Like right now...Austin is practicing his new shrill squeal while he's supposed to be napping. It's such an ear-piercing yet delightful little noise! And at some point during this nap, I will inevitably be removing a teeny toddler foot from the crib slats! I found a "crib shield" that's designed to prevent this. I haven't ordered yet, but I'm guessing I will be soon!
Okay, first of all, do not judge me!! But, I have been watching American Idol this season. Well, not even all season...just since March. I had never ever seen an entire episode before and actually used roll my eyes at the whole thought of the show entirely. Our OT mentioned that there was a local guy competing and just went on and on about how great he was and that I should be watching and supporting him. I finally did...Although I didn't care much for him, I did find a new TV obsession! Every Tuesday and Wednesday night, after Austin's snugly tucked away and sleeping like a baby, I grab my Oreos and milk and reach for the remote. Even Grey's has taken a backseat to my new show! Anyway, to say the least, I'm geared up for tonight. I'll be watching (though doubtful in the voting window) and pulling for the underdog, Kris Allen. Adam's totally the favorite (at least with the judges) and undeniably talented, but three words...not my style!!
My hubby, Chad, will agree when I say I'm typically a no-frills type. (Which, I think, may be one reason he married me!)
I've never cared for expensive jewelry. In fact, I believe I've actually told him before not to waste a gift by getting me jewelry (because I don't like wearing it much). Occasionally, I'll wear simple earrings and maybe a necklace...and always my wedding band -my engagement ring is sadly tucked away due to the unfortunate lack of lost baby pounds.
But, when I saw Lisa Leonard's designs in a baby magazine recently, I knew I wanted one...And I made a subtle hint to Chad (i.e. a post-it by the computer with website info and four designs I could not choose between!) that it would make a perfect Mother's Day gift (since he ALWAYS asks me what to get!).
I fell in love with her designs because they are simple yet so charming...and every single piece is unique because they are all handmade. Better yet, most are customizable with so many different ways to make them even more one-of-a-kind.
I adored the "wishing star" necklace because of it's significance, but there were tons that caught my eye.
So, on Mother's Day I was presented with two little gift boxes from my Austin, my Chad, and my Bailey (my four-legged, furry dog-er -that's what we call her instead of daughter ;-)...
One with a "wishing star" necklace...the front stamped with "austin". The back stamped with "heal".
In the other (a total surprise -he picked this one out on his own), the "open circle" bracelet. On the front it has Austin's name and birthday...the back saying, "love. hope. heal."
I can't describe how priceless these pieces are to me -even though they're really not pricey at all.
I've never owned anything with such a personal meaning before.
I've worn them several times and just couldn't quit looking down to admire and smile at them. The best gift ever...
I'm already trying to figure out how I'm going to top this one for Father's Day!
This is the infamous Bailey (aka my shadow and stalker dog). She's rotten to the core and requires an energetic owner that doesn't mind being repetitively licked. She's been taken down a notch in the spotlight since Austin's arrival, but was probably the most documented dog in history before that (according to my dad). I think when Austin was born I had somewhere between 250-300 pictures of her. I realized my pampering had gone to extremes when she had her own Myspace. I somehow managed to migrate back towards reality where dogs don't wear clothes and have their own beds (we're still working on the bed thing. She still feels entitled to nestle comfortably in my bed with or without me)..
I swear, I think she forgets she's a canine sometimes! She sleeps with her head on the pillow and body under the blanket. What a sight!
But, she loves her Austin. She knows what the "Austin boundaries" are and very much respects him. The only problem is keeping her from licking him (especially when he falls down or bumps into her). It's weird...she's just protective I guess.
I can't wait for the day when Austin can entertain her and give me some relief!! :-)