Saturday, October 31, 2009

This Is The Money You Could Be Saving With Geico

Bobo is incredibly annoying. We usually feed the dogs when we get home from work - 5:30ish. When we are home on the weekends he stands between us and his bowl for hours starring at us until we feed him. He stares for a while, then he adds some barking. He reminds me of the Geico commercials, which are equally annoying.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


What a face...
A little too close...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Shake, Rattle & Roll

One of Darrin's volleyball players got Miles some foot & wrist rattles. They are so cute. Yesterday was the first time he's played with them. He smiled and kicked a lot. I kept trying to capture it on video but never timed it correctly. This video is cute, but doesn't show how much fun he really had with them.

I survived my first day back at work yesterday. It was so hard dropping him off at daycare....even more difficult than I thought it would be. I actually started crying on the way to the daycare, and I'm not much of a cryer. I had a million things I wanted to tell his teacher when we got there, but didn't manage to say anything. I just had to walk out. Darrin went with me, probably to peel me away if necessary. I felt like my heart was being ripped out. His teacher text me mid morning to let me know that he was doing great and had not cried at all. I was so appreciative of the text. When I got there to pick him up every baby in the room was crying. I looked around and couldn't find Miles. It was kind of chaotic in there at the moment....finally one of the teachers pointed to his crib. He was sound asleep! Precious.

Also, he started sleeping through the night this weekend. Right in time for nice of him. Last week he started sleeping longer and longer each night. Finally, on Sunday morning we woke up and realized it was 6am!!! Then, Monday we had to wake him up at 7am....this morning we woke him up at 6:30am. His trend has been that once he starts doing something, he doesn't regress. Let's hope it's the same with sleeping through the night.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

We Can't Get Enough of Him...

...neither can Mack.

Corn Maze

We went with some friends to a corn maze last night at Beggs Family Farm in Sikeston, MO. It was lots of fun. They have tons of stuff to do there. We only had time for the maze, which is 10 acres. We never actually made our way through it. There are clues and map finders to help you. We spent more time hiding from, and trying to scare each other. The pictures didn't turn out great b/c I took my small camera.

This pic cracks me up. Darrin looks 9 feet tall. And, he looks like a creeper with his hood up.

The girls...
I wish this pic was clearer b/c it was hilarious to see in person.

Rachel & Travis...
Mandy & Travis...
Erica & Daniel...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Dr's Appointments

Miles had his 2 month check up this morning. He is 9 weeks old today. He weighs 13.6 lbs and is 24 1/4" long. He is in the 85 percentile in weight, and the 90 percentile in height. Also, he is in the 83 percentile in head circumference. Dr. Bates was pleased that he is so proportionate. No doubt he is going to be a big boy....but that's what Darrin and I have always wanted....a football player. Actually, if Darrin had his way, he'd want him to be a UFC fighter. NO WAY! I'm putting my foot down on that one. No kidding, we've always hoped for a big, tall boy. Darrin wants him to be 6' 8" to be exact. He got 2 shots, which he did not like. He recovered quickly and is resting peacefully in daddy's arms as we speak.

I had a follow up appointment this morning. My blood pressure was 112/68. Overall, I feel better. Still having head aches, but the doctor is hoping they will go away with a few more weeks of medicine.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


We went to orientation at the Children's Center this morning. We were both very happy with everything we saw. Miles' classroom was so organized and peaceful. I've been telling him all week how much they are going to love him at daycare! He starts on Monday. I am only going to work until noon the first day and then start full time on Tuesday. Last week I almost burst into tears every time I thought about going back to work and being away from Miles. This week I'm feeling a little better about it. I took Miles to work on Monday to meet everyone. I think being there and seeing all of my friends made me okay, even a little excited, about going back. Everyone at work was so nice, and interested, during my pregnancy. It was great for them to meet Miles. I know it will be hard to walk away from him on Monday, but I feel confident that he is in good hands.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mack & Miles

Mack was cold after I gave him a bath this morning, so he cuddled with Miles. So cute. I know you non-dog lovers out there are probably cringing. In a house with 2 dogs, it's inevitable. At least he just had a bath.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hope You Laugh As Loud As I Did

Darrin drove my car to Walmart this morning to pick up a few things. He came out and loaded everything in the car. He got in the driver's seat to come home, only to realize that it wasn't our car! funny is that? Naturally, I had a few questions for him.

1) He offered up that he didn't notice there wasn't a baby seat in the back while he was loading his stuff.
2) What kind of car was it? A gray Equinox (that's what I drive in case you don't know)
3) Where was our car in relation to the stranger's car? Parked in front, facing it
4) Did you look around to see if anyone was watching you? Of course!

I really hope this entertained you as much as it did me. I'm still laughing.

Monday, October 12, 2009

First Movie

Miles went to his first movie tonight....Couples Retreat. Cute movie. I'm not sure Darrin is going to survive all of these embarrassing pictures. I did wait until everyone was gone :)

More Headaches...

My OBGYN told me to follow up with my family doctor on a few issues, so I did today. The migraine medicine I tried helped but not for long. I explained to the nurse that I had a baby a couple months ago and for the last month I've had excruciating headaches and joint pain in my hands. Even though I've lost most of the baby weight, my rings still don't fit b/c my knuckles are swollen. Without even telling her about my high blood pressure during pregnancy she said that's what she thought it was. She said that high blood pressure causes both of those symptoms. She took it and it was 147/99, which the doctor felt was too high for my body type. He gave me meds for blood pressure and a water pill to help with the swelling. The nurse explained that she needed to weigh me to make sure I didn't loose too much weight while taking the water pill. WHAT? Sounds like an awesome side effect to me! I am very optimistic that the meds will help.

Darrin's cousin Shawn watched Miles while I went to the doctor. I didn't want him at the doctor's office with sick people. Shawn & her family moved to Martin last year. We have really enjoyed having family so close. Thanks for babysitting Shawn!!! Judging from the pics, I'd say he had fun.

I love his expression in this one.

I'm going to Middle TN tomorrow to see my mom & the rest of my family there. Hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Too Tired to Play

Being a baby is hard work.

For the record, I know he's supposed to lay the other way, under the hoops. Right now he likes this better.

Latest Craft Project

It's been established that I get bored when Darrin goes out of town. I decided to tackle a project I've been thinking about since I saw it in a magazine a couple months ago. I'm sure Darrin was a little nervous when I called asking where I could find the drill bit that cuts holes.

I wanted a place to neatly store all my camera batteries. We have 2 digital cameras and a video camera. I don't like messy cords, and I wanted them to be charged at all times.

This is an old jewelry box that I've had since high school.

I drilled a hole in the back for all the cords.

I'm sure you could use any box, but the velvet in the jewelry box is a bonus for protecting the cameras.

Pretty cool. Only problem, Darrin was using this to store his gazillion watches. Guess I'll have to replace it before he gets home.

This is what Miles was doing while I played with the drill. He's the best baby ever! Yes, that noise is the vibration of the bouncy seat. Highly annoying but he loves it.

Happy Fall Y'all

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Today is our 8 year anniversary! It is also my birthday. For those of you who know me really well, you know that my birthday has always been a big deal to me. It's my mom's fault. When I was little, she would always plan great birthday, food, tons of year we even had pony rides. So, when Darrin and I got engaged on July 17, 2001, I quickly recognized that my birthday fell on a Saturday that year. We planned our wedding in 2 and half months just so I could get married on my birthday. It was the best birthday party ever! We would have gotten married quickly anyway b/c we were both head over heels in love and couldn't wait to get married. 8 years later....nothing's changed.

On May 3, 2001, we went to Patti's for our first date. I think we both already knew that we would get married.

We honeymooned at SuperClubs in Jamaica. We had a great time.

A look back at our wedding...these are pictures of pictures. So, the quality isn't great.

Happy Anniversary babe. I love you!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fun Times

Miles has started playing and smiling more. He even learned how to hit the ball on his play mat. He is such a happy baby. Sorry I can't turn this video the other way.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Problems Solved

Thanks for the emails and calls about my postpartum issues. The migraine medicine that my doctor prescribed worked. I am still having some headaches but they are manageable. And, according to many of you, headaches are fairly normal after having a baby. The pain around my incision is better also. I started working out last weekend. I never dreamed that it would hurt b/c my effort was extremely minimal. However, once I stopped, the pained stopped too. I am going to postpone working out for awhile. I thought I would be farther along in my recovery, but I've come to realize it takes a long time to heal after pregnancy & labor. Thanks again for all the advice.


Darrin & I love this time of year for many reasons.....volleyball, football, our birthdays, our anniversary, and definitely the weather. Darrin bought me a fire pit for Christmas last year, but soon after I found out I was pregnant. Sitting outside in January around a fire pit somehow didn't seem fun anymore. So with the beautiful weather returning, we thought we would have some friends over to roast marshmallows.

Here's Darrin cutting the wood. We all made fun of him for playing Paul Bunyan with wood that wasn't much larger than twigs.

This is what Kevin & Matt were doing while Darrin was cutting the firewood. Oh, and of course making fun of him.

Kevin & Jennifer. Jennifer brought some stuff to make these banana things. I don't know what they are called. You peel the banana and cut it down the middle. Then you add chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, peanuts, and whatever else sounds good. You close the peel back up and wrap it in aluminum foil. Then you put it in the fire for 5-10 minutes. Yummy.

Kristi chillin.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Check Out My Belly!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, October 2, 2009


I hoping someone has some words of wisdom...

I feel like I've kind of had a relapse in my recovery from the c-section. I was feeling great and it seemed that my pain was gone. Now, I have 2 issues. First, I have had a severe headache for 2-3 weeks straight. I've tried everything....Aleve, Excederin, Motrin, muscle relaxers, hot baths, heating pad, walking, stretching, resting....nothing helps. I go to bed with it and wake up with it. I am getting a massage today hoping it will relieve some tension. Second, I'm having pain just above my incision. It is tender to the touch, and it seems that the muscles hurt too. It hurts to use the muscles at sit down, stand up... This started last weekend but seems to get worse everyday.

I went for my 6 week check up with my OBGYN yesterday. He gave me migrane medicine but is not convinced this is the problem. He told me to follow up with my family doctor. He did not think it was a spinal headache b/c it started 3 weeks after I had Miles. And, he does not think it is postpartum preeclampsia due to the timing as well. He also said the pain around my incision was normal and would get better. I hope he's right but am still curious if anyone that reads this blog can help.

I really want to feel better. I do not want to spend my time off with Miles not feeling good. If you can offer any advice, even if it is to say that all of this sounds normal, please leave a comment or call me. Thanks.