Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Troy at Five Months

So do you think his face looks thinner here? Be honest - I think it might just be the blue, I don't know? Let's see, at 5 months, Troy is somewhere around 19 pounds, 4 ounces. Still wearing size 3 diapers and size Medium gdiapers. We are still using cloth diapers and it is not a big deal at all. I am planning on monogramming a couple of them, just for fun!
Troy is definitely rolling over from front to back. He still doesn't like to be on his stomach so he immediately rolls over. It's like a game to me but he eventually gets tired of me putting him on his stomach over and over. He's very, very close to sitting up independently. He can do it but for only a few seconds. His large belly seems to help hold him up well. His favorite toy is a Lamaze butterfly. It will entertain him for many minutes. The jumperoo and floor mat are also major favorites. He doesn't seem to want to do anything for more than 15-20 minutes at a time.
He is sleeping from 8 or 9 until 5 or 6 most days. We moved him to his bed this past week. Yep, we've had him in the pack n play for ALMOST 5 months!! We can honestly say he lived in the office for about 4 1/2 months of his life. The office is on the same side of the house as our room which is why we put him closer to us.
Oh and Troy is a flirt. Big. Time. He loves to stare people down until they look at him, at which time he throws out his huge, open mouth smile. He's just so darn happy - it's hard not to smile back at him. Laughing is a favorite, too. He's extremely ticklish and seems to love it. He gets so tickled he ends up with the hiccups - which is daily.
It snowed in Auburn (and pretty much the rest of Alabama) on the 12th of February. I was already off of work and Brian's work closed at noon. The snow was soft and fluffy. So much fun. Below are a few photos taken. We are grateful that we were actually in town for this snow!
At Samford Hall:
Our house covered in snow:
Troy in his rocking chair the day after it snowed (now those are some chubby cheeks):
Samford Hall - the students had some major snowball fights going on this day which was pretty cool!
You remember Auburn's coach the year before last? Tommy Tuberville. Well, his mom lives around the corner from us. Her house went on the market a couple of weeks ago, was under contract in less than a week. That contract fell through so it's on the market again. If you live in our area and are looking for a home, it is nice and the neighbors beside her home are great people. I think it's so sweet that she is moving to Texas to be near him. Well, she told a friend of ours (who looked at the house yesterday) that her "son" had already bought her a home there but she hasn't seen it yet. Awesome! I think that's pretty awesome. Of course she goes where he goes. There is a huge moving truck on the street today so she's moving today. I predict that the house will be under contract quickly again. Ours is a very kid-friendly neighborhood and tucked back a little so there isn't a lot of traffic.
We are having Troy Christened this weekend. So excited to dedicate and promise him that we will raise him in the church. We aren't actually raising him - God is. All we can do is perform what we feel He is guiding us to do. It's so hard to know what to do but we know God's perfect grace will lead us the way we should. All we can do is pray for that guidance. We're praying for safe travels for our family coming from out of town.
Finally, thank you for the emails, calls and prayers about my health. I'm so, so much better! While I have a teeny tiny amount of swelling in my knee, it feels much better. My back/hips are much better and my running shoes are seeing some action again. Hallelujah!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Weekends

Since we're almost at the end of this week, I should post something about last weekend, right?
We hosted, with several other couples, a baby shower for dear friends of ours. Unfortunately I didn't take photos of everything. But, it was pretty for sure! It was very special, too. We had over 50 guests (5-0) in our house. I still cannot believe everyone fit and had room to move around! But, they did and needless to say (although I may), I was a bit concerned with the logistics. We have never had so many folks in our house at once. We had homemade lasagna, salads, desserts and dips before the real meal. It all fit, we used our kitchen to cook the lasagnas and I can't believe it was all done in time! I think it was marvelous.

Anyway, the shower was for a very, very special couple. This couple means more to me and Brian than we can say. I won't get into detail because I haven't asked their permission but I'll say that they have endured a lot over the past 14 months. They have overcome major obstacles and have remained strong in their faith. In fact, just from observing them, I'd have to say they are stronger in their love of Christ and they realize his undying grace more than I have been able to imagine. God is blessing them with a little girl, to be here on March 19th. We are so excited! And, it's a girl! YAY!

Below are a couple of photos, of the Mrs. guest of honor with her mother and of the hostesses. I don't really like the quality of the photos but hey, I'm still working on getting better at indoor light without a flash, right? I have SO much to learn but don't want to spend hours upon hours each day learning....what's a girl to do?!

Two days ago it was raining here a lot. As I mentioned in my last post, I've committed myself to taking a photo a day. I'm not saying I'll post a photo a day and I know I won't put them on this blog. They'll be going to my flickr account. So, back to my story about 2 days ago. Well, I didn't go outside that much but when I did I wore my crocs (are others still wearing these) and thinking that I should be wearing my rainboots. Well, yesterday my photo of the day was the one below. I have the cutest (in my opinion) rainboots. Their designer boots a friend gave me no less than 5 years ago. I love them but yesterday was the first time I've taken them outside. In. Five. Years. What is wrong with me? Anywho, I also have a photo of my running shoes. They haven't seen much action lately. I got the shoes for Christmas and by now I should have over 200 miles on them. I'd be surprised if they have 20 miles on them. I'm glad to say that I can at least run a 5k. I've signed up for a 5k leg of the Mercedes Marathon relay this weekend. I don't want to walk but if I have to, I will. A year ago, I was 11 weeks pregnant, feeling pretty good and running "slow" to finish in under 27 minutes for my 5k leg of the relay. I was taking it easy because I was pregnant (no one knew at this point besides Brian). I'm hoping I can finish in under 32 minutes. It's a hard reality for me for some reason.



The below photo is outside our house at sunrise this morning. I thought the sky was very pretty. I only stepped on our back porch to take this. I wonder if the strange colors means the snow prediction will come true....only time will tell!

On another hand, do any of you have like a million photo accounts? Seriously....a lot??? I have a smugmug account, a picasa account, an HP account, shutterfly, snapfish and now a flickr account. I might even have more out "there" in cyber land but I can't recall them right now. Why do I have so many? Can't make up my mind? Want to try out the print and storing capabilities, navigation capabilities? I don't know. My new flickr account is because I was conned by Greg and Penny.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Saints, a Photo a Day, stuff

My friends Greg and Penny asked if I wanted to be a part of taking a photo a day. While my secret New Year's resolution was to take my camera places with me, I wasn't going to commit to such a huge thing! But, as most other things, having an accountability partner (or two in this case), makes it easier somehow to get it done. When my husband reads this, it'll be the first time he's heard of it. Honey, it isn't personal, only Greg and Penny know (or they did anyway). Here is my link. Nothing exciting by any means but something to do, I guess.

A very, very good friend of mine saw a post I put on here yesterday. Within a few minutes (less than 5), I removed the post. Something happened yesterday and all I can do is pray. I strongly believe God wanted her to see that post. She's a strong Christian woman and is always telling me she loves me. How sweet is that? She's wonderful - thank you girl! No, I'm not ready (nor do I know if I will be) to give details on this blog about what happened.

Lastly, and on a more cheerful note, the SAINTS won the Super Bowl. It's been very interesting to me to see many people jump on the Saints bandwagon. My husband is a Dolphins fan and, growing up, I didn't care about the NFL. When we moved to Southeastern Louisiana, I instantly became a Saints fan. Their games were the first NFL games I attended. And, although they were horrible, I became a fan in 2000. Now, 10 years later, they have accomplished so much. Who DAT! I'm almost sick of hearing/seeing/reading about it but it is pretty exciting! Two years ago they still weren't any good. Our family of three (minus the cat) wore our Saints garb on Sunday. Man, I should have taken a picture! That may be one I'll have to pose soon! I made Troy (before he was born) a Saints bubble. While it's too cold to wear it, it fits now so he wears it anyway!

Elyse

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Rollin' and Bouncin'

Someone just started rolling over - from front to back. He did it first on February 1st but I wanted to make sure it was the "real deal" before recording him. He's quite proud of himself, or confused, I don't know.
Here he is this morning doing his thing! I apparently didn't have much light on so sorry about the darkness!
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This past weekend, he was taking a nap. At first, we didn't let him have a blanket. But, he was restless so we gave him his pacifier and his little monkey blanket (it's pretty small). Several minutes later, we checked on him and below is what we found. Look closely. It's dark (again) but this time because we turn the lights off when he's napping. But, the monkey is over his head, his pacifier is doing a balancing act on top of his nose and he's "fantom" sucking his pacifier. Hope you can see it!
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Lastly, here he is in his jumperoo. He likes it, too.
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Elyse

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Agh....

I fell almost like Calgon has taken me away. Feeling much better today. UPS (woman) arrived on Friday about 2 p.m. Had a rough day and weekend but things are looking (and feeling) much better today. I'm so grateful that Brian stayed in town with us and missed the last weekend of hunting season. Nope, didn't ask him to; he decided it on his own. He later told me that I looked pretty pitiful and he felt convicted to stay home. Yay! How awesome is that?!?! Thanks hubby!

Thankfully Troy was pretty good this weekend. I didn't do much besides sit on my tail with my feet up. Nice!

Elyse

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