More shots??

Today was a day I’d been dreading for ages.  Curly had his state mandated lead screening blood draw.  Strawberry and I went together to the lab, and thank goodness we had an appointment!  The waiting room was very crowded and Curly was already restless after 5 minutes.  Fortunately, we were called back in another 5.  They informed us that it would indeed need to be an inner arm draw, but that we could hold him on our laps and that they had baby needles.  As you may guess, Strawberry did the holding and I cowered in a chair across the room NOT LOOKING.  He screamed in shock and pain for the minute or so that it took and then was easily calmed with his thumb and a few sips of juice.  Oh, and a sticker.  Which he proceed to eat.  He didn’t struggle at all and we are so proud of him and relieved that it’s over.

Going back to a topic we’d mentioned before, Curly is 2 weeks out from his MMR vaccine and the only side effect was waking in the night for a few nights immediately following.  Which we are 100% sure was from the shot, since it’s so very out of character for him.  Perhaps his body was busy fighting off the effects of the vaccine and that disturbed his sleep.  He’s been fine ever since.

In happier news, we finally got around to having a professional photo shoot.  We’ve been kicking ourselves looking at other people’s adorable baby shots, since we never did any.  But at least we now have shots of Curlyat 1 year.  We purchased a 1 hour on-location session with a local photographer and met at a park with a well maintained shade garden.  No flowers (the azaleas were past peak and looking sad).  Lots of winding paths, soft grass and undergrowth.  Benches and gazebos.  And billions of gnats.  They loved my hairspray.  But other than that, and a very cranky Curlyafter the first 20 minutes, we had fun and got some terrific shots.  Here’s a teaser, we’ll share the rest in a password protected post.

And in the happiest news of all.. Happy Birthday to my wonderful wife (and a few other fantastic Geminis in blogland).  I love you with all my heart.

10 responses to “More shots??

  1. Happy Birthday Strawberry!

    GREAT photo of Miles! Is there any way an adoring aunt could buy some copies from the photo shoot?

  2. Happy Birthday Strawberry! Can’t wait to see the rest of those beautiful photos.

  3. Awwww. I just want to KISS him! What a beautiful photo of my beautiful grandson.
    Happy, Happy Birthday to Strawberry!

  4. Happy birthday! And what a beautiful picture!!!

  5. good to hear miles is on the other side of the blood draw now, sounds like he was a trooper!

    i love the photo, just gorgeous! cant wait to see more!! and happy birthday to strawberry!

  6. What a beautiful boy you have 🙂 I love the pic, and can’t wait to see more. I’d love the password, if you don’t mind sharing.

    I can’t believe he’s so long and lean, too. Our boy just turned 5 months and he’s already over 17 lbs… different strokes, it takes. 🙂

    And, happy birthday!!!

  7. What a BEAUTIFUL picture!! Glad the blood test is over and done with. State mandated eh? We’ll have to look into that. Happy Happy Birthday Strawberry!!! (even if a couple days late) We don’t think we have your password but would love to see more pictures from the photoshoot! We love the outdoors photoshoot idea! We definitely have to look into it.

  8. Can you drop me a line about who did your shoot?


  9. Hope your bday was as lovely as you are!

    I can’t wait to go to work and dig your password out of my email on Tuesday so I can see those pics.

    Glad to hear Miles is doing so well after all his poking.

  10. I feel your pain, we had blood draw at our last appointment and it was not fun! I love all the pictures from the photo shoot! Miles is such a cutie and you three are a beautiful family. Happy birthday strawberry! Emily says thanks for the birthday shout out 🙂

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