Barrett is 6 months old! Holy cow!
Cliche as it sounds, I can't believe how fast the time has gone by. And now I'm officially in party planning mode for his first birthday party, so get ready~ I'm thinking it will be a barnyard/cowboy theme. I wonder what a pony would do to our backyard... Details to come later. Anyway.
In honor of his half birthday, I thought I'd do a little rundown of his favorite things:
*. He loves, I mean LOVES, his jumper. You know the one you hang from a doorway? He's crazy about it. Not so much on the exersaucer, despite all of the (literal) bells and whistles. I think he prefers the jump/swing action of the jumper. He's traditional like that.
*. Blue is his best color. I'm HE is still into the smocked baby clothes, big time. He also likes seersucker, for snappy-casual occasions.
*. Now that he is officially at the 6m mark, we are going to foray into the wild world of baby solids. If he's like his daddy, I have a feeling he'll like most anything, as long as there is a LOT of it.
*. He's always liked to put his hands in his mouth, but now he likes to put his hands in other people's mouths (and then back into his own, of course). Heavy sigh. Not exactly hygenic, but friendly.
Barrett's baptism weekend was beautiful! I was thrilled that he was baptised in the church where I grew up. Also, it was Palm Sunday, so there was the added treat of those traditions. ALSO, it was his 6 month birthday, so we were on special occasion overload. In addition to the hometown crowd, lots of family came in from out of town for Barrett's special day.
Waiting for the service to start with Aunt Jessica, Barrett's Godmother
*Sappy Moment Alert*
You know that great feeling you get when all the people you love most in the world are around you all at once? That's how it felt. I'm overwhelmed with gratifude for all of the special people there to celebrate Barrett. We are so thankful for the role you each play in Barrett's life~ we love you!
UPDATE: Jen and Brian took lots of great pictures too, so I thought I'd add them!
Barrett and cousin Nathan. I think the convo was something like this:
Nathan: Dude, are you wearing a dress?
Barrett: No way, man, this is a christening gown. All the cool kids are wearing them.
Nathan: I think it is still a dress....
Barrett (to himself): Geez....thanks a lot, mom.
Barrett with Dr. Savage and Rev. Ray, right before he was sprinkled with holy water. Can you believe the water didn't even spot his silk gown? My best guess is that holy water doesn't spot.
The commercial is ready! I've heard from several friends who've seen it on TV (shout out to Sydney and Sharon) although I haven't seen it air myself. BUT, it is on the TV station's website. I am not savvy enough to figure out how to post the actual video on the blog, but you can go to this website to see Barrett's Children's Hospital commercial! Just click on "Barrett" in the video gallery. If you click the square on the bottom right of the video screen, it makes it bigger.
I'm a total cheeseball, so don't listen to me, just look at the cute baby. And they didn't edit out his hiccups after all, I love it~
I also found another video on the hospital's website. If you want to see it too, click on "Hope -- A Day in the Life of Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital." I thought this one was very moving...Barrett is not the baby in the beginning of this video, but he had some of the same procedures (intubation) and they are performed by the same doctors and nurses that treated in PICU and his cardiologist.
Rebecca: Hey, its a beautiful day, want to go for a walk with me and the baby?
Kristopher: Well, I'm trying to cut down on cardio. I lost 5 pounds last week and I'm trying to keep my weight up.
Rebecca: (begin eyeroll sequence)
Barrett is having the same problem. We went to the pediatrician this morning for a checkup and he's only gained 2 ounces in the last month. Hm. What is the deal with these guys who inadvertently lose weight, or can't gain enough?? Sheesh.
He's still a healthy size, but not in the same percentile as before, which is bad. Bring on the waves of guilt. I had no idea -- he didn't act hungry! He didn't cry for more food and he sleeps through the night... Doctor says I need to eat 2,500 calories a day, no excessive cardio, and be extra-sure he gets at least 28 oz of milk/day (which is tricky, because I can't exactly measure what he gets when I nurse him). We go back in two weeks for another weigh-in. Until then, it is Operation Hungry Hippo for Barrett. Wish us luck.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
As Grandmom recently pointed out, Barrett is part Irish (I'll need to do some long division to figure out that fraction...) so I thought we should celebrate. Barrett was a champ at the parade and fully cooperated even though he missed his morning nap.
He sort of bops up and down and pats his hands on me along to the loud music on the floats. He's going to be a good dancer, I can tell. He's got rythmn. He gets that from me. (ha. Kristopher probably would disagree and point out that just because you can sing LOUDLY does not make you a good singer. Kind of like how dancing enthusiastically doesn't make you a good dancer. Hm.) Anyway.
I got caught up in my warm fuzzy memories of making the handprint/footprint Valentines and decided to have another round of holiday arts-and-crafts. Painting with an infant is still just as messy as before, but it was fun, and I'm getting a little better at containing the mess.
Can you guess how we made this shamrock? Haha.
With all the beautiful weather we've had lately, Barrett and I have been logging some serious miles in the jogging stroller. We've been taking strolls around the neighborhood pretty regularly since he was born, but I was afraid to get too far from home in case he had a meltdown half way around and I'd be stuck an hour away, even if I turned around and headed back. Well, I got brave (and anxious to take advantage of the sunshine) so we went for several long walks this weekend without incident. He loves it! Besides, the fresh air and vitamin D are good for both of us~
According to my sources, he can't use sunscreen until he's 6m, so he's sporting hats and lots of shade until then~ ... it might be my paranoid imagination, but his cheeks look rosier than usual lately. I hope I didn't sunburn my baby!
* It looks like Barrett's hair is going to be lighter than I originally thought. Still has a reddish tint though. A blonde-ish strawberry blonde?
* I wish "romantical" was a word. I know it isn't, but I still use it anyway. I just like it.
* My favorite up-beat daytime radio station has suddenly, and without warning, changed to slow jams. Boo. Now I have to find a new station. I'm test-listening to 96.1 but I've already received two complaints from Kristopher. Apparently, he doesn't like "It's Raining Men" or "Raspberry Beret." The hunt continues.
* Kristopher's brother and his wife are having a baby boy!! This means Barrett will have a boy cousin that is only 11 months younger than him and only lives a few blocks away~ WHO-HOO! I'm so excited, its embarassing.
* Why in the world did all of the leaves in our trees fall off in the last few days?? It's SPRING not fall. The leaves already fell off once. Where did these come from?
* Kristopher and I started dating 8 years ago, today~ we're going to celebrate by having dinner at the restaurant where we had our first date.
Barrett is sitting up by himself! Alright!! There is technically a pillow behind him, but it isn't touching him, and he has no side support. So, I'm letting this count for baby-book-milestone-recording purposes.
Yesterday afternoon was his first shot -- he sat totally unsupported for a few seconds....
before falling over~~oops!
He tried again this morning, and stayed up a little longer...
With lots of arm flapping...
Until he fell over again.
It is still so much easier to lay on his tummy, after all that hard work!
Quote of the day, from police sargent to me:
"Ma'am, would you rather be impolite or dead?"
A guy knocked on the door during Barrett's naptime and I answered as quickly as I could to keep him from ringing the doorbell and waking the baby. Long story short, he was selling magazines, it was for a good cause, and would I buy one? Okay... Things went downhill from here, after some weird comments about our house, questions about our family and what we did for a living, ending in me just giving him a "cash donation" to get him to leave and then him yelling at me from my driveway for not buying his magazine. The neighbor called the police. (I did too...)
The city's finest were there in about 2 minutes flat. The officer asked why in the world I even opened the door in the first place. I explained that I didn't want to be impolite and risk hurting the guy's feelings (okay, when I say it out loud, I realize how stupid this sounds).
Insert officer's quote here, appropriately putting me in my place.
Apparently, there has been a rash of burglaries where the teens (aka perps, are you impressed by my cop talk?) come to the house during the day, talk their way inside to "case the joint" and then come back later to rob them. Officer McToughGuy told me to never answer the door and learn how to use a gun. (really?? wow... but after Kristopher heard this story, he is determined to teach me how to shoot. I think I'll get one with a pearl handle. Can they monogram gun handles??)
Let this be a lesson to all -- especially me, as the idiot who opened the door -- as much as we would like to think the best in everyone, strangers to not always have our best interests at heart.
And to all the bad guys out there -- in the words of Academy Award winning actress, Sandra Bullock:
"If you so much as set foot [on our property] you will be sorry. I'm in a prayer group with the DA, I'm a member of the NRA, and I'm always packing... It's a Saturday night special. And it shoots just fine every other day of the week too."
I'm not in the DA's prayer group, but the rest will be true very soon. So bad guys beware!
The Children's Hospital commercial shoot last Wednesday went well, except that something got mixed up with the audio. So, they asked us back for a re-shoot today. I was relieved because, of course, I thought of a bunch of things I would have said differently AFTER the fact. Not that everything came out perfectly the second go around, but at least I had a dress rehearsal under my belt.
This time Barrett had the hiccups. Depending on the editing, they will probably be in the commercial, which is true to life, considering he gets the hiccups several times a day. :) It is nerve wracking to be in front of a camera with all the bright lights and squirming baby. Hopefully they can work their digital magic and get 30 good seconds~~ Barrett cooed and grinned into the camera when they moved in for his close up, pretty cute!
We got to meet a news anchor and the weatherman while we were at the studio. Is it silly that I was star-struck?? I've always really liked the people on the news. I think it goes back to third grade when I got to present a cake from our class to James Span, local meteorologist, during his visit our school. Too bad my ensuing dream of becoming the next Connie Chung or Diane Sawyer never panned out~~
Barrett will officially be included in the 30 minute special they will shoot the end of this month. They will film it at our house, so it should be even easier to coordinate around all-important naptime.
This Wednesday, Barrett and I will be filmed for a Children's Hospital promotional segment!
Movie Star Baby
This is Barrett's second foray into Hollywood -- he was also in a health segment with his cardiologist for the local news.
The promotional segments will be advertisements for the annual Children's Hospital fundraiser -- the Children's Miracle Mansion. Barrett's cardiologist recommended our family for the spot, and after a quick phone interview, we were selected! Barrett was in pediatric ICU at the Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital, so this issue is close to our hearts. I'm supposed to be ready to tell Barrett's story and explain why the Children's Hospital is so important for the community. It will be hard to tell such a serious story -- in only 30 seconds -- without sounding overly dramatic or cheesy. Hm.
Anyway, wish us luck on Wednesday. And guess what? They also want Barrett's story in a separate 30 minute special broadcast! I don't have any details on that yet, maybe Wednesday is a trial run :)