Thursday, June 30, 2011

Random Sweet Pictures

E loves eating and playing at Chick-Fil-A

Riding the car backwards. Don't you love her scowl?

She is about to kick N out of the car. She crawled into the wagon and is about to go in the car all by herself...little sneak!

Such a monkey! I can't keep her from crawling on top of everything!

She loves playing with her best bud N.

Reading her favorite book that Daddy gave her, "Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb"

Busy playing toys

I love her expression. And as a side note, she only started using binks when she stopped nursing. I fought her for a year to take that thing. And now that she is a year old I can't keep it away from her! aaghhhh

I love these sweet little moments when she falls asleep while I am holding her

It makes sweet moments like these tolerable

Her favorite thing to chew on.....Mommy's Headphones

Look Mom, I can crawl onto and sand on the couch all by MYSELF!

Another sleeping picture, I don't think I can ever get enough

E doesnt really like swimming

But that is okay she has time to learn to love it as much as I do

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Exploring the park

E has been walking for about a month now. Now that she can get around, I let her explore the park. She loves going up and down the stairs

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day

This is D's second Fathers Day. Last year E was 3 days old on Fathers Day and because of that I didn't get him anything else for Fathers Day. I completely forgot about it until the day hit. But he said it was okay because he got an ol' baby for Father's Day.

Recently he has been going to the library and checking out John Steinbeck books like crazy so I bought him like 6-7 books to start a Steinbeck collection. Even though I never did like Grapes of Wrath...

We went to Groesbeck this weekend to celebrate E's birthday and Father's day. E was horrible at night. She doesn't sleep well in the pack in play unless we have a comforter in there. And she has to be in a seperate room. So she was crying a lot. And everytime D went to get her; he would cuddle with her and get her back to sleep then put her back in her playpen. Neither of us got sleep, but I never had to get out of bed for once. It was nice. He is such a good husband and Daddy.

I am so glad that E is part of our lives and love learning how to be a good mother to her. I am also very thankful to have such a good husband who loves his daughter and shows her every minute how much he loves her.

Friday, June 17, 2011

E 1st Birthday

Happy Birthday Princess! It has been a great year. We love you!
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Thursday, June 16, 2011


Here is my memorial for my late dog, Tobyssss Cahill. (Somewhere through the months, he changed from Toby to Tobyssss) He was loved and will be missed by us all. RIP Tobyssss.

I have always loved small dogs. In fact, it all started when my best friend got a small itty bitty dog when we were 7. The dog was a small white fluffy thing, and her name was Molly. I fell in love with her. She was so precious in comparison to my big lab, Caleb. But alas, my mother was against having a dog all together and my father was against house dogs. So I watched and loved others cute small dogs. Then I grew up and I found a new love, Dalmatians. But by that point it was hopeless to get a dog in my family. My mother had put the skids to that. So I grew up some more.

I went to college, got married, got a job, and decided to have a baby. I was 7 months pregnant and so were all my friends. Literally. I started to get really anxious for my baby and started looking into dogs again. It seemed like everyone I knew had a dog and a baby, so why couldn't I. Only now I knew I was unfortunately allergic to many species including Chiwawa's. Which happened to be David's favorite dog. So I researched out the cute cuddly small dogs that are hypo-allergenic. Yorkies were top on the list. And they just happened to be incredibly cute! So I looked for one, they were all around 800 big ones to buy! I was incredulous, who has that kind of money for a dog???? I was devastated, and for a 7 month pregnant lady that was the understatement. I started plotting how to get this expensive dogs into my ownership...I drove David crazy.

2 weeks into my search, David was talking to his mom and she had a friend who worked in the Limestone County Animal Rescue Center. She said she would keep a lookout for Yorkie, but they don't come by too often, they are just too cute. Well I guess someone was really looking out for me because later that night she called and said a Yorkie was coming in the very next day and we had to tell her right then and there if we wanted it. I was shocked. I mean all of a sudden my dream was becoming a reality and I didn't know what to do. I didn't even know what this dog looked like! So, of course, I hastily said YES! We want him!

2 weeks after that, Easter weekend, April 1st we drove up to Groesbeck and met our little Toby. He was 4 years old and as adorable as could be. I loved him!

Some things Toby liked:
1. Long walks, he could never just pee on one tree, he had to mark every single dang tree and bush for as long as we walked
2. Dog treats; bacon and chicken strips were his favorite
3. Puking on our floor, (thank goodness they were tile!) once he even managed to bring back up half a ham...don't want to know where he found it!
4. Being pet on the head, if you weren't petting him enough, he let you know

I cuddled him and petted him all the time. He even snuggled with me on the bed! Well for a month. But then reality set in. I am having a baby. I don't want Toby around a newborn baby. I know he doesn't shed and he is hypo-allergenic...but she will be so little and her immune system so weak. So Toby got rules.
1. No bed
2. Eat in Bathroom only
3. Stay away from baby

Needless to say he had it kind of rough for E's first few months. Constantly being ignored and kicked to the floor. But he did learn not to get on bed when I was around. (He still did jump on with David if he thought I wasn’t looking)

But then E started to get bigger and by the time she could crawl, 6 months, she had a real interest in Toby. She loved him. He didn't like her mobility very much though. She would crawl over to him and pull his hair, especially his whiskers. She would smack down on him. We kept teaching her how to be soft, but she hadn't quite grasped it yet.

Then a month ago, E started to walk and crawl up on the couch and into his cage...poor toby'ssss lost all his privacy. E's favorite activity was to chase him down and "eat" him. She put his paw in her mouth once. I think she was giving him kisses. She also would whine to be picked up if she saw him in your lap. So we would pick her up and then he would run off, so she would beg to be put back down. She truly loved that dog. She was always watching him.

Toby was a well trained dog. He loved us and we loved him. However, as with all stories, it must come to an end. Tragedy struck on Wednesday June 15, 2011. Toby went out to take care of business and didn't even leave the yard before 2 big dogs came and attacked him. D rushed out to see what was going on and found poor Toby just laying there dead. He petted him a few last times and buried him in our yard with his favorite blanket.

Toby you were a great dog and I bawled when I heard what happened. I know you were loved. I am grateful for the chance we had to bond and be together. E, D and I will miss you greatly! May you Rest in peace and may we meet again.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Neck Pain

Now that I am not in as much pain I can blog about this. Thursday I woke up with mild pain in my neck. I couldn't turn my neck right without too much pain. So I bought a contour pillow and a heat pad. All was going well till 5:30 am and I jerked my head spontaneously. I felt paralyzed any movement my body made searing, horrible pain. It was one of those moments I wanted to have my husband to help me. It took me half an hour to get the courage to get out of bed. It was horrible.

Needless to say I was talked into working the day, despite not being able to move or lift anything. I mean seriously how am I supposed to watch four kids, one of which has to be carried? Okay well she can walk, but I still have to pick her up into crib, diaper changing stations, and high chair....

Blessing of the Day: D had E for the day. He was supposed to take her to her one year appt, which was cancelled 30 min before...grr...

Oh anyway I was all doped up on Ibuprofen and heat packs. I finally got back to the minor "just can't turn right" pain.

It was time to go home now. And somehow I made the long 2 hour drive all the way through Houston to Beaumont without killing someone hiding in my blind spot that I couldn't see.

Skip forward to Tuesday night. Yes it has been 6 days since the pain began. Is it gone? No.

When will the pain go away????


This afternoon all the kids were asleep but E. I was cleaning the kitchen and she was just walking around. Next thing I knew she was hitting the back door. So I went to get her shoes. As soon as she saw her shoes she sat down and grinned as I put them on.

After a little while maybe 15 minutes, she walked over to the door again to let me know she was ready to go back inside.

E was eating dinner tonight. Crackers and Ravioli, yumm. She was eating and had a sippy cup with water. All was going well until she started her loud screeching. I looked at her and she held her hand out to me palm up and squeezed her fingers open and closed in and out of a fist. I was wondering what she was doing when she rotated her hand 90 degrees, while still squeezing. Okay ASL people what is that sign? MILK! Yes my baby signed that she wanted MILK!!!!

Score 1 for E! I was so proud of her. I ran to get her bottle of milk and she drank happy.

When she screamed again I ran through her signs that we have been working on; milk, water, food, and when I signed more, she clapped her hands. I wasn't sure, so I did it one more time and she clapped again, so I gave her more. It was so neat to communicate with my baby who I guess isn't quite a baby anymore.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


1st year molars suck. E has had a fever all weekend. Last night she woke up at 1:00 screaming. So being the nice mother and wife that I am I sent D to go check on her. He came back a little later and told me she had a fever of 102!

So 30 min and a dose of Ibuprofen and 5 oz of milk later she was back in bed.

And I stayed home from church to take care of my baby who slept from 10-1.

Poor baby feel better soon

Monday, June 6, 2011

Grand Auto Theft and Teeth

E has become a thief.

Or better yet a hijacker. :)

Yeah my baby is brutal.

On top of that she has become very whiney unless she is cuddling. Which makes for lots of reading time. Because she loves books. She just sits there and points at the pictures, it is too cute. Anyway I knew she was getting a bottom tooth, but doing a finger sweep I found two top molars :O Poor baby getting three teeth at once! But at least she will be able to chew more food now. And now we can say she has 9 teeth, before she is 1 year old.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Playing outside

E loves to play outside.
She has figured out how to climb in

Sit down

and climb out

Here she is crawling through a tube at the park. She thought this was the best!

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We went to the Zoo on Saturday. We left the house at E's naptime so she would sleep in the car and be happy at the zoo. Ten minutes in the car ride I turned around and found this.

Guess she was tired of the sun shining in her eyes when she wanted to be sleeping :)

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Daddy Time

E spent the week with Daddy last week. All week. I didn't get to see my baby girl for 4 1/2 days :( I missed her so much. But while she was gone, I had four other kids to watch during the day. And then from 5 pm till bedtime I was a free woman. No kids, no husband... :) I read and watched a lot of TV.
I should of been blogging. Whoops!

I also got my hair cut and colored, I love it!

When I got home on Friday this is what I found!

When did my baby grow up? She is no longer a baby but a toddler!