Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Things I love.......

My little guy is so silly and just makes me smile. I wanted to share some things I love about him and maybe you'd like to share about your little one in my comments area:

I love the way he puts the soles of his feet together and puts them up in the air when he poops.

I love the way he stares at me and caresses my face adoringly...before he tries to poke my eye out or rip my lips off.

I love the way he's surprised then thrilled every time he sneezes.

I love his giggles, and when he giggles even harder when I ask, "What's so funny?"

I love to change his diaper simply because he loves to have it done. He grins from ear to ear the entire time.

I love breastfeeding him.

I love how he looks at his daddy and gives him a different smile, as if it's just for him!

And finally, I love his wake up smiles, even the 2am slap happy ones.

I could go on and on but I won't :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Top O' The Morning.......

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

4 Month Stats!!

Ian had his 4 month check-up this morning. Here are his 4 month stats:

Weight: 15 Pounds 5 Oz.- 55th percentile for BF babies

Length: 26 inches- 95th percentile for BF babies

Head Circumfrance: 16 1/4- 55th percentile

While there, the doctor gave us the greenlight to start spoon feeding him if we'd like too. although he is doing great and could stay on BM until his 6 month check up! we are skipping the cereal altogether and have introduced avacado, and banana's, but not on a regular basis just yet.

We also found out that Ian inherited another one of daddy's awesome qualities - he has very sensitive skin. And, due to the cold weather and dry heat, he has some mild Eczema on his cheeks. We just have to keep lubing him up with Aquaphor.

The not so fun part of the appointment was getting his vaccines: one was given orally and the other two were shots - one in each leg. I will say that the shots didn't seem to upset him as much as when the doctor undid his diaper to at a look at his "business". Maybe he's modest?

Monday, March 15, 2010


Ian has tried his first food: Avocado!!!! We have made the personal decision to bypass rice cereal, or oats because they basically have no nutirional value at all. We have choose avocado because:

Avocado makes a great first food for baby due to its texture and creaminess as well as its high nutrient content.

Avocados are often called one of nature's perfect foods because they are said to contain everything a person needs to survive.

A wonderful "good fat" food for baby's brain and physical development, try an avocado as baby's first food instead of refined cereals.

"Sodium- and cholesterol- free, avocados contain valuable nutrients including 8% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for folate; 4% DV for fiber and potassium, 4% DV for vitamin E; and 2% DV for iron. A serving of avocado also contains 81 micrograms of the carotenoid lutein and 19 micrograms of beta-carotene. Per serving, avocados have 3.5 grams of unsaturated fats, which are known to be important for normal growth and development of the central nervous system and brain."

So PLEASE don't judge, it's our decision!!!!!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

4 months old!!!!

Today, our sweet Ian is 4 months old! He is such a good baby and we really do have the best time with him. I cannot begin to tell you the joy and love this little man has brought into my life. He can truly light up a room and melt your heart with his smile &. His coo and laughs are so contagious. Happy 4 Months Sweet Baby!

At 4 months old, Ian:

*Smiles and giggles and the time

*Puts Most things in his mouth

*Can't sit still

*Drools Constantly

*Has finally figured out his hands and is great at reaaching and grabing for things, and has a killer grip!!!

*Is rolling from his belly to back, and his back to his belly

*Still HATES baths, and plays soccer with his duck, and baseball

*Loves to "stand" on my legs or a flat surface

*Has a new best friend: Sophie

*Loves to talk walks and runs with Mama and Dada

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling.....

Mr. Ian has decided he is off and rolling! Saturday as I mentioned he was rolling from back to belly for our morning play session, and then again for daddy on Sunday. Today Dan picked him up from daycare, and when I got home from ZUMBA (errr), he asked me, "Is Ian rolling from his tummy to his back?", and of course I said, "I don't think so", because I haven't seen him. Dan continued to say that Ms. Heidi said that he was doing it all afternoon and she could not get him to stay on his tummy for tummy time. So I took out his daily log anound there it was:

Ian did not get much tummy time today, he kept rolling from his tummy to his back!!

YAY Ian!!! Your such a strong little guy, I love you!!!!

3 Things....

As I sit in my classroom, my students are completing an writing assessment on Response to Lit., so I decided to venture into my mommy message board.....it seems to be getting repeatative lately, and not so busy...but this post was there so I figured I would go ahead and fill it out!!


3 things I love right now..

-Ian's laugh and Smile!
-My husband...He is my rock.
-Spring Break is in 4 weeks!!

3 things I hate right now:
-That I am not at home with Ian
-The baby bump I am working on everyday to rid of. ( I know that I am under my prepreg. weight, but the baby bump is killing me!)
-The fact that for the first time in a long time were on a "budget", that allows no extras!

3 things I'm passionate about:
-Making my own baby food!

3 smells I love:
-Italian Food
-Magnolia Trees
-Brenda Nugent's House

3 places I visit a lot
-Publix(I seem to be there WAY too often)

3 things I will change(I changed that from wish I could...I read a book called Excuses Begone so I am not wishing anymore I am changing! ;)
-My weight
-Our Financial Situation
-Where we live

3 things I want to accomplish before I die
-See Ian grow up and be a success, gratuate, get married, and have babies.
-Travel with the hubby
-Have a little girl

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Our Big, BIg, BIG day!

So today was a big day!! First thing this morning Ian rolled over from his back to tummy!!! (not once BUT TWICE!!!!). I was screaming and clapping so loud that I woke up Dan, on his morning to sleep in. Sorry babe!

Then we went to the Zoo! Although Ian is a little too small to actually know where we were he loved looking around at all the animals and people!!! He took in the world every minute, he is so curious!!!!

After the Zoo we had a great lunch in the beautiful sun, and then took our first family run!!!! We have been on walks and a few hikes but no runs!!! We ran to Mirror Lake and home, and Ian love dit, he was babbling, and smiling away!!! Great Job on your first 2 miles Ian!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Best Friend...Sophie

Ian has a new best friend...............

The second I saw her I was smitten. She stood 7 inches high with big, coal-black eyes, a blush of hot pink on each cheek and a little mouth parted to reveal a cheerful smile. I loved the rich caramel color of her spots, the jaunty bend of her front knee, the way her long, thin neck fit so perfectly in Ian's fat little hand. The texture of her body was soft like suede.
Little did I know that falling in love with this rubber giraffe was the equivalent of falling in love with that cute dress you hoped your friend had bought at Forever 21 but that turned out to be from Marc Jacobs.
She has a name, Sophie, and if you start asking around you'll find that most new moms have at least heard of her, if they haven't already bought her. Maybe they saw her in Us Weekly, clutched in the hands of Nicole Richie's daughter, Harlow Madden, or maybe they saw Sophie back in 2004 being gnawed on by Kate Hudson's son, Ryder Robinson (an early adopter). Perhaps they've gone to a birthday party or a play group where their little one encountered Sophie and was instantly fixated -- a story repeated in dozens of online reviews of the toy. Or possibly they've spotted her at a baby boutique (because you won't find Sophie in the big-box stores). Since Amazon started selling her in 2008, she has consistently ranked in the top three most wished-for items in the baby store and has earned a 4 1/2 -star rating based on 273 reviews.
Ian agrees..........he loves her. The only problem is that the sqeek, makes our dog think it's her toy!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sweet Julie......Perks of being a teacher!

This morning I arrived at school to a note left from the sub. It again snowed in Atlanta, and the city shut down again( bread, eggs, milk, gone!). I had to leave school early to pick up Ian from daycare because they were closing @ 1:00 due to "threatning weather" (snow flurries which turned to water as it hit the ground, but anyhow the note.....
"Your class was OUT OF CONTROL". Oh geez. So for the 1,000 or 1000,000,000 time this year we had, "the talk". But there are sweet ones in my garden of sour patch kids. Juliannes being one, and she handed me this:

inside was this:

Although the Ian Murphy is backwards these are the little reminders that I am loved and repected by my students. How sweet is Julie? Made my day!!!!

I do miss ONE thing about being pregnant....

My hair didn't fall out.

Let me just say that the amount of hair that falls off my head each day is not normal.Everytime I shampoo or brush my hair I loose handfulls. I actually asked Dan if I was going bald on the sides on my front hairline. And, I know it's not a normal amount because even Dan, who frequently tells me: "Melissa, you're fine - you're being a hypochondriac" about everything has told me I need to go to the doctor about it.

Hopefully it's just my body making up for lost time and things will get back to normal soon.

So, there it is... proof that I did truly enjoy one thing about being pregnant: the fact that my hair actually stayed on my head.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!!!

Being a teacher celebrating Read Across America and Dr. Suess's birthday, and a breastfeeding mama, I found this poem. It completely made me smile today!!!!

Would you nurse her in the park?
Would you nurse him in the dark?
Would you nurse him with a Boppy?
And when your boobs are feeling floppy?

I would nurse him in the park,
I would nurse her in the dark.
I'd nurse with or without a Boppy.
Floppy boobs will never stop me.

Can you nurse with your seat belt on?
Can you nurse from dusk till dawn?
Though she may pinch me, bite me, pull,
I will nurse her `till she's full!

Can you nurse and make some soup?
Can you nurse and feed the group?
It makes her healthy strong and smart,
Mommy's milk is the best start!

Would you nurse him at the game?
Would you nurse her in the rain?
In front of those who dare complain?
I would nurse him at the game.
I would nurse her in the rain.

As for those who protest lactation,
I have the perfect explanation.
Mommy's milk is tailor made
It's the perfect food, you need no aid.

Some may scoff and some may wriggle,
Avert their eyes or even giggle.
To those who can be cruel and rude,
Remind them breast's the perfect food!

I would never scoff or giggle,
Roll my eyes or even wiggle!
I would not be so crass or crude,
I KNOW that this milk's the perfect food!

We make the amount we need
The perfect temp for every feed.
There's no compare to milk from breast-
The perfect food, above the rest.

Those sweet nursing smiles are oh so sweet,
Mommy's milk is such a treat.
Human milk just can't be beat.

I will nurse, in any case,
On the street or in your face.
I will not let my baby cry,
I'll meet her needs, I'll always try.
It's not about what's good for you,
It's best for babies, through and through.

I will nurse her in my home,
I will nurse her when I roam.
Leave me be lads and ma'am.
I will nurse her, Mom I am.

Monday, March 1, 2010

If I were..... (just for Monday fun!)

If I were a month, I’d be October.
If I were a day of the week, I’d be Saturday!
If I were a time of day, I’d be Twilight (actually the exact moment between day and night).
If I were a planet, I’d be Earth.
If I were a sea animal, I’d be Starfish.
If I were a direction, I’d be whatever direction points to home!
If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be a Chaze Loune.
If I were a liquid, I’d be water with a touch of lemon.
If I were a gemstone, I’d be a diamond so I could sparkle and never break!
If I were a tree, I’d be Solid as Oak.
If I were a tool, I’d be a level.
If I were a flower, I’d be daisy.
If I were a kind of weather, I’d be Lake Placid weather-a little bit of everything all in one day.
If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a saxophone.
If I were a color, I’d be tourquois, like the ocean!
If I were an emotion, I’d be love.
If I were a fruit, I’d be a Granny Smith Apple.
If I were a sound, I’d be laughter.
If I were an element, I’d be water.
If I were a car, I’d be VW Convertible Beetle.
If I were a food, I’d be Chocolate.
If I were a place, I’d be the mountains!
If I were a material, I’d be silk.
If I were a taste, I’d be sweet.
If I were a scent, I’d be Coconut.
If I were an object, I’d be pictures.
If I were a body part, I’d be the hands.
If I were a facial expression, I’d be a smile.
If I were a song, I’d be I’m Alive-Kenny Chesney/Dave Matthews!
If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be barefoot and free!