Friday, July 30, 2010

A thank you & Ten Months

First off, thanks for the sweet thoughts on my bad day. Honestly, it hasn't been that bad, it's just been a bunch of little annoying things that keep occurring. Like I said, things could be way worse for me I know, I was just having one of those days that I was annoyed. To keep you up to date...the camera can most likely be fixed. It's the flash that is broke and I've already been given a couple of ideas for places that I can take it to. My great uncle unfortunately has been in bad health for awhile and it was kinda one of those things we had already thought it was a possibility, but it was confirmed. He though is still keeping an upbeat and positive thoughts on the situation, so we are too. Lastly, the overdraft was just a stupid mistake on our part. Thank goodness for overdraft protection and no fees. We're all good now. Oh, and I'm doing a whole different post on the baby dedication thing next week. Our day yesterday was much better and we're looking forward to a busy weekend. : )

Today however, my baby girl is officially 10 months old!!!

It's crazy to think she'll be a year old in two months.

(Since I don't have my fancy dancy camera for a photo shoot, I'm posting some of my favorite pics of her from throughout the ninth month.)

Olivia Kate,

Your becoming more and more of an daddy's girl. You get mad if he doesn't come to you when he first walks in the door. Your still pretty attached to mommy too! : )

You climb onto everything!!! Mommy taught you how to climb off the couch and you mastered it in less than two days. You figured out for yourself how to climb off daddy and mommy's king size bed. You figured out on your own to climb down onto the trunk at the foot of the bed and then to the floor from there. Your pretty clever!

You took your first trip to the beach and survived your first Peters/Mitchell family vacation. You LOVE the water and not scared of the ocean at all!

You've got some attitude. You can be a bit of a drama queen at times.

Crawling is still your main way of getting around, but you can stand up for over two minutes and take up to four steps at a time. You'll be running around soon.

We're working on wearing shoes since mommy has never really put shoes on you before.

You have to be in the middle of the action. You don't like to be left out of what's going on.

Your more and more vocal everyday. You talk up a storm when it's just us at home, but your quiet when your around other people. You always look so serious when your telling us stuff because I'm sure it's very important. That hand is always going!

Your such a happy baby now a days. Your always smiling and laughing unless your hungry or tired. Your so funny and always making daddy and mommy laugh. Your at such a fun age right now. We're loving and eating up the moments with you.

We love you so much baby girl!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Heading to Crazy Town

Can I tell you about my week?

Since my last post, things have only gone from up from there....

HA, NOT!!!!

This is just one of those weeks that just keeps getting better. One of those weeks that you sit here and think, really, is it still only Wednesday?

Let's see....

Yesterday, I called the church to see if we could have Olivia dedicated, only to learn that we have to be members. Well, that opened up a whole different can of worms and I'll be honest, I ended up bawling on the phone to the lady in charge of baby dedications....I'm sure she now thinks I'm crazy (thank goodness the lady happens to be friends with the Pope's, so maybe they can vouch for my sanity) . I'll do a whole different post on that one.

Then last night within ten minutes of each other, I received an email saying my great uncle does have lung cancer and one from the bank saying that we had overdrawn on our account (whoops...thank goodness for overdraft protection). Yep, that's what kind of week its been.

Then the icing on the cake....Olivia pulled my camera off the counter this morning, it fell to the floor, and it no longer works. Yep, my $600 camera that's not even a year old yet. I'm to the point right now I can't even cry about it.

So that's my week in a nutshell right now.

Yes, things could be a 100 times worse, but you's just one of those weeks that I'm thinking....really? The part that scares me the most is it's only Wednesday.

I'm off to Nicole's for some girl time.

Monday, July 26, 2010

It's Monday....

Look! There is a two year old strapped to my back!!!

Just's really Olivia stuck in a two year old's body.

This pic pretty much describes our day.

Little bit is being very needy and a little whiny today, so I've had her strapped to my back all day so I can get at least something done.

I'm not sure if it's because we've been crazy busy these past two weeks or if she's teething or what? Either way, this is the only way she's been happy today.

Excuse the workout clothes. If we have no where to be during the day, I've started putting them on first thing in the morning. That way I have to workout, right?

Yes, that is a mattress in the middle of the living room floor. That was an attempt to get Olivia to take a nap on Sunday afternoon, which yes was a big failure. Last night David and I were laying on it watching tv, when I asked him "why don't we have a bed in the living room, that it was rather comfy?" His response, "I believe that is why most people have a tv in their bedroom."

Oh, duh Amber!

Next thing I know, I woke up on the mattress on the floor and it was morning time.

I guess that's why we don't have a tv in our bedroom. If we did, I would miss that whole goodnight honey thing every night. I know some of you are thinking "but there is a tv in your bedroom?" Yes, there is, but it isn't hooked up to anything. It's just kinda there to take up space.

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate this thing?????

This is some sort of Elmo Music wand thing. It is a toy for Olivia that came from her Nana and Grandpa's. Somehow this stupid thing ended up at our house about two weeks ago and it drives me insane. Normally, I can stomach Elmo, but this stupid wand is really loud and annoying. Of course, Olivia LOVES it! I actually took it away and put it up about a week ago, but somehow over the weekend, it found its way back to Olivia's hands. This thing is definitely making its way back to Nana and Grandpa's!

A Partying Weekend

This weekend has been a partying weekend for us!

No, not that kind of partying!

Friday night we headed over to our friends Laura and Chad's for a surprise birthday party for Chad. I've known Laura for awhile through my cousin Aubry, but this was the first time we hung out with their group, and boy did we feel old! They are all the same age as Aubry and Jeremy (which is only a three year difference), but we of course we're the only ones there with a baby (outside of the utero that is). It's been so long since we've been to a party without a ton of kids, we just had to laugh about it. We had a great time (found out we were not the oldest people there) and everyone was super nice and no one seemed to be bothered by her. Several people even got on the floor and played with her. I was laughing as we walked up to the party because all the other guest had a case of beer in their hands, while we were carrying a diaper bag and a push toy! It was hilarious to all of us! It's funny how much life changes when you have a kid. Next time we head over to their house for a party, Olivia won't be the only kid since Laura and Chad have recently found out they are expecting!!! I'm so excited for them and can't wait to meet their bundle of joy in February! Especially since I've been having baby fever lately!

On Saturday, we threw a double 50th birthday bash for David's mom and dad, who's birthday's are only a day apart. I would say that it ended up being successful! They requested an Italian night and I made way too much food, since I never got a clear answer on who all was coming. It looks like we'll be eating lasagna all week. Good thing it was yummy! We just had mostly family and a few friends over for dinner and cake. Everyone brought gag gifts and had a good laugh. David's parents seemed to have a good time, so I would call that a success. I tried to get some pictures, but I've learned that I am not good at multitasking when it comes to parties. I cannot host and take pictures at the same time. I need the Pioneer Woman to do a post on how to host and take pictures at the same time, since she seems to be a pro at it. I've already decided that I will hand that task over to someone else for Olivia's first birthday, if not, we'll have none.

Speaking of which, the past couple of months, I've been going back and forth on what I wanted to do for Olivia's first birthday. Our group of friends are known for their great parties they throw. In a conversation with my mom a couple of months ago, I told her I wanted to keep Olivia's party small and mostly family, but I didn't want to hurt others feelings who always invite us to their parties. Basically, my debate was over whether I wanted to keep it only family or invite all our family and friends? The reality though was my biggest fear was would I would regret it if I didn't do something BIG.

Our decision was made for us Saturday night at David's parents birthday party. Olivia has never been a huge crowd person and we've known that for some time now. Saturday night, I sat her down with her dinner first while we were getting all the last minute stuff done with dinner. She had about ten people standing there watching her eat and she had a total melt down. When I took her out of the room and away from everyone, she calmed down. So, we've realized that she's not too fond of large crowds and especially large crowds where she's the center of attention. I don't want her first birthday to be a repeat of Saturday night, so we've decided to keep her first birthday just family and on the small scale and to save the big birthday parties with everyone for when she can remember and enjoy them. I really want to throw her a BIG party in the future and I'm sure starting next year, that will be the plan. I just feel like after Saturday night, it wouldn't be worth it for her if she's going to be upset the entire time.

I'm finishing up plans for a baby shower I'm helping host this weekend and then starting on stuff for Olivia's birthday! July has been a crazy busy month and I can say it's making me look forward to the Fall!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Your so Vain

First off, I'm watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on tv at this very moment. How random is that? I love this movie! It's hilarious and it is putting me in a Christmas mood. I'm so excited about Christmas this year.

Yep, my kid is so cool, she can wear a shirt that says I love Olivia!

In the week that these shirts have hit the target racks, I've gotten several calls informing me of them and she's already the proud owner of both the white and pink Olivia shirt.

In case your wondering, that is a 2T shirt and yep, it fits! She is extremely long in the waist (just like her daddy) and it looks like that's the shirt size she'll be in this winter. Those little shorts are a old navy 6-12 months. That's how off she is in sizes. The shirt is a tad big on her, but it will be too short before next spring I'm sure.

She was telling me something very important. Look at that hand going!

Wonder who she gets that from?

In the past 24 hours, we've realized the fun of the push toy.

We unfortunately haven't yet realized that it doesn't go anywhere when you push it into something.

Which usually results in this.

A total breakdown if you couldn't tell.

Whew....I can already tell y'all I'm going to have my hands full with this one!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Baby Steps

Olivia took her first steps last night.

It was out of the blue and I have no pictures or video to remember it by, so I wanted to write a post just so I won't ever forget that moment.

A few days ago, David was "working with her" on getting more confident in her standing up and she supposedly took a few steps. I told him since mommy didn't see it, it didn't count. I mentioned in one post that she doesn't hang on to any thing and then stand up. No lie, she just stands straight up. In all my years of working in daycare, I've never seen another kid do it like that. She'll be in the middle of the room, near nothing and just stand straight up for a few seconds. It's funny to watch.

Last night, we had dinner at the Pope's. After dinner, we went inside for dessert and Olivia was playing around the ottoman in their living room. David and I were both sitting on the couch when she stood up and took three small steps towards the couch. We all started screaming and clapping, which kinda scared her at first, but then she realized how excited we all were and started smiling. So, we both got to be there (and the Pope's) to see her first official steps on her own with no coaching from daddy.

Everyone has been taking bets on when she'll be walking, but I think she still has at least a good month before she's officially on the run. She still doesn't seem to sure of herself yet. Everyone keeps saying "just wait till she starts walking, she'll be into everything," but seriously, she is already into everything. The other day, we put Gabe on the side table next to the couch to try to protect him from Olivia. I turned around for a moment and when I turned back around, she had climbed onto the couch, onto the arm of the couch, and was harassing Gabe again!!! Seriously? Can it get much worse?

(Another cute picture from the beach that I never got around to posting.)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Book of Ruth

Back before we left for vacation, our church announced they were starting a Wednesday night class for lady's studying the book of Ruth. I've heard numerous women talk about how much they love the studies of Ruth, so I really wanted to do this one.

I grew up in church and in Sunday school my entire childhood. We've been going off and on throughout our marriage, but have finally started going steadily now that we've found a church we feel at home at. We've attended numerous small groups over the years, but this is the first time I've actually done a "bible study."

I can say that so far, I'm loving it. It's nothing like I expected and I'm so glad I decided to go for it. It seems like it's come into my life at the perfect moment.

All spring, I was feeling like I was in a funk. I don't know how to explain it best, but I guess, I was feeling like there was a lot of negativity in my life and it was starting to rub off on me. I had so much to be thankful for, a healthy baby, a hard working husband, a brand new house, but I still felt like I wasn't happy with the way things were going. I felt like I needed some changes in life, but I haven't been able to figure out what exactly that was. When we went to the beach, it gave me time to reflect and think on life. Being removed from our usual everyday helped to bring things in perspective. I started questioning my life, the direction I was heading in, those I surround myself and my family with, what I want in the future for my family, etc. Like I said, the bible study started the week after we got home from vacation and it seemed like all those questions I had been asking myself, were starting to be brought up in our bible study class. God's perfect timing.

The way the class is set up, is we meet once a week and then we have four lessons that we work on at home alone. On the first night, our teacher said it takes on average an hour an night to get through each lesson. My eyes shot open and I was thinking "what did I get myself into?" but I can say that once I start a lesson, I eagerly want to finish it so I can go on.

It's amazing that even in the first few lessons, I've felt like God wasn't giving me the answers to my questions, but he was leading me into the right direction. It also amazes me just how each lesson has directly related to some of the conflict I had been feeling inside lately. We're only five versus into the book of Ruth (yes, only five), but I already feel like my eyes have been opened to so much. I'm excited to see what the next four weeks bring.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A big night in the Big City!

Saturday night, we had a special night that we've been waiting months for! Back in May, around the time of our anniversary, we bought tickets to go see the farewell showing of The Phantom of the Opera the Fox Theater! We decided to not do much on our actual anniversary and to make a big night of it when the Phantom came to town with dinner and the show. We went with my cousin Aubry and her man Jeremy, because their into those kinds of things too and we always have fun with them.

Since I'm usually a t-shirt and jeans kinda girl and David wears waffle house uniforms six days a week, we decided to dress up for our night on the town. Of course, I waited till the last minute to find something to wear (i.e. Saturday afternoon), but got lucky when I scored a cute pink dress from JcPenny's for only $18!!! It's fun to get dressed up every once in awhile and we don't do it as much as we should. Maybe we should start going to see more shows so we have a reason to!

Before the show, we had to have dinner, so we headed out to Maggiano's. Aubry had been there before, but the rest of us had never eaten there. She promised us it was good and she came through on that promise. It was so yummy! We love some Italian food! Aubry and I both ordered the Chicken Spinach manicotti and it seriously melted in your mouth. We were so stuffed when we walked out, we could barely make it to the car. And for the first time in twelve years, I ordered something better than David!

After dinner, we headed to the Fox Theater. The Fox is an Atlanta landmark and full of history. It's sad to think that at one time it was in ruins and just about to be bulldozed over. Your not allowed to take any pictures inside the Fox, so I have no way of showing its beauty.

I can't say it was my favorite storyline (Hairspray is still #1), but I enjoyed it. I think I was too distracted by the "conditions" to enjoy it. First off, it was extremely hot. Evidently the air condition isn't top notch in the Fox. We were sitting there sweating, that's how hot it was. Plus, I couldn't see that well. The lady in front of me had a tall man sitting in front of her, so she had her head leaning to the side all night and right in my view. David switched seats with me about half way through and it made my view better. So, I think because of those reasons, I had a hard time enjoying it. The second half of the show wasn't as bad for whatever reason, so I started getting into it just before it ended. The music was beautiful! The music is what makes the whole show. Plus, the sets and costumes were gorgeous! It's worth going to see it just for those! Overall, I enjoyed it and glad we had the opportunity to see it.

Afterward, we dropped Aubry and Jeremy off and then headed home. David had to work the next morning, so no late night adventures for us. Olivia spent the night at her Nana and Grandpa's that night. It was her first official sleepover and I missed her like crazy. After I dropped her off, David called me to see what time I would be home and I busted out crying. He thought I was losing it since she has stayed over there once before, but I told him it didn't count since she was only a month old and they took her home at 10pm and we were there by 8am the next morning to pick her up. This was the first time she was gone for a (almost) full 24 hours. It was so strange getting up Sunday morning and not rushing to get her and I ready for church. I waited in the parking lot for them to get there because I couldn't wait to hold her. She was mad at me for the first few minutes, but she quickly got over it and was loving on me. I'm thinking this is just the beginning of sleepovers at the grandparents.

(Photo credits: Photobucket and Yahoo Images)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Round here....

I'm surprised the phone calls from the family about my lack of posting haven't started rolling in already.

We've been CrAzY busy around here this past week. I mean nonstop, something (or a few somethings) going on everyday. But, I would always rather be busy than sitting at home with nothing to do all day.

Between playdates, doctors appointments, a new bible study group, book club, planning a baby shower and a 50th birthday party, and a special date night....whew!!! We haven't stopped. I really wanted to post about everything that's been going on this past week, but time keeps slipping away from me. I thought summer was suppossed to be relaxing? Evidently, not at our house.

Unfortunately, I've also ran out of time to take any photos lately. I've been slacking taking pictures and I'm disappointed at myself. Olivia is being sooooo cute lately and I keep missing photo opportunities. She is at such a fun stage now and David and I are both LOVING it!!!!

I think (knock on wood) we're finally past that clingy stage and she's becoming more intent with playing alone for a little while. I can now walk out of the room without her going into total melt down mode. It's been nice.

She's also started becoming more interesting in her toys. It seemed like for awhile there she was wanting to play with everything but her toys. She's even started playing with her baby doll and it's so cute!!! She'll hold it, pat it's head, and try to kiss it (or eat it's head off, we're not quite sure). Mom, we might need to go ahead and take her to the American Girl cafe???? I haven't been able to get a picture of her because every time she's playing with the doll and I go grab my camera, she puts it down.

Olivia is also standing up by herself for longer periods of time. She has taken a couple of steps, but I have missed each time she's done it, so that means it doesn't count right? : ) Everyone keeps trying to make predictions of when she's walking, but I honestly don't know. I think she'll be walking sometime after my birthday (end of August) and before hers (end of September).

David has been off the past two days, so we've been working like mad on projects around the house. Nothing like a birthday party and a baby shower to get you motivated to do stuff, right? I'm working a a separate post on the house projects.

Hope everyone is having a great week! Since I haven't taken any pictures of Olivia lately, here is a cute one from the beach I never got around to posting!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Silence is Golden

I'm sure you've heard me mention Nicole a time or two on this blog?

Just's more of shock when I don't mention her or her family, right?

I've never mentioned it before, but she's my quiet time friend.

I know now, your thinking...huh?

We can sit in a room with each other, not say a word to each other, and here's the's not weird!

Seriously, think about many people can you do that with and have it not feel awkward?

Back towards the beginning of Spring, Olivia and I had been hanging at the Pope house all day playing. The husbands came home and decided we were going to do dinner together that night. Since it was last minute, they had to run to the store to pick up something for dinner and they nicely volunteered to take the girls with them. After they left, Nicole and I sat there and didn't say a word to each other until they got back. That night on the way home, David asked me what we talked about while they were gone and I just looked at him and said "nothing." He took that as me meaning we didn't talk about anything he thought was important, but I said "no, we didn't say anything to each other." He looked at me strange and asked "wasn't that awkward?" The craziest part was no, it wasn't. Not one bit. Nicole and I didn't talk about it to each other, but later she told me that her and Andrew had the same exact conversation that night too. Luckily, she felt the same way.

I know that for moms, silence is rare. If it's not the baby crying, it's the toddler talking a hundred miles an hour, and even after bedtime, you gotta talk to the husband. So, there is very little time that you can enjoy complete silence. Before I had a baby, I hated the silence. If I was home by myself, I always had the radio on or the tv going. Since Ok has hit the scene, I find myself turning off the radio or tv more and more. Especially during nap time. So, I'm sure this is why we take advantage of what little bit of silent time we have, even when we're together.

It's hard to not feel the need to talk to someone when your sitting there just staring at each other. Even when I don't know the person, I feel the need I have to talk to them. I even have those moments with people I do know well. Usually, those moments just lead into awkward conversation. I hate those moments.

Since then, we've had several "quiet times." Now we laugh about them and the fact that we have nothing to say to each other. Which don't misunderstand, usually, we have plenty to say to each other, in fact, too much to say. Sometimes, its just nice to enjoy the silence with a friend for a moment.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

One Tall Piranha!

I knew it was coming, I finally heard those words today...

"most likely she is going to be a tall adult."

Olivia went for her nine month check-up this morning. The past two checkups, she had fallen into the bottom 90th percentile, but I have been noticing the past two months that she seemed to be getting taller. This go round, she's back in the high 90's (97th%). Her pediatrician said that of course we cannot say how tall she is going to be, but if babies continue to stay in this high of percentile for this long, then they are usually tall adults. So, it's official, I'll most likely be looking up to my daughter in about sixteen years.

The pediatrician however was not as much impressed with her height as she was her teeth. She said in her over twenty years of practice, Olivia was the only nine month old she had ever seen with that many teeth. Olivia is already getting in her teeth that most babies don't get in till 12-15 months. She's just so advanced...haha...just kidding! The pediatrician got a kick out of our piranha nickname for Olivia. For some reason, I'm always scared to tell her pediatrician what I'm feeding her, especially since they seem to be so strict on when and what to be giving babies now a days, so I was curious to see what she would say about Olivia being on straight table food. Luckily, she came right out and said "since she has all those teeth, I'm hoping she's eating the same food as you all are?" So, that made me feel at ease.

My only concern was if she was getting enough food, since she refuses to let anyone feed her anymore. Can we say Miss. Independent? But the pediatrician reassured me that she was getting plenty of food, especially since she is still on formula (Only three more months left!!! Thank the Lord!!!). Plus, she's still gaining weight, so there was no need for concern. She's now just under the 20lb mark at 19lbs. 15oz. As far as weight goes, she is only in the 65th percentile for her weight. Look's like we may have a model on our hands? Tall and skinny? Toddler and Tiaras, here we come!!!

Overall, she got a clean bill of health and she doesn't go back again until she turns one. She did have to get one shot and for some reason she did worse than she has in the past. We got the slow lady again, boo! It seems to take this lady forever to get the shots done. It takes her as long to do one shot as it takes the fast lady to do four. It took me a good ten minutes to get Olivia to calm down. Olivia cried so hard and long, it even brought tears to my eyes. I felt so bad for her. I know they have to have their vaccinations and I'm a 100% believer in vaccinations, but it's hard to watch them at that age since they don't understand what's going on. It breaks my heart every time.