Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Just for fun, this is how much the look a like!
I didn't have my camera, so I missed it :( but I did take this cute video of him in the swing for the first time. He loves being outside and LOVED the swing.
Friday, March 26, 2010
He's great a making a mess.
After I thought I had him all cleaned up I noticed his ear!
He LOVES his Daddy!
Look at that clearance!
Trying out a teething biscuit
And a pizza crust, that's Brent for ya!
He's adorable after a bath
He now LOVES these little rings.
everything goes in the mouth
I've had fun with the rings too!
Flexing so strong!
On the steps checking in out
Not so sure what to think.
His favorite part! Hopefully we'll have great happy pictures of us at the pool soon!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I started thinking about this after another mom at church was talking about formula feeding her baby. He's had severe allergy problems and simply could not tolerate her breast milk. So she had to switch to formula. She made a comment about how she just wanted to tell everyone that she wants to breastfeed, but can't with her little guy. I couldn't help but think that she must be having some major mom guilt. She said she'd never formula fed her 3 older children. So she must obviously think breastfeeding is best. I felt bad for her! I think as moms we are all just doing the best we can. We are all doing what works best for us. Sometimes I step back and analyze my thoughts about other people and I feel a little like a know-it-all teenager! Where in the world did this come from? Reading a few books and researching a few things? Why do I feel like what's working for me is the "right" way to do things? I think as moms we feel judged/pass judgment on so many different things. Letting you baby sleep in bed with you. Putting them in a crib too soon. Breastfeeding too long. Not breastfeeding long enough. Letting your baby cry too long. Not letting your baby cry at all. Having too strict of a schedule. Not have any schedule. Using store brands. Not using store brands. Using medications. Not using medications (this specifically comes to mind with teething). Vaccinating. Not vaccinating. If your baby is too small. If your baby is too big. Making homemade clothes, bibs, blankest, etc. Store buying everything. Making your own baby food. Buying baby food. Not feeding organic baby food. If your house is too dirty. If your house is too clean. Oh my goodness the list goes on and on!
It seems that with every parenting decision there is guilt, or judgment! Someone, either another mom or some expert from some book, saying a different way is better! My realization is that I need to not judge the mom who breastfeeds to sooth and calm her child. Just because that's not how I do it doesn't mean she's wrong to do it that way. I need to not judge the mom who doesn't let her child cry at night to go back to sleep. I almost didn't do that myself. Just because I found great success in that doesn't mean it works for everyone! I also felt pretty guilty listening to Croix cry himself to sleep when we first started doing that. I need to acknowledge that we are all doing the best we can. We are all figuring it out as we go. We all love our children. The Lord loves all of us and I need to show more love and less judgment for how others choose to parent! So to any of you who I may have judged, I’m sorry! I’m trying to be a better person!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
I've never considered my self super fashionable. I'm not a wreck but I certainly am not the most stylish trendy person out there. I have expensive taste. I've come to realize this over the years. I wish I didn't! I can walk into a store, browse, find something that I love, check the tag and somehow it's the most expensive thing in the store! I hate that! Wouldn't be such a big deal if my bank account was bottomless, but alas it it not. So I have expensive taste, and I'm cheap. Not such a good combo. I'm pretty content at the moment with my wardrobe. I only have a few things I really like but I spend most of my days in my PJ's so that's really all I need. With that said I have grown to hate all my jeans. They are just out dated and not cute. I've found jeans that I LOVE. They are $100+ not quite in the budget. I've also found similar pairs for around $50. Could be in the budget, but I'm cheap. So I keep looking. I finally found a perfect pair, dark wash, white stitching, rhinestones, ADORABLE, for only $15! That's right it pays to shop around. (This is where the wonderful husband comes in) I found them at Burlington Coat Factory. I found them in the wrong size!! I literal looked at just about every pair of jeans on the floor and they did not have that pair in my size! Now I may have over reacted but I was honestly on the verge of tears! The associates told me there were none in the back, just what was on the floor. I searched more, Brent is looking with me. We find a couple more pair in the wrong size. I ask them to call their other location to see if just maybe they have them in the right size. They told me they'd tried calling the store twice earlier in the day and nobody even answered, they are busier! I held my breath as she called, they answered!!!! Then we waited on hold FOREVER!!! Then we got hung up on!! Called back, thankfully they answered again, on hold again. Then she came back.....SHE FOUND THEM!!!!!! I asked them to hold them till the next day. On the way home Brent says he's just going to go get them for me that night. I told him no, he didn't have to. It was already after 7 and it's a long drive to the other mall I could just go the next day. He says, what if a client calls to get a massage, or if Croix has a bad day and you don't make it there! You were almost in tears! I'll just go get them. And that's just what he did! He drove forever away just to get me some jeans! Then two days later I went shopping with a girl friend (which ps the last time I did that was about 5 mo. ago). We were way longer then expected. It was late when I got home. He didn't say a word about how long I'd been, didn't ask how much money I'd spent, had dinner waiting, had fed Croix and kept him happy and entertained. How I love that man!!!!
Oh and did I mention he's an amazing Dad!
Here are some of my favorite pictures from his six month session. Our dear friend Heather, of Heather Gunnell Photography took over his 6 mo. session for Liz, since she just had her own little one. She's the one who did our maternity pictures, and Christmas pictures a couple years ago.
Croix did not like the grass! He also did not want to sit by himself! He was a bit of a stinker but our excellent photographer still captured some great shots! To see the rest of the pics just stop by our online photo album.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I may not have a pic of his tooth but I've got a good cute pic of him!! :D
Sunday, March 14, 2010
And because what's a blog post with out pics........
The next two are practically the same, but a little different, I couldn't decide which I liked better, so you get them both! They make me laugh! He's started doing this lately, putting his hand on his head, oh the stress of a 6 mo. old! :D
I think I might like this last one best, like he's just so full, sitting thinking about life. Love him!
Let me just tell you of the problems I've been having with Verizon. I will preface this by saying I've been a Verizon customer for 9 years (wow!) and have always been happy with them, until recently. Here's the problem first of all I have been paying insurance on my phone for YEARS. AFter loosing a phone once and paying lots of money for a new one I always felt it was worth it to not have to pay for a new phone if you lost one. Also the phone I have cost a pretty penny so I felt is was worth it to not pay that much again for a new one. So I pay insurance for years......let's multiply $6 a mo. times 3 years this in my mind equals a reasonable expectation for a new phone when I need one. NO! My puppy chewed my phone and they wanted to charge me $50 "deductible" to replace it. So please Verizon tell my what was the point of paying insurance? I promptly canceled the insurance and decided I'd waited 6 + months till I was eligible for my ''new every two'' (even though I'd be happy with a replacement of my current phone I really like it). Only to find out when I went to get a new phone if I want one that is comparable, touch screen, capabilities for Internet, full key board, etc. They are going to raise my bill $10 a mo. I'm not looking to raise my monthly expenses I'm looking to LOWER them....have you not heard WE'RE IN A RECESSION! When I got my current phone with all the capabilities I had the option to simply pay for using them, IF and when I used them. I have only used them a couple times but they have been lifesavers when I have. So I like having that option I just don't want to pay a monthly fee for something I use maybe a few times a year! I expressed this to the nice cust. service fellow he says "oh yeah you're not the only one that's been saying that so in April we are going to add more phones to the "simple phones" (the ones that don't require the $10 a mo. increase in your bill) Well kind Verizon man I've already been waiting close to a year to get a cool new phone, My phone only half way works I don't want to wait till April! But if I don't want to wait till April I have the option of about two phones that are crappy or increasing my bill. THAT dear friends is my problem with Verizon! I was also told the reason why they are now making it mandatory to have the data plan (the additional $10 a mo. charge) is because lots of people did what I did. Decided to pay as the go for using Internet, navigation etc. Only it seems the rest of America is retarded. They used those services and then complained about how high their bills were. So I, a responsible person am being punished for everyone else being stupid and using there phones with out thinking about the charges they would be incurring!!!!! So here I am with my phone, it's literally falling apart. The touch screen no longer works, the texting wigs out, it takes at least 2 min for my camera to load (so much for capturing great moments in Croix's life on my phone), one of the hinges is broken so it's just about to break apart into pieces, the buttons on the front on longer work and my Z button doesn't work. I'm waiting till April. There had better be a great phone ava. or I'm gong to be pissed!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Me telling Croix all about the giraffes
Croix telling me how cool the giraffes are
I love my boys!!
Lions, can you see the other one? It's in the back ground.
Daddy & Croix checking out the lions
Croix thinking of what it would be like to be a monkey
Daddy and Croix checking out the Monkeys
We also saw birds
He loves his tongue
Isn't he adorable!
My new favorite picture!
Getting Daddy kisses
Croix and his cousin Seth
Croix is SO FUNNY!!!
HAHA Check out Croix's lip! hee hee
Croix saw the monkeys climbing all over each other and thought it looked like a good idea.
The baby monkey was swinging around.
drool our constant companion.
And as a last minute thought, proof I was there.....It seems I'm always being the camera, so I never have pics of me with Croix, so we made sure to get a few.
On the way home we saw this
It was a perfect afternoon!