Monday, November 29, 2010

Sleep?

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This is what a rough night with baby looks like.



I'd show you what I look like... but I don't want to scare you.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

For this new morning with its light,
Father, we thank Thee,
For rest and shelter of the night,
Father, we thank Thee,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson



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Two more thankful parents would be hard to find.

Our blessings are many.

Our hearts are full.

Our faith is uplifting.

Our cup runneth over.

God is so good.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Baby Gear

A few months ago I thought these baby products were silly and ridiculous.




Now...

I'm not saying I'm going to go buy any of them.

I'm just saying, I get it.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

10 Months

Kherington Grace, you are ten months old today!

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Sweet baby girl, at ten months old...

You weigh about 22.5 pounds

You are about 27.75 inches tall

You cruise, walk with a walker, and stand on your own for a few seconds

You say "kitty," which blows our minds!

You sign "milk," "all done," and "more"

You love to nurse and aren't shy about it

You crawl around with a sock in your mouth for hours... usually chasing the cat

You love playing with clothing... burrowing in the dirty laundry pile or destroying stacks of clean, folded clothes

You dance to any music, even commercials

You nap at 11:30 and 3:30 most days

You like books... mainly eating them

You make everyone smile with your happy personality!

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

You probably gathered from the last post that Kherington took her first plane ride.

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She and I flew to Tennessee, and it was quite an adventure!

You never know how children will do on a flight… if their ears will hurt, if they will sleep or scream. If they will nurse with all those people around, or have poop explode out of their diaper right when the captain turns on the “fasten seatbelt” sign. But I was up for the challenge.

We got to the airport two hours before departure.

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Good news- We breezed through check-in and security.
Bad news- I had 90 minutes to kill. I did everything I could think of to keep her awake and burn some energy.

She caught many an eye. Most smiled at her and were charmed. I could hear others thinking “Crap, I hope I don’t sit by the baby.”

Flight 1- Delta from San Antonio to Memphis, two hours

Good news- We get to board first.
Bad news- There are still 40 minutes until take-off and this plane is TINY.

I get situated in our miniature seat. I set our goody bags in the seats surrounding us. We meet our seat-mate.

Bad news- He is a huge man.
Good news- He is a grandpa.

In front of us are parents with three children at home. They love the goody bag idea and everyone…all 11 of them… seem relaxed and charmed. I relax.

Kherington is asleep before we even take-off. I freeze, not caring that my back hurts and my butt cheek cramps up. She sleeps an hour and twenty minutes, on her back with her head between my knees and her toes under my chin.

When she wakes she plays, flirts, and snacks.

As we descend, I get nervous about the 25 minutes we have to change planes in Memphis.

Maybe she picks up on this, and she fusses during landing and taxi.

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Everyone is nice about it. We deplane in Memphis.

Good news- Our connecting flight leaves out of the same gate.
Bad news- It is another impossibly tiny plane.

Flight 2- Delta from Memphis to Nashville, one hour

We change a quick diaper and board again. We sit next to a grandma. Kherington is asleep before take-off and sleeps half an hour. When she wakes we read books and eat cheerios.

Bad news- She fusses again during landing and taxi.
Good news- We’ve arrived!

We are visiting my friend Lauren Lea and her baby boy, Luke, in Clarksville.

I thoroughly enjoy making new connections with an old friend. She is a beautiful person, inside and out.

Our children play. We ooh and aah, amazed at how quickly life changes. We eat amazing food, as Lauren Lea is in culinary school.

Good news- The weather and the locale are beautiful.
Bad news- Our four day trip goes too quickly.

Back at the airport, we arrive two hours early. It is CMA week in Nashville, but we make it through check-in and security easily. They do a chemical test on a jar of baby food.

With time to kill, Kherington crawls and cruises around a playground. Playgrounds should be mandatory in every airport

I eat. Kherington steals my sweet potato fries.

She enjoys people watching as much as I do.

Flight 3- American Airlines from Nashville to Dallas, two hours

Bad news- We sit next to 3 young guys.
Good news- They are too hungover and sleep deprived to care about us.

I nurse during take-off. Fifteen minutes later, Kherington is out for an hour and a half. I stare at the seat in front of me. Why don’t I ever remember to get my book out before she falls asleep? I flip through Sky Mall and mentally spend thousands.

When she wakes we play peek-a-boo with the woman behind us and play with the camera.

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We deplane in Dallas and change terminals. Kherington loves the train shuttle!

Our flight is delayed. We crawl around at our gate. We nurse, but several people get a peep show.

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Flight 4- American Airlines from Dallas to San Antonio, one hour

Bad News- American doesn’t let parents board first.
Good News- We sit next to a grandma and great-grandma. We have the bulkhead seats with lots of leg room.

Kherington charms the women, mother and daughter. The mom is 93 years old and sharp as a tack. She tells me about her 9 great grandchildren.

The captain comes on to tell us that we have another twenty minute delay on the tarmac. Just then, an awful smell wafts up from my lap. I’m dreading the lavatory wrestling match ahead of me.

Kherington crawls all over the old ladies, stinky butt and all.

As we finally take off, she falls asleep on my chest. I gaze at her sweet face and know that God loves me.

During the brief seatbelt off period, Kherington is fast asleep with her dirty diaper. So I grin and bear it.

When she wakes, a little boy at the end of the row catches her attention and has her in fits. She giggles and guffaws. It never even crosses my mind that this loud baby laughter might annoy some travelers. I think it is the most beautiful sound on earth.

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Good news- We arrive and I find a nifty family bathroom to change her diaper.
Bad news- I only have two wipes.

We get our luggage. I am wearing Kherington and I am carrying the diaper bag, a huge rolling suitcase (with my camera, laptop, and lots of photo props inside), and an unwieldy car seat bag.

Good news- A coworker dropped my car in short term parking for me.
Bad news- It is in the furthest possible spot. I lug and haul and huff and puff.

We make it to the car, strap ourselves in, and both sigh! We did it!

Things I learned…
Bribery will get you far.
A sleeping baby makes everyone happy.
You don’t need to bring as much in your carry-on as you think. Except wipes, double up on those.
We have an amazing, easy-going baby!
I can’t wait for future travels.

For future travels when KherBear is too heavy to carry (so like, tomorrow!), I have my eye on this...

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P.S. During the writing of this post, Kherington learned how to pull the power cord out of the back of my laptop… and she did so THREE times. Deep breath, count to ten, deep breath…

Monday, November 8, 2010

Packed

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What does all this mean?



I'll be back in a week to tell you all about it!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

So long, Summer!

It is November in South Texas, and it just got cold.

We had an Indian Summer.

But then, we pretty much always do.

Just last week we had a gorgeous day in the 90's.

Kherington and I decided to send summer off in style.

Texas girl style...

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Thunder Thigh style...

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silly splashin' style....

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Next summer we will be ready to run and play and swim!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Perfect Present

The economy sucks.

Money is tight for most everyone.

Skip is building his own business from scratch.

Not to mention the busted vacuum and the fridge on the fritz.

So as the holidays approach, I'm planning on finding the perfect present... but this year I'm shopping smart.

I want to buy all gifts with cash only. No charging.

I want to buy affordable presents, purchased with thought.

Giving is fun, shopping is not.

You already know that I prefer shopping online. {bah humbug? sure, the first trip to the mall is jolly and cheerful with the music and the merry people... but that quickly morphs into long lines, lugging boxes, fighting for parking spots, spending more than planned, heavy bags that cut off your circulation at the wrist, snapping an aggravated child in and out of the car seat, wandering about aimlessly seeing if anything for Aunt Suzie just magically appears, fighting traffic, and impulse buys for yourself or your crazy cute kid. or maybe that's just me...}

So I'm going to take advantage of things like Amazon Mom, where you get free 2 day shipping. Or ebates.com, where you get cash back for shopping on sites you were already going to shop on.
I'm going to support sites like Etsy where stay at home moms make personalized, handmade, unique creations. They have something for everyone!

I'm going to support small businesses. Especially ventures that my friends are invested in... like my friend Courtney that sells thirty-one, my friend Darcy that makes cute baby clothes, or my friend Erin that makes jewelry. {You should support your local photographer!}

I'm going to support good causes. I love this site, where purchases raise money for breast cancer research, the rainforest, child health, literacy, world hunger, and animal rescue.

I'm going to handmake some of my presents.

Flea markets, thrift stores, eBay, and kids resale shops aren't out of the question, either.

So bring on the shopping!

{but not the stress!}

What are you doing differently this year?

What tips or treasures do you have to share?

Please tell me you aren't one of the fools out shopping at 6 a.m. on black Friday...

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