June 28, 2010

chunky monkey

Today Jackson had his 1 month check-up and the boy is doin just fine. He is exactly 5 weeks today, weighs 12 lbs. 4 ounces and is 23 inches long. This puts him in the 97th percentile! Suprisingly, his head is in the 50th percentile. Considering the size of his dad & mom's head this is a shocker. It was rumored that our baby would need a kick stand to hold up his head...

who you callin chunky?
Milk does a body good. I wonder if it has anything to do with the pretzel m&m's I have been crushing? Go try these now please.

June 26, 2010

Skinnamarink e-dink e-dink

Kids tv shows are so weird. I remember watching the Bozo Show. I would have given anything to get on that show knowing I could make the ball into the last bucket for a 'crisp $100 bill.' I am guessing he did not freak me out as much as he does now.
The other day while trying to quiet the baby, I racked my brain for sweet lullabies to grace him with. Out popped 'skinnamarink e-dink e-dink, skinnamarink e-doo, I love you.' What an awesome song and what an awesome show. I hope they play reruns of The Elephant Show.

June 24, 2010

1 month!

I am the mom of a one month old! This past month has been wonderful - not restful, not easy, not what I thought it would be - but wonderful. I am so blessed with this healthy chunk of a boy, his handsome father, and gracious families and friends always eager to lend a hand.
He has started to look around a lot, notices my voice and knows what he can get from me. He has started to sleep in 3 hour spurts at night but is not a fan of taking naps in the morning. He can stay awake all day if we can get a little snooze in the evening. He has just about grown out of his cradle that is beside our bed. I cannot imagine putting him in his room upstairs, just yet! I find myself thinking I can't wait until he can do this, or that. Then I think of that awful country song, 'Your gonna miss this...'

lovely lickin

Contrary to what I was thinking, Greta has been great since Jackson arrived. I don't think she understands what is going on, but knows she is not allowed to bother me while feeding, she can't sneak away with his dirty diapers, and no licking (she sneaks them in every moment she can). Otherwise she has definitly chilled out since he has been here. The late night feedings and all morning cry sessions aren't just taking a toll on this mama.

I can't stop buying cheesy onesies

house protector

just 'resting' my head...

June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Jackson could barely sleep he was so excited about Father's Day! He has been screaming with joy over his wonderful dad this morning. We have a big day ahead with Farris family father's day luncheon and Winslow family father's day dinner. We provide the location they bring the food, maybe this could become a tradition. :) First things first... coffee is back.

Happy 1st Father's Day - My favorite spot to sleep.
My #1 grandads trying to get the first look at me in the hospital.

June 19, 2010


good friends = good food = good bellies = bad pregnancy weight loss

Family and friends have been feeding us like crazy. I don't think we have gone a night without some delicious casserole, pasta, mexican, and finished it off with dessert. Fellow new mama created a spreadsheet where people could sign up to bring us dinner on different nights, it has been awesome. http://www.foodtidings.com/

This has not helped me out in the post pregnancy weight loss. I swore to myself I wouldn't be one of those people who gained 50 lbs. during pregnancy. My doctor, a chunky male, advised me to gain about 30. Well, I only gained 49, so take that doc (good thing the little munchkin was 10 days early), and it was fun. I did not have morning sickness and craved cookies, ice cream, hibachi, spaghetti, etc. etc. etc. The first 2 weeks after Jackson the weight melted off with me grubbin out and all, 30 lbs, gone like that. This past week, I gained a pound, whoops. So here I am, gonna take baby steps, but I will not gain any more weight, and these last 19 are going down!

disclaimer - i am starting on Monday.

June 16, 2010


Who says little girls are more fun to dress up than little boys? All little boys need a pair of 'jorts' for the summer. These Huggies Jeans Diapers will definitly make an appearance on Jackson sooner than later. Speaking of, have you seen the new PajamaJeans? Very tempting...

now weighing in at 10 lbs and 2 ounces with way more hair than my daddy

June 14, 2010

some weekend firsts...

This weekend I took my first trip to Wilson for aunt Natalie's graduation. I like riding in the car, I can get some good napping done. I lost my umbilical cord (no worries Greta found it) and got to take my first bath. My mom was very excited when I went for 4 whole hours without eating. I also met lots more family!

Happy Graduation Natalie!
My dad's God daughter, my somehow cousin Mary - I do love you, I was just a little hungry.
Thanks mom for cropping this picture.

June 13, 2010


We have had lots of wonderful visitors over the past few weeks and I have tried to get some nice photos to hopefully one day go in a photo album. This picture just trips me out -

pretty aunt Emily, intrigued cousin Farris, apparently very hungry Jackson, sleepy chunkstar mom
better luck next time

June 11, 2010

world cup

I am pretty excited about all the hype over the World Cup this year. I think Jackson and I will be watching our fair share of games over some good feedings. USA! I wonder if he will play soccer like his mama or football like his daddy or like sports at all. Until then...

June 8, 2010

I got tits, can you milk me?

Name that movie.
Jackson has taken a strong liking to these, making his daddy proud. We went to the doctor today for a 2 week weight check up and he is up to 9lbs. 5 ounces. Since his appointment last week he has gained 2 ounces a day! The boy can put it down.
After the c-section Jackson had to go to the nursery as they finished stitching me up. When I was in the recovery room the nurse asked if I was planning on breast feeding and could she put him on my chest because he was going crazy with his sucking instinct, boom, he latched right on and hasn't turned back. This mama is about to give the breast pump a try in hopes of a little relief. It's true what they say, milk does a body good.

June 6, 2010


That's what I love about Sunday. Charlie's day off, a welcoming day of rest for our new little family.

June 4, 2010

the good stuff

Jackson made me take his picture with this outfit on.

June 2, 2010


Today is Jackson's due date and I am so glad he did not make it this far! Last Sunday at this time I was doing some cleaning, installed the car seat, and enjoying some Q Shack for dinner. When I think back it is like I secretly knew the baby was gonna be here very soon but I just didn't want to admit it to myself. Sunday night at 12:45am my water broke. I had just been to the bathroom and was trying to make myself comfortable back in bed when woosh it came streaming out. I got up quickly and went to the bathroom in somewhat disbelief. Without skipping a beat Charlie called the doctor for me and started throwing whatever he could think of into the hospital bag. We called our parents and told them we were headed in and would be in touch with any news from the doctor. I was about 4 cm. dialated when we got there and contractions started kicking in pretty quickly. For some reason I decided to wait on an epidural for a little while. It did not take long for the nurse to check on me at just the right time, 'how long does it take for you to get an epidural in me?!' Around 4:30 am I was 6-7 cm. dialated and resting comfortably in the bed listening to his hearbeat on the monitor. I was just thinking how great this epidural was when I started to feel the contractions again. I figured they must be getting really strong, 5 minutes later - really really strong. I called the nurse in and let her know something was not right. They tried to give me another dosage but it did not work. That is when the 'natural birth' began. I quickly dialated to 10 cm. and the doctor told me it was time to start pushing. This was a relief, to finally be able to do something. It went on for about 3 hours, all the while I am thinking why is it taking so long? The doctor said he just was not making his way down correctly and a c-section may be the way to go but it was completely up to me. I had no problem at all with the c-section and we headed into surgery. One hour later I heard the sweet hollerin of a big ol baby boy!

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