Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What do you think?

I decided that next year I want a Christmas wreath for my door. I went to Walmart and bought some supplies on clearance. Here's what I've got so far:
I don't know where to go from here! (I feel like I have zero intuition when it comes to decorating.) Should I arrange the ornaments differently? Should I add something else, like pine cones or holly and berries or some ribbon?
I haven't actually attached anything yet, so feel free to chime in and help me out!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Baby's first Christmas

Despite the RSV and house arrest, we managed to have a wonderful Christmas! On the 23rd (before Gavin was really sick) we had Rob's sister Allison and her family over. Here you can see Gavin with his only cousins on Rob's side: Ellie, Vicki, and Lexi.
We ate food, played video games, and just had a lot of fun!

On Christmas Eve we had a visit from one of Santa's helpers.
Hahaha!! Isn't he too cute?!

We continued our Christmas Eve tradition of making ridiculously delicious sandwiches with whatever we can think to put on them. Here we have avocado, tomato, cheddar cheese, and cucumber.
Here we have Ciabatta rolls and sauteed onions.
Not pictured are the mustard, bacon, Provolone cheese, lettuce, honey baked deli ham, and some fancy kind of deli turkey (can't remember what kind we settled on).

And the perfect finishing touch: salt and vinegar chips on the side! Aren't they beautiful? (Can you tell that one of us is a bit more picky than the other? There's more on my sandwich than you can see; I forgot to dress it up for the picture. But still, Rob's definitely has more stuff on it than mine.)
(Also, can you tell that we take our sandwiches very seriously? :)

A tradition we each had during our childhood and picked back up is getting new pajamas for Christmas Eve. Here is Gavin on Christmas day in his new jammies.
We spent the day taking it easy and eating tons of goodies. My parents brought some dinner to us--ham, funeral potatoes (which I have been craving for months!), homemade bread, and my favorite dessert in the world, known in my family as Ice Cream Dessert. (I know, quite the fancy/original name.) I should have taken a picture of that, but it was gone too quickly because it is SO GOOD!

We video chatted with each of our families, put Gavin to bed by 7:00, and watched a movie. Definitely a different Christmas from any I've had before, but it was kind of nice just to relax and be with each other. We enjoyed our last year of being lazy on Christmas day for a long, long while.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Baby's first x-ray

Gavin has this really, really awful cough that started yesterday morning or maybe Wednesday night. It wasn't getting any better and tomorrow is Christmas, which means it would be impossible to find anyplace to have him checked except the ER. So I took him to the pediatrician today even though I didn't think his case was really severe; I just figured better safe than sorry.

The doctor thought he might have RSV, but wanted to make sure. So we did an albuterol nebulizer treatment, then got an x-ray to rule out pneumonia. Have you ever had an x-ray taken of your infant? They use the strangest contraption to hold them in the position they want them in. I discovered in my Google searches that this device is called the Pigg-o-stat.

There is a hole in a tabletop with a sort of bike seat fixed over the hole. You put your baby on the seat so their feet dangle through the hole. Then they take these two clear semi-circles that are ~2.5 feet tall ("flanks") and close them around your baby while you hold his arms straight up. Finally, they buckle a strap in the back to prevent his head from flopping backward.

The technician told me that babies ALWAYS cry when they are put in this, but that's a good thing because they have more air in their lungs and they get a better picture. Gavin was all strapped in and fussed just a bit, then stayed calm the rest of the time. He was SO GOOD!! I love my baby boy!!!

So two chest x-rays, an albuterol treatment, and two hours later the diagnosis is RSV and bronchiolitis. (Translation: there's nothing you can do but wait it out. Oh, and he's probably contagious for up to three weeks, so we're not going anywhere for a long while.) I'm glad he doesn't have pneumonia, but still feel so bad for the poor thing. His coughing spells are just scary! But the instant he's done, it's as if he doesn't even realize he was coughing; he just keeps doing what he was doing with a smile on his face. What a sweet boy!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Getting ready for Christmas

After Thanksgiving, we were excited to put up our Christmas decorations. First, we needed appropriate attire. That meant comfortable, lounging-about clothes for Rob and Reb, and these ridiculously cute jammies for Gavin.
Gavin is all about helping and jumped right in when it was time to put up our tree.
Good thing he was here to help; that thing is huge!
I finally get to display my Willow Tree nativity with the Creche piece I bought last year on Black Friday. (Last year we didn't even bother because most of it was in storage since we were in my parents' house.) I am enjoying my last year for a long while that I can just put this on top of our little bookshelf without worrying about anything getting broken or lost. I know a lot of people have this set, but I just love it so much!
And finally, a Christmas onesie Grandma Palmer got for Gavin because it was too perfect to pass up.
Happy holidays!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Keeping up traditions

Happy Thanksgiving! This year I have been thinking a lot about traditions. We really don't have many (which I think is normal for a couple who have been married for less than five years and only have one baby), so this year I felt it was really important to keep the few traditions we have alive. So what are those traditions?

First off, we always go jogging on Thanksgiving morning. I started doing this probably eight or nine years ago, and Rob has done it with me since we got married. This year, though, he was sick so I braved the cold alone. I haven't gone jogging in a couple of months, so it felt really great!

Our other big tradition is Black Friday. I think I talked about this last year, but we just like going for the fun of it. We make a list of things that would be nice to get, but never get our hearts set on any of them. It's just fun to get out with all the crazies and maybe score a few great deals.

The first phase of Black Friday shopping is to check all the ads on Thanksgiving. Gavin has a keen eye for bargains, so we were glad to have his help this year.
The second phase, of course, is the actual shopping. This is where we departed slightly from our tradition, because neither of us wanted to wake our baby to take him out in the freezing cold and possibly get trampled. So we did our normal morning routine and went out once we were at a good stopping place. (I think it was ~10:30 by the time we got out.) We only went to one place (KMart), but we got some great deals!
We LOVE the game Blink and didn't already own UNO--they were buy one get one free. Plus, we've been wanting a scale that doesn't underestimate your weight by at least five pounds, and we got this beauty for just ten bucks!

I'm glad we continued our traditions the best we could, and look forward to starting more as the years go on.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sweet baby James

Dustin and Heidi's baby boy was born November 12th, and we finally got to meet him! He was born on a Friday evening and Rob had to work the next day, so we planned to go up on Sunday. Then Gavin got sick, so we planned to go up on Wednesday. Then Rob and I got sick, and the next chance we had to go up was this last Sunday. See how sweet he is?
He had as much hair the day he was born as Gavin has at six months old.
Gavin hung out with uncle Dustin while I loved on baby James.
I have been eagerly awaiting this baby for months! (as have D&H :) As part of his baby shower gift, I made these onesies that I was giddy about.
He even wore the "Sweet baby James" one home from the hospital!

For those of you keeping track, this is the fourth Palmer grandbaby born within one year: Aspen last December, Austin in March, Gavin in May, and now James in November. Man, these kids are going to get into a lot of trouble together! I think Gavin is excited already!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Poor us

Why poor us? Find out here.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Six months old!

As of a week ago, Gavin is six months old! At his six-month checkup he weighed in at a whopping 13 pounds, 14 ounces (2nd percentile) at 25.75 inches long (25th percentile). He's always been a little guy. We'll see if solids help to bulk him up at all.

Thanks again to my sister, Denise, for being my go-to photographer. I'll keep the chatter light and let you get to the pictures!
Probably my favorite one. :)
I just love how expressive he is! The two pictures above were taken one right after the other.
Checking out his hand.
I love this boy!

Friday, November 12, 2010

I got my hair did

Last week I had had enough and I finally decided to chop my hair. This time it was only 12 inches or so. (My last chopping episode was about 17!) You may think you know why I did it, and you are probably partially right, but not completely. My reason for chopping it was this:
. . . but not because he pulled my hair (which he often did, but I could deal with that). The real reason I cut it is that it kept getting in Gavin's face all the time. Seriously, it was becoming a problem! I would lean over him to pick him up, and he would start flinching before I even got close in anticipation of my mane whipping him in the face. I felt so bad!

When I first considered cutting my hair (months and months ago; it takes a while for me to build up to a decision this huge!), we wondered how Gavin would react. Would he freak out or not recognize me? But then on Halloween I came into his room after one of his naps wearing a bright red wig (not pictured, but think "The Fifth Element"). Gavin looked up at me and just chuckled. That's when I knew he doesn't care what my hair looks like!

So of course the day I finally got up the gumption to do it I had left our camera turned on and drained the battery completely, so no "Before and After" photo session for me. But here's a quick reminder of the length before:
And here's a picture of the after:
This was taken with the camera on our Mac (thus the weird lighting and mirror image), and it's still about the only picture of me since I cut my hair. I love it! (The hair, not the picture.) It has been so nice to have such a big change. And the lady who cut it spent so much time on it--I really like how it turned out.

This is my fourth time donating to Locks of Love. Maybe if I do this a few more times, I will have donated enough to actually make a whole wig. :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tricks and treats

Happy Halloween (finally)! We have some new tricks and treats around our place I'd like to share.

Tricks
Gavin is officially a trick-or-treater. We started out with a trunk or treat on Tuesday at my mom's church. He strapped himself in his car seat 30 minutes early because he couldn't wait! (Obviously not true, but he kind of has this impatient look in his eyes; he must have known that chocolate was at stake.)
My little dragon had a good time seeing G&G Palmer, Rachel, and his cousins.
On Friday we went trick-or-treating at Rob's work. Here is Gavin receiving his first official candy (EVER, not just trick-or-treating) from Chase.
He held it in his hand for about three seconds before he dropped it on the ground and became very interested in Chase's water bottle.
Gavin has some other new tricks we are excited about.
-He will finally sit in his Bumbo! He has resisted this for months, but for some reason he just decided one day he was okay with it and now he'll tolerate it for longer than 60 seconds.
-He is holding weight on his legs really well now, and prefers standing (supported, of course) to sitting up. We're still working on the sitting tripod.
-He has gotten really good at turning pages when we read with him.
-He plays peek-a-boo, lifting and lowering the blanket himself.

Treats
Just a week or two ago, Gavin started noticing things that Rob and I are doing and he wants to do them, too. If I'm talking on my cell phone, he wants to hold it when I'm done. If I'm drinking a glass of water, he wants one, too.

So . . . Gavin has started rice cereal! We are all thrilled about this.
Isn't he just sweet?

And here's a treat for our fellow 30 Rock lovers:
It's okay if you don't get it; Gavin doesn't seem to appreciate the humor of it, either.
Hope you all had a Halloween as great as ours!