Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Meltdowns and Cantaloupe

This morning I was brave (or stupid). I took Bird with me to the gym, thinking I would let him play in the childcare room while I went to a 60 minute workout class. 30 minutes into the class, a gym employee came in to get me. Apparently, Jackson had been crying the entire time. I walked in to get him, and it was pitiful. He was having a major meltdown. His little eyes were red, he had 3 of his fingers in his mouth, and he was crying so hard I though he might hyperventilate. The minute I picked him up, though, it all stopped. The waterworks turned off and the cries turned to little sniffles. He patted me on the shoulder, smiled, and said "Momma." Everything was right with the world. I love my Bird, and I love that he loves me, but can't a woman get 60 minutes to work out?

Tonight at dinner, I offered Bird a new food. We do this daily, but he usually refuses to try it, throws it off his tray, or gags on it. He's not super excited about table food, yet. Anyway, tonight we started by adding a bit of peanut butter to the Nilla Wafers he already loves. He gagged and threw up, so we took his shirt off. Refusing to be discouraged, we moved on to something else. We offered a small chunk of cheddar cheese, but Bird promptly "shared" it with Rascal. Next we gave him some cantaloupe. He wasn't a fan of biting the flesh, so he sucked the juice out of his bite, then rubbed it on his bare chest. I laughed so hard I thought MY cantaloupe was going to come back up!
Can you see the cantaloupe juice on his chest?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lady of Leisure

Last Thursday was my last day working at Ashworth Middle School. Since then, I've taken a few days for myself. Jackson has spent this week as his last in daycare, and I've had some time to be a lady of leisure. I've been able to sleep in (7:30ish) work out every morning, go to the pool once, get my "toes did" with a friend, and get LOTS of little stuff done (laundry, cleaning, cooking, baking, running errands, and completing some Pampered Chef training).  Tomorrow's my last day of leisure. And Jackson and I are looking forward to going camping at Lake Lanier this weekend with Meme and Big Daddy.

Since Bird got tubes in his ears last week, he's been happier. And though he still holds his hands up and whimpers to be picked up every time I walk by, he's getting better at playing by himself.
Aunt Sarah, hope this makes you proud!

One of his new favorite things is turning through a book and chattering like he's reading. It's pretty cute. And every time he sees anything that slightly resembles a cow, he mooooos.
When he's hungry, he points to his high-chair and says, "Mmmmmm!"
Bird also loves walking - anywhere and everywhere. He was pretty steady before getting tubes, and then after the tubes his balance was thrown off. He's slowly gaining it back, though.
Here he comes!

And he also loves playing with gadgets - cell phones, remotes, and... cameras (as evidenced in the photo below).
SOMEONE has highjacked Moma's camera!

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Back from Jekyll Island

Wednesday of this week, I woke at 4am to prepare to leave for the Jekyll Island 4H Center with a bunch of 7th graders. We returned last night (Friday) at 8:30 pm. It was L O N G and super busy, but fun! I learned so much Science stuff (which usually isn't my thing at all), and I really enjoyed being with the kids outside of the classroom.

While I was gone, Bird was such a good boy for his Daddy. Today, however, he's a bit fussy. I'm sure his ears hurt. Good thing he's having tubes put in this Wednesday. I'm having to miss the last day of school, so I wont' get to say bye to my kids, but that's probably a good thing. This will reduce the crying.

I have mixed emotions about finishing up my last year teaching and getting ready to stay at home full time. I know staying at home is what I am called to do, and I am so excited to be with my little JBird. At the same time, though, I will definitely miss teaching, interacting with the students, and having "adult time" each day. On the other hand, my Pampered Chef business is going really well, so between that and Bird, I know I'll stay pretty busy. Like I said - mixed emotions.

For now, I AM looking forward to field day on Monday. I am NOT looking forward to packing up my classroom.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Can't Catch Up

Life has been a bit crazy - crazier than usual - the last few weeks. Since I've started Pampered Chef, I feel like I have 3 full time jobs - teacher, mom, and PC consultant - and I'm not doing any of them particularly well. I'm so ready for things to slow down!

Last Friday I went on a field trip to Six Flags with our gifted students. It was fun, but exhausting. It made me feel pretty old when Mandy, my friend, and I got off the Scream Machine and immediately dug for the Tylenol in our purses. Geez, I'm getting old.

This weekend we went to Gwinnett to celebrate my birthday and Mothers Day. It's always good to see my family, but it also makes the weekend a whirlwind. Time goes by too fast! Then we came back Sunday night to eat with Jacin's family.

Tomorrow, I'm missing work to take Bird to the ENT. I think his ear infection is back (again), so this appointment is right on time. I also have an appointment with the Cardiologist tomorrow. Maybe we can figure out why I'm feeling so crummy.

At 4am Wednesday, I leave to take 60 7th graders to the 4H Center at Jekyll Island for 3 days. Should be fun, but, again, exhausting. I know I'm going to miss my boys, too.

Whew! All that to say that I am completely overwhelmed. The house is a mess, I'm behind on Pampered Chef stuff, the fridge is pretty empty, JBird is feeling yucky, and I have probably 5 loads of laundry heaped on my bedroom floor (which is also covered in dog hair). I feel like, no matter how hard I work, I'm never going to catch up.

Maybe things will slow down after May 19th when I quit work (or, when I quit getting paid - I'll never quit work. I'm just switching jobs). Counting down the days!!!