Friday, October 24, 2008

Misconceptions of a Stay at Home Mama

You know there are so many misconceptions out there about us stay at home moms. My least favorite one being, "she's so lucky, she doesn't have to work!" Well, the lucky part is true. I wouldn't trade anything in the world for being here with my precious gifts everyday. However, if what I do is not work then why is it that:

a.) at the end of everyday, it feels like a herd of elephants did a tap dancing number on my back

b.) I would have to tape my eyelids open to stay up any later than 10:00 because I am deliriously tired

c.) I am on call 24/7 and lunch breaks are not even a given

Another one is probably that we stay at home moms get to watch TV whenever we want, take a shower whenever we want, take naps and be bums all day.
Well, again, the being bums all day is true but not by choice. I mean, do you really think I LIKE to walk around without my teeth brushed in my pajamas for half the morning? And TV, well, that's just hilarious. Who has time for TV, unless that is that you are watching the latest episode of Dora the Explorer. And if I took a shower when I wanted to, it would be first thing in the morning when I wake up. However, usually at that time I am nursing little Joshua while promising my sobbing two year old that I will be getting her chocolate milk just as soon as Joshua finishes eating. And the nap thing, well you try to come to my house on any given day and take a nap I will pay you $100.00! And then there's the one "oh, her house must be so clean!" HA!! I am just going to let you believe that one:)
However, there is one common misconception that I wish most people truly understood. The one that goes, "but she is missing out on so much!" Let me tell you, I am not missing out on anything. Being home with my two babies is one of the truest blessings in my life, and I literally wouldn't trade it for a million dollars!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Daily Happenings

Well, my children are getting cuter and cuter by the minute. Today I started to organize Allie's mountain of toys and stuffed animals in her room. I decided to "shelve" a lot of her stuffed animals since they are never played with. Well, as each one went on the shelve she pleaded with me, "oh, but my teddy bear; oh, but my bunny wabbit; oh, but my ewaphant" and that happened the entire time I was "organizing". I finally distracted her with her other toys that I hadn't gotten to yet and finished with the animals. I then snuck all of those stinkin McDonald's happy meal toys and such to the trash can because I am sure she would have ranted and raved about those too. What she doesn't know won't hurt her though right!!
Joshua is growing so fast and becoming more and more playful. Last night Michael got home late (8:00!!) and Joshua was nursing to sleep. As soon as he heard Michael, his eyes popped opened and he was trying his best to find him. Michael took him and he talked to Michael for a good five minutes and even laughed at him. Michael was EATING that up!!
Cutest fake smile I have ever seen!
Must remember to hide the desitin. Yes, Allie "doctored" the baby! And if it gets any cuter than this, I don't want to see it because I would burst!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It's Official

I cannot tell you the exitement that I feel in writing about this subject! My little bro Forrest popped the question, and Brittany said yes!! She called me Sunday night and asked me if I would be her sister, and tears filled my eyes and all I could do was scream. I am so happy that Forrest has asked such a wonderful girl to spend the rest of her life with him. Forrest, being my youngest brother, has always tugged at my heartstrings and I have been praying the last couple of years that he would find someone that will love him faithfully, serve the Lord in her family life and treat Forrest as sweet as he would treat her. Wow, did the Lord answer that prayer! We love you guys so much and I can see it all over your faces that you have the type of love that only God can grant, the love that lasts a lifetime!

Friday, October 17, 2008

We Haven't Fallen

Off of the face of the earth that is. I haven't posted for a while I know. We were blessed with a wonderful trip to Florida last week and this week has been spent recooperating!! We had such a good time. Joshua didn't really like all of the goings on and wouldn't really let anyone hold him without a fuss, but was a big hit none the less. Allie had a ball playing with her cousins and her Ninny and Pa. She told me one morning when She woke up, "Pa's my fwend." Now Pa if that doesn't melt your heart I don't know what could!

Today was Joshua's 2 month appointment. His numbers are:

Weight: 12.6

Height: 23.5

He is in the 50th percentile all the way around. What a perfectly proportioned little dude! He looks so big because he is so much bigger than Allie was but it turns out he is right in the middle of his fellow boy comrades. He is absolutely precious! I swear he has my heart in the palm of his hand. He had to get his shots today and he went from smiling at the nurse to having the most pitiful look you have ever seen in about two seconds. I am so thankful that they forget all about it though. Within two seconds of nursing he was my content little Joshua again. I doped him up with Tylenol and he has been sleeping ever since. Notice the wittle tiny band-aids on his wittle tiny legs:(
Allie is getting cuter and cuter and at the same time getting sassier and sassier. She told me yesterday to "drop the attitude." When I tell her to stop doing something she comes up to me and points that tiny little finger in my face and gives me a look that can kill. She is by far the sweetest two year old I have ever met, and by far the sassiest. If she didn't get it so honest I would worry about her:) We are so much alike it is funny. I love her more than she could ever imagine!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Cutie Pies

On Friday morning Allie asked me, "where did my gum go?" She had been chewing a little piece of gum and I thought it had just fallen out of her mouth while she was playing or either she swallowed it. I simply told her that I would find it later and forgot about it. At about 4:00 that afternoon I was running my fingers through her hair and found the said piece of forgotten about gum. I realized that I was going to have to cut all of her hair for it to look right and with trembling hands and many promises to a jittery two year old that she could have all of the candy she wanted after I finished, I gave her the biggest haircut I have ever given her. I am really glad though because it is as cute as can be. And yes, this would be Allie eating the said promised candy!

And here is my little chunky monkey. I cannot believe how big he is getting. He looks like he is three months old! I do have to say that he is looking more and more like me. I told Michael last night that it is so awesome to look at Allie who I think looks just like her Daddy and think, "wow, she is ours!" and now Joshua who looks so much like my family and think, "wow, he is ours!"

Friday, October 3, 2008

Sweet Moments

I set up Joshua's mobile on his changing table and he loves it. I couldn't find all of the teddy bears that originally went on it but it turned out to be a good thing because the frog and duck that are on there are big hits!
Allie and I enjoyed the fall morning (it was 47 yesterday and 51 this morning!) and played a little ball. Yes, you will hear me doing a very poor job of holding in my snickers on the video you are about the watch. Let's just say I don't think she would be the first one picked for a t-ball team.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Play Time

Allie and I made "chocolate pudding" this morning. It started out as just plain pudding. Then we added marshmallows, chocolate chips, sprinkles, caramel, sugar and some secret ingredients. Allie would take "bites" after every added ingredient and "spit" it out because she didn't like it. We never could get her to like our little concoction. Here is a picture of our finished product. Man I love pretending!
Joshua is smiling more and more. He actually laughs at me. It is the sweetest thing. Play time with him is becoming more and more fun.