Monday, December 21, 2009

Dance Lessons

We've been practicing in the backyard~~ Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Watch Out Martha Stewart!

Guess what?! I finished making my first scarf! I've been working on it since Thanksgiving, so this is a major accomplishment. I think I want to crochet a blanket next, but considering how long it took me to finish the scarf, maybe I should start now and aim to have it finished by next Christmas.

Here's Sassy curled up on the scarf (typical...)

And some pictures of the baby just because:

Singing "Holly Jolly Christmas" during bath time

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Wait, Where Did You Go??

You probably can't see them because they blend in so well with the tree, but if you turn your head to the side and squint you can see....Kristopher and Barrett!
Yes, that's right, Barrett already has his own camo. And can you tell how proud Kristopher is about that?

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

We took Barrett to meet Santa ~ I guess it was a hit because he didn't cry (despite the long wait and lack of nap). However, Barrett was much more interested in all the lights at Santa's North Pole winter wonderland than Santa himself.

By the way, did you know you can get a letter from the North Pole? You just mail the letter in an envelope addressed to the child, and the postmaster at the North Pole will mail it back to you so it has a "North Pole" return address. Pretty neat! I can show it to him when he's older :) I wrote Barrett's "letter from Santa" with my left hand so he wouldn't detect my handwriting...sneaky, huh? My parents did that for me and my sister when we were little. This is the address:
North Pole Holiday Cancellation, Postmaster
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

Here's some pictures from the visit with Santa -- I think this is how the conversation went:

Santa: Hi baby Barrett! What do you want for Christmas?
Barrett: Oohh...look at those blinky lights over there!

Santa: Wait, Barrett, you need to look over here for the picture. Smile!
Elf #1: (repeatedly calling Barrett's name to get him to look at the camera, shaking sleigh bells at him, and kind of giving me the stink eye for taking pictures with my own camera)
Mrs. Claus: Santa, you just turn sideways so the baby is facing forward.
Elf #1: (more bell shaking and name calling)
End result --

Whoa Baby!

Guess what?! Last night Barrett slept the night in his crib in the nursery for the very first time! This is a big step (for both him AND me...) ~ he had been sleeping in his cradle in our room until now. We were slowly getting him ready to sleep in the crib by putting him down in there for afternoon naps. Happily, the transition went off without a hitch.
There was just a little crying (me, not him) but I could see him all night thanks to the nifty video monitor. We had the angel montior on him too of this
one! An alarm on the monitor goes off if the baby stops breathing for 30 seconds; it is supposed to help prevent SIDS. It went off SIX TIMES the night he had SVT. We didn't know about the SVT then of course, so we thought it was just malfunctioning because every time it went off, we jumped up to check him and he was breathing again. Turns out, he really stopped breathing for over 30 seconds six times that night. I still can't believe how close we were to something bad and how grateful I am that everything is better now!)
Anyway, the angel monitor now gives me peace of mind.
Sleeping the night in his crib is a big step. He's growing up already, I can't believe it!

This picture is from Barrett's in-crib vantage point. His little stuffed animals are lined up at the foot of the crib.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We are all into the Christmas season around here, carols pretty much 24/7. I half way expect Barrett's first words to be "ho ho ho" or "fa la la la la" ... okay, maybe not, but it sure is fun watching him smile and laugh when I sing to him.

We tried to get a picture in front of the Christmas tree, but it is pretty hard to get 2 grown-ups, a baby, and a dog all looking at the camera at the same time...

Barrett did not seem overly impressed by the Baton Rouge snow, but he did wear his snowflake overalls for the occasion.

And he's still mesmerized by the Christmas tree.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Strike a Pose!

Barrett and I went to visit Kelly in Covington to meet baby Beau~ While we were there, Kelly, master photographer, took some shots of Barrett for his birth announcements. Here's a sneak peek of some of my favorites. Thanks Kelly!

Barrett and his new friend, Beau