happy monday!

There's not much going on here, so I thought I'd post a few pictures of my little guy that I made today.

Enjoy, and happy Monday!

Sources: Ford's shirt and pants both from Mini Boden.


don't touch the collar bone!

Several...and I do mean several...weeks ago, Ama-Watts had a little mishap here at home. Like I said, it happened several weeks ago, but I wanted to document the story so that if one day she happens to be reading my blog (ha!), she can know all the little details about what happened to her.

It was a normal Tuesday. Ama-Watts, Ford and I had just gotten back from Wal-Mart. They had both been so good, which was such a blessing, because I am usually too much of a chicken to take both of them with me on a grocery store run. Not to mention, a Wal-Mart run.

AWA had asked for a little container shaped like a goldfish to hold Goldfish crackers while we were at Wal-Mart, and because she had been so good, I bought it for her. I filled it up with crackers when we got home, and she climbed up into a dining room chair to have a snack while I unloaded the groceries and made lunch for us.

I turned my back and then turned back around to face where she was sitting just in time to see her fall out of the chair on her right side. She did fall onto our rug in the kitchen, but I thought she had hit the side of her head.

I scooped her up quickly, and assumed she would be fine; she is such a tough little girl, and usually gets over getting hurt pretty quick. At first, she cried more than usual, but she kept stopping and then starting crying over and over. I kept looking at her head and couldn't see a knot. I checked to make sure her little head wasn't sunken in, either, and it wasn't. I thought she probably just hurt her noggin pretty badly.

A couple of minutes later, she was still crying sporadically, so I called Mat and told him I needed to take her to the Pediatric Clinic. I loaded Ford in the car, and when I picked up AWA under her arms to put her in the Jeep, she had a come apart. At that point, I assumed it was her shoulder. I called Mat again, and he ended up calling Dr. Dan Sparks, who is an orthopedic surgeon that practices here in Gadsden and also happens to go to our church.

I dropped Ford off with Gran V at the church, then Mat and I took Watts to Dr. Sparks' office. He assessed her and thought it was her shoulder, too. He had her lift her arm, and she cried a little when she did. She went to have X-rays done several times. She kept moving at the last minute, so they kept having to redo them.

When Dr. Sparks first looked at the X-ray of her shoulder, he didn't see a break or anything. But, with another scan, he luckily, just happened to see the break in her collar bone.

When Mat told me it was a broken collar bone, I thought the worst-- I was thinking she'd have to have surgery or worse, have to have a body cast (I really don't know why I thought she'd have to have  a full upper body cast, but I guess I was just panicking).

Turns out, the little girl got a sweet little navy sling and orders for us to watch her carefully and to give her Motrin for pain.

AWA did so well over the next few days. We did not end up giving her much Motrin. She never really seemed to be in a ton of pain. She eventually got to where she would hold her little arm up and by her side very carefully. She also would kind of walk funny and kind of slouched over. She would wince when we would pick her up, so we had to develop a different way to picking her up to prevent us from having to go up under her arms and put pressure on the break. A knot developed over the break (which is what was supposed to happen), and eventually, we couldn't even tell anything had happened. She was back to her old self within two days flat. It was amazing.

She still doesn't like for us to touch it or mention it really. I took her to her follow up appointment with Dr. Sparks three weeks after the accident. AWA was so good for her X-rays and let us "make her picture" while she laid on the table and was "real still." Dr. Sparks examined the X-rays, and he said she was healing beautifully. He said eventually, we would never even know anything had happened.

We are so thankful our little girl is ok. I believe AWA got her foot stuck up under her when she was trying to turn around in the chair, and she got tangled up and just fell over sideways. We are trying to be more careful with her, but sometimes, these things just happen! She's a little girl who's not afraid of anything at all, and so we just have to pray for the Lord to protect her and watch over her.

We are so thankful for Dr. Sparks and his staff for how sweet and what good care they took of AWA. And if you are ever in need of an orthopedist, I know a great one in Gadsden!


ford's first cheerios

My little guy has discovered food, and he will let you know when you have something he wants! So, today, I thought it was time for him to discover Cheerios. He LOVED them.

He only swallowed two or three whole, so I would say the whole thing was a big success. AWA was 8 months old a few days when she had her first Cheerios. Here's the blog I wrote when she had hers. (I love to compare my babies' milestones!)

What a big, big guy!!


you're seven months old, ford boy!

Happy seven months, big guy! Momma can't believe you're seven months old.

Here's your run down...

When I took you to the doctor a couple of weeks ago, you weighed 18 lbs., 1 oz. You are getting so long, too, but I am not sure how long you are.

You are wearing 9-12m clothes and a size 3 shoe. You have two of the sweetest, little teeth on your bottom gums, and you have the brownest eyes I've ever seen on a little baby.

You love, love, love food. You eat two meals of baby food per day. You love apples, bananas, peaches, sweet potatoes and pears. Today at lunch, you gnawed on a cucumber slice, and you were in heaven! You really liked it.

You are sleeping pretty well these days. I usually give you your last bottle around 7:30p and you (usually) sleep through the night. On a normal day, you take two naps: one two hours after you first wake up, and then another one around 2-2:30p. You usually will nap for a couple of hours.

You love to go and you are becoming very mobile. You aren't crawling on all fours just yet, but you can usually scoot over to whatever you've got your eyes on.

You ADORE your big sister, but she usually won't give you the time of day. She's just too busy! But, sometimes, I will catch her loving on and patting you. It melts my heart!

You love to be talked to the most. You are such a happy, easy going baby. You have learned to scream, but you usually just like to scream to hear yourself scream. It cracks your momma up.

You love to spend time in your walker and in your jumper, and you love your toys! You are also working on getting some new teeth, so you love to chew on anything you can get your hands on.

You can sit up pretty well, but you are still a little wobbly. We moved you over into your big boy car seat yesterday, so today at lunch, you sat in a high chair. You seemed to like it pretty well.

My sweet, sweet guy. You bring our family so much joy. I love every single little thing about you-- the way your hair always stands up, the way you suck on your bottom lip, the way you love to be held, your chubby little finger and feet, how curious you are and just how sweet you are. You are such a blessing to your momma. You have me wrapped around your little, bitty finger.

Happy seven months, my Ford. I am head over heels in love with you!


snow day 2014

We had a blast playing in the snow yesterday. Well, Ama-Watts had an especially great time playing in the snow. She cried and cried and pitched the biggest fit ever when we brought her inside.

Bless her heart-- she doesn't have any snow boots, so we had to cover her Uggs with plastic grocery bags so she could play outside. Worked like a charm!

Pop and Daddy had a great time pulling her in the sled, throwing snowballs, scooping the snow with a shovel and riding on the Kabota. Daddy and Pop also had some fun with the sled, too. But I'm not really sure they are quite ready for the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea 2018. But, I've been surprised before. :)

Enjoy our pictures and videos. Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!

And of course, a couple of videos for your entertainment. :)