Monday, December 29, 2008


Our little Lane had his 2nd checkup today and that means shots!!! The poor guy screamed the moment he felt the needle break skin. I immediately teared up...but also managed to take a few pics to commemorate the moment. Before the doctor gave him his shots, she informed us that he could react one of two ways:
1. He will scream and cry for a good couple of hours
2. He will sleep the next few hours

Shane and I were of course leaning towards the later. Well...the heavens must have parted at that very moment, because we had a sleepy baby for the three hours that followed. I just wish we could have taken him to Baskin Robbins or something for ice cream afterwards. He did such a great job!

His stats, at almost 8 weeks are 11.8lbs and 24 inches long (the size of an average 4 month old). He is in the 90% for height and 50% for his weight. He also had to show off for Dr. Tammy (as usual). She placed him on his tummy and he propped himself right up with his arms and held his head up getting a good look at us all. Such a show off...and again more pictures:)

Lane had a busy Christmas between seeing family in Fallon and a fun xmas day here in Reno with Shane's folks. For his grand and great grandparents, he had fun getting messy making "Billau" (hehehe) footprints that we decorated seriously we did. Lane was strapped in the baby bjorn helping with the hot glue:)
"Billau" Feet

Opening presents at Gramma Amy's and Papa Mike's in Fallon

Modeling the new onesie his Daddy bought him:)

Big cheese for the camera

Opening up the locket Lane got me for xmas...put the smiley photo from above in it:)

Where's Lane?

Opening up presents sure takes it outta ya!

Looking at all the snow at gramma Carole and grampa Dave's on xmas day.

Hagen and Poo Poo get in on the family photo in front of the tree:)

Sooooooo BIG!!!

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

He does exist!!!

Yesterday we ventured out to see Santa at his Workshop setup so conveniently at the mall:) We weren't about to brave it over the weekend, nor do I think we would have had the patience needed to accomplish such a task with a 6 week old in tow. I can't even remember the last time I saw the "Big Guy" himself...Oh wait...I was in college and I believe it was my soph/junior year and Kelly's dad dressed up for us. Does that ever bring back the memories! Regardless of when or whom, I certainly don't remember him being underweight and sporting only two teeth! But I must admit, the old man at the mall pulled it off and was a very cute Santa!

Waiting in line for our first of many pictures with Santa!

Friday, December 5, 2008

It's Exhausting Getting Old

Can you believe our little guy is 1 month old already?

Lane went on his first Christmas Tree Hunting adventure today and it was so exciting, he couldn't help but snooze through the entire experience.

It began with a 45 minute drive up to the mountains, followed by a 30 minute drive into the mountains where the trees stood tall, practically begging to be chopped down.

Lane rode silently the entire trip up in his car seat, while Hagen (the dog) did just the opposite. That dog whimpered and whined the whole drive up. Which isn't all that out of the norm for him, but made for a long car ride for Shane and I.
When we reached our destination, we all got out to take a look at a nearby tree and Hagen didn't waste a second. He went right to his business and continued on doing so until 1 and 2 were out of his system. Maybe that's what all the whining throughout the trip up was all about. Oops.
Following in Hagen's lead, Shane and I both took separate sides of the truck in an attempt to make yellow snow...which would have been successful had there been any snow.
Lane was successful at making something yellow...his diaper was quite the sight!
He had his first changing on the bed of the truck.
We also had to put him in his mumphy X-mas tree hunting outfit!
So warm and cozy.
Show me those happy to be hunting smiles boys
Strapped in to the 'Baby Bjorn' and ready to hike!
This thing rocks...I may strap it on while at the house:)
After wandering about, we found our tree just off the beaten path.

Lane was very excited about our tree choice

Hagen keeping a lookout while dad saws away (by hand...what a man) We had been offered a chainsaw to use, but declined. After sawing for 20 minutes, Shane wished he hadn't.

Lane just couldn't control his excitement

After the tree was loaded and we began our decent down the mountain we had to wake Lane to eat being that he had slept for the past 4 hours and it was meal time. Just after the 4.5 oz of formula made it safely into his tummy and stayed, I felt a rumble along my leg. We all know what that means. Upon reaching the main road, I checked to see if a changing we necessary. We had a blowout! Right there in the front seat on mom's lap, in his mumphy x-mas tree hunting outfit. I handed him off to dad to do the dirty work:) We can definitely say the truck was christened today:)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Lane's First Thanksgiving(s)

Lane is just adorable as ever and growing at a rapid speed! He is now 24 days old...already nearing the 1 month mark, which we can't believe. During his 2 week checkup, we found that he not only made his birth weight of 7.6 lbs. but that he was (then) 8 lbs...and as I said before, growing more and more with each minute of the day. He is in the 90% for his height/length and 45% for his weight. I can't wait for our 2 month checkup at the end of December. I'm betting he will be nearing 10 lbs. if not a bit more! I just can't get over how every morning when I wake to feed the little guy (in the earrrrrrly a.m.) he looks a bit bigger:)

You're never to young or to old to crack a little smile when it comes to GAS:)

We were very fortunate to have not only celebrated one, but two Thanksgivings surrounded by family and friends. First was Sunday in Fallon at Nani Irene's house, where Lane got to meet his two Great G-mas from my side of the family. Though he slept 95% of the afternoon away, he certainly didn't let everyone passing him around or the dogs barking at the doorbell, disturb his slumber.
Lane with Dad and G.G. Nani Kay

Lane, Mom and G.G. Nani Irene

Cousin Braelen...He gave Lane the best kisses

Lane with his Great Aunt Maureen

Nani teaching Lane how to cheat at cards

The 5% of the time he was awake. Nani adoring her great grandson while Papa torments (in the most loving way of course;)

Too much turkey the day before! Like father like son.

Thanksgiving Day! Our first bath...and first time peeing in his bath water
The fun never stops:)

The drying part wasn't as much fun.

All dressed up and ready to hit the road!

Yeah. The hat is still a bit big, but I just couldn't resist.

Thanksgiving at Grandma Carole's was delicious. So much food, I wished I had worn my maternity pants!!!

Lane, Dad, G.G. Helen and Cris

Lane, Gramma Amy and Papa Mike

The Billau Clan

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and friends!

Love you all!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Look Who's a Week Old Today!

Lane Michael Billau
Born Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 8:10 am.
Weighing in at a grand total of 7 lbs 6 oz and stretching a wopping 22 1/2 inches!
Lane showed us all from the start how strong he was. Enduring 32 hours of labor, from water breaking at 11:50 pm on Monday eve and his long awaited birth on Wednesday morning (Shane and I are counting it all as labor!). He gave us quite the scare, not once, but twice.

After all the long hours and a delivery to be remembered for a lifetime, Shane and I couldn't be happier...the same goes for all the grandparents, great grandparents, and his excited Uncle Larry and Auntie Hazel and cousin Cameron too!
Some goals for the day (2nd nursing shift)
Mommy and Lane

Proud Daddy and Grandpa Dave

Glowing Grandma Carole

Another set of glowing grandparents.
Papa Mike and grandma Amy

One of Lane's 3 Great Grandmas
Lane's proud Uncle Larry and cousin Cam

No you can't take him home Auntie Hazel

The whole gang with baby Lane