Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Oliver is 10 months!!!

Dear Oliver,

My, oh my.  This month was a BIG one.  You have changed so much!!!  Lots of growing going on…

This month started with your first trip to the ER.  You were wheezing with labored breathing and we were told to go.  So we did.  It was very sad and you cried/screamed/bucked like a bronco during the breathing treatment.  Broke our hearts but thankfully, it wasn't anything serious and you are a BRAVE boy.

You are eating very well!  You're not picky, eating pretty much anything we give you, and we hope you stay that way.  You like to eat outside when it's nice and really like to pick up your food.  You are very independent.  Bananas, cheerios, cheese, black beans, peas…you like it all!  You've even tried steak, pizza, and rib meet.  You like those, too.  You'll even grab the spoon and feed yourself sometimes!  Such a big boy.

We have the apartment super duper baby proofed and now have a gate.  A gate that you love to pull up on and throw balls over.  You can play peekaboo by yourself, putting a blanket or towel over your face then pulling it away.  So cute!!!

You sometimes reach through your crib and grab clothes out of the hamper and pull them into your crib.  One time I came to get you after your nap and one of my socks was in there!  You little stinker.  Now, I move the hamper for nap time.

You can copy us a little now!  You love balls and usually have one in each hand.  You can throw them (and fetch, ha!) and you really like to bang stuff together.

You let Daddy cuddle you for a little bit in the morning while I make coffee.  But then, you are off to the races.  All. Day. Long.

You went to a pumpkin patch for the first time and adored it.  You've started waving a little and walking sideways while holding onto furniture.  We can't believe it!

You're very distracted while you nurse, so I have to stay away from noise/TV/Daddy.  You went through a phase where you'd high-five me repeatedly while nursing.  It was hilarious.

You yell with joy while I vacuum, which is waaaaay better than crying, so thank you!  You don't cuddle much at all, so when you let me, I soak it up.

You've done the sign for "more" a couple times and it usually is accompanied with a grunt.  Like, "fine woman.  I'll do it, but you better feed me."

You have your top two teeth and another bottom one coming it!  That might explain the sleepless nights for us.  But as I type this, you've had 3 good nights in a row and we're hoping it stays that way!  If I have to change your diaper in the night, you scream.  I don't know what's going on with that, but I know you won't always do that.

(This was during a 6 hour traffic jam.  Poor baby.)

You laugh at some of the strangest commercials.  A lawyer commercial, one with a giant stuffed mouse, and some car salesmen.  There's also an annoying furniture commercial that you are quite fond of but we do not like.  You also think it's funny when we repeat the GPS lady.  Such a funny little boy.

Oliver, you are the hardest, most rewarding thing I've ever done.  I had always heard that prior to being a mama and now I truly know what it means.  You are our world and we love you the most!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Quick Trip to Mississip

Tuesday of this week, we played at Itawamba Community College Wesley Foundation.  It's only 3 1/2 ish hours away (in Fulton, MS), so we were able to leave that day, spend the night, and then come on home.

*O has officially reached the point of snacking in the car*

One would think packing for one night is easier than packing for a month.  Wrong.  For us, it is way easier to pack up for longer stretches, simply because that's what we know.  That road rhythm I've mentioned before is all out of whack when we're gone for a day.

For example, this trip, Trent forgot his belt, I forgot Oliver's eating utensils and his sheet for the pack 'n' play.  Nothing major, but just enough to mess us up.  
Luckily, Trent found a cheap belt at Fred's Pharmacy (insert laughing emoji here), Oliver can eat with his fingers and a plastic spoon, and the hotel had a sheet.  

We got to the hotel early and I was so glad.  That way, Oliver could take a nap and so could we.  Wrong.  When our boy gets to a knew place (especially hotels) he gets jazzed and he is ready to paaaaarrrrty.  So, we left for the show a little earlier so he could nap in the car and Trent could get that fancy new belt and Fred's.

We had a blast playing for the students.  They were polite, sweet, complimentary, and hilarious.  My favorite traits =).  Also, Oliver sat in his stroller, up front, for the whole show.  He would wave his hands, bounce his legs, and "sing," too.  Hilarious and precious and it seems we are in a new phase.  (Yay for no screaming.)  

When the director, John, emailed and asked us to come, we were so glad it worked out.  Fulton, MS has a special place in our hearts because the hotel where we stay, is where we found out we were pregnant.  (Maybe we should've gone with Oliver Tuck Fulton Monk?)  Anyway, we always document our trips there.

April 16, 2013 

September (maybe October?) 2013

September 30, 2014 (John's son joined us!)

After the show, we grabbed a quick snack and drove back to the hotel.  Oliver went down with no fuss and slept great.  We got up, ate breakfast, and hit the road.  

The End.  

Now we have a couple weeks off and I'm really hoping for fall weather to happen.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Alabama to Texas to Home

A couple weeks ago, we went to Alabama, made a stop in Louisiana, then to Texas.  

We drove to Enterprise, AL first to lead worship and have a concert at Crossroads Church.  This was our third time to be with them and it's always a joy.

Have I ever mentioned I read out loud to Trent while on the road?  Well, I do.  And this is where Oliver was looking at his book, too.

We got to the hotel at a decent hour and The Odens (the pastor and his wife) had left us a gift basket.  Ask me how long I waited before I opened the Oreos...

There's always a little uncertainty on the road with Oliver, but he slept great and woke up happy on Sunday morning.

The church meets in a movie theater, which is always so cool.  Oliver hung out with a nursery worker, Harley, and he did great.

The services were wonderful.  One of the pastors and his wife had just had their first baby, who they named Oliver.  Maybe one day, they'll meet =)

We rested that afternoon.  (Well, we rested and dozed off right when Mister Man woke up.  Isn't that how it goes?)

We went back to the church for sound check.  Oliver hung out in an exercauser and bounced like crazy when we played.  Awesome.

Thank you to Gene (Crossroads pastor) for taking some cool pics!

We introduced a new song, which is always kind of scary.  For me, anyway.  At one point in the song, I had to hold up lyrics for Trent, ha!  They were all gracious and complementary.  Whew.

Sunday night es no bueƱo with the little guy, so he and I went down early for breakfast and let Trent sleep.  How can you get upset with this face?

We left and headed to Texas.  But first, we stopped in Denham Springs, LA to split up our drive to Texas.  We know a church there with an apartment and they were gracious enough to let us crash for the night.  (Again, every church needs an apartment.)

We left the next morning and made our way to Salado to stay a few days with my parents before heading to Houston.  One day, we drove to Waco (it's still weird that my parents don't live there) to see Nana.  It was so cute to see Oliver play with toys I played with as a little girl.  And can we discuss this Nana?  She'll be 96 on Christmas Eve and is still kickin' butt.

I went to Caleb's JH pep rally with Julie and so that meant we picked up Noah.  

The joys of trying to get a decent pic of all the kids...

We left Friday morning (Oliver's 9 month bday) and drove to Houston.  SOOOOO glad the Road Grammie was able to come for that night.

 Check in =)

Hanging out before the show

Oliver was playing with my makeup brush.  Trent called it the "Merle Norman Brush of Justice."  Haha!

Our friend, Robin, orchestrated the night.  We played at Clear Lake Church of Christ in the youth room, which was awesome and gave us some pre-show activities.  (Yes, apparently there are Churches of Christ that allow instruments!  Who knew?)

Robin took some pictures with a real camera and here are some of them!  (To see the rest, go to our Facebook page.)

Sweet Grammie and Ollie.

We can't remember what was going on here, but it makes me laugh.

I wasn't saluting.  I was looking for the boy.



Robin, the one who put it all together!


We had so much fun and everyone was just as precious as can be.  Once merch died down, I nursed O and he passed out.  Bless it.  It was a looooong day for him and he didn't have a 2nd nap.

The night was rough.  So he didn't wake up (or keep up, rather) Grammie and Trent, we hung out in the bathroom from about 2 AM to 3 AM and I nursed him in the shower, which had a seat.  When he woke up at 6:00, I checked his temp and it was over 101, so I gave him Motrin and he went back down.  It seemed the virus was back.

The next morning, we had to take my mom to the airport (she was flying to Memphis for Blake's party) but first we needed some guitar strings.  Some people were waiting for the new iPhone.  We waited for Guitar Center to open.

After we dropped Grammie off, I called our Doctor's office at home and explained Oliver's symptoms.  Fever, bad cough, runny nose and then labored breathing and wheezing.  They told us to take him to the ER.  So THAT was fun.  

Nervous Nelly here with a baby in the ER who ended up having to get a breathing treatment that, to him, was the most terrifying thing ever.  Talk about heart breaking!  All the fussing and fighting wore him out, so he napped while we waited for the news.  Guess what!  Just a virus.  Thank God it wasn't that bad one going around.  They gave us an inhaler to use, just in case and sent us on our way.  Now we had a sick baby and a late show Saturday with an early morning Sunday.

He fell asleep on the way to Conroe for Faith Fest and stayed asleep for a long time.  This was us no knowing what to do.  We woke him up and introduced him to the sweet OliVolunteer and he did amazing!  Not a peep.

By the time we played and got back to the hotel, it was waaaaay past his bedtime and he fell asleep during books.  That has never happened.  Sweet boy =(

Sunday morning was spent with Walden Community Church in Montgomery.  We were supposed to be with them at 9:30 and 11:00, but after the ER trip, we cancelled the 9:30 so Oliver could rest more, which he did.  He seemed a lot better.  Yay!!!

Pastor David and his wife, Joanna (who willingly kept Oliver in a separate room so he didn't get any babies sick) were so nice to let us come in last minute.  They enjoyed our worship and special music, and so did the congregation, and that's always nice to hear.

We left right after church and drove to Texarkana to stay the night.  Then home the next day.  And this face pretty much sums it up:

We were so tired.  It was a GREAT run and a great weekend, but it was hard.  Now, we're home and are enjoying a little time off.