Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Oliver is 4 months!

Dear Oliver,

4 months?!?!  I cannot believe it.  It is going too fast, but it is oh so fun to watch you grow!

Your 4 month stats:
16.29 lbs (70th percentile)
27 in (99th percentile)

You are long and lean!

This month, you started rolling onto your side and you are trying so hard to get all the way over!  In time, Mister Man.  I promise it will happen.

You are super alert and still aren't napping much.  But you sleep well at night, and that's a trade off I'm okay with.  

We still have to swaddle you at bedtime!  It's the only way to get you focused on sleep.  You simply cannot get enough of your feet and if they're not wrapped up, you are trying with all your might to get those suckers in your mouth.  Will we still have to burrito you next month?  We shall see…

You've been to even more meetings with us and even participated in a radio interview.  You cooed perfectly.  Everyone still talks about your hair and we're quite okay with that; it is pretty amazing.  

You are teething and you also had your first cold.  We're not sure if it was a real cold or some congestion due to the teething, but it was sad.  Your cough was pitiful!  We just had to let it run its course and then you were fine.  You're such a tough little booger!

We are getting close to buying you a new car seat because you're such a big boy!  So big, in fact, you're already praying.  You put your hands together and pray to Jesus and it's because you love Him and you're a super baby =)

You recognize us and laugh and carry on and, as we say, "it warms it."  You have had a few meltdowns and it breaks our hearts.  But, hey!  You're a baby…it happens.

I love bedtime.  You like to hear singing and you like to have your face right by mine.  It's like you bury it in there.  Precious.  You've also started to grab my pinky and thumb and put my hand in your face when you're tired.  Again, precious.

You saw the Easter bunny!

And you still love music!

Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with love for you.  When I leave the room and come back and you smile at me?  Oh my.  You know I'm your mama and you know daddy is your daddy and it is something special.  

We love you so very much.  There is NOTHING you could ever do to make us stop loving you.  Nothing. 

You are our favorite. 



Monday, April 21, 2014

Some Mississippi shows and some firsts...

Greetings from the road!

Our last run of shows was in Mississippi. The first stop was the Wesley Foundation  at Delta State University.  We were there about a year ago, so it was nice to see everyone again!

Another Daddy pic.  I'm sure I'm the only mommy who can count on one hand how many times she's carried the carrier...

They got us a basket of snacks AND some gifts for Oliver! So sweet.

And just look how they placed the monkey on the banana. Hello, clever!

Unfortunately, Oliver had a smidge of a meltdown when we got there. I nursed him and all was well.  Sara was our OliVolunteer and she was beyond precious.

She even took him out of the room when he MELTED DOWN AGAIN. I had to leave the stage to calm him. Once calm, we just left him in another room and she stayed with him.  Yowza. We survived, but it'd be great if that didn't happen again :)

The next morning we loaded up and headed to Oxford.  And this is what my man does on the road... Unload, unpack, pack up, load up. Repeat. Road life is not for the faint of heart. Or the lazy.

We were supposed to have been going to Starkville, but the shows fell through last minute and so we ended up having a little vacation in Oxford, thanks to our friends who have a condo with plenty of room. They even had a crib in its own room. Translation: Oliver slept in a separate room for the first time. Definitely harder on me than him. 

Since we were in town, we shared some songs at Ole Miss Wesley Chapel.

Love the windows.

And love my boys.

The condo is close to The Square in Oxford, so we would walk there each day.  There's tons of too-expensive-for-me shops and great food.  And a sahweet phone booth.

Our dare devil. Lord help us. 

We had breakfast with friends on Friday and Oliver was loved on by some adorable little ladies :)

Our host said he'd watch Oliver if we wanted to have a date. As hard as it was for me, I said yes and we went out to eat by ourselves. 

Of course I checked my phone the whole time, but baby steps. (He slept the whole time.)

On Saturday, Palm Sunday Eve, the Easter Bunny made his/her way to The Square and so did we!

Here we go...

You can do it...


We were able to go to church Sunday morning AND Sunday school. And that was Oliver's first time in the nursery. We survived that, too.  We had a wonderful brunch with our host then had a Sunday nap before heading to the Wesley House for our last show.

(Yes. That's my cat DJ shirt because it's funny.)

It was a fun night! But, Oliver had another episode as we were finishing up. What in the world?!? I'm blaming that particular one on being hungry. 
So, to recap, first time sleeping in another room, first time having a date while someone other than my mom watched O, first church nursery. 

And we're all still in one piece. Imagine that. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday Stories: Week 1

I love Throwback Thursdays.  Not only is it fun to see other people's old, and sometimes embarrassing photos, it's fun to go through my pictures and reminisce.  That's why I love this idea from Jessica at The Mom Creative.

Starting today, we will share our throwback photos on instagram and also blog about them, then link up.  The idea is to have documentation of memories…  52 memories, to be exact.   

Because Easter is Sunday, I thought I'd start here:

Easter 1983 or 84?

As you can see, I got a haircut that year.  The hairdresser?  Me.  I got a pair of scissors and gave my bangs a trim.  I vaguely remember this.  I don't remember the actual act, but I remember my mom's horror.  This is one of those pictures I grew up looking at and laughing to myself.  Also, I think I am wearing one of my Nana's nightgowns.  And I'm sure I was excited to dig into some Easter candy.

Do you have any embarrassing Easter pics?  Like, say, an awful dress?  Share 'em.  You know you want to. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Oliver is 3 months!

Dear Oliver,

You are 3 months old!!!  You're actually a little over 14 weeks as I type this, but that's ok, right?  You weren't weighed or measured at the doctor this month (you only went to get 2 shots) so your measurements are approximates based on Grammie's scale and tape measure:

15 lbs
26 1/4 inches long!

In your 3 short months of life, you've already been in 13 states:  Tennessee (of course), Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama.  Whew!  You are quite the little traveler.  You've been in snow, rain, warm weather, cold weather, and been to the beach!  (And thank God nothing as scary as your first night home when we had tornados and sirens and we had to get in our safe place.)

You still travel well, although it seems you're starting to not like your car seat.  You're still ok with it, you just scream sometimes while you're in it.  Breaks our hearts.  But, Granddad Larry gave us a CD of his other granddaughter playing hymns on the piano and you LOVE it.  You can be fussy in the car and we'll start that thing and you stop instantly.  Music calms you.  I love bed time and singing to you, feeling you soften and relax in my arms.

You started grabbing and batting at stuff this month AND you're rolling over from tummy to back.  Not every time, but some.  And you're in size 3 diapers!

We tried the Bumbo for the first time and you weren't ready:

But just a few weeks later you were rocking it:  

You play with your hair when you nurse.  It's pretty much the most adorable thing ever.  That and tugging at my shirt.  When you wake up in the morning or in the middle of the night to eat and you greet me with that big smile, I melt.  You are the sweetest.

 You have really started to respond to us!  You laugh and coo and tell us all your stories.  Picaboo is your favorite.  And it makes you laugh when we even scare you a little when we do it.  Does that mean you're going to be a thrill seeker?  We shall see.  (Just don't do anything too crazy, ok?)

You also love when we blow in your hair and you like the air on you in the car.  (You're hot natured like your daddy.)  And you're starting to laugh when we tickle you.  Oh, that laugh.  It's perfect.

You have met almost all of the family and they are in love with you, just as we are!  

You've been to meetings and interviews with us; you go where we go!

You're our little power napper, only napping at maybe an hour at a time, 3-4 times a day.  But!  You are sleeping wonderfully at night, so we'll take it!

You are growing so big so fast.  You love to stand up and you love to see the world around you.  Just recently, it's like you have places to go and people to see.  When you were in my tummy, the ultrasound tech said you were a wild man and you are proving her right, Mr. Squirms.

In our time on the road, we have witnessed God already using you.  I'll tell you those stories another time, but He has plans for you, little one.  You will do great things.

You are our greatest joy, Oliver Tuck.  We are so in love.

Friday, March 28, 2014

I've been everywhere, man…Part II

So, after our shows out west, we headed to Salado, TX to see family.  My parents moved there in the fall and it was our first time to see their new house.  It's adorable and the perfect size for them.  I will admit, it was weird not going to China Spring to the home I grew up in.  But it was the right move (literally) on my parents' part and I love the new place.

All the cousins got to hang out together and it was just about the most precious thing ever. 

Grammie wanted a picture of all of them, so there was a little photo shoot action.

Oliver met Nana.  He cried when she held him for the first time which made us feel bad.  Then he took a nap and all was good.

Nana with all the kids.

4 generations:

We literally just hung out all week.  It was the kids' spring break so lots of loving on O was happening.  

 Sweet Miss Elliot reading to Oliver.  (I love his feet here!)

We drove to Waco to see Nana again and Oliver was a perfect angel for her.  He even fell asleep in her lap which MADE HER DAY.  He's her 10th great grandchild.

And for a little Nana Funny, she gave a shirt to my mom.  It was a little low cut, so she told Julie to "go get that thing to put under it so you can't see her dinners."

Dinners.  My Nana calls breasts dinners.  To say we cracked up would be an understatement.

On the way back to Salado, Oliver got fussy.  He had just eaten, so it wasn't due to hunger.  So, Julie (super mom of 4) busted out her iPad and pulled up some Baby Einstein on YouTube.  Worked like a charm.  It appears our boy likes him some screens.  

We left Salado (with tears, of course) and went to Shreveport, LA to play at New Life Center.  We got to town with plenty of time to rest in the hotel.

We officially had to stop putting up the bassinet on the pack 'n' play.  He's over the weight limit…sad day =(

Our OliVolunteer.  (I just made that up.  I think I'll keep it.)  Renee is a nursing student and plans on going into Labor and Delivery.  She was awesome.  

The show was fantastic!  The students on campus with Go Ministries are some of the most enthusiastic, Christ-loving kids I've ever met.  Makes our job easy and more fun =)

We left the next day and drove to Denham Springs, LA.  The church has an apartment in the building and they let us stay there Friday and Saturday night.  I've decided every church needs an on site apartment.  I feel it's what Jesus would want.

Anyway, it had a full kitchen, so Trent cooked and we relaxed.  I'd like to say we journaled or got some work done or something respectable like that, but we got caught up on the train wreck that is The Bachelor.  I kept telling myself, "it's okay" to make me feel better.

(If you didn't get that reference consider yourself lucky because that means you didn't watch Jaun Pablo.)

Saturday we walked to some local antique shops and it reaffirmed the fact that I need a church pew in my life.  And a rusty metal cart.  We also found a consignment store for kids' clothing and found some great stuff for cheap!  

We hung out before the show and O was admiring my new necklace ;-)

He also was a little doll for sound check!

We left early Sunday morning and made the trip back to Nashville.  We got in at a good hour, went to the grocery store, and started the unpacking process, which happens to still be going on.  

Oh, how priorities change when you have a little one...

And this cracks me up.  Pit stop on the drive?  Let me strike a pose...