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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Friends---The Best

Tonight was a very special night for me because I got to see my best friend of over 10 years try on her wedding gown choices. If you don't know; Cassidy Fears is my best friend that I met in high school when we were Freshman. At that time we HATED each other. I was a bit to ghetto for her and she was a bit to goody goody for me. So needless to say we clashed. However, over time we began to see that we could actually be blessings in each other's lives.

Cassidy showed me early on what it meant to turn all my hate and frustrations over to God which I had not yet done. I really do think that when I met her my life was at a fork in the road. So Cliche I know...but so true. I chose to the take the path that led me to cleaning up my act and during the journey I gained one of the most amazing best friends ever.

We have seen each other through GREAT times and some very TOUGH times. Not only has Cassidy been an amazing addition to my life; so has her family. I know this blog is about my journey with Owen but you see...my journey with Owen will involve Cassidy in a major way. Owen will know her as Aunt Cassidy because she is truly like a sister to me; and not just because we are Tri Delta sisters too:)

My mother taught the importance of having a girlfriend that is apart of your life every single day. Karen is my mom's best friend that she met when she was just in Junior High school. For as long as I can remember they talked on the phone for hours on end each day and assisted in each other in raising their kids; as well as much more. Unfortunately, my mom passed away when she was just 52 years old. However, because of her guidance, I picked up where she left off. Karen is now one of my best friends and someone whom I look at as well as an aunt in my life because of the relationship she had with my mom and the relationships she still provides to me even after my mother's death.

I am lucky because I have a "Karen" and I hope to some day teach Owen the same thing. I have always prided myself on how I treat my friends and how I value them in my life.

So as I was saying at the beginning of this blog...I got to see my best friend try on her potential wedding gown today and she was just beautiful in all options. This is just another wonderful journey we get to take together and someday tell our children all about.

I know this was a bit of a mushy blog...but sometimes I just don't think we take enough time out of our busy schedules to recognize the individuals that keep your chin lifted and smiles on your face. So my challenge to each of my readers today is to thank your best friend for being who they are and show them the appreciation of what they have done for you.

And to all my other AMAZING friends...I hope you all know how special you are in my life. I am telling Owen everyday all about each of you and how blessed he and I both are to have such an amazing support system.


One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Schlemeel, schlemazel, hasenfeffer incorporated.

We’re gonna do it!
Give us any chance, we’ll take it.
Give us any rule, we’ll break it.
We’re gonna make our dreams come true.
Doin’ it our way.

Nothin’s gonna turn us back now,
Straight ahead and on the track now.
We’re gonna make our dreams come true,
Doin’ it our way.

There is nothing we won’t try,
Never heard the word impossible.
This time there’s no stopping us.
We’re gonna do it.

On your mark, get set, and go now,
Got a dream and we just know now,
We’re gonna make our dream come true.
And we’ll do it our way, yes our way.
Make all our dreams come true,
And do it our way, yes our way,
Make all our dreams come true
For me and you.
-Laverne and Shirley

First Night Away

So this past weekend I had to attend a conference for work in Memphis, Tennessee. I was very excited about going and seeing all the Tri Deltas from the regions. However, this meant that I would have to leave Owen at home overnight for the first time ever.

My anxiety started to rise on Thursday night before I left about how it would be. I am 100% confident in my husband to care for Owen while I am not around, but I was anxious on how I would do not being there to see him wake up in the morning or to put him down in his crib to go to sleep. would I have mental breakdowns while on the job? I did not want to be that mom and I was nervous that I would not be able to control it. I mean he is only 2 months old and here I am leaving him already. I was starting to feel like a terrible mother.

I awoke on Friday morning for the journey and was stressed about getting out the door with all the things I needed for work and making sure Owen was set up and ready to go with Clay and his grandpa. I left them 2 pages worth of instructions on how to care for Owen for the 48 hours I would be away. I am sure it was more info than they really needed but I guess that is what you do as a new mom...smother your caretakers with information for the "just in case moments".

I soon realized that when I got to the airport at 7am (I had been up since 4:30am) that I was NOT going to be able to NOT think about Owen. Immediately my boobs started to hurt because it was Owen's regular feeding time. So as any new mom would do...I pulled out the pump and went to town in mid flight to Memphis. I never thought I would have to experience expressing milk while on a plane but that comes with the nursing mom territory. However, I could not do this mid flight experience without going through security first and having to have a male TSA agent examine my bag that contained my pump and all its glorious parts. He did try to make me feel more comfortable by saying he sees them all the time. Bless his little heart for trying but at 7am in line with a ton of strangers and a machine that looks like it could milk a cow; even I was embarassed.

For the next 24 hours I realized I would be hiding away somewhere every three hours pumping out the precious gold that I give my son to make him big and strong. The only thing was that I would also be pouring it down the drain because I would not be able to bring it home with me. Those rules.

Everyone kept asking if I just torn up about not being with Owen and part of me was, but there was the part of me that just loved the adult time and catching up with old friends. I was able to call and check in with Clay and they were doing just fine. I had nothing to worry about. He even had a friend in town from college...so I literally had the movie "Three Men and a Baby" going on at my house.

So my anxiety that had built up about leaving him was going away; but was being replaced with the anxious feeling of being able to put my arms around him in just a few short hours. I was back on a plane Saturday afternoon around 4:45pm. It seemed just as quick as I got to Memphis I was heading back home.

When I got home and I saw Owen and he heard my voice...there was a smile that I will always remember. He knew who I was and he was ready for me to love all over him. I don't think I left his side for the next two days.

Clay and Grandpa did wonderful while I was away but they were glad to have me back. I guess this can go down in the books as the first big milestone that I have accomplished as a mother...the over night trip without my son.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Buc-ee's!!!

So last weekend I went down to Houston with Mom, Aunt Cassidy, and Granny Pam. We had the best time ever. We did the trip all in one day and it was the longest trip I had ever been on in the car. I think it was like 3.5 hours each way!!! It was raining the WHOLE way. Aunt Cassidy drove us down there because mommy needed to pump in the car. She wanted to make sure I had plenty of milk to drink:)

I slept most of the way with Granny Pam in the back with me for entertainment. Granny Pam made brownies and muffins for the road trip and had other snacks too. I really wanted one of those brownies...but mom said no.

We got to Houston just before Alicia's shower was to begin so we rushed in to get changed. Mom brought me a cute change of clothes because it was the first time I was going to be meeting my Houston friends. I had to look good.

We watched Alicia open her gifts and they ate some food. Then it was time to turn around. We had to come back home and that was going to be a long drive. The rain had stopped for the most part and now mommy was driving. On the way back we decided to end the field trip on a high note and go to Buc-ees!!! It is like Disney World for Truckers. There are animated figures, tons of gifts, tons of food, and just good fun all around. Here are some pictures from my very first experience in this wonderland:)

WE MADE IT




THIS OLD MAN WAS SCARY



I HAVE MY OWN BUC-EE DOLL!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009



On September 9th, I turned 2 months old and my Daddy turned 39 years old. We had a great day of celebrations together. Mommy had to work all day so it was just me and Dad hanging out and reminiscing on how great our lives have been up to his point. (Daddy had alot more to talk about than I did)

For my birthday my mom dressed me in the outfit you see in the picture. Like you guys don't know I was born in 2009...DUH! You gotta love mom though for trying to be creative. hehehe

One of the gifts I got on my birthday was from my family in Dubai. I received a new toy to carry with me every where I go. Know if you don't recall the day I was born I was immediately attached to my Cow Stick. Well now, since I am bigger, I am LOVING my new Camel Stick! It came all the way from the actual desert and I love having it with me when I sleep, play, ride in the car, watch my mom work, and just about anywhere somewhere will allow it. They also sent me a new bib and a Christmas Ornament. I can't wait to meet my cousins this Christmas. Mom and Dad said they have to fly like 18 hours to come see me. (Although I really don't know what that means) HEHEHE

CAMEL STICK


COW STICK

Another thing that I learned on my birthday was that I have GROWN. If you have been keeping up with my mom's blog you will have read that I am now 10.6 lbs and that puts me in the 25% range for my age and my length is at 15%. Basically i am short and round. MUAH! Watch out ladies...here comes Casanova!

I also got to take a BIG road trip on my birthday weekend to see my Aunt Alicia. Granny Pam and Aunt Cassidy came with mom and me and it was a TON of fun. Mom told me she is going to update the blog with those details very soon and also include some pictures. So stay tuned....

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I am in LOVE!!!

So my mom took me over to play with my new girlfriend Izzy. WOW is she a babe. I could not get enough of her. I wish we could have stayed longer to hug and kiss. Her mom and my mom have been great friends since they were like 12 years old. CRAZY, and now I am only 13 days younger than her daughter, Izzy. We were meant to be together forever. Below are some of the pics from our first date and please go to Czarina's blog to see actual video footage as well. http://czarinasjourney.blogspot.com/2009/09/isabelles-first-date.html



I LOVE YOUR ARMS AROUND ME!!


CAN I JUST HAVE ONE KISS?!?!?


MOM!!! IZZY JUST TOLD ME SHE LOVE ME!!!

IZZY YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL EYES


I COULD STAY HERE FOREVER!! (BABY GOT BACK AND ME LIKEY)





IZZY DON'T PULL MY HAIR...I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

8 Week Check Up


ME SLEEPING AFTER DOCTOR...THIS DAY

So Clay took Owen in to see Dr. Johnson today for his 8 week checkup. Part of me was very sad that I could not be there due to work; but then the other part was very relieved. I have heard the reaction that children give when they receive their shots and I knew my heart would just break if I saw Owen in pain.

One thing I LOVE about Dr. Johnson's office is that Pam, my best friend Cassidy's mom, is our nurse. She knows just what Owen needs and I trust her 100% with the care of our son. She also helps Clay stay calm while going through the doctor visits.

Today she gave Owen 2 shots which were for four of his immunizations. Clay said he just screamed but that he calmed down quickly with Pam soothing him. THANK YOU PAM!!!

We also got to weigh him and he was 10 lbs 6 oz. WOW my boy is getting big. I still remember leaving the hospital and him weighin only 5 lbs 6 oz. It makes me proud as a mother to know that he is receiving the nutrition that he needs to help him grow like this. Before we know it he will be into a whole new diaper size!! He is also now 21 1/2 inches long.

I am watching him peacefully sleep in his swing now and I hope he is dreaming of wonderful things. He looks so sweet and my heart just melts.

So we were pleased with the check up and can't wait for the next.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Pink Eye, Body Rash, Oh My!!

So this week has been a trying week. After the whole craziness with Owen's poop fiesta we started to deal with Pink Eye. Owen has a clogged tear duct that has become infected and we are now doing eye drops. I am not going to lie my first thought was, "crap Clay we can get this." Not, "Oh, my poor sweet boy I know it is not fun having that gook in your eye."

Putting those little drops into his precious eyes just about kills me but I know that he will feel better soon because of it. Plus, he will look better; all that gook in his eye is not good for picking up the chicks:)

Then the rash came. We woke up yesterday morning and i found red bumps all over his trunk and on the back of his shoulders. FREAK OUT can we say. I immediately call the doctor's office to see how soon they can get my child in; in my eyes this is an emergency and I am in panic mode.

After running down the list of could be's with the nurse we determined it was not an emergency but it an allergy to his body lotion. See like his mother he is very sensitive to the scented lotions and soaps; should have known. So we won't be using those again anytime soon.

Let's pray that when he goes to get his 8 week shots on Thursday we don't have any drama with that. I can't take anymore!!!