Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sean's Little Adventure at Outback Steakhouse

Tonight we went with our friends John and Christy (and little Max) to Outback Steakhouse in celebration of their new house (Thank you! It was delish!).

I was holding Sean on my lap, playing with him, when an Asian lady from the table across from us came up. In broken English, she told me that she didn't have any food right then so she could hold him for me (the funny thing is, we didn't have any food yet either). I laughed, thinking she was joking. (I get tons of people always saying things like that - babies do that to people!)

Before I was finished laughing, she took Sean from my arms and took him back to her table. I was in shock! And so was Jeff and our friends. I was so surprised that she actually took him! Jeff went over immediately and tried to get him back. He had to explain that Sean was still sick before she let him go. (And only then after her teenage daughter translated for her - that girl was soo embarrassed for her mom.) The rest of dinner until she left was so awkward.

After she left, a nearby family asked Jeff if we knew them. He said that we had no idea who she was, and that he thought it was kind of freaky. They said that they, and all of the other families around thought that they were watching some kind of TV show - everyone stopped what they were doing to watch. They said they could tell that Jeff was not too happy about what happened!

On the up side, Sean didn't even cry with her - maybe he was in much of a shock as I was! I remember saying over and over again "She just took my baby! I cannot believe she just took my baby!" while Jeff was retrieving him. It all happened in seconds but made the rest of the night so awkward until they left!

What a night! It was still super fun and, again, super yummy. (Thank you, John and Christy! We owe you!)

Monday, December 28, 2009

3 Months Old!

I can't believe Sean is already 3 months!  He is such a happy little guy and already so different than he was even a few weeks ago!  I love it!  Here's a break-down of Sean now:

  • He smiles, coos, and laughs all the time and it's the cutest thing ever.  He also has a fascination with the camera and video camera and stops whatever he is doing when it magically comes out... Hopefully that will change soon so I can get a picture of his cute smile!
  • I can actually put him down!  This is my second favorite of his achievements!  I love that I can finally eat something during the day!  (I couldn't put him down for anything, including sleep, for the longest time.)
  • He loves to "talk" - to us, to his toys, to random strangers, to his reflection, and to his friend Max!
  • He discovered his hands and his feet.  He started out staring at them for days (so cute!), then swatting at toys, and now he's starting deliberately reaching for them!  He still doesn't grab them yet, on purpose at least (unless it's his Momma's hair!).
  • He loves being in the Baby Bijorn carrier, especially when Momma is vacuuming.
  • He loves his bouncer chair, overhead toys, and mobile.  He loves the toys and talking to them.  I have a remote to his mobile, so I randomly turn it off.  He has to talk to get it to turn back on!  He giggles like crazy when he gets it to turn back on!  The other night, I woke up to him talking to the mobile in the dark.  Too cute.  (Much cuter than crying!)
  • He does better in public!  Finally!  He can go through all three hours of church (just about) without screaming.  (This is huge - remember his baby blessing?)
  • He loves his Daddy.  Well, this isn't new.  :)  He's was a huge Momma's Boy before, and now he'll let his Daddy take him almost as much as his Momma!  (What a relief!)
  • He still rolls over from his back to his side and back easily.  He's trying to roll all the way over and gets frustrated when he can't!
  • He actually likes being on his back better than tummy time!
  • He'll let me change his clothes and diaper without crying!  (We're still working on Daddy...)
  • He'd rather sleep by himself than in my arms!  (I cannot tell you how much I love this!)
  • He loves looking at the baby who's stuck in the mirror.
  • He watches me eat, and then wants to eat, too!
  • He loves movement.  We dance and sway all the time!
  • He has some extra rolls... haha.
  • The big one?  He's not a fussy baby anymore!!  (At least, for the most part.  He still has his moments, but nothing like he was before!)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sean's First Christmas!

We had a great Christmas this year! It was just wonderful.

We took Sean to see Santa on the 23rd. Even though it took a while waiting in line, Sean did great. We bought that Christmas shirt for him last month thinking that he would still be able to fit in size 0-3 months.  Wrong!  So, he's sporting it as a muscle shirt. (I can't believe that most of his outfits now are either 3-6 months or 6 months! He's so tall and chubby!)

Santa was great, but not very talkative!  He didn't even say "Ho ho ho!  Merry Christmas!"  Sad!  Sean was very unsure of the situation, but was captivated by the people going up and down on the nearby escalator.

Christmas started later at 8:30, as both Sean and Momma were sick and sleepy.

Santa came!  (And Grandparents... Thank you!)

Sean and his stocking.

Sean's present from Santa!  He absolutely loved it!  His reaction was Momma and Daddy's Christmas present!

We had a perfect Christmas - our favorite Christmas ever!  At least, so far.  We hope everyone had as wonderful a Christmas.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

O Christmas Tree!

We went shopping for our Christmas tree at the very beginning of December and found the perfect one right away! (The cold air might have helped the process a bit....)

The tree is a bit bare where decorations are concerned, but that will improve over the years (especially when Sean will be able contribute with homemade ornaments!). You have to start somewhere!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Random Pictures of Sean

Better late than never! He smiles and laughs all the time, but we have yet to capture it with out camera! (We have a million pictures of his after-smile face.) Even with the video camera, he'll stop what he's doing and just stare at it... Little stinker!

1 Month Old:

2 months old:

Big Boy!

Not-so-little Sean measured at a whopping 25 inches at his appointment, putting him in the 97th percentile for height! He also weighed 12 lbs 12 oz, putting him in the 75th percentile for weight!

Our pediatrician: "So, is your husband really tall?"

Colds and Shots

Little Sean got sick with his first cold last Saturday (5th) (and got us sick as well.) Sean was miserable for a whole week, poor little guy.

Then, on top of his cold, he had his first round of shots last Thursday (10th). Fortunately, he was starting to get better, but even then, shots are no fun. (His pediatrician said that the only time they don't give shots is if the he has a fever, which Sean didn't.)

Sean was a trooper with his shots! I was so surprised! Even the nurse said that he handled his shots better than most babies she has seen. (I think that was the first time anyone told me a had a well-behaved baby! Sean's our little screamer!) I guess after that long week of getting poked and prodded in the hospital, a few little shots were nothing. :)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Baby Blessing

Sunday, November 22nd was Sean's baby blessing. Sean had a great weekend (thank goodness!) but screamed through the entire blessing. It wouldn't have been Sean if he hadn't! The whole ward laughed afterwards.
The blessing was beautiful and there was the strongest, sweetest spirit. We definately have a special little boy with us.

We were so excited to have 2 sets of grandparents and 2 aunts come out for the occasion!

Our little family.

Our good friends John and Christy Broadhead and little Max, 4 1/2 months.

Sean and Max by the end of the photo shoot!

Holy Cow!

Sean was a cow for his 1st Halloween. He looked so cute in his little costume! (Jeff looked all over for a mini cow bell, but the only one he found was the size of his head! So, we settled for a regular bell.)

Camera is Fixed!

So, a certain someone dropped our camera (I'll give you a hint - it wasn't me and it wasn't Sean...) back when Sean was 2 weeks old. Fortunately, we had an extended warrenty on the camera that covered the repairs. We just got the camera back a little over a week ago, so we are finally back to documenting Sean's life!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dad and Mom and now little Sean

Well, as most of you know by now, Sarah's big belly is now not so big, as our little boy finally came into the world. Sean David Slater was born on September 28, 2009 at 2:47 pm after a long induced labor. He came in at a whopping 8 lbs. 2 oz. and was 21 inches long. Well, no reason to bore you with too much information, here are some pictures. He sure is cute, he looks like his momma and dadda (duh).

Just a 1/2 an hour after birth.

I think he likes his daddy, either that or he is thinking "Man, I hope I don't have his hairline".

Momma and baby getting to know eachother.

Coming home from the hospital.

About a week old, just enjoying some tummy time.

Sometimes he gets a grumpy face, though this is a milder, cute one.

So small in his crib.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Prego Pizza

Since we moved here, I've had people tell me about this magical pizza place that had pizza that would induce labor. I didn't really buy into it, but I looked up the place anyways and found that Skipolini's was famous for their Prego Pizza. Who would have thought? I even found reviews and testimonials from several websites of those who swore that it was this pizza that put them into labor. Ha ha.

So, we thought we might as well try, if for nothing else than the experience. When we were taking this picture, a lady coming in exclaimed, "Oh! I know what you're here for! Good luck!"

We decided to sit outside - they have such a cute patio area!

Yes, it's actually called the Prego Pizza!

The waiter offered to take a picture of the two of us - it was pretty obvious why we were there.

Mmmm! It was surprisingly delicious pizza - probably some of the best pizza we've ever had.

Obviously, the pizza did not put me into labor, but it makes for a great story anyways! The pizza was insanely delicious and the pizzeria is so cute - I definitely want to go back again, just not with the same intentions!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Jeff's family comes to visit.

Sarah's family came to visit us back in early July, and my family, or part of them, paid us a visit around the middle of August for a quick weekend visit. Since it was so short, we only had a little time to show them the ropes. We went to this nice little indoor market where they have ethnic foods from all over set up like a mall cafe.

On Saturday we took them into San Francisco to go to Fisherman's Warf. We had a great time there with perfect weather, if not for the hazy skies from the San Jose forest fires. We ate lots of taffy, went to Ghirardelli Square and had us some yummy chocolate and ice cream. We were lucky enough to also get onto the deck with some old ships. They even had free admissions for the day to tour the old boats and ships. We also ran into the same tin man that Sarah's dad and sister got a picture in front of, but as of now he won't allow pictures to be taken of him unless you pay him. Too bad. But we sat just a few feet from him and ate some great seafood. That evening my parents took us to Babies R' Us and bought us a car seat. It is wonderful, thank you so much.

On Sunday they went to church with us, and we just hung out and played games till late that night. All in all, it was a fun trip and it was great to see the family.

The men in front of the chocolate factory.

The ladies were real excited to get in.

I think that Nicole wanted to push me in.

Sarah and I in front of the steering wheel on the old war vessel.

James goes into the MTC

On July 29th, James entered the Provo MTC! (I am very late putting up this post, so Elder Harrison is now already out in the mission field. His first area is in Kansas City, Kansas and he's already had a baptism! Of course, his companion did all of the work before James got there. :) ) I flew out so that I could see him off, which was great! We spent Tuesday touring Temple Square and going to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple open house. That was a fantastic experience!

We decided to take all of our family pictures the night before he reported, so that we wouldn't have to fight the crowds of new missionaries. Great idea, only we couldn't get a picture of all of us! :(

At the MTC on Wednesday, families are no longer allowed inside the MTC, or even pass the front signs. (They started this because of the swine flu scare, and have kept it since then.) So, we said our last goodbyes and farewells at the sign, and watched Elder James Harrison walk off with his luggage to enter the MTC. That was a long walk for us to watch, but James must have been ready to serve, as he didn't even look back once.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sarah at 32 weeks.

Sarah is now at 32 weeks, and her belly is getting bigger every day. It is now to the point where it is uncomfortable to sit, stand or sleep. Just 8 more weeks and our little boy will be in the world.