Wednesday, June 29, 2011

An Answered Prayer

When we found out I was pregnant with Reese, Jackson and I prayed throughout the pregnancy that she would be a laid back baby.  Half joking, half serious we would say "Lord, please give us a chill baby."  God answered our prayer!  Parks is great fun, but I would not use the words laid back or chill to describe him and I am so, so thankful to have a child who is a bit less...maintenance, shall we say? Because I use this blog to document our family life, I'm going to brag on Reese this time. 

My Darling Reese,

You are an absolute delight.  You have completely captured my heart and I love you more than I could even describe.  Your daddy is smitten with you and adores you.  Parks thinks you are pretty awesome and likes saying "Hi sweet girl" to you when we get you out of your crib in the morning.  All three of us are in love with you. 

You are such a little beauty.  Your long, dark hair gets everyone's attention and it's the first thing they comment on when they see you.  Your sweet chubby cheeks and pink lips are perfection.  You have an adorable little button nose and big eyes.   People say you look like Parks, but Daddy and I think you look different.  

Your personality is divine.  You are happy and content and you enjoy observing life around you.  You are sweet to cuddle with and you love smiling at mommy, especially after you eat!  You are an outstanding sleeper, you slept 7-8 hours in a row at 1 month and now you sleep 10 hours continuously at 7 weeks.  Amazing!  You are just a dream come true and only fuss when you are tired and you rarely really "cry".  

You are a gift from God and we cherish you.  I'm so thankful God chose me to be your mommy.  We are blessed to call you ours.  I can't wait to watch you grow. I love you my little laid back baby! 

Love, Mommy

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Chamber Pot Days

I've spent the past 2 weeks emptying a chamber pot.  Literally.  Parks is potty training and my days are spent doling out gummi bears and chocolate chips for a job well done and then of course, dealing with the remains.  7, 8, 9 times a day I pick up the pot, dump and clean.  G-l-a-m-o-r-o-u-s, right???

In between nursing sessions and the potty training I feel like a servant cow who empties chamber pots for a living.  This is my reality.  I could get all "I know I will look back on these days and realize how important my job is and blah blah blah" in this post but I won't.  I'm just going to discuss reality.  And the reality is, I deal with poop, pee and spit up soured milk on the regular.  

My sister who I adore and who doesn't have kids, (yet!) came over to my house the other day looking amazing.  She is gorgeous and she was all dressed nicely for work in a fabulous dress with her hair done and there I was, the chamber pot maid.  Hair dishelved in a messy bun, spit-up stained cotton tank top, khaki shorts and no make-up and I felt disgusting.  I felt like Lynette on Desperate Housewives when her husband's co-worker comes over.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not jealous of my sister at all, I love her dearly, I just had a moment where I felt sorry for myself.  Jackson came home and I just cried about how disgusting I felt and how unimportant my day feels.  And then after I got my feelings out, miraculously I felt better.  I think that sometimes it's ok and in fact, helpful, to have those moments.  I read lots of blogs that applaud motherhood and esteem it for the awesome role that we have as mothers, shaping and training little souls with eternal consequences.  That is all true but sometimes it needs to be ok to just have a moment.  To have a good cry over the reality that you deal with poop, pee and look disgusting despite your best efforts to look cute and to not have someone give you a lecture about how wonderful motherhood is.

Of course, I believe motherhood is wonderful and great but I truly think there are some things I will not miss and that just aren't fun about the job.  The chamber pot days being one of them.  So, if you find yourself discouraged in your role as mommy, it's ok to let yourself have a moment.  You don't have to act like Suzy Sunshine all the time.  Cry, whine and then move on.  Each day is a new day with new mercy and a fresh start.

P.S. Potty training is going great this time around and Parks is completely trained at home and we are working on public places and outings.  I'd say he's 90% there!  Hooray!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend

We spent the weekend at the Lake and had a blast!  I have about 30 seconds to wrap this post up because I hear Reese crying so suffice it to say, we had a great trip and I'll let the pictures do most of the talking! 

 My father-in-law "Mr. Deke" as I like to call him, did a wonderful Sunday service where he dedicated the children and his three grandchildren to the Lord. It was so special! 

 Feeding the carp with Parks.  I must say, they are the nastiest fish I've ever seen but Parks adores feeding them. 
 This picture cracks me up.   He was probably just about to say "That's so funny".
 4 wheelers with daddy = the best!

 Precious cousins!  Harrison & Reese are 3 weeks apart!
 All 3 Andrews grandbabies
 Uncle of the Year Award goes to .... Uncle Britty! 

 The Mayos with their darling new addition!

 The first of many, many photoshoots of these two. 
 Aunt JiJi with Reese!  
 Brother & Sister with their niece and nephew
 Uncle Britt can soothe crying babies and assemble toddler toys, I told you he was Uncle of the Year!
 Baby Harrison!

 Meeting my very first nephew for the first time! 
The bros, minus 2.