Sunday, May 27, 2012

Traci & Jeremy

I had the pleasure of getting to take engagement pictures for one of Steph's best friends.

I had a blast with Traci & Jeremy and I know they will have an amazing marriage. Here's a few pictures from the fun time we had together. I'm far from professional but I hope they still love how they turned out. I had a blast taking and editing these pics.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Curious George & the water hose

Today we discovered the...water hose.

I love watching Tabor experience a first. His little eyes light up as he figures it all out.

The funniest part is watching him test the limits to everything... 

I love seeing his excitement in such simple things...

Tabor you are such a joy and a fish. A joyful fish. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Baby proof

Well we've officially had to start baby proofing. First item on the agenda. The toilet. (Ty said he felt like Joey on Friends)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Our new fishy

We knew Tabor loved water but we had NO idea just how deep this love went until we built and introduced him to the water table today.

These are pics from the 2nd time he played with it. The first time we put it in the grass and he managed to make and cover himself with mud which to his joy led to being sprayed down with the water hose. This kid goes crazy over water.

Anyway, we love summer...obviously!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Issues of the Heart

I have to begin this post with a huge praise to God for answering our prayers and blessing us with news that Tabor's heart is indeed a healthy one. We could not be happier.

With that being said the appointment leading up to the results was a NIGHTMARE!

Ty said he wanted me to blog about it since the results were good and he thinks everyone will have a good laugh at what happened. He says once I relax even I will think it's funny later. (we'll see)

First of all, I have to say that for being a pediatric cardiologist there was nothing kid-friendly about that office. Ok not nothing. Everyone was nice, but it felt like they had never seen a kid much less worked with one.

So we start off the appointment by trying to get his blood pressure. Ok I may be wrong but most pediatric offices have the little finger monitor right?! Oh not this one. They have the squeeze your arm off machine and they put it around his leg. Has anyone EVER seen Tabor keep his leg still?! Well she tells me he can't move. RIGHT! Needless to say we can't get a reading so she decides to try that again later.

Next test. She covers Tabor in stickers all over his chest. Tabor meanwhile helps her by removing each said sticker from his chest and flinging them all over the place or crumpling them together. Ok new tactic...she tries to get him to play with a doll. A doll. Tabor couldn't be less thrilled. Stickers continue to fly. Next comes a pinwheel, a ladybug chapstick keychain and a bag of wipes. Yes I know what you're thinking...seriously?! Yes I think even Tabor may have rolled his eyes.

She then decides to try and put them on his back. So (most) stickers come off chest and onto his back (keep in mind there are still stickers on his belly and legs and arms where they fell from the flinging). Now his back is also covered in stickers. Great moving on. Now she tries to clamp cords to each sticker. The cords are too heavy to stay on unless he doesn't move. As in even taking a deep breath will cause a cord to come off the sticker. So...cords are now flying everywhere as Tabor tries to escape the office.

She leaves and goes to get help. Tabor is crying out of frustration and snot is running down his face. I wipe and he cries harder. It's a full blown party in Exam Room 1.

Enter old nurse and new nurse. New nurse now announces the stickers are on wrong and wants to move them all. Pregnant momma bear steps in and says no. You will find new stickers and just add them because he will have a full blown melt down if those things are ripped from his skin again. Now Tabor is covered in nearly 3 packs of stickers.

Cords are reattached and the test is underway...but each time we start he moves and a cord falls making the test void. I honestly don't know if we got a valid test reading. I honestly don't care at this point. My poor baby is crying and calling out mama over and over again. My heart is broken and if those nurses tell me to keep him still one more time I may have lost my mind and punched one in the nose.

They finally are happy enough to stop and go back to trying to get his blood pressure. Everytime that machine squeezes his leg Tabor would go crazy crying and kicking his leg. The alarm that sounds when a test isn't successful went off more times than I could count. Again, I think they got a reading in the end but I can't remember and again at this point don't really care.

Now they move us to the Echo room where they tell me he needs to lay flat on his back and be still for about 30min. Are you kidding me!??! This kid has had enough! As we wait for the doctor I let him crawl around the room and realized all he was looking for was a way out.

The doctor arrives and introduces himself. Shakes my hand and tries to shake Tabors. HE IS A ONE YEAR OLD! He doesn't shake hands!

Now I have to pin my kid down on the table and hold him still while the doctor does an ultrasound on his heart. Easy enough but Tabor does not like the idea of sitting still and every time he gets an arm free he grabbed the wand out of the doctors hand and attempted to throw it on the floor. I know he sounds like a little tyrant but he wasn't. He is a one year old that does not sit still. Maybe other one year olds can. This one cannot. AND honestly at least before the ultrasound those tests could have been done much faster with the right equipment!

The doctor asks me to sing to him. Great. I love singing in front of people. I also realized by doing this I don't actually know a complete song. Dad is the singer. Not mom!

(this is not Tabor's echo - so if you see something wrong here don't freak out!)

We finally get good news that his heart murmur is a "musical" one and that it's completely innocent. I don't know what else he says because I'm consoling a sniffling/wiggling baby. I get Tabor dressed and we check out where to end the appointment very appropriately they offer him a sticker. He nearly jumps out of my arms!

About 3min later he is asleep in the car and now passed out in his crib. I hope his little memory erases while he sleeps and he wakes up thinking it was all just a dream.

The End.

Thanks to everyone for praying for our baby and thank you God for blessing him with a healthy heart.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

 Happy Mother's Day!

We had a great day celebrating Mother's Day today. Trey came in from Dallas so we started the day off with brunch at Stella's. We spent some good ole quality time together and I did some shopping with my mom and then we had dinner with her at Hayashi. Yes our celebrations tend to center around food :-) isn't that the best way to celebrate!?

My hubby treated me to a coupon that entitles me to THREE days off! I have no idea what I'll do or where I'll go, but I'm excited to relax! My "kids" Tabor & Uh Oh gave me a gift card for a prenatal massage at Woodhouse Day Spa. I can't wait to go! I even got a gift card to my favorite store Belly couture from Kyle with a sweet card. I definitely felt VERY appreciated for Mother's Day. Thanks boys for spoiling me and making me feel so loved.

Tabor gave his Nona (Flo) a framed picture of himself (see above) that says "I love U" and the boys gave her a new bike to ride to school on. We're excited for this rain to stop so she can take it out once it arrives!

Nona thanks for being such an amazing grandmother, mother and mother-in-law. We are all so blessed by you daily!

My mama and I will be going to Woodhouse Day Spa for some much needed girl time and pedicures next week. We can't wait. Tabor also gave his Abuita a frame (I should post pics of how they turned out since they're different) He also stamped his little hand in their cards (thanks Trey for your help with these things and I hope you weren't too covered in ink after it all!)

Mama thanks for being such a great mother to me & Steph, a great mother-in-law to Ty, and an amazing grandma to Tabor. We love you so much and can't imagine what we'd do without you.

Nona's frame & card:

Abuita's frame:

Saturday, May 12, 2012

We are interesting too...

Ty said our blog has turned into a Tabor's life blog. So in an attempt to write about something other than Tabor today... I will update you on what we're doing.

Ty is studying. He takes the CFA Level II exam on June 2nd in Dallas. So prayers are MUCH appreciated.

He studies from 4-6am, listens to CFA cds in the car on his way to work, studies as he eats lunch, studies again in his car on his way home from work, and studies again from 6-10pm. Life as he knows it is boring and stinks.

Me... I am sporting some cool new accessories these days. A baby on one hip, a growing belly and a dorky wrist brace. Yes I'm so cool. I hurt my wrist back in October doing P90X and now months later I'm paying for not wanting to see a doctor. I have apparently chipped some cartilage. cool.

On a much cooler note my belly is growing. I am nearly 15 weeks pregnant and this is what I look like. I am definitely bigger than I was the first time around. I have already felt Baby Uh Oh move. It happened during our first sonogram at the doctor's office and I wouldn't have known baby had moved if I didn't also see it on the screen. So fun. I don't feel "uh oh" much yet though so we'll see if he/she is as active as her/his older brother!

As of last week I had only gained 1 pound, but after our trip to Denver, Colorado where my appetite finally returned it may be safe to say I gained 20lbs! ha!

Here's Baby Uh Oh's first picture. He/She actually waved at us. :-) We can't wait to meet you!

Don't get excited about that little M on the sonogram. It has nothing to do with the sex of the baby. We were lucky to see the hand in this rough image. Gender will be revealed at the end of June!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sign Language

We started teaching Tabor sign language when he was about 5 months old. He stared at us for the first few months and now I can't remember when he started signing for the first time, but the first one he mastered was "All Done". Granted he says the words at the same time he signs them both in English and in Spanish "ya" but at least he gets his point across and it looks like he's waving because he only uses one hand usually.

He then learned how to say "more" thanks to Sarah. I don't know why he chose to learn from her and not us but we were grateful for her magical powers. So at Bless Your Heart one day he learned to say "more" or "mas". He says this one in Spanish sometimes but he is sure to always sign when he wants more of something. Side note: He doesn't make his hands into fists so it looks like he's clapping when he says "more".

Then came "milk". The funny thing is he says "agua" when he signs "milk" and he uses 2 fingers so it looks like he's playing a mini violin. He's a little confused on this one.


The one we thought he would NEVER learn (which in Pretoddlerwise they remind you is the FIRST one you should teach) is "please". The reason it's important to learn this one is because it's their first act of submission. Of course our child did not want to submit. ha! Until this week! Ty kept saying we needed to work on it more (and trust me I DID!) so finally the other day when he said "more please" I nearly cried. I was so proud. Ty was so excited and we of course now have to blog about it.

So here is a video of Tabor signing "please"

The signs we are now working on are:


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Favorite Books

We love to read. We love finding new books to read and we love reading to Tabor. Ty has a stack of books taller than Tabor just waiting for June 3rd to arrive (day after his exam).

The fun part though is that Tabor so far seems to share in our love of reading. We read before every naptime and bedtime and again when he wakes up. He goes over to his bookshelf, grabs a book and does this excited half hyperventilating noise half giggle.

I was reading just now and decided I'd write an update on our favorite books right now. It's funny because if he loves it he will sit through the entire book if he doesn't he closes it saying "all done" or "y ya" and grabs the one he prefers to read.

So here they are. At age 1 Tabor (and mine & Ty's favorite kids books)

Micawber by John Lithgow

Where's My Teddy by Jez Alborough

The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow

The Day the Babies Crawled Away by Peggy Rathmann

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

The Napping House by Audrey & Don Wood

Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward

Alla en la pradera (Over in the Meadow by Olive A. Wadsworth)

Ten Little Puppies by Marian Harris