"I should not talk so much about myself if there were any body else whom I knew as well."
-Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fall

I took Grandpa shopping on Tiesday, but he surprised me and asked to go to the big Walmart. We walked the store and paused because Grandpa thought it was important to Eleanor to see the storm trooper. 
Sometimes I ask Drew to take a picture of me because I feel awesome when I'm wearing my baby. Then he goes all Zoolander on me and takes 20 photos. 
Eleanor keeps a pretty close eye on me these days. She was happily hanging with her Daddy, but I walked in the room and got the wide eyed stare. In true Drew fashion, he joined her in the stare down of Mommy. 
Does this diaper make my thighs look big? 
I went to see Heidi & her kiddos on Wednesday.  Silas' hair is still rockin' and he's growing so much. Sophie, Eleanor and I had a snuggle fest on the couch while Heidi was trying to convince Silas to nap. 
Me: We are wrapped up like a burrito. 
Sophie: Eleanor is the meat! 
Few things can make Grandpa smile like snuggles with Eleanor can. 
I can't resist a baby in zebra print. 
Dottie helped Alex to make a bird feeder from a coffee can years ago. It hung on the big tree in front of our old house and we got much enjoyment from it. Tonight we hung it on a tree in our new back yard. 
Do you know what happens when you are wearing your baby and decide it's a good idea to squat down and take a selfie with your dog? I do. You might lose your balance. If this happens then you should just let your rear fall the 6 inches to the ground and call it good. The alternative is grabbing the dog to steady yourself. If you do that, the dog will freak out and you will fall back with exactly zero grace and take a few interesting pictures in the process. 
Everyone is fine. Eleanor was safe and sound, we only fell a few ungraceful  inches, my rear end provided ample cushion for the landing, and Foose did not get in trouble for panicking when I grabbed him to unsuccessfully steady myself. Whew. That was a good laugh! 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Full weekend

Sasha & the kids arrived Saturday morning. Bless her heart for making such a drive with a 2 year old and a 3 year old. It wears me out to think about it!! 
It took approximately 2.5 seconds to pull out every toy in the playroom! 
Sasha was happy to finally meet Eleanor. 
Payson was worn out and I had the privilege of snuggling this sleeping boy. 
Mom, Kyle, Misty, Kayla & Braeden came over for the evening. 
Grandma, Payson & E. 
Of all the things in my new house, the stairs are every kid's favorite. Braeden & Tessa. 
We were trying to make a Halloween painting with Eleanor's hand & footprint. The foot part went fine... 
The hand part did not! 
I only like this picture because it catches Kyle sneaking a pecan turtle from the cookie sheet :-) 
E & Aunt Sasha
Eleanor, Princess Elsa and Superman 
On Sunday Sasha & I walked the kids to the playground in our neighborhood and let them burn some energy. 
And the mommies played, too! 
Tessa's hair is the closest thing to Princess Elsa that I've ever seen :-)
And then they left. They stopped to see Grandpa and then began the long drive back to the Oklahoma panhandle.  I loved having them here, but I'm quite certain that Crazy Aunt Mandy acted like a borderline lunatic all weekend. You see, I haven't had toddlers of my own in a long time and my new house is most assuredly not child proof. Here's hoping they want to come back and visit Crazy Aunt Mandy soon. 
Once the house was quiet & put back together, Eleanor passed out on my chest for a LONG nap. A weekend of fun with cousins is exhausting! 
Drew, his mom & his siblings had a quick but safe trip to Knoxville for his Aunt Paula's funeral. I'm so glad they were able to make that trip together. 
He got home yesterday evening and we sure were happy to see him. Especially this girl...
I heard from Sasha this morning and she said that Tessa asked her if they could buy Baby Ellie. Sasha explained that that's not how it works and no, they can't buy her. Tessa's response? That she was willing to trade her pink sparkly shoes for Baby Ellie. How funny is that?! I guess she likes her cousin :-) 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Baseball

Braeden's fall baseball season is over and that means we won't have any more evenings at the ballpark this year.  I'm so glad that Eleanor started her life with a healthy dose of the sport.  My fingers are crossed that I might have a daughter interested in playing sports.  Those of you who knew Alex & Emma may remember that they had absolutely zero interest in playing sports.  Even when the Miracle League opened in NWA and I was so excited.  I talked it up big time, explaining that Daddy could help them play baseball and push their wheel chairs around the bases and how wonderful it would all be.  Their responses?  "Um... no."  Zero interest.  They weren't even on the fence about it; they just wanted to accessorize and watch football with Daddy.  We once took them to a KC Royals game and they were way more interested in the cheerleaders than the baseball players.  In fact, the most involved they got in the actual game was when Emma called the Hogs! They were 100% awesome, even if they didn't care about baseball.  If Eleanor decides that she doesn't like baseball either then that will be just fine by me, but it won't be because she didn't have the exposure & opportunity.  
We've been rooting for the Royals in the ALCS series and Eleanor & I are cheering them on from the recliner this evening.  
Okay, fine.  She's chewing on her minky while I watch the game.  She's happy about it, though.  

Drew left early this morning for Knoxvill and E & I have had quite the lovely, relaxing day at home today.  The lovely lady that cleans for me came this morning (yes, I have a great gal that scrubs my bathrooms & floors and it's a fabulous luxury), Misty stopped for a quick afternoon visit and the rest of the day has been spent doing this...
I really needed this alone time and I'm grateful to have had a day to recharge.  Also, my baby is awesome.  
Remember how she was delivered 10 days early because she wasn't growting fast enough and was born a scrawny 5lb & 13oz?  Yeah, I'd say we've overcome that.  There's nothing scrawny about this chunky chick.  
She puts everything in her mouth.  Everything.  She getting pretty good at sitting up in the Bumbo, too. 
Post bath and wearing her new pajamas.  She's completely outgrown anything 0-3 months and fills out the 3-6 month size pretty well.  
Want to know something?  I'm loving watching her grow & change, but I'm aboslutely struggling with the fact that she's already outgrowing things.  What do I do with these things?  The things that were loaned to us are being passed on to the next friend who is having a girl, but the things that I bought for Eleanor are in a seperate box because I can't bear to part with them.  We don't intend to have more children, but we didn't intend to have this one either.  I can't let go of this newborn stuff just yet.  I would imagine that I won't want to get rid of other baby stuff either.  

My God, 
Not so long ago I said that only you could convince me that we should have another child after Alex & Emma.  I said it with 90% conviction, 10% sass, and 100% confidence that there would be no more children.  Well here I sit, holding my third daughter.  There's no doubt in my mind that this little girl was meant to be a Harris from the beginning.  I can't fathom our life without her or hers without us.  I don't want to.  I praise you for this gift.  
Some people claim to just "know" that something is in their future.  I will claim no such thing.  I don't know what you have in store for us, but I trust that you've got it under control.  Thanks for that, by the way, because I'm just winging it here.  If it's okay with you, I'll just continue to stowe those baby things in a tub until the day that my heart knows what to do with them.  Right now my heart says Eleanor is our last baby, but I've been wrong before.  
Much love, 
Mandy 


Alex's Baby Shower

Drew's brother Pat and his wife Alex are having a baby boy in January!  Last Saturday Jessica & I threw Alex a baby shower at my house. 
Eleanor started the party with a solid nap on Aunt Jessica's shoulder. 

 Jessica made adorable mustache themed cupcakes.

 me, Alex & Jessica

 Nonnie, Alex & Gina (Alex's mom)
 Aunt Becky & Eleanor
 Eleanor (finally awake!), Aunt Becky & Jessica

 Nonnie & Eleanor
 Alex opening presents!


 Alex's grandma is 102 years old and enjoyed seeing all the baby gifts.

 Jessica & Alison
 Excited to announce Baby Boy Harris' arrival on this cute sign!