Davis at 12 Months

Aren’t you glad I don’t have to talk about how late I am with Davis’ monthly posts after this one??  I am, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me feel a little bad that I haven’t been as diligent with his as I was with G’s.  So…I’m sorry little man… it doesn’t mean I love you and your 1 year old self any less!


I whole heartedly believe it is true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun! And time flies even more when you’re having fun with your kids.  So many times I catch myself thinking how in the world did this happen so quickly??


A year has gone by in what feels like the blink of an eye and now I have 2 toddlers!  Two mobile little boys who share so many similarities, but at the same time, so many differences.

1 year old boys

We had to push Davis’ 1 year well check back quite a bit because he had a little virus a few days before his birthday and with the holiday and everything we were only able to get in for his  appointment today, almost an entire month after his birthday.  Poor little man had to get 5 shots today and all things considered, he did pretty well.  He’s got a clean bill of health and although he’s still our skinny little guy, he continues to follow his growth curve pretty steadily.

Height: 31″ (80%)

Weight: 19lb 11oz (19%)

Head: 46cm (42%)

At Garrett’s 1 year he was 33.5″ tall, 22lb 14oz, and his head was 47 cm, so he was a bit bigger all around, but that is no surprise.

In other news, Davis scored an almost perfect score on his 12 month questionnaire!  He’s exactly where he should be as a 1 year old and for that I am thankful.


It’s been a pretty big month in the Brewton household full of lots of milestones that all seemed to happen within the weeks of our Christmas Break.

  • Davis took his first unassisted steps about a week or so before his birthday, and he has since been practicing and perfecting his walking


  • He can now stand himself up from a sitting position without the help of anyone or anything else, and I find him walking from place to place more so than crawling.
  • We had a little birthday party for him at our house, and discovered that he is not a fan of cake,


but he does like presents



  • We had a Christmas with Dan’s parents here in NC, then again with my family in Ohio, and then again as just our little family when we got back from our trip.


Needless to say…we got a lot of new toys.


  • We made it to 12 months and 6 days of breastfeeding before he decided he was ready to be done.  We had been gradually dropping feedings one by one for a few weeks before, and he was down to one nursing session before bed.  The night after Christmas at my parents house, he refused to take his cup of milk so I nursed him and rocked him to sleep and the next night when I tried to nurse him again, he wanted nothing to do with it, and has been the same since.  I think I may have been a little more sad if I knew he was going to be our last baby, but I am actually very happy with the way we ended that part of our relationship.


I did what I set out to do (which was to nurse him longer than I nursed Garrett (just about 9 months) and I did.  I think we were both ready, and now he is drinking milk from a sippy cup 3-4 times a day and is as happy as can be.  He still likes to be held and rocked to sleep (which I am totally fine with) and we are completely finished with bottles and paci’s it seems.  That was another thing he dropped quite suddenly.  He wanted his paci while we were in Ohio, but since we have gotten back home, he wants nothing to do with it because he is now a big 1 year old.


  • He’s  got 6 teeth and I think he has more on their way, he LOVES Mickey Mouse and smiles and reaches for him every time he comes on the TV


  • He wears 12-18 month clothes, size 4.5-5 shoe, and a size 3 diaper (though a 2 still fits him too)
  • He is still napping twice a day and I am going to hold on to that for as long as I can.  He will eat just about anything you put in front of him with the exception of fruits and sweets (cake, cupcakes, and some cookies) I’m pretty sure he would survive on a diet of just meat, some veggies or soup if I would let him which is completely opposite from Garrett.


  • He’s still happiest when he is around and playing with other people, but he is able to play independently for longer periods of time now which is great!  He loves to do whatever his brother is doing and it’s pretty funny to watch them “fight” over a specific toy


I’m loving how their relationship is evolving, and I’m sure there will be plenty of days when they are at each others throats, but in the long run, I really do feel that they will be best friends.  Garrett is a great big brother to him, he watches over him, and shares with him (sometimes and with certain things) and he always wants him to be included in the fun things that he gets to do.  Sure he will still act like he doesn’t see him when he’s running around with one of his trucks and he “accidentally” runs into him but he’s pretty quick to give him a hug if he realizes he’s hurt him.

  • Davis babbles while he’s playing with his toys and it’s pretty clear when he’s talking about a ball or bath.  He’s consistently sleeping through the night now that he’s not nursing anymore (I’m pretty sure he was waking up just for comfort, and because he knew I would come for him when he cried (my fault, I know) so I am feeling like a different person now that I’m getting 7 or so hours of uninterrupted sleep.
  • He climbs up the stairs, and now that he’s figured it out he’s practicing coming down the stairs as well.  He is definitely a practice makes perfect type of guy.  He’s does not have a lot of fear, and he’s got a bump, bruise or scrape on his face more often times than not.  He will continue to be our little dare devil as he gets older, and I’m convinced (though hoping I’m wrong) he will have stitches or a broken bone before too long.


He’s definitely ready to take on the world, and we are so excited to watch him do it.  He’s got a fire inside of him unlike any other 1 year old we know and we feel so lucky to be the ones that get to nurture that.  I have no doubt he will give us a run for our money, but I also know he will make us so proud while doing it.  Davis you have brought so much light into our lives and we are so incredibly blessed to be your parents.  We love you more than you will ever know little munchkin!



Davis at 11 Months


This little guy cracks me up.  He is so much fun to be around and I cannot believe he will be one in 16 days!


I’ve never claimed to be a  punctual person (sorry honey) so that is why my post is 14 days late oops!  But this time I’m going to blame it on my lack of picture taking, and the Holiday, and possibly a little bit of denial that he is going to be 1 so soon and my wanting to slow down time as much as possible.

Either way….here is the second to last update of our sweet Davie’s first year

Weight: A little over 19 lbs (a guess)

Height: Around 31″ (also a guess)

Teeth: 4 going on 5!

Clothes: 12 Month

Shoes: Size 4

Diapers: Finally in a 3!!


I nurse him 3 times a day, and he gets 2 bottles as well.  He will not drink anything but water from a sippy cup and really enjoys my camelbak (which should make transitioning to milk and getting rid of the bottle interesting)

Eats 3 meals a day (when he’s up for it)  I still wonder how he actually takes anything in with the amount of food I’m cleaning up from his high chair after he eats, but he is growing and doing all things babies do; so I’m not worried

He’s trying to be sneaky and climb up the stairs,


lucky for us he gets up about 2 or 3 than cries because he’s not so sure how to get down.


He enjoyed his first Thanksgiving with my family minus Randy and Jace (can’t wait to see you guys at Christmas!)


And even though this is technically not his first Christmas (he was 5 days old last year) he’s enjoying the tree, the lights and the ornaments


He is as gutsy as they come (the chair that he’s standing on rocks and swivels with ease) and he is going to be one tough little boy.


In a span of 3 days he got his first (blackish) eye, tripped over his walking toy and bonked his head then fell off his trampoline to make sure he had a bruise on the opposite side to match.


Not to mention the amount of times his brother has decided he didn’t want to share a toy and pushed, poked, or knocked him over

Regardless of how much his brother picks on him, it is adorable how much he looks up to him and wants to do everything he does, and it’s obvious that G adores him too

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His favorite things right now are:

His brother





His dogs, balls,  and his trampoline, clapping, squealing, his Grandparents, and himself 🙂


He is able to stand on his own and just in the last few days has begun taking a few steps here and there


He’s great at walking behind his toy, but he’s not too great at steering or getting it away from walls when he runs into them


He still loves to be outside as long as he’s warm


And as soon as I grab his fuzzy blanket before I nurse him or put him down for nap or bed he brings it to his face with a giant smile and laughs.  I think that is sort of his cue that it is time to wind down, and it doesn’t matter how warm it is, he has to sleep with that blanket.

He’s brought such a great dynamic to our family and we are so thankful for him and proud of the little person he is becoming


Weekend re-cap and my 38 week check up!

It’s been a trying couple of days for everyone as we can’t even turn on the news without being reminded of the horrible events that took place in Sandy Hook, CT on Friday. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the victims, families, and the entire community, I can’t even imagine what they must be going through, but my hope is that they can find peace in knowing that their Angels are safe and sound and watching over them from above. I thank God every day for all of the blessings in my life and now more than ever I am reminded to not take a single moment, tear, hug or tantrum for granted. Despite this tragedy, I am amazed at just how much love and support our world is capable of, and I hope that this trend of good can continue to trump the evil that we live with.

To continue on a “good note” Dan and I hosted a Christmas party at our house on Saturday and it was a huge success! We only asked that our guests bring their appetite and an unwrapped gift that we could donate to Toys for Tots and I am so pleased with the amount of gifts we collected. I feel that this is a season for rejoicing in the birth of our Savior, remembering our blessings, and giving to those that have an impact on our lives as well as those that are less fortunate than we are. Dan and I worked hard for the few days leading up to our party. We shopped, I baked, we cleaned, and cooked, and by the time our guests arrived we were as ready as we were going to be. It was great to see everyone happy and enjoying each others’ company despite everything that had transpired, and I loved seeing all of the kids dressed up in their Christmas outfits. We ended up having a little over 30 people, and our house was bustling with holiday cheer which makes my heart smile. I was a little pre-occupied with everything that was going on so I didn’t take a single picture, but my friend Brittany did, so I ever so graciously borrowed one of the pictures she posted on her blog yesterday


Brittany and her adorable daughter Hailey, me, Christie, and Susan as well as some of the food we had!

It’s hard to believe Christmas is only 1 week away! This month has flown by and even though I won’t be in Ohio with my family for the first time ever this year, I am looking forward to my parents coming into town this weekend to celebrate with us as well as starting our own Christmas traditions with our little family.


On another note, I had my 38 week check-up today and honestly I feel like I should just refer you back to my 38 week post when I was pregnant with Garrett. This appointment went almost exactly as my 38 week check up went with him, which is unfortunately, not what I was hoping it would be, but it could be much worse. To sum it up, my blood pressure has been great this whole pregnancy, very much normal for me, and I actually even lost a pound at my 37 week check-up, so I had high hopes finishing up this pregnancy. However, when the nurse took my BP today, for the first time, it read high…..perhaps it is just my body’s way of preparing for labor, perhaps I overdid it a little over the past few days, or perhaps it is just a fluke, but either way, it happened, and it’s disheartening to me. I started getting a little bit of swelling over the weekend though nothing nearly as bad as I had it with G, and I worked pretty hard getting ready for the party, and trying to finish everything up for Christmas and our little guy’s arrival so I’m resting a lot today, and I feel fine but I am repeating everything I had to do with Garrett at 38 weeks. I had protein in my urine today (sign of pre-eclampsia) and my pressure was high even though it had lowered the second and third times they took it, but my Dr. decided to hook me up to a monitor for a non stress test (basically it monitors my heartbeat and the baby’s heartbeat and the way he reacts every time he moves or I have a contraction) and everything looked fine for that but I still have to do a 24 hour urine test again, and go back for another check-up tomorrow. If my pressure continues to be elevated or they find more protein in my urine I will most likely have to be induced again, which I really wanted to avoid this time. But again, I feel fine, and baby is healthy, and it could be a lot worse so I’m staying positive, and resting, and drinking lots of water in the mean time.

Here is a modified breakdown of my 38th week!

How far along? 38 weeks 2 days

Total Weight Gain: Around 32 lbs (I blame the beginning of my water retention and too many Christmas cookies)

How I’m feeling: A little uncomfortable and ready to meet this little guy

Sleep: As long as I don’t wake up in the middle of the night I’m ok, but if I get up, I have a hard time falling back to sleep.

Best Moments: Hosting a successful Christmas party, and getting caught up on my wrapping

Movement: Not as much as he was moving but is still definitely shifting

What I am looking forward to: Celebrating Christmas with my parents this weekend

Milestones: He could come any day now!

36 Weeks, and a Little G update!

Woohoo!!!!  Less than 4 weeks until we meet our little one!  I’m definitely in the homestretch and I can feel it, mostly in good ways, with only a few not so good ways 🙂  I realize how incredibly fortunate I am to have had such an easy pregnancy so far, but that doesn’t make me any less anxious to hold my new baby.


36 weeks 2 days

Before I go into detail about how I’m doing, I want to touch base on G….as he won’t be the sole purpose of my Baby posts for too much longer and  you all know how much I love to share pictures of my little man!  I am still doing all that I can to soak up every single minute I have with just Garrett, and even though I’m not able to physically do as much with him as I would like to, I am enjoying his company all the more.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, he is at such a FUN age!  I love watching him learn every day.  He is a little over 17 months now and still growing like a weed.  And although he is not yet talking (but babbles with the best of them) he points at everything and makes some semblance of a word, and I’d be lying if I said there weren’t a few words that I know he is saying, even though others may not hear them.  He had his first case of pink eye, and a sinus infection a few weeks ago and he had to be on antibiotics for about a week, and even though like any parent, I hate seeing my child sick and feeling helpless, he remained in good spirits for the most part and we were able to find out his weight when he went to the Dr.  He is just over 28lbs, and I’m still guessing at this one but I’d say he’s around 35 or so inches long.  We go in the day after Christmas for his 18 month well check and will have his official stats then, but that is where he is now.  Not to mention, we took him to get new shoes over the weekend and he is in a size 8!!!!  Talk about feeling guilty, I had him in size 6 shoes that he was measured for a few months back, and to find out he is 2 sizes bigger than that!!! Oops…..this child’s feet grow too fast, and I guess that I’ll know better for next time that I should probably be taking him every 6-8 weeks rather than every 12 or so weeks.  I feel like his torso has grown significantly in the last few months, he is in 24 month to 2T clothing, because everything else is too short on him, and the length in 24 month pants is good, but he is still a skinny little guy so unfortunately those pant continue to fall off of him.  His hair is getting longer and thicker every day, and he’s decided that pear juice works just as well as hair gel when you want to get that gently tousled look.


Who needs hair gel when you have pears!

Like I said, he’s not talking yet, but he will sign for us when he’s all done, hungry, wants his milk, and his comprehension skills are great.  You can ask him to bring you something or put it away and he will do it!  We transitioned him into his “big boy” room last week and didn’t have a single hiccup.  I think he likes his new space as he’s brought books and toys into his room and now that he doesn’t have a bumper on his crib, he can reach through and pull out his blankie or paci when he wants them.  We’ve pretty much got him down to only taking a pace for nap or bedtime, or and for a couple of minutes when he is dropped off if he is upset, but otherwise, he doesn’t really miss it.  He’s got 12 teeth, and is currently working on his canines, which luckily don’t seem to be bothering him too much right now, but I’m sure as they push closer to the surface he’ll be a little uncomfortable.  Otherwise, he is such a happy camper!  He plays very well independently which I think will help us a lot when his brother is born, but he is also starting to play with other kids as well.  Some of his favorite things are to love on Oscar, Thank Goodness he is so tolerant of him, Kuno on the other hand just walks away from Garrett when he sees him coming 🙂


Hugs for his best buddy!

He has recently begun playing with an old toy once again…though in an entirely different context…..lately one of his favorite activities is to push his activity center all around the lower level of the house….and if he comes to a wall, or another obstacle…he will pick the whole toy up and change it’s direction.




He will seriously do this for about 15 minutes at a time and by the time he’s finished, he is red in the face and kind of sweaty because it’s such a workout for him.  It’s pretty entertaining to watch.  He also still LOVES his spider-man bike and will ride that thing around in circles for as long as we’ll let him!!


He brings so much joy to my life every day and I thank God constantly for choosing me to be his Mom…..I can’t wait to see what he is like as a big brother!

Now…onto what is left of this pregnancy!  I still can’t believe I am less than 4 weeks from my due date…..time is going very quickly which is probably why I have been feeling an incredible nesting urge lately.  Like I mentioned before…G is officially in his big boy room, and doing great……our house is decorated for Christmas, complete with outdoor lights courtesy of my amazing hubby,  I have all of G’s Christmas shopping finished and I am diligently working on the rest of it….with hopes of being finished by the end of next week…..then it’s onto the wrapping!


Since we will not be able to be in Ohio with my family for Christmas this year (first time in my entire life I will not wake up on Christmas morning under my parents roof, and be a part of a Brunner or Palmer family Christmas party, we have decided to host our own Christmas party at our house….2 weeks before my due date :-0  Crazy……possibly, but it means a lot to me to do it, so I’m going to go for it, and I’m really excited!  Just have to start on the cookie baking!

Even though the new baby will not be in his nursery for about a month, I have it almost completely ready for him, other than the name on the wall, which I am happy to say we have narrowed down to 2 possibilities, but probably won’t actually name him until he’s born.  I finally broke down and bought some newborn clothes (which for whatever reason I was having a really hard time doing) but he’s a winter baby, unlike G so weather appropriate newborn clothes are a necessity, and something that we had to buy more of….the infant seat is in the van, and we’ve pulled down from storage all of the “newborn essentials”  So as far as baby goes……I’m pretty close to being ready and that makes me feel good, but I am still happy to have quite a bit to do (thanks to the Holiday) so that I can keep my mind from dwelling only on when this baby will come!  Now on to my monthly update!

How far along?  36 weeks 2 days

Total Weight Gain: 28ish lbs from my first appointment, I go back on Thursday as my weekly appointments have begun!

How I’m feeling:  Still pretty good, although with G, and myself being sick over the last 2 weeks, my workouts haven’t been as consistent…now that we’re all healthy again I am looking forward to getting back into my groove…..spinning/strength class on Mondays, Prenatal Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and still trying to spin on Wednesdays as well…..with a few lower milage walks added in here and there…..believe it or not, it’s the walking that seems to take the biggest toll on my body…..my back is really sore by the time I’m finished.

Maternity Clothes:  That’s a given

Cravings:   Still carbs, though veggies have thankfully worked their way back into the mix

Sleep:  I’ve gotten my maternity pillow back out….I didn’t use it for a while because it bothered my neck but now it’s great again, however I have been finding that I’m getting cramps in my calves at night as well as getting really hot if I’m under all of my covers, but my skin is cold to the touch if I am out of my covers.

Best Moments this month:  Crossing off items from my “to do” list, and knowing that in less than a month (hopefully) we will meet our second son

Movement: He’s still a little wild man…..flips and turns, hard spots here and there, and surfing across my belly are all regular occurrences, along with the hiccups every once in a while

Belly Button:  It’s out, but not too much

What I am looking forward to:  Finishing my shopping, wrapping, our Christmas party, The Nutcracker, Christmas, and of course meeting our baby!

Milestones: Baby is considered full term should I go into early labor!


It’s almost time!

32 Week Update

32 weeks 4 days….once again I feel like my belly has filled out a bit since last month

Today I am 32.5 weeks which means that I only have 52 more days until Baby’s due date!  I’m sure the next 7.5 weeks are going to fly by so I’ve really started working on getting everything together/in order in case he decides to come early, which I honestly have no idea whether he will or not.  Since I was induced at 39 weeks with Garrett, I don’t know if I’m more prone to going early, later, or right on time.  I know, no one ever really does, but just in case, my goal is to have everything done and ready by December 15th.  I finally got Garrett’s new bedroom furniture ordered, and actually received a call a few days ago that it was in, so now we’re just waiting on a delivery to be set up!  I also got the second camera for our summer infant monitor so that I can have cameras in both boys rooms.  I bought the mattress, changing pad, and some sheets etc. and now I’m just trying to figure out what I’m going to do for curtains in G’s new room.  Unfortunately, his new room is at the front of the house so the sun shines on it most of the day and it gets pretty warm, and also stays pretty light so I’m thinking if I don’t do black out curtains, I’m at least going to have to get some that are heavy and lined.  Once again, I’m so lucky that I have a handy Mother-in-law so if all else fails, and I ask nicely, she can make some for me 😉 Other than the curtains, I just have to pick up a few things for the walls, and perhaps some shelving for books and toys, but I’d like to wait until I have the furniture in his room so that I can match it as closely as possible.  We’re getting closer to having a name picked out though nothing is set in stone yet , but as long as we have a couple of possibilities, I don’t think I will mind waiting until he is born to see which name fits him better.  Oh who am I kidding, I know myself and I’m more than likely going to want need to have it picked out before then.  Either way, we do have the middle name picked out already so that is a start.  I don’t know why boys names are so hard for us!

I had a Dr’s appointment today and this pregnancy continues to be uneventful which I’m very thankful for.  I haven’t had any complications, and I feel good overall, in fact I spend more time in the waiting room than I do with the actual Dr. but again, I’d rather have it uneventful because that just means that Baby and I are healthy.  I do have to admit though, since I haven’t had an ultrasound since my Anatomy Scan at 18 weeks, I’m itching to get another peak at him.  Perhaps I’ll get one later, but if not, I guess that’s a good thing as well!  Just makes me even more excited to see his precious little face when he’s born!  My weight is within the range of where it should be, my blood pressure is still great, and my belly is measuring right at 28 cm which exactly where it should be, so with that being said, maybe he will come right around or on his due date….there’s just no way to tell!

Monthly Update

How far along?  32 weeks 4 days

Total Weight Gain: 24 lbs from my first appointment

How I’m feeling:  Still pretty good.  Continuing to exercise 4-5 times a week.  Same old lower back pressure and round ligament pain, along with some intermittent heart burn, however, it is getting more and more uncomfortable to roll from side to side in bed, and sometimes it feels like my back and lower belly cramp up when I get up from sitting for a while.  But all of this is to be somewhat expected for both the third trimester and a second baby, and it could be much worse, so again, I’m just grateful.

Maternity Clothes:  Of course

What I’m craving:  Not much that is good for me.  Carbs, carbs, and more carbs.  Apples and peanut butter, chocolate and peanut butter, pretty much anything that goes well with peanut butter

Sleep:  Ehhh

Best Moments this month:  Finally feeling like I am crossing off things on my massive “to do” list

Movement: yes, more rolls than jabs but he’s still very active

Belly Button:  Slightly out, I think I have an oddly shaped belly button, and I’m not sure that it will officially “pop” but randomly it will be sore, and feels like I have a bruise all around it.  I’m thinking it may be from my past belly button piercing??

What I miss:  A comfortable nights sleep

What I am looking forward to:  Thanksgiving!!  Family coming back into town, and finishing up Garrett’s new room

Milestones: I’m in the home stretch!

Getting so excited to meet you little guy!

If you’d like to read about my second pregnancy so far:

11.5 weeks…The Big Announcement

16 Weeks

What I’d like to do differently this time around

20 Weeks

24 Weeks

28 Weeks

Garrett’s First Birthday Party…Nautical Theme

I finally got a chance to sit down and document G’s Birthday Party!!!  If you missed the first celebration of his birthday you can see it here.  And this is party 2….His Nautical Party!  So…here’s the recap, and a LOT of pictures

Whew!!!  It’s been a whirlwind of a week and I didn’t even leave the LKN area! My family got into town on June 29th, and moved into the Lake House they stayed in for the week on Saturday the 30th. Check out the view from the back deck, Not a bad sight to wake up to in the mornings!

We helped them unload and pick up a few things for the party, and the week, on Saturday; and took the boat out before having dinner and relaxing for the evening.  Garrett’s party was on Sunday and despite the heat (103) everyone seemed to find ways to keep themselves cool

Caden and his Daddy cooling down in the “Kiddie Carwash” made special by Dan and my Dad!

Our Boat!

Thank Goodness for Susan who kindly took my camera and made sure I had some pictures of the decorations and the party.  I got a lot of my party ideas from Pinterest and I ordered some of my decorations from Etsy….And of course….I put my own little spin on it as well.  Overall I was really pleased with the way everything turned out even though it was a LOT of work!

The Birthday Banner and some of the food

Garrett’s One Year Photo Banner

Plastic ware wrapped in rope with a lifesaver to secure it

We cooked all of the food and I did all of the baking, and it was quite the spread!

Nothing beats Sweet Corn brought all the way from Ohio!

Sailboat cookies!


A few of Garrett’s little friends came with their parents and we had about 30 people total which was a good thing because we had a lot of food!

Little Miss Hailey

Sweet Little Leia

And handsome Mr Luke Alexander with his Daddy

Garrett thoroughly enjoyed another birthday cake and got TONS of new presents!!

Including his very own book written and illustrated by his favorite babysitter…..Miss Taylor!

By the end of the day we were all pretty pooped but we had a blast!

And the rest of the week didn’t disappoint either!  It included a bit of this

A lot of these

And tons of time with my Sweet Boy!

We are so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends and we honestly could not ask for more!  Thanks to everyone who made G’s Birthday so special, even if he won’t remember it……I will forever cherish it!

Garrett’s 1st Birthday; Part 1

If you missed my post about my baby turning 1 year old, you can read it here.  Sunday was his birthday and although his big party isn’t until this coming Sunday we celebrated with our family and Dan’s family.  They’ve recently bought a house in our neighborhood and are living between here and their home in Pensacola.  I can’t even begin to tell you how nice it is to have family close by!  It’s great to just say Hello whenever we want, to drop off the little guy for a couple hours so I can run errands or to have someone come over to our house to put G to bed so Dan and I can go out to dinner.  We are so happy they’re here!  We’ve also got my parents, another one of my brothers, my Grandma, and some Aunts, Uncles, and cousins coming into town this weekend to spend some time on the Lake for Garrett’s party and the 4th and we are so excited to have the company!

I will do a post after Garrett’s First Birthday Party next week, but wanted to share some pictures from his actual birthday because they are just too cute not to!

Our day started out pretty normal, G was up about 6:15 like usual we gave him his sippy of milk and brought him into bed with us for a little while before heading downstairs for his favorite PANCAKES!!!  The special thing was that Dan made Garrett’s into the shape of Mickey Mouse…..and he loved it!

After breakfast we played for a while and then I ran a few errands with Dan’s Mom while G napped, and then went to the pool with his Daddy!

We did a little more playing and attempted to do a little more napping but that didn’t work so well so I baked G’s birthday cake and when it was time we headed over to Grandma Lynn and Grandpa Rich’s house for dinner!  Another nice thing about having family so close, we had a nice homecooked meal and I didn’t have to do anything for it 🙂

 Garrett got to play with his toys over at the Grandparent’s house

He had fun with Grandpa Rich

 He saw his special birthday chair

And we had a nice family dinner

Then it was time to get ready for cake!

We sang and blew out his candle

And gave him his hunk of cake….at first he wasn’t too sure what to do with it

But he quickly figured it out and then there was no stopping him!

He even decided to share a little bit 🙂

And ended up looking like this…

After a quick facetime chat with Nana Pam and Grandpa Paul it was into the tub (well the sink at first) and then onto the presents (which unfortunately…G has no interest in opening, but does like the playing)

We played until his “sugar high” wore off and he was ready for bed, then made the short walk home to put him down!

It was a great day and we can’t wait to celebrate all over again next weekend!!

I think it’s safe to say Garrett thoroughly enjoyed himself…

….and his birthday cake too!

12 Months Old!

The time has finally come….I’ve oficially used up my last monthly tie because my baby turned 1 year on Sunday! (I’ll do a separate  Part 1 Birthday post tomorrow…part 2 will follow after his party this weekend)

It’s a bittersweet moment for me, and hard to believe that he is no longer my little baby, but he has now oficially entered the toddler era.  Some say that they don’t consider their kids toddlers until they are at least walking (which G is not doing alone yet) but other websites consider them to be toddlers once they’ve reached the 1 year mark.  Either way, this has been the best, most challenging, but also the most incredible year of my life, and I am so proud of my little man.  He’s taught his Dad and I so much about life and we are thrilled to be his parents!

G had his 1 year check-up yesterday complete with 4 shots and a finger prick!!  Poor little guy, he was a tropper although he really hates being poked and prodded (don’t we all!)

Here are his 12 months stats!!

  • Height: 33.5 inches (>97%)
  • Weight: 22 lbs 14 oz (50%)
  • Head Circumference: 47cm (75%)

Our Pediatrician always tells us what a Good Job we’re doing whenver we see him, which is reassuring coming from a Dr.  He’s given us the go ahead to wean G off of all bottles (which we have pretty much done already)  He gets a sippy cup of whole milk in the morning when he wakes up (about 5oz) before his morning and afternoon naps (about 4oz each time) and a bottle before bed (about 6-7oz)  So total, he gets around 20 oz of milk per day along with his 3 meals and a snack (water with all of these)  Our Pediatrician says he should be getting between 10-20 oz of milk each day so I guess we’re doing alright.  If he doesn’t want all of his milk, he won’t drink it, and his eating habits have stayed strong, so we’re going to continue on the higher end of the milk/per day with the hopes that all the calcium will give him the strenth to be able to walk unassisted sooner rather than later.

  • He has no problem walking and actually prefers it as long as he has something or someone’s finger to hold on to while doing it.  I think he’s just a little bit scared, and I’m sure he will get it on his own soon enough

  • He’s still pulling up on everything, and cruising along furniture all of the time

  • He’s learned with just a small hand signal from me that he has to turn himself around before safely going down the stairs

  • If he doesn’t like the way something feels on his knees he will bear crawl his way across it

  • Hes likes to take things off or out of something and then put them back on or in, and constantly finds things to do this with

  • He’s a great eater, and drinker
  • Wears size 12-18 month clothes
  • Size 6 shoes
  • Size 3 or 4 diaper
  • Loves to be outside

  • Specifically with his doggies

  • Still has 8 teeth and I think some of his molars are starting to work their way in
  • He smiles, laughs and giggles all of the time, especially when Daddy throws him up in the air and catches him

It’s hard to believe that in just 12 short months, he has gone from this…

To this…


Garrett…you are the best thing that has ever happened to your Dad and I.  We couldn’t be happier or feel more lucky that we were the ones chosen to be your parents.  Everything about you is infectious….I can’t help but stare in wonder of all of the things you do.  Your giggles make my heart smile, and your smile will light up an entire room!  You continue to amaze us every day of our lives and we are so proud of the little person you have already become.

Thank you for giving our lives a purpose, you are the best and most handsome little man in this entire world, and we love you more than you will ever know!

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Holiday Weekend, I know we sure are! I went to bed last night excited that we get another day to spend with our family and friends before the work week begins again. And I woke up this morning feeling so grateful for all of the Amazing Men and Women who have fought and continue to fight every day for our Freedom. Without these people we wouldn’t have such a great place to call home and all of the opportunities that are presented to us daily. So Thank You All…from the bottom of my Heart. You and your families are always in my prayers!

Enjoy your day wherever you may be!

My Mother’s Daughter

For so many years now, I’ve had people say to me “You are your Mother’s Daughter.” You look like her, you smile like her, you laugh like her, and about 95% of the time I answered the phone at my parents house growing up, the person on the other end of the line would say; “Hi Pam.” I’d smile and nod or just politely correct them by saying it’s not Pam, it’s Jenny, and they’d laugh and we’d make small talk.

Honestly, I didn’t really see the similarities. Looks wise, we are polar opposites. She is short with dark hair, dark eyes, and more of an olive complexion. I am taller with blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin. Yes I have the signature Palmer chin, and nose, but I still didn’t see it. And I don’t know many teenage girls who would want to constantly be compared to their Mom’s, so I just took it with a grain of salt and moved on.

As I got older and moved out and on my own, I obviously didn’t have family friends comparing me to my Mom on the phone, but I did have my brothers and my Dad reminding me of the similarities between us. I would make a comment, in regards to a situation, or act a certain way, and because they knew how to get a rise out of me, they would say “OK Pam.” I would scowl and disagree for a while but the older I got….the more I just decided to embrace it. I mean, she and my Dad did an amazing job raising me and my three brothers. They taught us right from wrong, and did their best to guide us in the right direction (and they did a pretty good job if I say so myself) they made sure we all had the opportunity to go to college, and if we wanted to go overseas they sent us, even though neither of them had ever been out of the country. If you want to talk about being selfless…my parents are the definition.

My Mom was there to take me to all of my dance classes and wipe my tears when I would come out crying and swearing that I was never going back. She didn’t let me quit. She always said just finish up the year and dance in your recital and you don’t have to go back next year. I would agree, and every single year after my recital, I would tell her how excited I was to go back next year. I danced for 15 years thanks to her encouragement, and wouldn’t change that for a thing. She was there to take us to swim team practice and pick us up, and cheer us on at all of our meets. She tirelessly drove us to and from any and everything, and always made sure she spoke to the parents of the kids who’s houses we would be staying over. She comforted me when I was having boy troubles or friend troubles, or work troubles, or just needed a shoulder to cry on. She put up with a combined 24 or so years of adolescence between my brothers and I. I can imagine that’s enough to drive any sane person crazy! But she did it with grace and poise, and she stood her ground and let us know when we were being idiots, and I think we are all better people because of that.

She has been the best friend, role model, cheerleader, confidant, and parent I could ever ask for. She put her dreams on hold so that we could fulfill ours, all while endlessly encouraging, loving, and supporting each one of us, so for me to be compared to such an amazing woman, I am honored.

Thank you Mom for molding me into the person that I am today. I wouldn’t be half the woman or Mother I am if it weren’t for you, and for that I am grateful.

I have never been more proud to be compared to you, and there’s no denying the fact that I am in deed my Mother’s Daughter 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Amazing Mom’s out there!

*and a very special Thank You to my Mother in Law who raised such an incredible man that I am lucky enough to call my Husband*