if you have a little boy and would like to cry your eyes out today.

I cannot get through this song.  I was listening to it earlier and had to switch to ol Miley bird so I could pull myself together before going into Trader Joes.  TOO MUCH!!

Lyrics (from her website):

Little boy, when you speak
I can't help but kiss your cheeks
I love the way you grab my hands
And tell me all about your plans

Rocket high, comets fly
You and I could hitch a ride
And fly away to Neverland
And give our best to Peter Pan

When you reach for the stars
Don't forget who you are
And please don't turn around and grow up way too fast
See the sand in my grasp
From the first to the last
Every grain becomes a memory of the past
Oh, life's an hourglass
Life's an hourglass

Story's read, prayer is said
Close your eyes sleepyhead
While angels linger in your dreams
And hold you in their feathered wings
Just like you, I was small
Not that long ago at all
I wish you all the happiness
That God gives freely if you ask


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Christmas Day 2013

Christmas Day we have an open door policy.  When Shepherd was born, we decided we didn't want to spend Christmas traveling all over the state, so we celebrate with each of our families early in December, and stay home Christmas and Christmas Eve.  I just wanted our boys to wake up at home and get to play with their toys and have our own traditions, without having to be in the car and at a bunch of different places all day.  But our house is open to whoever wants to come see us, and we are so thankful everyone on both sides of our family makes the trip!

We woke up with crazy hair and checked out a few new presents.  He opened all of his wrapped gifts on Christmas Eve, but for Christmas morning we sat out the piano that my parents got for him, and the grill set we got and all of his toys from the night before.  He had fun playing with all of his new toys and I got to work making breakfast.
I'm always trying to make special memories for our family and traditions that will stay with our boys.  I decided to make hashbrown casserole and start doing it every year.  I didn't want to make a huge breakfast, since Joey ended up having to eat it standing up in the kitchen as soon as it came out of the oven, before rushing off to work.  So thankful for a good job, but we missed him!
When Joey left for work, Shep went down for a nap and I got ready for the day.  My family drove in and got to our house a little after noon.  
Joey's family came up too and when Joey got home we opened more presents.

I was so surprised with my Ugg boots Joey and my mother in law got for me!  I love when you have no idea something is coming and its just what you wanted :)

We had a wonderful Christmas, and were so blessed that all of our family came to our house to celebrate.  
Shepherd was at such a good age this year, and he makes everything so fun!  And next year I'll have double the fun ;)
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36 Weeks with Major William

I haven't done an update in over a month.  It seems like I don't really have anything interesting to report, so thats why I haven't been talking too much about it.  Again, I'm so lucky to have easy, uneventful pregnancies.  Crazy to see 4 weeks to go on my pregnancy app countdown.  

At my last check up (I'm going once a week now!) everything looked great.  I'm measuring right on track, blood pressure is always normal.  She went ahead and checked me and I'm not dilated or effaced at all.   He is head down, so thats good.  Heart beat was 139.

I go in 2 weeks for an ultrasound to check size.  That is just something that is required by the hospital because I'm a VBAC patient.

Size: A freaking WATERMELON!  Approx 19-22 inches, 6.5 lbs

Still having tons of acid reflux, although I've started taking Zantac and that helps.

I'm having Braxton Hicks contractions every day.  For the longest time I was having them, but too dumb to realize it!  I kept thinking, "Wow, Major presses so hard against my belly, my whole stomach gets hard and tight."  Then I realized that wouldn't make sense and they were actually Braxton Hicks.  They don't hurt at all, my belly just gets really hard.

I usually get up and go to the bathroom at least once...and turn Joey's fan around!  Its hard to turn over.  Also, I guess its hormones, but I'm waking up every night drenched in sweat.  Its really annoying actually.  A few nights ago I woke up at 4:00 and couldn't go back to sleep because my acid reflux was so bad.  I ended up going downstairs to take some Zantac and not falling asleep until almost 6.  Will be very happy to get rid of this acid reflux!

Rings: Still on

I guess this is normal...I hope it is...but I've felt so guilty throughout this pregnancy.  Its been so different from my pregnancy with Shepherd, when I had nothing else to focus on, so all of my thoughts went to Shep and every aspect of being pregnant.  Now, its hard to focus on Major and really connecting to this pregnancy, because I have a toddler who is right in front of me to focus on.  And Shep is still so young, every day is new and exciting with him.  I've heard every pregnancy gets more and more like that, because you have your kids that keep you occupied.  I've just felt really guilty that I felt more "connected" to Shepherd during my pregnancy with him, than I have this time.  Anyone else?!

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Christmas Eve 2013

Christmas Eve is our day for just the three of us.  We had so much fun this year, opening our gifts to each other and watching Shepherd open his gifts.  He is at such a fun age, and seeing the absolute joy on his face over the littlest things made us so happy.  Joey had to work, but he left early and got home around 4:30.  I cooked a full Christmas meal, even though it was just the 3 of us, and it was delicious!  Plus, leftovers for days.
I don't know that anything will ever beat this face after he opened his Mickey Mouse!!

I want to have a million babies, because he makes everything more fun! :)
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who Major William is named after.

Major William got his middle name from my Papaw.  Last time I was home I picked out a few pictures of him, so I could frame one for the nursery.  Wasn't he handsome?  The second picture was taken while he was in the Navy.  He lied about his age so he could join!
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Shep and Santa 2013

This past Saturday we took Shepherd to visit Santa.  I know this sounds awful, but I LOVE that we have a picture like this.  Its so classic and funny.

P.S. Shep and Santa last year.
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hometown christmas

This weekend we went to my hometown to celebrate Christmas.  We had so much fun.  We took Shepherd to the park where they had tons of lights and he had the time of his life getting to run around. On Saturday we did some last minute shopping, then had our annual pajama party and opened presents.  My mom made up a Christmas themed Minute to Win It game and we all were crying we were laughing so hard.  On Sunday we went to church with my grandma, who I have never seen so proud.  She carried Shep all around her church and told everyone he was her pride and joy.
Her church did the coolest thing.  Its a small little country church, and they had a present for every single person there that morning!  Here is Shep and Joey walking down to get Shepherd's gift.  It was a brown paper bag with fruit and candy inside.  

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our 2013 christmas card.

This was our 2013 Christmas card.  No one can say this family takes themselves too seriously!! ;)

Joey has a few times on facebook/instagram made collages of all of our bloopers we end up with every time we try to take pictures.  We thought we'd take it one step further and have some fun with our Christmas card haha!
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in case anyone wonders what my kitchen usually looks like

Yesterday afternoon Shepherd dumped an entire box of cereal on the kitchen floor, then made snow angels in it. 
After that we went to Target since we were out of diapers, where my 35 week pregnant self had to carry him in the football hold while he screamed like a little banshee. 
Then it took me about 10 minutes to get him in the car seat while the person parked next to me waited to get in her car, because I didn't see her.  Then I cried a little.
Since we cut our Target trip short, we went home to make dinner.  He was playing in the living room and I was cooking, while continuing to check on him.  The 3rd time I check on him, I find that he has unwrapped 6 presents and broken the Christmas tree so that the lights won't work.

I told him its a good thing he has his good looks.  Then Joey said, "we aren't really going to say that are we?"
So that was yesterday.
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the best part of the day.

These pictures make me so happy.  Every night when Joey's leaving work he calls to tell me he is on his way home.  Lately Shepherd has been getting his coat on to wait, so that as soon as Joey walks in the door they can go across the street to see the neighbor's Christmas lights.  Shepherd is obsessed with the big blow up polar bear, we talk about it all day.  He and Blue wait so patiently and when Joey pulls up Shepherd starts yelling and clapping and banging on the door.  Its the best part of the day, when Daddy gets home.

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Dear Major,

When I was pregnant with Shepherd, I wrote this blog post.  In some ways I feel so much more prepared this time around.  I'm confident I can care for a newborn and know what to expect, I am much more educated about birth and what I want for bringing Major into the world, I think the growing pains of figuring out our roles as parents and husband and wife are out of the way.  But in other ways, I have no idea what to expect!  I've heard having one child is like having one child, and having two is...like having a lot more?  Something like that.  I think having two under two, at the beginning will of course be a lot of work.  Hopefully my sleep deprived self doesn't go off the deep end.  Kidding.  But I'm happy for them to be close in age, so they can have each other as playmates.  I'm excited for Major to get here and start the next chapter of our family.

(Pictures taken at 26 weeks)

My sweet Major,
You have been prayed for and loved since well before you were born.  We are so excited to meet you and see who you are.  Who you will look like, what funny little things you will do, how you will be different from your big brother, to see you two become the best of friends.  What ways will you be like one of us, what new things will you bring?

I want you to have as many of the best days of your life as possible.  That is my goal, to make that happen.  My biggest passion in life is this little family we are creating.  You are one of us now.  You are going to bring so much joy to our lives, and I am so thankful for you, Major.

God picked us out for each other.  You are my precious little boy.  I want to be the best mommy to you, I want to be aware of who you are and what you need.  You're special and will have unique needs and thoughts and I want to parent you in the best way, for you.  I want to love you in the way you best receive love.

Something I will never take for granted is good health, and I am so blessed to have an easy, uncomplicated pregnancy with you.  I thank God for that everyday.  As far as we can tell, you are a healthy little boy too, and I am so thankful.  We have had nothing but good reports on you.  I pray you are always healthy and strong.

I hope you and Shepherd are best friends.  I am so happy you are a little boy, I think you and Shepherd will have so much fun growing up together.

I pray you are always confident, with nothing to prove, and happy to do what you want, not worrying about other people.   I pray you have a childhood full of fun and laughter and make happy memories.  I pray you are never afraid to act silly.  I hope you don't take yourself too seriously and laugh and laugh.  I pray you always feel like you can talk to me and your daddy, and we will never judge you, we want to help you.  I pray you have lots of good friends, friends who make you a better person and your days more enjoyable.  I pray that early on in your life you recognize that you need a Savior, and accept Jesus into your heart.  I pray that you learn that from me and Daddy.  I want you to run and play and not worry.  When you're older, I want you to become a man of character and integrity, honest and hard working.  You are smart and wonderful and funny, I already know.

I love you, my little angel.
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Sneak Peek of Major's Nursery

We had a great weekend over here.  Joey took Friday off work so we had three days together.  The weather forced us to stay inside the majority of the time, so we got a lot accomplished for Major's nursery.  Here is a little sneak peek!

I got crafty and decided to paint a canvas to go over the crib.  I was going for an ombre look.  This was basically free because we already had the canvas and paint brushes, but we were the crazy people at Hobby Lobby right before the ice storm hit so I could pick out my paint colors!

Joey also got crafty this weekend.  We bought this L awhile back and planned to use it in the nursery.  Our original idea was to have little mw's all over the L, but the stencils were not cooperating.  Since I have no patience for stencils or anything that requires precision, this was Joey's project.  Ignore the awful lighting.

Here is a swatch of the crib sheet fabric.  

And our little elephant friend, plus a look at the new rug.  I'm a little concerned the rug and the crib sheets clash too much, so I ordered the zebra sheet in another color to see if I want to switch it out.  But I really like the yellow, so we'll see.  You can see we moved the glider and ottoman into Major's room, so Shepherd is loving all of the extra room to play in his room.  We are going to put some new bookshelves in Shep's room since he has so many.

I had my 34 week doctor appointment this morning and Major is right on track!
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Thanksgiving 2013

Since we've been married, we have struggled every year with how to spend the holidays.  My family is three hours away, Joey's is almost an hour.  We have been switching off which side of the family to spend Thanksgiving with each year, and this year was my family's turn.  Unfortunately Joey had to work on Thanksgiving (just for a few hours) and he also had to work all day the day before and after.  I offered to stay here so that we could spend Thanksgiving together, but he insisted on me going ahead with our plans so I wouldn't be alone the majority of the holiday.  We hated not being with him, but we had so much fun in my hometown!  It was a perfect Thanksgiving, if we had just had Joey with us!

Shepherd absolutely loves to be around people.  He lights up with a crowd.  It makes me so happy to see him happy.  On Thanksgiving, with my parent's house full of family, all of whom he's met only a few times if at all, he was running around having so much fun.  He wasn't clinging to me or my parent's who he is comfortable with.  He was just having the time of his life.  Playing blocks with his cousin Jack, chasing him around and laughing.  He went right to my uncle Dennis and asked to be picked up, which made my uncle so happy.  I want to give him such a stable life that he knows I'm always here, giving him the confidence to go out on his own.  After everyone went home on Thanksgiving, I thought about how much fun Shepherd had.  In his short little life, almost 19 months, that was one of the best days of his life.  That is my goal for my children, I want them to have as many of the best days of their lives as possible.
^^^ Dad on the left, with one of his sisters and brother ^^^
^^^ Shep made my uncle pick him up for a better view of the dessert table ^^^

^^^ My sister captured my resting CBF ^^^

Thanksgiving night, my sister and I continued our Thanksgiving tradition of going to the movies to see a Christmas themed movie.  I convinced her to see The Best Man: Holiday and oh my gosh it was so much better than either of us expected.  We laughed and cried.  We were both trying to hold back from all out loudly weeping, it was that good!
^^^ Entertainment before the movie started.  I made us get there 45 minutes early, assuming it would be packed.  We were the only people there. ^^^
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