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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