Aug 31, 2009

Fun weekend

I love when we have such good weekends! Jarrod worked on Saturday, so Gavin and I just hung out here at the apartment. We went for a walk/jog in the morning before the rain came. I did some laundry and cleaning, and we read a lot of books and played.
When Jarrod got home, we headed to John and Erin's for dinner. They made us a yummy dinner, as usual. Flank steak, tuna steaks, and corn on the cob. I was actually quite surprised that I liked the tuna. Gavin wobbled around their place while Duncan ran circles around him. It was quite cute. We weren't sure how it would go at bedtime, so I kinda thought we would end up leaving, but Jarrod laid down on the bed with Gavin and he went right to sleep, so we were able to spend some time with good friends. We drank some wine...then some coffee and watched a disgusting episode of Dirty Jobs. Yuck! We left around 11, and Gavin did so well. He fell right back to sleep in the car, and again when we got home in his bed. Jarrod and I, however, were wide awake since we'd had coffee. So, it was more Friends for us...this time instead of John and Erin, we were joined by Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe. :) We finally decided to head to bed around 12:30 knowing Gavin would be waking us up in about 6 hours.
Sunday morning we went through winter clothes. Just as I'd feared, most of what we already have for Gavin this winter is no where close to fitting him. His coat Aunt Rosi bought him swallows him. Guess we'll have to do more shopping! We headed to this little family restaurant for breakfast and ran a few errands, then it was a lazy Sunday. Love those days! Naps for all, some Sesame Street with Gavin, a quick walk to enjoy the cool weather and an easy dinner with minimal clean-up. Jarrod and Gavin had bathtime, then it was to bed for the little guy. Jarrod watched some TV while I ironed and we headed to bed. We got a lot done, had some fun family time, and just enjoyed the weather. Love weekends like that!

Aug 28, 2009

Flashback Friday

I'm thinking Flashback Friday is going to be renamed...maybe Fun Times Friday??? The problem is that I'm running out of "flashback" pictures. I could do more if I'd scan pictures in, but I'm not motivated to do that. I've been limited to what's on my computer and I'm running out of interesting ones to choose from. So, Fun Times Friday begins!

Fun Times with Food
playing with pudding

so happy to be eating breakfast

"The baked beans were yummy, mom!" Do you see them in his hair? They were also in his ears, belly button, and nose!


loving Daddy's chili!

Aug 25, 2009

First day of school at Shaw

I'm thinking about you guys! Miss you! Hope the school year gets off to a great start. :)

Aug 20, 2009

Springdale Farms

Yesterday was Jarrod's day off, so it was family day for us! We checked out Springdale Farms for the first time, and really liked it. It was free to get in, and we paid $1 to go into the petting zoo. Gavin thought the goats were so funny!


Smelling the stroller...we always put a snack in that little tray, so I think the goats could smell the grapes :)
This feels funny!

Come here, little goat!

I'm ready to drive!

I'm a pro now, mom. Just let go of my hands!

Aug 17, 2009

Meeting Addy

This weekend, we were so thrilled to have Greg, Courtney and Addy come visit. We haven't had a weekend together since before Adelyn was born, so it was our first time meeting the little girl...or should I say big girl??? :) Though she is 8 1/2 months younger than Gavin, she's bigger than him already. Such a cutie! And you should her her babble ~ it must be a girl thing! We had a great time, and are lucky enough to get to see them again next weekend while in Cleveland for Heidi's Tastefully Simple party.


What does she have???

All dressed up for my little girlfriend :)

Need your input!

Well, after months of contemplating, I've finally decided to create an etsy page and sell some scrapbook pages, cards, etc. My oh-so-creative sister, Megan, is going to be my partner in crime while getting things rolling (thanks, Meg!). She brainstormed for me some names for my page, since she's much better at this than I am. :) (Besides...all the ideas I had were already taken as names on etsy) I've narrowed her ideas down to 5...



AfternoonScrap

EasyAsScrap

ScrappyAttitude

MailedMemories

MailboxMemories



I'm planning to create a new email account just for this endeavor, and so I tried those as well. ScrappyAttitude and one of the Mail names were already taken, so I'd have to add a number or something for an email.

So, what's your vote? Please make a comment or email me your opinion so I can get things rolling. I'm horrible at making decisions. I want some input :)

Aug 14, 2009

Flashback Friday

I've been scrapbooking this week pictures from my pregnancy, and it's so fun looking back! Here are a few for you :)













Aug 13, 2009

I know what I said...

...but this is too exciting not to share! Gavin cried for 15 minutes last night, fell asleep around 7:40 and I didn't go back in to him room until....are you ready???....7:15AM!!! He made some noises between 10 and 11, and I watched him on the monitor sit up and move around, but he never cried out for me. I slept in my own bed all night!!! :) AMAZING!

Aug 11, 2009

Ferber: Night 3

Last update, I promise. I know some of you may be getting tired of these sleep updates :)

Last night, he laid down right away and Jarrod and I kept looking at each other in amazement, but then started standing up and screaming about 5 minutes later. When Jarrod went in at the 10 minute point, the room smelled horrible! No wonder he was screaming! Jarrod changed his diaper, and within 20 minutes, he was asleep. He woke up once, about 4 1/2 hours later, and again was asleep within 20 minutes...no nursing needed. He slept until 6:30 this morning! So, he made it all night without me feeding him. Great progress!

We'll see how things go the next couple of nights while Jarrod's out of town and not here to help!

Aug 10, 2009

Ferber: Night 2

We're getting there! After 47 minutes of crying last night, he finally decided to lay down and go to sleep. You should have seen him falling asleep sitting up. At one point, when Jarrod went in for a check, he started rubbing his head and Gavin actually went to sleep sitting up. He motioned for me on the monitor to come see him. It was so cute. Anyway...he woke up around 10, and I didn't feed him. We decided that the night before he'd slept for 4 hour stretches, so that was our goal for last night. It took 20 minutes for him to go back to sleep. He woke again at 1:45. This time, I went in, changed his diaper and fed him for about 5 minutes. The I put him back in bed, and again it was 20-30 minutes of crying and he was asleep by 2:30. Then...are you ready for this??? He slept until 7:30 without another peep! Slowly but surely, he's getting better. The best part is that it's been two nights in a row that I've been able to sleep in my bed the whole night without little feet poking me or a head butting me! :)

Aug 9, 2009

Ferber: Night 1

Here's the update you've been wanting :)

After several days of preparing for going cold turkey, I changed my mind. I bought the Ferber book, and read that if you're nursing several times throughout the night, going cold turkey would be too hard on the child. Friday night I kept track...I nursed Gavin back to sleep, even if it was just a couple minutes, 5 times. So, we decided to go a little slower on the no-nursing thing.

I wanted to start later than his normal bedtime, but he was acting tired. So, we nursed for a little while in his room, then I sat him up and we read a book. That way he was still going down awake. We kissed him, told him goodnight, and left. Of course, he screamed. Jarrod went in after three minutes, then again after five more minutes...I went in ten minutes later. All the while, Gavin's screaming. When I went in, while I was wiping his face off, he threw up on me from crying so hard. No big deal, right? I just cleaned him up and left the room again, just like Dr. Wells said. About 35 minutes into this, I watched him on the monitor "climb" the bed rails...he was leaning over the crib and I swear he was about to fall out. I freaked out, ran in and got him, and Jarrod lowered the bed. So, we were already off track.

I nursed him a little bit more, and then we relaxed together until he seemed tired. I put him down again at 9:30 and the crying started again. After about 10 minutes, Jarrod went in and laid on the floor next to his bed. Within 5 minutes, Gavin was sound asleep. It wasn't the way we were supposed to do it, but it was the first night.

Gavin slept for 4 hours. Jarrod and I decided for the first night I'd nurse him as long as he'd gone 2 hours since the last time (and slowly we'll increase that time). So, I nursed him for just about 5 minutes, laid him down and we started the progressive waiting again. About 30 minutes later, he was asleep. We watched him on the monitor, and he was so cute hugging "Dog Dog" so tight. I'm so glad he has a lovey now.

Again, he slept for 4 hours and woke up around 5:30. I nursed him just a few minutes, laid him down, he cried 3 minutes and was asleep. But, he woke back up a few minutes later and sat in his bed playing with Dog Dog, no crying, for 20 minutes. At 6, we decided he was up for the day so Jarrod brought him out and got him breakfast.

All in all, it wasn't how thought the night would go, but I think he did much better than expected. I'm hoping those four hour stretches slowly lengthen. Sorry this is so long, but I know there are so many of you that would be asking how the first night went, and instead of repeating the whole story a thousand times, I thought I'd just blog about it. :)

I'll update you on Night 2 soon :)

Aug 8, 2009

Gavin's bloodwork

Gavin's doctor called last night and most of his bloodwork is back. All the food allergies were negative, the thyroid, kidney, and liver portions were normal...the only thing that seemed off was that one part showed he has some inflammation somewhere in his body and the blood cells weren't reading at a 50/50 ratio...instead it was more like 70% those that fight viruses and 30% those that fight bacteria. He said that his guess would be that he has recently had a virus and asked if he had a cold or anything recently, which he did just last week while we were in Albany. So, he said that would explain those readings and that he's really not concerned. One more part of the test won't be back for another week or so and that's the portion that tests for celiac disease. I'll update you soon!

In the meantime...tonight starts the cry-it-out nighttime routine and I'm officially done nursing! He went all day Thursday and Friday with no daytime nursing, but I still nursed him through the night. As of tonight, that's done! We'll see how it goes. Jarrod and I are planning to be up all night......

Aug 7, 2009

Flashback Friday

Remember when I was a blonde...





















Well...not anymore! So, what did I do??? I still don't know how I feel about it. I think it's a little dark, but Jarrod loves it and keeps telling me to give it time. I brought up the idea of going darker because I didn't want to have to worry about my roots and doing highlights as often. Believe it or not, this is closer to my natural color...I just haven't seen my natural color in probably 15 years! I love how Heidi went back to her natural color, and it looks great on her. When I asked Jarrod if he thought I should get my hair lighter or darker and he said darker, I was shocked. No turning back now...it's done! :) I know Tori doesn't like it :) I love that I have friends that will be honest with me **Thanks, Tori!!!**



Aug 4, 2009

Gavin's trip to the doctor

So, we had Gavin's 15 month check up with his new doctor tonight. I was really anxious about going, because he is an "expert" on sleep issues, and I knew we were going to have to do what he said about Gavin's sleep. First, we found out Gavin's only gained 3 ounces in 3 months is basically off the growth chart. So, we're going to go for bloodwork to check his thyroid and kidneys, etc. And as for the sleeping issues and how he basically nurses all night and only wants to sleep while attached to me, he said we have to go cold turkey with weaning and do the cry it out method. I had this feeling that's what he'd say...but it's going to be so hard! We have to stick with it. I need a full night's sleep!!! So...we're starting this weekend. We need to wait until Jarrod won't have to work because I'm sure we'll be up all night!

Date Night

It's hard to believe, but Jarrod and I hadn't been to a movie together since before Gavin was born! (And then...I honestly don't even remember what movie we saw then...Jarrod thinks it was the last Pirates of the Carribean). So, when we were offered a few hours of babysitting to go see a movie, we jumped!

The Proposal was a really cute movie. Perfect for Date Night! Definitely more of a chick flick, but a shot of Sandra Bullock's naked body helped to make it not too girly. :) It was nice to sit in the theater, hold Jarrod's hand, and enjoy ourselves. We were only gone a few hours, and of course Gavin was on my mind the entire time, but we deserved it!

Aug 1, 2009

Vacation: Seneca Lake

After visiting Watkins Glen State Park, we took advantage of the gorgeous day and took a boat ride on Seneca Lake.
"Captain Gavin"
With Aunt Briana and Uncle Tyler

Just relaxing, enjoying the breeze

Tyler really enjoyed the boat ride...LOL

Walking up to see the real Captain

Checking out the view with Grandpa

Grandma Peters is so silly!