Archive for May, 2009

Avocado and the Shins

May 25, 2009

Everett’s most recent stats:

Weight: 18 lbs 10 oz

Height: 26.5 inches

Percentage on the “chunkiness” scale: 82%

It’s amazing to see how much he has grown.  Our friends just welcomed their little boy Walter into the world.  He is precious and weighs about 8lbs+ when I held him he felt so tiny – it was hard for me to remember what Everett was like when he was that small.  Of course when it’s your child they never feel as tiny as everyone else says they are.

What we thought was a tooth breaking through turned out not to be a tooth but he is definately teething.  We’ve had a not so fun few days – just when we’d gotten E to sleep somewhat through the night- we’ve hit teething and he is up more often.  We’ve found that baby orajel and baby motrin are our good friends right now.  He’s has a few mild fevers — it is a pitiful sight!

Solid foods have been hit and miss lately with him not feeling well the last thing he wants to do is explore new foods. Squash went ok – he loved it the first time and the hated it the second time and the thrid time I mixed it with his cereal and it went better. Today we tried some avocado mashed up and mixed a bit of milk with it – he seemed to really like it.  In an effort to keep him engaged during meal time we’ve started playing music – sometimes that means it’s Adam on his guitar (which Everett loves to bounce along to) or just the ipod.  This morning was a mixture of the Shins, Wilco, Elliot Smith. Everett really loves music so we’ll probably keep that up for as long as it keeps him in a good mood.

Today we also started a sippy cup with water in it – I was surprised how quickly Everett took to it!

He is getting closer to sitting up on his own without help but we still have a ways to go.  He will also pull his legs up underneath him when he is laying down as if he is getting ready to crawl – he gets pretty frustrated when he can’t go anywhere.  I’m sure once he starts moving I’ll not be able to get him to stop!

It has been fun to watch him want to investigate new things – one of his new favorite things to do is stand at the coffee table (with us behind him) and beat on it.  We borrowed a little toy drum from our neighbors, the Richardsons, and he has loved hitting that thing – it says the ABC’s (in english and spanish) and is plays a little song.

We are getting excited for our trip to the East in a few weeks – it will be E’s first time on a plane — could get interesting!

Here are some 6 months pictures for you!


Peas Please

May 17, 2009

Everett is 6 months old now!  How fast time has flown by – just the other day I thought about how much more sleep I get now and even that doesn’t feel like much – but somehow we’ve just made it work.

For Everett’s half birthday we didn’t really do that much since it was in the middle of the week and graduation week at Baylor on top of that.  So we put E in a new outfit for school and baked ourselves a gluten free chocolate cake with strawberry icing – and enjoyed it with our dear friends Mike & Kristin Dodson and Tracey Kelley.

We’ve started new foods with Everett now that he is 6 months.  Adam and I decided to start with vegtables instead of fruits based on some advice we recieved from several new moms we know. So yesterday we took an adventure with peas – bright green squishy peas! Everett is still not so sure about them but he was very brave and took several bites.  Next we will explore squash…. I’ll let you know how it goes.  I’ve enjoyed making his food so far I hope to be able to keep it up.

Today at UBC, Everett and 4 of his friends were dedicated.  This is a milestone for our church and shows how much we are growing in new and somewhat unexpected ways. Everett was pretty sleepy during the whole thing and actually about half way through just fell asleep.  At the end when the church clapped it startled him awake but not to worry in true Everett fashion by the time we returned to our seats he was back to sleep and slept through the rest of the service.

We have a tooth on the way – or so it seems – so the entire house is getting less sleep these days.  We go back to the doctor tomorrow for his 6 month well visit – we’ll find out exactly how big our big guy is…

Motherhood so far…

May 10, 2009

This year is my very first Mother’s Day.  Last year at this time I was pregnant with Everett and still had several months to go before his arrival.

So far my day has been great – I was given some beautiful roses and cards from my guys and Everett wore a shirt to church that says “Mommy’s little firecracker” we went to lunch together and as I type this the smell of a chocolate cake is baking in the oven — I love my fellas!

Some of my favorite moments from today have been sitting on the porch swing with Adam and Everett just talking and hanging out and singing shake your booty… and then just a few minutes ago when Everett fell asleep in my arms while I rocked him.

Somewhere along the lines being a mom has just become what I do  — at first there are all these feelings of wow I’m a mom now! — but almost 6 months in, motherhood has become just what I do, what I am. All in all I find that pretty amazing.

I feel in my short 6 months of being a mom I’ve learned a lot and am fully aware that this indeed is just the beginning of lots of learning and lots of fun.

I’ve learned that it really isn’t about me – at all. It’s not about how much sleep I get or don’t get, or how much fun I’m having or how comfortable I am — there is this little human being in my life that is more important.

I’ve learned that sometimes you have to let go of things in order to create something that resembles balance in your life.

I’ve learned that everything in reach of my son will go into his mouth.

I’ve learned that Everett thinks Winston is the funniest thing – a large stuffed animal that moves and “talks” and have the largest ears ever!

I’ve learned that every new discovery is a huge discovery!

The little things get me really excited and everything deserves a “yea!” accompanied by a clap

I have truly been blessed by God to have the ability to dance with no music like a goof ball at the drop of a hat to see Everett smile.

I savor the quite moments when I get to hold Everett and he fall asleep in my arms.

I love when Everett sees me or hears my voice and gets excited.

There is no sound like the sound of Everett’s laugh.

You can read all the books in the world and hear all the advice in the world but in reality you are just stumbling through trying to figure it out, and that really is ok.

And the best part of being a mom is simply Everett!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies in the world.