Fry Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas! Here is a peek at what our Christmas Eve Day looked like... lots of laziness, making cookies, and getting ready for the big man!

Happy Holidays! Enjoy!

What Happens in The Middle of the Night...

Monday, December 22, 2014

Darkness brings about strangeness it seems. Things that are not scary by day, become ominous at night.  The night brings calmness and stillness along with it, as well as sometimes fear, and change. "Big Moves" are often made, mysterious and questionable acts are often preformed, sicknesses are slept off, and children grow up....all in the middle of the night.

Having a newborn makes it easy to see these changes. Just last Monday (a week ago today), I was complaining to Ryan about how Hudson wouldn't smile at me like it said he should be doing by that point. I would talk to him and talk to him just hoping eventually he would smile when he heard my voice. One night last week (I can't even recall which), he went to bed in his tiny little crib, and the next morning I was doing my usual morning baby talk with him....and he smiled. He smiled once, and I assumed it was a fluke. I did it again, and sure enough, another smile! Since that morning, he's been smiling non stop all week. Every morning when I first talk to him he grins ear to ear. If you make eye contact and do pretty much Overnight he changed. He grew up just a little. Considering the amount of milestones he will hit within his first year, every single night he goes to bed, he wakes up seemingly a bit older. It's crazy what the night does.

After posting those pictures of Santa the other day, I pulled out the previous years visits with Santa, and just wanted to cry a little when I looked at Caroline. In 2012 she sat on his lap and looked like a BABY, then last year in 2013 she sat on his lap looking like a toddler, still little and tiny. This year I look at her on his lap and she looks like a CHILD. She is no baby any more...she's a little girl. There comes a point sometime after the first year or two, where the change slows down, it becomes an elusive thing. You can't see the moment things are changing, you can simply reflect on them once they have. It's crazy what the night does.

As a parent there are moments in every child's life that we will certain phases to pass. I was doing it just a few blog posts back! We face difficult road blocks in parenting like sleeping, teething, potty training, terrible twos, and for some terrifying threes even. These times are straight up ROUGH! But, in the midst of these trials, our little ones continue to lay their heads down each night, and the night grows them. They continue to change. 

I write this not as just a lesson to be learned by all parents, but as a reminder to myself as well. Some days are hard, and some phases are difficult, but regardless of how long they feel, the years truly are short. You can't dwell in these hardships, because if you do, at night while you are sleeping, your little ones will grow up, and you won't be able to look back with fondness and happiness of the memories you have of their little selves, instead the night will bring for you fear and regret for what you are loosing. 

So tonight, while your littles are asleep... tip toe in and kiss their sweet heads. Remember the way they look when they sleep. Listen to them breath those slow steady breaths. Take everything in. Don't let the night come do it's thing, until you have enjoyed one last moment of the age they are today.

(October 2013)

A Visit To The Man In Red

Saturday, December 20, 2014

I know it's late, and I have no idea why I'm not sleeping (it's 1 am). Knowing I will have to wake up at any hour in the night with Mr. Hudson, one would think I would be sound asleep.... what's wrong with me? :(

I wanted to just share our pictures from Santa this year, real quick!

We went to the mall tonight for Caroline (and Hudson but mostly Caroline) to sit on Santa's lap. Dressed in coordinating jammies, we showed up expecting a huge line being the Friday night before Christmas. When we got there however, we were pleasantly surprised that there were only a few people in line in front of us and the line grew only slowly behind. 

When it was our turn, Santa was ALL ABOUT HUDSON (sshhh... I felt kinda bad for Caroline since she was more excited than Hudson about seeing Santa, but he was totally into the baby pictures.) seriously... have you ever seen such a theatrical Santa?? I love how "into" it he got. Things like this are what make the holidays such a fun time of year. 

Not gonna lie... I was kinda dreading going to Santa tonight, but had promised Caro too many times to back out. I'm so glad we did. These pictures will make for some fun memories to look back on when Hudson is bigger. Santa is already making plans for next year. He told me to come around Thanksgiving for a practice session so we can gauge Hudson's reaction and plan for what poses we will do during the real deal. HAHA LOVE IT!

6 Week Update!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

(Ugh, aren't they precious ?!)

Just thought I would write a quick little update on this here handsome dude.

Hudson turned 6 weeks old this week. I can't believe it! We survived the month of doom and then some. I will say, however, his "month of Doom" seems to be a bit longer than his big sister's, but we are slowly adjusting. 
I haven't had much time to take pictures, as these two crazy kiddos keep me on my toes!
 Ugh, aren't they precious though?!


So 6 weeks
Size- 0-3 officially. Makes me sad. In fact, I haven't even brought myself to pack up the newborn clothes. It's too much acknowledgement that he's actually growing up! (TEAR)
But seriously, if you'r buying him and Xmas outfit, or any clothes right now, 0-3. PS- He needs jammies

Eating: 4-6 oz at a time of Similac Sensitive. For a while we were feeding him 3 oz. then ALL of a sudden it was like he HAD to have 4, then he started getting really fussy out of no where for a couple of days. We soon figured out that we would give him 4 oz. he would be fine for 45 mins then he wanted 1-2 more. Needless to say, he was hungry. He's a growing boy! So depending on what time of day he's eating up to 6 oz.

Sleeping: HA! What's that?? This guy is NOT what I would call a good sleeper. I'm not saying he's the worst I have ever heard of, but certainly not as good as some. Going to bed between 9-10pm, he generally wakes up and eats between 1:30-and 3, then goes right back to sleep. The problem is, he wakes up about 2 hours later and wants to do it all over again. I have two choices:

1. Feed him again (then he's gassy, and miserable, or spits up)
2. Go in there 100 times to give him his paci (which isn't what he really wants anyways)
So either way, it's not fun!
He gives me one good stretch and then after that it's anyone's guess.

I'm trying not to develop bad habits so he sleeps in his bed mostly, but after fighting him more than a couple of times at 5:15 am, I usually give in, go get his car seat, and strap him in. He sleeps next to me in his a baby! Today he slept from 6-8:30 without a peep in that seat. Lets just hope he's not 5 and still trying to sleep in his baby carrier, but for now, whatever works, and whatever gives me some rest!

Hud my Bud in his carseat, snoozing away!

Smiles: sporadically. He's not quite to the point where he actually smiles when something is entertaining, although occasionally I talk to him and he smiles, so I like to believe it's because he likes me a little bit. I truly can't wait for the smiles and laughs. That's when the fun starts!
He does make little baby coos and caughs now. Which is cute!

He Likes: Being Held. Period. He LOVES to be held. Which makes chasing a 4 year old around much harder! I use this baby carrier to assist! I have the Moby Wrap that my sister-in0law gave me, but it's like 100 ft, long and you have to do all of these weird wraps and stuff. The JJ Cole carrier is already shaped like you need to wear it, so you just slip it on, put baby in, and wrap the sash around his bottom. It's a life saver.

He also likes to sit in his Bumbo chair (working on our neck muscles).

He likes daddy's weird random songs

He loves his sound machine and mobile that projects on the ceiling. They sell it at target and it's WAY cool because you can actually tilt the projector so it shines where ever he is in the room (like sometimes when I change his diaper or clothes, I shine it over the changing table. He loves it!). It's also cool because I don't have to have a mobil hanging over the bed. This works just great!
Check it out here

He also has started to ACCEPT his bath!

Overall he's growing and changing just like he should. 

One thing I'll note that pretty much sums up this stage is that we are finally to the point where everything isn't a battle. At first when they are newborns, it feels like dressing them makes them mad, diaper changes make them mad, baths make them really mad, etc. Now we can actually get dressed, change poopy diapers, and bath without too much complaining. It does make mothering much more tolerable!

On another note: we recently took our Christmas Pictures during a fun mini session with our favorite photographer - other than myself of course ;). They were fun, and turned out great. We love capturing the whole fan as much as we can with these ever changing munchkins. 

 The whole gang
 My Girl
 Gah- she's gorgeous! 

Writers Block? More Like Writers Black Out!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Have you ever tried writing a book? Chances are that the answer for most of you is, "no", which in all truth is good! For those of you who have, it's likely you will understand where I'm coming from when I advise others to cross that off your bucket list before even attempting it.

This journey of book writing is literally the at the top of my "Most Frustrating Thing Ever" list, right there with:

1. Middle of the night baby feedings
2. Talking to automated machines for customer service
3. Attempting to make changes to your identity by visiting the DMV

Yes, somewhere nestled in there is "Book Writing". 

Having been the best in my Creative Writing class, English Student of the Year, and a Professional Writing major during my little college stint, one would think that writing would come naturally, and that words would fall freely and endlessly from my keyboard like snowflakes on a Manhattan Christmas. This, however, is so far from the case. Let me share with you some of my struggles of writing a book.

1. I feel like I could "Brainstorm" forever- As a perfectionist, I seem to have some sort of phobia against actually STARTING my manuscript. You see, I have this notebook that I carry around, constantly jotting down ideas in fun colored markers and pens. I have pages of Character Analysis', Plot Maps, etc. 
Every time I sit down with a blank document to actually start to write, I instead feel like I'm not prepared enough, like a I don't know enough about my Characters, or I need to figure out further details about my setting. It's as though I'm afraid if I don't have all of this figured out, then once it's written it can't be undone. Therefore, I just continue to outline this book endlessly until 1. it writes itself out of the pain of being analyzed to death or 2. I run out of pages in my notebook, loose the notebook, and forget everything. This is a problem. No writing= No manuscript. 

2. I continue to come up with ideas that I know only surface information about.
(Enter Stage Right: Google). Yes, I spend 90% of the time I'm not brainstorming on Google, trying to verify the facts of certain ideas that come up in my book (if there were such a thing). One Google article leads to another, which is followed by a Facebook ding, which then warrants a phone call, and before you know it I have only vaguely figured out the facts I needed to know, and have still not started typing.

3. I'm addicted to reading other author's biographies and Q&A's on their blogs and fan sites. So much so that I begin to question everything I'm writing and doing because I figure, "they are published authors, maybe I should do what they are doing." This is until I visit the next author's page, who totally contradicts the other three that I have read about today, and I continue to realize there is no right way to do this thing: Book Writing.

Needless to say, writing this book may be the very last thing I do on this Earth. Mostly because it may take until my late 90's to actually complete it at this rate.
There was really no purpose to this blog (besides to distract me from actually working on the book). That being said, I'll leave you with something positive to make your time worth it:

If you love something, pursue it. There will be times when you hate it, times when you question it, times when you really don't know why you ever loved it at all. Pursuing it though, will either strengthen your love for it or highlight your disinterest. It's good to get that straighten out within yourself so you never wonder "what if..."

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