Showing posts with label Wyatt's 1st Year. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wyatt's 1st Year. Show all posts

First Birthday “Round-Up” Party!


Cowboy "Round Up" First Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass


I tossed around several ideas for Wyatt’s first birthday party theme, but the second that the thought of a cowboy theme came up, I knew that was what I wanted to do.  Here are some pictures of the invitations, decorations, and food for Wyatt’s First Birthday Round-Up!


Cowboy "Round Up" First Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Cowboy "Round Up" First Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Cowboy "Round Up" First Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass
Cowboy "Round Up" First Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Cowboy "Round Up" First Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass
Cowboy "Round Up" First Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass
Cowboy "Round Up" First Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass
Cowboy "Round Up" First Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass


Invitations:  I made them myself with a blank card set and my scrapbooking software.

1. I ordered a reprint of a 1950’s children’s book to use as a guestbook – guests wrote Wyatt a birthday message on the inside.

2. I made “Cowboy” Coffee Cupcakes and Root Beer Float Cupcakes, and I baked them in mason jars – I made the tags and tied them to the jars with raffia.

3. I made the “Happy Birthday” banner with burlap and cowboy fabric, then stenciled the letters onto it.

5.  Ordered the birthday cake from King Soopers.

6. Root Beer Float station.

7. Monthly picture banner – I used string and mini clothespins to hang up Wyatt’s monthly pictures.  It was a great way for everyone to see how much he’s grown during his first year.

8. We served coffee, and I made the sign that says “Coffee – strong enough to float a horseshoe.”  Derek had all my signs and tags laminated for me.

9.  Wyatt’s highchair, with a sign that says “This seat is reserved for the Birthday Cowboy, Wyatt!”

10.  Guest book station, and I also put out a stuffed bear that Derek bought for me while I was in labor.  I had a picture of Wyatt as a newborn with the bear that I displayed for comparison.  He was barely bigger than that teddy bear!

11.  Chili and cornbread for dinner.

12.  Birthday Boy shirt from Target (on clearance last summer).

13.  Tied the balloons up with thread – so much better than trying to use tape!

The links are either to recipes, or to some of the ideas that we modified or used for our party.
Overall, I’m really happy with the way everything turned out – I gathered everything gradually over the last six months, so it didn’t hurt my wallet much; I had a lot of fun making the banners and signs and putting everything together; the mason jars, rafia, and twine I’ll use for other projects in the future, so the extra won’t go to waste; and the decorations aren’t specific to a first birthday, so I can keep all the decorations and do another cowboy-themed party a few years down the road!


On His First Birthday

 

On year ago today, at 1:28 PM, the doctor handed me a miracle.

 

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My sweet baby boy had his eyes squeezed shut tight.  He had his lip out in a pout, and after a minute he let out the tiniest mew of a cry.

We fell in love with him right then and there.

 

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The second they handed him to me tears started streaming down my face.  I was so overwhelmed, and so, so happy to meet my son.

One of the nurses chuckled at my reaction and joked that if I didn’t want him, she would take him.

I smiled through my tears and said “No, I want him.”

Oh, how I wanted that baby.  How I had dreamed and hoped, waited and prayed for him.  And there he was in my lap.

A miracle.

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Here we are, one year later, on my boy’s first birthday.  My husband and I can’t even explain how much joy he has brought to our lives.  I feel so honored to have him as my son.

I think every year I’ll probably look back and reminisce about the first moment with Wyatt.  The moment our son entered the world.  The moment we became a family of three.

And I’ll be amazed, and I’ll thank God for how far we’ve come.


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Happy 1st Birthday, My Sweet Wyatt-Boy!  Your Dad and I love you more than we can say, and we’re so proud that you’re ours! We thank God every day for giving you to us! 

Love You Always,

Your Mom and Dad

Wow.

 

A year ago today, this was me.  Thirty-seven weeks pregnant, and about to head to the hospital.

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I’m finding this kind of mind-blowing right now.

Read Wyatt’s birth story here, in case you missed it last year.


On My Baby Turning One

 

I haven’t really sat down yet to write about the elephant in the room this week.

My baby boy will be one year old on Saturday.

I’m feeling surprisingly calm about it.  I haven’t cried.  I haven’t felt overly emotional or sentimental.

Maybe it just hasn’t hit me yet.  It’s very possible that I’m feeling so calm because I’m just thinking about his party right now.  It’s possible that I’ll sit down after the party, look through pictures from a year ago, and bawl my eyes out.

Or maybe it’s because I’ve been struck many times in the last several months with how much he’s grown.  I’ve watched his birthday orchid, which Danae brought to me in the hospital, go from a barren twig to a full bloom once again, and I knew his birthday was coming the second I realized there were new buds sprouting (thanks to my husband for keeping it alive, by the way – if I had been in charge of it, it would have died by now).  So now, with his first birthday in just a few days, maybe I’m already used to the idea.

 

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What I do know is this – I’m not going to use this day as some sort of marker of the end of his babyhood.  That’s not what the first birthday is.  Sometimes people get in a rush to start calling their children toddlers, but children don’t turn from babies into toddlers with the passing of some magical date on the calendar.

I see more and more of the little boy he will be coming out in him, but he’s still very much a baby too.  The ending of babyhood is not some milestone to be reached.  Babyhood ends gradually, and the process began months ago.  I think the Lord made the transition from baby to toddler gradual on purpose, to make it a little easier for a mother’s heart to take. 

I won’t make it harder on myself by psyching myself out and telling myself he’s not a baby anymore.  He’s still part baby.  And even as he grows and loses all traces of baby-ness, there are joys with each stage of his life.  I won’t rush any of the stages.  And I won’t grieve too much over the ending of any of the stages either.

Because he is a gift in any stage, and no matter how he grows, he will always be my baby.


Eleven

 

Wyatt turns 11 months old today!  Only one more month to go until he’s a year old – hard to believe!

This past month has been a lot of fun!  Wyatt is so expressive, and he’s getting more and more mobile.  He still army crawls all over the house, and we’ve started putting barricades up to keep him away from dangerous areas (like the stairs).  He’s been pulling himself up to his knees to play with things, and he looks so grown up standing on his knees.  It probably won’t be long before he’s pulling himself up to his feet!  Sometimes when he’s on his hands and knees he’ll straighten his legs so he’s balancing on his hands and feet – it’s cute!  I haven’t been able to capture a picture, unfortunately.

This month Wyatt said his first word!  And it wasn’t “mama” or “dada”.  I still haven’t had that moment where I know he is talking about us when he says those words.  But right around Derek’s birthday, I noticed a couple different times Wyatt said “baba” when it was about time to feed him again, and then if we didn’t give him his bottle right away he started crying.  I just knew when he was saying “baba” that he was asking for his bottle!

 

I’ve been a lot more aware of how Wyatt is trying to communicate with us this month – for example, when he wants solid food he’ll start making chewing motions with his mouth.  It’s so fun to see him start to communicate!  And I know whatever word he ends up using for me and Derek won’t be far behind.

He’s also been waving more, but still just when he feels like it.  Though he will copy me if he sees me waving or clapping, and it melts my heart.

We’ve been trying more table foods this month, and Wyatt eats cereal puffs and bananas pretty well now.  I think we may start trying pieces of pears or noodles soon.

He was making the funniest facial expressions while he ate the other day, and we tried to take a video – excuse the poor quality, and the fact that Derek and I were laughing every few seconds, but we couldn’t help it – it was so funny!  He’s never done that before, and I’m pretty sure he was doing that face on purpose to make us laugh.  And see that hand thing he does?  He does that any time he’s happy or excited. 

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His sleep is still pretty good at night, though it’s been a little rougher lately because I think he’s going through a growth spurt.  Over the last couple of months though he went from one nap during the day to two naps.  Usually babies drop a nap around Wyatt’s age, but I guess he decided to add one!  I think it’s because he’s growing, and I’m okay with him napping a little more right now – I might as well enjoy it while I can!

He’s in mostly 12 month clothes now for the length, though he can still fit into a lot of his 9 month clothes (and even a couple of his six month shirts).  He’s long, but pretty slim – he’s on almost the tightest setting in the waist of his cloth diapers.

This month Wyatt also got his right upper tooth (on the 26th), and I think he might be working on his molars soon, because he’s been grabbing his ear a lot which can be a sign of teething (he doesn’t have an ear infection).

Of course the big first this month was celebrating Wyatt’s first Christmas!  But he also got his first haircut, and we celebrated Derek’s birthday together as a family for the first time this year.

He’s been doing such funny things lately too – he’ll make silly facial expressions to make us laugh, which is just adorable.  He is definitely initiating play with us (I just especially noticed it this month). 

He does the cutest things.  After Christmas, I had a plastic container of chocolate covered raisins, and I was sitting on the floor next to Wyatt while I ate them.  He grabbed the lid to the container and started balancing it on his face.  Every time he had it balanced he would get so excited and look so proud of himself, and when it fell off he’d grab it and put it back on his face again!  It was so funny – of course I had to grab a picture!

  The other day he smiled at my mom and I by scrunching up his whole face (which I did as a baby too).  When he’s on the floor and gets excited about something he’ll drop to his “superman” position on his stomach and kick his legs and wave his hands – it makes us laugh every time, and Derek’s mom told us that Derek used to do that as a baby too!  It’s fun to see the ways he takes after each of us.

 

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Wyatt-Boy,

I won’t be able to call you a “baby” for that many more months – even this past month there were a couple times when you moved your head just right, or had a certain expression on your face, and it struck me how grown up you are starting to look.  You lose a little more of your “baby-ness” every day, and I’m just holding on to all these sweet moments when I can still call you Baby.  But I want you to know that though you won’t always be a baby, you’ll always be my baby, and I treasure every single day of being your mama!  I love you, Sweet Boy.  I’m so glad God gave you to your daddy and me.

Love Always,

Mama

First Haircut

 

A couple weeks ago, Wyatt got his first haircut!  I was a little resistant, because I love his fuzzy hair.  But it was getting pretty long, and it was just time. 

I decided to bite the bullet and do it before Christmas.  I knew I was going to do it myself, and I wanted to give it plenty of time to grow back out before his 1-year pictures, just in case I messed it up.

Here we are before we started.

And that was the last smile for a while.  This is pretty much how the whole thing went: 

Wyatt was not a fan of the whole process.

He did hold still long enough here and there for me to actually cut his hair.  Though it’s a little choppy in the back as evidence of his squirming.

And the finished product!  I was really happy with the way it turned out.  And it still has that fuzzy look, just in a more subdued way.

I love that last picture. He is such a handsome little guy.

When did your kids get their first haircut?



July-December 2011

 

Here is part two of our 2011 recap!

July

-Wyatt rolled from his back to his stomach on the 2nd!

Derek and I took an anniversary getaway the weekend before the 4th!

-Wyatt’s first Independence Day! We celebrated by taking him on his first trip to the zoo on the 3rd.

-The last space shuttle launch on July 8th, at least until the re-fund the space program.  I was not happy about it.

-Wyatt turned five months old.

-We celebrated our anniversary! Derek surprised me and took us to this farmhouse restaurant for dinner.

-Wyatt grabbed his feet for the first time that I noticed on the 22nd.

-We started Wyatt on solids on the 23rd!  We also took him swimming for the first time!

-I quit Facebook.  I never wrote a post about it, but I might at some point.

-I went to physical therapy, but only once.  Apparently that was enough to loosen my knee up, because shortly thereafter I could walk without much of a limp!

 

August

-Wyatt started to give me kisses on August 1st!

-Somewhere in the beginning of August I went to a hematologist, who told me I should be on blood thinners for six months, even after bloodwork confirming I have no unusual clotting factors..  I got a second opinion from a different hematologist, who said I could go off of them right away, because I had been on them for three months, and my clot was so small it was almost gone.  I went with the second hematologists opinion and was so glad to be done with those horrible shots.

-We started giving Wyatt more vegetables.  He also started sitting up sometime this month.

-Wyatt turned six months old!

-We had six month photos taken.

-We started Wyatt on formula full-time.

-We went to a baseball game.

-I spent a lot of time driving around the neighborhood looking at houses with Wyatt snoozing in the backseat.  Just for fun.

-I started packing for our vacation in the beginning of September!

 

September

-We gave Wyatt even more vegetables and fruits this month – he liked everything! 

-We went on vacation out East to visit Derek’s brother and sister-in-law!  We had a great time!

-Wyatt flew on an airplane for the first time, met his aunt and uncle for the first time, and saw the beach for the first time!

-Wyatt turned seven months old!

- Derek and I went out on a date for the first time in months.

-I started feeling crafty and started on a few projects, including tailoring a men’s shirt to fit me.

-Somewhere in here I moved my toiletries into our newly finished downstairs bathroom, which we finished over the summer!  The basement is officially complete.

-My sister got engaged!  I believe it was in September (I start to lose track of things if I don’t blog about them right away!).  More to come.

 

October

-I looked at our monthly budget and started considering cloth diapering.  I bought our first cloth diapers (Oh Katy and Fuzzibunz were the first ones we tried).

-I realized September was banned book month (and I participated by reading the Bible!).

-I gave Wyatt his first teething “cookie”.

-Wyatt and I went to Ikea for the first time.

-Wyatt turned eight months old.

-Wyatt started getting up on his hands and knees and rocking back and forth.  This happened sometime in October I think, I’m not completely sure when, but it was so cute!

-Wyatt got his first tooth on the 16th! Followed closely by the second on the 19th.

-I got up my courage and we started using cloth diapers.

-We visited a pumpkin patch and corn maze with Wyatt!

-I planted flower bulbs for the first time, painted a shelf for the new bathroom, and started on a quilt, all recapped in this post.

 

November

-Wyatt started army crawling somewhere in here – I didn’t write down the exact day, but it was somewhere toward the end of October or beginning of November!

-I started posting more about cloth diapers (first impressions, about the money, and various posts with tips from other moms).  More to come in 2012.

-Wyatt kind of waved on November 13th!

-I hosted the Salvation Stories link-up on my blog and posted my testimony – I loved reading everyone’s stories!

-We had our Christmas pictures taken.

-We celebrated Thanksgiving (Wyatt’s first), and set up our Christmas tree!  Wyatt picked out his stocking and saw Christmas lights for the first time.

-We gave Wyatt pureed meat for the first time.  First it was ham and gravy and he hated it.  Then we tried chicken and apples, and he liked that better!  We also tried pumpkin on Thanksgiving Day.

 

December

-We started bundling Wyatt up in his cute winter coats, we went on a Christmas shopping trip with Wyatt, and we got a beautiful advent calendar from Derek’s brother and sister-in-law!  All recapped in this post.

-Wyatt pulled himself up on his knees (7th).

-We hosted an ugly sweater party.

-We took Wyatt to his first Christmas parade.

-Wyatt turned ten months old!

-We bought Wyatt’s first Christmas ornament, and our first family-of-three ornament.

-Wyatt had his first haircut on the 23rd.

-We celebrated our first Christmas with Wyatt!

-Wyatt got his second upper tooth on the 26th.

-We celebrated Derek’s birthday by going ice skating, out to eat, and to a movie.

-We celebrated New Year’s Eve!

 

So much has happened for our family in 2011 – most significantly becoming a family of three!  The Lord has given us so much to be thankful this past year, and I feel so blessed.  I’m looking forward to seeing what He has in store for us in 2012, and I’m so glad that He is in control of our story – because His plans are the best plans!

Wishing each of you blessings in 2012!




January-June 2011

 

The year 2011 has brought so many wonderful changes to our little family!  Every year I do a recap of highlights from each month of the year, and this year’s recap will be fun to write because so much fun stuff has happened!  I’ll do the first six months today and the second six months tomorrow.

 

January

-I reached 32 weeks in my pregnancy.

-We took some maternity pictures on January 8th!

-I had my baby shower on January 9th.

-We continued to work on my crazy baby to-do list.

-I reached 34 weeks in my pregnancy.  I was measuring 3 centimeters behind, so we scheduled an ultrasound to check my little guy’s growth.

-I killed my iPod.

-The girls at work threw my coworker and me a joint baby shower!

 

February

-I got my little guy’s baby book in the mail!

-We found out the baby was growing just fine at the ultrasound, and I got to see his chubby cheeks.

-I got an iPod touch to replace my poor Nano.

-I bought an adorable little hat for my Babykins.

-At my 36 week appointment my blood pressure was high and I had some protein in the initial urine tests.  The sent me to the hospital and kept me overnight for monitoring.  The day I turned 36 weeks pregnant I spent in the hospital.

-They lost part of my 24-hour urine test (how do you lose 600 mL of urine between the hospital room and the lab?  I have no idea), but my blood pressure was better, so they sent me home to repeat the 24-hour test on my own.  I posted a full recap of that adventure here.

-I went in for another doctor’s appointment and got the highest blood pressure reading yet.

-I got the results back from my second 24-hour urine test, and it wasn’t so good.  Off to the hospital we went to be induced!  I was so excited and scared at the same time.

-On February 11, 2011 our sweet Wyatt was born!  A moment that changed my life forever.  You can read the full birth story here.

-We came home from the hospital on February 13th.

-We spent Wyatt’s first Valentine’s Day as our first full day home as a family!

-After Wyatt was born I finished some of the final touches and revealed his nursery!

-We just spent the next few weeks figuring out life with our sweet baby!  I did end up getting pretty sick with an infection in there too, but it cleared up nicely with some antibiotics.

-I finally posted our maternity pictures (here they are, part one and two).

-We had Wyatt’s newborn photos taken (session one and two).

 

March

-We reached our due date with a three week old baby!

-Wyatt turned one month old.

-We lost the bumper on our car.  I was sure it must have been stolen, but what I never got around to mentioning on here was that we did end up finding it later.  How it fell off the car without being loose, and without me hitting anything with it will always be a mystery to me.

-I started getting out more with Wyatt.

-We had several firsts – Wyatt’s first basketball game, first date without Wyatt, Wyatt’s first shoes, etc.

-Wyatt rolled over (stomach to back) for the first time on March 27th!

 

April

-I took Wyatt on his first walk outside on April 1st.

-On April 2nd Wyatt smiled for the first time!

-Derek and Wyatt had their first “guy’s night” (April 4th) while I went out for dinner with my mom and sister.

-We got to meet Anne and her husband for dinner on the 5th!

-Wyatt turned two months old.

-My laptop died and I had to get a new one.

-Right when I got home from picking up the new laptop, my knee “popped”, and I fell and realized I couldn’t move my leg with pain shooting through my knee.  Thankfully I wasn’t holding Wyatt at the time.  I dragged myself and the carseat inside our front door and shortly after went to the urgent care center (horrible experience there).

-Ended up going to the ER.  Found out I tore the meniscus in my knee and flipped it out of place.  Scheduled surgery.

-Had surgery the next morning on the 17th.

-Wyatt blessed us by starting to sleep through the night on April 20th/21st!  Right when we needed rest most.

-I spent the next week on the couch because I could hardly move without pain, and tried to figure out how to use crutches, which I would be on for the next six weeks.

-We spent our first Easter as a family!

-I ended up developing a blood clot in my leg and they put me on aspirin.  I felt like a sickly person for the first time in my life.

-Friends and family came to help me for the next several weeks, because I was not allowed to put any weight on my leg and therefore couldn’t carry Wyatt around.

-Trimmed Wyatt’s nails for the first time on April 28th.

-I spent a lot of time on the couch blogging and watching TV since I couldn’t get around to take care of my own baby.  This was pretty depressing.  But the idea for the Moms and Babies feature was born during that time, and I finally made a blog button.

 

May

-I posted the reveal of our new bedroom in our finished basement! It had been finished for a while, but I finally got around to posting it.

-It was getting really hard not to feel depressed about not being able to do anything with Wyatt and sitting around all the time.

-Osama Bin Laden was killed.  The post “Death Of An Evil Man” has my thoughts on the subject.

-Wyatt laughed for the first time on May 10th!

-Wyatt turned three months old.

-I had my first Mother’s Day as a mom!

-I went to a tea party at Ashley’s house. It was so fun!

-I had an ultrasound to check on blood clot and it was still there.  I was put on injectable blood thinners.

-It snowed and we built Wyatt’s first snowman.

-We lost our dog for three weeks while she went on a trip to Missouri.

-I started to get a little more independent, because I figured out that if I stationed myself and Wyatt on the couch with the baby bag and bouncer seat within reach, I could take care of us both by myself.  This worked out well for the last couple weeks of my crutches.

-I visited my orthopedic surgeon and got the okay to get rid of the crutches!  What I didn’t mention was that I burst into tears after that appointment when I realized that even though I technically could put weight on my leg now, I still couldn’t walk very well without my crutches.  I spent the next few weeks with very limited movement in my knee and a horrible limp.

 

June

-I went back to work

-Wyatt turned four months old.

-We celebrated my birthday!

-Wyatt started grabbing toys intentionally (15th) and held his own bottle (19th).

-We celebrated Derek’s first Father’s Day as a dad!

-We got rid of our satellite TV service.  I wrote about why in these posts (part one and two).

-Blood clot still there.  More injections of blood thinners.

-Found out my sister-in-law was pregnant again!

-We just enjoyed the beautiful summer weather.

 

To be continued tomorrow . . .

First Christmas As A Family Of Three

 

We had a wonderful Christmas weekend!  On Saturday (Christmas Eve), we went to visit Derek’s family.  We ate a wonderful breakfast, played Monopoly, and Wyatt got a bunch of fun toys and books!

He was getting into the present-opening here.

We we went home, watched “The Nativity Story”, and got Wyatt ready for bed.

Listening to the Christmas Story from Luke 2 while Wyatt ate dinner.

Reading “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” with dad!

After Wyatt went to bed Derek and I got all his presents put together and set out!

We enjoyed our sparkling cider and glowing tree before bed.

Here are the guys coming upstairs on Christmas morning!

Wyatt and his presents.

Opening his first present.

He really liked his new wagon.

We got Wyatt blocks, a wooden train, little toy trucks and cars that light up, and the Roadmaster wagon.  Then I had a bunch of movies and books that I had collected for him, so I just decided to wrap all those up too, just for fun (even though I didn’t actually buy them for Christmas presents).

We opened about half his presents before he started looking tired and we put him down for a nap.

Derek and I opened some presents next.

Instead of using a bow, Derek wrote little notes to me on my gifts with a silver Sharpie! I thought that was so creative (he’s one of the most creative people I know.  Here is what they said:

“This gift may feel like coffee, but you may be wrong!!  I love you!!!” (It was the Starbucks Christmas Blend, which is my favorite coffee blend ever!)

“Dear Callie, I just wanted to say I love you so much.  I hope our first Christmas with Wyatt is your most favorite Christmas ever!  I love you very much, Merry Christmas!!”

“A beautiful wife deserves only the best gift. I love you, enjoy!”

Isn’t he sweet?

Derek’s big gift this year was a torque wrench (those things are not cheap, let me tell you . . .), but he totally out-did me and surprised me with:

An iPhone!

*happy scream*

I was so excited!  He’s always telling me how I can’t get an iPhone, so I was totally surprised that he gave me one for Christmas!

Our stockings (that’s a dinosaur toy poking out of Wyatt’s in case you were wondering).

And of course our dogs needed their presents too (Ralphie, the little one I’m holding, has come to expect one – I almost forgot to give him a present last year and he was just waiting for me to remember).

We went over to my parent’s for Christmas dinner, games, and gifts in the afternoon.

We got to open Wyatt’s gifts while he took a nap.

Then he woke up and was there to open his own.

Later we went home and opened one more present before putting Wyatt to bed.

We kind of stretched Christmas out to the next day and saved our “hidden present” tradition until that night!

 

And Wyatt and I took a picture with our new phones too!

Overall, we had a wonderful first Christmas together as a family! 

I hope you all had wonderful Christmas’s too!

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