Sunday, March 01, 2009

Bye Bye, February

The Magical Month is gone. The month that I have spent two pregnancies longing for...it's past until 2010. 2010? Is it even possible that such a year is approaching? When we look back on this decade, what are we going to call it? And the next decade, for that matter?

Curt has been speaking at our church's singles retreat this weekend. That would have been such a fun thing to join him at, but right now this is my part of the partnership. My mom was speaking in Colorado yesterday, but as soon as she got home she came straight over and spent the night with us. It was so nice to have the company and the help by the evening hours. The kids and I did pretty well yesterday, minus Jackson's first-ever bath tub poop incident and then another poop-escaping-the-pull-up incident in the game room. But overall, the day was not bad.

This morning Mom took Jackson to play at her house until rest time. So it's just us girls here at home.

Now, to honor the passing of the Magical Month into March, I feel compelled to share several things about each of my February babies. This would have been more appropriate yesterday, but I was nearly in a catatonic state by the time I could have done it. On the days I don't take naps, I get so tired by evening that I always wonder if I'm getting sick. No, you idiot! You're tired!

The Mister...

...Is eating us out of house and home. He cannot get enough food in his belly. All day long he asks me for "snacks," even 20 minutes after his last meal. Also, for breakfast this morning my mom let him have a cheese stick, cheetoes, and a bowl of Captain Crunch. I did not know about this until I woke up a little while later and saw the telltale orange crumbs on the table. I hope he enjoyed his break from toast because we'll be back to his regularly scheduled breakfast tomorrow.

...Discovered the joys of the old Tom and Jerry cartoons and quickly decided he would have nothing to do with Jack's Big Music Show, Yo Gabba Gabba, or Wow Wow Wubzy. All day long it was, "I wanna watch Tom and Jeeeerrrry!" It got a little out of hand. Once we told him he could only watch it if he pooped on the potty, that solved our problem.

...Never stops moving. Even if he's watching said cartoons, he stands in front of the TV and hops up and down.

...Lives to wrestle with his daddy. They use his old crib mattress as a wrestling mat. Let me tell you how much I love seeing that ratty old thing hanging out in the game room. The seams are now busted and it's leaking its innards. But he loves to "westle."

...Recently told his daddy that he wanted Jesus to come live in his stomach with race cars.

...Loves having his back tickled.


The Sister...

...Is sleeping longer stretches at night. There have been several nights recently when I've only gotten up with her once. PTL!

...So far, is a pretty easy baby. She's not really fussy and if she does fuss, it can usually be solved easily by feeding, changing, holding, or giving her a paci. Thank You, Lord! I have noticed that she gets fussy after I eat Chinese food. I think I have to give that up for a while. My local place delivers it to me within 15 minutes of my call and it's hot and good. Sad, sad, sad.

...Spits up immediately after I dress her. Every single time.

...Is becoming a little more coordinated. Her limbs no longer look like they're moving independently from one another.

...Has rolled over twice while laying next to me on the couch. It doesn't really count since it's not a hard, flat surface, but it sure was crazy to see!

...Likes to take her nap mat to Luby's. Eat a while, sleep a while, eat a while, sleep a while. She will have a snack, conk out, and then want to eat again 20 minutes later. If Curt's home, he'll help me wake her up by giving her kisses on the face. She hates his goatee and always makes the bitter beer face.


Goodbye, February. You've given me two wonderful, beautiful babies.

Welcome, March. I'd say "Spring is here!" but we both know it arrived on January 1. At least now I can officially not feel dumb wearing my flip flops.

53 comments:

Lauren Kelly said...

I loved this, you have two precious kids, I tell you.... Welcome Spring :o)

lori said...

Well that was just a great post.

alittleilife said...

i guess February in Texas is um, different than February (or March, rather) here: i'm watching it snow as i type this! Although i couldn't stand it and wore my flip-flops yesterday! :-)

ThirtysomethingMom said...

I live in north Alabama. We woke up to snow!!!! It was so beautiful. I wish I could send you a picture. My husband, daughter, and I played for two hours and road the 4-wheelers. Now the snow is almost gone. It was fun while it lasted. March is THE amazing month for me. My daughter was born on March 10th which is also my father's birthday. March 30th will be our 13th wedding anniversary. So I love the month of March. Have a blessed LORD's day!!

katiegfromtennessee said...

Little Momma, love this post! (I had trouble, my computer kept kicking me off the net!) You are having some adventures, that is for sure! What Jackson said about wanting Jesus to live in his belly with race cars is one for the baby book for sure! Loved it! Made me smile:)...little AnnaBeth seems like a precious doll. Blessings are surrounding you girlfriend! Praise the Lord! I have been wanting Spring to come sooner, still kinda cold up here in TN:) I have been wearing summer tops with long sleeved shirts underneath them just so that I can wear my spring/summer tops-sad but true!

Love in HIM, ((HUGS)), and Blessings to you:)

katiegfromtennessee

Rachel said...

Oh to wear flip flops this time of year, but the Michigan chill says I'll regret it if I do...if my toes would even survive it.

What a wonderful month for you! Our babies have both come in April.

Stephanie said...

Yes, here in Richmond, VA it's not spring yet...we're getting what looks to be our first "real" snow. My 4 year old is SOOO excited! Thanks for the great post.

Andreea said...

This was great! :) I don't know how the weather was for y'all today, but for us, I wore a long-sleeve blouse, and I walked outside and thought it was rather "cold" for the month of march. It was prolly in the 50s, but I'm used to wearing short sleeves by March! LOL!

Heather said...

I like this post. Both of my babies will be May babies and it is neat to think of that being such a special, significant month.
The cheetos for b-fast is totally something my mom would do, too.

The Barfuss Family said...

Yeah for flip flops!!!

Moose Mama said...

Won't be wearing flip-flops here till late May probably. Still snow and ice here.

February gave me a husband, both because of his birth and our wedding. What a special tribute to your children. I am partial to January and March, for the same reason. Love 'em to pieces!

Melana

Mary said...

Hilarious that he said he wanted Jesus to live in his stomach with cars!

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

Oh, the Mister and the Sister... LOVE IT!! Enjoy your sweet tiny ones! :)

Krystal said...

Do you know how much I miss you guys? Give your February babies both big hugs from us!

Smith Family said...

Hey Miss Amanda! I meant to tell you the other day on your post to ask Melissa about the Disney Cruise... she and Peter went on a Disney Cruise for their honey moon. That may be helpful. Also... "Here's to someone else's kid pooping in the bath tub!" Campbell did that once... I cried. You are a stronger woman than me... not so good with the poop-incidents at the ol' Smith Casa. :) Any way sister, things seem to be going quite smooth for the Jones family and we are happy for that. I loved this post. What a beautiful tribute to your little ones. Love you guys.
~The Smiths

Boonies in the Boonies said...

I loved hearing all about your February babes. Mine are May 07 and June 08 babies (so not kidding) and it's great to hear someone else has the same kind of days as me!! :) Love Love Loved it all! I laughed out loud about the spitting up every time you dress her ... girllll I was so with ya!
Hope March is even better than February.

Rebekah B
Bryant, AR

Mommy Dot Com said...

Sounds like February has brought in some really rather wonderful things.

Barr Family said...

February brought me my Gracie 4 years ago!!! 4!!! I can't hardly believe it. And, I am so jealous of your flip-flop wearing weather...we have snow. grr.
Have a great day!

boomama said...

Hey. That hopping business? It's a long-term deal. My little guy has been hopping for three years. :-)

Heather said...

My husband just went to get us some Chinese, I need to find a place that delivers, much more convenient!! My 2 oldest have November birthdays, a week apart, that month is always crazy for us. I wish flip flops went with every outfit, I am loving this weather right now!

Jenna said...

This VPG has been wearing her flip flops through rain and snow for the past 2 months (maybe not the smartest thing, but oh well)! I think that there is nothing wrong with it :)

Moops said...

Cheetoes and Captain Crunch for breakfast!!! I love your mom!!

Taylor said...

Mister and Sister are such perfect nicknames for your precious Jackson and Annabeth! I hope March brings many blessings and fresh encounter of our Lord's presence...have a great Sunday, Amanda!

::Taylor

Erica said...

You are so fun. How important to document the speical things about each of your little ones at different stages of their lives.
I will join you with the flip flops...but this cold spell has to pass first. CRAZY weather!

MindyMac said...

Hey there! I've been reading your blog for a couple of weeks (linked from another blog I read) and I just read about the name "baby bangs"....and I'm laughing so hard! Because I've been looking in the mirror lately and wondering why on EARTH I have all of these tiny hairs growing in my bangs, like I cut a bunch of them down to little sprigs! Baby #2 is 6 months old now, and now I realize I have baby bangs! Why don't I remember this from the last one? Probably because of the baby brain cells...you know, the ones that die right after your baby is born?

Fran said...

A short but sweet, sweet month!!!
I'm a February baby too so I kinda like it. ;)

It snowed 10 inches here last night and Friday will be 70. Crazy dang South.

Love ya girl. Always praying for you and your family and the ministry.

Kimbirz said...

That was so sweet. Your children are going to love your letters to them. Happy Spring everyone!

dreamingBIGdreams said...

your mister sounds like my two misters!

i'm excited about having a girl that doesn't jump even when watching tv

The Reardon's said...

Okay, so I'm posting comments about your last post on this post 'cause there were 102 posts and I thought it would be lost in the mix and I had to share/confess... I was laughing out loud reading about your confessions about "celebrity news!" Confession - we are kindred spirits in that area and the Lord dealt with me about a year ago on the same issue. my homepage was desiring God, but the first website I visited was people.com and I think I refreshed the page every 2 minutes to get the latest info... LAME! I could go on forever about this topic, but wanted to let you know I feel ya and have been there! Also, DISNEY WORLD is my ultimate vaca... my hubby hates it when I talk about our future vacations there 'cause he thinks it's over rated, but he's never been there and I've been there lots and love it more every time... GO! Enjoy - esp. if g-ma's can go and help out!! Okay, this is a book now! Later girl. And we need to see some new pics of baby girl

Amy said...

Husband and D-Man love to "box" together as well. It's definetly a boy sport in the house and D-Man will get things started by saying to Husband, "You want a piece of me." (Thanks Poppa for teaching him that...)

skaggsportal said...

Joel and I loved catching up tonight! Sounds like Jackson and my Ella could disassemble a house in a hot minute....they must be cut from the same cloth! I'm so encouraged to know I'm not alone. Target had a whole bunch of cute new flip flops on Friday. Hope you can steal away this week some time to check it out. Have a great week!

Cheri-Beri said...

I wish I could wear flip flops this time of year. But I live in the rainy part of Washington state and it's just not wise - lol.

My son hasn't stopped moving since conception. He's now 13 and his movement has turned into a very impressive martial arts hobby :-)

My girl (born second to her crazy brother) has been easy since birth. I pray you get the same gift!

Tara G. said...

My mom came last May to help when Hannah was born. She gave Samuel livermush for breakfast. I about died. Then I did when he asked for more of Baba's meat with a big cheesy grin on his face.

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

Call me overly practical, but I'm thinking you scored on the whole birthday party deal. I have four parties within 5 months and it's enough to put an semi-sane woman in the ground.

And flip flops..*sigh* Hopefully soon...

Kellie said...

Sounds like your Jackson and my Wilson are two peas in a pod - Wilson WILL NOT poop on the potty consistently and has recently discovered Tom and Jerry too, will not sit still and loves to wrestle and be tickled!!!! I live in Alabama - wore snow shoes yesterday, will be in flip flops by Wednesday!!!! Love it!

tiggerdaisy said...

Honestly, you crack me up! :)

Prayers and blessings,
Rebecca

Becca said...

So sweet! I love reading about Jackson...it gives me a glimpse to what I have to look forward to when Jordan and Nathan hit the toddler years!

JottinMama said...

Oh, to wear flip flops! The wind chill in my neck of the woods was 2 below zero this morning.

Girl, soak up the sun and heat for me :)

May you have a marvelous March,
Kate :)

connorcolesmom said...

Ok I have to confess I giggled about the "welcome spring" thing
only because we got 6 inches of SNOW yesterday in GA!
CAN YOU BELIEVE that??
It was so fun but definitely more like WINTER :)
As far as Jackson eating you out of house and home - girl it just gets worse
With my 2 boys I spend a fortune at the grocery store - I told my 9YO he was going to have to get a job - hehe
Blessings
Kim

Holly said...

It's spring-like here in Colorado today, too. I hope your Mom had a wonderful time here--I sure prayed for her as she spoke. She was mere minutes from my house.

I totally couse picture this--"bitter beer face." Good description!

Praying for the spitting up to end soon!

tiggerdaisy said...

You know, ever since you mentioned Captain Crunch, I have been craving them!!!!! :) The sweet joys of being pregnant is having these wonderful cravings! :)

Rebecca

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

I have a label on my blog called Poop. Looks like you might be needing one as well.

balmingilead said...

Beautiful - I love your thoughts.

Shelly said...

I have tagged you...come to my blog and see what it is about!

willblogforshoes said...

Spits up right after she's dressed? Yep, sounds familiar... but only with the cute outfits, of course. Put on her brother's hand-me-downs and her digestion is perfectly in tact!

Happy March to you! I wish I could say "Welcome Spring", but March 1 brought snow to Alabama! Brrr! It's supposed to be in the 70's by the weekend, though!

Yolanda said...

Oh, I got flip-flops on today....actually Birkenstocks as we are to hit the 70's and can I just say...I'm cold! ;-)

I love the Mister stories as well as the Sister stories!

Lovingly,
Yolanda

annalee said...

precious february babies! being a feb. babe myself i have a strong love for the month. what sweet reports on your mister and sister!

Becky at "Cheese My Head" said...

Hi Amanda! I'm an old friend of Sunni's and love reading your blog. If you want a glimpse into your future, check out our family blog. My little man and his sister were both born in July. He's 3 and she's 7 months. I think we're almost exactly 5 months ahead of you and it's crazy how much stuff our short people have in common! Cuh-razy!

Kendra said...

Fun post :) Looking forward to motherhood - just 8 more weeks!! (and we still don't have a name so I appreciated the 'what's in a name' on LPM blog)!

Lindsee Lou said...

I am loving "The Mistser" and "The Sister" updates. Too cute.

And oh, the poop. There are always firsts, aren't there? It reminds me of the first time my roomates dog pooped on my pillow. Yuck! (That was a first AND a last!)

Beth said...

My boy used to jump up and down in front of the TV while watching. He still has rock hard calf muscles at 17. Was in a restaurant the other day and this little boy was there. Probably 18 months (I have never been good with babies ages). Anyway he started screaming B-I-B-I-B-I. I told the mother and apparent grandmother at the table my Evan did the exact same thing at that age. Sounded just like him. Usually standing in his crib. Then I looked at Evan and told them it seemed just like yesterday. I wished I had journaled like you are doing on this blog. It would have been priceless now.

jsiewert said...

Your post had me rolling. Ok, I had they worst look from a lady at the library two days ago about my flip flops. It was in the low 50's and that is the start of flip flop season in Idaho OK!

Then there was the eating you out of house and home comment, My 3 year old daughter has grown 2 inches since November and eats everything insight. Last but not lease there is Tom and Jerry. We purchased a DVD for Keiley for Christmas and she loved it and watches it the most.

Katie said...

I am loving my February baby. Sarah Grace was born Feb. 23 at 2:12. I haven't seen my heart since. Forget stolen I think it was very freely given. :) Staring may be rude, but I think I don't so much care anymore. I just can't take my eyes off of her. My mom has been a huge help also. She's been at my house for almost six weeks helping me first stay pregnant then helping adjust to mommy hood with a c-section. Our baby's grammies are absolutely priceless. :)