Wednesday, February 28, 2007
This morning we went for a walk. I put Aeralyn in a short-sleeved/shorts outfit because it is absolutely BEAUTFIUL outside. The high today is 76 degrees and we have a nice light breeze...perfect outdoor weather. Are you jealous? Don't be for long because tomorrow we have an 80% chance of rain/severe thunderstorms. Oh joy!

Anyway, while we were getting ready for our walk, I remembered that I bought Lola a new harness a while back, and I've never used it. I started looking for it, and you will never guess what I found. Not the harness..oh no, not that. It has gone into the black hole I'm sure. NOT even the keys to the truck that we have been looking for.

Are you done guessing now?

I found the present that I bought Alicia OVER A MONTH AND A HALF AGO!!! I never sent it to her and I completely forgot about it! It's a good thing it isn't anything super important, or I'd feel like an even bigger jack-ass.

I PROMISE that I will get it out THIS WEEK! I swear.

I'm terrible at forgetting things. Aaron's birthday is on Christmas day, so I bought him a Christmas card from me, a birthday card from me and Aeralyn, and a Christmas card from Aeralyn. I completely forgot to give them to him, and I didn't even remember until I was giving him his cards for Valentine's day. So, I gave him his Christmas cards on Valentine's day. Almost 2 months later. I am awesome.

About a week ago I also found the cards I bought for my sister and nephew's birthdays back in January. I think I'll just save those for next year!

Is it just me, or are any of you like this too? Please tell me you are to some degree, even if it's just to make me feel better.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Tatertot Tuesday #24: Picture Overload
These first pictures were taken last Friday. They are some of my favorite so far.
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I took these pictures this morning after I got her dressed to go to the doctor. She is showing you her new trick: snorting. I love it! And in the last picture she was laughing at herself, so I decided just to throw that one in.

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The pediatrician said that she has a little cold and gave us some cough medicine with a decongestant. Hopefully that will help her get a little bit of sleep. Also, she weighs 16lbs. My little baby is getting so big!


Monday, February 26, 2007
We are back from the eye doctor, and Aaron survived the poking and prodding. He has had an allergic reaction to something that he got in his eye (possibly sawdust), and now it has become infected. We are home now with 2 bottles of eye drops that would have cost us over $160, but thankfully the Optometrist was kind enough to give him sample bottles. He has to go back on Thursday just to make sure everything is cleared up.

We also have the key to the truck. It is currently attatched to an enormous keychain with the hopes that it won't get lost. I have my doubts because this house seems to have a black hole where keys, socks*, flashlights, and screwdrivers all go.

Aeralyn will be going to the doctor in the morning because the Tylenol Cold and Cough is no longer helping much with the cough, and I think I may have heard a faint rumble of congestion in her chest. Better safe than sorry, or something like that.

Now, you should all go roll in some cuteness that goes by the names of Lilly and Suki.

*Thank goodness I proofread this because instead of socks, it would have read socks with the first "s" replaced with a "c", and then you all would have thought I was a little strange.

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Right now you should be thanking your lucky little stars that germs don't transfer through the computer. Because, I can assure you, if they could they would be jumping right off of the screen, into your eyes, and stuffing up your little heads and noses. That's how germs roll. Right now I've got a set of them in my throat going to town with sandpaper on my tonsils, and another group in my sinuses pounding them with jack-hammers. I shared those two groups with Aaron, and he managed to pick up an entirely different set on his own that have promptly socked him in the right eye and made it all red and swollen shut.

Oh, the joy.

Aeralyn has a little bit of a stuffy nose and some drainage that is making her cough occasionally when she's laying down. Thankfully she seems to be doing better than Aaron and I. In fact, she was doing pretty darn great this morning at 2:15am when she decided that it was playtime. Her and I were up until 5am this morning, her laughing and babbling, me on the verge of tears because "It's sleepy time! Come on sweet pea, let's go to sleepy town...please. Mommy's head hurts and she can't breathe."

I finally took her to bed with me at 5am and she went to sleep. But not without a fight.

On top of being sick all weekend, Aaron decided that it would be a good idea to lock the keys in the truck yesterday afternoon. No big deal right? Except, we couldn't find the spare key...anywhere! So now we have to go to the dealership today to get a new one. We are going there right after Aaron goes to the eye doctor to figure out exactly what the heck is wrong with his eye.

Monday, you better watch out because I am so going to get you back.

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Friday, February 23, 2007
Yesterday was a much better day for Aeralyn. I'm still not quite sure if she is teething or not, but she was definitely in a much better mood. Today, however, I think we have had a relapse. Also, I have to admit that last night she sounded a little congested (nasal, not chest), so I gave her some Tylenol Cold and Cough. I do believe that the nurse at the pediatrician's office jinxed us. And now I am feeling congested and my throat is scratchy. Grrrrrrr.

I did my Friday weigh in this morning, and I have lost another 2lbs. That puts me at a total of 38lbs lost since I had Aeralyn, 8lbs of that lost since the start of Healthy Living, 12lbs to go before I'm back to pre-pregnancy weight, and about 40lbs more to lose after that before I'm considered in my height's healthy weight range. Now that I put that in writing (or...type), it looks much further away than I thought.

I have to say that I'm glad I am still breastfeeding right now. It is one of the only things that is helping me to keep it together over here. You see, if I wasn't breastfeeding, I can almost guarantee you that I would be skipping meals, taking diet pills, and just eating terribly in general. But I can't do any of those things because it would end up hurting Aeralyn more than it would me. So thankfully, I still have another few months of breastfeeding ahead of me to keep me on track. That is, as long as the teeth don't interfere whenever they decide to show up.

Now, to keep up with the all over the place random theme of this post, I need to talk about last night's Grey's Anatomy. Of course, it was fantastic. I knew that Meredith was not going to die, and really? That made me a little angry at the writers. I think they could have used a different character, like Izzy, and it would have made it much more believable. And then we all would have really been on the edge of our seats to see whether or not she lived or died. And, she would have got to see Denny again, which would have been awesome. I don't think anyone that tuned in to last night's show thought, even for a second, that Meredith was going to die. But it was still a great show. Now they will be airing re-runs for the next few weeks, I'm sure, so you will no longer have to endure the Friday re-cap from me.

I'm off to find some sinus medicine. Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Couldn't we all just wear dentures instead?
Once again I am being bothered by teeth. Except this time, it's not my teeth, it's Aeralyn's. Or atleast that is what I'm assuming considering my usually happy, giggly baby has turned into a screaming devil of a baby.

Last night we were up crying every hour on the hour. Yes, I meant both of us incase you were wondering. And it's almost 2pm, and she is just now taking her first nap of the day. I checked her temperature earlier and it was 100.1. Well, that is pretty much a fever as far as I'm concerned, so I called the pediatrician's office.

Me: "Yes, my 5 month old daughter is running a low grade fever and she has been really fussy all day. I gave her a dose of Tylenol, but I wanted to call and see if there is anything else I need to do."

Nurse: "What is the baby's fever?"

Me: "It's 100.1"

Nurse: "M'am, we don't consider that a fever."


Me: "Well, could you please tell me what you consider a fever so that I will know when to be worried? I'm a first time mom, so I'm not really sure about all this stuff."

Nurse: "Ummm, give us a call back if it gets above 101. You can give her some Tylenol cold and cough if you want to."

Me: "She's doesn't have any cold symptoms, just a fever and crakiness..."

Nurse: "She's probably teething."

Did I mention anything about cold symptoms in that conversation anywhere? No? I didn't think so.

I'm not sure if she's actually teething, but it sounds like a pretty good explanation for the fever, crankiness, and biting that has been going on lately. I'm really not looking forward to the teeth at all. She already bites me on a daily basis, and it hurts bad enough now that I don't even want to think about adding teeth to this issue.

Word to the wise: Don't bite the boob that feeds you.

So, y'all please be thinking about us over here. And pray that the teeth come in quickly so that my poor baby will feel better soon. Also, please pray for my nipples. I'm pretty attached to them, so I'd like to keep them pain free and intact.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Tatertot Tuesday #23: Look at my big girl!
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Monday, February 19, 2007
When I go to the gym this afternoon, it will be my fourth, yes FOURTH, day. In a row! I am beyond proud of myself, and did you know that working out can actually be fun? I didn't. I used to hate those people that said they get a rush from having a good workout, or they say "Working out gives you so much more energy!" Psshhhhh! Whateva! That's what I used to think, but now I know they weren't just being jerks. They really meant it!

I will be honest with you though and tell you that yesterday? WAS REALLY HARD! I went to bed Saturday night and I could not get comfortable because MY LEGS! They were screaming at me "Why! WHY did you get on the stair stepper?! What were you thinking? It's only day 2 woman, please give me a break!" I told Aaron "There is no way I'm going to make it to the gym tomorrow. No. Way. Mister." And then I woke up yesterday morning, and the pain wasn't as bad. So I went, and I'm so glad I did. I even ran on the treadmill.

Do what? I ran, and nothing was actually chasing me?

That's right people. I ran. For one. Entire. Minute.

That was quite possibly the longest minute of my life. And I thought I was going to pass out. But I didn't! And that is what counts.

Today I'm going to start this running program.

Who do I think I am anyway? I don't know, but if I don't post Tatertot Tuesday tomorrow? It's probably because I died while running.


Saturday, February 17, 2007
I finally have something good to tell you about my Healthy Living. I have gone to the gym for the past two days, and I have to admit that I have never been more proud of myself. It has felt really good to go and do something for me. I worked out for an hour each time, and I can already tell I have more energy. If I keep it up at this rate, I might actually be able to put on a pair of shorts this summer without being extremely self concious!

I really needed this pick-me-up because I was feeling pretty bad about myself. I finally caved in and took my wedding rings to the jewelers to get them re-sized last weekend. I haven't been able to wear them since the second trimester of my pregnancy, and my plan was to use them as my motivation to lose weight so I could get them back on. That lasted for five months, and I got tired of not being able to wear them. But I still haven't bought any new pants, and I'm not going to. I have about 15 pairs of pants that I wore right before I got pregnant with Aeralyn, and I am bound and determined to get back in them. I only bought two pairs of jeans in my new size, and let me tell you, it has been frustrating. I know it won't be too much longer before I get back in my other jeans. The day that happens, I promise to post a picture of myself on here wearing them.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go spend the rest of Aeralyn's nap time relaxing my sore and aching body.


Thursday, February 15, 2007
Another example of how I am learning Self Control.
Lola got her wish.

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Valentine's Day is over, so you know what that means, right?

Time to go to Target and get all the Valentine's candy for 1/2 price!!

Except this year, I'm holding back. I'm not going to do it, as bad as I want to. I'm practicing something called self control. Have you heard of it? I'm not too fond of it so far, but I'm hoping the concept will grow on me.

We had a great Valentine's Day over here. Aeralyn personally didn't know what all the hype was about, but she enjoyed her daddy being home for most of the day. And she likes her wiggly eared hippo. My flowers arrived at five minutes until 5pm yesterday afternoon. I was not expecting flowers, considering that I have never once gotten flowers delivered to me, ever. So I had plans to go shopping yesterday. Aaron did everything in his power to get me to stay home so I wouldn't miss the flower guy. It wasn't easy, but he managed.

Aren't they pretty?
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They are two of my most favoritest flowers mixed together...Gerber Daisies and Sunflowers.

And he gave me a new, smaller MP3 player and a band to wear it around my arm for the gym. This guy, he's pretty good. And I'm going to wear it tonight! At the GYM! And I'm going to listen to my awesome playlist!! WOOT!

Lastly, Lola has a question for you all. She asks:
Won't you take me to...FUNKYTOWN?
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Aeralyn has a question for you...
Will you be my Valentine?
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I had some other options for this post, so instead of just choosing one, I'll show you the rejects too.

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The Hippo gets hurt!
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Post Title: Be My Valentine or...
I'll cry for the rest of the day!
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Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I'll be spending the day with my husband who came home early from work today so he could spend the day with his girls. *All together now...* AWWWWWWW!!!


Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Tatertot Tuesday #22: Look at what I can do!
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That thing you see in her hand is her new favorite toy. It is a RazBaby Teether ,and sometimes she actually chews on the part that she is supposed to. Lola is just wishing she would go ahead and drop that thing already so she can eat it.

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Monday, February 12, 2007
Tunes to make you sweat...or some other catchy title that I can't think of right now.
I've been getting the MP3 player ready for my voyage to the gym, because I actually do plan to go to that place where I send my husband's hard earned money each month. I have to listen to music when I work out. I don't like watching the TV's because they usually don't have anything good on, and if I don't have something to keep my mind off of what I'm doing, the whole time I will be checking the clock thinking "OHMYGOD it's only been TEN minutes?! I think I'm going to pass out! I'll just stop at fifteen, nobody will know." But when I have music, I usually end up exercising for longer than I intended because "Ooohh, I like this song! I'll just keep going until it's over. But wait, I like this one too!" and the next thing I know, I've been on the stairstepper for 45 minutes. So here are some of the songs I have on my MP3 player (which no, is not an IPOD because apparently software made by Apple is the devil according to Aaron).

"Twist and Shout" - The Beatles
"Highway to Hell" - ACDC
"Old Time Rock and Roll" - Bob Seger
"The Sweet Escape" - Gwen Stefani ft. Akon
"I'm so Excited" - The Pointer Sisters
"Wait a Minute" - Pussy Cat Dolls (who I HATE with every bone in my body, but I actually like this song I have to admit)
"Life is a Highway" - Rascal Flatts (I love their version of this song!)
"Pour Some Sugar on Me" - Def Leppard
"It's Raining Men" - The Weather Girls
"My Love" - Justin Timberlake ft. T.I.
"Here it Goes Again" - Ok Go
"Pump It" - Black Eyed Peas
"Aint No Other Man" - Christina Aguillera
"Boogie Shoes" - KC and the Sunshine Band
"Promiscuous Girl" - Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland
"Hey Mickey" - I have no idea who it is
"We Can Work It Out" - Stevie Wonder
"Hips Don't Lie" - Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean
"Belly Dancer" - Akon
"Golddigger" - Kanye West ft Jamie Foxx ( the night Aaron and I got married, we went downtown with a bunch of friends, and this was the first song we danced to. HA!)
"My Humps" Black Eyed Peas
"My Perogotive" - Britney Spears
"The Boys of Summer" - DJ Sammy
"From the Window to the Wall" - Lil Jon and the Eastside Boys
"Let's Go" - Lil Jon
"Beat It" - Michael Jackson
"Pon De Replay" - Rhianna
"Here I go Again on my Own" - Whitesnake
"She Shook Me All Night Long" - ACDC
"Let's Get it Started" - Black Eyed Peas
"I Want you Back" - Jackson Five
"Footloose" - Kenny Loggins
"Hot in Here" - Nelly
"Never Gonna Stop" - Rob Zombie
"She's a Bad Mamma Jamma" - Stevie Wonder
"Yeah"- Usher

Do any of you have any suggestions on some other songs I can put on there? What do you listen to when you work out?

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Sunday, February 11, 2007
This Guy is Awesome!

Friday, February 09, 2007
Of course I have to mention last nights Grey's Anatomy...
Alright y' it Thursday yet? Last night's Grey's Anatomy was so good. Of course, they are all good, but this one was extra special. Here are my thoughts:

♦ The cheif was looking good with the new hair! I can't wait until they find a love interest for him.

♦ I love love LOVE the character that Alex is turning into. The last 2 seasons I could't stand him, but now he is becoming one of my favorites. I hope the story line blossoms between him and Addison.

♦ Of course we are all worried about Meredith, but come on. Of course she's not going to die or anything like that because she's the main character of the show. They can't just kill her off like that. I think that Derek is going to think that she tried to drown herself on purpose, just like he thought she was trying to drown herself in the bathtub. He's going to freak out, ad Christina is going to feel bad for not telling her about her engagement to Burke already.

♦ Okay, now here is where I might start to sound a little out there, but I think this would make for an awesome plot twist: The little girl that was hanging around you think that she is just a random character? I don't. I think she is Izzie's daughter that she put up for adoption a long time ago. Now, unless you have been a Grey's fan since the first season, you might not know about that. But that's who I think she is because I don't think that they would have mentioned her without ever bringing her into the picture. How awesome would that be?!

♦ I have no idea what is going to happen between Callie and George. They are two of my favorite characters, and I love the story line between them, but I just don't see this whole marriage between them lasting. I could be wrong, and I hope I am, but I don't know.

Now that you are all amazed at my dorkiness and obsession with this show, do you have anything to add?


I promise there is a point at the end of all the rambling.
Today is Friday, which means that it is time for my Friday weigh in. I'm still at a 6lb loss, but let me assure you that that is nothing short of a miracle considering the enormous amounts of food I've been consuming here lately. And also, I may as well be flushing fourty dollars a month down the toilet instead of sending it to my local YMCA.

This is much harder than I expected. I've tried diets before, and they've never worked. But the reason for that was because I would finally decide that I wasn't all that unhappy with my body, so I would just stop worrying about it. But this time, I am definitely not happy with my body. I am uncomfortable in my own skin, I despise shopping for clothes, I can't keep my jeans from falling down because my waistline is just as wide as my hips, and I avoid mirrors because I can't stand to look at my double chin. I also avoid cameras, so there are probably a total of 5 pictures of Aeralyn and I together since she has been born. And summer is right around the corner, which means I will be forced to wear short sleeved shirts that display my flabby, un-toned arms. And once again, I will be sweating to death because I refuse to wear shorts. I haven't put a pair of shorts on my body to wear out in public since the summer before I started college. That has been five years ago. And I don't think I need to remind you that it is HOT around here people. But I'm doing it for you, all of you, so you won't have to look at my flabby thighs. So really, you should be grateful to me for that.

Last night I actually had a nightmare about shopping for a swim suit. I have come to the conclusion that I will not be able to wear a bikini this year. In fact, I might never be able to wear one again, but I am okay with that. The only problem is that I'm not even looking forward to wearing a swim suit period. It wouldn't be so bad if I could just wear one in the comfort of my own backyard while taking Aeralyn swimming in the pool. I can handle that. What I cannot handle is wearing one in front of all of my in laws when we go out in the boat several times over the summer. I could just not go, but that's not fair to Aeralyn because I know she will enjoy it.

And I'm becoming a little bitter about the whole issue too. I had to stop myself from screaming at someone (who will remain nameless because it's not fair to call her out on here): "WELL I WILL TRY NOT TO CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP TONIGHT FOR ALL YOUR TERRIBLE PROBLEMS!!" all because she told me of her dillemma of buying the smallest pair of shorts that a certain store had, and they were still too big. The poor poor thing. I'm sure that is a real problem, but I'm sure it would still be much easier to solve than mine. I should have offered her some Oreo's. I'll bet that would have fixed her problem right there.

See what I mean about the bitterness? It is taking me over.

I know I should stop acting like a total brat and pretending that being fat is the end of the world. I know that much worse things could be happening to me right now. I really do know that. But what I also know is this: if I don't do something about it now, then I will be faced with much worse problems later down the road. My father had high cholesterol, numerous hear attacks and high blood pressure. My grandmother also had high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a few strokes. So I don't exactly come from a genetic gold mine here people. And I know that I would like to be around for a long LONG time for Aeralyn's sake.

So, since obviously doing all this for my sake isn't working, I'm going to have to change my reasoning. I'm now doing all this for Aeralyn's sake. All so she can have a healthy mommy that will be here for years to come, and so her children can have a grandmother. Also, I want to teach her much better eating habits than what I learned growing up. I will definitely not let her sit down in front of the TV with a tube of Pringles and let her eat the whole thing. Yes, my dad let me do that. No, I'm not blamig him for all my weight issues, though, wouldn't that be so much easier now that I think of it?

Now if I don't go to the gym regularly, I will be letting Aeralyn down. If that's not motivation, I don't know what is. I hope this works.

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Thursday, February 08, 2007
Thursday Thirteen #5

Thirteen Signs You May Be a Grey's Anatomy Fanatic
(not that any of these pertain to me...obviously)

1. Thursday is your favorite day of the week.

2. You own seasons 1 and 2 on DVD.

3. You have watched the season 1 and 2 DVD's more than 3 times.

4. Your world stops at 9pm on Thursday nights.

5. You can't lisen to the songs "Streetcorner Symphony" by Rob Thomas , "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol, or "How to Save a Life" by The Fray without thinking about Grey's Anatomy.

6. You make sure you have a box of tissues right beside you before the show starts.

7. You find it hard to watch the scenes with T.R. Knight (George) and Isaiah Washington (Burke) since you know what went on between them.

8. You dream about the characters.

9. You get overly excited when you find someone else who is just as obsessed as you are so you can talk about the show with them.

10. You lay in bed for a half hour after the show and talk with your husband about what you think is going to happen on next week's episode.

11. It ruins your whole week when you realize that this week's episode is a re-run.

12. You know every character by name.

13. Your GA DVD's are one of the first things that you will grab if the house is burning down, right after the family and the dog.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007
My Busy Weekend...REVEALED!
Alicia called me out on not giving the details of my weekend to you all. I should have known I wouldn't be able to hide anything from y'all. Actually, I could still hide it and just make up something random and still not tell you what we really did this weekend, but I won't do that.

We went to visit my sister this weekend so that she could finally get the tatertot fix that she has been longing for. We went shopping, ate tons of good food, and had alot of fun visiting.

Now, I know you all are wondering why I didn't just go ahead and tell you that in the first place, so I'll go ahead and tell you my reasons.

I was trying to hide the fact that I went to visit my sister because I didn't go visit any of my other family that lives near her. I always feel bad because I don't get a chance to see everyone, and I don't want to hurt anbody's feelings. But, I'm not going to let it bother me so much anymore. I have a small baby who still has to be breastfed every 2 and 1/2 to 3 hours, so anytime I go anywhere, I have to plan it around her feeding schedule. It may not sound like a big challenge, but it is. It's not that I have a problem with nursing her in public or around other people. I have learned to cover myself so that nothing shows and a passerby probably has no idea that I'm nursing my child. But, she doesn't do so well when I have to cover up because she thinks it's playtime when I put a blanket over her, and then she won't eat because she's too busy laughing her head off and trying to play peek-a-boo. You see my dillemma?

And honestly, I don't get to see my sister and my neice and nephew very often. When I do get a chance to visit them, which is only once every couple of months, I like to spend the short time that I have to visit with them. I feel like I barely have enough time to spend with them, much less have any time to rush around trying to see everyone else in one short weekend. Actually, only one day because we don't get there until late Friday evening, and we have to leave to come home early Sunday morning. I've done all the running around before, and it's too stressful.

So, don't get your feelings hurt if I didn't come to see you this weekend. I'm hoping to have a longer visit in the summer, so I promise to visit then.

That was my weekend story. I think I'm finally recovered, although my house is still littered with suitcases and other junk. I'm working on getting it back together slowly but surely. I hope you all had a weekend that was as fun as mine.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Tatertot Tuesday #21: Lazy Day and an Update
Hi! I promise I didn't forget about you all. We had a busy weekend, and yesterday was spent trying to get my house back in order after neglecting it all weekend. It was also spent sleeping in and doing alot of snuggling.

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Aeralyn didn't mind at all as you can see. It was a great way to start the week off.


Thursday, February 01, 2007
Month Five
Dear Aeralyn,

This month has brought so many changes in you. It's hard to believe that you are five months old today, and if we went back in time to the begining of last month, I would hardly even recognize the baby that you were.

This month the biggest new adventure for you has been eating real food. So far you have tried green beans, peas, sweet potatoes, squash, bananas, apples and peaches. By far, your favorite is sweet potatoes, and of course, they are the only food that we have tried you on so far that you have a reaction to. I'm hoping that in time your little tummy will be able to handle your love for sweet potatoes.

Another big change for you this month is that you sleep in your OWN BED in your OWN ROOM down the hall. And mommy and daddy sleep in their room with the monitor turned up to THIS LOUD so we can hear you breathing. We started trying to get you to sleep in your own bed way back in December. It was not an easy process, and you were bound and determined you were NOT sleeping in your crib. You would go from being sound asleep in my arms, to screaming like we were laying you on a bed of knives as soon as we would lay you in your crib. It became extremely frustrating, and after a couple of sessions of rocking you to sleep and laying you in your crib, I would end up just bringing you back to bed with us. Lather, rinse, repeat. Every. Single. Night.

Then, one night, I layed you down and put my shirt in there with you. You snuggled up to it and went right to sleep. I almost fainted right there in your room. And then the next night, I put you in your crib while you were still awake because you were cranky and wouldn't go to sleep in my arms. When we checked on you about 10 minutes later, you were asleep. And now every night, between 8:30pm and 9:30pm, I put you in your crib, turn on your musical birdies, and you go right to sleep all by yourself. And every night, my heart breaks a little bit more because you don't need me like you used to. You even take naps in your crib every day. You still don't sleep through the night yet. When you wake up for the first time aroud 12:30am, I will go and get you and bring you back to bed with me. I know I need to break this habit, but I'm not quite ready yet.

You are growing up so fast.

Lately you have developed a fascination with faces. You love to touch our face with your hands, and pull on our lips and noses and ears. This activity could amuse you for hours, but we can only take so much of your little pinchy fingers.

Your favorite time of the day is bath time, and I couldn't be happier about that. You love the water so much, and this fact just makes me even more excited for summer to get here so we can have fun in the swimming pool.

You have become such a happy baby. You laugh and squeal and smile almost all the time, and you are truly the light of our lives. I don't know how we ever lived without you.

I love you more than anything in the world,

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