Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sawyer's First Christmas

What a special day this was for our family. We have had the best time with all of the Christmas festivities but along the way Sawyer picked up a cold and an ear infection. Thankfully I took him to the Doctor on Christmas Eve and they have him some antibiotics. The cold and cough is still lingering so we are more then ready for it to go away. He is still acting fine and playing but has a pretty bad cough. Poor thing! He is loving all of his new toys and plays with them non-stop. I got so emotional putting away his Christmas outfits because I know he will never wear them again. Keith gave me the sweetest Christmas cards from him and one to me from Sawyer. When I read it I started crying like a baby. It said, "From your son" and seeing the words just made me weepy. I can't believe he is going to be a young man one day. I just love him so much and I am so proud to be his mother. Keith also had a card for Sawyer for his First Christmas and it was precious. It said:

"Your very first Christmas!
Your very first tree!
And the people who love you just can't wait to see...
The look on your face in the midst of the fun
of this wonderful Christmas-
your very first one!

I have such a thoughtful husband and he is always doing sweet gestures like this. He also got me a new camera that I LOVE!! It is so nice and I definetly needed an upgrade from my last one. 

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Here are some pictures of our day:

I'm sad we didn't get a picture of Sawyer in his Christmas PJs but he gave his present to us first thing that morning...:(

De De loving on his babies!

Attacking the gifts!

My Mom cooked a delicious Beef Tenderloin

Cute ornament that Honey gave us.

He loves his new play table and he went straight for the part that spins like some of his other toys.

Being silly with his reindeer antlers!

Kenzie made some wonderful Pork Chops with a Cranberry Glaze. It was so yummy!

Monday, December 13, 2010

7 Months Recap

Sawyer got to do a lot of fun things when he was seven months. We celebrated Thanksgiving and now we are preparing for his first Christmas. Keith started a new job about a month ago and he has been going non-stop since then. So, while he is away I feel like I have been a single parent most of the time. We both know that this will not last forever and it is harder on Keith then it is on me. He works so hard for our family and I appreciate him so much for that. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about caring for Sawyer because if anything, I'm getting more time with him to play, nurture, and bond with him. He knows that I'm his Mama and he likes to have me close by. It is the sweetest thing ever when I go to pick him up and he reaches for me or when we play on the floor and he will turn around to touch me just to make sure that I'm there. He is such an affectionate little guy and loves to be kissed and hugged. I love that he is like this and I didn't know there was such a yearning in my heart to be filled when he wants me to love him. It is overflowing.

Here is what a day in the life of Mr. Sawyer looks like:

* Wakes up between 6:00-6:30 and takes a 7 oz. bottle.
* He will play in his walker, jumparoo, and on the floor with toys until around 8:30 and he will eat breakfast   which is normally oatmeal with a jar of baby food fruit.
* After breakfast, he will take his morning nap which will be an hour and sometimes an 1 1/2 hrs.
* Another bottle and then play some more.
* Lunch around 12:30-1:00 which is 1 vegetable and 1 fruit.
* Playtime and then a bottle before his afternoon nap between 2:00-3:00 which is also 1-1 1/2 hrs.
* More playtime and an outing if we need to get out.
* He will eat dinner (1 vegetable and 1 fruit) around 6:00 followed by a bath and bottle at 7 then bedtime.

***He still goes to Honey's house Tuesday-Thursday and loves it over there. He scoots around in his walker and plays with his toys. She is such a big help and I don't know what we would do without her!! Papa D comes home earlier the days he is over so he can get his Sawyer fix!

He LOVES to eat and so far and he likes everything we give him. He still hasn't had meat so right now he is our little vegetarian! We found out the hard way that corn is a no go...

He loves his Daddy!

He loves to look outside. He will look at the leaves falling and the cars go by. Just taking it all in.

Last week Sawyer got to meet Santa for the first time. He was so cute grabbing his beard and checking him out. He looked so precious in the Reinder outfit that Honey got him. This is such a special Christmas this year.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Oh He's Just Teething"

Ya'll....I have been saying this since he was 4 months old! Yes, that was 3 months ago! His TWO bottom front teeth came in last week. He has had "symptoms" of teething for a while and every time we thought something was wrong, we said he was teething. Some of the signs were/are drooling, chewing on everything, one day he had downstairs issues, and a stuffy nose. One thing that we couldn't distinguish between teething and an ear infection was when he would pull on his ear. Two weekends ago I took him in to the Dr. to have him checked out because he tugged on his ear all morning. Nope, he was perfect. Better safe than sorry. I was asking the doctor at his 4 month check up if he was teething because I thought  he was close and he said it would be at least a few months. How did he know that?? The last time we were there for a check up he said he didn't think he would crawl and would just walk. Now that I can believe. We will have to see, I'm not rushing that!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving in Pictures










Sunday, November 21, 2010


I wanted to write about some more milestones that he has reached lately.

The biggest milestone is that he said his first word, "da da"! I didn't think that he would say his first word so early. I guess I have been so occupied waiting for him to start crawling that I was pleasantly surprised with his latest achievement! He says "da da" all.the.time. and it still doesn't get old. Keith and I are always saying, "Did you hear that?". This morning on the monitor I heard him saying it in the softest, most sweetest voice ever. Even though he doesn't associate "da da" to Keith, we are still going to consider it his first word. Love him!

Last week, my sweet neighbor and I went to Spain Park to have our babies' first picnic. Laura has a little boy, Benjamin, who was born in July so it is fun to share our experiences together. We have a lot in common and she is my accountability partner to go on walks in the neighborhood to get the rest of this baby weight off! We have had 5 baby boys born just on our street since April and I can't believe that Sawyer is the oldest. We are meeting every Friday at each other's houses to drink coffee and play with our babies. Anyway, about the picnic. It was a beautiful and warm day so we packed up some PB&Js, drinks, and a blanket then headed out. Of course it wouldn't be a day out with two babies if there weren't blowouts and feedings!

He loves to prop his feet on the bar of the stroller.

Last weekend we headed down to Auburn for the Georgia game. This was Sawyer's first (of many more) tailgating experiences. I have a friend Katy that I grew up with who lives in Auburn. She and her husband Joe have the most precious little girl Norah who was born in March. I also got to see some High School and College friends so it was nice to catch up with everyone and crazy to think that most of us have babies now! Some of our friends bought an orange and blue RV that I had been hearing all about so it was great to go look inside and it even had a working bathroom which was way better then the port-o-potty. Katy and I stayed at the tailgate with the babies and watched the game I mean walked around most of the time. Sawyer and Norah loved people watching and being outside. My poor little guy is NOT a fan of loud noises so whenever everyone would cheer when Auburn scored, Sawyer would turn his bottom lip out and produce crocodile tears in 2.5 seconds! We were blessed with perfect weather and a good outcome of the game so it was a great day.

Eatin' an Elephant!! We are teaching him early!

Happy boy!

It started to get chili so he had to borrow Norah's hat.

Sweet Norah

His one and only nap that afternoon. He slept through the Jets flying over but not the cheering. Unpredictable!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Not So Happy Halloween...

So the "Mother of the Year" award is not going to me. It all started this past Sunday when Sawyer and I returned home from being with family. I went to get him out of his car seat and I noticed that Sawyer had a nice surprise waiting for me. I didn't even know where to begin. It was one of "those" diapers. Fifty wipes later, I decided that he needed a bath because I was not sure if I had gotten it all. After his bath, I put him in the middle of our bed so I could go clean up the madness. I went two doors down the hallway to spray Shout on his changing pad cover and his outfit. All of a sudden, I heard "THUMP". I ran into our room and he was lying on his back and  he had that cry where he couldn't even make a noise for 30 seconds. I picked him up immediately and walked around to console him. He was fine after a few minutes and then I lost it!! He looked up at me as I was holding him and his eyes were saying, "Mommy, I'm okay and I love you!". I was by myself because Keith had just left for training for the week in Cleveland. I called my Mom and told her what happened. She knew that I was not okay so she said that she would come over. I decided to call the after hours nurse to let them know what happened and to see if I needed to take him in to be checked out. She couldn't have been any nicer and then she told me that the same thing happened to her little boy. She was glad to hear that he was moving his neck okay and acting normal. She did want me to wake him up twice that night to make sure he was responsive. Mom and I went and checked on him at 9 and as soon as I opened the door he started moving. I changed his diaper and put him back to sleep. I checked on him agian at 2 and the same thing happened. I kept thanking God over and over for watching over Sawyer. All in all, it was truly a lesson learned.

I know that he still loves his "Mummy".

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

6 Months

We have had a lot of memorable events happen around our house lately. Sawyer turned 6 months old on October 12. I remember thinking when he was a newborn how far away 6 months was. Well, I am finally getting used to all of the changes that are happening so rapidly. I am learning to change my attitude and to not be sad that he is getting older, but rather be glad that he is deveolping so well. Motherhood has also taught me patience and that I need to slow down my normally fast paced life. So, lately I have been soaking up my alone time with Sawyer and I especially love rocking him while he reaches up and grabs my nose! Also, I am learning to see life through his perspective. Everthing is new to him and I love watching him explore his surroundings.

God tells us in his word to have "child-like" faith and I am beginning to truly see what he means by that. Sawyer knows by now that when he cries that I will come and take care of his needs. Our Heavenly Father does the same so when I cry out to him, he hears my prayers. The love I have for my child has made me realize God's unconditional love for his children. He still loves us when we disobey him and he is always there to listen when we open up our heart's.

 As a new mom, I want what is best for my child and I will do anything in my power to make that happen. God does the same for me when he reveals his glory and opens up paths for me to take to better my life. My prayer is that I can raise Sawyer in a way that he will know and love the Lord. Keith and I both agree that the example that we set for our children is monumental to their deveolpment.

On another note, we had Sawyer's 6 month check up today. Dr. Smith was great as always and was quite impressed by Sawyer's size. Dr. S wants us to up his meals to 3 a day and to start introducing more vegetables and eventually meat. Poor little baby had to get 4 shots and it of course broke my heart. :( He has been pretty puny today and has taken several naps. We were so glad to get a good report and we go back again for his 9 month check up in January.

6 month stats:

Weight: 20lbs 3oz.

Height: 28 1/4 in

Clothes: 12 months

Diaper: Size 3

Sweet Pea waiting to see the Dr.

On October 6, 2010 we dedicated Sawyer to the Lord at our church. This was such a special event to us as we stood in front of our congregation and promised to raise Sawyer in a way that he will know God. He did great and Pastor Chris called him a "future football player".

With Aunt Kiki at dinner before Church

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fun Weekend!

We have been enjoying the beautiful weather lately so we spent a lot of time outstide this past weekend. On Friday, Sawyer and I met my Mom and neice and nephew at Homewood Park for a picnic and play time. I couldn't get over that Sawyer was big enough for the swings! He wasn't sure about it at first and was trying to lean forward and chew on the swing (like he does on most things these days). After swinging for a bit, Mimi held him and watched all of the kids play while I helped Emme go down the big slide. That little girl is fearless and is so smart! We enjoyed eating our picnic under in the shade until we were attacked by yellow jackets!! Luckily no one was stung. We had a great time and I hope we can go back soon.

Friday night, Keith, Sawyer, and I went to Pablos at Lee Branch and sat outside on their large patio. There was a beautiful oak tree that the patio was built around. I can't believe that we had never been there before. It was so nice to sit outside and enjoy the live music.  Thankfully I brought a blanket for Sawyer because it became chilly as the night went on.

All snuggly with his blanket

On Saturday, we went to Honey and Papa D's to watch the Auburn game. This is Sawyer's second home so he loved playing with all of his toys and swinging on the patio. The game was pretty boring so we spent a lot of the time playing and I went shopping that afternoon and found a hidden gem. It is called Then Again Consignment Store and they had great baby clothes. I got some cute fall clothes and the pjs I got still had the tags on them. I almost bought a Strasburg John John for Christmas for $17 but I wasn't sure if he would be able to wear it then so I will definetly be back closer to time.

Look at those GIANT feet!!

Napping on Honey

After Church on Sunday, we went to Tazikis for lunch with all of my family because Jeff was in town from Texas.

Wiped after jumping for 40 minutes in the Jumparoo!
(Thanks Jack for letting me use your Jumparoo, I really love it)