Need to catch up

February 2nd, 2012 by Stacie

Oops.  Had this post all typed up and never published.  It’s from November.  I’ll try to get a more recent one up soon…  and some pictures.  Definitely some pictures.

Wow, I’m so behind.  It makes me sad :-(   This site is so good for me to remember things.  Luckily, a lot of you can follow us on Facebook but this is just a better way to keep a running tab on the insanity that is our life!  Last time that I posted, both kids were sick.  This time its just Sophie Kay.  She’s got strep throat.  Fun.  Totally messed up our weekend plans for family pictures so I’m not sure when/if we will get to do them this year.  This makes me very sad.   It has been a gorgeous fall this year.  The colors are awesome and the weather has been pretty good.  A little too much hot/cold switcheroos… but overall- pretty good. 

Since I’m a total slacker, I have to go back through my Facebook posts to remember all that has gone on with us in the last several months… 

In June, Sophie had her baby dedication at church.  It was sweet- she’s such a good baby. 

Bryan and I celebrated 12 years together in June and 6 years married in September.  Wow. 

Took Gavin to see his first “real” movie at the theater in June- Gnomeo and Juliet- at the dollar theater.  He did great and has seen several more since then.

Cousin Peyton came to stay with us for a few weeks this summer.  Gavin LOVED having her here and still asks for her sometimes.

Sophie started sitting unassisted in mid- June (6.5 mos old). 

She mastered the walker by mid-July (7.5 mos old).  One day she walked it over to our (locking) trash can.  When she could get it open, she proceeded to knock  it over and then looked at me and clapped.  Then we stepped up our baby proofing efforts.

Gavin got sick- mystery fever- in July.

Sophie was crawling by August (8 mos old).

She was cruising around the furniture by September (9 mos old).

We all went to visit Grandma Farnsworth in Wisconsin in September.  It was a great trip.  Both kids are really such good little travellers!

Sophie had her first ear infection early-October.

She took her first steps on October 12 to Daddy (10 mos old).

She started climbing soon after (10.5 mos old). 

We went to Coralyn’s 5th birthday party in mid-October (5 already???)

We went on a big family cruise.  This was so much fun.  The kids did really well (all except for Sophie shrieking for attention throughout dinner).  Sadly, I suspect this is the source of her current contamination.

Gavin calls her Sophie Kayyyyy all drawn out.  I love it.

Sophie has gone from signing for more to actually saying “more”.  She has several words but doesn’t use any of them consistently yet.  Off the top of my head, we’ve heard Mama, Dada, Baba (Gabba/Gavin), Bye Bye, Dog, Ball, Book, Poop, and she shhh’d me once. 

She is super smiley all the time- a very happy baby.  All her teachers love her and brag about how good she is.  She is WAY more active than Gavin was at this age.  Busy busy busy all the time. 

After a very frustrating roller coaster ride trying to sell our house for 6 months, we decided to take down the listing and stay put.  Still not sure how long we can keep up this madness but selling in this market is just not an option for us right now.

Gavin’s speech has improved drastically.  But there is still the occasional word/phrase that takes us a while to decipher.  So here are some fun little Gavin-ism’s:

“Monkey Joes” = “Pinnochio”

“I like violence” = “I like violins”

“Coffee makes you cough.”

He just moved up to the next class at school.  This is the last age group before he starts pre-K next fall.  I can’t believe he will be 4 in a few months!  Time has really flown this year.

Next time I update, Sophie will be 1.  I can’t wrap my head around that yet.  I’m not as sad about it as I was with Gavin’s first birthday… maybe that will come in the next few weeks.  Or maybe now I know how much fun stuff lies ahead so I don’t feel quite so sad about leaving the baby days behind?  Who knows.  Regardless- I’m blessed beyond words and doing my best to soak it all up and enjoy every minute.  Some days I’m better at this than others.

Shutterfly is my friend :-)

October 30th, 2011 by Stacie

I promise a new update post is forthcoming!  For now, I’ve got some business to take care of…

The good folks at Shutterfly are running their Holiday promo again this year.  So even though it’s not quite Halloween, I’m already thinking about Christmas cards! 

I get so many compliments on our Christmas Cards every year and I always tell people how easy Shutterfly is and how quickly we receive our cards.  Really… I have been so pleased with our past cards.  I also use them for birthday invitations, birth announcements, calendars, and photo books. 

I have so much fun designing our products each year and really… have I mentioned it is E.A.S.Y?  In case you have noticed, I’m busy.  Really busy.  Shutterfly is simple enough that I can put these projects together while the kids are napping. 

So here’s the deal.  I do this blog post bragging about how much I love them and Shutterfly gives a code for 50 free holiday cards.  But the best part?  They also give me THREE more promo codes to share with YOU.  So the first 3 folks to email me will win :-)  

And while you are at it, go check out some of their awesome products here and play around putting your own pictures in some of their cards!

It’s hot

June 5th, 2011 by Stacie

Man, it got hot so fast this year.  It is miserable out there already.  I’m already dreaming of fall.

We have 2 sick kiddos at the moment.  Why is it that I only find time to update this website when the kids are sick?  Gavin has Scarlet Fever- basically Strep Throat + a rash.  He hasn’t had much of a fever or any real symptoms other than the rash.  In fact, I was sure that was an allergic reaction and wasn’t even planning to take him to the Dr but since we were going to take Sophie anyway, Bryan said we might as well drag him along.  Good thing, huh?  Sophie on the other hand, has a fever that goes between 99 and 102 but the Dr couldn’t find anything wrong with her and her strep test was negative.  Go figure. 

Can you believe Sophie is already 6 months old?  I thought it flew by with Gavin but this is crazy fast.  Kinda makes me sad.  Sophie is doing great.  She eats solids now- pretty much any kind of baby food- she loves it all.  She has also just started sitting up this past week.  She’s still a little wobbly but she’ll have it down in no time.  She’s not too interested in crawling yet.  She’s a lot like Gavin was and hates being on her tummy.  She wants to sit up and look around but not too interested in moving around just yet.  That’s fine with me  for the moment ;-)   She’s also sticking her tongue out a lot.  And starting to learn some sign language.  So far, she can do “more” but not consistently.  Also working on “all done” before we move on to “Mommy” and “Daddy.”  Hoping to do more signs with her than we did with Gavin. 

Gavin is also doing great.  His speech is improving all the time but I still think he’s behind for his age so we are scheduled to start up with speech therapy again next month.   He is totally potty trained at this point.  He has occasional accidents but they are few and far between.  Nice to finally have that behind us.  Currently, his favorite activity is playing Mario on the gameboy.  He’s getting pretty good at it.  Funniest thing is that if you ask him what his name is, he’ll say ”I’m Mario.”  Hahaha!

Also, very cute at the moment is his bedtime prayers.  He goes through everyone in the family and says “Thank You Jesus for Mommy, Daddy, Sophie, Duchess, Grandy (Grannie has been converted to this!), Poppie, Katie, Grandpa, Nonnie, Aunt Megan and Terry (or Carrie- just depends on his mood)”, and on and on.  He eventually moves on to thanking Jesus for Mario, Angry Birds, and Eggos. 

Speaking of Eggos, this is his favorite breakfast food at the moment.  Other favorite foods are “Butter Sammiches” and beets.  Lots of beets.  The kid wants them at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  And not just any beets… crinkle cut beets.  These are not easy to find.  But he loves them.  So weird. 

Our life is crazier than ever.  I am only going into the office 3 days a week, but those 3 days are a marathon and leave me totally exhausted.   We have to stop this insanity.  Our house is on the market but we aren’t seeing a lot of action.  That’s pretty frustrating.  On the one hand, we love our house and community and really don’t want to move.  But on the other hand, we know we can’t keep up this pace forever and especially once Gavin starts school, we will be in a really sticky situation.  As it is, we have to leave at 6:30 am to be able avoid the major traffic.  How would we handle school drop off/pick up?  And there is no chance of any sports or other activities.  There is just no time.  So we know we have to move… just not sure if now is our time or not. 

OK, enough talkie talkie.  Time for some pictures!  You will notice these pictures are mostly of Sophie.  Gavin has decided he is too cool for photos.  Hoping he gets over this little aversion soon.

For a child who won’t take a paci… she sure does like to play with them!

A rare non-screaming tummy time moment:

There he is… skillfully avoiding eye contact with the camera:

Just before her first haircut!

And after… it was just a tiny trim- trying to get things growing to hide the lovely bald spot in the back :o )

Sleeping on Daddy’s chest.  Ignore the drool spots, please.

Here’s my handsome boy!

This was the best picture I could get of her outfit for cousin Brian’s wedding:

Gavin’s first swim lesson- he screamed most of the first lesson.  But he likes it now:

And lastly, Bryan and I went to Disney for the re-opening of Star Tours for Bryan’s early birthday present.  Look who greeted us as we entered the park:

Magic 3′s

March 3rd, 2011 by Stacie

Today is 3-3. 

Gavin is 3 years, 3 weeks, and 3 days old.

Sophie is 3 months old.

Pretty cool, eh?  I thought I should commemorate the date with an update!

Let’s start with an update on Sophie… She is smiling and cooing and so much fun now.  She is holding her head up pretty well and basically is a very happy girl most of the time.  She weighs about 13 lbs and is doing great with nursing.   She HATED the car/carseat at first, but she’s getting better now.  Good thing since we have such a long commute!  She LOVES her baths.  She loves napping on Daddy’s chest.  No one can put her to sleep like he can.  Every once in a while she will catch sight of her big brother and just smile and laugh.  I can’t wait to see them start playing together.  She started daycare 3 weeks ago and is doing great- it didn’t phase her a bit.  I’ve learned that my kids NEED that structure and interaction.  Her teachers tell me that she “talks” all day long and that whenever they are doing circle time with the older babies, she has to be part of the group or she fusses and cries.  She is very social already!

Gavin is still struggling with illnesses.  This has been a tough season for the little guy.  He had a cold a few weeks ago which progressed to a sinus infection.  Then he started scratching up his face terribly.  Looked awful and just wouldn’t heal.  So we went back to the Dr and he told us that the scratches on the face were probably staph or strep from the runny nose.   So he just finished the antibiotics for that a week ago and now it looks like he’s got another cold starting up!

We are settling into our new routine now that I’m back at work and we have TWO daycare drop offs.  That’s pretty crazy but I know that it’s really the best option right now.  Gavin is doing so well with his new school- his language has really come so far.  And potty training… that took a major hit in the first couple months after Sophie was born.  But he’s finally getting back on track and best of all- he’s pooping in the potty!  Once we finish this pack of Pull Ups, we are back to all underwear all the time! 

So here’s the pictures.  Hope you enjoy!

Mean Mommy: 




Happy Birthday Gavin!


Mickey Mouse Candy Apple:

The Magical World of Harry Potter:

Mmmmmmmmm… Butterbeer!


How to get a 3 year old to stand in line:

This one needs explanation- we swaddle Sophie to sleep so her arms are wrapped up tight.  After we unswaddle her, she stretches her arms up above her head for like 15 minutes.  It’s hilarious.


4 weeks

December 30th, 2010 by Stacie

This month is a total blur.  I figured I better go ahead and do an update or there is no chance of me remembering any of it!  Sophie will be 4 weeks old tomorrow.  She’s doing great.  Breastfeeding is going pretty well- easier than Gavin in many ways but I’m still supplementing a little with formula which I would love to stop doing.  But then again, I remember how liberating it was to be able to give Gavin that formula and still nurse him as well.  Best of both worlds.  So who knows, I may end up following that same pattern again.  I’m just trying not to stress about it too much because that makes the whole thing that much harder.  She goes back to the pediatrician on Monday for a weight check.  I think she’s gaining- she seems a little fluffier to me anyway :-)   And I know she’s getting taller because she’s already outgrown her newborn outfits and moved into 0-3 mos.  Her little belly button still hasn’t fallen off yet and I’m getting tired of waiting!  She can’t wear a lot of her cute outfits b/c the pants would hurt that belly button.  Maybe the doc will have some advice for us on Monday.

Speaking of the doctor… we have had more visits than I would have liked.  Not for Sophie, but for Gavin!  First of all, he had a terrible runny nose so I took him along for Sophie’s last visit.  This was a stupid idea, by the way.  Even though my mom came along to help, it is just too hard to have 1 sick kid and 1 well kid and try to get them both checked out but keep them apart.  I won’t try that one again.  Anyway, runny nose had caused an ear infection so we started antibiotics.  I figured that would be the end of it.  Wrong again…

About 5 days later, we noticed Gavin was limping.  I couldn’t see anything wrong and he didn’t seem bothered by it, so we sent him to school.  But I called to check on him a few hours later and his teacher said it was worse and he was actually stumbling.  Uh oh.  So my mom and Kim had to come to the rescue and we took him to Childrens.  They did x-rays and couldn’t find anything so just called it a sprain and said to have him take it easy.  Yeah right.  So he couldn’t go to school.  Great.  Then I had Bryan take him back to the pediatrician a couple days later and they diagnosed him with Toxic Synovitis.  Yeah, I had never heard of it either.  Basically, it’s the body’s reaction to some sort of virus/infection.  So the ear infection from the week before had caused inflammation in his hip and now he could barely walk!  Oh, and the ear infection was still there so we had to start a new antibiotic.  So my poor boy was limping for Christmas.  It was so sad!  It has been 10 days now and the limp is almost gone but not completely.  Leave it to Gavin to get some of the weirdest illnesses ever imagined. 

So Christmas was a blur.  I don’t even think we took any pictures :-(   We have just been in survival mode.  This includes potty training.  There was really no way Gavin could go potty last week when he couldn’t even walk, so we had to go back to Pull Ups.  I’m pretty discouraged at the moment b/c this is a MAJOR regression.  He was almost totally potty trained before Sophie was born and now we are just using Pull Ups all the time again.  I’m pretty sad.  I really hope that he can get back to daycare next week and get back into his routine and maybe they can help us sort this out. 

Well, I guess that’s all.  I know I’m forgetting a ton of stuff but that’s life at the moment.  Happy New Year to everyone!

Sophie’s sneak peek

December 24th, 2010 by Stacie

Here is our sneak peek from Sophie’s newborn photo session.  Thanks Jodylynn- we love them!

Sophie Kay

December 9th, 2010 by Stacie

Sophie Kay was born on Friday December 3, 2010!!!

Weight: 7 lbs, 9 oz

Height: 19 3/4 inches

Time of Birth: 7:52 am

Well, I had intended to do a post sooner than now but honestly we’ve been a little bit busy!  Our life has become a bit chaotic this week but we’re hanging in there.  Here’s a quick birth story and an update on us and some pictures…

I was scheduled to have a c-section at 7:30 am on 12/3/10.  Earlier that week, we thought she might decide to come on her own but she never did so we went ahead as scheduled.  We got up early on Friday morning and got to the hospital around 5:30 am.  It was very bizarre sitting there in the waiting room waiting for them to call me back to have my baby.  We finally went back to the pre-op room at 6:00 am and they got me all ready to go.  I was feeling pretty nervous at this point and just ready to get going.  They took me back to the operating room at exactly 7:31 am.  Did my spinal and then let Bryan come in.  It was only a few minutes after he came in that the anesthesiologist said she was coming out!  Funniest thing was that the doctors told us that she was just jabbering away before they even pulled her out.  Turned her head and looked right at the Dr and just started jabbering!  How cute is that?  She has a head full of dark brown hair and looks a lot like Gavin did. 

So things went about as smoothly as possible.  My recovery has been a bit harder this time though.  I attribute this to a few things… first of all, Gavin was in the NICU the whole time I was in the hospital and we stayed the entire 4 nights + 1 night rooming in the NICU.  While this was hard on me emotionally, it really did allow me to heal physically much faster than most c-section patients.  This time, Sophie was in the room with us most of the time- we only sent her to the nursery at night.  While this was wonderful, it definitely impacted my healing time as well.    Also, we went home after only 3 nights.  And even more importantly, I came home to a rambunctious toddler and I probably over-did it with him that first night at home.  Stupid stupid stupid. 

Luckily, I have the most amazing husband and family.  Bryan was probably so ready to get back to work today- he has had to work so hard taking care of me and Sophie and everything else!  Nonnie and Granny have been a huge help too… I don’t know how we would do this without them!

So here we are- Sophie is 6 days old.  We went to the pediatrician yesterday and he gave her a clean bill of health.  She did lose a good bit of her birth weight and is down to 6 lbs 11 oz- which is totally normal for a breastfed baby.  We are supplementing a little with formula right now but are hoping to phase that out as well over the next week.  She is a very good baby- sleeps pretty well- we actually have to wake her up to eat! 

And then there’s Gavin…  he’s had a lot of adjustments in the last few months and this is the biggest one of all.  His first visit to see us in the hospital was a little overwhelming.  I think he was just scared to see mommy like that in the hospital bed.  But since we’ve been home, he’s VERY excited about the baby.  Maybe a little TOO excited.  Hopefully he will calm down a little in the next few days as he gets more used to her being here and I heal a little more and am able to give him some extra attention.  Right now, he’s a little too rough for me and I’m afraid he’ll hurt my incision if he gets too close.  But it’s getting a little better each day.

So here’s some pictures, since I know that’s really all any of you care about anyway :-)

Waiting to go back to the OR:


Getting ready to go home:

Big Brother:

 And lastly… some pictures from Gavin’s visit to Santa… he did ok this year- made it till the very end before he started to cry.  He did have to take his lovie with him.  Santa was a good sport about it: 


Sophie’s Room

November 20th, 2010 by Stacie

Sophie’s room is pretty much finished.  Still missing the curtain and the rest of her bedding, but all in all- it’s done.  I must admit, I had a much harder time settling on a design for this room than for Gavin’s.  There are too many options for girls!  So in the end, it is sort of a mixture of my favorite components.  Obviously, LOTS of pink :-)   With some chocolate brown accents.  Birds and trees.  And a couple pigs too.  They don’t really follow the theme at all but I loved them so they found their way into the room. 

 First up, a DIY project that kept me busy for a few weeks mid-pregnancy.  I made this bird mobile myself.  It wasn’t hard- just time consuming.  I bought all the supplies at Michaels for less than $10.  The hoops are just wooden embroidery hoops that I painted chocolate brown.  I cut the birds out by hand from regular card stock and strung them together using fishing line.  Then hung the whole thing by some chocolate ribbon.  Pretty, huh?

This little birdhouse was another DIY project.  I bought the wooden house unfinished at Michaels and just painted it myself.  The flying pig was too cute not to include:

And another pig that I couldn’t resist:

Found this little bird statue at Kohls.  This was the shape that I used to cut out the birds for the mobile above:

This tree canvas has been hanging in our living room for years and I decided to move it up to her room as a place holder.  I have a much nicer frame that I planned to put here with one of her newborn pictures later.  But the longer this one is here, the more I like it.  So I might be putting the other frame some place else…

Her name is a vinyl decal from dali decals dot com.  Check them out!

 That little pig on the ottoman is actually a piggy bank that makes a magical noise everytime you drop a coin in.  Gavin loves playing with it…

My family will recognize this one… it’s my old dollhouse that Grandad Williams made for me.  With a slight facelift.  I repainted the exterior a tan color.  My original plan was to also repaint the shutters chocolate brown but it took me so long to paint the rest and I kind of like the blue so for now, it stays.  Gavin and my psychotic cat have done a number on the inside furnishings so I will be redecorating the inside slowly over time.   I have found some pretty neat stuff online so stay tuned :-)

The paper lanterns came from Amazon…

This tree decal came from Etsy seller Simple Shapes.  If you have never checked out etsy dot com, you must- they have so many cute and original items! 

So that’s it.  Now we just need this little girl to make her appearance!  Dr. says any day now, but so far I’m not having any real action and I’m not in too big of a hurry either.  We’d like her to at least stay put through Thanksgiving this week!  We’ll see…

Update at last!

October 30th, 2010 by Stacie

Whew- I can finally post again!  Thanks Jeff for fixing this thing- it’s different but I’ll get used to it!  So here’s an update on us…  I am now 34 weeks pregnant and feeling HUGE.  I have a c-section scheduled for Friday, December 3.  So unless Sophie decides to come on her own before then, I have about 5 weeks left.  Physically, I am already exhausted.  But I still have so much to do!  Mostly, it’s just normal aches and pains.  I am also having a few contractions already, but nothing to be concerned about- Dr. says its totally normal with number 2.  

Now for an update on Gavin… first and foremost, Gavin is now officially potty trained!  We did a 3 day potty training boot camp and while it was definitely hard on Mommy and Daddy, it did work.  Basically, it consists of throwing away ALL the diapers and switching to big boy underwear cold turkey.  The whole weekend consists of nothing but positive reinforcement and lots of liquids so that the child gets plenty of practice.  It clicked for Gavin at 4 pm on day 2.  That’s not to say that we never had any more accidents- we definitely did and still do occasionally.  But 95% of the time he’s got it down!  He hasn’t even wet the bed in almost 3 weeks!  We are still mastering poops but hopefully he will master that pretty soon.  The most interesting part about his potty training has been a significant increase in his speech.  I’m not sure if it’s all the extra attention from us or all the positive reinforcement or if he was finally just ready, but he is definitely talking a lot more and we are loving every minute of it!  As I type this, he is yelling at the UGA vs. FL game with Daddy and it’s hilarious!

Monday will be his first day at a new school.  This has been a very hard decision for me.  I am an emotional basket case from all the hormones as it is, and the thought of not having him near me at work everyday is breaking my heart.  Gavin has always gone to the daycare center at my office and I have loved having him close by.  But they are going through an ownership transition at the moment and we don’t think it’s the best place for him anymore.  His new school is halfway between our house and the office, so that means Gavin will be spending a lot less time stuck in the car- which I’m sure he will appreciate!  But I’m definitely nervous about all the changes he’s got going on at the moment- potty training, new school, and new baby.  Please keep him in your thoughts this week and pray for an easy transition for ALL of us!

His new daycare has an 18 month waiting list for the infant room so Sophie will be going to daycare at my office still.  Gavin’s old teacher is still there and we LOVE her.  Plus, it will be so much more convenient having her there while I’m breastfeeding.  I dread having TWO daycare dropoffs, but we’ll have to make it work for Sophie’s first year. 

OK, enough already… ready for some pictures?

First up, these are a few of our most recent professional pictures and I am sooooo happy with them!  To check out the photographer, visit her website here:


Now, for some pictures of Gavin’s big boy room- I’ll give you one guess on who picked the theme :-)   Sophie’s room is nearly finished so I’ll post some pictures of that soon.

And some more fun pics of the little man:

Gavin’s Pirate Pumpkin (and the BEFORE from his haircut):

and AFTER the haircut.  Big difference, huh?

And finally, here is Gavin’s Halloween Costume.  Sorry for the quality- took it with my iphone:


October 30th, 2010 by Stacie

Hi everyone!  I know it’s been a long time- sorry about that, we’ve had some technical difficulties.  But hopefully, we’ve got that all sorted out at last!  Before I update with a new family post, I need to talk about  If you’ve got a blog, you should do the same!  Follow this link for the details: 

Many of you have asked where I get our Christmas Cards, Birthday Invitations, Photo Books, Calendars, etc.  The answer is usually  It’s no secret that I’m a big fan- the site is easy to use and has lots of great options.  Also, when I lost our thumb drive with all the pictures from Gavin’s first year, I was so thankful to have almost everything backed up on Shutterfly!  As I type this, I’ve got 3 projects going on at shutterfly right now!  Can’t wait to share them with some of you!

Now, as you probably know, we are expecting baby number 2 in early December.  This means I need to get an early start on things like Christmas Cards.  So as it turns out, I’ve already designed it :-)   We had a local photographer take some family pictures (which I will share with you in another post- I promise!) and I’m really excited about this years card.  It’s going to have some cute pictures of Mr. Gavin (which is what I know you all care about!) as well as some family pictures.  The design is great because it let me put in multiple images and cutomize it for our family.  It’s always a challenge for me to pick one picture for our Christmas card so it was nice to be able to incorporate multiple images this year! 

So here are a few links to get you started with your own projects:

Christmas Cards:

Wall Calendars:

Christmas Invitations: