Wednesday, September 7, 2011

More Wordless Wednesday

This is Barrett at Barnes and Nobles on Sunday.  He was listening to the music samples with me, and he actually enjoyed it.  When the sample songs end he says "uh-oh."

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Goodnight Gorilla...

Barrett has a new obsession.  The book Goodnight Gorilla.  I know, he is a 13 month old baby (who is seriously in perpetual motion for every waking hour) that has an obsession with a book.  I still can't get over the surprise that this has been for me.  This is a book that we received from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (Just a side note for any other parents with youngsters, they mail your child a free book for every month from birth till your child is 5 or 6, I can't remember).  It has been great, and it is nice to have a new book to read at night to change things up.  This book is super cute, and one of my favorites.  See how cute it is.... 
But this book has become more than just a cuddly moment at night.  When I went in to get Barrett on Sunday morning when he woke up he started saying "Guh guh!!" and pointing over to his books.  When I carried him over to the shelf he immediately grabbed the book and started pointing at the Gorilla on the cover.  So I took it into my room for him to read while he got his morning bottle.  He didn't just want me to read it, he continued flipping the pages by himself for an HOUR!  This is unprecedented Barrett behavior.  He never wants to sit in bed quietly on the weekends, and certainly won't stay still for an HOUR!  Later that day Gavin was playing in the books at Buy Buy Baby when Barrett started saying "Guh! Gug!" again, of course Gavin turns around and there on the shelf was the book!  This time Barrett was not going to let it go.  He, sure enough, made me become the mother I said I would never be. Let me describe the scene.  Busy store with lots of people, and no screaming children (well at least not at this moment).... Happy little families walking by enjoying the day, that beautiful moment is shattered when a well meaning momma takes the happiness her child is holding in his hands away.  Now picture a screaming child in the store... people turning to see who was making this child scream loud enough to hear through the whole store... seriously.... what did I do next... hand that little book right back to Barrett.  He immediately stops crying... Barrett - 1 Mom - 0.  Yes I am on now on the path to letting my child threaten me with embarrassment just so he can have the what he wants.  We now have TWO copies of Goodnight Gorilla at our house.  By the way, I am justifying this purchase with the fact that this new copy is a board book, and Barrett can't rip the pages.  

But isn't this a little heartwarming... this was what I Barrett was doing right before I left for work this morning.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Look

I think it is time for an update.  This background was good for a while, but now I am bored with it.  Hopefully this time I will do more than just change the background.  We will see how it goes.  Here is a picture of what the blog looked like before the change.....

Hope you like the changes!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Day with Poppa

Here are a couple of Pictures of our lunch with Poppa on Saturday.  Barrett had such a good day .. he got a new toy (I think my dad was just as excited to get Barrett a toy, as Barrett was to be able to get one), and he got to run around Buy Buy Baby for a hour barefoot while Poppa chased after him.  By the time we got home Barrett was exhausted!

 This is the size of a "kid's meal"!!!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My 101 things in 1001 days

This idea is borrowed from a few other fellow bloggers. The goal of this list is to accomplish all of these 101 things in the next 1001 days.

So far I am having trouble coming up with a full list.  I don't know why I am stuck, but I am.  I think that maybe because I am letting this list sit in "drafts" I am not really motivated to get it finished.  My new plan is to post this list so that I can be held a little more accountable.  (plus it will help me to actually finish the list, I mean isn't it a little embarrassing to have a list of 101 things, that only has 27 things). 

So how I plan to do this is to give this list its own page on my blog so that I can easily find it, and it is easier for everyone else to look at as well.  As I complete the items I will cross them off this list here and write a blog entry about it as well.  1001 days from today is Thursday July 10, 2014.  Hopefully by then everything will be crossed off this list.  Wish me luck!

  1. Finish this list!!
  2. Reconnect with old friends that I have lost touch with
  3. Read 15 books
  4. Celebrate my 30th birthday
  5. Celebrate Barrett's first birhtday
  7. Learn html (keyword here is learn, not become an expert)
  8. Scan my old pictures into the computer
  9. Organize the pictures on my computer
  10. Find a new Hairstyle
  11. Host a party at my house
  12. Go see a movie at a drive in
  13. Take a road trip with Gavin
  14. Take Barrett to the Destin (and actually go to the beach)
  15. Take one Saturday as a Jessica Day ( No baby, no husband)
  16. Organize the music on my iPod
  17. Get a new car (one that has more than 2 doors)
  18. Park my car in the Garage
  19. Run one mile (without having to walk part of it)
  20. Have a girls night out
  21. Take a trip someplace outside of the south and longer than a weekend
  22. Replace our kitchen light fixture
  23. fix the paint in the master bathroom
  24. Get a massage
  25. learn to wake up earlier that the absolute last moment
  26. learn to fall asleep without having the tv on
  27. Learn to love (or at least not loathe)  my post baby body
  28. See a movie in IMAX

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Big shoes to fill!!

This might be one of my all time favorite pictures of Barrett ever.  This picture was taken after Gavin had come back from rucking (kind of like going walking, but with all his military gear on, and carrying a heavy bag filled with more military gear).  As we were talking, Barrett decided he wanted to play with Gavin's boots, it was so funny to watch him try to pick up those big old heavy boots!  So we decided to put him in them.... hopefully this makes you laugh just like it makes me everytime I look at it.


Well it has been a long time since I have posted anything on the blog, and here is why.  My laptop died.  Litterally, the part of the computer that you plug the electical cord into broke, so the battery went dead, and I couldn't charge it back up.  Well it turns out that when it came down to it, it would just be better to invest money into a new laptop.  So... almost 4 months later I finally have a new laptop, and I am just getting everything organized and moved over.  I am so excited about having a computer again, and about being able to catch up with my blog.  So from here on out I am going to be better about posting what is going on now with my life, and with catching up on all of the posting that I should have done over the past year.  I hope everyone enjoys catching up!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Barrett turns one.... my thoughts on one year

While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt

There are times in life when words fail us, and this is certainly one of those times.
Barrett turned one today! I can not believe that one year has gone by.  There are no true words to describe what I have felt over the past year. To say it has been the best time of my life would be a lie, to say that is has been the worst time in my life would be a lie, but to say that the past 365 days falls somewhere in that continuum does not do it justice.
 Everyone tells you that the time flies by, and as much as anyone says it, and everyone tells you to enjoy every minute, there is absolutely no way to really get that message across without having lived it.  There were so many times throughout the year that I wished there was a pause button, or really a rewind button so that I could relive some of the moments.  It doesn't seem like Barrett stayed a baby long enough.  While I was wishing for time to slow down, I was also wishing and anticipating the next milestone.  It is so amazing to watch a baby discover the world with each new milestone that they reach.  I couldn't wait for him to sit up, then to crawl, and now he is walking.  He is no longer a little baby, he is  my little toddler.  I love experiencing the world through the eyes of my child.  It is an inspiring way to look at the world, and it makes life seem simpler, and much more magical at the same time.

  The past year has been mind boggling. This past year I learned that there was so much more to learn about life then even knew there was to learn.  My world has changed because of him, and there is not a day that goes by that I don't look at him with amazement with the joy that he has brought into my life. 

So here's to one year, Barrett!  You are my sunshine little man, and I love you more than words can say.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Why does this only happen on weekdays?

I do not understand.  I do not understand why it is that Barret has started sleeping late on the weekdays ONLY. Last week I thought he was just off schedule, and catching up on sleep.  It was ok that I was able to get ready for the day all by myself.  In fact it was quite enjoyable.  Then it continued to happen for the whole week.  I thought he might have decided to start waking up later (Oh the happy thoughts of sleeping until the sun was out!)!!  Then came the weekend.  Sweet Barrett, oh sweet baby of mine decided that it was a good time to wake up at his normal time again.  How he knew it was the weekend and I wanted to sleep late is beyond me.  But he knew, and he decided it was a good day to wake up early.  In fact, I have learned that no matter what works best for me, Barrett will find out, and do the opposite.  Although I do love spending time with Barrett on weekends, it would be nice for him to sleep late... like till 8.  That would be wonderful.  Here's hoping that maybe this weekend he will sleep late ( I won't be holding my breath for this one though)!

Here he is at 7:35 this morning.  Still completely outcold in his crib.  This was taken seconds before I had to wake him up.  I felt horrible.  I hate waking him up!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Shhhhhh.... The Barrett Whisperer

I said that I would update everyone about how Barrett did with Patricia. The only thing is I don't want to jinx it.  Right now I will just tell you that she is magic.  She manages to get Barrett to sleep at least 3 hours during the day!  That is unheard of.  He hasn't slept that much since he was a newborn!  Well she knew the trick to getting him to sleep was to give him his bath after breakfast, but before nap time.  Why is it that we hadn't figured this out sooner?  He is usually in a great mood when I go pick him up from the day (probably because he is not tired).  He also loves Hillary (Patricia's 2 year old daughter).  She loves him too... it is cute (and a little bit sad) to see her cry when I show up to pick Barrett up.  When I drop him off in the mornings, he smiles as soon as he sees her, and he never cries when I actually walk out of the door.  It has been wonderful!  BUT..... that is all I am going to say... like I said I don't want to jinx anything!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I miss my little man

I realize that I have my crazy mom moments, and today is just one of those days.  Today I miss my baby.  Actually I miss him everyday, but today is a special day.  Barrett is staying with a new babysitter (Patricia) today.  I am a nervous wreck. I shouldn't be, and I know that, but I am and here is why.

 Patricia is wonderful, and I have no reservations about her taking care of Barrett.  Patricia has a cute little girl who is 2, and she also keeps other babies from time to time. Today it is just Barrett, which is good... I am so worried that he is being a little terror to her today.  Like I said today is the first day she is with him, and as far as first times with new people go he does not have a good track record.  The last time he stayed with someone new (Hilweh) she called me and said he was not eating (a true first for him, he is a great eater), and that he would not stop crying.  Now Hilweh has been babysitting babies in her home for longer than I have been alive, and she was having issues.  She did get him to calm down, but still, this was not a mother's proudest moments by any stretch.  To add some fuel to this fire Barrett is teething (that means that at the present time, Barrett is only half baby, and the other half monster). 

 So far we are halfway through the day and I have not received any phone calls about a horrible baby who is impossible to console, so far so good.  I am hoping that when I go pick him up the report that I get involves a happy baby, who ate all his food, took two naps, and played well with Hillary.  What do you think the chances of that are?

Just in case you now have this mental picture of Barrett screaming and crying, I will leave you with this parting shot.  This is what I picture all day when I am away from Barrett.... and this is what I would like to end this post with... a sweet innocent baby picture of the cutest baby in the world.

Tuesday 3-29-11

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Emerson - Mommy's Nose is Scary! (Original)

I wasn't planning on posting anything else while my blog is looking so funny, but I just had to share this.  It is too cute!


So today I thought that it would be a good idea to change up my blog.  It looked "wintery", and it is getting warmer, and things are starting to bloom, so I wanted to make my blog "springy."  Well now look what has happened.  I don't know what I did to change things and make it look so funny, but whatever I did before I can't figure out now!  It will take some time... which I don't have right now.  So for now my blog will just have to look all wonky until I can figure out how to make it pretty again.  Please excuse my mess!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Already getting into Trouble!

Just wanted to share a funny picture of Barrett from Jeremy's Birthday Party the other night.  Do you think this is a sign of what is to come?!  I sure hope not. 

Do not worry, Barrett did not actually drink any beer!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

To sleep or to blog... That is the question

No more sleeping like a baby anymore!
I know, I know, I'm supposed to be keeping up with little Mr. Barrett on this blog, well when it comes down to the options of sleeping of blogging, I have chosen sleep.  Here is what I have been dealing with.

I will admit it....I spoke too soon.  I said he was sleeping through the night, well... he decided to make me eat my words, and prove me wrong.  (Somehow I think that this is just the beginning of many, many times that he will inevitably make me look like a fool).  About one month ago Barrett decided that he no longer had any interest in sleeping through the night.  It started slowly, at first he would wake up, and start crying.  I would pull myself out of bed,and walk across the house into his room.  All he needed me to do was to help him find the pacifier that is attached to his pajamas.  Once he had that back, all would be well, and he would immediately close his eyes and go back to sleep.  It wasn't so bad at all, waking up once, no drama, I still felt lucky.  Since then it has progressed into some serious sleep deprivation for mommy.  He has stopped falling asleep easily, and he is becoming a light sleeper.  He is easily awakened by the sound of Sierra barking.  In fact, if she barks Barrett seems to wake up scared.  Poor baby!  (well and poor mommy too!).  He is also waking up a couple of times (like every two hours) at night.  When I walk into the room he is usually standing up at the edge of his crib just staring and screaming at the door.  Not only do I have to take him out to calm him down, but I also have to hold him until he is completely outcold.  Now, the tricky part is that even though he is outcold somehow he senses when he is being placed back into the crib, likely starting the whole process from the beginning.  My nights have quickly become spending half the night in my bed, and the other half on the couch in Barretts room holding him.  Obviously this is not going to work.  I must find a way to make this baby sleep.  He is one stubborn baby, and he certainly has a temper.  I do not know if I am strong enough (or emotionally stable enough) to endure the method that is to leave your sweet baby in his crib, in a dark room, all by himself, and let him scream and cry until after sheer exhaustion, he falls asleep.  I think that right now, he could win that battle of the wills.  I will try to find some other method.  There must be some other way..... I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Honey and B

Honey and B
Originally uploaded by Rachel*Nicole
This is one of my new absolute favorite pictures. It is obvious how much they both love eachother. It is such a wonderful blessing to have my mother with us every single day. Barrett is lucky to have such a wonderful "Honey" to grow up with!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Shopping Cart

I have been looking forward to Barrett being able to ride in the shopping cart when we go to places like the grocery store.  Since he is sitting up without looking even a little wobbly it seemed like a good time to try it.  I also thought that I would look a little less silly playing with him everywhere if he was sitting up in the cart instead of in the pumkin seat.  Besides, it is hard to carry that big old thing, and it takes up the entire cart.  Barrett was slightly confused at first, but then he looked at me and smiled.  I could just see those wheels turning, and I pictured it all going downhill from here.  Sure enough I have learned a couple of things from this first trip.
  1. DO NOT put the cart too close to the merchandise.  If you do Barrett will think that he should reach for and grab whatever is in his reach!!
  2. DO NOT pile things too high in the cart.  Barret can reach over the back and get to things he does not need to play with.
  3. It is more fun to have him in that part of the cart, but it takes much MUCH longer to get through the grocery store!
Even though he was a little mischievous riding in the cart, I had fun.  I love watching him, he was just so cute trying to get to everything!  He did manage to hold still long enough to take this picture... Enjoy

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Picture Project

This picture is borrowed from My sister Rachel's blog.  I just think Barrett looks so stinkin' cute, and it just makes me happy!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happiness Is.....

There is nothing in the world that is as happy as the sound of a baby laughing.  It is contagious.  It is so very innocent.... and just wonderful.  Now multiply that times four!!!  Check it out.... and try not laughing too!