Wonder Weeks are for the Babies

I have been at this dad thing for an entire 19 weeks and the thing that sticks with me the most is that your baby changes… constantly.

They are experiencing everything for the first time and developing new skills each days.  It’s awesome and wonderful to see how my little man gets bigger and starts realizing stuff like he has hands… feet… and even crazier… he can control them!  A lot of these new developments come in what has been humorously coined “wonder weeks” by researchers in the Netherlands.  After experiencing a couple of these weeks I am not too fond of the misleading notion of this term.  It makes it sound like a glorious time for everyone involved.  Alas, it may be a wonderful time for your child but the periods of fussiness before and during these weeks will not always have you using those words to describe these times in your life.  Maybe… Exhausted Weeks or Emotional Surprise Weeks or my favorite You Will Have No Idea What Your Baby Wants Week.

So, why am I making such a big deal about this for dads? Well because these new wonders and realizations for your child cause things to change in their brain and how they react to the world which means that technique you use to get your child to sleep… well, it will just piss them off.  Holding him and swaying… oh he hates it now.  Humming and the rocking chair… yup… hates it too.  I have had to figure out on the fly what is going on with Mathias and try to find new ways to help him figure out the world.  It hasn’t always been pretty either and it won’t be for you.  This is the challenge out there for you dads during this lovely time in your child’s life.  Learn to adapt! Try to read all those articles and books your wife will ask you to look at.  Know what is coming… this article breaks down the changes and when they usually occur.  Don’t think for a moment you have it all figured out because your kids like to flip the script on you in a heartbeat.  So, remember wonder weeks are for the babies…

Wonder Weeks are for the Babies

Teague FC Announces Roster Addition

TEAGUE FC ANNOUNCES ROSTER ADDITION
“Tiny Teague” set to join family in early July 2013.

Garrett and Lauren, founders of Teague FC, are adding to their “family club” in the summer of 2013. The proud parents-to-be announced the news to family and friends in person over the recent holidays, while visiting both Oregon and Texas. The baby is expected to compete for its parents and grandparents’ top affections upon its arrival in early July. A routine exam earlier today confirmed “tiny Teague” is healthy with a strong heartbeat at 14 weeks.

“The secret is finally out!” exclaimed Garrett, who enjoyed many ways of trying to point out Lauren’s baby bulge to unsuspecting family at Christmas. The dad-to-be will be juggling fatherhood with his last semester of college and a full-time position at JaxParks in the fall.

When asked about gender preferences, Lauren simply answers, “Ten fingers and ten toes is all I want,” though acknowledging the Teague family pressure to have a baby boy who will carry on the family name. The parents are finding out the sex of the baby in February, and Garrett is tasked with a creative way to announce it via video on this website. A name, however, will likely be undecided until the parents meet the little one for the first time.

Tiny Teague is the first roster addition since Teague FC was established in September 2010. Along with its parents, the baby is eagerly awaited by grandparents Roy & Mary Beyer of Prineville, Oregon, and Rick & Robbye Teague of Fort Worth, Texas, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins (biological and honorary) across the country.

TeagueFC.com will be the exclusive home for all baby news, including bump and ultrasound photos, video updates and things Lauren & Garrett want to share with the world. Respecting your Facebook news feed, the parents will avoid posting ultrasound photos onto Facebook, but you can subscribe to TeagueFC.com to receive updates in your email inbox (top right on the homepage).

Teague FC Announces Roster Addition

Christmas Card 2012 | Extended Version

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Clockwise from top left: 1) Cheered with Portland’s “Timbers Army” at FC Dallas in July; 2) Garrett on the field at a Jacksonville Jaguars’ game, shooting video for the City of Jacksonville; 3) Lauren gets blasted with blue in the Color Me Rad 5K in September; 4) Striking the “Thinker” pose in Harvard Yard. Possibly our favorite photo from 2012!

Our Christmas cards should be dropping in a mailbox near you this week, unless the postman was extra speedy this year, and some of you have already seen the 2012 edition. In that case, thanks for checking out the new web address (and look) of our family blog, TeagueFC. We hope you’ll visit often and subscribe to get new posts from me & Garrett. Enter your email address in the box in the top right corner of the homepage, and new posts will be emailed directly to you,

One item I couldn’t fit on this year’s card was the recap of our highlights from the year, but by putting them here, I can also share more photos and links to posts from our favorite moments.

2012 with the Teagues…

Star Watching on NYE

January: Rang in 2012 at the Dallas Stars NYE game with the Teague family. Back in Florida, we played tour guide for Adam & Kirstyn (brother & almost sis-in-law) in Jax and Orlando.

February: Lauren goes 13.1 miles in 28 degree temps with Elysia (Jax BFF) at the “26.2 with Donna,” while Garrett watches from warm places. Lauren also gets in two cross-country trips with visits to Molalla and the Northern Trust Open in L.A (and back to Molalla!), with annual Valentine’s Day pizza making in between.

March: Danced the night away at Brian & Janelle Zipse’s wedding. Crossed Alabama off the travel list by roadtripping across the Florida panhandle to spend a Spring Break weekend with the Teague family in Gulf Shores. Moved just in time to host our annual Corndog Day party in the new house, with roomie Eric.

Beyer Family at Easter

 April: Surprised Mary (Lauren’s mom) on her birthday in Oregon, then enjoyed Easter with the Beyer and Ferrarin families. Garrett leaves the JU Soccer team to focus on rehabbing from sports hernia surgery, then earns his first 4.0 in  college (or…ever?).

May: Garrett starts video production internship at City of Jacksonville Parks & Rec department, but we still make time to cheer for our faves at THE PLAYERS at TPC Sawgrass and the US Mens National Soccer Team vs. Scotland (both in Jax).

June: Spent many weekends on friends Leif & Anne’s boat exploring the St. Johns River and Intracoastal. Lauren finishes the month in Washington D.C. for the AT&T National, and squeezes in an early morning tour at the Pentagon before flying home.

July: Mary, Roy and Garrett takes a turn surprising Lauren in Fort Worth during our annual summer vacation week with the Teague family. With our parents, we visited Possum Kingdom Lake, explored the Stockyards and Fort Worth. Then Garrett & Lauren cheered in the Timbers Army at FC Dallas to celebrate Garrett’s birthday.

August: Lauren hits the road for the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs, visiting Bethpage (NY), TPC Boston, Liberty National (NY) & East Lake GC (Atlanta) across five weeks. Garrett is asked to stay on with Parks & Rec as a real (paid!) employee, and starts producing JaxParks TV.

Our "Jax Family" celebrating in Hartford.
Our “Jax Family” celebrating in Hartford.

September: Celebrated the “Szeklefsen” wedding in Hartford, CT with our Jax friends, then explored Boston & Cambridge on Labor Day weekend. Also got a long weekend in Atlanta to visit our friends Russ, Alice, Brian, Marilyn & Elayna.

October: Lauren gets a taste of fall with a week in Oregon that includes crabbing at the coast, quality family & friend time, and helping with chores at the parents’ ranch!

November: Getaway on Thanksgiving weekend with Rick, Robbye, Cameron & Amy at Amelia Island, and witnessed the Jacksonville Jaguars’ first home win (and likely only) of 2012! Much to be thankful for as we approach the end of the year.

December: Christmas time is here again, and with it comes parties, family dinners, movie marathons and a week at each “home,” in Oregon & Fort Worth. We hope to see you on our travels!

Christmas Card 2012 | Extended Version

Pictures Are Worth 1,000 Words (or so I hope)

Want to try a new project that I can share here on the blog and hopefully be more consistent in my postings. My friend E used to take a picture at 5:25 pm every day (or close to it) to share with her world during 2009. This year she’s been collaborating with a friend on a different daily-photo blog (of which I love to follow along!).

I want to try the photo every day approach, as a way to track what I’m doing and where. My hope is that in addition to sharing visual memories, I’ll also be more inclined to share a story or antcedote most days too. I’ll also be posting these to my Flickr account (link on the right) too those who prefer the gallery style.

To get started, here are a few different photos from the past days, weeks & months that can show what I’ve been up to!

Pictures Are Worth 1,000 Words (or so I hope)

2009, Quickly

Taking a look back at my 2009 and the experiences that came with…
it was quite the year!

JANUARY
New Years in Fort Worth with the Teagues
Ate black eyed peas for good luck in the new year
Visited Janette in Orlando
Soccer concussion and head wound
Dallas Stars at Tampa Bay
Garrett leaves for six-month deployment on USS Klakring

FEBRUARY
John Legend with Silverios
Moved into Mirabella with Stacey
Launched Social Media Club Jax
Pirates Run 10k
Valentine roses from Garrett (my first, ever)
Tiger Woods returns to PGA TOUR
Alia visits Jax

MARCH
Elton John & Billy Joel with sis
Gate River Run 15k
Corn Dog Day party
Tiger wins the Arnold Palmer Inv. on the 18th hole

APRIL
Running the Blues 5k
Courtney’s bachelorette party
Surprise flower delivery <3
Easter with Mike and Maureen
Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head w/ Stacey, Geoff and Mark
Commotion kickball defeats #1 Cobra Kai
Nickleback (met @elysia1)
Jax Beach opening parade

MAY
PLAYERS week
Mom and Dad visit Jax
Single Greatest Night honoree kickoff
Girls’ night in Vilano Beach
Kickball pub crawl at the Beaches
Never Quit 5k

JUNE
Pier Point pool weekends with Jen & Elysia
Secured my personal Facebook URL: (www.facebook.com/laurenbeyer)
Jacksonville Beer Fest with fellow beer snob & friend Justice
Disney’s Animal Kingdom with Tim, Cheryl, Stephanie & Amanda

JULY
Pier Point 4th of July with cousin Karl
Klakring countdown begins
Multiple attempts to watch Shuttle launch from Jax Beach pier (saw on CNN instead)
Met Zoe, my CFF ambassador
24 hour movie marathon with @iwearyourshirt and friends
first Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers show
Robbye, Rikki, Kinsey & Kacie visit to welcome Uncle Bud home
Garrett’s Homecoming

AUGUST
My 25th birthday. Quarter-life crisis begins
Kenny Chesney
Fort Worth vacation with the Teagues
Wakeboarding, wake surfing & listening to Toadies @Possum Kingdom Lake
Showed off Oregon in the summertime to Garrett
Climbed a mountain (2 really big hills) at the ranch
Dad’s 50th birthday party in the barn
White Trash Beach Bash for CFF
Midnight shuttle launch viewing party on Jax Beach

SEPTEMBER
Holly visits
Savannah trip for Brew Fest
Beach Olympics ’09
Erin visits
Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits fest
First Jags (regular season) game — lost to Arizona

OCTOBER
Marine Corps Half Marathon with Elysia
Dana & Brandon’s wedding in Flagstaff
Race for the Cure with Jess
Florida-Georgia game with Elysia

NOVEMBER
Rear-ended
World Golf Hall of Fame 09 Induction ceremony
Jax Beach air show
Children’s Miracle Network Classic
Single Greatest Night
Pete’s Bar on Thanksgiving morning
Thanksgiving with Karen, Tim, Cate & Michael
Thanksgiving dinner with Klak friends

DECEMBER
Civil War (sad)
Jags beat Texans
Klakring Christmas party
Trail Blazers in Orlando
First real Christmas with Garrett
Fly home on Christmas Day to celebrate with family
Ring in the new decade!

Did I forget anything?
(thanks Elysia for the inspiration to do this!)

2009, Quickly

Meet Zoe

Single Greatest Night honorees got together for lunch this week (thanks Carabbas!) and we were joined by a couple of the team ambassadors, Zoe and Cammie. I should back up and tell you about how our teams are structured, and why. Each of us 40+ honorees are all divided between 4 different teams to provide help each other fundraise and provide a competitive incentive as we go through November. Each team is named after an child ambassador from Jacksonville with CF. I am a proud member of Team Zoe (and we’re the top fundraising team so far!).
Zoe is an adorable 5-year-old girl, the youngest of 8 kids. She was diagnosed with CF just before her first birthday, but you wouldn’t know it by meeting her. Zoe is a little shy, but she is very into princesses, Hello Kitty and most things pink. Zoe’s mom, Jada, is an avid blogger. She chronicles the family and Zoe’s journey with CF on the blog, Zoe for Life. (I’ve also added it to my blogroll if you want to check it out.

Single Greatest Night honorees got together for lunch yesterday (thanks Carabbas!) and we were joined by a couple of the team ambassadors, Zoe and Cammie. I should back up and tell you about how our teams are structured, and why. Each of us 40+ honorees are all divided between 4 different teams to provide help each other fundraise and provide a competitive incentive as we go through November. Each team is named after an child ambassador from Jacksonville with CF. I am a proud member of Team Zoe (and we’re the top fundraising team so far!).

Zoe is an adorable 5-year-old girl, the youngest of 8 kids. She was diagnosed with CF just before her first birthday, but you wouldn’t know it by meeting her. Zoe is a little shy, but she is very into princesses, Hello Kitty and most things pink. Zoe’s mom, Jada, is an avid blogger. She chronicles the family and Zoe’s journey with CF on the blog, Zoe for Life. (I’ve also added it to my blogroll if you want to check it out.)

It was great to sit down with other members of Team Zoe and meet Zoe, her brother Austin and their mom Jada over lunch. Zoe spent most of the lunch coloring in her Hello Kitty color book, but she did wow us with some Princess trivia (Who is the only princess to have 3 different names?) and gave us all purple bracelets that read “Cure Cystic Fibrosis.” Here are a few pictures we took with Zoe after lunch.

Team Zoe
An almost smile from Zoe!

The CF bracelets Zoe gave us (and her own)
The CF bracelets Zoe gave us (and her own)
Zoe and her brother Austin
Zoe and her brother Austin

Meeting Zoe and her family gave me another unforgettable connection to CF. Lately my giving back efforts haven’t gone much further than running in a charity race, donating blood or giving money to a friend’s fundraising efforts…but getting involved with CFF and Single Greatest Night has been one of the best things I’ve done since I came to Jacksonville. It’s amazingly powerful to interact with kids like Zoe and be able to share their stories with all of you. Most of us take for granted the breaths we take, yet there are 30,000 children and adults in America who are fighting a disease that can make each breath a struggle. Next time you take a deep breath, I hope you think of Zoe and her fight.

To help my efforts to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, please consider donating by clicking here.

Meet Zoe

12 Things For You

 

12 things to learn, forget and remember again — courtesy of a fridge clipping that Tristan Prettyman saw and shared. I would have shared this with a few friends via email, but thought it would best to share with anyone who cares enough to find and read it. 

 

1. You will receive a body.

You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours the entire period.

 

2. You will learn lessons.

You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called Life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.

 

3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.

Growth is a process of trial and error: experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”

 

4. A lesson is repeated until learned.

A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.

 

5. Learning lessons does not end.

There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

 

6. “There” is no better than “here.”

When your “there” has become a “here,” you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here.”

 

7. Others are merely mirrors of you.

You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.

 

8. What you make of your life is up to you.

You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

 

9. Life is exactly what you think it is.

You create a life that matches your beliefs and expectations.

 

10. Your answers lie inside you.

The answers to life’s questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

 

11. You will forget all this.

 

12. You can remember it whenever you want.

 

Happy Friday! ♥

12 Things For You