Go Bulldogs!

Will's first Samford baseball game.  Burr!  It was so chilly! 


He sleeps...

Not all night long, but he does sleep.  And when he sleeps with his arms up by his head, he is really out!  There is jus something so precious about a sleeping baby.

Favorite spot with his Favorite toy.

This boy LOVES the TV remotes.  He comes home from school and crawls right into the living room and tries to find them!  Here he is hiding under the table with his favorite toy. 



Visit to Ellijay

We were way overdue for a visit to my Dad's house.  He lives in the N. Georgia mountains.  It was an easy drive and both of the boys did great on the way over.  
Will wanted to drive after we stopped for gas and a treat.

We got there in time for dinner... which was my favorite steak & potato stew.  So yummy!  Dad made sure to make extra for us to bring home!  Will was so busy exploring his new surroundings.  He was crawling everywhere! 

Getting ready for bed

Andrew showing PawPaw how to play TempleRun on the Ipad.
Feeding the deer.
PawPaw has LOTS of deer that come right up to his back yard.  We started the day feeding them and just having a relaxing morning.  Then we went to get lunch and to the rescue barn to see all the animals.  We almost had to share our lunch with some pretty aggressive goats!  YIKES!  We finished the evening with a great meal of Steaks grilled by Bo.   We went to church the next morning and enjoyed a nice service before we headed back home.  It was a great visit!  Thanks Daddy!!!

Andrew was so good on the ride home, we stopped and got him a new "wrestle man" to go with his wrestling ring that PawPaw bought him. 


9 month Photo Shoot

My precious baby!   Growing up so fast!


This Feels like my life at this moment… & I wouldn't have it any other way.

“Mommy, Somebody Needs You.”

by Megan Minneman Morton
Ever since we brought our new daughter home, her older brothers have been the first to tell me when she is crying, whimpering, or smelling a little suspicious.  “Somebody needs you,” they say.  I have no idea how this little saying started, but at first it sort of annoyed me.  I could be enjoying a quick shower… “Mommy, somebody needs you.  The baby is crying.”  Or, sitting down for a second, quite aware that the baby was beginning to stir from a nap…. “Mama, somebody needs you!”  Okay!  I get it already!  And not to mention that the newborn’s needs pale in comparison to the needs of 2 little boys.  Somebody always needs a snack, a band-aid, a different sock, ice cubes in their water, a NEW Paw Patrol, a stream of snot wiped, a hug, a story, a kiss.  Some days never seem to end, and the monotony of being “needed” can really take its toll. Then, it all started to hit me, they need ME.  Not anybody else.  Not a single other person in the whole world.  They need their Mommy.
The sooner I can accept that being Mommy means that I never go off the clock, the sooner I can find peace in this crazy stage of life.   That ‘Mommy’ is my duty, privilege and honor. I am ready to be there when somebody needs me, all day and all night.  Mommy means I just put the baby back down after her 4am feeding when a 3-year-old has a nightmare.  Mommy means I am surviving on coffee and toddler leftovers.  Mommy means my husband and I haven’t had a real conversation in weeks.  Mommy means I put their needs before my own, without a thought.  Mommy means that my body is full of aches and my heart is full of love.
I am sure there will come a day when no one needs me.  My babies will all be long gone and consumed with their own lives.  I may sit alone in some assisted living facility watching my body fade away.  No one will need me then.  I may even be a burden.  Sure, they will come visit, but my arms will no longer be their home.  My kisses no longer their cure.  There will be no more tiny boots to wipe the slush from or seat belts to be buckled.  I will have read my last bedtime story, 7 times in a row.  I will no longer enforce time outs.  There will be no more bags to pack and unpack or snack cups to fill.  I am sure my heart will yearn to hear those tiny voices calling out to me, “Mommy, somebody needs you!”
So for now, I find beauty in the peaceful 4am feedings in our cozy little nursery.  We are perched above the naked oak trees in our own lavender nest.  We watch the silent snow fall and a bunny scampering across its perfect white canvas.  It’s just me and my little baby, the neighborhood is dark and still.  We alone are up to watch the pale moon rise and the shadows dance along the nursery wall.  She and I are the only ones to hear the barn owl hooting in the distance.  We snuggle together under a blanket and I rock her back to sleep.  It’s 4am and I am exhausted and frustrated, but it’s okay, she needs me.  Just me.  And maybe, I need her too.  Because she makes me Mommy.  Some day she will sleep through the night.  Some day I will sit in my wheelchair, my arms empty, dreaming of those quiet nights in the nursery.  When she needed me and we were the only two people in the world.
Can I enjoy being needed?  Sometimes, sure, but often it is tiring.  Exhausting.  But, it isn’t meant to be enjoyed every moment.  It is a duty.  God made me their Mom.  It is a position I yearned for long before I would ever understand it.  Over a 3 day weekend my husband couldn’t believe how many times our boys kept saying, “Mommy.  Mommy.  Mommy”!  “Are they always like this?” he asked not able to hide his terror, and sympathy.  “Yep.  All day, everyday.  That’s my job.”  And I have to admit that it is the toughest job I have ever had.  In a previous life I was a restaurant manager for a high volume and very popular chain in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  A Saturday night at 7:30pm with the expo window overflowing with dishes, a 2 hour wait, and the electricity inexplicably going out has got nothing on a Tuesday, 5:00pm at the Morton house.  And let me tell ya, South Florida diners are some of the toughest to please.  But, they are a cake walk compared to sleep-deprived toddlers with low blood sugar.
Once upon a time, I had time.  For myself.  Now, my toe nails need some love.  My bra fits a little differently.  My curling iron might not even work anymore, I don’t know.  I can’t take a shower without an audience.  I’ve started using eye cream.  I don’t get carded any more.  My proof of motherhood.  Proof that somebody needs me.  That right now, somebody always needs me.  Like last night…
At 3am I hear the little footsteps entering my room.  I lay still, barely breathing.  Maybe he will retreat to his room.  Yeah right.
“Mommy.”  A little louder.
“Yes”.  I barely whisper.
He pauses, his giant eyes flashing in the dim light.
“I love you.”
And just like that, he is gone.  Scampered back to his room.  But, his words still hang in the cool night air.  If I could reach out and snatch them, I would grab his words and hug them to my chest.  His soft voice whispering the best sentence in the world.  I love you.  A smile curls across my lips and I slowly exhale, almost afraid to blow the memory away.  I drift back to sleep and let his words settle into my heart.
One day that little boy will be a big man.  There will no longer be any sweet words whispered to me in the wee hours.  Just the whir of the sound machine and the snoring husband.  I will sleep peacefully through the night, never a worry of a sick child or a crying baby.  It will be but a memory.  These years of being needed are exhausting, yet fleeting.  I have to stop dreaming of “one day” when things will be easier.  Because, the truth is, it may get easier, but it will never be better than today.  Today, when I am covered in toddler snot and spit up.  Today, when I savor those chubby little arms around my neck.  Today is perfect.  ”One day” I will get pedicures and showers alone.  ”One day” I will get myself back.  But, today I give myself away, and I am tired, and dirty and loved SO much, and I gotta go.  Somebody needs me.


What a weekend! Tball-BirthdayParty-Visit from Grand Daddy and Gigi

We had a fun field weekend!  Gigi and Granddaddy came for a visit from Georgia.  We love having them stay with us.  Andrew was SUPER excited.  I have never seen him so happy to have company over to the house.  He wanted to play with each of them and wanted them to read to he even arranged for a "family movie night" (and he doesn't even really like to watch movies!)  Saturday morning we had a nice relaxing morning and made a big breakfast.  Then we all went to Andrew's Tball game.  
Playing baseball with Granddaddy
Our Cardinal
Base hit! High 5!
Andrew's fans.  Mimi and Papa don't miss a game!  
So thankful to have these 2 here to see him play.
Next it was off to sweet Lily's first birthday party!  We went out to Doug and Ryan's for a great party.  Luckily it was a beautiful afternoon and  the kids played inside and out.  Lily was the perfect birthday girl!  She is absolutely adorable.  Happy Birthday sweet girl!  See you soon.
Lily and her cake.  She eventually started to get in to it! 
This boy had so much fun on the swing!  


9 Months

Oh my sweet Will… How does the time go so fast?  I want you to know that we have enjoyed every minute.  You have been the BEST baby!  At the beginning of this month, you got your 3rd tooth.  It is conveniently located on the bottom with your first 2 teeth.  At your 9 month check-up you had an ear infection.  Poor sweet baby!  I am hoping that this is the reason that you haven’t been sleeping through the night anymore… It is getting to be a habit Mr!  I do love our snuggles at 2,3 and/or 4 AM every night though.  There is nothing better than holding you while you drift off back to sleep, knowing that you are safe in my arms!  Ahhhh.  You give the best hugs and even have started to give some “kisses”.  It is mainly when you open your mouth real big and then “kiss” my cheek.  Wet, slobbery and wonderful!  You have tried a few new foods so far.  Bread, chicken goldfish, yogurt and stage 3 baby food.  You LOVE Cheerios too!  They might just be your favorite snack.  You are doing great in your Infant II class at school.  We need to start working more with you on getting the hang of the sippy cup next month!  Most likely you will move up to the next class around 10 months. Keep growing so big sweet boy!  We love you so much. 
Doc Check up Stats:
Height- 28.5 inches
Weight- 21lb, 2oz
Head Circumference- 17 3/4 inches
Hello 9 months!  
NEVER still!  
Laid back baby
Could you just eat up those thighs??? 
Brotherly Love
...maybe a little too much love!
These 2 are going to have so much fun together.
See ya later!  


T-ball... Go Cardinals!

We signed Andrew up for T-ball again.  He has had several practices and today was his first game.  Luckily his girlfriend, Olivia, had a game before him.  We got to the ballpark a little early so we could watch her play.  They are so cute together.  
Andrew helping "coach" Olivia in right field
All in the same class- Andrew, Olivia and Judah
Cardinal+Oriole=2 Lovebirds
Ready to make a play! 
Olivia offering some support during AMK's game
Heading home!  
My handsome boy
ready for the major leagues!
put me in coach!  
I love being a mom to this boy!