Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Playing Catch Up

With a one year old, spirited, energetic, super fast little boy, it seems I find myself playing catch up all the time. I'm almost caught up with laundry, all the dishes are done, the bed sheets are changed, all the toys are put away, the bathrooms are cleaned, the floors are mopped....whew I am one tired lady!!!
Everything is going fine at the moment, Maddox is still our spirited young man with so much energy and running power!!! We have had nice weather the last few days, so he has had the chance to play outside and he loves that!!! He is still not talking very much, he babbles pretty often, but he is doing great with sign language. He learned "thank you" this weekend and it looks like he his blowing you a kiss. I am working on "bath" "play" and "drink" this week....I'll let you know when he masters those as well!!!
Last Friday, February 20th, was my mom's birthday!! We started the morning off with breakfast from Chick-fil-A, kameron, mollie, my granny, maddox and I all hung out at mom's house for the day, baked mom's red velvet birthday cake, enjoyed lunch together and just hung out. I made a shirt for Maddox to wear that day that said "I love my Grammie." My mom took Maddox in the house and was going to change his diaper, so she took his jacket off and there he was wearing that shirt and my mom was surprised. I told her "well, he can't say it yet, so I'll just have him wear it all day" (I think she liked the surprise)
That evening, the boys came over and we all ate fajitas and just spent time together as a family, I had a great time celebrating with my mom (thanks mom again for letting Maddox spend the night, so we could hang out with you longer)
Saturday, Brad's parents came into town. Gosh, it sure was great getting to see them!! Unfortunately they had to go home on Monday, it was hard to see them leave so quickly, but hopefully they can come visit in March and stay a little longer!!!
Brad, Maddox, and I are going to Ruidoso, NM on Sunday. We are needing a little vacation (3 days) and are looking forward to the time away as a family of 3.

Well, once again blogger is being difficult and won't let me post any pictures. I will try again later this evening!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hi/Lo Thursday

This post is part of "Hi/Lo Thursday" on the Riggs Family Blog. Check out their blog to read everyone else's "Hi/Lo" posts and for a chance to win $100.

This is my first attempt at the Hi/Lo Thursday, but I wanted to get your attention to the website above. This family is amazing....their daughter is suffering from cancer and definitely need our prayers.

My "High" for this week would have to be watching Maddox become more independent and seeing a side of his personality I have never seen before. He plays by himself longer and it is so much fun to watch him at "work". He is so funny and loves to figure things out. It is so much fun to just sit back and watch him play with his toys, remotes and all the things he shouldn't be getting into. He has become so lovie these past few weeks, walking up and giving me hugs (usually around my legs) all throughout the day. He loves to help me clean, fold (well, he likes to unfold) laundry, and make the bed. I have been praying for peace and that I would have confidence in Christ on the decisions I make as a mother and this week I defiantly have felt that peace. I wonder why I wait so long to ask God to help me, I suppose its that stubbornness I hold so tightly!!!

My "Low" for this week would be not feeling like I can help my husband more than I do. I am so proud of him and how hard he works. Tax season has been busy as usual (which is great) but I know it is exhausting for him. I only wish I could help more and take away some of his stress. (oh how blessed we are that this is the "LO" of the week...we are so fortunate)

Ok, now click on the link above and check out the Riggs Family Blog. Please keep little Abby in your prayers!!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Late Valentine's Day

Well a lot has happened since I posted last. First of all, Mollie Michelle Fellers was born on February 10, 2009, weighing 6lbs 11oz, both Mollie and Mommy Kameron are doing great. She is so tiny and sweet and just has the most mild temperament

(Maddox meeting Mollie for the first time)

After Maddox's shots, he ran a little bit of a fever and had very bad stomach problems. He was really sick the day after, wouldn't eat or drink anything. So what do you do for a little one who won't drink anything and you need to try to keep him hydrated? Well, you put him in a bath tub with a pedilite Popsicle of course!! hahahh

Luckily the next day Maddox was feeling much better, he started eating and drinking again, YIPPEE!!!

Valentines day was much different this year than last year. Maddox was only a month old last year and surviving was the name of the game at our house!!! It was so much fun this year, watching him explore his presents from Grammie and playing and being so lovie! Grammie (my mom) got him a balloon that plays music when you tap it...it is great! Maddox "drums" with it when the music is on. Grammie also hunted down a Valentine's card that played the song "Cant Fight This Feeling Anymore" by REO Speedwagon. (Maddox would stop anything he was doing when he heard the Hallmark commercial come on TV and play that song...he would start drumming...it was the cutest thing. So, Grammie found the card for him and it is a big hit in our house)
Sunday, my mom and Paul watched Maddox for Brad and I so we could go to dinner and celebrate Valentines Day together. It was great!!!

Maddox Last Valentine's day

Maddox this Valentine's Day...oh what a difference a year makes

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Appointment Update

Well, we took Maddox for those yucky shots today....all went well though...there were lots of tears shed, but he is doing fabulous so far....(knock on wood, or plastic or whatever you can find to "knock" on) I just put him down for his nap, hopefully he will rest up so he can play hard when he gets up.

Here are the stats from today's appointment:

Head circumference 19 (off the charts)
Weight 26lbs 13 oz (90th percentile)
Height 30in (50th percentile)

All this to say I have a super smart (huge head for all those brains of course), Buddha Belly, short man!! hahhaha!!!

The nurse asked us if Maddox was saying at least 2-3 words...Brad and I just looked at each other and laughed. We stated "well, no, he only says "Cracker" " She just looked at us and asked, "well does he say "momma" or "dadda" " To that we responded, "well, he has babbled it before so we know he CAN say it, he just doesn't"

The Doctor said he is fine and since he is learning sign language so well, it is as though he is learning two languages and he will take off with it.

Maddox is healthy and full of those immunizations, so all is well in the Kalivoda house!!!

Update on the Fellers baby (bro and sis-in-law) she seems to be pretty happy inside her mommy right now and isn't making any progress too quickly, but Kameron and baby are both doing great and that is all that matters at this point!!!

"Mom, you just go have a seat, I'll finish cleaning the floors for you"

Father and Son duet

(I love this picture because it shows how the boys hair line is exactly the same. You've got to love those Kalivoda hair calics)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Let it Go

I am going to use this post as a form of therapy for myself. I have a problem of putting too much pressure on myself; thus allowing myself to get stressed out. For the most part I am not naturally a spontaneous or fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal. I usually think things through, plan and try to be as prepared for most situations as possible. Having a child, defiantly makes you have to rethink how you have "always" done things and adjust. While, I do feel my planning skills and trying to be prepared has been very helpful, I am constantly learning that I will NEVER be prepared enough and just when I think "I've got it" we enter into a new phase and it is time to adjust once again. I place pressure upon myself to make sure Maddox grows into a strong, compassionate, kind, generous and intelligent man who fears the Lord. I place pressure upon myself to make sure he is disciplined when there needs to be discipline, loved when he needs love, nurtured when there needs to be nurturing, and left to figure things out on his own when possible. I stress that I am not good enough for him and I in some way will let him down as a mother. God is teaching me to let it go. HE is in control if I allow HIM to be and He will give me the wisdom, patience and ability to do all that needs to be done for Maddox. He will guide me and show me the way, if I step back and let HIM lead me. He will take my stress and give me rest, I simply have to let HIM. He is my joy and my strength. He gave us Maddox knowing exactly how Maddox's temperament would be and HE felt I was the mommy He needed on earth (wow, if that doesn't take your stress away, I'm not sure what will)
So as of February 9, 2009 at 9:44pm, I am officially letting it go, I am placing my stress, fears and self-doubts in God's hands. I am trusting He will show me the way to go.

Thank you for letting me vent and get my thoughts out!!

Exciting news....Mollie Michelle (my brother and sis-in-law's baby) is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow!!! I cannot wait to meet her and to watch Maddox with his new and very first cousin.

Boo news, Maddox gets his shots tomorrow...big BOO!!!

(sorry, blogger is not letting me add any pictures tonight...I will try tomorrow)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Bye Bye Bangs

Well it has pretty much been "business" as usual around here. Maddox is discovering new things everyday and picking up the pace with his walking skills. He has discovered how to run and he books it everywhere he goes...hands down by his side and everything. The last few days he has been so lovey to me...which if you KNOW my child, you know he does not like to cuddle or be held for any length of time, so this lovey time has been so precious to me. He'll walk up to me and hug my leg or my arm or anything he can get those chubby little arms around. So so sweet.

While he has been sweet and lovey towards me, the complete opposite has been expressed towards Brad...Maddox has been in terrible moods every time Brad is home (it is usually close to nap time or almost time for bed and Maddox is tired) and it makes me so sad. I am hoping things begin to slow down for Brad at work (well, at least when its after 6 and time for him to come home) so that he can spend more time with sweet Maddox rather than the terror that shows up when a nap is in order.

Yesterday Maddox had his first hair cut! He did GREAT. He sat in my lap like a big boy and played with a comb or the water bottle....my mom helped keep him entertained as well (thanks mom) His hair looks much better, he no longer has "bangs" which his daddy is thrilled about. It was a bitter sweet moment for me, because it was one more step into toddler-hood and away from baby! It is such a joy to watch him grow and get bigger everyday, but parts of me still want him to be a little baby......but this stage has been a lot of fun....exhausting and frustrating at times, but a lot of fun.

He is signing for "more" now and is doing great with that!!! We are working on "please" and "thank you" (he has to have good manners you know....screaming and grunting just won't cut it around here:) )
These next pictures are of Maddox "playing" the piano....we might just have a child prodigy on our hands..hahha (he was so gentle while playing...it was cute cute cute)