Monday, February 27, 2012

Weekend Away

It was a scary thing but a little over a week ago, Kelsey and I had our first weekend away from our sweet little boy.  Kelsey's parents came to stay with Luke.  We knew he was in good hands but it was confirmed with the patient replies to my texts and calls....and Kelsey's texts and calls.  It doesn't look like he was missing us too much --- this is one of the pictures we got as an update....

We left town Friday morning, and after an awesome southern fried lunch at a roadside cafe, headed to our friends ranch in Weimer, TX.  "Where is Weimer?" you are probably wondering....and the answer is:    

in the middle of nowhere!!!

It's actually just outside of LaGrange if that helps at all, but you feel like you are literally in the sticks.  It was just what we needed.  The ranch is a working pecan farm and it's beautiful.  I just didn't get a ton of pictures because of the constant rain.  And the fact that it was so muddy we only ventured down to the river once (in the pouring rain) for fear that we'd get stuck in the mud. Even the ranch hand -- a Cajun who's dog is named Aggravator, ha!!! -- said not to go past the barn...which was like, oh, maybe 100 yards from the house!  So we stayed close to the cabin.

We shot guns -- at nonliving things like skeet and beer cans and at living things like trees...I know, crazy right?  Disclaimer:  Again, it was super muddy and rainy most of the weekend so excuse the glamour....

We ate and drank lots-- some (ahem, as I sheepishly raise my hand) more than others... And confirmed the fact that we are in fact getting old.  And I learned that I can't quite hang like I used to!  ha!

We even cooked smores over a campfire and played Catchphrase which was the highlight of my weekend.  More than all of that though, we just laughed.  In fact, we laughed until we had tears running down our faces and our abs were sore from the work out.  Normally, the Turners aren't crazy about ab workouts.  But this was just what we needed!  Thanks Casey and Lane for the invite and the hospitality!  Thanks to the whole group (Lane, Casey, Sharon and Brandon, and my sweet husband) for the laughter.  SO MUCH FUN!  Can not WAIT to do it again and next time, we'll order in some better weather!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Not a Fan

Here it comes....  Yummmm..


Do you love it?  

Maybe daddy can get some in that trap...

Here it comes again....

Whatcha think?

Is it sooooo delicious!?!?!?

Mommy's got another bite for you....

 Are you a big boy eating cereal?!?!?!

Make sure you wipe your mouth...

Oh.  Wait.  Yep.  This stuff is disgusting.  No go. 

The missing picture is after this when he spit it ALL out.  We were too busy cleaning at that point to get any pics but you can imagine.  SO, any tips on getting him to take his rice cereal like a champ?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Snap Crackle Pop

I don't have just a ton of time but have to get this story down.  First, let me start by saying that I took Luke to the pediatrician yesterday for his 6 month checkup.  Blows me away to think that my lil tiny baby is 6 months, but beyond that...he's over 15 pounds!  Ya'll...he's off the preemie growth charts and measuring up against full term babies that are six months.  In that regard, he's in the 20% for height, 15% for weight and 10% for his head.  All that hard work his little body has been doing is paying off.
So, as I thank God and seriously am maybe a step or two away from a happy dance, the pediatrician says she wants to try something different on his feedings.  I had seen this coming from a week away.  RICE CEREAL.  She's giving me the "recipe"-- 1 tbsp of rice cereal mixed with some warm milk to a soupy consistency and then offer a bottle afterwards.  So I repeat it back to her...

ME:       So, just 1 tbsp of rice cereal with milk.  And when you say rice cereal...


ME:         Well, I haven't read books on the subject or anything because I don't want to put Luke into some box and I think he will do things on his own time table.  So I don't know about this part [this is my way of acknowledging that what's about to come out of my mouth is a doozy]

DR:       Oh, that's fine.  There are no dumb questions!

ME:       Well, ok.  When you say rice cereal, are you talking......RICE KRISPIES?

DR:        [laughing her face off] Let's try the Gerber brand first.  And thank you for the laugh!

ME:      Anytime.  Please don't call CPS.  And don't test me again - I can always come up with a stupid question if pushed to it.  

HA!  What makes this even better is that I was recapping the story to Kelsey and as he's even laughing at me I was all, "and like you know what rice cereal is!?!?"  and he just shook his head and said, "No.  But I know what it ISN'T."   Touché, my love.... touché .

So as a public service to any other mom who might have a six month old and might be spinning her wheels on how to mash Rice Krispies so that they would ever be a soup consistency, try for this: