With Teeth!

November 25, 2009

Today was the average day at the ranch. Jackson, Archer, and I rolled out bed and did the normal getting ready stuff: shower, eat, let Ruby out, play, etc. John came home for lunch. He came a bit early, so he cleaned out a cabinet in the kitchen that has been unopened since we moved in. It was full of beer mugs and random glasses that we obviously don’t need. So, yet another box of stuff to sell at the planned WAY in advance garage sale next summer. Purging our house of junk has been the trend lately. I went through my dresser and closet and cut my wardrobe in half. It felt glorious! I can actually see what I have to wear! I can easily open drawers! We also tackled the enormous job of organizing the boys’ clothes. The complexities of this process are astounding! We’ve got boxes of clothes to go through to either save for Archer, give them to a cousin, throw them into Jackson’s mix, donate them, or keep for sentimental reasons. All this requires a lot of looking at tags and trying to figure out who will be that big and when. It took some serious determination, but we are DONE! We are just going crazy with this organizing kick. We even have closets that are clean and easily accessible. This is so not like us.

Back to today! After lunch, we drove John to work and then Jackson to school. Arch and I came home for what I thought would be his nap time and my me time, but he had other plans. We hung out, played, then he finally slept for a little while. 2:40 rolled around, so I woke him up and we got ready to get brother. While I was walking around the house Ruby proofing (our dog loves trash, loves scattering dog and cat food, and LOVES to lay on forbidden furniture when we leave), Archer was in his normal spot, my hip, and was chewing on my finger. And behold! A tooth! He got his first tooth today! He’s 9 months old and is just now sprouting teeth. I am so excited! So far he has been pleasant. Maybe he’ll get lucky and the teething process will be pain free. Or, should I say maybe I will get lucky.

Happy 9 Months, Archer!

8

October 19, 2009

Archer Everson Fry is 8 months old. In my mind he should still be somewhere around the ballpark of 3 months, but reality is telling me differently. I know, every month it’s the same old, ‘I just can’t believe how old my beautiful baby boy is’. But, seriously, I cannot believe this child of mine is past the halfway mark and on the fast road to being one year old. Crazy!

I’m holding each of these quickly passing months with baby Archer close, because I know how fast babies turn into 4 year olds going to preschool. I also think this will be the last of the children we have, so I’m enjoying every last drop of cuddling, slobbery kisses, first claps, and toothless grins.

And while I am trying to savor these precious times with my boys as they are little, I still have to stop and remind myself to do so. It’s so easy to get caught up in getting the kitchen clean or getting the clothes folded and put away. And, I don’t stop there. I’ve got at least one project going at all times. I’m either sewing something for a customer or knitting a scarf for Jackson. It’s usually hard to get me to just relax and sit on the couch. This is a good thing and a bad thing. I’m efficient at getting things done and taking care of the house, but sometimes I get too wrapped up in it and forget about what is really important. Hanging out with my kids is number one. And the time flies so fast, that I really have no room to let myself get so distracted from my babies. This is not to say I should let the house go or put my own interests aside; I just need to be more mindful (which I have been lately) of how I am spending my time.

My Dad is the one who sparked this thought. We were sitting around the table for dinner at his house, as we try to do every couple of weeks. As we were all sitting there talking, being full, and watching Archer crawl around the kitchen, my Dad pointed out that this is what life is about. This is what we need to spend our time doing: enjoying the people we love.

And so, that is what I’ve kept in the front of my mind, lately. As the weeks go by, and months pass, I am so thankful for all the wonderful people in my life. I am most thankful for a happy and healthy family.

Now

September 24, 2009

Night falls, as do his eyes
I sit with him in this dark filled room
He is cradled in my arm
I stay with him and think of now
Now I will always cherish
Now I will always remember
Now makes life beautiful
Now I love you

Jack & Arch

September 17, 2009

Here are some recent pictures. Enjoy!

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

September 16, 2009

There has been an awful lot of change and growing up going on at our house, lately. Jackson is now 4 (!) and starting pre-school soon. Despite our decision to start looking for a place as school is starting, we were still lucky enough to find a good pre-school program with one spot available. Once again, I must do ALL things at the last minute.

AND, we now have a 7 month old that is sitting up, crawling, and standing with support. So far I’ve had a hard time taking my eyes off this beautiful baby, and now I have many more reasons why I shouldn’t avert my eyes from him. I really don’t like the sound of Archer hitting the floor, SILENCE, and then an enormous cry. So, I’m always on my toes ready for the catch. Needless to say, I’m much busier.

Another (exciting for me, maybe not for you) milestone that we have reached is breastfeeding for 7 months. I really wasn’t sure how nursing would go with Archer after having a very short and frustrating time with Jackson. I also was not sure how much I would want to breastfeed. It’s quite the responsibility. It turns out I love breastfeeding and it has made so many things much easier. Archer is tired and fussy, he nurses and calms down. Archer gets hurt, he nurses and calms down. Archer is upset that we are going on yet another car ride, he nurses and calms down. It’s amazing how truly handy breastfeeding is!

And by the way, no, Archer is not like your average baby that will fall asleep in the car. He despises the car at certain times of the day. He dislikes it so much that he will cry and cry and cry AND CRY until the situation is compromised by him not riding in that horrible car seat. So, we take many breaks on long trips, and try to avoid car rides of the late evening.

In summary, life is moving quickly and we are having a fabulous time.

Shhhhh!

September 9, 2009

Archer skipped ALL of his naps today! It’s okay, though, because he went to bed much earlier than usual. This is a first for him to stay in bed from an early hour. I was actually able to put a big dent in an order for some baby leg warmers. One and a half down, two and a half to go!

Also, Jackson knows when to use “mouse” and “mice”. He is so smart! Lately, we have been encouraging his story telling. He has a little box that he pulls out to stand on for his “showtime”. He’ll sings songs, talk about fighting super heroes, and now, he tells stories. I love it.

I got ahead of myself with this commitment to post every day. Maybe daily is a bit excessive; weekly posting of my boys is a more attainable goal. I barely have time to get a shower in on some days, so the idea that I will have time to sit down to write is a long shot.

Case in point: I am now finishing this post 4 hours after I started due to a certain napping baby that awoke to a pillow beside him instead of his Mama. He really does not like that. And after taking care of Archer, one thing leads to another, dinner is served, the kitchen is clean, Archer happened to fall asleep with Daddy, Jackson is watching TV, and I get a quiet moment with my neglected laptop.

So, from our busy day I got a couple cute pictures.

Hot Rod

Hot Rod


Cutsie Tootsie

Cutsie Tootsie

Daily Jack & Arch

August 28, 2009

I’ve decided to start posting a daily photo of Jackson and Archer. There are quite a few reasons for this:

I am ALWAYS taking their pictures, so why not post them to my blog?

I’ll take any opportunity to show off my beautiful boys.

This blog is used for updating my extended family on our lives at the Fry household and I know they would enjoy more pictures.

I need something to get me motivated to post more often.

And, that about sums it up. So, here you go lovely people, my babies.

Half of a Year, Already?

August 10, 2009

I am amazed. My baby boy is going to be 6 months old tomorrow! It’s hard to believe. At times I feel like he just joined us, but then I think of how many months he’s been here, and WOW! My little peanut of The Arch is no more. He’s done so much in the past month, there’s no way he could avoid aging, I guess. He experienced his first road trip, hotel stay, hike through a forest, walk through a cave, and his first view of a mountain. He’s also sitting up and getting up on all fours. His brother and cousins are coercing him to walk by next month. They have WAY too much fun for him to just sit by and watch for too much longer. So, mobility is in Archer’s plans, for sure. He is also doing well with the EC’ing. We are mostly diaper free at home. Outings are a different story, but we are getting there! Happy 6 months, my beautiful boy!

Caving

Caving

The joys of pulling hair!

The joys of pulling hair!

My Baby

My Baby


Papa John

Papa John

Baby Clothes

July 29, 2009

I FINALLY went through Archer’s heap of majorly disorganized clothes today. I sorted the piles into shirts, onesies, pants, shorts, sleepers, and jackets. Everything under 6 months got tossed into a pile that will undoubtedly sit around the house for a couple months before it is donated. Organizing tiny clothing is one of my most favorite things to do. It’s a time to sit and reflect on how quickly life changes. Today, I was reminded of all the preparation for baby Jackson. I was SO excited when I was pregnant with him. We had just moved in to a new house and had painted a room just for him. He had a dresser full of clothes waiting for him. Not to mention how anxiously we were waiting for him! I made the mistake of taking the last month off from work, and then was 11 days overdue! You can imagine the eternity that lived inside those weeks. But, then my sweet baby arrived, and all was wonderful.

So, anyway, Archer’s clothes. He had all of these CUTE onesies that he hardly ever wore because he is so tall and grew out of them at like 3 weeks or something. Cloth diapers also add quite a bit of length to him. I decided to try cutting off the bottom snappy part of the onesies to make shirts. The first one turned out ok; it’s pretty short, but it works for wearing around the house. It also works for making Archer look absolutely adorable!

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