Saturday, June 25, 2011

Jumpin' on the Bandwagon!

Well….here I am. And here is my life right now:
So, I graduated in 2008, got married in 2009, and had a baby in 2010. We moved to Texas December 2009 to birth our babe on Texas soil. I worked about ten days and the rest of the time I just incubated. Then came Jackson Gregory…the light in my life. I could write a million words about my baby, but they would never be enough. Since then I have just been running around chasing after him, inspecting his poop, soothing every tear, kissing his boo boos, singing him made-up songs, and feeding him…lots and lots of feeding him! I can't say all of this without the HUGE shout out to my hubby Thomas who makes it all possible and works full-time and goes to school full-time all so that Jackson and I can play all day long and plan our tomorrow.
Lately I've been staying up late and working all day trying to get the house clean for our fourth of July party. I have no idea why, I mean…we live on a farm. Come on. But anyway, I am trying…and getting angry every single morning when I see how much dirt my husband/son/dog have dragged in. Last night I went through the cabinets in the bathroom and threw away a million things that were here when we moved in and I was what…waiting for someone to ask if they could take it? Anyway, I found a thousand dead spiders, one so large that all I could do was pray that I never ran into his brother. I also cleaned off a spot on the wall that had been there also since we moved in…guess what it was… Oh yeah, a rollie polie wrapped in dirt and hair. I almost threw up. Yep….we live on a farm. For the last three days I have had to let the dog out to round up the cows and get them off of the front lawn. FARM.
Thomas is taking a class this summer…listen to this, the politics of globalization. Exciting right? I know, I sometimes wish I could go to class with him just to sit and listen! He is taking this class for the first session of summer school, and then another class online the second session, and then in the Fall he will have only 2 classes left! It's been a long road and suffice it to say WE ARE PROUD. He's also working, as I mentioned before… he still hates it, but he only works Friday-Monday and evenings, so we still get to spend our days together :)
And nowwwww, for the little man of the house. JACKSON! If I could describe him in one word, it would be WILD. He is wiiiiild. Right now he is getting his top teeth and he is grumpaaaay. He is usually so happy and smiley all the time and lately all he wants is to nurse and hit me. Oh yes, he hits. He is kind of mean like that. I have been asking for a kiss for a week, and tonight, I finally got one instead of a smack, and I think it was a fluke because he was extremely tired. In fact I think he smacked me afterward like, "Oh wait…shoot!" He also just started walking! And he has taaaaken off! One day he walked a couple steps while he was holding my cell phone (texting and walking, I know…) and we thought he did it just because he was distracted. The next day he took about 5 steps on his own! The next day, he did about ten! And the next day….well, he walked around the entire house up and down halls and all over.  Today he figured out how to stand up on his own without holding onto anything so he stopped crawling almost completely. Every time he would start to, he would stop and then stand up. He is learning so fast! This evening we went outside and walked around in the grass and he played with Easton and her chuck-it. What an adventure we are on now! I still can't believe he is walking, every time he does it, I just sit and stare in awe. My little guy…growing up. So bittersweet. He's also eating like a teenager. The kid can put away a meal. He still nurses about 6 times a day and eats 3 solid meals. For breakfast he loves pancakes or oatmeal with fruit and of course, cinnamon graham crackers! For lunch we like to mix it up…usually whatever we are eating he eats too, or he eats leftovers, or mac and cheese or beans, or whatever. He likes vienna sausages, which makes me kind of want to barf. For dinner he loves ravioli, any pasta really, and he loves meats and rice, but not vegetables. I always mix them in, but he usually picks them out. It's pretty cute. The other night we spent about 10 minutes playing "eat the pea." Every time I would get him to open up, I would literally throw a pea in, and he would take it out and throw it back at me and crack me up. It was so funny I didn't even care that he didn't eat the peas. He also gets dessert every night. He is so spoiled. He loves Nilla Wafers and basically any other cookie. He loves to laugh, all day. I think his goal in life is to make mommy laugh… a lot like his daddy in that sense! I could go on and on about my boy and how wonderful and unique he is… but at this point I am realizing I am just procrastinating my pointless cleaning.


  1. u had me LOL annie, awsome job! and omg the "throw a pea in, just 2 have him throw it bak" welcome 2 motherhood haha

  2. You remind me so much of myself and when I had Jackson. It was seriously by far the best thing that ever happened to me becoming a Mama. My whole world stopped and it became about him. He was my best friend for two years until my other son was born, and now I have two best friends :) They make every day amazing, even though they can drive me a little crazy at times. I am a cleaning freak too. My husband works construction, and between him, the dogs, and the kids, it's a constant job. (That and laundry) Oh, and getting my kids to eat veggies has been difficult, but you know what works awesome, green smoothies! I just use a bunch of frozen fruit and put some chard, spinach, peas or whatever veggie in (frozen or not) and they can't even taste it. They LOVE smoothies, and they're great for teething. You can also freeze the smoothies into popsicle molds. Also, amber is suppose to help teething pain. You might try getting him an Amber necklace, they sell them n natural baby online stores. And if he loves pasta, try making zucchini cream sauce (fresh cream and cooked zuchinni blended with a little salt and garlic) It's delicious and he can't pick it out :) You're such a good Mama. Cheers to motherhood :)