Thursday, May 29, 2008


So, I had somewhat of an epiphany yesterday. We have had a lot of people in the ward offer to babysit Gabe (one of the benefits of having a cute baby in a ward full of baby hungry newly married people) but I usually don't take them up on it. We are always busy, or we just take him with us. However, I am having a really hard time getting everything ready I need to in preparation for moving. Yesterday I realized I could take them up on that, and just go back home and clean! I got my fridge cleaned out, and Gabe's clothes sorted. It was wonderful. Yeah for babysitters!

This is how Gabe helps me with packing: eating the phonebook

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Unforeseen Side Effects

So, this week we have realized one of the side effects of Gabe getting a concussion. The doctors didn't warn us, but maybe they didn't know. Ever since he sustained a serious head injury, our baby has perfected the art of the insincere courtesy smile. I don't know if he is just humoring us now, or what brought it on. But he is always giving us this sickly fake smile. I am including photographic proof. It's one of the funniest things I have ever seen.

Friday, May 23, 2008


We had our first medical adventure with Gabe this week. Monday night he was sitting on the bed crawling around. He sat up a little too close to the edge and tipped off backward, landing on the exercise bike (which usually lives in the living room). He was crying and acting weird and disoriented for about an hour, so we called some family and friends, who agreed that we should take him in. Ontario gave him priesthood blessing, and then we took him to the hospital.

We got to sit around the ER for a few hours while various nurses and doctors would come in and check him out every once in a while. Our good friends had kindly come with us, and during the wait times they regaled us with stories of their visits to the ER. It all ended with Gabe getting a CT scan (which he held very still for, despite being awake) and everything checking out. He did have a definite concussion, but it didn't seem to have caused any internal bleeding. They said we could take him home, and just to keep an eye out for losing consciousness or vomiting.

During the night he would wake up occasionally, and the only thing that would calm him down was having his daddy carry him around and sing to him. Once he was calm enough, he would bring him to me to nurse and we would all sleep for a few more hours. It made me very grateful for Ontario, and that he is such a good dad to Gabe and such a supportive husband to me.

The next day Tari worked from home to help out. Gabe was sad and clingy all morning, just wanting cuddles. Then around noon he projectile vomited (NOT what we wanted to see) so we took him back to the doctor. They checked him again and said everything else was okay, and to give him some tylenol and keep him under observation. The rest of the day was spent cuddling sad sick baby.

Everything seemed to be going well until the next day (Wednesday) when he projectile vomited AGAIN, 4 times. We headed back to the doctor (Gabe can recognize the pediatricians office now) and they did another check. All of his other symptoms were fine, so they said we could take him home, but if he vomited again that he would need another CT scan. Luckily, that was the last of the vomiting. He has been getting back to normal, and seems to be doing just fine today. It was a sad and scary couple of days though.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

We're moving!

Ontario and I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and get a blog. What can I say...basically everything that google does is awesome. I wanted a quick and easy place to post photos and updates of Gabe, and to keep our families in the loop. Hopefully some of them read it! :)

I started this blog about a month ago, but this is the first time I have actually posted something . :s Oh well. Better late then never, right? Our big news currently is that we are going to be moving next month! Due to an unfortunate series of events (i.e., they raised our rent a ridiculous amount) we have been looking for something around June or July. We finally found the perfect place in Provo. It's 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, with a front and backyard and a washer and dryer included. I am SO excited to be moving somewhere I have space AND I don't have to carry the clothes down three flights of stairs to the coin-op
laundry! Plus, it's a partial basement apartment, which will be so nice and cool in the summer. I couldn't be happier with it. Heavenly Father really blessed us to find the right place.

Gabe is officially crawling. He likes to follow me around the house, and I think he is enjoying his new mobility. Except that I am still faster than he is, so he gets mad if he crawls all the way over to me and then I walk away. H is also pulling himself up on things and inching along the edges. I predict he will be walking in the next few months.