Sunday, December 09, 2007

A crazy few weeks

I can't believe it has been almost 1 month since I last updated. Things have been pretty busy around here the past few weeks. I am enjoying all of the holiday hustling and bustling, but am also looking forward to things settling down.

Bailey's newest thing is being obsessed with Elmo, or Nelmo, as he likes to call him. He has already begun playing with his Hokey Pokey Elmo doll, which is supposed to be a Christmas present. He found out that I had hid him in the guest room, so he would constantly go to the door, knock and whine, "Nelmo, Nelmo". I admit, I have given in a few times and let him play with it. I found a temporary replacement and it seems to help. It is a small Elmo beanie babie that goes with him most places. Tonight I was rocking Bailey and he was calling out in his sleep "Mama, Nelmo", "Mama, Nelmo" It was really cute!

We also got Bailey this Mickey Mouse stuffed animal that is as big as he is. He really loves it! He calls it "hot dog" (for any of you whose child watches the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, you are familiar with the hot dog song at the end of each episode).

Saturday, we went to brunch with Santa at the Fort Worth club. We had a great time (thanks Jim and Barbie!), but the kids were not crazy about Santa. It was pretty funny!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

18 Months!

Sunday was Bailey's 18 month birthday, so I thought I would list some of the things he is doing. This post is mainly for the grandparents and aunts/uncles. So, if you are a friend, thanks for bearing with me through this brag fest!

Of course, he is incredibly active! He can follow simple commands (ie. go get mommy a diaper and lie down or bring mommy your shoes). He loves to have tasks to do! He is such a helper! He is really good at helping to load/unload the silverware out of the dishwasher (usually, I am not wanting him to do this:))

He loves to build with legos and blocks and is really good at it! He likes to pull his stuffed animals around in his little wagon. He love to play on his swingset and in his sandbox.

He knows sign language for "more", "ball", "finished", "elephant", & "zebra"

I could go on and on, but I will end with a list of words that Bailey is saying.

No (surprisinly, he RARELY says this)
Uh oh
Bye Bye
I love you
Mmm good
Cheese (smile for the camera)
Ooh doggy (thanks granddaddy)
Bailey (which sounds like Bay)
Pop (what he calls Jay's dad)
Jack (a friend of his)
Trick or Treat (sounds nothing like trick or treat, but he carries around his halloween bucket, knocks on the door and says deek o deek)
night night
Here you go

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Trick or Treat

Even though it is not officially Halloween, we have already attended 3 Halloween events. We are going to get our money's worth from Bailey's monkey costume!

We went to Boo at the Zoo (a fun trick or treating event at the Fort Worth Zoo that included cool pumpkin carvings, seeing the animals and more!), a party at our church and THE MOST AMAZING Halloween carnvial you could imagine (at the Ft. Worth Club, where my in-laws are members)! The carnival had a bounce house, craft stations, picture taking, caricature drawings, snakes from the zoo, a juggler, a balloon animal maker and several children's games. Then there was the food....from funnel cakes and mini corn dogs to mac and cheese and roast beef sandwiches (and that's just to name a few)! A desert table and even better, an ice cream bar!! They even had Halloween margaritas! They also had a D.J. and a dance floor for the kids to get their groove on!

Believe it or not, we still have more parties to attend! Our social calendar hasn't been this busy since Bailey was born! I am excited that this year Bailey will be able to go trick or treating on Halloween. He is really good at knocking on doors, so I think he will have fun.

Friday, October 05, 2007

September at the Newton house

We have been so busy lately! Time is just flying by and Christmas will be here before we know it! Our weekends seem to fill up before I realize what's happened! Jay and I ran our second half marathon (well, technically it was a 20k, which is about a 1/2 mile shorter than a half marathon). We had a great time and got our workout in before 10 am!

Bailey is getting cuter by the day, if I do say so myself. He is learning so much, so fast. At Sunday school they have taught him something pretty cute. They say "Bailey, show me your pretty eyes" and he bats those long eyelashes at them. He knows it's cute and really gets a kick out of it.

He has these new houseshoes that his Mimi got him that he loves to wear! He LOVES wearing shoes. Every day he bring me his shoes and says "Shoes" and sits down ready for me to put them on. He also loves trying to wear mommy and daddy's shoes. We put my tennis shoes on him the other day and he walked around in them FOREVER!

Right now we are learning about Noah and the Ark. He loves to make the animal sounds as he puts them in his toy Ark. I am not sure how much of the story he is grasping, but I figure if I keep telling it at some point things will start to sink in. At any rate, he loves playing with the Ark and the animals that go in it.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

First Day of School

Well, the first day of school was a SUCCESS!! He did cry when I left, but was in a great mood when I picked him up. His teachers said he did great! Ate well, napped well, and played well. They say he was very easygoing and laid back! Today was his second day and when I dropped him off, I was prepared for crying, but he stretched out his arms to his teacher and was ready to play! What a relief!!

I know this is a short post, but I have to leave to pick up Bailey. Enjoy the pictures

Monday, August 27, 2007

I Wuv Ooh!

This is Bailey's first sentence! It is so adorable to hear him say "I love you." Even though he can't say his "L's" or "Y's", it is very obvious what he is saying. I tear up every time he tells me his new sentence. He is doing some very cute things these days! Today, I put him in his crib for nap time. Clearly, he wasn't tired because I checked on him 30 minutes later and he was laying quietly on his back reading a book! He was flipping the pages and studying each one carefully. It was unbelievably cute! He played very quietly in his crib for 1 hour before falling asleep. WOW!

This weekend we went to my Dad's and took Bailey out on the lake. He really loves being on the boat. It is so calming to him. We also went to Chuck E Cheese's for the first time. Suprisingly, he was not scared of Chuck E. Me, Jay and my dad won lots of tickets playing games, so I think it was a fun evening for everyone.

Next week Bailey starts mother's day out, so I will be sure to write about how it went!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Going To School

Bailey will be starting day school (mother's day out) next month. I am a little nervous for him to be away from me all day, but I know it will be good for him. He is going one day a week and I will be able to get some errands done and maybe even get the house cleaned!

I am in a group at church called CCM (caring christian mothers). Our fundraiser for the year is actually something very practical and useful and I encourage you all to buy it :) They are labels from I ordered some to label Bailey's sippy cups for school. You can also get ones that iron on to your child's clothes. They have permanent and removable labels. They also have address labels if you don't need any for your child (If you do order some, put FUMC Hurst in the fundraiser box).
Bailey is 15 months old and has 12 teeth! Four of them are molars, so we had a few rough nights while they were cutting through. He can run now, so that makes life interesting! We are keeping busy and trying to stay out of this heat. We have been swimming several times this summer and Bailey does pretty good. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their August!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Movin' & Groovin'

Since last I have posted several things have happened:

1. We celebrated the 4th of July with family
2. Bailey has become an expert walker
3. Bailey went to his friend, Aidan's birthday party
4. Two of Bailey's top molars have broken through
5. Bailey's cousins have moved into our neighborhood

On the fouth we went to the Concert in the Gardens and it was really great! My Aunt Donna took everyone. Bailey's second cousin, Nora was in town, so Bailey had another baby to hang out with. Don't they look cute?

Dallas and Nora were in town for a week, so the kids had several opportunities to play together. I think they had a great time!

Bailey is walking with no trouble now. He can even walk well with shoes on. I think he will be running soon because he tries to go so fast! He is really enjoying this new level of mobility! He also just got his first two molars. I am very excited about this because meat will be easier for him to eat. It takes him so long to chew meat (especially chicken) so I am hoping this will speed up the chewing process for him.

Our family went to Houston over the weekend to visit Chris, Theresa and Aidan. It was Aidan's first birthday party. It was great to see them and their new house! We really enjoyed getting to visit and watch the boys play. One of the toys Aidan got was a motorized ATV for children. Aidan was not too interested in it, but Bailey thought it was the BEST thing EVER!

Jay's sister, Julie and her family bought a house one street behind us! We are so excited! Now, Bailey and Andrew are getting to play together all the time! Also, it's great for last minute babysitting! So, as you can see, it's been a very busy month and it's only half over!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Our Beach Vacation

Wow, I didn't realize it had been almost 1 month since I last posted! We got back from our vacation last week. We had a wonderful time! It was so relaxing! Me, Jay, Bailey, Julie, Ava, Andrew, Jim & Barbie drove down to Port Aransas and spent 3 days just hanging out at the beach, the pool and the condo. It rained on Saturday, but we really enjoyed being lazy in the condo. It was a large, 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo so there was more than enough room for all of us. It had a full kitchen so we were able to cook some of our meals.

The kids had a great time too! Andrew was scared of the ocean, but loved the sand. Bailey did not like the sand at first, but quickly warmed up to it. He was very cautious of the ocean at first, but ended up enjoying it. Both boys LOVED the pool and Ava was unaware of both:)

Bailey is walking like crazy now. He has been for a few weeks. He will revert back to crawling when speed is his main concern! Enjoy the slideshow!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

First Haircut

Although Bailey does not have alot of hair, the hair he does have has gotten long and unruly. I have included a "before" photo so you can adequately see his "rat tail"

He was extreemly well behaved during his haicut. He sat very still and quiet and enjoyed looking at himself in the mirror. He looks like a "real" boy now. He had SO much hair cut off his little head.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

We're Walking...Sort of

On Sunday, May 20th Bailey took his first steps alone. He took 2 steps 2 different times. Of course, as soon as we grabbed the video camera he stopped. Since then he has walked 3 or 4 times, just a couple of steps each time. He will not walk on command, he has his daddy's stubborn streak :). He stands alone all the time and if he is standing and wants to get to something he will try to walk to it, but usually sits down (then claps for himself) before he reaches his intended target. I have a feeling it will still be a few weeks before he is walking routinely.

We spent the weekend at my dad's skiing with some friends. We had a great time and Bailey loved being on the boat. Luckily, this trip Jay did not break any bones (Last time Jay cracked a rib while skiing, but it didn't slow him down any). Bailey even got to ride on the intertube and Yes, I realize Bailey is wearing pink sunglasses. We forgot his and a little girl had left these in my Dad's boat.

Yesterday Bailey got his 12 month shots. 5 of them! It was not fun. Afterwards, mommy and Aunt Jill took Bailey to get ice cream at Chick-Fil-A. He seemed to feel pretty good yesterday, but today has been running a fever and has been very whinny, wanting to be held. He really wants to go outside, but it's raining, so that is not helping his mood. Luckily, no more shots for 6 months.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Birthday Boy

Friday was Bailey's first birthday. He had a great day! He had lunch with his daddy and then cake at daddy's work. Saturday was Bailey's party and we had quite the turnout! Almost 50 friends and family. It was hot, but fun. Bailey had his very own cake and ate half of it! I am NOT exaggerating!

He even fell asleep while eating it. But that didn't stop him! He was literally eating in his sleep. It was very cute!

We had a geat mother's day too. Bailey was such a sweetie all weekend!Our friends came down form Houston for Bailey's party and he had fun playing with their little boy. Enjoy the slideshow.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

My kid eats poop!

We were over at our neighbors for a cookout the other night and Bailey is happily playing in the grass. I see him chewing something and assume it is leaves or grass because he is obsessed with eating both. Occasionally he gets a piece of bark in there, so I have to keep a close eye on him. So, I go over to him and stick my finger in his mouth to see what he is chewing on and ....I pulled out dog poop! I was disgusted!! Our neighbors have 2 dogs, but are always sweet enought to pooper scoop before Bailey plays outside. Clearly, they missed a piece, and out of the entire back yard, my child finds the poop.

Bailey is doing great! He is not yet walking by himself, but loves to do it if I am guiding him. He has also begun to stand alone for a few seconds at a time. He has added another word to his vocabulary. "Bye-Bye" Accompanied with a wave. Any time we go into the garage he waves and says "bye-bye".

Unfortunately, Bailey has had some wheezing problems. He has had to use a nebulizer twice since December. We are monitoring it closely and hoping it's not asthma, but will be a while before we know that.

The next time I post, Bailey will be 1 year! His birthday is Friday, the 11th. The past year has gone by so quickly, I can't even describe it! It has been a wonderful year, the best year of my life! Bailey is such an amazing blessing and I am so fortunate to be a SAHM.

Saturday, April 21, 2007


These are the words Bailey uttered last week! He has been saying "mama" and "dada", but this is his first "real" word. He even knows when to use it. He will throw something and then say "uh-oh" and sometimes he says it and then throws something. It is so cute (unless he is throwing his spaghetti on the wall!).

Last week he got pink eye for the first time. It was not fun! He didn't feel bad, but did not like having his eyes cleaned! Unfortunately, a gross nose came along with it. Below is a picture of him right after he woke up. You can tell his little eye is matted shut. I couldn't resist!

We also went to Bailey's great granddad's brithday party.It was at Jay's parents farm, so it was very relaxing! I got some pictures of him with his cousins and swinging, which he loves! The biggest news of all is that our little niece, Ava Grace was born on Friday. She is so beautiful!! She's so tiny and sweet! My sister-in-law, Julie, is doing great and they are already back at home.

(The slide show moves kind of slow, click the plus sign on the bottom left to speed it up).

Friday, April 13, 2007

Play Dates

Lately Bailey has had several play dates which he has really enjoyed! Below is a slide show.

Some of you have asked about Bailey's Easter pictures. Somehow, I managned NOT to get any pictures of Bailey in his Easter outfit, but did get a few after he changed clothes. Oops!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

I Survived!

This morning, Jay and I competed in a HALF MARATHON (Impressed? Me too!)! The best part is, I am alive to write about it:) Actually, it wasn't that bad. We had a great time and we finished in 2 hours 23 minutes. We ran the entire 13 miles without stopping to rest! I have to say, I am a little amazed that we were able to run the whole way. As many of you know, my form of exercise is running; however, I only do 3 miles, 5 times per week. Other than that, I occassionally run 5-6 miles and have ran in a 10k. So, this was, by far, the furthest I have gone. I am very proud of myself. I could not have done it without Jay. He was my cheerleader/coach (slow down, lengthen your stride, you can do it, almost there). These words of encouragement were very helpful and much needed once we hit mile 11. My body started to fight me once we got that far. Everything hurt! But there was NO WAY I was going to walk after having made it 11 miles!! I know tomorrow morning I will be in a lot of pain, but it's worth it!

On the Bailey front, everything is going great! He is growing so fast and getting into everything! We are having so much fun. We have joined a mom's group and really like it and are planning on joining a play group through our church. That would make 2 play groups, music class and CCM (caring christian mothers). We are staying busy and I love getting Bailey together with other children and I enjoy getting to spend time with other mothers. It is so fun for Bailey and I to get to do these things together. I want to spend as much time with him as I possibly can. Time is going by way too fast!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Pajama Day

Every once in a while Bailey and I have pajama day. We stay home the entire day and just play in our p.j.'s. Today was one of those lazy days and I got some cute pictures of Bailey.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Prayers Needed

I have attached a blog that I would like for all of you to read. This family definitely needs our prayers. The McCall Family was in Lubbock the same time Jay and I were and we got to know them through my sister-in-law, Julie. Julie and Jordan taught school together in Lubbock and were very good friends and have remained in touch. Jordan just gave birth to her second child one week ago, and yesterday underwent surgery to remove a tumor. There are still two tumors, one in her lungs and one in her liver. Please pray for Jordan and her family.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Good Friends

Tonight was a great night. We had the rare treat of getting together with some friends from law school, Justin and Amy. They are currently stationed in Italy, so we have only seen them one time in the past 14 months. Me, Jay, and our other friend from law school, Jennifer, met them for dinner (where Justin and Amy paid...thanks again guys!). (We went to Joe T.'s where my beautiful cousin Marty was working) It was so great to see them and hear about everything they have been up to. Last time we saw them I was pregnant, so this was their first time to meet Bailey. Of course, they thought he was cute:) It was so fun to catch up on everthing! They have had the opportunity to do a lot of traveling and have experienced so much! Including skiing in Austria! (if you want to see pictures of the places they have visited, their blog is linked to mine) They got to hear all about Bailey, Jay's job and Jennifer's upcoming wedding. You know people are good friends when you get together and it seems like no time has passed even though it's been a year. Unfortunately, it will probably be 1 1/2 years before they are back in the states. Thank goodness for the internet! The only thing that would have made the evening better is if Chris & Theresa and Job & Ashley had been there. Who knows when/if we will all be in the same place at the same time.

Bailey is doing great! He has 2 teeth on top and 2 more coming in. He will walk while holding onto furniture or while pushing he little bike. He is really into mimicking right now and it is very cute. It's hard to believe that he will be 10 months in less than 1 week. And, for those of you who don't know, my birthday is next week. I will be 27. Not exactly an exciting birthday. Certainly not like the big 18 or 21'st birthdays. I guess the next big one will be 30. We are going to the Mavericks game for my birthday and I am very excited. My sister and her husband are going too. GO MAVS!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Hickery Dickery Dock

Yup, that's right, Hickery Dickery Dock. Bailey and I have joined a music class! When I tell people this, I get strange looks. I know Bailey is only 9 months, but music is important and fun. Even at such a young age (I have a degree in Human Development, so don't argue with me)! There is this class at our church for mommy's (or daddy's) and babies. It meets once a week and we have so much fun! We clap our hands, dance around, ring jingle bells, sing and tons of other cool things. Bailey really likes it and is very mesmerized by everything going on around him during the class. The other week when the jingle bell bucket went around, Bailey reached in and grabbed one and started shaking it! He is SO smart (and I'm not just saying that because I am his mother:))!

He is slowing starting to eat less baby food and more table food. Still no meat, but everything else. He loves chewing (or gumming) food! He has two bottom teeth, two top teeth and two more about to break through on top. He is still cruising around furniture like crazy and I am hoping he will take his time in the walking department.

Today, Bailey's second cousin, Nora turned one! AND, my mother's birthday is today too. Almost one week ago our good friends from college, LeeAnn and Rhett had their first child. A daughter named Riley! New babies are so exciting! Congratulations Newberry Family!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007


I just wanted to take a few minutes to say how grateful I am to have Bailey and how blessed we are that he is healthy. I have been reading some other blogs, ones I have found through friends. I have been reading some updates on some sick babies. One was just diagnosed with cancer, one is having seizures, and one past away recently. As a mother, I cannot imagine experiencing any of these things. It is such a good reminder of how much I have to be thankful for. As I am typing this, I am watching Bailey pull the soil out of my plant and onto the floor and I am so glad that he is able to do that! Even though he is making a huge mess and will most definitely throw a fit when I make him stop, I am so grateful that he is healthy enough to destroy my house! So, everyone who has a healthy child, please take a moment to thank God!

Bailey is doing wonderfully! Here is a list of his latest accomplishments:
  • His second tooth has broken through
  • He is nearing the end of "his crying through the night" phase
  • He had spaghetti for the first time last night and LOVED it!
  • He had a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch and loved it as well!
  • Squash is still his favorite vegetable (he can't get enough) and still loves anything banana
  • His hair is long enough to comb (into a style) everyday
  • He is cautiously starting to cruise
  • Fearlessly still pulling up on everything in sight!
  • He "only wants his mommy"...poor Jay, it's breaking his heart!