Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Tatertot Tuesday #49: A little trip back in time...
Here is Aeralyn at 2 weeks old:

And here she is today, just shy of 1 year old.

What a difference a year makes.


Sunday, August 26, 2007
Random Bits
CJ! Send your address to my email Momtotatertot[at]gmail[dot]com.

I have been trying to get a post up since Wednesday, but I have failed miserably. Aeralyn came down with a bad cold on Thursday, so we have been the house of snot and gumpiness for the past few days. And now I have the cold too, so it's time for extra snot and grumbles. YAY!

Last Monday and Tuesday, Aeralyn stayed in the gym daycare for the first time without screaming her head off. She didn't even cry a little bit. This is a serious accomplishment, y'all, considering all the other times I've taken her, she has screamed so much that the daycare provider is running to get me after about 15 minutes. She must have been so busy bullying the older children that she didn't even notice I was gone. Yes, the older children. She took a 3 year old little boy's craft project and took all of the glitter off of it. Which explains why she was covered in glitter from head to toe when I came to pick her up. Lord help me.

A year ago yesterday was my due date with Aeralyn. I was a little more emotional about it than I thought I would be. Just think of the mess I'm going to be on her actual birthday. I swear, every time I even think about her party or have visions of everyone singing "Happy Birthday" to her, I cry. I keep looking back through all the pictures I've taken of her over this past year, and, I cry. It seems like it was just the other day when she could barely even hold her head up, and now she is walking all over the place. They grow up way too fast.

Mission Sleep Through the Night has temporarily been aborted due to teething and sickies. We weren't really getting anywhere with it anyway, so I'm glad we get to make a fresh start in a couple of weeks.

I think that's all I have for now. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Tatertot Tuesday #48: Bed Head


Saturday, August 18, 2007
Houston, we have a TOOTH!
Finally, at eleven and a half months old, Aeralyn has gotten her first tooth. That explains the week of clinginess/fussiness that has plagued our household. Thank goodness the little booger finally popped through. Now we can hopefully get back to normal. Also, any tips on how to go about this weaning stuff? Because, SHE IS GETTING TEETH, Oh my GOD!

I'm busily planning Aeralyn's first birthday party. I can't believe it is only two weeks from this Saturday. And I've still got alot to do. So far I have the supplies and all of the decorations, minus balloons. I've got the invitations made out and addressed, but not stamped and sent yet. I"ve got her dress, and an appointment for the birthday pictures. I've picked out the cake and given my ideas to the cake baker (because I sure as heck can't bake a cake).

But there is still so much to do.

I've got to decide on the menu for the party. Do I want to do finger foods like cheese and fruit and veggie trays or should we just grill hamburgers and hot dogs and have chips? Or pizzas? Any thoughts? I'm leaning more towards the finger food idea just because I think that would be what Aeralyn would like most, and so would I. But I'm thinking it may end up being more expensive and harder to put together.

I"ve got to find a bow to match the birthday dress, or if I can't find one to match I'll have to make it. I've still got to finish shopping for the last present that we will be getting her, and wrap them all. I've got to make or find a cute notebook to have at the party for everyone to write something special to Aeralyn in. And in the mean time, I need to find a crap load of money to do all of this with. Holy moly, looks like I better get busy people.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007
What Matters Most
Around here today, there are many things that need to be done. There are clothes to be washed, and towels to be folded and put away. There are dishes to be loaded in the dishwasher, sinks to be scrubbed, and floors to be mopped. There are carpets that need to be vacuumed, and trash that needs to be taken out. There are errands to run, checks to write, and phone calls to make.

But none of that matters right now. All of that can wait until tomorrow, or even the next day. The only thing that is important right now is that my little girl wants her mama. She needs me to hold her and rock her and kiss her sweet cheeks. The rest of the world can wait because someday, she won't need me anymore. But right now, she does, and that's all that matters.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Well, I don't love it...
My hair that is. But, I don't hate it either. Actually, I like it considerably more today than I did the day that I got it done. I guess you could say that it's growing on me. I'll let you decide for yourselves if you like it or not.


Don't you love how I blow dried it and straightened it just for you? Hahahaha! No, I didn't do that at all. That is what my hair looks like when it's half blow dried and half air dried. And boy did it look dead on the ends!

And after:

So, what do you think?

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Tatertot Tuesday #47: Baby in the mirror


I'll get to the regular stuff in a minute.
Two Fridays ago, Coal came in for a visit. For those of you who are new here or don't remember who I'm talking about, go read this,and the end of this.

Anyway, he came in for a little visit. He doesn't come in often because since he's been outside, he loves it. And usually if he does come in, he doesn't stay long because he's not too fond of Aeralyn trying to get to him. But this night was different. He came in and went right over to Aeralyn. Needless to say, she was thrilled. She chased him all over the living room smiling and laughing, grabbig his tail and even trying to pick him up. It was so cute that we got out the video camera and taped them together for a few minutes.

I had a glimmer of hope when I saw him act like that. I thought maybe, just maybe, he can start coming in again for short periods of time. I pictured him and Aeralyn becoming great friends, and Lola finally getting her playmate back.

That dream was short lived though. Aaron finally got up the nerve to tell me last night that Coal was found last Thursday by our UPS man. I wasn't home, and the UPS man wasn't sure if he was my cat or the neighbor's, so he took him next door since he didn't want to bring him to me if he was mine.

I knew something was wrong because I hadn't seen him in a few days. I talked about him on Saturday because we had a bad storm. I said that I hoped he had gotten under the shelter away from the storm. And then on Sunday, I asked Aaron if he had seen Coal lately. He responded with a short "Mmm hmm." I knew that was unusual because when I've asked that question in the past, he always responded with something along the lines of "Yes dear, he's fiiiinnnnee." So last night, he finally told me, and I did not take it well. I kept waking up during the night, crying and thinking about him. He died just shy of his 4 year anniversary with us.

I'm still so sad about it today. I keep listening fo his meow at the door. Most of all, I keep thinking about how Aeralyn won't get to know him and enjoy him like we did. I'm just so glad that he came in the other night and we got to spend that time with him. If I had only known it would be the last time...

I'm going to post a few of my favorite pictures of him. I'll be back sometime later today with Tatertot Tuesday.

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Coal October (AKA "Boog") April 2003-August 2007

Thursday, August 09, 2007
Pop Quiz
Why is it that I can't sleep on the night that my child has slept for four consecutive hours without a peep?

a.) I've stayed up too late watching Mystery Diagnosis and I've now convinced myself that I or someone I love has an array of strange diseases.

b.) My husband is out of town and I have a hard time sleeping without him.

c.) I'm worried about getting my hair cut tomorrow.

d.) Lola is snoring and driving me absolutely crazy.

e.) All of the above.

If you guessed All of the above, you were right. Send me your address so I can send you some cookies.

First, let me update you and say that Aeralyn is perfectly fine. Her fever broke on Tuesday and she has been back to her normal, happy self. Thank goodness. She is quite the pitiful little girl when she is not feeling well.

I'm going to get my hair cut tomorrow for the first time in a long time. I mean really cut, not just trimmed. I've been growing my hair out for a while now, and I am so over it that I could puke. It's dry and dull and boring. And there is just way too much of it, so off it goes tomorrow. In my perfect world, I would get it all cut off in a cute little bob or some other easy to manage short hairstyle, but of course, this is not my perfect world. You see, I have enough hair on my head for three people, maybe four. It is also indecisive about whether or not it wants to be straight or wavy, so it usually resides in a state of constant frizziness. Not ideal hair for short styles. Which means I have to stick with medium to long hairstyles with a lot of layers to thin out my hair.

I have a history of never being satisfied with my hair. I've never once gotten a haircut and said "I LOVE it!". Never. There is always something wrong with it. A little too short here, a little too poofy there, you name it. I think that is mostly because I never go in with something specific in mind to tell the stylist. But this time, I'm going to try and do it differently. I've got it pretty narrowed down to what I want, but not too specific to where the stylist doesn't have any creative leeway. Although, I don't want her to be too creative and end up giving me a mullett or something worse. Wait, is there anything worse than a mullett? I don't know, ask me tomorrow and I'll probably say that the current hair on my head is worse than a mullett.

No, NO! I'm going to think positive. It's just hair for God sakes. It will grow back. It's just, for once, would it be too much to ask to get a haircut that I love? One that puts a smile on my face and makes me feel super confident instead of bringing me close to tears because "LOOK AT MY BANGS! They're AWFUL!"

Now, since I know all of you have all the time in the world and would love to help me on such short notice, I'm going to ask you a favor. Does anyone have a picture of any hairstyles that they think would look cute on me? Anyone out there? Remember, I have a round face with chubby (ok, fat) cheeks, and my hair is super thick so I don't think I can go much shorter than collar bone length. I know I want side bangs, but other than that I'm not too sure. I'm going to be Googling hairstyle ideas to see what I can find, but if you find anything for me, please share!

Now, who wants to bet that Aaron won't notice my new hair when he gets home tomorrow evening?

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Monday, August 06, 2007
I've Been Tagged
Alicia tagged me for a meme quite a while ago. I've been dealing with a sick baby, so I'm just now getting around to it. Aeralyn has been running a fever since Thursday, and we've been to two doctors so far with no real answers as to why. Keep us in your thoughts because if the fever doesn't subside by Wednesday morning, I will have to take her in to see if she has a urinary tract infection. I really don't want my little punkin' to have to go through that, so please have us in your thoughts and prayers.

So, about this meme...

The rules in this game of tag are simple -- once you have been tagged, you must write a blog with ten weird, random things, little known facts or habits about yourself. At the end choose at least 10 people to be tagged, list their names and why you chose them. Don't forget to leave a comment that says 'you've been tagged' and tell them to read your latest blog.

Oh, aren't you excited? This is going to be hard since I've already done the 100 things about me and the five weird things about me before. Let me see...

I have never lived out of the state of Georgia. I really don't have a desire to either. I know, boooorrrriiiinnngg.

I have lost 4 pounds in the past 2 weeks. YAY! I've been back on Weight Watchers. Well, not really considering I cheated for my birthday, and I pretty much cheated all last week, but apparently I did something right. I know, what happened to the Healthy Living? I'm still working on it.

I love scrapbooking. No, really, I love to scrapbook. I've been itching to get to work on Aeralyn's scrapbook, but it turns out that having a mobile and extremely curious child does not leave much time for scrapbooking. Hmm, go figure. I have gotten a few pages done though, and I must say that I am very proud of them. I could happily spend $1,000 dollars and countless hours in A.C. Moore or Michaels on scrapbooking supplies. I have to control the urge to shove my scrapbook creations in the face of people that come to my house all the time. Most people really don't care, but I show them anyway. You want to see my scrapbook? No? Really? Okay then.

Oh, that reminds me! In my speech class in college, I had to give a demonstrative speech on any topic that I chose. Of course, I chose scrapbooking as my topic. I demonstrated to the class how to make simple scrapbook pages, store supplies, etc. I brought in a few of my finished scrapbook pages to show as examples and pass around the room. One of the examples was a page I did with a picture of Aaron trying on his new scuba gear in the living room of his parents house. He had just bought all of his gear and equipment, so he tried it all on to make sure it fit. Wet suit, mask, snorkel and all. Aaron had always hated that picture, and I teased him with it by calling him "Scuba Steve" and making that scrapbook page. Did I mention that he was in my speech class? And he turned about 20 different shades of red when I brought out that scrapbook page and everyone realized it was him. Sweet victory!

I'm afraid of the dark. I always have been, and I'm assuming I always will be. I don't have to sleep with a night light on or anything, but I like to atleast have access to a light that I can turn on quickly if need be. Being in a completely dark room really freaks me out. My heart starts to race and I feel like I can't breathe. Of course, one of Aaron's favorite things to do to me is turn off the light while I'm taking a shower and I can't get to the light switch. Oh, were you feeling a little sorry for him since I showed an embarrassing picture of him in our college class? Well, don't because he obviously deserved it, don't you think?

I hate Kool-Aid. Absolutely positively loathe it. It doesn't matter what flavor it is, I just can't get it past my lips. I think the reason I hate it so much is because I drank it constantly for the first 8 years or so of my life, so I pretty much got my fill of it during those years.

I don't like anything grape flavored except for grape jam. Grape soda, grape candy, grape poscicles, grape lip balm...I won't have any of it. And I can't stand the smell of anything grape either. Coincedentally, purple is also my least favorite color. When I was a kid, I would use every crayon in my crayon box except for the purple one. Sometimes, I would even throw that crayon away so I wouldn't have to look at it. One of my biggest fears is that Aeralyn will want to paint her room a hideous shade of purple when she gets older. *shudders*

Any time I look at a digital clock, I have to add the numbers that display the time together in my head. I've done this for as long as I can remember, and I'm a little obsessive about it.

I love flip flops, and I have atleast 25 pair. I wear them pretty much year round, except for the days that it is just entirely too cold to wear them. Luckily we don't have too many of those days down here.

My favorite smell is coconut, but I will only use coconut scented products in the summer time. My scents have to match the seasons. I wouldn't dream of burning an apple cinnamon candle during the spring because, in my mind, that is a winter scent.

It has taken me 3 days to complete this meme. I can barely find the time to get on the computer anymore, especially since Aeralyn has been sick. I hate that she has been feeling so bad, but I have to admit that I've enjoyed the extra snuggle time. I do hope she is feeling better tomorrow. I'll go ahead and say that there probably will not be a Tatertot Tuesday post tomorrow, but I will update you all as soon as I can.

Now that you are all blown away by how weird I am, I'm supposed to tag ten people. I hate tagging people for these things because then I feel like they feel obligated to do it, even if they don't want to. So, if you read this and you feel like doing it, please do. Just let me know so I can come and see it. Good night!

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Month Eleven
Dear Aeralyn,

Wow. That is really all I can say about this month. Just wow. I am amazed by how much you've changed and by how much you have accomplished these past four weeks.

On the first of this month, you took one little wobbly step, and then you promptly fell down and looked shocked. Then, five days later, you let go of the couch and took about twelve steps. Every day after that was spent with you practicing your walking. You fell down alot, and you got plenty of bumps and bruises, but you never stopped trying. Last week, you decided that you are all about this walking stuff. Your crawling days are in the past, and I have to say that I'm a little sad. You are quickly leaving your baby days behind and becoming a toddler.

Along with learning how to walk, you also learned a few new skills. You can now blow kisses and wave "bye bye", and these are probably two of the cutest things I've ever seen in my life. I can't get enough of it, and you love to show off. You also will choose a book that you want to read and bring it to someone to read it to you. You have your favorite books, and you don't want to have anything to do with the other ones that you have. When you are given a tissue or a baby wipe, you will pretend to blow your nose, and then shove the tissue in someones face. Which everyone thinks is hilarious.

You are so curious about any and everything. You learn something new every day, and I'm constantly amazed. You have such a big personality for such a little girl. And very strong opinions too. I love everything about you.

Love you punkin',