We received this backpack as a gift, and I never realized how useful it would become. Sometimes it is nice for Fischer and I to head out to the house to help! This backpack allows me to do lots of stuff, and still include Fischer. I also brought his playpen out to the house.
Our job yesterday was to peel all of the stickers off of the lights. I just brought a basket full of toys, and Fischer played in his playpen while I peeled stickers off!
We enjoyed having lots of company this past weekend. Aaron, Candy and Amelia came Saturday afternoon. We met them for lunch, and then went to watch Aaron be a referee for a basketball game in town. Then Aaron, Candy and Amelia came to our house after the game, and stayed the night. Also Heidi, Laura, Cody and Scott came later that evening to stay the night. We sure had house full of company!
We went to meeting at George and Susie's on Sunday. Much to our surprise, Linda and Tom, Stacey and Sammy were there. It was sure nice to see their little boy Sammy. Fischer was not himself that day, and all he wanted was Mom. We tried to get a picture of all of the kids, but he was not into that. Luckily, he is back to his happy self. It was a busy weekend, and we enjoyed all of the company!
We were just recently told that a person cannot eat 8 saltine crackers in one minute without taking a drink. So here is my challenge to all you bloggers and lurkers (is this a word? ha): Go get some saltine crackers Shove as many as you can in your mouth and then let me know if you can do it? Or maybe the better plan of attack is one at a time? So let me know what you find out! Anonymous comments are welcome! Chris has yet to try it, but has requested some saltine crackers when I make my next store run!
Fischer is enjoying some green beans in this picture. He already has started teasing Mom with lots of silly faces. For this picture, Fischer decided he was going to scrunch up his face and grin. It sure made Dad and Mom laugh.
We have been busy staining the inside of the house! It is a really warm color called Honey Timber. We are officially done staining with the Honey Timber, and have started with the clear coat. It is tedious work, but makes a huge difference.
Fischer had his first year appointment yesterday. He weighed 17 pounds 12 ounces, and is 27 inches long. The doctor also gave him two shots...MMR and the Chicken Pox vaccine. He was a trooper, and that always makes it easier for mom! We also were able to stop by Candy's house for a short visit. Amelia has three teeth now! It was nice to see them both, even if it was for a short visit.
We have had LOTS of snow! Fischer and I were snowed in at the beginning of this week. Chris and G'pa George had to use the cat to plow all of the snow out of our driveway, so we could get out. Luckily, Fischer and I went to town on Wednesday to stock up on groceries, pay bills, and go out to eat. The last two pictures are of the wind rows that they plowed earlier this week being snowed on again today! I was planning a little party for him tomorrow, but it might just be Dad, Fish and I. Luckily, Fischer is pretty easy to please at this age!
It is good for me to be reminded of all of the progress that has been made on the house! I know many of you can understand the excitement and impatience that comes when you want to move in. But I am amazed by the progress that has been made and this helps me to be more patient.
Here are some more pictures of Fischer's first birthday. I just started using picasa to post pictures and I am loving it! I removed some red eye and also cropped his pictures. The first shot is of him eating spaghetti. He really loves it. We had to strip him down to just his diaper to eat it! He loves to feed himself! So we love to let him try, even if most of it ends up in his lap. The last two shots show him waving and playing patty cake. It is sure nice when they want to play games with you. He is starting his first tooth, but it is sure taking a long time to actually push through his gums. I think this is normal? Do any of you experienced moms know?
Fischer's first birthday was yesterday. I cannot believe that he is already a year! We had a busyday of running errands so that just in case we get snowed in we are prepared. Then I made spaghetti for dinner because that is his favorite meal. He sure enjoyed himself. He is playing patty cake and waving to everyone. Thank you to everyone for their calls and birthday wishes. We are going to have a little birthday party for him on Saturday. I plan to make a frog cake so if anyone has any suggestions about how to make one let me know!
I was reading through my last post and my last sentence was how surprised I was by his progress. I felt like I wanted to explain that more clearly!
Today as I was sitting playing with Fischer, it just struck me at how amazing it is to witness a little life in progress. It is amazing at how much they learn so quickly. Just the other day I told Fischer to wave bye-bye to Daddy and he did just that! I hadn't expected him to know what I was talking about, but he did. Sometimes I take for granted how much he really does know...he's like a sponge. It is a joy to watch him learn and grow, but it is also very humbling because he is watching my response to every situation. It makes me very aware of my shortcomings and my need to watch and pray!
A recent shot of Fischer and cousin Rory! Thank you Jerm, Amy, Rory and Jace for letting us stay the night Thursday and for the first birthday gift.
Fischer while he was at the NICU.
I cannot believe that it has already been a year since our whole ordeal with Fischer happened. On January 6, 2006 I slipped on the ice while going out to get Chris and Woody for lunch. I laughed through the entire fall and commented about how graceful I was since becoming pregnant. I never thought in a million years that it would lead to an ambulance ride to the hospital that night. That was the scariest ride I have ever been on because for that hour and a half I didn't know if Fischer was alive or not!
We stayed at the hospital until Sunday, when they decided to transfer us to a better hospital because his heart rate was dropping to a scary level. Chris and I were able to take a jet plane together because it was too windy for a helicopter. I was celebrating the wind that day because it meant Chris was able to fly with me! I still rode in the helicopter after we landed the jet plane. Chris was jealous because he had to take a taxi the rest of the way to the hospital because the helicopter couldn't fit both of us.
Then on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 Fischer Lee was born at 2 pounds 15 3/4 ounces and 13 1/4 inches at 4:15AM.
Today we are enjoying Fischer Lee inside our cozy house while it is snowing outside! It is amazing how much he has grown since his early beginning. We are surprised everyday by his progress.