Tales of a Newlywed

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Prayers for Gavin


My 2 1/2 year old nephew Gavin will be having open-heart surgery today (Wednesday) in San Diego, CA. Gavin was born with HLHS...hypoplastic left heart syndrome...and has already indured 2 previous open-heart surgeries, as well as numerous heart caths, procedures, and tests. He is such a tough and brave little boy! Please keep Gavin, the surgeon (Dr. Peter), the entire medical team, my brother and sister-in-law (Adam & Faith), as well as our families in your prayers. We are praying for the surgeon and medical team to have the knowledge and skills to accurately perform the surgery; we are praying for Gavin's little body and heart to respond well to the surgery and medicines; we are praying for the entire medical team who will be caring for Gavin in the coming days after the surgery; and we are praying for Adam and Faith to have much comfort and peace during this stressful time.

Adam and Faith's blog will be updated throughout the surgery today, as well as in the coming days as Gavin recovers. Please check for updates: www.gavinparker.blogspot.com.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Paxton's 1st Birthday!!!

I can't believe it, but my baby boy turned 1 on March 5! What a quick, quick year! Paxton is such a sweet little boy, and Jon and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching him grow and develop throughout his first year.

For the most part, Paxton has a pretty calm disposition. But don't let his sometimes calm and quiet self fool you; he definitely has a personality and can be quite the little ham. He keeps us on our toes, and he also keeps us smiling and laughing! It's been awesome to watch his motor skills, communication, sense of humor, and personality develop. I just can't say enough about how much Jon and I love this little boy!!

On to the birthday celebration...

Here are pictures from Paxton's party. The theme was brown & blue with a side of polka-dots.


The "throne."
I love the "flair" around his highchair. :)



The tables.
We alternated brown & blue tablecloths, polka dots, and balloons.






We had YUMMY cupcakes, ice cream, and M&M's.

(And yes, the food was color-coordinated for the party.
That's what Paxton gets for having an OCD mom.)

Notice the super cute polka-dot chinese boxes that held the silverware.
Paxton just HAD to have those. :)






Family photo op.
Too bad the birthday boy wasn't looking at the right camera.

Paxton wore his cute shirt with the polka-dot tie,
and Jon and I coordinated in our brown & blue attire.



"Happy Birthday To You...."



Digging into his cupcake...






Cousin Garrett posing with the birthday boy.




The "after" picture.
Blue icing is the new baby lotion...


...Or maybe it's the new hair gel.



After getting scrubbed down in the bathroom sink,
Paxton decided he needed to check out one of his new toys.



"My 1st birthday was great! Let's go home and
play with some of these toys!!"



A couple of pre-party pictures...

Hanging out with daddy the morning of the party.



Trying on the birthday hat.
Perfect fit!!



Paxton received several cards in the mail on his birthday. Thank you to everyone who sent him a card. He had A LOT of fun opening and playing with his birthday cards. They are all on display in our living room. :)


Checking out his card from MiMi & PaPa (Erin's parents)


"I hope this is bend-able."



"Let me shake it first."



"Thanks MiMi & PaPa. I LOVE my card!!"



Paxton had his 1-year check-up with the pediatrician last week. His stats were:

Weight: 20 lbs, 9 oz. (25th percentile)
Height: 29 1/2 inches (50th percentile)
Head circumference: 47 cm (70th percentile)

Some facts about Paxton at 1 year of age:

* He has been sleeping in his crib wonderfully for the last month!
* We switched from formula to whole milk last week, and he has transitioned well. He still likes his milk warm though.
* He doesn't have much interest in using a sippy cup. We continue to offer it to him, but it appears that he'll be using his bottle for a while longer. He also doesn't have much interest in drinking juice or water.
* His primary source of food is still baby food, but he's also eating yogurt, cheese, cooked carrots, bananas, small bites of chicken, crackers, toast, and Gerber snacks (Puffs, wagon wheels, yogurt melts). He tried avocado recently. It wasn't his absolute favorite, but I think he'll like it after a few more tries. I'm planning to introduce scrambled eggs and other varieties of foods in the coming days/weeks.
* He walks GREAT!!! He started taking 3-4 steps at around 10 1/2 months and was pretty much walking well by 11 months. He can now follow us around the entire house! He's gaining speed and confidence with each passing day.
* He had his second haircut a couple of days ago. He looks like such a big boy with shorter hair. :(
* He babbles and jabbers all the time! His only "real" words that having meaning behind them are "mama", "bye bye", and "papa". He imitates and repeats a lot of what we say to him, so it shouldn't be too long before he has many more "true words". Poor kid is always being over- analyzed by his speech pathologist mother. :)

Here's to the start of Paxton's 2nd year!

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Valentine's Day & A Virus

I realize it's been over a week since Valentine's Day, but I wanted to post pics of the special day before too much more time got away from me.

Our Valentine's Day started off with me cooking a "breakfast for two". We had french toast, turkey sausage, fresh fruit, and orange juice. It was pretty yummy, if I say so myself.



I thought it would be sweet to add a little flare to the french toast...
heart-shaped powered sugar.
Eat your heart out, Martha Stewart. :)



The best part was that Paxton was taking his morning nap during our breakfast,
so Jon and I were able to enjoy a nice, quiet meal together.



I think I had been wearing this shirt for over 24 hours.
And I think it had snot and spit-up on it.
Lovely.
Such is the life with a sick child (more about that in a minute)



Jon's parents came over that night to watch Paxton while we had a Valentine's date. Jon surprised me by taking me to my favorite sushi restaurant. Ahhh, it was so good! I don't think we had eaten there since right after Paxton was born. It was definitely time!



After our wonderful dinner we headed to Nashville to meet up with our friends Brandon & Molly at the Nashville Predators hockey game. We had a fun time hanging out with our friends and cheering on the Preds (who won the game in an exciting shoot-out).

Oh, guess who has seats right below Brandon & Molly's suite???

Any guesses?

That's her in the blue jacket with the blonde hair.

Clue: She is a country music LEGEND

Clue: She was in a serious vehicle accident in 1984




The one and only... Barbara Mandrell!!! Her husband is always at the games...we've seen him several times. I guess since it was Valentine's Day Barbara decided to tag along. She is a pretty serious hockey fan though; she can cheer and yell with the best of them. What's really cool is that for the last 5-10 minutes of the game she stood RIGHT NEXT to our suite. I could've reached out and touched her. Seriously. My friend Molly said that Barbara is usually willing to sign autographs and take pictures with her fans, but since it was Valentine's Day I decided not to bug her for anything.

I'm kicking myself for that now.



Valentine's Day 2009



Jon and I thoroughly enjoyed our date night! However, our thoughts were with our little buddy who was home sick. :(

Paxton came down with a cough on Monday, February 9. I didn't think too much about it since we had just spent the previous two days outside enjoying the 70 degree weather. I thought maybe it was allergies. By Wednesday his cough was really congested, and he also had a runny nose, watery eyes, and 102 degree fever. I was just going to let his illness run its course, but I decided to go ahead and take him to the doctor Thursday morning. I am SO GLAD I did. He had an ear infection and RSV. Poor, poor baby. He spent the next several days sleeping, sneezing, coughing, crying, and being very clingy. I think I stayed in my same clothes/pajamas for about 48 hours. Mmmm, I'm sure I was attractive. Thankfully, Paxton got a little better with each passing day, and by the middle of last week he was acting more like himself.

The sad thing, though, was that my brother, sis-in-law, and nephew from Oklahoma were supposed to come visit us Valentine's weekend. But due to Paxton getting RSV they had to cancel their trip. :( Jon and I had some fun things lined up for us all to do throughout the weekend, and we were also going to take advantage of me being off work on Presidents' Day and spend lots of time with our guests. We were so very sad that we didn't get too see them; however, we couldn't take the risk of Paxton passing RSV to our nephew. Hopefully, we'll get to see them another time very soon!!

Pics of our sick boy...


This is one of the few times Paxton played while he was sick.
I don't think the fun lasted very long. :(



Wild hair after one of his many naps



Wild hair AND whiny face :(




"Momma, I really don't feel well."



Worn out from the coughing and sneezing



In other news...Paxton has slept the past 6, yes 6, nights in his OWN bed. ALL night long. For those of you who aren't in the loop...Paxton has not either (1) slept a full night and/or (2) slept in his own bed since October. He would have good nights here and there, but nothing consistent. Last week -- after we knew he was feeling better -- we decided to get a little more tough on him. The first night he cried and cried, and I had to make several trips into his room to make him lay down. After about 30 minutes he went to sleep. The second night I had to go in and calm him down a couple of times, but nothing major. Ever since the 3rd night...ahhhh...he has gone straight to sleep. And has stayed asleep all night. Wow. I never knew parenthood could be so nice. I had forgotten what it was like to sleep through the night...in my own bed. Tonight is night 7, and so far, so good. I'm hoping we've got this whole sleeping thing down now. It sure is about time!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

New Friends, Hockey, and a Date -- All in One!!


Last Saturday Jon and I had a fun night out with our new friends from church, Brandon and Molly. We have really enjoyed getting to know this sweet couple over the past few weeks and are looking forward to hanging out with them often.

Brandon and Molly have season tickets to the Nashville Predators hockey games. Better yet, their season tickets are in a suite/box!! They were so kind to invite us to a game, and we had a great time!

Brandon & Jon checking their phones.
This was a common scene throughout the evening.


Molly & I getting geared up for the game.


The Predators' mascot "Nash"
making his grand entrance.


Zamboni cleaning the ice pre-game



The Predators were victorious!!


Thank you Brandon & Molly for a super fun night!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Paxton's 1st Haircut!

Paxton's hair has been a little on the wild side lately. It has grown so much since Thanksgiving! I was hoping he'd make it to his first birthday before needing a haircut, but that didn't quite happen. Here are pictures of his first trip to the salon.

First Haircut -- 01/09/09

"Before" shots...looking very shaggy!


"Who me?"
"I don't need no stinkin' haircut!"

Off to the salon...


""I waited patiently for my turn"


"The nice lady squirted water on my head"


"I was a big boy and sat all by myself.
Mommy did hold my hands, though."


The very first snip


"Hi Daddy. This is fun!"


Just checking things out


"Look everyone, I am so brave!"


Watching another client get highlights.
"Maybe I'll do that one day..."


"Ahhhh, it's tiring getting pampered"


"Um, my bangs are really short!"


"I even got a blow-dry. It was neat!"


"Then the lady got out her trimmers.
Mommy and Daddy thought I'd be scared,
but I thought it tickled."


Trimming up my sideburns


"Cool shot, Daddy!!"


"Am I done yet?!"


"The nice lady put gel in my hair...
It's off to Hollywood, baby!"



"After" shots





"Bye everyone. I hope you like my new haircut!"



"My mommy says that one of these days she'll find the time to post all the pictures from my first Christmas. I just don't give her a lot of free time these days. Please be patient."

~Paxton :)