Hungry Baby

How much can this kid eat? Look at all these bottles! Bo and I tagged team getting all these cleaned on Sunday night. I am sure they are all probably dirty again! Andrew is now eating about 5 ounces at each feeding and sleeping all night (6-7 hours). He does great at his day care and gets a smiley face every day. We are so proud! I did miss him so much on Monday that I had to run by and have lunch with him. It was even harder to leave then. We are settling into a routine now that I am back at work and things are going well. I long for the weekends when we can all 3 spend time together doing nothing or something fun. As long as we are together it is always wonderful.

Weekend update

So after the first week of being back to work I was VERY ready for the weekend. We made plans to meet some friends from church at Mellow Mushroom for some yummy pizza. The Tate’s, Lowery’s, West’s, & Grantham’s were all there. For those of you who don’t know, that means 10 adults and 9 children!!! Our poor waitress! The boy’s had a table and the girls had a table and the kids had a table, but mainly ran around the restaurant. It was lots of fun, and I recommend the stuffed portabella mushroom that is an appetizer. It was delicious. We are so blessed to go to church where we have such sweet friends. It was a lot of fun and we were home by 8! Ha!! Times have changed. Speaking of times changing…
When we got back to our house, the teenager living across the street from us was having a big party while his dad was out of town. When the party broke up, one car drove about 100mph down our street and almost wrecked. Bo went to talk to the kid and he begged Bo not to tell his dad about the party! Bo told him we would call the police if any of them came back. Ahh, I remember having a similar party when my parents went to New York for the weekend. Only difference is that the Police were called to my party. I think I was grounded until I went to college! I am sure our little neighbor will be grounded too! (Another neighbor called his dad…) The good news is that we have good neighbors that are looking out for us.
Saturday night was U.G.R.S. night out for Nicole’s birthday. Mandy, Laura, Natalie, Nicole and I went to Leonardo’s in Vestavia. It is always wonderful. I think I could live off of their rolls! Laura played a duet (Heart & Soul) with the pianist. She is so brave to do that in a crowded restaurant. She did a great job too! It was lots of fun to be with these sweet girlfriends. I can’t believe we have been friends for 13 years!!! We missed the rest of the U.G.R.S.- Ashley, Rebecca, Jenn, Leighton. Hopefully we can all get together again soon.
Laura & John Michael playing for the whole restaurant.
Natalie, Mandy, Laura, Nicole (birthday girl) & Me

Sunday was relaxing. After church we did some things around the house, then went for a walk. Bo and a couple of guys from church went to see Motley Crue while Andrew and I watched the Red Carpet and the Oscars. I thought it was a great show. I actually watched the whole thing this year. Kudos to Hugh Jackman!


Blog Followers?

I love reading all my friends blogs and keeping up with what is going on with them and their families. I am so curious to see who is out there reading this blog. I haven't figured out if there is a way to see who all reads this blog so I am asking for a favor. See the "comment" link below this post? Click on that and let me know who you are. I want to be able to tell Andrew who all is keeping up with him. I know there are some faithful followers and some who may check every once in a while. Whichever category you are a part of is irrelevant. We are just happy that you care about us and want to know what is going on with us. Let me know if you have a blog too!


First Day Back at Work

So happy to be back home with my little guy!

Andrew on his first day of day care.
(sorry about the nerdy socks)
I Did It!!!
I survived the first day back at work. I only cried when I left the house this morning. (I did cry all weekend though) I came armed with a couple of pictures and one of the girls at my office framed a picture from the blog for me and it was waiting for me on my desk when I arrived. So far so good. Bo brought Andrew up to visit me this afternoon and he smiled when he saw me! It was so sweet. I could hardly wait to get him out of the car seat to hold him.

He went to day care today for a couple of hours too. He did great! He even got a little report card with a smiley face! I think we are both going to be OK without each other all day long. It is going to be so much fun to get home and play with him every day.

Thank you for all the prayers for today. I could definitely feel the good thoughts coming my way and I had a peace about coming back to work.

Be my Valentine

We had a great weekend. Saturday was a beautiful day and Andrew and I took my neices to the park in our neighborhood to play. We went to Brandon and Ashley's for dinner with a bunch of friends. Dinner was WONDERFUL! Thanks Brandon for the delicious steaks!
Happy Valentine's Day

My sweet Valentine!
(We are starting to see this sweet smile all the time!)


Begining of the end

This is my last week of maternity leave. I am SO thankful to have a job that I can go back to and one that let me have a wonderful maternity leave. That being said... it is going to be so hard. Keep me in your prayers next week as I go back. How am I going to get through the day with out his sweet little kisses and not seeing his big blue eyes?

He is 9 weeks old this week. He is taking 4oz of formula about every 3 hours and only gets up 1 time during the night at about 3:30am. He is such a wiggle worm in his crib. I laid him down last night facing north and south and when I went in to give him his bottle, he was facing east and west! How did he do that? He was also at the very top of his crib and I lay him down in the center. Guess that just means he is growing up!

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Trying to catch that sweet smile

Big Flirt
Hey Handsome!
"oh Mom!"
(Check out that dimple~ so cute!)

Laughing at mom being silly

Check out those eyelashes. They have grown a lot this week.

yum, hands!

Andrew has found his hands. He sucks on his fingers and sometimes his thumb, but it is usually stuck between his first and second finger.

8 week update (last week)

This week has been fun. Andrew is so much more aware of what is going on and watches us come in and out of the room. He is smiling more and started to laugh this week. He has also really found his hands and they are now going in his mouth all the time. He even tried to put both of them in there at the same time. It is so much fun to watch him grow and learn everyday.
Look how I can hold my head up! I am so big!
Andrew and his cousin Melony.


Chicken Leg(s)

I have figured out how to post videos to my blog!! How exciting. This one was last week of Andrew in his bouncy seat. He loves that thing! Thanks to Carrie and Stephen for letting us borrow it.


Andrew Talking

Andrew is so funny after he finishes his bottle. His is in the best mood and is so aware of what is going on. This was taken last week when he was 7 weeks old. He is "talking" to us more and more everyday. It won't be long before his is asking to borrow the car! For now I am happy with "Oooh" and "Oh". Notice at the end how he hears Bo's voice and looks over at him. He is so smart!


Sadness fills my heart

I write this today with a heavy heart. First let me say that the last 8 weeks and 1 day have been the absolute happiest in my lifetime. I have smiled more and laughed more and felt more joy just by looking at our child than I ever could have imagined. I am so thankful for each minute I have with him. Whether it is rocking him, feeding him, changing him, watching him smile, watching Bo with him, watching him sleep, reading to him or just being in the same room with him, I am overwhelmed with God's goodness.
I learned yesterday of the tragic death of the 3month son of one of Bo's former co-workers. I feel tremendous sadness for their loss. As a Christian, I try to see the work of our Lord in this situation. I am sure that one day it will be revealed to me. One thing that I know is that he will not have to grow up in this fallen world and ever experience any pain or heartache. What a blessing. Although we have only had Andrew for 8 weeks, I can't imagine my life again without him. Last night was hard and I couldn't put him in his crib. I wanted him near me so I could hear him breathe.
Sadness is so hard to overcome. I feel like I have wasted this day being sad. On the other hand, I have been reminded of how precious life is, even if it is given to us for a short time. I hope that if you are reading this, you will use this as a reminder to live each day fully and love with all your heart.
Today I have had the song-Blessed Be Your Name- stuck in my head. I guess it is God reminding me to trust him. It is basically about praising God when good things happen AND when bad things happen. Some of the lyrics are below.

Blessed be Your name When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be'
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be Your name On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name
Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord Still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord Blessed be Your glorious name
You give and take away You give and take away
My heart will choose to say Lord, blessed be Your name


Huge oversight on my part

I was gently reminded by my grandmother that she and Pops were no where to be found on Andrew's blog. After all, he was named after them. My apologies! Here are a few pics from their visit in December. Andrew is their 3rd great grandchild. My pops is a WWII vet and a hero, not to mention a darn good handy man, excellent yard man and a hunter. My Gigi is the best cook, funniest story teller, biggest football fan (pro & college) and the cutest & funniest member of our family. Bo tells me that he only married me after he met her because he knew what I would be like in 50 years. Trust me, if I am half as cool as she is, then I will be doing OK. I love you guys so much and I am so proud for Andrew to carry your name!

Lunch at Firebirds. Andrew is wearing the cutest Tiger outfit. It had a tail on the back! Thanks Gigi.

Pops reading about Elmo.

Andrew was giving Gigi little kisses on her cheek.

Christmas Eve.
Bo and Gigi

Super Bowl

Our wonderful friends, the Stricklands, had about 30 people over last night to watch the Super Bowl. They are very brave because there were about 10 toddlers (or younger) between all of us. We had great food and enjoyed the company of good friends. The highlight of the night was Bo telling all the little kids (who were down in the "man cave") that there was ice cream upstairs. Nope. No ice cream. He just wanted them all to come back up with all the girls so they could watch the game. Very sneaky. There were some delicious mint brownies for dessert. I'm sure all the kids crashed when they got home. Andrew was having so much fun, he was the last one to leave. Thanks Stricklands!! Jack hanging out with Bo and baby Andrew.
Addison and MM playing with Andrew's bouncy and car seat.

Happy Birthday Raven!!

Wasn't it great to be 5? Our sweet neice turned 5 over the weekend. She celebrated at Chuck E. Cheese with family and some friends from her class. (Have you been on a Friday night lately? You would never know the economy was bad. People were lined up out the door to get in!) We hope you had a great birthday! Uncle Bo and I are so proud of you!!
Birthday Girl
Chuck E. Cheese

Yummy Pizza!

Visit from Paw Paw

Last weekend, my dad came for a visit. He was able to spend a couple of nights with us. He could not wait to get up with Andrew in the early morning to give him his bottle. They had some great "talks" too while he was here. We got out on Friday and ran some errands and picked up a couple of cute outfits for later this year. He also volunteered to babysit on Friday night so Bo and I could go to our niece's birthday party and a movie. Thanks Dad! Come back soon!!
Andrew and Paw Paw... saying "Oooh" & "Oh"
Lunch at Mama Goldberg's.

Showered in love... and something else!

7 weeks. That is how long it took Andrew to shower me with his little sprinkler. To make up for lost opportunity, he got me 3 times in a row!! This all began about 4AM and finished about lunch last Monday. He got 3 different pairs of PJ's, changing pad, sleep sak, and 2 blankets. So far, he has kept it under control since then.

Playdate #2

Andrew and I met Mindy & Mary Molloy and Ashley & Jack at LeeAnn's for lunch last week. It was a fun lunch for us to catch up and all the kids had so much fun. LeeAnn is a great hostess! Thanks for lunch girls!
I have no idea what Mindy was doing here...?

Sweet MM pushing Andrew in the swing

Jack got into Ashley's purse. Good thing we caught him before he got too crazy!