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Monday, April 18, 2011

14 Months

This is about 10 days late, but oh well.

We finally made it back to Utah! Praise Jesus, I've never been so excited to see my house in my life! I grabbed Trey and ran around the house yelling "we're home!" over and over, showing Trey all the rooms in the house, asking him if he remembers that THIS is where we LIVE! He probably thought I'd lost my mind. Don't misunderstand me, we had a great time with our families in Alabama. I am so grateful for all the help in watching Trey and thoroughly enjoyed all the bonding time we had. But there's just something about being in your own home, cooking your own meals, having your own schedule. It's pretty wonderful. Even if it feels uber weird to be here without the hubby. I miss him and his sweet face. So....we are slowly getting settled and trying to get used to the time change. It's amazing how just 1 hour can mess you up. Trey actually went for his 1 year check up today. about late. He is in the 95th percentile on height. Go figure. I reckon he's going to be tall. Who knew? He weighs 22.1 lbs. He's growing way more up than out.

Trey loves:

Playing outside. When we were in Alabama, we usually took advantage of all the pretty weather we had and stayed outside most of the day. He loves it! He just wants to run around and get into everything. He played with the rocks, jumped in the mud, climbed up and down the hills - basically acted like a boy. It was so fun to watch.

Maggie. He loves to play with her and chase her around. He gets the biggest kick out of taking her toys and throwing them or running around with them. It's kind of like keep-away from the Schmaggles.

Playing with his food. When he's hungry, he will eat and eat and eat - and he's getting good at using a fork/spoon, too. But then he gets to a point where he will throw his food, swirl it around on his tray, smash it with his finger, feed it to Maggie. ANYthing but put it in his mouth. Obviously, this has become a source of frustration for me. We're working on it.

Bathtime. This is still a highlight of his day. He could stay in there forever. He has recently found splashing extremely funny. He'll squeal with delight while he does it.

Hugging. He gives the best hugs ever! And he hugs me all the time. Basically every time I pick him up, he'll put his arms around my neck and squeeze. I don't think this new development will ever get old.

Juice. Orange juice is still his favorite but we've been branching out lately to try different ones and he likes them all. Milk is probably on the bottom of his list of favorite drinks. He definitely likes it better when it's about room temperature, but it takes him a while to drink a whole cup. Whereas a cup of juice will be gone in just a few minutes.

Cheese. And Yogurt. Thank God! His aversion to milk had me worried at first, but he gets enough dairy from all the yogurt and cheese he eats. He comes by this honestly...we are a cheese eating family. I could live off of it. 

Climbing stairs/steps. This could be a source of entertainment for hours if I'd let it; however, this activity has to be well monitored and I would never get anything done. The child loves to climb.

Brushing his teeth. He knows exactly what I'm saying when I ask him if he wants to go brush his teeth. It's becoming part of our bedtime routine and he gets giddy when he sees me get it out of the drawer. He swirls it around in his mouth like he knows exactly what he's doing. He's seen me do it plenty of times and he wants to do everything I do. Such a big boy! He's got so many teeth coming in right now. I found a new one today (it's really hard to notice b/c he hates me looking in there) so that makes 3 coming in (two huge ones in back) - add that to the 4 he already has. They all seem to be coming in at once. Such a terrible phase, this teething. 

Throwing balls. His daddy will be so proud. And honestly, the kid seems to have a good arm on him. He can chuck 'em far!

Baby Einstein. Up until about 3 weeks ago, I didn't think Trey would ever sit still and watch tv at all. Not that it was a requirement or anything, but a few minutes of down time would be nice! Recently he has discovered Baby Einstein and loves it. His favorites are Baby DaVinci and Baby MacDonald. Actually he won't really watch any others. I've heard Old MacDonald so many times I sing it in my sleep. But I will take what I can get. This combined with a portable dvd player was an absolute life saver on the plane home. He was content for at least 30 min.

Pitching fits. I'm not trying to make my child sound like a hellion or anything, because he is just precious and adorable and sweet and all that gushy stuff, but he can pitch a mean fit. He'll lie down on the ground and roll around, kicking and crying that extremely fake cry. He's a fit pitching pro. Say that 5 times really fast.

Trey hates:

Getting in his car seat. I swear he pitches a fit every time these days. Hopefully it's a phase. He is usually fine once he gets settled, but the first few minutes are a BATTLE FIELD!

Laying down to get his diaper changed. This is another battle field for us. The second I lay him down, he is squirming to get down and comes close to rolling off the changing table.

The conclusion to the previous 2 hates are that my child hates to sit still. Maybe that's why he sleeps 12 hours and night and still takes 2 two hour naps. He wears himself (and mommy) out! He is non-stop. Can you imagine this on a plane? In confined areas? It's not pretty.


He does this thing where he sticks his neck out really far and then brings it back down, like an exaggerated nod. Sometimes he will simultaneously open and close his mouth. That's the best way I can describe it, but it is so cute and so funny to me. It's the little quirks like this that make me smile and love him to pieces.

Trey has started doing this face that really reminds me of Josh when he was a baby. He'll pucker up his lips to the point where they're touching his nose. Josh used to sniff very dramatically and his lips would come out and touch the tip of his nose. Both are very cute and endearing to me.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Last weekend I left Trey with Gigi and Daddy Mac to kick up my heels and have a little fun. It was the longest I had been away from the little man thus far. I had him completely weaned a couple of weeks before and was ready to test the waters of life without a parasite. LOL! The Italy Girls got together in Savannah for an extremely fun getaway that was much needed by all of us. With all that's going on in our lives, it was nice to be able to relax and have fun. Ashley G and I drove together from Huntsville to meet Ashley Ward at Katie's house in Atlanta. We all spent the night (attempted 3 girls in a queen sized bed) and then rode together to Savannah the next morning. After checking in to our hotel we walked to a little Mexican place I saw on the way in called Cilantro's. We talked and laughed over a pitcher of margaritas and ended up ordering another due to all the fun we were having. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. It was therapeutic.

After 2 pitchers and a great buzz later, we, or should I say they, decided we should go browse through antique shops. This just isn't my thing I guess because I was bored...however, just about anything can be fun when you're with your best friends and extremely tipsy so of course we had a wonderful time. Trying on funny glasses from 1950something. Calling Jenny to ask some very important Italy questions to which she nor us had the answers. Later that evening we had dinner at Crystal Beer Parlor where we were freezing to the bone and were waited on by a very interesting and questionable lady. However, the food was delicious (I had jalapeno cilantro hot wings) and the vibe was fantastic. Chalk this up to #2 in the books of fabulous finds by Mrs. MacNeill. The next day we ventured out in the cold to wander the squares set up around the city and eat lunch. We made our way toward Mrs. Wilkes Boarding house to unexpectedly find a long line winding its way around the building. We found out that this place was 1. amazing 2. about a 90 minute wait. We started talking to people in line and decided to stick it out. Two hours later we made it in and ate some of the best fried chicken of my LIFE! The four of us sat at a table with a family of four where there was fried chicken, cornbread, about 20 different sides and a bunch of sweet tea. Pretty much like Thanksgiving on crack. It was unreal. Later that night we did a mini pub crawl, got some unprecedented smokes and met up with Netherland and Jessica. Finally! Our whole group was all together and it was time to get down with our bad selves. We ate at Molly MacPhereson's Scottish Pub for dinner - fab find #4 - where we had more tasty food and beer. There was a debate going on comparing these 2 hot celebrities. My guy is Cam Gigandet (Black and white pic), Ashley G's guy is Wentworth Miller (color pic). I'm not saying Wentworth isn't hot, but that smile on Cam is to die for. I'll let you decide.

After dinner we went to the Rooftop Bar and danced the night away. Me and Ashley G had our dancing shoes ON! The next morning I felt like I had ran a marathon my body hurt so bad. After 6 girls got ready in one room, we walked around town and basically basked in the much-longed-for sunshine. We took a carriage tour, shopped at the market, and drove to the lovely Forsythe Park. For dinner we ended our vacation with a bang and ate at The Olde Pink House - check that one off Netherland's bucket list. We left the next morning knowing we would be back together soon. Hopefully with all 8 of us there. We missed Jenny and Kristen. I know it sounds cheesy, but these girls are the best friends you could ever ask for. We can be ourselves and talk about anything. It's an amazing thing. I love you girls.