Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Stan's Blog

Check out my brother Stan's new blog!  As you've seen in some of my posts of things that he has built for me (bench, toy storage), he is very talented!

How was your day?

For me, the answer is rarely completely answered with "Good" or "Bad" or "Fine."  Maybe, I should start answering with "Challenging." 

Most days, we have our UPs and our DOWNs and everything in between.  But, as the mom of two little boys who are VERY opinionated and hard-headed, most days are challenging.  Even the best days are challenging.  Just being a mom is challenging!  (If your kids are not challenging and you find being a mom the easiest job ever, do not comment, do not email me, do not call me.  I do not want to hear from you!  Just let me continue believing that everyone is challenged by their children and by this job!) 

Yesterday was especially challenging...and as most of you have figured out from some of my previous posts, we are having a LOT of challenging days lately.  I was looking forward to my Tuesday evening Bible Study with the women in my Sunday School class.  I had already told Connor earlier in the day that the three of us would go to church for me to work out and Daddy would pick them up there to take them home for dinner (aka watching a movie while eating pizza).  I love my boys so much, but I was definitely looking forward to some adult time.  But, when I talked to Jeremy on the way to work out, he said that he was slammed at work and would not be able to be home in time for me to go.  I was disappointed, but I understood.  I got off of the phone and was about to tell Connor about the change of plans, but he said "Mommy, I am sad that you won't eat dinner with Daddy and me and Kyle.  I miss you when you are not with us!" 

Oh goodness!  A bad day had just gotten a little bit sweeter! 

That boy knows how to make my heart melt just when I need it!

Kyle is obsessed with buckling anything.  He loves to do the chest part of his carseat seatbelt.  He loves to buckle strollers and high chairs and swings.  He love the challenge, but it isn't much of a challenge anymore.  He hasn't figured out how to unbuckle anything yet, so once he has buckled it, I have to unbuckle it to let him do it again and again.  It is so entertaining to him! 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Lots of Pictures!

Since I am enjoying my new camera, I am extra "snap-happy" and taking lots of pictures!  Here are some from the past few days.

On Sunday afternoon, Mommy, Daddy, and Connor made hats and we had a "Spring Parade" outside! 

Today, the boys and I headed to Madison, GA to meet up with Sunshine and Granddaddy.  We met at the playground in Madison and had a great time playing.  Sunshine brought two Easter baskets and several dozen eggs for the boys to have an Easter Egg Hunt.  This was Kyle's first ever and Connor's first of the year.  They both loved it and after coming home, we've had several hunts in the house!

These two boys love their Daddy! 

Friday, March 16, 2012

New Camera

After researching through the internet and through friends with DSLR cameras, I decided to purchase one!   I have wanted one for years, but I have never wanted to spend the money.  But, I had some Christmas and Birthday money saved up and decided that I wanted it to go towards a new camera.  My friend Lauren has a Photography Business in Birmingham and is always taking great pictures of her kiddos.  She even took pictures of Connor when he was 13 months old.  She recommended a camera and a lens for me to purchase as a beginner DSLR user and that was budget friendly.  She had recommended the same one to her sister a few months back and her sister was very pleased with it.  An old Hartford friend that knows photography really well recommended a refurbished camera and recommended a couple of good companies to purchase a camera.  So, with all of this advice, I ordered a new camera on Monday.  I was shocked when it showed up on Wednesday afternoon!

I have spent the last two days taking picture after picture of my favorite subjects...Connor and Kyle!  I am still learning all of the different features (and will be for a long time), but so far, I love it!  Here are a few of my favorite pictures so far.  (I know that they are not perfect pictures, but aren't these subjects just precious!)

And, if you are wondering why most of my pictures are of Kyle, it is because Connor has spent two of the past three days sitting on one of the brown chairs in the den watching tv.  He started throwing up on Tuesday night and was sick throughout the night.  So, on Wednesday, we spent the entire day being lazy.  He stopped being sick around lunchtime and we slowly started introducing drink and food later that day.  On Thursday, he was pretty much back to normal.  He ate, he played.  Then, this morning, he wasn't hungry, but other than that, he was fine.  We went to a playdate picnic at the park with some friends and as we all sat down to eat, I could tell something was wrong and I pulled him to the side and he threw up again!  It had been over 48 hours since the last time he had been sick, so we thought that he was in the clear, but unfortunately, he was not.  He has not gotten sick since, but we were lazy again today.  Hopefully, he will be back to normal tomorrow, but we'll be even slower introducing food and drink to him tomorrow. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

A Few Pictures!

Connor's Surgery

Connor had eye surgery on February 28th.  And, of course, I had to take a pre-surgery picture in his hospital gown!

The surgery was a success!  We can already see a big difference in his head tilt.  Actually, the day after the surgery, we went back for the one-day post-op visit and immediately saw a difference in his head tilt whent he doctor had him name letters on the screen.  He did not turn his head at all! 

After surgery, Connor had a hard time coming out of the anesthesia, but once we got him home, he slept most of the day.  Once he woke up, he was starving and ate for about an hour and a half straight!  He had not eaten since dinner the night before becaue of the surgery and he never really woke up enough to eat until about 4:30.  For the next couple of days, he had some pain, mostly his forehead hurt, but Motrin and Tylenol seemed to treat it well.    His eyes were blood red for a few days, but each day seemed to get better and better. 

He is now doing great!  His head tilt is gone and his eyes are not red anymore.  One eye still has a little swelling, but nothing much.  We will go back on Wednesday for his two week post-op. 

Thank you for your prayers!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Today just got better and better for Connor!  He was an angel all afternoon and then walked right in his classroom for me to workout this afternoon.  I went to Bible Study after working out, so Jeremy took the boys home.  Jeremy said that Connor couldn't have been better!  Thanks for praying...and please keep at it!  But, praise God for a better day!

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This morning connor was excited to head back to school.  He missed last week because of the surgery, so he sounded excited to go back today.  He had no problem heading into school, but as soon as we got to his door, he flipped out, just like he has been doing at church. Luckily, he has a great teacher!  She told me to just go on since I was volunteering in the classroom next door for an hour and that she would let me know how he did.  She had to close the classroom door to keep him from leaving, but a little while later she told me that he was doing great.  He stood by the door for awhile and then went ahead and started to play with his friends.  When I peeked in on him at 10, he was having a good time.  When I went to pick him up, he wasn't ready! 

But, he has told me that he doesn't want to go to church tonight for me to workout.  I NEED to workout!  And, I don't want to "give-in" to him and let him have what he wants.  So, I think we're going to try...again.  Pray for him.  Pray for me!

Monday, March 5, 2012


I am so frustrated right now.  I love Connor more than I could ever imagine.  He can be so sweet and kind and gentle and obedient.  And, then, he can act the way he did this afternoon!  Disobedient and uncooperative...which leads to the worst temper tantrums.  Unfortunately, I feel like the disobedient and uncooperative behavior is coming out more and more.  I thought that we were past the terrible twos and even the terrible threes.  But, for us the fours are proving to be awful. 

Two Sunday's ago, we took him to church and for the first time ever, he refused to go into his Sunday School class.  He normally loves Sunday School, but he refused to go to his class.  We thought it was a one time thing.  But, then, this Sunday, he did it again.  He told us he didn't like one of the teachers, but then we tried to take him to a different class and he refused again.  Then, today, I took him to church for me to work out.  Our church has a gym and offers childcare three afternoons a week.  We've been doing this since last summer and normally, he walks in his classroom before I even have Kyle signed into his classroom.  But, today, he refused again.  We go to church like normal and he knows where we are going and acts like he's going to be fine, but as soon as we get to the room, he turns and runs.  I cannot leave him there crying because he can pitch an unbelievable tantrum and I cannot leave an unpaid Sunday School teacher or a 60+ year old childcare worker to deal with his fits.  And, he will not calm down for them.  So, after taking away his favorite things and his TV privilege, I had to just leave. 

I know that this behavior is about control, but I don't know how to fix it.  Nothing I have done has worked.  And, I am beyond frustrated. 

Other than these particular incidents, there have been numerous times lately where he has just pitched terrible temper tantrums when he did not get his way.  Usually, he is extremely tired or hungry, but not always.  He has gotten to where he is just disobedient way too much.  I am out of solutions.  I don't know how to handle his behavior and I really don't know what to do about the church issue. 

I love him so much and he can make me smile and laugh so much, but he can also cause me to pull my hair out in frustration.  I am frustrated, embarrassed, angry, hurt, confused.  I don't know what happened to my sweet, easy-going little boy.  I honestly feel like I am always waiting for the next explosion from him.  Some days are better than others.  Most days are great.  But, other days are just awful.  I don't know if it is a phase or something more serious.  I know that other moms deal with tantrums and all.  I just don't know how much of it is normal.  And, if it is normal, WHAT DO I DO ABOUT IT!?

I sure don't know what to do right now.