Teddy Bear Love

While I was pregnant, I had a feeling that I was having a little boy. I am not sure why I felt like it was a boy but I just did. I guess you could say that it was a mother’s intuition already kicking in and just knowing.

On December 10th, I felt like I was having a boy even more. Honestly, after that I think I would have been shocked it I had a girl (not that I would have been upset but I would have been very surprised). On December 10th, the little man had not really moved around very much in my belly. I was starting to wonder if I needed to call the doctor. I decided to go workout and around 2:30 in the afternoon he started moving. I was oh so relieved that he was moving inside me. Those little movements mean so much when you are pregnant. A couple of hours later was when I received the call from my dad letting me know that my grandfather had passed away and my grandmother was in the hospital. My mom had found my grandfather around 2:30 that day.

We had not gotten to tell my grandfather that we had chosen Francis to be the middle name if we were to have a little boy. I honestly think that Grandpa knew and that is why Guyon started moving again that day. He had met Grandpa.

Before Guyon was born, friends of ours had heard about the project I was working on for my family and asked if we had any leftovers. They wanted to do something for our child. Being 35 weeks pregnant and going through the clothes again was heart wrenching. I had the worst time picking clothes out but I got myself to do it. We gave them some from both grandma and grandpa. I wasn’t really sure what would come of it.

Last weekend, we received a gift from them. It is a teddy bear made of two of my grandfather’s shirts and the red heart and his feet are grandma’s jacket. That blue and yellow striped shirt was a polo shirt that grandpa wore all of the time. We all remember him wearing it. The other blue shirt was a long sleeve shirt that grandpa got for Christmas or his birthday one year from the family. The red jacket was one we all remember grandma wearing. She wore it last July for the Fourth when I saw her for the last time. Thank goodness for the selfies we took with her that day.

This past week, I had my camera out taking pictures for Guyon’s 2 month birthday. I decided to lay the bear down on the floor with him and see what he did. The smiles and kisses were almost immediate. (We aren’t sure if he just smelled the McDonalds or White Castles ingrained in the shirts or not and he was just hungry.) To see my little boy with a memento of a great man, husband, father, grandfather, leader and servant made me so happy. I only hope that our little Guyon can live up to his middle name and know how much it means to us that he carries it on in the family. As much as I would have loved to not have to have one of these bears and for Guyon to actually meet his great grandparents, this bear means a lot to me and hopefully it will to Guyon too.

DSC_0009 DSC_0013DSC_0023I know that grandpa was smiling down on us as I was taking these photos. I may get teary eyed thinking about the whole thing but these pictures help to make me smile and know that both him and grandma will always be with us and that we were so lucky to have them for as long as what we did. 

Where I am with you

A while back I started following this photographer on Facebook and Instagram because her style was very much the way I like to take pictures. I loved that her style was so natural and real. Her mix of real life and light are amazing. Her work is very much an inspiration and could not have come at a better time as she also has an infant and there are many times I look at the photos and realize that I have taken something similar or would like to take something similar.

After following her for a while, I realized that she does a monthly project with many other photographers called “Wherever I am with you.”  Each month, each photographer will post a photo of them with their children taken with their camera, not their phone. It encourages them to get in front of the camera more often than what they typically would otherwise and to take photos with their cameras and not just their phones.

I quickly realized with Guyon that I have a lot of pictures of just him or with Sean. I take some selfies with him but I don’t also take pictures of moments that we want to remember and they typically are phone photos instead of pictures on my actual camera.

So from now on, each month, I will be trying to take more pictures with him. Some maybe artsy and others will be of our faces, but they will all include the two of us together and taken with my camera. Here are the first photos we took the other day!DSC_9990

DSC_9995Experimenting with this project will be fun. I think it will actually challenge me more as a photographer too, which was cause me to learn while making memories with my little man!

First Mother’s Day

A week ago we celebrated our first Mother’s Day in our house. It was a good day filled with lots of baby snuggles after getting home from lunch with Sean’s family.
Sean had some yardwork to do and it was a little too cool for Guyon to be outside so I stayed in and we snuggled and read books and played.
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I was able to catch a couple of smiles that day though. Always awesome to see.
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We mainly celebrated by changing clothes multiple times, due to someone pooping through his clothing. His first outfit was adorable but it only lasted about 15 minutes.
Lucky for us the second outfit lasted until right before bed.
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Mother’s Day was a little bittersweet for me though. Even though it was my first as a mother, I wasn’t able to be with my mom and missed my grandmother dearly. I know we’ve already been through the big first holidays without them but this one hit me pretty hard. There were lots of helicopters falling from the trees and I remember standing in their front yard when I was little and her showing us how to throw them up in the air to make them fly again. Then on my way home from lunch I saw a Danville Tour Bus broken down on the side of the road and memories flooded back causing many tears.
Thankfully, we all got to talk on the phone on Sunday night with my momma. It sounded like it was a long day at work for her but it was so good to talk to her.It was also great to get the card and tons of coupons from her the following day.
Hopefully we made mom laugh with our fun photos we sent to her.
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Race Results

Sean and I have run in the Paws for Life 5K the last couple of years. (2014, 2015). This year only Sean ran due to me just having our little guy. It turned out to be ok because it was a little on the chilly side and I was able to do a little baby wearing and wrap him in multiple blankets and cover his head to keep him nice and warm.

Sean rocked this year’s race. He actually finished first in his age division (30-35 Males) with a time of 26:05. He shaved off 2 minutes from his time last year. This was the only 5K that he ran over the last year so it’s not like he had that much race experience in between times.
This was him at the start of the race.
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These were of him finishing the race.
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I was super proud of him, especially since he hasn’t been able to get in as many workouts as he would like since the birth of the little man. Not to mention that this is a hard course and it was also super muddy due to all of the rain we’ve had. His lower legs were covered in mud when he finished.

We will have to see how he does next year. Can he shave off another 2 minutes? he enjoys running way more than I do so it is completely possible.

Guyon – Month 2

Two months! Already??!?!?!?! It does seem like it is going by fast but I have loved being home with our little man for his first two months of life. He has grown so much over the last two months and I have had the opportunity to see him do somethings that I would not have gotten to see him do otherwise. These will be the moments I will miss in the next month due to me returning to work on Tuesday.
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How Big Are You?
– We find this out on Monday and I will update this post when we find out.

What’s Your Temperament?
– You are still an awesome, laid back little guy. You don’t really fuss that much unless you are hungry or have a dirty diaper.
– You have found your voice and you coo at us all the time. I just haven’t been able to catch it on video for Grandma and Grandpa to see. That is a challenge.
– You smile a lot these days too. You are so much more fun to play with these days because you are such a happy little boy.
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– You have also started to find your tongue. It is so funny to see you play with your tongue and stick it out at us.
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– You have also figured out how to blow bubbles. You seem to do it more in the afternoons.
– You are a very alert little man too. When you are awake, which is a lot more common now, you are always looking around, staring at lights, interacting with your dad and me, or looking at your toys.

What Are You Eating?
– You are still an exclusively breastfed baby and you still really like to eat. You eat about every 2.5 to 3 hours.
-You will let your daddy feed you a bottle and you typically eat about 4 oz.
– You also have started this thing where you bounce your head around when you are almost finished eating. It is really funny to watch and then you figure out what you are doing.
What Are you Sporting?
– You are still wearing 0-3 and 3 month clothes. They are fitting you pretty well these days.
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– When you wear your cloth diapers, some of your clothes fit you a little tight so we leave buttons undone a lot.
– You wear a lot of sleepers, especially when we are at home for the day.
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– When in your cloth diapers, we now leave a button in the middle free. You are growing quickly and we had to make them a bit bigger. If you wear paper diapers, you are now wearing #2s. We had to make that transition this past week. The #1s were just a little too snug on you.

How Are You Sleeping?
– You sometimes have a rough time going to bed at night. You like to stay up and play especially if you have slept more during the day.
– Typically these days you are doing a 5 hour stretch and then a 3 hour stretch. You normally wake up between 1:30 and 3:00 am for your first feeding and then somewhere between 5:00 and 6:00 am for your second feeding. Mom and Dad are really appreciating that.
– You don’t like your arms to be swaddled anymore so you just wear the swaddle as a blanket.
– You surprised us the last two nights have slept 9:00 pm to 4:00 am. Bless you little boy. We love you very much for this!
– You nap in your Pack N Play or your swing during the day. Your naps will last anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple of hours. After you eat in mid-afternoon, we try to keep you awake until your last feeding before bedtime. It seems to be helping to keep you asleep for a longer time at night.
– You still sleep in your room every night until Daddy leaves for work and you sleep next to mommy until it’s time to get up for the day.

Guyon Likes + Dislikes:
Likes
– You really like bath time now.
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– Eating!??!?!!?
– Your lion rattle and your Purdue Mickey Mouse.
– Being read to before taking a nap or going to bed. We read a lot though throughout the day.
– You like to be up close to mom in your Baby Bjorn.
– Shhhhhh sound on the sound app on mom’s phone or dad shhhh in your ear.
– Tummy time. You do really well for about 15-20 minutes these days. We keep working you on getting more time until we can get you to do it for an hour.
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– Country music. Whether we are in the car or dancing in the kitchen you seem to prefer to listen to country. Mom is perfectly ok with this. Dad on the other hand is ok with it but would prefer if you listened to something else. (Like EDM or rock)

Dislikes
– You really don’t have many dislikes except for dirty diapers and being hungry.
– You do get a little fussy when you have gas but other than that, there isn’t much that makes you unhappy.

Fun Moments, Favorite Notes, Guyon Quirks + Milestones:
– You Facetime with lots of people from mom’s family. Mom even thinks that you recognize Grandma and Grandpa’s voice because of how much we Facetime with them. Thank goodness for technology.
– You spent an entire week with just mom. Dad had to go on a work trip to Iowa. This picture was when dad came home.
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– You went to the Kite Festival in town.
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– You visited the boat for the first time and spent your first weekend aboard the boat.
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– You helped mom vote in the Presidential primary election.
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– You experienced your first Kentucky Derby Week and you got a new blanket to celebrate.
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– You helped mom celebrate her first Mother’s Day. We had lunch with one of your grandmothers and dad’s family.
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– You visited mommy’s work for the first time.
– You went out to eat with mom and dad for the first time.
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– We finished reading the book “The Complete Adventures of Homer Price” and now it is on to Harry Potter.
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