Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"Summertime" is "Swimmy-time"...

I admit that I miss my "swimming dates" with my bestie Claire in New Braunfels so much! Nothing compares to a nice relaxing swim in the late afternoon heat. I also miss grabbing a few drinks and fish tacos afterwards at Janie's Table. Unfortunately, those days are gone and I have new "swimming dates" with my little man. I swear he LOVES the water. We are blessed to have a beautiful pool with lavish greenery that provides the perfect place for a nap after an afternoon full of sun. He also LOVES ice chips and popsicles outside, too! (just like his Mommy)

Easter with the Duckies!

I can't brag enough about what a PHENOMENAL job my good friend and photographer-extraordinaire Chelsea Lietz did on taking pictures of Cannon at her house out in the country. Check all of these out...she is ah-mazing and so good with the little ones. I was extremely happy with them, they are too perfect. Of course, my favorite one is Cannon with the ducks. We were so impressed that both Cannon and the the duckies were being so photogenic. Later, we found out that one of the little ducks were taking a poop. Oh well! If you need any pics taken you should definitely contact her...this is her website. Tell her I sent ya her direction...


Kiss Me, I'm Irish!

In the spirit of dressing up my darling to celebrate every single holiday, St. Patty's Day was no exception. So, look at my little leprechaun in his adorable green Polo and cute shamrocks!

Happy Valentine's Day!

As a Mommy who goes above and beyond for absolutely any holiday...Valentine's Day was no exception. I created the most precious Valentine's Day cards, ever! As we all know, Chris is convinced that one day his offspring will become a pirate. Hence, the onesie that he is wearing says, "Arr...Change Me Booty!" I had to add a little flair with the shades. I must admit that he LOVED them! We send out little pirate Valentine's Day cards to our loved ones. Cannon even sent one to his future girlfriend, Miss Caroline Davis.

Geaux Tigers!!! or Get Your Guns Up!!!

Cannon is so dang confused if he is going to be a Red Raider like his Mommy or Daddy...or a tiger like his Aunt Valerie. (even though he thinks she is a cougar, NOT a tiger!)


Personally, I am pretty sure he is much happier with the double "T" on his chest...
(Luckily, NOT on his ankle!)

Lotsa Walking...Lotsa STARBUCKS...Little Sleep!

I think this was the time that was hardest with our little man because I swear all he wanted to do was go walking (and nap) in the stroller outside. He didn't want to sleep in his own bed during normal bedtime hours. Despite the cold weather, the sunshiny walks provided me with more happiness that I can explain. Simply being outside is truly the best medicine!

Luckily, for me we have a Starbucks about 2 blocks from our house. I don't want to know the amount of Venti Skinny Vanilla Lattes that I consumed during that month. Disgusting! I can barely stomach one now and prefer a more "economical-friendly" coffee with Splenda.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Our First Very Merry Christmas!

Here is my FAVORITE pic from our very first Christmas with our little "naughty" elf. Those pj's were just so dang cute that I could resist and the little Santa hat with the beard was the icing on the gingerbread house! I know he looks completely miserable, but it will be perfect for next year's Christmas card.

I admit to going a bit overboard during the holiday season...I both blame and thank my own mother for this gene. Before the holidays I was in the "nesting" phase and found comfort cruising the aisles at Hobby Lobby. When the seasonal stuff went 50% off I filled my shopping cart to the limit. I even put Candy Cane lights on our porch that also transitioned to Raider Red during our fabulous Texas Tech Football season. On Christmas Eve, I forced our little family to wear matching pajamas while awaiting Santa's arrival. We had such a fun time, but realized that next year we will most likely pick one city to be in and stay because traveling with a little one is pure chaos! The loot that our little man got was absolutely ridiculous. He was a mere month old and according to Santa was definitely on the "good boy list" and had a plethora of gifts to prove his exceptional behavior. While driving on Highway 59 from Rockport to Houston our Tahoe resembled Santa's sleigh.

Our first Christmas was truly the BEST Christmas, ever!

Happy Birthday Cannon!

Cannon has officially arrived and I am truly the happiest Mommy, ever! It's a completely overwhelming concoction of emotions that I am experiencing right now, but the abundance of LOVE is something I have never felt before. After Cannon was placed in my arms I knew he was all mine (I am willing to share him with Chris, too!) and it was our responsibility to take complete care of him. I am going to remember as much as possible and tell you EVERYTHING about November 24th, 2009, which is the day my sweet little cherub came to visit. (I guess he finally received his eviction notice from his impatient mommy)

I had a TERRIBLE night on the 27th, I was tossing and turning unable to fall asleep. My back ached so bad I spent the majority of time in the bath tub counting sheep. (Actually, I do remember singing "100 Bottles of Beers On The Wall" in the tub, honest!) Unfortunately, I never was able to fall asleep for more than a few minutes at a time. As Chris left for work, I was forced under oath to call him the minute I felt anything whatsoever. I swore. (Later, I will reveal that I lied.)

It was about 9:30 am when I simply couldn't bear anymore pain and got concerned. I called Dr. Joycutty's office and scheduled a quick appointment to make sure everything was going accordingly. I found out my doctor was called out for an emergency and I would be seen by one of her partners. I simply thought this would be fine because I was really just hoping for some drugs to numb the back pain and maybe something to induce a full night of rest. WRONG! I found out that I was in already dilated and officially in labor! I was whisked away straight to the Labor & Delivery ward of Memorial Hermann.

Meanwhile, Chris was at lunch with his co-workers when he got "the call." He said I am on my way straight home to come get you. Imagine his shock when I calmly instructed him to come straight to the hospital and gave him a lengthy list for a quick stop at Target. He arrived about an hour later expecting a much more dramatic scene than what he encountered. I was in a bed watching t.v. wishing I had eaten before my quick stop at the doctor's office. I had planned on going to Zoe's for lunch after my appointment, not straight to the labor & delivery ward where the only food that they would allow me was ice chips. Was I having a baby or being put on the strictest diet. Honestly, after the epidural I didn't care. Drowsiness came, comatosing my pain and after I did not fully dilate I was being put on the operation table for a necessary c-section. We were going to have to force our little man out!

I will leave all the details out that happened in the operation room. All I can divulge is that Christopher turned a bit ghostly and I saw everything! I remember seeing them put Cannon on the scale and I thought he was a giant. Later, I found out that was a preemie scale. He was perfect, but most of all healthy. Weighing in at 8 lbs. & 10 oz and 22 inches long, our little blue-eyed baby boy had arrived!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

...and i AM alive and Cannon Park IS here (and is 6 months old!)

Omigoodness! I know that it has been a LONG time since my last update, I am upset with myself for not keeping this up, but will try my damnest to keep this as up-to-date as I possibly can. I am actually contemplating changing this blog's maintitle to "All About Cannon" because I know that is what I am curtailing it to. This is my medium to let all my loved ones see my little man because the majority of my closest friends and family live at least 200 miles away, is this a coincidence? A lot of moving and shaking has found me a bit nomadic in the past and I am blessed to have friends that I call family in every zip code.
So, to make up for lost time I am going to post a few of my favorite pics from each month and highlight with as much verbage as I can remember.
So, I have officially moved to "Mommywood!" (I am on the verge of being Tori Spelling's biggest fan post-90210 due to "Tori & Dean's Home Sweet Hollywood," sTORI Telling, and Mommywood. It is definitely my guiltiest pleasure!)