Monthly Archives: August 2011

Nap time.

Oliver is taking his nap right now and Baxter and I are lying down in bed. I know there is usually a “No-pets” in bed rule at our house, but Jeremy is out and I even put an extra blanket down. Hopefully Baxter will continue sleeping…I swear, I feel like I have two kids!



Lightning speed.

(Pictures above are from our quick trip to Carter Caves…we went hiking and wore ourselves out!!)

I wish I could add a few more hours onto every day…I think I’d be able to get a lot more done. I just turned 27 on Monday and I feel older than ever. Jeremy and I were on our way back from Walmart and we started talking about how rude the younger generation of kids have become. Then we realized we were those old people we always heard talking about our generation. Ugh. I know aging is a part of life, but wow, I didn’t expect to feel this bitter about it! Haha.


Yesterday I felt my first earthquake tremor. There was an earthquake that hit Virginia and since it was so shallow people all the way in New York down to North Carolina felt the tremors. My cousins in PA and NJ talked about it on their facebook wall. I didn’t even realize it had happened until I logged onto facebook. Ollie was napping in his crib and I was on the computer in our office when I felt the desk move…it felt like someone had leaned up against it or bumped into it. Jeremy was at work and Baxter was asleep next to my chair, so I knew I had felt the little tremor. Weird! And of course…talk about “birthing pains” and the end of the world started flooding in. Ah!

Anyway, life is good at the moment. Has been for quite some time. I still don’t know what I was thinking when I asked Jeremy if we could get a puppy. Baxter pees constantly, but I think he’s starting to figure it out. It’s like my life wasn’t hectic enough raising a toddler, I decided I wanted to spice things up and get a puppy to see if I could still keep my sanity. I’m outnumbered in my household…3 to 1. Maybe in a few years when Jeremy and I decide to start trying for another baby I will be blessed with a baby girl to help even out things a little more. 

Day 2.

Oliver has had a fascination with dogs for quite a while now. One of his first big words was “doggie.” So it’s no surprise that Jeremy and I thought about getting him a new puppy. We looked at several different animal shelters and finally found one in Portsmouth, Ohio that had a few lab mix puppies. We wanted a medium-large breed of dog because we feared a small dog wouldn’t last very long around Oliver. He doesn’t quite grasp the concept of soft petting yet. He’s getting there though! The drive to the animal shelter took about 1.5 hours, but it was worth it. Once we picked up Baxter, Oliver wanted to hold him or pet him the entire way back home.

Last night was very easy…Baxter went outside a few times and went to the bathroom. We played with him for a few hours and then when it came time to put him in his crate, he went right to sleep. He woke up once during the night and I let him outside to go to the bathroom, then he went back to sleep after a little whimpering. It’s kind of like having a newborn again the house, but much easier. I’m sure it would wear some people out having to do that, but I guess I’m used to not really sleeping through the night anymore. I always get up from time to time and put the monitor up to my ear to make sure I can still hear Oliver breathing. I’m not sure when that phase will end for me.

Baxter is kind of like Marley from Marley & Me. He’s really sweet, but he likes chewing…which is to be expected with a new puppy. He kind of growled at Oliver last night and Jeremy smacked him hard enough to where I don’t think he’ll do that again. I’ve had a few moments of thinking “What did I get myself into?” Haha. But as the day goes on, it seems to be getting a little easier watching both Oliver and Baxter at the same time. Baxter loves chewing on all of Oliver’s toys, so I’m going to have to whip out the anti-bacterial spray.