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!