest camper on the planet… like I said, he’s taking it easy on me tonight. bless him.

I could not be more grateful for these two today. john being such a trooper and tending to g’s every need… (and a few of mine!) and g for being a good little baby today. hanging out, taking it easy on mama and daddy… so the day could go as smoothly as possible. and it was kind of fun to watch. it was like I got to be a fly on the wall in daddy daycare… love them.

well, that’s all for now. toodloo…

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iphone photos: week 17ishhhhhh

this week has been nothing but craziness… (see previous post, a vlog! yay! er, yeah.) so, I missed tuesday and wednesday pics, but I got the rest of the week… here we goooooooo…

saturday morning I went to work and then that afternoon I went with the crew from work to a knitting class one of our clients hosted for us. it was fun… knitting is not nearly as complicated as I thought it would be. as my granny said, you can knit… you just need someone to show you! so true.

sunday was all about hanging out… and who better to babysit but baxter? haha… it’s kind of funny. I’m noticing when grayson is up and about… baxter is not far from him.

monday I didn’t have to work so I got to see john a bit in the morning. he and g skyped the grandparents, while I took a shower and cleaned up a little bit. they are wicked cute… and? I got bax and els’ portraits in the mail from wallfry… LOVE THEM. they are so stinking cute.

thursday brought some much needed time out of the house. the weather was nice enough to open the sunroof on the escape! holler! I went to work in the morning and then came home, scooped g up, and headed to katherines for a quickie hang out sesh. it was awesome. I always feel like I’ve burnt a crapload of calories laughing it up with her… and everly is just out of this world cute. she decided she wanted to be zipped up in g’s carseat and g “nigh-nigh”… I could’ve squeezed her from cuteness alone… and I had to take a pic of the diapers hanging on katherines line… SO JEALOUS… I need a line out back at our next house. I mean NEED. heeheh

friday I worked an eight hour day, so when I came home I was DYING to cuddle with g… and apparently he felt the same… check out that grin. love that kid. and I am seriously going to miss moments like this at my job, it kills the puppy fever for me… I get to snuggle them and then send them home with their owners. it’s a win win. and yes, my hair looks freaking haggard in that photo…

here are the daddy daycare pics of the week. I was SO PROUD when he sent me the photo from target. he never takes g out of the house… (I think it makes him nervous…) so I’ve been urging him to get out of the house with g and LOOK! here he is all by himself, running errands. happy mama.

anywho, that’s our week… did you take pics with your phone this week? link up over at amy’s blog… the more the merrier!

see you next week… toodloo!

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holy cow, this kid is so stinking cute.

(in my very unbiased opinion…)

if you got through my first vlog, you deserve a prize…

here you go, g bouncing. he’s so stinking cute. I can’t hardly take it.

and p.s. did you check out the socks? I want some for me. the end. toodloo.

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