Friday, May 20, 2011

Gavin's 1st Year

The first birthday for each of my children has always been full of mixed emotions for me. I love that glimpses of their little personalities start to emerge and that they are becoming more independent, but I don't like that the first year is gone, marking their exit from infancy and entrance into being a toddler and so forth. I suppose it's all just part of the mortal experience...babies growing up and me not having a "baby" anymore. I guess I could just have another one. (ha ha ha...not yet.)

Enough of my sob story.

So what are Gavin's likes and dislikes?

Gavin loves cheese, strawberries, blueberries, saltine crackers, toast, the toaster (explanation later in the post), being outside, his pacifier (just since last month), his blanket, taking his socks off, the play kitchen in the kid's room, any garbage can and it's contents (gross), and plastic bags and paper...both VERY BAD things to play with since they're super-duper choking hazards.

Gavin dislikes his carseat, being told "no" (don't we all?), oatmeal, not making it out the front door before it gets closed, and having things taken away from him.

All in all, he's a pretty darn happy guy. We just love him so much and are so grateful for all the love and joy he has added to our family.

Here's Gavin from day one until today. CRAZY! They change so much that first year.

And they sleep for the first 3 months!

And then their eyes open, but they still just chill.

Then the smiles begin. LOVE that stage.

Rice cereal for the first time. I would make that face too if I had to eat that stuff.

Gavin lived in that carrier for the first 6 months of his life. It would have been longer, but my back just couldn't hack it anymore.

Aproximately 6 months old.


Finally has his top 2 teeth...that makes a grand total of 4 teeth.

Toting his latest favorite toy. Yup, that's a toaster. And yes, it's the one we use. We keep it in a cupboard (cuz there's just not room on the counter) and he goes to that cupboard, opens it, pulls the toaster out and drags it around by the cord. Crumbs eveywhere. If he were my first, I would have kepts telling him "no" and putting the toaster back in the cupboard over and over again...but he's not. He's #3 and I'm ok with him pulling a toaster around.

Happy 1st birthday Gavin. We love you!


Mitch n' Molly said...

I LOVE that you let him pull that thing around! HOORAY for # 3 pulling all our "walls" down!

The Schneiders said...

Oh my gosh! One years old already. Gavin is adorable...Carson wants to name his brother Gavin....if we ever have any more.

Sharee and Arthur said...

First of all, Happy Birthday to Gavin! Boy, that first year goes fast. And then they just get faster and faster. I love that you let him pull the toaster around too. I totally hear you about #3. The other day, Sydney was pulling Kleenexes out of the box, and I took the box away from her, but just let her munch on the kleenex, since she was so happy about it. :)

Eric and Jewels said...

Gavin has grown up so fast! I absolutely love the picture of him pulling your toaster around. He is such a cute little guy, fits right in with rest of your cute kids. Love you lots!

Kristina said...

This post was a bit too emotional for me! I love all the baby stages. And I miss your family after just 5 days. I wish I could pick Gavin up and kiss him, like I always did when you weren't looking, ha. Turning 1 is a BIG deal. Happy Birthday little guy!

The Pitts Family said...

I cannot believe that he is 1!! I remember the exact day he was born because I was at Michelle's when she was watching your kids. That was a year ago? And I remember Brandon's face when he came to retrieve Jemma and Carter. Such a proud daddy. Jen you are awesome. Such a great mommy! Happy Birthday Gavin!