Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tellico Update

Okay, as promised, here are the updated Tellico pictures! I have a few more things to do to decorate the camper, but the majority of it is done!

A Long Week

My poor hubby and father-in-law are going to pick up my stepbabies this week. They drive a twenty hour round trip to get them and then have to take them back on Sunday. I'm really excited for Madison and Bryce to meet Caleb for the first time. I believe they will really fall in love with him. I'm so glad he's smiling and babbling now. I think it will help with the bonding! Ryan and I are prepared for a fast paced visit. We've got a lot planned and get to celebrate Bryce's birthday on Friday. By the time Monday rolls around, I believe all of us will be very worn out!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Poor Caleb

My poor little man has an ear infection. I guess he got his mommy's ear problems. I plan to ask his doctor about putting tubes in his ears so maybe he won't have the problems I have had.

Saturday night was a nightmare! Poor Ryan and I were up all night with Caleb crying. I originally thought he was hurting because of the vaccines he got a few days before. On Sunday morning, we woke up and I noticed Caleb had stuff coming from his little ear. I called the doctor and they saw us immediately. His eardrum ruptured from the fluid and pressure. His hearing may be a little off for a few days, but his pain should be getting better. I have to take him back at the end of the week to make sure it has healed. He's taking an antibiotic and seems to be feeling better.

There are two lessons we learned from this: when babies have ear problems they do not always pull at their ears (like the What To Expect the First Year book describes) and it's really great to have a pediatrician who sees children through the weekend. Our pediatrician is absolutely wonderful! He seems like a really wonderful grandfather type man and Caleb and I really like him. The office has many other pediatricians so we're very lucky to have someone who can see us any time.

Friday, March 26, 2010

A tough decision...

Some of you may not know that I have recently had some health problems since I had Caleb. I received the news from my doctor that Ryan and I may need to make some sort of decision about whether or not to have any more children together. While many of our family members are pulling for us to give them a little girl next, we have to weigh out the options. The pregnancy was extremely tough on my body. Combine that with a really long delivery and a C-Section and I pretty much equal a mess! While I thought that Caleb would be my one and only, over the past four months I have grown extremely attached to being a mommy. I enjoy every bit of it and I miss when Caleb was itty bitty. I guess somewhere inside my maternal instincts have kicked in and are causing me to keep wanting to enjoy the feelings of being a mother. What I did not expect was my husband's reaction to my doctor's news today: Ryan seriously wanted to know if I was ready to try again. I wasn't prepared for that. I was only prepared for Ryan trying to convince me to wait just a little longer and maybe even say not at all. What was he thinking??? (At this point in my blog, I can hear my mom and and Aunt Debbie squealing in the background. Ladies, please call and confirm this later.)

Am I physically ready to put myself through that again? Am I emotionally ready? Is Caleb ready? When Ryan and I thought about trying the first time, Dad told me, "If you wait until you are ready to have a child, that time will never come. There will always be something pushing it further back on the list." I know he's right. I know now is about a good a time as any. Caleb is young. He's not used to being the only child. Ryan and I are still young. Would we regret one day if we choose not to have another child? Would we be happy enough spoiling the heck out of Caleb? There are so many unanswered questions today. I believe God will lead me down the correct path. I am going to pray about it and just wait for His answer. Sometimes I think that whatever happens, happens. Just let things go their natural course. I consulted my dad (my go-to guy for all things complicated) and the biggest grin spread across his face. Then he made some dumb comment about watching myself around that "Del Signore" boy at night! (Sorry, Dad, I think it's a little late for that!) Okay, seriously, he was no help in this matter. My mom won't be either. I know where she stands (she'd have fifty children if her body and money could have afforded it). My father-in-law was even wanting to know when we were having another before I even delivered my son! Yeah, I think the odds are stacked in their favor if we were to cast a vote.

For now Ryan and I choose to pray, think, and let things happen as they may. If you care to send prayers our way, please pray that God guide us down the right path. Thanks!

Living Well

What does it mean to live well? Does it mean you're sitting on piles of money, eating bon bons during the day, and living the high life? Not to me. Living well means enjoying life each and every day for what it is. It's taking the time to appreciate the little things. Coming home to a loving husband and happy child every day, thanking God each day for the blessings in your life, and having the support of wonderful friends and family is what it's all about.

Ryan and I are so blessed to have a child to love. Caleb has been such a joy since the moment he was born. We have had the opportunity to grow as a family and become grateful for the amazing moments in our lives. Caleb is such a wonderful gift to us both and I am so proud to be his mommy. I would go through the difficult pregnancy and painful C-Section all over again because he was worth every second of suffering! One day when he's all grown, I will explain it to him!

I live well knowing that I have done everything I can to be understanding, accomodating, patient, and compassionate with people around me. I can sleep at night knowing that I have tried my best at everything I do in life. I love with all of my heart. I work hard and am extremely ambitious. I am loyal to the people I love. I pray to the Lord with all of my being at the end of every day. This is living well.

I refuse to let anyone compromise my happiness and joy in life. At the end of the day, I will always have my family to come home to and a gracious God to worship and that is so much more than enough for me! Anything that happens outside of that is trivial. There is a joy in my heart that no one on this Earth can crush as hard as they might try. I believe when it's all said and done, good will always win.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pure Happiness!

So, Ryan bought me a birthday present a little early this year. I have wanted a KitchenAid stand mixer for almost three years now. And guess what??? I got one!!! I am looking forward to doing some serious baking now! Caleb loves sitting in his walker in the kitchen and watching me cook dinner, so I will be able to spend some more time there. Here's a picture of it:



It's absolutely perfect!!! I am so excited! Can't you tell???

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Few More Tellico Pictures

All smiles!
Caleb sitting with his Uncle Steve!


Belle and Caleb enjoyed the stroller this weekend. The little basket is perfect for her!



Caleb wearing his off road Jeep outfit his Aunt Dianne bought for him!

I fell in love with this picture that Debbie took!




I survived the first fishing weekend!




Caleb was such a little ham this weekend! He decided to charm everyone in sight with all of his smiles and babbling! He's got such a great personality and is outgoing like his parents! I really hope these qualities stay with him throughout life. We're starting to see more and more pieces of his personality and it's really exciting. Although he's beginning to look like me, he's a charmer like his daddy.

Since he's started teething, Caleb has been pitching fits at night for his mommy. He won't go to sleep until he's in my arms and being loved on. It melts my heart every time! On Saturday night in Tellico, Caleb refused to go to bed until I laid down beside him. I think he really loves Tellico because it's his time to snuggle up in bed next to us!
The fishing wasn't too great on Saturday morning. Ryan and Dad both caught two trout. Others in the campground reported the same luck. Maybe next weekend will be a little better? Dad woke up at 5:30 am to go fishing and Ryan overslept as usual. He still made it to the river in time and had fun.
Caleb, Mom, Debbie, and I took a walk around the campgrounds this weekend. Caleb absolutely loves being outside (wonder where he gets that?). He fell asleep in his stroller. When Ryan and I were shopping for his stroller, we decided to get one of the jogging strollers for Tellico. I didn't know how much of a difference it would make off road, but I am highly pleased with it. I was so surprised at how effortless it was to push it on rutted, gravel roads. It was a very easy ride for Caleb too. He actually fell asleep!
I wasn't able to do any decorating this weekend. Caleb kept me busy the whole time. I plan on working on it when we go up next.
One of our dear friends in Tellico wasn't able to come up this weekend. His grandson was in a terrible car accident on Friday. He broke his back in two places and is very lucky to be alive. My family is praying for a speedy recovery for David.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Out of My Element

Caleb and I ventured out yesterday evening to do some shopping. We left Daddy at home working in the garage. I decided to call my girl, Jessica, and after a twenty minute conversation my phone completely shut off. With my new mommy anxiety, I started wondering about what-if's. What if I had a wreck and couldn't call Ryan? What if Ryan couldn't reach me and started to panic? I went straight to Hamilton Place, packed Caleb in the stroller, and walked to the AT & T store. Luckily, they were having a sale and it just so happened to be time to sign a new contract with them. I bought myself a Blackberry Curve because I really thought I deserved it!

I sat down with my new shiny phone last night and realized I have no idea how to use it! I know I have Facebook and MySpace on it, but I can barely access it. How many Apps can one phone hold? Do I need many Apps? See, I have no clue. I have a built in GPS on the darn phone, but I also have my Garmin for my car. What happens if one tells me to go a different way than the other? Which one do I trust? I have a hard enough time following directions from one GPS, why do I want to complicate things with two?

I do have a camera on my phone and I am really excited about that. I have an adorable kid who likes to pose for me, so I'm sure the phone will be jam packed with his pictures by the end of the weekend.

I wonder if Blogger has an App, but would I even know how to use it???

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Four Months

My little man is four months old now! I wonder everyday how time manages to pass by so quickly. Caleb has just started solids. Right now his favorite food is squash. He just can't get enough of it! Everyone warned me that it would be awful changing his diapers when we started solids. I'm sorry, but no one prepared me for the reality! The first diaper change I got after he tried sweet potatoes was at 4:30 am. I blissfully greeted my little angel and he smiled back at me innocently (now that I think back, that little sucker set me up!). When I laid him on the changing table, all of that early morning glory came to a screeching halt! I thought I would absolutely puke! Lesson learned: Let Daddy change the diapers at 4:30 in the morning!

Caleb goes for his check up next week and for his second round of shots. When I weighed him on our WiiFit last week, he was very close to sixteen pounds. The kid is growing in leaps and bounds! He fits in six month clothing most of the time now and some nine month outfits. Every time I turn around, I am packing up more baby clothes. I've learned to take pictures the first time he wears something because it may very well be the last time as well. I've got to get him so more clothes before he grows out of everything in his closet!

Caleb has also started saying "ga ga". I think he amazed himself with his new talent because that's all he seems to babble for the past two days! He wiggles so much when he sleeps. I can put him to sleep lying one direction in his crib and when I check on him, he's already turned 180 degrees! He also flips from his back to his sides now and seems to amuse himself regularly with that! For the past week or so, Caleb has slept through the night.

I can't believe how much he changes from day to day. He has to be one of the happiest babies I have ever seen in my life. I'm so grateful that he has such a cheerful personality. If it stays this way, he will be very blessed in life and that's all his mother could ever pray for!

Fishing Begins...


So, the official first fishing weekend of the year is this weekend. On Saturday mornings, it will just be me and Caleb sleeping in! I have become a Tellico widow for the next several months as I have lost my husband to the trout fishing craze that consumes most every man on that mountain! For weeks, Ryan has been preparing and gathering all of his fishing supplies. Our last trip to Bass Pro Shop he got new fishing line (didn't I just buy fishing line last year???), a ceiling mount rod holder for the camper (because we have too many fishing rods - how many can one man fish with at one time???), various flies for fly fishing, and supplies to make flies (because the flies we bought just weren't good enough???). We spent two HOURS in the Bass Pro Shop! Then, he has to have a Sportsman Fishing License just to catch anything. Yes, that's $136 per year just to get the opportunity to fish. All of this time, energy, and money just to catch seven trout per day! Seriously. It's funny what a woman will do when she loves a man.

What does all of this buy me? Peaceful Saturday mornings in my camper where I can sleep in atleast until my dear husband wakes me up to tell me about his fishing experience. And then he'll expect breakfast and coffee!

Mom and I have planned to take Caleb for a walk in his stroller this weekend. I hope he enjoys being outdoors as much as his daddy and I do. My dad is buying Caleb his lifetime fishing license. He will never have to purchase a fishing license his entire life after that. I think it's really special because when Caleb is grown he'll be able to use something his Granddaddy gave him. Who knew talking about fishing could make me so sentimental?
I'm working on decorating the camper this weekend. I got a really great idea the last time I was there, so I have a project for this time. I'm going to post "before" pictures now and "after" pictures when we get back. Ryan's grandparents gave us their camper last year and we havereally fallen in love with it. I now have the energy to decorate it and I am really looking forward to it.


Our couch and bed area.



Our bathroom



The kitchen



The table (this has now been transformed into Caleb's area)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Our Aquarium Trip




Ryan and I took Caleb to the Tennessee Aquarium this past Saturday. Caleb has really started to notice things around him and I thought it would be a great way to spend a beautiful Saturday. Caleb absolutely loved looking at everything! He was so interested in everything that he didn't take a nap the whole day. He stayed up from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm! He smiled at plenty of people who stopped to talk to him. Caleb watched the little river otters play and looked at all the fish.

Teething Troubles

Poor, little Caleb! He has started teething in the last twenty-four hours and it's an actual nightmare! There's nothing worse to a mother when her baby cries and is in pain and there's nothing she can to do make it go away. Baby Orajel only lasts so long!

Yesterday afternoon, Caleb got really cranky. He drooled most of the day and had soaked his little outfit. He's been biting his little hands for a couple of weeks, so Ryan and I knew the day was close. By the time we got home last night, Caleb was pitching a huge fit! For once, a bottle of food wouldn't stop the crying! For an hour, we rocked and walked the floor...finally he gave up and fell asleep! I suppose we'll try something new tonight. We've chilled the teething rings, got the Baby Orajel ready, and are prepared to keep walking until he falls asleep!

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