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!