Wednesday, September 30, 2009

trying to meet my quota

I promised at least ten blogs a month, and being that today is the last day on September and am REALLY trying to make the cut.

So, this is what I found.

It's a Questionnaire-

Join in the question fun so your blog friends can learn more about you!

The phone rings. Who will it be? My mama...we talk alot

When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart? Always

In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener? Talker

Do you take compliments well? Yes...who doesn't like a compliment?!

Do you play Sudoku? yes, I like them, but get frustrated VERY easily with them

If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive? As long as there weren't any wild animals around

Did you ever go to camp as a kid? Yes...Camp Gwynn Valley in Bervard, NC- I LOVED it there!

What was your favorite game as a kid? Too many to count- I liked Life, and kick the bucket, and

Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you? as long as they're christian I don't care what denomination they are

Do you like to pursue or be pursued? be pursued

Use three words to describe yourself? Outgoing, caring, and talkative

Do any songs make you cry? a lot of songs make me cry

Are you continuing your education? I should be, but that's still on hold

Have you ever taken pictures in a photo booth? Yes, I love them!

How often do you read books? Not as much as I'd like

Do you think more about the past, present or future? present/future

What is your favorite children’s book? The Gruffalo

What color are your eyes? Green

Where is your dream house located? On the lake

If your house was on fire, what would be the first thing you grabbed? My son and the picture albums

When was the last time you were at Olive Garden? Several months ago

Where was the furthest place you traveled today? To work
Do you like mustard? Yes
Do you prefer to sleep or eat? Hard question...they're my 2 favorite things to do! Ha!
Do you look like your mom or dad? Dad
How long does it take you in the shower? 15 minutes
Can you do the splits? Not anymore
What movie do you want to see right now? The Hangover (I know I'm a bit behind)
What did you do for New Year’s? Watched movies with Amber and Devin and indulged myself with some Twix dipped in Cool Whip (yup, I was pregnant!)
Do you think The Grudge was scary? yes, it creeped me out
Do you own a camera phone? Yes
What’s the last letter of your middle name? M
How many hours of sleep do you get a night? 4 and then up for 35 minutes, then 4 more
Do you like Care Bears? Yes
What do you buy at the movies? a coke
Do you know how to play poker? I do, but not well
Do you wear your seat belt? it or ticket
How many meals do you eat a day? 2
Do you like funny or serious people better? Funny
Ever been to L.A.? No...but would love to go
Did you eat a cookie today?No
Do you hate chocolate? I am not a HUGE fan of chocolate, but hate is a bit strong
Are you a gullible person? You have NO IDEA!!!!
Are you easy to get along with? Yes
So, Please post your answers to these questions, I'd love to get to know you better!!!

Before I was a Mom

Before I was a Mom
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom -I had never been puked on. Pooped on. Chewed on. Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.
Before I was a Mom I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests. Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
Before I was a Mom I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put him down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.
Before I was a Mom -I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.
Before I was a Mom -I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom.

Just too Darn Cute!!

So Chatham is officially 6 months old- I missed blogging Sunday on the actualy Half Birthday Day- but better late than never, right?!

We don't go to the Dr. until Friday, so I'll have exact measurments then- but he is growing like a weed! And I predict 29 1/2 inches and 21 lbs.- but we shall see.

*Chatham has started doing some of the CUTEST things- like when he's jumping in his jumperoo he'll pick his legs up and cross them at his ankles while he plays with the whale toy attachment.
*He likes to scream (a good scream) and then giggle at himself for what LOUD noises he can make.
*We're not sleeping through the night so well anymore, but a late night snack never hurt anyone. So a 3:30 bottle and we're back in bed until 6ish.
*Still loving daycare and have done SO many cute arts and crafts. Apple art for Johnny Appleseed week, foot print sunshines, and much more! This week is cottonball art if I'm not mistaken.

I will have six month pictures on Friday when I post about the dr. appt.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Look what I found!!

This breaks my heart- to look at and remember when Chatham was this small and SO fragile
I wasn't going to post this picture, or the 100's of others I took during our week in the ICU! But as I came across them on my computer this morning it made me tingle with joy to see just how far our little man had come!

Chatham will be six months old on Sunday- he is eating three solid food meals a day. Can sit up on his own. Reach and hold on to whatever he wants. Is about to sprout a tooth. And just chats up a storm with anyone willing to listen.
Who knew that this little fighter would end up to be such a lover and a snuggler!!!!
Just wanted to share a little bit of our slow start with you!!!

So much going on! I could blog ALL DAY!

Well as I mentioned before, Chatham is growing like a weed! It seems every time I turn around he's doing something new.
As I said in my last blog Chatham is standing while holding on to things (if we put him there; he tries to pull up, but just can't quite get it) See...
He is sitting in the grocery buggy (yes I'm from the south- it's a buggy- NOT A CART!) We'll argue this point later!
Anyway- while sitting in the BUGGY he would just giggle and laugh as we took each turn and the "wind" hit his little legs, he would kick and squeal as people passed, and I think he even tried to wave and Patricia (a lady I work with that got to meet Chatham at the store)
That lovey buggy cover was given to me by Tefany (another lady I work with) at a shower I had. I didn't know at first just want this contraption was- but let me tell you it is AMAZING! It has little hooks on the front that you can attach toys to, so when they are thrown over board they don't hit the ground. See!
AND- it doubles as a highchair cover in restaurants- we haven't actually tried that out yet, but I'm sure we will soon. Every time we've taken him out to eat we're with my parents. (Gram has issues will putting Chatham down- ha ha)
I'm afraid that's all the pictures I had time to grab this morning as I ran out the door to day care; but in other news- I cut 3 1/2 inches off my hair yesterday- it looks great (or so I've been told) and I had someone new cut it- I was a little sceptical (I've had Mama Deb cut my hair since the beginning of time- OK for 8 years, but you get the picture) but Kristin did a GREAT job and I couldn't be happier.
Chatham has started eating yogurt in the mornings in place of the banana oatmeal and he is CRAZY about it! We'll still have banana oatmeal sometimes, but I figured my little guy needed a little variety in his life.
We believe teething has started in the Donley home- even MORE drool (I didn't think that was possible), no more sleeping through the night (he wakes up and wants to chew on his paci), loose bowels (I know I promised no more poop talk), and he chews on EVERYTHING!!! Wish us luck, and hopefully I'll have some pictures on little toofers soon!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I'm a big boy now!

Chatham has become a big boy over night (well maybe over the weekend)- he wore Jeans and a polo (NO onesie) for his playdate with Caden. During which time he also held on to his Crawl 'n Cruise Playzone (that I picked up for FIVE BUCKS at a local consignment sale) and stood there giggling at Caden playing for a good 3-4 minutes!!!
Last night we took one of our several ventures to Walmart and Chatham sat in the cart, little feet dangling in the breeze (ok so it was a make shift breeze as I pushed him down the aisle- come on people- stay with me!) He laughed and coo'd up and down EVERY aisle. and this morning when I dropped the balls into his crawl 'n cruise he followed the balls all the way through the twists and turns and grabbed them (putting them right in his mouth) as they came rolling out the bottom!
I can't believe what a big boy I have on my hands! He looks so small when I drop him off at school (he's one of the youngest in his class) but then when I get him home and see EVERYTHING he's learned- I am amazed at how smart, coordinated, and quick he has become in less than a month!
I have pictures of the jeans and polo, Caden and Chatham standing at the crawl 'n cruise, and Chahtam in the shopping cart- but as always they're not on the computer yet, but I will post them in the morning!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Patience is a Virtue-

I tell myself this A LOT these days, and your patience my loyal bloggers have paid off. I have pictures and LOTS of them!

As promised here is our Labor Day cook out,
Doe River Gorge in Tennessee,
NC State Game day,
Day Care and the many outfits that go along with it,
and just some cute playtime pictures.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

2 years and counting

Yesterday was our two year wedding anniversary. We are celebrating Friday, which means Chatham is going to a sleepover!! With Gram and Poppie, but a sleep over none-the-less!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A BUG!!!

We got our true WELCOME TO DAYCARE this week as Chatham had his first "bug" he missed two days of day care and now mama and daddy are down with the sniffles...
But, my point of this post is that I know I promised pictures, and they are coming; but caring for my sick little boy was top priority and ya'll, my loyal blog readers, will just have to hold your horses!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

It's been a whirlwind....

But we survived!

Chatham had his first day of day care yesterday and we did well. He loved it, got an GREAT report card (yes, they send home a report card EVERYDAY!) I managed to not go see him at lunch, so I went today and he was SO happy to see (as I was him) I fed him lunch- banana berry yogurt and half a bottle- and then he was ALMOST a sleep so I left.

He loves playing with the other kids and even has made a new girlfriend- her name is CJ. There are two other boys in the class, but once again, he is playing with primarily girls! He's such the ladies man. They do arts and crafts, and try to go outside everyday- it was a little warm yesterday but they had just come in for playing when I got there today at 11:40.

Chatham is starting to learn to wave and tries to reach for you if he wants to be picked up so his teachers and I are looking into how to teach him some sign language- I am very excited!!

I have a ton of new pictures I need to post and promise to get to them soon- but we have a BIG weekend with it being Labor day and all- so if not Friday I'll do it Monday!!!