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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bouncing Back

Showing off the new john-john Aunt Lindsey made and monogrammed. I love the color!

As I type this, we are watching an old rerun of The Cosby Show. It is the one where Cliff dreams he is pregnant and so are Martin (Denise's husband - I had forgotten his name, Theo and Elvin.) What a good show! Funny to watch that episode pregnant, because they were pretty dead on with the stereotypes at the end of pregnancy!
Anyway, I can't believe it is the end of January! We have been pretty low key this month - especially last weekend and this week. Because of that nasty, violent, highly contagious STOMACH BUG!!! And we didn't get it from Lindsey and Kate and Blake - we got it all on our own. I am guessing at MDO!
Last Friday (9 days ago), Turner woke up crying. That is unusual, but he was sort of moaning. It was 6 in the morning. I just kept thinking - we don't get up at 6! And eventually he stopped - without me checking on him. Oops. I got in the shower and all ready for school. I went to get him up and throw some clothes on him, and he was covered in throw up!! That is the first time he has ever thrown up (vs. spit up) - except the time at the mexican restaurant when he choked on a chip and I had to fish hook my hand down his throat to get it out and then he threw up on me.
Anyway, thank God that Heath had a meeting nearby last Friday morning and was still at home. He helped me throw him in the bathtub and start washing everything he slept on/came in contact with. But then this little weasel was TOTALLY normal the rest of the day. And he had eaten a TON the day before (he isn't always the best eater - pretty picky), so I thought it might be a fluke. No fever. No other symptoms. No more throw up.
Until Saturday morning. At 6:30 I started throwing up and threw up every hour until 5:30 p.m. It was a nightmare!! I don't throw up. Ever. Have never thrown up pregnant (except for in labor with Turner), and hadn't thrown up this pregnancy either. Well - it got me. Luckily I was able to get some phenergan (sp?) - and it helped me sleep through the day, but didn't stop the throwing up. Awful. Don't worry about Heath - he was moved into the guest room completely by 6:31 a.m. Then he and Turner were able to have a Father/Son day all day.
It is amazing how God wires men and women so differently. It is so much harder for a Dad to keep children all day when they are used to working. I don't like calling it babysitting - because they are a parent! But they did great all day and they left me alone, which was fine with me because I couldn't hold my head up! However, by 8:30 p.m. I was much better - changed the sheets, ate something - it passed, thank God!
Heath never threw up, but didn't feel good last Sunday. But Praise the Lord it is out of this house!! I haven't had the throw up bug for as long as I can remember - even teaching school the last 5 years. But, I should have known that this little carrier monkey would give it to me. We eat and drink all the same things and I can't tell you how many times a day I kiss him!!
A hard lesson this week has been how long it has taken Turner to get back to normal. I like being able to predict him on a daily basis - when he eats, sleeps, what his moods are about, etc. That was shot this week! He was so dramatic this week. Laying on the floor (even at school), crying more than usual, and he wouldn't go to hardly anyone but Heath or me.

Turner with the mom-to-be. How great does she look for being 34 weeks??

We went to Jeanne's baby shower at the school on Wednesday. It was so nice to see old friends and I saw some of my old kids for just a second before the bell rang. But, Mr. Drama here wouldn't show much love. That is very unlike him! Someone would talk to him and he would put his hand to his head like Scarlett O'Hara and bury his head in my shoulder. Luckily my friend Sallie kidnapped him for a little bit at the shower and I was able to talk without my sidekick.

Turner with Mrs. Hampton - my favorite principal ever. Eating his foot??

Anyway - moral of the story, I am glad we are bouncing back. He still hasn't gotten back to 100 percent in my eyes or at Mother's Day Out. Even at church today a few teachers mentioned that he wasn't himself. Turner - please come back!! I take your normal sweetness for granted. I need it back!!
I also learned this past week that I would completely lose my mind if we stayed in the house all the time. Turner's favorite pastimes are dodging around the corner into the refrigerator or dishwasher, and unloading any drawer or cabinet he can find. I have stopped picking things up until he goes to sleep, because I can put the same things back up 4-5 times in a ROW! And then I will say "GRRRR" and in my ear I will hear a tiny voice say "Grrr!" Good thing he makes me laugh!!

Unloading the laundry from the basket. What a helper.

"Helping" pull out all the diapers - and these 2 pictures are just while I am writing this!

He is also starting to say a few more things. He is for sure still saying "Keh" for Kelly - we are working on it. It is like he knows I want him to say Mama, and he says "Keh" anyway! He is my child that way! He says "Dah" when Heath walks in a room, and he sort of says "Tuh" for Turner when he sees himself in the mirror or knows we are talking about him. If we say "Yeah" he will sometimes repeat it. And he likes to put my cell phone up past his ear and say "Hey." Awesome that he can mimic cell phone usage and remote control usage. Hmmm - wonder what we do a lot of!
I almost forgot - he waves to himself and says "Dye" for Bye. On Friday we were at Publix (I saved 57 dollars!! Seriously - on stuff we would have bought anyway!! I love couponing!!) and he waved and said 'dye' to everyone. Bless him, he kept getting shot down. No one would respond! Maybe 2 people. But don't worry, it didn't bring him down. Waved to everyone in the store. Just trying to be friendly, guys!
Happy February! Glad January is over!!

P.S. - This Newk's cup reminded me of a funny story. On Tuesday I was having a bad day - got 2 tickets in Homewood - for speeding and running a stop sign. Never even saw it! Anyway, I picked up Turner at school and we went to lunch at Newk's with some BFFs - Gina and Luke and Evan and York. Thank God - I would have gone into a depression about the cost of both tickets, so lunch with friends helped. I digress. As I was busy in mom mode - feeding cheese curls to Prince Charming, dropping purse and diaper bag, trying to keep him in his seat, etc. I saw 2 cute ladies come and sit at the table next to us. But they were all dolled up. Maybe I noticed because I was in a J.Lo-like maternity track suit. Awesome. Anyway, they were all sparkly, and I just thought "Wonder where they have been?" But then I was back to being glamorous myself. Ha. Anyway, when we left, Evan asked me if I had seen Sara Evans. That is who it was sitting right next to me. Probably thinking "Who is making all that mess?" about my child! I got more excited than I should have, handed Turner to Evan and went back into Newk's to see her up close. It was her for sure! Good eye, Evan. Good thing I was a sly fox and pretended I had left something under my table to get a better view! So sneaky - hey, I will take any star sighting in Birmingham! And I am not even that into her! Now, a Celine Dion sighting could be a whole different ball game....Dye!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monkey Cat

This is the crazy nickname I have been calling Turner lately. Before he was born and when I loved Gordon so much, I used to make crazy nicknames about him. Gordito, Mr. Pugglesworth, etc. Anyway, now these crazy things come to my head for this weasel. And the last few weeks it has been 'Monkey Cat'. What??! Who knows?
I think about that a month ago he couldn't walk very steadily, and now he is IN EVERY ROOM! All the time. We can be standing in the kitchen and I will walk to a bedroom and by the time I turn around he is rounding the corner!! Unbelievable.
And he has been a huge mess! As I am typing this, I have just moved the trash can because he has pulled the same coke can out of it and tried to drink it 3 times. Next time I run errands I am buying a trash can with a lid!!
We have been hanging out with friends a lot over the last few weeks. Here are some pictures:

Turner and Harrison (at Cooper's house) - hard to get a picture!

Turner and his friend Stevie

Visiting with Nanny and Dink

Does Turner look about 15 in that vest? He did to me!

Chillin at lunch with his buddy, Luke (and Megan and Evan and York!)

I held this sweet baby and said "Aww, I miss this age." My dear friends reminded me quickly that I was about to have one this age again soon. Oh yeah!

Big Boy playing with his friend Charles' train set. How cool!

He has been getting into everything (as I mentioned). Daily we look a lot like this:

Wow. No words.

This happened just seconds before!

Heath found this last week. Can you see what is not supposed to be there? This is Turner's favorite ball popper toy. However, my little genius combined 2 favorite things - Daddy's cell phone AND the ball popper toy! Heath just had to use a screwdriver to fix it. It made me laugh really hard!

This makes me laugh, too. He has walked around with this empty milk carton (from the trash can, of course) for 2 days. He takes it everywhere. Weird. But, he first fell in love with it while playing in the refrigerator, his other favorite pastime. I love this age! This was Turner on MLK last year:

And, this year - when Heath so graciously stayed home from about 1:00 on with him so I could go shopping!! Thank you, Heath. I got a day off (on his "day off").

What a difference a year makes!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

First Haircut (and New Year's)

This was a RIDICULOUS picture I took in our den last week. It was actually Heath's birthday (hence the shirt :)). Someone (surrounded by several birthday and Christmas toys) found his newborn paci, and wouldn't take it out of his mouth! But, it was a great wake-up call that it was time for a haircut!! His growing mullet was bothering me all through Christmas, so I finally called my girl, Allison, and she took care of business!

One more before shot - check out the back! And hair peeking over the ears...

Getting settled in the chair with Mr. Lion

Check out the cape!


"Hey - I look good!"

Finishing up - MUCH better! (though he wasn't thrilled)

I look like a man! First haircut - Dec. 29, 2009

We got back from Tampa this weekend. We left Wednesday, dropped Turner in Andalusia with MeMe and Pap (THANK YOU again!!!), and drove on to Gainesville. Then we drove the rest (not far) on Thursday. We had a great time in Tampa, but I didn't take many pictures.
It was great to take a break from this weasel and have some adult time with Heath, Jeanne and Jeremy and the Averitt family.

Look at that piece of carrot cake from New Year's Eve dinner!

Jeanne and her cute little mom

New Year's Eve we watched fireworks from the top of our hotel. We were party animals, and went to sleep well before midnight.

Watching fireworks

Messing with my new camera to get pictures of fireworks

The next day was the Outback Bowl! Heath and I got confused on central/eastern time and had a mixup with the wakeup call, but ended up making it. We just weren't 2 hours before the game, as planned. Darn.
It ended up being cold and rainy in the game, but I didn't regret being there. It was not unbearable, just surprising weather for Tampa!! I didn't bring my new camera in because of the weather, but I managed to snap this picture on my old one.

I needed to remember that I hiked up four steep flights of stairs and then all the way to the second row from the top. I was so winded that I couldn't see straight! That is sad, but I gave myself half points back because I am pregnant. Seriously, once I got to the top of the row to see Emily I could hardly breathe. We laughed - and then I was certain I was staying up there a while! That just happened to be the rainiest part of the game, but it was worth it to see Emily and her dad.
There were so many people at the game. We were in the lower level and saw a few familiar faces, but there were a ton of people in the upper deck! War Eagle! I did think there were going to be riots at the end of the game if we couldn't pull through, but alas, we did!!
That night we went to Orlando. Jeanne and I went to the Magic Kingdom the next day with her parents. Heath and Jeremy played golf on one of the Disney PGA courses (thank you again, Emily!) - I thought that would be a better present for him than the Magic Kingdom!

Christmas parade at Magic Kingdom

Sunday we made the trek home. We were in the car from 7-4 (with stops). It wasn't nearly as bad as we thought it was going to be. But, I was ready to see this guy!

The last few days we have been unpacking, un-Christmasing and chasing a weasel. Heath's dad commented that he and Turner "walked miles" around their house in Andalusia. I believe it!! He is loving walking! When I took him to school yesterday, I told one of his teachers, Shaneka, that he was walking now, since over the break. She did not believe me, until he took off (in a wobbly, sort of Frankensteiny with his arms kind of way). She was impressed!!
And, he is holding strong with saying "Daw" for Dog. Here is a picture of how he spends 70 percent of his time at home. Standing at the dog gate and pointing at Gordon (who luckily doesn't seem to mind).

Ignore Gordon's scary eyes - he is beautiful

He also says Uh-oh at the appropriate time (well, we're working on it not being uh-oh if you throw something down). He has started saying "Dah" and "Hey" when he wants to get our attention - he only says "Dah" when Heath is here, so I am assuming he understands. Who knows? You are going to think I am crazy, but I swear he says "Keh-yee" and points at me when he is excited or wants me to see something. What is that about? What happened to Mom?? Or Mama? I thought it was in my head, but Heath confirmed it, and then my sister did, without me even telling her. I swear - she said, "Did he just call you Kelly?" I want to say he is a genius, but I am pretty sure he is just crazy!