Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Very Special First Mother's Day

I know this post is WAY overdue! But, when it comes to spending time with the love of my life or updating the blog...my little man ALWAYS wins out! Sorry for those who follow, but time is precious and I don't want to miss a moment.

What can I say???? Blaze is growing leaps and bounds and we swear he changes by the minute, although he is still tall and skinny. We continue to count our blessings EACH and EVERY day and thank God, our awesome doctors, Dr.Sudhir and Dr.Yash, and the whole Surrogacy India team, for the amazing little boy that they have blessed us with. He is so perfect in every way. A beautiful, happy, healthy little boy. How lucky can two people be?

Gerry made my first official Mother's Day so very special. He had to work at the fire station on the actual day, so we celebrated the day before, Just family! We played by the pool and Gerry cooked a very special supper of crab, lobster and steak, all of my favorites, and oh so yummy! To top off my wonderful day, Gerry and Blaze gave me a new camera, and 2 hand made poster boards filled with so many beautiful pictures of Blaze and I. There were beautiful pictures starting from the very first time I saw him on the monitor at 19 weeks in-utero, right up until the present. It brought a flood of tears and emotion to me. The thoughtfulness and hard work he put into it for me was so touching. I have the very BEST husband!

Blaze and I spent the actual Mother's Day Sunday together with lots and lots of "Mommy and me time". We again spent most of the day enjoying the beautiful weather and played in the pool and laughed and giggled. At one point I just stared at him and cried with tears of joy for the very special gift I had on Mother's Day, my beautiful miracle, my Blaze.

We recently took our first family get-away up North to our favorite cabins in Pinetop, AZ. It was a wonderful weekend of relaxation, walking, feeding the ducks, fishing, sitting by the fire, taking in beautiful scenery, and going out in the boat. Neyla loved the great outdoors with so many new and exciting areas to sniff and explore. Blaze loved to sit by the window of our log cabin and look out over the lake as the sun set. And Mommy and Daddy enjoyed some quiet family time at night just relaxing by the roaring fire in the fireplace.

Blaze seems to be changing every day. From all of the new skills he is learning to the new sounds and faces he is making. We love to watch him grow, and Gerry and I sit and reminisce all the time about how just a few years ago we only were able to dream that we would be doing this very thing! It is truly amazing. The gift of Motherhood is the very best thing in life I could have ever hoped and dreamed for.

Some Stuff That Has Recently Happened In The Life Of Blaze Xennon

Our little man is sitting up nice and straight on his own now and loves to sit and play on the floor with all of his toys. Neyla loves to take this opportunity to give her brother some nice wet kisses, and Blaze just giggles and smiles. He grabs at everything he can reach and what he can't reach he definitely tries very hard to get.

OOPS, Daddy forgot my new shopping cart cover!

He likes to play a game of peek-a-boo with his bib. He pulls it up over his face and when he peeks out we say 'peek-a -boo' and he smiles and giggles and then just repeats it over and over. Every time we say 'boo', no matter what he is doing, we get a huge smile and a giggle.

His top teeth are coming through now. His 2nd bottom tooth came in 2 weeks after his1st, so he now has such a beautiful toothy smile. He is having a bit more difficultly with these big front top teeth and has had a stuffy, runny nose, but thankfully no fever. Poor little fella. We got him a tooth brush that he holds himself and he really enjoys sucking and chewing on it after we give those few teeth a quick cleaning.

His swimming lessons are going great. He has been dubbed the class's "Star Pupil", and received his first ribbon. The instructor Brice, uses Blaze, since he is so easy going and relaxed in the water, to show all of the new parents the different exercises that he does in class to teach the children.

Blaze also loves going in our own pool at home and he sure enjoys just floating around in his floaty for hours. He is mesmerized by the water fall in our pool, and just loves it when we take him over by it and let the water splash down on him.

He has been eating Stage 3 foods for the last month and a half with no problems, and is now even eating with us at the table. He recently had his first cooked meal of carrots and mashed potatoes, which he just loved. He also recently tried eggs too, and he seemed to like them, even though he made a few funny faces while eating them. He is such a big boy now that he has his own bowls and spoons. He has found a new favorite for snack time, it's Gerber Puffs. He especially likes the Sweet Potato flavored ones. We have discovered though that he is not a fan of the flavor of the tomato paste in the bottles of baby food. I guess that we will have to make our own and see if he likes that.

Apples and Pears...MMMMM!

He continues to be a great sleeper and has continued to sleep through the night as he has done since being only 2 months old, lucky us! I definitely believe that the secret is to keep him in a routine. Our routine has been to eat supper around 5 pm, then have some playtime and cuddle time, and sometimes a stroll around the neighborhood. Then it's bath time around 7 pm, with lots of kicking and splashing.

We then try to wind down a bit. One of his favorite things to do is lay across Daddy's lap and we play a few videos of him on the computer. He just stares intently at the screen and smiles. Then it's bottle time. Sometimes he will drink quite a bit, 9 to 11 ounces. And sometimes he will only drink a bit, 4 or 5 ounces. When he doesn't drink a lot, we then give him a bowl of cereal, which he really loves and eats right up, and it gets him to drink his milk without him even knowing it! Then we give him lots and lots of kisses and put him in his crib, where he will fall asleep on his own. With our routine for Blaze, it also includes 2 long naps during the day, one in the morning after play time and one mid-day, about an hour after eating lunch.

Yep, I actually sleep like this??!!

Blaze has also learned to mimic us. If we slap the water or our knee with our hand, he does it too. If we hit our own hand like a clap (give us 5), he will do that too. And when we talk to him, he tries to talk to us back. He recently said his first word, and wouldn't you know it, it was "DaDa", Darn it, Mommy lost that one!

Well, that hopefully brings our followers up to speed on whats been happening in the life of our little guy. We will try to update our Blog a bit more frequently. We have Blaze's 9 month doctor's appointment coming up very soon, and we are both so excited to see how he has grown. And as the 100 degree temperatures have already hit us here in Arizona, I'm sure a lot of our time will be spent cooling off in the pool.

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Kate said...

He is so stinking cute! He is growing so fast. Happy First Mother's Day. I think he has the look of and old and wise soul.

Mary said...

He is so cute! Happy mother´s day, the posters are beautiful. We are exactly one year behind you, our due date is september 8th. I dont think it´s a long time ago since we met at the Vits and got to hold Blaze, it was a very special moment for H and me.
It is so good to read your blog and see you and Blaze.
Keep up the blogging we love to follow it!

Hugs from Marianne

Kerry said...

He is the cutest little man, I love looking at his photo, he looks sooooooo HAPPY!!!!!!! Does he ever stop smiling??

Anonymous said...

Loved the video of our very special little man.We can't wait to hold him and give him lots of special hugs and kisses that only grandparents can do. We miss you all lots but will see you all hopefully very soon for Blaze's 1st Birthday, can't wait to show him off to all our friends and neighbours. Blaze you are my sun shine.
Lots of love forever and always Mom & Dad ( Grandma & Grandpa ) XXXXOOOO

Greg, Rob and Our Little Girl. said...

Ahh I just want to Squeeze him. Thanks for the loong over due post. I know understand why it takes so long to post. We spend every minute we can with Addy and don't want to sit in front of the Computer. :(

Blaze is growing up so fast! I hope he will still be in diapers when I meet him! Him and Addy will have to meet before they become pen pals. Thanks again for the gifts and the photo's of my Nephew. I have even found frames for them. Blaze is in Addy's room and on our mantle.

Enjoy the Warm Weather on this Memorial Day!!


Greg, Rob and Addy

kristin said...

Dad that was really nice what you made for Rhonda for mothers Day. You have one of the kindness hearts for caring for poeple that I know, and it is so evident in the effort you put into showing someone there are valued. Great work! I really think Blaze is blessed to have you two as his parents, you love alot! And the difference that will make in his life will be incredible!