12.27.2008

Christmas Day

Despite the serious snow and my serious fear of driving in the snow, we left the house on Christmas day.  We woke up, opened presents with Jax, spent the morning/early afternoon with Chase's family, and the late afternoon/evening with my family.  It was perfect.

Jana made all the girls these sassy little aprons so we can now cook in style.
Skye, Jana, Me, Jacque
Jax was a champ opening presents Christmas morning.  It was so cute.  Obviously he is WAY too young to understand what is going on, but he is the most curious creature on the earth.  So, we would get a present started and he would be like hey, there is something in there!  So, he'd tear the paper off.  It was really cute.  And, lets not forget how cute his little Christmas pajamas are.



Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve was a busy day.  Both Chase's family and my family live within 5 minutes of each other so, we make it to every single event - which we are so glad about.  Although my car got stuck in the snow multiple times, we made it to everything.  We ate Christmas Eve dinner at my parents house.  Then, we took our full bellies to Chase's parents and ate another FULL meal!  Needless to say, a full body cleanse is much needed after the holidays.

My family opens all of their gifts Christmas Eve night.  Ironically, all the boys (minus one, poor Timmy) got the same shirt.  Even more ironically, Lynn happened to already have the shirt and just happened to be wearing it.  As you can see in this picture poor Tim got the shirt...in red instead.
If you thought all the boys in matching shirts was enough, how about matching shirt and pants!!  Gotta love it.
Here is Jax not only posing, but opening his Christmas Eve present.  He is too precious.

12.22.2008

Snowed In


I can't leave my house.  Truly, I want to, but I just can't do it.  Last year I got stuck for almost 7 hours in the hugest snowstorm ever on the Micron road on February 13th.  Jax was only 8 days old!  It was terrible.  I was crying in my car on the phone with my mom, Chase, and even the Highland/Alpine police!  Yep, I called the police to ask them what in the world was going on.

We finally pulled over at the gas station across the street from Micron, where we were greeted by a few friendly faces that were also stuck.  At about 10:00pm my mom and dad bravely rescued me and my 8 day old baby from the snow.

Well, needless to say, I now think I suffer from chionophobia - fear of the snow.  Honestly, I am serious.  When I wake up to see snow pouring down, I about freak if I have to drive anywhere in my very NON 4-WHEEL DRIVE car.  Like, I could hyperventilate just thinking about it.  My lease is up next year and I will be either getting a seriously snow tough 4-wheel drive or a snow cat (Preferably the snow cat)!!  Not to mention, I am equally nervous for Chase to drive to and from work.  I stare at the weather report all day and especially during the time of his commute.  I have honestly told him he needs to stay home from work due to the weather.  It think I may need to switch states...  

Today is one of those days where my blood pressure might be a little higher than normal.  The snow is just pouring.  My chionophobia is getting intensified! Seriously, I might need some medication to get it under control.  I was suppose to take Jax to get some pictures taken today, but luckily I canceled and rescheduled.  I am not going anywhere.  That terrible day last February has scarred me.  I look out the window and think the snow looks absolutely beautiful, but HATE it more than ever!!

12.18.2008

All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth


Nothing like his two front pearly whites.  Christmas wish granted Jaxer!

Jax's New Favorite Toy

One word: DISGUSTING!

Jax's new destination of choice is the toilet.  He is convinced there is no greater place to play.

12.15.2008

My Baby is Sad...AND NOW I KNOW WHY


If only Jax could have told me this!! I took Jax to the doctor this morning. She took one look inside his ear and said, "He has a FLAMING ear infection." Why did she have to say FLAMING???!!! Well, now I know why we have had such a miserable week - day and night. Next time I will be going to the doctor a little bit sooner...just like Chase had been telling me. :)

12.13.2008

My Baby is Sad

I am not quite sure why, but all I know is that my baby is sad.  He has a terribly high fever, he cries if you put him down, he has 2 teeth breaking through as we speak, and he is just sad.  On top of the whole teething thing, I am pretty sure my little baby is getting sick.  

I went to the grocery store today while Chase stayed home with Jax.  Jax was really crying so Chase put him in the tub to try and calm him down.  After he got out, Chase was cuddling him in his towel, and Jax fell asleep.  So, I come home to Jax asleep on the floor in his room in a towel...only.  No diaper underneath!  So, while I am typing right now I am oh so nervous that my little boy is going to have an accident on the carpet....
This little teether has a new best friend: the biter biscuit.  He really likes them (even though his sad face isn't really saying that in this picture).  But caution, these things are a MESS!!

12.11.2008

Rule Breaker

Jax's new sleep habits - or rather his lack there of - have really started to get the best of me.  He wakes up at least twice a night just SCREAMING.  It's not he most pleasant thing to be woken up by.  I have tried everything - rocking him, a binky, nursing him, feeding him a bottle... but nothing other than nursing him has seemed to work.  So that's what I have been doing to settle him down.

Well, last week I decided that I am ready to be done nursing.  So, I have cut out all daytime feedings and just nurse first thing in the morning and right before bed.  The bad news for Jax and anyone in a 20 miles radius trying to sleep at night, is that I refuse to nurse him in the middle of the night during his freak outs.  It has been quite interesting.  Let's just say that he is NOT impressed.  It has been pretty rough.

First off, the whole weening thing isn't the easiest thing in the world, especially when Jax refuses a bottle.  Formula is just out of the question and juice just gets a sip or two and then he's over it.  So, this is just adding to the difficult nights.

Well, last night after talking to Brandi (so that means I got medical advice:) I decided that I was going to give him a bottle of milk in the middle of the night when he wakes up.  I know, I know, no milk until you are 12 months, but hey I am desperate and so all the rules can just go right out the window.  But, like  I said Brandi is a respiratory therapist so her advice is like just as good as a doctor's, right? :)

So, of course Jax isn't that into milk - go figure.  So, I decided to pump up the flavor a little.  So, last night when he woke up for the first time, I busted out a bottle of chocolate milk.  Yep, first I am giving milk too early and then I smother it with chocolate.  At first he refused, but once he got a few tastes he started drinking.  It didn't put him right to sleep, but it was the next  best thing to nursing.  It still took about twenty minutes to get him back to sleep, but he actually only cried for like 5 minutes.  Sadly, he woke up again and he had to do the same routine, but it was definitely better than last night. 

So, I guess that I will just have to accept that I am the mom who gives her ten month old chocolate milk.  But, I am pretty much willing to do anything to get this little guy to not only sleep through the night, but to go back to sleep if he wakes up.  

12.02.2008

Oh Sleep, Where Have You Gone?

This little lovely has really decided to make me exhausted.  His sleeping through the night has pretty much disappeared.  I am not sure what the deal is.  Probably the two more teeth he is getting - that will put him to a grand total of 6.  I think I am just going to blame it on the teeth so that I don't have to come to terms with the fact that he is turning a little naughty.

Last night, he woke up at midnight ready for food.  What 10 month old already needs food when he just ate at 9:00pm?  Aren't they suppose to sleep through the night and be fine without food by now?  Then, at 4:00am he woke up again.  I let him cry for a little while hoping he'd just go back to sleep, but no such luck.  So, I went and got him, fed the little guy AGAIN and put him back in bed.  About 30 minutes later, he was up...FOR THE DAY!  

He thought that 5:00am seemed like a good time to play.  Let me tell you what I am not interested in at 5:00am - PLAYING!  But, I still had to hangout with him for a little while whether I liked it or not.  At about 5:30am Chase came to the rescue.  They watched a little Sponge Bob (which apparently is on at all hours), and Jax finally fell asleep.  But, he only slept an hour.  Then, he was ready to take on the day.

I, however, was not ready to take on anything this morning when he was up bright and early.  I felt exhausted!  I am not sure I can handle this much longer.  Perhaps there is a nighttime babysitting service I need to look into.

11.23.2008

Impetigo



The last 2 weeks Jax has been fighting a gnarly case of impetigo.  It started out on his face, and since he has a serious love for sucking his hands, quickly spread ALL over his hands.  I had just taken him to the Dr. on Friday for his 9 month check-up.  But, by Monday morning, we were back at the doctor for a new issue.  How fun.  My poor little buddy had to just take some medicine and it would "clear up very quickly" - according to the doctor.

Well, Jax HATED the nasty tasting medicine.  So, for about 4 days I had to fight him twice a day to choke down any medicine at all.  I was pretty sure that he wasn't getting near the correct dose, and the ever spreading impetigo was proof that I was right.  So, after talking to my mom, she saved the day - as mom's usually do.  She sent me home with a big 'ol thing of Hershey's syrup.  I dumped a bunch into the medicine bottle, and Jax hasn't complained about the medicine since!  Ha ha..

I seriously have felt weird taking Jax into public the last 2 weeks.  I feel like people are like, "Get that diseased kid out of here.  I don't want him passing that stuff around!"  But, he's not contagious, just freaky looking.  Last weekend we were at a family party and my cousin Bobby grabbed a napkin and started scrubbing Jax's chin because he thought he was roaming around with food all over his face.  It was pretty funny when my mom and I broke him the news that it wasn't going to be coming off!  Poor little Jax.

Well, 2 weeks later, the impetigo isn't totally gone yet.  What was all that "clear up very quickly" business all about?  Sadly, the pictures above are actually not the impetigo at its' worst.

11.05.2008

You Know You're Old When...

You can ride a bike!
9 Months Old
30 1/4 inches long (95th percentile)
21 pounds 11 ounces (75th percentile)

Today, Jax is 9 months old.  I can't believe it.  When I think about the last 9 months, I can't help but smile.  Oh, how my life changed 18 months ago.  

I can still remember the day perfectly that I found out I was pregnant.  Just before I took the pregnancy test, Chase voiced his doubts about it.  He didn't think I was pregnant.  I pretty much cried wolf, I guess you could say, and took pregnancy tests quite often.  But, I kinda felt like this time I had a chance...and I was right!  Chase about died when I showed him the positive sign.  He was speechless - literally.  We said we weren't going to tell anyone for 3 months.  But, by the next morning, everyone we had ever known knew.  Now, we couldn't be happier to have baby Jax in our home.

9 months old is a pretty crazy time.  You can't turn your head for 10 seconds.  This little man is a full-time job, that is for sure.  Now that he is a master crawler and pulls himself up to everything (toilets included), I have to keep a close eye on him if I don't want to go to the emergency room.  I didn't realize how active a baby could be.

In the last 9 months I think my heart has grown 100 times.  I don't think you understand the unconditional love you can have for your child until you become a parent - not to mention how my love for Chase has grown watching him become a dad.

Oh baby Jax, these last 9 months have been much more enjoyable than the 9 months before when I carried you in my belly. :)

11.04.2008

IMPORTANT VOTING INFORMATION

Due to long lines today, all Obama voters are asked to vote on WEDNESDAY.  
Thank you!

11.03.2008

More Halloween Festivities

Jax and his cousins - Roen and Milo.  Halloween was actually Milo's due date.  But, thanks to modern medicine, he is a week old in this picture.  And don't even think that Milo will wake up for this picture!
Family Photo.  Chase and I are like REALLY into fitness. :)
The little dragon and Grandma Gundy
Uncle Beau and Uncle Drew - Jax is VERY fond of these two.
After all the Halloween events, we had one sleepy dragon.
**PS Check out Jax's foot size.  The truth is that this picture is not deceiving AT ALL.  He's got one large foot.  He is definately his mother's son...

10.31.2008

Happy Halloween

What a cute dragon cuddling with Nannie.
I LOVE this tail!
Watch out this little dragon will get you.
There are plenty more pictures where this comes from.  You just wait until we've finished trick-or-treating!  Yes, Jax is hitting the streets with Roen and Milo - you are never too young!!  (Or old, I've been in my costume since 9:30 this morning!!)

10.30.2008

Jax is Potty Trained!!

Yes, it is true.  My 9 month old is potty trained! 
Okay, maybe not.  But, we do have a serious problem on our hands.  All you have to do is put him in the tub and he poos!!  I'm not impressed.  I don't get it.  Why does he wait until I take his diaper off to poo?  It has really made for some interesting mornings as of late.  He has been making a habit out of this disgusting thing.  I don't want to clean it up anymore!  Okay, I know that this is just nasty to talk about Jax's pooing habits, but imagine having to clean it up daily.  Yuck!  I sure love this little guy, but he for some reason prefers pooing in the tub over pooing in his diaper.  I sure hope he learns one day...

10.29.2008

I'm Scared...


Jax is no longer safe anywhere in our house - he even has the red bump on his forehead to prove it.  He pulls himself up to everything.  He has a few favorite locations.  He LOVES to pull himself up to the TV and play with the satellite box and the play station.  He also LOVES the rock fireplace.  Of course he does.  It is the most dangerous thing he could possibly pull himself up to.  If he goes down on this thing, he will for sure be getting his first set of stitches.  Maybe he's just a rock climber at heart.  I turn my back for 5 seconds and... 
Then he gets moved.  30 seconds later...

10.25.2008

Milo Day 2

Well Katie, here's some more pictures of Milo for you to enjoy!
Jax and Milo both squeezing into Milo's Moses basket.  This just proves that Jax is not little anymore.  How sad.  Jax also is the first kid to pull Milo's hair...sad.  Check out Milo's sweet little feet in this photo.
Milo and Lynn
Full body stretch...so cute.
Showing off his tounge...and full head of hair.  What a stud!

10.24.2008

Jax's First Haircut


Jax had a little overhang by his ears which meant he was due for his first haircut.  My mom, our trusty stylist, did the honors.
Thank goodness for this turtle he was gnawing on to get him to cooperate.
Lookin' good...
The official after shot.  Oh, how adorable is my little missionary?!

Milo Peterson

October 24, 2008
8 pounds 3 ounces
20 1/2 inches long

Milo was born today.  He is my sister Amber and Lynn's second little boy.  He is AMAZING and has more dark hair than we know what to do with.  Poor Katie is in Nebraska and didn't get to be here today.  Here are some pictures for you Katie.  I will post some more when he gets bathed and spiffed up.  We missed you, but GO CORN HUSKERS!!
Roen looks really happy about Milo in this picture.  This picture is deceiving...


Poor little Milo came out face up so, he has a few red marks on his face from the difficult journey into the world.  But, he is still the cutest little guy ever.

10.19.2008

Good Morning!

This is what I now have the privilege to be greeted by ever morning and after every nap.  Jax has learned how to pull himself up to the side of his crib.  If this isn't a safety hazard, I don't know what is.  But, I must say there is nothing like a greeting like this one - teeth and all.

Also, today is Chase's 38th birthday - okay, maybe not quite 38.  But, 25 does seem about that old.  I can't believe we are getting this old....  I would write all about Chase and tell you how amazingly perfect his is, but if you know him you know there is no one sweeter in the world.  And, if you've ever seen him you know there is no one hotter in the world!  Lucky me!  Happy Birthday!!

10.16.2008

Dinosaur Museum

Chase, Jax, and I went to the Thanksgiving Point Dinosaur Museum today.  I have never been and thought it was really cool.  It is UEA so there are SO many little kids running around there.  I think there were quite a few scared parents hoping they wouldn't have to pay for a broken T-Rex skeleton.
This is a raptor.  They found this skeleton in Moab!  That is a little freaky when you think about it.  These are the scary dinosaurs in Jurassic Park that they are trying to hide from in the kitchen.
**Chase thought I was weird for wanting to ask a stranger to take our picture so, it just ended up being me and Jax and Chase volunteering to be the photographer.
I just couldn't resist this picture.  Although there is a sign that clearly says PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB ON EXHIBIT, Chase made sure no one was coming, and I climbed on the exhibit (sorry Thanksgiving Point) to place Jax in the mouth of this gigantic shark.  During the time of dinosaurs there were sharks that were 70 feet long!  That is so scary.  I don't like to be in the water with goldfish let alone a 70 foot long maneater!

10.14.2008

Happy Birthday Jana

Tonight we all went out to dinner for Jana's birthday.  She is one good looking 29 year old!  We had such a fun time.  When we all get together there are ALWAYS some funny stories told.  My personal favorite was about Chase's snowboarding days.  Let's just say he is not a season pass holder.  

Sunday Best

Holy HOTTIES!  Nothing better than these two in their Sunday best.  And if you are wondering, yes, Jax is old enough to be wearing adult looking sweaters!!

King of the Remote


Chase and I were feeling neglectful a few days ago because we decided that Jax doesn't really have any toys.  If he wants something to play with we just give him whatever we are holding - a water bottle, a box, a cup, etc.  His personal favorite is the remote to the TV.  So, we decided to go buy him some actual toys.  When we got home he immediately dropped the singing dog and headed for the remote.  Oh boy.  He loves the remote.  His poor future wife is really in for a treat!! 

High Chair

I think the reason Jax seems to love sitting in his high chair is pretty obvious.  High chair = FOOD!  If there is one thing this little man loves, it's his food.

Just chillin' out in the chair.  He is even old enough to be taking full advantage of the arm rest.