Matt - Brittney - Mary Tyler - Cooper - Annie

Thursday, May 9, 2013


Why am I such a terrible blogger??? Oh yeah, I guess bc I have a crazy almost 15 month old, coaching high school cheerleading now that the seasons started back, and have 3 real estate closings in less than a month. I'm not complaining. Life is good.

Just wanted to tell a few things that Mary Tyler is doing now.

- She started walking running at 14 months. She only crawls now if she falls and is trying to get to something really fast.

- She can identify all the different animals toys in the bathtub. She doesnt try to say their names yet but if you say "where is the lion?" she will show it to you and smile.

- She says Mama, Dada, Gigi, Aww, Bye, Hi (hide, and she only says it in a whisper voice) 

- She will hold the phone up to her ear when I say hello

- If you say "Where's Mary Tyler??" She covers her eyes and plays peekaboo

- She LOVES hide-n-seek. 

- She makes a "monster face" on command.

- She yells "AH!" back and forth with you

- Food she loves: oatmeal, mac n cheese, grilled cheese, beans from taco casa (her fave!), hummus, pita,  apple juice, yogurt, teensy fruits (fruit snacks). She's not so much a meat lover. She'll eat bites of chicfila nuggets and she'll eat meat from taco casa if i mix it in with beans but shes not a meat lover. 

- Schedule: Wake up 9:30, Nap 2-4, Bed 7:30/8:00

- She is SO independent. She will not let us help her with anything (hold her hand when she's walking, help her figure out a toy, etc) She has a temper. She loves to just study things real hard. She gets bored after about 2 minutes of seeing a new thing or toy. Oh, and in case you're wondering, I'm still describing Mary Tyler, not her Daddy :-) girl is JUST like her daddy! 

We love our little, Sweet!!!!  (that's what I call her right now, Sweet) 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Mary Tyler,

You turned one year old 10 days ago. I truly CANNOT BELIEVE it. It seems like only yesterday you were a little bundle of blankets who hardly ever made a peep. Now you are a squealing, exploring, laughing, yelling, curious bundle of energy!!

On your actual birthday, you woke up to dada and me singing happy birthday to you and you stood in your crib and laughed at us. We had a relaxing Saturday morning and then you went down for nap. When you woke up, Aunt Kelleigh brought you some presents and saw you for a little bit. Later, Grandy & Grams, Travdaddy & Gigi, Tyler & Janey, Lindsey, Erica, Zane, and baby Wilson came over. You had SO MUCH FUN with baby Wilson. He is just 2 1/2 months younger than you, but you are MUCH bigger than him. You wanted to "talk" (yell) at him, and scared him several times. You shared your toys and played and played. We ate some supper then opened your presents. When we put you in the kitchen to sing Happy Birthday, you looked all around like "wait....this is for me??" and as soon as you realized that, you lit up and started squealing and smiling so big. You're a sweet little attention hog :)

Two days ago, we had your little birthday party. In attendance: Suzy & Yates Dover, Erin & Anderson Dumit, Carmen & Annie Knox Feemster, Ellis & Bo Crigler, Katie & Sawyer Aughtry, Cathleen Taylor, Meg Hellard, Megan Ayers, Jordan Griffith, Sarah Jones, Nana, Gigi, Aunt Ashley, Aunt Janey, Beth Neely, Lauren Miller. We played downstairs with all of your toys. You loved "showing them off." You yelled (squealed) at them "HEY! HEY! HEY!" and some of them cried. We all went outside to swing and play with bubbles and you had the time of your life. You got some really fun presents and once again hammed it up when everyone sang happy birthday to you. You slept like a rock afterwards.

What's up with you:

Sleeping: You go to bed between 7 and 730 and wake up around 930 very consistently.  You take one nap from about 1:00-3:00. You sleep in a sleep sack and have to have your sound machine on ocean. You have about 6 loveys and three blankets in the crib with you, you love to snuggle them. You sleep on your tummy and when you wake up in the morning you sit up and play with your loveys and talk quietly to yourself.

Eating: We are trying to wean you from your bottle/formula right now and switch to sippy/milk. You do NOT like milk. You SCREAM crying whenever I try to give it to you. You're so smart you can tell if its milk or water in your sippy just from looking at it. If its clear you chug the whole thing right away then act out of breath, if its white you start screaming and throw it across the room!

Skills: You still crawl as fast as lightning everywhere. You stand up on your own, and even pick up toys and move them while standing, but dont want to take a step. You don't seem interested in walking yet, but that's ok with me. :) Whenever anyone (Dada) says "See you later!" you will say "bye bye" back. You can "dance" whenever bubble guppies comes on (or any song). You wave. You eat bigger bites of food now. You still wear size 4 diapers. You give kisses but they are always open mouth kisses.

You have two bottom teeth and the top ones should come in any day now.

You love books that have a "flap" you like to find them and look behind it.

Your favorite shows are bubble guppies, tickety tock, max & ruby, mickey mouse clubhouse, and yo gabba gabba.

You still love CHEESE (grilled cheese, mac n cheese, sliced american cheese, cheetos) and aren't so much unto meat.

We've moved to a new house and you really like it. You have a great big playroom and a very pretty nursery.

You LOVE bath time and will lay on your tummy and kick and splash all over the place and squeal with delight.

You are the JOY of our lives and we love you so, very very much!!

I will post pictures soon!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013


I am posting this just 3 days before Mary Tyler turns 11 months. Will there ever be a month when I can say it hasn't been "crazy?" Ha. I'm just going to combine these. LOTS GOING ON! Between 7 Christmases, New Years, Selling our house, buying a new house, packing, MT starting MMO, and work, it has been...CRAZY.

Food: You will eat anything and everything we give you. You even ate collard greens on new years day and you loved them. you LOVE: mini corndogs (cut up), mac n cheese, grilled cheese, fruit purees, annie's cheddar bunnies, yogurt, & green beans to name a few.

Sleep: You are sleeping 14 hrs a night and a two hour nap. You go to bed between 7-8 and wake up between 9-10. Nap from about 1:30-3:30. You dont really let me rock you anymore. You just drink (or dont drink you bottle) and then turn your head and wiggle until I put you down. You like to fall asleep on your own. As soon as I lay you down, you turn to your tummy and ball up. You still have to have your sound machine on, pitch black dark, two blankets, 4 loveys, and a lot of pacis in there.

I took you to the Dr on 12/20/12 to get flu booster shot and you weighed 22lbs 4oz.

You got your first tooth on 12/11/12! (bottom left) and your second tooth just came in on 1/11/13, a month later! You are MUCH less fussy than you were last month. You have been so sweet. You will do "little indian girl" (wah wah wah wah), say and wave bye bye, SOMETIMES when i ask what the cow says you say "mmmmmm," you turn the pages of books and are paying attention when i read them to you (for the most part). You LOVE baths still. When I am getting ready in the morning you crawl to the bathtub, stand up, and start hitting it excitedly like you want to get in. You push your toys and walk behind them! The other day you stood up by yourself for about 5 seconds. You were holding onto the refrigerator door and when i closed it you stayed standing there until you realized you werent holding onto anything and sat down real quick :) . I think you'll be walking pretty soon! You FINALLY signed "more" yesterday when Daddy kept you. You did it once for me tonight but not as good as you did it for him last night.

Here are some entries from your journal over the past two months:

Dec 19- You are getting so close to clapping. you clap toys together but wont do just your hands. when we say "no no, my she" to annie, you wave like we do (pointing our finger).

Dec 23- We had Christmas in Clemson today. Grandy Sr. and Mimi gave you a college fund and told us about it by giving us a graduation cap Grandy for you (complete w/ tiger paw stickers) for when you graduate from Clemson. I cried and cried. we are so blessed!

Dec 26- We went to Taco Casa with Suzy and Yates. He kept giving you kisses and youd laugh. We went back to their new house and yall played and had fun.

Dec 28- Today you said "nigh nigh" when I said its time to go night night! Sweet angel.

Jan 3- We had a "home day." We played, watched Bubble Guppies, ate snacks, both took a two hour nap, went to bilo, and made supper. I love hanging out with my angel!

Jan 7- Today was your first day at Mothers Morning Out at First Pres. The teacher said you were "pretty good" but fussed when the other babies cried, ha. you were SO sleepy when i picked you up!

We love you TOOT!