Thursday, December 16, 2010

3-4 Months!

When Ash turned 3 months on Nov. 21, I was so busy with Thanksgiving and all the holiday prep that I didn't get a chance to talk about his new developments! Now that he's coming up on 4 months next week, I think I need to cover what he's been up to :)

So after our trip to Alabama that I blogged about earlier, his sleep schedule got all messed up because we traveled during the day and it took about 8 hrs to get there. He slept the whole way because he loves the car! It made travel really easy but when we got home, his days and nights were all messed up. The other problem was that he loves to have his face covered up. So, he would sleep in his crib but only if a blanket was over his face. I felt okay with that as long as I was awake because I could hear him cry if it bothered him but when I would go to sleep, I would take the blanket out and he would instantly wake up and then not go back to sleep. After about a month of getting him back to a normal day and night schedule (and a few weeks of letting him sleep in our bed), I knitted him a cocoon! 

This way, I could put him in his crib, his face could be covered, he would feel secure like he did sleeping in our bed, and he could breathe if it was over his face! He was in baby cocoon heaven!! It did the trick because he started sleeping 11 hrs through the night from night 1 with his cocoon and has been in his room doing the same ever since! I have been SO lucky to have a baby that will sleep through the night around 3 months. It has been such a blessing! The only problem we've had is some days, he naps a lot depending on what we're doing (the more we're out and about, the more he naps) so some nights, he wants to go to sleep at 7pm which is WAY too early for me. I'd rather he go down around 8 or 9pm so we've just kept him up and read to him and played with him until it's that time. Otherwise, he'll be up at the crack of dawn and have one tired, cranky mama!

In the beginning of November, Ash started smiling and laughing like crazy!! And when I say smiling, I mean big, gummy, adorable smiles :) 

It's so cute to see him smile, too, because he smiles at certain things. He LOVES attention. If he's in his swing and I walk up to him and say hi, he starts smiling and giggling with excitement. He and I spend a lot of time together set up just like the picture above with him in my lap and he and I make faces and smile at each other forever! 

And oh my goodness can that boy chatter! He will tell you a big long story and go on and on in his baby talk. You know he's really concentrating on exactly what he wants to tell you. It is absolutely hysterical!

One of the things that has been the neatest for me to see in his development is that he has preferences on things. I sing songs to him a lot and play with him and it's so cute to see that he likes some songs more than others, likes when I do certain things to his feet more than others, etc. He LOVES "The Wheels on the Bus." I move his feet to the motions (go round&round, the horn goes beep beep beep, the wipers go swish swish swish) and he laughs hysterically! It's soo cute! He also loves when I kiss his feet and pretend to eat them hahaha He squeals with excitement! 

He absolutely loves his head being rubbed which is really odd to me lol I swirl my hand on his head over and over and he smiles and giggles like it's the greatest thing since Cheese Whiz! 

He is getting really strong these days! Everywhere I've read has said that "tummy time" is really important for their development because it helps them gain strength to start crawling but he hates being put on his stomach on the floor. So I started just laying on my back on the couch and putting him on my chest. He's totally good with this ~ he can sit up on his elbows completely now and hold himself up and look around :) It's great for us to do it this way, also, because he can look up at me and when I smile at him and talk to him while he's practicing, he giggles. 

He's starting to reach out for things which has been kind of neat to watch. He still hesitates but my mom sent him a little stuffed reindeer for Christmas and if I put it in front of him, he'll reach out and pet it's fur. It's the cutest thing ever to watch his little hands go :)

He has really started to enjoy being read to, also! He always looks at the pictures and seems to be listening. I've been reading a lot about how it's really important to talk to your baby a lot and to read to them (so they learn words you wouldn't normally say in every day conversation) and how it helps them develop their language skills so we try to read every night. He has been really into different pictures but especially black & whites. Jordan's aunt and uncle sent Ash two books for Christmas and one of them I had for him on his wishlist so it was perfect! He LOVES it!! 
It's the cutest book and Ash just loves looking at all the black and white pictures! :)

In general, he is such a happy baby. He really gets bored quickly, though, so every day I come up with an errand or somewhere we should go to get out of the house which he loves. He needs to get out at least once a day or he gets stir-crazy and super cranky. He loves going in the car which is shocking since most babies seem to hate being in their car seats. It has been sooo cold here so far in the last month, so I bundle him all up (which he seems to like) and put him in the car. He looks out the window and sometimes takes a nap. When we get to the store, he looks around at everything. I just keep him in his car seat and then put that in the shopping cart. We just walk around stores and I talk to him and he talks back and looks around. Plus, I think he secretly likes getting out because of all the attention he gets. I'm telling you this kid is a person magnet. It's so cute how people gravitate to him but sometimes it's annoying because it can get hard to get anything done. 

The other day, I had Ash in his Peanut Shell (his sling carrier) in Barnes and Noble and this woman stopped me from the other aisle and was gushing over him. Cute. Until she stood there and told me her life story for 15 minutes. The funny thing was that as she was talking she was saying, oh I always hate to stop new moms because I know their time out is limited before the baby gets cranky....and then she proceeded to talk my face off. Other than that, though, it's pretty cute watching other people get a kick out of him and his expressions, too! :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm planning my first Thanksgiving!!

I wanted to give everyone a heads up to stay tuned to see how successful first attempt at hosting a Thanksgiving will be!

Jordan and I can't go home to Lodi because we don't want Ashton to travel during flu season without all his shots (and with the CA whooping cough epidemic going on) and we aren't going to Alabama because we are going in early December. We contemplated going to Atlanta with our besties Todd and Amber to Todd's aunts house but since it was a last minute idea, there was no room at the boarding place for Tater. Soooooooo, we're having Thanksgiving with the besties at our house!

Here's the menu:

Apple cider
Turkey (which is making me nervous but whatever...the nervousness comes from year after year of my mom panicking over the turkey. Therefore, panicking is the only thing I've learned how to do in that department).
Mashed potatoes
Stuffing (out of the box cuz really, I can't make a turkey out of the box so let's make one thing easy at least!)
Homemade Macaroni & Cheese (a Fritz family tradition..weird, I know)
Coleslaw (from Chick-Fil-A which apparently is a Codling (todd and amber) tradition so I'm excited for yet another random thing that I don't have to cook :) We're all about the randomness as you can see with the mac&cheese. Always a fan.)

Dessert: I'm going all out
Pumpkin pie
Apple pie
Chocolate chip & peanut butter cookies (by request of Todd and Amber. I'm making at least 2 batches of these because we usually end up fighting over them)

If you find yourself wondering what happened to us if you don't hear from us for several days after this, we'll still sitting on the couch dying of fatness and trying to keep our arteries unclogged. :)

I'm also making zucchini bread (one loaf of traditional, and one loaf of chocolate chip zucchini bread with orange zest) so we'll have that as one of the little things to snack on before dinner...and hopefully as a partial breakfast when Amber and I get up at the butt-crack of 3am to drive to Charlotte, NC for shopping on Black Friday.

Yes, we are nuts. Don't ask me why we're doing this...except that I've never done BF shopping before and Charlotte is the closest place that has decent shopping (ya, can you believe there's nothing in the entire state of South Carolina? Awful.) and I'm tempted by amazing deals I am repeatedly promised.

Anywho, that's the plan over the next couple of days. I'll keep everyone updated on how it's all going. Today is the grocery shopping day. I'm trying to do it a few days early to avoid the crowd but I know it's still going to be awful so pray for me. Did I not tell you I'm striving to be Martha Stewart?? Without burning my house down preferably. I'll need to sleep for about 5 days straight when this is over. LoL! And somehow, with all the cooking and shopping and madness, I promise I'll still by up to my eyelashes in diapers! Duh.

If anyone wants any of the recipes of what I'm making, let me know! :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ashton's first roadtrip!

About two weeks ago, Jordan and I decided to take a trip to Alabama to visit Jordan's family! I was sooo nervous about taking a 7 hour drive (turned into 8 hrs with stops) with a 2 month old infant. Well, Ashton has decided over the last month or so that he LOVES the car! He passed out instantly, woke up once to eat, and went right back to sleep until we got there :)

I was SO glad we made the trip. Jordan's mom and step dad had not gotten to see Ash since he was born! Seeing them looking through the window in anticipation when we finally got there made it all worth it. They ran out to the car and you could see the itch all over them...they were DYING to get to that baby and it was so freaking cute! They then fought over who got to hold him for the next few hours :) Ash definitely wasn't missing out on any attention!

Ash and his Papaw

"Neela" imitating Ashton's famous fists :)

One of the greatest things was that Ashton got to meet his great-grandparents. My mom's parents passed away years ago and it hurts me every day that Ashton will never know them. They were two of the most incredible people I've ever known and I just know how much they would have enjoyed Ashton. My dad's dad passed away about a month before Ashton was born and that, too, has hurt me because I know how badly he wanted to meet him. I prayed every day that my grandpa would last long enough to see his baby great-grandson. My dad's mom is absolutely dying to meet him but lives in California so she won't get to see him until he's almost 6 months old! This all being said, it was absolutely incredible to introduce Ashton to a 4th generation for the first time :) Jordan's grandpa especially was so into my pregnancy and would always light up when he asked how his little "peanut" was doing so we were absolutely thrilled for Ashton to meet them!
We got to look at some amazing pictures Jordan's grandparents have of THEIR grandparents, parents, etc. It was incredible to see such old pictures of family history! They are so blessed to have pictures like that!

It was such a fantastic trip because Ashton got to meet Jordan's sister and her family (Ashton's auntie, uncle, and two little cousins!) It was the sweetest thing ~ when I was pregnant, our little nephew Zeke (who is 3) was trying to wrap his mind around the fact that there was a baby in my tummy. He would ask me if he could play with him yet and I would tell him that he was in there cooking and that he wasn't done yet! Well when he met Ash and I told him that Ashton was the baby who used to be in my tummy, he looked up at me and said in his adorable southern drawl, "The baby done did cooked??" :) It was so sweet!
Zeke :)

Jordan and Chloe playing with J's car :) 

Auntie Karlie lovin' on Ash with Zeke and Kelsie 

We had such an amazing time, we ended up staying an extra day and didn't want to leave! Ash got to meet so many people and spent so much time with his Neela and Papaw (Jordan's mom and step-dad) as they just doted on him all weekend! It was absolutely perfect! 

 Me and my little Zekester :)

Ash's uncle Zac was making him crack up! It was the funniest thing ever! Ash just LOVED him!!

J doin what he does best ~ being one of the kids :)

Life in a Nutshell

While I typically talk about Ashton, I want to talk about life. And basically ramble my thoughts off. Life is so confusing and screwed up and beautiful and just a roller coaster. Etc., etc., etc.

Growing up in a small town and having super conservative parents, I was always so sheltered, naive, and protected and was always such a good kid. I was so afraid to do anything wrong and wouldn't dream of going against my parents. Once I got to college in LA, life was scary and overwhelming and took me in so many twists and turns that I'm so grateful I recovered from it all. Some of the people I met struggled so deeply in their lives and all they wanted to do was take someone down with them. And that was something I wasn't used to and truly, it was terrifying. While I was dealing with growing up and things in life that people go through, I remember telling myself, "Everything happens for a reason. There is a purpose to this." While I lost some of my faith in God due to people and situations I came across, deep down, I always told myself that He was putting me through things for a reason.

And now, nearly 7 years later, I get it. I get why. I would not have a single thing in my life to this day if it weren't for those trials and tests. The awful men and boyfriends God put in front of me are the reason I appreciate Jordan and the wonderful man and husband he is. The little things he does for me every day would not mean nearly as much if I had not had guy after guy treat me like total and utter shit. It made my struggle to find the right person so rewarding. It made me fall for Jordan in the first three days I knew him. It made me get engaged to him after four months of dating. I knew, instantly, that there was no one out there like him because I saw exactly what was out there. Sometimes I think about where my life would close I came to never meeting him. I think about the bad relationships I was in before him and how hard it was for me to get out of them and how grateful I am that God gave me the strength. No one I have ever come across with has ever given me a fraction of the love and dedication and care that Jordan gives me every single day.
When Jordan and I said our wedding vows, I cried through them all because my love for him is so overwhelming. While I originally never understood why God would bring a man to me who is in the military, someone who would have to be away from me to take care of other people, I now understand that He is teaching me to be independent and to appreciate my husband more than I could imagine. When Jordan is away from me, even overnight, I feel as if half of me is gone. Without that separation, I don't know that I would ever learn to appreciate him as much as I do. And so, in our vows, as I bawled through them, I promised to Jordan that I would always miss him when he was away from me. 

With God's gift of my husband comes the birth of my amazing little boy. He is the absolute joy and light of my life and I honestly cannot believe that I had 24 years without him. From the day he was born, I couldn't remember a single moment before he existed. I remember always thinking when I was pregnant what a miracle conception was...that my little boy came from a cell. One tiny microscopic cell. That he was half of me and half of Jordan. That two people...put together...can create human life. I still cannot wrap my mind around the fact that he is part of us; our bodies, our personalities, etc. And he's perfect. When he was born, Jordan and I would sit in my hospital room and just talk for hours about how perfect he was and how neither one of us could understand how our hearts were absolutely exploding with love. I knew I would love my children but I honestly did not know that it would be to this degree. We would talk about how just looking at him made us cry because he was so special and he was OURS.

I bought a book for Ashton when I was pregnant called "On the Night You Were Born" and it's about just that - how the whole world stopped when he was born. I have yet to be able to read the entire thing to him because I cry the whole way through. I'm actually crying now just talking about it! :)
As I sobbed as I held my baby for the first time, all I did was thank God for him over and over and over. I thanked God that he was healthy and that He gave me a gift so precious. All I kept thinking was that I was trying to process that he was mine. He was all mine. And nothing anyone could ever do would ever change that. Three thousand years from now, history exists that I am his mom and he is my baby.

If I had never met Jordan, I would have never moved out of California and experienced people outside of my comfort zone. And I would never have met one of the best friends I have ever known. I swear she is like my long lost Siamese twin. I never would have become this independent. I would never have had any of the things in my life that I do now if God had not put me through confusion and pain and heartache and joy and getting into harmless trouble and laughter and memories of stupid things that at the time seemed awful and now I cry from laughter about and all the things that wrap life up into a spiraling, confusing, beautiful package.
Me and my "twin" hours before Ashton was born :)

Over the last year, it seems like so many tragedies have happened close to my heart and once again, life takes you through turns. And things I thought wouldn't affect me as deeply have ripped me to the core. I think it's because I've learned to appreciate life so much deeper over the last few years and I've learned how delicate and precious it is. When things happen to friends, I feel like it's happening to me and I try to make sense of it all. But I keep reminding myself that everything always happens for a reason. And while my life is so fantastic and I truly have everything I've ever wanted (amazing, supportive, and loving parents, a great relationship with my brother, a loving and caring husband, amazing friends and a little boy to dote on and call my own) God reminds me constantly to NEVER take a single second of His gift of life for granted. And while at the time, those reminders seem like a punch in the face, it's important for me to never forget because He gave us one life.

I would be nowhere without these three, amazing people in my life :) I am sooo fortunate to have such a loving, supportive, and FUN family!! <3

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Knitting for October

Ya...I knit constantly. I think I have a problem. 

I made these monster feet for Ashton! The only bummer thing about it is after they were all finished, they barely fit him! Who knew my little guy had such big feet?! I want to make them again and just use a bigger sized needle to make them a little bigger because they are just so darn cute on! I have to build up some stamina for it, though, because although they were really fun and relatively easy, it's impossible to see any mistakes with that furry yarn so I had to knit a few before I got it exactly right.

Here's Ash in the "sea monkey" baby hat I knitted for him when he was first born :) It's starting to get a little small already so I may resort to making another one of these as well! It's hard keeping up with a growing baby! He looks so cute in it though!

I actually JUST finished this hat tonight for my niece Chloe for Christmas! She's turning 10 in November and some days she's a tomboy while other days, she slowly dips into wearing things like pink :) I thought this was absolutely perfect for her! I can't wait to give it to her! It was really fun and super easy!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bubba Burgers

I'm really prone to headaches so every once in a while, when I get a bad migraine, I'm not able to make dinner like I had planned. Our solution? Bubba burgers!!! They are absolutely amazing! They come frozen and all you do is throw them on the grill as is (still frozen). They take about 15 minutes to cook and are honestly some of the best burgers I've ever had. If you find them in your grocery store, please try them! :) They even have low fat ones or ones that come with different spices and flavoring. They're our fall back on those nights where dinner falls through.

Ashton's first visit to the pumpkin patch!

My parents came to visit for about a week and a half which was so exciting! It was so sweet watching them bond with Ashton and see how much they enjoyed him and he enjoyed them! :) One of the things we did while they were here was take him to a little pumpkin patch! I know it was absolutely ridiculous because he will never remember it but I just wanted to do it as a little family outing and if anything, to get pictures of him with all the pumpkins in the background. He pretty much slept through almost the entire thing but we had fun anyway :)

Always has his hands out :)

All the baby pumpkins were so cute! 

They had a thing where you could see how tall you were and mark your height and I thought it was too funny not to put him up next to it hahaha 

I just love his little ghost hat on him!

Ash and his Grammy :)

With his Mama

On occasion, Ashton likes to suck his thumb (never for any real length of time). The funny thing about it is even when we would get ultrasounds, he always had his hands in his face. He does the same thing now...his hands are always spread out somewhere across his face so it's fitting that he sucks his thumb with a flared hand (instead of a fist) hahaha I always love it when he does that! 

The three of us! :)

2 Month Baby!

I can't even believe it but Ashton is already two months as of Oct. 21! I can't even believe how quickly time is flying! It amazes me every day how quickly he's developing and growing! One of the things that really blows me away is how early he's doing some things. He can completely hold his head up now and has been able to for a few weeks!

He also rolled over for the first time a few weeks ago!! It was soooo cute! I couldn't believe he had done it so early but he did! He was on his back on our bed with his head propped up on a pillow and I layed down to the side of the pillow. He loves to cuddle so as soon as I layed down, he high-tailed it and rolled from his back onto his tummy which put him snuggled right at my chest. Within seconds, he had his eyes closed ready to go to sleep! It was so adorable that his motivation to roll over was to snuggle! :) I thought he had been close for a few weeks because he had been rolling on his side a lot but it just shocked me when he rolled so fast over to me!

Here's a pic of me and Ash napping on our first day home from the hospital! :) 

I cannot wait until he starts really smiling! He's SO close! He keeps doing these little half smiles that makes me think he's smiling but I just feel like a big smile is coming soon! About two weeks ago, he was passed out on my lap and started smiling and then was laughing in his sleep! It was sooo funny! I had never seen anything like it and it just cracked me up. He laughed for about 5 seconds straight. I'd love to know what in the world he was dreaming about that he found so funny! I'm not sure why he can smile and laugh in his sleep but hesitates when he's awake but I just can't wait for that one good first laugh :)

One of my favorite things he started doing is his baby chatter. He LOVES lights and anything that moves (mobiles, ceiling fans, etc.). He makes all these sweet cooing noises and talks to things in his baby talk. It's so funny to listen to because some days, he'll just be going nuts! One of the things he does it to the most is his floor gym. He talks to the flashing lights, the toys dangling off it, and even himself in the mirror!

I started noticing a few weeks ago that he's REALLY into his mirror. It's so funny to think that he thinks that's another baby in there! It's so sweet to watch him stare at himself forever. He thinks he's the sexiest baby out there! :) hahaha

Loves that paci :)

He has become QUITE the cuddlebug these days. I always said I would never let my kid be in bed with me but I absolutely cannot help it! I LOVE cuddling with him! I do make him sleep in his bed until early morning but then I let him come cuddle in bed with my for a few hours. The second I put him in our bed, I lay him on his back on my pillow and he immediately rolls over and buries himself in my neck and passes out. It's so sweet I don't think I can give it up!

One big development, though, is that he is finally in his crib! He had been sleeping in his pack'n'play in our room and I was getting really used to being able to wake up in the middle of the night and look over to see him (I'm REALLY attached to my baby hahaha). But I started noticing that he wasn't liking the pack'n'play mattress very much so I moved him into his room in his big boy crib which really needed to happen soon anyway. He's a happy camper in there! He loves all the colors and shapes on his bumper pads and sheets so it's nice to put him in his crib and watch him look around and feel like he enjoys being in there. Thankfully, we have one of the most amazing baby monitors on the planet (with video!). Otherwise, there's no way I would be able to be away from him. Anytime I wake up, I can look over and see him in the monitor so I feel pretty good about that. It's hard but it needed to happen. (Just imagine what a mess I'll be when he goes away to college! Geez.) He's sleeping great at night too! I've been SO lucky with this. Starting a little after he was a month old, he sleeps for about 7-8 hrs at a time. I usually feed him once before I go to bed and then once early in the morning around 8am and that's it! Getting my sleep is something I definitely did NOT expect and have really come to appreciate because I'm thinking my next little munchkin won't be as convenient. Can I really get that lucky twice??

Over the last week or so, my stomach has been bothering me (not sure why) so he's been temporarily on formula because my milk was hurting his tummy, too. One not so fun development? Formula diapers. Yuck. That's all I'm gonna say on that subject. Besides the fact that I just can't wait to go back to breast feeding because I miss it sooo much, I won't miss those nasty diapers!

Little stinker :)

He's growing so quickly. It makes me so sad! He has his two month shots coming up next week too and I'm absolutely dreading it. I just can't stand the thought of anything making him cry. :( Hopefully it'll be quick and he won't even notice! I may have to post an entry about how traumatized we both were by his first set of shots :( Ahhh!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bath Time is Bonding Time!

One great thing I've learned to appreciate about Ashton is how much he loves his baths! I know some babies love it while others absolutely hate it! I'm lucky enough that bath time for Ashton and I has become our calming part of the night. When he's cranky and tired, I like giving him a bath if he needs one because he gets so into it! While he screams when I strip him of his clothes and diaper, the second he hits that water, it's heaven and he goes into these sweet cooing noises. Something about the warm water just puts him in the best mood and gives us the opportunity to "chat." :)

This is the time where I make sure I talk to him alot because I know he's listening and I feel like it's a good time for him to develop more awareness of his senses. I've noticed that while he "chatters," he's looking around at everything and feeling the water with his hands. It's really special to get to watch him discover new things and enjoy something so simple that stimulates his senses.

After his bath, he usually cries for those 3 seconds when I transport him from the tub to his towel and then I lotion him up! I lay him on our bed covered in his towel, give him his pacifier, and talk to him while I lotion him. His favorite part is when I get to his feet - he gets a little baby foot massage! I just go up and down the bottom of his feet with my thumb and he LOVES it! He flexes and curls his feet every time I go up and down them and just keeps making his happy noises. It is so sweet! After all that, he gets his diaper and his jammies and he's a happy camper! It almost always soothes him if he's in a bad mood (I know, you can't imagine that, right??! lol!)

While I always thought giving a baby a bath was going to kind of be just one of those extra things in your day you HAVE to do that takes up time, I've quickly learned to enjoy it and even look forward to it on some days! I know Jordan is looking forward to the time when Ashton takes his baths in the big tub with a ton of toys and plays and splashes but for now, I'm enjoying the bonding time we get for these little one-on-one baths. :)


A friend of mine recently sent me this hysterical video through email:

After watching it several times, I just realized that the person who created this video referred to it as "mompetition" and "mompetitors." I thought that was one of the greatest terms I had ever heard because I have realized that one of the curses from having kids is occasionally having that one insane person around you who wants to turn motherhood into a constant competition!

Mompetition is something I unfortunately had a horrible experience with very early on in my pregnancy. Shortly after announcing my pregnancy, a friend of mine became incredibly jealous and quickly scrambled to become pregnant as well. While it should have been the happiest time in our lives and something we could share with eachother, she thrived for mompetition between our unborn children! While I was further along than she was, she saw it as a losing battle for her which quickly made her crazy and ultimately, ended our friendship. As you can imagine, it was ruining the joys of my pregnancy. I can't imagine it wasn't ruining the joys of hers as well which is why I struggle to understand why she wanted to live that way to begin with! Months later, while she is still pregnant, I keep hearing tidbits of her poisoning mutual friends and obsessively trying to find out information about me through other people. Why her mompetition is getting the best of her is beyond me but it fascinates me. In the end, she is only failing to see that while she should be enjoying one of the most precious times in her life, she is too busy looking at someone else through jealous eyes and she will never get this time back. When she looks back on her pregnancy, all she will remember is her psychotic and obsessive behavior! It's honestly sad because she may even begin to miss out on her child's life if she continues this with other moms.

Mompetition is such a curse but something that's easy to fall into which is why I found this video absolutely hysterical. It is so incredibly accurate! While this video made me laugh at how crazy some people can get, it also reminded me to savor absolutely every single second of Ashton's life! If I had not chosen to distance myself, I would have been allowing someone else to ruin my own pregnancy. Without that unnecessary, childish drama, I was able to remember my pregnancy as one of the happiest times in my life! I honestly cannot wait to be pregnant again because it was such an amazing experience!

It also ruins another joy in life which is having mom friends to share things with! I absolutely LOVE the fact that I'm not the only mom among my friends! Having people who share helpful tips with me and give me ideas for better ways to do things has been amazing! I love the fact that I have several moms I can go to and ask how they did certain things or how they dealt with little problems babies have. It also has become such a great support system and has been so exciting to see their babies grow up!

It has given me so much to look forward to in Ashton's life! One friend of mine texted me the other day and told me that her little boy had just taken his first crawling step! I was so excited for her and her little guy, I felt as if he was my baby! Sharing in her happiness was so much fun and I was so proud of him! Another friend of mine was telling me how her little boy was just starting to try out different vegetables and which ones he liked! Hearing her pride and the excitement of his development was so special and gave me so much to look forward to. Facebook has also given me several opportunities to see friends' babies being born and to be able to share in their excitement as they, too, enter into new parenthood! It makes us feel closer as our babies grow up together! Being a mom with other moms is only a stressful, crazy thing if you make it and if you do, it's really a shame because there is so much to enjoy in it!

God gave us one life! So enjoy it, and laugh! Enjoy the video above and if you're a mom, remember that compulsively comparing notes to other moms only ruins your own experiences and takes away from a time in your childrens' lives you will never get back!

When I'm not laughing at this video, remember I'm up to my eyelashes in diapers!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sea Monkey Baby

     I had mentioned in a previous post that I had recently started knitting! It's sooo relaxing and I've really enjoyed it! When I was still pregnant pretty much up until I delivered, I was busy making him a stuffed bunny so this little hat is the first thing I've done since he's been here!
     A friend of mine showed me an awesome knitting website (where I found this pattern) so now I'm a complete nerd and spend my spare time knitting for Ashton! I absolutely love ridiculous hats on babies so I just had to make this for him :)