Sunday, December 26, 2010

Warner's First Christmas

We woke up our sweet boy on Christmas morning. Of course he had no idea that it was different than any other day!




We got dressed and headed over to Sue Sue's.



This is just a small glimpse of our many Christmas gifts...
way too much as usual!



My nanny made everyone in our family needlepoint stockings. She passed away when I was just a baby, so my cousin has taken on making stockings for everyone who enters our family...husbands, babies, etc. It is a wonderful tradition and we love them!


We spent Christmas day in Orangeburg.
I didn't even take a picture of the ridiculous amounts of presents there. This year we have 3 little ones (Warner and my cousin's twins) so the house exploded!



Christmas night was spent at my Daddy's.


Whew! 3 rounds of Christmas in one day is quite exhausting!
I can only imagine what next year, with a 15 month old, holds...

Merry Christmas, everyone!
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.


Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more."
-Dr. Seuss

Merry Christmas!
From us to you
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Baby Legs

You've
Got
The
Cutest
Little
Baby Legs!


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

3 Months Old

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sleep Suggestions

2 "problems" that I need help with:

#1
Warner has always been a pretty good sleeper (knock on wood)...at night!

He is going 12-12 1/2 hours pretty consistently and definitely won't go less than 9 1/2.

However, Warner is a terrible napper. We've tried everything. We swaddle him for naps, try to make the room dark, put him in his swing, etc. The longest we've got out of him for a nap is 1
hour in his crib. Sometimes in his swing he'll go longer.
Now, throw Warner in the car and he's out like a light for a few hours. This is wonderful when I need to run some errands, but I can't throw him in the car every time it's nap time.

Our pediatrician said if he's sleeping that good at night you can't really complain about the naps, but to keep trying.

Suggestions?

#2

As I previously wrote, Warner is a good night time sleeper...I hate to say that too loud because I know at any moment it could change. I believe he sleeps so well at night because he is swaddled, and it is dark, and white noise blares in his room (and yes, we've done all that for naps as well with no success).

However, these past 2 nights Warner has been rolling over on to his stomach during the night. This wouldn't be a big deal, but since he's swaddled he doesn't have his hands free. The scares the you know what out of me! Luckily, he is smart enough to turn his head to the side and he's also smart enough to cry out for us. Also, we have the hardest mattress possible for him. It was rated Number 1 in the Baby book so we ordered it right away! :)

What to do?

My first thought is to not swaddle him anymore. I'm scared to death to do this, because I truly believe it is why he sleeps so well. He also LOVES the swaddle. His eyes get heavy the minute we put it on (why it doesn't work like that in the afternoon, I have no idea). If we quit the swaddle now will he be able to sleep? I know eventually we will quit, but the reflex that wakes them up doesn't go away until 4 or 5 months.

Do we try a positioner? I know they are terrible and unsafe, but we used a wedge one when we were dealing with his reflux pretty badly. He was fine with it. We also tried the one that goes around just the lower body. He is fine with these, but wiggles his way out of them by they next morning.

Do we try a sleep sack and let his arms out?

I just don't know what to do.

Any suggestions, on our 2 sleep issues, would be greatly appreciated!
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Monday, December 06, 2010

VOTE!!


The other night I was looking through one of my parenting magazines and saw a contest for the next cover model for American Baby magazine. I decided to check it out. I'm not one for "modeling" as a baby, but the pictures that were submitted by others were very natural and not made up, so I thought why not?

Much to my surprise I got any email saying Warner's photo was in the running to be a finalist for the Reader's Choice winner.

What does this all mean? I really have no idea...but he could possibly win a spot in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

We could really care less either way, but it was fun to be selected so please take a minute and vote!

http://photos.parents.com/category/vote/photo/619519

You can vote once a day!

We'll keep you posted!
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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

O Christmas Tree

We took Warner to get his very first Christmas tree! It has become somewhat of a tradition to go get our trees the Sunday after Thanksgiving with The Marshes and The Falls! We carried on that tradition this year with 2 little ones in tow...What fun!

Warner was so excited he could barely contain himself...




When we got home, Dave was put to work immediately.




The finished product!
(Hopefully I'll get a picture of Warner next to his very first Christmas tree in the coming weeks.)



Sigh...I heart Christmas!
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Warner's First Thanksgiving

Although he wasn't quite old enough to enjoy the yummy food...





...he had a Happy Thanksgiving nonetheless!
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Nostalgia

A few weeks ago my Mom and I were at Target and noticed they had a section of "nostalgic kid's toys." They were old toys that they are reproducing for this generation of kids. My mom decided to go looking for some of my old toys for Warner.

She found the baby blanket my brother and I used as babies. It was sewn by my Nanny and the nursery rhymes were cross stitched by my Aunt.



She also found some crocheted alphabet blocks. These were also made by my Nanny and I remember playing with them when I was little.


Warner has a ton of my old Golden Books, but this set was at my Nanny and Granddaddy's house for when the grandchildren came over.

If you zoom in you'll see they cost 18 cents!


Warner has been enjoying laying on my blanket to play with all the old toys.
My mom's parents both passed away by the time I was 6 so it is neat for Warner to have a little piece of them in his life!


Here's to the past!
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

2 Month Well Check


Yesterday was Warner's 2 month well check. This was also the beginning of the shots! He screamed for a few minutes and then calmed down. He was pretty fussy and tired the rest of the day. I gave him Tylenol, but will definitely do it before next time!

Here are his stats...

Weight: 12.45 lbs (65th percentile)
Length: 24 inches (85th percentile)
Head Circumference: 15.75 inches (50th percentile)

In the words of our pediatrician, "He's on his way to being tall."

We'll see...
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

2 Months


I cannot believe I have a 2 month old. I know I'll say the same when he's 3 months, then 6, then a year...gasp! I'll stop.

Here is a little about 2 months...

-Warner is sleeping anywhere from 6-7 1/2 hours. We feel very fortunate that he started sleeping these stretches around 6 weeks. The swaddle is definitely the key. Some days he fights it, but give him a few minutes and we have a calm and sleepy little man on our hands. Oh and yes he is still in our room... My goal is to try the crib when Dave has a few days off work for Thanksgiving. I'll keep you posted!

-Warner is a cat napper. Apparently I was the same way. What can I say, we don't want to miss anything! He will fall asleep for about 30-45 mins and then wake up and then fall back asleep a little while later. I am trying hard to break him of this. I haven't been swaddling him for naps, but I started that today. I don't want to schedule him into his naps just yet, but want him to get better with the eat, play, sleep, repeat routine. He was doing so well with that, but it appears these past few weeks he has forgotten the "stay asleep" portion of that routine. Put him in the car however and he is out for 2+ hours. It's been really nice when I've needed to run errands or we want to go out to dinner.

-We have been getting so many more smiles these days. He started smiling around 6 weeks, but now he is really starting to respond to you smiling with a smile. Granted, its not all the time, but when he does it, it melts your heart. He smiles the most when he first wakes up in the morning. I look over at him in his straight jacket swaddle and he grins from ear to ear!

-Warner is starting to recognize people. Basically just me, Dave, and Sue Sue (my mom) for now. It's so sweet to watch him look and try to figure all of us out. I love when he follows us with his eyes.

-He is still a champ at holding his head up. He has been doing this since early on. He doesn't love tummy time, but we do it everyday and he is getting better at lifting his head from that position.

-He LOVES to kick. Sometimes he wants to be left alone on his playmat to stare at himself in the mirror and kick his legs like crazy! It is so funny.

-He is still quite in love with "the bink" (aka the pacifier) and we don't deny him that love EVER! It is pure magic! Just like that mobile.

-He just started eating 5 oz. last Thursday.

I could go on and on. I can't believe I only have 2 more weeks left of maternity leave. I don't want to even talk about it. It makes me sick. I want to stay at home with him so badly. I love being a kindergarten teacher and love my school "babies", but the love I have for this little boy is indescribable. I love him deep into my bones. Please keep me in your prayers when I do go back to school. It's going to be so hard for me.

(And if you can think of a way for me to be a stay at home mama, please let me know...! :) )

Enough!

Let's celebrate TODAY and all that is Warner at 2 months! I'm not going to worry about tomorrow or the day after that or the day after that. I'm going to soak in my little 2 "monther" for all too soon he will be a 3 "monther"!
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


...completely unplanned.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Felt Christmas Wreath

I saw this wreath in Family Circle magazine and had to make it!




I can't wait to decorate the rest of the house for Christmas!
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Warner's New Mobile

So I'm not really a mobile person. Only because they are usually theme related or matched to a bedding set and I didn't do either of those things in Warner's nursery.

However...

Warner really enjoys looking at his mobile connected to his swing and looking at all the animals that hang from his play mat.

I decided maybe I should get him something for his crib.
(you know, the crib he doesn't sleep in...)

I did some looking around and came across this very cool, award winning, developmental mobile.


It comes with a bunch of different cards that you change out based on your child's age and eye development. It also helps to keep them engaged and not bored at seeing the same thing over and over.

Oh how much the educator in me loves this!


Warner LOVES it too!

You should have seen him laying in awe kicking his legs and cooing.

He was a little fussy before I put him down and the minute he noticed the cards of color hanging over him, he settled down. It was like magic.


Maybe this will be the magic we need to get him use to his crib...
One can hope!
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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Happy Halloween!

This Halloween was A LOT different than last...

We have this cute little guy now!

We headed to the Marshes for our annual Halloween chili


and trick-or-treaters.


At our last Halloween get together this sweet little girl was in her mommy's tummy...how crazy!



Family Photos All Around

The DeMasters

The Falls

The Marshes

What a fun night!

I guess it was too much for Warner...
He was pooped!

Next year we will have some 1 year olds on our hands!
How fun will that be!?
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