Monday, June 01, 2009

Monday Madness

Harper and I have had a busy day but nothing really much to blog about. We took a long walk this morning, made Daddy his P90X lunch and dinner, got our oil changed, dropped of dry cleaning, and browsed Hobby Lobby and ran into two blogger friends Ashley and Katie. And in between we did a lot of eating, burping (Harper - not me), and diaper changes.
I just had to share this picture because it's Harper's new thing. She wrinkles up her nose when she smiles. She also sometimes shrugs her little shoulders AND wrinkles her nose as if to say "Oh look at little me - I'm so cute and so shy". I also realized tonight that she has not one but TWO teeth coming in. I'm not sure how long it will take them to be all the way in but I can't wait until I can take a picture of our little bunny with her bottom two teeth.

Thank you SOOOOO much for all of the comments telling me I look thin. Sometimes I feel like a big blob of mess - with crazy hair and covered in drool, spit up and sometimes poop. (Yes Harper has projectile POOPED on me twice today.) I will say that breast feeding is the best workout program known to man. And pretty weather making me want to take Harper on a ton of walks is my other friend. I still have some weight to lose but I appreciate you being so sweet. I'm afraid how I look has taken a complete back seat these days. And I could care less. I worried about how I looked in my 20's so much I am so glad to be OVER that. I'm thankful for my 30's - because I've reached a point where I like to look nice but I'm not constantly beating myself up about it.

For the next 2 weeks - I am taking a little challenge by the people of Crystal Light and trying to drop my Coke habit (the sweet little caffieneted drink from Atlanta - not a drug) and drink more water (made much more pleasant by crystal light). I REALLY need to make that change so I'm going to be blogging over the next 2 days on how it's going HERE and I would love for any of you to challenge yourselves and drop the Coke/Diet Coke/Dr. Pepper habit for a week. Sonic may have to contact the government and declare bankruptcy but my body will thank me.

  • Also - a sweet blogger has asked for prayers for her cousin, Rance, who was recently involved in an accident that has left him a quadreplegic.
  • And pray for this family - this wife lost her husband in a Navy helicopter accident - they have three children under the age of 3 including a 3 week old baby.
  • Pray for Brian and Jennifer - last week they lost their first baby Caswell at 38 weeks in utero. They are both in their late 30's and I know this is a huge loss to them.

86 comments:

Jennifer said...

Look at that sweet face!! Too stinkin' cute!

Kodi said...

That smile could not get any bigger! It's because she loves her poop-covered mommy sooo much! :)

Jill said...

that face cracks me up. when my daughter was about 5 months old she made the same face! she would wrinkle her nose and sometimes stick her tongue out when she smiled. so cute!!
i'm proud of you for giving up your coke, but i'm not sure i could do it! i do have to say, though, that crystal light makes water MUCH better!!

Todd and Courtney said...

oh my gosh Lauren had ANOTHER blowout today too! We were at the mall walking and I could hear her making those funny noises. I was trying on clothes, picked her up, and walla, there is was! I mean, seriously, I JUST WASHED the car seat last night----:)

beach2lady said...

Kelly,
I so much look forward to reading your journal each day. Your love of Harper always shows through so much and also your love of all your family. It is also wonderful to see how much you enjoy and appreciate all of your life and it's blessings. Of course the blog would not be as cute without the precious pictures of Harper. I do believe she is one of the sweetest, prettiest babies ever !
Hugs and Love,
Linda G.

Momofgirls said...

Cutest picture yet!
What a doll she is! Keep up the walking and nursing! ( I loved it when my weight fell off after babies too...wish I could have just one more...but with 3 girls 16, 11 and 10 I am too busy and life is getting just a little too easy!!)

HayesFamilyHappenings said...

This is the biggest smile you've shared! She gets cuter by the minute. Thanks for sharing.

Tammy518 said...

I love that big wrinkled-nose smile on your little angel! And you do look great!

Beverly said...

LOVE that sweet big smiling face and little wrinkled nose! Harper has personality plus! Like Mother, like daughter!

Girl, you are going to be so proud of yourself for ditching the Coke! I haven't had a carbonated drink in years. After a while you learn to love your water absolutely plain. Every time I pick up a bottle, I think "Umm - life giving wonderful WATER" and I look at cans of Coke, etc. and think "Yuck, nasty harmful chemicals!" I didn't start out to brainwash myself - it just happened. ROFL I'll have to say, water sure has been kinder to my aging tummy. Hang in there - you'll be glad you did.

Cary and Amanda said...

Harper is such a cutie pie!! I started reading your blog thru a friends blog when Harper was in Tulsa. We live in Bentonville and Tulsa...crazy life! :)

I started on January 1 with the Crystal Light...and girl, IT WORKS! :) I have drank less than 5 cokes all year (including Sonic vanilla Cokes and I was an addict, too!)....and I feel G-R-E-A-T!! Try the Energy Wild Strawberry one....it has that much needed caffiene.

May 1, I started taking AcaiTrim. You can get it at Sam's Club, Walmart, anywhere. The best deal is at Sam's....2 bottles for less than $15, Walmart is like $9 for 1 bottle. I've dropped 2 pant sizes since May 1! I take the 2 AcaiTrim pills first thing in the morning with my "bottle of Crystal Light energy."

Kelli said...

I'm right there with you on the coke habit (also the sweet Atlanta drink...not the drug). When I'm sick (which is, most of the time), Coke is all I want. I need to kick the habit too. I'm also a TBB member so feel free to look me up on the P90x forum...username is ugottafriend! Keep me posted on your progress!

Mandy said...

The bib sums up the picture perfectly . . . 'adorable'!

Have you started 'Shred'? I started today and barely made it through level 1, but you are in better shape that I. You will do great, I'm sure! I just really need to get in shape to chase after my to little guys!

Happy Monday!

LuLu said...

That face was the highlight of my day...glad I checked to see if you updated before I hit the sack!! She is so cute...and is kinda giving me baby fever (sshhh...don't tell the hubs!!). Yay for giving up coke...I admire people for that...seriously-my coffee is habit is unhealthy:) Hope ya'll have had a great Monday!
www.lifewithluluandpete.blogspot.com

Katie said...

Oh my goodness gracious! What a super sweet smile! ;o) And you do look so good, Kelly! I'm so jealous of your skinny little arms and legs! Haha! I finally got a double stroller this weekend - woohoo! - and I'm so beyond ready to shed some baby weight. Ugghh...I have 43 ginormous pounds left to go....

Jess :) said...

I can't get over that precious little face!! Ooooohhhh, I just want to squeeze it! :)

I love when you share pictures with us! It brightens my days!

Will be praying!

Love you

Rhonda said...

That picture looks so much like her pretty momma!! Adorable!

Dreams2009 said...

Harper is just adorable! From the pics you post, you look great! I'm sure you will get back into the shape you want in no time, looks like you are doing pretty good so far! ;)

Kim said...

That smile is priceless!! Good for you givin' up coke! My husband and I have been on Weight Watchers for a little over a month and he is down to 2 cokes a day!Not me- I LOVE me some Diet Dr.Pepper-too hard to give up!

Genie Marie said...

Good luck kicking the coke habit...I so need to get off Diet Coke..but it's just so good:) The smile on Harper is too cute!

Ashley said...

I did the Crystal Light challenge during lent so I could give up Starbucks. My advice would be to keep a ton of different flavors in your cabinet, 'cause one or two get boring after a day or so. It worked for lent, but now I'm on a Starbucks AND Crystal Light craze. Oops! Good luck!

Megan said...

I will pray for the prayer requests. Thanks for sharing! God is amazing! Also, you do look great and I know what you mean about worrying how you look in your 20's. I am 25 and I am just now starting to reach a point to where I want to be healthy, but I don't want to be stick thin or kill myself trying to be thin. I am 5'6 and weigh 155, (I was 135 when I got married 4 yrs ago, so I have gained, but who doesn't when they get married) and to the world I probably need to lose some weight, but truthfully, I feel good in the skin I am in. I am like you and just like to look nice and try to eat healthy. However, I don't look as cute as you in all of those adorable dresses. I'm thinking I need to buy some cute dresses! Lol!

Jennifer said...

Sweet smile on Miss Harper!!
Girl, you look great!!!! Diet coke is my weakness for sure. I wish it was as healthy for me as water! Haha!!!

Rance's accident breaks my heart. We went all through school together, from elementary school on. He is such a sweet guy!

Creekmore's said...

I think giving up Cokes is great, but just remeber that drinks like Crystal Light have artificial sweetner, so there is a down side. Artificial sweetners give me a terrible headache and if you are use to drinking several sodas a day you may want to slowly drop off because just stopping cold turkey can give you a headache too. You realize how addicting caffeine is when you stop drinking it.

Melanieshea said...

OH MY!!! SHE IS JUST PRECIOUS!!!!!!

Traci said...

Coke is my weakness too! I will join in the Crystal Light Movement with you. Let me look at your link....

Ace said...

What a great idea with the water challenge! I already use Crystal Light in my water, I just don't drink enough of it. I love my cherry coke zero and Dr. Pepper! But when I do have water, it always has Crystal Light in it. Maybe I'll join up too!

Kara said...

She is so BEAUTIFUL, Kelly! I am so glad to see that she has such a sweet personality, like her Mama! You look fabulous by the way,good luck with the Crystal Light...I want to kick the Cokes too, I just never could find a flavor of CL that I really liked. Let us know which ones taste best!
~Kara

Lynette said...

What a cute face! Harper is adorable. Good luck with giving up coke!

DJones said...

love that smile!

Chari said...

sweet smile!!

Marlana said...

What a sweet picture! She's totally getting her eyes into the act of smiling. ;)

Kelly said...

Once you see the teeth about to come in it's just a matter of days until they actually do. The bottom two usually come in pretty close together. Good luck on the nursing after that! I only nursed my daughter for three months. She got her two bottom teeth at 8 months, and she bites me now! It's not on the sensitive places like it would be if she nursed, but it hurts!!

I'm with you on the whole body image. I was obsessed with it in my 20s, but now it doesn't matter as much. I want to be healthy and thin because it's better for you, but I don't need to be stick-thin anymore. It's so nice to take that pressure off of yourself. I think having children also puts your priorities in line too.

Lynn said...

Lots of CL flavors to choose from! Can't find the one I used to drink the most, though...
These words are so very special and full of comfort! Praying in Seattle!
John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Prayer BearsMy email address

Kristi said...

I have to say that a few years ago my husband and I both dropped the cokes and started drinking lots more water and to help us with that we got hooked on crystal light. We love it. I like the cherry pomegranit and my husband loves the peach tea. Good luck, and yes I dropped several pounds in a about a week and a half and dropping the cokes is all I did.

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

What a cute picture of Harper!
The Raspberry Lemonade Crystal Light is delicious! I'm not a big fan of artificial sweeteners, but this actually tastes good!

Ashley said...

Precious picture of Miss Harper, as always!! Love her!
I have a prayer request...a college friend of mine got burned this past weekend by a fire pit and her body is 20% burned, including her face, neck, chest, arms, and hands. Please pray for healing and strength during her long road to recovery.
www.supportsasha.blogspot.com

Thanks so much!

dogmom said...

What an adorable pic of Harper! I'm happy to hear I'm not the only one out there who loves their Coke/Pepsi! Every now and again I try to kick the soda habit numerous times and I always end up going back to it. When I'm not drinking a soda I do drink Crystal Light which I have gone w/o soda for weeks and then I get a craving for a soda again! I have even stuck to Crystal Light, but would allow myself to get a soda if we were out at a restaurant. It's not easy, but can be done........that's if I really want to!!

Paula said...

Kelly - I've been reading your blog since before you went on your Hawaii trip last year and have never commented. I don't have any kids and will not be able to do so, so maybe that's why. Anyway...Hubby and I used to drink Diet Coke all the time and then we started drinking Crystal Light with our dinner instead of Diet Coke. I love Crystal Light and have completely lost my taste for my beloved Diet Coke. If you want to cut back on soda, Crystal Light really will help you. Good luck!

Holly said...

What a cute face! I think BFing is the best exercise! ;)

Kim said...

She's such a cutie! I can't wait for my baby girl to get here (due Aug 15th), so prayers for a healthy baby and safe delivery!
P.S. Did the links to the nursery pictures get taken off? I was sooo enjoying looking at all them (and gathering a few more ideas for our 70% finished nursery). Hopefully they are still around, somewhere?
Kim from www.the-cochran-clan.com

Winston Family Blog said...

i just came across your blog and am so touched by your story!
also i wanted to ask if there is a way to see all the links for the childrens rooms. i was still going through them but now the links are gone....thanks! i am trying to get ideas for the room of Baby #2!

Sarah said...

So glad to hear you're not a drug addict! Ha! That cracked me up!

Julia said...

I am so excited about Harper's teeth! My pediatrician suggested holding them upside down to get a good look/pic of them :)

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

What a beautiful smiling girl! Too sweet with the nose crinkle. I can tell you first hand that kicking that Coke habit is one of the best things. (I feel like I should be writing soda, fizzy, bubbles..anything to clarify that statement means the legal one) Have a wonderful day!!

Ginny said...

I remember when I lost 40 pounds after I gave birth to my daughter from breast feeding. She was a hungry girl just like Harper- up every two hours.

Once the breastfeeding stopped, so did the weight loss. UGH! I am one jealous girl if you keep it off!!!!

-Ginny

Ginny said...

In regard to the teeth coming in, it will only take one time for her to bite while nursing...and once she sees your reaction she will probably start crying b/c it hurts/shocks you at the same time. If you say "no" firm (but nicely) she'll get the hint.

Stephanie @ My Answered Prayer said...

I WAS a huge coke addict! I will drink it when we eat out now but not at home.

Try this: Use a 2qt jug and mix a fruit punch crystal light with an orange juice crystal light....I can't get enough of it.

Going on a month of no coke at home!

Also a hint a friend gave me...Get a sonic water and drink on it all day and refill!!! I drink a lot more water that way...then I refill with my crystal light!

Michele said...

She is so darn cute...love that little nose!!!

I drink the crystal light at work...and love it! But just drink the diet sprite at night. Now if I could just quit eating sweets, we'd be just fine!!!

Hugz,
Michele

Fullers1006 said...

I adore Harper's little smile! She is just too precious!!

bethany said...

So cute of Harper! I declare, she looks like you in that pic...every picture of her that I see I think that she looks like your honey but in that one I think she looks like you!

sarahross said...

If you get tired of the Crystal light, you might try the Snapple instant teas...they'll be right by the crystal light and they are pretty good!

The Carrolls said...

You do look great and Harper is getting more precious everyday!

nichole said...

I rarely drink soda now. I am a huge fan of the Crystal light. There are so many flavors to choose from , you can't get bored. My personal faves are the pink lemonade and the fruit punch. I use a 32oz water bottle to drink my water/crystal light, so it takes two packs. Sometimes I'll do one lemonade packet and one iced tea packet. Yum!

Jen said...

Another adorable picture by little Harper. So so so cute!!

Hey, I left you a comment on your other blog about the Crystal Light challenge. I'm with ya girl! I've been wanting to stop my Diet Coke obbsession for a while now but didn't really have the motivation. Now maybe that we are all doing this it will be a bit easier.

Good luck...Go Crystal Light!!

Brown Girl said...

She is so cute!! I love Crystal Light, try the Raspberry Lemonade it's really good.

Megan said...

That is the most adorable picture I've ever seen...what a cute smile!

Annie said...

Love the picture! Harper is cute as a button! :)

tootie said...

Seeing that beautiful, authentic smile just made my morning!!!

Robin said...

I've given up Cokes too! I drank the real stuff until recently I switched to diet and now I'm trying to quit altogether. We can do it!!

Oh, and I took Caleb to Hobby Lobby yesterday also. Too bad we didn't see each other!

Kristina said...

It's ALL about the Sonic Route 44 water with lemon!!!!! (doesnt have the same kick, but it works)

Taylor said...

That is one of the absolute sweetest smiles I've ever seen!!!!! She's just too cute for words!!

Nicole said...

Harper is the cutest thing!!!

Sara Lynn said...

oh my gosh that picture is ADORABLE!! Harper is such a sweet baby!!!

Sara in SC

Tricia said...

Kelly,

I am having a hard time reading your blog as it just shows up on my screen with the blue and brown paper that you used for your header. Not sure how to get this off so I can read it easier. Any ideas?

e-mail me tevans416@gmail.com

Prissy Southern Prep said...

I love crystal light (fruit punch and raspberry peach are yummy)!

There is so much to pray for, but isn't it a great feeling to know that God can answer anything we ask? Anything!!

Jennifer said...

You do look great Kelly and you don't look like you need to lose even 1 more pound!

Courtney said...

Love Harper's new smile!

BOWquet said...

She is adorable!!!

Kari said...

Awww! I love the new Harper Smile! So very cute! Also, I have always been a fan of the breastfeeding weight loss! By the time Charlotte was 6 months, I was back into my skinny jeans...and all my old clothes. This time however, I think I have kissed my old clothes good bye!!

tatertales said...

Kelly,

I've been reading for a while and have never left a note, but I thought I'd pop in and say hello. Your blog is always fun to read, and little Harper is such a cutie! Good luck with your quest to kick the Coke habit! I'm so wild about diet coke that I'd love to have it pumped directly into my veins. Giving it up would require some sort of support group. :)

sjm4him said...

LOVE that smile/laugh--it's the best!

And you DO look great! :)

Faithfully Yours said...

She's so adorable!! Have a great non-poop covered rest of the week!

-Faith

evwmom said...

I may do this challenge with you, however Diet Coke is the ONLY way I get caffeine, and the last week was so rough it's al I had to get me through! ahhh
Now that our son is in the PICU I will try to get healthier now that I can go home for a few nights. Evan had surgery on his intestines to reconnect yesterday and is now in the PICU having difficulty on the vent because of the pain meds! ahhh!!!
I know, come up with an I'm giving it up!!! weekly post. and have all of us my linky in to you what we are giving up that week and our reactions to it. haha that would be funny. Speaking of my linky, i can't find the dining room my linky to send mine in, I know it's late, but I wasn't home that week, been living in the hospital=(

evwmom said...

I meant Mr. Linky, how dare I claim him all to myself. haha

Janet Lea said...

I just started reading your blog through a friend's recommendation. Harper is too cute!!

Jessica said...

Her little personality is starting to shine through...too cute!
Since you're dropping the soda for a bit a tasty way we jazz up water is by making "spa" water with sliced cucumbers or orange slices. Another way is to add a squirt of lime...yummy!

Keris said...

That picture is soooo.....I can't even think of a word!! I love it!

mommaof4wife2r said...

little miss precious is amazingly beautiful!!1 love that smile!

Laura said...

Yup - I agree - breastfeeding is the BEST diet (both for me and my little man) that I know of! Seriously, twice now I have dropped all pregnancy weight whilst snacking on chocolate bars! Amazing stuff!

Tasha said...

Horray for you for trying to give up Coke.I did that about a month ago and honestly I really don't miss it.I never thought this would be possible!Also,I have lost 8 pounds by just doing this!Awesome!You do look really good.And oh my word.Harper's smile is priceless!God Bless!

Claire said...

Aw man, aw man. She is SO cute!

Cxx

Wendy said...

I drank 1-2 cokes per day and stopped in January. It has changed my life. I still allow myself one every once in awhile but they don't taste that good anymore.

I think I dropped 5 pounds in one month just from stopping coke.

Good Luck - You can do it!

Lisa Sherrill Roach said...

I think you always look gorgeous. Harper is such a doll too. After sharing your story and asking everyone around here for prayer I have people who are constantly asking me about Harper and wanting to see pictures so I break out the laptop and show them. You guys are such a blessing to me and so many others!

Southern Girl at Heart said...

Harper is so precious!! I love the crinkling of the nose!! You look great, too!! Good luck w/ the coke thing, I need to work on giving up coffee!! :) I love Raspberry Lemonade myself. Also, Target has the packets you add to water bottles, they have a flavored one "strawberry lemonade"--it is killer. I add it to 32 oz. of water b/c it's too sweet otherwise!!

Dave and Kristen said...

Your little Harper is so cute...I read your blog everytime you post something!!! I have 5 month twin girls who were both in the nicu as well! I like to see what other moms with the same age children do to get different ideas!!!! Your little one is so blessed!!! I am blessed as well to have little angels in my life!!! I just wanted to let you know that I love reading about you and your little girl!!! Take care!

Naive Happiness said...

That sweet little face makes me smile! I love so many of the pictures you post. If you ever want to share other things that make you happy in this happiness blog I am keeping, please feel free!

Good Luck with the soda thing, you'll do great! I dropped soda drinking and feel so much better!