Our Christmas in Photos

What a first Christmas for our little Boo! 

We planned on coming home the 26th, but we got a little blizzard and didn’t get home until last night, four days later than originally planned.  I have to say it went better than anyone expected with Si going 6 hour stretches at night and being his usual happy boy self barring a few bellyaches.  I will keep the words short since I have SO many pictures today.  (Pssst–It seems I carried my camera around in Illinois and never actually got it out. Anyone have pictures they could send me?  Mary Kay?)

This is what our holiday looked like:

He met his great grandparents, GG and Greg, and cousins KP and Jack!

 

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Santa came!  Kait and O are standing exactly the same weird way.ImageImage

He was jealous of Oliver’s “destruction” site, obviously.
Typical Christmas morning at the Garner house:
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Our little man was a hit!  He got all kinds of presents, including some awesome books to please his English teacher mama, toys we adore, and some rockin’ new digs.

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Our family members are so great at picking out things that really feel like us.  We didn’t get a single thing we didn’t love.  A few great shower gifts came in from cousin Christine and my Aunt Becky.  He also got a few contributions to his new 529 fund, which is awesome!  Do you think this kid has enough hats like Daddy’s??

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We got home and unloaded the car (read: Tim unloaded the car while Silas got hungry, soon to be followed by bellyachey) and then the house looked like this:

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As if we don’t have enough mess, I have been getting out the 0-3 months clothes since Silas outgrew an entire size of clothing in the 9 days we were away from home.  The boy is growing like a weed! I am resisting the urge to play dress up all day today.  We are finally moving into some darling clothes instead of just sleepers and gowns. 

We have been steadily putting things away and will finish up today in time to have the neighbors over to ring in the new year.  The lot of us go to bed at about nine, so it should be entertaining to see who lasts longest.  Tomorrow, Aunt Trish will finally get to visit! 

How are you ringing in 2013?  We’re going to be proud to make it to ten o’clock.  Memories!

So This Is Christmas

We left Friday afternoon for Illinois to spend 3 days with Tim’s immediate and extended families.  It was Silas’ first trip anywhere but the doctor’s office, so that was pretty exciting.  He does a super job in the car, sleeping unless he is hungry. 

While Tim went home to work on Monday, Si and I came to the Garner abode to get settled in before the Christmas Eve Open House my parents have every year.  Tim came straight from work to the party, which was hectic and a loooong drive, but I think he is glad he did.  We saw so many people at the Open House!  It was so nice, even though we kept Si close to the vest to keep germs at bay.  We already know of a few people with stomach bugs and influenza and colds that showed up after we spent time with them, so I am resisting the urge to panic and hoping the breast milk shield is ironclad.

We had such a beautiful Christmas morning, complete with every member of our immediate family.  Santa brought Oliver an entire construction site (pictures to come) and it was so sweet to be here to see that little bit of magic in his eyes as he discovered it.  

Here’s to a wonderful holiday, complete with an impending blizzard tonight that has us all atwitter with excitement!  Love to you all. 

Happy visits

Just kidding.  We don’t have anything figured out, and I mistakenly thought we did in our last (overly optimistic) post.  The last week was sort of a narcoleptic hell on all our parts.  Silas has never been happier to see the middle of the night, bright eyed, and asking him to wake up to nurse during the day is tantamount to asking me to run a half marathon (kudos to Kendra Dee for actually doing it) which will never, ever happen.  No amount of flab will ever induce a running habit in this gal.

I’d like to think we are actually figuring this baby out, but jeepers it was a long few nights/days.  Last night we actually had four hours between feedings for the first time in 72 hours.  Good timing, because I was on the brink of insanity from a lack of more than 1.5 hours of consecutive sleep.  He rolled over a few times and has the strength of ten grinches.  My Mom said “he sure is wiry, like Barney Fife.”  If you didn’t get that, you’re culturally deprived and you should watch more TVLand.

Anyway, here we are.  The first half of the week passed by in a sleep deprived haze, but it looked a little like this:

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The last half of the week was lovely.  We had a few happy visits with Kait and Oliver, and then with Tim’s parents this weekend.  Both were so nice.  Get a glimpse of our time with them:

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Just today, I have gotten a little holidayish and finished wrapping and sorting presents into the appropriate family bags while company was here to snuggle Si.  I also took advantage of a few images from Google and filled a few frames that have been begging for some Christmas spirit.

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Here are a few more holiday images I considered, but didn’t use (yet:)

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They might make an appearance on a future Christmas card or something.  It seems I don’t have time for holiday projects that take longer than about six minutes this year.  Maybe next year…  my Holiday Lovelies file in Pinterest will be a disaster by this time next year.

I am totally geeking out today over the Michael Buble Christmas Special that will be on NBC at 8pm on Friday.  See a peek from last year here.  Freakin’ hilarious.  Who knew he crooned like an angel AND was a total crack up?

In five days, we begin our holiday family rounds!  I can’t believe it’s Christmas.  Mostly because it still looks and feels like Fall, and partly because I had a child and it usurped all sense of time or outside responsibility.  Cheers to the last week before Christmas!  Hope you finished your shopping…

3 weeks

Three weeks in, it feels like we’re getting the hang of this parenting thing.  As people keep reminding me, parenthood ain’t for sissies.  After a few loooong nights, we are back on the daytime/nighttime bandwagon and sleeping four hour stretches at night.  Happiness all around.

We finally got a birth announcement together… not that we needed one since Facebook exists and everyone already knows he’s here.  We took a lot of pictures this week, so forgive the picture heavy post.

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I shan’t tell a lie, this is his second bath.  We forgot to get the real camera during the first one.  I was channeling Maria with that one, and Si isn’t even the second born.  Blame it on sleep deprivation.

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Get a load of this clean, curly headed babe.  He was asleep about four seconds after this picture.

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The awesome presents just keep rolling in… 
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My parents came this weekend and snapped some photos of the three of us while they were here.  They were so happy to see him after a two week wait!  He is changing so much and his face is getting oh so round.

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We are so happy with his growth at this point.  He is at least in the 10th percentile, and 50th for length.  He’s catching up!   Silas is a whopping six and a half pounds and growing out of clothes at lightspeed.

We will be traveling for the holidays, despite his 5 week age when the hospital recommended 8 weeks before crowds since he was tiny and it’s winter.  He will probably spend most of his time in the maya wrap to minimize germs, but we can’t wait to introduce him to the families!

Two weeks to Christmas.  I need some snow.

Life of Si

The last week of life in the woods with Silas has included his first bath, a few mixed up days and nights, almost a pound gained, lots of alert waking time, and some slowly learned quirks about what makes this little guy happy.  We are hoping to become slightly faster learners after last night’s 11:30pm-4am fiesta.  All in all, we are doing well learning each others’ habits and trying to stay rested enough to form coherent sentences.  His hair is growing and his cheeks are getting rounder by the second!  We pretty much adore him.  

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