On Saturday afternoon, Will and I headed over to hang out at Leslie and Jackson's house. I love spending time with them!
Will was ALL OVER THE PLACE! I know Leslie was probably thinking "please get your child under control!" He wanted to touch everything and play with all of Jackson's toys. He pulled all of Jackson's stuffed animals out of his room. He touched all their electronics. He even climbed on a little stool in Jackson's room so he could try and reach God knows what. I followed him around like I was his shadow. My biggest fear is that he is going to break something important. It is hard having a toddler that is so mobile. Thankfully he didn't find the stairs this time. That is a whole other battle! Leslie and Ray are still in that wonderfully blissful period where their child can't move! Oh how I miss those days.
Oh My Gosh...Jackson is seriously the sweetest baby!
Other than it being extremely stressful for me, we had a fun time. Leslie and i got to have some chat time and Will got to play with Jackson. He has even started saying "Jack" and it is so sweet.
At one point Leslie put Jackson in his crib so he could rest, and Will wanted to see the "baby" so bad. I lifted him up so he could see Jackson and he decided he wanted to get in the crib with him. I didn't want Will to hurt Jackson so we got Will to lay down, and he was very content just laying next to him. It was a cute moment.
Jackson is thinking "Why is this big kid in my bed?"
I hope Will and Jackson continue to build their little friendship and hopefully, for Leslie's sake, Will won't teach Jackson too many bad habits!
We got up bright and early Sunday morning. Will does not sleep in, even if didn't go to bed until 11 PM the night before. Since he was up, we decided to get ready and head over to campus and walk around for a bit.
We headed to Samford Lawn to get some pictures of our future freshman. It was a beautiful day and Will was happy to let me take some photos of him. I took some of him last year around the same time, and hope we can do it each year. I can't wait until the year we will be taking his picture in this very spot in his cap and gown. I know that I should not declare that Will will be an Auburn grad one day, but I do hope that he chooses to go to Auburn. I had such a wonderful experience here and I want the same for him. Of course when the time comes to pick a college, it is totally up to him! But until he can talk and tell us what he wants, Clay and I will dream of the day he is here as a student. I mean look at this place, who wouldn't want to be here all the time. It is one of our favorite places and I hope Will loves it as much as we do.
I was so excited to take Will to Auburn for the Clemson game. It was our first tailgate of the year.
Clay and John headed down on Friday night, and mom and I headed down with Will early Saturday morning. Will was happy to go Auburn!
Once we got there the tailgate was all set up. Clay does such a great job with our tailgate spot and we always have a good time grilling out and watching football games.
Since my birthday was Friday and Will's Pawpaw's Birthday is Wednesday, we celebrated with cake! It was yummy.
We walked around campus and went to the University Bookstore. We hung out with friends and family and our Auburn family.
Will was such a trooper. He was up at 6:30 am and didn't take a nap all day. The game started at 6 and when we got ready to head into game, he was acting a little fussy. Clay made the ultimate sacrifice and stayed out with him and let me go in the stadium. Clay didn't have to suffer too much because he had a television with the game, food, and friends to hang out with.
The game was awesome and we pulled out a win. I was so excited!
This was about 11 PM. He was still a happy boy after being up for so long! He didn't want to miss anything.
We had so much fun and were all exhausted on Sunday. I can't wait to head back down to The Plains!
I turned 27 on the 17th. I am on my way to 30! AAAHHH! It's not so bad. I love my life and I am comfortable about where I am in my life so age is just a number.
I had a great day celebrating. I woke up and Clay headed to get me a Chick-fil-A biscuit. I ate my biscuit in bed with Will next to me drinking his milk. Clay and Will got me a diamond cross necklace. It is beautiful and I love it!
I headed to work for a couple of hours, but Will wasn't feeling well so I went and picked him up early. I spent the rest of the day hanging out with him and Clay.
That night Clay took me out to dinner at Carrabas. John, Ashley, Kristen, and Jordan joined us. We always got out for each other's birthdays so it was fun. Ashley got me a chocolate cake from Edgar's. My favorite!!!
It was so cute and had little birds on it. Of course, it was DELICIOUS!!!
After dinner I headed to my parent's house to pick up Will. I spent some time there and my parent's gave me a gift. Part of my gift was a book called "I Will Carry You" by Angie Smith. I haven't been able to put it down. I have been reading Angie's blog since she started it, but her book is amazing. I have cried a few times. If you haven't read it, you should.
When i got home with Will, I had a present waiting on me. It was from Robbin. Will helped me open it and it was a new Vera bag in Paprika. I immediately put all my stuff in it so I could carry it to Auburn! I love it!
After all the excitement, Will and I got ready for bed so we could rest up to head to Auburn the next morning.
27 has been great so far and I can't wait to see what this year brings me. I am so happy and I love all the people in my life who made the day special for me!
Friday night Will went to his first high school football game. We had decided earlier in the week to go to the Leeds game because they were playing a local team from where Clay's grandparents live. Robbin decided to go with us since she is a Leeds High School Alum!
We headed over to the stadium and it started sprinkling. We thought it would pass over but we were wrong.
It would rain and then stop and then rain and then stop again. We were all soaking wet so we decided we needed to leave. It was only 6 minutes into the first quarter when we left. Ha!
So Will's first Friday night high school football game didn't last very long, but we had fun anyway and of course I got a couple of pictures to document the night.
After we left, we headed over to eat some Mexican food. It was good, but Will was not in a good mood. We were home and in bed by 9:15. We found out later that the game went into overtime and Leeds won 3-0. Yes only one team scored the whole game! Not the night we planned but it was fun and we always love getting to spend time with Robbin.
Saturday morning, Will and I went for a walk with mom. When we returned home, Clay had gone to ride motorcycles with John so I had to entertain Will. He was messy from his breakfast so i put him in the kitchen sink.
He played in there for 30 minutes and had the best time. He even cried when I took him out.
The rest of the day was spent watching football. It was nice that the Auburn game had been played on Thrusday, so we could relax and watch some other teams. John, Ashley, Craig, Leslie, and Jackson came over and ate hotdogs that night. Will played football with Craig and it was so funny!
I wish I had gotten a picture of Will and Jackson together but I didn't because I was to busy kissing Jackson's cheeks and trying to keep Jealous Will from crawling up my leg. Ha!
It was a good weekend and we made some more memories with Will!
He is getting so big and is such a little boy now. He is growing up so fast and is learning something new every single day. It is hard for Clay and me to keep up with him. He amazes us all the time with things he knows. He will do something and Clay and I will just look at each other like “where did he learn that.”
He does so many sweet things right now. One of my favorites is he will yell “Mommy” and I will yell back “Will”, and we will keep doing it until we find each other and then he just starts laughing. It is so fun. Another sweet thing he does is he does the motions for “I love you”. We will say “I” and he will point to his eyes. We say “love” and he crosses his arms across his chest. Then we say “you” and he will point with both hands at us. It makes me melt.
Sometimes he does some not so sweet things but like I have said before, those times are few and far between. Mostly he gets an attitude if he is tired or doesn’t feel well. He definitely likes to get his way but we are working hard for him to understand he can’t always do and have what he wants. We have started doing time out and that seems to really work for him. The time out spot is in his room on the floor underneath his window. The couple of times we have had to put him in time out, he has done exactly what we have asked of him. We tell him has to sit there until he can stop crying and get a better attitude. He will actually sit there until he is over being upset and then he will come find one of us and we talk about what happened. This has worked out really well and curbed some bad behaviors like throwing toys. Hopefully he will continue to be good and he won’t have to spend too much time in time out.
His eating is still a source of stress for me. He now refuses to eat any baby food and generally all he wants is milk. We always offer him what we are eating but most of the time he doesn’t eat it. He has started eating the lunch that his daycare provides and so we are hoping that seeing the other children eating will prompt him to do the same. The doctor says his weight is fine and that we just need to continue to offer him healthy options. He loves to have snacks so we are trying to make those snacks as healthy as possible. Other parents have told me about their children’s eating issues so I don’t think Will is doing anything unusual for his age. We will just continue to offer him table food and hopefully one day he will enjoy eating it. The eating has really been our biggest struggle.
More of what he is up to:
-He is saying so many words now and some phrases. There are too many to list but a few of his favorite words are: John, shoes, ball, no, and milk. We hear these constantly. His favorite phrase right now is “want snack.”
-He knows all the hand motions to the “Isty Bitsy Spider” and “Patty Cake”. It really is the cutest thing ever.
-He says “CHEESE” any time he sees a camera and wants to see the picture after you have taken it.
-He loves to play and loves being outside.
-From what I can tell, he does really well at school and loves to have other kids around. He also does well in the nursery at church. He cries sometimes when we drop him off, but all his teachers have assured us that it only last a few minutes.
-He is wearing mostly 18 month clothes (some 12 month and some 24 month depending on the brand).
-He wears a size 5 extra wide shoe and a size 4 diaper.
We took Will for his 18-month well visit yesterday. Dr. R said he was doing well and he didn’t have any concerns about his health or development. Will did have to get 3 shots. He started crying as soon as the nurse came in and Clay and I had to hold him down. It broke my heart. Other than that it was a good visit. Dr. R is always very encouraging and always answers our questions honestly.
Here are Will’s stats from our visit:
Weight: 25 pounds, 14 ounces (50th percentile)
Height: 32 inches even (between the 25th and 50th percentile)
Head Circumference: 19 ½ inches (90th percentile)
At the end of our Will and Tiger photo shot, Will thought his Tiger needed something to drink so he gave the Tiger some milk!
Will and Pop spent alot of time together this past weekend. It was fun watching them play together. Will is at an age now where he is really starting to understand things and can follow simple instructions.
Pop and Will playing with cars.
Pop would roll the car to Will and then Will would roll it back.
Then Pop taught Will how to hold the football so he could kick it.
Will would hold the ball just right...
then Pop would kick it...
then Will would laugh!
Will thought this was hilarious!!
Finally, Will go to ride on the lawn mower.
Will loves to drive!
These two are best buddies and I love it. Will thinks anything Pop does is funny. They are always laughing!
I am a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and all things in between. I am married to Clay and love every minute I spend with him. We welcomed our first child, Will, on March 4, 2009, and I don't remember what life was like before him. Life is great and I hope to share some of our moments with you.