Thursday, July 29, 2010

And Then There Were Four

One plus one = two

Baby Barrett makes three...

And then there were four!
That's right, Barrett is going to be a big brother!  We are so excited and already in love with our new bundle of joy~  We expect the new baby the end of January and are already looking forward to finding out if it is a little brother or a little sister in a few weeks.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Celebrity Baby Update

Barrett's doctors recommended him for a medical miracle segment for the local news and the reporters came to our house for the interviews. It is never easy to tell that story, but I didn't remember getting this misty-eyed! Geez! It looks like we're crying the whole time! Maybe they used those parts on purpose?  It is so hard to watch yourself on these things; maybe I am just a chronic goober.  But, I thought they told his story nicely, and it will be great addition to his baby book!

Anyway, here's the link to the story and video:

In other famous baby news, his cover photo shoot for the Children's Hospital magazine went well yesterday.  The magazine is for our local Children's Hospital, but it just won a national award for non-profit publications.  Alright!  Our Children's Hospital plays such an important role in our community, and a particularly important role in our life with Barrett, and we are happy to do anything we can to help.
Can you believe that the pictures from the shoot made Barrett's hair come out RED??  As in a full-blown red headed child.  I was surprised.  Maybe it was the lighting?  I know his hair looks reddish sometimes, but it can also look light brown or dark blond.  I wonder what color it will end up? 
I won't be able to post the photographer's proofs, but I'll post a link to the magazine with his pictures when it comes out next month.

No More Sleeping With the Fishes

When we bough the new house, Barrett's room had a very intricate underwater mural.  Hm.

Although it looks like it took someone a whole lot of time painting these incredibly detailed (and indelible..) painted creatures, it just wasn't Barrett's style.  So, we had to prime over it.  No more sleeping with the fishes.  Paint to come soon.

Progress in the rest of the house is coming along.  The old cabinets, appliances, and soffit are all out and the new cabinets are in (appliances to follow later). 
Kristopher and his Dad worked with the crew all weekend to make things go as quickly as possible!
The "new" kitchen is bigger without the wall between the kitchen and keeping room.

Spot for ovens on the left with cook top and beginnings of range hood in the middle.

We took out two walls to make the kitchen/living area more open, and the floor guys are in the middle of refinishing the hardwoods.  Progress!  Next up, sheet rock guys to fix the spots where we moved walls or light fixtures and then painters.  Oh, and counter tops, back splash, and fixtures will be installed somewhere in there too.  Think we can do it all by next weekend??  Fingers crossed.  Toes too, just for good measure!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Milestone Moment: First Tooth!

At 9 1/2 months old, Barrett finally got his first tooth~  Horray!  It is on the bottom.  Of course, while this is a milestone to be celebrated, it is also a reminder that teething hurts.  I'm not going to say it was easy, because that would really just be asking for trouble and isn't exactly true, but it honestly was not as bad as I expected.  I had heard enough stories and was bracing myself for a major meltdown.
Aside: Why do people always relish in telling new moms horror stories or examples of freak accidents or alleged grave harm that you could inadvertently inflict on your child if you do something crazy, like, I don't know, remove them from a protective bubble?  Is this really helpful?  What is the deal with that?  Ahem.  Anyway. 
By and large, Barrett has handled the teething like a champ, apart from a minor snafu in the middle of the night when Kristopher and I had to start cutting into already-packed boxes to find the Baby Oragel, which we never even found (yes, I had already packed it...he's never needed it before, so I figured he could make it a few more days?  Wrong.)  I think the second bottom tooth may even be on its way.
We've been working extra hard to keep up with his naps, etc, to reduce any overall fussiness and keeping him feeling fine.  The regular rest + occasional Tylenol seem to do the trick.  I tried taking a picture of his tooth, but he just sticks his tongue out every time to try to pull down his lower lip to snap the shot.  I'll keep trying :)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Same Song, Different Verse

We've been busy doing lots more of the same stuff.  Namely, packing.  Our strategy is to pack slowly so we can keep it organized and it doesn't become frantic and overwhelming.  Main goal = have everything as packed as possible at the old house before we close on the new house, at which time our focus will shift to renovating the new house as fast as humanly possible so it is ready on our fast-approaching move-in date.  So far, so good, except that there are only a few days left...good thing it is the weekend, so we will both be around to get it all done.
Barrett is not necessarily able to help pack, but he is definitely an enthusiastic sidekick.

Also, we took Barrett to the doctor yesterday for more follow up blood work regarding the mysterious fever.  Should have the results in a week or so (they have to mail it off this time so it takes longer).  Poor little guy had FOUR band aids -- one on each arm and leg.  He knows what is about to happen now before they even get out the needles.  He starts to cry when they tie the rubber band around his upper arm.  I don't blame him.  Kristopher came with me for the blood work this time, so it was A Big Help; he had never seen them draw his blood (aside from the ER or ICU, of course).

On a side note, he loves to play with his toy basket.  I keep his toys in baskets in a somewhat futile effort to confine clutter.  When I sit him down to play, I just put the basket in front of him -- without taking anything out -- because his favorite part is to take the toys out of the basket, not necessarily play with the toys themselves.  When they are all out, he might whimper, so I'll put them back in for him and he starts slowing taking them out again.  Anyway, here he is playing with his #1 most fascinating toy: a basket~  Go figure!

Finally, an update on Barrett's star status:

- The local NBC news people came to film Barrett today for a medical miracle segment they are doing as part of the evening news broadcast. Everything went well, but I felt a little unprepared since we've been so focused on moving/getting ready for the renovation. Barrett was a champ and Kristopher and I gave separate interviews this time. Funny how it doesn't get easier to tell that story.
- A few weeks back, the Children's Hospital asked if they could use Barrett's story for an article in the hospital's magazine, Wee Believe. And today, they called to ask if they could feature Barrett on the cover! Can you believe it? His "photo shoot" is coming up soon, I can't wait to see the professional photos. If you need Barrett, he'll be in his dressing room. Probably playing with his basket.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Yankee Doodle

Happy Fourth of July!!  We didn't make it to the fireworks show because it was past Barrett's bedtime, and we didn't do sparklers at home because Sassy is still scarred from the last time (literally....who knew sparklers could explode and accidentally light your dog on fire from five feet away???), but we fit in plenty of other patriotic festivities to celebrate the Fourth.  On Saturday, we had ribs with Kristopher's family, and on Sunday we relaxed at home and enjoyed strawberry shortcake.

Please don't judge the accuracy of my blueberry stars and strawberry stripes...I was just going for an overall effect.

This was always a favorite holiday because every year my parents took us to the Fourth of July celebration with face painting and swimming races topped off by sitting on the golf course watching the best fireworks in town.  I want to create those memories for Barrett too. 
So, next year: fireworks!  But don't worry Sass, no sparklers in your presence ever again.  Promise.