Ok.... not strangers so much, but good friends :) People have been so incredibly sweet and generous since Micah was born!! Our sunday school brought us meals for the first couple of weeks and when it ended, I thought that was it.....WRONG!! Other friends have continued to call and want to bring food. They always ask if they can like it is an inconvenience to us... ummm, free food and visiting time with a friend? Definitely NOT inconveniencing us!!
It has been so great to see people and get a break from the new normal. Thank you to everyone who has dropped by, you've all brightened my day and some of you have even expanded my recipe collection :) (Jana, I emailed your hotmail but I'm not sure you still use it... I need that recipe like whoa.... so delicious :)
Ok, time for my second date with "Burn Like Fire"..... I'm hoping NOT to have a third :P
Now, some people I have talked to have asked whether I am going stir crazy being somewhat stuck in the house all day.... to be honest, no :) I am a total home body and staying around here makes things a lot easier actually. It seems like every time I have plans, I have to wake Micah up to feed him before I go so that he has a full stomach to make it through the time I'm gone..... have you ever woken up a sleeping infant? It feels SO WRONG! I mean, he's quiet... he's happy... I could be taking a nap too :P Anyhoo, I need to go get him up now so that we can be ready to leave in an hour for our outing...... deep breath, and here we go :)
We got his smile on camera!! Our best picture was, unfortunately blurry.... but we got quite a few keepers anyways :) I decided yesterday that seeing your kid really smile is pretty much the best experience EVER. Anyways, the little man is losing it right now, so I'm afraid the ramblings today must be kept to a minimum :)
I have mastered the art of holding a baby with my left arm and blogging with my right....is this skill marketable?? Well, either way it has come in handy for me :) It also serves as a time saver for you as one-handed blogging leads to shorter entries, less fancy shmancy vocabulary, and reduced rambling......it's a win-win :)
So, I am a big fan of a show called "Jon and Kate Plus 8" on TLC. It is a reality show about a family with twin girls and sextuplets. That's right.... at one point this couple had 2 six yr olds and 6 two yr olds... yikes!! Now, I've found that watching this show has made me into a better person. Sound ridiculous? Here's what I glean from the show~
- If she can raise 8 that are so close in age, I can definitely do 1 :)
- Thou shalt not treat thy husband like crap. Kate is VERY nit picky in a way that I have a tendency to be (on a smaller scale) and I gotta say; seeing it on tv makes you realize how awful it is to pick apart everything your mate does and how much it tears them down.... no thanks!
- I have no excuse for not being able to keep my house clean. If Kate has time to clean her kitchen floor 4 TIMES A DAY, then I should be able to find the time to tidy up.
- Did I mention that raising 1 compared to what she does looks ridiculously easy?
- Organization is key to not losing it as a mother.... so is having a lot of help :)
- Finally, kids are a blessing.... even when they make you want to bang your head against a wall :P
Anyhoo, on a different note, last night I went to the registration tea for MOPS (Mothers of pre-schoolers) at Kingsland and I am really excited about it starting up! It looks like it is going to be great for meeting other Katy moms and making friends that are available to hang out during the day and have play dates. Yay for MOPS!
Anybody else out there watch every second of Olympic coverage possible? There are so many cool stories this year and it is so much fun to watch. Swimming in particular has had it's share of dramatic storylines..... Michael Phelps and his 8 golds, Coughlin and her 6 medals, and of course Dara Torres and her... ahem... advanced years :P I have to say, I am tired for her of having her name constantly prefaced by her age. If you've been watching the coverage at all and you don't know that she is 41, then I am shocked. Perhaps the media could be a teensy bit nicer and just let her be "Dara Torres" instead of "41-yr old Dara Torres".....just sayin :P
Micah turns 1 month old tomorrow!! It is absolutely crazy how quickly the last month has gone by! You know what they say.... time flies when you have no idea what you are doing :) Anyways, after a month on this earth, Micah has perfected his smile, learned how to laugh in his sleep, discovered the joys of the pacifier and learned how to roll himself onto his side...... who knows what he'll be up to by this time next month!
Ok, so I REALLY like the Olympics....... really, really :) The only thing I don't like about them is that they don't show Ellen during the day while the Olympics are going on. I think I can forgive them for that one though :) I have watched almost every moment of this year's games and have found that along with the sports I knew I liked (swimming, gymnastics, track& field, volleyball, etc), I also can get into fencing, water polo and rowing. That's right folks, I'm growing, expanding my horizons... aren't you proud? With that said, I still get much more excited about the first sports I mentioned along with diving and a few others. Now, I know that they only do it in Japan, but I wish Sumo would become an Olympic sport....it's so freakin fun to watch. Don't believe me? Try it sometime :)
So, for Micah's circumcision, Nate and I went to a specialist to have it performed. Everything went fine until it healed :P Micah inherited from me and my fam the tendency towards uber-quick healing . He healed too quickly to the point where it didn't have the time to heal correctly. We were concerned about how it had healed, so we sent some pictures to the specialist and he told us to come right in. This was Micah's reaction when he found out we had to go back~
Everything went fine at the doctor's office, for which we are very thankful! We walked in and the first thing they asked us was a very enthusiastic "Who took the pictures?!!". Nate and I looked at each other and he answered "Ummmm, I did". They proceeded to GUSH about how good they were and how most people send in pictures and you can't tell anything but ours were amazing. The doctor then told us that he is writing a journal paper and creating a website about circumcision complications, and he asked if we would allow him to use our pictures. He was SO excited when we told him that he could use the pics. He and his assistant continued to mention the great pics throughout the appointment.... it was surreal.
Anyhoo, we figure if IT doesn't work out for Nate, that he apparently has quite the knack for Genital Photography. Now there is a skill to add to the resume :P
Micah had his weigh-in and.... he did it!! He made it to 8 pounds! I set that lofty goal for him last week and he pulled it off! This means that he gained 12 ounces in 8 days.... well above the 1 ounce a day that the doctor wanted... yay!!! While I have been feeding him this past week, I've been whispering to him about aiming for 8 pounds and blowing the doctor out of the water. He got to 8 pounds EXACTLY and now we get to not have another doctor's appointment (for him) for over 5 weeks.... woo hoo!!
Sooooo, Micah smiles now!! Not just "I have gas" smiles, but "hey, you just kissed me" smiles and "Grandma is changing my diaper" smiles. It's awesome :) If I kiss him a certain way, I can get him to duplicate his smiles.... it's so much fun!! No pics yet... I've been too busy testing out different approaches to bringing on the grins.
Edouard is putting a damper on my morning, and I don't mean the rain :P Unfortunately, the local NBC station feels it is necessary to preempt the entire Today show in favor of full time coverage of this non storm. They have scraped together 5 minutes of information that they have just been repeating all morning. It reminded me of this :)
I was perusing a friend's photo albums on Facebook last night when I realized something.... I am not made to accept criticism. Well, about some things I'm not :P In his captions on his pictures, he included multiple put downs of Texas and the Astros. When I read them, I just bristled.
Now, for someone who doesn't like to hear things important to her get made fun of, I've made some unfortunate choices in life.... some things I didn't choose, but still... unfortunate :P
1) I was blonde until puberty..... blonde jokes anyone?
2) I am a Texan born and raised. I am SUPER proud of this as any native Texan should be, but Texas pride tends to draw out alot of "haters" :P Extra bonus.... when I moved to Houston, I also took on the criticism of the rest of Texas. You know what though, I like Houston and I don't think that in any way makes me weird or delusional.
3) Yeah, I'm a 'Stros fan... what of it? I also like the Mavericks.... care to comment on how they always choke in the playoffs? You wouldn't be the first.
4) I went to Texas A&M..... I'm an Aggie..... I am die hard..... I do not think the merit of a college is determined by it's football team..... oh, and I leave your college alone, so back off mine
Whoa... this was supposed to be light-hearted, but I think I tapped into some deeply rooted hostility :P What can I say, I'm tired of people ragging on me about my school. I'm proud of my school, I don't think I could have made a better decision for myself when it came to choosing a university. Ummm, yeah... I think that's about it for a Monday :)
p.s.- thank you to everyone who has asked about Micah's feedings recently. He has good and bad feedings, but overall the trend shows them getting better. It is a definite answer to prayer!
That's right folks.... Micah finally lost his cord!! I didn't realize how much it freaked me out until it started hanging on by a thread two days ago. I am thrilled to trade the gross little stump for a cute little belly button!
I am married and living in Texas. I love my husband and our three awesome kiddos. I am a die hard Aggie and a life long sports fan. I love to be creative and crafty and I am a pretty decent photographer.