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I am a 29 year old teacher of fourth grade. My husband and I began TTC in March of 2008. We conceived our first month, but unfortunately it only ended in an early miscarriage. 8 months later we finally conceived again, and she was our take-home baby! Norah Jane was born on July 16, 2009. 7lbs 0oz 19" long and amazing. We recently had our sweet baby boy, Miles! He was born on June 12, 2013 at 3:37pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, 20 inches long, and PERFECT! We are loving every minute of parenthood (even the frustrating minutes!). This blog is an attempt to chronicle the baby steps, foot steps, leaps, bounds, and milestones of this journey.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Things I don't want to Forget

Double post! Woot! I need to do my Things I don't want to forget. I'm telling you, I look back at this blog and I am so thankful I have "written" some things down. There is SO much I would have forgotten if I hadn't put it down. So here goes:

*Norah is a bee-are-aye-tee! (Brat). She has learned these phrases that make me want to pull my hair out!
  -- "That's not fair!" "Mama, you have to share!" <-- crying that because I didn't give her something I told her she couldn't have. "No! No! No! No! No!" "Give it to me right now!" "No mama! I said give it to me!"
WHAT?!?!?! Where did she get this stuff from??

Actually, I have an idea of where: Caillou. The bald-headed four year old brat on TV. Why do I call him a brat? Because he whines all. the. time. He whines constantly, he yells at his sister "Give it to me now, Rosie!" Sound familiar? "That's not fair!" "Hey, that's mine!" Even in the opening credits, it has him throwing a tantrum. I began noticing this a few days ago. Norah watches a Caillou in the mornings while I make her breakfast (and wake up), and he is down right obnoxious. I noticed, though, how she imitates his behavior. The thing that he does the most that Norah imitates, is talking like a baby. He is 4. 4 and he still talks like he's 2. It's so annoying. Norah started talking like a baby too, and that's not going to fly. I have never talked to her in baby talk, which I attribute to being part of the reason she talks so well for her age. So this has to stop.

I told Norah tonight that we weren't watching Caillou anymore because he was being a brat, and not acting like a big kid. She seemed ok with the news. We'll see.

Wow, that was a lot for the 1st item.

*On the flip side of things Norah says that annoys me, she says many more things that make me so happy. Here's a sampling:

"Mama! I know! When Scarlett gets bigger, like a big kid, she can come over, and we can have a sleepover! That's a good idea!"
"My mommy said I could."
"Have sweet dreams, mama."
"Mama! Watch out! There's a big dragon up there! He's a sweet dragon! No, he's a scary dragon!"

*She wakes up at 6:47 almost every single morning. No matter what time this child goes to bed, I cannot get her to sleep past 6:50 am. She comes in and wakes us up saying, "Mama, it's morning now, get up. It's morning now. Wake up mama, get out of bed. Mama, get up. Here's your glasses." <-- that's all within the first 15 seconds of her being in our room. :)

That's all for tonight. I've got to get up at 6:47am tomorrow! :)

Just take ONE picture with me... please??

Toddler Photography 101: 

"Norah, come over here and take a picture with me."
"Please? I'll let you push the button..."
"Norah, just one picture, then we'll be all done and we can go."
"Stop the drama, Norah.... it's a picture."
"That's not a smile..."
"Ok, that'll work!"


On a completely separate note, today we went to one of the coolest places I've ever seen. It is here in Nashville, and it is completely free-- how did I not know this existed?!

First let me say that a lot of times I am not a fan of living in such a big city... there's just so many people! I get frustrated with interstates and traffic everywhere. I get super frustrated at no parking situations. However, when I find little gems like this, it makes me thankful that I'm going to raise my daughter in a city. 

It's called Cumberland Park, and it is so much fun. There are fountains everywhere, there's water coming off of the bridge, the water from the fountains pools up to make a shallow pool-- perfect for a toddler! And FREE--> perfect for ME! 

It was 108 degrees today-- we had to cool off, and this was the most fun way to do it! 


Those girls are 3 of the girls from my husband's center. He works for a non-profit, and they take them cool places during the summer. Today was swim day! These girls didn't leave Norah's side the entire time she was there! I LOVE them! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


I have heard many, many times that the Terrible Twos are a myth-- that 3 is going to be so much worse.  I have a feeling, that that HAS to be the truth. Norah, overall, was a really easy "2". So easy, in fact, that we are actually considering having another one... eek! But lately, less than a month before her 3rd birthday, you can start to see this... this.... person coming out-- this crazy person!

She has SUCH an attitude! She has decided that she can test everything that I say-- EVERYTHING! "Norah, we're going to go to the grocery store." "No no no no no no no!!!!!! We can't! We can't!!!! We have to stay here and watch Caillou!!"

"Norah, we are going to go to the park, ok?" "No no no no no no!! No mama! We have to go to the swimming pool!"

Everything. It probably doesn't help that I am a SAHM right now because I am out for the summer (yay teaching!), and she doesn't get to be as engaged throughout the day as she used to be. I'm trying to do fun things with her each day, but it really is hard. Since we bought this house, and it needs a lot of paint and cleaning, many times I can't just sit and play with her. She'll be back in school in a month though-- a month from today, in fact, and she'll be back in her regular routine.

Now, all of this complaining comes with a disclaimer: I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE being home with her! Even with the attitude, I am loving being here with her-- she is growing so much and it's just so much fun to watch. I love the way she thinks-- she tells me all of the rules:
"Mama, we can't have our shoes on the new couch."
"We can't color on the floor, or mama will be very mad."

She also tells me elaborate ideas:
"I know! We can go to sleep, then we wake up, and we have eggs, then we have dinosaur snacks! (fruit snacks) That's a good idea!"

She always tells me that it is a good idea. :)

I love her, I love being around her, and I love everything about her-- 'tude and all.

So, I took her to these fountains in Nashville a few days ago. She got really excited about it when she saw it from afar, but when we got up close, she got intimidated-- which I totally understand. There were 8 fountain spouts that sprayed really high! So she gave me the BIGGEST attitude about getting in. You'll see in the pictures that she gets more and more into it. We were there for about 45 minutes, and by the time she actually was playing in the water, we only had 5 minutes left on the meter... sigh. Maybe next time she'll get into it q

Ms. 'tude! 

Exhausted. :) 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Feelings and Fixings

As I have stated many times throughout my blogging history, owning a home is something that I've had as a goal for a very long time. Not because it is the "American Dream", and not because it makes me feel like I've made it. No, the reason I've wanted to own a house for so long is because it symbolizes stability. 

When you own a home, you're there. I understand that some people like to pick up and move whenever they want, but that's really not me. I love being spontaneous, but when it comes to where I live, I'd rather be stable. When we go on trips, when we have crazy, happy, awful, sad, exciting days, I want to come home to the familiar... to my home. Every place we rented seemed like we wouldn't be there for very long. The longest we ever rented a place was our last place. We were there for about 3 1/2 years. I LOVED living there, but it never felt like "ours". We had to ask permission if we wanted to make any changes or updates, and because of that, we didn't make many changes or updates. Plus, our neighbors were unbelievably nosy and intrusive, so that didn't help. 

The house we just bought gives me so much comfort. I know, unless God has another plan, that we are going to be here for a while, that we're stable here. I know that we can plan for a future here, and that gives me solace. Also, we can make all of the stinking updates we want...which we already have done a few.

So..... you know when you buy a house, then things start breaking?... yeah, that's us. Here's what's happened in the 20 days that we've owned it:

  • My first load of laundry (while Daniel was at camp), ended in me using the Shop-Vac to vacuum up water that was all over the garage floor. This was the very first time I was ever excited that the laundry was in the garage. Otherwise, we would've had water all in the carpet. Turns out that the amount of water coming out of our washing machine was too much of an amount/force for the 52 year old cast iron pipes, so it over-flowed. I had to wait until the husband came home from camp to fix it. He had to rig a smaller pipe/tube onto the washing machine one to make it flow at a slower rate. Crazy.
  • I was doing dishes one day, and water started pouring onto my feet from under the cabinet. Not good. Turns out there was a giant leak in the garbage disposal, as in, pouring out of the bottom. A quick search online yielded that that was really not good. We bought a new disposal off of Amazon, and when it came in 2 days later, Daniel installed it... sort of. Once he installed it and tested it, the disposal worked, but there was water pouring out from a different location. We had to wait another day for him to be able to get the piping. <-- Read: our dishes were piling up and we couldn't use the sink at all. He got it, installed it, and it all worked. Wahoo!!
  • Because our sink was out of commission for two days, and we had dishes piling up, right after he fixed the garbage disposal, I ran a load of dishes. Once it was finished, I went to empty it so that I could do another load. When I opened it, I was greeted with all of the dirty dish water sitting in the bottom of the dishwasher. Ugh. Another quick google search told me that that is a common problem after people install disposals, because there is a plug in one of the tubes that has to be knocked out with a screwdriver. Daniel did just that, and it drained....thank goodness. 
  • We have mice. At least two. Oliver, our dog, has already caught one (ew, eww, ewww), but I know there's another one. We noticed this problem immediately upon buying the house. But in the house's defense, it had been vacant for almost 7 months, so nature had taken it over a bit. We got the exterminator out here, and he set stuff out and sprayed for the spiders we've been seeing. I'm hoping the other mouse will be gone soon. 
  • We needed a lawn-mower. In our previous house, the landlords lived next door. Good and bad. Mostly frustrating. Anyway, we always used their mower to mow the grass. Well, since we bought this house, we needed to get a mower. My sister Jamie was renting a house beginning June 23rd, and she bought a mower, so she said that we could use hers until she moved into her house. Yay! So we did. It was broken. Broken wheel, and it wouldn't start. I felt really badly that she just paid someone $100 for it. I'm really hoping she can get her money back. So we had to buy a mower...again. We were the hippies that wouldn't mow their lawn. We almost bought one from K-mart for $189, but it was a Weed-Eater brand, and my husband wasn't cool with that. We ended up finding one at a pawn shop-- a $389 Craftsman that we got for $140. Problem solved. 
  • Worst thing that's gone out? Our Jetta's A/C. I HATE hate HATE the Jetta. We still haven't gotten that fixed yet. 
So, that's the list for now. In the midst of all of this, we are painting, installing moulding, removing wall-paper, etc. I just keep telling myself, that everything we do, increases the value of the house. AND, there's my sunroom-- which just makes everything better....

Friday, June 15, 2012


It feels like home. I had thought that it would take us several weeks, if not months to get used to this new house and to have it feel like "home." But oddly enough, even though we have nothing unpacked (because of being at camp all week), it just feels like home.

I love it here. Sure, I would like it more if we had painted it already, and if we had the furniture and rugs that we need, but regardless, I love it.

My favorite part about the house so far, except the fact that we are homeowners and not renters now, is the deck. We have a raised ranch with a full basement, and because of that, we have a high rise deck. It is probably around 100sqft, and there are no stairs off of it. Because it is completely enclosed, Norah can be out there by herself. The door to the deck is right off our huge sunroom, which means I can always see her. She loves it out there. We've already had a picnic out there, and she's already had a pretend birthday out there. It's adorable. She goes in and out, over and over. I love her. :)

Tonight, since husband finally got home from camp, and we've actually been able to be together as a family, I made our first dinner in our new home. It was coconut chicken with sweet chile sauce. Yum yum!

Anyway, I love it here, and I really hope I continue to for a long time. :)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tomorrow we move...

...am I ready? Nope.

Physically I am not ready. There's still so much left to pack. I have been working really hard today, but I've had to take minimal breaks because I haven't felt too well. Hopefully it will get done. I still have to get a carpet cleaner and clean these carpets and the ones at the new house. Not sure how I am going to do all of this.

Emotionally ready? Yes and no. I mean, I am super happy we bought a house, and truthfully, our landlords/neighbors are a little frustrating with their lack of privacy. BUT, this is the house I brought Norah home to from the hospital. This house is where she took her first steps, said her first words. This house is where we slaved over potty training, where she played in the pool for the first time.

I am going to miss this house. We have so many great memories here, but it is time to make new memories elsewhere. And that elsewhere is a house that fully belongs to us. :)

Monday, June 4, 2012

We closed.

:) Our long-awaited, first house is ours. :) We closed tonight at 5pm, and it couldn't have gone  more smoothly. I have so many emotions right now, but most of all I am excited.

Now, it's time to paint!