Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Grandma is 67 today!  Deuce is spending the entire day with her and I am sure he will make it very special for her by drooling & spitting up on her several times throughout the day. 


Happy Birthday Grandma!


This picture is from Deuce's first trip to Grandma's house when he was 2 weeks old (Mother's Day).
P.S. Today was also both mine & Ed's original due dates.  We were both a week late signifying how stubborn we each are...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Card Photo Shoot

Yesterday was special...


A friend of mine from high school (who now lives in Clarksville, TN) has recently started her own photography business.  Regan and I graduated together and her older sister graduated with Ed.  I contacted Regan several months back when she was "officially" starting out about taking pictures of us whenever she made it to town.  So we made a plan.  Regan's parents still live in Chapel Hill and her in-laws live in Greensboro so she told me she would be in town for Thanksgiving.  We decided to schedule a shoot for the day after Thanksgiving.  Well on Friday the weather was crappy, cold & rainy so we rescheduled for Sunday, while Regan was on her way out of town and back to TN.  It was still cold, Deuce had a couple of melt downs, we had to stop for him to eat and then subsequently spit up on his nice orange Polo outfit (I mean that's what babies are supposed to do though, right?) but it was beautiful outside and it was so good to see Regan after so many years!


Regan's husband Josh is in the military and is over in Afghanistan right now (on his 3rd tour!!!) so she is keeping herself super busy with her photography business - plus a full time job.  Josh will be starting the MBA program at Kenan Flagler Business School next fall so they are moving back to Chapel Hill!  YEA!!!  So for anyone that is interested...check her out!  She comes highly recommended from me!


Click here to visit Regan's photography blog.


This is a sneak peak of the shoot yesterday that she just sent me.  I am so excited to see the rest and pick out the shot for our Christmas card this year!



















Sunday, November 28, 2010

Look What Came in the Mail...

I just CANNOT wait to get this up!

We had house guests this weekend so my normal decorating the day after Thanksgiving didn't happen.  But this came in the mail and I am so excited to see it hanging on the mantle!  Ed, TJ & I already have them so I couldn't wait to order Deuce's.  I'll put up another pic of the mantle when the house is decorated!







Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Feast 2010!

Wow!  Yesterday was such a wonderful day!  I was hoping to add pictures yesterday but I was so tired that it just didn't happen!  I started out my day up at 6:30am to cook my share of the feast.  First I made a classic baked macaroni & cheese casserole.  I used 1 box of macaroni noodles, 1 cup of milk, 1lb of freshly shredded cheddar cheese, 1 stick of butter, salt & pepper to taste & a little paprika.




Then I decided to try a new recipe for broccoli casserole.  I enjoy cooking, when I have the time, but it doesn't happen too often so I was excited to try this one out.  I used cooked broccoli, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, amlond slivers, french fried onions, cheese & milk.  It was sooo good!






Then I made some cinnamon rolls for breakfast so we could have a little something in our belly, but not too much so we could grub later! 








This year Ed's family joined us at my parent's house and it was so nice to have everybody all in one spot.  It was very special to have everybody together for Deuce's first Thanksgiving.

Deuce with his Grandma & Nana


TJ & Ed

Mom, Me & Laura
 
Grandpa feeding Deuce
 
Uncle Schultz putting the baby to sleep

Here is a sampling of all of the food that everybody brought.  Man, it was delish!


cabbage casserole

squash casserole


sweet potato casserole


green's & pecan pie
 
stuffing
 
the table set

my plate...yes, I got down!
Only 1 helping though.

Here is Deuce's Thanksgiving Feast, complete with baby food squash...



We did give him some mashed potatoes for the first time and he loved them!
He also got a banana popciscle for the first time and couldn't eat it fast enough.  PaPa was holding it for him and he finally just grabbed it with both hands.





Deuce was worn out after a day with family and mommy was too!







I hope everyone had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as we did.  I am so thankful for my family & my friends and for the opportunity to share my life with my baby boy.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

First Date Night...

...for Deuce, that is.  Or maybe it's his 2nd date because we already went to the zoo?  We went over to Annie & Ashwon's house after the game on Saturday for a pig pickin'.  Annie had been cooking all day and Ashwon cooked the pig all night.  The food was great, complete with a campfire outside and a cornhole competition.


Aja knocked out early which left time for Deuce and Zoe to hang (with TJ supervising of course)....




But he got his few moments with Aja later on...




paci's?



who needs them?


Then he decided he wanted to spend time with both of them....




Man it's hard being a baby boy...

I think I can handle more date nights as long as they all go like this.
Do you think they'll let me, Annie & Jessica hang out with them when they are 16???

Monday, November 22, 2010

Giggles

Here's the other video I mentioned.  Sorry they are a little dark.  It was a "quick, grab the camera" moment and I was afraid that if I got up to turn the lights on, it would distract him and he would stop...


Play time with daddy...


video

7 Months Old...Already!!!

O.M.G.


I have a 7 month old.  Really?  Am I old enough for this? 


These past 7 months have gone by so fast!  As I troll through my pictures of him from day 1, I am amazed at how much he has changed in such a short amount of time.  As we reach each new milestone I am so happy and excited, yet so sad that the previous stages have passed and I will never get those moments back.  Right now he loves me so much and he loves to show me how much.  He loves for me to pick him up.  He reaches out for me and he panics when I leave his sight.  Yes, at times this can be hard when I need to hand him over to daddy for a few mommy moments but it also warms my heart to have his little teeny hands on both sides of my face giving me a big ol' slobber kiss.





7 months old
November 22, 2010




So now that he is 7 months, what is he doing?


EATING: Well, I have completely stopped nursing him.  I was pretty sad about this but I was just putting too much pressure on myself with the amount of time I am away from him during the work day.  After his 6 month well visit and the doc telling us he was only 10th percentile for weight, we started supplementing with formula.  He had no issue with this and I was still nursing/pumping once in the morning and once at night.  But over time, I was only producing between .5 - 1oz each time I pumped.  It was just not worth all of the time and energy anymore.  So I weaned myself off.  I was a little concerned about putting him down at night without nursing him that he might not take it too well but he could have cared less.  To this child, food is food and he doesn't care how it comes (maybe he gets that from me???)  He currently has 6oz of formula with rice/oatmeal and a fruit at 9am, 6oz of formula with rice/oatmeal and a vegetable at 1pm, 6oz of formula and a fruit at 5pm, juice at 7pm and 8oz of formula before bed around 8:30pm.  The child can put some food away!  I have not found a single food that he won't eat!  We have another weight check on December 1st and I can't wait to see how much he weighs now.


SLEEPING: Deuce sleeps all night!!!  He goes to sleep around 9pm and sleeps until about 7:30am.  He takes a nap after his morning bottle (usually about 1hr) and then after his lunch bottle (between 1-2 hrs).  He goes to bed late you say???  Well because I work so darn far away, he sleeps AGAIN from about 6-7pm on the ride from Chapel Hill to Greensboro.  I have removed his sleep wedge from his crib but I still swaddle him every night.  He has just started rolling over in his sleep (while swaddled) and sleeping on his tummy about half the night.  This has freaked me out a little because although he sleeps through the night, I still wake up every few hours and look at him on the monitor.  Since he moves now, his head sometimes disappears out of view of the monitor.  At first I would panic and go check on him and turn him back over (silly paranoid momma, I know! I have to make sure he can breathe for heaven's sake!)  But lately I have convinced myself that my mom didn't have a video monitor when I was a baby and I breathed just fine.  AND they put us on our belly to sleep back then so I need to CHILL OUT! :)  I still wake up and look at him though, HA!


PHYSICAL: I like to tell myself that we have a strong little guy.  At least I think he is, lol!  I have no idea how he compares to other babies but when Deuce wants to stand, he is going to stand!  He would much rather stand than sit, although he has gotten pretty good at sitting all by himself now.  His little legs are so strong that I feel like he will just skip crawling altogether (probably not, but he could care less about being on his belly).  He doesn't have any teeth yet but he is a drooling machine so we are expecting them to pop through at any minute!  In almost every picture I have of him from the past few weeks he either has drool hanging from his lips or his shirt is soaked through!  He is still pretty skinny, I think, but his cheeks are super chubby!  He's not bones anymore since starting the formula but he doesn't have rolly polly arms and legs like a lot of other cute babies.  Maybe not skinny but long and he's just solid, I guess.  His hair is really coming in and starting to curl at the front.  I will see if I can get him still enough to get a picture of that soon.


PERSONALITY: Boy does he have one!  He still LOVES, LOVES, LOVES to smile!  All the time!  As you can see from the video in the previous post, he his loving to talk now!  He says dadadadada mostly along with hey and yayayayayaya.  We are working with him to wave bye-bye and he starts to move his little fingers when we wave at him.  He's trying!  He also loves to play in the mirror.  He could do that for awhile!  We have a floor length mirror in our bedroom and I sit him on the floor in front of it and I sit behind him.  He loves to bang on it and laugh and talk to himself.  Our cat, Bailey, is now venturing out near him more and he LOVES it!  She meow's and has even gotten close enough for him to stick out his hand and pet her.  He gets so excited.  He sucks in these huge gasps of air when he sees her and he dives for her when he's in my arms.  I have to put him down on the floor and he smiles and giggles at her.  It's is precious!  He is at this perfect age now where his personality has really come out and he is so interactive!  I have another video I will post soon of him and Ed playing and his laughs are enough to make you squeal yourself!


I am so looking forward to the holidays as I think he will be the perfect age to have a great 1st Christmas!


Do you think I love being his mommy or what???

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Could It Be???

Little man's official first word??



video
I love this little dude!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Love My Girl Bailey!

I know today is Friday and I am excited for the weekend so I don't want to depress anyone but I saw something on the way to work this morning that broke my heart.  A girl had hit a dog with her car and when I passed, the dog was laying in the middle of the road and the girl had pulled over and was sobbing beside her car.  The car in front of me pulled over and as I passed and looked in my rear view, the driver jumped out of the car and moved the dog out of the road and out of the girl's sight.  Most likely there was nothing the girl could have done, the dog was in the middle of the road (plus we were driving directly East where the sun blazes in your eyes at 7:30am), but it still hurt me to see that girl standing there, frozen and in tears over what had just happened.  For most of us, animals have such an impact in our lives.  They comfort us and love us always.  So when I get home tonight, I'm going to pick up my girl Bailey and give her a good squeeze.  And Deuce will too....he LOVES his kitty! :)




Bailey Geer
 
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