Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How Sweet It Is

Let me tell you about my night.

Typically, I don't write about one specific occasion. Usually my posts consist of multiple events followed with fun pictures to go along. But, right now, it is 7:30 a.m. and I am awake.

Last night Talmage was being really fussy, and he refused to do anything but cry so I rocked & rocked him until he fell asleep. He went down at 7 p.m., which was the time that he usually has dinner from a jar. I thought, "I will just feed him when he gets up." Okay- this was a BAD IDEA. I have learned that even if you alter your babe's bedtime routine just a *little* everything gets thrown off. He slept until 9:30...and, since I didn't want him going to bed hungry, I gave him his full jar of chicken & vegetables. I skipped bathtime, because it seemed way too late at night for that.
In order to calm him down for bed, I rubbed lotion on him and put him in his jammies. For the next 2 hours I tried to get him to sleep again. At 11:30 p.m., I konked out in my bed, completely exhausted.

Two hours later, he woke up screaming. Rock, rock, rock. Back to sleep. Two hours later, screams. Rock, rock, bounce, pat. Back to sleep- sort of. One hour later, screams. We both cry, rock, bounce, feed, burp, rock. This continued until 7:30 in the morning, when he was WIDE AWAKE. Guess what? The very earliest he wakes up is 8 a.m., and I rely very heavily on that. Momma needs her sleep!

I love my son very much. Aside from all the hoopla, I think he is the most perfect baby in the world. But nights and mornings like this are difficult. And I have had many :) I'm not sure whether to rip my hair out or laugh hysterically because it is all so ridiculous.

On the up side, yesterday was a productive day for Jonathan & I. We spent hours working on a big school project of his, got an oil change, washed the car inside and out, I cut his hair, and somehow among the craziness of last night we managed to still have time for scriptures...

Here's to hoping I get some sleep tonight. :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Gracco, Eat your Heart Out

Introducing my new mouth-watering desire.


I really, really want this stroller. It has many fabulous features. It fits two children, whether they be newborns or toddlers or one of each. It's unique because one can sit behind the other, whereas most double strollers are "double wides." It has a metal frame, inflatable tires, amazing steering, a sleek look, and many accessories. You may be wondering how such a stroller came to exist. Basically, Phil & Teds did a poll on all their best strollers, and people responded as to what they would have different. Then the company took all those suggestions and created this MEGA stroller, aka The Explorer. It comes in blue, red, black, and green. Personally, I love that bright lime green pop of color. Starting tomorrow I am creating a fund for this majestic beauty. Hopefully in 3 months time it will be mine! Hopefully.

As for my Gracco stroller, it is going on craigslist.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Home Sweet Home

It has been so long since I last posted, and much has happened! Talmage and I flew to Louisiana for two weeks and we had a wonderful time. The night before we left, my sweet boy found his feet for the first time!

As far as traveling the next day, I am thankful for those who helped me along the way. Two old ladies named Theresa and Trudy, sisters, sat by me on our first flight and they must have been angels sent from heaven. Turns out we had so much in common, and they loved Talmage so much that they were just like his two grandma's. They held him and carried his stuff for me, and in between flights we all stuck with each other and had lunch. Since we were all continuing on to Dallas, we sat with each other again on the next flight. We cried and laughed together, and I truly believe they were the answer to my prayers. What a blessing it is to have kinship with sisters in the gospel everywhere.
It was a long day. 4 1/2 hr bus ride, 5 1/2 hrs of flight time, 3 hrs. drive home. Talmage was calm and happy the entire day- which is rare- but I welcomed it with open arms. And then...HOME SWEET HOME!

We got in really late, and I had to calm Talmage down for bed so he had peaches at midnight followed by a bath. Funny how a mom will take pictures of her child even if it is 1 a.m....

For the next two weeks we had so much fun with Mimi, Papaw, and Dana. Even the dogs had fun, especially Mr. Nanny here...

Roux and Talmage were really intrigued with each other. It was hilarious to watch. Stella, on the other hand, was little more apprehensive. I think she was confused as to what exactly he was....

And here we are at the Boardwalk...I spent way too many hours of my teenage life here.

One of the highlights was getting to go on a ride with my dad :)

Here are just a few more of my favorite moments.

As great as it was, nothing beats the feeling of coming back to MY home, to see my husband and sleep in my bed. I had a great visit in LA but I realized, strangely, that Idaho is my temporary home right now. Everything here is familiar. I can trim my bushes and sit in baby's nursery here. I am glad to be home.