Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day 30 of 30 ... 30 days all about and for my Cody boy

My dear sweet silly boy,

You are my joy. Babies and kids almost always change a mommies life. You saved mine. I waited for so long for you to join me here on Earth. I have always know more than any thing else I wanted to be a mom. When I started making wrong choices and then wasn't able to have kids and start my family like I'd always wanted I changed. My priorities changed and who I was and thought I wanted to be changed. I even thought I had started to convince myself I didn't really want kids.  Then one day all that changed. I found out, "Surprise!" I was pregnant. To me this in it's self was a miracle. I was resigned to the fact I might never get to be your mom. Imagine my joy.  That day I changed. With in a few weeks my whole world changed. I left California and moved to Arizona to be closer to my sister and brothers. I started going back to church. I started following the guidelines & standards the church out lines for us to live by for happy lives. 

It was not always easy. But I kept telling myself, Heavenly Father answered a 10 year old prayer of mine, so I needed to keep my end of the bargain.  I aways knew I wanted to raise my family to know the truthfulness of the gospel and the church. So, I started going. It took time to get comfortable with being there.  But with time and perseverance I got comfortable. And I became active again. And I got where I liked who I was and who I was becoming. I was more calm and collected as a mother of a 6 1/2 week early preemie than I has been in years. I made new friends and when you were just under 1 year old I, as you already know, met your daddy. We moved to Texas to be with him and the girls.

Every day of my life you make me smile. There are plenty of moments where you make me want to pull out my hair, too, but the little moments full of love make it worth it. The past 30 days tell about you and your little blooming personality. You have a stubborn streak. You are so smart and good at problem solving; which includes finding a way to get what you want.  You are a lover. You love to hug and cuddle me. You like kissing people and asking them if they are, "all better." You have a chore and you are really good about doing it. You feed the cat. The cat named Mouse who you just call Cat. (Too smart, I say.) You know all your colors. You know shapes and numbers. You can spell your name and recite 2 of the 13 articles of faith. You know who you are.

Cody I am so thankful to my Heavenly Father for bringing you into my life. I don't know where I would be if you hadn't decided it was finally your time to come to this world.  Thank you for choosing me to be your mommy. I promise to do my best to teach you and love you and help you in this life. I can't wait to see all the other things you will do over the next 70 years.


Your Mommy

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 29 of 30 . . .Growing up : Big Boy

Another step forward in Cody's progress to becoming a big boy. A new Big Boy Bed. Bigger than before.  1st night = success! He stayed in bed all night and didn't even try to come out of his room! Yay! (Nights two and we are still working on it.)

A growing up sign. Literally growing. Cody seems to have grown like 4 inches in the last few weeks. I couldn't help but notice how long he seemed when he was laying in the bath tub. He almost stretched the whole length!!
  • Daddy encourages Cody to be more self aware and be a big boy.  He got him this little red wagon so we can work on saying Bye-bye baby stroller!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 28 of 30 . . . A new favorite

As Quincy from Little Einsteins would say, "I can not believe it!" you have a new favorite.  Sorry Buzz, sorry Woody, sorry Leo & Rocket and the gang, sorry Bruster and the Chuggington crew, sorry Phineas & Ferb. There is a new favorite toon in town and mommy is not sure she likes it.  Gone is the learning about friendship and treating your toys good from Toy Story, gone is the classical music and problem solving of the Little Einsteins, gone is the learning to follow directions and do things right from Chuggington, and gone is the using your imagination and invention and crime fighting from Phineas & Ferb. (alright, that last one is a stretch, but...) And in comes learning to whine and cry and produce tears.

Lately every time you see this specific yellow sponge you go nuts! SpongeBob! SpongeBob! You shout and point. Oh no, I say.

Yesterday you did not want to put underwear on. I asked if you wanted Woody or Buzz or Thomas the Train or Lightening McQueen. "SpongeBob!" you demanded and cried who I could not locate that one single pair of SpongeBob undies you own.  This habit really got started rolling at Miss Liz's house where you currently go for daycare.  She told me that Spongebob is your favorite and you even know the song. When they try to redirect you away from it you get maaad!

You definitely know what you like.
But drop the
whine or
we will

Monday, June 27, 2011

Day 27 of 30 . . . Warm Milk

This kiddo cracks me up. It is fun to see the world a different way. I love seeing how his mind works. Take this little life moment for example:  I was trying to get him to drink his warm milk the other night (in hopes of it aiding his journey in to dream land and bed time) and I told him, “drink your milk.” He drank a little bit then handed the cup back to me.  I wanted him to drink more so I told him, “Come on, put it in your belly.”  He looked at me and then in all seriousness he lifted up his shirt so I could “put the milk in his belly.”  Hahahaha! What a funny guy!  Then I told him to show daddy how he puts the milk in his belly. He did it again. So silly.  As I am typing this 5 days later I just realized that I forgot to tell him how you really “put the milk in your belly.” Oops. My bad.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Day 26 of 30.... movie seat.

Ever since Cody was like 3 weeks old he has gone to the movies and brought thus seat. Yep, his stroller.96% of the time he sits in it, too. And we sit next to him. Right below the stadium seating. Next to the place you park if you are sitting in your chair you brought that has wheels.    Over 101 movies in the theater for this lil guy so far. 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day 25 of 30... Haircut time

Cody has had 4 professional hair cuts.2 by my old friend Lindsey, one at Supercuts and this one. He was so good. When it was all done he told me, "Again!" And, "my turn." But he had no more hair to cut!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Day 24 of 30 . . . what about your feet?

My little man loves to take off his shoes in the car.  I guess I get it. My shoes typically live in the car. But he does not realize that it is a pain in the reet-root when I am driving 5 minutes to the store and we get there and I have to reshoe the kid in the 170 thousand degree weather just to run into the stinkin store. I mean come on kiddo! Of course I could always leave hime shoeless (which I white trashy do some times) but then I have to carry him in so his footsies don't burn.

Shoeless at Sea World
His feet are growing fast all of the sudden. We had to buy new socks and new sandals the other day.  He seems to do better with those because of the heat, I guess. He is sure funny with the shoes in the car. More often than not he get taken to his day care lady's house with no feet coverings at all.   Then sometimes we will be home for hours and I have to remind him to take his shoes off. He just forgets inside. Ah, well. That is my silly shoeless boy.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day 22 of 30...... can I get some sleep?

Really for mommy the answer is no. little Cody does not like to go to bed at night. We have not found any magical trick that work. and believe me we've tried them all.   Wearing him down, no naps, short naps, sleeping with him , letting him sleep in our bed , letting him stay up to lee falls asleep , ..... none of these things work for me ..... so I have a toddler with insomnia....  but once he's out. Oh boy.

he fell asleep in the bath this morning. or maybe he wasnt quite awake. Noe he's sleeping in his towels on my bed. I gotta finish getting ready and were off to work and school.... have a great day

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 21 out of 30 .... Camping in the house

Mommy won some points from work. She used them to get a little tent. Daddy set the tent up in the front room and wha-la! instant fun. Cody thinks this is his new play place and his new room. He likes zipping the door and pretending we are sleeping in there. It is so hot here in San Antonio, and humid, too that camping outside is something we have not done yet. But this tent just came today, so we are really thinking about it. There are a lot of little river areas near by, so we might go to one of those places and take Cody for his first camping adventure. Even though this means we will probably be up and outta there by 6 am due to the ugly heat!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 20 of 30 . . . Nom nom nom

Changing anger to humor. That is what my 3 year old does. He has quite a little temper on him some times. He get frustrated and started to act out. We have really been working with him to not hit or push or throw things or bite and to use words.  But he still has a hard time.

When he gets mad at me he squeezes my arm, so I give him "the look." And then he pretends to eat the part of my arm he just grabbed by putting his hand up to his mouth and saying. Yum, yum.  He also holds his hand up like he might hit me but pretends to eat it instead. He then thinks he is funny. I often find this amusing myself and it keeps him from getting in trouble. I have to try to hide my smile. 

Man, this kid has got my number.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 18 of 30 ..... Seesters!

Big sisters & little brother:

So, Cody my boy,

As mentioned before you've been a "little brother" your whole life. Before your dad and I met and got married your "older sister" was a cat named Bella. Grandma Karen even brought your proud big sister Bella to the hospital after you were born but she didn't bring her inside. (I guess she wanted to stay on the good side of your nurses in the NICU.)
Bella and Grandma at the hospital

When you came home from the hospital you met Bella for the first time. You were buddies.
Bella was 7lbs heavier than you 

You loved her and kissed her and first crawled for her. And she loved (tolerated) you right back!

Sadly she passed away just after you turned 3 years old. I hope you are able to have some type of memory of her even though you were so young. She was, after all your first "sister" and pet.

2010: New year; New family; 2 new (human) Sisters!!

As you know Jan 2, 2010 your daddy Cody and I got married. Along with daddy came your 2 older sisters, Stephanie and Mariana. You were just under 2 when you met yer seesters. They loved you right away. You loved them right back. You know who they are. You talk to me about Stephanie all the time. You even seem to ask when she is coming again. Stephanie has a great time taking care of you. She loved helping you learn and takes great joy and pride in the progress you make. She is always telling her friends about you and all the totally cute things you do.
Mariana @ your 3rd birthday
With Stephanie @ Seaworld June 2011
 Mariana likes laughing at your silliness. Some times you like to call both of you sisters the same name. You think you are so funny.  You know both of their names, you are just silly.


In Arizona 2011
So, my sweet Cody, remember in life : Friends may come and go, but our family is forever!
Love, Mommy

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day 17 of 30 ... Food...Yumm

What does this kid eat? Besides his foot and sock?

Sweets! Much like hi mommy he has a massive sweet tooth. He loves donuts and cookies. He gets majorly excited about "birthday cake" which includes all cakes and cupcakes, birthday or other wise. If we go to the gas station that has donuts in the morning I know I have to be prepared to buy one for him or brace myself for a 5 minute temper tantrum back in the car. He loves his donuts!

He also is a pretty good fruit eater. Peaches, pears, strawberries, oranges and most recently apples are amongst his favorites now.

Cody took another favorite food habit from his mommy. He loves popcorn. He knows how to make the microwave popcorn. he just can reach the microwave by himself.

For dinner he has 2 all time favorites. More than any thing else and no matter what I have made Cody likes to show his Independence. He likes to choose to eat "his" foods. He opens the fridge and pulls out his "B-loney" or his "hot gogs." This kid will hardly eat any thing else for dinner.

Some other foods he seems to really like are:
O's (as in Cherrios of the generic honey nut variety)
any candy his can convince us to give him
and meat. 

Miss Liz at day care says he eat pretty much what ever is on his plate at daycare, so I am glad he gets more nutrition that what is listed above.  About ever other day he surprises me and eats something different. So that is good, too!  

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

day 16 of 30... bye bye beddy by

Bed time is so hard. I want so desperately to sleep. He is in his room screaming his head off. I feel horrible. I am so whimpy. I always want to let him out. It is harder with big Cody working nights. It breaks my heart. My nights are easiest when he falls asleep sitting next to me and I lovingly put him in his bed. One day.... it will all be so very different. I know.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

day 15 of 30.... short on words today.

Lots of energy. Still going strong at 10:01 pm.
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Monday, June 13, 2011

Day 14 of 30 . . . Kid, you changed my life

Dear Cody,

The day I found out about you my life started to change.  It is so very different now than it was. I am so happy for you and all the joy you bring to me. I am so lucky to be your mom.  At times I want to pull my hair out because you are so busy and adventurous and fearless all the time.  But you always love me and let me hold you close. You are a really smart kid. You are great at figuring out how to get things and maneuver things so they do what you want.  You love to see how things work and make it happen.  (That light switch is no match for you!)  At the present time you are in the bath. You figured out how to turn the water off and on. You think you are so super smart. I agree.

I love you so much. Thank you for joining me here. I will keep trying to be the best mom for you I can be. You are amazing.



Sunday, June 12, 2011

Day 13 of 30.... I love this face

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