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Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010.

2010 was definitely the craziest year of my life!! I started the year as a new mommy to a two month old baby.. like any new mommy I was still discovering what it was like and what type of mom I wanted to be.
I also graduated high school in 2010! I still feel cheated by my high school. I was 6th in my class no matter how many honors classes I took.. on my transcript it says "6th out of 256" but the way I was seated at my graduation made it seem as if my transcript said "-- out of 256." They did not even have a seat for me and had to make every single person behind "Eason" move. But oh well.. what is done is done. I graduated and that is all that matters!
2010 was also the first time I have EVER lived away from my mom. I am still adjusting to this. I miss being with her and my sister so much, but the time had to come eventually. I couldn't live there forever and it was time to get my own family together. It is hard not having her when I need someone to talk to, but I actually feel that we have gotten closer since I moved out. We talk a lot more now, and I feel like I can open up to her even more now. So even though it was hard, I think it was for the best.
I started college in August of 2010 and boy was that a slap in the face. High school was a breeze and college has already been a hurricane! I am not used to having to put a lot effort into thigs. It was such a change of pace that really took some getting used to, but I made it through with all A's!!!
I also got to watch my daughter celebrate her first birthday.. that is such a bittersweet time. I am so glad to see her healthy and growing, but it seemed to go by so quickly! She is not my little baby girl anymore.. she is a toddler with a personality.. a very independent one at that.
And lastly I have found out that I am going to be a mommy again! I get more and more excited everyday, but it seems so far away!! Honestly I am a little worried.. I have had some clear fluid leaking, elevated blood pressure, and cramping. I am praying that everything is normal because I have been having a lot more symptoms this time, and when I look those things up on google they can either be normal symptoms or symptoms of a problem.. it just depends. I am so anxious to get to the doctor and make sure everything is okay, but they can't see me until Tuesday :( I just want to hear that everything is okay.. So far there hasn't been any cramping I can't tolerate or bleeding, so I think everything is okay, but I still have that worry in the back of my mind.
For my resolutions I am going to try to read the Bible more, procrastinate less when it comes to school, and get on the computer less.. those are my resolutions. Oh and also, to save money!! We are going to need it with the new baby coming. I can't wait until I can start working again. I just hope they take the news well that I am pregnant again. I am hoping to only miss two weeks with them at most, but we'll see how that goes. I really don't want to jeopardize my position there since it is perfect for me.
Well HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!! Make the best of it and stick to your resolutions!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

So here is my news..

This may be way to much information, but I want to explain everything..
Chris and I have not had unprotected sex at all since we've had Grace, but I stopped taking my birth control a couple of months ago because it was really messing with my hormones.. crazy mood swings, and I gained 30 lbs! So we were only using condoms, but on Dec. 5th one broke. There was a hole in it the size of a nickel! So much for those being reliable.. At first I figured nothing happened because I looked it up online and there was only a 25% chance of me getting pregnant, and we only used protection on and off before we had Grace and it was 10 months before I got pregnant, but then I started having symptoms about a week ago. I took a test and I AM pregnant.
I have mixed feelings.. I am excited because I LOVE being a mom, and I am glad they will be close together. We will have no problems financially supporting it, and Grace is going to be a big sister..
But here are the things I am concerned about.. Grace being number one.. I am terrified that she is going to
feel replaced or unloved. She has never had to compete for attention and I don't think she is going to like that. Another thing I am worried is school.. I think I have it figured out though. I am going to take summer classes, and then take off the semester I have the baby. It going to be due on August 28th of 2011 (I already looked it up lol). Then I'll go back in the spring of 2012. Thatway I shouldn'tbe behind because I will have taken all those summer classes.
The last thing I am worried about is telling my dad.. He just got to where he likes Chris, and supports us being together. I am afraid we are going to end up back at square one with him, but I am hoping he will see that it is different circumstances this time. We live on our own, Chris is sticking around and supporting us, I've already finished high school, and there won't be the shock of me not being a virgin. But I still don't think he'll take it well. Chris wants to take him to lunch and tell him.. I'm not sure if that's a good idea or not.
On the bright side Chris' mom is thrilled! Lol. And I told my mom today and she said she wants me to finish school, but other than that she almost seemed excited. So it is good to know I will have their support.


Other than that, I have been making a list of things we will need and browsing online. Chris reallllllly wants a boy. We already have a name for a boy too. I have a feeling it's a boy, but I will love it either way. We looked it up online and it was something like a 54.2% chance of us having a boy, so pretty good! If it's a girl we don't really have a name yet. We use our girl name on Grace lol. My first doctor's appointment is this coming Tuesday. Hopefully I will get to have an ultrsound!! As of now I am only 27 days, so I'm not sure if it's too early. I have been having a TON of symptoms this time.. No morning sickness thank-God! But anything I see on tv (food wise) I want to eat it lol. I can smell things no one else can. I don't like foods I normally love. I have had some heartburn, nausea, fatigue, and irratability, but my worst symptoms is the cravings! I crave everything!!

I know several of you have more than one, so if you have any advice PLEASE give it to me :)

Side note.. we had Cheyenne and Grace's pictures done today.. I think they came out well :)





Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Finishing up Christmas..

We went to my Chris' Step-Grandparents on Sunday. Everything was still really snowy so the drive over there was beautiful! It even snowed some on the way over there. The gave Grace this really neat (and really expensive) Laugh and Learn piano.. it has a sitting position and a standing position and it hooks up to the tv! Really neat!

We went to my dad's the same day. Grace got the Little People Noah's Ark and Little People Doll House, plus a buch of Baby Einsteins DVD's and a Barney DVD.

Then yeserday we went to my Aunt's. Grace got the book "If You Take A Mouse To The Movies." and the stuffed mouse to go with it, a bag from Thirty-One with her name on it, and Barney DVD, a Veggie Tales DVD, and a cut outfit!.

We also still have to go see my mom and grandmother for Christmas, so it's not over yet!! Tomorrow Grace and I are picking up my mom and sister and getting Grace and Cheyenne's pictures made together.

I also have something to tell you guys, but I can't talk about it until tomorrow. Keep an eye out for that post because you will want to read it!! :)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas is finally here!!

Last night we went to Chris' Aunt's for his family get together. Grace got a rocking horse and a little toy bumblebee from the family. Then we did a chinese gift swap.. Chris got an axe body wash gift set and I got a thing that hangs on the back of the seat in a car and you can put things in it to organize them. It was pretty neat. Grace also had a lot of fun visiting and playing with everyone. There are 3 young boys on that side of the family, but she is the only young girl.
After that we went to Chris' mom's house to open our presents. Chris got a blender, toaster, and griddle.. that's what he wanted though lol. He also got a $50 gift card. I got a curling iron, the House of Night series, some pretty jewelry, and $50. She also gave me a really nice card. It was really nice!

Grace got a Sing-a-ma-jig (that thing is so cool! I had never seen one before.), a  Disney princess butterfly chair, a Disney fairies couch-like chair with a sleepy bag inside it, two sleepers, and a Toy Story 3 ball pit.
This is her outfit she wore last night.

Then today is Christmas!! We woke up this morning to a white Christmas! I'm kind of sad though because  we don't get to spend any time with my family.. we are competely snowed in. We have not had this mch snow in years!!
I got up early and made eggs, cinnamon buns, and hashbrowns. Yum! Then we opened our presents! Let me just say that the Kinect is the coolest thing ever invented! Completely hands free and fun! Chris really likes it too :) I also got him a set of hot sauces, some Xbox boxers, some cologne from Rue 21, and some Reece's and Kit Kats.

He got me seasons 1-3 of Buffy.. that is like my all time favorite show since I was about 12. Plus he got me some body wash, Nerd's Rope, Hershey's Kisses, a coupon for a night of cuddling and a coupon for a day of cleaning, and Baby on Board sign for my car in my stocking, but the best thing he got me was a new ring! My old one didn't fit me anymore after I had Grace, but I figured he would just get it resized. Instead he got me a new one! The band is gold X's and the diamonds are the 0's so it looks like X0X0X0X around my finger.. very pretty! He did well this year :) I took pictures of the ring, but the flash made it glare and without flash it didn't show up :( 
He had them in the Pizza Rolls box lol.

Then there was Grace. She was soooooo funny this year! She liked to tear the paper off, and when she would see the present inside she would go, "Oooooooo," it was precious! Then she opened her Tinker Bell cup and we were not allowed to open anything else until we put her something to drink in it lol. She LOVED that cup! It was one of her favorites.. she also really liked the Fairyland Playhouse and the Toy Story 2 Blu Ray lol. We took tons of pics, but these are my favorite.







This is everthing Grace got (not including her stocking stuff or stuff from extended family).

This is what it looked like before we opened everything.

We also had a stocking for Ollie with some treats, a bone, and a little toy.

Then after we finished with presents we went out and played in the snow!!
Grace had never really seen snow before, and she LOVED it! Ollie did too lol.




Our neighbors built a snowman on their car lol.


This was our snowman.

This has been a wonderful Christmas so far!! And we still are going to have dinner with my mom, sister, nana, and two cousins. Also have to go to my Aunt's, and my dad's.. so lots of Christmas left after the snow disappears :) 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ugggghhh...

I have been sick for five days now.. bleh :( I finally decided to go to the doctor yesterday and I have the flu. I have never had te flu before and I don't ever want to again. Being sick and being a mom are two things that should not happen at the same time. I feel like such a horrible mother, but I was so weak and achy that I could barely get off the couch. I am feeling a little better today because they prescribed me some medicine.. it is helping. At first I thought this was just a cold, but it kept getting worse and worse and everything just hurt. At least today I can get off the couch, but if I just barely move I start coughing or sneezing my head off. Luckily Grace just had her flu shot last month, so she has not gotten it from me, but she has gotten a little raspy with her breathing (nothing new there really though, she pretty much stays that way in winter). I'm just hoping we are both fine by Christmas Eve (we have to go to Chris' Aunt's then).

As far as Christmas itself..  have officially finished all shopping. Even for the stockings. I just have one present left to wrap and I have to put bows on everything. I also have to redecorate the tree because Grace pulled off all the ornaments she could reach.. I planned for that and only put non-breakable ornaments on the bottom.

In other news.. Chris got pulled over for his tag light being out. I didn't even know that you had to have a tag light?? The cop was a real jerk to him. Even searched his car basically accusing him of having drugs.. and guess what? He found NOTHING. I hate that cops seem to assume every young guy does drugs or drinks.
And here we are right before Christmas and the cop gave him a ticket for it?? Chris didn't even know it was out! Plus he told the cop that he had Grace and me at home.. he must have been the most heartless cop in the world. And guess how much the ticket is??? $85!! For a tiny little light!!! We budgetted everything out for Christmas and we only have money for what we budgetted, so we have no idea how we are going to pay it. Any other month and we would have been fine, but since it is Christmas we have spent all of our extra money on presents for everyone. And we have to pay it by the end of December or they will put out a warrant for Chris!! I just don't know what we are going to do. We'll figure it out somehow though.. Even if we have to borrow money from our parents.. we never have had to do that since we moved out, and we really don't want to, but it's better than Chris going to jail!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Where did this weather come from???

This summer was really hot compared to last summer so I figured we would have a warm winter, and it has been for the most part. Just a week ago we were in the 50's which is usually what winter is around here, and then a few days ago it went from 48 degrees to 24 degrees in just a few hours! It snowed that night, but was melted by the morning. Now today it started snowing again. I drove to my moms and stayed for a couple ours to let Grace visit her and my sister. I was about to leave and I walked out the door to get some clothes I was leaving with her and I almost fell off the porch! They are redoing their porch so it has no rails and to my surprise the whole thing was iced over! I fell on the stairs and almost off the side, but it didn't really hurt. I checked the roads and they weren't iced yet, so I figured we should leave immediately to get home before they were iced. My mom and I devised a plan to get me and Grace off the porch without falling again, but I ended up falling anyway lol. Thank God my mom was still holding Grace! I busted my shin pretty bad that time. It still hurts. Anyways, Grace and I made it home safely, but when we got here our neighbor was about to hit a fence.. she was backing up and he hit a patch of ice and started sliding towards the fence, so I called Chris and he came out and helped them while I got Grace inside. I think it would have been easier to get Grace inside if I would have been wearing ice skates. Our whole entire driveway is iced over! If it is going to be this cold why can't we have snow instead of ice??? I like snow so much more!

On the bright side, I picked up Grace's prize today (I don't remember if I said on here or not, but Grac won one of the photo contests!!). She got an adorable red and white tutu and a matching red and white bow with a snowman on it. That is $15 worth of stuff!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Grace's words..

Grace has had a language explosion this past week!
On top of her original words (mama, dada, uh oh, yay, hey, wee, hi, bye(bye)), she can now say dog, no, yea, go, you, hello, and daddy. But that is only the half of it! She is now starting to form sentences. The main thing she will say is "hey you" but she can also say "hey daddy," "hey dog," "lets go," "I see you," and "I love you." It is so cute to hear her talking!!!
Some other things that involve language.. If I ask her where her tummy is she will pat her tummy, and if I ask her where her hair is she will grab her hair (also, if you hand her a hair brush she will "brush" her hair). It is so cute!!
She is also beginning to answer questions now. Just the simple "yea" or "no" but it's still an answer!
And if you ask her if she wants more she will hand you her cup if she wants more. But my absolute favorite thing is that she gives kisses now!!! If I ask her for a kiss she will lean in and kiss me. I LOVE IT!

Her favorite things to do are chase Ollie and laugh when he runs (lol), and play ball with Chris and me. She is getting pretty good at throwing things!

Also, this is her newest development.. she's eating by herself with a spoon!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

I had such a good time today!!

Even though the other girl bailed on us, Morgan,Christian, Grace, and I still went to lunch. We ate at Panera Bread, and it is officially my new favorite restaurant!! I ordered a regular turkey sandwich and they messed up my order and gave me a artichoke turkey panini.. It looked really good so I figured I'd try it, and it was AMAZING!! I want to go back there first chance I get. It was also nice just to be able to talk to someone who knows what it's like to be a mom.
Also, she is going through some major issues with her baby's father.. She made me so thankful for Chris. Somtimes I get annoyed with the things he does, but I now realize that he is amazing compared to some guys. He loves me and I love him, and he is such a good father. He doesn't always help me around the house as much as I like, but at least he does do some things like load the dishwasher, mop, vaccuum, help me carry things to and from the car.. according to Morgan, her baby daddy would not do any of that.
I also started thinking about how blessed we truly are.. we have increibly supportive and loving families, a happy relationship, a nice place to live, cars to drive, a beautiful and healthy little girl.. after today I have realized that I need to stop worrying about the little things in life. I need to loosen up and enjoy every moment I have in this wonderful world!

Here is our family Christmas pics!!!


















I need some advice..

I'm not going to name names, so we'll call her M, but in my last post I talked about how I was supposed to go to lunch with Morgan, the babies, and a mutual friend of ours (M).. Well I got a text at midnight saying that she had to cancel because her grandmother just got put in the hospital.. That sounds reasonable enough, but this is not the first time she has cancelled on me by far. When I was pregnant she was always there in the beginning, then it came time for my baby shower. She was one of my best friends at the time, and she swore that she would be at my shower, then the day of she texted and told me that she had "just found out" she had a family reunion to go to. I thought it was a little strange that she had no knowledge of it before, but I didn't really think much of it. Then a couple months later (about two weeks before Grace was born) we had a mutual friend, named Ericka, who's mom had been battling cancer for several years, and she passed away on Oct. 22nd. They had the viewing a few days later and M swore she was going to the viewing.. I had to work and I couldn't get out of it. I felt really bad just texting or calling her, so I asked M if she would tell Ericka for me. She said she would, and then later that night I got a text from Ericka basically screaming at me, asking me where I was. I told her that M was supposed to tell her, and she told me M didn't even go! She could have at least told me she wouldn't be ale to tell her. Then I texted M to ask her why she didn't go, and she said she was too tired. Ten when we went to the funeral the next day she told Ericka that her dad was sick, so she couldn't come. She flat out lied to her!
Then a couple of weeks later I had Grace. Through my entire pregnancy she said would be one of the first visitors we had. Well we were in the hospital for 3 days and 2 nights, and not once did we see her. She knew I had Grace, but she said she would have to come visit me when we got home. I waited and waited. She didn't come to see Grace until she was 2 weeks old! This is one of my supposed best friends! And as best I can remember that is the only time she has made an effort to come see Grace. We were never great friends after that because I felt betrayed.
Fast forward to August of this years. It was the day of Morgan's son's first birthday party, and M promises she's going to be there. Then at the party I get a text from M telling me to tell Morgan that her dad is sick so she won't be able to make it... haven't we heard that excuse before??
Fast forward to Nov. for Grace's party. Again, she had promised she would be there, but this time there wasn't even an excuse. Just a no show. Don't get me wrong, I didn't expect her to actually come at this point, but it's still sad.
And now we are here. She messaged me and Morgan and asked us to go to lunch, and then backs out at the last minute with another phony family excuse..
My question is, what do I do? I am tired of putting up with her crap, but what do I do about it? Please help.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

School is over, time for Christmas!!!

I just finished my last final today. Now I'm on Christmas break!! I know that I made a 97 on my U.S. History final! Yay!! Still waiting on the grades from the other three, but I think I did pretty well overall :):)
Now, I can focus on Christmas!!

I'm going to lunch tomorrow with Morgan (the one who has the baby named Christian) and one of our mutual friends who went to Kennesaw State University, and is home for the holidays. She doesn't have a baby, but she loves both of our babies. Then, Chris, Grace, and I are going to get our family Christmas pictures done!! I'm excited. I will be able to post them by Saturday, if not tomorrow night. Then, on Saturday we are going to meet my dad and brother at this place called the Gordon Lee House. It's this huge house that was there during the civil war and the used it as a hospital I think. It's a museum/bed and breakfast now, and every year for Christmas they decorate it all fancy and all the people dress up like the are from the 1800's. You get to tour the house and at the end you get hot apple cider and warm cookies. My dad used to always take me when I was a kid and I LOVED it. I want Grace to learn to love it too.

Aside from all that, I have been very busy wrapping presents! I have wrapped over 30 presents and I still have a couple more, but I went ahead and took some pics.
They have taken over our kitchen table! Lol.


I cheated and bagged some of them, but they are all for adults or older kids who don't really care.

I made sure to wrap all of Grace's presents. These are all just for her! She has a lot. We are done shopping for her now.. we got her the IPlay Fairyland Playhouse, some Taddoodles markers, some extra Little People Noah's Ark animals (my dad is getting her the Noah's Ark for Christmas), two different packs of five small Wheel Pals, four medium Wheel Pals (wrapped together), three Christmas rubber ducks (wrapped together), a Tinkerbell cup with a snap on lid that has a straw, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Barney's A Night Before Christmas, Barney's Halloween Party, some pink curtains, a fairytale themed wooden puzzle, and a farm themed wooden puzzle. So 20 presents all together. Plus, we have a marshmallow puff lollipop, a card, some balloons, some bubble bath, some fruit bars, and some yogurt bites for her stocking. She is going to be a happy girl on Christmas! Lol.

Back to the presents.. they are still missing bows and name tags. Those are coming tomorrow.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Photo contest...

So I entered Grace's Santa picture in two Christmas photo contests on Facebook. One I entered her in realllllly late because I didn't know about it, but she is already in sixth place! She has more votes then people who have been in it since the beginning. Honestly, I don't even know what we would win from this one or when the contest ends. The other contest ends Dec. 11th, and we would win a tutu with a matching bow! And guess what?? She is wayyyyyy in the lead on this one!! I really hope she wins. Wish us luck!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

A fun day :)

So today was my Dad's birthday as well as Downhome Days in my hometown. Chris, Grace, and I met my dad there for the Christmas parade. Grace seemed to enjoy it a lot more than she did when she was six months old (her first parade). She was so cute.. she would wave at the people and if they threw candy at her she would watch it until I picked it up.





After the parade we went to go eat with my brother and dad for his birthday. The place was almost closed, so we were pretty much the only people in there, and one of the waitresses had her daughter there. She was a little older than Grace, but the were chasing each other and givng each other hugs. It was precious :)

Then after we ate with my dad Chris and I took Grace to this house in my hometown where the family decorates their entire house with TONS of Christmas stuff. You can even go in their garage. They do it every year, but w didn't take Grace last years because she was so small. She really liked it this year!