St. Louis Blues

The Blues are 1 game away from being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Finals.  They have played strong, most of the series against the Kings, but game 6 is back in LA and I just don’t think we have it in us to win it out there.  Since last nights overtime loss was a must win game, Scott and I wanted to watch as much as we could.  And of course, Gabriel wanted in on this action.  He would not go to sleep at his normal 7:30-8PM bedtime.  Instead we let him lay in bed with us while we watched a little hockey (at least the 1st period).  Wouldn’t you know it, the kid likes watching hockey.

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Watchin' the Blues with my Dad

Watchin’ the Blues with my Dad

Let's Go Blues!

Let’s Go Blues!

 

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First Tub Bath

Gabriel had his first bath in the bath tub last night.  He has gotten big enough and strong enough to sit up in the plastic bath tub that we got to fit in the regular tub.  At first he hated being placed in the water.

Not liking the bath

Not liking the bath

In his defense it only went up to his belly and it was his first time in there.  After we poured water on him and started to clean him up he was in a daze.  He started kicking a little and was really calm.

Relaxing

Relaxing

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It was a great first bath experience and introduction to water.

Happy Bath Time

Happy Bath Time

Gabriel goes Catholic

We had Gabe’s Baptism this past weekend and it was great.  My mom and brother flew in for the event.  On the morning of the event we were up early and attended 11am mass before the ceremony at St. Gabriel’s.  The last baptism I attended at St. Gabe’s was my brothers in 1985. A few things had changed since then, but I was happy to have my son baptised where I went to school and have a strong connection.

We found out that Gabe was being baptised with 3 other boys (2 infants and a 5-year-old).  They had the parents and children sit in the front row of the pew and the godparents in the row behind.  With all the babies lined up it was a matter of time before the crying started.  We were proud of Gabriel to be the last baby to cry.  The priest took his time talking about what baptism means and the role of the godparents, or at least that’s what I think he was talking about.  The babies were a challenge to talk over.  But Gabriel did great getting water dumped on him and then all the pictures.

The GodParents

The GodParents

Manzotti Family

Manzotti Family

Allender Family

Allender Family

My brother, Andrew, is the GodFather, he basically said he was taking on this role as soon as he found out I was pregnant.  Scott’s younger sister, Michelle, is Gabe’s GodMother.  After the ceremony and a lot of pictures we headed over to Debbie’s Station Pizzeria for some lunch and cake.  It was a great afternoon!

Gabriel and his cake

Gabriel and his cake

Too much fun!

Too much fun!

 

Two Months

Someone just keeps on getting bigger by the day.  We knew Gabe was going to be over 10lbs when we took him in for his 2 month check up, but we didn’t realize he would be 13lbs!  He has been a very happy and healthy baby.  We didn’t have too many questions for the doctor except for his random wake ups grunting and straining to go to the bathroom.  He wasn’t constipated since he went to the bathroom during the day, he just couldn’t work out the middle of the night issues.  So the doctor recommended we continue to rub his belly and try bicycle kicks with his legs to get things moving.  If all else fails we do baby Gas-X.  He got his second round of shots.  Like a champ, he didn’t cry for the first one, the second one however, that brought on some screams.  Amazingly enough he only screamed for about a minute and we were able to calm him down fairly quickly.

His 2 month stats are:

13lbs – 65%

39 1/2 cm head – 59%

23 1/2 inches long – 70%

A very happy and healthy little boy!chair

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Tornado

It’s that time of year again.  It’s time for the crazy April showers in the Midwest.  We had our first major rainfall of the Spring and it was a dosie.  Gabriel was being extremely fussy starting at 4:30PM and it was not normal for him to be acting like this.  We had done everything, diaper, food, swing, playing, rocking, static noise, dancing and shh-ing, swaying, and swaddling.  Nothing was really working to get him calm.  All during this the clouds were building.

Then right after Scott got home from a quick diaper run and swaddling Gabe, the storm started.  All of a sudden we heard the tornado sirens start and we quickly ran to the basement.  It’s amazing what a baby will do, last time there was a storm like this we were watching out the window as a tornado was blocks away.  Once we got to the basement, Gabriel calmed down and eventually went to sleep.  I guess we have our own little barometer.

We did have a tornado touch down about 5 miles from our house.  Not as close as the last tornado, but still amazed as to what nature can do.  We had some down branches in our yard that Scott has picked up.  Should be an interesting spring.

Gabriel Goofy Pics

For the last couple weeks Gabriel has been smiling up a storm.  So I thought I’d update with just a bunch of funny and cute pictures of him.

 

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silly time

silly time

thug baby

thug baby

toys

toys

Easter

Easter

Opening Day

Opening Day

So happy

So happy

Play ball!

Play ball!

bouncie seat

bouncie seat

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1st trip to Joey B's

1st trip to Joey B’s

What an Italian boy

What an Italian boy

crib time

crib time

I hope you enjoy the news faces of Gabriel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day

We don’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  I rarely remember to wear green and get really annoyed with those that pinch because I don’t have it on.  We didn’t have anything planned for Gabe’s first St. Patrick’s day.  In fact, I barely put him in anything green, it was more teal than anything.  Our goal for St. Patrick’s Day was to see the Easter Bunny.  We got ready and headed out to get our errands and see the bunny around 12.

Gabe was asleep most of the car ride over to our lunch.  He was a champ and slept through most of lunch.  Then he woke up with a dirty diaper and let everyone know.  We quickly headed back to the car and changed his diaper and put him in the Baby Bjorn.  He was out by the time we headed back to do some shopping.  He allowed us to window shop and take our time in Crate and Barrel.

We then loaded him up and went to Micro Center and Target with him sound asleep.  He woke up when we moved him from the Baby Bjorn to the car seat.  Once that happened and he was able to eat we didn’t want to push our luck.  He was done for the day.  We headed home without seeing the Easter Bunny, that’s next weekend.

Some green

Some green

On the plus side with all the moving around and shopping we wore this kid out.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!