Monday, December 20, 2010

So Far...

Bowman is 5 months old!

Between the blog and a baby journal I keep on the iPad, I write weekly updates on Baybo, how he's growing and changing and developing. I plan to combine it all into a nice baby book for him to have. AJ has one his mother kept for him and it's so much fun to read all that was going on at the different stages.

So Far...

At Birth: 10pounds 5oz 20inches, size 1 diapers
2 weeks: 10pounds 15oz
3 weeks: wearing size 2 diapers
6 weeks: 12pounds 14oz
9 weeks: can sit up in Bumbo seat!
10 weeks: 15pounds 4oz 25.5inches, cooing up a storm, sucking hands a lot
13 weeks: 16pounds 6oz
14 weeks: likes to "stand"
15 weeks: 17pounds 1oz, needs size 3 diapers
15 weeks: introduced formula into his exclusively breast milk diet
18 weeks: rolled from back to tummy for the first time
20 weeks: exclusively eating formula
21 weeks: 19pounds 27.5 inches. He sits up un-supported!!
22 weeks: had first "real" food; strained peas and apples- loved them!! sweet potatoes... not so much. He is so hungry all the time, it's like the kid is ready for "MEEEEEAT!!"

First sweet potatoes, yuck! would prefer to eat the iPhone instead :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I did it!!!

Without further adieu our 2010 Christmas Card...

I guess it took a verbal bashing from myself to finally get it done. We don't have a great family photo of the three of us that is adequate pixel sizing (thank you iPhone)to use on a card, but who really cares about momma and dada when Baybo is the real star of the show!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bad Mama.

I'm a bad mom. That's how I'm feeling right now. My sweet baby turns 5 months tomorrow, it's our first Christmas with baby Bowman as a family of 3 and guess what?? NO CHRISTMAS CARD!! yet. We went to our photographer for family photos 2 weekends ago and we'll get to see them on Friday evening at the studio, but they're not really Christmas all. Every year I always love making a great photo card, and I at least have tried a few times but all of our photos are from the iPhone and are aren't sized large enough to make a card. I guess we'll be sending out a Happy New Year card. If I can get it together.

and guess what else??

It JUST NOW donned on me that we haven't taken Baybo to have his picture made with Santa!!! It JUST occurred to me that it hasn't occurred to me at all! What's wrong with me?

Bad Mama.

But I did take this adorable video of him in his Santa hat, so I guess that's a good start.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Giants, Ogres and other Fairytale Creatures...that I live with

Hi I'm Allison and I live with an Ogre. Well, I married an Ogre and so that's why I live with one... And then we had a baby, a 10 and a half pound baby who's well on his way to becoming a future Ogre himself . I don't mean Ogre in the ugly, scary, green, shrek kind of Ogre, my husband is after all very handsome. So maybe in technical fairytale terms he's actually a Giant rather than an Ogre. Ogre just sounds so much better, and I like to tease him :)

ok, ok enough with the antics, but there IS no denying that my husband, whom I love to a million pieces, more than anything in the whole entire universe, is very tall and large. At 6'8" 250lbs I never had a reason to notice just how extraordinarily loud my man is, until I just put our baby son to bed and the Ogre decides it's time to walk around, which practically sounds like marching band practice "Boom, Boom, Boom! Thud, Thud!"... oh and did I mention the Ogre's dog? Of course we couldn't have a normal size dog, we have to have the 140lb Bernese Mountain Ogre dog, who makes just as much if not more noise moving about! (I cant blame it entirely on AJ and the dog, our fabulous and charming craftsman high-water bungalow built in 1920 doesn't really help the situation either. With all of the original oak flooring, there are definitely some squeaky spots, and because the first floor of our house is built up a half story above the slab, its louder than a normal home with first floor on-slab.)

I have become that mother, yes friends, I am the "Ssshhhhhhhh!!!!" monster. It's terrible. He stomps through the house "Feeeee-Fiiii-Fooooo-Fuuum!!" and I tip-toe around making a gawd awful "SHHHHHHHH!!" at every noise he makes.

Somebody please help us.

If you ever happen to run across a book titled "Teaching a Giant to Tip-Toe" please pick me up a copy. and also, if you happen to spot another book by the title of "Teaching your Psycho Shhhhuuushing Wife to Chill-the-*heck*-out" I'm sure AJ would be most appreciative.

I leave you with my adorable baby giant, or is it giant baby?... is there a difference? Here is cuteness himself. The "Bee" that we heart.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A little bit of Christmas

I usually spend hours, slowly putting up our Christmas decorations, enjoying each minute of it... well things are no longer as usual! In the interest of NOT stressing myself out, this year decorating was quick quick quick and simple! I spent all my energy on Baybo and had to force myself to get the decorations out of the storage boxes. We got our tree the weekend of Thanksgiving and I got out all of the decoration boxes from storage that weekend... and the boxes have been sitting in our dining room since!! I was so tired, I only put up half of what I typically do, but it's fine by me. My little decorations are up- it feels like Christmas in the house, and that makes me happy! yippeeeee! (now hopefully I can get AJ to put the decoration boxes back into the storage closet this evening:) Here are just a few quick photos I snapped on AJ's iphone...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Angel

And here is the angel listening to Sinatra's Christmas album, feasting on his big toe... nothing like some Ol'Blue Eyes and a nice jucy toe to get into the Christmas spirit! :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Little Slice of Heaven

I believe little bits of heaven surround us everyday, always. They are always there if you choose to see them. I am constantly working and reminding myself to stop. Look around. Enjoy the right now, because it's a wonderful life and after all, none of us are guaranteed anything beyond this very moment. There are no do-overs. Each moment is an opportunity to make a choice what to focus on, whether we are conscious of it or not is up to us.

Here is my little slice of heaven- sitting with Bowman in our front living room cozy by the fire.
I often get tangled up in the fast-paced what's coming next. Let's face it, I'm a busybody to-do list kinda gal and it's easy to forget to stop and appreciate all of the blessings around me. I especially try to focus on this during Christmas time. Christmas is my FAVORITE time of year. But if there ever was a to-do-list time of year, this is it! I have learned that if I don't make a continuous to slow down and soak it all in, then Christmas flies by in a blink of an eyelash! This is a lesson I have come to learn over the past few years when it's the new year and I'm crying because Christmas went by too fast. After the fact, I've realized that I was so busy and stressed out over the things we all know Christmas isn't really about (gifts, decorations, parties etc) which are all fun things but can also easily become my focus and spiral into a big source of stress if I'm not mindful.

I think this lesson I've learned about myself and the Christmas season, is a microcosm of life with a baby- it's so easy to be busy and stressed out all the time- babies grow and change so fast!! If I don't make the conscious effort to stop. refocus. appreciate right now. this precious little being that God gave me to love, nurture and care for- the time flies in the blink of an eye and I don't want to feel like I missed out.

So here's to making the choice to notice the little glimpses of heaven we all have in our lives.

Thanks for listening :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Santa Baybo...

We had a lovely Thanksgiving 4-day weekend. Thanksgiving day was warm and cozy with a delicious perfect turkey AJ cooked on the grill- a skill/talent passed onto AJ by my father. W hile the Bird was roasting, we went for a nice long stroll with the Baybo all bundled up in his bassinet stroller. The day was low key and just what we needed. After Thanksgiving day, I quickly switched gears into full Christmas mode, my FAVORITE time of year!!

On Saturday AJ put up all of our Christmas lights outside and on Sunday we went and got Baybo's first Christmas tree! Bowman was sure to wear his adorable fleece Santa hat for the special occasion, and was delighted to be in his Baby Bjorn with a front row view of the action as we picked out the perfect tree :) AJ put up the Noble Fir in our front living room. Sunday evening after Bowman was asleep, AJ and I put the lights on the tree and I got out the rest of the decorations. It's festive and cozy Christmas time in the Jack household :0D

On another note My Grandaddy Cash is currently in the hospital in Rome, Georgia, I ask anybody reading this to please say a prayer for Max Cash to heal. I do believe in the power of prayer and positive thoughts- please get well soon Grandaddy I love you so much!

I leave you with adorable, sleepy Santa Bowman. Being Santa's cutest little helper is hard work :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Guy!

Pictures of Bowman taken on Monday and Tuesday of this week.
Happy Thanksgiving everybody! xoxo

All photos were taken by Caitlin, Baybo's wonderful lovely nanny! Thank you Caitlin! :)

(Caitlin and Baybo)

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Infant skinny jeans???

I have to rant for a moment. I'm having a lovely evening, Baybo has been asleep for about an hour or so, and I just sat down to do a little online baby clothes perusing.
Am I the only person that doesn't "get" the infant clothes that are out on the market? I, for the life of me can not understand why a mother would put her precious, soft, squishy, cuddly baby in something like skinny jeans!!, or jeans at all for that matter. You've got to be kidding me. They are BABIES for goodness sake and they deserve all things plush, cozy, soft and comfy! Not stiff, rigid and rough, like jeans or cargo pants for crying out loud.
Very soon they will be toddlers at which point this type of clothing will serve more of a purpose but in the mean time please, PLEASE let babies be BABIES! Enjoy them while they are small and helpless, it doesn't last long. Stop dressing them to look like teenagers, they deserve much better and will be big soon enough. There, I'm done :)

One year; a journey of a lifetime!

(photos taken yesterday)

It has been exactly one year since everything changed...

Last year, the Thursday before Thanksgiving at exactly 10:05pm I DISCOVERED I WAS PREGNANT!

Wow! I will never forget the shock/fear/excitement that I felt as I sat staring in disbelief at the lines on the pregnancy test.

On our 5 year anniversary (July 3, 2009), we decided that I should stop my birth control. I never had felt a major "pull" or "call" to be a mother. I sort of just knew inside that I wouldn't be what you would call "ready" for motherhood until I heard AJ say he was ready, and I also knew with our age difference of 5 years that he would be "ready" soon :) so it was decided that I would stop taking the pill and we would see what happened knowing that depending on the individual, it could take months even a year to get pregnant after stopping the pill.
After about a month, I decided to order early detection pregnancy tests from a fertility website, the test strips claimed to detect pregnancy a week sooner than the tests you can buy in the drug store. During the second and third months, I tested and tested and tested, all turning up negative.
The second week of November we had my best friend Esa and her then fiancee, (now husband), Scotty coming to visit. I think I tested all week to make sure it was ok to have a few drinks while they were visiting that weekend. I even tested on the Saturday they arrived, before I knew we would be going out to have fun that night. All tests were negative, negative, negative!!.
I remember I had been feeling funny- bloated, and "fat" (I had no clue what fat really was, ha! :). I remember getting ready to go out with Es and Scott and feeling irritated because my size 26 jeans felt a little snug and I just couldn't figure a reason why... so I wore my 27's instead, ha! Well we went out and had FUN!

I continued to feel just not my self the rest of the week. On Thursday evening I had my three girlfriends Jen, Kyla and Kara Lisa over for a glass of wine and chit-chat. AJ went to the sports bar around the corner from our house to watch a game while the girls were over. At 9:30 my girlfriends went home. I went upstairs to get ready for bed and decided I'd had enough!! what was going on with my body? why did I feel so funny?!? At 9:45 pm I decided to go to Rite Aid two blocks from our house and buy a pregnancy test because I'd used all the ones I had. I knew there was no way I was pregnant because of the "super-ultra" sensitive tests I paid a bunch of money for that turned up nothing but negative, but I just had to be sure. So I headed out and was back home in less than 10 minutes. I knew I was just going out to waste another $20 on a pregnancy test that would just turn up the same as all the others but oh well!! As soon as I got home I took the test.
The following dialoge took place in my head, I was alone in the house, AJ still around the corner at the sports bar...

"Oh of course! Another twenty dollars wasted", I dismissively remarked as I set down the negative pregnancy test on the counter...

"Wait a minute", I thought, "I didn't even look at the instructions to see what a positive/negative is..." at this point Ihad taken so many different manufacturers tests, they all have a different indication...

"Ok, this says horizontal line, horizontal line = negative....vertical line, horizontal line..................positive."

"What?!? positive. vertical....horizontal...POSITIVE!?!? holy goodness!" I think it took me 5 whole minutes to breath. Oh my lord. I. am. pregnant.

I was shaking all over. my trembling hand fetched my cell phone and managed to call my husband. felt like an eternity.....and then he answered.

"Ummmm.......hi. Are you coming home soon? ok, good see you in 5 minutes. ummmmm. bye."
Next, the horror of the previous weekend set in. "omg, omg omg, last weekend?!! with Esa and Scotty!!!!! I DRANK!!! what have I done!???" I began to sob uncontrollably out of sheer disbelief and fear of the harm I may have unknowingly caused.

I barely got it together in time for AJ to come home. I met him downstairs and asked him to come into the guestroom and sit down. I got him as far as the guest room door way and he told me I was scaring him and that I had better tell him what was going on right that instant.
I couldn't say anything...I had no voice, all my words had left me, I felt 2 inches tall and terrified.

All I could do was hold out the test stick.

He looked at it and looked back at me and looked at the stick and looked back at me again, and at the stick once more.

He said "" as though I was holding someone elses pregnancy test? no...I saw the realization set in "you're pregnant!?! YOU"RE PREGNANT!!?"

I began sobbing uncontrollably and collapsed into him. He sat down on the bed cradling me in his arms, laughing a low soft chuckle of satisfaction, pride and sheer joy. I looked up at him and exclaimed "what have I done, what am I going to do??" he looked at me with the happiest face and in his calm comforting deep warm voice said
"Alli, it's ok, we're going to have a baby. I'm so excited!" and with that I felt so much better, I sat folded up on his lap in his arms and I knew all would be good. All would be wonderful and good.

And good it was!! look what we have now! Our Bowman Boy!!

So much has happened in a year, such an amazing journey! I am grateful every time I look at him, that I carried a healthy pregnancy and gave birth to a happy healthy baby boy. Life is truly a miracle.

I am happy to recount the day we found out that the most amazing gift was coming our way. Oh, and I also knew it was a boy, I knew it was our Bowman!

Exactly one year ago, Baybo existed. He was life growing inside me. A teeny tiny miracle hardly the size of a lentil!! I rember so vividly, reading out loud to AJ the first weekend we had found out, that our baby was just the size of a teensy weensy lentil. And now I look at Bowman and then look at AJ with wonder and amazement and say, "remember when he was just a lentil!" so amazing

This was me the weekend we found out that Bowman was on his way.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Baybo can-do's

Dear Baby Bowman,
Your Momma just wants you to know how amazed we are with all you can do at 4 months old!!
you, our little prince can...
  • sleep un-swaddled, you love your bedtime routine and you are starting to sleep from 7:30 to 6:00am without waking up!
  • attempt to cram both entire fists into your mouth (momma is hopeful you aren't successful at this one, it would be quite odd:)
  • chew on anything you can get in your little hands and soak the top half of your shirt in drool :)
  • get each of your hands on each of your feet, after staring them down for a few weeks you got'em son!
  • stick those feet in your mouth and suck on your toesies
  • eat rice cereal, Dr. Lee said to go ahead and start you on it because you are sooooo big, you are definitely ready and think its pretty much yum!
  • you can shreeeeeeek to the high heavens
  • you smile like the sunshine, beaming from ear to ear. I think its pretty wonderful
  • you've giggled and it is THE sweetest sound on earth, we can't wait till you giggle on a regular basis
  • recognize your name when we say "Bowman!"
  • stare at the tv (so now we keep it OFF when you're around:)
  • intentionally reach, grab, hold and put things in your mouth
  • tummy time champ! you can hold your huge noggin straight up and look all around, and roll onto your back with a loud THUD!, which you think might almost just about scare you but then you just smile soooooo big!
  • get your tiny little fingers worked into my hair and manage to pull it out!
  • break your mommas left shoulder- seriously you're so big my poor little shoulder is giving out, I think we're talking about a long term problem here- let's hope my back isn't next!
  • and of course melt both your momma and daddy into a puddle of goo over your astounding adorable-ness

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The BB is 4 months!

Happy 4 months to you sweet baby Bowman! We love you to the moon and stars, all the way to heaven and back!! You are an angel and the most wonderful blessing we could have ever asked for. Love momma and dada

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Monday from Baybo!

We had a great visit from Bobbie and Poppie over the past few days! They arrived on Wednesday evening and left yesterday (Sunday) morning. They got as much Baybo time in as possible and we still managed to keep up with Baybo's routine, so he was happy the whole time! I made it a point to take lots of pictures in order to hopefully get some good ones and I did! We miss Bobbie and Poppie and were sad to see them go. Oh how I wish we could live near ALL of our family and friends that we love so dearly! Bowman is growing and changing so fast I wish everyone could see him all the time and share in our joy... in person! But that's one of the primary reasons I started writing this blog, in order to share and document as many glimpses into our life with Baybo as I can can type and photograph!!

((I love this photo because it has the Gran-dogs in it too! Murphy of course got a front row spot next to Bowman. It's so cute they're saying hi:))

((As you can see I clearly still have no clue how to use my camera, but I still like this set of photos with my mom, because they are warm and glowing and really capture the love of the special moments of Bobbie with her Baybo :))

((Special time with Poppie))