Monday, June 21, 2010

Wow, life has been crazy lately! When people say how your life is never the same once you have a child...they seriously weren't kidding.

I've sorta forgotten about ME in the past almost eleven months. I guess "forgotten" is not the best word. It's more like, I just don't have (or make) time for me.

I'm determined to change that.

I need to feel a little more like "April-yes the Wife and Mother, but still a totally fun and awesome Chick" and not just "April-changer of messy diapers, bottle maker and washer, laundry-washer, carpet-vacuumer, job-worker, never-any-free-time-er". Seriously.

I need to plan more Girl's Nights. I know Sarah and I have been trying to get one on the schedule so that will be upcoming. I'm already thinking dreamily of the apple martinis we'll enjoy and the utter silence (as in, no crying babies. LOL) And I think I wanna have a Girl's Night at my house soon too...lots of appies, wine and giggling. I also keep trying to remind some of our friends who have kids that we need to hang, just adults, some nights too. That's what babysitters are for!

I want to get back into my scrapbooking. It's been waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long. I just don't make it a priority but as a hobby of mine, I really need to! I have so much stuff to scrapbook with but it's very messy and unorganized and all over the house. So I think first and foremost, I need to find a better way to start orgnaizing it all. Any suggestions? I have a whole unused room (except for all the crap we put in it as a "dumping ground") upstairs in our partially finished attic that would be PERFECT for a craft room. So do you guys have any pics of your craft rooms or storage areas that would help me? I'm a very visual person. If so, email them to me!!

I need to get back into my writing! My boss is writing her own book right now and she recently went to a Writer's Workshop (that she tried to get me to go to but time and money would not allow) and she said it was wicked awesome. So I decided to start saving up so I can go to next years and in the meantime, I gotta start working on my stuff! I've got a COUPLE of stories in the works so I need to start focus exclusively on just one.

I have to start exercising again. It's hard trying to figure out when to squeeze it into the day but I have to try harder. The other day I did some crunches, squats and weights all while a 10 and a 1/2 month old crawled all over me. It wasn't an ideal workout situation, but you know what, I made due and still felt better afterwards!

And I miss reading!! I have books lined up (and also some just merely lined up in my BRAIN to buy) that need to be read, but I haven't made the time for it. ME! The crazy bookworm! It's almost sacrilegious. I really miss reading.

So that's my list for now. A few things I need to start focusing on so that I can get back a little of ME that I've lost. Or misplaced. I don't want to forget about the parts of me that are Mom to Hunter, wife to Daryl becuz I am so lucky to be that person...however, I just want to figure out how to incorporate all of that into Me, April.

It can be done, right? Heh.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

To my Daddy on Father's Day....words aren't enough, it's what is in my heart that matters.

I love you and miss you.

And to the newest Daddy in my life...Daryl..

From the very start, I have been so thankful to see the pure love shared between you and your son.

Your son. He lights up when you walk into a room. You make him laugh like no other person can, including me.

I love to watch him try to imitate you. You two share the same mannerisms, facial expressions and tempers. You both have the same sense of inquisitiveness, an interest in all that surrounds you...and a streak of dare-devil!You are two peas in a pod.

The relationship between you is like magic and I'm so happy I can watch it grow. Happy Father's Day, Big D! Hunter and I both love you!!!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Dear Hunter,

You are now...drum roll please...TEN MONTHS OLD.

Oh my goodness, how did this happen so quickly?

So much keeps changing and you seem to learn something new daily. You blow Mommy and Daddy away!
You learned how to wave bye-bye at the very beginning of the month...after weeks of careful consideration when Mommy or Daddy did it. And you even said it one day as Daddy left for work, "Bye-bye!" Daddy stopped cold in his tracks and Mommy just about fell off the couch, we were so surprised! You still say Da-da all the time but you've added Ma-ma as a pretty common talking staple as well. Although I must admit, you call Ma-Ma usually when you are sad, hurt or cranky. And it sometimes sounds like a goat bleating out "Maaaaaa!" Regardless, Mommy still loves hearing it. So you say Da-Da, Ma-Ma, Bye-Bye, ba-ba (for bottle), Nana (which is another new one), 'Pa (for GPa)...and you recently added another "word" to your vocabulary that was completely unexpected. Mommy, Daddy and Nana have a nickname for you. We always call you Bubba, or Bubs, and the other day after Nana said it, you said right back to her with a happy grin, "Bubba!"

You love to look at your family in photographs. Every single day we look at the photo (that was taken at your baby shower) on the end table and I point out to you, "Mommy, Daddy, Nana, Gpa and Grammie!" You laugh hysterically after each name and then try to "kiss" (i.e. lick, sucker-fish) the glass frame.
You are so close to walking, Hunter, that it's crazy. You stand on your own unaided and no more wobbling! When we "walk" with you (holding your hands) you take perfectly sturdy steps. And the other day Daddy "walked" you over to Mommy and let your hands go and you took TWO STEPS on your own to Mommy! I could have cried with joy. However, I think you realize just how quickly you can get around by crawling so usually if you are standing you drop down to your knees and speed-crawl all over the living room.
Hunter, Mommy is so excited to see how much you love your books. I have to admit, most of the time you want to EAT them (and you actually did take a couple bites out of the spine of some thin hardcover books!) but often I will catch sight of you, book open in your lap, analyzing the pictures and words and talking to yourself. You seem to enjoy the picture book with animals the most and now we often hear you roaring like a lion! So incredibly cute.
You took your first trip to the Rainforest Cafe this month, little man, and it was hilarious to see how in awe of the place you were. Every time the animals moved or there was the fake "thunderstorm" and it got really loud and the lights flashed, bigger kids than you screamed in fear. You? Fearless Hunter? You looked all around with big eyes and slammed one of your favorite toys (a hard plastic dinosaur that you got at a birthday party) down on the table with glee.
You have been teething again this month, Hunter. Last week was NOT fun. And now you are cutting two more bottom teeth (to go along with your four on top and two on the bottom). You will have a full mouth of teeth by the time you hit your 1st birthday!

Something else we deal with almost daily's! You are such a mover and a shaker, buddy, that you never sit still. SO this means you are constantly standing, walking along furniture and getting into things you shouldn't be which means you are constantly banging your head, falling down, etc! Thankfully you are a sturdy boy who only cries briefly then moves on to the next thing you shouldn't be getting into!

Another first this month, Hunter, was you got to go swimming in a body of water bigger than the bathtub! Mommy and Daddy took you over to Grandpa's house at the lake and you and Daddy went into the water! Despite the fact that I worried the water was too chilly, you LOVED it and kept trying to get back in after Daddy sat you on the dock.

Hunter you are becoming such a big boy! You look less and less like a "baby" and more like a "boy" to us every day. Mommy simultaneously loves it and is so sad to see her baby growing up so quickly! You are the light of our lives buddy, keep on shining bright.

Love you always and forever,

Mommy and Daddy