Free At Last!!

October 27th, 2010 | Posted by chanin - the mom in Family - (7 Comments)

After 3 LONG months, I am finally out of my Thoracolumbosacral Orthosis (TLSO)!!  It’s such a liberating feeling to, once and for all, be free from the confines of that thick, rigid, plastic torture device.  Okay, it wasn’t that bad.  While the brace did fulfill its general duties, by squeezing my spine into place, and keeping me from bending or twisting, it also provided a few extra and unexpected services as well.  After just the first week in my TLSO, I soon learned that it also served as an excellent heating device. Unfortunately in July through October in Arizona, a heater is the last thing I needed, or anyone needs for that matter.  So for the last 3 months, I have not been cold one single day, just sticky, sweaty and hot.  I am now very much looking forward to some cool winter weather.

Another lovely perk I received from my ever-so-snug brace, was the inability to overeat.  With the constant compressing embrace of my reinforcing friend, I was regularly reminded of when I should put my fork down and stop stuffing my face.  Putting it simply, making a glutton of myself ceased to be an option, and I was forced to eat smaller meals throughout the day.  This may not seem like a hard endeavor for most people, but when my mom was here cooking up a storm of all my favorite recipes, it was agonizing at times.  My mom makes the best buttermilk waffles with homemade syrup ever!

So, now that I’m free, there are a lot of things I’m looking forward to getting back to.  Of course, I will have to take things slowly and limit myself quite a bit, but I’m just excited that I can now give Gavin soft, “real” Mommy hugs.  I love my baby so much!  I’m also actually looking forward to helping James out a lot more with the chores around the house, and cooking big meals again for the family and then cleaning up the mess I make in the kitchen myself.  I’m so very thankful to both James and my mom for helping me get these seemingly simple, but necessary, things done during these last few months.  Never once did either of them complain to me about the stress these tasks must have added to their daily routines.  Thank you again Mom and James.  I love you both tons!

And lastly, on a simpler note, I am just really looking forward to once again dressing in normal clothing.  No more big baggy pants that fit over my brace and tight, spandex shirts to fit under it.  Yay… I get to be me again!

Gavin’s 1st Haircut

April 11th, 2010 | Posted by chanin - the mom in Family - (5 Comments)

At 16 months, we finally decided Gavin was old enough and his hair was long enough for his very 1st haircut!  We researched the local hair salons and decided on Snip-its in Chandler, an entertaining and interactive fun place for kids to get their hair cut by real professionals.  Mommy didn’t want to attempt cutting Gavin’s hair in fear he’d end up looking like he cut his own hair.  We were a little afraid that Gavin wouldn’t cooperate at the salon, and he’d end up being sent home with only half of a new hair-do.  But to our surprise, Gavin was very good and only had a brief 30 second meltdown.

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Gavin’s hair was cut by Juan Carlos, a real perfectionist.  He made sure that Gavin was happy the whole time by enticing him with lollipops, animal crackers, bubbles, computer games and cartoons.

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Mommy and Daddy watched and instructed Juan Carlos, who made great efforts to please us.  We were super happy with the final result.  Gavin was given a toy and sticker for being a good boy, and Mommy and Daddy were given a lock of Gavin’s baby hair.  Gavin looks so adorable in his new hair-do.  Well, he always looks adorable to Mommy and Daddy, but now he looks extra handsome.  We hope you all agree.  Take a look at some of the pictures from Gavin’s very 1st haircut ever!

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Why does it seem like I always start my posts with “It’s been way too long…”? I guess we just get busy! Anywho, Gavin’s 6 month checkup was today and he’s doing great! Here are some details:


Height/Length: 28.25 inches  (95 percentile)
Weight:19.95 lbs (85th percentile)
Cuteness: Infinity!


Our little guys is sitting up on his own now and eating real food. Chanin is making homemade baby food and so far Gavin has eaten peas and sweet potatoes, along with the standard rice cereal and oatmeal. Next up she’ll be preparing bananas, pears, and avocado. Yummmm.


Along with his relatively new eating adventures Gavin is also very alert and always looking around at everything. He is so interested in everything and tries to pick up and eat anything he can get his hands on. It’s amazing to see how fast he’s growing and developing.


Sometimes we wish our little baby would stop growing because we want him to be our little guy forever! But, we’re also so excited to see him grow and develop and become a big boy.


Without further ado, here are the pictures from Gavin’s last photo shoot.

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Gavin Update

January 15th, 2009 | Posted by james - the dad in baby - (5 Comments)

Between work and taking care of our little guy we’ve been very busy lately!  Gavin is doing great and at almost 2 months old he is now about 14 lbs and almost 24 inches long.  I say “long” instead of “tall” because he pretty much just wiggles around like a sausage.  When he stands I’ll start writing about how “tall” he is.  


Below is a slideshow of some recent pictures of Gavin.  You can play it full screen if you push the little square looking button in the bottom right corner of the slideshow. 


Baby News! – Announcement

July 1st, 2008 | Posted by james - the dad in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Baby News! – Announcement)

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