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Baby Everett You are 6 Months Old

Half of a year!  Wow!  To think 6 months ago the caseworkers brought you to us from the hospital.  You were 4 days old!  That day I had planned for all the girls in the entire church to come over and have a sleepover.  Our caseworker called us at noon, what a surprise she had for us.  A newborn boy only 4 days old!  “When will he get here I eagerly asked?” “Tonight,” was the response I heard from the phone.  Holy Smokes!  What a rush.  I have so much to do, I thought.  Mrs. Kellie was with me at the time and she called Mr. Chance to ask him to bring over some newborn baby clothes.  I had another friend who had a baby bath, diaper bag, and lots of other baby goodies.  Mrs. Kellie and I drove over there to pick it all up.  At 4:00 the girls started arriving.  We ordered pizza and tried to relax.  Your case worker called and said she was bringing a crib, clothes, bottles, etc over.  It was a mad rush and it all went so fast.  My heart was pounding in my ears all day.  Daddy and I were so excited.  At the time we were fostering a 3 month old and also had your brother Elijah.  There ended up being around 20 girls at our home, I had to tell them they couldn’t stay the night, since obviously there wasn’t any room! 🙂  They all stayed long enough to welcome you home.  Three case workers brought you in.  They kept saying that you were so sweet and they wanted to keep you.  I told them, there was NO way! 🙂  You looked so incredibly tiny in that big ole’ carseat.  They took you out and handed you to me.  They kept talking about formula, feedings, paperwork, sign this and that, I felt like I was underwater or in a big bubble with you.  Just me and you.  I’m glad Dada was listening, so we would know what to do. 🙂

We fed all the girls and they watched a movie and passed you around.  Daddy changed you out of your hospital shirt into a onesie, he was so nervous because you were so tiny!  You weighed 7lbs!  I’m so glad Mrs. Kellie and Mr. Chance were there, because she reminded me to get my camera!  I was able to capture Elijah seeing you for the first time and all of our first moments.  We were all so happy.  You had a bandaid on both feet from them running tests at the hospital.  Mrs. Kellie helped us stick your little heels in some warm water to get them off.  Everyone kept saying how beautiful and tiny you were.  You were so soft and warm.  I never wanted to put you down.  Your first night we had our nightly bible devo like we always do.  Mama and Dada both had babies in our arms as we sang songs and Elijah quoted his memory verses.  It was so sweet to have our arms and hearts full.

That first night you were awake.  A lot.  I had a bouncy seat by my bed, but you just wanted to sleep on my chest.  I remember you staring at me with these huge, glossy eyes.  I think you knew then that I was your Mama and I would always protect you.  I loved you from the second I laid eyes on you and held you in my arms.

Now you are 6 months old.  You’ve been alive for half a year.  Everyone that meets you falls in love.

The Hardest Thing: trying not to kiss your sweet cheeks, lips, and hands while you are sleeping.

The Silliest Thing: how hard you laugh when we tickle you!

Your Newest Thing: when I feed you your bottle you play with my hair, not pull it, you gently touch it with your hands.

The Fastest Thing: you as you scoot and flip around the room.  You are now pulling your legs under your body and putting your little booty in the air!

The Smartest Thing You Do: when I bring you your bottle you will take out your paci and grab the bottle and put it in your mouth.

I Just Love: when you grab both of your feet as I’m changing your diaper!

  • you have the most beautiful blue eyes.
  • you want to grab anything your brother has.
  • you love to be tickled.  from your feet to your chin.  you giggle so loudly.
  • the day before you turned 6 months we had the biggest snow.  you slept through most of it.
  • we are about to start feeding you solid foods.  so far you have gnawed on low sodium bacon and a slice of orange.
  • you’re so interested in everything going on around you.
  • you flip, pull, roll, and scoot your way around the room.
  • you can’t sit on your own yet or technically crawl, and you have no teeth.
  • books are your favorite<<<you love to eat them. 🙂
  • you love it when I play music and dance.  you giggle.
  • you say “mooommaaammaaammaa” when you cry.
  • you still fall asleep on your own and are taking your paci less and less.
  • you grow so quiet when we go outside.  you just look around and take everything in.
  • your Dada, Mama, and brother love you more than anything else in the world.Everett's 6 month photoshoot 121 Everett's 6 month photoshoot 122 Everett's 6 month photoshoot 006Snow Day 219

I’m going to have to come back to all these photos after you are adopted and change them out for ones with your face.

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Looking In

This afternoon I was dancing around the living room in my plaid pjs to Brandi Carlile, a baby in his excersaucer giggling at me and our 3 year old snuggled down for a nap.  I’m sad to regret it’s been a long time since I’ve played music just for myself.  I used to play it all the time while I cooked or cleaned.  Sometimes you forget.  Brandi Carlile helped me to remember.  Before we had children we had the privilege of listening to her at the Alabama Theater.  I’d only heard a couple of her songs before that night.  I’m not a die hard fan or anything, but when you’ve seen a band in concert it does something to you.  I feel this intimate connection now with her songs, since I’ve seen her live.  Live is always better, you get a feel for the artist and their passion really shows (most of the time.)  Anyways, I felt happy.  Real happy.  Why haven’t I slowed down?  What took me so long to breathe?

Sometimes I guess I feel bogged down.  I kinda forget myself as a separate entity.  Meghan goes away and mama replaces her.  And that is wonderful, but Meghan needs to be present: for my husband, for my kids, for me.  I’m sure all moms feel this way.  It is so easy to get caught up in the chores, diaper changes, three meals-a-day stuff that you forget.  You forget who you are.  You forget to stop and breathe and take in all the beautiful things.  You forget to think.  You forget to thank God for each moment.  You forget to truly count your blessings.  Sometimes as women we are just going and doing and stressing.  At least I do.  This blog post is for me.

It’s really hard to blog now.  If I have free time I’m usually napping. 🙂 I do think it helps if I stop and look at my life from the outside looking in.  Where were we 6 months ago, ya know?  God has given us such a beautiful life.  Really, honesty, I can say I’m living my dream.  And yes the path to get here was difficult and somewhat unique to us, but I’ve almost completely forgotten.  Not the beauty, not the travel, not the oneness and memories of me and my mister, but the pain.  The heartache is fading.  It’s totally thanks to these kids.  All my holes and scars that have molded me are fading, and it feels so good.

Being a mom is hard.  I don’t want to sugar coat it or paint a picture of perfection over here, because we are not a perfect family.  Sometimes the days drag by and I’m tearfully praying to God for 8:00pm to roll around.  Other days I just want to soak in a hot bath and let every muscle relax, let the tension release from my neck and head.  Sometimes I loose my temper, there (sadly) have been times when I’ve shouted.  I get tired of hide-n-seek, ABCs, kid’s books, coloring, cooking, crying, loud voices…ya know the usual kid stuff.  I am human.  Yes, I wanted this for years and years.  Yes, I am grateful.  BUT we are a real family.  It’s not all fluff and rainbows.  I don’t think any family is like that.  We have a strong-willed child, we have to constantly remind him we are in charge. “We are the parents, you are the child,” I say a million times in a day.  It’s stressful.  Today, today when I was dancing around it hit me: treasure each second they are little.  Yes I’m stressed, but I will never get these moments back.  It feels like sand slipping through my fingers.  I want to grasp these moments, clinch them in my fists, but they keep slipping through the cracks of my fingers.  I almost cried.  I was looking in.  Looking in at my family today.  Seeing the moments from the outside, how beautiful, how ordinary, how perfect they were.  I’ll never get today back.

I want to make the best of everyday.  I want to remember each second with my babies.  One day they won’t be babies anymore.  I’ll just be an old lady sitting in a rocking chair, sipping my sweet tea wishing I had a baby in my lap to read a book to.


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Baby Everett You are 5 Months Old!

Well, you were on the 29th of December!  Mama’s a little late getting the blog updated with the holidays and all, I’m sure you understand.

This month:

  • Well, from 4 months to 5 months you decided you didn’t like to sleep at night.  They say there is some kind of sleep regression at 4 months.  You were waking up 6 to 10 times a night for at least 3 weeks.  Your back on track now and only wake about two times.
  • We celebrated your first Christmas a few days before you turned 5 months!  Here’s a picture of you eating the paper.

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  • We were actually surprised that you were big enough to tear/eat/rip the paper.  You would eat  your actual gifts too!
  • You put everything in your mouth, and you are still slobbering a lot.  No teeth yet though.
  • You learned to roll from your back to your belly this month.  You can also scoot/crawl backwards.  You pretty much can get your hands on anything you want!
  • It’s very hard to hold you in our laps when we eat.  Tonight you pulled my cup down and put my straw in your mouth.  We thought it was so funny so we took a picture, then a minute later I hear a sucking sound….you were drinking my sweet tea!!!  We died laughing and were very thankful it was decaf!
  • You rode down your first slide, in Mama’s lap of course, at the park.  We went down three different slides.  We recorded it on daddy’s phone.  When you are adopted we will post it on here.
  • You still sleep with your blanket pulled over your face.  I guess it’s just a comfort/security thing.
  • You will go to anyone.  You love to see new people and love to be held.
  • You do this bouncy thing with your legs on my lap. a lot.
  • You still stare at daddy when he is preaching.  You recognize his voice anywhere and turn towards him.
  • Elijah is still your favorite person.  You will sit in your excersaucer in his room and watch him play.  If you are reading this, you should really stop pulling his hair…and the pups would appreciate if your tiny fingers didn’t find theirs either.
  • We are still cloth diapering you.  That is going well, I love your fat little tooshie in those things!

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(Here is one we got you for Christmas, and Mama knitted the leg warmers…we are pretty big Harry Potter fans, and expect you to be one too 🙂

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  • I take a couple posed pictures of you every month.  I can’t really show them, but I was able to blur your face in one.  One day when you are all mine I will post the month pictures on the appropriate posts.  I take one of you in front of a big chalkboard and then I take one of you with a bear I made, to compare your size.
  • You have almost outgrown 3 to 6 month clothes, you are super long!

We all love you so very much!  You are the most perfect baby.  I really wish I could freeze time and hold you near so you never get big.  I know that’s not fair to you, but you are just so perfect at this moment, I don’t want to loose it.  I try to treasure each and every day I get to be your mom.  I try not to fuss too much over having a clean house, or things that don’t matter.  I am human though and I fail often.  I try to smell you often, I never want to forget the way you smell.  I love to rub your sweet arms, feet, face, your skin is so perfectly smooth.  My favorite time is when we get to cuddle close and you fall asleep next to me.  Your soft breathing puts my mind to ease and soothes me.  You are so perfect.  You are what is beautiful in this world.  Never change dear one.  I love you just the way you are.  My baby boy.

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She’s So Vain

but she has every reason to be because she looks SO good!  I’m not talking about anyone you know.  No one has even met her yet, because Jeff just installed her into our bath yesterday. 🙂  Let me give you a throw back to the first day we saw our 40’s bathroom, so  you can have a little clue of who/what I’m talking about.

smbathNot very impressive, eh?  Well over the holidays my hubby and his father were able to replace all of our plumbing!  Yes, so excited to have PEX instead of old copper supply lines.  There all nice and insulated and shouldn’t bust in cold snaps.  Our toilet now fills up in a minute instead of 30!  It’s not a glamorous thing to blog about nor is it something I can show you with pictures, but I guarantee the value of our house just went up!  Not to mention, newer is better when it comes to plumbing and electrical.

With all the plumbing updated we decided it was time to take down our gorgeous bowl sticking out of the wall with a more pleasing to they eyes and storage abundant solution.

Vanity 116 Vanity 120 Vanity 121 Vanity 122 Vanity 127 Vanity 128Vanity 129 Vanity 130Oh, so much better!  I have no idea how to decorate a bathroom.  I just pulled stuff in from other rooms.  I hung the pictures of Elijah (from  his first bath here) the same week he came to our home.  I wanted him to know this was a permanent move, so I immediately hung pictures of him and him with us.  I want to add more pictures, but I’m not sure if I should do ones of Jeff and me when we were three taking a bath (if we can round those up), of Everett now, or wait until he is three?  Also, I don’t know if the space above the toilet should get some art, shelving, crates, or if it’s fine.  Jeff says crates will make him feel boxed in…lol.  I would like some color/patterns in here, but not sure how to go about it.  Any help would be appreciated…bathrooms aren’t really my thing!

Vanity 133Another thing, there’s a washing machine in my bath.  Apparently back in the 40’s they still washed their clothes by hand and hung them to dry.  It’s one of the next things on the list to install a drain in our mudroom to make it a laundry room too.  Ignore it.  Please.  Now draw your eyes to the window.  We obviously have bamboo up.  There is a lot of tan/brown in this room.  I like the bamboo, but I, again, believe I need some color.  Do you think I should make some kind of window covering to go over or in place of the bamboo?  Ideas?  I’ve seen DIY fabric roman shades and thought of those for some color in this space….

Besides having a beautiful sink and a place for Jeff to shave and me to do my makeup at the same time, another wonderful thing about a sink vs. a vanity is:

STORAGE!

Vanity 139 Vanity 138 Vanity 137 Vanity 134I cannot believe I have a place for ALL of my fingernail polish!  Off topic, I should have staged these pictures.  Those towels look awful not pulled to the front….sorry guys.  It’s bothering me…now I’ve got to go adjust those.

Okay, lets talk tile.  The tile in here drove me nuts.  I can’t stand it, but was very thankful it wasn’t pink.  Do you know there are a whole cult of people who get very ticked if you demolish the old pink bathrooms?  You should google that, not now, but later. 🙂  Anyways, the tile.  I’m not a fan.  There are so many things to fix in an old house, tile is the last of our concerns, but a bathroom is a place you have to see everyday and I want it to be a happy place with some character.  All I can see is beige.  We thought about tearing it down and putting up beadboard, but that’s a ton of work and money.  Next we researched painting/refinishing it…it’s almost as cheap to replace than to refinish THIS much tile.  It is everywhere.  Then, if you mess with the tile on the wall, you have to replace the floor tile.  Strangely enough, after we put the vanity in it didn’t bother me anymore.  So, all the tile is staying for now, and I’m so happy, because the vanity is the star and I barely notice the tile. 🙂

Have you ever tore down tile?  What did you replace it with?  Have you ever painted tile? Is it hard?