Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Just some Quick pics

I went to get Hailey from her nap today, and I always put Max in her crib so that I can get her out and dress her, and as usual she wanted to snuggle her brother before I got her out. It just looked so cute that I took some pictures, and thought I might share.

Here is Hailey offering me her extra bink (she gets 3 at nap time, one for her mouth and one for each hand) I know that breaking the bink habit is imminent, but she only uses them at sleepy times and I am just too tired and she sleeps so well. Call me lazy, I can take it :)
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"You know you want a big slimy kiss big sis..."
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I was trying to get Max to smile, but Hailey couldn't handle a picture being taken without her...I think it is still pretty cute.
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Tomorrow I hope to be able to update you on potty training! It is going VERY well and if we can accomplish it soon I may be able to keep the rug in my living room :)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Hailey's Birthday

I thought is was about time to post some pics of Hailey's birthday. Unfortunately I was too busy at the party to get any good pics, so this is all I have. My hubby took this while she was opening presents.
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I think the party went well, and though it got a little crazy at times, it was better than last year, so I have deemed it a success :)

These are pictures of Hailey with her birthday cake at the dinner my mom had for us at her house on Hailey's actual birthday. She is a cutie and boy does she love her cake! Just like her mommy!
Blowing out her candles.....
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Enjoying her icing......
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Organizing what is left....
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And savoring the last bites.
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That's all for now and I get to relax on the birthday party planning until around November (Max), so yeah!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Tagged AGAIN!

I have been tagged, so here is what happens when I go to Wikipedia and type in my birthday (April 13) without the year.

Three Events
1902-James C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming (I used to work there)
1970-An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in deadly peril
1997- Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Master's Tournament (for the hubby)

Two Important Birthdays
1743-Thomas Jefferson
1964- Caroline Rhea (I love her)

One Death
1939- Grey Owl-proponent of nature conservation

One Holiday or Observance
Aerosmith Day in Massachusetts and every now and then Friday the 13th (like this year)

I have also been challenged by Kim to post pics of myself as a kid and I will do my best, but my scanner doesn't work and I am not as good of a photographer as others, so taking a picture of a picture proved difficult.

This is a baby pic of me and my PaPa...he passed away in Oct 2003, and I miss him, so this is one of my favorites.
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I am about five or six in this picture...I also have the Dorothy Hamill, it was big back then.
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I tag Jennifer and Alicia on here and I will repost on Myspace and tag Wendy and Jessica. That is four and my blog karma is clear :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Happy Birthday Sweet Pea!

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In honor of my first born's second birthday I am going to list the top 12 (one for each month of her second year) reasons I love her so very much.
1. Because she greets me every morning with a smile that makes me almost forget that I am not a morning person.
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2. She is not afraid of anything and will jump off or climb anything ( this also scares the crap out of me)
3. Though she never asked for a baby brother, and I suspect would have been content with a new doll, she loves baby Max almost as much as I do and really tries to be a big help.
4. She give the best hugs
5. The way she crinkles her nose after saying yucky is the cutest thing I have ever seen
6. She is actually better at housework than me, and enjoys is much more
7. I love that she walked at 8 1/2 months because it is just an example of how nothing holds her back
8. She is so tough and can take a big fall without a tear, but also still needs her mommy first if there is a boo boo
9. The fact that she calls all bugs bees and will crouch down chanting this and follow an ant around the kitchen is also very cute
10. When you scare her or surprise her her face scrunches up and her whole body shivers, it is hilarious
11. The way her face lights up when I pick her up from preschool gives me the best feeling ever because I know she had so much fun, but she still would rather be with me and that rocks
12. And finally, because she will always be my little sweet pea pod (she looked like a pea pod all bundled up as a newborn, and the name stuck) and my first born who taught me how to be a mommy

This is Hailey on her very first birthday (the day of her birth.) I wish I could show you one with her eyes open, but I don't have one :)
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Hailey fell down our basement stairs a week before her first birthday celebration and this was the result...
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As you can see she healed and looked much better by her actual birthday, but still had a shiner, but she was still the cutest birthday girl I had ever seen.
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So, Hailey is two, and I am sad because I miss my baby, but I can't wait to see what this year has in store for her and me. I love you Hailey Elaine Peterson!!!!

Monday, April 9, 2007


I called my friend Andrea this weekend and we had way too much fun talking on the phone, so her son made her pay by pouring baby shampoo all over the floor, so as proof of karma, my daughter paid me back on Andrea's behalf this morning. I sat down to nurse Max at 10:30 this morning and Hailey decided that this was when she needed to be in the kitchen, so after unlatching and latching Max back on about 3 times (by the way, he was not happy about being interrupted), I get Hailey in time out and give her the evil eye to stay. It did not work, but Max was almost done, so I didn't get up the last time and listened carefully in case I heard climbing sounds. We do have a gate between the kitchen and the family room, but it is the third one that Hailey has broken/figured out. It was eerily quiet except for what may have been soft thuds, and it was only a minute and a half max. I then learned that the soft thuds I did hear were all 10 eggs I had just bought to make her birthday cake, hitting my floor. I saved 2, but of course I need 3, but I enjoy the fact that my first thought upon seeing the mess was "I should take a picture for my blog." Unfortunately I couldn't find the camera and Hailey wanted to play in it and she had a date with the time-out chair, so no pics, but I promise to keep my camera handy for the next disaster. By the way, Andrea, if this isn't good enough, she also poured all the dog food and water on the floor a mere 10 minutes later while I was making lunch. :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Am I crazy?

In my last post I mentioned that my birthday is coming up, and my hubby and mom have been asking me what I want as a present. To both of them I said I would like an afternoon alone to get a much needed massage (that is already paid for, thanks to a baby shower gift), and they both laughed at me. I wasn't kidding and I am a little sketchy on why this is so funny, so I ask, "Am I crazy?" Their reactions have made me feel even crazier because I am starting to believe that I will seriously not have a moment alone anytime in the future. I am going to go downstairs and eat some M & M's and sulk...

By the way, Max ate (by this I mean spit on his bib) bananas (his first solid food) today. It was momentous and adorable
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And also a bit traumatic........
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I felt bad for the poor little guy because I think I tried a bit too close to nap time. Tomorrow we will try earlier :)

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Life is what happens....

One of my favorite quotes is "Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans." I am not sure who said it, but it describes the last two years of my life perfectly. Not all of you know me well enough to know that I am a planner. I like to make lists and make plans. I know where we are going on vacation every minute and I go crazy if someone suggest winging it. I need to know what is going on, so I thrive on schedules and plans. Two years ago I became a mom, and not one thing is close to my plans for where I would be on April 1, 2007 and I couldn't be happier.
April 1, 2005, two more days left in the last week of my paying job. I was as big as a house and my predicted due date had came and went (March 25), so I was sure I would pop any minute even though I wasn't due for another 8 days (April 9). I was so eager to be a mom, but I was also so scared. Weeks ago I had put the bouncer, swing, and pack-in-play together (I didn't really need the pack-in-play, but you know nesting), and I stared longingly at her crib with the fresh sheets and carefully picked out bedding in the corner of our bedroom every night barely able to wait until my perfect, sweet girl would be inside. I also thought longingly about sleeping once again on my stomach and seeing my feet and finally having my body back. Oh sweet naive Heather, I just want to hug her, because she had no clue. Cam and I had been married for almost 5 years by then and we had weathered some ups and downs, but the next two years made the past both pale and glow in comparison. I had no idea that in less than two weeks (April 11) my world would change forever and nothing would ever be the same. The day I came home from the hospital with Hailey (my 27th birthday, April 13) I found out that my husband's company was finally going to send us to Charleston, WV where I grew up and had been longing to return to for the past 3 years we had spent in Pike-Hell (ville), Ky. However, we had only one month to find a house and move, so the sleepless first couple months of parenthood are still a blur to me. We ended up buying my mom's house because she gave us a great deal, and it had basically what we needed. I was sure that everything else would fall into place, even if I didn't get the house of my dreams, after all our daughter was sleeping through the night and she was only 2 months old. Hailey will continue being the perfect baby, we will sell this house for a profit next year and buy a nicer house once we have saved up some money.
April 1, 2006, I am three months pregnant and I am consumed with planning my daughter's first birthday party. The birthday party was part of the plan, but being 3 months pregnant certainly was not. By now I have gotten used to the idea, and the tears of terror are left in March when I found out. I know that the plan is still going to work and my perfect family is just going to be plus one. I am a pro, you see, I have been a mom for a year, so I know everything. I have sleep trained my daughter (that sleeping through the night at 2 months only worked for about 2 months), and I have watched her learn to roll over, sit up, and walk (at 8 1/2 months, but I survived.) I have kissed her first boo-boos, and heard her first word, so I am pretty sure that I can do it all over again and am actually getting excited. I had no clue that in 2 days my daughter would fall down the basement stairs and get a monster boo-boo that would scare the living crap out of me, and that in less than two weeks (April 12) my husband would reach his limit with Bob Evan after 10 years and quit his job on the spot. Have I mentioned that I have not had a paying job in a year? This was not part of the plan, and I was blindsided, but as I said before, I had been a mom for a year, and I had learned in that year to roll with the punches, so I regrouped, supported my hubby and made a new plan. Cam would get a better job, my new baby will be easier than Hailey, and we will wait to buy that new nicer house for awhile and just be glad our house payment is still manageable. It will all still be fine, right?
That brings us back to today, April 1, 2007, and my hubby has a new job that may take me far away this year, and I have a new son that may just roll over any day. The new house is still on hold, Max has colic (GER), and Cam's job pays less than his last one, but he is much happier. I still recognize that bright eyed, hopeful Heather from April 2005, and I still like to make a plan, but I am wise enough to know that plans change and sometimes they get scrapped altogether. However, the result is a new more beautiful and unseen plan that is like nothing you could have imagined and will challenge you so much it will make the old plan look like practice. I am scared about moving away from my mom and my friends, but I am also excited about where I will be on April 1, 2008, and who I will be after the next year that Hailey and Max have in store for me. My new plan is to watch, wait, and absorb the gifts that the universe has for me and to learn to appreciate. It is a simple one, and I just hope I can follow through :)
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