Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Here are the rest of the pictures from our weekend:
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Before I found out I was pregnant, I was on a target weight journey. I was 18 lbs away from it when we got our fabulous news... I didnt really care. I wanted to be pregnant much more than I wanted to be skinny. Regardless of what I weighed, I was really healthy when I got pregnant with Jackson. I was able to run 5 miles, take any aerobics class I wanted, my heart rate and blood pressure were in the perfect range and I could climb 3 flights of stairs without ever losing my breath. I continued to work out while I was pregnant (partly because I found out I was pregnant in January and had already signed up to teach 2 aerobics classes through May). I even ran a 5K when I was 4 months along. It was amazing. I love that Jackson and I did that together. I exercised up until the day before I had Jackson and my pregnancy was a breeze. I never felt 'huge' and I never was uncomfortable. What a blessing that was.
All that being said - since I've had Jackson, I have hardly exercised at all. I went from full throttle to couch potato. What the heck happened to me? I lost all but 5 pounds of my pregnancy weight by the time Jackson was 6 weeks old. Now that he is almost 10 month's old I have lost all of it plus an additional 8 pounds (thank you nursing and chasing after a wild man)...which puts me 10 pounds from where I originally was aiming for in January 2007. Mostly, I just want to be back into the shape I was before we have another child... I want my next pregnancy to be just as healthy as the one with Jackson.
I started working out again last week and let me tell you...I am so out of shape. I try to do things I used to do and it just isn't happening, lol. Yesterday I did tae bo and today I am so sore...so, so sore. So, I've given myself 6 weeks to really get moving. I'm working out every day and my goal is to be 10 pounds lighter by September 1st. Maybe now that I've written this blog I'll hold myself accountable...we'll see.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Yesterday, there was a really fun card waiting on me when I woke up and a note on the bathroom mirror reminding, in case i forgot, that it was my B-day. Then, for lunch, Bethany and Jackson surprised me by driving into the city and eating lunch with me at Steak and Shake (my choice).
And this is pretty much what I ordered.
Unfortunately, I had to go back to work after that, but when I got home there were more surprises waiting on me tucked in various covert locations around the house. There were two military books that I had asked for and Carnival Games for Wii that I've been wanting forever that included a complimentary super-tight t-shirt (OKAY i know it's for kids).
After we got Jackson put to bed, Bethany and I were getting ready to play Wii when she asked me to get her a piece of cornbread out of the microwave. I know, that's what I thought - "When did you start eating cornbread for a snack?" But, I was excited about my game so I hurriedly went into the kitchen without thinking much about it. When I opened the door, there was my favorite cake - funfetti - decked out with confetti icing and candles. How great is that?
Oh, and in case you are not my age yet - 29 candles make a lot of smoke. Blow them out with caution (and perhaps with a fire extinguisher handy).
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
We had a really good visit with them and we're glad they were able to stay a little longer than when they passed through a few weeks ago. Jackson has really enjoyed having them around so much lately.
I'm glad - there's nothing better than getting to grow up with your family constantly loving on you. I'm so glad my children will have such a great family to surround them - there just isn't much better that that.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Jackson is such a ham these days. We can't go anywhere without him flirting with every girl that passes his way. He loves going out and being around other people. We became members of our new church this past Sunday and had to stand in front of the congregation. I was a little concerned that it might freak him out, not sure why, he just smiled and waved and was trying to talk to the preacher. It was too funny.
He's starting to talk - I can't believe it. If you say "Kisses Jackson" he will say "tisses" and when he sees his pacifier he'll say "pappy". Of course, he still says dada every time he sees ben but will only say mama if he's really upset. Isn't that just the way it goes?
Last week I started transitioning Jackson into going to sleep by himself. I know what some of you are thinking...good grief, he's 9 1/2 months old! But to be honest, I have really enjoyed our quiet time together before his naps and bedtime. It's such a special, peaceful time that we had together and I treasured every minute of it. Our pediatrician told us over 2 months ago to start encouraging him to sleep on his own and since Ben decided to make the bed a play ramp (and now all Jackson wants to do is roll off the bed) I felt it was time to start the process. One week later, we went through our bedtime routine (still jam-packed with kisses and snuggling), I laid him down, gave him kisses and left the room...and he's asleep...all by himself. I'll admit it - it makes me a little sad. He's growing up way too fast...can somebody put a heavy book on his head or something?
I love being his mom - what a blessing God gives us in children.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Jackson LOVES the girls and had the best time playing with them.
Catherine: Olivia:He also enjoyed the peaches PawPaw brought - mostly throwing them around the house. He did however get to take his first bite of a real peach and he liked it much better than the ones in the jar...can't imagine why ;) The box of peaches kept Jackson busy for a while... (This is NOT the peach he ate... ben had to grab this from him before he tried to eat it)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Then we surprised Nonni with Jackson's new onesie. It says: "No! Means ask Nonni" She loved it :)
They headed out the next day and my best friend Mary got in around 10:30 that night. We were so excited to have her here - we haven't seen her since December of 2007! We had planned on leaving the next day to visit Ben's grandmother and then head to Gina's but Wednesday night Jackson was up most of the night with his teeth...poor guy. We recently had tooth number 5 come in with little to no problems...tooth 6 on the other hand not so much.
The next day wasn't much better so we decided it would be better for Jackson (and everyone involved) if we just stayed home. While everyone was enjoying their delicious grilled feast, Ben and I had a turkey sandwich...Mary had some cheezits (her favorite, don't be concerned for her). Jackson got to feeling better Saturday and we had a very relaxing (read: no makeup, pajamas all weekend), very fun time with Mary until she left on Sunday. Dad came by on Monday on his way and Jackson loved visiting with him too - yay for not freaking out around new people (or people he hasnt seen in a while). Instead, he's just a big show off giving kisses, hugs and showing everyone how he can pull up on everything, walk down the couch in 1.2 seconds and throw his toys across the room.
We loved having everyone come over and see us and I'm pretty sure we never got this many visitors at our old house... maybe now more people will come visit - we love company!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Ben is an amazing dad. I've said it before and I'll say it plenty more before it's all said and done. You know those people who don't care who is watching them or who might be keeping score - that's ben. He plays with jackson, hugs on his neck and creates lasting memories with his son because it's the desire in his heart to do so. I love that about him. I love that my son has such an amazing father - such an amazing man to look up to as he grows up in the ever changing, unsteady world around him. I can rest easy knowing that my children have a rock in their dad. He's never too busy for jackson...never has 'better' things to do. Ben has always been this way with me and it is no different for his little boy.
To say that Jackson loves spending time with ben is an understatement...it probably has something to do with the fact that ben celebrates the 'wild man' in jackson...the wildness that God puts in all little boys.
The two of them have their own daddy and bear club and I'm pretty sure there are no girls allowed. They are always doing crazy things, coming up with new games, new adventures and their latest definitely takes the cake.
Ben made a ramp of pillows at the edge of our bed that he showed jackson how to roll down...of course he was hooked from the first roll. As a mom, I'll have to admit, the first time I saw him doing it I wanted to put an end to it right there...but then I saw the excitement and the joy in his eyes so I just walked away and let the boys be boys.
I love having my boys - it just doesn't get much better.