Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

1/2 a Year

Where has the time gone?!

Weight  17lbs 2oz (50%)
Length   26 1/4 inch  (almost 50%, big jump)
Head Circ.  17 1/2 in.  (60%)

**The big news first....Hampton is sitting up.  He still topples over pretty easy....and we've hit our head a couple of times now.
**Just moved up to size 3 diapers.
**6-7 ounces every 3 hours
**Trying new foods.  I think peas are his favorite along with yogurt.  I haven't found anything that he just won't eat yet.
** mostly 9 month clothes
**has 2 bottom, middle teeth
**Usually goes to bed around 8 and up at 6.  I usually have to get up and comfort him about two times--every night, boo! 
**takes a 1 1/2 hour morning nap about 2 hours after he wakes up.  And then several throughout the day.  Occassionally, we get a 2 or 3 hour nap in the afternoon.
**the doctor did not hear his heart murmur at this check up
**He's a little cuddle bunny and loves to be held.  He also thinks I'm pretty funny :-)
**He has gotten a little more of an opinion lately.  He'll let you know if he doesn't want to do something!
**We now have a permanent spot at BEEP (his daycare), yea....although, becoming a stay at home mom  is sounding more and more appealing :-)

I can't think of anything else at the moment...I'm headed to bed, my mind is mush!

Here are a few more snapshots of our big boy at 6 months old
(this definitely wasn't our best month for pictures)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Today is my Friday

Happy six months to Hampton!!  I can't believe it has already been half of a year. We go for his six month check up and shots tomorrow so I will update after that. 

The other weekend...I finally cleaned out my closet.  I still had things from high school.  I'm not kidding. 

I tried to abide by these rules:
~80/20, most people only wear about 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time.  So, theoretically you can get rid of 80% and never miss a thing.
~If it does not fit (or fit well).  Get rid of it.
~If something is faded and too worn.  Toss it.
~If I hadn't worn it in a long, long time. See ya.


give away:


I did all this with dreams of a new Fall wardrobe. 

I had a "mommy wardrobe" before I even had a kid {shout out to Hampton here-who made me a Mommy, by far the greatest thing in the world}---that consists of yoga pants, umbros, sweatshirts, and tshirts but now that I am a Mom and really starting to feel like a "grown-up" I need want a more "put-together, mature" kind of look to go along with all my "grown up" responsibilities!

Back to my dreams of a new Fall wardrobe...
We have a small problem.  I am the worst shopper.  Brent will literally send me shopping and tell me I have to spend at least $300 (for example).  And what do I do?  I come back with one thing that cost me like $15.  I know, I have a basically boils down to the fact that I am cheap.  However, I'm ready now to bite the bullet and invest some big bucks into my wardrobe!! 
Too bad we are broke as a joke now....and I can't wear formula or diapers since this is where all our money is going!

So in my dreams...

I want these!

Could use some cute cardigans...possibly add some cashmere to my wardrobe.  I like this one.

Loving this look

Got to run.  Sushi tonight with the Blackwells!
{I'm in a goofy mood if you can't tell}

Sunday, September 18, 2011


And he's off...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dear Hail,

I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for our new roof and new gutters.  It's like you knew that our roof was original to the house (over 12 years old) and that there is a very good possibility that we will be trying to sell our house in a couple years after residency.  You saved us a crap ton of money, not to mention provided us with a good sales pitch!  We also get to have our deck stained because of your frozen balls of ice.  I'm not mad that you didn't ding up our air conditioning unit enough to require a replacement because that really would have been asking too much.  You were well worth the three minutes that we were scared that our house might actually fall down from your battering.  Thanks again for everything--we owe you one!!

Ramey (and the Hardin House)

This happened back at the end of April....but we just got our new roof the other day...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Where were you?

September 11, 2001

I was a freshman at Ole Miss.  I showed up to my 8:00 English class.  I honestly can't remember if we had class or she cancelled class.  I think we started class and then heard something horrible had happened and she dismissed us.  At this point, I still knew nothing.  I walked to the student union for a chicken bisquit (yum).  I can remember this vividly...the student union was packed and everyone was standing around each tv watching in silence. This is the image etched into my brain...

The rest of the day was spent in front of the tv....just watching in horror.

Today I'm remembering the lives lost and their families.  Also, the heros of 9/11.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

This is going to sound crazy...

I wanted to give an update on "Cry it out" at the Hardin House...
It didn't so much go down :-)

Friday night, I. was. prepared.  I gave Hampton his last bottle and put him to bed, in his crib mind you, at about 10:15.  Never heard another word from him until he woke up at 6 the next morning.  Throughout the whole night I kept checking the monitor and he just kept on sleeping.

I was baffled!

Saturday and Sunday nights, he fussed a little when I put him down but ended up falling asleep for the whole night his crib.  Sunday night I had to go in there once around 2am and just put my hands on him and he was back asleep.  But hey, I can handle that!

Monday night (the night before we have to go to work, mind you) he went to bed around 8ish.  Woke up at 11:30pm and did NOT go back to sleep until 5am....and he was craaannnky the whole time.  I am not exaggerating.  11:30 is when I tried to let him cry it out for the first time and I only lasted 30 whole minutes.  It was miserable.  This is where I should have just held strong....

BUT I aborted the plan and went in and picked him up....his eyes were as big as saucers and he was doing that pitiful breathing thing after you cry really hard.  Do you know what I'm talking about?  Oh, I felt terrible and vowed not to try that again.  Which I know I will if I have to!  Anyways, Hampton decided to take his revenge and not go back to sleep for the entire night.  Lovely.

Brent and I think by letting him cry that long (and not long enough) he worked himself wide ass awake.  So, I laughed at Brent the other night because when we heard Hampton start to fuss on the monitor Brent says, "you better go get him quick."  This is because, if you get to him early enough, before he has time to start flailing and really wake can put your hands on him and give him some good shhh's and he will go right back to sleep!  Yes, I totally know we are being manipulating by a 5 month old....we are in trouble!

Last night, slept the whole night.

So, I racked my brain trying to figure out why some nights are better than others and I finally figured it out.  And I know this is going to sound crazy....but its his pajamas.  For the whole week that he slept awful and again on Monday night he was wearing two-piece pj's (for the first time)...that are adorable of course.  Last night, we went back to the old trusty one-piece-footed pj's and like I said, he slept the whole night.

So, tonight he is in his good ole trusted footie pj's and we'll see what happens.

**I also took him to the doctor this morning just to make sure he didn't have anything else going on besides an ear infection or something.  He doesn't, just the damn little toofees!  We did get a steroid cream for the eczema on his little cheeks.  He weighed 16lbs 5oz.

This was in Chattanooga....taking his morning snooze.  Just thought I would add it...I love a picture of a sleeping baby especially in a big bed :-)

**Update: 9:20am.  Hampton slept through the night, 9pm-7am.  I'm standing behind my theory...It's all in the pajamas.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Houston, we have a problem (and other stuff)

Our problem is that Hampton is NOT sleeping....unless he's in bed with us and even then it's not a sure bet. BIG PROBLEM! As soon as I lay him in his crib (I've tried drowsy and fully asleep) within one minute the kid is screaming like someone is pulling his toenails off. He has been such the perfect child and such a good sleeper....until the dreaded little toofees. Yes, there are now two. Both bottom two teeth are now poking through the gums. For the record, I hate those little boogers....and 5 months, that's a bit too early for toofees in my opinion. I do have to say though, Hampton is going to look really cute with those two bottom little teeth!

The pediatrician recommends "cry it out." Ummm....I just don't know. I do realize we have created this monster, because we never let him cry longer than like two minutes...but he has always been a perfect little-self soothing- little angel. Anyways, it is becoming a big problem. We are sleep deprived in the Hardin house and I can barely function. The other night I took off towards his room and ran smack dab {centered my right eye} into the door frame of my room. Yes, it left a mark.  And then two days ago, I locked my keys in the car at daycare. Luckily, he wasn't in the car. Also, my throat is getting sore. I am blaming all of this on sleep deprivation and those damn two little toofees! Y'all, I am not my best person in the wee hours of the morning.

In summary, I never thought I would let my child "cry it out" but guys....we are nearing that point. I can barely even function. I'm hoping to take this three day weekend and do a gentle {my} version of the "cry it out" method.  The pediatrician said it takes three days to retrain your child.

In other news:

It's officially football season.  Go away Summer and come on Fall.


Kelly is hosting a crock-pot-a-looza.  I've saved a couple of recipes and can't wait to try them because let's be honest....I'm tired and haven't cooked in what feels like forever but would love a good meal when I get home.

I plan on trying out this one over the weekend:
BBQ Pork
1 (2lb) Pork Shoulder
1 can of Dr. Pepper
1 bottle of BBQ sauce

Rinse pork, pat dry.  Place in slow cooker.  Add Dr. Pepper.  Cook on low 6-8 hours.  Drain and shred meat (should just fall apart.  If not, continue cooking).  Return to crock pot and mix in BBQ sauce. 
I'll let you know.

And here is my little-no-sleeping-cute-as-can-be-monster this morning with his football shirt on.  Go Rebels!

He looks pretty innocent, huh?!?