Saturday, September 29, 2012

No Fear

Little man has no fear lately.  He started pulling up on stuff and letting go with one hand.  Now he lets go with both hands.  I watched him do it in his room.  He stood there for a good 10 seconds not holding on to anything and holding his dog with both hands.  But then he lost his balance and fell.  Well... he has been doing this at school too and he fell several times yesterday.  Look at this poor face:

He scratched his nose and cheek and bumped his chin.  They said his bottom teeth bled a little bit when he bumped his chin.  Poor fella. But they said he was a tough little guy and only cried for a second. Hopefully he'll realize that he is only 7 months old soon!

The Greek Festival is going on this weekend! We're planning to take him today or tomorrow so he can see a bit of his other religion.  We wish his Nouno Dan and Nouna Kristine were here to experience some of the Greek traditions with him.  We look forward to them teaching him the ways of the Greek church.  I'll be sure to post some pictures of the dancing.  Christian loves to dance now when I sing to him so maybe he'll dance to the Greek music.  We may even let him try a little bit of the food.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What a Predicament

This little monkey keeps getting stuck in precarious situations.


Sunday, September 23, 2012


Guess what???  Christian is actually well!  Yay!  He has been clean for three days now.  Hopefully he'll keep it up for a while.  It was perfect timing for his dedication.  He has now formally been dedicated to our Lord and Savior.  I thank the Lord every day that He brought Christian to us!  And I thank Christian's birthmother for choosing to give him life and letting us raise him.

I don't have a lot of family pictures because there was a photographer onsite who took them.  Christian's godfather managed to snap a few during the ceremony though.  Little man did so well!  I thought he would cry being in front of that many people but he was great!  He's such a sweet boy...

A very thoughtful friend made this gown for him.  It's so special and something he can pass on to his children.

They had photos on the screens behind us.

Mari Beth asking the church if they will help raise him as a Godly child.

Praying... Christian hasn't figured that one out yet.

We had a little party afterward to celebrate.  Of course, I forgot to take a picture until after most people had eaten.

Yummy cake!
Thanks to Tristan, my mom, my dad, Josh, Jessica, Emma, baby James, Stacey and Kevin for being there to celebrate!

Christian is growing exponentially these days.  Every day he does something new.  He is only 7 1/2 months old and already into everything.  You can't leave him alone for one second or he'll be trying to eat Lexi's food, crawling out the doggie door, trying to climb up on the dishwasher, eating a shoe, playing in his own spit up (this is one of his favorites) or trying to find some sort of electrical gadget.  He pulls up on everything and has even started letting go with one had and can balance.  He has now said Mama and Dada.  He is so funny when he tries to talk.  He can't figure out what to do with his tongue so it's usually hanging out of the side of his mouth.  He still spits up A LOT and likes to "fingerpaint" in it.  I have to quickly shoo him and Lexi away while I try to clean it. He has been teething for weeks now and we really wish that other tooth would pop.  He still only has the two on the bottom. He was pretty needy last week and didn't want to be away from me.  He threw his fair share of fits... But he has been in such a great mood this weekend and has made me laugh more than I have in a while.  He has been singing, squealing and chasing Lexi around the house.  I love him so much it hurts!


Monday, September 17, 2012


Why yes... Christian is still sick.  I think I'll just stop updating about him being sick and I'll let you know when he's actually well.  He hasn't had a fever in a week so that is good.  But he's still snotty and wakes up coughing at night.

I caught a little something myself.  My throat was hurting so I took a flashlight and gave it a glance.  Ewww.  I have a science experiment growing back there! I had a temp of 102 last night and 101 this morning so I headed to the doctor.  I have strep.  I'm really hoping that's what Christian had when they couldn't figure out why he had the fever.  Hopefully if he's already had it he can't get again from me.  I'm trying not to kiss him or touch him too much.  Boy is that hard!  John picked him up from daycare today since my blood pressure was high and my heart was racing at the doctor.  She told me if I overexerted myself that I could pass out.  Well that's not good!  I got a shot in the hip, an antibiotic and some cough syrup.  Hopefully I'll be good as new.

Christian doesn't seem too sick though.  He's all over the place!  Crawling and pulling up on anything and everything!  He also said his first word...... Mama!  Yay me!  John has been trying so hard to get him to say Dada now.  We'll see if that is his second word.  I sure hope so.
Shy smile


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Poor Buddy

Poor little man is still sick!  The nurse says there's really nothing we can do except wait it out.  He's on an antibiotic so if it's an infection it should be knocked out soon.  He has been on it since Wednesday though with seemingly no improvement.  It's pretty scary for a first time mom to feel her baby's head that is blazing hot. He's been keeping a temp of around 101 - 102 since Thursday so we've been alternating ibuprofen and Tylenol every 3-4 hours.  He seems like he feels ok though.  He's a bit more clingy and fussy but not too bad.   He has been waking up at night... a lot.  That makes for some tired parents and a tired baby.  Last night he woke up at midnight, 2, 3, 4 and then was up for good at 5:30.  Yawn!

The little stinker has figured out the doggie door.

Still happy even with a fever.

We were a couple of days late with his 7 month monkey pictures.  The first two were taken by John.  As you can see... little man was having none of it.
I don't want this monkey!!
This is just pitiful!
 Just a few short hours later I gave it a try.  It's amazing what a nap and a bottle can do for his mood.
Happy Baby!

This one is gross but I caught him right in the act.  This is the reflux that we still deal with CONSTANTLY!  Will it ever stop??

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A few more photos

Here are a few more photos.  I can't wait to see them all!

Fun time with Dad

Family shot


Loving our jeans

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Overprotective Mom

Some people might say that I'm an overprotective mom... I have now switched Christian's daycare AND pediatrician.  We really like his new daycare.  They give him lots of attention and floor time.  Maybe that's why he's developing so quickly lately.  I haven't picked him once in a dirty diaper.  I can go online and watch the video cameras.  I know that he's not crying and upset all day like the other daycare told me.  This is a much better fit for our little man.  Since that change went so well we decided to go ahead and change his doctor too.  I have been thinking of changing his pediatrician since the beginning.  I never really liked him.  Since little big man is STILL sick we decided to make an appt with a well respected pediatrician's office in town.  He went this morning and did really well.  He didn't even cry when they pricked his finger for the CBC.  Such a sweet boy!  He did cry for the chest x-ray though.  John and I both had to hold him down and it was terrible.  The x-ray looked good but the CBC showed that he was fighting some sort of illness.  His ears and chest looked fine so she decided that it was most likely a sinus infection.  We started another antibiotic tonight... hopefully he doesn't have another reaction!

My dad got to go home from the hospital today!  He and my mom were so excited!  He also got the results back on his lymph nodes.  3 out of 15 showed signs of cancer so he'll be doing a round of chemo.  It's not the best news but it definitely could have been worse.  Please pray that one round will get it and he pulls through with flying colors!

Monday, September 3, 2012


Christian has grown by leaps and bounds developmentally this week.  He absolutely amazes me!  In the past 7 days he has learned how to crawl, go from a crawling position to a sitting position, reach his arms up to be held, and he has started pulling up.  There is one milestone that I'm anxiously awaiting that he hasn't reached yet... belly laughing.  He laughs now but it's more of a chuckle.  I can't wait for the day that he lets out a full on belly laugh!

Now that he knows how to get to a sitting position this is pretty much how he stays.
Standing by himself but don't worry... Daddy is close by.

We had his 6 month pictures made today.  We are a little late but better late than never. Here are a few of the pics:
Our Family


Sweet boy

Roll Tide!


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