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I’m not even for sure how to pick back up with my blog, it’s been so long. I never meant to take such a hiatus in writing, but I suppose all writers have their moments when nothing comes. Of course, mine started out due to a lack of time and has slowly progressed into not having anything meaningful to say. At least it feels that way.

Yesterday was my birthday. It dawned on me that I am 32 now. Not, that I had forgotten. I simply had this weird moment where it feels as if being a child myself was ages ago. I can’t fathom that I have been on this earth that long. Yet, I know that’s only a glimmer to a true lifetime. And then I think to myself-  was it really ages ago? I catch myself sometimes, when I watch Baby G mastering a task or encountering something for the first time, remembering my own reactions or thoughts as a child. I’m not for sure exactly how to explain it. I guess that’s why there’s that saying that some parents chose to live through their children again. Anyway, it’s in these moments that I realize that time is really relative in the scheme of things, but us humans just have to go and find a way to measure it and drive ourselves crazy worrying about whether we have enough of it or we’ve used time efficently enough. Ba-hum-bug. I am simply not a fan of time.

We’ve had a whole mess of things happen in the last few months…Baby G landed the nasty fever blister virus through an encounter with the bug. Neither Bryan or I get them- so it’s disappointing that his little system can’t fight it off.  Which is rather crazy, considering somewhere around 80% of the population carries the virus, but only a select few are unlucky enough to fall prey to its wrath. Poor sweet guy. Unfortunately, this bug did a number on him- as it ended up around his eye (no thanks to the stand in doctor) and it was the worst I have ever seen our little man. We have to travel to Charleston next Friday to make sure it hasn’t gotten into his eye, which we are pretty confident it hasn’t- but one cannot be safe enough. His regular pediatrician has been a life saver and helped get him better within a week.

Because of this, he hasn’t had his checkup yet and this Friday he gets his 9/10 month shots and all his growth stats. Our little man is growing like a weed, minus his cold and losing some weight; it will be nice to see where he’s at.

He has also progressed to a whole plethora of new foods and has started refusing baby food or anything that doesn’t allow him a chance to ‘chew’.

On an even bigger note, we are now on month ten of breastfeeding!! I am so positively happy that we have made it this far- but I am not looking forward to weaning him on so many different levels.

He’s also ‘vrooming’ his toy truck around that his Mom-mom gave him and loves to sit in his playroom by himself looking at books. We are pretty sure he might stand by himself pretty soon, too.

So in retrospect, where has the time gone? All I hope is that I’m capturing enough of his babyhood before he becomes that toddler he’s growing so fast into. Don’t get me wrong, I love this adventurous and brave little boy he is becoming, but know at the same time how very much I am going to miss my baby.

It’s funny, I feel as if I am playing tug of war with myself all the time…trying to get just the ‘right’ amount of time (there’s that dreaded idea again) with my little man and then trying the find just the right balance for the rest of my life somewhere precarelessly in there, too. Yet, funny thing is- I keep thinking if I’m not careful…none of it will matter and it will be gone before I can even blink an eye. So, I try to say a prayer every night that I will cherish every.single.little.moment no matter how small or exhausting they sometimes can be.

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My Climbing Monkey…

This is what we have been up to lately…p11000131

 

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So yes, we are still alive. As you can see my monkey is keeping me busy. But…hopefully we can resume some posts before long. I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season.

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I had the very best night of uninterrupted sleep in oh, let’s say ages. I can’t even remember the last time I acquired over 5 hours of sleep in the same setting. This is truly a remarkable event, so remarkable that I am writing it in my calendar in a red sharpie!! The day I regained my sleep!! Hallelujah!!

I feel like a NEW woman. Okay, I probably can’t make that claim just yet- but, I do feel pretty darn good considering 17 months of sleepless nights. (And yes, that may be a bit of an exageration.) 

If I were you, I would be DYING to know what I have to thank for this amazing feat?

That my dear friends would be ground up CHICKEN (seasoned in butter, thyme, and garlic) along with carrots, spinach, and peas. 

My little man gobbled up this concoction as if he had never eaten food before.  Who would have known meat would do the trick!?! He also drank my milk from a sippy cup. Is he growing up or what?

I made a big batch, too- which means we have about 8 servings left in the freezer and enough for tonight and tomorrow!!

I can’t even imagine 3 days of sleep. I am in heaven simply trying to imagine it.

I will try to post some photos of his new favorite food, as time permits.  Regardless of pictures, I will add the recipe in a few days. Mommies, the secret is out- meat is your friend!!

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This is the scene at our house the minute I let Garrett down to crawl.

Remember that word, ‘crawl’– if you will.

Making his way up.

Viola.

Yes, my baby isn’t even 7 months old yet.

He still isn’t completely crawling!!!! Where did he learn this? I have a sneaking suspicion he learned it from Allison’s son Eli while we were in. Is that possible?

Please shoot me NOW!

(And, this was his 2nd round of “Let’s Climb Into the Fireplace”– as you can see, there is fingernail polish on the back of his right ankle. I was preoccupied the first go around and turned to find him standing, so I quickly grabbed him up *afraid* he might fall. So if you were wondering, that’s where the big looking gash comes from!) 

If only, this assured us that Baby G would be a future NFL, NBA or SOCCER star. (Perhaps, football since he does have his HOKIE colors on…) 

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Garrett and I slept in this morning since Daddy had to be at work early this morning. When we did wake up, around 10 my little man was all smiles. He was babbling away about something rather interesting. He has found so many sounds lately and I simply love hearing him vocalize, even if I haven’t a clue as to what he is trying to say.

Although, today I really think he was telling me that he has a tooth that needs to be brushed. OK, let me rewind a bit. For the last few days, whenever I brush my teeth I let Garrett watch and it absolutely fascinates him! He stares and smiles and then laughs.

This morning while in bed (we usually lay around for a good ten minutes), as we were chatting- Garrett gently pressed his gums against my thumb. As if to say, ‘Mommy, this is what I am trying to tell you about!’ When he pressed his gums against my thumb, sure enough I could feel a spikey little tooth breaking through his gums. Not in the original place I was sure he would land a tooth, but rather on the opposite side. The front right tooth is now emerging.

Up until this point, we had felt hard knots on his gums in various locations (predominantly on the left side and upper front)- but this is the first spikey object I have felt! 

Funny thing is, he hasn’t had any real symptoms. Maybe because he was sick last week and it masked all of it. Really though, he has been an angel. He did push on this tooth over and over with his tongue the last few days. I figured it meant a tooth was coming, but I shrugged it off because I figured nothing would emerge as usual.

I can’t wait until it pops out fully so I can take a picture of it and share with all of you!!! Ahhhhh, my baby has a tooth! 🙂

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That’s what it feels like around here these days. I have 3 giveaways to tell you guys about! You heard me right- 3 different giveaways!!! How awesome is that?! It seems everyone is in the giving spirit this week.

First off, if you visit Bri at Such is My Life, she is giving away an undisclosed gift to the person who leaves the 200th comment on her 200th post. I frequently read her blog, as she has plenty to say and plenty for me to learn from with five little ones running around.

Second, Preppy Little Dress is having a contest for a surprise ‘preppy’ gift. Her blog is about all things shopping. Who couldn’t catch up on some good deals and steals. 😉

Finally, this VERY POST is MY 100TH POST!!!! Can you believe, I finally have made it that far. It’s a milestone in its own right!! So, yep I have decided to giveaway something, too!

The below items will go to one lucky winner….well, minus the baby.

 

Rules: Simply add a comment below, post a link on your blog (if you have one) and have a U.S. mailing address.

A winner will be chosen RANDOMLY. Oh, and if you post a link on your blog and a friend signs up to receive my blog feed by email (see sidebar) and mentions your name in the comments and they win, I will sweeten the pot and send you 30 note cards, too.

Whatcha’ waiting on…start commenting!!!

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We have returned!!

'What do I do, now?'

'What do I do, now?'

I can’t say I am ready for a full fledged blow by blow of our trip, but I can give a small peak into what all it involved…cloth diapers on a trip, a sick baby, way too many people and places to see, more things to bring back in an already over-filled vehicle, maple syrup, apple butter, fall leaves, bluegrass, lots of family, love and the prospects of moving back home (being contemplated once again).

 

 

'Look at me, Momma!'

'Momma, look at me!'

 

I plan to post more about the trip, along with photos as soon as I have more than 20 minutes to myself to do so, but I have a ton of things still to unpack and put away. And, that little man of ours is craving ‘mommy’ more than usual since we have returned.

 

 

 

Thinkin' about it...

Thinkin' about it...

 

As for his 6 months stats, I am HAPPY to report that Leanne was the closest  to his actual weight- he was 17 lbs. and a VERY, VERY LONG 28 and 1/4 inches. Yep, we officially have a skinny little man on our hands who is already on all fours and ready to take off.

 

 

 

 

Thinking some more...

Thinkin' about it some more....

He’s been rocking back and forth since the day we left! Here’s some pictures to prove it. (Since I missed my Tuesday pictures…ekkk, I think two weeks in a row?) He has also learned to give KISSES/SUGAR upon being asked and has started saying ‘Momma’. I wish I had some type of appartus to record it with to show everyone proof!

 

 

 

'I'm tired, Momma!'

'I'm tired!'

 

He was at my feet this morning pulling on me and I asked him to say ‘Momma’ and I would then pick him up (nothing like bribery, eh?) and low and behold the words came out something like ‘Mom-ah’. I am smitten. What a wonderful little man I have.

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