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Grey's Academy

I’ve never seen the show Grey’s Anatomy. I know. But are y’all really surprised? We haven’t had cable for the better part of a decade, and even if we did I would probably only watch Back to the Future or Everybody Loves Raymond like I do now. Anyway, I’ve never seen the show, but I have heard of McDreamy. I personally don’t find him dreamy, but that’s not my point.

[IS there a point here?]

Stay with me; I do have a point.

A few weeks after Gracen was born, I realized that we should have waited to give him his name. We love the name Gracen, but I believe there are other names that would have suited him better.

Like Andy. My dad, my brother, and my nephew all share the middle name Andrew. And I think it would have been fun to name our little boy Andrew. And then we could have nicknamed him Andy.

And then we would secretly call him Demandy. 

Y’all, I don’t even know where to begin. This baby. Demanding doesn’t begin to describe him. We haven’t slept through the night more than a handful of times since he was born. He eats every. three. hours. Without fail. He naps during the day, sure. But he naps in 20 minute intervals. It’s unreal.

It’s not just the eating and not sleeping that get me. It’s the toe-curling, ear-piercing SCREAMS that happen all day at completely random and unpredictable times. Though, it does seem that there is one common denominator when it comes to the screaming…


If I’m not holding or touching Gracen, he’s unhappy. If I turn away for even two seconds, he screams until I come back to him. He’s like those ghosts on Mario Brothers that follow you if you turn your back on them. Except he’s the screaming version of that. Gracen absolutely loses his mind if I’m not touching him 24/7.

Brian is the same way.

Aaaaaaaaaand we just lost my dad.

In all seriousness I’ve never seen a child scream and scream and scream and then just stop as soon as I hold him. He screams so much that I also call him McScreamy.

Demandy McScreamy Morgan. 

I’m changing his birth certificate.

One day, when we’re long past this phase and Gracen is the world’s easiest toddler (humor me), I’ll just laugh and say to myself, “Self, it wasn’t THAT bad. You were just being melodramatic.”

But the reality for now is that I feel completely overwhelmed and inadequate as a parent. This has caught me completely off guard since it came sooooo easily with JJ and only slightly less so with Averi. When JJ was Gracen’s age, we took him to a bullfight in 100 degree weather in Spain. Was it our most stellar parenting moment? Probably not. But when in Rome…or Puerto de la Santa Maria as the case may be.

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JJ was hands down the easiest baby who ever existed.

Gracen, though? He has totally schooled me. I feel like a complete novice of a parent. This is Grey’s Academy, and he’s the headmaster.

“Woman, disrobe. I DEMAND my milk! Woman, I refuse to sleep! Woman, come hold me so I can spit up in your hair!”

Oh my goodness gracious, it’s a good thing he’s adorable.

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Just look at those chubby cheeks! I could just kiss them all day long. If I wasn’t so afraid he would bite me.

Kidding, y’all.

He doesn’t have any teeth yet.

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“Don’t listen to this woman. I’m perfect.”

So, if you’re wondering why I suddenly went AWOL, this is part of the reason why. There are a few other reasons I’ll blog about later, but it is most certainly difficult for me to write creatively with a screaming anvil attached to my chest.

Did I also mention that Gracen is a man-baby? Seriously, he’s 95th percentile for weight and above the curve for height. He’s basically a giant, screaming man-child.

Looking forward to puberty, y’all.

Watch him go ahead and become the most quiet, gentle spirit God ever created. Wouldn’t that be a hoot?

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Go ahead, Gracen. I dare you.


Comments to "Grey’s Academy"

  1. Dona

    September 28, 2015

    Well, bless your heart! You HAVE been missed! But I, for one, will be here when this phase passes. And it will. To something worse. Kidding. Maybe. He is a beautiful boy!!! Dona

    • Katy in a Corner

      September 28, 2015

      Thanks so much, Dona! You’re a big encouragement to me.

  2. Heather McDee

    September 28, 2015

    You just described my daughter to a ‘T’. Except the giant man-baby part. She’s 2.5 now and, I’m sorry to tell you, it hasn’t gotten much better. Different, now that she can talk and communicate, but not much better. And people seem shocked that I’m not ready for #2 yet!! I cry just thinking about going through it all again! Good luck and prayers coming your way!

    • Katy in a Corner

      September 28, 2015

      Ima be honest, Heather. If we’d had Gracen first…well, our little family may have been a whole lot smaller. Still, I’m so grateful to have the older two experience this whole process with us. It’s been a huge joy to watch them with their baby brother!

  3. Kathleen

    September 28, 2015

    Hi Katy,

    I wondered what happened to you! Very glad to hear that everyone is well. Like they say..This too shall pass! Prayers for extra patience.????

  4. Josh

    September 28, 2015


    Lala and I feel your pain. Libby was an angelic baby. Maggie was a bit of trouble until we discovered she had baby acid reflux and they have medicine to help with that. Lucy is…a different child altogether. We joke that if Lucy had been born first, there would not have been 2 other children. She is that demanding. She will be 2 years old in a few weeks, and we keep holding out hope that she will stop screaming and demanding everything under the sun. The funniest part is that for everybody else in the world she is a perfectly well behaved polite child. For us, her parents who have the most, she is the complete opposite. This is Lucille coming for a visit. I say all this to comfort you and reassure you that you are not alone in this struggle. Every family has to have that. one. child. We will pray for you and Brian to remain strong.

    P.S. You are right though. It is hard to be mad at that cute of a smile.

    • Katy in a Corner

      September 28, 2015

      That ONE child? Josh, don’t make me start telling stories on you and your brothers. 😉

  5. Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

    September 28, 2015

    This boy best shape up if we’re going to keep this arranged marriage in motion. Oh wait… I think they’ll be a match made in heaven! AND Cypress is also a giant she-woman, tipping the scales at 19 lbs, and 99th percentile for height. I love that our babies are the same age and going through similar stages together.

    • Katy in a Corner

      September 28, 2015

      I know! If only I could convince you to move to Birmingham…

  6. Jennifer

    September 28, 2015

    My 3rd baby (also a boy) was like this as well. Look up “high needs baby” – it will explain EVERYTHING! My world shifted when he turned 10 months and started sleeping on a schedule (for a whole hour!) – my sanity slowly returned! He just turned 1, My first born (son) was the easiest baby ever also!
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    • Katy in a Corner

      September 28, 2015

      Praying Gracen will reach his stride once he’s mobile and expending more energy. I keep telling myself that. 😉

  7. Katy's Mama

    September 28, 2015


    I saw your post on Facebook & read the responses before coming to your post. Good thing your Dad was home because people were offering you condolences on your loss. Maybe you need to explain what it means to “lose your Dad”????????

    Love Gracen’s sweet face. Glad you wrote this post so when he does turn the corner and starts being that sweet compliant child like you were (until you turned 12), you can be grateful for this time!!

    Love you!!

    • Katy in a Corner

      September 28, 2015

      I don’t know what you’re talking about. I was sweet my ENTIRE childhood. 😉

  8. Carol D

    September 28, 2015

    Glad to see you post again – but I totally understand the absence.

    Come on, Gracen, give Mom a break! We need to hear from her 😉


  9. Jaclyn

    September 29, 2015

    Bahaha…Katy we had our third baby in February and I can TOTALLY relate!! Literally, 5 nights of sleep and counting!! The first two were Angels compared to this little monster. By monster of course I mean precious, sweet blessing from above. Just so we’re clear.
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  10. Cam

    October 10, 2015

    I could have written this post myself. My oldest (a boy) was the “perfect” baby, my second (a girl) was an awesome baby, but once she started walking, turned into an escape artist, and my third (a boy) turned our world upside down. My husband and I always joke that the first year of his life was a complete blur for us and our older kids too. Screamer, stage 5 clinger (mom only, of course! Ugh!), refused to walk to almost 19 months. I’m pretty sure I have a permanent indent above my hip from carrying him around for almost 2 years. Hang in there Mama. It gets easier. The third kid is a game changer…But, my mom always said if you have 3 kids, you can easily handle 10, lol!


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