October 27, 2010
We (well, I) don't really go to many concerts, so I don't have a lot to compare it to, but her stage was amazing. I loved all of the scenes, which is the only reason there are so many pictures here. I had to take a picture of each one. Believe it or not, I DID leave out a lot of the pictures I took! The only thing was that I didn't really like her choice of outfits. I was surprised because I usually love her wardrobe, but I was puzzled by most of what she wore. I'm sure she cares a whole lot what I think :) I'll spare you my commentary on each picture (except maybe a couple!), but we had a really great time!
She got in this truck and we looked up and noticed the track went right over our seats! We were so close! We found out that our section was mostly her fan club seating, so I'm guessing that's why her truck stopped right there while she sang a song and chatted for a little while. She was so sweet to the crowd!
I don't have her latest album, so when she sat at the piano (bottom left above) and sang Mama's Song, I'd never heard it. It was so sweet and they had pictures of her and her mom showing throughout the song, and then at the end they showed her and her husband at their wedding. Her mom was sitting in front of some of my co-workers in the audience, about 10 rows back or so :) I've since heard the song several times on the radio and it's my new favorite of hers. I just love her!
October 26, 2010
Saturday morning Cooper and I ran a couple of errands. We went to Target and then to Ulta. We had to go to Ulta because I needed some hair products and it was the last day for my $5 off coupon and I didn't want it to go to waste. Well it must have been my lucky day, because when I went back to get my Bug Sexy Hair Root Pump, they were having a buy 2 get 2 FREE sale! It's never buy 2 get 2, so you can bet your behind I got 4 items! Hairspray, backcomb in a bottle, and 2 root pumps! Does anyone else use Big Sexy Hair stuff? I swear by their root boost, even though my hair isn't crazy voluminous when I use it, you should see it when I DON'T use it! I've never used the backcomb in a bottle, but I've heard from several people that they love it so I thought I'd give it a try. I also still got to use my coupon, so I got $80 worth of stuff for like $35, crazy :)
Saturday afternoon we went to a wedding. It was a friend of Lee's that I actually went to college with, so I knew several people in the wedding. Sadly, no alcohol was served at this wedding. If you had known this guy in college, you'd have been SHOCKED at that piece of news! There wasn't even dancing. It was the most low key wedding ever, I think we were there 2 hours total from the time we walked in. We had a sitter for Copper, but there were actually lots of babies at the wedding and we were sad that we didn't bring our little guy. I hate going places without him.
After the wedding, we DID get to take advantage of the gloomy weather. Well, I did at least! Lee went to a friend's house to watch football while I laid around the house. Cooper goes to bed really early (around 5:30) so after I put him down I did some laundry and caught up on my DVR'd shows. I stayed up until 10:30! Haha, I'm so old. Usually I don't make it much past 9, sometimes 10 on the weekends, but I guess I decided to get a little crazy on Saturday. In my defense, Coop wakes up at 5 every single morning, so we don't ever get to sleep in!
On Sunday, we went to the pumpkin patch!! Cooper had his cute Peek A Boo onesie with a ghost on it. Of course he threw up all over it the second we put him in his carseat. Awesome. We managed to salvage the outfit though. The place we went to is about a 20-30 minute drive so of course little buddy fell asleep. I was content to just wait in the car until he woke up. He doesn't take long naps, 45 minutes at the most. But
When Cooper wasn't
We also re-named him for the day. Behold:
That was about it for Sunday! We got some fudge and hightailed it out of that
nightmare place. Cooper was cranky for the rest of the day. I'm not trying to say anything, but I do want to reiterate that it was not my idea to wake him from his nap.... :)
We did nothing for the rest of Sunday. I didn't even go tot he grocery store. That is really NOT like us!
October 25, 2010
CSN Stores recently contacted me about doing a giveaway! Now, I’ll go ahead and be honest. I’ve seen several CSN giveaways on a few other blogs, but I never actually knew what CSN Stores really was. When they contacted me, I immediately went to their site to check it out, and y’all, I’ve been missing out! It is one site that has over 200 online stores, selling everything from cookware, to bar furniture, to handbags. You can buy stuff from any of their stores and have only one checkout! I've already got a cart filled with a few things that I might not be able to live without, you know, some Le Creuset cookware, a toy chest for Cooper, only the essentials :)
CSN Stores is offering a $35 gift certificate to one of you lucky readers! You can use it at any of their stores.
Here’s how you can enter (one entry for each action):
1. Just leave me a comment!
2. Follow my blog
3. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter , linking to this post
4. Blog about this giveaway*- be sure to leave me a link to your blog if I can’t get to it via your profile!
Please leave me a separate comment for each entry.
*Important!* If at least 10 people blog about this giveaway and use the phrase “bar furniture”, and link it to www.allbarstools.com (like I’ve done above), then the gift certificate will be increased to $50! To encourage you to do this, leave me another comment that you’ve linked to the store and I will give you an additional entry, so that’s a possible 5 entries!
You have until Monday November 1st at 5pm central time to enter. I'll announce the winner that Tuesday.
Good luck friends!
October 19, 2010
- The contractor that's working on our bookcases, well, we haven't seen him in a week and a half. Our house is in a constant state of disarray as we wait on him to return and finish. I think we're going to try and contact him tomorrow. He doesn't have a phone, remember? I know, it sounds like we were idiots for hiring this guy, but he has done work for us before so we sort of knew he was like this. That work wasn't as time consuming though.
- We/the dr thinks that Cooper might have acid reflux, thus causing his nighttime issues. He's on some medicine and we're not laying him down right after his last bottle. Sometimes he's fine and sometimes he's not. Last night, perfect angel, tonight, had some issues and we had to put him in his carseat. I'm just glad that we now know what to do to get him calmed down. I can handle the crying, but I can't handle him being in pain. Who knows what it really is. He's just fine otherwise so I'm not really worried.
- Oh, we DID find out that the 'gentle' version of the formula were were using made him constipated. Sorry if that's TMI, but just in case it would help someone else to know that. I think it was TOO gentle and didn't really get things moving, haha. I think that's why he was so "solemn" as my dad said last week. Because as soon as we switched the formula back, he pooped 4 times in one day and was a happy camper again! Sorry for all the poop talk!
- I never thought I'd say this, but I am having huge issues with keeping up with my tv shows! The evenings are just so busy that I don't have time to sit down and watch. Or if I do, I'm always doing something else and not really paying attention. Like right now, I'm trying to watch Gray's, but I'm also writing this so I'm really not paying attention!
- Work has been really busy for some reason. It's so weird to get used to. I don't have time to play around like usual. And by 'busy', I mean that I really just have work to do during the day, period. Haha :)
- Today I was so busy that I accidentally emailed a website link to HERE instead of to my personal email address, because they both pop up in my work email and I just didn't even look because I was in a hurry! So that's what the tablecloths thing was all about, and I think I even misspelled it! :)
- Um, that website may or may not have been some stuff for Cooper's first birthday party. I can't help it. I can't NOT be doing something creative at all times. And I really am not doing a lot of planning for the birthday. I just get the urge to look something up every once in a while. :)
October 18, 2010
This weekend was homecoming weekend for my alma mater. (I’ve never said or used the word alma mater, and now that I have, it makes me feel weird) Anywho, because of that, a bunch of friends that I rarely get to see were in town. And it was a good excuse to see friends that do live around here, too! I went to college in the town where I grew up and still live. Many of my friends moved away after graduation, so I love it when there is a reason for any of them to come into town.
Friday night, a group of us went to dinner at a local sushi place, and then headed over to a local bar for one of the homecoming activities. That activity would be drinking and talking. Fun! :) Our alumni committee reserved a part of the bar just for our alums, so we got to see and catch up with everyone. I went to a fairly small college so you pretty much know everyone. Since Lee and I are the old couple, we were the first ones to leave, around 11 I believe. I thought that was good for us, since I am usually a zombie by 9 or so.
This was also our first overnight away from Cooper :( He stayed with my parents. We went over to see him after work and gave him a bath. He was really good for them, and didn’t even wake up crying like he had been for us all week! I won’t lie, we tried to get them to come over to our house to watch him so that he could have stayed at our house, but that didn’t really fly with my parents. I don’t really blame them, it would be kind of ridiculous to bring him to our house when he could just stay at their house where he already was. And I’m pretty sure my parents don’t want to stay up until 11 pm waiting on us to get home.
On Saturday, my dad brought Coop home after he had woken up and eaten, so around 6am. That was the ‘compromise’ since they didn’t want to watch him at our house, my dad said he’d just bring him home early. Honestly, I could have done with sleeping in, but Lee was going to Norman for the OU game and wanted to see him for at least a little while. I also learned a valuable lesson Saturday morning. Apparently 2 glasses of wine and a martini over the course of 4.5 hours is way too much for a new mama who hasn’t had any alcohol in a while. I felt like I had gotten run over with a truck Saturday morning. So anyway, Lee left for the game and Coop and I went to have brunch with a group of my friends. That was fun because none of them had gotten to meet him yet :) Of course they loved him and took turns holding him, and he was a perfect angel. Seriously he was a trooper! He just hung out while we ate for a couple of hours and then walked around the shopping area for another hour and a half or so. Entertained himself with his favorite toy. He was exhausted by the time we left to go home and passed out in the car.
I opted not to go to the football game that night. The original plan was for me to go to brunch by myself then take Coop and Lee to the tailgate (still never going to the game because OU was playing that night and God forbid we miss an OU game). But, at the last minute, Lee decided to go to Norman, and I couldn’t (or didn’t want to) take Cooper to so many things that day. Plus, I think it worked out better this way. Everyone wanted to meet the buddy and it was better to do that over brunch than at a tailgate (that actually never happened!).
I *gasp* stayed alone Saturday night :( I HATE staying at home alone. I cannot sleep well at all, and I needed some sleep since I wasn’t feeling too hot from the night before. It’s not because I miss Lee so much or I think people will break in (which I do think that, but that’s not what really gets me). No, I’m scared of ghosts or made up things from movies. Samara, from The Ring? Yep, have visions of her standing in my doorway. Then I start thinking of every other scary movie I’ve seen and it’s just over. I need to get a grip! And once I had finally gotten to sleep, Cooper decided that it was fun time from about 1-3am. He NEVER does that. I think he was having, uh, gas issues. Haha. He wasn’t really that fussy though, just WIDE awake. He did sleep in until 6:30 as opposed to his usual 5 so that was nice of him.
Sunday we went to breakfast again to get one final goodbye before everyone hit the road. Then Lee got home and had some hang out time with Cooper while we did lots of housework. Or we layed on the couch. You decide whish is true.
It was a really fun weekend, but I was exhausted. The last 2 weekends have been busy, and I was looking forward to a quiet weekend next weekend. Until I realized that we have a wedding to go to. We are also going to the pumpkin patch!! Fun! :)
October 15, 2010
Have a great weekend!
October 13, 2010
Until about a week and a half ago.
One Friday night I had run some food over to a friend's house. While I was gone, Lee was putting Cooper to bed. He said that Cooper screamed for about half an hour and finally wore himself out. After that night, he was a little fussy, but we could get him to sleep. Then he would wake up crying really hard within an hour of falling asleep. We could get him back to sleep with some Gripe Water.
Then, Monday night he started just screaming and wouldn't go to sleep. Nothing we had tried in the past helped. He settled down when I let him watch 90210 with me :) Then we ended up letting him fall asleep in his crib and we moved him to his crib.
Last night was the worst it's been so far, he screamed for 2 hours. We ended up putting him in the car and driving around. He calmed down right after I put him in his car seat and he fell right asleep in the car.
Tonight, he started getting upset again. After a little while, Lee swung him in his car seat and he fell asleep.
I know that babies sometimes get fussy. And I know that he had his shots on Monday so maybe he's still not feeling well from that. But this is just SO out of character for Cooper. He has been okay during the day (although my dad said that today he was 'solemn' :) ). And he stays asleep all night once we get him to sleep, so I don't get it.
Is he just colicky? I thought that that was usually over by 3 or 4 months, why would it be starting now?
Is he gassy? We've switched his formula a couple times, he's on the gentle kind now, plus we give him gas medicine, so I don't know what more we can do.
Is he teething? I have no idea on this one. We gave him a couple of teething tablets tonight, it didn't seem to do anything.
Does he have an ear infection? We were just at the dr and he didn't say anything. And he hasn't been pulling on his ear or anything.
I wish he could just tell me what's wrong!! I was hoping that tonight he would be better, but not the case, poor buddy :( I'm going to call the dr tomorrow and see what they say, just to make sure.
I have lots of thing I want to blog about, but between being really busy at work and then dealing with Coopie at night, I haven't had time. Lee's birthday was this past weekend, and we also had our first night away from the baby to go to a concert. Then this weekend is my college's homecoming so I have some friends coming in to town, some that I haven't seen in foooorrrreverrr! So that will be fun :)
Hope you're all having a good week!
October 10, 2010
Last Friday, you turned 4 months old! You are really starting to change so much every single day. You seem to learn something new each day; you should see your dad and me when you figure out something new :) You'd think you won the nobel peace prize, we are just that proud of you! Surely you are the smartest baby there ever was, right?
This months stats from your doctor visit:
Weight: 15lbs. 9.5oz (63%)
Length: 25.75 inches (78%)
Head: 41.5 cm (29%)
You are fitting perfectly into 3-6 month clothes, with the exception of one-pieces, those are almost always too short for you and they end up looking like cropped pants. I have just started purchasing 6-12 month clothing for you *tear* That seems so big to me! You've been wearing a size 1-2 diaper for a month or so, but we just picked up a package of size 2's to start you on next.
You are such a good baby, Cooper! You are always so happy and content. You very rarely get upset or cry. The only time you are really fussy is if you're hungry or tired, and that's easy to fix. You usually eat about 7oz. 4-5 times a day. But lately, you have been eating less, anywhere from 4-6 oz at a time. You have been getting very distracted while eating, too. It's like you just don't have the time to sit and eat, you want to be doing things!
We start your bedtime routine about 5:30 and you are usually sound asleep by 6. You sleep until 5am. We have been so lucky in the sleep department with you! For the past couple of weeks, you have been waking up crying 1-2 times within an hour or so of going to bed. We discovered that giving you a tsp. of Gripe Water calms you right down and you quickly fall back asleep.
You have really started to laugh a lot more this month, and it's so much fun. You love being lifted into the air like a plane, and you still love to look at yourself in the mirror. You have this funny little "hehe" laugh. You will do it a couple times in a row "hehe, hehe" and it cracks me up! It's like you have a secret. You have a huge open mouth smile and I love it!
You also seem to have a little bit of a bashful side. If I'm holding you and someone talks to you and makes you smile, you smile and immediately bury your head into my neck or chest, it's so funny!
You are very alert and incredibly observant. Since you were born, everyone has always commented on how alert you are, and lately, we have started to notice you quietly observing all of your surroundings. You will just sit in my lap and look around for a long time, so quiet with your eyes wide open, taking everything in :)
You have pretty much rolled over from back to front, but you never have been able to get that bottom arm out from underneath you. Whenever we lay you down on your playmat, you almost always roll right over onto your side.
You are obsessed with your dad! Every time he enters a room, you lock your eyes on him and follow his every move. You love to stare at him when you're in your swing too, because he is often sitting next to you. You will just stare and stare!
You love to touch our faces and coo when we talk to you, and you are getting very good at pulling large chunks of my hair out :)
Each month you just get more and more fun, and somehow, we love you more every day, although I didn't know it was possible!
We love you so so so much buddy!!
October 8, 2010
(Awesome new camera! I love it already!)
It’s hard to believe that he’s already 4 months old, and at the same time, I find myself wondering what we ever did without him! He is truly a blessing greater than we could have ever imagined.
I’m going to try and do a full monthly post over the weekend, I want to start doing them a little differently.
I’m posting this as an email to blogger, I’ve never done it with a picture before, so we’ll see if it works Clearly that didn't work, frmo the email, so I re-posted with the picture! J Happy Friday friends!
October 7, 2010
Why don’t Lee and I carpool to work? Today, we left at the same time, both went to McDonalds (don’t judge), then both drove to downtown where I work about 6 blocks away from him. This happens every day. Well, we don’t usually go to McDonalds, but you know. We also both go home for lunch most of the time, and we leave for the day at the same(ish) time. BUT sometimes he or I will go to lunch with a friend or have a work thing at lunch. Or I’ll go to Baby Gap and shop, whatever. If it weren’t for the lunchtime happenings, I might suggest we carpool. But I like my lunchtime freedom J
The ‘contractor’ (and I’m using that term LOOSLEY) that is fixing up our built in bookcases finally showed up yesterday. The guy doesn’t have a phone. We have to call a guy who knows him and somehow he gets in touch with him and he calls us. Or just stops by our house unannounced on a Saturday morning while I’m not wearing a bra. Whatever. He was supposed to start on Monday. Nothing. Tuesday, nothing. Yesterday Lee went home for lunch and he was there! Working! The dude also likes to talk, and eat our food if we’re eating. He likes pizza by the way. I was stuck with him when I got home from work and Lee was getting Coop. He kept telling me everything we did wrong while building the bookcases (Lee and I built them, and we knew we had no idea, but we just wanted to do it) then he proceeded to tell me that whoever installed our French doors did it completely wrong. Then asked me who did it. Then he started back on the bookcases. I was so annoyed. I know that he is probably just wanting us to know that he knows what he’s doing, but WE KNOW THAT, that’s why we’re paying him more to fix these things than it cost us to build them! He is a really nice guy and means well, and he does a good job, but it’s just frustrating.
I ordered a new camera!!! Thank the lord! I finally decided on one and I’m super excited to get it today. I thought I wanted a DSLR, but after a friend and a husband talked some sense into me (i.e. they said “Are you going to take a class and learn how to use it?” To which I laughed and replied “no”, then promptly had a flashback of the Mac Incident of 2010) and I realized that I’m better off with a really nice point and shoot that has great auto features. I am not interested in taking the time to learn how to use a fancy schmancy camera. I will most likely get frustrated and never use it! I got a Canon PowerShot SD4000IS. Don’t ask what any of that means.
I just found out that I might have to go on a 3 day work trip in a couple of weeks. I was ASKED, which was nice. Like, they wanted to make sure I was comfortable leaving the baby. But, it’s work, am I really supposed to say no? I know that Lee is fully capable of taking care of him, but it’s hard. I know you know what I’m talking about.
Speaking of the baby, one week ago, he started freaking out when we would give him his bottle before bedtime. No other time during the day does he freak out about being fed. And by freak out, I mean: He drinks less than an ounce, starts frowning and shaking his head, then crying, then screaming. If he’s with Lee, he can’t get him calmed down. If he’s with me, he calms down after a few minutes. It’s so weird. We’ve switched his formula twice, tried the gentle stuff for gas, switched out the nipple size, tried burping him and giving the bottle again, tried giving him Mylicon in between. NOTHING works. Last night, I just stopped and he didn’t eat before he went to sleep. He still slept all night (if you call waking up at 4:30am sleeping all night, ha!) I guess he’s okay? Maybe he’s just not hungry at night? I don’t get it. He has been eating more during the day. He used to have 3 bottles during the day and then a bedtime bottle, but now he’s been eating 4 times during the day, so maybe he really is just not hungry. But it’s still weird. I’ll probably ask the dr about it at his 4 month(!) check up on Monday.
I often wish that I could watch reality shows like I did in college: in the back of the sorority house with a big group of girls; all of us laughing hysterically and commenting on EVERYTHING!! Last night I watched Teen Mom from Tuesday. I was DYING while watching Amber’s date with WalMart guy! I was blowing up the twitters with my comments. I made myself stop because I was tweeting like every 3 minutes and that’s probably annoying to my tweeps. And I love Macy, but why is her hair always a different shade of red, what is up with her spray on tan, and WHAT is the huge tattoo on her back? Have you seen? I need my sorority living room to watch this stuff!
October 4, 2010
I took Friday off from work. I tried really hard and took almost no vacation days before Cooper was born so that I could take off as much as I could when he was here. Well, I am patting myself on the back for that one because I have LOTS of days left for the year and I'm going to take full advantage so that I can snuggle with my sweet boy! His Halloween costume arrived Friday, and I tried it on him. Oh My Word. I'm pretty sure it's the cutest thing I've ever seen! He is going to be a scarecrow, but i'll wait until later to show you the cuteness :)
Friday I also made dinner, dessert, and breakfast for a friend of mine. She had a baby about a month ago who was just released to come home from the NICU. She also has two boys already at home, and trust me, from what I saw Friday night, she has her hands FULL! Her littlest one is not out of the woods yet and could use any prayers that you can send his way. I will not go into any detail, because I don't feel that it is my place, but I will say that I am being reminded almost DAILY of how lucky I am to have a healthy baby.
On Saturday, I finally got around to cleaning out our extra bedroom. That room has been: an office, a scrapbooking room, a workout room, a man room, and finally a catch-all room. We got rid of most of our storage unit 'junk' when we had the garage sale. All we had left was a bed. So we decided to just put the bed in that room with my treadmill. Even though we don't have a real need for a guest room, it does feel really good to have that room cleaned out, and to have all of our 'junk' gone and no longer be paying a fee for a storage unit to house a bunch of stuff that we neither need nor want!
Also on Saturday, we had a guy come out to look at the built ins to see if he could finish them off and basically make them look good. Every time someone comes out to look at them, I brace myself because it is so embarrassing. We are always criticized for how, well, janky, for lack of a better word, they are. They are not square, not level, not well sanded, yellowing because I used the wrong caulking....basically they are crap! Haha. It is costing us as much just to have them fixed and prettied up as it would have been for someone else to just make them in the first place. Oh well. Live and learn I guess. One thing is for sure, we got our 'do it yourself' itch out of our systems quickly! I never want to use a power tool again!
Sunday we cleared out the storage unit and got the bed and treadmill situated in the now guest room. Well, it's also the dogs' room because that's where their 'night night' is. We call their cage their night night. Haha. There are few things funnier than hearing your otherwise masculine, manly man husband ask your yorkies if they want to get in their night night. :)
I also met a friend at Utica Square (cute little shopping area in town). While we were there, I stopped in PotteryBarn Kids and got Cooper this fun toy that he loves. I'll try and take or find a picture of it. It's really easy for him to grab on to and he can also shove it in his mouth, which he does with voracity! He really SHOVES it in there!
That's about it for the weekend. I'm struggling with deciding whether or not to join a gym. And if I do, which one? We are trying to stick to a tight budget right now, because we really want to move soon (i.e. in a year or so). But, not only are we saving from not having a storage unit, my tanning package (that I never used, at the tanning place from HELL) is finally over. So there's some wiggle room there too. I just want to make sure that I will actually USE a gym membership. But it's so hard to find the time! And I want to go somewhere that they have classes that I will like, including a SPIN class, because I really love that. I'm going to do a little research on that right now, so wish me luck!
October 1, 2010
Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all have a great weekend!