The day I have been dreading is here- my sweet Gavin is one year old today! The first birthday is the hardest for me- going through this 2 other times I know that toddler-hood is not a walk in the park and I am especially dreading it since Gavin was such a dream baby. I know a day will come when he won’t grab me around my neck and give me those big slobbery baby kisses. I am so excited to see the boy that he will become, but I miss my baby boy! Here is a look back:
At one year old, he is walking everywhere. He has 6 teeth, with 2 more about to bust in. He doesn’t talk to0 much, but he babbles a lot and his first word was “Hi!” He loooooooooves his momma, more so than any baby I have had before him. He only wants me and he will let you know that. He is super friendly to other people, though, as long as I am with him. He is the sweetest little boy and I really hope he stays that way!
This poor kid was put through the ringer his first year of life. I am pretty sure Heavenly Father knew his sweet spirit was needed during this incredible transition in our family’s life. Days before he was born, John started his job in Colorado, though he was working from home. I knew a move was imminent, so along with the normal post-birth hormones, I was a mess emotionally knowing I was going to have to put my first house on the market and figure out a cross-country move with 3 children under 6. You guys, I was a wreck. He saved me more than once with his sweet smiles and big hugs around my neck.
He is truly one in a million and I can’t wait to see the boy that he becomes!
Last week we went to Florida!I was so nervous about flying with the kids, but they did pretty good. We flew Denver to Atlanta and then Atlanta to Jacksonville. Gavin didn’t sleep on the plane, but he thoroughly enjoyed his nap at the airport! My sister was getting married and I was the maid of honor and the girls were the flower girls. Thursday I got my nails done (without the kids! Wooo!) and that night we went to this delicious Chicago style pizza place on the river.
After dinner, I went to the lingerie shower for my sister, which was HILARIOUS. No strippers involved, thank goodness!
Friday was the bridal luncheon and then the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. My girls donned their official wedding apparel:
Rehearsal was interesting because I had no idea what Bryn would do. She would either refuse to walk down the aisle or dance down the aisle. She is totally a 3 year old! She did great, except she kept walking up the steps to where I was standing and stage whispering: “Mommy I need to tell you a secret!” while Kiley sat in the front row and pretend cried and then looked up and said “These are happy tears!” Never a dull moment with these kids! The rehearsal dinner was at a local dinner that was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on the Food Network. I had chicken and waffles, which has always confused me, and it was good! We stayed entirely too late and my kids were bouncing off the walls. Poor Gavin’s schedule got so messed up during the trip!
Saturday was the big day! I got to the church and had my hair and makeup done:
That took a lot of time and product to look that good!
The weather was bad- so humid and rainy. My sister wanted to take a majority of the pictures before the ceremony (which was time saving so we could get to the reception) but we were dodging rain. I grabbed some personal fans and I would fan her off in between pictures. The glamorous job of the maid of honor!
My kids sure do clean up good, don’t they? The ceremony was beautiful. Unbeknownst to Jenny, as she was walking down the aisle, phones were going off that there was a tornado warning for the area! Crazy! My girls did their flower girl job just great, except for when Bryn dumped all her petals out first and then tried to pick them back up. When she got down the aisle, she did come up to me to talk to me, so I kept her with me until my sister started walking down the aisle and then I made her get down and the wedding coordinator took the girls into a play room (John was with Gavin, who was asleep, so they missed the whole ceremony!) The reception was at the hotel we were staying at, so I got all the kids dinner and then sent John up with Gavin and I was just going to let the girls go as long as they wanted. Kiley was next, so I took her up to the room. Bryn wanted to keep dancing! She was the hit of the dance floor!
The next day we got up and drive to Tallahassee to spend a couple of days with John’s parents. It was fun to watch all the cousins playing together!Of course, I had to get some girl time in. I miss them so much!The next day we met some friends for lunch and Kiley and Natalie chatted away like little old ladies. These kids are such great friends! We drove back to Jacksonville and met my parents there to spend some time with them before we left the next day. Wednesday we were homebound!The kids did great again, especially Gavin. That sweet boy slept the whole way from Atlanta to Denver. It was a miracle!
With all the traveling and weird sleeping hours, someone was bound to get sick and that was Gavin. He spiked a 104 fever with meds, so I felt in my gut that I needed to take him in. Unfortunately, this was after hours, so we headed to urgent care last night and were there for 2 hours while they performed various tests on him to see what was wrong. The prognosis was probably a virus, but there was some swelling in his bronchial tubes (by the way, holding down a wiggly baby for a chest x-ray and RSV test is not fun!), so the doctor prescribed some antibiotics to keep any infection at bay. His fever has gone down today but he is still warm and has projectile vomited on me after eating a couple of times. The fun part? Now I am feeling sick!
I hope we can get back in the routine of things this week. Just in time for summer break!
Kiley had Spring Break the week after Easter. Aunt Esther came to visit during that time, too! On Easter Sunday, we drove up to Estes Park, which was absolutely beautiful. We drove by the Stanley hotel, where the move “The Shining” was filmed, my favorite horror movie before I had kids and now I can’t tolerate any sort of suspenseful, thrilling movie.
Bryn enjoyed the horse saddle seats in the ice cream parlor Aunt Esther and the kids!
The next day we went into Boulder to see John’s office and walk around the very interesting Pearl Street mall. We went to a pizza place for dinner and Bryn was just done. On Tuesday, we went to the Denver Zoo. I am so excited that it is an actual zoo as opposed to woods with native animals in it like the Tallahassee Zoo.They have peacocks just walking around and they were so beautiful! The girls did so good walking around, but they needed lots of rest. Carousel! Bryn was so excited to ride the train ever since she saw it last time we went to the zoo, so we had to do it this time.
And that was about it for the fun times on Spring Break. The next 2 days were spent caring fro Bryn at the ER and at an outpatient surgery center, which deserves it’s own post!