Archive for December, 2009

SIDS….
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SIDS….

 

I have read and am concerned with SIDS, especially since I have just had a newborn.  Any recommendations of preventative measures against this issue, called SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)???

Colby’s First X-Mas
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Colby’s First X-Mas!

Colby has another milestone coming up! It will be his very first Christmas, and I can not be more excited!  I want to buy him everything and get him all he could ever need and want, and he is only going to be about 4 months old!  Ha!  Now, I do realize that he is so very young, and he will not remember this event, only in pictures and such.  But, I do believe in my heart, that I am starting a foundation or the idea of Christmas in my eyes, and how I would like it to be.  I believe that I am instilling or starting the culture, values, and traditions of years to come. 

It begins by putting up the decorations around Thanksgiving time, which include decorating the front yard with several decorations, lights, and putting up the tree.  Then it’s on to watching the Christmas events on television, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, reading Christmas Stories, tuning into Christmas shows and watching Christmas movies that continue throughout the month of December.  These include, but are not limited to:  Santa Claus is coming to town, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Charlie Brown’s Christmas, and several more! 

Next is the annual Christmas Party with my wife’s family usually about a week or so before Christmas day.  After that, it’s the start of Christmas break, where both my wife and I have two weeks off for the winter holidays each year.  At some point during this month, I’d also like to start the tradition of driving around the town, looking at Christmas decorations and lights with Colby.  (This will most likely begin next Christmas, as he is still in an infant car seat and not able to really see the lights.) 

Next is the annual Christmas Eve party at my parents’ home with my entire family.  (And of course, there is usually this little movie on called “A Christmas Story”, perhaps you’ve heard of it? And it plays for 24 hours straight from Christmas Eve, through Christmas day, and I find myself compelled to watch it at some point during this time.)  And finally, comes Christmas day!  Yay!  In the past, I would open gifts at my house, with just my wife and I, which seemed to pass quickly, and then it was off to both of our parents’ homes where we would spend some of our day.  This has been the ritual or routine for the past several years. 

But, as I have been thinking about it, and remembering how fun it was for me to just open gifts as a child from Santa and be able to stay at my home and play with them all day, I realize that this is something that I am also going to want for Colby.  I believe that probably starting next year, we will have to figure out a way to corporate all of these things into our day, but not race out of my home so fast, as I’m going to want Colby to be able to stay and enjoy Christmas at my home for the mornings.  I believe that we are going to have to start by spending our day here, for more time than I would in the past, and either have the parents (Colby’s grandparents) come our way if possible, or go and visit them later in the day.  This is something that I treasured as a child as my parents were able to give this to me, these wonderful Christmas mornings and days of playing with my toys from Santa.  And I want very much to be able to give this time to my son Colby as well. colby 834a

And of course, starting the tradition of having fun with Colby taking silly pictures! haha…

Colby: Officially 3 Months!
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Colby:  Officially 3 Months!

Colby has now reached a milestone…  three months of life! Yes, today marks his official three month birthday!  Today, being December 2nd, and him being born on September 2nd, 2009.  What a wonderful feeling.  We, his mother and I, have survived the first three months of his life, and I can proudly suggest that we have done a great job thus far.  He is a healthy, full of life, baby boy! 

He is looking older more and more each and every day.  From the moment he was born, to the day that we brought him home, and now—3 months later. He has developed and even changed, from his growth to his physically appearance.  He was lucky, as he has still not lost his hair.  I have heard that babies can sometimes loose their hair after birth.  This kid of mine seems to have gained more, and probably will soon pass me in the hair length department.  His eyes are really starting to come along, taking a genuine gorgeous blue color, well, gorgeous in my opinion that is.  In the beginning, his eyes were light and blue-ish, but they really are taking on the blue color now.    

With every milestone, I am learning that it excites me to no end.  Like when he started to learn to smile.  Now, he regularly smiles, and when he does, it is the best part of my day!  I love when he smiles at me.  He is now starting to learn to laugh, or giggle.  He has grown so much from the beginning, and I am quickly learning how fast time is flying.  While these three months have been challenging, they also are becoming the best three months of my life, thanks to his life!  Thank you Colby, for lighting up my days!

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