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just breathe.

sooooooooooooo. my mood is much improved since the last time we met. we’ve been super busy… and for sara? busy is best. right now I’m exhausted… it was 105 here today! the past few days have been spent running around texas… today we went to the dallas world aquarium… flipping amazing. but we’ll have to catch up later… as for now… I’ll leave you with my favorite picture from today. a father and son moment. john works A LOT. so moments like these make my heart happy. I feel overwhelmed with pride when I look at this… because you can totally see that in john. he’s incredibly proud to be able to take his son to his first aquarium… it was incredible to watch. I needed it. anywho, that’s all for now. night night friends…

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motion = madness…

someone wise once told me, enjoy this time… because once your baby starts crawling around? it’s all over. I listened, half-heartedly, and shoved it away into a deep crevice in my brain where all the other useless information other parents give out… whether you ask or not.

well. this person? was right on the money. my kid has been in motion for about a week… and? it’s all over people. I can’t set him on the floor with a toy anymore and do the dishes. I can’t even put him in his bouncer for ten minutes and expect him to be content… this baby wants to MOVE. he knows he can do it now… and nothing else is even close to that kind of cool. which leaves me feeling both clausterphobic and exhausted. also now that he knows these new cool tricks? he is boycotting sleep. he’ll give in the occasional nap… and he’s back to waking up two to five times a night again. I’M GROUCHY!!! I could seriously rip my eyes out of their sockets at the moment. I literally want to pull my hair out. I’m tired and during the daytime I’m a grouch… I now know that sleep is a precious gift… and when you’re not getting it? well… we’ve already gone over that… haven’t we? I love my baby… but I’m a much better mama when I’m well rested… so g, GET SOME SLEEP! I’m wondering if he’s getting teeth, too? I’ve been thinking he was teething for months now… and we still have no teeth. I guess they could be on their way.

in nicer news… my sister is here visiting! we’ve just been hanging out. watching girly tv shows. taking care of the little man. we took him to the fort worth zoo the other day… awesome zoo, but it was TOO FREAKING HOT. yet another thing on my to-do… SUMMER WARDROBE! anywho, I should get back… just thought I’d say hello… that’s all for now… toodloo…

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now that wasn’t so bad…

oh my goodness gracious… today was such an awesome day. from start to finish. g’s rash is finally ::knocking on wood vigorously:: starting to subside. he was in a great mood from the moment he woke up this morning. john got to hang out with us… we went to the park in our subdivision and g got to swing for the first time ever… and slide down the slide with daddy. looking at the pics cracked me up. I thought g got his skin tone from me… but dang! my husband is WHITE! haha. the cast of the jersey shore would have a hay day with us… it was an awesome morning…

THEN! after I went grocery shopping BY MYSELF… ::win:: I came home to an awesome package from g’s grandma and grandpa j… grandma j made g the most amazing quilt. I cannot wait to post pictures! it’s so so so adorable… and? it’s super soft. g was already smooshing his face in it. they also sent him a really cute stuffed frog… (he was all over that in about two seconds flat…) a shirt from one of their recent trips… best part (aside from the quilt, of course)? COWBOY BOOT SOCKS! I about died from cute alone. I could not WAIT to put them on him. they are SO ADORABLE… and they sent a pair in about every color… this kid is really a texan now people…

anywho, I’m tired. SO SUPER EXCITED that john has a three day weekend. I cannot remember the last time john had a three day weekend that did not involve moving. I. am. giddy! plus, on tuesday my sister arrives!!! can’t wait to show her around texas… I’ve got some fun stuff planned for her, g and I while john is working… looking forward to it!

that’s all for now… nighty night friends…

p.s. is this sort of turning into a photo blog? okay maybe… but I am OBSESSED with this camera… and getting photos of the little man everyday never hurt, right?

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oh the drama…

today has been… a day. a horrid kind of day. the kind of day you want to rewind and skip! but, obv we can’t do that, so why don’t I blog about it already.

g has had an INSANE rash for the last couple of weeks (yes, it’s been that long. not exaggerating.). we’ve seen the peed three times for it and nothing seems to be helping. if it’s still here in a week I have to take him back to the peed for some tests. it’s a very angry rash that worries the crap out of me… and up until the last couple of days he didn’t seem to notice… but the last couple of days he’s been super whiny and obv uncomfortable… so it’s been not so smiley around here. combine that with teething and a monstrous growth spurt (21 and a half pounds!!!)… and you’ve got yourself a recipe for an incredible grouchy baby and a frantic mama. I’m tired! so… long story short… I’m glad today is done. hoping and praying this rash goes away soon and it becomes a distant memory… until then, pray my nerves don’t curl up in a ball and die. mmmk? moving on to the happy stuff…

g army crawled for the first time today!!!! best part? john and I BOTH witnessed it! it was all kinds of awesome. he saw a toy he wanted and he dragged himself on over to it… all kinds of amazing. on the flip side… he now knows he can get where ever he wants… which is not always a good thing… but it’s still fun to watch him explore his surroundings…

on another awesome note… g’s smartrike came today! it’s a gadget I’ve been eyeing since before he was born, but it’s wicked expensive… so I wasn’t going to get one. but then the other day good ole’ zulily had a sale on it… I couldn’t help myself… I pounced!! it took about a million years to put together and a million breaks to tend to my super grouchy and mega whiny almost 8 month old, but once it was done… it was fabulous! I’m super stoked on it. once I got it put together g and I took a walk. which was great because it gave both of us some much needed fresh air and it gave him some time to chill out… okay, gave both of us some time to chill out… best part? the greenbelt in our neighborhood was full of little brown bunnies! they must have followed us here from connecticut! they were so cute!!! anywho, it was the perfect end to a challenging day… and now g is sound asleep and I? well I get to have time to RELAX. nighty night friends…

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2 hours a day…

of pure stinking cuteness. since returning to the eye doc last week we have had to patch g’s eye not for one, but for TWO hours a day. a sentence I thought would be unbearable… but he’s been super good about it this time… almost like he knows it’s crunch time for that sweet little eye of his. doc said he’s most likely going to end up in glasses regardless… which is a bummer… it’s just a matter of when… I’m hoping these patches will help work a miracle… we shall see. on the other hand though… if he can make a patch cute… surely he can rock glasses… that’s all for now. toodloo…

oh and p.s. where are his uff da eye patches? unfortunately, this kiddos head grew to monstrous proportions… haha. no but seriously, his head got too big. seriously.

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lately…

can I just start by saying my ABSOLUTE favorite thing about texas is the very fabulous fact that john now only works every SIXTH weekend?! if I had known in advance that that was going to be the case I would have moved JUST for that. seriously! it’s been so so so nice having him around on the weekends… and even better? he’s not a zombie. that my friends… is priceless. (especially because he’s been working his tail off hanging pictures, putting up decals, erecting furniture… there is no rest for him to be had right now!)

we’ve been wicked busy. moving is a process… we are now the proud owners of a garage… we were super stoked to be able to park our cars in it… but what happens when you go from having a basement… to not having a basement? crap overload. it’s taking over our garage as we speak… and we have yet to be able to park a car in it. dear lord… help us sort through stuff… we don’t want an overgrown junk drawer! it’ll happen I suppose… in time. ugh. patience… so not my fortay.

in other news… the kid is getting cuter and cuter by the hour. and now that I have this super spiffy camera I’m trying to teach myself how to use… I’m snapping photos like crazy. I’m going to keep this post short… for moving has fried most of my remaining brain cells… here’s some photos from the last couple of days…

notice the furry helper to your left. he’s making sure daddy’s got it under control. john decided to do g’s night time routine friday night so I could get ready for our… ::gasp:: date!!

baxter supervising… funny story – during our cross-country road trip, one of the hotels we stayed in had a monstrous tub. I mean massive. probably the largest tub I’ve seen in my entire life… while john walked the dogs, g and I got in the humdinger of a bathtub and I was giving him his bath when ::SPLASH!!!:: out of nowhere baxter came plowing in 90 miles an hour and jumped into the bath… I’m laughing as I type this. it still gets me. his face was priceless… it was like mid-air baxter realized OH SH*&%?!!!! hilarious. john said he heard baxter yelp all the way across the suite. too funny. this dog is hysterical I telll you.

waiting for the ::AWESOME:: babysitter…

saturday and sunday were spent doing a whole lot of nothing… besides unpacking obviously… but it made for awesome pics of the little man…

he’s sitting up and rocking back and forth on all fours… I’m pretty sure crawling is only a matter of time and determination on his part…

this is the face you get when you walk into g’s room after he’s napped and you greet him with, where’s my baby! p.s. that is drool spots from his one nap… he doesn’t sleep on nasty sheets. mmmk? I’m over it.

this is quite possibly my favorite picture… to date. this is his pre-dinner face from tonight…

this is his post-dinner face… bless him. he’s precious I tell you.

and that’s all I’ve got for now. see you on the flip side.

toodloo…

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growing up grayson: SEVEN months (what?!)

um… excuse me… how did this happen? how did we cross the halfway mark of my sons first year without a blink? this month has been insane. emotionally draining, stressful, and lonely for me… but at the same time it allowed a LOT of mama and grayson time… which I’m super thankful for… because? a RIDICULOUS amount of changes are happening with this kid. ridiculous I tell you… it’s all kinds of amazing.

◊ stats…

weight: 18 pounds 14 ounces (as of april 30th… I’m sure he’s gained since…)

height: honestly? not sure… I know he’s grown since last month, though…

◊ changes this month…

obsessed is not a strong enough word for grayson’s relationship with his feet. he is ALWAYS playing with his feet. it’s quite possibly the cutest thing ever. in the car on our cross country trip I would watch him in the mirror. I’m almost positive he held onto his feet for at least 12 hours of that trip.

he’s putting sounds together. right now it’s “boo… boo.” and it sounds like he’s reallllllly sounding it out like, “booooooooooboo.” which is my nickname for him. I’m always saying, what are you doin’ boo boo!

he’s sitting up unassisted. don’t get too excited though… it’s only when he’s in the mood. he’d still rather be doing push ups.

the most exciting new trick?! he’s getting up on all fours and rocking back and forth!!! it’s so close to crawling I could spit! seriously… he gets up… looks at me and rocks wildly! I cheer so loudly I’m sure the people in this hotel think I’m a weirdo…

◊ tricks perfected this month…

he officially puts himself to sleep. I can put him to bed at 7:30, he’ll talk to himself for about ten minutes… and then… ::SLEEP:: he’s a rockstar when it comes to sleep, but now all I have to do is his night time routine and put him in his crib. he’s the bomb. this was huge for me. night time is when I get ME time.

◊ things I adore about baby g this month…

this has been my favorite month so far. grayson is becoming a little human! he’s laughing. he’s grabbing things. he’s pinching me with his toes (which cracks me up because I pinch john with my toes all the time)… he’s sitting up. he’s bouncing. he’s enjoying going out and observing his surroundings. the kid is just SO fun right now. we spent much of the month just the two of us… and I enjoyed being able to hog him… (it was challenging at times, don’t get me wrong…) he totally kicked butt on our cross country road trip… takes after his mama, likes being in the car. although, I must admit I really think he got his personality from john. so laid back. so easy going. not really moody like mama… he’s a great fit in our little family. I feel like I fall in love with him more and more every day.

here are our pics from our seven month “hotel special” photo shoot… my memory card ATE all of my photos from the road trip and wouldn’t work for me… so I had to take these with my iphone… sorry for the crappy quality. not for long though! john got me a dslr for mothers day! fabulous pics coming soon to crazybabypants! woo hoo!!

until next time… toodloo!

happy seven months baby boy… mama loves you.

p.s. he’s OBSESSED with this drum. we saw it over at katherine and everly’s and my mom bought it for him shortly after that… this was a life saver when we were driving cross country. he LOVED banging on it. I did too… it’s NOT ANNOYING.

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welcome home.

as if moving isn’t stressful enough… as my friend katherine so eloquently put it, moving is where happy marriages go to die. can I get an amen? it’s been a wicked stressful week… but we made it to texas… john and I are still together and we close on the house tomorrow… for sure. hallelujar. so for the moment, I was feeling happy, relieved, confident that everything with this move was going to work out just fine…

and then… at waytooearly o’clock the front desk rang my room. john was already gone to work… and g and I were back to sleep after a five o’clock feeding…

hi mrs. s, sorry to bother you so early…do you own a ford escape that’s parked in our rear parking lot?

um, yes.

I think it’s been broken into. there’s glass all around it. would you like me to call the police?

um, yes.

and that was that. half asleep g and I ventured to the parking lot to check out the damage… they busted my drivers window for a friggin’ tom tom. I’m not gonna lie, I would have much rather handed them a hundred bucks for them to go buy a tom tom then to have to replace the window. I’ve never loved a car like I love this one, so it was sort of sad to see her like this…

under normal circumstances… especially with this huge move going on… I would have FREAKED out about this. yelling and screaming and being completely immature. tears may have even been involved. which is ridiculous. LIFE HAPPENS SARA. that’s what I’ve been telling myself all week with all the hiccups with closing on the house. it’s not worth the outburst… and you know what? I heard some awful news yesterday about a friend of a friend… and let me tell you… it really puts things in perspective. it’s just a car. it’s just a house…

I have a healthy 7 month old son (TODAY, EEP!), a happy gainfully EMPLOYED husband (who’s not too hard on the eyes ::wink, wink::), and two adorable sometimes annoying dogs. that’s what’s worth worrying about. these guys (and girl, sorry els)… all the rest? just fluff.

so for the rest of the day I will be waiting for the glass guys to get here and hanging out with my little man while john’s at work. so excited tomorrow is closing! we are going to own a house! for the first time in three years it will be nice to feel sort of settled again… never got that feeling in connecticut. we set it for 9am tomorrow, which means the walk through on the house will be at 8am… john asked if we could be ready to go by then… to which I replied…

are you kidding me? I’m gonna bounce out of bed like a five year old on christmas morning! no joke.

that’s all for now. take a minute to stop and be thankful for your peeps today… because honestly? that’s all that really matters. toodloo.

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becoming a mother.

when does motherhood begin?

is it when you see the two brand new shiny lines on the pregnancy test? is it when you excitedly run to your husband/boyfriend/partner/etc to share the news? is when the delivery nurses place that screaming pink baby on your chest? is it when you leave the hospital and realize this baby is yours for good? is motherhood a physical act or a emotional one? or both?

being around my mom for the last couple of days and hearing her refer to me as “mama” has got me wondering… when did I become mama? and then of course my brain went into… what qualifies me to be one? yes… that’s how I roll people.

my mom and I have had a rocky twenty six years together. we were never the bff’s she and my sister are… we drove each other batty pretty much the entire time. I was that girl that practically sprinted out the front door the day of my high school graduation… my mom’s favorite quote is… you were independent from the moment you were born. and she’s absolutely right… in a lot of ways, grayson has bridged the gap between my mom and I… a tiny little peace ambassador we both love. it’s a beautiful thing really… and something I’ve been yearning for for a long time…

motherhood for me started when I found out I was pregnant. all I cared about since that unforgettable moment  was to protect my little human. I would close the vents in my car when I was driving behind someone who was smoking thinking to myself, get that cancer stick away from my baby… I would make sure I ate right… even if it was just going to be puked up later. I would write him letters about who I hoped I could become for him. a mother. a strong woman. a loving wife to his daddy. I would pray and pray that god would protect him while he was housed in my imperfect shell… that to me is when I became a mother.

now that I’ve known him for six months. I’ve racked up countless smiles, gurgles, cries, moans, and squeals of delight… I know what motherhood is. it’s taking the good with the bad and making something out of it. it’s shaping this little human to be the best he can be. it’s putting him first but making time for myself. it’s not just a label. it’s not just a role. it’s a life choice. I chose to be a mother. and I fully intend on rocking it. maybe not everyday, but I’m going to do my best to be all I can be… and hopefully, someday in twenty six years or so… he can look at me while I hold his child and I call him daddy… and know he’s worthy of the title.

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the great cloth diaper change!

I was sooooooooooooo incredibly stoked when I woke up this morning and g was feeling better. I had been kind of up and down about going to massachusetts for the great cloth diaper change over at sustainablebabyish|sloomb… g was sick, I was going to have to go alone, and it’s quite the drive… two and a half hours one way with a six month old… not to mention gas is a whopping 4.15 a gallon here! but this morning… he woke up smiling. no fever. back to regular little grayson. it was on! we were going! but then… it took was felt like three years to get me and him together… usually I’m an “always be prepared” kind of mama… my diaper bag is always packed and ready to just yank off the wall… but lately I haven’t been going anywhere… so, um yeah.

then once I finally got the two of us in the car I realized… john has the gps in texas! so I had to go back inside and print directions… which took forever because the printer and computer were both powered down… holy moly. but I still had faith. I jumped in the car and noticed my gas light on… I mean really?! seriously?!

once I got gas… I took it as a sign from the big man upstairs that I should not be going… because it started to pour rain. I mean POUR. the visibility was crap… and I don’t know if you’ve been to CT lately but people drive like crazies around here… and there was no way I was going to drive in that endangering my kiddo… to miss the event. no can do.

with that… we ran over to target… grabbed some (gasp!) formula… and headed back home… I will still be changing his diaper at noon… but I am not gonna lie… I am incredibly bummed we don’t get to participate in such a monumental event for cloth diapering awareness…

but sometimes… you just gotta do what you gotta do…

and with that… we’re back to cleaning for my mom’s visit… she’ll be here on tuesday and I can’t wait! toodloo…

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