Thursday, January 28, 2010

4 Months

Maxton turned 4 months old on January 24. He had a great month as he celebrated his first Christmas! At his fourth month appointment he proved true what the world already knew... he's a porker! haha!

Four Month Stats:
Weight: 17 pounds 10 ounces
Height: 26 1/4 inches

Big boy!! Big and healthy which is what matters most. Our little guy has been really giggly all month and is laughing out loud every day! He's gotten really great at rolling from his front to his back and we're continuing to work on rolling the other way. He sleeps through the night off and on, but rarely wakes up before 3 a.m. He had his first bite of "real" food, avocado, on his four month b-day and he just spit it right back out! haha! We'll continue working on this through the next few months. I'm in no real hurry for him to begin solids, as it's one more step towards him not needing his mommy anymore :(

We are just so in love with Maxton and our love grows each month as we experience the wonder that he has for the world. Life is really sweet in the Lincoln house.

Here is a picture of Max trying out his first solid!



Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sometimes you just need to laugh at all of the crap in your life.

I don't even know where to begin... first off, this post may be way too much information for some of you, but those of you who know me best know that this phrase, while in my vocabulary, is often ignored and I just spill it all anyway. So, here goes...

I had a fabulous day!! Max was a little angel all day. He napped, he laughed, he played independently. I got some things done (!) and all seemed right with the world. Ritchie agreed to go to dinner out and I figured the night would end as happily as it had begun.

One thing I forgot to mention about my day is that I took a very big crap in our upstairs guest bathroom. Now, why on Earth would I tell you this? Well, my readers, that crap is where our lovely evening turned... well, crappy. On Monday, Max made a very big poop. It was so bad that I had to bathe him. In the guest bathroom, which is the only bathroom with a tub. I wiped him down with wipes and threw the wad of wipes in the toilet. (Yes, I know I'm brilliant) Later I told Ritchie that I had clogged the toilet by throwing wipes down and he said he would take care of it. That was Monday.

Fast forward to today and my monstrosity in the very same clogged toilet that, you guessed it, never got taken care of. I have an infant and don't have the luxury of inspecting the toilet prior to crapping to ensure it's not clogged, so sue me. After realizing that I had clogged the toilet even more than I had on Monday I resolved to get the plunger and take care of it immediately. But guys, I have an infant. So that didn't happen. I forgot all about the little toilet that couldn't....

We come home from a lovely evening and Ritchie proceeds up the stairs to give Maxton his bath. All of the sudden I hear, "JAMIE?!" Crap!! Literally, crap.

"I'm going to take care of it!!" I proclaim.

After Max is all bathed and my toes have been properly soaked to clear up the infection from my ingrown toenails (that explanation needs its own post) I go up with the plunger to brave my pungent opponent. I start plunging away, but it doesn't seem to be working.

"Ritchie?" I call.

"What?"

"It doesn't seem to be working!" I yell.

"Do you want me to come and do it?"

"NO! Absolutely not! I don't want you plunging my poo!" I am horrified. Although I will talk about anything, I am actually quite modest about my bathroom endeavors.

"Well, if it's low enough you could try to flush it," Ritchie suggests.

Hmm. It looked low enough. Okay, what the heck. I flush.

"Umm... I don't think that worked!" I yelled before I start shrieking because here it comes out the toilet and onto the floor. Luckily not that much hit the floor.

Then I figured there wasn't much else to do but plunge more and try to fix this problem. So, plunge I did. And overflow it did. This toilet was putting up a good fight. With every plunge it squirted massage amounts of poo infested water over the lid and onto the floor - infiltrating my poor open wounds on my toe as I'm squealing and plunging and, finally, just laughing hysterically. There's water everywhere, quickly making it's way towards the carpeted hallway, and poo bits are splattered all over the bathroom tiles. Ritchie is standing in the doorway holding Max. He is not laughing.

"I don't know what to do!" I'm almost in tears (from laughter, mind you).

"Well, you better get the floor clean right away before it gets to places that can't be easily cleaned."

Right. Okay, so I clean up the floor with towels that Ritchie threw down and paper towels that I retrieved from downstairs. Then I laid down more paper towels and started plunging again. At this point, Max is crying hysterically. This is his new nighttime thing. He just cries. It's maddening. So, I alternate plunging, cleaning, washing my hands, and soothing the baby. Ritchie is about to lose his mind from the crying and the huge mess in the bathroom which he is pissed about. He blames me for not making sure the toilet wasn't clogged before crapping in it. I am mad at him for not fixing the clogged toilet when I first told him about it. We're both tired of the incessant crying.

This goes on for a good 45 minutes. Finally, Ritchie takes over with the plunging and makes progress. One problem down (pun intended). I get Max to stop crying. Ritchie plays with Max while I clean the bathroom using bleach. Twice.

Then Max starts screaming again and I have to wash my hands, lay a towel on the bed to put the feet I've stepped in my own crap on, and feed him to sleep. He finally falls asleep and Ritchie finishes up the bathroom for me. I go downstairs to soak my toes again because, well, they have crap in them now.

Ritchie joins me downstairs and we become delirious. I'm just glad that we're able to laugh at the crap in our lives.

Rainy Day Photo Shoot

Today (and for the past several days actually) it's been raining insane amounts of rain. There was even a tornado warning today! Max and I are pretty cooped up trying to stay dry and warm. So, what better to do on a day like today than to have a photo shoot! I've been ashamed at the lack of photos we've been taking of our first born (HELLO?? Isn't he supposed to have more pics than he knows what to do with?!) Here are the best of the day:

He definitely has Ritchie's eyebrows...
but has my eyes and lips!
Mr. Drool

Hello Michelin Man! We've got a chunker on our hands!! Can't wait to find out how much he weighs and how long he is at his 4 month appointment on Monday!


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Oaren't you glad I'm showing you these oars?

Haha! I crack myself up. Ritchie got me these gorgeous oars for Christmas. Just wanted to brag:



Friday, January 1, 2010

What A Year It's Been

What a year!
January 5th - Little man was conceived.
January 11th - I turned 27
January 15th - I found out I was pregnant in the morning - freaked out and scared the crap out of Ritchie - wondered what the heck I had gotten myself into - and spent the rest of the day giddy with excitement!
March 11 - Heard Max's heartbeat for the first time <3


April 21 - Ritchie turns 26
April 24 - We find out that we are having a boy!
May 2 - I was honored to throw Kimberly a baby shower! It was my first ever that I hosted and I was so pleased with how it turned out!
May 25 - Shannon has Isabella - a sweet little girl into the world!
June 7 - Ritchie completes his first 1/2 marathon!
June 9 - Kirstie finds out she is expecting Roman!! She will be blessed this February with her own little stinker!
June 22 - Kimberly and Pat welcome Quinn into the world! I was so happy to be a part of the happiest day of their lives!
June 25 - Ritchie and I celebrate 3 years of blissful marriage!
June 27 (I'm pretty sure this was the date) - We find out that Kim and Pat are moving to Washington. We're fortunate (extremely) in that this was truly the only negative thing that happened this year, but, for us, it was a large tragedy. We miss them all the time!
July 25 - My baby shower! Kirstie came and painted the mural. What an amazing friend she is!
July 26 - Ritchie runs his first FULL marathon. In 5 hours and 52 minutes. What a rock star. Seriously.
Also July 26 - Kim and Pat actually leave. I managed to hold it together that day surprisingly well, so there's the positive to that!
August 1 - Ritchie's sisters throw me a fabulous baby shower!
September 24 - The greatest day of our lives! Our son, Maxton James Lincoln was born at 2:54 p.m. weighing in at 7lbs 7oz. He has amazed us each day since...
October 18 - Grandma Congdon comes to visit and meets Max for the very first time!
November 9 - Kimberly comes to visit and we hang out for the first time as mommies!
November 25 - We head to LA to be with Kirstie and Nick for Thanksgiving and we begin what we hope to be a fabulous new tradition!
December 24-26 - Max celebrates his first holiday surrounded by family and love. Life couldn't be any sweeter.
December 31 - We move Max's crib into our room because a certain mom can't let go. We stay up until midnight blogging and eating cake. I realize that all of my dreams have come true and I couldn't ask for a better beginning to 2010.





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