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Welcome to my blog. I'm a Mississippi country girl transplanted to Grapevine, TX. I have been blessed with a great husband, and my kiddos, Aleck and Ella. When I'm not eating bon bons on the couch, I am my kid's room mom, PTA member, Sunday School teacher, taxi driver, amateur photographer and personal chef. When I'm not doing those things, I'm running a small jewelry business, 2nd Amendment Jewelry (www.2ndamendmentjewelry.com), that I started with my twin sister, Glenda. It's a crazy and busy life, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in this world. I am so thankful for all the blessings in my life!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Shoes!!! Shoes!!!

Aleck has this new obsession with shoes. He wants to wear shoes ALL THE TIME. He walks around saying, "shoes, shoes!" He has a favorite pair, and he fights when I want him to wear a different pair. He typically likes taking a bath, but since he has to take his shoes off, he has little interest in playing in the bath. He even wore shoes during his nap today.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Tales from the Toddler Bed

Since we converted Aleck's crib to a toddler bed, he has never slept better. He consistently sleeps through the night and even takes naps without any problems. When he is really tired, he will crawl in the bed and say, "night, night". When Aleck was sleeping in the crib, he would wake up in the morning crying, wanting to get out of bed. Now, he will sing and talk to himself for 15-30 minutes before he opens his door and starts calling for "momma". His room is baby proofed and we put a baby gate up at night to keep him in his room until we go get him in the morning. I certainly didn't expect Aleck to do so well in a toddler bed, but he seems to enjoy having a little control over when he gets in or out of bed.

He likes it! He likes it!

I had originally planned on breastfeeding Aleck until he turned two, but as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I decided it was time to start the weaning process. We dropped the midday feeding a couple of weeks ago, so now he only nurses first thing in the morning and before he goes to bed. Weaning has been a challenge because it absolutely breaks my heart for him to cry and ask to nurse, but I have been very consistent with him so the weaning process seems to be getting easier. I have been concerned because Aleck has absolutely refused to drink cow's milk, despite offering him milk with every meal. He would make a horrible face every time he took a drink from his cup. Yesterday, Aleck started drinking cow's milk. I guess he realized that Mommy means business about this weaning thing and if he wants milk, he is going to have to explore alternatives to Mommy's milk.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Trip to the Zoo

We took a trip to the zoo earlier in the month and Aleck absolutely loved the carousel.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Brooke and Presley's 2nd Birthday Party

These pictures are from Brooke and Presley's 2nd Birthday party at Little Gym. The kids had a blast! Aleck loved hanging from the bars and walking on the balance beam. Thanks for an awesome day, Brooke and Presley. Happy Birthday!!!


Training for the high dive

Aleck took a nosedive out of his crib this afternoon. He was playing in his crib while I was organizing his winter clothes. I looked up just in time to see him flip forward over the rail and land on his head. It scared the daylights out of me, but Aleck only cried for a few seconds and was fine. Tom converted his crib to a toddler bed tonight and it was surprisingly easy to get AJ to go to bed. I put him in bed and AJ immediately crawled out. I left him in the floor in his room having a minor meltdown. When I left the room, AJ stopped crying started playing. A few minutes later, Tom went in his room and told him “night, night” and he jumped in bed and went to sleep. AJ can open his door, so I have a baby gate up to keep him in his room at night. I pray we sleep tonight!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Not Me! Monday

I am only 5 weeks pregnant so I do not crawl out of the bed in the morning counting the hours until Aleck takes a nap so I can get a nap myself. It is just too early for me to feel so tired.

I did not drive to the playground and change my mind and go home without getting out of the car because I honestly did not have the energy to chase Aleck all over the place. I am a terrific mom and would never do such a thing.

I am such a bike safety person, so I definitely did not put Aleck in the bike trailer and take off to the park without fastening his seat belt.

What is it about pregnancy that instantly makes your IQ drop 50 points anyway? Seriously, I can not tell you how many just plain stupid things I have said or done in the last week.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Manner lessons from a 19 month old

We have taught Aleck some sign language including "please" and "thank you". When he asked for something, I will ask "what's the magic word?" He will respond, "tease" and rub his belly, which is his sign for "please". A few days ago, Tom was feeding Aleck supper and Aleck gave Tom a bite of his food. Tom asked for more and Aleck responded, "tease?" and rubbed his belly as though he was teaching his Daddy how to politely ask for more. Absolutely hilarious!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Not Me! Monday

Even though I was away from my computer last Thursday, I was able to wait until I got home to see how Stellan was doing. I did not call several friends until I found one at home who could check out MckMama's blog and give me a current report. Nope, not me.

I do not talk to my friends like I know MckMama personally and we are close friends. That would just be creepy.

Aleck wore his kilt and was a Scottish drummer for Halloween. Even though Aleck refused to wear his drum and insisted on pushing a pink baby doll stroller, I did not give in and let him run through the neighborhood pushing that pink stroller. I also did not ignore three different women who said, "Oh, what a cute little girl" and pretend that I didn't hear them.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Costume Parade at Mother's Day Out

Aleck was dressed as Tony Romo, the Cowboys' starting quarterback, for the costume parade at Mother's Day Out. I couldn't find a football helmet to fit Aleck, so I had to glue stars on a baseball helmet. Of course, with Tom being such a huge Cowboys fan, Aleck already had the Tony Romo jersey and Cowboys wind suit.

While I was videotaping the parade, Aleck spotted me and started crying. I had to join the parade procession when he fell down on the sidewalk screaming. Having Mommy walk with him calmed Aleck down, at least until time for a group photo.

I'm Back!

Sorry I haven't posted in ages. I had an insanely busy October and just needed to take a break. In my next few posts, I will catch you up to speed on the last month.