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Hi! I'm Jennifer. I've been married to Paul for 14 years. We have 5 beautiful children, and are currently expecting #6! Ashton is 14, Sydney is 11, Jacob is 6, Noah is 4, and Emmie is 2.



Updated: 2018-03-05T11:08:34.436-06:00

 



Wordless Wednesday...Easter 2011

2011-04-27T11:22:12.517-05:00

(image) Hope everyone had a blessed Easter!





'take another little piece of my heart now, baby...'

2011-04-05T16:12:47.882-05:00

Sorry I haven't posted, but I've been kinda busy...This is the belly shot the night before she was born.Wow. ALL baby, right??Meet the baby inside...~~Welcome~~ Aubrey Alaina WaltmanMarch 24, 20118lbs 6oz, 21.5in longMy first time to hold her...Napping together...Sweet baby girl.Look at those cheeks!! :)Proud Daddy.Papa love.Going home.Tiny toes.Precious.Love.Paul took the last few pics...aren't they beautiful? The lighting inour hospital room was great, in case you didn't notice...all the picswe took there turned out really great, lighting wise.We've been home since last Saturday, and doing well. She's a sweetbaby, and all the kids just love her (so far ;) I will have to post picsof the other kids with her later. We came up with her first name the night before, and even with that,her middle name was undecided until after she was born. Aubrey isa name that means worlds to me-it was my Grandfather's name-butI have a cousin with a little girl named Aubrey. After a lot of debate, and a few phone calls, I discovered that my cousin had another reasonto call her daughter Aubrey, and they live in California, so Paul and I decided to go with it. I originally wanted to name Emmie that, but my cousin's little girl was born first. I love it,but have trouble not accidentally calling her Emmie!! LOL!! :) Anyway, I was thinking as I saw her for the first time how crazy itis that no matter how many children we have, I still have the same feelings of awe...of pure, unconditional love. I know sometimes that when we have the first we can't imagine how we could ever love another child as much...but then the second comes along and it's just like, oh, ok, that's how that works!! And it's been like that each time. I've been trying to figure out how to explain it, and instead of thinking that each child is taking up space inside our hearts, eventually crowding each other, either God made our hearts to grow with each one or He gave us just the right amount of chambers to hold eachchild He intends to give us. I am still amazed. And in love with each one. Thank you, God...my cup overflows.Gotta go...feeding time!! :)TTFN,[...]



I am...

2011-03-10T13:35:27.135-06:00

~37 weeks and 3 days pregnant.

~2 weeks and 4 days from my actual due date.

~2 weeks to the day from our scheduled c-section.

~not sure we're gonna make it that long!

~trying to enjoy the last days of this pregnancy...
because it may be our last.

~alternately moody and happy all the time...short
tempered and patient...it's a weird combination.

~still not sure what we're gonna name her.
(again, suggestions are welcome!!)

~uncomfortable all the time...yet still amazed at
what is going on inside my body!

~BLOGGING!! :)

~eating WAY too much...giving myself some
fierce indigestion.

~unable to draw a good, deep breath.
(seriously, have you ever looked at a diagram
of where your organs go during pregnancy??)

~trying to get my house ready...I put things off
way too long, and now I'm too big to do alot of things!

~sure she's going to be a big one.

~ready to hold our precious baby.

~blessed beyond measure.

TTFN,



March??

2011-03-08T19:23:18.786-06:00

Seriously.March?Wow...time flies...and somehow manages to dragall at the same time. I told Paul the other night thatthis has been the longest pregnancy on record. At leastthat's how it feels to me! At the same time, I don't thinkwe're quite ready for her to be here yet...you know...sinceshe still doesn't have a name and all. Poor kid.{any suggestions welcomed}On the bright side, the girls rooms upstairs are almost finished-we're hoping to move them in this weekend.I'll have to post pics when they are done. Then we just have to put Noah in the twin bed with his andJacob's new bedding, and get Emmie settled into the toddlerbed in the girl's old room after we move them out and get itall cleaned up, and get the baby stuff out andready for the baby...Phew...did I say we weren't quite ready yet??In other baby news, I'm roughly the size of a whale.Really, I've never been this big, I don't think, and thefunny part is I'm ALL BABY. So I look sort of like a stickbug that swallowed an olive.Yeah, I'll give you a minute to process that one...She's very active, and I'm very awkward. And tired. And very pregnant. I'm not complaining too much, though.I DO love being pregnant, and I am crazy excited to meet the newest member of our brood, so the aches and pains,and distorted body image are very much worth it. :)Wanna know what I'm most curious about with this one??All the girls in our house-including me-have blue eyes.All the boys in our house-including Paul-have brown eyes.Will this baby follow the pattern?? This is one of my favoriteparts of having a new baby...who will she look like, whosetemperament will she have, will she follow the unusualgender-eye-color pattern thing we have going on??As of now, we are scheduled for a repeat c-section onMarch 24th. I'm none too happy about the section...I hatethem...but after the mild scare with Emmie, I'm just doing what I feel is safest for the baby. Although my OB did say that if I went into labor on my own before that and thingsprogressed quickly and smoothly (they never have in the past)that we could try the v-bac again. In his words, 'You HAVE had more vaginal births than c-sections at this point, andit stands to reason that you could do it again.' I had a successful v-bac with Noah, and then things got alittle scary with Emmie near the end, and I made the call tojust do the section for her safety. I would LOVE to haveanother v-bac, but we'll just have to see. I'm prayingabout it, and I'll do whatever I feel God is leading us todo when the time comes.If you're still out there, thanks! :)TTFN,[...]



Wordless Wednesday-a little Disney...then and now

2011-01-19T14:12:58.251-06:00

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Noah...Disney World...Nov. 2008

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Noah...Disney World (same spot)...Dec. 2010

I'm trying to get back into blogging. I'm trying.

TTFN,



Wordless Wednesday...Halloween style 2010

2010-11-03T00:46:34.648-05:00

I don't know why Emmie was being so silly,
but the pics are cute anyway!! ;)


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TTFN,
P.S. just in case you were wondering, the
older 2 didn't dress up this year. :(



And...

2010-11-01T14:12:32.506-05:00

For those of you who don't know via Facebook...
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We're super excited and can't wait to meet her!! :)

And just a little sweet...
When I was getting dressed Friday, Noah asked where I
was going. When I said I was going to the Dr, in typical Noah
fashion he suddenly had a cough and insisted he needed to
go to the Dr too. I explained that I was not sick, but I had to
go and let the Dr check out the baby. When we got back, he
looked at me expectantly, then looked all around me.
Then he looked up at me curiously and said,
"But where's the new baby?? I thought you were going to get it!"
He's very ready for his new baby to get here. :)

TTFN,



18 weeks-belly shot

2010-10-25T16:42:19.679-05:00

Yes, this is my messy bedroom and my unmade bed.

Don't judge me.

And this is my 18 week belly. Not even 5 months, and I
feel HUGE! LOL!!

Yeah, I didn't do my hair or makeup today, so no face shot.

Don't judge me.

I'm feeling much better this week, and am very excited to
go to the Dr. on Friday and find out what our little nudger is.

Pink or blue??? :)

On a serious note, I would covet your prayers for my friend,
Konnie, whose mom has bone cancer and is going through a
huge ordeal. The whole family has really been through it the
last year and a half or so, and I know they would all appreciate
any prayers lifted up on their behalf.

I guess blogging once a week is better than once every
3 months or so!! Hope everyone's having a great Monday.

TTFN,
P.S. Just wanted to thank Julie for the phrase 'Don't judge me.'
It comes in handy. ;)



I make no promises...

2010-10-18T19:37:12.330-05:00

Ok, the fact that the last time I posted I was 4 weeks PG
is pretty sad considering I am 17 weeks today.

{SIGH}

Where have I been? Mostly on my couch-
Nauseous and exhausted like I've never been before.
This has been the hardest pregnancy so far.

Seriously. Bad. Stuff.

I might have posted sooner, you know, if I could have
picked my head up.

Now that the nasties have subsided enough, maybe I will
be able to post more frequently. But I make no promises.

Other than that, the pregnancy is going fine. I've lost weight-
no big surprise-and the baby sounds fine. We have 'the' ultrasound
a week from Friday to find out the sex of the baby. I don't have
any feelings one way or the other about what I think it might be-
that's pretty unusual too. Not that it matters at this point! ;)

I've been in maternity clothes for a few weeks now...I guess they're
not kidding when they say you get bigger earlier with each
pregnancy...I'm a whale already. I can't wait to see just how
huge I get by the end! <--insert sarcasm here--

Anyway, I just thought I'd update. And I really will try to
keep posting. I do read everyone's blogs still, and I even comment
now and then. Miss y'all! :)

TTFN,

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Wordless Wednesday...wanna see what I saw??

2010-07-21T18:10:36.062-05:00

(image) Sorry the lines are so faint...I didn't take the picture right away
and they faded!! The Dr. did confirm it today, though! We are
officially 4 weeks and 2 days pregnant! :)
TTFN,



Waiting for Michael...

2010-07-16T14:01:41.993-05:00

(image) The concert was amazing-as usual, Michael didn't disappoint!

This was only our 3rd time to see him! :)

Our 'romantic' night out turned out a little less than romantic.
I forget how stressful it can be to NOT know exactly where
you're going in NOLA-I guess that since I've been sick,
I wasn't in my right brain...I didn't use mapquest to
make sure I knew where the Arena was,
and I didn't make dinner plans.
We were running just a bit later than we wanted, so we
called and had Ashton do mapquest for us, and after
driving to the Arena first to make sure I was certain
of where it was, (I had no idea it was part of the SuperDome)
we set off toward Canal to find some grub.

Ever been to NOLA and tried to drive much? It's a city of one way
streets, it's definitely much better walking, and we just didn't have time
to find a parking place, walk somewhere to eat,
and make it back before the show started.

So I dropped Paul off at the corner McDonald's and circled the block
5 times before picking him up on the same corner. We drove back to
the Arena and ate our McD's in the parking garage.

Yeah, I know, every girl's dream, right?
SOOOOO romantic!!
{insert sarcasm. LOTS of sarcasm.}

It was really funny, though, even then, and with the free
tickets and the cheap meal, we've been
joking about our cheap date ever since.

I'd do it again just to spend time with my honey.

Oh, and Paul too.

BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

TTFN,






betcha thought...

2010-07-13T16:44:05.725-05:00

that I'd disappeared again, didn't ya??

Well, I (sort of) did.

I've spent 3 of the last 5 days quarantined in our
upstairs room sick. Again. With strep. AGAIN.

UGH.

And just because strep twice in one month isn't enough,
remember that horrific mouth infection Emmie had?

Yep. Got that too.

I'm just barely beginning to feel human again. I did let Paul
go back to work yesterday, and I did spend most of yesterday
laying on the couch wondering how people who don't have
a 13 and 11 year old function with littles when
they're sick!!

Thank you, Ashton and Sydney

BTW, the fever blister on the outside of my mouth is SCARY.
Seriously, I'd post a pic, but it would make people sick.
I've never seen one like this. It's freaky.

The worst part is that Paul and I have a hot date tomorrow
night. Yeah, it's the middle of the week, but we don't
plan the concert schedule of Michael Buble. Cause, ya know,
if I did, he'd get real tired of performing in my living room.
I'm just sayin.

We're driving almost an hour and a half to NOLA to see
Michael Buble, enjoying a night out together, dressing up,
and I look like someone tried to take off my bottom lip
with a flame thrower!

Anyway, it'll be fine.
Did I mention we're seeing Michael Buble?
(again)
Did I mention I WON the tickets??
(again)
Did I mention that Michael Buble doesn't actually have to
see ME, and that makes it all better?!?!?
BWAHAHAHA.

Ahem


The only way it could be any better
(other than having a normal lip, that it is)
is if we had a whole day to spend
in NOLA, but oh, well. Maybe next time!!
I'll let you know how it goes!
TTFN,



Wordy Wednesday...

2010-07-07T15:33:31.048-05:00

I'm so far behind I think I'm about to lap myself!!I'm here, and I'm thankful for those of you who arestill here too!! Here's a brief rundown/catch up. We...Celebrated our 14 year anniversary!!Spent two weeks in Disney...had a fantastic time-BUT-found out that my two littles can be crazy stressful whennaps exit the scene and are replaced by long,miserably hot days.I got the sickest I think I've ever been with strep throatjust days after we got back from Disney. For the first timein our marriage, Paul had to stay home from work to take care of me and the kids. I spent a full 48 hours closed up in our upstairsroom with no contact with the kids-approx 16 straight hoursof that time were spent unconscious-lots of fever and meds.I don't remember most of that week.Had a second and a sixth birthday!(well, they weren't MINE, of course, but you know)Had some dramatic GARBAGE go on with some friends andsome people that I thought were friends. I'm not gonnaname any names, but one of the gossip/drama causersis a pretty popular blogger around here...and a (former?) IRL friend.I am saddened to find out that she is NOT the personI thought she was...or who she pretends to be.Found out we do not have a special souvenir in the making.A little disappointed about that, butwe'll keep working on it! ;)Work on the upstairs addition has come to a temporary halt...it's very hard to work in the non-air-conditioned attic when thetemps up there get close to 130 degrees cause it's so stinkin hot here!I lost a friend to an overdose. It was unbelievably hard for me towrap my mind around. And just hard. Very hard.Emmie has been running fever since last Wednesday. I took herto the Dr. Friday just because I wanted her seen before the holidayso if she needed meds she could get on them and we could go aboutour weekend. The Dr. told me what I already knew...it was viral.But said if she was still running fever Sunday or Monday to bring her back. I hate that. Really? You will be able to do something with her virus then that you can't do now?? Anyway, by Monday she was still runningfever, but had a new symptom...her gums were swollen and bleeding.This worried me a bit and after looking into her mouth, I thoughther front teeth looked funny, so I made her another appt. Paul wantedme to take her to the dentist instead, and I tried to get her an apptthere, but with no luck. I loaded her up for her Dr's appt knowing thatI just needed to hear what the problem was...I'm not a worrier, but Ifelt that there was more to her symptoms than just her teeth and fever.The Dr. looked in her mouth for all of one second and said she has a severe herpes infection all in her mouth. (the herpes that causes cold sores, NOT the other kind!!) Ashton and Paul get them all the time, and Ashton has had one for almost 2 weeks by this time, so I knew where Emmie got it from. I was relieved to know what was wrong, but surprised by the severity of Emmie's symptoms. Apparently babies get it BAD. Of course, it's still a virus, so the Dr. said there isn't anything wecan do but wait it out. Thankfully she is some better now, I have to cut her food into tiny bites, and her gums still bleed, but the fever is mostly gone and she's finally eating!! She lost 2lbs from Friday to Monday from not eating. She's too tiny asis it...she didn't need to lose weight!And now I have my first ever cold sore. Thanks, E. I had NO IDEA how miserable they are.I can't even imagine what my poor baby has been through the last week! I have since found out that a dentist WILL prescribe meds for it that shortens the duration, and that makes me a little angry with her pedi, but by the time we went in Monday she was on the downhill slope, and from what I've read the meds work b[...]






this is just where I'm at...

2010-06-12T03:13:07.031-05:00


why am I still awake? life is too tired for me to ponder tonight...or maybe it's just me that's tired and life that's wide awake. too many brain things going on inside my head today...I'll truly never understand the minds of other people...those who don't think the way I do about things. why do they think the way they do? why are things that are repugnant to me alright in their minds?what makes right RIGHT and wrong WRONG...where is the line? why do some feel the need to hurt without considering the repercussions in others lives? a ripple becomes a wave by the time it reaches the edge of the pond...actions by one can affect all...is that too much power over another person? I'm rambling...but spilling...so necessary to clear the cobwebs. tired...yet my brain keeps running...to catch up to those whose brains are fast and furious, weak and wicked...do I want to catch up? do I want to find the devil's playground in the will of those I thought I knew but don't know at all? illusion is a strange friend. do I have the strength to face those demons tonight?? I'll have to go lay on my face a while and let God deal with it...
that's all I have left...
sorry for the ramble...pray for hurt friends...pray for gossipers within our own church family who hurt them with untruths...pray that I can be a help in time of uncertainty.



Say a little prayer for our coast...

2010-04-30T09:37:42.679-05:00

Most of you already know that I live on the gulf coast of
Mississippi. Not directly on the coast-we live about 25 miles
inland-but there is something very scary happening
right now on our beautiful coast.

You have certainly all heard about the Deep Horizon off-
shore drilling rig that exploded last week in the Gulf of
Mexico. They originally reported that it was spilling just
a small amount of oil into the Gulf, but now we know that
it is spilling as much as 5000 barrels, or 200,000 gallons
of oil into our water everyday. They are now saying
that it could take as much as 3 months to be able to cap
the leak. And this morning I read that they are expecting
this oil spill to be worse than the worst oil spill in history-
the Exxon Valdez.

I can't even begin to tell you how bad this is for the coast. It
affects every part of life here. The wildlife is in horrific danger,
the people who make their living fishing and shrimping are in
danger of losing their livelihoods, and the seafood industry as
a whole-epecially the local restaurants and markets are in a
really bad spot.

In addition to praying for the families of the workers lost when the
rig exploded, will you please, please pray for the coast? Especially
this weekend as the oil will actually be hitting the shore as early as
this morning. I will keep you updated as I know more.

Thank you in advance.
TTFN,



Ok, let's try that again...

2010-04-23T14:48:46.785-05:00

So that last post was a total flub.

Sorry.


I hit 'enter' when I meant to hit 'tab.'


Thus, the postless post was born.


The 'hahahaha' was not becuase there was nothing

in the post. I promise.


I was laughing at the fact that so many of you guessed
that we are adding on because I'm pregnant.


Because I'm NOT.


{yet}


We ARE adding on...everyone got that part right. We are
a family of 7 living in a 3Br/2Ba house, and things are just tight!

Paul, Emmie, and I share the master, Jacob and Noah share a room,
and Ashton and Sydney share a room.


We are adding 2 bedrooms and a full bath in the unused part of the
attic. We already have a big 'media' room up there.


Ashton and Sydney will have their own (small) rooms, and a (small)
bathroom to share among themselves and with anyone in the
upstairs room who needs to use the facilities but doesn't want
to walk back down the stairs. (read: everyone)

Jacob and Noah will continue to share their room, and Emmie will get
the room Ashton and Sydney share. She may have to share it
one day as well.

As far as me being PG, like I said before, I'm NOT. But we are
going to Disney in a month (a month EXACTLY, as a matter of fact)
and for the first time since our honeymoon, we will have a room to
to ourselves!!


Ahem.


{grin}


Let's just say we'd like to bring back a...shall we say...special...souvenir.


{blush}


And if it doesn't happen then, we will continue trying.


I'll keep you posted on the upstairs building...and
I'll let you know something when I know something! :)

TTFN,




Hahahaha!!

2010-04-23T14:00:21.957-05:00

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Wordless Wednesday...what in the world...

2010-04-21T10:26:07.960-05:00

...is Paul working on in the attic???

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P.S. Konnie...you don't get to answer this one cause you
already know!! LOL!! ;)



My other sweet boy...

2010-04-09T10:00:02.037-05:00

Jacob's paper he brought home this week;
(verbatim)

Wun deay I wint too The Jungl and I sol a wolf.
and I toold him too sit.
The End.

LOVE IT.
Best story EVA.

TTFN,



Just me and Syd...

2010-04-08T16:42:27.313-05:00

Syd and I are in Jackson again, this time forthe All State choir festival. We'll be here tillSaturday. This is my first time away from my babies for more than a night, and Paul's first time taking care of them for this long-but he willhave help from his mom, so I'm not too worried.Missing all my babies (the big ones too) already! Things were a bit stressful when we got here because our choir director was running late (as usual*) andI wasn't sure we could check in, but not only were we able to, the lady said they had my Marriott number-which I didn't even know I had-and they were bumping us up to a concierge room!!Super cool-even though it's a pretty normallooking room. Very nice, though, and clean. And thebath stuff is Bath and Body Works which totally rocks! :)*just a side note-YES, I am normally late. For everything.But this guy...OMGosh, he makes me look super organized and super punctual!! To be a teacher, he's NEVER prepared, and always the last one to any choir function. Also, I justwanted to point out (because it's my blog and I can) that we managed to leave early this morning. Yep. EARLY! Yay me!We left before our scheduled time. Maybe a first.But then, as a super bonus, when our director got here, heinformed me that the choir boosters voted to pay ourentire trip, including meals! Whoo-hoo!!! Praise the Lord!! Now I can afford the $12.95 per 24hrs on internet I'm having to pay to type this!! Hahahahahaha!I'm so in my element here. I think I had more fun at the first rehearsal than Sydney did! I was just wishing I had the music so I could sing along! I'm a total choir nerd! :) I miss all this.Anyway, I'll be on here as time allows. They've got uson a pretty tight schedule, but after this evening theyaren't allowing parents into rehearsals so I'll have some freetime here and there. Hope everyone had a greatweekend! I know I am! TTFN, P.S. If you're wondering about the title...(it's one thingon the dashboard and something else when you openit) 3 words...complete user error. :/[...]






Sweet boy...

2010-04-06T11:51:31.366-05:00

Last night at bedtime:
Sydney-'Noah, God is watching over us all the time!'
Noah (looking around) 'Where is He?'
Sydney-'Well, He's invisible. We can't see Him.'
Noah-(pouting, with his lip sticking out) 'Aww...but I
wanted to pway hide-and-seet wif Him!'


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Not Me Monday-♫Don't You...Forget About Me♪

2010-03-29T10:44:02.653-05:00

Not Me Monday!A blog carnival created by MckMama.Where we all share our (not so) short comings.It has not been just over a month since my last post. I am not horrified at myself for slacking. However, we havenot been pretty busy, and I did not find it easier and easierto just not blog as the time went on. I am also not horriblybehind on blog reading-I am so sorry!!! I haven't decidedif I'm going to try to catch up or just move on from here.(If any of you had anything momentous or exciting go on while I was absent, please add a link in the comments so I can go read and celebrate with you!! :)Here are a few things I/we have not been doing:1. I have become an avid couponer. I had no idea how time consuming it is! I have been saving lots of money, though, and it's quite a rush!2. I sent my youngest to church one Sunday in a dressthat the hem was all the way out of. I may have justtaped it back up with packing tape. Maybe.3. Ball season has started. It's a bit stressful this year. Jacob has games on school nights that don't START till 8:15. That's 15 minutes past his bedtime already, so I'm really nothappy about that. It is what it is, though. Pictures to follow.4. Paul's dad passed away Sunday the 21st. His funeral wasthis past Wednesday. It was a wonderful service, although it wasmuch harder on Paul than he thought it would be. It was a long,emotionally and physically tiring week, but we know where heis and he's not suffering any more. I am thankful that the kidsgot to visit him one last time while he was still lucid. 5. I missed my one year blogiversary. Not because I wasn't blogging,it was back in January when I WAS, but because my blog counterwas wrong. And no matter how many times I try to fix it, thecounter always starts off wrong. This is also my 200th post!!6. Noah has become obsessed with rocks. He always has rocks, rockpiles, rock buddies, etc. It's really cute...until I step on one, barefoot,in the middle of the living room floor!Thanks to those who are still here...I love and miss you all!!TTFN,[...]