44 In Articles

My Birthday Present

My sister had such wonderful intentions for a birthday present for me:

1) a trip to the nail salon to have our toenails painted &
2) a trip to a local little boutique where I could pick out any dress I wanted

The ideas sounded lovely!


1) the nail salon was closed when we got there

2) the boutique was fun but I tried on a lot of little dresses none of them were “me”.
So instead, I picked out a high chair from the antique mall.


I know it’s pretty laughable that I would pass up a manicure and party dress for a high chair! But I’m not normal.

Monday morning I put him in it.


And was confident that I made the right decision.


He ate really well and I nearly ate him as he sat in it like a big boy!

Then I put him back in it for lunch. He was thrilled.


He did his best ostrich impersonation.


I cracked up.
He cracked up.


And then with all the excitement…


he had to POOP!

Have I mentioned that I love kids?

You Might Also Like

  • Mary Michael
    June 17, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    He is such a doll!

  • blair
    June 17, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    know what i love about you girls? you keep it real…an antigue high chair for your 'hornet' is a gerat gif, toenails schmonails…you gals are so sweet to one another! happy belated birthday to you both!

  • kdurec
    June 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    He is so stinkin adorable! I love the ostrich impression!

    Very cute highchair, too. You made the right decision, although I did ask for a breast pump for Christmas the year that I had my little girl. (Talk about making your brother-in-law uncomfortable.) 🙂

  • duchess
    June 17, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    He is too cute.
    I'm still waiting for a haircut tutorial – my Gracie really needs a trim.

  • christy
    June 17, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    A girl after my own heart. 🙂 I would have probably done the same thing. You really have three of the cutest little ones on the planet. The little JM is such a doll!

  • stewart and james
    June 17, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    he is PRECIOUS!

  • Love Being a Nonny
    June 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I totally would have chosen the high chair. Hands down! And the baby in it………oh my! What an absolute doll!

  • Miranda
    June 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I would have picked the high chair too. I LOVE that picture of him with the squinty eye. You have adorable, adorable kids. I so love your photography!!

  • pam
    June 17, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    cute little tike!

  • Jamie
    June 17, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    He is a gorgeous little guy! Great highchair too!

  • kate
    June 17, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday to you and Erika! I loved the pics over your weekend at the beach. John Martin is ADORABLE (even when he poops)!

  • Abby Maddox
    June 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    HE IS SOOOOOOO CUTE!!! Oh my goodness.

  • erika
    June 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    love these pictures, even if he's doin' his business on your birthday present!

  • Kasey Hunt
    June 17, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Those were great pictures. I'd probably would have done the same thing as you did. Get something for someone in my family instead!! Happy Birthday.

    June 17, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Darby, JM is gorgeous!!!

  • Ashley
    June 17, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I Love this post! You think it's a little obvious you're kind of fond of being a mama? 🙂 I LOVE IT! I hear ya! These little children are pretty dag-um fun! (DOESN'T HURT A BIT either when they're THAT cute!!!!) Wow-wow-wee! You could make a killing off of that little boy's looks! REALLY! CUTE! LOVE YOU, D! Glad y'all had fun! That was way nice of Erika too! Sweet Sister!

  • Susan
    June 17, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Great pictures, especially with the lighting. I LOVE his animals onesie, though most anything would look cute on him.

  • the brown's
    June 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    goodness, he's cute!!

  • collard green queen
    June 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    we call that last picture of John Martin the Gangster Lean- no one can poop sitting flat!!! Love the toofies coming in- I swear he is edible!

  • andi
    June 17, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    We need to go get a manicure and a massage!!! LOL!

  • Anonymous
    June 17, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    ok you made me laugh out loud. love that!!!

  • Paloma {La Dolce Vita}
    June 17, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    He is such a cutie!

  • The 5 Bickies
    June 17, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    He's even adorable while pooping!
    I love this post and your new chair is a wonderful find! I am sure you will have it a lot longer than a dress. Enjoy

  • Annmarie
    June 17, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Those photos are GORGEOUS!!! It's not easy traveling with the munchkins., but WHAT an awesome weekend!!!!

  • Laura
    June 17, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    ha! i'm laughing so hard my coffee might come out my nose. too early to laugh so hard. love it.

  • Tara and Felix
    June 18, 2009 at 4:29 am

    Blair does her poopy while she is eating too! Makes for a beautiful face when your out at a restaurant!

  • Becky Brodbeck
    June 18, 2009 at 4:48 am

    John Martin is so cute!! what an adorable face!But He is not going to appreciate the pooping picture 10 years from now:-)

  • Erin
    June 18, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Cute high chair and precious baby boy!!

  • Jessica
    June 18, 2009 at 5:59 am

    The ostrich picture made me laugh out loud right here alone in my office. Too funny!

  • Melody
    June 18, 2009 at 6:29 am

    LOL! This was great…made me smile. I LOVE kids as well! Can't wait to have more! : )

  • Elizabeth
    June 18, 2009 at 6:31 am

    Thanks for making me laugh first thing this morning!

  • paula
    June 18, 2009 at 6:38 am

    too funny. For mothers day my husband said I could get someone to clean the house, well she was a no show. Now I would like to use the money for a steam mop.

  • Shireen
    June 18, 2009 at 7:02 am

    I KNOW you well enough to know that you truly 'invested' WELL in the high chair, RATHER THAN on your feet, hands or on clothes! 🙂 And anyone who reads your blog KNOWS you LOVE kiddos!!! 😉 I LOVE that about YOU! You are transparent with your love!

    Have a great weekend, and Happy Daddy's Day to Justin!!! 🙂 We're off to the beach today! Woohoo!!

  • Jessica {lovely jubbly london}
    June 18, 2009 at 7:37 am

    I love it! You're right it is perfect, just look at that face!

  • Momofgirls
    June 18, 2009 at 8:30 am

    What a precious boy! Great photos!

    You made the right choice…love the high chair!

  • Ruth
    June 18, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Most def the right choice….(I msut share that reading your blog is my reward for getting a certain amount of work done)I love your pics……ahhh inspiration…

    June 18, 2009 at 10:13 am

    EEEKKK! His little teeth…his sweat smile, and hey, we all gotta go sometime! : )

  • Joy
    June 18, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I love that shot of him making a "gift." You totally have bribery material for his teen years!

  • The Harris Family
    June 18, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Ha! Lovin that last pic!

  • Karen
    June 18, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    He looks like Brad Pitt.

  • J
    June 18, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    You're cracking me up!

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I would love to see a pic of the high chair! You have the most adorable, cute, sweet (he looks so sweet) little boy that anyone could ever ask for! Blessings- Carol

  • Tara
    June 19, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    I LOVE a poopy face! My daughter is 6 months old and I keep trying to catch her in the act, but can't get to the camera in time…love it!

  • Mary Frances
    June 21, 2009 at 11:58 am

    You made the right choice! The high chair will still be around when John Martin is a grown man, and the manicure and dress, though lovely would be long gone!