Wednesday, November 25, 2009

a letter to my boy

Dear B,

Today you are thirty eight weeks old. I'm not even sure how that's possible.

Some people celebrate something like "Longer Out Than In Day" - the time that comes when you've officially been a part of the bright shiny world longer than you were in my tummy. It's hard to count how long you were officially in my tummy, because your due date changed a few times, but we'll call it 40 weeks and 4 days. You're close enough, and I'm choosing today, your 38 week birthday, to celebrate your Longer Out Than In Day.

Thirty eight weeks ago, at 1:06pm, you looked like this:

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And now, my sweet lovebug, you have turned into a monster-sized kid. You look like this:

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Quite often, as you sit on my lap, or lay on my shoulder, I think about how big you've gotten - I can't remember what it was like when you were 1/3 the size you are now. It doesn't seem possible that you were ever able to fit in my belly.

I try to memorize you exactly as you are now. The way your hair is really finally starting to fill in and how spikey and fluffy it is all over. Your piercing blue eyes. The way your cheeks flush from teething or being out in the cold. How big your hands are - not the length of your fingers, just the width of your palms. They seem fit for a 3 year old. How you strrrreeeeeeeetttttchhhhh when we wake you up in the morning, like a bear coming out of his winter hibernation. The way you look with two bottom teeth because I know the top teeth are just about to make their presence known. The way you clap for ev-ery-thing you do - you are so very proud of your accomplishments!

You are all but a toddler. You've got the army crawl down pat, but you only use one arm to propel you forward and the other kind of drags you along. We think you might be a lefty like your daddy. You shed your helpless infant title long ago. When you want something you let us know. Loudly. But you're happy as a clam 95% of the day. You still keep late hours for someone under the age of 13... you're up till 9:30 pm and get up at 6:30 am. We love this about you though, it means you have extra play time with us after we all get home from work/daycare. I don't want to think about the days you require bed at 7pm. You nap so much better than you used to. Usually if you're cuddled in with your puppy blanket, you doze right off.

Peanut, I'm realizing how fast this is going and try as I might, I can't stop time. It goes without saying how much you've blessed us these last 38 weeks. I cannot remember what life was like before you. Some day, sooner than later, you're going to be SO over your mom and dad. I'm sure you'll think we are just not cool. :) So for now, I will cherish your big smoochable head, and your dimpled cheeks. We'll let you sleep on our shoulders as we face the world.

new hat

I love you, lovebug.


Monday, October 26, 2009

christmas cards and the punkin patch

I'm declaring blogger bankruptcy... I can't believe it's been 2 (!!) months since I last gave you an update on our little dude! I've decided that rather than try to catch you up on every little thing that's gone on in the past 2 months, I will try to give you shorter updates from now on of what we're up to.

But first (because I have a captive audience - ha!) I just want to let you know that my little designs business has Christmas cards ready and waiting for your smiling faces! Check out all the details at! If you want something from scratch, I can do that too.


Yesterday, Joey and I took B to Roca Berry Farm to the pumpkin patch! We fully realize he will have zero memory of this, but we got some super cute pics of him and the sea of orange. It was a lot of fun except for the chilly wind that was blowing off and on.

Here's a few pictures of the afternoon (you can click to open them in flickr, and if you need added as our friend on flickr to see the pictures, just let me know!)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

umm, hello out there?

I had grand intentions of posting several times over the course of the last month, and that obviously didn't happen. So settle in and this will be one giant ketchup (get it, catch up - ketchup?? ha! :) post

SO. July ended without much fanfare and we were ready for August! Little did we know August would be The Month of the Teeth.

To be completely honest? Teething is horrible. It's worse than I ever imagined it would be. I mean you have this 5 month old infant who is normally completely calm, and all of a sudden he's cranky times 1,000 and you know why but you don't know if what you're doing to fix it is doing any good because, oh, he can't talk.

It started with B being a teeny bit fussier than normal one evening, but we thought he was overly tired. He slept while I held him and Joey and I watched TV. We headed to bed and normally we just whisper good night, give him a kiss, turn on his seahorse, and lay him in his crib and he's either already asleep or drifts off to sleep on his own. That night he was not. having. it. He only wanted to be held. He was kind of warmish, but had no fever to speak of. He'd had a really dry, raspy cough for a few days but it wasn't bad enough to be alarming. His gums were swollen as they had been for several weeks so we gave him tylenol for teething and waited for it to kick in.

It didn't kick in.

He was clingy and uncomfortable, and eventually B heaved his cookies (well not literal cookies, but you know what I mean) all over me, Joey, our bed, the floor, narrowly missing our dogs. He still was not running a fever, but he was being weird and lethargic. We contemplated just taking him to the emergency room (it was 11pm) but decided to wait it out and see how the night went. Finally we got some pedialyte in him and he started to perk up.

The next morning? He was all smiles and was drinking normal bottles like a champ. Around noon I checked his temp and it was up to 101.3 (yikes). Our ped. decided he wanted to see B-man because of the fever/vomiting/dry cough combo.

Waiting on the doc, aka: do I look sick to you??:

And thankfully everything was fine at his appointment. And the chunker weighed 19 lbs. 5 oz. (at 5 months, 1 day old). Our doc said he'd let a fever run to 101 with teething but no higher. And by the time of our appt it was down to 100.1. At the appointment we noticed there was a tiny white dot on his gums where his tooth was finally starting to show itself.

Wednesday - Friday nights he was up every 2 hours all night just wanting some relief. Thank the Good Lord for Hyland's Teething Tablets - someone recommended these tiny tabs of goodness to us and THEY ARE AMAZING. We can only do Tylenol every 4 hours, so the tablets were perfect for the off-times when no amount of cuddling calms him down.

We're not sure if the vomiting was due to a virus or if it was just a symptom of the teething, which our pediatrician says is possible in a very small minority of teething infants. I personally tend to think it was teething-related as he's had no other symptoms of being sick. Finally Saturday, the tooth for the most part broke the gums. Lucky for us, tooth #2 is right behind it.

See the little white pearl of dread on his gums? It's actually a real tooth now, this pic is a few weeks old.
the culprit

It would seem that the second tooth is on its way because we still have a lot of this:
teething symptom #27

We've been hanging out with lots of family this summer, and he learned how to blow raspberries.

We also wear our Halloween jammies now because they fit, and in 2 more months they won't. So we pretend it's Halloween a few nights a week:
i wear my halloween jammies in july...

i love my tree!!

While in his high chair, he ALWAYS has his foot kicked up on the tray. Cracks me up every time.
always has his foot kicked up here

And we started rice cereal this month also! We're practicing with it for a few weeks until he gets it down pat. Ready for the good stuff:
ready for the good stuff!

The pics all looked like this:
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But rather than take my word for it, I'll let you see for yourself:

We're probably going to start with real food this weekend - sweet potatoes I think. I've actually been making some of our own baby food. I know, I know. It's not that I'm opposed to the little jars of goodness, it's that they're SO expensive, and making our own is really cheap. Plus I know where the food is coming from. I just made sweet potatoes and yellow squash last night, see:

We just store them in freezer zippie bags and then we'll pull them out and thaw them when we're ready for B to eat them. Don't get me wrong, when we travel I'm sure we'll just do jars. But every little bit helps, right?

What else have we been up to?
cabana boys

and being the smartest baby ever!
problem solver

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

our month!

I've been uncharacteristically quiet lately. You know I always have something to say! We've had a great month, just a very very busy one. I can't believe August arrives on Saturday.

So without further ado, let me catch you up.

July 10/11 we had a family reunion in Colorado for my mom's side of the family. It was in Loveland. Brecken and Barrett finally realize each other exists and that's kind of fun. And it makes all of us very scared for the trouble they will get in. (kidding.) (kinda.)

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As you can see, Brecken found his feet. They are now his new favorite extremity to chew on. Which eeks me out to no end, but it's just one of those baby things...

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My birthday was July 12th. Since we were already in Colorado, Joey and I along with Mindy and Lee, went to the Rockies/Braves game at Coors field. Being Braves fans our entire lives, my sister and I were in heaven!

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Joey and I (it was hot, and bright):
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my seeeester and I:
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Anyway, the game was fun and I got way sunburned. When we got to Grandpa Roger and Phyllis' that night (who were so gracious to watch the boys while we went to the game - THANK YOU!!), all of my aunts and uncles wanted to go to dinner. I agreed but felt yucko from the sunburn. And lo and behold, I was serenaded by a Spanish "Happy Birthday" and got to wear a giant sparkly sombrero.

[Pretend this is a picture of me in a giant sparkly sombrero. I can't find the picture. I'm sure someone has one, it will be coming soon.]

I also got the coolest birthday present ever. It's a plate!
the plate from brecken for my birthday! (with help from daddy)

I also got a Wii, which I've wanted for at least a hundred years. Or two. Two years is probably more accurate.

July 13th, we drove from Estes Park to Grand Lake, through Rocky Mountain National Park, over Trail Ridge Road. This is probably my favorite place on Earth to be. I definitely got to bask in the mountains. If you've never been, you need to go. Trust me.

On the drive, it rained for a little bit. Which was glorious. I love the rain:

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Then we got past the storm, the sun came out, and it was gorgeous:
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It was really bright, again:
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But the views were amazing:
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The fact that you see no trees? Means we were above the tree line. Really, really high.
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We saw bighorn sheep... though they're a little hidden here. See them?
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Here, this will help:
bighorn sheep!

We also saw a momma moose and her calf:
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Brecken is a WONDERFUL traveller. He slept most of the car ride through the park, but was happy when he was awake. We're so blessed to have such a happy boy!

Monday night we attempted to swim in the hotel swimming pool, and got all ready to go. Then realized it was empty and closed for maintenance. Boo. But still, baby in swimsuit is fun!
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July 14th, we went to the Denver zoo! It was so much fun. I love this zoo. Brecken enjoyed it:
yes, yes, i am a flirt

Proof that he was, in fact, at the zoo:
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Vacation was fun! It was so nice to get away for a while. But we were also so ready to come home.

In Brecken-related news. He has to be about 19 pounds now, according to our best guesstimates. He doesn't go back to the dr until his 6 month checkup on Sept. 4th. He's giant-sized and has cheeks he could stuff acorns in for the winter. He's in 6-9 month clothes, but I'm sure those won't last long either. He rolls now, back to belly and back. He's still super, super laid back. He doesn't move much while he sleeps at all - always in the exact same position as he was when we laid him down. I'm sure that will change at some point.

He's eating 6.5 oz per meal, 5 times a day still (well 7 oz at bedtime). He's on formula part of the time and doing great with it.

He belly laughs and squeals. Sometimes I think he's saying "hi" and "yes", though I know he's probably not, but he says it at the most appropriate moments. Like "are you ready to go to school?" Followed by "YES!" :)

He holds his own bottle. Which is weird to me. He fah-reaks out when we get the bottle near him. I really want to get this on camera. I'm quite confident every baby does this, but it cracks us up every time. It's like he's about jump over both of us to get to it when he sees it coming. Rarely, we'll let him feed himself. I still like to cuddle while he eats, but Mr. Independent likes to do it himself too.

big boy! (and no, he normally doesn't feed himself...)

We'll start him on solids in a few weeks. He'll be 5 months next Friday (the 4th) where, oh where, is time going?!

A few more pics, because I know that's what you came here for ;o):
tummy time allstar

in my big green tractor [shirt]

Plaid, for Auntie Cali:
my dad rocks

blue eyes

Please notice the mohawk, it took a long time to get his hair like that ;)
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oh boy!

This is how we roll:
heeeeyyyyy up there!


When we got back from vacation, we found out that our friends Brad and Janelle Dexter's sweet 2 year old little boy, Christian, was diagnosed with leukemia. It's horrifying. It's gut wrenching. It's sad. It's incomprehensible. But once the initial shock wore off his parents realized the most important thing: it's beatable. And we're bound and determined to get them through this.

Several of us are having a benefit for them in October. A BBQ-feed type thing with an auction. If any of you have experience with this, I'd LOVE to hear your advice. We're well-versed in planning events, but not so much of the benefit/fund raising type. You can email me at alisonrhae at hotmail dot com.

If you have spare prayers/good vibes, I'm sure they'd love all the support. Even from those they don't know. His website is if you want additional information.

Click here to learn more about Christian!