Sunday, April 19, 2015

Closet Nursery Update

Now that we're almost six months in, I have to say: the closet nursery can be done. 

I have a full size crib, a changing table with drawers, a book shelf and a place for clothes. Aside from room for my glider, I have everything I need in there. 

Spencer really only sleeps in there, but, she's starting to hang out in her crib more while I have to get stuff done. She used to abhor that thing. So, 30 minutes of playtime in the crib before screaming her head off = progress. 

Some people that come see it say, "it's smaller than I thought."

In which I ask, "what kind of Tori Spelling walk-in closet have you been hanging out in?" 

Meanwhile, my shower is RIGHT next to her door. I thought this was gonna be a problem but her Sleep Easy machine is a godsend and I thank the friend who recommended it. 

Our little arrangement is working nicely. I think she rather likes her little nursery nook. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Recent Spencer Firsts

A few of SRM's recent firsts...

First time riding in the Big Girl part of the cart. 
Since she can't sit up yet so we were heavily relying on that strap. 
She frickin' loved it and thought she was hot stuff sitting up there!

First taste of adult human food. 
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream. 
Flavor: (1st scoop) Goat Cheese and Cherries and (2nd scoop) Ombre Brulee. 
She spit most of it out but the taste sure did make her happy. 

First time at the aquarium. 
This is her first look actually at a beautiful, bright tank.
Such wonderment!
And then shortly after this... she went to sleep. 
Enough is enough.

Her first Easter! 
This also included her first time at church. She did beautifully! 
That weekend, she also met her Great Uncle, Aunt and cousins from Myrtle Beach. 
Instant best buddies with those gals.
She loved cuddling with her Gigi on Easter morning.

Spencer's first sickness. 
Sad face. 
Baby girl caught a cold (which she has now successfully passed onto Momma).
Although under the weather, she still smiled a whole bunch. 
That was no fun, though. Grandparents, luckily, were here to help us. 

Their Joy

Spencer and her grandparents: it's such a beautiful thing to watch. She has sweet baby magic that sends their hearts floating. And, she smiles for them whenever they want it. So much love floating back and forth this past week. We're gonna miss them so much!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Happy 45th, JWM!

I feel like 45 is a big one. Halfway between 40 and 50. I probably should have planned something for Jimmy's birthday this year, but we've been overwhelmed with his current injury ailments and baby stuff and Easter and just... life. I'm kind of exhausted. 

Luckily, Jimmy had a sliver of an energy spurt yesterday. Great timing, because his BFF from Boston came to visit with her husband. 

We went to Emory Village for some pizza and beer. Although Jimmy is having a hard time eating right now due to some swallowing issues, he got a few bites of pork belly pizza down, about a half a beer and ate a whole ice cream after! 

This was huge for him! 

He got by with a small nap (usually requires hours of naps) and pushed himself to stay out all day. The weather couldn't have been better in Downtown Decatur. 

It was a lovely day. Think he is filled-up after friends, and then family and then more friend visitors.  

Jimmy got some good gifts in the form of calls, texts, messages, cards, bacon, Amazon gift-card, a Boston Marathon half-zip, and from his daughter? The PPV boxing match that he really wants to see in May.  

She really is trying to get in good with Dadda. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spencer: Five Months

Hi Spence!

You're five months old now! No one can believe how fast you're growing - especially me! This is a really fun age. You're becoming more and more alert and aware all the time. And nosey. Gotta know what it is and why it's doing that.

You're frightened of loud, sudden noises and we've learned that you do not like car rides at night. Like, scream. The whole time. Red in the face. But the minute we get out of the car, you'll smile. You really don't require a recovery period, which is good.  

We spent your 5 month birthday at the aquarium with friends and their kiddos. You were kinda into the fishies and you seemed to love the bright-colored tanks with the beautiful lights shining through the water. We took your first walk through Centennial Park in the Ergo. It was sunny, but very windy.

Dadda has a lot going on with him right now, but you never fail to help him crack a smile. You're a charmer like that.

You started grabbing your toes this morning! And I think I saw you checking out your hands. You're pretty close to sitting up but we're just taking it one day at a time.

We love you and those sweet dark blue eyes you're currently working. 


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Broadcasters Foundation of America

It wasn't long after Jimmy's accident when our then News Director told us about The Broadcasters Foundation of America. This is an amazingly specific group that helps injured members of the media. This was something I knew I needed to look into because at that early stage of post-injury, I just wasn't sure how everything would shake out.

I filled out the application and then, a few weeks later, got a call they wanted to help us. This was such an immense relief because I had already decided that work wasn't something I just couldn't do yet. Not to mention all of the unforeseen cost that were coming with this injury - that wouldn't be covered. This phone call and gesture from this foundation helped me to worry a little less when that's all I did - all day, everyday, even in my sleep.

About every year or so, I fill out our grant renewal application and explain where we our in newish life and mainly, with Jimmy's injury. It's a challenge to find new ways of saying he still doesn't have any feeling or movement and still uses the ventilator. He's still in a wheelchair and he's still paralyzed. But, this year, I got to include the addition of our daughter, Spencer. It was shortly after we got an email from the foundation with a request for us to tell our story.

I had a wonderful talk with someone named David who was going to be editing the piece, I think. He seemed so moved by our circumstances. So genuine. He arranged for one of our former co-workers from WSPA to come shoot the piece which turned out to be a nice reunion. Jason was the photographer who worked on the first story we did with our news station after the accident. They actually used some of that original story in this piece. 

Then I get an email from Deborah Norville. Inside Edition Deborah Norville! No big. We're now email BFFs, btw.

Deborah is on the board of this foundation, as well as George Stephanopoulos. Deborah would be putting our piece together, and then use that to make their case for garnering funds for the foundation. She was very kind and excited to help tell our story.

They did a really good job with this. I cried at us. Seeing it all spelled out like that again... whew.  We're at the beginning and end. The story in the middle tugs 'atcha, too.

Oh, and we had nothing to do with this but Go Pats!

If by chance you'd like to donate to the Broadcasters Foundation of America, click HERE.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

4 Month Photos

I didn't plan on getting 4 month photos done for Spencer, but I found out a family friend had moved to town, and she is a phenomenal picture-taker. And, it's really hard to get just a few pictures taken at a reasonable price in this crazy city. I knew she wouldn't charge me hundreds upon hundreds.

For a little make-shift studio in my bedroom using the last natural light of this particular day -- I'd say these came out pretty good!

So, in case you haven't seen enough pictures of my daughter...

Spencer Rosalyn Moore
4 Months Old

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

At Least She Smiles

Tuesday was fun and hard and we did it.

We had, what I think was our first big family outing since Spencer's birth. We went to Georgia Tech to see Jimmy's Tarheels play. 

We left super happy. 

It felt not crazy overwhelming getting us ready and getting us there. I parallel parked the van and made Jimmy acknowledge how well I did. 

Finding our seats wasn't difficult. Strollers weren't allowed so I carried Spencer in the Ergo. 

As soon as we entered the arena, Jimmy and his nurse scouted out a place to get him suctioned. Jimmy is ill at the moment and needing to be suctioned a whole lot. 

I went to pay way too much for a Diet Coke, popcorn and a hot dog for Jimmy. 

Tip off happened. And we were off. Enjoying our outing. 

Then scoring happened. And happened again. And the roaring applause and buzzers happened. 

And then this happened:

The loud noises associated with the game scared the bejesus out of the little. I held her close but could still feel her cry erupt over and over. She finally fell asleep as I covered her ears with my hands. 

Jimmy was back and forth so much to get suctioned, I feel as if he couldn't truly enjoy the game. We were there for him. That part made me sad. But, still, when he wasn't off getting suctioned, I could see the happiness in his eyes. It was worth it. 

He said, "no more live events."  I said, "yes, there will be more live events." He was in no shape to be making blanket statements like that. Poor fella. 

The game was good and even with Jimmy and Spencer's challenges, it felt good that we did it. 

Then we got in the car. Spencer immediately started crying. Not just crying. Screeching. Then Jimmy was coughing. Yep. Needing to be suctioned again. His vent alarm went off. But he wanted to just get home to do it. 

So, baby crying. 
Jimmy's coughing/choking. 
Vent alarm going off. 
Windows fogging up due to weather. 
I took a wrong turn getting home. 
I was getting sweaty. 

There was nothing I could do to comfort Spencer from where I was sitting in the front seat. 

I guess the good news was that when I did finally get her out of the van, she calmed down.

And when we got inside, she even was willing to smile.  

At least she smiles... 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Spencer: Four Months

My Spencey,

So fun to watch your little quirky changes happening. You are such a funny, sweet baby. 

You made your first overnight trip to Greenville this past weekend with Momma. You did beautifully. You slept in the car and when you were awake, you were watching the trees pass in a furious pace out your window with such intent. 

You loved being around other babies and all of the roaming toddlers who came to give you sugar and smiles. Dadda sure did miss you though. 

We're working on crib training. Let's sum this process up with two words: baby steps. I'm positive we'll get there when you're ready. 

You're starting to take more interest in your toys. And by interest I mean you want to coat them in your drool and then eat them. 

We've starting reading books at night, as we're trying to implement a bedtime routine, now. You're very first book we read togther? "Guess How Much I Love You." It's where you first learned of one-upping. 

Here's something new: you've mastered the fake cough. You know, where you lay it on preeeeetty thick to see if I come running when you're needing attention. The sneakiness starts already, huh? I'm onto you. 

You're meeting new people all the time. Important people in your parent's lives. It's so so amazing to see our great friends holding you. Soup for the soul. 

Other firsts this past month: 

*First twerk (Someone twerked while holding you. But not on someone else, in the air. I'm not a monster!) 
*First TV interview (You slept. Not impressed.) 
*First birthday party (You loved being social.) 
*First time sleeping in crib (30 minutes counts!) 

And perhaps my favorite new thing you're doing? Holding my face with both of your hands when I come in for face snuggles or a kiss. I melt into a puddle. 

I love you so much. You're everything. 


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Corner of Happiness

This little girl. So funny. 

She absolutely loves this little corner of her closet - eh - nursery. She full on coos and sings and kicks those legs. 

That black and white dress? Oh, it's her BFF. She chats it up coffee-talk style almost every diaper change. Then, she'll turn to the patterned wallpaper and act like it's a reunion years overdue. 

Then, if she's feeling really good, she look up and give a quick whaddup to her chalk board. 

It's hilarious to watch. I feel like I'm intruding sometimes. 

I've tried to recreate a similar corner of happiness in her crib. 

Basically, she told me it's not the same. And to stop. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Seeing Spencer

We've had lotsa Spencer visitors in the few short months since her birth.

She's met and been on loved by her Grandparents, Uncle Gary and Aunt Ashly - twice! She met her cousin Lorenzo, her Aunt Lauren, and a bunch of Mom and Dad's buds.

Meantime, the hospitality of our friends and family continues. The occasional cleaning and cooking and bringing of the sometimes dinner and snacks. The holding of the baby. The checking in and checking on. Even the cards and little goodies we get in the mail. There's all kinds of support. 

It's pretty great.