Thursday, February 24, 2011

Kate found Kate

Anna Kate still can't say her whole name. I take that back. She can say Anna and Kate individually, she just doesn't put them together. Therefore, when you ask her who she is, she tells you "Kate!".
Tuesday night on the way home from Nana and Daddy Gaines' house Kate found Kate! It's still getting dark so early and in order to keep this little monkey awake on the ride home (for selfish reasons of course) we ride with the dome light in the car on. I know, it's probably not smart to ride with the dome light on. I'm working with what I have people! Anywho, the dome light being on and the darkness outside made magic happen. It made my back windows turn into mirrors. Anna Kate saw Kate. She stared at herself in the window for a while before I noticed that she was quiet. I then looked in my rear view mirror and saw her lifting one finger at a time. She was trying to see if Kate moved too. It was hilarious!
So I did something even more dangerous. I recorded her with the digital camera using the rear view mirror to keep the camera on her. (At least I was facing forward!) Here's a video of Kate finding Kate. (Don't mind my obnoxious voice)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

15 Weeks and a Weekend

How Far Along: 15 weeks

Weight Gain: Gained 3 lbs (including the 2 I lost).

Maternity Clothes: Not yet, but I will need them soon. I can feel it!

Stretch Marks: None from THIS pregnancy!

Sleep: Sleep is still fine.

Baby Movement: Not yet.

Food Cravings: Doritos and pasta

What I Miss: Having Energy!

Mom-to-Be:  I’m feeling ok. I think I’ve felt a few flutters of movement in my stomach, which is exciting!

Looking Forward To: We’re looking forward to finding out what our sweet baby is on March 17th.  Also looking forward to feeling really noticeable movement.
Milestones: Continuing the march towards normal proportions, baby's legs now outmeasure the arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your baby is squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb, though you probably still can't feel the movements. (I think I have!!)
This weekend was very busy but full of fun. Friday night we attended Jesse’s last high school basketball game ever. It was bittersweet. However, I’m kind of looking forward to baseball season. Jesse had an awesome game, the rest of the Aggies did too. They came up two points short in the last 3 seconds of the game. It was a heartbreaker.  Anna Kate didn’t let it kill her fun though. We had a little salon for her in the stands. She was going through Momma’s  purse and found some chapstick and lip gloss to play with. She also entertained Dranmama during the game.
 Showing off her newly applied "lipstick"
Saturday was interesting to say the least. My Momma’s birthday was last Wednesday. Just as mother’s do, for her present she wanted all of us to be at home and…HANG PICTURE FRAMES! I will go ahead and go on record saying, I am not a good picture frame hanger. I don’t put them in the most stable places in the wall. I can’t for the life of me make them level. I’m just not good at it. Thankfully Daddy stepped in when he found out that we were going to be hanging some relatively heavy items which were going to require drilling holes in his walls. I can’t tell you how anxious I was about that, because I was going to be the one drilling. I didn’t want to lose my life at the hands of my father this weekend! I meant to take a picture of the finished product, but I am becoming more and more forgetful every second. So, it didn’t happen. It looked really good though.

Anna Kate and I raced home from Lineville on Sunday for church. We had gotten dressed and showered at Momma’s. I was having to cook Sunday dinner for the whole family so I ran by the house to make the patties and cut up the French fries. I had completed my task in record time. We weren’t even going to be that late for church; and then it happened. I looked up to see Anna Kate squatting behind the recliner. That is never a good sign. I finished covering the fries, sat them in the fridge, and went to investigate. As I rounded the chair the little munchkin must have sensed me coming because she took off running towards the front door. I instantly knew that this wasn’t going to be good. I caught the little monster and what did I find? Anna Kate had opened and applied to her Sunday clothes HALF A TUBE of BUTT CREAM! Needless to say, we were late for Sunday school. It made for a cute story once we got there though.
After church we served lunch followed by a much needed nap. Anna Kate wasn’t excited about the nap, but once she got going, that girl slept for three hours. (So did her momma!) When she woke up we went outside and played with Grammy, Aunt Katie and D.J. Anna Kate picked out her outfit. She had to wear her boots! 
AK and Aunt Katie chasing our ducks
I just love her little legs in those boots!
SIDE NOTE: My kid has discovered a love for flossing. I know it's weird, but I can't knock someone wanting to have good oral hygiene, especially this early.
She needed a little help from Aunt Katie

Friday, February 18, 2011

14 Weeks

I promise that I will get better with the timing of these posts!
How Far Along: 14 weeks (Almost 15. I know, I know I’m late!)

Weight Gain: Gained 3 lbs (including the 2 I lost).

Maternity Clothes: Not yet, but I will need them soon. I can feel it!

Stretch Marks: None from THIS pregnancy!

Sleep: Sleep is still fine.

Baby Movement: Not yet.

Food Cravings: Doritos

What I Miss: Being able to do things for myself. I am watched like a hawk and not allowed to pick up anything larger than a piece of paper. (I exaggerate, but CLOSE!)

Mom-to-Be:  I still don’t really feel like I’m pregnant. You know, it’s the stage where nothing really cool and obvious is happening so you don’t think about it.

Looking Forward To: We’re looking forward to finding out what our sweet baby is on March 17th. I can’t believe it’s only 27 days away.  

Milestones: Your adorable little baby is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, and (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys and spleen continue to develop. Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over the body for warmth.

FOR ELENA: A view from the front of my house...
I think that the mop and bucket sitting in front of the tire beside the steps just adds to the perfection.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Happy Balentines Day (Late) and a News Bulletin

Happy Balentines Day (Late) and a Tribute
We had a good Valentine’s Day at the Jackson household. Anna Kate was spoiled rotten by everyone she knows. I was also thankful to have a sweet husband who sent beautiful flowers to my office.
Here is a shot of Anna Kate eating the largest Hershey’s Kiss I’ve ever seen. It’s just a glimpse into the massive amount of candy that Anna Kate, Kyle, and I received.

Now for a news bulletin…  I am sure that most of you heard a ignorant, inconsiderate, poor excuse of a human being poisoned the Toomer’s Corner Oaks on the campus of Auburn University. He did it just to be malicious because he was mad after Alabama lost to Auburn this season and he said that he saw a “Scam Newton” shirt on the Bear Bryant Statue that is outside of Bryant Denney Stadium. I don’t think that Auburn fans should have placed the shirt on the statue. I don’t think that Auburn fans should have burned the score of the game in the grass. (That happened, but you couldn’t even read it.) I think that those Auburn fans are just as guilty as this man is, EXCEPT for one thing. The grass will grow back. The shirt can be removed. The 130 year old Toomer’s Oak Trees cannot be replaced. Sure, one of the saplings grown from the acorns of the trees can be placed there after the soil is decontaminated. Sure, eventually the trees will be as large as the existing trees; but will it ever REALLY be the same?
Many people who are not Auburn fans have been making fun of Auburn fans for being so upset about a “stupid tree”. It’s not necessarily the tree that people are upset about. It’s a tradition. It’s a piece of history. It’s a memory for an entire “family” of people. This man single handedly killed a huge part of the Auburn Tradition. They have arrested and charged the man that is believed to have committed this heinous   act. I hope that justice is served. I hope that he pays for this act of stupidity. Then again, no amount of punishment is going to change the fact that a part of Auburn’s history may be taken away forever.
I hope that the Auburn family stays true to the Auburn spirit. That Auburn men and women will be mindful of the statement that President Gogue released urging no retaliation and to stay true to the Auburn Creed.  I also hope that fans, athletes, school officials, faculty, and staff will face diversity with class and dignity. Remember this portion of the Auburn Creed in particular:
I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.
I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.
I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.
-George Petrie (1945)
Finally I say, I believe in Auburn and love it. War Eagle!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Movin’ On Up!

For the past two weeks the entire Jackson family (Kyle, me, Mrs. Tammy, Mr. Nicky, Katie, and D.J.) has been moving. Moving what you ask? We have been moving 20 years worth of “treasures” out of Mrs. Tammy and Mr. Nicky’s house. They have been planning on doing a house remodel ever since Mr. Nicky retired from the phone company. Mr. Nicky decided that it would be better to wait until after hunting season. I have no idea why! haha So hunting season ended and preparations began.
For the last two weeks the family has been slowly making progress on the move. This weekend, however, there was nothing slow about it. I wasn’t allowed to lift stuff (although I snuck a few things that weren’t that heavy). Over the course of two weeks every article of clothing, every dish, piece of furniture, curtain, appliance, EVERYTHING was moved out of that house. It is amazing what you accumulate over the course of 20 some odd years.  Everything was put in a POD like storage unit that was brought to the front of their house, storage buildings that they own behind their house, my house, and the camper trailer that they will be living in for the next 6-8 weeks (that just happens to be just outside my front door).
Here are a few pictures from the move.

The POD. It was completely full by the end. They closed it before my rad photography skills could be put to work.
AK and her crazy hair helping Aunt Katie take out the trash.

AK taking some time out of her busy moving day for a little fun!

Everyone needs to keep up their strength while they're working. AK's comes in the form of a tasty sucker.

She thought that she should share with Grammy while playing in one of the empty rooms.

Oh! While moving AK found a treasure. STICKERS!

She also came across these amazing sunglasses.

Don't forget the Barney Momma!

It was so pretty outside Saturday that we had to take a moment and just play.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Week 13 and growing

How Far Along: 13 weeks (Almost 14. I know, I know I’m late!)

Weight Gain: Gained 1 lb. of the two I lost back.
Maternity Clothes: Not yet, but I will need them soon. I can feel it!
Stretch Marks: None from THIS pregnancy!
Sleep: Sleep is still fine. I’m beginning to have to take bathroom breaks in the middle of the night, but it’s not that bad.
Baby Movement: Not yet.
Food Cravings: Fruit and Sour Stuff
What I Miss: My back not hurting. I think this little monkey is pushing on a nerve.

Mom-to-Be:  I am still extremely tired.

Looking Forward To: We went outside and played a little bit last weekend. I’m looking forward to warm (not hot) weather so that we can get Anna Kate outside playing more. She loves being outside and it makes me feel better. Sun improves my mood.

Milestones: Sweet baby is forming teeth and vocal cords...savor this, their nonfunctional phase. We can’t wait to listen to two sweet voices! Baby is approaching normal proportions, with his head now only one third the size of his body. And intestines are in the process of moving from the umbilical cord to baby's tummy -- much more convenient.
I took it at work. The camera was propped. I promise I will try to improve my photography...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Big Girl Bed

Well folks, we’ve hit another milestone head on. We have been talking about this for a while. We never made up our minds about when we thought the time was right. With the new baby coming, time kind of decided for us. So here it is, Anna Kate officially has a big girl bed. Man that took a lot out of me. My baby isn’t supposed to be big enough to need a big girl bed. Oh wait, she is!
She hasn’t slept in it yet. We have to get a rail to attach to the bed to keep her from falling off. She can fall off of a full size bed even if she’s the only person in it and is surrounded by pillow mountains.
She was so excited when we told her that she was getting her big girl bed. I am still not sure if she completely understands what’s going on though because she hasn’t slept in it. We had no idea just how many dolls and stuffed animals she had until we were trying to fit them somewhere into the cramped little room. Also, Kyle didn’t want to remove any piece of furniture from the room, insisting that it would all fit. He didn’t just squeezed in a twin bed, that day. Oh no! He also added a bookshelf that was desperately needed.
So, here it is! Anna Kate and Baby Jackson’s new room! (I’m kind of glad that he had to squeeze all of this stuff into the room, it made him REALLY want to build our big house! yay)
Tight squeeze!
This picture is taken from the door of her room. the bookshelf, dresser, and other piece of firniture line the wall to your immediate left, and her closet is just around the crib on the right.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mommy Guilt

I am currently sitting at my desk just staring off. As y’all know, Anna Kate has been sick for about a week and a half.  On Saturday evening she started with a nasty cough. Her demeanor visibly changed and she just wanted to be held. Yesterday was a little better. However, she coughed all night long. She wasn’t in pain, but I just wanted to make it go away. (Enter Mommy Guilt #1)
I woke up this morning, got ready for work, and kissed my sick baby goodbye. I can’t take off to stay home with her because I am trying to save as much leave as I can for my maternity leave. I didn’t get to take her to the dr. Kyle and Nana took her. I had to be called and told what the dr. said about MY baby because I couldn’t attend to hear if first hand. She has an upper respiratory infection and ear infections. I couldn’t be there to hold her while she cried when the dr. was looking in her ears. (she always does that) (Enter Mommy Guilt #2)
I know that women worked long and hard throughout history so gain equality for woman kind. They worked tirelessly so that women would be recognized as a man’s equal in the work place. I do think that women can do anything, and that they should be allowed to do so. HOWEVER, they inadvertently made it “impossible” for women who want to stay at home to be able to stay at home. I’m not saying that I would be a Leave it to Beaver, 1950’s housewife. I would however like to have the opportunity when it comes to situations like this. Kyle and I could get by in the little barn that we live in for the rest of our lives if he were just working and I stayed at home; but we have to have insurance.
I am just sad. I wish I was with my sick baby instead of someone else taking care of her. She’s a pretty cool kid, so I kind of like hanging out with her.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Practical Polite Advice

Early in Auburn’s football season I was tailgating minding my own business. There were lots of children there. People were hustling and bustling.  I was people watching as I often do and I noticed something. Children (at this certain tailgate anyway) are much more rude than when I was a child. I saw a child run up and interrupt his mom while she was talking, she told him to hold on, and he pitched a fit. I saw a little girl push past people with no “excuse me” or “I’m sorry”.
Then I started noticing other traits of children/teenagers; how they were dressed, if they had the proper undergarments on (or the lack thereof for that matter). After this particular game I started writing things down that I wanted Anna Kate to remember from now until she is an adult. I started thinking that I needed to write a book. However, someone beat me to it. There is a blog that I read called Prudent Baby. She has written a book called Prudent Advice: lessons for my baby daughter {a life list for every woman}. I’ve read several excerpts from the book.  Many of the things that she had in her book I already had on my list. I think that I’m going to get the book for Anna Kate and on the empty pages write my own.
The lessons that I want to instill have to do with mistakes that I’ve made, things that I have and have not been able to accomplish or maintain in my life, and things that I am good at (or I try really, really hard).
Here’s a few of my little nuggets of wisdom:
1)      Always send thank you notes.
2)      Read your Bible daily.
3)      Always say your prayers.
4)      Remember how blessed you are with the things and family that you have.
5)      Be polite even when someone is not to you.
6)      Show respect to adults; hold doors, don’t interrupt, say please thank you and excuse me.
7)      Be kind to others.
8)      Never underestimate the power of a kind word or smile.
9)      Always wear proper undergarments when going out in public.
10)   Be helpful to others. However, don’t let people take advantage of your kindness.
11)   Always be generous. (Sharing is essential.)
12)   Eat your vegetables they are good for you.
13)   Always hug and kiss people that you love. It is important to show them that you care.
14)   Learn how to sew. You may not find it necessary now, but it will serve you in the long run and it is a noble skill to have.
15)   Spend time with Grammy learning to cook. (This is one that Mom has not nailed.)
16)    Always be confident in your abilities. Confidence not arrogance.
17)   Try hard in school.
18)   Be a courteous driver.
19)   It’s ok to be a little mysterious when it comes to boys. If they are good enough for you, they will put in the work to get to know you.
20)   Never kiss on the first date.
21)   Learn how to write well. (You could take grammar lessons from Aunt Katie)
22)   Learn as much as you can from the people around you, especially family.
23)   Spend time with your grandparents as much as possible. You are very lucky to have so many.
24)   Always rinse your swim suit out when you get out of the ocean. The salt water will make it fade.
25)   Be considerate of other people. Even if someone is being unkind to you, you do not know what they are going through.
26)   Take up for yourself when needed. Do not be a doormat.
27)   When choosing a young man to spend your time with, have high standards but listen to your heart.
28)   Always pray that you are following God’s plan for your life. You may not understand it, but He will lead you in the right direction.
29)   Use your talents and gifts to serve the Lord.
30)   Do not send an e-mail/text/instant message/letter in anger. You will probably regret it later.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Over the River and Through the Woods…

On Monday and Tuesdays every week (unless I’m off work) Nana and Daddy Gaines keep Anna Kate while I’m at work. Most of the time Kyle or someone else goes to get her so that I am not on the road for an hour and a half after work…on 280…worst drive in the world. Sometimes, however, I have to make the long trip to Daviston to get Anna Kate.  
She is usually hiding from me when I walk in and she jumps out and scares me silly. (haha) We get her stuff together and start trying to get her in her car seat. Entering the dreaded car seat can sometimes take a minute. We get settled down; say our goodbyes and we’re off!
Our road trips usually come down to one thing: “Momma, OUT!”. After that phrase is uttered one time the games begin. We begin with saying EVERY word that I can think she just might know.  Next, we name all the animals that she knows and make their sounds. This is followed by me making the most ridiculous faces humanly possible in the rear view mirror at her. By this time she’s usually trying to go to sleep, so I make random loud noises every now and then to keep her awake. 
That is a normal ride home. Yesterday we played the word game and then I saw her doing this:                       
Princess was picking the lint out from between her toes! Yikes,where did she learn that Dad?
This is what you get when you ask her to smile.
Then came this. She didn't like the song that was on the radio.

After playing all of our games Anna Kate had to see herself on the camera. She likes to take pictures too. Here are a few of the pictures that she took :