Monday, June 21, 2010

Check You Out

Today you had your nine month well check-up. Besides waiting for almost two hours, you did awesome. You let the doctor poke and peak and prod without a fuss.

You weigh in at 22lbs. Woohoo! That puts you in the 75th percentile for weight. Your height is in the 95th percentile, and your head circumference is in the 90th percentile (thanks to me. Sorry kiddo)

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Nine Months

Dear Nathan,

Today you are nine months. I am in complete denial to write that first sentence. When did my tiny, newborn baby boy grow into an unstoppable ninth month little man? I mourn the baby you were but am enjoying each and every single moment watching you grow and form such personality.

Just a short time ago you enjoyed just sitting contently on my lap, watching the world around you. Now you want to explore, touch, and see everything you possibly can and now my arms are torture devices that keep you from adventures. You have learned to army crawl. At first, you would just go short distances. You would pull yourself a couple inches toward a toy or better yet, a cell phone. If anything were too far away though, you would just look straight at me and fuss until I picked you up. But now, you can pretty much get wherever you want to go and in lightening speed. Nothing in the house is safe from my you. My cuddle baby boy who was my rocking buddy for 7 months, no longer wants to be held. Your momma is super sad. I love to watch you learn about and discover your world, but I miss the snuggles.

One of the most wonderful things I enjoy seeing is your love for your daddy. He walks into the room and your face lights up and your arms go out to him. he tosses you in the air and you squeal with delight. I am so happy that your daddy got his little boy.

You and Natalie also share a very special bond. She is the only one that can get you to belly laugh uncontrollably. She seriously only has to cough and you think it is the funniest thing ever. I listen to the two of you in the car and it makes me grin from ear to ear. My greatest wish for my children is that you are close and can be good friends. I know there is going to be fights and disagreements, but I just hope that above all you love one another. There truly is no greater bond than two siblings can have.

Last week you had your very first swim lesson. You have the same teacher your big sister had, Mr. Scott. The whole lesson you were super happy and splashed throughout the 15 minutes. He dunked you twice and you hardly flinched. When he put you on your back to float you looked at him and grinned. You didn't cry once. I was so proud of you. Such a brave baby! This week was a little different story. You did just fine until he put you on your back again. Your little face went under the water a couple of times and you did NOT like that. You cried a little but nothing too bad. It still broke my heart and I wanted to jump in and rescue you. But I know in the long run that you will benefit so much from this. It's essential that you are water safe since we have a pool.

Thank you for being such a sweet, lovable little guy. But maybe you could slow down on the growing for a while. Let me enjoy this stage of your life a bit longer! I love you to the moon and back.

Your Momma

Thursday, April 1, 2010

6 months

My Dear Nathan,

It has been almost forever since I have written on this here blog. Within these past couple of months, you have grown tremendously. You are just a little over six months yet you are in size 12-18 month clothes. I call you my little giant. You are still mellow and cuddly and lovable. You are just the sweetest boy. On my lap is your most favorite place to be.

Over the weekend, March 27th, you got your very first tooth. On Saturday you were sitting on my lap and gave me this huge grin. I saw something white in your mouth and got worried that you were trying to eat something. But I looked real close and there it was. The world's teeniest, tiniest, most adorable little chomper ever. I can't believe my baby boy has a TOOTH!

You are rolling over now. At first you could only roll from your back to your belly. Then you would fuss and fuss because you HATE being on your belly. But now you have figured out how to get back over, and now all is right with your world. Although, as I said earlier, you would prefer to be on my lap or just in my arms.

You are still not sleeping through the night. Most nights I am ok with this. You are with your Auntie all day while I'm at work so the nights are our time together. But lately you have been waking up more than twice a night and I have to admit I am exhausted. So let's make a deal. Once a night feedings from now on and I will be a happy momma!

You are eating solids foods now, too. Your first taste of rice cereal was February 13th. You ate it like a champ. Now I am slowing introducing your to more and more flavors each week. So far you have had applesauce, peas, green beans, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, and pears. All these foods are homemade by yours truly. It's a little time consuming but totally worth the benefits of fresh, home-cooked baby food. Nothing but the best for my little guy.

Probably my most favorite characteristic of yours so far is your adorable laugh and HUGE smile. Sometimes Daddy or I can get you laughing so hard, over and over again. Daddy shakes this orange monkey toy in front of your face and you think it is the funniest thing in the whole world. And the smile that goes with your laugh is priceless. The grin takes over your whole face. You smile with not just your mouth, but you chubby cheeks and your chocolate brown eyes. it seriously can light up a room!

I could go on and on about how amazing you are. I can't get enough of you! I thank God every day that I was blessed enough to be your momma. I love you Nathan Garrett!


Monday, November 30, 2009

Back to the Grind

Today I returned to work. Yesterday I cried all day. I had no more tears today. Well, maybe one or two. You were safe and in the best of hands. Auntie Christina will be watching you while I go to work each day. I couldn't ask for a better person to do this most important job. I wish more than anything that it was me that was home each day with you. But unfortunately this is how its got to be (at least until we win the lottery!)

Auntie said that you had a great day. You slept until 9:15 and then ate. She wasn't able to get you down for another nap though. You would fall asleep in her arms and when she would put you down in bed you would wake within a few minutes. I am not sure why. Maybe because you are in a new place with someone other than me. Even though you wouldn't rest, she said you were still as happy as can be. I hope you get used staying there and are able to nap!!

Today was a hard day but I was so busy that it went quick. And as soon as I was able I raced home to get you and your sister. Now I am counting down the days until Christmas break. It will be two weeks of doing nothing but holding you and Natalie tight and cherishing each moment.

PS-Lately you have been starting to coo and talk to us. Last night I was rocking you and you giggled about 4 times in your sleep. Daddy and I were laughing at how cute you were. I just love how expressive and adorable you have been getting. Tomorrow we go to the doctors. I can't wait to see how much you have grown!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

8 Weeks Old

Today you are eight weeks old. 56 day you have been in my life. They have been the most amazing and wonderful days I have ever had. I spend most days sitting with you in my rocking chair, staring at you, smelling your sweet baby smell, kissing your tiny toes, stroking your gorgeous hair, and enjoying every moment of the last 56 days. I have only two weeks and four days before I have to return to work. My heart breaks thinking that I will be away from you for 9 hours each day. How can I live without having you close to me every second. You will be with your Auntie Christina, the best sitter a boy could every have. So I am not worried about you in the least. But I am sad for me. I am sad for the sweet moments that I will miss out on. But I am going to rush home each day and pick you up as soon as possible because you and your sister are more important than ANY job.

You are growing and changing each day. Your steel grayish eyes are slowly turning into to this deep delicious chocolate brown. I have a feeling they are going to match your big sister's soon. You have grown in length and you're quite the chunky monkey. So scrumptious! Even though you are only two months old you are wearing 3-6 months clothes!! You still have all your dark hair and side burns(oh, so cute!). Most people say you look like Daddy but I disagree. I think you look more like me and my baby pictures.

You are still very snuggley. You love to cuddle. In fact, after your first feeding in the middle of the night, you end up staying in our bed and cuddling until morning. At first, I tried to put you back in the bassinet. You would just grunt and complain until I put you next to me. Then you would quiet down instantly. After a while of trying this each night, I just gave up. Now I can't wait for you to wake up in the middle of the night so we can snuggle all night. I have to enjoy this stage because soon you will be holding your head up and wanting to face the world instead of laying your head on my shoulder.

You still hardly ever cry. When you are hungry you start off grunting (I have yet to get it on video. I am working on it) You only cry if I wait to long to feed you. You just have this calmness about you. You are content wherever you are. But I am most content when you are in my arms. You will be lucky if you are ever allowed to crawl or walk. I promise I will stop carrying you by high school. Haha.

So far you've had a pretty exciting life. You have been to Disneyland three times already. Your first ride you ever went on was the Carousel. You have also been on Buzz Lightyear, Dumbo, Monsters Inc., and Winnie the Pooh. You slept through most of them. You have even been to the movies already. Your Auntie Jennie, Cousin Sara, and I took you to see This Is It, the Michael Jackson film. You watched the screen for most of the movie and you seemed to really enjoy the music.

I just love you so much. Thank you for the best 56 days!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Nathan Smiles


You are almost eight weeks old now and you are starting to do super cute things, like smile. I caught a bit of it on video. I just love watching it over and over. Your smile brightens my day. I just love you so much!
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Just the Two of Us

The other night you and I found ourselves alone, just the two of us. Natalie was sound asleep and Daddy was out in the garage with a few friends. So you and I rocked together in the rocking chair. I just love this time when it is just the two of us snuggling close. I was holding you tightly, looking into your deep gray eyes. It seems as if you were looking into mine too. Soon your eyes got very heavy and they would close. But ever so often you would open then just a tiny bit....just to see if I was still there. I will always be there for you. All you have to do is open your eyes.

I have only been blessed with you in my life for five weeks, but I would not be able to live without you.....ever! I love you all my heart!