Monday, August 5, 2013
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Edison is almost 10 months old. Where has the time gone?
Remember my post about photography classes and not planning to make any money off of it?? Well, I now own a small business called "April Sawyer Photography" and have made over $1,000.00 in just a few short months. Wow.
Ok, now let me back up some! :)
Edison sleeps through the night consistently. At his 9 month appointment he weighed 20 lbs 2 oz. He is in the 95th percentile for his height. He is tall and skinny! He is the sweetest thing! I taught him how to kiss on command at about 7 months. His Maw taught him how to clap at 9 months. I never thought he'd crawl. I had many friends have babies after me and their babies were crawling way before Edison could ever think to crawl. I called him my professional roller because he could roll anywhere he wanted! At 9 months, he finally crawled! I just knew he would start crawling while I was at work because he was already getting on all fours and rocking. One day when I went to pick Edison up from Mrs. Kristy's, right there in front of us, he started crawling! He waited for me!! He has also started holding his own sippy cup, giving high fives, and dancing.
He used to love anything we gave him to eat; now it seems he has become picky. He loves rice cereal in the mornings and he pretty much loves most fruits. At his 9 month appointment the doctor said that he could start having "gnaw"able table foods. haha
He is in size 3 diapers and 12 months clothes.
Mother's Day was an awesome day for me. It was baby dedication at church. 7 babies were dedicated! Edison slept through half of the dedication, but during his turn, he woke up. Luckily, he woke up in a good mood and flirted with the baby (Lottie) beside us. Both sets of grandparents were there.
Edison got his first hair cut this past Saturday. His hair had gotten so long that it was getting in his eyes. So many people told me to wait until he turned 1, but we couldn't wait that long! Matt's Aunt Glenda cut his hair. Edison did a great job! He didn't cry. He sat there and let her cut it. Towards the end he was ready to be a little more active, so Matt sat in the chair with Edison in his lap. I cried when she cut his bangs. As soon as she cut them he just looked so much older and silly me couldn't hold it together. I'm doomed when he goes to school, graduates, gets married, etc. He looks so cute with his new do!
I turned 25 on April 15th. My mom threw a surprise party with all of my closest friends and family. It was awesome! I had a camera cake :)
Speaking of cameras, wow...I never thought I'd venture into this area. Photography..it's my thing! I love it. I think about photography just about all day. Whenever I'm in the car, I look around and think of how I could turn it into a picture, or if I had a model, how I would use the scene to produce a beautiful picture. This wouldn't be happening if it weren't for my mom and Matt...and a little bit of talent, I guess. :)
I learned so much after my first photography class. I took a lot of pictures on the Saturday photography walk.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
I'm exhausted. Taking care of Edison on my own at nights and getting him and myself ready and to our places on time is literally draining me. Yesterday I went to sleep around 6:00pm. I never heard Matt shower, get ready, OR leave for work. Edison woke me around 11, I gave him a bottle and he went back down until 5:30. I felt much better a rested today.
At 4:00, Edison had pictures made with Julie Hedges (wedding photographer). Originally, I decided we would not have "professional" pictures of Edison made since Matt got me such a nice camera, but in messages back and forth on facebook, she really wanted to take his picture. I knew I couldn't afford them so I kept backing away from the subject. In a recent message she sent, she said,"Dangit, bring that baby to me or I'm coming to get him!" So....I brought him...she, being the sweet heart she is, offered to GIVE me a cd of the pictures
Tonight, Mama and I started a photography class. It's through CSU's continuing education program. The class is every Thursday, for a month, and then on Saturday, January 28th, we will have an ALL day long picture session that is hands on. We learned SO much about our cameras and about ISOs, aperture, and shutter. I think I'm going to take my camera to school tomorrow to play around. I'll take some of my students during "Friday Free Play".
By the way, I do not plan to become a professional or make money off of photography. I'm just taking classes so that I know everything about my camera and how to use it properly. :)
Tomorrow is Friday and Monday is a holiday! Thank you, Jesus!
I look back at this year and wonder if I could have done all of this on my own (teaching on my own). I am so grateful for my team teacher. She was there when I was on maternity leave and always steps up to the plate whenever there is a need. She isn't as straight-forward as me and I just hope she enjoys teaming with me as much as I enjoy teaming with her.
Edison is spending the night with Maw tonight...For some reason, I feel guilty. I feel as if I should be caring for him at all times. I understand that I have to go to work and therefore someone else has to watch him during those hours, but when I am able to care for him, I feel like I need to be caring for him. After our photography class, we came back to my parents' houses where Edison was (Uncle Go Go was watching him). I woke him up and was preparing to put him in his carrier. My mom told me I ought to let him stay with her. Previous times I have declined the offer. I think he was 3 or 4 weeks old the last time he stayed with her. I said yes. I have to realize that she WANTS him to spend the night and she WANTS me to be able to rest. I don't know what I'd do without my Mama....speaking of that, my best friend from Elementary school lost her mom. She had a heart attack in her sleep...how awful..and scary.. My heart breaks for her.
I also have a friend from high school who just had a baby about 2 months ago. He was born with a cleft lip/palate. He is so precious. He has many surgeries awaiting him in the future and my heart goes out to my friend and her husband. I. can. not. imagine. Nor do I want to imagine having to watch my child endure such awful things.
Matt's cousin is about 3 months old and the doctors discovered that he has cataracts on both of his eyes. He is basically blind. Again, my heart feels so heavy. I just can't imagine the worry and hurt that these mothers must feel.
I thank God for Edison and just pray that he will continue to be healthy...you just never know. Life is so crazy.
Well...I'm baby free tonight and it's after 11:00. I better take advantage of this sleep I'm about to get!
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Edison is five months old...wow, time is flying! So far, he has liked all of the vegetables that he has tried: carrots, squash, peas, and mixed veggies. He likes to play on his back on the floor, but gets mad when he rolls himself on his tummy. He only likes to be on his tummy if it's time to sleep. He started rolling from his tummy to back at three weeks old. At four months, he finally figured out how to roll from tummy to back. For the past week, he has been sleeping from 9:30 to 6:00. He is teething, but hasn't cut a tooth yet. I give him oatmeal in the mornings, and a vegetable at dinner time. He babbles the most when he is in the car. He has a toupee! Most of his hair fell out except right at the top! He normally drinks 6 oz every 3 to 4 hours. He is a very happy baby! He wears 6 months clothes and goes through a few bibs a day because of all the drooling. He gets a bath every other night and we use the night time stuff. Before bed,i put a little rice in his bottle to help him sleep longer.
He is waking up...
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
I went back to work today after a wonderful 2 weeks of Christmas break. It wasn't so bad, but my body will have to readjust. I've gotten used to waking up with Edison around five, giving him a bottle, and going back to bed for a few more hours. Now it will be give Edison a bottle a get ready and no going back to sleep. With Matt being on 3rd shift, it's a lot of work for one person. I feel for single moms. I'm glad to at least have Matt in the evenings. Tonight I really wanted to go to choir, but after being away from Edison all day, and rarely seeing Matt, I just wanted to be home with my boys. We didn't do anything special, but I was able to feed Edison carrots for the first time and give him a bath. I feel guilty every Wednesday that I'm not there, but then when I am,i feel guilty for leaving Edison a second time in one day. Once I get home, it's bed time for Edison and me, and Matt is leaving for work....Then I try to justify skipping choir. I was so loyal for so long. Do I go to practice, or do I spend time with my family? Tonight,i chose choice number two....
As I type, I have the cutest, sweetest smelling, cuddly little baby boy sitting beside me looking at the bright screen. Oh...I also have a sweet, furry, cuddly dog on my other side. Life is good.
Tomorrow the kids come back to school. Hopefully Edison will sleep well so that I have the energy for my other 35 kiddos!