Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

As usual, it has been an incredibly busy season. You know, endless Christmas shopping, parties to go to, cards to send out, oh, and pop out a baby. Just your ordinary year, I suppose. Ha!

For obvious reasons, this Christmas was very special for us this year. At only 3 weeks old, it was Harrison's first. And our first as a family of 3. And I feel like it flew by in a blink of an eye. It was exceptionally chaotic, but in a blissful kind of way.

Christmas Eve was Harrison's first public appearance. We took him to the Christmas Eve service at our church, and he loved the music! I was afraid it was going to be too stimulating for him, but he seemed to really like it.

Later that night we got in our jammies and slept in the living room by the tree. Rick and I have been doing this for years (silly, I know, but there is something magical about waking up Christmas morning next to the tree and cozy fireplace. And yes, I realize that I am a grown adult, ha!).

We have a few family traditions that we started when we got married. Every Christmas Eve, the very first gift we open is a Bible that I wrap in plain brown paper ever year. We read the story of Christ's birth together to remind us what Christmas is really all about - minus the pretty paper, shiny bows, and all the other materialistic hoopla that sometimes gets in the way. Then we exchange our 3 gifts: an ornament to serve as a reminder of something special that year, a new pair of PJs, and a homemade gift. I'm so glad that we do this for each other - it really makes gift giving so much more fun and meaningful!

On Christmas morning, we made french toast and bacon, snuggled by the fire, and helped Harrison open his gifts.

Christmas with my family was at my mom and stepdad's house this year. It was a full house - my grandparents, uncles, aunt, cousins, brother, and MIL were all there. Everybody was excited to meet Harrison!

First, Harrison took turns hanging out with his great grandparents.

Great Gramps

Great Grandma

Then, he was passed around from cousin to cousin!

Cousin Addison

Cousin Hunter

Cousin Stephanie

Cousin Michelle

We drew names this year and also played White Elephant, which is always a lot of fun!

Christmas with Rick's family was at his parents' house. It was so much fun watching all the kids play together (there are a lot of kids on his side!). Everybody was excited to meet Harrison there, too! I wish I had gotten more pictures. :(

Annual Group Picture

Aunt Ashley & Joel

I didn't get to see my dad's side of the family or my friends up in Oklahoma this year, which was a bummer. We are planning a trip up there in a few months though, and we are looking forward to seeing everybody up there!

It was a GREAT Christmas, but we are kind of looking forward to the season's end. That way we can focus on our sweet little baby boy without all of the busyness and chaos that exists this time of year. Although we are afraid to take down the tree because Harrison is IN LOVE with the twinkling lights and it helps him go to sleep at night! Might just have to leave the sucker up all year long. Ha!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Very Special Visitor...

The doorbell rang this morning and it was a very special visitor for Harrison. Santa!

Doug, a sweet man who goes to our church, dresses up as Santa every year for his grandchildren and various neighbors and friends. He even gives all the kids a stuffed animal out of his Santa sack.

Harrison and I didn't make it to church this morning (I'm not ready to take him out in the cold yet), but Doug saw Rick there and mentioned that he would love to stop by and pay Mr. H a visit. It was so kind of him because I was bummed that Harrison wasn't going to have his picture with Santa this year since I didn't want to get him out in public during flu season. Problem solved! Santa's jeep is even adorned with festive reindeer antlers and a red nose.

Thanks so much, Doug!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Is he really mine?

Harrison had his newborn pictures taken recently. Can you believe this bundle of baby perfection belongs to me? I can't, either!

Carina with Kat's Photography took these. She is a sweet woman and uber talented! Of course it helps to have such an adorable baby model ;) If you are interested in a session, I highly recommend her, so go visit her website!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

And Then There Were Three...

Harrison Walker Boyd

December 2, 2009
4:05 am
8 lbs, 13 oz.
20 inches

Our lives will never be the same, and we are eternally grateful for that. God has blessed us beyond belief and we have both shed many tears of happiness today!

Harrison, we didn't know it was possible to love someone so much. You are the perfect addition to our family and we look forward to a lifetime of memories. Welcome to the world!

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Bump Chronicles

Before peanut was conceived, I remember thinking that I couldn't wait to have a cute little pregnant belly. And I remember thinking that I looked sooo pregnant when Rick and I went to the beach for our anniversary back in, um, June. When I was still in the first trimester. And could still fit in my jeans. And actually button them, with no rubber bands necessary.


How naive was I? Never did I imagine I would become the ginormous waddling whale of a mess that I am today. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit. I'm not a total mess. And whales can't waddle, so that sentence doesn't really even make sense. But people, do you know how frustrating it is to OUTGROW YOUR MATERNITY CLOTHES? I'm down to about 2 shirts that will actually fit, and I don't think Rick exactly thinks it's sexy that I wear his clothes more than my own. My stomach will shrink back down, won't it? I'm starting to wonder if it's possible at this point. I'm very scared of the After, y'all.

We took the final maternity pictures over the weekend. I say "final" because this kid is no longer welcome in my warm & cozy uterus hotel any longer. Never mind the fact that the full term human being inside me is stubborn beyond belief and doesn't care that the eviction notice I've issued is collecting dust already. I've tried everything I can think of to naturally induce labor and he won't budge. But, I go to the doctor tomorrow and I am determined to hear good news from him. Like, "you are in labor and this baby is coming today and you will not have to be pregnant and huge and miserable one day longer." So please send labor-inducing thoughts our way, mmkay? Thanks!

I digress.

Since I'm in the final hours of my pregnancy (PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD LET THESE BE THE FINAL HOURS OF MY PREGNANCY), I thought I would get all nostalgic on you and document my growing belly over the last 10 months:

0 Months: Happy Birthday! You're pregnant!

3 months: "I'm showing SO much!" (Alternatively titled "I just ate a burrito.")

4 months: Rocking the I've-been-puking-all-day-every-day-for-12-weeks-straight look.

5 months: It's a boy!

6 Months: First night of childbirth classes

7 Months: Starting to get uncomfortable...

8 Months: Hurry up and take the picture b/c my back is killing me.

9 Months: Almost there, right?! I can do this, right?

Due Date: Hurry up and take the F***ing picture b/c I can't force a smile much longer.

10 Months: We'll go ahead and crop out the face since angry glares aren't flattering.

10 Months: Harrison, Daddy loves you. Come out and meet him! PLEASE.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Now all we need is a baby...

The nursery is finally ready for the baby. I didn't really want a theme-ish room, and wanted something transitional for when Harrison graduates to a bed. This is what I ended up with:

The main inspiration came from a sock monkey, which was the first gift we bought the baby when we found out that I was pregnant. There are also other vintage touches in the room, which I think work great in a little boy's room. I'm not crafty at all, but really wanted to take on some projects in his room. I made the canvases over his bed, along with a few picture frames. The leather photo board was my anniversary gift (year 3 is leather) from Rick - he made it especially for the baby's room. How sweet is that!

My mom painted this bookcase that we originally had in our office. Then we lined the back with sock monkey fabric for a finishing touch. My mom kept all of my children's books for me and I took them out of the boxes and put them out for Harrison. Tons of Dr. Suess - gotta love him!

We found this dresser at an import store nearby. It holds all of the diaper supplies, blankets, bibs, etc. nicely. And when he doesn't need it for a changing table any more, it will look great in my entry...

Perfect Bible verse to go over his closet.

I made this shelf for him as well.

All in all, I am really pleased with how it turned out! Thanks to Mom for painting the walls and bookcase, and to all of our great family and friends who helped fill his room with much needed goodies! Harrison is going to love his room. Or at least he better. ;)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Showers, Showers, Everywhere!

Can I just say that Rick and I are blessed with amazing friends and family?! We were given three baby showers over the course of last week and little H and his parents were spoiled beyond belief! And with all this baby gear our home is acquiring, it's becoming more and more real to us that there will in fact be a baby (*gasp!*) making his debut right around the corner. Until then, Rick is having a blast "breaking in" all of Harrison's toys. Or at least that's his excuse for playing with everything (never mind the big goofy grin on his face). It's like a five-year-old's first trip to Toys R Us around this place lately!

Shower #1:

The first shower was hosted by my cousin Michelle and best friends Ashley, Katie, and Tienna. Tienna and her mom drove down all the way from Oklahoma! The shower was at La Brisa, a yummy Mexican restaurant, and was co-ed. It was so much fun seeing everybody and meeting some of Rick's coworkers. I just wish I would have had more time to socialize with everyone!

The mom and dad-to-be

My mom and cousin Michelle

Ashley & Katie

Sandra, Tienna, Michelle, Mom, and Joel-Joel

The festivities

Look at all of Harrison's stuff! And the beautiful diaper cake (courtesy of Michelle) and cupcake tree (courtesy of Katie)!

Shower #2:

My office threw us a shower at Guadalajara and presented us with a $250 Visa gift card! Thanks guys! (Wish I had pictures but I didn't have my camera with me)

Shower #3:

The last shower was given by Rick's mom, aunt, SIL, and our best friend Ashley (again!). Everyone had such a good time; the girls hung out inside and talked about all things baby while the guys were outside doing "manly" things, like BBQing and shooting things.

Aunt Laura, Ashley, me, Mary, Tracye

The Boys

The ADORABLE cake my SIL Tracye made. She's crazy-talented!!!

What a fabulous week we've had! Did I mention how much we love all of these people?!?! We really had no idea how many things a baby needs or how much these things cost. There's quite a lot about babies we have no idea about. But that's a post for another day.

A BIG GIANT THANKS to everybody for showing us such love. We love you, too!
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