Other than that, I have been SUPER stressed lately. I am having a hard time keeping up with things around our home while taking care of Trae. At some point, I am going to have to realize that things will never be perfect again, but when you live in an apartment, a little mess becomes a big mess VERY quickly. Luckily, my friend Staci reminded me of one of my very favorite artists, MIKA! (Check out her cute fashion blog by clicking her name. It's full of good reading and pretty things to look at.) So, right now I am de-stressing by listening to some happy music and remembering all the times I drunkenly danced on tables to this music.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
So, last week, Trae had one day where he just sneezed all day. You might remember me saying that I thought he was getting a cold. Well, here, a week later, he is still sneezy, so we went to the doctor, where she confirmed that he indeed did have a cold. That's not too exciting. What is exciting is that my little boy weighs 13 pounds now! Holy moly. He went from 6 pounds, down to 5 when we left the hospital, and now at 9 weeks, he weighs 13. Not to shabby. The kid likes to eat.
I feel like I have just completely fallen in love with him over the last two weeks. I have always loved him, but I didn't really feel that strong connection until recently. He now looks at me and smiles and it just melts my heart. I may or may not have baby fever and want another already... Yeah, I may. I'm crazy.
Oh, hey... I'm getting my IUD Friday. Holla. TMI? I am super excited because I will no longer have to remember to take birth control everyday... and for those of you who know about how Trae got here, you know that I really suck at taking birth control anyway. Haha. Yes, he was not planned, and while I say I want another baby already, I definitely know I just can't handle another one for a few years.
I promise I will get back on track with my pictures soon... I just had a minute to type this. I gotta run and clean, clean, clean.
Off to clean.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Maybe I am a little biased, but I just think that my little boy is cuter than all the other babies on the planet.
Now that I got that out there, let me tell you what I have been doing lately after Trae goes to bed... Working out. Yes, working out. I hate, loathe, hate, hate, hate working out. I would rather go two weeks without eating than run. Luckily, I have my old go-to work out video, Slim in Six. It is old school, for sure, but it sure does work. I am sore, and I think that is a good thing in the work out world. Basically, there are six videos in the series. Three are designed to be done for six weeks. The other three can be done in addition or for maintenance. The first is done for one week. It isn't too painful. Just about thirty minutes and it gets you accustomed to everything else you do in the following weeks. The next two are terribly painful and long and boring, but they sure do get results. So, in a P90X world, I stick with my Slim in Six.
After these six weeks, I plan to re-try Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. Um, this DVD is EVIL. I have never had a more painful twenty minutes... and all the jumping around probably drives the downstairs neighbors crazy.
Speaking of downstairs neighbors: Our lease is up in June. I think I previously talked about how we were building a house. Well, we are no longer. The main reason for this is because we did a lot of praying about getting a house and felt like God was saying no, this is not the right time. Then we realized that if we did not get a house, we could pay off all of our credit cards and be almost debt-free (minus the HUGE medical bill we will be paying forever) in about a month. How amazing will that feel, guys? I can't even imagine going to pay bills and not having to pay all those credit cards, thinking that a lot of that money is just getting wasted in interest. So, we will be renting for another year, but maybe (hopefully) next year will be the year that God says "go for it" when it comes to buying or building. Yep, that's that.
I honestly don't feel like uploading any pictures today. Sorry.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Look at this pretty little spring/summer salad I made today.
It was really good and super easy, minus the screaming baby that was in the Bjorn blocking my view and threatening chopped off fingers.
One yellow bell pepper, sliced
Two tomatoes, chopped
One cucumber, seeded and sliced
One tablespoon of capers, rinsed
A little EVOO
A little red wine vinegar
My cousin made something very similar to this at a
dinner I went to, except she added croutons. This salad would actually probably be really good with a little something extra like that added. Maybe even some pasta? Regardless, it was still really good all by itself.
Do you have any good salad recipes to share?
I would love, love to go to Rome sometime before I die.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Trae has not been sleeping well AT ALL the last few days. I think it is because of his cough. He will probably be going to the doctor Monday. Thanks to him sneezing all over me, I am now sick too. Honestly, the last thing I want to do at night is get up a million times to stick the stupid pacifier back in his mouth when it falls out. Someone needs to invent something to strap those things to their heads. Of course, at eight, he is awake and ready to go, and I am dead tired. Seriously, last night I went to bed at 7:30 with him... on a Friday night! A vast change from what my life used to be.
We had been on a pretty great schedule where he went to bed about 7:45 and slept 6 hours before eating once, then slept another 5 hours before getting up. The last few days have been a HUGE struggle to keep him awake until 7:30, then he wakes up about every hour just to make noise and drive me a little crazy. I hope he gets back to his old schedule soon. I really miss sleeping for more than an hour.
But, really, he is cute and that makes up for a lot of it.
I wish I could say that my Saturday was somewhat exciting, but really, it's not. At all. So far I have gone to McDonalds to enjoy one of their Frappes. (If you haven't tried one, try them. They are very yummy and very bad for you.) Then I balanced my checkbook. Yeah, that's my life. I would love to go somewhere, but it is so dang hard going anywhere by yourself with a little baby. Le sigh.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I have been so beyond lazy for the last two days. You would think that I would feel a little more rested since I had Art's help for a whole week, but nope. I have zero energy. This apartment NEEDS to be deep cleaned, and the thought of it is terrible, so I have been wasting my day watching Animal Planet.
Also, I think Trae might be getting his first cold. I sure hope that isn't the case, but things are looking pretty snotty. Sad.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Look at my nice husband... doing such a great job of baby wearing.
Trae is 8 weeks old today. I cant believe that 8 weeks ago he was such a little guy.
He has grown so much. Not to mention that 8 weeks has gone by in the blink of an eye.
Happy 8 weeks, Trae!
Monday, March 21, 2011
So, today is my last day with Art for awhile. I am pretty bummed, as I usually am the day before he leaves. But, over the last week, we have had lots of fun. Art has been able to spend a lot of time with Trae. Trae will smile so big for him. Speaking of my wonderful little baby, let me tell you, he is so fun. We have switched him to soy formula and all of a sudden, he is a different baby. I guess he has a milk problem, which was causing the constant crying. He is so happy all the time now. I love it. He will be eight weeks old tomorrow. I have some cute new pictures that I will put up tomorrow.
Something exciting, though... Today we payed off a big chunk of medical bills! I mean, we still have a lot left, but it feels good to start getting out of debt.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Have I ever mentioned that my mom is the best ever? As I mentioned earlier, my parents were in town last week. While my mom was here, I mentioned a little entry table that I had seen at Pier 1. Art hates my taste in decorations (Not saying his is bad... Mine is just better.), so of course he said I could not get it. Well, we left my mom and dad to take care of Trae for the day, and when I arrived back, I found money for the table under my pillow. I tell you, this lady is way better than the tooth fairy, although she once did a good job of that too.
I am now the proud new owner of this gem.
Of course, while I was there, I also found this to lust after...
I can't get over how awesome this rug would look under our sofas. I have to get it. It is now on the "must have" list.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Hello, hello. Yesterday was a much needed date day for Art and I. Since my parents were in town, we were able to go to Kemah, TX for the day. They have a board walk there, which is where we spent our time. They have a little amusement park there with my very favorite huge swinging ship ride. I am sure there is a more technical name for this, but here it is...
Art is terrified of heights, or as he says, he is afraid of falling from heights, so him riding this with me was awesome. I love these rides! I also convinced him to go on the ferris wheel, where I paid him back for always trying to scare me by shaking our little gondola non-stop. Yes, I am mean.
Since Kemah is so close to the ocean, it had lots of sea food. We took that opportunity to indulge in some of our favorites. They had an Aquarium restaurant there. We love this restaurant, because if you know Art and I, we love fish aquariums. We have two huge aquariums in our apartment. This place has huge salt water aquariums throughout the restaurant. We aren't crazy about their food, so we went there for incredibly over-priced drinks.After that, we had one of our favorite meals, sushi! I have seriously eaten SO MUCH sushi in the last few days. I could probably comfortably live off of sushi for a few weeks before ever getting tired of it.
After we left Kemah, we made a few more stops before returning home to be parents. One stop we made was at Goodwill. I found this little gem while we were there:
I love vintage-looking owls. I have quite a collection. Most of them came from Goodwill. This one fits into my collection quite perfectly.
Our final stop was Petco. Our cats have been slightly bored since Trae was born, which has led to them destroying our sofas. Art loves those cat towers... I don't so much, but we bought one anyway. Moxy and Moo are now happy kitties with a new place to sleep and scratch on.I think I am doing better at picture taking, eh? And finally, a final photo with the 3o Day Photo Challenge, which is easily turning into a 60 challenge for me.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Hey, guess what? Art is home! My parents are in town! Life is exciting this week. My parents have been awesome babysitters. I love holding Trae, but it is nice to have more than just a few minutes to get things done around here. Tomorrow Art and I are having a much needed date day while my parents spend more time with Trae. We are going to go to Keemah, and Art even agreed to ride a Ferris wheel with me. What a charm.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Has anyone ever watched Sister Wives? Laura and I have spent the last few hours watching the show on TLC. I consider myself to be a pretty open-minded person, but this family baffles me. I'm glad it works for them, but I have way too many negative things to say about polygamous marriages. I am sorry. I'm just not sure how this kind of relationship could be healthy for anyone involved.
On a totally different note, we took Trae to church for the first time today. I am slowly getting braver with getting him out, but I am still terrified of him getting germs somewhere. I see little kids, and all I think is little RSV carriers! I just want to protect him from everything. I have the feeling I will be like that for awhile. Trae was perfect during church. He slept the whole time. I have to admit, I was relieved because I didn't want to be that lady with the baby that starts screaming in the middle of the prayer.
Now, for the next day of the 30 Day Photo Challenge.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Hi friends. I am aware that I am painfully slacking on blogging the past two days, but it is not often that I have friends here, so I think it is justified :) I promise I will be back soon, and I will resume the 30 Day Photo Challenge.
Here, enjoy this picture...
Please ignore the mess of clothes on my bed! One of our cats loves Trae. He always comes and stretches out next to him... Even though Trae is getting so big, Moxy has proved to still be about three times his size. That's what happens when your cat is a 17 pound giant.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Sometimes I miss my friends from home a lot...Yes, I still call Oklahoma my home. I just still can't warm up to the idea that I live in Texas.
One person I miss most is my friend Levi.
We met my sophomore year at OBU...
I love, love, love this boy. He is just one of the most wonderful people I know, with one of the most genuine hearts. I enjoy spending time with him because he does things like this to me:
And this too...
And we had a lot of fun...
Actually, probably too much fun...
I miss you, friend!
Friday, March 4, 2011
Goals for the next 6 months:
- Take more pictures. Art has a fantastic camera and we seriously just forget to use it. We are both terrible at picture taking. The only pictures that ever get taken are from my phone. I need to take pictures not only of Trae, but also of Art and I. We do not have ANY recent pictures. It is sad. I think I will start carrying the camera with me most of the time.
- Develop a better schedule. I admit, since Trae was born, I have gotten better at the whole schedule thing, but I really want to be consistent for both of us.
- Become a better blogger. I have been blogging since early high school, so it is not new to me. However, what is new to me is writing about relevant things. I am fantastic at rambling about what I think is funny... Not so excellent at blogging about more important things. Sometimes I just have to remind myself that while I think I am funny and clever, I really am not. Haha. I have a sense of humor that very few people understand, and I appreciate those few people.
- Lose at least thirty pounds. I gained a lot of weight during pregnancy. Most of it has come off on its own, thankfully, but I still need to lost more to look decent in all my old clothes. Not to mention, I have some older clothes from college that I am dying to wear, and let's face it... I was just smaller in college than I am now.
- Become an expert couponer. Groceries are expensive. Since I stopped breastfeeding, we are spending a ridiculous amount of our grocery money on formula. If I can cut even a few dollars off here and there, it will be completely worth it. My friend, Kimber, has been saving a huge amount of money on her groceries. Hopefully, with some work, I can save a lot too.
- Save money! This goes hand-in-hand with the last goal. Art is so blessed with a good job. Because of this, I have been able to officially become a stay-at-home mom. However, also because of this and my lack of having a job, the money has gotten tighter. Add in the over five thousand dollars of hospital bills we just got slammed with, and money is pretty scarce. I am looking for any way to save at the moment. Ideas are greatly appreciated.
- Be a better wife. I swear I am married to the most wonderful, most patient man in the world, and I am, well, not patient and not always so understanding. This is something I have really been praying about and working on. Maybe this should have been goal number one.
- Go to at least one concert of a band I enjoy. I used to go to concerts and local shows all the time. As I have gotten older over the last few years, this my concert going has significantly declined. I love, love, love good music. I want to see The Killers with everything in me. We will see if they ever get close enough.
Trae is sleeping. When he sleeps for long periods of time, I feel guilty that he has been laying in the swing for so long... I feel like I should be holding him... But, I also have to admit that it is a nice break when he lets me put him down for so long. I have a mountain of laundry that needs to be folded and put away.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Oh, wow. I have gotten SO much accomplished today... and by so many things, I mean maybe three, but that is really saying something. To make things even better, Trae slept until 9 (YES, 9!!!) this morning, then has spent almost all day. I guess he is exhausted from staying up ALL day for the last three days. Let me tell you, when you have been getting up at 7 for weeks, 9 feels like I slept the day away. It. Was. Awesome.
Life has a way of being ridiculous to me. Really, the most absurd things happen to me on almost a daily basis. Today, maintenance came to paint our window sills because they had molded from the wonderful Houston hot/cold/hotter/colder weather. (Life also has a way of throwing me into any situation that could involve mold in apartments, but that is another story.) Just as he stepped out the door, my lovely cat, Moo, decided to jump right on top of the window sill. He has NEVER jumped on a window sill at this apartment before. Why he chose today is beyond me. Of course, this led to Moo getting paint all over his paws and me yelling his name which scared him and made him run all through the apartment with me chasing him... The whole time, Trae was strapped to be in the Bjorne (a total life saver if you have a baby that just wants to be held all the time. It's the only way I get anything done.) The next ten minutes were spent chasing my painty cat, wiping up painty paw prints, with Trae stuck to me. Ha. Sometimes all you can do is laugh at life.
When I told my friend about this he reminded me of a few other times lately that I have had one of "those days." Ironically, both also involving the cats. For those of you who have no entertainment in your life, get a cat. We cap our cat's nails in an attempt to keep them from scratching our furniture. It does not work at all, but we still do it... I guess to make it feel like we have done something to prevent it. The caps are slipped over the nail with a little bit of super glue on the inside. For those of you who know me, you will know that I need to PERMANENTLY stay away from super glue. I have the worst things happen to me with it. (I once superglued my hand to the counter and my foot to the floor at the same time. It is just a really bad thing for me to be around.) Anyhow, as I was getting ready to put the caps on the cats, I noticed that the top of the super glue bottle had dried and was stuck shut. Well, no problem because I could screw off the other end. The problem: My brain did not think this one though and I opened it upside down, dumping the whole bottle of super glue onto my left hand and coating my beautiful wedding ring. My first reaction was to grap the sink handle and turn it on... Yep, I got stuck to it. Once I got my hand free, I tried to wash my ring for the next hour while crying to my husband on the phone about how it would never sparkle again. After a few trips to the jeweler, my ring does sparkle again, but there is still super glue on the sink.
As frustrating as these occurrences are, they make me laugh at life... and that makes everything alright.
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I can't believe how fast Trae is growing. We went to the doctor yesterday, and he is already weighing 9 pounds! That is a far way from the 6 pounds he was at birth and the 5 pounds he was the week after that. I have a hard time believing some babies are born at 9 pounds. I can't imagine getting that out, if you know what I mean. Anyhow, I have been complaining all last week because Trae has been smiling at everything BUT me. He smiles at walls, the ceiling, bright flashing lights, even Art... But, today, it happened! Thanks to my trusty iPhone, I caught it on camera. (See, friends, I can say a FEW positive things about the iPhone.) He is developing a little personality, and I LOVE IT! He is just getting to be so fun. Really, who needs to do housework when you could sit around and watch this baby smile?!