Monday, January 31, 2011

bellies to babies

Hudson and Ila were buddies before they were even born. Erin andI have been close friends since 1998 when I started college. It's fun to have a dear friend who has a baby the same age as Hudson. These babies are really starting to have fun when they get together.

We were both preggers in this picture. Spring 2009
Ila- 12 weeks, Hudson- 2 the GA/SC gameday gathering

Ila- 6 months, Hudson- 4 months

Ila-9 months, Hudson- 7 months

Ila- 14 months, Hudson- 1st birthday party, Peyton- 4 months (Jane is another dear friend from college)
VSU class of 2031

Ila- 15 months, Hudson- 13months

Ila- 16 months, Hudson-14 months

Ila-18 months, Hudson-16 months

They have grown up too fast!
Ila- 19 months, Hudson- 17months

Saturday, January 29, 2011


I love this song by Mindy Glendhill. Having a little boy is so much fun and such a blessing. You mamas out there that have little boys know what I mean. Don't forget to click play to hear the song!
Little boy, when you speak

I can't help but kiss your cheeks

I love the way you grab my hands

and tell me all about your plans

Rocket high, comets fly

you and I could hitch a ride

and fly away to Neverland

and give our best to Peter Pan

When you reach for the stars

Don't forget who you are

And please don't turn around and grow up way too fast

See the sand in my grasp

from the first to the last

every grain becomes a memory of the past

Oh, life's an hourglass

Life's an hourglass

Stories read, prayer is said

close your eyes sleepyhead

While angels linger in your dreams

and hold you in their feathered wings

just like you, I was small

not that long ago at all

I wish you all the happiness

that God gives freely if you ask

Saturday, January 22, 2011

17 months

Dear Hudson,

BOY, You have really kept us on our toes this month. You literally amaze me each and every day with your knowledge and ability to learn, your spunky personality, and contagious laugh. Each day is a new adventure.
You really enjoyed Christmas. You opened all of your gifts by yourself, and were so precious each time you saw a new gift. You took the time to figure each new thing out before you went on to the next. When you took your new shoes out of your stocking (yes, your shoes still fit in your stocking) you got the biggest smile on your face, started saying "SHOES", and tried to put each one on. It's the little things like that I never want to forget.
You got a cold around Christmas, which led to your first ear infection. You cried all night one night, and it broke our hearts. Daddy and I felt so helpless. We hate when you are uncomfortable.
You had a blast playing in the snow at the beginning of January, and I was lucky enough to spend 2 extra days with you because they canceled school. You stood at the window and yelled "SNOW" until we took you outside to run around. The snow/ice stayed on the ground for about a week and every morning when I took you out of your crib, we had to look out the window to see if it was still there.
Your vocabulary has absolutely exploded this month. Literally, you are saying new words every single day. Here are some of the new words this month...frog, boots, off, juice, puffs, light, poop, knock-knock, hey baby (to the cats in a sweet high little voice), George (curious), Lee (your uncle), choo-choo, fish, hot (you blow all your food and think everything is always hot), broom, Ella (your cousin), Claire (your best friend), Elmo, trash, MMMMM (when you eat something you like), ahhhh (every time you take a drink), Mooooo (when asked what the cow says), neigh (when asked what the horse says), toes, eyes, balloon, Hoola (Claire's dog), star, square, shake, bulldog, beep, hat, nice, light, whoa, five, blue, tiger, hooray, eat, shake, here kitty-kitty, and chair. You pretty much repeat everything that we tell you to say, and have even started to say a few phrases like "I did it.", and "I do it.". You can identify and say the letters H and A consistently, and we are working on the other letters in your name.
We can't get anything past you. You know everything that is going on, and most of the time you do exactly what we ask you to do, bring us, take, etc..I spilled my drink on the couch one night and you ran into the kitchen saying "uh-oh". You cane running back with a clean dish rag that you had taken out of the drawer and started wiping up the spill. You are an escape artist and can crack open child proof locks in less than 10 seconds flat. Sweeping is one of your favorite things to do these days. We got you a little broom, but you prefer the regular one. Reading is also a favorite past time, and you also love for your daddy to pull you all around the house on the big blanket. When Elmo comes on, you get super excited, but Barney is still your favorite. You will sit and watch a whole 60 minute Barney movie if we'd let you. Taking all of the pans out of the drawer at the bottom of the stove is also something that you do every. single. day., and you take the cookie sheet and use it to roll your cars around on. Your laugh is so contagious. I wish I could bottle it to save forever.
You still have a head full of blonde hair that grows super fast, and after months of trying to decide what color your eyes were going to be they have officially turned brown. There's no mistaken that you have your mama's brown eyes, and I love it! You are starting to be a little more picky with foods, but you still eat very well. You favorite foods are still cheese, pancakes, mac and cheese, and all fruits. You've decided that you don't really like to eat green veggies anymore, so I have to disguise them and hide them in other foods. You are using a spoon and fork yourself although it is quite messy. You have 15 teeth (I think...that was the last count), and brushing them has become quite the task. You HATE brushing, and won't let me look in your mouth for anything. You still love tubby time, and get so proud of yourself when you create a masterpiece with your tub crayons (one of the best inventions ever, btw).
You are still wearing 18-24 months, and I just bought you shoes in size 7. You still throw temper tantrums by sitting down, then throwing your head and body back on the floor when you don't get your way. Recently though, you have started thinking a little more before you do this and not always throwing your head back and bumping it. I'm glad that you realized that it hurts. You can identify and point to your head, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, toes, feet, and hair. We love when you are being affectionate and come running up and wrap yourself around our leg. We are so thankful that you get to spend every day with Claire and Nana when we are at work. You love Mrs. Jennifer so much too. She is so sweet to you. Your nickname has stuck and you are officially Claire's "Bop".
I know this is a little long, but I don't want to forget all of your special memories that we are fortunate enough to be blessed with. I am going to get the blog printed so that we will have a hard copy of your "baby book". Thank you for being such a good boy. You are so smart and precious!

I love you more than words,


Here you are being adorable in Claire's shades

You and Claire after a nap...still a little sleepy

Shopping at the Cracker Barrel with Claire

running to the other side of the deck because the ducks swam under and you wanted to beat them to the other side

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Today, I'm linking up with Jamie again for What I'm Loving Wednesday.

I'm loving that it's ALREADY Wednesday! Short weeks are the best!

I'm loving that American Idol starts back tonight.

I'm loving that Hubby's new work schedule allows him to spend almost 3 extra hours with us each evening!

I'm loving the power of prayer and that Peyton from my previous post is doing better and is home from the hospital.

I;m loving the beautiful weather and the SUNSHINE that we had today. I have Spring Fever and it's way too early for that.

I'm loving the fact that January is almost over. 6 weeks without a pay check is not fun.

I'm loving the 2 shirts that my friend, Michelle made. Two adorable 1 year olds are going to be looking even more adorable in these during Masters week.

I'm loving these two cuties. ( this is during their "school time")

I'm loving the fact that my sweet boy can identify and say the first letter in his name..."H" for Hudson. We'll be working on the rest of his name too.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Prayers for Peyton

Please pray for this beautiful baby girl, Peyton. She's my friend's daughter and is in the hospital with RSV. Pray for her mommy and daddy too. Seeing your baby in the hospital is one of the hardest things to go through as a parent. It's such a helpless feeling.
Thanks guys!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow Days

Just as Hudson was getting over his ear infections and feeling much better, we began to brace ourselves for the big Winter storm that was coming our way. The grocery store was crazy on Saturday afternoon, as everyone tried to stock up on the basics. Here in the south, we don't see these storms very often, so when one is forecasted everyone freaks out.
Sure enough, on Sunday evening it began to snow and snowed through the night. The snow turned to ice, and by Monday afternoon there was a thick layer of ice on top of the snow. Hudson stood at the window when he woke up saying "SNOW, SNOW", so I was excited to take him out in it to play.

He loved it! He smiled the whole time and couldn't quit saying "snow".

He ran and ran.

He had to check everything out.
He had fun making footprints in the snow.
More running.

precious little baby footprints

I was thrilled to have 2 days off to enjoy being home with Hudson and Dave. We even get a 2 hr. delay in the morning so this will be a short week. I'm already looking forward to the weekend so I can enjoy hanging out with my boys some more.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

An Unwelcomed First

Hudson got a little cold a few days after Christmas. It was never really bad, and when he went to the doc. to get his second dose flu shot, I had Dr. Nesbit check him, and he was recovering fine. It never really slowed him down. WELL, fast forward to Thursday morning at 3 a.m....Hudson wakes up screaming. I don't mean just a little fussy. He was SCREAMING! It was awful. Dave and I could do nothing to console him. I knew something was wrong. He's a good sleeper and has slept through the night since he was 10 weeks old. He cried until 8 am. I got him an appt. with Dr. Nesbit, and it turns out that he's got his first ear infection. A double one at that! Both ears infected...yuck! We are thankful that we were able to go 16 months without getting one. I felt so bad for my little man yesterday afternoon. He was feeling SO bad. He even scared me because I had never seen him that sick except for when he was in the hospital after his surgery.

He seems to be feeling better this morning and is acting more like himself again. We plan to stay inside and just rest for most of the weekend just to be on the safe side. I want this boy well!

The weather calls for snow, and "wintery mix" on Sunday night and Monday. Hopefully I will get an extra day off to stay home and hang out with my Huddy Buddy.