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.


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!!


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


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


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. :)


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!!


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.  


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.