Wednesday, August 31, 2011


We still haven't painted, or gotten all the finishing touches together, but Judah's nursery is almost ready for occupation!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

3 months old!

My sweet baby turned 3 months old yesterday! He weighs 8 pounds now and just started fitting into his 0-3 months clothes. He is smiling at people more now, which is so delightful! When he saw my sister 2 days in a row last week, he had so many smiles for her. It was like he was saying "hey, I remember you from yesterday, we had fun!" He's also started making sweet baby sounds and gurgling now. Up until last week it was mostly grunting sounds. About 2 weeks ago he began to roll over to one side. His new ability scared him a bit at first. He would roll over and then look around like "what the heck just happened." He continues to love mobiles and the fan. When he's on our bed and the fan isn't on, he looks up at it and then looks at us like we broke it. He eats every 4 hours, but if I time our evenings just right, I can get him to do a 6 hour stretch at night! He does really well at night and I pray this continues. After our night nursing session at 10 or 11, I put him in his bassinet and he goes right to sleep on his own I feed him again when he wakes up sometime between 2-4 and I put him right back down and he goes to sleep again.  I've been getting us in a consistent afternoon routine because we are going to transition him to his room in September. We give him a bath every other night and he loves them, I can't wait until he's old enough for bath toys and splashing! It's pretty easy to tell when he's sleepy, he'll start to tug at his ear or grab his hair. if we don't put him down for a nap after that cue, he begins to start fussing at us. If we ignore that he starts crying and it becomes a bit more difficult to get him to sleep. Taking him outside normally instantly calms him, and if we can't go outside, back pats and custom songs from mommy normally work. A few times there was too much stimulation going on and Judah got over tired, he is not a pleasant baby to get to sleep once he reaches that point! One thing we've always been able to count on since we brought him home from the hospital is the baby on chest move. He cannot resist it! If we're tired and he's not, or if he's fussing for absolutely no good reason, we put him on our chest and lean back and we get some sweet peace. Judah's not a big crier and even before he does cry he give us 2 warning shouts to give us time to fix the issue before he starts wailing, isn't that nice of him? The past 2 days he's started really trying to suck his pointer finger. He pushes the pacifier out and inserts his finger all the time now. MrC and my momma aren't having that at all! My ma was like "ohhh no, that's what your momma used to do and we aren't going through that with you Judah!" I didn't stop sucking my finger until I was 13, we're trying to keep Judah from following in his momma's footsteps! I think I'm finished boring y'all with all my sweet baby's development, stay tuned for pictures of his nursery!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Almost Finished

I was so productive this weekend! On Friday I declared that my house would no longer look like a war zone, so I set about tackling the rest of the stuff that needed to be unpacked. While MrC took Judah with him to the barber shop, I cleared out that crazy looking room. Jameil made sure to throw in the appropriate amount of threats throughout the day to make sure I finished by her deadline of midnight. By 11, I had everything finished. My sister came over on Saturday and she ended up watching (ok, napping) with Judah while MrC and I went to the store. We went and got some houseplants, and Judah's crib! He is getting to busy for the bassinet, he ended up scooting to the top the other day, my baby clearly needs more space. Tonight we'll be getting his room together. That's the very last thing we need to accomplish before we can declare ourselves totally settled in. Now we can move on to the fun decorating!
What type of plants do you have in your home? Where are they located?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I need to go to bed

i can't sleep. When I can't sleep I look through the pictures on my phone. Here's what my sweet baby has been up to this week. Judah does well with putting weight on his legs, and he's been pushing up higher trying to hold up that big head for longer periods. I've been meaning to weigh him because this dude is heavy. He's still so much leaner than every other baby at our church, but he's solid. I can't believe my baby will be 3 months old next week!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Football and shopping

On Friday night MrC and I went on a date to the Redskins/Steelers game. We had a blast! Judah stayed with my parents so we could have a grand baby free time. After the game we noticed that some people didn't take their souvenir cups with them. So we did what any self respecting married couple would do... we went around and picked them up. By the time we finished we had 10 cups and 12 popcorn buckets. Of course we sanitized them when we got home and MrC put together nice Redskins gift packages for his friends that are fans. 

Saturday, Judah and I got up and went for a long walk around the neighborhood. I just turned down whatever street was shady, this is a big neighborhood! During our walk I met an older lady that told me she just got back from a peach festival. I love peaches so I ran in the house, gave Judah to MrC and went to the festival. I got a peach smoothie and a hot dog. They had a barbecue pit set up but the line was longer than I was willing to endure. They also had cobblers and pies, but I don't believe in cooked fruit. I'm glad  got out early because it started storming like crazy. We've had quite a few huge storms the past few days. I'm glad we got the huge tree in front of our house cut down on Friday. It was right in front of Judah's room and we didn't want to risk a huge branch coming into his room one day. When Ms. Elvis across the street saw the tree was down she said to MrC "Y'all cut the tree down!? Thank God, it looked a mess." Well tell us how you really feel then!

Sunday I missed church because I overslept and was tired from dealing with a fussy baby Saturday night. My ma and sister came over yesterday afternoon and we decided to go to the outlets. Judah was really well behaved. My ma threw a mini tantrum: "I don't understand why MrsC won't just have another baby and give me this one." My sister and I just looked at her. That lady is crazy. We had dinner at Americantina and it was SO good. I got my favorite dish, tacos al carbon. They were the second best I've ever had. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

First road trip

We went down to North Carolina for MrC's family reunion over the weekend. Our 4 hour road trip was quite peaceful. Judah knew he was in a new place and spent the weekend staring at everything and everybody. He got a chance to meet his great grandparents so I snapped a few photos because that's something I never got to experience. MrC's grandad is huge. He has the biggest hands I've ever seen. Look how tiny Judah looks next to him! MrC's grandma is the most talkative woman I've ever met and she goes on random tangents, you see Judah looking at me trying to figure out why  she talks so much? I was cracking up later because MrC and I were both trying to piece together a story she told us and neither of us knew what she was talking about. What we both heard made no sense. He's supposed to ask his momma to clarify it for us. It was a pretty good weekend, we're going back down next month for a wedding and hopefully we'll be able to stay a little longer.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Happy Baby

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Get Out

Yesterday I had to put somebody out of my house. I had EnvirocAir scheduled to come clean my air ducts and carpets. They had a coupon special that I to do both of those things for $64. When the guy got to the house he smelled like he had just eaten cigarettes. Seriously, if you work in a service industry and have to enter into homes for a living, air yourself out if you smoke. It's just rude to bring that stank into my home. Anyway, I handed him the coupon and showed him which rooms I wanted cleaned. He looked and determined  that 2 of the rooms needed a deep clean for an additional $29.99 for each room. Dude please. I told him the basic clean would be sufficient. He said he didn't want to do a half job. Sir, I'm not paying for that. He then asked to see the furnace and asked when we last had the ducts cleaned. Since we just moved in, I didn't know. After looking at the furnace he said it was dirty and if they didn't clean the furnace too we'd be wasting our money because the ducts would just get dirty again. He said to clean the furnace it would be an additional $199. Dude, I am not paying you that. I will pay the $64 I intended on spending and that's good enough. He kept saying he didn't want to do a half job.  How you going to do me a favor with my money? He asked how much I wanted to pay. I told him $64. He said he would call his boss. Of course his boss didn't answer the phone so he offered to do everything for $199. Maybe you didn't understand me. I said I would pay $64. If you're not going to do it, you can take your equipment and leave. He left and threw the coupon down in my front yard. For real? EnvirocAir, that's a nice hustle you're running, but I am not the one. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Clean it up!

SimplyB: I plan to nurse for a year. MrC had asthma when he was younger and I had really bad allergies. I want to help Judah in the health department as much as I can.
Nerd Girl: Skillet chicken- Get a seasoning that you like. I used a hot and spicy cajun style spice that I got from Ross. Cover your chicken with a lot of seasoning, I used chicken leg quarters. Get your cast iron skillet really hot. Add enough olive oil to coat the skillet once it's hot. Put the chicken in the skillet in the skillet, let it get browned nicely on each side and pop in the oven at 350 until the juices run clear.
I enjoyed that chicken so much I made 5 pieces and ate 4 (not all in the same day!) It was juicy and flavorful and easy.
My carpets and air ducts get cleaned tomorrow. That brings me so much joy I don't know what to do. Seriously, I can't stop thinking about it. Something about a professional clean just makes me giddy.
My parents came and helped us do some things around the house on Saturday. We were grateful for the help and have definitely learned you have to take the good with the bad. MrC had to stop my dad from murdering newborn squirrels that he thought were mice. Thankfully, my nature loving hubby saved the squirrels and helped their momma find them again so she could move them to a new home. MrC, my ma, and I were running from window to window watching the squirrel pick up her babies from our backyard and move them to my neighbors tree.
My ma and dad and I got in an argument about closets. I thought it was funny. My ma took the baby and just left the room to avoid hitting my dad with a hammer.
Me: *whispering to my ma* I don't think he knows what he's doing, that's not right
Ma: honey, that's not right
Dad: Yes it is, I know what I'm doing
Ma: No, that's not the way it goes
Dad: Yes it is. you do it this way so stuff can sit on the shelf. This ain't going nowhere, I got it in the studs, this is sturdy
Ma: Ok, but that's not how the shelf goes
Dad: Yes it is, this keeps stuff from falling off the shelf
Me: Daddy, that's upside down
Dad: No it isn't
Me: Yes it is
Dad: *rolls eyes and flips shelf over*
The shelf looked so stupid y'all. Even Judah knew it was upside down. I think my dad smokes crack in his spare time.
I have to renew my drivers license by my birthday on Thursday. I hope I have another good hair day tomorrow.
Judah has been super fussy during the day since Friday. On the flip side, he has been AWESOME at night. He'll eat before we go to bed, and then fall asleep on his own. He wakes up once during the night around 2 am. I feed him, put him back in his bassinet and then we go right back to sleep. He wakes up around 6, which is when I need to get up anyway and I nurse again and start my day while he goes back to sleep. I was talking to some friends at church and my friend's hubby summed it up best "I have to be awake during the day anyway, so cry all you want, just be quiet and sleep at night." Yes and amen. We've found a few positions that help keep him calm during the day, but hopefully this fussy phase will soon pass. I don't like to hear my baby upset.
I really loveeeee how everybody knows how to parent Judah except his parents. I took him in somewhere on Friday to drop something off for work. My coworker was demanding to know where Judah's blanket was. It was 100 degrees outside. I put his burp cloth over his legs and said that was his mini blanket. When I was at my parents house and Judah kept fussing my parents kept telling me to feed him. I knew he wasn't hungry, but after the 85th time, I just gave in. This is my dad every single time Judah whimpers:
Dad: He's growing, MrsC, he is growing
Me: Mhmmm
Dad: You're going to have to feed him more because he's growing.
Me: Mhmmmm
Dad: Go ahead and feed that growing boy, he is getting bigger
I swear to beans one day I'm going to yell, "of course he's growing, it's what healthy babies do. Shut the heck up. He'll be growing for the next 20 years, so I hand him sandwiches nonstop?"
After I fed him on Friday and he still was acting crazy I just looked at my parents waiting for their next bright idea. They finally shut up. I told them that baby wasn't crying from hunger.
I want a bissel steam and sweep for my birthday. I know my parent's aren't getting me anything, but maybe my MIL will be in a giving mood this week. Hmmmmm

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