Thursday, December 17, 2009

At Least Someone Is Resting Around Here...



I apparently missed William's "tired cues." Oops!

Well friends, sorry about the lack of blogging lately. Things have been crazy busy at the Patterson household. I have been tending to all things Christmas: wrapping presents, baking for family that is soon to arrive, and decorating our house and tree!

William has been doing great! He is just growing like a weed. He is JUST about to roll over. I know any day now I am going to walk in his room, look over into his crib and he's going to be on his belly with his face in the mattress. I will probably have a heart attack when this happens so it's good that I'm prepared : )

In other news, he has discovered his hands, along with a special affinity for his thumb. He sucks it so hard and so much that it turns beet red. I definitely don't mind it all, since it seems to calm him when he's fussy AND entertain him when he's bored. What's not to love? I guess the hard part will be breaking him of this bittersweet habit in the future.

For Christmas we are headed to Jacksonville, FL to visit with my family. I am sooooo looking forward to seeing my mom, dad, Brad, Carey and the boys! William is going to really enjoy the warm weather, along with all the "action" going on around him. I'll be sure to take lots of pictures and hopefully remember to post them : )

Merry Christmas to you! Enjoy your holiday!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Happy Thursday

....from the little guy:



He's changing so much already! I have noticed lately that he now has more substantial, darker eyebrows; tears when he cries; and boogers in his nose. I guess he's growing up now....sniff sniff : ) I'm not ready!

We just came in from sitting outside in the sunshine. I put William in his pumpkin seat while I sat in a chair and read. I read him Romans 12. He seemed to like it- based on the fact that he did not cry. Ha!

Andrew and I got a little taste of heaven last night. I made a D-E-L-I-S-H pork tenderloin, called Mojo Pork Tenderloin. Andrew and I thought it was great for everyday AND for when guests come over. It was so tender, it was just falling off the serving fork. We decided that: delicious pork + great glass of wine + sleeping baby = little slice of heaven for mommy and daddy. I will definitely be fixing this again (especially when Publix has their pork tenderloins on special!).

Mojo Pork Tenderloin - scroll down and you'll see it!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Family, Friends, Football and the Fair

I just polished off a slice of freshly baked pumpkin bread paired with a hot cup of coffee. Not a bad start to my day!

Let's see....this past weekend we had Andrew's family in town. We did a lot of watching:




Both of William and of college football. If you did not see/hear about the UT v. AL game, you must live in a hole. It was so good. What a game! Can you tell who we are for? The amount of orange in the room was hilarious. Even the Sadie Lady wore an orange ensemble:




Gracie showed off her Halloween costume:



On Sunday, the Capstickdales and the Bantas came over to visit with us and the Pattersons. We ended up laying the two munchkins down side by side for a photo op:



Then Rylee and William just sorta grabbed hands.....outta nowhere:


Just kidding, we staged that.





After lots of admiring, we headed out to the Town Fair with the Bantas.



William had a BLAST at the Fair. He opened his eyes for maybe 2 minutes, then fell asleep and slept through the whole thing:





Not surprising, as it was during his "sleeptime."

So then I put him in the sling:


In other news for the week:

running: I ran for the first time since giving birth yesterday. Yall, I felt like a fat lady with everything a jigglin' and movin' as I'm running down the street! I haven't used those muscles in about 10 months and today, they are none too happy about it.

Paula Deen: I baked two loaves of pumpkin bread out of Paula Deen's cookbook. YUM YUM! I'm sure this doesn't help the above mentioned activity.

supper: I need to cook more of it. I love to cook but William loves to play right during dinner prep time. I am trying to figure out how to do both simultaneously.
That's all for now! Gotta fold laundry!

Boo!



Happy Monday!

We had a great (and busy) weekend! More on that to come SOON! Promise!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More Pics From the Weekend

**If you have not read the post before this, please stop and do that now. Or else, these will just be a bunch of random pictures!













**All photos courtesy of Annie : )

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Brrrrr......

It's cold outside, yall!



This weekend we welcomed Annie into our home for a delightful weekend visit.



William LOVED her.

We had a BLAST chatting, making inside jokes, shopping and eating brownies! She is preggo (woo hoo!) so she got to see a glimpse of her future life with a baby! I can't wait to find out if she's having a boy or a girl, but more importantly to meet her sweet little bundle of joy. Now granted, she's 17 weeks along, but I'm still anxious.

She taught us a little something too - a new playtime activity:



Playing on our (temporary) changing table! William loved to just lay there and kick and look all around. Once you get passed the changing of the diaper, he enjoys being there!



Kid has some serious eyelashes! What a stud.

Aunt Annie also crocheted William a blanket too!! A beautiful green and cream one. In case you missed him, William was wrapped up in it in the very first picture on this post.



Mmm....so soft and cozy!!!

Last week I also began working on the side a little. I am going to keep the books for two local small companies. I won't list them for privacy reasons : ) I hope you understand; I don't want any weirdos hunting me down.

I hope to make a little extra cha ching and be able to do it on my schedule (aka William's!).

Ok, that's all for now. Until next time....

Thursday, October 15, 2009

They Call Me...

Since I've been at home now for 5 weeks or so with William I have been able to determine my real role as a stay at home mom. Sometimes being a mom is great, other times are not so great. But I love my little boy. He is so sweet and cuddly. He just melts my heart when I look at his little face.

I digress.

Below is a quick list that states what my resume "description of duties" would look like:

Urine Target
Hiney Wiper
Poop Analyzer
Nursery Rhyme Singer/Performer
Gas Eliminator
Milk Manufacturer

These are just some of my duties that I perform throughout the day. Glamorous? No. Rewarding? YES. He's totally worth it. And then some.

Now to completely change subjects to this past weekend. William's great grandmother came in town to meet him. He melted her heart too:



And William's great aunt got to see him as well.



This is about 10 seconds before he spit up on her. See, the thing is, he hardly ever spits up. He really only does on new, unsuspecting guests.

Great, now I've scared you all away. Don't let that deter you from coming and visiting. We provide burp cloths to company now.

It's Thursday afternoon as I sit here and type and drink my afternoon coffee. A sleeping baby and a cup of coffee is just so relaxing. I better go and take advantage of the rest of nap time. Toodles!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Mind the Sign

Now that I'm a protective motherbird I can appreciate these neighborhood signs. I will now let up on the gas and actually watch out for others' little ones!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Hello Friends.


It's me.

And I've got something to say.

I'm really happy first thing in the morning.

I like to move my arms all around.







And smile while mommy fixes her breakfast.



I'm such a happy boy.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Life Is Good

We had our first official "outing" without the baby on Saturday night. My good friend Aimee kept William while Andrew and I attended the wedding of Trey Woodruff and Allison Moore, our friends from church. The wedding was beautiful. We just love them.


Aren't they a great couple? So happy.

But more importantly, we got out. We GOT OUT. Glorious. This picture says it all:

Happy Sunday!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Hold That Head Up High



William is holding his head up now all the time. He loves to look around and stare at everything. He's doing his best to take it all in! Most of all, he loves to look at the sunlight coming through the windows.

He is doing SO good, yall! Like a typical baby, his "routine" is eat, sleep, poop. And on the subject of poop (danger ahead), William can pass some gas!!! When he farts, it's major. Andrew and I just laugh and laugh when he lets it rip. I wish I could record it and play it for everyone. He has no problem getting out that gas, which I am happy about since a lot of babies are gassy and have trouble expelling it.

Something else I've noticed about William: he sure does LOVE his daddy. He and Andrew have an incredible bond. William loves being held and talked to by his daddy. There's something about the way Andrew handles him, it's like some kind of special man connection that I just can't explain.

Pretty much I've just been hanging out at home with William and playing house! No really, this is an adjustment period for us. It's tough work taking care of a newborn. I've been trying to rest when he rests and let go of the idea of having a clean house. My floors are driving me crazy because I haven't mopped them since before I went into labor! But oh well, gonna let that go until I can find some spare time to clean. Nursing has been going well so far, it pretty much rules our lives at this point. The munchkin is nursing every 2.5 - 3 hours during the day and every 3 - 4 hours at night. It's so worth it though, because I know he's getting the best nutrition.

And now for more pictures:




Please note that I am not breastfeeding here, only trying to put the little guy to sleep : )

And last, I wanted share a recipe for something I have simmering on the stove right now. I really don't know what's it's called, but it makes your house smell really good and fallish.

House Smell Good?

1 apple
2-3 c. water
6-8 cinnamon sticks
1 handful of cloves
1 dash of nutmeg
juice from an orange (or OJ is fine too)
splash of vanilla

Simmer in pot on stove and enjoy. YUM!!!!