Friday, December 31, 2010

Gunnar Hayes-Two Months!

We've been up to alot this busy holiday season. During all the holiday madness, my sweet baby turned two months old on December 27th! Did I really have a baby 9 weeks ago??? It's still so weird to me that I had a baby and he actually lives here in our house with us. But them I'm reminded every night when I wonder where all my sleep went! Oh the days of having an infant-the sleepiest but best days of your life! What has Mr. Gunnar been up to these days you ask?

He's starting to smile. As you know, he has been pretty disgruntled with life but I think he's starting to come around. I can even catch him in a smile with the camera every once in a while. It's funny, though, he really likes to smile a people with dark hair-Aunt B, Nana, Aurora. He's bored seeing all these blonde peeps at his house everyday!

As of today, which is his 9th week....
Diapers - We are on the verge of size 2, furiously using up the Pamper's sensitive swaddlers size 1's bc they are getting too small for your belly!
Clothes - Size 3-6 months. We like to use the zipper front sleepers at night for quick diaper changes but they are hard dudes to find. Please, someone, make more zipper front sleepers.
Eating - you unfortunately had to switch to soy. We think you have some intolerance and even breastmilk was giving you fits added to the fact that I could not keep up with your two hour eating schedule. I'm bummed about it so let's not talk about milk. End of story. Bahumbug.
Belly problems - you are on meds for reflux, you use Dr.Brown's bottles, and you go to the chiro. Something is working because you are a much more pleasant human being to be around now. I'm hoping to ween you off of the meds in a few months. Thank you, Lord, for this turn around. I thought I was going to have to be medicated for a few weeks and we all shed some tears. It was brutal to say the least, but things are looking up.
Weight - as of Monday, you were 8 weeks and 5 days old, and you weighed 13.2 lbs. with your clothes on. Big boy! How will we ever afford to feed you and Slade?
Someone is always in your face-Finley and Slade-and you just stare and probably are thinking, "Is this the lot I drew in life?" I think you're pretty lucky.

There are daily fights on who gets to hold you. I just refereed one about 30 minutes ago that ended in Finley going to her room, crying. Where are these people at night? I'm all on my own at night!

You might be smiling here because you just got the thumbs up from the pediatric orthopedic doctor that you will not have to wear any type of boots for your slightly crooked legs, feet. You have had turned in, sorta bended legs since you were born. It's something called Metatarsis something and most importantly you DON'T have it. Yay! Waited an hour at the doctors office for him to walk in and give us the thumbs up! So relieved! You are straightening out all on your own.

One of my favorite features about your cute little body is your fat little hands. I also love your hugely chunky, thick, fat Fred Flintstone feet. Oh, and your fat little back of the neck that has your reddish blonde hair. Love to kiss you right there and you smell so baby good. Basically your whole little fat body is yummy and I could eat you up with a spoon. You have lots of white-blonde hair coming in that I can see in the sunlight. You might be a cotton top-we'll see.

Seriously, could you not just eat this body up!!!

Sometimes you still let it out. You know what you want and you definitely let us all know! You still like a clean diaper at all times, you hate to be cold, and you don't like it when you can't poop, and you must eat immediately when you wake up-whether it's been one hour or three. You slept in your carseat for six hours last night. I'm thinking it might be our new favorite place at night.

You've had your first Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween. That's a lot of celebrating for a little dude of 9 weeks!!! You didn't care too much about the presents. You just were concerned that we fed or held you.

My three boys. I have two sons. Wow, who knew I would have two boys?!? Lot's of bugs, trucks, smelly socks and underware, and sports in my future. Kyle said his Christmas outfits were for sissy's but I think not. A boy can wear a holiday outfit if he's under two years old in my book!

Oh the swing. The blessed, beautiful, Fisher-Price papasan swing. You save our life, little swing, and we will always be grateful for your eight swinging speeds and musical spinning animals on top. Bless you, swing. I can tell you for a fact that we ALWAYS have 6 D batteries on hand in case that baby runs out of juice. This is the third baby (Finley and Campbell being the first two) that this swing has cast it's magical spell upon and it's still making Momma Smart a very happy woman! Gunnar, you love the swing. It's second place to my arms, you rotten turkey! If you are without child, and plan to have one someday, pray-pray now that your baby will like the swing. Swings have saved lots of marriages.

You don't mind riding in pink girl things so long as someone is paying attention to you. Don't ever lay this baby down and make him look around on his own. He just won't do it. Hence, the reason why we never get a home cooked meal around here, house is messy, and I have hairy legs.

The problem with being born four days before Halloween is that you don't get to get outside much this time of year. It's a little too cold and alot too windy most days.

Slade took this pic of us on one of our miserable colic/crying/gassy/hurt stomach days. We were so desperate that we bundled up, even though it was cold, and strolled you anyways. Anything to make the crying stop!
We love you, Gunnar. You are sleeping better. You don't spit up much, unlike your siblings, so that's a plus. You keep us from being bored and you're cute to boot. I do feel like the luckiest mom around. And truthfully, I secretly love bugs, footballs, Legos, and dirty socks. And I already know enough to realize that in thirty years, I will look back and think that these sleep-deprived, crazy busy, mind boggling days, were the best years of my life. Sniff, sniff.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Ornament Additions

This year I went really simple on the Christmas decorations. With a new baby, momma was tired and just didn't have it in her. We really just put up the minimum. Plus, I was looking at my decor and I really need to step it up a bit. My stuff is the same stuff I've had forever and I think I may need to add to my stash. I think I need a new color scheme for my greenery. Maybe next year.
This year I added some bows that my best friend, Cari, made fro me. I'm not sure I should have picked red with a white angel, but at the time I chose the ribbon, I couldn't remember what color our angel was. We have LOTS of ornaments. Probably could do 2 trees at this point-but they would have to check me into the nuthouse if I were to have to decorate two trees. I love my tree but hate to spread out the branches. I wish I could just roll it into a closet every year.

Oh, who are these three cuties?

This was our "big" purchase as far as decorations this year. I found this at Cracker Barrel of all places for $20. If you haven't shopped there, you should. Neatest place to shop for goodies. The little lights light up by battery and it is about a foot and a half tall. It is so cute. There was a Santa there too and I'm thinking that I might have to go back and get him after Christmas. Maybe he'll be half off.

Ok, so do you remember me saying that I couldn't have another baby because I would have to make a stocking...........well, famous last words! Looks like I need to get on the ball. Gunnar's stocking is a $6 Walgreen's special this year!!! Next year, he will have a brand new sequined stocking to match ours-I already have my eye on two that I really like.

This is our biggest present this year! We had no idea we would have this little candy cane last Christmas. What a difference a year makes! He didn't help much with the decorations. He was too tired. But I bet next year, he pulls every ornament off the tree!!!

Gunnar's new ornament-he actually got two 1st Christmas ornaments because I liked both.

Slade's football ornament with his original artwork.

Go Red Raiders! Please win more games next year.

My chocolate covered strawberry. Finley and my FAVORITE snack! How cute is this!?!

Gunnar's other 1st xmas ornament. I loved the Noah's Ark and had to have it!

Slade just needed this one.

Kyle's snowman globe. He is the only person in the family that has a common name that we can find already printed. Slade wanted his name but I said sorry dude! They don't have your name. This came with a battery that lit up the globe, but we had that sucker burned our the first 24 hours.

Every year I get a family one with all of our names on it. I had not gotten around to getting one with Gunnar's name added and Slade was just distraught. The first week we had the tree up, he asked every day when we would get one with Gunnar's name. I found this one at a kiosk in the mall. They wrote the names on it right there when you purchased it. Slade was happy and didn't drive me crazy anymore. Well, for the moment anyways. (News Bulletin....The Smart Family will not be expanding past the above ornament. Daddy payed a little visited Dr. Spore at Lubbock Urology. We are tickled pink with three!)

Finley's ballerina frog-seriously my favorite ornament this year! I love it!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Edward Escaped.....

from my attic. We dusted him off, found him a Santa hat, and took him to our party. Of course we had to celebrate the release of the Eclipse DVD. Such fun!!! Kyle even loaded him into my car for me.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What's Up, Doc?

My favorite doctor in the whole world!

And his girls.
I love Dr. Lampkin and his nurses. They are wonderful people. And they still like me after eight long years of me calling them five hundred times, during three pregnancies and alot of times in between. I can't imagine having my kiddos without them. Best of all, Dr. L knows I'm a freak and he just takes my craziness in stride. All the millions of things I worried about and questioned him-he's always nice to me. And he likes to make fun of me. Like the time I was pregnant with Slade and I asked if I could wear Off mosquito spray. He told me just not to drink it. Funny. Real Funny.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Geography Lesson

Slade and Finley were looking at Slade's globe while they ate dinner...............

Slade - "Do you know where Quebec is?"
Fin - "No."
Slade - "Right here." "Do you know where Sudan is?"
Fin - "No."
Slade - "It's right here."
Fin - "Slade, just let me spin the globe."

Sunday, December 12, 2010


When you eat every two hours or 12 times every 24 hrs, you tend to................................

Get a double chin......................

not be able to wear horizontal stripes...............................................

have big bear paw hands.
At two weeks, Gunnar weighed 7.14 lbs. At 5 weeks & 5 days, he weighed 11. 8 lbs!!! That's more than a pound per week. His reflux and colic problems obviously have had no effect on his caloric intake, LOL! We like to called him Fatty. Or Fatty-O, as Finley says. He's really getting cute. Cuteness is all he's got going for him right now since he cries all the time!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

We went to Iraan/the Ranch for Thanksgiving this year. I wasn't sure if I would be up to it, but turns out I was getting a little stir crazy in the house. We've been in the house alot because I'm too paranoid to take the baby out in public because it's flu season. He has been under house arrest. I think he's only been to United twice, the drs. office-which is really just a pit full of germs so therefore defeats the purpose of keeping him at the house, and a few friends houses. I know I can't be like that the whole winter, I just want to get him a little bigger. And I'm a weirdo like that about getting sick. We had a nice time seeing everyone, but it was hard to be away from home with a new baby that cries at night and has to be fed fourteen times a day and night. It's just easier to be at home sometimes, but I think everyone enjoyed seeing Gunnar and some of my family hadn't me him yet.

Silly kids in the bath! Nana and mother love to wear shower caps so you will always have access to a shower cap while visiting.

It's so nice when someone helps out. We love Nana to help and wish she lived with us. Seriously. We've tried.

Gunnar crying. Which is what he did most of the time while he was in Iraan. He's very disgruntled with life in this photo. His belly hurts. His tongue is touching the top of his mouth so it looks funny-for some reason I get tickled looking at his gums with no teeth.

We brought Cita's new couch from Lubbock with us. It has a pull-out bed. Slade thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. He asked if we could get one that had a bed the next time we bought a couch, LOL! Yes, in like fifteen years when our couch wears out and then you sadly won't care about a pull-out bed anymore.

Aunt Cindy and G. We ate Thanksgiving dinner at PeeWee & Cindy's house-which is Nana's old house-which brings back lots of childhood memories and makes us all sad that Ambo is not here. He would really like the kids. He would let them pick up nails outside the barn and give them a penny for each one and they would think it was fun. Or he would cook them the best eggs and sausage for breakfast with white toasted bread. Or let them drink cold water out of the clear glass jug in the fridge without getting a cup. It was fun like that at their house.

Kyle and myself

Mom and Nana. Nana is a very happy person. She just refuses to smile for pics-we don't know why.

Gunnar-a whole month old!

And the following pics aren't from Thanksgiving, but I wanted to post them anyways. Finley is helping out feeding him. This is rare. Slade and Finley both love to hold him, but they don't have much to do with feeding him. Don't have the patience for it. Dirty rats.

G and his friend, Violet. Violet and he are 10 weeks apart. What a difference two and a half months makes!!!

G likes his baths but mom has to put a rag on his head or keep him mostly submerged or he gets FURIOUS if he's cold. He is not kidding around when he's cold. He might not take too kindly to the windy Lubbock winter, poor dude!

Friday, December 10, 2010


The Smart household has taken on a new tradition this Christmas - The Elf on the Shelf! Thank you Aunt B for purchasing this for us. We are on our third day with our new elf-yes, we are behind. We read the story and then were trying to name our little friend.........

CA - "What do we want to name the elf?"
Slade - "Let's name him Jack!"
CA - "How about Rob?"
Slade - "No."
Finley - "He looks like a Rob."
Slade - "Mom, we already named the dog after Twilight."

We settled on Robert. Finley and I call him Rob.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gunnar-In Review

Posting some more pics I have of b.g. - "before Gunnar" and the day he was born. I have so many cute ones that I have to put them on here so I can see them. On another note, I came down with a terrible sore throat last night. When I woke up this morning, I could barely swallow. So I drug myself around getting everyone ready and to where they needed to be and ran to the doctor. And I was super excited to find out I have strep. Nice. Strep and a four-week-old baby that is not very happy these days. Not such a great day. I've had better. I'm waiting for the antibiotics to kick in. My poor sweet baby is having really bad gas problems and I think he has some sort of reflux so they have put him on baby Zantac. It's been a rough week around here. I just can stand to see him hurt. Hopefully things will get better. Soon. Please.

About ten days before I had Gunnar.

Posing in my sexy hospital gown.

While they rolled me to the operating room, we passed the elevators and this is who stepped out! Perfect timing!

Holding little-bit for the first time. I was scared I was going to drop him. I have some really good blood/guts pics of me during the csection that are so cool but Kyle didn't think it was appropriate to put them on my blog. Fuddy Duddy.

Thank goodness mom took this photo of me holding him at the hospital because I don't think I have one. Boy, he's sweet.

Meeting his brother and sister for the first time! I hate that I miss this part. They stamped his feet on Kyle's scrub hat, too.

Just waiting for Gunnar!

Fin and "Bubba" as she so affectionately calls him these days.

Slade and brother. He was so happy to get another boy in the family.

These are the cute cookies I had made to give to visitors in the hospital when they came to see Gunnar. I didn't make them but I packaged them myself. :)