Apr 30, 2009

Doctor's appointment

Well, our big boy is really quite little! He has gained some weight, which is good, but he's fallen to the 3rd percentile for weight (18lbs 8oz.) and 5th percentile for height (28 inches). The good news is that the little bug is going to be smart because his head circumference is in the 90th percentile! :) We're going to start whole milk and see if that helps him take in more calories. Hopefully when we go back for the weight check in 3 weeks, he'll be a little bigger!

Apr 28, 2009

One year ago...

...from this moment, we were driving to the hospital!!! We checked in around 8:30, and found out around 9:30 that we were being admitted since I was 4 cm dilated. The family all arrived around 11pm. We walked the halls for a little while, but mostly I stayed in bed. Around 2am, I got an epidural. It gave me such a bad headache so they brought me Mountain Dew...which in turn made me feel like puking! Around 3:45am, my water broke. By 8am, I was 9 1/2 cm dilated. I remember feeling such pain in my hip...they later told me it was because of the direction Gavin was facing. I started pushing around 9:15, and at 9:45am, Gavin Jack Pate arrived, weighing 6 lbs. 10 oz. and measuring a very long 21 1/4 inches...thanks to his major cone head! :)

It's amazing to me how fast time went, yet how long ago that night feels, all at the same time. I remember driving to the hospital, telling Jarrod that it was probably a false alarm and that we were going to be sent home. I remember calling Nick to tell him I needed him to get me a sub for the next day. Tonya answered the phone. All I said was, "Tonya, it's Jen. Is Nick there?" and she said, "Are you in labor?!?!?" :) I texted everyone telling them I was admitted. Jarrod was so supportive and tried to be as helpful as he could, even though he was exhausted. We both were...we'd both worked all day Monday before going to the hospital that night.

Now our little bug is 1!

Apr 26, 2009

Gavin's birthday party












It was a beautiful day! We had the family in town and had a lunch cookout. We did cake outside, which was not as messy as some first birthdays. Gavin's rather neat...he must get that from Daddy! :) We then moved the party inside and opened presents. It was a really good day. We loved having the family with us and spending time with our little man. And boy was he pooped afterwards!

Apr 19, 2009

10 more days!

I can't believe the first year is almost over. I went today and bought Gavin's birthday presents from Mommy and Daddy. We have all the decorations, the cake's been ordered, invitations to the family are out. Daddy will be home on Wednesday and Aunt Pat is flying in from Florida for the big day. It's amazing how fast the time went. He's still so little but yet is getting so big, all at the same time! First birthday portraits are this week and the family cookout is next weekend. I love my little bug so much!

Apr 17, 2009

Flashback Friday

Our 3rd wedding anniversary is just right around the corner...hard to believe that Jarrod and I have known each other for 13 years now. I love you, Jarrod! Thanks for being the most amazing husband and father I ever could have dreamt about.






Apr 14, 2009

Easter in NY

Gavin and I flew to NY for Easter weekend by ourselves. Flying alone with Gavin has always been something I was terrified to do. I wasn't sure how I'd make it through the airport, go through security, handle the carry-on and Gavin all alone. But, I did it...and I did it quite well if I don't say so myself! Gavin did great and luckily I sat next to some understanding people that were willing to help me if I needed it and let Gavin play with them when he wasn't sleeping.

It was great to spend some more time with Jarrod. We had dinner with some managers from Sam's and just hung out together. The next time he'll be home it will be time for Gavin's birthday party! Wow!!!

Apr 6, 2009

Not what I'm supposed to be doing...

I feel like crap tonight, and I still haven't finished my report cards that I told myself would be done before I left for Gatlinburg (don't say it...I know!) But, this was so cute, I wanted to pass it on!
video

Apr 5, 2009

Gatlinburg, TN

Apologizing now - this is picture heavy. :) So, let's get to them!

This is the cabin we rented. It looks really big because of the wrap around deck. It was a one bedroom with a loft, a pool table, a hot tub on the deck and a fireplace. The driveway was so incredibly narrow and steep! If we'd taken Jarrod's truck, we never would have made it up the drive.

Our first stop on Monday was to the aquarium. Gavin was just excited to be out of the car after crying for probably 3 hours straight. Not a good time to decide you don't like car rides, Gav!
He did thoroughly enjoy the pool table!
And, pulling all the DVDs and books off their shelves was another favorite time. I think we probably put things back on these shelves 2 or 3 times a day.
We visited the stables since we weren't able to go horseback riding and let Gavin see and pet the horses. They even let us hold him up on one for a picture, but I love how this one turned out. I love that he's actually petting Queen (that was the horse's name).
We turned the hot tub down to a comfortable bath temperature and Gavin went hot tubbin' with us. He really like it, but without the jets and bubbles!
A cute black and white shot! The weather wasn't quite as warm as we'd hoped, and on this morning, it was also drizzling a bit. So, we bundled him up and headed down to the strip. We went into Hard Rock Cafe for lunch (where Gavin danced the afternoon away) and came out to sunshine! It was wonderful.
Checking out the mountain view from Ober Gatlinburg with Daddy. It was beautiful!
A smiling shot with mommy before heading back to the cabin for our last night. Pretty happy baby considering he had an ear infection and we didn't even know it! (That pretty happy baby disappeared at about 1:00am that night.)

Spring break update

I didn't blog last week because of spring break. Jarrod was home and we went to Gatlinburg. It was so much fun to spend more than just a couple days as a family.

First - all the new Gavin tricks! In the past two weeks, he's learned:
  1. How to dance every time he hears music (and sometimes when there's no music at all!

  2. How to give kisses on demand. Wet baby kisses are adorable!

  3. How to climb steps...while at Grandma and Grandpa Peters' house for our early Easter dinner, he climbed up three steps on his own.

  4. How to shake his head no (and he knows what he's doing!) Funny story about this...When Jarrod first got home, he said something to Gavin and it sounded like Gavin replied, "Yeah." I started laughing and said I love how it sounds like he is answering us sometimes. Jarrod then asked, "Gavin, has mommy been reading to you like she's supposed to?" He looked at us, smiled, then very deliberately started shaking his head no. That was the first time he ever did that. Now...he shakes his head no when I ask him something, try to feed him, and when he's doing something he's not supposed to do, like taking outlets covers off.

Gavin was sick at the beginning of spring break, but the doctor said it was just a cold. When he was getting worse near the end of our trip, we decided to take him back as soon as we got home. Sure enough, his first ear infection! After a few days on Amoxicillin, he's doing much better!


Gatlinburg update and pictures later this evening. But for now, a few of Gavin's first Easter...


Getting his first Easter basket from Grandma and Grandpa! Gotta love Elmo. Inside his Elmo basket, was his very first Elmo stuffed animal, an Elmo bib, a new book, and a Barney DVD. Showing Maddie my new Elmo! Family Easter picture
Looking so cute! This was Tyler first Easter sweater.

Apr 4, 2009

Friday Flashback - Saturday edition

I told you I wasn't sure that FF would happen every Friday! I totally forgot to upload these pictures yesterday. Jarrod and I were busy taking Gavin back to the doctor (he officially has his first ear infection) and spending some family time together before he headed back to NY. And I know I missed Wordless Wednesday, too! Ooops! We were in Gatlinburg. I'll blog about our trip tomorrow. Heading out to Angie's bridal shower now.


What a difference a year makes! These pictures were taken almost exactly a year ago. Amazing!