Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Stockings were Hung....

So for those of you that aren't aware...Mike's Mom loves Asher. And when I say loves, I don't mean that in a 'Oh I love Dr. Pepper' kind of way, it's more of a borderline obsessive compulsive disorder kind of way.


So, you can imagine my lack of shock when we arrived at the Saltsman House for Christmas this year and found the stocking setup pictured here. Now, it's hard to see because of the smallness, but the two stockings to the left of the obnoxiously large one say 'Mike' and 'Lizzie'. And the little one to the right says 'Doug', who is Mike's brother.

Needless to say Asher enjoyed his first Christmas. Mike and I did too, despite the lack of stocking stuffers.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Vacation Cont.

Sorry about the previous post, it was late at night and I was extremely tired and irritated. But, the day has gotten off to a better start.

To look on the bright side:
-I got to watch the movie 'Center Stage' last night after we checked in and I put my son to bed. Yes!
-The hotel we stayed at was surprisingly nice. I was nervous it was going to be questionable at best, but great bathroom amenities, comfy bed, big pillows, nice shower, fluffy towels and robes. And they had a basket of toothbrushes and toothpaste in a basket on the front desk :)
-It seemed the majority of people traveling today were also stuck in Denver last night, so I didn't feel weird that I had no makeup on and was still wearing the same clothes from yesterday.
-Our flight this morning wasn't until 10am...so we got to sleep in and leisurely make our way to the airport. Enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Paradise Bakery and slow walk with the babe down to the gate.
-The only seats left on the flight this morning were First Class. Bonus :)
-When we walked to the baggage claim this morning to make sure our bags would follow us to Bismarck, the gentlemen remembered our bags specifically and confirmed they were on the flight. Amazing!!
-Though we had to sit on the tarmac again for about an hour waiting for the de-icer truck, we got to enjoy delicious orange juice and snacks from the wonderful flight attendant. Go First Class!

So, now our vacation is going quite well. Life is so much better when you focus on the good :)

Thank You United

Thank You United

Thank you for extending my Christmas vacation to include 1 night in Denver

Thank you for letting us see the connecting flight, but not get on board

Thank you for teaching me that hotel vouchers are not given for weather related delays

Thank you for teaching me that you actually don't have a customer service line. Unless of course you're talking about the amazingly long line in the airport for your hundreds of stranded passengers.

Thank you for giving me a toothbrush. Although fresh breath is important, what I really need is some diapers and formula

Thank you for letting me stand on a shuttle bus for 20 minutes on the interstate holding a sleeping baby with 25 others who are all
hoping for a room at the Inn.

Thank you for your amazing lack of organization when it comes to baggage. Weird that I can be in a city for 12 hours but you still can't locate my bag.

Thank you for reminding me why you should always travel with clean underwear in your carry-on.

Thank you for your amazing ability to make your passengers feel like less then a number. But I think you really like numbers.

Thank you for reminding me why I usually go out of my way to avoid your airline. Even if I spend more. In the future I'll be sure not to forget.


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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Shopping with Asher


Asher and I had our weekly visit at Target yesterday. He's usually a great kid in a cart. He sits in the front part and just looks at everyone. If he gets tired because Amy and I are spending too much time looking at slippers he just pulls his feet in and reclines in the front part of the cart.

Well, yesterday it was just me and him (Amy had to go to the Caribbean for Christmas). While perusing the hundreds of types of diapers for sale I looked in the cart and Asher was standing in the front part leaned over the back trying to grab things out. I grabbed him and tried to sit him back down but he wasn't having it. So, I put in the in the back part so he could play with all the items we were purchasing.

After only a few minutes in the back he pulled himself up to standing and just stood in the back of the cart the whole rest of the time. Now, I should know better after reading Lindsey's blog about this same thing....but he seemed so happy and content.

I think this might be our new way of shopping, at least until he's tall enough to tumble over.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Family Fun Day

So for Family Fun Day we decided to head up to Park City and do some Outlet Mall shopping for Christmas. Well, we decided to drive up into a mountain town in the middle of the first big snow storm of the year.


The drive was fine heading up there, then Mike dropped Asher and I off at the Outlets so he could go take Griffin for a little snow-walk/fun run. When we got out of the car it wasn't bad, just starting to snow really. So we headed into the Gap.

When we walked out of the Gap it was a blizzard. Huge flakes of snow falling down like a wall of white. So I put on Asher's hood, put on my hood and out we went. I was happy I wore my new ultra-grip North Face snow boots I bought for work. I think it might literally have saved our lives.

But as we walked from Gap to Carters, which is maybe 100 yards, we were drenched with snow. Never has the short walk across the street seemed so long. I meant to take a photo, but I was afraid I would drop the phone in the snow and slip trying to pick it up then get run over by a car because we were covered in snow and the car wouldn't be able to tell we were lying there. Yes, I have quite the vivid futuristic imagination of horrible things to come.

Needless to say that didn't happen. And we made it to all the stores we wanted to go to. Except a few personal shopping stops, but I can do those on my lunch break.

I found Mike in the Bose store scoping out $2000+ surround sound systems. Yes, he's a dreamer. :)

But we did have a pleasant and warm drive home. Thank goodness for heat seaters. :)

Dog or Baby ?


Yes, they share toys. And yes, they both chew on them. Can you tell Griffin is getting a bit jealous?

Love


Asher loves his dad so much, he went over to the couch while Mike was napping and started pounding on his head until he woke up. Oh love....isn't it grand.

I suppose I could've been a good wife and deterred Asher from waking up his Dad, but who would want to deter such a friendly display of affection? What kind of mother would I be if I taught my son not to love...

It's Official...


It's official. Asher is officially a Saltsman now. He got his first season pass! Yipee!!

Sadly, they don't start lessons until age 2. But I'm optimistic we can actually get him on skis for one run before this season's over.... more of a Mom/Son lesson. Or a Mom holds son between her legs while they go down the bunny hill quasi lesson.

Mike was a little upset when I suggested we have him ski first, but I assured him that when he's 3 we can put him on a snowboard. For now, while he still can't walk, it might be best to stick with things that go forward....

Avocado

So we're trying to get Asher to feed himself more, versus us feeding him everything. When we put things on his food tray, he usually just pounds his hands down so the food bounces everywhere and off the tray.

So I thought I'd try more of a chunk of something. Enter Avocado. I cut one up and was mashing a piece in a bowl to feed him...then the idea came to me. Just give him a slice. So I put a larger slice (pretty much a 1/4 avocado) on the tray. He picked it up and began sucking on it like a sucker. After a bit he was biting off small pieces. Success!
He continued to eat at it until it was just a small piece, at which point we were done.
He was a large green mess afterwards. But a happy camper!

I just have to say I'm thankful for whomever gave me the tip on 'Spray N Wash w/ Resolve'

Monday, December 07, 2009

The Runaway

Tonight during a routine diaper change, I turned for a moment to grab the clean diaper. When I looked back this is what I saw.....

He was quickly on his way out the back door. I wonder if he realized how cold it would be out there with all the new snow....

Why Buy Toys?



Why spend money on toys when playing with the Costco goods is just as fun. And they end up useful too. Two birds with One Stone...that's what I call it. :)

Baby's First Christmas Tree

We put up the Christmas Tree and Asher was enamored with it. I was a little nervous at first that it would become an obsession, but the miscellaneous boxes on the floor are much more entertaining then a tree.
Just to be safe we kept the ornaments a few feet off the ground. He will occasionally tug at a branch, but after he realizes it doesn't make any noise he is quickly bored with it and onto banging something else.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Asher's Message of the Day

(Today is the Univ of Utah vs. BYU game. GO UTES!)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

First Tooth / Sick Baby / Long Weekend


So when I picked up Asher from Daycare on Friday I noticed he had a fever. (Please note, Asher has never had a fever up until this point. Somehow in his 4 months in daycare he's never been sick enough to warrant a fever.) So taken in his armpit, his temp was 100.7. I heard somewhere that when you take their temp in their armpit you add a degree, so you could imagine my concern when I did the math and realized he had a temp of almost 102. So I immediately drove to Smith's to buy some Tylenol and give it to him in the car before the drive home. When we got home the armpit temp was down to 99.3. I was feeling better.


That night, I think Asher slept a total of 3 hours. The whole night I kept thinking 'I hope he doesn't have the swine...I really hope he doesn't have the swine'.
Saturday morning he woke up with a ginormous green crusted growth on the outside of one of his nostrils...and again had an armpit temp of 101.3. So Mike and I decided to take him to the doctor.

As we waited in the lobby we looked around at all the extremely sick people. They were wearing masks, barely staying conscious, loved ones consoling them, etc. Then I looked at our son who was just sitting there playing around with some non-toy object like he always does.

Our name was called and we went in to see the doc. He asked a few normal questions, diarrhea? no, vomiting? no, eating okay? yes, overall well-being? fine. I could see the pattern and started to feel like I was going to get the new parent talk again. And we did. But in a very nice way.

He took time to show us the best way to clean out the baby's nose with saline, what to look for to really be nervous about, and he taught us about fevers. Apparently they're a good thing. The fever stops the virus from growing so the body can fight it faster and stronger. But, they can also spike, so you want to control them with tylenol. So in the future, unless it's 103 or above or he seems lethargic or vomiting, etc., or it's lasted more then 3 days, it's fine to just keep an eye on him from home. Oh yeah, and the whole add a degree thing was a myth. He smiled and said "No, you don't add a degree or multiply by the square root of six. You just tell us the temp and how you got it."

So we went home not too embarrassed because the doctor was super nice, works in park city, and taught us a ton about how to be parents when it comes to sickness. We kept giving Asher tylenol, he kept fussing and not wanting to sleep.


Cut to Monday, literally :) We wake up, no fever anymore. Yipee!! Then you stick your finger in his mouth and what do you feel? A Tooth!! In retrospect all the signs were there, the drooling, the chewing on the edge of the table, the complete change of behavior when given teething tabs. But no, I was too worried about the swine to think 'Oh, maybe he's just teething'.

Lesson learned. All these lessons would be nice to know ahead of time...but I guess until you live it you will never know.

Doctor Visit #4....


Well, really we've been to the doctor much more then 4 times. Yes, we're first time parents :) But today was the 4th Well Visit or Checkup or whatever it's called.


I'm sure I've said this before hundreds of times, but I LOVE our doctor. She is awesome. If anyone in the Salt Lake area needs a recommend I will give you her info. Ah-maze-ing.
That said, it was a good visit. We talked about fevers, and solid foods, and poop, and penis', and everything you'd ever want to talk about regarding a 7 month old boy. When we got to the nursing piece, I told her I felt my milk supply was decreasing. I hit a point at work where the stress level skyrocketed for a few weeks and it's never been the same since. Then she noticed his weight percentile dropped from 83% to 34%.... no bueno. In 2.5 months he's gained less then a pound. So now we will be 'finishing' his feedings with formula, which will quickly turn into a no more breastmilk and all formula scenario.

It's bittersweet really. Yes, I will not miss dragging a breast-pump to work and cleaning all the pieces every night. I will not miss the freezing and dating and thawing and mixing and cleaning of all the bottles. Funny, if Asher only had formula I would clean less bottles. (currently 4 from the pump, 2 from daycare). But I will miss the bonding, the 'needing' (yes I know it sounds selfish), the miraculous calorie burning (seriously, I could eat only brownies all day every day and not gain a pound), the ease of feeding him while still asleep. But alas, we have reached a point that I knew we would get to eventually.

Other then that, everything was great. She was excited about his crawling and pulling himself up and loved his ocean blue eyes as usual. We are happy to have a healthy, happy, seriously easy boy. :)

The official Stats:
Weight: 18.13 lbs 34%
Height: 28.75 inches 90%
Head: 17.3 inches 33%

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Trouble....He's in Trouble

So I went to pick Asher up from Daycare today, and as I was walking in Miss Allison was telling me how Asher was in big trouble. I was nervous, thinking 'Oh no, what did he do? Is he hitting kids already? Did he pee during a diaper change? What happened?' Then she said 'He has pulled himself up 3 times today! He is not supposed to be doing that'.

I felt much better. Then got a little nervous.
This past weekend my sister and her 3 kids stayed with us. It was tons of fun, but definitely an eye opener as to how un-ready our house is for a fully mobile kid. For some reason it just seems like something so far off into the distance I shouldn't have to worry about. Almost like it won't really happen. Maybe we'll be the lucky ones and Asher will learn to walk and not want to play with anything except his toys.....one can dream right?

(This post should also be titled '7 Months' as Asher turned 7 months old yesterday)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Grandma...

This past weekend has been bittersweet. My Grandmother passed away on Thursday, so the weekend was full of tears and hugs. But it was sweet in that those hugs were with many family members I haven't seen in quite a while. My Grandma had 14 kids, which gives us 86 first cousins on just that side of the family. In addition, there are 144 Great Grandkids.

I remember all growing up we had these huge family reunions in Sun Valley, ID and later Oceanside, CA where all the Aunts, Uncles and Cousins would gather. We were quite the brood when we all got together, usually taking over entire condominium complexes. But some of my favorite memories were getting together with cousins (there were usual at least 5-10 in each age group) and running around, playing cards, capture the flag, running through golf courses at night, etc. But it makes me want a huge family so I can give my kids that same experience.

Listening to the stories shared over the past few days has been wonderful. My Grandma definitely touched not only my life, but obviously hundreds of others. She was an amazing lady and she will be greatly missed. After I had Asher I would ask her little motherly advice questions and she always had great answers. I'm sad I won't get to continue to ask her questions as Asher gets older, but I am appreciative for all the moments I was able to share with her.

Love you Grandma.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

So for Halloween Afternoon, Asher got all dressed up and went with his friend Ethan to Wheeler Farm.... I don't think he's ever seen animals before, and I'm not sure he really understood what they were, but he seemed mesmerized.

We stopped and looked at the cows. I tried to get a picture of him with the cows, but since he was in the stroller, it was an odd angle. I'll keep practicing.

Ethans dad is a big biker, they were at Wheeler Farm watching him race. So Ethan's costume was a biking suit. And yes, his dad did win his race.
I'm not sure how much Asher enjoyed being strapped into a stroller with his big puffy spider suit on...but it was definitely warm for a fall day.

Now we're ready to hand out candy!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Baby Yoga

So today in between dinner and bath time, Asher decided to practice some yoga. He's getting really good at downward dog.
In his attempts at crawling, he is in this position for a few minutes before he realizes he's not going anywhere. Mike and I watch him and yell 'Knees, Knees!' but he doesn't quite get it yet. Maybe he likes his knees and doesn't want to bang them up on the floor. Who knows....but it is entertaining :) and we're still enjoying his immobility....but I know that any day now that will be stripped away.

Halloween

Today was Asher's halloween party at school (aka daycare). He is the only baby, but we like to participate in things...so we got him all dressed up, made enough popcorn for everyone and off we went.

When we walked in the other kids were enamored (they usually are, i don't think it was just the costume). 'Baby Asher!! Baby Asher!!' (reminder, he is the only baby) The girl in the fairy costume above fixed his hat probably 16 times during the 5 minutes I was there. Pretty funny!
I am glad that Asher gets the semblance of older siblings without really having any...one benefit of 'school' :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Girls Weekend - California

I am so lucky to have so many girls weekends! It's amazing. This one was with friends in beautiful California. Cari and Kortney live in Redondo Beach, a beach town of LA. Anytime you visit it's guaranteed a good time.

This time it was Cari & Kortney, then myself, Trish and Joanna from Salt Lake, Courtney from Texas and Lisa from New Mexico. We. had. a. blast.
We went to the beach, ate out a ton. Went to starbucks too much. Chilled. Got dressed up. Etc. etc. Everything girls do when they get together.

We had a good time every night, but one night for some reason I really wanted to dance. So I made everyone try to get into a few different clubs until we finally got in one. It was almost closing time, but Joanna and I headed straight for the dance floor. After about 3 songs the lights came on and they were kicking us out. I was so bummed, we had just gotten started.
So on our walk back to the car we passed a large bus. I wasn't ready to go home so I went and knocked on the door. I asked what the bus was for, they said a band playing at the bar next door. I asked if we could get in, long story short we had to beg some kid to beg the bouncer to let us all in. And it worked. Yipee!! The drummer was shirtless and they were singing Guns N Roses covers. What could be better. We danced the night away, until again those lights went on. But by then I had gotten my fix.
They invited us on the bus for the after party, but we were ready to bail. So told them we just had to light up in the car real quick and we'd be back. But home we went.... but ahh, the memories.
We also did some shopping down in the 'alley's. They had a lot of denim looking stretch pants, lots of fake bags, fake shoes and fake food. Cari bought two illegal, salmonella ridden turtles. I was tempted to buy the bright yellow stretch pants made to look like tight jeans pants, but I didn't. We did all buy 5 dvd's. We learned our lesson. The ones that were the right movie were usually video camera'd in theatre in mexico with subtitles. Fantastic quality. The others were just totally different movies then what the case said. But hey, we took the risk I guess.
The beach was amazing. I think I could sit there all day. The ocean is amazing. But the company was great as well. Trish was afraid of the seaweed. The water was freezing, but we only used it as a quick cool down anyways.
I bought a ton of clothes for Asher, but couldn't really find a lot for me. That's the way it goes I guess. One or the other. Sushi after shopping was delicious....and the last night was spent acting like various animals for a photo shoot. Dancing on tables. Conning an unsuspecting gentlemen into putting 20 dollars into the jukebox but letting us pick all the music. Meeting the crew of a boat that pulled into port. And very little sleep.

Good times though. Always good times.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

6 months


So Asher is officially six months, as of Saturday. The most major milestone is he is getting up on all fours and rocking back and forth. After a few rocks he makes the leap forward and lands on his face...all in an effort to crawl.
We're taking bets as to when that will be. I'm hoping he will just learn how to get himself into a sitting position. I'm fine if he waits a few more months before becoming mobile. Sadly, I don't think these decisions are up to me.
He is good a pushing himself backwards...right now he often gets himself stuck halfway under the coffee table.


Other major milestones...hmm. No teeth yet, but I'm pretty sure he is in the process. He chews on everything. His fingers, hands, toys, paper, whatever he can find. He even try's to chew on my elbow when I change him....
We're feeding him solids, though he still doesn't open his mouth for them consistently. Every once in a while he will...but not often. Soon enough he'll pick it up I'm sure.
He love love loves bathtime. He could play in the bath forever. He loves Griffin the dog. He's mesmerized by him. Asher will be playing and Griffin will walk into the room, Asher stops everything and just stares at him for a good 3 or 4 minutes. It's quite funny. But I've found if we need him to look at a camera, you just have to get Griffin to stand by the camera.

He is a great baby. We are really lucky to have such an easy going guy. He rides in the car with me to work each day, 30 minutes each way. And rarely does he make a sound. He goes right to sleep when I put him in his crib. He mostly sleeps through the night, 7:30pm to 6:30am. (he sometimes wakes up for a minute or two but goes back to sleep immediately). In the morning's, he'll lay in our bed with Mike and quietly play while I get ready for work. He's very self entertained with a few toys on the floor. He loves to cuddle and gives great hugs already. (not sure if he's just trying to grab something, but it sure feels like a hug).

We're really lucky to have him in our lives...couldn't have asked for a better boy!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Ain't no Mountain High Enough...

The other night while Asher was taking a bath, he accomplished his first pull up trying to climb out of the sink. Pretty Crazy. (ignore the commentary in the background)

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Saturday, October 03, 2009

My Boys....

My Birthday

My birthday first started out with Mike playing with Asher all morning so I could sleep in. (Best Present EVER!)
Then it continued with a 'Picnic in the Park', well up the Canyon really. We stopped at the store to pick up some picnic lunch items, and decided on sushi. We drove up the beautiful canyon enjoying the fall colors and ended at the top of Brighton. We saw a trail into the wilderness and a picnic table, so we headed in.

As Mike was pulling the picnic items out of the bag he placed a beautiful blue Tiffany box in front of me.

I was enamored with the box alone. Mike's never bought me anything from our good friend Tiffany before. I've been tempted to buy things for myself, but haven't. So this was my first official Tiffany gift.
And I opened it, and it was a beautiful simple silver necklace with an 'L'. He had a very cute, romantic lovely card in it as well. Very very cute, and very very happy :)

Then we continued to eat our sushi while Asher watched wondering why he never eats with us. Afterwards, we packed up everything and headed back down the canyon. On our way we decided to stop and take a few family pics with the beautiful backdrop. The seasons can be so short in Utah some years, you have to take advantage of these perfect days when you get them.




Afterwards, my sister Amy came and picked me up and took me to the mall for a surprise. I wasn't positive what we were doing, but I had an idea. She took me to the makeup counter to get a makeover (i.e. have them teach me how to wear makeup). I thought it was fitting that for my 30th birthday I learn how I'm really supposed to put on eyeliner :) She then bought me way too much makeup so I can accomplish the same looks on my own....

Afterwards, Mike and I left Amy to watch Asher and headed to one of our favorite restaurants for long romantic dinners, The Melting Pot. It's a fondue restaurant if you haven't been to one, and I really enjoy. Mostly just the Cheese Fondue and the Chocolate Fondue, but the actual dinner/meat/broth one was really good this time. I was impressed.

But it is definitely a large amount of food to eat, and a full 4 courses. But it was delish, as Ina would say :)
Afterward, we stopped back at the house to get more comfortable (take off the heels and put on flip flops and a hoodie) and head back out to our movie. What date is complete without a movie. So we went and saw The Proposal with my secret husband Ryan Reynolds. It was a great birthday movie.

Overall, I had a fantastic birthday thanks to my Fantastic Husband :) (and my fantastic sis Amy)

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Just a Day in the Park

For those of you that don't know, Mike and I live really close to a really great park in our city. They have two playgrounds, one if which is quite large I think. So we decided to pack up the fam and take a walk over to the park so Asher could enjoy the swings.


And enjoy he did :)

And just so people don't forget we also have a dog, here is griffin performing a special trick for you :)


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