Monday, October 29, 2012

How I met your father

I've never joined the Show and Tell link up because I usually don't have the pictures to go along with the link up!  This time I do!!

1. Tell us about how and when you met your love and what attracted you most to him.
I saw J the first time when I walked in to work the day before my first day (confusing, I know, but I had to get a work badge so I could get in the building).  I saw him and thought, "wow, they finally hired a damn good looking guy!" (side note, we work in law enforcement and it's a consolidated center of 911 and police/fire/ambulance dispatch, and I had worked for 911 for 5 years prior to starting my job as dispatch and knew all too well that there was NO good eye candy lol)
Physically what attracted me to him were his dark eyes, dark hair, nice boo-tay, and his build.  He has a fabulous build.  Also, I've never been a tattoo person, at all, but I really liked his tattoos...and still do.  If I were on my laptop and not being lazy in bed on the netbook I'd put pics up lol.  But,  J has 2 large tattoos one on each bicep, his right arm has HONOR running vertically the length of his tricep, and a beautiful cross with angel wings & Psalm 23 on his left forearm.  He has more, but they're covered, so of course I didn't see those for a bit ;) lol
But, we have a chemistry   Something undeniable.  The first time we talked, we clicked.  We didn't shut up for the entire 8 hour shift.  Same thing the next day, and the next, and the next.  Then he text me, and that was all she wrote. We were eventually put on different shifts when I was finished with my training, I would stay awake literally all day texting him (I worked 3rd shift), and he would stay up all night texting me (he worked 2nd).  We would take overtime on each other's shifts just to work together and see each other.  
I don't really think either of us can pinpoint exactly what it is that causes the chemistry, other than a mutual respect for each other.  Past that, I think it's all in God's hands because our relationship is just that natural.

2. Show us the very first {or one of the first} pictures you guys ever took together. {Feel free to show us more than one}
our first picture together, I'm not a fan of it lol  Maybe it's the makeup? It's bad lol
We had been together about 3 weeks, living together 2.5 weeks, true story

3. Tell us some of your favorite memories that you two had together.
We've been through it all, the highest highs and lowest lows, but no matter what we always laugh together.  There hasn't been a day go by that we don't make the other smile.  
We don't have the best birth story for our son, since he was rushed to the NICU less than 5 minutes after he was born, but I have to say my favorite memory ever is seeing my husband standing by our son's NICU bedside.  Most people think my husband is this tough, serious, no nonsense man with a heart of steel.  To see him with our very sick son, praying over him when my husband isn't one to let people see him pray, talking to him, crying over him, smiling at him, I will never forget those moments.  
My favorite memory of the two of us....the day we were allowed to hold our son, he was 7 days old and had finally come off of his ventilator.  He was still so so sick, and on a CPAP, but we still got to hold him.  I cried, J just smiled at me and wiped away my tears.  Then I finally let J hold Pierce, I cried more.  Seeing him with our son, holding our son for the first time, there are no words.  J is truly my hero, I couldn't have made it through 20 days in the NICU with out my rock.
4. Tell us your favorite qualities about this man, what makes him "the one."
J is strong, mentally and physically.  He pushes himself to the limit, he's not happy if he only goes part way, he has to have it all or nothing.  He loves with his whole heart.  He doesnt back down.  He has strong morals and convictions.  He supports me, no matter what.  He wants me happy, no matter what it takes, he would go to the ends of the earth for me.  
And now that we have Pierce...I can't even begin to tell you what makes him "the one".  I knew J would be a great father, but I couldn't fathom just how great of a father he is.  He makes Pierce smile and coo when even I can't.  He can get Pierce quieted and happy when even I can't.  As much as J loves and adores me, he loves and adores his son 100 times more...just the way it should be
5. Tell us what your "date nights" typically look like.
We're laid back, easy going.  Date night consists of dinner and a walk around somewhere.  Last night was Red Robin (I finally earned my free entree with their rewards), with Pierce sleeping in his car seat on top of the table (because of where we had to sit, instead of waiting for a different table), then walking around the open air mall and then back home.  J works full time and goes to school full time, our date nights are very low key and very much all about us and quality family time together.  Which works for me, I'm happy with dinner and great conversation.  

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Family photos!

We haven't been able to have most of the "normal" family experiences, simply because of the way Pierce made his way into this world and how long we had to wait for him to come home.  We're just now getting comfortable putting him into certain situations.  So, yesterday he got his first professional photos (that we did some, but we didn't particularly like them.  At least not well enough to spend money on them), we got our first professional photos as a family, and J and I got photos as a couple.  We had a few maternity photos made, but I hated them.  Hated them so badly that I still haven't been to Olan Mills to pick them up.  LOL  They may just stay there forever. they are:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

10 Weeks!

I'm beside myself, I can't believe Pierce is already 10 weeks old!  Wow.

Dr's appointment Friday (Oct 19), he is doing really well.  Got two of 4 required vaccines spend the weekend cranky and extra sleepy.  Luckily, his doctor only gives 2 vax at a time and I think that kept him from getting a fever.  So, we go back again next Friday and have another sleepy cranky weekend...the same weekend he has family coming in to see him get baptized!

Born: 7lb 3oz 25-50th percentile
19" 25th percentile
Left hospital (20 days): 6lb 14oz 10-25th percentile
First Dr appt (3 weeks): 7lb 1oz 25-50th percentile
Second Dr appt (5wks 2 days): 8lb 4oz 5th percentile
Home scale (family's house: 7wks 4days): 10lb 25-50th percentile (not so tiny!)
Third Dr appt (9wks 3 days): 11lb 12 oz 37th percentile
23.5" 77th percentile

Pierce is still grinning up a storm, he's started laughing some too.
  • He's found his thumb...much to my dismay, I didn't want a thumb sucker I figured you can take a paci away but that thumb stays lol.  Oh well, he's figured out how to comfort himself with it, so I'm happy!  
  • Still in size 1s, but when we buy diapers today, I'm going to get a case of size 2s.  He's on the bottom end of 2s, so why not just be economical and get 2s?  
  • Still wearing newborn pants lol.  He's just so skinny through his waist!  They're too short, but 0-3 is too long, and too big all over lol!  But, he's starting to chunk up...just yesterday I was noticing that he's getting chunky arms and over night he's gaining weight!
  • He's grabbing more, and using his hands more.  He held a ring today for quite a while.  Tried to figure it out, but just couldn't...getting there
  • He is eating, a ton.  We'll make 5oz bottles and he'll be screaming in an hour for more, or he'll be happy with we've started making 6oz bottles, often he eats it all.  Piggie lol.  Which, brings me back to a supply issue.  I was keeping up with him on 4 and 5oz feedings.  Pass the Fenugreek!
  • We think he might be starting the teething process.  He gets really fussy...and has started to drool when he's asleep.  I mean puddles of it.  He'll fall asleep after nursing, using me as a pillow, and I'll usually let him if I don't have any time constraints, and we'll move him with the biggest puddle of drool.  It's pretty funny now, ask me again in 3 years if I think it's so funny then. LOL
  • He's been sitting in his bumbo a few minutes a day.  His head control isn't good enough yet to sit longer, but we're working on that.  He lasts for about 5 minutes before his neck just can't hold his big 80thpercentile head lol.
I go back to work all too soon, in less than 2 weeks.  I could cry.  I have cried.  We could make it on just J's check, but any small hiccup would sink us.  We're just not willing to do that.  

look at the chunk he's getting!!

Thank you Alabama weather, he went from wearing this one day...

To this the very next day

He tries so hard to get to that thumb

then finds it!!

This may be the last weekly post, I think we can go to monthly now lol.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WBW...J's turn!!

It's the men's turn this week...and I've been dealing with some hormone issues and been kind of down lately, so it was amazing to read this!
Side note, no one tells you how to deal with your post-pregnancy body, they just tell you
"Oh, it'll be ok, you'll lose it!"
"Took you 10 months to gain it!"
Yeah, folks, that doesn't help!  So shut it! lol

J answered the questions, and while his answers are short, I have a feeling he did them while sitting in sociology class lol

What was the first thing you noticed about your wife? 
The first thing I noticed was how beautiful she is.

When you first started dating your wife, what kept you calling/asking her out?
Her personality

What is your wife's best quality?
Her determination, and she is an excellent mommy

What is your favorite thing to do with your wife (ahem, keep it clean!)?
Watch the Big Bang Theory

What are you most excited for for the future with your wife?
I'm not really sure, there's so much going on

How do you make your wife feel loved?
I try to help as much as I can

I'd like to say "we" have busy lives, but it's really him and I just try to keep up and hold down everything.  
J goes to school full time, and works full time...and maintains a 4.0 GPA! 
I married a smart cookie
But, with that schedule, he has 2 days a week that are 20hour days between school and work
so when he says that he tries to help as much as he can...he does more than I could ever ask or expect.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Whatever You Do, Don't Flush...

You can always count on me for a few pearls of wisdom...pearls I get from the nastiest oysters of life, aka blond moments

Tonight I decided to take a shower, the first shower I've taken home alone with Pierce.  Yes, yes, I realize he's almost 10 weeks old, sue me.  I've managed to shower when J's here...and I'm not ashamed to admit, skip if he were too busy that day.  I mean, what do I do to get dirty?  Nothing.  lol.
Anyway, I got the cajones tonight to shower when Pierce fell asleep in his bouncey chair, meaning he was very easily moved into the bathroom with me.

Got him in, didn't stir.  Now, we have a tiny bathroom, and by tiny, I mean it would be crowded if 3 mice were in it.  So, imagine me and a bouncey chair.  I have to shut the door, don't ask why, but you just can't shower with the bathroom door open.  It's a rule written down somewhere, I'm sure.
Door shut, somehow I shut it without having to move the chair again.
Gotta pee before the shower, again, I don't make these rules.
And, another rule I didn't make, you must flush when you're done.  Again, it's got to be written somewhere!

Well, that's where I went wrong.
I should have broken that rule.

Why?  Because apparently toilet flushing is loud and startles sleeping babies...especially when they're less than a foot from the toilet itself.

Pierce stayed quiet, so I got in the shower, knowing I wasn't going to take any luxurious relaxing half hour shower or anything.  Hair got wet, and the fusses started.  Hair got shampoo lathered in it, and the crying started.  So, I opened the curtain half way and stood there singing silly songs to him while washing my hair.  Helped some, but my son still looked at me like I was an alien...not that I too much blame him.

Shampoo done, washing done, rinsing conditioner and he is in an all out fit.  I'm just thinking that I'm glad that I pumped right before my shower and he had a bottle ready and waiting on him.

I finished showering, still sounding like an idiot trying to keep him calm, pulled the curtain all the way open and I must have looked like a wet rat...rather one of those mice that would have crowded the bathroom...a wet mouse.  
It had to have been a frightening sight for a 9 week old:
and because I know J is reading this and shaking his head:
yes, honey, I took a photo of our son before drying off or consoling him...mother-of-the-year here
**see, tiny bathroom lol

Moral of this story?  Where do I begin?  There could be several here.

Whatever you do, don't flush!!

I'm just glad he's too young to remember these things...I think the human brain remembers things starting around age 3 because otherwise we would remember all of our parents screw ups, the times they dropped us on our heads...I swear I'm kidding, I don't think I was dropped (though that would explain a lot) and I certainly haven't dropped Pierce!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Vacation photos!

Just wanted to share vacation photos from Orange Beach 10/14-10/17/2012.  J was chosen to go to a conference through work, and Pierce and I were able to go with him!  So, off we went

We went to Alligator Alley while in South Alabama, but that's a post of its own!

Instead of boring you with a bunch of babble, I'll let the photos do the talking