Sunday, May 30, 2010


Friday night Brad and I decided we had the itch to go somewhere this weekend. He is on call tomorrow but we thought we could do something Saturday and today. With it being a holiday weekend, popular places like the beach would be too expensive but we considered going to Memphis. We have never taken Will to the children's museum, Mud Island or the zoo and thought it would be a great time to go... until we looked at the weather. The forecast was pretty much a chance of rain all weekend.

Instead of traveling all that way just to stay indoors, we planned to do some things around our town. We ate some Mexican food for lunch then took the boys to the Natural Science Museum and we all had a nice time.

Will saw some alligators:

And Reed hung out in the stroller:
We saw some bears and Will pondered touching them. He eventually stuck his hand out for a brief rub.

We saw fossils of creatures:

And fish!
We saw a two headed snake:

And more fish!
This was in the "abandoned farm" display. Anyone else find it creepy?
We saw some turtles including a HUGE snapping turtle but he blended so well it was hard to see in pictures.
Will pretended the bird watching binoculars were phones.
And Reed got carried around by daddy.

Then Will sat on a frog. That may look like a smile, but he was really crying for me to take him off of it.
After that we played at the huge wooden playground until I decided it was way too hot and bribed Will outta there with the promise of ice cream. He fell asleep on the way home and we stopped for sno cones at Snoasis which Brad renamed Slowasis because it took FOREVER to get one. Not sure why he was worried about how long it took because I was the one who stood in line and got texts that said "Boy it sure looks hot out there!". The thermometer on the stand said 95 but the Tahoe thermometer said 99.

Today we all slept till after 8:00! We were going to be late trying to get to Sunday School and decided to skip the worship service, too. After Reed was up (at 8:45!) and fed, we went to Waffle House. Will surprised us by refusing to eat his chocolate chip waffle (really buddy?) and then knocked his glass of watered down chocolate milk all over himself. But all in all, we had a nice breakfast.

After breakfast we went to Big Lots to try and find a splash pad or pool for Will. He had a splash pad last summer and we apparently threw it out at some point during the winter.

While at Big Lots, Will got to ride a mechanical horse. It was only 25 cents! Clearly everything is cheaper at Big Lots because the last time we were at the mall it cost 75 cents per ride. We found a pool that was on sale and came home to play.

You may not be able to tell, but this pool has the works. It has a basketball goal, slide, ring toss and sprinkler. For $25.

Will mostly enjoyed himself by splashing. I made the mistake of inviting myself in the pool and he said "Get out, momma!".

Reed was down for a nap but woke up before Will was finished playing, so I dressed him up for his first pool encounter.

He was not impressed. In fact, I dare say he hated it. He did okay after a minute of sitting in the water but I was holding him with one hand and doing something with Will with my other hand and Reed slid down into the water. He mostly got the right side of his face wet, but he was M.A.D. I tried to reintroduce him to it but he was pretty vocal in protest.

He had much more fun sitting in my arms outside the pool. Good thing I didn't spend anything on this outfit for him. We went shopping in Will's old clothes. This is the same suit and glasses Will wore at 3 months old. Not the same swim diaper, but it is from the same pack.

Tomorrow we are going to have lunch at Brad's parents' house and cross our fingers he doesn't get called in to work. It's been a nice little staycation!

Friday, May 28, 2010

The things he says...

Will has become quite a character. Actually, he's always been a character. He just says more things now.

Like just now he found some hand sanitizer and was squirting on the hearth and rubbing it on the bricks. I told him to stop and he said, "No, momma." I told him to stop again and he said, "No, momma! Leave me alone!"

A little while earlier he was asking for his ba (pacifier). I told him he didn't need it and he said, "I do need it, momma!". I told him ony babies used pacifiers and that he was a big boy now. He said, "I am a baby, momma."

Last night after I got home from work he sat in my lap and spotted my pocket. This is what followed:

"You got a pocket, momma."


"You got pens. Here's your stissors."

Yes. Thank you.

"Daddy got pockets, too."

Yes, he does.

"Loooook! Stissors!"

And at bedtime last night: Will, it's time for bed. Let's go night night. "Noooo!! I NOT GO NIGHT NIGHT! I not leepy!"

Man, he is a funny guy. Sometimes he makes me laugh at a time I need to be serious and discipline him. Try as I might to not smile, he can usually tell when he's tickled me and he will get this little grin on his face and I know I'm busted.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I think...
it is safe to say...

our preemie days...

are behind us.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Nothing Says Summer Like Baseball

Last night we took the boys to a Mississippi Braves game. I took Will to one last summer but Brad and I haven't been in 2 years. It's a shame we haven't taken more advantage of having a minor league team less than 10 minutes from our house because it really is a lot of fun!
Will seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself. He kicked off the evening with by enjoying a corndog.
We need to work on chewing with our mouths closed...

And after he ate his, he ate half of mine. We spent a lot of money at the concession stands....
We saw my coworker Kerry and his son Noah at the game and they came and sat with us. Is Noah not the cutest thing you've ever seen? He is such a sweetie, too. He invited me to bring "the baby and the little boy" to his t-ball game this morning, but we didn't make it.

We watched some baseball...

...and Will played and danced and laughed and sang his ABC's. He even said "CHARGE!" when appropriate.
Reed seemed to enjoy his first trip to Trustmark Park.

He was especially delighted by my empty cup.
Look how at ease my hubby is being a daddy of two.
I never get tired of seeing things like this:
But we did get tired before the end of the game.
That was actually Will singing "Happy Birthday".
We left at the bottom of the 6th around 9:30. Will and Reed did great! Reed fell asleep on the way home and I got him out of his seat, changed his diaper and put pjs on him and put him to bed. He was out quickly. Will fussed for a bit before going to bed and I sacked out by 10:00. It was so nice to have an outing as a family. I look forward to going to the ballpark with my boys for many years to come. And maybe one day we will have a girl to bring with us, too. ;)

Monday, May 17, 2010

7 Months


You are 7 months old (yesterday)! You are getting so big!

You are eating baby food twice a day now and take five or six 6-7 oz bottles. So far you have had carrots (love), sweet potatoes (love), squash (love), bananas (love), green peas (tolerate), apples (love) and green beans (make you cry). Tonight we tried pears for the first time and you made some awful faces but then seemed to like it. You don't really like rice cereal and I can't blame you. That stuff is bland! You are doing fairly well with the sippy cup and seem to enjoy playing with it.

You are teething and though none are about to poke through, I doubt it will be long. You gnaw on
fingers and blankets and burp cloths and teething rings. Everything goes to your mouth. You aren't quite sitting up on your own but can kind of sit/lean for a mintue. You seem to be a good ways from crawling and I am not in a hurry for you to! You can roll from your belly to back quickly and often but I haven't see you go from back to belly. You are very good at grabbing things and holding onto them. You especially love to grab hair and necklaces!

You have so much personality. You are usually sooooo happy but are definitely opinionated when it comes time to eat or sleep. You nearly got kicked out of the church nursery yesterday because you were so tired and the nursery workers couldn't get you to sleep. They were just about to page me when the director was able to get you to dreamland.

You love to SHRIEK now and make goo-goo ga-ga noises. It is precious and I love to hear you babble. You almost always smile at me, daddy and Will. Will adores you and has his own baby talk voice he speaks to you in.

You have pretty much grown out of your 3-6 month clothes and mostly wear 6-12 month things. You have moved up to size 3 diapers and are wearing 0-6 month shoes. Your looks have changed a lot to me and sometimes you look like Will but most of the time you don't.

Check out how much you look like a Gibbs:

You still have a blocked tear duct in the right eye and sometimes it drains soooo much. I know you hate for us to clean it and I hate for it to look gunky. I am hoping it clears up very soon. I know the best option is for it to open up on its own but I worry that we will have to take you to an opthamologist to fix it. If it isn't open by July, Dr. Rogers is going to refer us to one.

You were not very happy with me when I was trying to take your monthly picture today:

You seemed better when I gave you a paci.

But then you got mad again and I decided a quick nap was in order. So this bunny pic will have to do for the month:

You make me smile so much and I feel so blessed and happy to be your mommy!


Sunday, May 16, 2010


I finally got my birthday present last week! With gifts from my parents, in-laws and friends, plus a little savings, I was able to replace the lens Will broke a few months ago. I actually got the upgraded version:
I got it in the mail last Monday and have gotten to play with it some. Actually, it was my mother-in-law's birthday. We went to have dinner with her and my father-in-law. I caught some pics of the kids and their Poppy while we waited for Gigi.

I love this one. Bruce was blowing Reed's hair here.
Wish this were in focus, but it's still sweet.

My parents came by to wish Patty a happy birthday, so Reed got some lovin' from his Nana.
And then he got some kisses from Gigi.
Gigi and her boys.
And today is Poppy's birthday. He had surgery last week so he isn't feeling great but hopefully we can go see him for a little while.