Wednesday, April 29, 2009

No time for blogging!

I can't believe I let this thing go weeks in between when I update! I used to be so good about updating this nightly and now I can't even find the time!

As of Monday night, I am officially DONE grad school until June! YES!!!!! I just can't wait until I'm done FOREVER....but that will come with time. I'm only 9 credits into a 33 credit program--- gosh, that seems like sooooo far to go! I'm hoping to be done either by December 2010 or May 2011. Either way, it's not easy working full time, taking care of a newborn daughter, and going to school part time! I hate that PA makes us get these credits....makes you feel like your FIRST college degree is useless!

Nothing is really new with Miss Audrey. We're still going through the whole teething thing, but no teeth have showed up yet! The poor girl is struggling and evenings seem to be the worst. She doesn't seem to have any issues at night though because she's still sleeping soundly through the night (thank goodness).

Some pictures of my love (who by the way is 28 weeks old today!):

In her robe after bathtime

Learning to stand

Hamming it up for the camera!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

6 months and BEACH!

Wow-- I'm back! Sorry it's been so long since I've updated.

Last Wednesday, April 15, we proudly celebrated Audrey's 1/2 year birthday!!! It's so hard to believe our little girl has been with us for 6 months already! We treasure every single day we've been blessed with her and we're excited to keep seeing her grow (so fast) right before our eyes.
Some things about Miss Audrey:
  • She is still in her 6 month clothes (the pants are getting too short but they're still a little big around her petite waist)
  • She rolls both ways and FAST
  • She "scoots" around... if you leave her laying on a blanket, it's no problem for her to scoot 5 feet away from it!
  • She's still sleeping through the night (9+ hours!)
  • We are in the middle of teething!! They're getting closer by the day but no teeth have broken through
  • She can push up with her hands and lift her chest
  • She can sit really well with support but only for a few seconds without support (and then she topples over)
  • She grabs EVERYTHING in sight!!! And it's a tight grip when she grabs!
  • She laughs and giggles all the time (Charley is her favorite though)
  • Her hair is getting lighter and lighter and it's now starting to grow back in where it was rubbed off when she was a baby
Now, granted, Audrey was doing some of these things before she even reached 6 months, but it's amazing to see how much babies grow in that short amount of time!

The only 6 month picture we got that is semi-decent

Then Audrey realized eating the paper is much more fun

The love of our lives!

This past weekend, Jedd and I took off work on Friday and we took Audrey to Ocean City, Maryland for her first official beach trip! We had a great weekend and beautiful 75+ degree weather! It was nice to leave PA behind for a little and just relax. Charley got to come too and he loved getting in the ocean water. We're really looking forward to our week-long family vacation down there in early August!

Outlet shopping wears me out!

Bath time in the sink!

Last time we were here together Audrey was in my belly! Sorry I was squinting so bad-- it was bright!

Jedd and Charley on the beach

The Gardner family

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter 2009

Jedd and I spent the early part of Easter doing some not-so-fun things. I had to finish up a grad school project that's due today and Jedd unexpectedly went into work after they had some trouble the day before.

I got Audrey all dressed up and she was such a good girl. As I was getting ready to go, I noticed Audrey's favorite part of her Easter dress was that she could flip it over her head to chew on it. Awesome.

We ate dinner at my parents house and Jedd's mom and my sister both joined us. We forewent the traditional ham and had steaks instead. They were amazing!!! Since I worked the day before and Grandma Gardner watched Audrey, she had already gotten her gift from her--- a white mini rocking chair to put on our front porch with our rocking chairs!! It's adorable and Audrey just loves sitting in it!

Audrey also got an Easter basket from Grandma & Grandpa Howard. Actually, it wasn't a basket at all--- it was a Vera Bradley purse! It's from their new collection and the purse is actually called "Audrey". She loved it!!!

We had a great day with our families and Audrey really seemed to enjoy her 1st Easter!!
Here are some pictures:

Audrey's new rocking chair from Grandma & Grandpa Gardner!

Her new Vera Bradley "Audrey" purse

Her goodies from Grandma & Grandpa Howard

My happy girl

Showing off her pretty Easter dress

She was so happy all day!

Audrey and Mommy

Had to get her the headband!!!

Hope everyone had as much of an enjoyable Easter as we did!!!

RIP Harry Kalas

Sadly, the Phils announcer, and the voice of the team, passed away today in the pressbox.

The Phils games will never be the same.
RIP Harry.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

1st day= SUCCESS!!

So, as I blogged about before, I'm starting a new job for some extra "fun" money! Today was my 1st day actually working--- although I am DEFINITELY still learning! I am getting paid $7.50/hour and then anything I make in tips is mine to keep and I don't have to claim. Most customers come in for a drink or two, or to golf, or to gamble. Well, since the rain was still coming down this morning I didn't have a huge golf crowd. But there were definitely gamblers!!! I paid out $640 alone in ticket money!!!!

The nice thing about people that gamble (or at least the one's that come into the Legion) is that they tip their bartender WELL after winning. That definitely helped my tips!!! Most money on Saturdays will come from the golf crowd, but clearly that wasn't happening today. I ended up leaving work with $75 in tips. YAAAAAAAAAAY!!! So, figure that on top of $7.50 hourly wage--- I definitely cleared $100 easily on my first day. Not a bad first day at all!!!

I needed a day like this to talk me into doing this. I already made a list of things I'm going to do with my new "fun" money... but it wasn't easy getting up this morning to go in!!! I'm hoping I continue to enjoy it just as much every weekend.

Now I'm just waiting to snuggle my little peanut when she gets home from Grandma Gardner's house!!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Let the 5 day weekend begin!!!

I'm so excited to spend the next 5 days with this beautiful face:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sleep and a New Job!

So tonight Jedd has his big sleep study. I've been trying to convince him to go for quite some time because I've been worried about his breathing at night. Awhile back he even woke up me up once because I heard him gasping for air! Hopefully after tonight we'll have some answers!

Tonight I started training for my new bartending job. I'm doing it to earn a little extra money and since I don't teach during the summers, it gives me something to do a few days a week! I was only there for about 2 hours and I earned $6 in tips. Ok, so that doesn't seem like much at all--- but there was only a couple drinking (no food), a man drinking (no food), and a man drinking (with food). So for 2 hours, I was pleased! To start, I'll only be working on Saturdays from 7:30am until 4pm. Jedd is pretty upset since it will damper weekend plans, but it seems relatively easy to get a day off if I need it.

Nothing else really new with us. I have 3 more grad school classes left for this semester! Thank goodness!!! Tomorrow is also my last day of work this week. We have a nice, long 5 day break starting then! Just gotta get through tomorrow and then I get a long break with my baby girl!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Some updates!

So this week has been one of the craziest weeks. On Monday morning, on my way to work, I got a call saying that one of my former students had passed away on Friday. I was devastated. I taught life skills for 2 years, and yes, I fully understood that our students walked a thin line with their health, but it's still one of those things you NEVER want to hear. 13 years old. It's still hard to believe. Especially since I saw her in the hallway on Friday and we had a nice little chat. I'm very thankful for that chat and I'll hold onto that forever.

I got a new (part-time) job!! I'm going to bartend 1-2 nights throughout the week (I'm hoping only 1) and then on the weekends to make some extra money. My paychecks took a HUGE hit by taking off on maternity leave, so I'm happy to make up some of that. Also, I have taught every summer for the IU and since I have grad school now, I'm unable to do that. So this is a perfect way to not waste away all summer! I'm also looking forward to putting away some money to help Jedd finish our basement. The poor guy wants his man cave sooooo desperately!

Audrey is still growing! I swear she gets longer every day! She's still a little congested so we tried putting a pillow underneath the one side of her crib to help her breath better at night. It's been working great!! She's still babbling away and drooling like CRAZY! Her gums are starting to feel like little bones so we're thinking the teeth are on their way! I'm just hoping she handles it pretty well. For now, she's been great--- just chewing and biting on things a lot! She reaches for EVERYTHING now too. So, if something is in her way, she'll grab it. Time to start being careful what's around her!

She is also getting MUCH better with tummy time! I think now that she's strong enough to lift her head for a substantial amount of time, it really interests her. I'm sad to say I think our bouncer has lost it's "appeal factor" for her though. She really wants nothing to do with it. The swing seems to be her favorite thing again and she's getting too big for it! I'm hoping she starts liking the jumperoo soon! It's sitting in our computer room VERY unused.

I am going to be heading down to Ocean City, MD for 2 weekends in a row! I'm going with my family on Thursday evening until Saturday evening (Jedd is staying home) and then we are leaving the next Thursday (the 3 of us and even Charley too) to go down again until Sunday! I'm really looking forward to taking Audrey to the beach for the 1st time and going shopping at the outlets!!!

Hope everyone is having a good week!!! I know how much I'm looking forward to the weekend!