Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Part Deux

So we have finally returned from our Christmases in the south. We left for Georgia on Tuesday, the 22nd. Will and I went to the pediatrician's bright and early that morning after the nurse decided they'd better actually see him instead of just calling him something in. I was glad I decided to take him in because he ended up being diagnosed with his first ear infection and a sinus infection. He started his first antibiotic (something that starts with a z?--not a penicillin just in case he takes after Mommy in his drug allergies). We left about 5:45, after Grandma & Grandpa Weaver, Jana, Brad, Jimmie, Rachel, & Ella all arrived. They rode in the Excursion, and we followed in the Escape. We had hoped that by leaving at night, the littles would have an easier time of just sleeping in their car seats. Unfortunately, it did not seem to work out that way. We had to stop 3 times on the way out of Oklahoma for various potty-type breaks; it seemed like Will would just finally have fallen asleep when we had to stop. It's hard to coordinate babies and toddlers, it seems! I ended up doing the contortionist nursing of Will while he was still strapped into the carseat, while still wearing my seatbelt. Yah for safety, boo for sore backs!

We finally arrived in Georgia around 1 p.m. The Excursion crew arrived earlier, but Bil and I volunteered to switch out Rachel for Grandma Weaver and take her into Macon to finish some last minute shopping for Great Grandma Smith, so we were a bit later.

Will was pretty much just adorable through all of Christmas, despite being absolutely miserably sick (and cutting his two top teeth--because his oozing, coughing infection just wasn't enough). I told Bil that if Will felt half as bad as I felt when I was at the worst point (because, of course, I came down with the same infection a couple days after he did), then he was an amazingly good natured baby. After the first few months, I am sometimes still amazed/afraid of jinxing the good tempered little guy Will seems to have grown into.

Great-grandma and Great-grandpa Smith both really enjoyed meeting Will and were so proud to show him off. He enjoyed being held by both of them. They both wear glasses, so I'm sure that helped! Will also enjoyed playing with Grandpa's oxygen tubing. He wanted to chew on it so bad, but for some reason Grandpa thought that would be a bad idea!

In addition to meeting his great-grandparents, Will also got to spend a day with Aunt Marie & Uncle Howard, Alisha, Alan, Katie, and Cousin Ty, who took him down his first slide! He also got to ride in a swing for the first time, which was a big hit (we decided he definitely needs one at home). On Christmas Day, he also met Uncle Buddy & Aunt Kay, Bryan, Vanessa, and Steven. All were duly impressed with his cuteness. He wore his Santa suit, so who could blame them?

Finally, the trip ended with the Thompson family reunion, where Great-Grandma was pleased to win the prize for having the largest number of her descendants present. She had a great time showing off Will, carting him around to compare with the other babies (there were four born in a four-month span). Ella gave chesties to several of the great-great-grandkids, and a good time was had by all.

After supper--the biggest pot of stroganoff ever--Rachel, Will, Bil, and I loaded up and left for Texas. We were on our way to Lucas (suburb of Dallas) where the Younts would be having Christmas at Uncle Tony and Aunt Jill's house.

I have a series of about 20 pictures of the Great-Grands, and this was about the best of the lot. Something was being picked, pointed, or completely obscured in all of them (usually by at least two children).

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Baby's First Christmas

Since we are going to be in Georgia on the 25th and because Rachel wanted her present (iPod Touch!) for the trip to Georgia, we went ahead and had our family Christmas at home on Saturday morning, the 19th.

We all had a really nice time, beginning with pancakes. Rachel was chomping at the bit to open presents, but since Bil wasn't up yet, she got to feed her brother while I cooked breakfast instead. After Bil got up, there was no holding her back, and she played Santa. We went around the family, opening one gift at a time and joked about the fact that it will probably be many more years before we can do that again, since Will will be old enough to understand about opening presents next year and hard to hold back.

Rachel's best present was obviously her Touch; she was sorely disappointed when she opened a Garmin box only to find some socks inside. I really wasn't trying to trick her......I assumed she would figure it was just being used as a box since she knew Bil got the Garmin a couple of weeks ago. I got the Chi flat iron that I asked for (yes, I am finally getting on board the flat iron bandwagon after using Rachel's . . . ), and Rachel has promised to paint my deadly dull office and decorate it for me (yah!). Bil got a robe, South Park Season 7, and, of course, the Garmin he bought himself a few weeks ago. Will got a Busy Ball Choo Choo and a Mozart cube, both of which he has shown mild interest in, and Baby Signing Time DVD, which he hasn't seen yet. Santa brought the family Guitar Hero World Tour and GH5. We spent several hours playing with it on Saturday and Sunday, to the great dismay of Will, he can't quite join in yet, but he has a good time trying to "help" everybody with the various instruments.

Will was quite charming all day; he hit a new (maybe?) milestone, when he displayed the ability to walk quite well behind his push toy. He has never seemed to realize what the toy was for before, just choosing to climb on it rather than walk. Yesterday, though, I saw him accidentally push off with it, and instead of standing still and falling down like he usually does, he actually took off with it. He rammed it pretty immediately into something, so I reaimed it for him, and sure enough, he zoomed off with it, so then we made him perform going up and down the hallway. He does really well until it gets stuck, and then he doesn't know how to fix it. I think he will be walking on his own before too long!

He had some trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and I should have guessed something was up. We had an absolutely terrible night, with lots of actual crying during the night, especially for a long stretch from about 4-6. It was quite unpleasant. When I finally gave up on getting anymore sleep (and when Kona's scratching was getting too desperate too ignore), Will and I got up and transferred to the living room, where I hoped he might be able to breathe better sitting up and maybe we'd be able to get some more sleep. I believe we did doze, but only for about 15 mins. Poor little guy was oozing from every orifice on his face. He has cried and fussed all day long. Once when he was feeling a bit energetic, he crawled over to the new GH guitar and was messing with it. The guitar fell over next to him, and Rachel picked it up and put it out of reach. Will burst into tears and crawled off so slowly and dejectedly. He was so pitiful that I called him over to me so I could maybe get him to sleep. It was the saddest crawl ever, poor little bug!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Better Late Than Never: Thanksgiving

So Grandma and Grandpa Weaver decided to drive out to Georgia for Thanksgiving, stopping along the way to see Jimmie, Rachel, & Ella in Kansas and then in Tennessee to see Alisha. Before that long trip, they came to the city, and we had a pre-Thanksgiving Dinner and shopping trip. Grandma and Jana found Will a "First Thanksgiving" outfit--very cute! Daddy wasn't able to attend the festivities (he still hasn't seen Jana and Brad's new house!) since he was sick with a terrible infection in his jaw, caused by two bad teeth. He was in a lot of pain that finally started getting better after a couple of rounds of heavy duty antibiotics and a tooth removal (he has to go back after the first of the year to get another root canal. Yuck!).

Thankfully, we were all fairly healthy on Thanksgiving, and we spent all day over at Annie's house with all of Daddy's family. Annie cooked a nice lunch, which Will probably liked to have eaten! I made him his own special sweet potato and cheerio "casserole" (pureed and roasted sweet potatoes and milk with cheerios on top). It looked really cute, but unfortunately, Will seemed to think it tasted awful!

Will got to see all of his Yount cousins again, including Hannah and Aaron, whom he met for the first time. He seemed very excited by the whole event and was much better behaved than Mommy feared he might be. The older kids were very sweet to watch out for him while they were playing, and he had a great time crawling around from person to person.

We are very thankful for all of our family!