Saturday, February 13, 2016

New Blog!

Hey guys!

I've decided to move my blog. I don't know if I'll be migrating all my posts from here yet, but until I decide this one will stay put. I'll just be doing all my posts at the new site. If you're interested you can find it here. There's only one post right now, but Lord willing there are more coming! :)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Special Blanket

Gabriel received so many wonderful gifts, many of them handmade, and a number of them beautiful blankets. Quilts, crocheted, and sewn, there was a little bit of everything. He also has a gorgeous blanket passed down from my Mother-in-love that his daddy used. We brought him home from the hospital in that, and you can see a picture in this post. It's the white one underneath him in the coming home outfit picture. His Grandmama (my Mother-in-love), made him a quilt, as did some other friends. They're all special, and if you'd like a post with pictures of all those let me know in the comments. I'll happily oblige! :)

This one's just about one of his blankets though. :) Here's a picture:

It's crocheted as far as I can tell. When I received this blanket, I folded it up and put it in his blanket box. I technically planned to use it, but there were a lot of other blankets, and really I was a little nervous to use it. You'll understand why soon. 

One night we got a little warm, so Josh turned the air down a bit. However, Gabe had woken up with cold hands the last two nights, so I was worried he might need more warmth. Josh volunteered to go put more blankets on him. The next morning I discovered which one he'd picked up. I'm glad he did. It sort of broke through the invisible protective barrier I'd put around it. 

That blanket, folks, was made by my grandmother's grandmother. In other words Gabriel's great-great-great-grandmother! She made it in 1943 for my grandmother. Now do you see why I was nervous to use it? Babies drool, and spit-up, and blow out of their diapers! But really, how special can an item be that's just passed down, but never used? I'm sure his great-great-great-grandmother would be glad it's being used instead of tucked away in a cedar chest. (Not that I have anything against cedar chests. ;) ) I know I would be. 

Do you have any special baby items (or other items)? How do you handle the decision between whether to use, or preserve? Have you been successful accomplishing both?  

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Gabe's First Christmas

Just some pictures of Gabe's first Christmas and some cute pics from December. I know; you REALLY needed to see more pictures of Gabe. :P ;)

The Lambert's Charlie Brown Christmas parade float. Isn't it adorable?

We were in three parades. The first one was cold, so Gabe rode in the car in his carseat. He was NOT happy about that. He screamed almost the whole way. The next two were warm nights, so I rode with him in the float. I think he enjoyed it. :)

Guarding the candy. ;)

Being a good boy.

Somehow, he fell asleep during one of the parades. Even with all the music and sirens from the firetrucks in the parade.

Hangin' with Aunt Jess after the last parade.

Some random, non-chronological pics:

He looks so relaxed in this one. I love the way he crosses his ankles.

I finally got things cleaned up enough in Gabe's room to get out the sewing machine! :)

This one melts me into a puddle.

Finally big enough to sit front facing in the Ergo. He likes chewing on it. :P

Mini maestro. 

Touching the ground! Growing up too fast.

This is what you do when you don't have a play-yard. :P

Or this. ;)

Cuddles. Pardon my disheveled look. I just finished working out. :P

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Gabe's Monthly

Okay, so I know I said I wanted to post this way back in November. There were some unforeseen complications though, so I'm just now doing it. I plan to update it as I go.

1 Month Old:

These were actually taken the day he turned a month; a trend that quickly went into a spiral. :P I sadly didn't write down his developments, but I do remember a few. It seems like month one what I really noticed was an expansion in his 'baby noise vocabulary'. 

2 Months Old:

These were not, as far as I can remember, taken on the actual 21st, but they were close. There were more baby sounds, and at this point he had started having different sounding cries too. 

3 Months Old:

Probably my favorite of the first three, this one was a touch more formal (still not on time though). I snapped these about 5 minutes before we left for church one Sunday because he was already dressed up. As you can see, sitting up was coming right along this month. :) And yes, I did have to include ALL of these. It was about here he began to develop his 'Gabe face'. :P


4 Months Old:

This was the month things broke down. I tried to take some 'formal' pictures, but he wasn't having any of it. There was maybe one good one in the lot. The kicker? I can't find ANY of them! So here are some random photos near the 21st. More Gabe face. :D Big development this month? Rolling from tummy to back. Also some laughing. he hasn't quite figured that out yet, but he's working on it. :)

5 Months old:

These were taken by Courtney at Sacred Moments Media. I'm not remembering any big milestones for this month, but he continued to talk more, sleep less during the day, and try new things. :)

6 Months:
First two pics taken by Denalyn at Den's Lens Photography, the rest by me before we left for church one Sunday. The ones I took are actually on the 31st, so way late, but I had to include them. At this point he'd started holding himself in a sitting position pretty well (only fell over occasionally :P), and started really venturing into big boy food. :)


7 Months:

Big milestones this month? Rolling from his back to his tummy, and getting up on his knees! He is thisclose to figuring out crawling, so that'll probably be in his 8 month update.
Pics coming soon. :)

Do you take monthly baby pics? What are your traditions?

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Thankful Thoughts

I've been sick with a cold since Friday (today is Monday) which I have managed to pass on to Gabriel poor little man. Lord willing by the time this post drips down my blog we'll both be over it, but we'll see.

I stayed home from church Sunday so as not to spread the germs with our church family, and realized at some point that I was listing things I was thankful to have while I was sick. Nothing like a good head cold to make you realize how good you've got it I guess. :P So I thought I'd put the list down on paper. Here it is in approximately the order they came to me:

1) Getting  sick over the weekend.
I'm usually one who, unless it's something really bad, will try to push through not feeling good and still get things done. Especially if I had something specific planned for that day (I'm doing a bit of that today in fact :P). For some reason though, the fact that it was a Saturday made me feel perfectly okay taking a sick day. I climbed into my flannel pajamas and spent the day between doing something on the couch, or laying in bed. Then of course Sunday I stayed home and got even more rest. Trying not to push myself too hard today, but there's something about weekdays that makes me feel like I should be accomplishing SOMETHING.

2) Modern technology.
Our church records the sermons every week and posts them on our website, so I was able to sit on the couch and crochet while still listening to some good teaching on Sunday.

3) Handcrafts.
For the days when my body is tired, but my mind is awake. I can sit on the couch and rest, but still be occupying my brain and hands.

4) Cuddles.
They say misery loves company, but that's just not true when 'company' is your 5 month old you gave a cold to. On the bright side he's more cuddly, and I have more time to cuddle him.

5) Easy, preplanned dinners, and a husband who doesn't mind eating leftovers for supper.
That one's pretty self explanatory. ;)

6) Hot tea with honey.
I love me some coffee, but when your head feels stuffed and your throat is scratchy, hot tea is just right.

How do you handle head colds? What are you most thankful for when you're sick?

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Big Gabe Post

Warning: this post contains massive amounts of cute. (And that's a totally unbiased opinion. :P)

(I've updated my post 'Baby Bump Pics' to include the picture my sister took right before we went to the hospital to get things started. So if you'd like to see my last 'official' bump pic go here.)

What do you do when you fall behind on blogging after baby? You post a ton of cute pics! Ready? Lets go! :D

Just born.

Look at those muscles! :P

First family shot since he was born.

In his going home outfit. It's the same one his Daddy wore when he came home. :)

Daddy time.

He loves his Moby!

First smiles, and early baths

We were SO glad he liked his paci.

But the best part was the sound he made. :)

Wearing the bib Grandmomma made him. (She used fabric from my bridesmaid's dresses for the bowtie! :) )

Cowboy bib from a friend. It's almost as big as he is! :P

Funny faces. (Caught him right before a sneeze in this one.)

First blowout. I thought it was unusual that it went up his back. I was definitely a new Mama. Boy do I know better now!

Shopping got interesting for a little while. Fitting two weeks worth of groceries around a carseat is a bit difficult.

Holding his head up!

We love his bowtie and suspenders!

Super G!

Gabe visits Vulcan.

And goes bowling.

Another of his Daddy's outfits. :)

The many faces of Gabe. :P

I think the Lambert is coming out in this picture. He looks like his uncle Owen to me.

In his owl hat one of the girls from church made him.

First time in his crib.

He loves looking at the quilt Grandmomma made him.

This is from the night Josh got home after his trip away from home. He was gone about two days, and Gabe kept his eyes on him throughout dinner. He even tracked him when he got up to get something out of the fridge. It was really cute. 

I plan to follow up this post with one dedicated to his monthly pics. I have 1, 2, and 3 month pictures, and plan to get his 4 month pics today. Once I get the post up I hope to add to it each time we hit a new month until he's a year old. :)