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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Growing up...

Autumn is growing up SO much faster than I want her to. Ive known this since the day we brought her home from the hospital, but today, it hit me.

A friend of mine is pregnant with her second baby, a girl. This is her first girl. I told her she was more than welcome to come and go through all the clothes that I have and she could take what she wanted/needed. I had 4 bins full. She walked out of here with a garbage bag full! Im glad. Autumn's not wearing them anymore, I kept the outfits that really meant something to me and I just couldnt part with and I have plenty more that she didnt take!

But, as she was looking through all those clothes all I could think of was the memories I have of Autumn in each of those outfits. Even if she wore it once, I remember. Some of the outfits she had, I hated. She maybe wore it once, around the house and that was it, but some of those outfits I absolutely loved. I probably have pictures of her in just about all of them. But watching Carrie walk out with all of that stuff made me realize just how big Autumn is getting and how much I really miss the 'baby stage'.

To be honest, I cried when I watched it all leave the house. Dont get me wrong, like I said, im glad someone is getting use out of it all instead of it all just sitting up in the attic but there's that slight thought of 'what if our next is a girl as well?' Then I remember how much shopping I did for Autumn at that age and remember theres no need to worry, even if we do have another girl, she'll still have PLENTY of clothes!

Each day Autumn is learning or saying something new and im always telling her to SLOW DOWN and like every child and teenager, she doesnt listen. I just wish that she would nuzzle up to my chest and fall asleep while we watched TV together like she did 9 months ago. I wish she wasnt capable of telling me 'no' all the time. I love that she can communicate more but that means ill never hear that 'baby babble' from her again. I thought I was capturing all the cute baby moments well, but looking back, I feel like I missed a lot. I want my little bean back!

I know there are many women out there who hated when their kids were infants. They are so glad the baby stage is over, but I actually really enjoyed it. Of course the little sleep was no fun, but I would do it again in a heartbeat just to have her be a baby again....

So...here's to hoping that our next baby (whenever that may be) will be a boy and ill walk out of Carrie's house with a garbage bag full of baby boy clothes :)

Family Pictures

Thanks to a WONDERFUL, dear friend of ours who is building up her photography portfolio, we had family pictures done a week or so ago. They turned out beautiful! Here are just some of our favorites...


So, Autumn has been going to 'school' (aka Parents Day Out) for about 4 months now. Its only 2 days a week for 6 hours a day. She did great to begin with aside from not sleeping. But now, separation anxiety has set in BAD and she has huge break downs sometimes as soon as we walk into her classroom. I know she's at the age where this issue shows its ugly face, but im over it! I cant stand to hear her cry out for me when im two doors down. It just breaks my heart. I try my hardest to sneak out while she's not looking and from time to time I can get out of there without any tears from her, but its rare. After 15 minutes or so, she's fine. I always swore I wouldnt be one of those mothers who constantly worried about her child while in the care of someone else you trust, but I cant help it. I find myself checking in her classroom 5 or so times a day (while trying to hide at the same time).

Just to let you know, I DO NOT show up to her 'school' to check on her :) I just so happen to work there :) Its been great. Im in the same building as Autumn, I know the ladies who care for her everyday and im just 2 doors down if sometimes happens to her. Its a blessing and somewhat of a curse all at the same time. It'll be interesting to see her in my class if we stay in OK long enough!

When I first started out at this job, I was just a substitute and I just so happened to be in her class for about 3 weeks. I learned how everything works, I know what she's doing at what time and I learned the 'tricks' for her in that environment. Things like, having to hide her behind a partition just so she'll take a nap. Even if it is only 30 minutes!

All in all, I think this is a great experience for both of us. She's meeting new friends, learning how to be away from me and im learning to be away from her and getting some adult interaction. Its also just enough work that im not worn out at the end of the week and hate my job. I love my class and actually look forward to going back the next day :)

Saturday, June 19, 2010


Autumn has never been one to be fussy while teething. I NEVER know when she has another tooth coming in unless I see it or she actually lets me get my finger in there and feel around.

So needless to say, I though she only had 7 teeth. 4 on the bottom and 3 on top. Well, I was wrong. Its seems as though she has about 9 teeth and has 2 molars coming in! Seriously? I feel like a bad mom for not even noticing. But I will admit, the fact that it doesn't even phase her is pretty nice :) I noticed these new teeth while brushing them last night, which is one of Autumn's favorite things to do. As soon as she sees the tooth brush she opens her mouth up wide and giggles the whole time. Hopefully it'll be that easy in her rebellious years!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New words and Major!

So, like I said before, Autumn is learning new words everyday! This morning she brought me a banana and very enthusiastically said 'nana. nummy!'. She clearly wanted that banana, and she got it :) She also pointed right at Majors tennis ball and said 'ball' then proceeded to pick it up and throw it right at Majors face. Thank goodness her big brother is used to getting hit in the head seeing as he is horrible at catching!

Speaking of Major, he celebrated his 4th birthday last month. Well, we actually have no idea when his birthday is. Charles and I adopted Major from the Pitt County Humane Society on August 12, 2006. We were told he was 3 months old. So we decided to celebrate his birthday on May 12, which was 3 months before we adopted him. We normally take him to get a hotdog from Sonic but never were able to do it this year. Maybe that'll be whats for dinner tomorrow!?!?!!

Major a few days after we adopted him!

April 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Congratulations Charles!

A HUGE congratulations to my wonderful husband, Charles on his promotion last Tuesday! He is no longer a LT. Autumn and I are so proud of him!!!

During a ceremony at Charles' battalion, Charles removed his LT rank and put on a Capt. rank. I put his Capt rank on his beret and tried my best to put it on his head, which was somewhat difficult since im a whole foot shorter than him. Following the ceremony I fed about 30 soldiers brisket and smoked sausage. The day went off without a hitch and now we dont have to worry about another ceremony for at least 5 years!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Autumn's Vocabulary

Autumn is just talking up a storm these days, and everyday she is learning something new. I thought I would make a list of the words she says and what she really means and add to the list as she learns new words. I think it would be a cool thing to be able to look back on in about 20 years :)

Oof Oof=woof woof/puppy/any kind of animal

She also clearly says:
Night Night
Uh Oh
Sit (which Major does whenever he hears her!)
Thank You

She can sign 'more' and 'all done'. We're working on 'please' but she just gets frustrated and gives up quickly.