Thursday, September 28, 2006
My Little Sweetie
I took this picture a couple of days ago, and I think she looks so cute. Don't really have anything to write about today, so I'll just leave you with the picture.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Tatertot Tuesday #2: Bathtime!
Well, bathtime went very well last night. Instead of screaming her head off and freaking out the whole time, which is exactly what I expected, little miss did the exact opposite. She absolutely loved her first bath. She was in the tub for probably about twenty minutes because she was so relaxed and happy. We just kept adding more warm water. Here are a couple of pictures from the big event.

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Monday, September 25, 2006
This should be fun...
So, that little yucky blue stump fell off two days ago, and now my tatertot has a belly button. Know what that means??? Her first real bath in her little blue aquarium bathtub (thanks Kaye and Jan!!). I'm sure I am much more excited about this that she will be. Photos to follow!!

Oh yes, and I almost forgot. We had a well baby checkup today, and little miss weighs 9lbs 4ozs and she is 22 inches long. Since she has decided to spit up alot these days, and also scream uncontrollably when this happens, the pediatrician prescribed some Zantac. I'm hoping it will be our miracle drug because I need some help finding my sanity.

Belly button is herniated. No big deal, just not the prettiest belly button you ever saw. I'm hoping it corrects itself before too long. The pediatrician wasn't at all concerned.

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Nine Years
Nine years ago today, I met my husband. How freaking weird does that sound? It really doesn't seem like it has been that long, until I sit down and really think about it. So much has happened in these past nine years, and I can't believe we are where we are today. Our relationship has endured so many trials and tests, but somehow we made it through everything, including highschool which was a miracle. And then college, which was more trying on us than highschool. I have to say that if you would have asked me, say, 5 years ago where I thought we would be today, I don't think I would have said married, living in our hometown with our own house, with a brand new baby. I probably would have said something more along the lines of graduated from college, working in our degree fields and planning our wedding. But that's okay because where we are right now is perfect. It's where we are supposed to be and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm more in love with him today than I ever have been, and I'm even feeling a little sentimental today. I know, I know..pretty out of character for me. Just don't tell anyone, ok? Now I just want to see if he remembers what today is. Every year we make a big deal out of it, and he's never forgotten before, but this year I will cut him a little slack. I'll atleast give him until he gets home from work to see if he mentions it.

Since it's such a special day and all that jazz, I will leave you with a little extra something just because I'm awesome like that. Here are some pictures of Aaron and I from the very beginning, all the way to now. You can reminisce along with me and say "Aww, I remember when you guys were that young" and blah blah blah...or you could say "Geez I wish she'd shut up about herself already and show me some pictures of that baby". But you'll have to wait until Tatertot Tuesday for that one.




Thursday, September 21, 2006
You guys, I just have to tell you that tonight is the SEASON PREMIERE of Grey's Anatomy, AKA the best freaking show on the face of the earth! I am unbelieveably excited about this. I'm downright giddy. I have been thinking about what is going to happen all summer long. I know, I sound like the biggest dork in the world, but I challenge you to watch this show and not become comepletely enthralled with the charachters. I get chill bumps every time I see the preview comercials. Y'all, please pray for me that from 9pm-10pm tonight that Aeralyn is on her best behavior and doesn't decide that it's time for a screamfest. I think there is a Tivo in my future because I have a feeling I may never get to watch it when it actually airs.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Tatertot Tuesday #1
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Aeralyn now weighs in at a whopping 8lbs 12 and 1/2 ozs. She doesn't have thrush anymore, but she has a clogged tear duct. But the pediatrician says that it is very common and we just have to massage her eye with a warm washcloth. So far Aeralyn has been on outings to the pediatricians office, my OB office, Wal-Mart, Carey Hilliards, Food Lion, to have her pictures taken at Kimmy's house, and for a stroll around the block in her stroller. She is doing really good...she just doesn't like to be put down much. I'm going to try and make "Tatertot Tuesday" a weekly thing for you all to keep up with what little miss is up to. We shall see how that goes. Hope everyone is doing well!!


Monday, September 18, 2006
I'm in my bedroom savoring a few minutes of quiet time before we head to the pediatrician, again, for thrush. Poor Aeralyn. But I am feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. Why? Because I am listening to Aaron singing softly to our little girl in the living room. How in the heck did I get so lucky?

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Friday, September 15, 2006
She's Asleep!
Aeralyn is actually asleep, and I don't feel like cleaning or doing anything productive, so I'm doing this survey thingy instead. ENJOY!

1. You and Jesus go out to dinner - who pays?
I'm thinking that the restraunt where Jesus and I are dining should feel somewhat obligated to feed Him on the house. And since I am, obviously, special enough to be with Jesus, I should get my meal complitmentary too.

2. You suddenly have to flee the country and adopt an alias. Where and what name?
I would go to Finland and my alias would be Abigail Rigdon. I don't know why, but that sounds like a good alias.

3. Pick one state in the U.S. to get rid of permanently.
New Hampshire. Do you ever hear about anything interesting happening there? I didn't think so.

4. You wake up as the opposite gender what's the one thing you wanna try?
I would stand up and pee. That's about it.

5. Luke Skywalker or Han Solo?
I have never seen Star Wars. Ever. *gasp* I'm not the only one out there, I know I'm not.

6. Toy you always wanted but never got as a child?
A "My Size" Barbie.

7. Top three celebrities you wanna do.
Okay, I can't say that I wanna "do" any of them, but I really like
** George from Grey's Anatomy
** Matthew Mcconaughey
** Owen Wilson

8. What's an automatic deal breaker in a potential significant other?
He smokes

9. What is the last movie you saw that actually scared you?
I don't even has been a really long time since I've watched a scary movie.

10. Stupidest thing you've ever said out loud?
wow, I could write a book. I'm not even going to attempt to answer this one.

11. You're sentenced to death and its the morning of your execution, what do you want to eat? Doritos, Breyers Strawberry Ice Cream, an Outback Blooming Onion, some Crab Legs from Crab shack and a pitcher of Sweet Tea. I plan on killing myself from cholesterol overload before the actual execution.

12. What's something that most people do that you've never done?
Flown on an airplane.

13. Before you die you want to go...?
A heck of a lot of places!

14. Something you'd really like to do but probably won't ever be able to do?
Go shopping without a limit on how much I can spend

15. A wild animal you'd like to have as a pet?
a penguin

16. A drug you'll never try?
All of them. I'm entertaining enough as it is without the influence of drugs.

17. If you were an animal what would you be?
A Lioness. Rawr...

18. If you had to marry someone you knew at the age of 12 who would it be?
well this one is easy..Aaron! Aww...great googly mushiness!

19. What's something most people don't know about you?
You all know everything about me. Or so you think...I can't tell all my secrets now can I?

20. First celebrity crush?
Jonothan Taylor Thomas

21. What's a weapon to suit your personality, habits and abilities?
a good ol fashioned gun will do just fine

23. Favorite breakfast bread style (pancakes, waffles, toast etc...)
Either extremely fluffy pancakes or waffles. I really like the word waffles. Say it all together now: Waffles! See how it just rolls off the tongue? You know you like it.

24. Favorite parody movie?
Shrek and Shrek 2

25. Worst way to die?

26. Grossest injury you've ever seen?
hmm...I haven't really seen anything that gross in person.

27. The worst injury you've ever had?
never had any bad injuries, but my c-section scar is looking pretty bad.

28. Favorite thing about thanksgiving?
The Macy's Day Parade, homemade chex mix, cranberry sauce with the can lines on the side and pecan pie. Oh yea, and family togetherness, blah blah blah.

29. Sport you hate the most?
Tennis and Golf

30. What city in the U.S. do you want to visit?
Just one? NYC definitely.

31. What's something you think would be sweet to know everything about?
How to raise the perfect child.

32. Favorite Actor/Actress?
Owen Wilson/Kate Hudson

33. What's one phrase you absolutely detest?
Any conversation that starts with "We need to talk..."

34. What makes an awesome party?
Great people, great music, good food, lots of laughs.

35. What's your material obsession?
clothes and purses, and stuff for my house

36. What's something most would consider an insult but you enjoy having said about you?
I take everything the wrong way, so I can't answer this one.

37. Favorite kind of dog?
Let me just tell you, I normally HATE Chihuahuas, but mine is quite an exception to this rule. But I can't say that Chihuahua's are my favorite kind of dog...I'll have to say Cocker Spaniels.

38. Favorite carnival food (everyone has one)?

39. Morning or night person?
mostly morning

40. Worst drunken habit?
don't have any drunken habits

41. Weirdest ebay purchase?
never purchased anything off of Ebay...I know I'm like an alien or something.

42. Favorite food to eat when you're wasted?
back in the college days it was Waffle House or Steak and Shake.

43. Its Saturday at 3am where are you?
Feeding Aeralyn

44. Who's your favorite friend to go out with?
Michelle hands down. We always have a blast together!

45. Worst job you've ever had?
Server at Longhorn

46. What's something your friends make fun of you for?
what don't they make fun of me for?

47. Favorite cereal?
Frosted Flakes

48. Book you could read repeatedly?
any of the Left Behind series

49. What's the meanest thing you've ever done?
oh wow, I've been pretty mean before. You might wanna ask Aaron.

50. What was your best Halloween costume ever?
I thought I was pretty cute the year that I wore the poodle skirt and all that stuff.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Weekly Reflections #4
Yes, I am fully aware that it is not Saturday, the day that I normally do weekly reflections. I also know that I have not done weekly reflections in a while because of the whole busy thing, so this one will be composed of a few weeks worth of reflections. Get ready. Get set. Be amazed at my profoundness. And my ability to use the word reflections repeatedly and annoyingly.

1. All these weeks of thinking it was all my fault for not dialating and making any progress and feeling oh so sorry for myslef were wasted. It was all Aeralyn's fault after all. She was in the face-up position and was coming down with her chin to her chest. This is why I would have never been able to have her naturally, ever. And also why I would not dialate past 4cms.

2. NO MORE HEARTBURN OH MY GAH!!!! I haven't taken one antacid since she was born. And let me just tell you that I was going through a jumbo bottle per WEEK before she got here. Thank you LORD!!

3. Sometimes babies just like to cry. Sometimes I just like to cry with her.

4. Breasfeeding is HARD people. Did you hear me?! But I still think I like it better than getting up in the middle of the night to warm up bottles. Even if she does want to eat every hour oh my goodness.

5. Thermometer in babies highney = poop all over nurse. And wall. And table. And blanket. Twice. Two points for Aeralyn!!

6. Un-diapered baby = highly dangerous and possible explosiveness all over the place, especially on daddy. I think that may be my fault. *evil laughter*

7. It is really weird to look in the mirror and not see a huge belly protruding out the front of me. Especially since I started showing the minute I took my pregnancy test (yes I did I swear).


Thursday, September 07, 2006
Don't Shoot Me
Hello world!! I'm alive! I've been a little know giving birth to the most beautiful baby in the whole world and all. Let me just tell you, it was not fun at all...and after over 17 hours of labor with Cervadil and Pitocin, I only dialated to 4cm. I had to have a C-Section and little miss Aeralyn Mariah arrived at 12:19am on September 01st, 2006. She weighed 7lbs 14oz and was 20 and 1/2 inches long. I am so in love. I never knew I was capable of actually loving someone this much. She is so perfect and sweet. And now another thing that I never thought was possible happened: I love Aaron even more than I did before she was born. He is the best daddy. You would never know that he has never had any experience with babies before. Right now he is walking around the house carrying her with him and just talking to her. And the way he looks at her makes my heart want to explode. Life is good people, life is definitely good.

So onto why I don't want you to shoot me. I have a confession to make. I miss being pregnant. I know, trust me I know and I remember very well how miserable I got in those last few weeks. But, I almost feel empty inside now that I don't have her kicking and rolling and hiccuping in there. Now I have to share her with everyone else, I'm not the only one that gets to enjoy her anymore. Don't get me wrong...I'm not some psycho who doesn't want anyone to hold her or anything, it's just I kind of miss it just being me and her. I know. I'm a weirdo. But nothing compares to being able to hold her and look into her eyes and see her beautiful smile. Even if that smile is because of gas bubbles.

Anyway, I will shut my sleep deprived butt up for now and give you all what you really want: PICTURES!! Hope you enjoy!

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