Archive for March, 2009

Movin on down

March 30, 2009

Everett has officially moved into his own room!  We made the switch in mid-March to E sleeping downstairs in his big boy crib and out of the bassinet in our room.  This move was for two reasons -#1 he was out growing the bassinet, #2 he can’t sleep in our room forever.   While it has been and adjustment for all of us – the transition to his sleeping downstairs (hence the title of this post) has been good.  I’m getting more of a workout going up and down the stairs in the middle of the night and getting pretty good at sleep walking and Everett is learning about independence, right?

Our little guy is now over 16 pounds but is still a bit short – that combined means his is 91% on the “chunky scale” according to the doctor – don’t worry as soon as he’s able I’ll have him practicing some yoga!  :o)

I am so amazed at how fun he is. He has started really laughing at things – sometime I’ll just place my forehead against his and he’ll laugh other times a good zerbert on his belly does the trick or a silly dance – which I’ve got plenty of those! Still no rolling happening unless he’s doing some sneaky rolling when we aren’t looking – I’ve told him he’s not allowed to do his first roll at school, if he knows what’s good for him!  But let’s face it 91% on the chunky scale is a lot to roll around!

We are going to start rice cereal in a few weeks when Everett is 5 months.  I’m excited to see how that goes. Everyone keeps telling me that it may help him sleep longer during the night – but I’ll believe it when I see it.  His sleep pattern has now reverted back to waking up every 3 to 4 hours – he is going down a bit earlier in the night between 7-8 pm which has allowed Adam and I to have some time together in the evenings – even if that is spent doing laundry, dishes or sharing time with friends.

I bought Everett an Easter outfit today – it’s seriously cute if I do say so myself – but you’ll have to wait until Easter to see it! (hopefully he won’t outgrow it)

I’ve also started a journal for Everett – I thought it would be a fun way to pass down stories to him and share my thoughts with him as he grows.  Hoping he’ll find it of value someday.

Hoping to find a good patch of bluebonnets this week to get some new pictures of him to share.  He is still a chatter box and some times I think he’s saying mama – although it more or less sounds like moo moo.  Adam said he’s really saying dada – we may just have to admit that maybe he’s making barnyard noises instead!  :o)

A Journey to Georgia and Back

March 14, 2009

The lights of Waco never seemed as welcoming as they did on Thursday evening. We were traveling back from Georgia and a wonderful trip – I call it the Great Grands Tour 2009.  However, 15 hours in the car – we were all pretty worn out.  It was without a doubt one of the best trips we’ve taken in a while – Adam and I both felt well rested and relaxed – Everett giggled, played, saw new things, new people and slept like a champ.

The trip started with a visit to Franklin, GA where Grandmother Judy lives – or in Everett’s case – Great Grandmother Judy.  I was full of anticipation and anxiety because I have not been to this place in 9 years – since my Granddaddy died.  I wondered how much things had changed or stayed the same – would the expectations of my childhood memories be met by reality? Driving down that long long gravel drive through the woods I knew that it wasn’t my expectations that even mattered – it just mattered that we were there and that Everett was going to meet his Great Grandmother – hear her voice, see her face, feel her hand.

Some things had changed – things need work, work that one person can’t do – but so many more things were the same — the smell of the house (like bread baking), the feel of the porch (cool and crisp), the warm glow in the dinning room, the sound of the creek and the birds, the fresh air and rolling waters, Grandmother’s laugh and her stories.

My parents meet us down there and we spent 2 days gathered round the dinning room table talking, laughing, learning some history.  Everett loved the old part of the house for some reason I’ll probably never know… every time I took him over there to either feed him or change his diaper he got all excited. And if I laid him down on the bed, which had a bright yellow blanket on it, he would squeal with delight and rub his hands on the blanket.

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Everett & Great Grandmother Judy
Everett & Great Grandmother Judy
From Franklin we drove down to Georgetown, GA to visit Great Grandma and Grandpa Mizio.  For as long as it had been since I had been to Grandmother’s place it was even longer since I had been to Grandma and Grandpa’s place – but I had seen them more recently.  Grandma and Grandpa are the cutest couple ever!  After all these years they are still very much in love and have a relationship that Adam and I long to have after 60+ years of marriage!
Everett took to Grandma right away – smiling and laughing – he even took a little nap in her arms.  We enjoyed driving around town and their neighborhood seeing where they do life and learning more history to share with our son.  We looked at old pictures and even older newspapers, ate good food and strolled around the neighborhood.  
E with Great Grandma and Grandpa Mizio

E with Great Grandma and Grandpa Mizio

The trip seemed way to quick – before we knew it – it was time for us to leave.  We packed up the car and headed West early in the morning. It was sad to leave – we had been so blessed with this time in Georgia- time to feel removed from our normal craziness of life – places to be, things to do, people to please, noise.

Everett kept us entertained along the way with his fun noises and converstations – and Friday was back to life as normal.  But the Great Grands Tour 2009 was quite a highlight for the Hortons.  Today Everett is 4 months old, it is our hope that the next Great Grands Tour will not be when he is 14!

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Name Sake

March 3, 2009

Strong as a boar — that’s what Everett’s name means.  I’ve never given much weight to the meanings of names.  But everyday I find myself thinking – Everett really is strong.  I don’t think I’m qualified to know how strong a boar actually is – but my little man is at least that strong if not more.

He is physically strong in how he can push with his feet and move.  But last night and today E has been fighting a chest cold with sneezes and coughing and even a slight fever.  But he is such a fighter and has been a true champ all day-  Strong – just like his name sake.