Monday, July 27, 2009

Bye-Bye Bottles

This past Friday I prepared Garrett his last bottle of formula. As much aggravation as all that measuring and mixing can be, I was a little sad about this stage ending.
I tried offering Garrett whole milk in his bottle but he didn't seem to like it. His formula was always at room temperature and the whole milk is just so cold. I think the difference was throwing him off. So, I offered it to him in a sippy cup instead. He gulped it right down. No more bottles?!?! I wasn't prepared for this! I look at all those bottles in my cabinet and I just can't bare to get rid of them. Over night my tiny baby has turned into such a big boy!
Something tells me weaning him from a pacifier is going to be a whole different story.
"Go ahead, mama, just try and take one of these out of my hand. You'll be drawing back a nub."

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

10 Minutes

That's how long it takes us to get from our house to the beach. Sierra stayed with me all last week and told me it had been two years since she had walked on the beach. So I said to her, "Girl, grab your hat, we're going right now!" We hopped in the car, crossed the draw bridge, and had our feet in the sand in no time.
My boy loves a seashell. He's just like his mama. He loves the water too. What was suppose to be a short walk on the beach turned into a soaking wet baby with sand in his hair and diaper. He had to be stripped down and hosed off before getting back in the car.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Pediatrician Visit in the Morning, Urgent Care Visit in the Evening

I woke up this morning around 8 am, realizing that my baby slept all the way through the night and was still sound asleep in his crib like such a big boy. He's been sleeping good like that for weeks now and it has made his mommy and daddy so very happy! I got up and dressed, hurrying to be done before Garrett woke up. He was still snoozing away but I had to wake him because he had his 12 month check up today. I gave G a bath, we ate breakfast, and were off to the Pediatrician's office. I LOVE his new Pediatrician, by the way. He's so laid back, sweet, and gentle. Garrett weighed in at 22 lbs 10 oz. He measured 30 and a quarter inches. His check up was great. I have officially bought my last container of formula and from now on he'll be drinking whole milk. He did have to get 4 vaccinations and his big toe pricked. He took it like a man though. He's tough like his daddy.
Anyway, after his appointment, we headed back home. Garrett fell asleep in the car so when we got back home, I laid him back down in his crib. I opened my front door and to my surprise, the most wonderful package ever was sitting at my modem! YAY, after 2 whole months without Internet my wait is finally over! In no time at all I was hooked up and surfing the web. I thought to myself, WOW, THIS DAY COULDN'T GET ANY BETTER!
Oh, I was right. It was all down hill from there.
Around 5:30 pm, I decided to empty my dishwasher. Garrett was at my heels as usual, whining to be held. I was handing him cups and whisks and big spoons to distract him so I could finish. I was just about done when I saw one of my new Pampered Chef spoons stuck in the bottom of the dish washer. I dug it out and found that the handle was melted from being stuck down there. Oh man, I hate that! So, I got a serrated knife and started scraping away at the melted, disfigured part. STUPID. REAL STUPID. The knife slipped and sliced me right in my wrist. It happened so fast. There was so much blood. I couldn't see the wound because the blood was everywhere. I panicked. Oh no, what do I do?!?! I'm alone with Garrett...has it punctured a main artery...should I call I going to die?!?! Then I remembered my new neighbor across the street is an Intensive Care nurse. I've met her husband but hadn't been introduced to her yet. It didn't matter...I didn't know what else to was my only option. I wrapped a kitchen towel around my gaping wound, grabbed Garrett, and took off running across the street to my neighbor's house. Thank God she was home! I rang the doorbell and when she answered, I started crying as I showed her the cut on my wrist. She escorted me in and applied pressure to get the bleeding to stop. I was so scared. It looked so bad. I remember a quiet moment in between my sobs when I looked at her and said, "I'm Angie, it's nice to finally meet you."
She was so nice and helpful. Her name is Tara and I love her. I'm her new best friend and she doesn't even know it. I really don't know what I would have done if she hadn't of been home. Once she got the bleeding to stop, she took a look and said I probably should get stitches since the TENDON IS EXPOSED. It makes me queasy just thinking about it. She offered to drive me to Urgent Care but since the bleeding was under control, I felt like I could make it there on my own.
On the way to Urgent Care, all I could think about was how stupid I was. There I was alone with my baby. What if it had of been worse?? What if I had of passed out?? Garrett was very cooperative throughout the whole ordeal. When we got to Urgent Care, he sat on the floor and played with their nasty, germy toys. At that moment, I didn't care. My wrist was slit and my tendon was showing.
The first thing the nurse did once she called me back was ask me to step up on the scale. Oh great. As if this day couldn't possibly get any worse. Let's just see how fat I am while we're at it! The doctor made sure I could wiggle all my fingers. Then I got 4 stitches and a Tetanus shot. Garrett got 3 Powerpuff Girl stickers. I go back in one week to have my stitches removed.
Melted Pampered Chef Spoon - $12.50
Bloody Dish Towel - $5
Urgent Care Copay - $50
The scar I'll forever have across my wrist - priceless

Garrett's 1st Birthday Party

Justin and I wanted to do something different for Garrett's 1st birthday and since we now live near the coast, we thought it would be nice to have a big fish fry. Justin and I got up early the day of the party to purchase some fresh shrimp in Topsail. We bought 10 pounds of shrimp...that, my friend, is A LOT of shrimp. Especially when you have to de-head it, peel it, and de-vein it...all the day of the party. Whew!

There was only one man I knew who was experienced enough to cook this much seafood for this many daddy. He's the fish fryer master. My precious brother-in-law was there to lend a hand also. Thanks TJ!

Mindy came over the night before to help me decorate the garage for the party.

She also made Garrett's birthday cake. She is hands down the most creative person I know. I am so lucky to have her at my disposal. I love you, Min!

Seriously, how cute was this cake?!?!

The Birthday boy was center of attention.

All of our parents and siblings were there minus my brother, TJ.

When we sat down to eat, I teared up looking around at that table filled with the people we love most in this world.

All Garrett wanted to do was open presents.It was like Christmas! That boy racked up!This expression is priceless."Hmmm, I think we'll watch this movie tonight."Then it was time for the birthday cake.First he just patted it a little.Then he took a taste.
"Oh yeah, this is good."

As expected, it was everywhere. There was plenty packed up into his nostrils also.The party was a success and the birthday boy was happy. It was wonderful getting all the family together. Now that it's over, I plan on doing absolutely nothing for the next few months. I'm exhausted!

Garrett's 1st Birthday

For Garrett's 1st birthday, Justin and I decided to throw him a big party inviting all of our parents and siblings and planned it for the Saturday following his birthday. Justin had to be out of town for Garrett's actual birthday but I just couldn't let the day go uncelebrated. Justin's sister, Sierra, was staying with me the whole week so we decided to take him to Chuck E. Cheese's to celebrate his big day. Aunt Jamie and cousin Hayden came along too.

We kicked the day off with a ride in his brand new car seat. Now that Garrett is a year old and weighs over 20 pounds, he can ride facing forward. What a big boy!! Garrett and his best buddy, Hayden, at Chuck E. Cheese's.
Mommy and her Birthday Boy
Happy Birthday to you...
I think he was more excited about having a plate to play with than the brownie and candle.
Yummy brownie!
Try mine, Aunt Jamie!
Hayden said "no thanks" to pizza and brownie. She'd rather have her milk.
"Mama, ummm, there's a big mouse sitting next to me."Aunt Sierra helped him win some tickets.
He had so much fun!
Before we left, Garrett cashed in his tickets and picked out his prize.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Garrett!

Twelve months ago today, after 26 hours of labor on my part (thank you very much), Justin and I welcomed our son, Garrett, into this world. He has brought us so much joy, worry, laughter, stress, happiness, tears, and most of all a love that can not be measured with words. Since that day, Justin has gained a many of gray hairs and I have gained...well....a many of extra pounds.
He's so worth it.
Month 1
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Month 12