Monday, November 10, 2008

Traveling Times

So, we got brave and decided to take Zachary on his first big road trip. Zachary's Aunt Jamie's brother was getting married in Henderson, where Kyle and I went to school, so we went to the wedding. Zachary had been suffering from a cold all week, but was clearing up pretty well by Friday, so we thought he'd be okay to go.

We left Chattanooga about 1:00 on Friday afternoon and traveled with Grandmommy and Grandpa (Daddy had to work). Cousin Matthew (19 mos.) also rode with us last minute because Aunt Jamie was not feeling well. (Daddy, Aunt Jamie, and Uncle Kevin met up with us Saturday). Zachary fell asleep pretty soon into the trip but only slept about 20 minutes then woke wide awake! I thought for sure he'd be fussy. But he just sat and looked around. Eventually he fell back asleep for about an hour until we made it to Dickson, on the other side of Nashville. We stopped and ate at Ruby Tuesday and the boys were both soooo good! Then we continued on to Huntington, where we were staying the night with our friends Aaron and Jenny Dodson. We only had to stop one more time so I could nurse Zachary and made it in about 7:00. We got there, got the Pack-n-Plays set up and got the boys ready for bed. This was Zachary's first night sleeping away from home ever, and the first time I would be sleeping in the room with him. I had no clue how he'd do, but he slept all night long-8 hours! I was so proud (and relieved!)

The next morning we got up and played a little and started packing up to finish toward Henderson for the wedding. Matthew had to be there early for some pictures. Zachary was so well behaved being away from home and not having all his familiar things. I nursed him before the wedding and we got him asleep for his afternoon nap about an hour before the wedding started. Right as Kristen, the bride, was getting ready to walk down the aisle, Zachary stirred and I had to rush him out of the auditorium before we ruined her big moment! But I got him back asleep quickly and we went back in and sat with Brittany and baby Hudson, who is 20 days younger than Zachary.

After the wedding I went and pumped while Kyle showed Zachary off. Then we headed over to the Hardeman House for the reception. This was special taking Zachary there because that is where I met Kyle for the very first time, and where I had my candlelighting after he proposed to me. Zachary was good during the reception and didn't even wake up crying to eat right away (for once!) We left the recption a little early so that we could start getting ready for our long trip back to Chattanooga. This time, Daddy rode with us while cousin Matthew rode with his Mommy and Daddy. Zachary traveled well again, but got a little fussy, as he was getting hungry and tired. We stopped in Dickson again, this time at Cracker Barrell and ate. We got Zachary ready for bed and I nursed him before we left. He fell sound asleep nursing and went straight to his carseat without stirring at all. He slept the whole way home and we only rocked him a few minutes when we got in to transition him from the carseat back to his bed. He slept through the night again! But we were all so tired from the trip we stayed home from church the next morning. It was a good thing, too, because Zachary slept away almost the entire day!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Zachary's Forever Blowing Bubbles...

Well, prayers have been answered and Kyle was assigned 2nd shift permanently! He started yesterday and it was his first day of patroling on his own. Unfortunately it had been raining all day, so he had to work several wrecks, which = several reports to write. But not a bad day in all. He is also able to work extra jobs now, which will be nice to earn some extra, needed money. He is working his first one tonight.

Speaking of needed money, I have recently signed up to be a consultant for Usborne Books at Home. It is a well-renown children's book company. It is a great way to make a little extra money, as well as build Zachary's library and stay involved in the field of education. Let me know if you are interested in learning more about it!

Well, Zachary is now 11 weeks old and his latest thing is making spit-of any kind! He has found his fist quite tasty to suck on, and has discovered how to blow bubbles! He thinks this is a hoot and tries to make as big a mess as possible!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Getting started...

Well, this is my umpteenth attempt to start a blog for our family. It seems that every time I try, the computer goes whacko or I get busy with something else...Anyway, I shall do my best. :)

I am wanting to keep this blog for others to read about our baby boy Zachary and how he is growing, as well as the other events in our busy lives. I am also wanting to keep it, somewhat selfishly, so that I have a record of Zachary's childhood. Like I said, I have tried to do this a few times, with no such luck. I am not ANY good at journaling, but maybe since I am better at getting on the Internet, this will be more successful. :)

So, Zachary turned 2 months old yesterday! I can't believe it! He is growing like a weed (11 lbs. 9 oz.) and is changing every day. He loves to smile (esp. when he's nursing) and really enjoys "talking" with us now. But he has the best conversations with his Grandma...I wonder what they are saying sometimes! He is sleeping pretty well most nights, only waking up once to eat. There have even been a few nights of 7-8 hours straight without waking, which has been awesome, but almost a little scary, too! We took Zachary on his first outing to downtown Chattown this past weekend and he did pretty well. He got to go on a nice long stroller ride, and we even went over the bridge where Kyle asked me to marry him! Too bad we didn't know that night was the "Wine Over Water" in Chattanooga! Needless to say, we didn't stay up there too long!

I have started back to work in the last few weeks, working 2 days a week for now. It is hard, mainly being away from my baby. But I am at least grateful that I am not having to be gone 5 days a week teaching! And Zachary is getting to spend quality time with his grandparents, something I wish I could have had growing up.

Kyle is really enjoying his job as a Chattanooga City Police Officer. He is still riding with another cop, but will start on his own, on a permanant shift, on the 24th. We are very excited, but also anxious, to see what shift he will be on. Right now he is on 3rd, which has been very tiring on me, as I'm the only one home at night with Zachary.

The other members of the family, aka, the kitties, Cinnamon and Sugar, I believe are finally adjusting to life with their baby brother. In fact, I think they love him, although they still don't get too close to him (at least when we're looking. I have seen them trying to get a quick peek!)

Well, that is an update on our lives for now. I will do my best to keep this updated regularly!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Numero Uno

So...this is my first attempt at a blog. I have a few friends who have these to keep people updated on their lives....or should I say mainly their kids lives. So, I thought I'd give it a whirl.

Life in the last month and a half has been crazy, and that's putting it midly! Kyle and I have both gotten not only new jobs, but new careers, we've moved out of our apartment in Hixson to a house in Ooltewah, and, oh yeah, we are about to have our first child! Like I said, it's been crazy!

I finished my third year of teaching Kindergarten back at the end of May and made the tough decision not to return this Fall, considering my due date is the day before school starts. So I have been working this summer part-time at a local Tax & Bookkeeping Office. It is owned by members of the church, so it is a small, but comfortable environment. I have no idea what I am doing most of the time, but at least I am doing it correctly! (It is definitely NOT like teaching a room full of 5 year olds all day!) I am also, for now, working part-time every other weekend at a Christitan assisted living center as a receptionist.

Kyle started the Chattanooga City Police Academy back in February this year. He graduated on June 26 with the Highest Academic Award and the Most Improved PT award. He worked very hard for both over the past several months. He is now an "Official Po-PO" but will remain with an FTO (Field Training Officer, or in other words, another dude in the car) until the end of October. During this time he will continue to gain skills policing the streets of Chattanooga, but alongside an experienced cop. He is currently working 3rd shift in the ghetto, but he loves it! He has already been on the news twice!

As for the baby, we are expecting a little boy, Zachary Taylor, around August 11th. After several months of throwing up EVERYTHING, we are both doing pretty good now and Mommy is just getting very anxious to meet him!

That is our life in a nutshell...for now. I will do my best to keep things up and running on here!