Sunday, December 26, 2010

vermont christmas

Christmas was fabulous in Vermont this holiday season. We couldn't have asked for more hospitable friends to spend it with. The Zalewskis are always super kind to us when we visit. Tristan enjoyed his time at the super fabulous and fun daycare while Nathan and I were skiing all day with the Zalewskis. It was COLD though! We celebrated Christmas on the slopes watching Santa come down the slopes with his helpers holding sparklers. Despite the cold, Tristan loved all the excitement!

.....And, I got my ARB/IRB approval to start my research!!

Look at this beautiful baby boy's face on his first Christmas!! (Thank you Aunt Amy and Uncle Sterling for the book...I listen to it every night. I will always know your voices too!)

Monday, November 29, 2010

thanksgiving break - 2010

What a wonderful Thanksgiving break. We took Tristan to get his 6 month pictures taken...and while the day started out horribly (by falling forward and cutting his lip with his tooth)...we ended the day with some fabulous pictures of Tristan and finally got some wonderful family pictures too!

We also were able to celebrate xmas with the Kems family - and that was so much fun! Tristan got to open his presents (when he wasn't eating them, of course) and had a great time seeing some of his cousins and aunts and uncles. They loved on him so much, he didn't know what to do!! He also got to love on Grandma Kems for the whole day!!
Look at this perfect pose!! Love it!!

Tristan and I stayed with Grandma and Grandpa Davis until Thanksgiving and they enjoyed every bit of him. Tristan also enjoyed hanging out with his cousin Gideon to see what "big boys" do! While he was pretty rowdy and fussy the whole week because he had a cold....but then we found out Friday night that he actually cut a top tooth!! (Maybe we'll pay attention next time to why he's being fussy and realize it's his tooth.)

Tuesday night I got a night out with some of my favorite girls at the Cheesecake many great choices to choose from. I finally decided on the Adam's cheesecake because it had peanut butter and chocolate. Daddy watched Tristan that evening while I went out and took Tristan to see Grammy Walts during dinner.

Finally, after a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner at the Davis house and wonderful pie at the Hill house, we headed back to Brooke's to hang out with her family for the evening.

Daddy took Tristan to the toy store the next day and he got to ride in the wagon around the store. I think we may need to buy him one since he liked it soooo much. I went shopping at Target for some special deals - well, Brooke was actually looking for some special deals and found her Shark for only $45!! Great deal!! That evening Tristan got to finally meet Jon. It was great to hang out with everyone that night while drinking up some wine!

KU/MU game was on Saturday morning. Boy was that tough game on KU..however, the company of the Hammerschmidt crew (Shane, Jacinda, Josh, and Chase) and Daniel was enough to make it fun for us all. Tristan dressed up in his finest KU collared onsie - popped the collar, red monkey pants, and sunglasses! We also spiked his hair - just because!

And.....Sally was born!! 9 lbs 12 oz and SOOOO beautiful!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010


Well, I always said that I wouldn't ever decorate for any holiday because "it's just too much work for something I don't care that much about". Low and behold, I started with Halloween. While I didn't do anything too fancy, I did buy festive kitchen towels and a white ghost/lanturn for the front porch. I also said that I wouldn't ever have to buy anything for Tristan for any of the holidays because "he wouldn't really know anyway"...well, I didn't follow that one either. For the fourth of July I bought him a red, white, and blue jumper (too cute)...Now for Halloween I wanted the perfect costume. Something cute and original and nothing that anyone else had. So I made him into a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs.....this was exhausting to do. It took a lot of hunting on the internet to find the right table mat, the right brown poms for the meatballs, the right bowl, and the right "spaghetti strings" from a mop. Most of the mops I searched had blue, yellow, or red threaded through it and I wanted all white. So after the long search for each piece of the costume, Nathan and I sewed and cut and sewed until everything was how I wanted it to look. The costume is perrrfeeect!!

Then comes Halloween...

Tristan wants nothing to do with the costume because it's too big, bulky, and he's just not used to it at all. Therefore, I didn't get the pictures I wanted (which is really the only reason I made it in the first place).

Thanksgiving is around the corner and I've already purchased his next outfit "I'm stuffed" onesie with a bib that says "I'm thankful for Mommy and Daddy". :)

Then there's xmas...I still haven't decided if or how I'm going to do anything...but I did order the stockings from Pottery Barn and they've already arrived.

Funny how he's changed my perspective. I just want to introduce him to everything fun and interesting!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Tristan got his second tooth last Friday (Oct 22nd) right before his 5 month birthday. Well...he then bit me so hard I gushed blood....oh the pains of doing the right thing for your child. I love him too much to not put up with the pain of breastfeeding. :) The dentist said that I should wait until 6 months to a year for his first I'll ask the ped to see what she says about it at his 6 month appointment. At this rate, he's getting a tooth per month....

On solids we've tried, carrots, beets, eggplant, avocado, eggs, peas, spinach, oatmeal, rice, green beans, potatoes (which he doesn't like), and we are working on some turnips for next week. I love that Tristan loves all kinds of veggies even though some of those I wouldn't eat myself! He has the right to try them and decide what he likes. Oh, and Daddy gave him sweet potatoes when I am in Denver - so I didn't get to see his reaction...but I'm sure he loved them!

Sitting up 'almost' on his own...I can't wait. He's so big and strong! Missing him while I'm in Denver. :(

Monday, October 11, 2010

susan g. komen breast cancer walk

I always do two charities a year, this one, and the Big Brother/Big Sister Bowl-A-Thon. So....I signed up again this year to do the Susan G. Komen breast cancer walk. It's amazing to me how many people come out to support this event and many people raise so much money. My team alone raised over $20k!! Every year I attend, I have this overwhelming sensation when I see all of the people who are there to support and all of the survivors as well. It brings chills to my arms....

I talked Nathan into coming with me this year and so we brought Tristan as well. I went through so much trouble trying to find the cutest PINK outfit for him to wear....but all I could come up with were pink leg warmers and to put one of my Breast Cancer scarves around his head so he wouldn't get chilly. I also threw in some sunglasses for fun. It was so funnyhow many people said, "What a cute girl!" All we did is laugh and say thank you....What do you expect? He was wearing pink!!

We had a great time spending the morning supporting this walk, and Tristan fell asleep in the Baby Bjorn while we were walking. It was so funny!

We look forward to continuing to teach Tristan how to give to others in any way he can. Yea to his first charity event!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

new tooth!!

Tristan's first tooth cut through today. Too bad he was sore from the shots he had to get at his four month visit as well. He weighed in at 16 lbs, 13 oz, head circum. at 43 and his length at 26.75 cm...He's in the 95% of height and 75% of the he's proportional! Yea!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


So we started on solids this cute. Tristan was concentrating so hard and then he grabbed the spoon and shoved it in his mouth! Loves rice and asparagus....:)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

scary things

Poor little Tristan has enough to contend with because he's teething that now he is sore because he fell down the stairs! I was holding him in a way that I was snuggling with him as I was walking to the basement and I slipped on the stairs and he flew backwards out of my arms and onto his head! The ambulance came and said he has a bump, but it's a pretty good thing he's resilient to these things. I was so shaken up and felt so bad for him. Poor little guy. I was so scared that something tragic had happened, luckily it didn't.

So we monitored him throughout the night and he is fine. Woke up this morning and was watching me tear tape off the roll so that I could mail a box and just started giggling at me over and over each time I tore a piece off. It was the cutest thing I ever saw. I'm glad he's okay. :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

days go by

Being born "Tristan Cash" is a pretty neat thing...just ask him, Tristan will tell you. It's been 3.5 months since my little monkey was born and despite what I originally worried about, I truly and honestly LOVE being a mother. He is just the cutest, sweetest little man. When he wakes up in the morning, he is lively, squeal-y, and smiles so big at everything that I say to him. I cannot believe that he is such a happy morning person since both Nathan and I are grumpy (for the most part) when we have to wake up.....we would just like to sleep and sleep and sleep.

As for this has been a pretty busy year of travels for us all, but should slow down for the next 6 least in regard to being home on the weekends. It seems like since Tristan was born (May 23rd, 2010) we've been traveling so much - whether for work or pleasure. It was also quite difficult to be on pretend "maternity leave" just to find myself working at all hours to try to keep up with my project. This eventually wore me down A LOT and made me very stressed out with school, work, and Tristan. (I had previously told Nathan that I would do all night feedings, etc while on leave so that he could sleep since he had to work. But that was a mistake since I was actually working and doing school work while juggling feedings, meetings, and sleep with Tristan.) But I learned a lot about myself and my ability to juggle what life throws at you....and I also know that I would never do that was just far too stressful.

So little T has been quite adventurous in his 3.5 months he's been in this world. First Aunt B came to visit and help out right after he was born. She was a lifesaver and I learned so much from her in the first few days from sleeping, to eating, to the proper way to breastfeed.

Then Aunt Naca and Serynn came to help out for the next week - which was a huge support to me since Nathan was gone for work that week. Danica has the best advice on how to soothe the baby and I also learned how to be patient when I felt tested by others. Wubbanubs and wet/dry bags rock!

Grammy flew back with Daddy and came to visit for a day and a half -Tristan was so excited to meet her and wished she could have stayed longer! Nathan received ARB/IRB approval to conduct his research! A major step in dissertation work....mine is still waiting on the approval process, but I hope to gain it in the next month or so...we'll see after this attempt. *crossing fingers* Congrats Nathan!!

We then headed on our first flight on July 3rd and Mommy did very well for not really knowing what to expect....Tristan was a trooper and did VERY well on the multi-segment 8 hour flight to Corpus...who knows why I booked that particular flight back in February...Tristan had his first swim on Mommy's birthday and LOVED it!! Aunt B met us there for Aunt Naca's Bridal shower by the ocean. We had a great time planning it and enjoyed our time with her family and friends in Corpus.

We then flew to KC so that little T could meet all of Mommy and Daddy's family and friends. Grandma was so excited to finally meet him! Aunt B let us use her house to invite everyone over to meet little T and he did great again with all of the new people who were passing him back and forth. He's such a trooper! My mom surprised us by showing everyone old baby pictures of me and my siblings...what surprised me was how much little T looked like me when I was a baby....I would have thought more like Nathan! Many people came to visit and meet little T and brought many gifts (which we appreciated - but didn't expect).

Tristan’s neck muscles have improved significantly and he loves to move his head around a lot. At this point, he was two months old and weighed 13 lbs ½ ounce at his checkup and received his shots – the first time Nathan got to experience the painful cry…just brings tears to my eyes. He has progressed so well that we bought him a Bumbo to sit and hang out with us and help improve his neck muscles even more. He loves it and “feels like he’s a big boy and involved with the grownups” when he sits in it. I am thinking of buying the tray that goes with it…

After another adventurous visit in August to Kansas, we had several weeks in a row of traveling again....Scary thing while at Aunt B’s…When Tristan woke up in the middle of the night, I was carrying him in the dark and tripped on my own luggage and fell forward while holding him – smacked directly into a wooden dresser and split my lip open on the inside and outside, bruised my left arm and got a bump on my forehead….and it all must of worked to protect him because he didn’t get one scratch (thankfully).

Tristan has started squealing, showing attitude, and just plain creating a personality for himself lately…while I love when he does it and it makes me laugh, I’m not sure I’m quite ready for him to have a two year old’s personality yet, but we’ll see how it progresses….

Grandma came to visit to help out by babysitting Tristan while we went to a charity event on a yacht in New York City. Grandma had an interesting time with Tristan visiting the museums and walking all over NYC. She even took him on the subway and a bus back to the hotel (even though she had plenty of cab money, lol). What doesn't detroy you makes you stronger, right? Well, hopefully we won't have to worry about "anything being destroyed" in the future if we have cab money...right mom? (It keeps me from worrying....I'm sure you understand.) I bet it was also nice experience for my mom to start learning how to take care of a new baby all over again. :)

So, after a nice dinner in the city, a hotel flick (that was still in the theatres), NY cheesecake, and leaving a whole suitcase full of clothes in the hotel room and not realizing it until we were all the way home, we realized that the NYC trip was eventful and very fun for each of us.

The next weekend was Colorado....we went to visit Amy, Sterling, and baby Colton - who by the way, is so incredibly adorable! Coupon mishaps caused the boys panic, but in the end everything was fine and hunky-dorey and we had a great weekend with great weather. Little Colton loves his Wubbanubs that we gave him since little T loves his monkey’s so much.

We go on nightly walks at 7pm with Tristan and put him in the Bjorn where he can see everything that’s going on in the world…we tell him all about the trees, the animals, the cars, the house….He loves it and we think it helps to wear him out for bedtime. Must be why he’s sleeping through the night most nights….He’s getting there…almost all the way there. I’m already fitting back into my skinny jeans, so hopefully if we can get the sleeping milestone down, (and get myself a little more toned) I’ll be feeling pretty good.

Labor Day weekend was the biggest adventure of all as we were stuck in traffic for many hours on the way to visit our friends in Vermont. It took us 15 hours there, when it should have only taken us 8 hours...We tried to keep Tristan as entertained as possible - mostly because we felt so bad that it was taking longer than we anticipated. But once we arrived, Vermont was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. With the Zalewski's house right on the lake, the breeze was so nice, but the lake water was a little too cold for Tristan...since he cried when Daddy stuck his little toes in it. So we kept him by the campfire instead. He loved visiting his first foreign country as we went to Montreal, Canada. Although it was a little windy, he enjoyed looking at all of the tall and unique buildings. Luckily, the ride home was only 9 hours - thanks to Daddy's speeding - I mean persistence. We are already making plans to go back to visit!

I love when Tristan lays down in bed with us to hang out and cuddle in the mornings....I generally don't do it, except on the weekends, when traveling, or the day I leave to travel for work...I just want to hug and kiss him all day long. He's too freaking cute!! Now we are heading back to KC again this weekend for a charity wine festival. We are so excited to see everyone again soon. Hopefully we’ll be able to see some of the people we normally don’t get to see and maybe some that Tristan still hasn’t gotten to meet yet. He’s so excited to come back and see all his favorite aunts and uncles, grandparents, and all of mommy and daddy’s friends…he is most interested in playing with all of his cousins. He misses them all. :)
Currently Tristan is 3.5 months old and his next check up and shots are Sept 24th...when he's 4 months old...We are guessing he's going to be about 16-17 lbs....he's not too chunky, but he definitely is long. I post when we complete the visit.

We are all looking for some downtime after this next trip to KC. We need some family time together…we are thinking of building a garden out of a section of our yard….we’ll see if we end up doing it. Having a child means he takes up all of our free time where we previously weren’t doing anything…

First Family Picture