Friday, December 30, 2011

Late Christmas post

7 months 2 weeks

Sorry everyone, a little late on the Christmas post! As you can imagine, it was crazy!! Brock was so spoiled and got more toys than we know what to do with or have room for! LOL! He's one lucky boy!!

He get the 2nd half of his flu shot last week and at the appointment, we discovered a 2nd tooth! He know has both his bottom teeth coming in. He doesn't let you look at them much because he usually covers them up with his tongue when you try to catch a peak!!

Christmas weekend was insanely hectic and flew by! Friday night (Christmas Eve Eve) we went over to Drew/Erin's for the first annual Barbosa Egg Nogg-Off...the boys drank egg nogg, the girls drank wine. Brock just played like a little angel with his toys!

Christmas Eve was dinner with Grammie and Mia at our house. He had his first bite of mashed potatoes! He didn't mind it, but didn't love it. Christmas day was morning with Mia and Grammie again, lunch at Grandma and Grandpa  Barbosa's, then dessert/presents at Great Grandma Elsie's. He got to play with his cousin Joey at lunch and it was so cute! He was sharing all his toys with Joey and they were having fun together. Next year, I'm sure they'll be chasing each other all over the house! He got lots and lots of toys and we had a full car from both Gary/Judy's and Elsies!

The day after Christmas we mostly relaxed at home. We all needed some rest after the crazy Christmas weekend! It was hard to come back to work after those few days off!!

Ok, now with that out of the way, here are some fun things Brock is up to right now.
- Shaking his head like he's saying 'no' - I don't think he's trying to say 'no', but he likes to shake his head like that
- Talking in all different voices - he'll be really high pitched sometimes and it's so funny
- Not eating - he's getting a little better now, but he went through a phase where we had to force him to eat food - well, food like his cereal and veggies - still loves his bottles!
- Doesn't like: peas, green beans
- Loves: squash, zucchini, sweet potatoes
- This week he has carrots and he's sort of on the fence about them
- He loves to drink water out of a sippy cup - we don't give him much, but he likes to chew on it and feels like a big boy when he can get water out
- He's full on in 9 month clothes and sometimes even 12 month stuff
- He's going thru major separation anxiety - if Nick or I leave the room (sometimes even when the other one is holding him), he starts fussing and crying. It's hard not to rush right back in, but everything I've read says to try and be strong and not encourage it!
- He's favoring Nick a little more than Mommy right now and it's not easy on's not all the time, but when it happens, it rips my heart out!

I can't believe 2011 is going to be over tomorrow! It has by far been the best year of my life! I have had so much fun and am a little torn about 2012. I'm so sad to see 2011 go, but there are so many exciting things coming up next year that I'm looking forward to what it will bring for the Barbosas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

First tooth and First Christmas

7 months (wait, does that say what I think it does?!)

Well, we just passed the 7 month mark! I can't believe it, it's flying so much faster now that he's getting older and more 'firsts' are coming!

The big one is his first tooth!!!! It finally broke through last Thursday! I saw a little white spot when I was feeding him dinner and jammed my finger in there and felt the little jagged edge of his tooth! Nick was at a work function so there I am screaming and crying and clapping my hands and jumping up and down like a freak. Luckily, Brock totally knows that I'm a freak and thought it was hilarious! I called my mom, my sister, my dad, everyone to tell them about the tooth! It was quite exciting!

This weekend was Brock's first Christmas celebration in Wichita with my family. It started out a little rocky with him throwing up his entire bottle Friday morning. We thought it was just acid re-flux until we took him to daycare and she told me it was going around and it probably was the flu. I was only working a half day so we could get on the road early. When I went to pick him up, Cynthia told me he had thrown up again, all over the bed while he was sleeping. Poor little guy was acting totally fine, just kept throwing up. I was concerned for him and for the fact that it could be contagious, but my dad still wanted us to come down so we loaded up the car and hit the road. But NOT BEFORE installing his new big boy car seat I bought after I left work on Friday!! He looks so much more comfortable in it!!

So Friday went well, no more puking and we made it to Wichita safe and sound. We got some good quality time with just my dad and Pat and Mia. We had dinner, and relaxed which was nice. Saturday was a different story. We got up and started to get ready for the craziness of the day with everyone coming over for lunch and presents. Little did we know, Brock was no longer puking, but now the funk had decided it was going to come out the other end, in the form of 6 (yes, 6, not an exaggeration) pretty massive blow outs. We had to do a load of laundry, give him 2 baths and buy scented wipes to keep it all under control! Luckily, he was still acting like he felt ok.

He LOVED opening presents. I was anticipating him just kind of ignoring them, but he loved it! He looked at every present so intently and was so patient. We open presents one by one (we let all the kids go first this year), and even though he was exhausted and so ready for a nap, he stayed so happy and content. He helped take the wrapping paper off each gift and was totally focused on each one when he opened them! He got some new pj's and lots of new toys!! It was such a pleasant and exciting surprise that he enjoyed it as much as he did! After the kids were done, he went down for a nap and we were able to get all the adults presents opened. Mommy got a sewing machine and some fabulous jewlery and Daddy got a one cup coffee maker and a power washer! Saturday night, we even finally got a 'ma ma' out of him!! He was starting to get fussy and while he usually only says 'da da', he's been playing around with the 'm' sound and finally said 'ma ma'!!

Saturday night, things got ugly. The 'questionable' flu bug we weren't sure if he had, was confirmed when I started throwing up in the middle of the night. As we woke up Sunday morning, we found out both my dad and Pat were sick too! Nick and Mia somehow missed it. We called over to Teea's and so far, everyone there was ok. We hit the road pretty early as I was feeling horrible. Brock had a blow out (by the way - when I saw 'blow out', I don't just mean big poop. I mean like blowing out of his diaper and all over him and his clothes) when we were about 45 mins away from home and we had to stop at a highway rest stop and try and change him in the was quite an experience!

We made it home and took it very easy Sunday. I was still pretty sick yesterday so I worked from home to avoid spreading the gunk to anyone else. We found out yesterday that it did end up spreading to at least Teea and Brigdon, not sure if anyone else got sick as the day went on yesterday. Brock had 3 more blow outs at daycare yesterday, but seems fine today (we hope!). As bad as all of us feel, I'm just glad he didn't act like he felt as badly as the rest of us did. I can't imagine that poor little baby feeling as awful as I did the last 2 days! I'm thankful for that - I'll take the brunt of it any day to keep him from having it!

He's going through a weird 'break mommy's heart' phase. He seems to only prefer Daddy right now. It's killing me. If Nick walks by and doesn't pick him up, he cries. He says 'da da' even more now and today he said it while looking at Nick. I don't know what it is and I'm praying it's just a phase, but it's heart breaking! It's all I can do not to just break down and cry when I'm holding him and he would rather be with Daddy. I'm so happy that they have such a close bond and Nick is an amazing Daddy, it's just hard to not be number 1 in Brock's eyes right now!

We got for his 2nd round of flu shots tomorrow and then have a crazy busy Christmas weekend planned! I can't wait to see what all Santa has brought for Brockie!!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all get to spend lots of time with family this weekend!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Picture update!!

6 months, 4 weeks (not quite 7 months yet, Mom just can't admit it!)

Not a ton to update this week, so I'll just overload with pictures from Thanksgiving and a few early Christmas shots! We had a wonderful weekend at home. Nick and I dropped Brock off with Grandma and Grandpa on Friday night and went Christmas shopping for Brock (and to finish up some other people). We had so much fun, we think we might make it a tradition! We got Brock some toys and new clothes, but tried to keep it simple as we know all the grandparents are going to go crazy this year! We spent most of the weekend finishing up the shopping and wrapping and just enjoyed a nice weekend at home.

Brock had zucchini yesterday and really seemed to like it! I think next up is either apples or avocados and he's going to try juice this week! Also, he now is going to be in size 4 diapers!!! He's getting close to outgrowing his 9 month clothes too!! He's growing wayyyyy too fast!! Ok, enough talk, enjoy the pics!

Here is a picture of Brock's first 'real' food - sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving. He didn't like it at first, but they quickly became a favorite!
Here's Brock and his turkey bib. He wasn't feeling quite himself from his flu shot the day before, but he still looks so cute!
 Laughing with his cousin Tatum at Thanksgiving! Finally feeling better and had so much fun!
 Daddy is ticking him and he's loving it! 
Brock got this bear from his great Aunt Carol. The bear reads 'Twas the Night Before Christmas - he loves it!
Meeting his cousin Naomi for the first time! They are only a week apart!
I had to add this picture as it may be one of the few where he actually looks a little like me (or at least my baby pictures)! Such a sweet little face!
 First trip to see Santa! At first he just looked up at him, but never got scared!
 I swear he smiled! We didn't catch any, but he did!!
As much as Oscar may pout about not being the baby anymore, as soon as anyone gets up from snuggling with Brock, he has to take their spot!!
Brock's Christmas picture in front of the tree and presents!
 This is our Christmas card photo shoot. I saw a crazy idea online with a baby and the lights so decided to give it a shot. I have to say, they turned out much better than I expected!

I absolutely LOVE this picture, but since he's not looking at the camera, we couldn't use it for the Christmas card. I just think it's so sweet!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New tricks and new friends!

6 months, 3 weeks old

Brock has had quite an exciting week!! We had a crazy busy weekend with Meme and Poppy in town.  We shopped and shopped and then ate some really delish food! We started the fun Saturday morning when we went out for breakfast and headed to Westport and the Plaza for some shopping. However, Mother Nature had some other plans as she decided to drop a nice freezing cold rain on us. Since the Plaza is entirely outdoors, we decided to skip the annual trip. Instead, we headed out to Nebraska Furniture Mart. Even though he was in and out of his car seat all day and had next to no nap time, Brock was still a total champ. He had his Santa hat on in NFM and he just loves that thing! See how cute he looks in it:
He loves it! Whenever he has it on, he just cracks up! We're not quite sure how, because it's super itchy! Saturday night, Nick and I had a Christmas party to go to, so Meme and Poppy were on Brock duty. He totally put on a show for them. He was laughing and smiling for them all night. They had a blast and so did he!!

Sunday was more shopping, but ended with Brock's first trip to see Santa!! We headed to Crown Center with Grammie and Grandma Judy. We waited in line and Brock had his Santa hat on and LOVED Santa. Right when he sat down he looked up at him like 'who are you', then just turned around and smiled for the camera! We got lots of good pictures and I'll try and get some posted soon, it's been awhile! After Santa we ate at Fritz's where Brock got to play with a paper train conductor hat and watch the trains go around the restaurant. Before we totally left Crown Center, we stopped by the gingerbread house display they had. Brock was fascinated. They had so many houses and things for him to look at! It was so fun seeing him so amazed! Overall, it was a wonderful, but very busy weekend!

Monday brought a new friend for Brock. My co-worker (and dear friend) Suni and her husband Brian, welcomed their son Jaxxon Vann Michaelsen into the world on Monday! I got to see him yesterday and he's perfect!! I can't wait for Brock and Jax to play together!! Being up at the hospital was very surreal. On one hand, I had a bit of nostalgia when I walked in since she delivered at the same hospital I did, in fact, in the room next to ours! I sort of missed being there and those first few precious, amazing days of having Brock. All the love we felt from all of our friends and family who came to see us and the wonderful nurses who took such great care of us. I miss how tiny Brock was and how much he needed more for everything. I miss the idea of just starting to have 2 full months off to enjoy at home, with my little angel. However, I also just LOVE this stage. Seeing him starting to really absorb and learn new things. I love how responsive and fun he is. There are definitely mixed emtions. I love watching him grow, and at the same time, it's going so fast!!

Squash is the veggie on deck for this week and so far, he seems to love it! We are starting to do 2 'meals' a day along with his normal bottles now. He gets cereal at daycare in the morning and then squash for dinner when he gets home. He is getting the hang of the sippy cup more and more! He also has learned to wave! We think he must have picked it up at daycare, but it's so cute. When people walk up to him, he starts flapping his arm up and down waving. At first we thought it was just excitement, but over the last week or so, it's become clear that it's actually a little wave. Sometimes he just opens and closes his hand as a little wave too! He's learning so fast!

We bought a Samsung Galaxy tablet last weekend and I downloaded a 'baby game' for Brock. It's just a blank screen and pictures of different animals pop up and make noise on the screen. Each time you touch the screen, a new animal pops up. At first, Brock just got excited and kept hitting the screen, but after a few times, he started to figure out how it worked. He would hit the screen once, then pull both his hands back and wait for the next animal! He was smiling at the screen and having so much fun!!

It's amazing how quickly he's growing up and learning. He's interacting so much more with the world around him and it's so much fun to watch. We had our first snow yesterday and while it was very little, it was still so fun to let Brock see it for the first time. He just stared out the window the whole way to daycare, looking at the snow on the trees.

I know it's just going to get more fun and exciting, especially with the holidays! I can't believe 2011 is almost over! It has been quite possibly the best year of my life so I'm almost a little sad to see it end. But there are lots of exciting things on deck for the Barbosas in 2012 so much  more to look forward too!!