Meagan Musing: September 2011

Meagan Musing


Scavenger Hunt Sunday

I'm back! I'm so excited to be here with my photos for Ashley's Scavenger Hunt. It was fun to get a little creative this week. Yay!

{Low Key}


This baby is pretty laid back most of the time, and I sure love those little kissable toes. :)

{Monochromatic/Analogous Color}


It rained here! For about 10 minutes! It was fabulous.



Circle raindrops. Can you tell I was excited about the rain?



My favorite way to wear a scarf - the infinity tie.



He has very important calls to make.

Next week's prompts are:

Inspired by book or movie
Coffee or Tea

Hope y'all had a great weekend!

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Serious Caroline

I have serious babies.

I mean, look at that face…


I can’t decide if she’s just taking it all in, or if she’s annoyed over something or if she thinks we’re all crazy and doesn’t know how she ended up in this wild family.

But Andrew was the same way. He made that face all the time.

I swear he only smiled a hand full of times before he was three months old. I don’t think it was that he was unhappy, but that he didn’t have time to be silly – he had to study what we were doing so he could learn it to do it himself, and soon. He was in such a hurry.

But this baby, she smiles, too!



Is that not just the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen? Oh, I’m so in love with this baby.


She’s pretty laid back and doesn’t get too upset unless she’s hungry. She’s a fairly decent nighttime sleeper and so far she has been a rock star napper, the exact opposite of Andrew, who slept great at night, but was wide awake most days.

And on Tuesday when Brian and I were both sick, sick sick after catching the stomach bug, I was really grateful for our peaceful, happy baby.

Yeah, that happened.

My sweet friend Deb is hosting a new link-up called This or That Thursdays. I’m excited because we can post a photo of anything and since I seem to only have photos of Andrew and Caroline these days this seems like a great link-up for me!

I’m very excited to participate this first week!

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Sick House

Last Thursday after Mother’s Day Out I took Andrew to get a cherry limeade for the first time ever. He was so excited that he’s been talking about it ever since. Really, even this morning he talked about driving by the cement truck on our way to Sonic. He thought we needed to do that again today.

But there are no cherry limeades in Andrew’s immediate future. We’ve been dealing with our first ever stomach bug this weekend. Poor kiddo got sick Saturday afternoon and has been a little iffy ever since.

And really, poor Brian, because he’s had to do the majority of the clean-up. Sometimes it’s really a bonus to be the only one who can feed the baby. :)

It was the first time we’ve had a stomach bug in this house and for that I’m very grateful. I was so worried the rest of us would pick it up, but so far, so good.

He also has a little cold with lots of snot. And now poor Caroline has a stuffy nose too. It’s so sad to hear your little tiny baby try to breathe around a full nose. I’m hoping it clears up quickly.

So, greetings from the sick house! :)

But we’re still cheering for the Cowboys today.



Yes, she is wearing a pink tutu with that Cowboys t-shirt. This having a girl thing is so much fun.

She’s already one month old by the way. How did that happen?

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A List

I've had lots to say for days, but I'm too sleepy to put it all together in one cohesive post so I'm just going to make a list.

1. Andrew is currently obsessed with Billy Currington's song, Love Done Gone, because of the horn section. He's been singing it many times a day, but the only words he knows are the lines about disappearing bubbles in a glass of champagne and losing money in a slot machine. So, we're clearly teaching him wholesome concepts. :)

2. I'm missing my camera. Sure, I've taken some pictures of Caroline, but I've been so unmotivated to pick up my camera during the every day moments these last few weeks. I need to get my inspiration back.

3. In that vein, I signed up for Kent Weakley's Composition eClass. It's self-paced so I should be able to squeeze out some time to practice. I hope this gives me a good spark and teaches me a different way of looking at a potential shot.

4. I have some kind of allergies/cold thing going on and my throat is so scratchy I'm going to go crazy. I'm already not sleeping very much. It seems so unfair that what little sleep I'm getting is going to be disrupted by an itchy throat. Boo.

5. This little girl?


She's just the sweetest thing. I'm loving having a little tiny baby to snuggle. It's going to go so fast, and I'm trying to just enjoy this moment because it is so special.

6. It was 107 degrees today. Seriously Texas? On September 13?

7. I finally ordered my baby announcements and they'll be here tomorrow. I absolutely can't wait to see them.

8. I'm loving Words with Friends right now. I'm spending a lot of time sitting and nursing which leaves me time to play on my phone. Play with me! I'm always looking for someone to play - I'm MeaganMusing.

9. Andrew is doing so well at swimming lessons. He's had four lessons in the level 2 class where he's swimming without me. He's jumping in like a pro and can actually swim on his own for a few feet. I love how happy and comfortable he is in the water, just like his daddy.

10. Caroline's been sleeping for an hour. I must go to bed too.

Good night!

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I'm so surprised when I realize that Caroline has only been home with us for 3 weeks. It seems like she's been a part of our little family for a lot longer than that. While we're still in the adjusting phase, I definitely feel like I'm getting in to a good groove and gaining some confidence as a mom to two.

I think Andrew has certainly had the hardest time with the transition.

I had been afraid that he might be mad at me or not want to have anything to do with me once the new baby came, but he's responded in the exact opposite way. About 10 times a day he says, "I want you!!". He's been very clingy, but I've been trying to indulge him a bit to help him get over this hump. Some days I think when will we get back to normal?, but then I realize that this is our new normal.

And while I'm sure that Andrew will someday love his little sister dearly, and he's super sweet with her already, I think right now he'd be perfectly happy for us to go back to the old normal.

My favorite part of being a second time mom?

I'm not constantly worried about creating bad habits or messing something up or wondering when things will get easier. I'm just enjoying today. I now know how truly fast this time goes - she will only be tiny and still for a very, very short period of time. I'm not very worried about putting her down as soon as she falls asleep or trying to get her on a schedule. In fact, those few quiet minutes after she eats and then falls asleep in my arms are some of the sweetest and happiest of my day.

My biggest concern about being a mom to two?

Getting Andrew and Caroline in and out of the car without Andrew running away. Seriously, how do y'all keep your 2.5 year old boys by your side? So far I've only taken them both to Andrew's Mother's Day Out and swimming lessons. I do okay if I have her in the stroller because then I can hold Andrew's hand pretty much the whole time. But if I'm carrying her in her carseat or on her own it's hard to hold on to Andrew too and I'm constantly afraid he'll run off in a parking lot. Please tell me I'm not the only one who has this issue...

And now, here are a few pictures from our last week:

First day of Mother's Day Out:

He totally picked this spot and posed for me. Ha!

My boys at the pool on Labor Day:


Smiley, sleepy baby on Labor Day:


Her first dress that fits!:


Oh, I am so blessed.

{Linking up for Back to School}

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Today's You Capture theme at I Should Be Folding Laundry is peace. And it's so fitting that I'm writing this today because my house is currently the most peaceful it's been in weeks.

Caroline and I dropped Andrew off at Mother's Day Out this morning, and we've been having a quiet, productive day ever since.

I mean, I love Andrew dearly, but peaceful is not a word that would ever be used to describe him.

My kitchen is clean, the dishwasher and washing machine are running, our beds are made and the toys are put away. I'm sure I'm really going to treasure these few quiet hours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

I've been working on Caroline's birth announcement. I'm so excited about it. I have all these darling pictures I want to share with y'all, but I keep thinking that I might want to use one of them on the announcement so I'm saving them.

I'll share them soon though, I promise.

This is what she's currently doing:


She seems to be moving toward figuring out the difference between day and night. She was awake for a few long stretches yesterday and then slept for three and a half hours straight last night, was up for an hour and slept for another three. Yay! I don't mind getting up to feed her, but I really like it when she goes right back to sleep after nursing.

We went to the doctor on Monday for her 2-week check-up and y'all, she's up to 7 pounds, 13 ounces. That means she gained 1 pound in a week! The key to good, weight-gaining breast milk: chocolate chip cookies. I highly recommend this diet if you have a tiny baby needing to gain weight. :)

Here's wishing you all a happy, cooler September!


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