Tuesday, December 30, 2008

7 Little Secrets

My friend, Sarah , tagged me to tell 7 things that no one knows about me.... considering I am not a very private person, it is going to be difficult to tell you 7 secrets about myself. But I will give it a try.

1. I could live on junk food- soda pop, pop tarts, chips, cookies, Little Debbie, you name it. It is what I want for breakfast, to finish my lunch, and late at night. Most of the time I do eat it for breakfast which I know isn't good. I try hard to battle these urges because I know I need to be healthier.

2. I love to drive fast. Any where. I know it isn't smart but I can't stand going slow. It is also a way for me to clear my head when I am upset. Now I have been lucky on the speeding tickets and talked my way out of a few. Give me an open road and let me go!

3. I once trained for a mini-marathon!! For those of you that know me this is hilarious- I like to exercise if it had to do with a sport, so this was so random. Amber, Andrea, and I decided to run a mini0marthon and so we trained. Now this training lasted about a month for me until I decided that I wasn't a runner. The funny thing is Drew met me while I was training and was impressed at this great ambition, when come to find out that wasn't me at all!!

4. I could live at the beach. I love the breeze, the water, the warm weather. I do not so much love KY weather.

5. I have terrible motion sickness. I LOVE roller coasters because of the thrill but cannot ride them. I can't ride in the back seat of a car for very long. Going on a cruise is out of the question. Airplane rides are torture. There are so many things I want to do with Brayden (like ride rides) that will be hard. Drew is terribly afraid of any ride so I guesss I will have to take so Dramamine and do it anyway!

6. Having a baby is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. This may sound so cliche or simple, but nothing has rocked my world more. I have felt like I have always been able to meet challenges and phases in my life, but boy was I surprised when my baby boy came along. I didn't know what to do, how to handle it. I have always felt like I have been good at everything in my life, but with him I never doubted myself more. I have never loved more, worried more, slept less, cried more, or laughed more. I love my role as a mom more than anything, but it has rocked my world. :)

7. I have always thought that I would be famous. I don't know what for or when but I have thought it several times in my life. :) We'll see.....

Ok so now I want to know seven secrets about you:

Sunday, December 28, 2008


Well the Christmas extravaganza is still continuing as I am blogging from Ohio. It started on Christmas Eve when we headed to church for the service. There wasn't a nursery so Brayden went in the service with us. He did pretty well with the music and lasted about 45 minutes and then we left because it wasn't worth fighting him. We then headed to my mom's house for her side of Christmas. It was my aunt uncle and cousin from Florida (Carole Steve and Evin), then my aunt and uncle and cousins (Bo Barbara, Whitney, Brett, Ryleigh, Bryn), and my grandparents. This year we decided to only give gifts to the kids, and it was nice to not have it all about the presents. It was nice to visit with the family, and play with the babies. Our family has grown so much. It was originally the sisters and myself, and Whitney and Brett. And now there is 5 year old Evin, 2 year old Ryleigh, 1 year old Bryn, and 6 month old Brayden! So much fun.
Christmas morning Drew Brayden and I were at home, and opened our stockings. We then at cinamon rolls. We headed to my mom and dads around lunch time, and opened more presents. Then Christmas night we headed to my aunt and uncle (Keith and Tammy's house) for my dad's side. We had soups and exchanged presents. This side is growing as well with some of the nine cousins marrying and having babies!
Friday after Drew got off work we headed up to Ohio to celebrate with his family. When we got here we opened stockings, put the baby to bed and opened more presents. Then yesterday we visited with friends here, and had a make your own pizza night and then more presents! Brayden cleaned up! He got lots of books, a baseball rocking chair!, a baby laptop, lots of clothes, and more neat stuff.
We are going to be here a few more days to visit. Brayden did ok through all the visits. He was recovering from his ear infection so he was a little upset with that. He has also started with the stranger anxiety, and when anyone would take him he would start screaming. He really only wanted mommy and daddy. This made me feel bad, but not much we could do. He was really clingy, and very overwhelmed with all the people. He liked opening presents, and has napped well since being in Ohio. We are still waiting on the night time sleep to come back!
We will be heading home soon!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Pictures, Doctor's visit, and visits from friends!

Last night we had pictures taken. Brayden was adorable!! He worse his Christmas sweater, cordoureys and blue canvas shoes. There were also some naked pictures! He was serious most of the time but we got a few smiles out of him. I will post the link to the site when they come in!

Today we went to the doctor for his 6 month checkup! WEighing in at 19.5 pounds he is in the 80% for weight, 26 1.4 inches he is 50% for height, and he is head is in the 50%. He is growing and learning right on target. They checked his ears and his right ear is still infected! I am a little frustrated that they didn't check it sooner, but he was put on another round of antibiotic for that. Probably why he is still waking up every night. He had four shots today!! It was terrible! And a finger prick. I went by myself since Drew had to work and I couldn't scrounge up any volunteers to come with me. He screamed and had real tears with the shots (they weren't as fast as normal) and then I had to get his clothes on (which he hates.) I am glad it is over. He goes back in two weeks for an ear checkup, a month for another round of flu shot, and in March for the nine month checkup!

Today Krisi, Trevor, and Trent (Brayden's sitter and boys) came over to exchange presents. Brayden got some cubes that do all different things, a first christmas bupr cloth and bib, some shape blocks, and a car/walker. This was his first time opening gifts and he did a great job! The boys loved getting their UK sweatshirts with their names on the back!

Blake, Lauren and Caleb also came down for a visit Monday. They arrived around 3, and stayed till about 11. The boys played, napped, we had dinner, and once the babies were in bed played games. Caleb is getting so big (will be one next month!) and is crawling and teetering on things all over the place. He was so good, and loved exploring and playing with things in our house. It was so good to see them.

Brayden had a not so fun night being very fussy all evening, and then up all night long. I think his four shots and ear have done him in. We were up every hour with him. Drew and I are hoping for some silent nights this Christmas.....please??

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snow Days!

So I was given the chance to rekindle my love for snow days the last two days. Somehow Georegtown got it worse than anywhere else, and I was blessed to get to spend Tuesday and Wednesday home with Brayden.
Tuesday was pretty bad outside, and Drew actually had a two hour delay to work. I stayed home all day and played with the baby.
Yesterday it wasn't as bad outside, and in between nap times Brayden and I met my mom and sisters for lunch. It worked out perfectly. He napped, I fed him, they had my food ordered, when I got there I ate, and he only sat for a few minutes, came home and it was time to nap again!
Then last night Brooke, Sejla and I (with Ella and Brayden in tow) went to dinner to celebrate mine and Brooke's birthdays. It was so good to see them. We don't get together nearly enough, but it always makes it so good when we do. The babies were good. Brayden ate some bananas and a bottle, and Ella had some rolls and salmon! They played with each other and got passed around to all of us!

Some new things going on with Brayden at six months old:
1. He LOVES his Jumperoo- He sits and jumps and cackles at himself. Hilarious.
2. He is taking three solid naps a day 1 1/2-2 hours. You don't mess with those naps or it isn't a fun day.
3. He loves his cereal, bananas, and applesause. Not so much on the carrots or sweet potatoes.
4. He does REALLY well in his new car seat. I used to dread taking him anywhere by myself because he would constantly melt down in the car seat, but so far he has done really well in the new one. I think he likes sitting up and being able to see better.
5. He is sitting up pretty consistently.
6. He likes to put his feet in his mouth.
7. He is very intrigued with Mr. Wiggles. Likes to grab at his fur and laugh at him.
8. Does really well with people but REALLY loves seeing Mommy and Daddy. :)
9. Is jabbering up a storm- it sounds like he says all sorts of words!!

He goes to get pictures made on SUnday, and the doctor on Monday so I will post on how that goes!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Fantastic Friday and Weekend!

Well this Fantastic Friday started off me getting the stomach flu around 2 a.m. It was lovely. I tried going into school Friday thinking it was food posioning and should go away, and I was nervous from missing days the prevous week with Brayden. When I got there my principal sent me home because the stomach flu was going around. So I spent the day in bed. Due to my lovely fever and vomitting here are those things that made it easier and made it a better Friday.
1. my warm and cozy bed
2. having Brittany to call as a substitute ready and willing to come in for me and always doing a good job
3. having good babysitters- even though my mom had a dinner party Friday night she kept Brayden a little longer so I could sleep whilst sick until Drew got off work
4. good friends that brought me soup :)
5. my wonderful husband that took care of me, and the baby- through the middle of the night and all
6. my generous sister who came over to help Drew for a while

Well I am finally starting to feel better and that is the most fantastic thing of all. I hate not being able to hold my sweet baby or help Drew with the work he entails. :)

Last night Drew and I went to our Sunday School annual Christmas Party. It was a catered dinner at our teacher's house. It was so nice to see everyone because we haven't been very consistent to class due to our little napper. Megan kept him for us last night, and the little baby woudln't go to sleep until we came home. He wouldn't take the bottle or lay down for anyone but else. I felt bad for Aunt Megan, but it was sweet that he wanted us.

I felt bad today, because Drew's family had a reunion in Ohio that they really wanted us to come to. It was this afternoon adn it would have been a two hour trip up and back and hit right at two nap times. We decided not to go because of the predicament and me with the recovering flu. We feel bad letting his family down but we had to do what was best for the baby, Not always a popular decision but best for him. We will be back up there in two weeks for Christmas and will hopefully see them all soon!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Mommy Thoughts

So as I was up at 4 a.m. this morning with Brayden, I was having an epiphany. Just how roller-coaster like my emotions/thoughts change in terms of being a mom. Because I am always so very honest here are my contradictory thoughts...

1. organized vs. unorganized- I always love being organized and really value it when other people are as well. I strive to be for his baby sitters, and with his medicines and so on. Then there are other parts like his closet, and other areas that are so not organized.

2. schedule vs. nonschedule- So I was all about reading Babywise to get Brayden to sleep through the night and it is all about a schedule. Well there are times I am crazy about him staying on schedule and others I don't care at all because I dunno if it matters anyway!
3. rules vs. fly by the seat of my pants! Now this directly ties into #2 but there are so many rules- let them cry it out, no bottles to get them to sleep, etc. For a while I wanted to follow all of the rules, but then I realized my life was much simpler when I gave in...Plus I realized that if does take an ounce to go to sleep it really isn't the end of the world.

4. patient vs. agitated- Now I hate to admit this one but it is true. There are times when I think I am the most patient with him than anyone else in the world, and other times I get SO frustrated. Sometimes calm and praying to help with a difficult situation, and others mad and cursing under my breath. I know not very nice, but again honest.

5. ignoring people's opinions on my mothering decisions vs. rebutting them- Now there was a time when I would just let things pass me by for example when people told me I was posioning him with Karo syrup, or corrupting him by rocking him to sleep, but more and more lately I have begun to speak my mind. When I get comments demeaning or questioning my decisions- for example giving him medicine when he is sick, or not giving him certain foods yet, or laying him down when he is tired, etc. I am beginning to stick up for myself.

6. Work vs. stay at home- Not that this is an option right now but I constantly think about this. There are times when I love teaching and being a mom and like getting out of the house and providing financially for the family. Then there are the times when I wish I could be home to take care of the house, think about maybe cooking, and just be the sole caretaker of Brayden.

Well I think these are the ones that popped in my mind. I am sure there will be more to come. :) I hope I am not the only momma who thinks this way!

Thursday, December 4, 2008


So this has thrown us for a loop. Brayden has had his first big sickness. We got home from Ohio Sunday night, and he had a low fever of 100. We gave him some Tylenol, and took him to the doctor on Monday. They said it was just a cold. Then Tuesday night in the middle of the night he woke up screaming with a temperature of 104! We were so scared. He was bright red, and screaming. I called the doctor and they told us to give him Motrin because he is getting ready to turn 6 months. Then I took him to the doctor on Wednesday and found out he had a double ear infection! They gave us some drops for his ears, and an antibiotic. He spent the whole day Tuesday and Wednesday either whining or crying. Not napping, not eating.
Drew was home with him on Monday and I have been home with him since Tuesday. This has been the longest break I have ever had from work, but he has been so sick and totally comes first.
He has all his medicine lined up to take, and he has actually been doing better today. He isn't the same ol B. but he is much better! He has napped well today and actually gave me a little laugh earlier!
We haven't slept but are hoping this is going to get better! Thanks to those of you who have called and asked how he was doing!

Family on Christmas

Family on Christmas
Merry Christmas

Spiky hair

Spiky hair
All dolled up for Christmas in Ohio

My little Santa

My little Santa
Ho Ho Ho!

Happy boy

Happy boy
On the way to church

Mostly about Brayden and Keaton, and the Beckett family! :)