Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sometimes I Have A Social Life, Sometimes.

This past weekend, Mason and I met some friends at a mall. These are our faraway friends we only get to see a few times a year. It was a great Saturday! Amy and Jackson (almost 3 months).

Mason riding in the stroller Amy brought with for us. We didn't have room in our car, so she was kind enough to bring an extra along. He loved looking around at everything.. and chewing on the tray.
The gang. Poor Melanie. She has to put up with our constant, "When are you getting married?", "When are YOU going to have a baby?", "You need to have a baby now." She puts up with us and is very good at resisting peer pressure.

Sweet little Jackson. Sporting a bib, because he, too, is a drool monster.

He was giving me that look all day.

We used the ergo for a while, too. Mason fell asleep when I was wearing him on the front. That has never happened before.

The boys, getting to know eachother.
At first Mason wasn't sure.

So, he poked, prodded, and grabbed Jackson.

And Jackson was like, "Who the bleep are you?"

And then he cried.
And Melanie soothed. Practice, you know.

And Amy got to see how much Jackson will soon weigh.

We said our farewells and my parents picked me up.
We may have stopped for a snack at the arches.

And someone had a nap on the way home.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


I am at my parents' house for the week while my husband is gone for "career development" (went to the cities to watch basketball games). And, as before, the internet here is mega-slow. This means, no uploading pictures to my blog. Sad, I know. AND, my memory card is stuck in my computer. Hopefully I will figure out how to get it out soon because I've been taking pictures on my crappy phone today:
1. They aren't even close to being good quality.
2. My phone gets really slow when it is full of pictures. Which is too often.
Next week (if I can get this memory card out) I will just have to have an overloaded photo post.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Smiles Guarenteed.

Three things can always make this baby smile.
1. The Mamma. You can laugh, too, it's okay.

2. The Giraffe.

3. Mr. Squeaky Square. My personal favorite.

Oh, how he loves that smiling, squeaking square.

Put two of the above together and you get this:
A guarenteed smile.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Flashback Friday.

I dug out a roll of film a couple weeks ago and sent it into to get developed since they gave me free film developing credits. I bet most people don't use them, because really, who uses film still (besides hardcore photographers)? If I used film, we'd be selling all our possessions to pay for developing. On average, I upload about 50 pictures a day. Just of Mason. Okay, more like 75. But most of them are the same picture over and over, I just go through and delete the ones I don't like of the 100 total. Of those 125 pictures I'm sure over half get deleted, when I have time. Can you imagine paying to get that many pictures developed?? I probably wouldn't take as many pictures, but you get the point. I feel I am just rambling now. Let's get on with the show. These are pictures from my roll of dusty film dating back only to 2008, I think.

My sister and her devil dog, Bella.
I'll save devilish details about this dog for a rainy day.

Lindy, again. We must be going somewhere.

Oh, yes. A family vacation to Wisconsin.

They preferred Tyler to everyone else though.
He must stink.

My mom and Tyler in the camper.

Home sweet home.
Cat sweet cat.
She's dead now.
She peed on our stuff one too many times.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Post Season.

This is the time of the year my husband usually goes into his post season depression. Basketball gets over and he just doesn't know what to do with himself. However, I think this year will be different. Instead of coming home after school to just me, or just the cats (before me), he has this cute little baby waiting for him at home. And, oh how this baby LOVES his daddy. When Tyler gets home from school, Mason breaks out the big smiles. He gets tired of seeing boring old mom all day. The change of people scenery is a pleasure. And, Tyler gets the same big smile on his face when he sees Mason. I have a couple smiley dudes to hang out with. No, Tyler, he can't crawl yet.
(Ignore the sposie, it was a desitin kind of day)

No, Tyler, he can't walk yet either.
But, he can be really, really, really cute.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Tour Tuesday -- Week 1

This is where we live. The picture was taken a couple years ago before we moved in, but it looks just as crappy today as it did then. Of course right now the ground is covered in snow, but that is really the only difference.
There are 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Plenty of space for all our junk, especially with the walk-up attic. Although we rent, we've made a good number or upgrades for our own sake, especially after we knew a baby was soon going to share our space.
We love living in the country and so do our dogs. And, it is hard to beat our rent. Wanna know what it is? I know you do. We pay a whopping $300 a month. The upside to the countryside.

Monday, March 14, 2011


I have been sick for about five days now. I'm labeling it a cold and refuse to let it become anything else. Just the typical coughing, sneezing, runny nose crap. But, just in case, I have been pumping and freezing milk. I usually don't do so very often, mostly out of laziness, but when I'm sick and there is even a slight chance I'll go on antibiotics, I dust off that pump. It wouldn't be a big deal if I could have the breatfeeding-friendly drugs. However, I am allergic to all the friendly, cheap choices and always end up with the one that is $100+. And although I haven't researched it (I know, shocking) I am going to guess it is not boob baby friendly. So.. I will continue to pump and freeze, just in case. Because I don't know what galactooligosaccharides are. Nor have I ever heard of crypthecodinium cohnii oil. And, both of those things are within the ingredient list of formula (a sample that arrived in the mail) I have in front of me. Big words I can't pronounce scare me. I know it wouldn't be the end of the world, I think, but I'm going to try to avoid that extra trip to the grocery store. We spend enough money there the way it is.
My family let me sleep in this weekend. It was lovely. I had forgotten exactly how awesome it feels. Thanks, family.

I've decided to give myself a couple themed days in the week here on my blog. Mostly because I have been lacking inspiration to write stuff lately. So, I'm going to try out:

The Tour Tuesday--giving a tour of where I live. If you want to know.

Flashback Friday--memories, pictures.. I'll try to make it interesting. You can always choose to look away if it is boring.

Happy Monday, ya'll. (I'm from the midwest, but I watch Paula Deen, so I can say that, right?)

FYI--I don't care if you breastfeed or formula feed, everyone gets to make their own decision and I'm okay with whatever your choice is!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

4 Months.

Dear Mason,
I think this has been my favorite month yet. It seems like so many things have changed!
Now during tummy time, you will lift yourself up with your pudgy, little hands. Sometimes you even scoot a little.
If you couldn't tell, you are now wearing bibs. You're a drool machine.

You've started sitting up. By yourself. You wobble and eventually start sagging to the side, but can last a couple minutes by yourself. If I put the boppy around you, you're good to go for however long you want.

You're finally tolerating hats. You know, now that winter is almost over.

You LOVE the tv. We don't let you watch it, but sometimes you'll sneak a peak. Then, you're hooked.

You were really into this episode of The Doctors. Probably because they were talking about boobs.

You get the blank tv stare from your dad, obviously.

Coming soon: teeth.
We all know this drooling and fussing is going to lead somewhere.
You had a couple really cranky days when I discovered you had little white things poking out your gums. It is coming.
You better figure out your teether soon. They aren't just for licking, you know.

You have some great expressions. I'm always lucky to catch them on camera. Speaking of the camera, it is your best friend. How could it not be though? You see it about as much as you see me. You probably think it is one of my appendages.
We finally took your stroller out into the real world, instead of just rolling around upstairs. You had a blast, and so did my back.
You're also big enough to ride in the ergo carrier now which is nice both at home and when we go places. You enjoy it as long as I don't stand still for too long!

You are way more interested in your reflection now. Every morning I'll stop be the mirror in the bedroom and let you look at yourself. Usually you are shy and burry your head into me, but sometimes you'll stick your arms out and hold hands with your reflection. It is pretty cute.
While you still have a special place in your heart for your keys, you favorite toys as of lately are:
The panda.
The duck.
And your absolute favorite that makes you smile no matter what, the giraffe.
Everything still ends up in your mouth. Your hands, toys, my hands...

You discovered your feet. And they are neat.
If you could say things besides "gee, goo, buh.." I'm sure you would protest the end of bath time. You'd say "Just a few more minutes! Mooooooom!" :)

You have become quite the splasher. We have moved to the floor. Caution! Wet floor!
You've also taken a couple showers. Water gets on your face, but you don't seem to mind.

You still sleep right beside me and I don't see that changing any time soon. Shhh, don't tell your dad I said that.
When I set you in the crib at night, you fuss and stir until I get tired of watching you and give up and bring you back into bed. You love cuddling up next to me and I enjoy it just as much. Except the other morning. We were trying out different diapers for night time. There was a major fail and I awoke to poop on my leg. Don't worry, we laughed it off.

Such a big crib for such a little boy.

No, Grandma Deb, he is not sucking his thumb, he's chewing on it.
Your 4 month check-up was on the 8th, the actual day you turned 4 months. You weighed in at 15lbs 8oz. You're a shorty, as you are only 22 1/2 inches long, which is below the 5th percentile. We knew you weren't going to be a post player though, so that's okay.

Keep up the good work.