Saturday, June 28, 2008

Growing pains..


So I am rollerblading along, pushing the stroller and thinking about when I bought these roller blades...

I bought them probably nine years ago. I was living in Surfside. I was a party machine, which is a totally different kind of machine than I am currently. ;) I was hanging out with my best childhood friend Jody, Travis, and the Cross boys- every single day. It would be the same thing everyday, and it never got old to us. Sleep all day, drink all night.

When the nice summer nights rolled around we would sit outside on one of our front porches, and without a doubt one of them would get out the skateboards. Then there was me...I couldn't skateboard. Finally we decided to go buy a pair of roller blades, because I was too much of a tomboy to sit "delicately" on the sideline.

Me and Sean went to the store together, because he "knew what he was buying" and yet somehow we ended up with a pair of speed skates. I remember thinking that I barely pushed and I was going too fast for my comfort. Needless to say- I was not a champion skater (nor will I ever be) and I couldn't do tricks with everyone else, in fact I was so bad I was afraid to skate in the daylight because Surfside is a small neighborhood, and inevitably a car would drive by with people that I knew, and they would see me making an ass of myself. No, no, no I was way too cool for that.

So, the only time the skates ever came out was midnight or later, usually after a couple of beers because then I wasn't afraid to fall and get hurt, you know- "beer balls." And I could be sure that no one would see me. It was usually me and Sean rolling through Surfside until our legs couldn't take anymore.

Ahhh, the good ol' days. (Right?)

Four years later the skates ended up in Euclid with me. I figure I was about nineteen/twenty. That is when Chris came into my life. I mean really- we were friends middle school. And for those of you who know us, know we didn't really date. We "hung out." We were "just friends," right up until I ran off to Chicago and married him. But, he used to come to the Euclid house, my bedroom was in the basement, and I figure that was the beginning of "us." And I would occasionally get out the skates. They just repaved the street so it was smooth for an armature like me. I would not leave 264th, but I would roll up on down- usually this time by myself- but still at night. Partially because I was still afraid of looking like an asshole, but mostly because I was no longer invincible, and I new I shouldn't skate in traffic. <--currently laughing at myself.

Back to Eastlake, my very "own" apartment. I lived there for just over a year. I was twenty-one and twenty-two. But somehow I never seemed to be alone there. I hated to go to bed in an empty apartment, so even if Chris and I weren't hanging out that day I would call him at any given time and tell him that I was "bored." Looking back it was a shame that we both paid for rent in our own apartments, he was NEVER at his. All he did was shower there. I guess I could have let him use mine. The bigger shame was that I actually made Chris share a full sized bed with me and my 100lb doberman. I don't know how any of us slept. And occasionally I would get out the skates again. Me and Kago this time. We would go to the metro parks and I would skate, he would pull. I guess at this point I wasn't so afraid of looking silly, because you can only imagine how those walks worked out for us.

And then all of the sudden, Virginia. The skates are out again and I am pushing my baby. I have a wedding ring on my finger, I don't feel the least bit venerable and don't care who sees me. I still have to avoid traffic, not because I am afraid of hurting myself, but rather my son.

So as I was skating the other day I couldn't help but think of all the changes.- How when I bought those skates at seventeen, marriage, babies, and Virginia seemed so far away. This life was the last thing I was thinking about. I thought I was happy then but I had no clue.

I came a long way, and still have a long way to go in the steps to becoming the adult, mother, and wife that I want to be, but I am pretty proud of my progress. I look back and I don't think I was always the nicest person. For the most part yes, but I sure had a nasty streak that I think usually came out on people who least deserved it. So, if that applies to you I am sorry. I spent a lot of time being young and wrong, and if it any consolation I learned from it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wow that's quality...


Check out the first pic with the new camera! I am in love...

This is Carter's newest toy, and he is just so excited to be playing, standing up, and independent. I can't believe he actually plays with each toy on his bouncer. I thought that he would stare at the colors and gain leg strength at first, but he is so interested with each thing. He reaches for everything.
I guess it is no cliche, they grow fast!

Friday, June 20, 2008

He's contagious.


My neighbor/friend was going to the NEX today with Chris and I, and as I was putting Carter in the car seat Ryan was watching Carter, and Carter was smiling and giggling. Ryan was talking to Carter and he said, "you make me so happy, just looking at you makes me happy."

I was the proudest Mommy ever, that was the best compliment anyone has ever given my baby. Sometimes (not all the time, sometimes) I want so bad to be closer to friends and family so everyone can see him the way I do. I want to show off his little smile and share his good moods. It was so nice to hear someone appreciate him the way Chris and I do. It made my whole day.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Haircut!




His first haircut, given by Mom. Enjoy the "before," "during," and "after," shots. It doesn't matter what we are doing, he always is making me giggle. Check him out during the cut, he thought it was the best thing ever.

But this week has been hard- he is going through a growth spurt and he has had me up at least three/four times a night to eat. He is easy, he goes right back to bed, but right now my body is craving caffeine. It will be about eight more months before that is going to happen. When my last visitors left I was ready for a break from company, but man I am whistling a different tune! Hurry up and get here Nancy, I am ready for a nap!

There are also some more pics on winkflash if you feel so inclined. There are a couple more "play by plays" of his haircut, and he decided to start chewing on his toes today, which I of course couldn't get enough of. :)

Friday, June 13, 2008

4 Months

Four months today, HEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! He is so big! As a little "birthday" celebration, him and I had a day at the park. We really needed that, it has been so hot here, I have hardly left the house in a week. We have had zero time outside, and today was nice so it seemed like the thing to do. (By nice I mean 88, rather than 100, and by "day at the park" I mean a 40 minute walk. I take what I can get.)
His new milestone/accomplishment is he thinks raspberries are funny. This is new, last week if you blew on his belly he looked at you like he wasn't sure what to think. This week he gets a huge smile on his face. Then I give a little giggle, and he starts laughing out loud. Every time he just smiles until I chuckle. It is so funny. It's like he needs me to tell him that it is funny before he laughs. Then he is like "Cool, that's what I thought, definitely funny." Kind of like those TBS commercials. ;)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Carter James had his four month check up today and is doing fantastic! He is 14 lbs 6 oz- 24 1/2 in. He gained his expected ounce a week, but shot up in length. Technically he is no longer Mr. Fat Cat, but if you think that is going to stop us from calling him Chunks you are so wrong. He is so big, so sweet, and the LOVE OF MY LIFE!

Friday, June 6, 2008

It's Official!


Introducing DC2SW Langtry. He had his ceremony today, but needless to say the baby sailor stole the show.

Love, from a childs point of veiw.

I got this in an email and loved it, I had to make it my own:

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'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.'Karl - age 5

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'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.'Chrissy - age 6

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'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.'Terri - age 4

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'Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.'Danny - age 7

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'Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss,' Emily - age 8

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'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.'Bobby - age 7

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'If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,'Nikka - age 6(we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)

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'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.'Noelle - age 7

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'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.'Tommy - age 6

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'During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.'Cindy - age 8

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'My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.'Clare - age 6

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'Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.'Elaine-age 5

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'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.'Chris - age 7

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'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.'Mary Ann - age 4--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.'Lauren - age 4
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'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.' (what an image)Karen - age 7
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'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross.'Mark - age 6
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'You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.'Jessica - age 8

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

As The Bald Spot Grows

Before Cleveland Trip



After
Poor baby is going bald from all the Cleveland madness! Don't worry little man, when I lived there I pulled my hair out too! HAHAHA
Seriously though, I have a dilemma as to whether or not to cut his hair. I figure he is just a baby baby, and you don't cut their hair, BUT...
If his hair was shorter he may not get hold of it like he does. It is not like he is pulling it out in the middle of a fit, he runs his little hands though it while he is sleeping. So the back of his head is super short and broken where he sleeps on it, and the sides are straight bald where he pulls it out. Then the top of his head it getting so long that I have to push it out of his eyes all the time. I mean, don't you usually cut kids hair once it is in their eyes? Mine just happened to be born with a head full. It is not my fault that he is super young for a haircut. What do you think?
I was looking at pictures, and I just can't believe how thick it was as compared to now!
I am thinking, maybe we should just even it up a bit...

Nothing left to do but smile smile smile...


I have been feeling super worn-out/under- the- weather since I got back from Cleveland. The morning is the time that I usually catch up on housework or sleep, and Carter has decided that he no longer wants to sleep in. So needless to say I have to work on a new schedule because right now everything is piling up.

The one plus is Carter just can't wipe the smile off his face. All I have to do is make eye contact with him and he is smiling away. It just seems to make it all better.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Carter's Cleveland Debut


Well, we are back from Cleveland, and for the most part it was a beautiful visit. I got to see most everybody, but you know- it is so hard cramming everyone into a few short days. Next time I come home I should rent a hall- everyone can come and visit me, then the rest of my visit can be nice and relaxed with those nearest and dearest. Well, that is at least what I would like to happen.

I left with a small bag of clothes and returned with enough clothes to dress my child for the next year. Heck yes! ***Napoleon Dynamite voice***

I was more worried about the drive than anything, and Carter did fine, but the first two days he was really stressed with the new environment and different faces. I didn't anticipate that at all. He was fine by Thursday and I got to show off his smile. You have no idea what it is like getting to introduce your son to all your friends and family. That is one thing that I really missed here in VA.

Today I got my dress for Chris' Ceremony this Friday, (on sale for $20.00 by the way) and spent the rest of the day in bed. I am so exhausted, and I think I might be coming down with something. Tomorrow I am locking myself in the house. At least that is what I want to do... we will see.

There are about 200 new pics up on the picture site, I may have been a little obsessive with the camera on the trip.