Friday, September 24, 2010

Cousin Fun!

Cousin Clayton has a new toy.
Rutledge is obsessed with said toy.
Let's just say that not only is it a tractor, but it has a bucket on the front that can be moved.
Its also motorized.

Little boy heaven.
Sharing the seat.

Daddies and cousins hanging out.

I think they all dread the days shortening because that means less time to play outside!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

1st Day of Preschool!

                        Rutledge started preschool at the Baptist "Church House" about 4 weeks ago.
He is loving it and having a wonderful time!
I was a little hesitant about having him away from me 3 mornings a week, but, it has been great for BOTH of us.  School starts @ 8:30 and ends @ 11:45 and this is the perfect amount of time for mama to accomplish any number of things but that usually include: workout, shower, grocery shop, Dr.'s appointments, hair appointments, etc.

Its nice to have a little time to myself during the week and its great for Rutledge to have a little life outside of our home and outside of me.  I think its going to be great for him to have his own outlet when the new baby arrives.  He someone to direct his activities and little friends that keep him BUSY!

Here are some pics from Rutledge's 1st day of P2!
In front of the front door.

In the driveway by mama's car.

Standing by the welcome sign!
Why he won't look at the camera, I don't know.

Standing by his good friend Janie Bess Caton.
Janie Bess and Rutledge are in Nursery together at our Church.
Her parents are Kevin and Perry Caton and we are all in the same Sunday School class.

I will close with this pic.....
The 1st day is always the hardest.
He got upset the 1st 3 times I dropped him off but after that it was smooth sailing!
He literally runs into his classroom and into his teachers arms.
I love it!

Over the weekends he has been known to say, "I want to go to school, mama!"

Monday, September 20, 2010

Its just scary.

So, I've been absent since the 1st of September.
I have officially been in a little funk.
I think I'm coming out of it...

To be perfectly honest, I'm a little overwhelmed at the thought of another baby.
Yes, this was very much a planned pregnancy.
But, I think its safe to say that you really don't know what you are getting into until you are thrown in the middle of something.

So, that said, I'm not just overwhelmed, I'm a little scared.
I find myself dwelling on things like this:
Will I be as good of a mama to baby #2 as I think I am to Rutledge?
Will I have the time to put into baby #2?  I have had nothing but time with Rutledge since he was born and I have relished every single moment.
Will I be able to easily breastfeed new baby as easily as Rutledge?
Bascially, as far as Matt and I are concerned, Rutledge has been a breeze.
I'm also worried about Rutledge.

Will he feel left out?
Will he like the new baby?

I know that these are things that I can't do anything about, at least not now.
But, I find myself hoping that we can manage it all and everyone still be just as happy as we are now.

So, with all of these thoughts running through my head, I've been a little preoccupied and haven't felt up to blogging.  Also, I've been extremely worried about Uncle Bob.  Just knowing that his time is limited is stressful to me.  I worry about my mama and how she must travel to Arkansas every week to take care of him because she is his only family. 
I have other worries and woes, mostly revolving around a personal situation that very few peeps know about.  I prefer to keep the details private but I will say that I am the caretaker of an immediate family member.  I am responsible for every aspect of their life, such as finances, healthcare...ummm, everything.  This person needed help, asked for it and I have given it...but, its still hard to wrap my head around ALL of my responsibilities.  Its also hard to balance this persons needs, my own little fam's needs and MY needs.
I'm learning, but its really hard to attend to everything, mostly because of the emotional toll it takes on me.

So, you have read about all of my belly achin'!
Aren't you exhausted???
I am;)

But, I've spent a lot of time in prayer and I think that I'm learning how to handle it all.

Hope that everyone has had a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

We are tickled.......

We are thrilled!
We found out yesterday afternoon that we are expecting our 2nd baby boy!
Praise the Lord that everything looked great, healthy baby, healthy mama.

Now, we get to play the name game and make a few changes with our house....
As for the name, it will come from my side of the family this time around.
We have decided that its kind of hard to compete with the name, we are going for a simple name.  Its a good thing because my side is filled with good ol' simple names! 
When we were pregnant with Rutledge, we definitely knew we wanted to find out the gender...but we wanted to keep something secret.  So, we decided to keep his name a secret.
We thought it was fun...some family members did not;)

Anywho, we definitely wanted to know the gender again and we decided to mix things up a bit and tell the name.  However, we aren't going to tell names that we are "considering"....only the final name.  Everyone has an opinion and we just want to let his name be his name and that's it.

As for the changes in our home.
We have a guest room filled with some furniture that belonged to one of my bachelor great-uncles.
Its nothing fine but its great, heavy-duty *free* furniture.  However, the bed is a full-size bed.  I don't know if you have tried to sleep with your spouse in a full-size bed.....its a nightmare.
In walks more *free* furniture!!!
My grandmother gave me a set of twin beds that belonged to my namesake, my great-grandmother.
They too are nothing fine, but, they are very attractive and very serviceable!
Exactly what we need!
And, I think that a couple would be much more comfy on a set of twin beds than crammed in on a full.
I know we are;)

So, I am going to renovating this guest room on a budget!
We need to move furniture, paint, make drapes/bedding and buy decent twin mattresses.
I have plenty of artwork so I'm good on that front.  
I will definitely keep everyone posted on all aspects of my progress......

So, I hope that everyone is having a great week!
We sure are!