One of Sebastian's new favorite activities is blowing raspberries on our sliding glass door. He didn't seem as into it today which I'm guessing is because it was 80 degrees and so the glass wasn't as cool against his lips as usual but he still managed to look like it was trying to kiss me through the glass. Come on now, a collective sigh.
Today Sebastian finally had his 9 month visit. Since we were travelling when he actually turned nine months, then had a house full of visitors, we are a few weeks behind schedule that that's okay because they don't do any of the standard immunizations at 9 months.
He was 29 3/4" long which puts him at the 80th percentile for a 10 month old.
His weight was 22 lbs 4 oz which puts him at the 75th percentile for a 10 month old.
I discussed the flu shot with his doctor and she strongly suggested that he get one. So, he did get that shot today as well as a blood test to check his red blood cell count. It showed that his white blood cells were a little bit elevated which makes sense because he has had a little squeak in his throat so he probably has some sort of little cold.
All in all it was a good visit. He was doing many of the developmental milestones that they look for at the 12 months visit which is great. I was happy to have our regular doctor back too (she has been out on maternity leave).
Nothing like a Texas sized Christmas which is exactly what we had. Jay's parents and his sister and her family came and spent Christmas weekend with us. We had 7 extra family members in the house (luckily only 5 extra at night). It was great fun, a little chaotic, and very stimulating for both Sebastian and Leo.
Sebastian made out like a bandit for his first Christmas. He especially liked the push around car from his Nana and Grandpa, and the bouncy horse from us. Leo was feeling the Texas spirit in his cowboy hat and we replaced his outgrown bomber with a new one although we won't need it tomorrow when temperatures as expected to get up to 80! It sure doesn't feel like winter here.
This morning when I went outside to take some trash out (around 6am) I thought it felt like a summer day camping. The air had that damp woody smell and it was very warm. But by 8 it was absolutely pouring rain and it still is....5 hours later! Our pool is about half an inch from overflowing but Sebastian has enjoyed looking out the window to watch it. I haven't even bothered changing him out of his pajamas.
Jay gave me my Christmas present a little bit early....a 2006 Nissan Quest! I like to think of it as a luxury car trapped in a minivan body (but a nice looking one at that). This car is totally loaded! It as a camera on the back hatch that shows me what is behind me on a screen in the dash, it has two DVD screens with wireless headsets. The in-dash monitor shows all kinds of cool information like the tire pressure, and it is all in color. It even has two memory settings for the seat and mirror locations that can be linked to our individual remotes so when Jay drives it'll set to his settings, and when I drive it'll set to my settings. So pretty. You can imagine there was a lot of squealing going on (almost as much as when I got the call from Ms. Hayes this morning).
Every year Jay and I try to go to a "cut your own tree" farm to cut down a Christmas tree. This year we headed to Jingle Bell Ranch, a tree farm just outside of Houston. Upon arrival we rode the wagon, with Sebastian, to the Jingle Bell Square where you could roast marshmellows, shop in their store, and pick up a saw to cut your tree. The also had pre-cut trees. We quickly realized that we were not going to be able to get a tree the size of those in years past so we decided to go with two trees instead. One will be set up in our office which has a large arched window facing out to the road. The second tree will be setup in our family room.
We picked one of the pre-cut trees and some men quickly came to haul the tree off for us. We essentially got a claim tag so we could pick up our tree after we paid for it. The shake and wrap is part of the price. Then we went and cut down a second tree which was a Cypress so it doesn't actually have needles. Apparently these are the types of trees they can grow down here.
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