Tuesday, November 30, 2010

More Firsts!

In addition to being able to rollover onto his belly, Eli has had a few more first this past week:

Aside from breastmilk and formula, little Eli hasn't had anything else in that big belly.  On the advice of the pediatrician, we decided to start expirementing with solids, beginning with rice cereal.  Eli has never met a bottle he didn't like, so I was pretty surprised when he didn't just immediately take to eating the rice cereal.  More of it ended up on his clothes that in his mouth, but I guess I don't blame him, since it's totally new to him.  We're going to try every other day until he gets used to the idea.  We're doing every other day because he gets a bath every other day, and no way could we "feed" him without bathing him afterwards.  Already can't believe how quickly he is growing up!

Already knows where the spoon goes...or maybe it's like everything else that ends up in his mouth these days!

This is a first for Eli and a first for Payton and I.  We purchased a REAL Christmas tree this year.  The Sunday after Thanksgiving we "bundled up" (it was in the 60's), went to Starbucks and got gingerbread lattes, then went to the tree lot near our house to pick out our first tree.  In less than 5 minutes, we had picked out a tree and were paying for it.  I was shocked to hear that our grand total was $150, for a 7-8' Christmas tree?  Well, I guess it's worth it, it's the kids first Christmas.  We took it home (and just about broke Payton's back unloading it from the tree) and Eli watched in awe (and I think laughing at us on the inside) as we wrestled to get the tree in the stand and up straight. 

We let Eli watch us get the tree set up, then put him down for bed, poured two glasses of wine, lit the fire, put on holiday music, and decorated the tree while our little boy was fast asleep.  It was a great night!  When Eli woke up the next morning, we plugged the tree in and watched his little face as he looked at it mesmerized by all of the lights.  The past few nights, he has taken his 6:00pm nap in his bouncy seat pulled up in front of the tree.

Tree is loaded and ready to go!

Eli taking in the Christmas tree...

And putting on his very first ornament (I actually think he was
watching whatever was on the TV, but you get the idea)

Riding on Daddy's shoulders for the first time!

I must admit, it is the prettiest $150 tree ever, and it smells yummy!

We went to Kerbey Lane for breakfast on Sunday morning (I think this might be a new tradition).  It was Payton's idea to go and I was so impressed by how good our little boy was.  We had to wait about 25 minutes for a table and Eli was so good, just watching everyone in the waiting area.

When we sat down, I was so excited to see that they had given him a kids menu.  I'm a dork and kept it for his baby book.  We gave him a bottle while we ordered and drank coffee.  By the time our food got there, he was ready for a nap, so I held him in his favorite position, stuck his pacifier in his mouth, and he was out.  He slept the entire meal, and for another 2 hours.  Such a good boy!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Eli's First Thanksgiving

With a new baby, we are experiencing lots of firsts, every day we have something new!  We spent Eli's first Thanksgiving in Houston at Payton's sister's house.  While they all ended up sick with the same bug we had a few days before, we still enjoyed the first two days when everyone was well. 

Happy Thanksgiving, gobble gobble!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Bug

Oh MY GOSH!  That's all I've got for the past week of sickness that has gone around our house...OH MY GOSH!  What started out as a belly ache for Payton on Saturday afternoon turned into him getting really sick in the parking garage of the Domain while we were there for the tree lighting show.  4 hours later he was still throwing up and couldn't stop so I decided to take him to the urgent care center. 

Thank goodness my parents were there to help with Eli, but while I was getting Bug ready for bed, my mom came in and she had just thrown up.  I'll spare you all of the details of the night and the following few days, but what a nightmare.  My parents left when we got home from the urgent care facility so that my mom could rest. 

I was so tired the next day from taking care of Eli and Payton all night, so I called Payton's mom, Emily, to help with Eli while I rested.  I woke up that Sunday afternoon and was sick as a dog!  Emily took great care of Eli while Payton and I both rested on Monday.  At around 1am on Monday night, Emily came in and said that she was sick.  Seriously?  This must be some cruel joke!  Headache, chills, nausea, and stomache cramps.  Same symptoms we had. 

I drove Emily home on Tuesday morning and headed to work for a few hours and took Eli with me.  We headed to Houston on Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with Payton's family.  By Friday, 6 more people that we had shared Thanksgiving with had the bug.  All in all, I think we counted about 12 people who were infected, but Eli came out a winner, healthy as can be!

Friday, November 26, 2010

4 Months!

Eli turned 4 months old on November 24, the day before Thanksgiving. 

Eli at 3 1/2 months

We had his 4 month appointment that same day and it went really well.  Big boy is weighing in at 20lbs 7 ounces (95%), measuring 26" long (75%), and wearing 12 - 18 month clothing.  He was so good at his appointment and took his shots like a champ, he didn't even notice!  I was expecting the worst, but was pleasantly surprised when the nurse said she was all finished with the shots and he had barely flinched.

The doctor had some great suggestions for getting started with rice cereal over the next few weeks.  Once Eli is good with the idea of a spoon and putting something in his belly other than milk, we'll move on to vegetables.  I can't believe it is already time for solids!  I know that there are differing opinions on when to start solids, but we really trust our pediatrician, so we're going with his plan for starting solids between 4 and 6 months.

Eli is such a sweet boy and has become so alert over the past few weeks.  He watches Payton and I and our every move as we move around a room or make silly faces at him (sometimes I fear that he is going to grow up thinking that we're idiots because we get so silly with him).  He hardly ever cries, unless he is tired, and that is usually just one little wail, then he's out like a light! 

He rolled over onto his belly on Thanksgiving day at Aunt Lesley's house.  He loves doing it and thinks it's funny, he usually starts "talking" once he is on his belly. 

Bug rolled over in his crib

There he goes...

Yay bug!

He LOVES his chew toy Sophie.  I think that he might be teething, he has been drooling like a fool lately and everything that he can get his little hands on goes directly into his mouth (blankets, burp rags, fingers, hair).  Because he doesn't cry often, when he does cry, there must be something wrong, and I'm assuming it is pain from teething, because a little pain reliever usually helps.

He LOVES to smile.  You can get a smile out of him these days by just giving him a smile.  In the mornings, 9 times out of 10 he wakes up in a great mood.  I hear him moving around on the monitor and walk in to see him.  As I peek over the crib, he is usually looking right up at me and starts smiling.  We sing songs in the morning and I dance around as I put on my makeup or fix my hair and he just smiles and giggles at me.

He is enjoying his swing, exersaucer, and playmat.  He's gotten so good at entertaining himself, and at night if he doesn't fall asleep during his last bottle, he puts himself to sleep.

He is eating every 4 hours, and sometimes I give him a bottle without him asking for it just to keep him on schedule - and the boy obviously never turns down a bottle! 

Before we all got sick a few days ago, he had slept straight through from 7:30pm to 4:00am 5 nights in a row.  His schedule got a little messed up with the excitement of everyone being sick, but he has done great the last few nights.

We are so in love with our little boy, I look forward to seeing him and loving all over him every day when I'm headed home from work, and I know that Payton feels the same!  Looking forward to more milestones over the next few weeks.

Happy happy baby!

Working on sitting up on our own!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Eli's Birth Story

I was so blessed to have a pretty flawless pregnancy.  Aside from the bulging belly, I had no other real signs of pregnancy, minimal morning sickness, no swelling (even in the 90 degree weather), I gained 28 pounds and managed to go through my entire pregnancy only purchasing 4 pieces of maternity clothing (2 of which I never wore).  Someone up above was watching out for me. 

Maternity pictures with Payton's sister, Lesley
24 weeks

Around 28 weeks I had what was supposed to be my last ultrasound, and the nurse immediately told me that our little guy was breech, meaning his head was were his feet should be and his feet were where his head should be.  Things were already pretty tight in my belly, so the chance of him flipping himself were pretty slim.  We briefly contemplated a procedure where the doctor would manually turn him, but decided against it after talking to people who had gone through the experience (some saying the pain was worse than their actual labor).  Unless he flipped on his own, we would have to schedule a c-section for the week of my due date. 

July 16, 8 days before he arrived.

As my due date approached and we made final preparations for his arrival, we had one of our last doctor's appointments where it was confirmed that he was still "head-up" and our doctor suggested we go ahead and schedule the c-section.  We didn't want to have control of deciding his birth date, so we asked her to choose a date for us, and so we had what we thought would be his birthday...Monday, July 26th...my doctor's first day back from vacation.  We planned to have a cook out with our family and friends the Sunday before at our house, our last "big hoorah" before the big day...and my last decent meal for at least 48 hours.  Eli wasn't quite satisfied with that plan and chose to come early...

The Friday before our scheduled c-section, Payton and I decided to head to the Domain for dinner at our favorite restaurant, North.  This is also were we had lunch soon after we found out we were pregnant, for my birthday, and the day we found out we were having a boy.  Before dinner, we decided to go and pick up Payton's new iPhone.  With any new Apple product, you don't just "go and pick it up", you go and wait in line for hours, and that is exactly what we did.  We stood in line for over 2 hours so that Payton could get his new iPhone 4, and finally sat down for dinner around 9:30pm.

The next morning, Saturday, July 24th, at 8:00am, my water broke, over the toilet...how awesome is that?  Not in public, or in the middle of the kitchen, while I was sitting on the toilet!  I immediately called the nurse who said to head to the hospital.  Because he was breech, it was important that I make it to the hospital as soon as possible so they could confirm I was in labor and schedule a c-section.  Well, I hadn't washed my hair in a few days, so 2 hours later we arrived at the hospital...after I washed, dried, and curled my hair, put on makeup, and dropped the dogs off to be boarded.  We called our family and told them we were headed to the hospital and everyone started to make their way to Austin. 

Arriving at the hospital, the big day!

We arrived at North Austin Medical Center, checked in, and it was confirmed that I was in labor.  We had ANOTHER ultrasound to confirm that booger was breech, and a c-section was immediately scheduled.  Less than an hour later, I was walking myself into the operating room.  I sat on the table while they got me all prepped, and again, less than 15 minutes later, Charles Eli Bridges was born.  The first thing that I heard when he was born was "Wow, that's a big head, you're lucky you didn't have to deliver that head!".  Payton saw him first and I saw a picture of him soon after.  I can still remember the sound of that first cry, one of the most beautiful sounds I have ever heard!  Because of my surgery, I wasn't able to hold him immediately, and was taken to the recovery room while Payton went with Eli to get his first bath and be with him while they ran the standard tests. 

Our first family photo

In the recovery room, I was greeted by my dear friend, Cara, who had come to the hospital as soon as she heard the news.  Next was Payton's stepfather, Calvin.  My mother came soon after.  The next few days are kind of a blur, but overall, we really enjoyed the time in the hospital with our newborn.  The hospital was fabulous, as were the nurses.  The food was great, our room was perfect (a nice big corner room), and we were almost sad to go home when it was time.

We stayed three nights in the hospital because of my c-section and during that time we had swarms of friends and family, including my mom, dad, and brother, Payton's step dad, mom, sister, niece, and nephew, my dad's parents, my aunt and cousin, my friends Cara, Alisa, Brandi and Chris, Lori, and Lindsey.  Between visits from friends and family, taking care and learning about our new boy, there was little time for sleep, but we did manage a few hours every now and then.  Payton stayed with me all three nights and kept me company during the day.  It was such a blessing to have him around and such a blessing to have the support and love of all of our friends and family.

Payton, me, and Eli with my parents

When we were finally given the green light to head home the Tuesday after his birth, we had so many emotions running through our heads.  The drive home was nerve wracking for me:  he looked way too small in his carseat, like it just swallowed him up, all of the cars on the road just seemed to be buzzing by, and unless we were going 30 miles per hour, we were driving too fast! 

We're finally home!

Our first few days were filled with more visitors, lots of emotions, and little sleep.  Payton stayed home for the entire week and we would go for walks in the mornings and spend the rest of the day trying to keep up with Eli.  When he would sleep, we would spend that time just staring at him, in awe of what we had created, and what had been in my stomache just a few days before. 

Overall, I was so blessed to have a textbook pregnancy, a wonderful birth experience with some of the best doctors and nurses around, and so much love from those surrounding us.  The entire experience was priceless and so beautiful!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thank you!

A HUGE thank you to Payton for letting me have a girl's night last night.  Payton picked up Eli from Melissa's house, entertained him, fed him, and put him down for bed last night so that I could have dinner with 4 of my favorite people.  Payton helps a lot around the house, but it was great to be able to have a grown up night with friends and know that Eli was completely taken care of by his daddy.  Payton sent me a text around 7:30 with this picture...

...and Eli slept until 4 this morning, for the second night in a row!  Way to go buddy!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Visit from Papa D and Grandma Joni

The grandparents were in town this past weekend.  We always look forward to all of the grandparents visiting!  Here are a few pics from the weekend...

Eli and Papa D hanging out on Sunday morning. 
LOVE that naked baby!  He weighed 20lbs 4oz
on Saturday morning...at 3 1/2 months old!

Future so bright, he needs sunglasses!

Too cool for school!

Another rough weekend for the Longhorns, but no
fairweather fans in this house - Hook 'em horns!

Mom and me shopping at the Domain

Eli decided to chat it up with Grandma Joni on the way home from the Domain.  From the sound of it he has a lot on his mind!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Say what?

Here is Eli telling us all about his day...sounds exciting!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Vroom vroom

With the addition of the '54 Chevy to our family, Payton has been playing "Vroom Vroom" with Eli and he LOVES it.  Here is a video of them playing it last weekend...

Happy Belated Anniversary!

With everything going on in our lives over the last few months, Payton and I completely missed out on celebrating our 3 year wedding anniversary.  Not only did we not celebrate, but the actual day of our anniversary was a mess, so many different things went wrong for both of us during the day, the last thing we even thought about was celebrating anything.

Happy Anniversary Payton, love you, and I know we'll get to celebrate some day soon!

September 8, 2007

July 4, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Miscellaneous Pictures

Just a few pictures from the past few weeks...

What happens when Daddy babysits...

Eli LOVES to chew on just about anything!

Who me?

His new exersaucer from Grandma Joni

His report card from his first day at Melissa's

Fredericksburg, November 2010

The Slough Ranch, November 2010
With Toby, the donkey

We LOVE Melissa!

Eli has continued to flourish at Melissa's house...

Melissa sends home a "report card" every day with his eating, nap, and diaper schedule and always includes a sweet note.  One day it read "Eli loves watching the big kids", another day "Eli rolled over during tummy time", and this past week this made me smile so big "Eli recognizes me now when I walk up to him and he smiles so big". 

I have never for one second been worried about missing out on big "firsts" like him rolling over.  We still haven't seen him do it, but the fact that he can do it just shows that Melissa is really working with him during the day to keep him on track physically and developmentally.  And the fact that he now recognizes her as his caretaker is awesome!  I want him to love her and feel safe with her and I am so glad that he is getting used to her. 

They celebrated Halloween the Friday before Halloween weekend.  She asked the kids to come dressed up in their costumes so we put Eli in his costume that morning.  We were greeted at the door by a mermaid, a cow, and another Charlie Brown.  All of the kids were chirping "Trick or Treat".  I took them some Halloween stickers and cupcakes to snack on.  When we picked him up, she had put together a little Halloween goody bag for us with cookies and this:

From Miss Melissa

3 1/2 Months

Eli has hit some milestones over the past few weeks...

He's weighing in at 19 lbs 2 oz, wearing size 12-18 month clothing, and size 2/3 diapers.  He's feeding 5 - 6 times a day (nursing twice and taking a bottle 3 - 4 times).  His "dream feed" bottle at 10 is formula and he is taking it really well.  Because of the logistics of returning to work and breastfeeding (and the strain it puts on me during the day and at night), we'll most likely start the new year with formula full time.

He rolled over during tummy time at Melissa's house.  We haven't seen his new trick in person, but can't wait!

He attended his first social event:  Jane Scarlett's 1st birthday party.  It was the cutest party ever complete with bobbing for apples, a pinata, yummy cupcakes, and homemade stew (Julie, Jane's mama, is a rock star!).  Eli wasn't able to participate in much, but had a great time checking out the other kiddos. 

We caught his first giggle on camera!  I'm still trying to figure out how to add videos to this blog, but trust me, it is one of cutest things ever!  I keep watching the video and just giggle myself at how sweet his little angel face is!

He is sleeping 6+ hours at a time, on a pretty regular basis!

We aren't swaddling him anymore and thank goodness, that was really getting to be a pain in the butt!  We would wrestle with him to get him swaddled (because so many books say that you should swaddle for the first few months) and he would spend the next few hours trying to bust out of that straight jacket in his sleep.

He's sleeping in footsie pajamas, which is one of my FAVORITE things about babies.  He looks so precious and cuddly in them. 

Eli and Max

He can keep his head up when you hold him.  Every now and then he rears back like a cowboy riding a bull, but he's usually pretty sturdy when you hold him.

He smiles ALL the time.  He loves it when you sing to him, it makes him smile huge, so we listen to children folk music on Payton's phone in the mornings while we get ready and sing.  He usually makes lots of noises like he's trying to sing along.  Sometimes I'll be doing something and look over at him and catch him with the biggest smile on his face just watching me or Payton. 

Eli and Payton in Fredericksburg

He is so alert these days and watches everything!  He loves the mirror and looking at himself.  Just this past weekend he really started to discover his tongue and sticks it out all the time.  He also started looking down at his hands too, like "Hey, where did these come from".  We had a long drive the other day and I put "Freddie the Firefly" (not to be confused with "Edward the Elephant", "Frank the Frog", or "Max the Monkey") in his lap and he just held on to him the entire time. 

Blake, Eli, and Eli's tongue

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Mommy kind of goes nuts about Halloween!

But it is my FAVORITE holiday, what could be better than getting to dress up however you want, pumpkin carving, candy galore, great fall weather, and scary movies?  Okay, well, Christmas is great with presents and all, but I really do LOVE me some Halloween.  Because our life has changed a bit since last Halloween, new baby, no big deal, we decided to skip our annual Halloween party for a more relaxed Halloween at our neighbor's house.  We took over some stuff to grill, a blanket, a cooler, and enough candy to send any kid over the edge, and really had a great time.  Our monitor gets service at their house (they are literally right next door) so when Eli went down at 7:30, we were able to stay out a little later and just watched him on the monitor.  We didn't have too many trick or treaters, but I am really looking forward to Halloween next year when Eli is more mobile and we can do a little trick or treating of our own.

Eli fell fast asleep at The Horne's pumpkin carving party. 
All decked out in his Halloween pants.

Thursday before Halloween "Boo-Tiful Baby"

Charlie Brown - Headed to Melissa's house

Payton and I carved pumpkins on Saturday
night after Eli went to bed.

You're a good man, Charlie Brown!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Our BIG Little Boy

Eli has grown up so much over the past 3 1/2 months since he was born...it is still weird to think that just a little over 3 months ago he was in my stomache...

We still have a few weeks until his 4 month appointment, but big boy is now 19 pounds 2 ounces.  That totally explains why my wrists and elbows are sore!  While he wasn't quite maxing out his carseat, we figured we would go by Buy Buy Baby while we were out running errands and see what they recommend for the next step up.  We finally found one that we liked, but had to test it out with Big Boy in it...

He's such a trooper!

Perfect!  The only negative about Eli's new "Captain's Chair" as Payton calls it is that I have to get him in and out of it if we go in anywhere.  I can't carry it into places with him in it like the infant seat, but not to worry, I LOVE my City Miny stroller, so we'll be getting some good use out of that now.