Monday, August 17, 2009

So Much Going On!

Well, school has started. We have officially finished 4 days......and I'm still alive. I have 21 students this year. This is the largest group I have had in my 9 years. I did have 26 when I student taught...but being that it was a private's hard to compare! I have a pretty chatty bunch, but Garrett Boot Camp is in full force and I don't think it will take long to get them into shape! I love seeing all of the fresh haircuts, new clothes, and gleaming white shoes! Every year I try to come up with something different for my door...this was my last minute attempt for 2009:
I am working half days right now. I felt like I deserved to miss some school just like every other teacher I know that's had a baby. I can't help it if I have perfect timing and he's born the day before we get out! I leave at noon everyday through August 26th. I really think it would be easier to be there all day, because my plan time is in the afternoon, so I have been getting there at 7:15 in the morning (I KNOW, RIGHT?!?) to make sure everything is ready for my sub. I can't wait to get my hair chopped off b/c it is driving me crazy and looks ridiculous. Just haven't had the time...or please don't judge!

I thought this picture of Brecken was hilarious! I was out buying props for his 3 month pics and these were the first pair of shades I bought. I ended up finding some with the strap that fit better, so these Hot Wheels ones will have to wait till he's a little older! You can't see his eyes unless there is the flash of the camera...but I think it is so funny! He apparently thought it was pretty funny, too....he was workin' on a poop!
Brecken actually turned 13 weeks old today! He will officially be 3 months old tomorrow, but I have to take a picture of him EVERY Monday for his weekly pic! Oh, don't you worry, I'll be taking more tomorrow...I'm sure he will look quite different! Here he is today:
He's becoming quite the flirt! I love that everything I do makes him laugh! =)
That's all for now! I wouldn't want you to pass out from so many updates!
P.S.---Is today really just Monday?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

He Really Is Growing Up Too Fast...

Brecken had his 3 month shoot on Friday....AHHH! Where has the time gone? I have to admit, I was quite nervous after the hot-mess that I became at his newborn shoot. That was the first super-horrible, before the pediatrician visit day ever. He screamed the whole time...I fed him and it made it worse. We ended up spending 3 hours there and I was so mad b/c I didn't think we were going to get any good pictures.

Well, he proved me wrong! I think we got some great ones, and really, I'm glad we didn't get a ton b/c it's too hard to choose from these. The bad news...the shoot went so well yesterday that I'm not sure if I'll be able to pick any out! I didn't want the traditional, just sitting there propped up against a pillow we did some fun stuff. I guess I will save all that for when we get them back. Our photographer has a blog (it's on the right) "Only Young Once". She just had a baby herself and has an excellent attitude about everything. Since it is an hour-and-a-half from our house, he needed to be fed when we got there and she was so patient. We ended up getting everything done (naked/beach/stud/casual) in an hour. He only started to whimper twice (it was naptime)! I am so proud of him and can't wait to see the proofs! And....I'm investing in a beanbag...He loved it, and fell sound asleep in it!

Here are a few of my favorites from his newborn shoot. The first one is his birth announcement. I know, he's not a newborn...but I have a new motto, "Better late than never"!


Monday, August 10, 2009

Going Private

As much as I love how easy it is for everyone to access our blog, I have also realized that if it is that easy for family and friends then it is that easy for anyone to read it and learn quite a bit about our family. Lurkers=Creepy! There is a setting in blogger that allows you to make the blog private and only allow registered users to view it. You have to type in your email and a password in order to access it. I am going to change our blog to the private setting because I primarily blog to keep family and friends up to date. I have many of your emails, but just to make sure I don't leave anyone off of the blog, please email me. I can add you at any point in time. I am hoping to get this done this coming weekend and so in the future when you go to our blog you will have to type in your email and a password.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Has it been TWO and a half months already?

I feel like my little man is growing up before my eyes......waaaay too fast! I know he is only 11 weeks old, but it feels like just yesterday that I was in fear of getting my first IV, and the only thing that got me through it was knowing that in just a few short hours, when I was being wheeled into that operating room....we would go in as two...and come out as three!

Brecken is doing so much better lately. Of course, now that it's time for me to go back to work. =( He was put on Nutramigen aka "Liquid Gold", because he would scream every time he ate. It got to the point that I would just cry when I held him while he was sucking down that bottle. He was so eager to eat and little did he know that within 15 minutes, he would be in horrific pain. It was so hard to deal with. I wouldn't have gotten through it without our friends and family! He was and still is constipated. The Nutramigen helped...with prune juice. He was doing so much better that the ped. wanted us to introduce Enfamil Gentlease by 3 mos. He wants Brecken's little body to break down the proteins more on his own. Eventually, we will hopefully work our way back to the Enfamil Lipil. The Nutramigen is already broken down, so his body doesn't have to do so much work. Well, he was doing so well lately, that we tried the Gentlease. He was pooping so well, that I quit the prune juice.....big mistake. BUT, at least he is not in pain after he eats! Baby steps.....that's what I say to myself. I'm just glad he can handle this formula now, b/c our wallet wasn't handling the Nutramigen!

At his 2 month appt. he was 24 in.----95th percentile! 12 lbs. 6 oz. WHOA! He's so long and skinny, but I will always call him my "Chubba Wubba"....he lost his cheeks for a while, but they're finally starting to fill out again...I love them! He's starting to smile and coo when Brett and I make ridiculous sound effects! It's so cute! He looooooves to cuddle. I think that is my favorite thing. When he's been upset and I pick him up and he wraps his arm around me. UGH..makes my heart melt! I also love it when he pouts....yes, I said it...POUTS! Not the screaming, just the pouting! He makes his lips so tight and sticks that bottom one out and I laugh in hysterics every time! Brett has gotten some really great "faces of Brecken" I thought I would add them today.

This is a picture of me at 6 wks and Brecken at 8 wks. Hmmm....cheeks, anyone?

He opens his eyes so baby pictures are like this,'s so weird! 9 wks.

TA-DAAAAA....the POUT! Love it!

This is his, "You mess with mommy, you mess with ME" pose!

He LOVES bathtime. 10 wks Bathtime good....floating Bumbo...not-so-good...he thought it was fun, though!

Well, that's it for now. Hopefully I'm on here again before the boy heads off to college! Thanks for the motivation, Bridgette! =)