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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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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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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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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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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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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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checking in…

we have some serious changes coming up… I can’t go into them right this second, but that’s why I’ve been neglecting my little corner of the blogosphere. details to come once I’ve got things a little more under control…

right now I’m a bundle of emotions. excited, nauseatingly nervous, happy, sad, and a tad numb… it’s crazyness. for serious. without being able to go in to detail… this is a tad boring. I apologize.

but for now, I just wanted you to know… I haven’t forgotten about you… and I also want to be able to look back and remember what was going through my head. because let me tell you, I don’t think I’ve ever had so much going on in my life! okay, that may be a slight exaggeration… I probably had this much going on about three years ago…

so… fair warning. I’m going to be one a slight hiatus until things have calmed down a little bit… or I have something more exciting to tell. sound good? good.

as for little g… he’s adjusting just fine to daylight savings time… with the exception of naps, but who am I kidding? we hadn’t mastered them before the time change…  also? he’s growing like a weed and I cannot believe he’s five months old already! sometimes, like now for instance, I crave squeezing him… and kissing him to death… okay, okay… I’ll stop. I’m redonk. I know. I just love the little bugger that’s all.

so – there you have it. the most nonsensical post of all time.

the end.

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iphone photos: week 16ish…

hi! this week was boring, stressful… same ole’ same ole’… so I decided this time I’m not going to post photos of this week, but rather I’m going to post some of my favorite iphone photos from g’s first week of life. I hope that’s ok… and I’m not breaking any rules? isn’t the only rule that they have to be taken with your iphone? well, these definitely were… and they’re too good not to find a place for them on here… I hope you like em’… it was kind of fun looking at my baby when he was just so so tiny!

anywho, onward!

this first photo is one of my favorites… it’s the first photo taken of little g out of the belly. he wasn’t even cleaned up yet!

here’s g holding daddy’s hand in the nicu… this one melts my heart. it’s been my background on my laptop since, oh… as long as he’s been alive.

my two boys… getting acquainted.

here’s g his first night home… right after he had literally sprayed me with poop. (literally, it was like a fire hose…) and then he’s so kind as to flip me off. nice g, nice.

this was pretty much the one thing john and g did a whole lot of that first week home…

me WEARING my baby…

john didn’t get much time off (I think five days…) and wouldn’t you know it… the night he goes back… g’s umbilical stump falls off. I sent him this via text message along with, we have a belly button! (and yes, that’s a disposable diaper… I wasn’t prepared, seeing as g came early… so he was three weeks old once the cloth diaper thing took hold of me…)

and that, my friends… is the highlight reel from g’s first week of life. see you next week… with pics from my week! (hopefully…)

did you take awesome pics with your camera phone? link up over at amy’s blog! the more the merrier!

toodloo!

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