Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Baby G is 1!

Sweet Baby Graham,

Mommy and Daddy decided we were ready to have another baby in November of 2008 and found out one month later that we were expecting! I was so happy...until the hormones kicked in. Mommy was soooooo sick for the first few months, but thankfully by 16 weeks I was feeling much better. Though I would do it all over again to get you, mommy did not have a very good pregnancy compared my first with your big brother. When we found out that you were male, I couldn't imagine life with three boys. Now, I can't imagine my life any other way. I kind of feel like a queen with three guys to adore me the way you all do. Though mommy still dreams of a girl to doll up, I am completely enjoying my life of three boys and a girl.

Today you turn one year old. I seriously cannot believe it. This time last year, you were born at 39 weeks and gave Mommy and Daddy the scare of their lives. Due to an unknown infection mommy had, Dr. Lao quickly decided to do an immediate C-section when your heart rate showed extreme distress. A few times they even thought we had lost you. However, you were a fighter and made it through the surgery. Daddy said the two minutes you didn't cry after birth were the longest minutes of his life. You were such a sick baby when you were born, but the doctors and nurses took good care of you and you came home one week later. Bringing you home was one of the best days of my life. The trauma of your delivery and the helplessness of watching your little body fight some mean bacteria enabled mommy to grow so much as a person. I learned to trust God more because their was nothing I could do. You are a very healthy boy now and I can truly say that I do not take that for granted.

The first 6 months of your life were both beautiful and difficult. You were just a laid back baby who let mommy do anything she wanted. You would go anywhere, sleep anywhere, and hardly ever cried. Night time was a whole other story. You struggled with some pretty serious acid reflux. When you laid down, you would start coughing and throwing up. Mommy cried more these six months than ever in her life because I didn't know what to do for you and because I was so tired. The first medication they put you on didn't work, but at six months they started you on Prevacid. I like to call it the miracle pill. We had you prayed for at church at 6 1/2 months and that night you slept 10 hours straight. I'm not sure if it was God or the medicine or both, but you have been sleeping 10-12 hours a night since that day. Mommy was able to be herself again.

You continued your laid back self until about 10 months old. The past two months mommy has called you a spit-fire, whatever that means. Compared to your big bro, you are still pretty chill, but recently you have showed that you have an opinion, and a very strong one at that. You definitely know what you like and what you don't like. Be patient with me, I am learning. One thing is for sure. You have the the biggest most beautiful blue eyes that have the ability to melt mommy's heart. Your smile is adored by everyone who sees it. You have brought lots of joy to your family in your one year on this earth, and we are so excited to watch you grow and change. Though I won't always get it right as a mom, know that I am trying to do my best. I love you so much. You are truly a blessing and a gift.


First years Stats:           Weight           Height
Birth-                               8lbs 7oz          21 in
1 month-                       10lbs 3oz          21.5 in
2 months-                     12lbs                 23 in
4 months-                     13lbs 11oz        25 in
6 months-                     15lbs 13oz        28 in
9 months-                     17lbs 10oz        29 in
11 months-                   19lbs 9oz           30 in
12 months-                   ? (doctors visit next week)

Firsts and such:
First solid food: pears and carrots at 5 months. (he eventually liked everything-yay for me!)
First tried formula and a bottle-3 months (did not like it.)
First fed myself: 7 months
Drank from sippy: 8 months
Went to sleep with: my beloved passy
Slept all night (10-12 hours): 6 months
First tooth: 6 months
First hair cut: 3 months (I couldn't handle his rat tail)
First smile: 6 weeks
First lol- 8 weeks
Rolled over- 4.5 months
Sat upright-7 months (I told you he was chill)
Crawling- 8 months (army crawl) 9 months (hands and knees)
Pulling up on furniture- 10 months
First step-10 months (still not solely walking)
First word-"dada" (we don't really know when it became official...he's made the sound since 6-7 months but now says it to David when he wants him.)
Clapped hands-10.5 months
Weaned-??? (hoping this week)
6-12 month napping schedule: 3 times a day (he has always put himself to sleep)

Things Graham likes/loves
"Itsy Bitsy Spider" song
That's Not My Bear book
Feeding myself
Making car noises while pushing them around
Blowing slobbery lips
Watching Parker do anything
Stroller rides
Music-you dance and bob your head a lot!
Animals-not an ounce of fear
eating grass and flowers

36 weeks in Utero:
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We are having Graham's first birthday party this Saturday, and I'm super excited! (We all know the first b-day party is all about the parents anyway, right?) Both of my boys loved Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and since Graham never seems satiated, we chose to wrap the party around the book.

Happy birthday Baby Graham!!!


Michelle said...

Love the post Steph!! I may have to steal the idea in a few months. Happy Birthday Graham!!!

Lauren said...

Awwwww, happy birthday to sweet Graham!!!!!! :)

DavidandSteff said...

Steal away! I'm not one of the hoarding bloggers that thinks I have all the original ideas-lol. Miss you!

Kelly Pearce said...

Happy Birthday Graham! When I read your note, I teared up. I didn't know what all happened during the birth and infection... I am so glad that he is such a healthy and happy baby! And you are right, those eyes would melt anyone!

eric_alicia03 said...

such a sweet precious miracle!!!

Terry said...

Happy Birthday, Graham. I didn't know you had such a difficult beginning. Something about Graham's picture at the top reminds me of your dad. Great post.

DavidandSteff said...

Terry, my dad would say that's because his middle name is Jeffrey-lol.

Happy Little Camps Family said...

What a beautiful post!! You are so blessed to have 2 healthy and handsome boys. I too had a very rough begining with Alana so I can definitely identify with the feeling of relying on God and growing through experiences like that. Thank you for sharing.