Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Our First Cold

I was in the office on Tuesday when I got the call...Clay called to tell me he thought Owen was sick.

I wanted to pick up my things and head out right then and there to rush home to be with my boy. How could he be sick? What does he have? Is it the swine flu? All of the worse case scenarios were flooding my brain...I had just gotten the call :30 seconds ago and already I was in panic mode.

When I got home Owen was coughing and severely congested. We started doing saline in his nose and checking his temperature. He was normal. Maybe it was just bad allergies from going to the park. (Lord knows Mommy's were bad)

We got him to bed and things seem to be okay even though I was still a bit uneasy about my son being sick. Then in the middle of the night around 3am, Clay and I were awoken to the sound of our son chocking. TOTALLY freaked me out. Owen was chocking on his own drainage. We did a full assessment to determine he was okay and were able to get him back to sleep.

He awoke at his normal time, 6am for his first morning feeding. He seemed to just be very congested but everything else was good. He even fell asleep after eating and seemed to be dreaming peacefully until around 9am. Then I noticed he was REALLY tired and his cheeks were REALLY red. I felt his head and it was warm. That panic mode kicked in again. I immediately ran for the thermometer to find out that he had a 100.5 temp. My little boy was really sick. I was on the phone with the doctor in less than a minute to get him in for a check up.

We get to the doctor and my son sees his favorite nurse, Granny Pam, and begins smiling and laughing. I love that even though he does not feel good he still recognizes the people in his life that make him feel special. The doctor told us that it was just a BAD cold and he should be fine by the weekend. Of course in my head I keep thinking...are you sure? Not the flu? shouldn't you give us a RX to make him feel better?

I tell you what...I think that it is more exhausting on the parents when their child is sick. It was truly a test for me to see how I would react. I will say in the past 24 hours I have felt: panic, stress, heartbreak, helplessness, doubtfulness, and fear.

Owen is almost 4 months old and this is his first time to be sick...I hope it gets easier on mommy as the time goes by.

A Day at the Park

So this past Sunday we took Owen to the park to have a picnic with his grandma. Owen loves to be outside and he laughed and smiled the whole time. Of course he was scared of the bugs just like his mommy:) Here are some pics from the day...

We also attended the Taste Of Greenville and met up with our favorite new parent's couple; The Hounsels. Here is a picture of Owen one of his favorite outfits that his cousin Sheila had specially made for him. Too cute!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bath Time is Fun

So every other night Owen and I laugh and smile during his bath time. He just loves being in the water and loves kicking his little fat legs to make splashes. He gets a full scrubbing from head to toe.

I thought that I would share some of the fun times we have together with all of my readers. Isn't he just adorable:)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

3 Year Anniversary

Today is our wedding anniversary of three years. I still remember the day that I met Clay at his home during a Halloween party. Little did I know that the guy that was playing hostess and opening his home to his friends would later be my husband.

What a journey we have had together. We started dating in October of 2003 when I was just merely 23 years old and he was a 33 year old man. CRAZY...I am sure people thought it would never work because of our age difference. Well we have proven them wrong and fall more and more in love with each other everyday.

Clay has been such a support to me over the past 6 years that I could not ask for a better man in my life. He has also given me a beautiful son and is an amazing father. Everyday I look at him in aww with adoration of how thoughtful, intelligent, caring, and adorable he is.

I know that three years is nothing when you look at the long haul for marriage. We know that we still have many many years of hard work and dedication to one another. I have no doubt that we will someday be sitting together reminiscing about the past 50 years that we have been together and still have a smile upon our faces.

Clay-Thank you for all you do for me. Thank you for making me a better person inside and out. Thank you for believing in me and pushing me to reach my goals and dreams. Thank you for loving my family unconditionally, Thank you for being an awesome father to Owen. Most of all...Thank you for being you!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Every Baby Has One


Here is Owen baring all in the buff. He is so cute that I could not resist to get a few pictures of him with no clothes on. He is going to kill me later in life.
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Breast Reduction

So yesterday I went for a consult about having a breast reduction. I have been very large chested since I was in 6th grade and on of my guy friends would call me Himalayas (you know the GIGANTIC mountains). At that time I was measuring at a C cup. In 6th grade....CRAZY.

So Clay and I made the appointment to learn more about what the procedure would entail and if it would be an option for us at this time. I mean I am a new mom and I don't want to do anything that would take me away from my responsibilities with Owen.

I was amazed to learn that the recovery is only 4-6 weeks and most people return to work in less than 4 days. Of course I would have to be very careful with lifting and that would be the main concern with Owen.

When we met with the doctor it was a very interesting feeling. I mean we are sitting in a room and talking about my breast. I felt like all eyes were on them the ENTIRE time and I was still fully clothed.

Then the unveiling came...and of course the first words out of the doctors mouth were, "Well you definitely have some large breast". So needless to say I am a good candidate for the procedure. We are thinking that I would be reduced to a full B cup. I can't even remember when I was ever a B cup. I would be in heaven.

I can't wait for the chance to wear a button up shirt that does not gap and show my bra. Or be able to run with only one sports bra or heck even be able to run at all. I dream of the day when i don't wake up with chronic neck and back pain from the extra weight I have been carrying around. I also can't wait to just feel better about my self image in general.

I know that girls that are smaller chested wish for the opportunity for larger breast but there are some downfalls to having that wish. You look fatter than you really are because the breast stick out so much. UGH and let's not forget the uncomfortable feeling standing in front of a large group of individuals in a strapless gown as you watch your best friends get married. Those are the things that suck about it.

So after our meeting we learned that the cost for the procedure would be around $6500. We have also learned that insurance will not cover the procedure but we are trying to learn more about a potential appeal process.

Do you think it would be tacky for me to ask for visa gift cards for Christmas to go towards the surgery...just a thought:) :)

So in closing:

Do your breast hang low
Do they wobble to and fro
Can you tie them in a not
Can you tie them in a bow
Can you throw them over your shoulder
Like a continental soldier
Do your breast hang low.....HELL YES!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Big O Meets Big Tex

So Clay and I got the crazy idea of taking Owen to the State Fair. I mean it is an icon here in our city/state. We chose to go when it would not be super overcast potential rainy day. The weather could not have been better. We bundled him up in long sleeves, pants, socks, and a hooded jacket. SUPER CUTE and headed out.

We had to park a ways from the fair entrance and ride the trolly. So Owen had a good old time while the wind blew through his hair...okay his strings of something growing back there. He loved it.

We did the rounds at the fair grounds. We saw all the exhibits and ate some good food. Then the time we had been waiting for...the big introduction!!!

Howdy Owen, Welcome to the State Fair of Texas

We were proud parents to know we had just shared a wonderful Texas tradition with our son. I can't wait till he can eat corn dogs with his mom and all the other fun fried foods.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Alicia's Wedding

This weekend was the wedding of my dear friend Alicia. I have to admit I was a little nervous getting up in front of 150 guest in a strapless gown only 3 months after having a baby. I have not had a chance to really work out for many reasons...maybe they were excuses...but they kept me from it. I was hoping the dress would not fall down, milk would come out in the middle of the ceromony, and I just would not look like a fat ass.

However, when the day came it was amazing. It was our first road trip out of town; Mommy, Daddy, and Owen. It takes so much stuff to take your baby out of town for an overnight trip and not to mention it was POURING down rain the whole way. We made it and we had a great time at the rehearsal dinner and the wedding. Here are some pictures from the event.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

3 months old!!!

Tomorrow when I wake up our son will be 3 months old. I never would have thought looking back to the day that Owen was born I would have such a big boy now. He is truly a joy in my life and everyday I am with him I know that Clay and I are doing the best job ever in making sure he is happy and healthy.

Over the last few weeks, Owen has taken an interest in watching cartoons on tv. For any of you mom readers, I have learned that the Backyardigans is his favorite show on Nickjr. Thank you to my best friend Julie who told me about this channel. He just sits there and kicks his legs and laughs. Sure it may not be the best thing to put your kid in front of the tv, but I see the joy in his face and it makes me feel good as a mom. Not to mention it allows me to blow dry this big full head of thick frizzy hair that can take up to an hour.

Tomorrow we will also be heading down to Houston. I am going to be standing as the Matron of Honor in my best friend Alicia's wedding. It will be our first family road trip and I am looking forward to it. Owen is going to get to meet his Granny Dot (Clay's Grandma) and other dear family members on the Coleman side.

In preparation of the big event I went today and got a pedicure. It was heaven. I am sure that I will get a talking to on the cost of my little outing; but it was SOOOOO worth it. They called it a tropical pedicure. It was literally an hour of heaven on my legs. I also got these bushy eyebrows done. So I am feeling alot better about my self image and having to stand up in front of a crowd at the wedding.