Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tertipes Family Christmas

Merry Christmas! I just thought I would share a few pictures from our first Christmas together with our new little baby boy!

Our Christmas Tree
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Our first Christmas together with the three of us.
(Apparently, Christmas is very exhausting for James.)
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James is super excited about the contents of his stocking.
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I actually AM pretty excited about my stocking goodies. Please take note of the DMC CD that David got for me from Honk's (the dollar store). Heck yes!
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David's stocking loot, including Hannah Montana reusable baggies & New Moon luncheon napkins. Woot!
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Our gift from Chris & Heidi (David's brother & sister-in-law). You can see how tiny James is compared to his new outfit.
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My gift to David (& myself, to be honest). James doesn't seem too pleased about Glee. We'll have to work on that.
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James as a present!
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Merry Christmas to Mom & Dad!
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David playing with his new badge & gun.
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

So, I was kind of lazy about the whole Christmas card thing this year. Mostly, it was because of having James (since I would have had my Christmas cards all ready by Thanksgiving like I usually do) & because I wanted to send out birth announcements for James & didn't want to design two cards & pay to mail them both out the everyone.

So here it is. My lame attempt at a Christmas card.

Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Super Fun Bath Time

I thought it was about time I posted a video for you! We decided to take the video camera in while we were giving James a bath this evening. You'll notice that he gets chopped off at the chest quite a bit in order to keep the video PG. It's also in a few different clips since David stopped video taping in order to help me out a couple of times.

Note: Please forgive the fact that a) I'm in my bathrobe & b) the camera cord makes a cameo in the last section of the video.

Otherwise, enjoy! :)

2011 Reading List

I guess you could consider this my New Year's resolution. I love books. I love owning books & I love reading books. I often buy books that I'd like to read & either start but not finish (for one reason or another) or I just won't get around to reading them at all. The latter tends to happen when I buy multiple books at the same time & only get around to reading one or two of them. Needless to say, I have a good number of books that I've never read (or read all the way through).

Additionally, I married into an equally large book collection. There are two nice things about David's book collection... 1) half of his books are in German, so I don't have to feel guilty about never having read them and 2) his books are completely different from mine, so we have quite the diverse library. Actually, when we got married, we only had three books in common -- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Atlas Shrugged & Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (We kept both Shakespeare books & gave HP7 to David's mom. Atlas Shrugged is still up for grabs if anybody wants it.)

Anyway, back to my original point. Since I'm going to be spending so much more time at home now, rather than wasting it away by watching something on TV or playing around on the computer, I've decided to give myself a reading list for the upcoming year.

I chose 27 different books that I've either never read, never read all the way through or have read but I feel I need to read again (for whatever reason). And I should have just under two weeks to read each book. I'm sure I won't need that much time for most of them, but some of them are thicker than others, so I think this should even out well enough. And I have plenty more books that I could add to the list if I should finish earlier than expected.

I also wanted to make sure that my selections were well-rounded, so I broke up my choices into four categories: 1) religious books, 2) self-help or motivational books, 3) literature and 4) stuff I want to read just for fun or entertainment.

I also posted my reading list into my sidebar so that you can follow along in my reading adventure, if you'd like. I'm sure I'll also make occasional blog posts about what I'm reading or how my goal is progressing. I'm actually quite excited about this. So excited, in fact, that I'm going to start now rather than wait until January 1st, because who knows what will happen to my motivation by then if I don't start while I feel the burning desire to do so.

So, without further ado, here is my reading list for the upcoming year. I put a few notes in about why I chose to read certain selections as well, in case you are interested!

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2011 Reading List


* Believing Christ :: Stephen E Robinson

* A Marvelous Work and a Wonder :: LeGrand Richards

* Jesus the Christ :: James E Talmage

* The Great Apostasy :: James E Talmage

* The Holy Temple :: Boyd K Packer

* Standing for Something :: Gordon B Hinckley

* Yearning for the Living God :: F Enzio Busche


* The Nursing Mother’s Companion :: Kathleen Huggins

* Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child :: Marc Weissbluth

* Babyproofing Your Marriage :: Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O’Neill & Julia Stone

(^I've already read this one, but it was at the beginning of my pregnancy, so I feel like I could do with a refresher now that I actually have a use for this information.)

* The One Minute Manager :: Caitlin Friedman & Kimberly Yorio

(^I've read parts of this.)

* The Secret :: Rhonda Byrne

(^I've already read this one too, but I remember feeling incredible once I finished it, so it got a place on the list!)

* Finding the Love of Your Life :: Neil Clark Warren

(^Also read this, but it was waaaaay back in the day. It was actually a book I had to buy for one of my lower level Marriage & Family classes at BYU. I thought it would be fun to revisit after all this time.)


* The Hobbit :: J R R Tolkien

(^Never read any of Tolkien's work, but I've heard good things about this book, so I thought I'd give it a try. This was one of David's.)

* The Picture of Dorian Gray :: Oscar Wilde

* Little Women :: Louisa May Alcott

(^David had to buy this book for one of his classes this semester & I've always wanted to read it.)

* The Purgatorio :: Dante Alighieri

* The Paradiso :: Dante Alighieri

* Hamlet :: William Shakespeare

(^I've read some of Shakespeare's work, but not this one. This will be an adventure, I'm sure!)

Just for Fun

* The Host :: Stephenie Meyer

* Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret :: Obert Skye

* Leven Thumps and the Eyes of the Want :: Obert Skye

* The Dark is Rising Series :: Susan Cooper

- Over Sea, Under Stone

- The Dark is Rising

- Greenwitch

- The Grey King

- Silver on the Tree

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Not Being Lazy

Aside from learning how to best care for my new baby boy, my newest goal is to figure out how to not feel like I'm being completely lazy all day long.

Obviously, I'm not just refusing to be productive. Taking care of James is a lot of work, as I knew it would be, but I'm starting to feel like my butt is glued down for most of the day. And James has just started getting into this phase where he is only content for about five minutes before he starts to screech. And when I say screech, I mean it. We have affectionately dubbed his screech "the pterodactyl scream". And that's exactly what he sounds like if he doesn't immediately get his cuddles. Or his food. He can hang out in a dirty diaper for a little while (without us knowing, of course... we don't just let our child wallow in his own filth), but once he gets sick of it, out comes the pterodactyl. And since he needs to eat every three hours at this point & it usually takes 45 minutes to an hour to nurse him, I rarely have time to shower or grab food or pee. I actually just realized today that I hadn't had a shower since Saturday. Gross. (And yes, I did get time to shower today!)

Anyway, I'm trying to make it a goal to accomplish something... anything... during the day. I wasn't too successful today. I did hang up a little bit of laundry, but that's it. The rest of my time was spent sitting on my butt watching 24 & messing around on Facebook. But I guess since I was nursing or soothing this little guy the whole time, I wasn't actually quite as lazy as this makes me sound.

Boy, my butt is numb.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Family Pictures

Hooray! We finally had our first set of family pictures taken! We went to Fotogenix to have them done & one of my coworkers, Selena, took them for us. And I must say, she did a most fabulous job! I'm really happy with them.

And since David's mom was staying with us at the time, we decided to have a few done with her in them as well.

Three Generations
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James & Grandma
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This one is my favorite. :)
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While we were at it, I had Selena take some photos of James to mark his one month birthday (if you can call it a birthday). I love, love, LOVE these!

And here is James with his Pooh hat & blanket that he got from his Great-Grandma Tertipes.
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He is the most handsome little guy & makes for some good wall decorations in our apartment. :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

One Month Old

I can't believe our little guy is one month old today!

He's developing his own little personality already. (See picture for example of attitude.) He also gets lots of attention whenever we go out in public. People are always coming up to me & telling me how tiny he is, how adorable he is or how he looks like a "little man". Or they'll comment on how fabulous his hair is. And, of course, they are completely correct. My mommy ego gets quite the boost. :)

He made it through his first three-hour church block yesterday & was quite the champ about it. We'll be blessing him next month; hopefully on January 16th.

We also had our first family pictures & James' one month pictures taken last Friday by a gal that I work with. I'll post them as soon as they are ready. James did a very good job posing & looking super handsome!

We love our little guy!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Funny Little Man

I love taking pictures of my little guy! (As if you couldn't tell by now.) He's just so stinkin' adorable. And tiny. And he won't stay this tiny for very long, so I've got to document, right?

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This picture slays me. It looks like he's singin' a song.
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Just the sweetest face there ever was.
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Crazy-faced kid.
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This kid has some seriously long toes. We refer to them as his "finger toes".
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Monday, November 29, 2010

James's Newborn Pictures

Last night, I went to the studio with my mom & David so that I could take some newborn pictures of James. I just thought I would share them with you. :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thank Heavens for Grandmas

I absolutely love my mom! It's been so wonderful to have her here these past couple of days. I didn't realize how nice the extra help would be until I actually got it. :)

She has helped us with cooking & cleaning & taking James so that we can take naps. She has also chauffeured me around town so that I can get a few errands accomplished (since I can't drive again yet). And it's been nice that David has been home for the holiday weekend, meaning that while my mom plays chauffeur to me, David can stay home with James since I don't plan to take him out into public during this cold season if I don't have to.

My mom will be here until Saturday. After that, David's mom plans on coming out to stay with us for two weeks. We are really blessed to have such giving families.

Thank heavens for grandmas. :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

First Night Home

Last night was the night. Our first night home. In many ways, it was nice. We got home at about 1:30pm, so we had plenty of time to settle in. James slept most of the day away, which naturally meant that he did just the opposite come nighttime.

David & I tried to go to bed at about 9:30pm, which is normally pretty early for us. Of course, rather than anyone getting any sleep, James decided that he wanted to eat, then cuddle, then eat, then cuddle, then eat... you get it. This lasted pretty much all night. Any time we put him down, he protested. Loudly. At about 3am, David decided to fix this cuddling demand by letting him cuddle on us. It made me a little nervous because I didn't want him to roll off or get squished or something, but as soon as David brought him to bed, he knocked right out. After about an hour, I put him back down. And, of course, he again protested. We repeated the cuddling two more times before morning came. And naturally, that's when I fed him, changed him & he went right to sleep. Crazy kid.

So overall, I think I got about 2 hours of disjointed sleep. And now? He's sleeping on our bed & has been for most of the day. We've got to reverse this pattern. :)

It's been a joy to have him in our home, though. And all of our friends & neighbors have been very generous to us as well. Last night, our neighbors Jeff & Jackie Crane brought us a delicious dinner of taco soup & cornbread muffins. Later that night, we were contacted by two more of our neighbors to see if they could bring by dinner for tonight & Friday night. Today, yet another person called to make sure that we had dinners taken care of for the week. It's been really wonderful to know that so many people care & were thinking about us.

And to top everything off, both of our mothers are coming out to spend time with us & to help us take care of James in the coming weeks. We are really excited to see them & even more excited to know that decent sleep might be in our future!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Our Little Champ

James has been quite the little "champ", as I like to call him. He's only been around for two and a half days & has been doing so well. So far, he's been a pretty good sleeper. I've had to wake him up to eat a few times. We're also just starting to get the hang of this whole nursing business. We had to use a little bit of formula to keep his blood sugar up, but he's been doing great & I think we're both starting to get much more comfortable with his feedings. He also doesn't fuss too much unless you are messing with him (as in trying to change him or re-swaddle him or something). And he absolutely loves to snuggle!

His personality so far is pretty mellow, but he makes the most hilarious facial expressions; many of which make him look exactly like his daddy!

A lot of the medical personnel that we've had help from can't seem to tell us enough just how adorable he is (& I'm sure they've seen their fair share of less-than-adorable babies).

He is truly a blessing to have around. I know that things will change as he grows & that he may not always be easy, but I'm going to enjoy this now while I've got it.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

James is Finally Here!

4:50am :: Wake up to get ready for our trip to the hospital.

5:45am :: Arrive at the hospital & get all checked in.

6:30am :: Nurse arrives & gets everything set up for Dr Parker.

7:00am :: Dr Parker arrives & they notify the anesthesiologist that I will need an epidural for the version.

7:45am :: The anesthesiologist attempts to give me an epidural four times before "succeeding", at which point, the epidural only works on the right half of my body.

8:00am :: Dr Parker attempts to turn the baby three times. Incredibly painful without a fully working epidural, but manageable. Instead of turning at all, the baby decides just to bury himself deeper & not move at all.

9:00am :: Dr Parker decides that we need to go ahead with the c-section, but that we need to decide on how to make sure that I'm pain-free since the epidural didn't take fully. The anesthesiologist was weary of doing a spinal since he hadn't been able to succeed with the epidural & there was always the option of putting me to sleep (which nobody wanted). He decided to try giving me a spinal & succeeded on his first attempt. (Hooray!)

9:31am :: Baby James came out perfectly beautiful & very squeaky (not screamy).

9:45am :: They whisk James & David away to give James a bath & do a few other things with him while they sewed me back up.

11:45am :: I finally get to see my baby boy again!

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Here are some pictures!

Right before leaving for the hospital - 38 weeks, 4 days

Brand new & covered in gunk.

James Anthony Tertipes - 6 pounds, 6 ounces - 19 inches long

Goopy-eyed, but stinkin' cute. And check out his daddy's handsome chin.


Lookin' like a stud.

First bath.

All clean!

Relaxing from a rough day...

The beginnings of an FBI file.

Mom & Baby.

Dad & Baby.