Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
So far, I really can't complain about anything. I haven't been sick a single time and other than being really tired at various times during the day, (and really hungry too) things have been pretty good. I've only had one bad nauseous spell and a couple of times of feeling "faint". One of those happened again this morning. All of a sudden I'll just start feeling light-headed and hot and my vision will get sort of blurry like I'm going to faint but I just put my head down between my knees and wait until I can get up. Then I usually feel like I need to be sick but it passes fairly quick. But those episodes have only occurred like 3 or 4 times. Having an empty stomach is not my friend, but since I'm home most of the day every day, that hasn't been too big of a problem.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Garrison weighed 27 lbs 8 oz and was 34 inches long. He's in the 25th percentile for weight and the 25th-50th percentile for height. Unless something major changes it looks like he will always have my high metabolism (something he won't like or appreciate as he grows and wants to be big and strong) and hopefully be about as tall as his daddy (which means we-Terrell, probably shouldn't hold his breath on Garrison having a future as a professional athlete... but anything is possible.) She said that we'll know more about his potential height and weight as he gets older, but right now she predicts him being a very "average" sized adult. I had to ask her her prediction because I have a fear of Garrison being extra short and thin (and it will be all my fault so of course he'll blame me) and struggling with self-image. Oh my. It's way too soon to be thinking about that sort of thing. I'm not sure why I even let my mind go there.
We also discussed his diet, introducing the potty, child-proofing everything, language development, etc. I was able to answer yes to all the questions they asked me except him being able to jump, and him washing and drying his hands by himself. He has actually just become interested in jumping and has attempted it several times the past few days. Most of the time he does a little skip and can't get both feet off the ground at the same time. Although I'm almost positive that he did a real, live jump with both feet off the ground the other night. Of course I'm the only witness so I can't be sure. ha! As far as washing and drying his hands... we have a stool at his bathroom sink but he still can't reach all the way under the water so we're pretty much doing all the hand washing and drying for him at this point.
The little man also has a little cold right now so we talked about that. Thankfully it doesn't seem to be anything major. He hasn't had a fever and she saw no signs of an ear infection today so all we can do at this point is try to keep his nose cleaned out with a suction and by using saline drops. She did give me permission to give him Children's Benadryl at night, so we may try that if he gets any worse.
All in all, things looked great with the little man and it was a very successful check-up. He doesn't have to go back for a whole year. My baby is growing up. He even stood on the scale this time instead of getting on the baby scale. I guess he'll have to go back with his new baby brother or sister but the next time he goes for his own check-up he'll truly be a big boy. But I'm not going think about that right now. He just turned two so we're going to focus on the here and now (and enjoy the pretty weather today!) If he's up to it when he wakes up we'll be having snack time outside and I'll be taking him for a walk pulling him in his wagon. =)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Daddy and his little man
Olive Garden was crazy busy on Saturday night, but I would say it was worth the wait. Our meal was delicious and we even had dessert. We had a great time and Garrison even went to bed like normal after we got home! Huge blessing!
My other Valentine date =)
Things were a little crazy at the restauarant. Who knew the Mexican place would be so popular on Valentines? Anyway, we enjoyed our 3 course meal and ate way too much. Garrison loved the cheese dip. That may become something we have to start ordering for him. While we were eating we started talking and realized this was our first time to venture out to a restaurant on Valentine's Day in years. Maybe even since we've been married. We just always went out the weekend before and for the past few years we've gotten Long Horn take-out on actual Valentine's Day instead. (Which is probably what we'll end up doing next year.)
Monday, February 7, 2011
Terrell was able to get off early Friday afternoon so we loaded up everything and the 4 of us piled into the car with Bailey in the front with Terrell and me and the little man in the back. As we got closer to my parents' house, Garrison started complaining about his car seat straps being too tight and crying a little off and on. I could see that the straps were fine, so I just tried to distract him and told him we were almost there. We were about half way down Evergreen North, just a few houses from my parents', when the little man threw up his lunch and snack. Yuck. It went everywhere. He was covered and so was the car seat. It was his first time ever throwing up and I think it scared him because he started to cry and looked at me like get me away from this mess! Thankfully we were really close to my parents' house and my sister had just gotten there too so she could help us out. Terrell ran in and grabbed paper towels so I could try to clean Garrison up before taking him inside to change him while he attempted to save the car seat. So gross. To top it all off, it was raining like crazy and had been all day long. To make a long story short, we got Garrison changed, his clothes washed, and eventually the car seat cover washed as well. Thankfully, Garrison didn't get sick again (I was so nervous about him being sick on his birthday) and it appears he just got a little car sick.
The rest of the night went great. Garrison even got to open one of his presents early. My sister got him a grill and wanted him to be able to play with it while the grilling was going on for his party.
The little man with his card from AnAn
It took him a while, but he finally got all the paper off
Thanks for my grill AnAn!
Now I'll go ahead and grill up a burger and hotdog. =)
After he had his bath and went to bed, we got busy with decorating and tried to do as much as we could the night before. We made great progress, and I'm so thankful for all the help from my parents and sister!!
Saturday morning we woke up and immediately started talking about the party and telling Garrison "Happy Birthday". He had already been talking about presents and cake and telling everyone he would be two, so he seemed pretty excited and ready for his party that morning. We had to do some last minute things with the tables and the cake, but other than that we mainly started with the food preparations.
Garrison's adorable birthday cake. It turned out perfect!
The cake table
These pics are from his 1st birthday, Easter, Dollywood, and the 4th of July
These are from summer vacation, the first day of school, Halloween, and Thanksgiving (the only one you can't see is Christmas)
The presents table with Elmo and Big Bird at the head.
One of our centerpieces... Ernie propped against two Sesame Street books
Another centerpiece... his Sesame Street guitar on one side and Elmo book on the other
And on the big dining room table, we did Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, Abby, and Grover back-to-back so they would sit up
The birthday boy (refusing to smile) and Elmo
Enjoying his lunch
Time for presents! I love his expression in this one. You probably have to click on it to see it good, but he seems so "wowed"
Opening presents went great once he got the hang of it. He started off a little slow and I was starting to worry it would take us all day to open everything, but once he figured it out he got pretty fast. The cutest thing was hearing him say thank you to each family/couple for his presents. I hope you can hear it on the video that Terrell got because I always want to remember how sweet that thank you sounds.
Time for cake!
This is how he looked almost the entire time we sang Happy Birthday. His expression seemed to say, these people have lost it. I'm sure it's got to be overwhelming for a 2 year old to have 22 people singing Happy Birthday to him.
At the end of the song, everybody sort of cheered and the little man lit up. He was probably relieved the song was over. =)
Blowing out the candle with AnAn
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Last year this time, you didn't know how to walk yet, you could only say a few words, you took two naps everyday, and your favorite thing to do was crawl around all over the house. My how things have changed in a year! You are a very active, talkative (you talk all the time and repeat almost everything we say), busy little boy now. Your favorite thing right now is anything Sesame Street. You request to watch "Elmo" everyday. Even though Elmo is probably your favorite, you love all the characters and know them by name. You have lots of Sesame Street toys, books, and even a couple of DVDs. So far, Sesame Street is about the only thing you'll watch on TV. You typically watch the first 10-15 minutes sitting on the couch, then you have to get up and play or do something while you watch. You also love playing basketball with daddy. Just about every night after supper you and daddy throw the balls into the goal together. You love to say, "bounce" and "shoot it".
You go to bed between 7:45-8:15 every night and wake up between 7:15 and 7:30 every morning. You take an afternoon nap everyday that lasts about an hour and a half on most days. I always have to stay in your room in the rocking chair until you fall asleep for your naps. Somehow that's just become the routine and the guaranteed way you'll take a nap. I really don't mind because it gives me a few minutes to rest too!
Your bedtime rountine consists of one of us reading you 3 books (that you insist on picking out), singing songs with you and saying prayers together before laying you down. You like mama to sing certain songs with you like Count Your Blessings, Amazing Grace, and Go to Sleep Little Baby. And you like daddy to sing songs like Old McDonald Had a Farm, Jesus Loves Me, and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer . My favorite thing about singing you songs is that you're laying in my arms looking up at me and trying to sing with me. It's just precious! After we finish singing songs, you sit up and we say prayers together. You've just started repeating us whenever we pray. It melts my heart.
Once you wake up in the mornings you like to lay in bed and talk a little or throw everything out of your crib onto the floor while you wait for us to come in and get you. We usually go in about 7:45 to get you up. If you're really getting impatient, you'll start to yell for us... "maa-ma! maaaa-ma!" or sometimes "daaa-da!". Then we know we better hurry up! The new thing you do now is take your pants off whenever you wake up in the mornings or wake up from a nap. You don't take them off every single time, but you defintely will every time you have a "poopy" diaper.
This is what I found when I went in your room one morning this week. No pants on, and every single thing thrown out of your crib... your pillow, blanket, and even Cookie Monster and Rudolph who you sleep with every night.
You are very smart (of course I think so!). You know all of your colors now, even the hard ones like black, brown, white, pink, and purple. You also know how to count to 10... you haven't mastered counting objects yet but you definitely know how to say your numbers 1 through 10. You recognize the letters A and B with consistency and sometimes C and G. You're also learning the alphabet song and sound so cute trying to sing it. You know the names of all the other "students" in your class at school plus your teachers' names. You are actually one of the only ones in your class who knows and can say everyone's names. You even recognize all of your classmate's parents and call them by their child's name.
Your newest hobby is coloring. For about a week and a half you have asked to color everyday. I can't wait until you get your birthday present from Granna and Papa so you won't have to sit in your high chair to color. You mainly color in a Sesame Street fun book I found for you at the Dollar Store.
You still love to eat. I think meal times are your favorite parts of the day! You are always excited when I tell you breakfast, lunch, or supper is ready. You love every single meal we give you for breakfast. I think breakfast food is your favorite.... fruit, muffins, waffles, grits, cereal bars, yogurt, biscuits, etc. Your favorite lunch or supper food is probably spaghetti, but you also love corn (it has to be your absolute favorite side). You like almost every vegetable we give you but depending on your mood, we might have to bribe you with bread or fruit to get you to finish your veggies and your meat. For some reason, meat (unless it's in spaghetti or lasagna), is your least favorite thing to eat. Recently you've become a pretty big fan of chicken nuggets so we're grateful for that!
Yesterday you got your hair cut and you were such a sweet boy! Granna and I were so impressed with how still and quiet and patient you were the whole time. I talked to you about getting your haircut on the way to Barnesville and it seemed to prepare you for the experience. You were such a big boy and we were so proud!
We've also been talking about your birthday party and that it's going to be at Granna and Papa's house and that you'll get to eat cake and open presents. You're finally catching on and starting to talk about it. You can also tell everyone that you'll be "two" on your birthday. I'm so excited about your party and I hope it's so much fun for you!
Even though you wear me out and rarely let me sit down and I feel worn out once you go to bed, and even though we've had some battle of wills and major meltdowns that I assume are a preview of the terrible twos, you bring us more joy and laughter and happiness each day than we ever imagined. We are so thankful God blessed us with our sweet, loving, adorable little man. We love you Garrison Cade!