Saturday, September 27, 2008

Who Lives In A Pineapple Under The Sea.....

Amanda & Frank were in Florida for work a few weeks ago and bought Gavin the cutest outfit while at Universal Studios Orlando. Look how adorable the little shorts are!
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Thanks for the awesome outfit Auntie Amanda and Tio Frank!

The past few weeks have been very busy so I apologize for not keeping up with my weekly blog. Gavin came down with his first cold on Monday morning :( It just breaks your heart to see your child sick and sneezing. We couldn't get an appointment at the doctor's until Tuesday so Monday night I had to sleep sitting up on the couch with Gavin laying on me because he was having such a hard time sleeping laying down flat on the bed. Grant met my Mom and Gavin at the doctor's office and it was just a mild cold, they gave him antibiotics and the next morning he seemed fine. At least the medicine helped him sleep at night. He now weighs 17 1/2 pounds, I can't believe that's still only the 10th percentile for his correctional age, he seems like such a fatty LOL We have been giving him the medicine all week and besides coughing attacks in the middle of the night, he seems to be feeling much better.
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The Doctor also mentioned that he was getting a tooth! I have been checking the last few days and I think his bottom left front tooth is coming in:) I can't wait until he has a cute 1 tooth smile!!! We go back to the Pediatrician in a few weeks for his 9 month checkup and flu shot. RSV season is quickly approaching and everyone in our families will also be getting the flu shots, we can't risk Gavin getting sick. We will be on lock down for the next 8 months until RSV Season is officially over. RSV is very serious for preemies and we apologize in advance for all the fun activities we will be missing this winter. I feel that many people think we are overreacting when we don't take Gavin out of the house or yell at them to wash there hands before they touch him but please understand that if Gavin contracts RSV the chances are very high that it will turn into pneumonia. I have enclosed some RSV info below

What You Should Know About RSV


Although RSV is the most common cause of respiratory tract infection in children under five years of age, most people are unfamiliar with the disease. RSV can be particularly serious in infants born prematurely, children under the age of two suffering from chronic lung conditions, and young children with hemodynamically significant congenital heart disease. Multiples are also at increased risk for serious RSV disease.

Virtually all children are exposed to the virus during the first two years of life and re-infection throughout life is very common.2 Infants born at less than 36 weeks gestational age are at a significantly elevated risk for severe RSV disease. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, up to 125,000 children are hospitalized with serious RSV disease and some of these children may die from RSV complications.3

For otherwise healthy children, RSV usually amounts to little more than a cold. However, for preemies and other at-risk infants, the health consequences can be much more serious. In the US, approximately 125,000 children are hospitalized each year with serious RSV disease and sadly, some of these children die.

RSV spreads easily from person to person via respiratory secretions. The chance of spreading the virus within a family is very high. Many times school-aged children introduce the virus into the family. Despite strict infection control procedures, hospital nursery units, day care centers and other similar institutions are also at high-risk for RSV outbreaks.

To help protect your baby, there are simple steps that parents and caregivers can take:

Have family members and caregivers wash their hands with warm water and soap before touching the baby (see more about proper hand washing)
Avoid being around the baby if you have a cold or fever
Avoid exposing the baby to other children with cold symptoms
Keep the baby away from crowded places
Never smoke around the baby
Talk to your baby’s pediatrician about RSV risks and prevention

We also received some sad news on Monday that one of our co-workers at UGMC (our old company, my Dad still works there) past away from lung cancer. Al was a few months shy of his 80th B-Day and lived a long, wonderful life. He was Grandpa to all of us at UGMC and will be missed greatly. Grant and I went with Dad to the funeral today. It was very interesting to say the least, half of it was in Armenian and half was in English, needless to say we didn't understand much. Thank God they did some in English. It was nice to see all of our old co-workers and catch up. RIP Khosrow Aljian, you will be missed.

My cousin and his girlfriend will be here this week from England. Mom is meeting them at the winery on Friday and bringing them home with her. We have been planning on taking them up to Big Bear for the weekend to attend Oktoberfest for Josh's 30th B-Day but Josh started a new job a few weeks ago and doesn't feel right asking for the weekend off this early in the new job. If Josh can't get off work I think we may just take them to Magic Mountain one day and Hollywood or Venice one day. I guess we'll just play it by ear. Hopefully it all falls into place.
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Have A Great Week Everyone!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

8 months old :)

I've been really behind with my blogging lately. Work has been busy since Lacey left me and I don't have as much time to be online at work HAHA. Come back Lacey, pretty please:) Grant has been working his butt off too, 6 days a week, 12 hour days. For a week straight he came home after Gavin was sleeping so they didn't get to hang out. Thank God this past week things have gone back to normal. Grant did get home late on Tuesday because he was working in Oxnard and decided to be a good citizen and stop by the Red Cross on the way home to donate blood for the metro link victims. What a nice Husband I have:) When Gavin was born there were so many babies in the NICU that needed bllod transfusions that he ran down to the blood bank and donated specifically for the NICU. He's O- which is rare and anyone can accept his blood. Gavin is O- too, hopefully he learns to give like his Daddy!

Gavin is 8 months old! He is changing so much everyday and such a joy to be around:) Big Wet Kisses and Sticking his tounge out are his new favorite facial expressions. Crawling is rapidly approaching I can hear it in his determined cries while having tummy time. He's also discovered Grandma's cookies jar and loves to make a mess while saying yummmm the whole time HAHAHA
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Lacey and Bubba invited us to the LA Fair! We decided to meet around 7:00pm to tailgate a little before going in. 1 1/2 hours later they arrived. I know it's not there fault they got lost and had to wait for people to meet at there house. We killed time in the parking lot by letting Gavin drive.
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He kept trying to get Dad's beer (it was for the tailgating)
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He's such a Happy Boy
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The Fair was Fun. We ate ton's of fried food (oreo's, corn dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream). Lacey, Brandon, Grant and I all went down the Big Slide:)
Dean and Gavin slept most of the time
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Lacey, Bubba, Grant and I (of course the boys are the pigs HHHAHAHA)
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Can't wait for next year's fair! My cousin Darren and his Girlfriend will be here from England in a few weeks. We are planning many exciting adventures and can't wait for them to arrive!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Wild Animal Park Fun

Grant took off work on Friday so we could have Family Day at the San Diego Wild Animal Park! Shhhh don't tell his work. Gwenett, Isaac, Jacob and Mia joined us for a day of fun in the sun, and I mean burning HOT Sun. The park was empty, we didn't wait in any lines and we really got to take our time and enjoy the animals at our slow pace. There were sooo many babies! Everything is cute as a baby. We saw 5 little elephant's that were adorable, baby monkey's, baby giraffes and baby lions. It seemed fitting that we brought our babies to see the babies HAHA
Here are a few pics we took when we arrived at the park
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Gavin wanted to pet the bird
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I'm so strong, what time is it Grant, watch out for the itsy bitsy spider
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Hanging out with Sponge Bob
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Isaac and his Lorakeet Friends, they were eating his hair and ear it was hilarious
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Once we arrived at the Lions, the Big Daddy Lion was roaming around
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The Zoo Keeper let out all the babies, they are 10 months old
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A Close Up Of Simba :) Soooooo Cute
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My Beautiful Niece Mia Enjoying The Stinky Animals :)
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Our Favorite Mendez Family of Four
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My Handsome Boys & Their Favorite Animal
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We put Gavin on this ride and he enjoyed it....Until it started HAHAHA
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These Boys Are So Adorable Together But I'm Sooooo Scared When They Get Older TROUBLE TROUBLE TROUBLE I Can Already Feel It!!! Watch Out World For Jake & Gavin!
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This is My New Favorite Picture...Isn't He SOOOOOO Cute:)
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We are already making plans to go back next year. Hopefully then Gavin will actually be interested in the animals LOL I was bummed that the spot Grant proposed to me was not open so we couldn't take a pic there and relive the moment HAHA Hopefully next time. It was a Wonderful Family Day that I will remember Forever!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Stop Growing

Ahhhh when did Gavin start turning into a little boy? He is growing up so fast and doesn't look like a Baby anymore. I have been cuddling with him as much as possible because I know he'll be crawling very soon and won't want anything to do with Mom anymore :(

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His Smile Just Melts My Heart!!!
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He Loves going on walks in the Big Boy Stroller!!!
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I have to work late tonight and I'm sure Gavin will be sleeping when I get home so I just had to post some pictures to see his handsome face!!!