Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Stuck on An Island

I am linking up with From Mrs. To Mama today...

1.  Tell us, if you could only take 5 people with you to a deserted island, who would it be, and why?
  •  Budsy-For real?  I could not leave my baby at home while I was stranded on an island for who knows how long.  He keeps me at peace (most of the time) and brings a smile to my face.  William would make me feel at home on a deserted island.
  • Hubbers-Gotta have my partner in crime if I am on a deserted island with the Bud.  Ru makes me feel safe and I would rather be lost with him then without him.  Plus, how would we eat?
  • Father-Smart, smart man.  He would figure out how to get us off the island.  Not to mention I have to keep a check on him (heart issues) and I do not know if we would have cell phone service.
  • Mother-Help me with the bud and we could not all be on an island without her.  You know keeping tabs; keeping tabs.
  • Dr.-for all of us.  This doctor better be packing lots of meds for infections and heart problems.  Would not hurt if he had been on a deserted island before.
2. Show us which island you'd like to be deserted at.
I know, I know this is a resort.  This is the prettiest picture I found and it looks pretty deserted to me.

3. Tell us, if you could only bring 3 items with you, what would those items be. And why?  1.  Guide for the island (ha)-this would include maps, how to get to food and clean water, shelter etc., 2. Do not know if anyone makes this but like a travel size cook kit-I would want to make sure we are fed. 3. Cheating here but a hiking backpack with all necessary items-hey the item is a backpack.  I can not promise that item will be empty.  :)
4. Show us 3 pictures that you would take with you.
Rudy's parents would not be joining us on the island.  For William to have.

Meme, my mother's mother.

Our home.
5. Tell us what you envision life would be like on that island. Do you think you would go into survival mode? Would you be like those Survivor people and eat bugs? What qualities do you possess that would help you survive. Do share.
I would go into survival mode.  I would read the "guide" over and over to learn as much as possible to survive.  I would build fires, cook whatever we "caught," figure out ways to deal with weather changes.  Eat bugs?  Not sure.  Honestly, I would have to been in that situation to give a truthful answer.  I say no now but who knows how I would feel on an empty stomach (days of an empty stomach).  The main quality I possess for survival is loving life.  I want to see William grow up; I want to have more kids.  I want to grow old and travel the world.  I would survive the island!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hanging with Lexus

During football season we spend some time with my parent's boxer, Lexus.  She was actually Christopher's dog so she is very special to my parents.  Since they are gone basically all day when they go to Auburn we have to let her out.  As you know William is allergic to dogs and a few months ago I gave my first babies to a loving family.  Budsy is hardly around dogs for the obvious reason but he does see Lexus every now and then.  Needless to say he is leery of her.  William keeps his eye on her and as you can see Lexus keeps a watch over him as well. 
Where is she Mom?

Lexus watched him color for a while.

She even let William play with her ball and this is huge.  Lexus is very attached to her toys!

PS-I know he is allergic and he was cleaned after playing with the ball.  Being on daily medication helps alot!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

William's 2nd Surgery

  Well it started with William's follow up hearing test.  He passed his first one at the beginning of the summer but since his speech has not really improved he had to have another one.  Rudy and my MIL, Carmen, took him to the hearing test.  I get a text from Ru asking about my late night because they could not complete the test on his left ear due to the wax.  Ok, thought nothing of it.  I will take Budsy to the ENT and he will clean the ear so we can re test.  Ha, ha, ha, says our ENT.  William's ears are so full of wax that surgery is the best option.  Since he has functional tubes flushing is not an option and just like that surgery is scheduled for the next week.  I take off work and we are to be at the hospital at 5:45AM, AWESOME! 
  William can not eat so we stay up until 11 and offer him milk.  Funny thing about that was William was dead weight and sound asleep.  Rudy picked him up and he was not even in control of his body.  Needless to say Budsy did not have any milk.  Mama and Daddy stayed up for nothing and then woke up at 4:45AM, loving it.  William did great before surgery never fussing for food or milk; he just played the entire time.  Seriously, I pushed him in the wagon for what felt like an hour and he was in heaven. 
  Finally, it was his turn and I was impressed on how well he went with the nurse.  He did not protest at all (he did have his lovie with him).  The doctor came out and let us know William did wonderful during surgery.  However, his left ear canal is very narrow and surgery will be the only way to remove wax while he has tubes.  Glorious!!  I am blessed to have such a caring ENT and a little boy that only suffers from ear issues.  We took a few pictures on the IPAD but for some reason I can not turn them the correct way.  I am very OCD and that would annoy me forever so no pics for you. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

First AU Game

  Budsy had his first Auburn football experience and overall did great.  Not gonna lie about the car rides-several fits and a lot of entertaining.  William did not sleep on the way to Auburn (we left at 5:30AM or on the way home).  Once we arrived he was overwhelmed but in a good way.  He was taking it all in: the people, the orange and blue, the War Eagle's, etc.  We took the backpack but since William does not get in very often it was a fight at the beginning.  Once he was in he was content for a few blocks then would want to walk.  Not so much walk but be held my all of us for a few minutes each.   
  Budsy had a muffin before the game, snacks at the game, couple of bites of Grammie's burger, and being off schedule did not really bother him.  The heat bothered him!!  And me and Erin and Ru!  It was so hot; I just kept spraying SPF on us.  William slept on Ru by the concessions most of the first half and was kind of all over the place after his nap.  We walked the sidewalk on the upper deck, checked his diaper (did not pee all day then leaked on the way home), then ate snacks.  My dad decided to leave at the end of the 3rd quarter but we ended up in OT.  We needed to go because William was very red and hot.  After a stop at McDonald's we were home by 4:30. 

"So, I am gonna look over there not at the camera and Mama justa cheesing."

Love this of the Bud and my Dad.

The sun!!!

He was not having the pics today!

Only nap of the day.

Right when we got to the seats; right before Ru took him down and he fell asleep.  Pics out of order, huh?

"I am so over this Daddy."  Ru- "This is serious football William; shake it off."

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Early Christmas

So...I caved; caved bad.  I fell for Birchbox and months of seeing others cave.  I justified it because it is only 10 bucks a month and this can be my "hobby."  The hubbers has golf, home projects, etc. and now I have 10 buckaroos a month of goodies for the bod.  Rudy mentioned in passing "that makeup box thing you ordered came in today" and I would have jumped in the air if I was not driving.  I came home to see it hidden under junk mail and it is a pretty tiny box. Ha, was I expected a box I could fit the bud in that only cost 10 bucks. Why yes, yes I did.  Anywho, I tore in the box and was thrilled with my findings.  There are things I have been putting off sampling because I am a cheapo (or the hubs is a cheapo).  Let's go over my early Christmas gift that will be delivered to me monthly--

Twirl-Perfume by Kate Spade-will be sampling in the AM.
Wei to Go-Gel cleanser and moisturizing face tent-always up for new face wash.
Twistband-my friend Erin had one of these and once I knew it was not a bracelet I wanted one.  Ha, joy of Birchbox deliveries.
21 Drops-Aromatherapy-yep need it.
Color Club Nail Polish-super dark and funny thing is I have been daring myself to go dark and now I can without it being a random purchase.

Of course a cheapo plastic bag to stuff everything in when you decide it is not for you until you throw it away years from now.  Hoping this does not happen but you all know what women do with random purchases like nail polish, face wash, etc.

And the book in the middle--no clue need to read it but not tonight!  Overall, very satisfied with my first month; October better not disappoint. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Show and Tell

1. Tell us your favorite baby names? Aside from your own babies, if you have some :)

Charlotte (after my Meme)

William Christopher (current child's name; after FIL and my late brother)
Douglas (my father's middle name)

2. Show me your "dream" nursery {can be your baby's nursery or one that you love}

Pottery Barn.  This is posted because the crib is gorgeous.

Pottery Barn.  I love the simpicity of this nursery.  Next time around I plan on a eye catching crib (above) and simple bedding.

3. How many children would you like to have? How far apart?
We have William now (19 months) and would love another but we are not prepared financially.  I have heard from more than one person you are never ready financially but we are also going through possible career changes.  We will wait until all that is settled for the hubs.  I also prefer William to be potty trained or well on the way so another reason to wait.  We will for sure be preggo after William turns 4 because he will be in school the next year which would mean only one in daycare :)

4. Tell us what you think the importance of parenting is?
I think parenting is very important but takes a lot of patience.  I found myself showing frustration this weekend when William would not let me brush his teeth.  Parenting is being a role model and I should never show frustration.  I am the adult he is not and I have to be his model.  William is such a copy cat; he remembers everything.  The most important thing is for me to be on my best so he can be his best.

5. Show us your favorite newborn photo {can be your children or random}

William- brand new in the hospital.

6. Tell us some things you promise to never do as a parent {and if you are a parent, did you stick to it}
Always be a friend and worry he will hate me.  William will dislike me one day and maybe use the word hate (tears) but I can not let that make me quit being his mother.
Something I swore I would not do--take his dinner with us out so we could all eat in peace.
I hope I am never that parent that refuses to believe her kid is being the "bad" one in school.  It happens.

Saturday, September 8, 2012


My mother's birthday fell on Labor Day this year and since Carmen was in town we all celebrated together.  We cooked steak, fries, veges and of course had cake.  We bought a banana split flavored ice cream cake from Wal-Mart and it was surprisingly delicious.  We all had a piece including Budsy.  He enjoyed every last bite and it is a bit spoiled getting cake year round. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

19 Months

Rudy was in charge this month and by himself so William is talking on the phone.

  • Around 25 lbs.
  • Size 4 Diaper, Size 5 at Night
  • 18 Months or 2T clothes
  • Size 6 or 6.5 Shoe
  • 12 teeth, who knows if he has more back there he WILL NOT let us look without a fight.  I was concerned about brushing teeth because he started fighting us then he was diagnosed with HFM.  He is now back on a normal schedule for brushing teeth-2x day.
  • Same schedule for eating...in daycare M-F.  (Officially in Toddler 2)  Dinner is becoming tougher and tougher which I think is due to exhaustion.  I believe he is very tired by the time he gets home and does not feel like eating.  I also made a slight change: no more snacking.  I had been allowing snacking due to 1. low weight 2. hand, foot, and mouth virus and 3. picky, but this also may part of our dinner issue. This has been a tremendous help with eating regular meals.
  • Napping once a day after lunch.  Of course since he is battling the virus he has had a few early naps, short naps, etc.  Now that he is over the virus the drool hasn't stopped and the crevices in his lips are cracked.  We are now using chapstick.  Sleeps through the night; bedtime around 7 and wake around 6AM.
  • Beginning to color and hold the crayon correctly most of the time.  William is becoming more and more interested in books.  He will even bring them to me and lets me get through maybe a page.  I am persistant but not pushy one day he will let me read an entire book to him.
  • William does a lot of "cleaning:" dusting, mopping, picking things up, putting trash in the garbage can and much more.
  • He has started saying, "car," and will quack and moo.  William quacks a lot even when we are not doing animal sounds.  He babbles more now which I hope is a great sign.  He had his hearing test and did fine but has to be checked next week due to excess wax in the left ear.
  • Grunts and whines for things and I say, "use your words" and will say what he wants.  Most of the time he shakes his head yes so he hears us.  Climbs on everything; luckily not out of his crib.  No plans for a change to a toddler bed until he climbs out or asks for a big boy bed. 
  • First time with Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease and first prescription of Loratab.  Also first time in the ER but this was Children's so it seemed like any other sick visit.  This was absolutely horrible and takes at least 14 days to run "its" course.
  • William is doing great and is such a trooper through every sickness.  He is always laughing, running and learning which all we can ask for.  Thanking the Lord everyday for such a blessing.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Not Always an "Uh-Oh"

William does not speak at all really very much these days.  The one word he does know and uses quite often is, "uh-oh."  I find myself saying, "its not uh-oh if you do it on purpose."  Ha.  It does not matter what he does, good, bad, or just funny its an "uh-oh."  For memory's sake here are some things that are not "uh-oh."
  • Throwing pieces of food on the ground when done eating.
  • Tossing his cup across Wal Mart and watching it roll under an aisle-uh-oh.
  • Picking up his container of toys, take them all out while looking at us and uh-oh.
  • Taking his snack cup and pouring it on top of him as we are driving down the road--uh-oh.
  • Hitting or biting us-uh-oh.
Of course, William is disciplined for these things when necessary.  Honestly, I have to turn my head and not laugh when disciplining him.  Sometimes he is hilarious when he is being bad. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

William vs. the Park

We took William to the park after his nap on Sunday.  He enjoyed this trip a lot more than the last; he was just beginning to walk then.  He was all over the place and the park was one up on him.  William kept tripping every few minutes because he was so excited and running everywhere.  He enjoyed walking up the slides more than sliding down.  I am so amazed by him and how much he has grown.  He is not a baby but a little boy running around scraping his knees.  **Outfit from Spain graciously given to the bud by Abuela and Abuelo.

He had to have each one of us sit in the car with him.

Where's my dinner?  At Ichiban for Japanese.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Abuela Visits

Carmen flew in on Thursday and will be here until Wednesday!  William took to her rather quickly and is enjoying having someone other than Mommy and Daddy in the house.  We have not done much since she has been here but we did go to the outlets in Leeds yesterday.  William did great and we got him some Fall/Winter clothes and some new Nikes.  No, I can not go in a shoe store without getting him new shoes.  I love tiny tennis shoes; just love them.  William is also having issues with his mouth and finally used the teething paci we have had for months and months.

He is not sure!

At the airport.

Testing out the teething paci.

Yep, this is helping.