Wednesday, March 31, 2010

2nd year stats

So, this afternoon we had the pleasure of visiting our wonderful LOCAL pediatrician, Dr. Jim Carlile (located in Wetumpka, AL).  For those of you who do not happen to live in the big city of Montgomery (and its Metro area), I must tell you that there is some drama attached to anything related to choosing a healthcare provider as well as choosing a school for your child if you live in the River Region.  I for one choose to NOT feed into the drama.  Matt and I strive to keep everything in our life "local."  This philosophy includes NOT driving to Montgomery for our pediatric needs.  We feel that we can receive equal if not better (in some instances) treatment on a local basis.  However, we do have an extremely healthy child and if we were to need the care of a specialist (and some children do need that care) we would go farther.  I would like to take this opportunity to promote LOCAL healthcare providers!!!  I digress.  Back to our visit.  Of course, Rutledge is brilliant.  If you know him, you know this:)  All boasting aside, Dr. Carlile praised his development and said that we are definitely on the right track!  Good to know because I get worried sometimes that he's bored. 
"What you talkin' bout Willis?"
Yes, this is a look I receive several times a day.....coincidentally, I receive the same look from this baby's daddy....if you lived with me, you would begin to understand why they give me this look;)

Ok, now for the boring stuff.  Rutledge was measured 2 ways this afternoon.  His length was measured as well as his height.  I had no idea but at the age of 2, standing height is measured instead of length.  As an example, Dr. Carlile measured Rutledge while laying down and his length was 35 3/4 inches.  Then, we measured standing height and it was 34 3/4 inches.  Doc said that when standing height is measured, bones, ligaments, cartilidge etc. settle and everything isn't as fluid and "stretchable" while standing.  I know this is irrelevant to all of you but I love to know all of these trivial bits of information.  As for weight, Rutledge weighed in at a whopping 28.4 lbs.  Now, I had to confess to Doc that we had just visited the Chik-fil-a after Gymboree, and Rutledge drank a little most of my lemonade plus a refill.  He was more than likely carrying around several extra ounces because of this wonderful stuff.  And no, it wasn't the Diet Lemonade.  Peeps, we don't do diet anything around these parts!!!

Doc said not to worry, its good for him;)  Its a good thing, cause he LOVES it.
So, all of these numbers mean what exactly?  Well, they mean that our bubba is in the 65th-75th %t in height and 65th-75th % weight.  I don't know what's up with the ranges, like why couldn't he just say 70th %?  Regardless, he is perfect on his growth chart.  We also discovered that we have to give up drinking this....

Somebody is going to be SAD.  And its not bubba.  Daddy, say goodbye to Red Top and say hello to....

2%.  Its not as thick and luscious as Red Top but its a close 2nd.  Our visit ended with a big ol' shot.  Nurse Miranda learned her lesson during our last appt with shots.....she now calls another nurse in to hold his legs while I hold him and she administers the shot.  The shot was given and Rutledge didn't cry at all, just 1 "Rebel Yell" was hollered.  The nurses were great and had distractions on hand, i.e. Elmo stickers and Welches Fruit Snacks.  I'll close this post by wishing you all a Happy Wednesday and asking you to consider patronizing more local physicians, businesses & schools. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rutledge's 2nd Birthday

Two years ago today, I became a mama.  If you were to ask anyone who has ever known me, they would tell you that I have always been a mother.....even though I had yet to give birth to anything until March 30, 2008.  I suppose those character qualities such as:  nurturing, domineering, loving, overbearing, caring and supportive, nosy, are just part of my genetic makeup!  I just can't help it.  I'm the oldest of 4 children and I'm bossy.  So, there!  I said it.  I digress...... As I was saying, I became a mama 2 years ago today.  It was the 2nd best day of my life.  The 1st was entering into the bonds of matrimony with this hunk of burnin' love!

This fabulous photo of my Main Man was taken at Cajun's the afternoon before our fabulous wedding, November 5th, 2005.  If you ever are in Sheffield, AL, you cannot miss Cajun's!  Home of the best grilled oysters and fantastic people watching.
The 2nd best day ever was becoming this baby's mama!
    He was a great baby and he is a great toddler and I am so proud to be his parent. 
Don't you wanna kiss that Bubba?  He is beyond precious!!!  This was taken at his birthday party on Sunday. 
Speaking of the party.  Wanna know what we did? 
First, my mama and I decorated.....

I'm still peeved that I spent all that time polishing my sterling goblets and pitcher and only 1 person drank water!!!
Then, we headed outside to gather up all of the animals......yes, you read that correctly, animals.  We had a little petting zoo.  We intended to only have rabbits of which we had 4.  Someone, mainly my MIL, decided it would be lots of fun to bring a baby goat and 2 ducklings.
Poor goat. 
Rutledge is whispering the baby Mallard, "I'll see you again when I'm big enough to hold my shotgun."
Then, someone blew out his birthday candle.
And Daddy brought out the big prize!
WARNING!!!  You will see lots of tractor pics on this blog;)
It was a great day....even though Bubba was tired of having his picture made;)
So, I guess this concludes my first blog post.  Hope you enjoyed it!  I'll be back tomorrow with Rutledge's 2nd year stats.  I know you can't wait ;)
p.s.  No animals were harmed during this party!!!  The goat was returned to the place from whence he came, (i.e. a goat farm in Sardis, AL), and the bunnies and ducklings were given to an animal loving fam that raises such creatures. 
p.s.s.  All of the pictures on this post, with the exception of the 1st two, were taken by my little friend, Taylor Morgan.  She is an amateur photographer and I think she does a wonderful job!  Contact me if you are ever interested in hiring her for your party or for any other photography needs!