fried okra
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
This isn't reverse psychology. I just really don't want anyone to actually take the time to read this post. It is perhaps the most boring, long winded post I've ever written. But, I invested so much time writing it, that I just couldn't delete it. So, here it is: (you have been warned).

It amazes me how busy and nonstop a day at home can be. I decided to write down everything I did yesterday (in excruciating detail) to remember how full my days can be (even when I'm "not doing anything").

7:20 - Owen wakes up - wants to nurse. Nurse for 10 minutes.

7:30 - Go in and wake up Austin for court. Go change Owen's diaper and clothes. Go back to wake Austin up again. Give Owen his first dose of Mylanta. Nurse more. Back to sleep.

10:20 - Phone rings. It's the lady from the newspaper returning my call about a birth announcement. She needs my fax number, so I get up and find a business card and give her the fax number.

The phone woke Owen up. Nurse him some. Diaper change.

10:35 - Put him in his bouncer seat in the bathroom.
Start water boiling to sterilize Owen's medicine droppers. Tape up the box with Rebecca's computer to send to Apple. Boil droppers for ten minutes. Tidy up the clutter for Connie.

11:00 - Jump in the shower.

Phone rings. Work call. I put "May" on the front of the June magazine. I tell them it might be an hour or so before I can get the updated page uploaded.

Finish my shower. I think I hear someone at the door. Holly starts barking. I throw some clothes on. There's no one there.

11:30 - Phone rings. It's a fax machine. The caller ID says "Walton Tribune." Ugh.

Take Holly outside on a leash. Give her a treat. Get her bed, blanket, food, water bowl, and kong toy and bring them downstairs. Fill her water bowl. Go chase Holly through the living room. Pick her up and put her downstairs.
11:45 - Phone rings. Fax machine.

Run grab the bag of diapers and throw them in the washing machine and start a cold rinse.
Owen is crying his head off by now. Get him out of his bouncy seat. Wait for the rinse cycle on the washing machine to finish and open the lid. Leave the diapers soaking for an hour.
12:00 - Check email while nursing Owen. Call the paper. Leave a message telling them to use the fax number, not my home number to fax me the information. Fix the cover of the magazine and start the PDF uploading.

One of my emails is from the bank I just did a logo for. They want to meet with me about a brochure. I call my mother-in-law to see when she can babysit. She tells me Thursday morning is best so I email the bank.

12:15 - Connie arrives and starts cleaning the house.

I close the washing machine and let the spin cycle go on the diapers.

12:20 - Diaper change. Phone rings while Owen is on the changing table. I rush to get it. Austin is calling. He is on his way home and wants to see if I can make him lunch. I finish the diaper change and change Owen's clothes and bib since he has spit up all over the ones he was wearing.

12:25 - Austin gets home. I hand Owen to him while I run make him peanut butter sandwiches and the rest of his lunch. I put some veggies in the microwave for me. I start the diapers washing. I put my drink and veggies by my seat and take Owen from Austin. I eat my lunch while Owen nurses some more.

1:15 - Austin goes back to work.

I design a new banner for "fried okra." Owen nurses two more times while I'm doing this.

2:00 - I take Owen back to his room for a little while. Diaper change. I put him on the floor for "tummy time" while I file the bills I paid yesterday and some other papers. Owen starts getting fussy.

2:30 - The doorbell rings. The delivery guy is here to pick up Becca's computer.

I show Owen his mobile and let him look out the window for a little bit. He calms down for a little bit and starts getting fussy again. I put on some music and nurse him. He falls asleep.

3:00 - Phone rings. Austin's mom wants to know what day I set up the meeting for the bank. I tell her I hadn't heard back yet.

3:10 - I hear Connie leave.

Diaper change. Clothes change for Owen. Shirt change for me.

3:20- Put Owen in his stroller. Throw diaper inserts into the dryer. Hang the outer parts of the diapers to dry. Put in a load of whites and start them washing.

Run downstairs. Put Holly on her leash. Pick up her food and water bowls and kong and go to the bathroom sink to pour out the water. Before I am all the way up, Holly pulls very hard on the leash and water spills all over the place. I pour the rest of the water out and head upstairs.

3:30 - Owen, Holly and I go outside. I get the paper and the mail and wait for Holly to go to the bathroom. I give her a treat when we get back inside and wash my hands. I cook myself a bagel. Go downstairs. Get Holly's bed and wipe up the water I spilt on the floor earlier.

Owen is crying by now. I nurse him while I eat my bagel and he seems to be getting sleepy.

3:45 - My email says the bank wants to meet on Thursday. I call Austin's mom and tell her that. Give Owen his second dose of Mylanta.

4:00 - Pay some bills. Balance our checkbook. Balance my work checkbook. Get a deposit ready for the bank. Diaper change.

4:40 - Phone rings. Becca and I talk.

5:00 - Phone rings. Austin is on his way home.

I put Owen in his swing. He falls asleep immediately.

I start Austin's frozen pizzas cooking. Austin gets home. Throw the white clothes in the dryer. Put a load of dark clothes in the washing machine. Unload the dishes. Load the stray dishes in the dishwasher. I start the coffee.

5:30 - Austin eats his pizza and I watch a show with him.

6:00 - I pull the white clothes out, hang the ones that need to be hung. Put the darks in the dryer and start a load of towels.

6:45 - Austin leaves for a city budget meeting.

Start pumping breast milk for Ann to use during my meeting on Thursday morning.

7:20 - Phone rings. Austin's mom tells me that she picked up Austin's shirts at the dry cleaners. Check email. Work on blog template.

7:40 - Take Holly out. When I come back inside I hear the answering machine turning off and Owen is waking up. I see on the caller ID that Austin called. I tell him about his shirts and he says he's on his way home.

I start the towels drying and hang the dark clothes.

Load the stray dishes and throw the cans and water bottles in the recycling bin.

8:00 - Austin gets home. He talks some on the phone. Work some on the computer. We do the trash. Change another diaper. Give Owen his antibiotic. Nurse Owen and watch a couple of episodes of Fraiser with Austin. During the show, Owen keeps fussing and I have to keep nursing him or walking him around bouncing him, or rocking him to keep him pacified. Austin takes him for a little bit.

11:00 - It is getting time for bed so I put Owen in his bouncy seat in the bathroom. While brushing my teeth, I walk up to the laundry room to get the laundry that hasn't been folded. I bring it to our bedroom and fold it and put it away. Put the bath mats back into place.

11:30 - I go take Holly out. Give her a treat and put her to bed.

I wash my face, take out contacts, put on pajamas, get a water to take with me to bed.

11:45 - Diaper change. Change Owen into his pajamas. Austin holds him for a little bit. Give Owen third dose of Mylanta. Nurse him. Time for bed.

Diaper Changes - 8
Feedings - 11
Medicine doses - 4
Loads of laundry - 4
Took Holly out - 4 times

Tuesday, May 30, 2006
  Memorial Day
Owen liked swimming and it really tired him out!


  Holly looks so sad...


  An anniversary present from Owen
I haven't mentioned it yet, but Owen slept through the night on our anniversary (the 24th). Of course it hadn't happened before and hasn't happened since, but that full 8.5 hours was quite nice!


Monday, May 29, 2006
  My Baby Dawg
There is a picture of Owen on the UGA Alumni website:

Friday, May 26, 2006
  Friday Poll 5_26_06 Top Five Albums
What are your top 5 albums of all time?

I'll go with these (in no particular order):
The Beatles - Abbey Road
Radiohead - OK Computer
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Tori Amos - Boys for Pele
Nine Inch Nails - Things Falling Apart

There are many other artists that I would include, but these are probably my favorite albums to listen to from start to finish. A lot of my favorite albums are greatest hit collections, but I decided that I wouldn't include those (David Bowie - Changes, Paul Simon - Negotiations and Love Songs, Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks, etc, etc...)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006
  Happy Anniversary, Austin!
3 years. It's hard to believe. I love you, sweetie!


  Happy Birthday, Jake!
Sorry, it is a few hours late.

  Ugh, this story just sickens me.

  Happy Birthday, Mike!
We went to Everybody's Pizza on Sunday to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday. Here are the photos:


  Recent Photos 5_24_06


Sunday, May 21, 2006
  All our representatives are still busy. Please continue to hold for the next available representative.
Oh, how I hate those words. (but at least I'm not sitting at the Volkswagen dealership)

Friday, May 19, 2006
  Recent Photos 5_19_06 (Daddy's so funny!)


  My Big Boy
Owen is so big! He is now in 6-9 month clothing or just 9 months. Most of the 6 month clothes are too short in his torso. He's already over 16 pounds! His swing will only hold up to 25 pounds. It rocks and creaks now when he's in it and we have to turn it way up to get it going at any decent speed. Anyway, look at this chunky little guy after just 10 weeks (before and after)...


  Friday Poll 5_19_06 Bands
If you were in a band, what would the name of your band be? And what type of music would you play?

Wednesday, May 17, 2006
  Recent Photos 5_17_06
I usually don't caption my photos, but a couple of these need explanations...

These two are of "tummy time." Owen is doing pretty well in the first one, but the in the second one he just can't hold his head up any longer.

Owen is pooping in these next two. Notice how red his face is and how his fists are clenched and how his feet go up in the air. He is just smiling in the two after.


Monday, May 15, 2006
  So, this weekend wore me out!
On Saturday my mom and I went up to Athens with Marilyn for Tony's graduation. Tony is like a brother to me, so it is great to see him doing so well. Anyway, I had planned on taking lots of great pictures, but I realized that I left my dang camera at the restaurant Friday. It turns out that they still had it - thank goodness! I felt naked to be without it all day. And now I don't have any photos of Owen's first visit to Athens. Although I will be able to tell him that one of the first times I nursed him in public was in Sanford Stadium. We were trying to get reservations for East-West Bistro, but it was full, so we got them at Speakeasy. We had a lot of fun, but it was quite exhausting.

Yesterday we went to Canon, Georgia to visit Austin's grandmother. Owen was awake a lot on Saturday and on Sunday he was awake a lot too. He hardly slept on the hour and a half ride up there and he stayed awake for most of the visit and lunch and dinner. So, when we finally headed home he slept the whole way. He stayed asleep for a few hours when we got home. Then he woke up only to nurse and go back to sleep. I took him to change his diaper and he woke for only a minute and then fell sound asleep on his changing table! Poor little guy. I knew how he felt.

Owen did wake up briefly to play and I put him on the floor in his room for "tummy time." Austin got down on the floor next to him while I was getting ready for bed. Owen started making all kinds of little noises and Austin said he made a noise that sounded like the Fonz saying, "Heyyyyyy." So, Austin started saying "Heyyyyyy." Then Owen started repeating him. I walked in the room in time to hear Austin saying, "Heyyyyyy" and heard Owen repeat it exactly the way Austin said it. I don't think I would've believed how perfectly he repeated Austin except for the fact that I heard it 2 or 3 times with my own ears. Very cool. Oh, and here is Owen as the Fonz:


Sunday, May 14, 2006
  Happy Mother's Day!
I hope all the moms out there had a good Mother's day. I know I did. Austin and my in-laws got me a beautiful aquamarine ring to match the necklace and earrings they got me when I had Owen. Aquamarine is Owen's birthstone. Very sweet. Also, "Owen" got me a gift certificate for a manicure and pedicure. Thanks, y'all!!

  Friday at the toddler park...


Friday, May 12, 2006
  Friday Poll 5_12_06 Guilty Pleasures
Admit it, there is something you like that you are totally embarrased about - a song, a movie, a tv show, an actor. Mine is a Britney Spears song that I actually like (and I can't believe I'm admitting it on the internet!). I wouldn't keep it on if anyone else were with me, but when "Toxic" comes on the radio in the car (and I'm all alone) I sing it at the top of my lungs. So, that was mine. What's your guilty pleasure?

Thursday, May 11, 2006
Holly smells better than she has in months. Of course, the visit to the vet wasn't entirely pleasant since she pooped on the floor while we were waiting on the vet to come in. I cleaned it up because it was so embarrassing, and I couldn't help gagging very loudly a few times (I hope no one heard me). Anyway, I think she feels better and I am MUCH happier now.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Holly is driving me completely insane. She insists on sitting next to me on the couch with her butt on my leg. Lately she has developed this fishy/pee smell on her butt that is totally disgusting. I try to throw her toys away from me so her stink won't get on my leg, but she slowly scoots backwards until her butt is again right up on my leg. It's like that horrible smell on Seinfeld that gets stuck on the car from the parking attendant. It just won't go away. And we need to get our couch cleaned now because it stinks too.

  Cute, cute, cute!!!!
Austin and I just saw two big geese with three little baby geese waddling along with them across from Vines Botanical Gardens here in Loganville. They were adorable!!!

Monday, May 08, 2006
  Owen's Two Month Doctor's Appointment
He weighs 15 lbs 3.5 oz (that's above the 95th percentile), he is 24 inches tall (90th-95th percentile) and his head is 41 cm around (75th percentile). Poor Owen had 4 shots (two in each leg) and it was pitiful. He screamed so loudly! Anyway, he isn't feeling very well right now. He wakes up screaming occasionally. He is running a slight fever so I just gave him some more Tylenol.

Sunday, May 07, 2006
  I meant to post this the other day.
Becca sent this over. I love the shirt!


  Big Papa's, Nanny's and Becca's
We had fun visiting on Saturday. Ethan was really sweet with Owen, but Wyatt isn't too sure about his new cousin.


  To Owen... (2 months old)

You are 2 months old today. You are such a little angel! Your little cheeks and legs and arms get pudgier every day. Your eyelashes are getting longer too. As each day passes, I fall more and more in love with you.

I love your smiles. Each time I see one my heart turns to mush. And your little laughs and cooing noises are my favorite sounds in the world. Even when you are about to cry, the way your little lip sticks out is so adorable. Your aunt Becca said, "it's so cute you almost want him to cry." But, of course we don't want you to cry.

Something else that is really cute (and you'll hate this when you're older) is when you poop. Your face turns so red it is almost purple and your legs and arms curl up like you are really straining. Usually it is very loud and sometimes it is so loud that it scares you and your little arms flail out suddenly as you startle at the noise. You also make loud grunting noises. Sometimes you even smile while you're doing it. Anyway, it is very obvious to everyone around you what you're doing.

I think you actually enjoy your baths now. You sometimes even smile when I pour water on you to rinse you off. You do usually pee when I first put you in the bath, but I know to expect it now. One time you actually pooped in the bath, which was kind of gross!

Your favorite toy is the zolo link chain that hangs over the changing table. As soon as I put you down under it, you look up and start laughing and smiling and kicking your legs and flailing your arms. Last night, your Daddy and I stood watching you while you were on your changing table. You were pooping, and smiling and laughing. We couldn't help but laugh with you because it was just so darn cute! You also really like your elephant rattle toy. We kept you entertained for an entire dinner out with that elephant.

Also, it has been really fun taking you places lately. You don't seem to mind the car unless we stop. You are not a fan of traffic (you get that honestly - your daddy and I hate traffic too). But, most of the time you sleep in the car. I've noticed your reactions to certain songs on my iPod. Paul Simon and Tori Amos seem to relax you because you go to sleep when their songs are playing, but I don't think you are a fan of Radiohead. I also think you really like classical music (which I know will please your uncle Mike). And of the Beatles music you seem to like the songs that Ringo sings the best (we'll work on that).

Of course, life is unpredictable, and so are you. Sometimes you love your swing, sometimes you hate it. It is the same with most everything. But, so far nursing stops about 97% of your crying.

You are getting so big. Your swing is a little bit slower than it used to be because you are gaining weight so fast. I don't know how much longer you will be able to use it, because it almost comes off the ground as you rock back and forth. Everyone says you look older than you are because you are so big. I had a chance to look at my baby pictures yesterday. From the photos it looks like we were about the same size at this age, but I think I had a chubbier face.

Anyway, you seem like a pretty mellow kid, and I'm pleased at that. As long as I feed you enough, you stay happy for a pretty long time. We stopped listening to the doctor and limiting your feeding times. You still spit up a good deal, but I think you are a much happier little boy! I can't wait to see what kind of person you are, but I am enjoying every minute I have with you as a baby! I wouldn't trade this time holding and cuddling you for the world. I love you, Owen.

Love, Mama

Friday, May 05, 2006
  Friday Poll 5_5_06
If you were forced into a dark room with nothing to do but watch one TV show's reruns over and over again for the rest of your life, which show would you choose?

Thursday, May 04, 2006
  What makes an iPod Shuffle any different than just setting your iPod on the shuffle mode?

  Reasons why this day has sucked
1. Holly pooped so much on our mobile groomer that they charged us $10 extra!
2. My back hurts again. It feels like my kidney infection is back and I haven't even finished my antibiotics. I want to find out what the heck is wrong, but I can't see the urologist until I've been off the antibiotics for 3 days. So, it should be a nice, painful weekend.
3. I've had to change my shirt and Owen's clothes three times today because of spit-up.* I guess all of the not nursing yesterday has led to excessive nursing today.

*Because I am so used to spit-up, it takes A LOT of spit-up to cause me to change my shirt or Owen's clothes. Most of the day we have at least a little spit-up on both of us, but oh well.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006
  Recent Photos 5_3_06


Tuesday, May 02, 2006
And it isn't because of Owen. I had a deadline and due to a stupid, stupid mistake on my part I wasted about 3 hours yesterday on a trip out to my sister's that ended up being totally unnecessary. It was good to see her, but it pushed my work schedule back and I didn't end up getting to sleep until about 3:30 am. Fun. So, I'm exhausted and I need to make another trip out to Becca's today.

And, now our washing machine seems to be leaking oil! That is just fantastic! It probably just wore out from working so hard ever since Owen was born. Since we are using cloth diapers, I wash a minimum of two loads of laundry a day and probably an average of 4 loads a day. Although, sometimes I wash about 6 a day. So crap. I guess we should've gotten a new washer/dryer combo rather than the new refrigerator. (but the refrigerator is SOOOOOOO nice!)

And, one more thing. We have ants. They are going to come out and spray for them tomorrow. It is such a pain to have people in and out of the house with Holly and Owen (especially Holly!).


My name is Elizabeth Jones (formerly Elizabeth Campbell). I graduated from Shiloh High School in 1996 and with a graphic design degree from the University of Georgia in 2001. I married Austin Jones in May 2003 and we have been living in Loganville, Georgia. I have my own graphic design business called Liz C. Jones Design. We had a baby boy, Owen, in March of 2006. We also have a Lhasa Apso named Holly that was born in December 2003 (we got her in August of 2004).

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