Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Pictures

We had a such a good time on Christmas that I didn't take as many pictures as I thought I had. Robb and Reba have a lot more on their blog as well.


Thomas decided that we had too many presents to open. Exhausting :) Seriously, I thought this picture summed it up the best - we were all in the room laughing and opening of gifts and Thomas took a little snooze.

Thomas decided that Christmas would be the right day to start sitting up. He was on Josh's lap and he just leaned forward to grab something in front of him. Above, he is enjoying a gift that his cousin, Jacob gave him - a Kindergarten workbook. While it was a little over his head, Thomas enjoyed the pictures and was pointing at them and trying to turn the pages of the book.


In honor of my grandmother, I took this picture of the table on Christmas Eve. She always took a picture of the table before we sat down to eat on holidays. She passed away in June and I really missed her this Christmas. She loved the holidays and always gave us many gifts, from cool flashlights to socks and scarves and gloves. She really wanted to make it special for us every year. We got to spend some time talking about her on Christmas and it was nice to remember all the great things about her.


Thomas loves his Aunt Hannah.

He really loves all of his family. We are very blessed to have some many great people in our lives. We were able to see both my family and Josh's family on Christmas day. I was afraid that it was going to be hard for Thomas to have so much stimulation in one day, but he did really well. He has started going to sleep a little earlier at night - between 8:30 and 10 and sleeping until 5 or 5:30. We are really enjoying the extra sleep - just in time for me to go back to work. I have one more week of maternity leave.

At the beginning of my leave, I couldn't imagine going back to work. Now it doesn't seem as crazy. Josh is such a great dad and Thomas loves hanging out with him. I will miss them both all day long, but it is cool to know that they will be together.

Hope you all had a great Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

We haven't taken that many pictures in the last couple of days as we have been getting everything ready for Christmas. We will have some cute pics over the next couple of days. We are planning on going to church today - as long as it doesn't get canceled. We woke up this morning to more snow - and it is still falling. My boy is napping a little - he gets grumpy when he doesn't get enough sleep.

Yesterday we made it into town to do some last minute shopping. We met up with my parents and my sister and her boys for lunch. We though we had timed it right, but Thomas had a total meltdown at Wendy's. He was so tired he did not know what to do. Josh was able to rock him to sleep and he napped for 3 hours. He has started taking one long afternoon nap - and when he does he is usually pretty happy afterward.

Then, we went to the Canfield's for dinner. They have a long, crazy driveway and we drove up from the bottom of the hill rather than try to slide down from the top. We got about half way up the hill and then lost it. Mike came down to help and he and Josh put the chains on the truck. We backed up and took another run at the hill and made it up. Josh is a really good driver in the snow and we are grateful that we have a 4WD. I bought chains for the truck several years ago and we have never used them - even on trips up to the mountains in the snow, but we have made great use out of them over the last couple of days.

We will be busy with family for the next two days, but before it all starts, I wanted to take a minute to say - Merry Christmas everybody! Hope you all have a wonderful couple of days with loved ones!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snow Pictures

It still hasn't stopped snowing, but before it gets dark I wanted to take some pictures. This picture shows how much snow we have.

The cats love to sit at the window and watch the snow fall. I think they are also fascinated by the birds that have been hanging out in our backyard.

Thomas loves the snow. He watches out the window with great fascination.

They even canceled church today

Overnight we got another 8 inches of snow and it is still snowing. This morning we had that really fine snow and I was trying to tell if it was really rain, but it is now snow - the pretty, flaky kind. We managed to get out yesterday during a break in the weather. We went out to lunch, to Target and to Albertsons. We had eaten most of the meat in our house and I knew we were going to get a bunch more snow today so we bought more food. Of course we took the Explorer and put the chains in the back just in case.

Since we started attending, our church has never canceled due to snow, but today they called it off. We even came out here one time and turned around because we couldn't get down the driveway and there was still church on that day.

We might be able to get out if we put chains, but I'm thinking we will just stay here. No need to try to get down the hill unless we really need something.

I made that list of things we have been doing in the last post and forgot to say that we have also been playing a lot of games. So, for today I will leave you with a list of all the games we are playing:

Board games:
1. Settlers of Catan (this is a Canfield family favorite and once I learned to play, we bought it for my parents as well and now we all play).
2. Scrabble
3. Carcasonne
4. Boggle (well, we plan to play today)

Wii:
1. Wii Fit (we have to get some activity to work off the pounds)
2. Donkey Kong (downloaded on the Wii - classic DK from the 80's)
3. Super Mario (see above)
4. Excite Truck
5. Dance Dance Revolution

I'll take pictures later today to show the depth of snow!

Friday, December 19, 2008

What we have been doing while snowed in

1. Knitting (Sarah)
2. Working our way through our food stores (it's a good thing I go to the grocery store all the time and we have a fully stocked freezer/pantry/fridge)
3. Playing Wurdle (highly addictive iPhone game. I keep stealing Josh's phone to play.)
4. Watching news coverage of cars on the side of the road
5. Watching TV (Netflix is now available on Tivo!)
6. Enjoying the fire (We have not been able to make it work since we moved in and Josh figured out how to fix it yesterday - yay! We now have a little more warmth in the living room.)
7. Drinking tea and coffee and other hot drinks
8. Napping (mostly Thomas)
9. Playing with Thomas

Hope everyone is staying warm!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Family Photo

After I posted last night, we set up the camera to take this family photo. Thomas is getting dedicated at church this weekend and we needed a picture of the three of us together. It is amazing that we didn't have one yet.

We are having a mellow at home day and Thomas has been very snoozy. I have had a lot of time to work on my knitting and I just finished one of my balls of yarn and need to switch to a new one, so I thought it would be the perfect time to post this picture. I have about 3 knitting projects going and I hope to get some of them finished before I go back to work. I really need to finish the slippers I started for Josh. Now that he is home all day and it is so cold outside, he will actually get a chance to wear them.

Thomas is stirring - time to eat!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Thomas has definitely found his finger. He can also now reach out and grab things - although he is still working on exactly where the object is. I could swear that he was waving at me today. I was filling up the car with gas and waving to him from outside the window and he waved in response. I know, I know, he can't really wave this early, but it was the cutest thing.

Josh has been working during the day so Thomas and I try to get out of the house a little to avoid distracting him. Yesterday we met up with Noah and Rebecca. Thomas loves his cousin as you can see from the picture below.


My boy is definitely interacting with toys now. Josh's friends James and Anand came over two Saturdays ago and James brought the Tiger in the picture below. Thomas loves it. He will play with it and pull on the ring and then try to put the Tiger's ears in his mouth. He is definitely starting to chew on things. The other toy he loves is the Winnie the Pooh rattle in the picture above. He holds on to it like a security blanket.

Right now, Thomas is hanging out with his dad. He has had a mellow day - taking one very long nap (3.5 hours) and another short one a little while ago. Most of the time now he is sleeping for a 6-8 hour stretch at night, so we are feeling a little more rested. Still loving all this time we get to spend together and savoring our last few weeks before I go back to work.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Winter

I've been going through all the photos we have of Thomas and printing some to hang on our walls. The one above is from our day of Christmas tree hunting. It is the perfect little picture of Thomas. Josh is really good at getting the right shots of him. He actually took this one on his iPhone. I now have a bunch of pictures in frames for us to hang up.

Yesterday I started wrapping Christmas presents. I wanted to get a jump start on it so that I don't end up wrapping them all at the last minute. I am a very traditional wrapper - just paper, ribbon, bow - but Josh is way more creative. He doesn't like it if you can tell what the present is from the shape of it so he uses extra cardboard and paper to make the present into the shape of a dog or a bird or a dinosaur. It makes it really hard to guess what is inside :)

We went to the Canfield's last night for Mike's birthday. We will do a bigger celebration on Saturday so that everyone can be there. I love that we have been able to do things like this since our schedule is so flexible. I will miss this when I go back to work.

Speaking of work, I am going to Seattle today for our end of the year team party. Josh is going to take care of Thomas here. It will be a little bit of a dry run for us. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone prior to getting back into it in January.

That is all the news. It looks like we may get snow this weekend which will make for some very fun pictures.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Christmas is coming!

The Canfields were here today to bring Thomas his Santa outfit. He is truly the cutest baby ever (not that I am biased...). We have a couple big things coming up. We have to get pictures taken with Santa (we might try tomorrow), we have to finish our shopping and we have to get everything wrapped. I also bought a set of picture frames and some photo paper from Costco and I have been printing and framing pictures. We don't have a lot of things on the wall in our house and I am so excited to have some beautiful photos :)

We started a new schedule this week. Josh is working from 10-4 while I am still on leave. He is getting a lot done while I soak up as much time as possible with Thomas before I go back to work. We then get some focused family time at night. We've only been doing this for 2 days, but it seems to be working well.

Tomorrow, Thomas and I will be doing more shopping - and Santa pictures if all goes well :)

Friday, December 05, 2008

I've only read a few books (or Friday night plans)

Other than books about my baby (Dr. Sears, Baby 411, Bringing Home your Newborn, Girlfriend's Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood, the Milk Memos), I have only read 4 books while on maternity leave. At first, I was just trying to figure out what to do with the baby all the time - should I put him down, should I pick him up, was he hungry, did he have a dirty diaper, etc. Once I learned some of that stuff, I picked up Pillars of the Earth since I figured it would be good to read something nice and long. I loved it and then thought I might as well read Twilight before the seeing the movie. Now I have been reading the whole Twilight series and I am totally sucked in. I have always been a fan of fiction in general and series particularly. When I was a teenager, my mom used to make me read one classic for every Sweet Valley High book that I read. I moved on to other books as I got older, but I have always been a sucker for series. I go back to work in a month and I feel like I should have read better and more books while I was out. On the other hand, I'm so entertained by them that I might just let myself off the hook.

And, that is our Friday night plan. We are all together in the TV room - I am reading (my entertainment), Josh is playing Gears of War 2 on his Xbox (his entertainment) and Thomas is asleep in his bouncy chair.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

So Big

I just went back through and looked at all of the pictures we have taken of Thomas since he was born. He has grown so much! I was looking at him next to me at dinner tonight and marveling at his big cheeks. He is almost 10 weeks old (tomorrow) and we last had him weighed at 8 weeks. He was 12 lb 10 oz. If he has gained an ounce a day since then (average for babies) he would now be 13 lb 8 oz (or 13.5 lbs). Of course he has been a big gainer for a while and could possible weigh more than that. He fits comfortably in 6 month size clothing and seems to be eating like a crazy man.

We are still amazed that we are parents and can't get over all of the great things our son does every day. Tonight he grabbed his foot. And today, he laughed. Now it is time for all of us to get a little sleep (we are still working on that part...).

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Smile!


Josh spent a lot of time last night trying to get Thomas to smile for the camera and this is about as good as it gets. He gives us these big grins all the time but they are hard to capture on camera. Thomas is really into his dad right now. Whenever Josh comes into the room he gets really excited. It is the cutest thing in the world.

The rest is pretty normal. We are doing our Christmas shopping in fits and starts (mostly online) and enjoying our tree (although not as much as the cats are) and just enjoying watching our little boy grow.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Christmas Tree is up!

It has been a while since I have had my tree up this early. Last year we finally got one about 2 weeks before Christmas on a really cold day. This year we will be able to enjoy it for almost 5 weeks. We can only do this kind of stuff because we don't work right now so we actually have time. It is nice to enjoy holidays without thinking about going back to work on Monday.

Thomas is not really into the tree yet. He has been sleeping on and off today and when he was awake he was more interested in his floor mat and having some time to exercise. Speaking of Thomas, he is stirring again so I must be off.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas Tree Hunting

I haven't had time to process the videos yet since we have been hanging out with our families or the past couple of days. I just wanted to post this picture of Thomas from this morning. We went out to the Christmas tree farm in the misty, drizzly weather and Thomas got to ride in the Baby Bjorn. He was not always happy - he got very hungry at the end, but when he was enjoying himself, his dad took some great pictures. We think he is such a cute baby and we love it when he makes great faces at us. We got a great Christmas tree and we will be putting it up tomorrow. I hope that we will also get it lit and decorated. We will definitely put up some pictures if we are successful.

We also went to Target tonight - not for the crazy Black Friday sale thing, but because we needed wipes and a new toy for Thomas. We got him a rattle that lights up and he LOVES it. I can't get over how cool it is to see him interact with toys. I can just see all connections forming in his brain and it is amazing to think about how much he will change in the next couple of months.

Okay, enough gushing for me. We are going to go to bed - we stayed up way too late last night!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

video

I love this video thing. I am going to use up all my allotted space on Blogger.

We went to the skating rink today. My nephews were out of school at noon and so they joined Josh and Jeremy for some skating. I came along to watch and to use our video camera. Rebecca also ended up staying the entire time. Jacob came out at one point for a break and he decided it would be a good time to teach Thomas about "all the things in the world and what they are for". I can't believe we actually got this on film.

I am having fun learning how to use the video camera and also how to use iMovie. There are some limits to the file size you can upload to Blogger and the first clip I created was too big. I'm sure I will figure out how to make bigger and longer movies as time goes by and at some point I will add soundtracks :)

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We are going to the Canfield's tomorrow so there should be some more videos/pictures on Friday.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy 2 month birthday, Thomas!

video

Thomas discovered that he could grasp his toys today. For the last week, he has seemed a lot more interested in toys and playing in general, but today he reached out and grabbed on to the bird on his bouncy seat. I looked down and he was holding on to it and moving it back and forth. I grabbed Josh and said "Look, he can grab on to things!" And, then we madly ran around looking for the charger for the video camera before discovering/remembering that our digital camera will take short videos. Now we are kicking ourselves for not capturing him on video up to this point. You will probably see more videos in the future from us.

It is amazing to watch our son learn and grow. I can't believe how much he has changed in two months. When he was born he could barely stay awake for an hour and now he has long stretches of wakefulness every day. Crazy. We both still look at each other and are amazed that we are parents.

Happy Birthday, Thomas!

Monday, November 24, 2008

When my friend, Sara, came to visit last week, they brought us this outfit. At the time I thought it wouldn't fit him for a few weeks (since it is a 6 month outfit), but all of a sudden he is no longer fitting into his 3 month clothing. I went out and bought a couple of extra of these since he needs some 6 month clothes. I am still trying to stuff him into 3 month clothes, but he seems to be getting bigger every day! ;)

We took him to see his first movie in the theater today. People keep telling us this is the best time to take him to movies because he still sleeps a lot and is relatively quiet. We wanted to try it in the middle of the day when there were less people there just in case he got loud. He did not make too much noise, but it was a little loud for him and we decided that it is hard to enjoy a movie when we are worried that he will make noise. Josh really took care of him during the movie and he did have to take him out at one point when he got a too talkative. It was a good experiment because now we know that when we want to go to the movies we will need to get a sitter. (Our moms are going to love that).

We saw Twilight for those of you that are wondering. We liked it. I read the book and it seemed really close to the story of the book with a few minor changes.

Okay, it is definitely my turn to entertain Thomas. He loves to hang out and play with us now and we are soaking up every minute of it...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Reunion

Here are the babies that are graduates of our Lamaze class. We had a great time today getting to meet all the babies and talk to all of the parents. Once again we were amazed at how everyone has such different babies and different experiences. One of the reasons there are so many baby books out there is that one thing does not work for every baby.

Speaking of baby books - we started reading to our son on the suggestion of our doctor. It was interesting. I used one book that had little mirrors in it and he liked that one the best. He seems to like mirrors. We have also been teaching him how to stick out his tongue. That one is more fun. He has been smiling a lot and now he is trying new facial expressions along with the smiles. His dad is especially good at getting him to do funny things.

I think we will turn in a little early tonight since we have had two later nights. Even though Thomas slept for a good 6 hours last night, I still need a couple of nights like that to catch up...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Smiley


We went out to see Quantum of Solace tonight and Grandma C took care of Thomas. We came back and he was full and happy. We have been smiling a lot with Thomas lately and once we got him in his seat, we all made faces at him while he smiled. He can also stick out his tongue which is the cutest thing to watch. He will watch Josh or I do it and then thinks about it for a while and then sticks out his tongue.

We have our class reunion with our Lamaze class tomorrow. We should get some great pictures :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

8 weeks old!

Thomas is 8 weeks old tomorrow, so we took him in for his official well check. He weighed 12 lbs 10 ounces and is 23.5 inches long. He is in the 75th percentile for both weight and height now. We also went over his milestones and he is definitely hitting them - smiling at us, lifting his head when he is on his belly, recognizing our faces and making noise other than crying (cooing and other "talking").

He also got his first big round of shots. I was there with him the whole time and was able to console him. The anticipation was worse than the actual shots. They were over faster than I expected and then they gave us a lot of time to just hang out with him and feed him before we had to give up the room.

The only bad news is that he has thrush. I had suspected that he did and that is why we went to the appointment today instead of tomorrow. Thrush is a yeast infection in the mouth that happens because an imbalance occurs. Babies usually only get it in their first few months of life while their little immune systems are getting up to speed. He has to have some medication for it and we hope that it clears up pretty quickly. We had to sterilize all of his bottles and pacifiers, but you can do that in the dishwasher, which makes things a lot easier. He is such a content baby that it doesn't seem to bother him a lot.

Thomas' grandmothers came over for dinner tonight. They are both without husbands this evening since our dads are away for various work reasons. It was fun to have them over and eat all together. I went back on the Weight Watchers on Monday, so I cooked something out of my great WW cookbook - Rosemary Chicken and Wild Rice. I love to cook and I don't do it a lot when I am working, so it is nice to be able to get to do it when I have some time here at home.

Here is Grandma C holding Thomas. He is so active - always moving his little arms and legs and working off all of his energy...

And here is Marna. She got a chance to feed him tonight and that made him laugh and smile. It is nice to be appreciated for the little things (like providing food) and I love that everyone gets a chance to be a part of that process.


It is late enough now that I could easily get distracted and end up staying up a couple of extra hours. Instead, I think I will post this and go to bed.

I will report that I read my book after my last post instead of napping. I finally finished it today and I loved it. Now maybe I can catch up on my sleep. :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

We got our new car!

The Volkswagen dealer called yesterday to tell us that our new car had finally arrived. We ordered it in July and we were not quite sure when it would get here. It is a 2009 Jetta Wagon. We had been waiting for the 2009s to come out because VW is finally doing diesel Jettas again. Although diesel costs about 85 cents a gallon more than gas, we expect to get much better fuel economy. I took it out this morning and for the whole trip I got 38.5 miles to the gallon. Not bad. We were also excited to get it because we expected that Thomas would fit in there a little better than in the sedan and he does. So now we have our "family" car. So far we love it.

This morning, Thomas and I went to the La Leche League meeting. For those of you who don't know, LLL is an international organization dedicated to the support and education of breastfeeding moms. They have a monthly meeting on Bainbridge Island and there were women there from all over the Kitsap Peninsula. My friend, Sara, invited me to come with her and I was glad I had someone I knew there. They also have a smaller group for new moms that meets weekly and I am going to join them for the rest of my maternity leave. It is always nice to have a group of other new moms to meet with and share information. I am lucky because Josh is here all day with me so I have someone else to talk to all the time. But, it is nice to have an outing and it gives Josh a chance to get some work done without Thomas and I distracting him.

In other news, we are putting one of our houses back on the market. Josh met with our realtor while I was out and got all the paperwork done. It will be for sale again starting on Monday. We would appreciate your prayers that it will sell quickly and with no weird conditions. After all we have been through with our houses, we still have hope that we can sell it soon. It is in a great area and there aren't that many other houses for sale there so we are really hoping that this will go well.

Okay, I'm off to nap - or read my book, can't quite decide.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

So Cozy

Thomas is not a big fan of his swing. He far prefers his bouncy seat (thanks Uncle Jason and Aunt Joanne!). He will hang out in his bouncy seat now and kick and bat at the toys that hang over his head. I did use the swing to put him in while he was asleep last night and he slumped right over. He looked so cozy!

Our friends, Matt and Sara, came over for a visit today with their son, Rudy. Rudy is one month older than Thomas so I always feel like we get a little bit of a glimpse of the future when we see him. We had a great time exchanging stories. It is really helpful to have friends that have babies the same age as Thomas so we can swap stories and know that what we are going through is normal.

We are off to Josh's hockey game in a few minutes. My baby is fed and happy and we are going to root for Daddy to make a goal tonight!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

On Thursday we went over to the Canfield's house for some manual labor. They pulled out the ceiling in their basement and discovered that one of the beams is not as thick as it should be, so they needed to put steel beams in before they finished putting in a new ceiling. I don't have pictures of the carrying of the steel beam since I ran off to lunch with Hannah, but I understand it was quite the production. They had 5 guys to carry the beams, but I'm glad I missed it since I would have been worried about permanent injury to Josh.

Here is a picture of Jeremy and Marvin jacking up the house before they put in the new beam:


Last night we went down to Tacoma to the Old Spaghetti Factory to meet up with the extended Snelling family. There were 25 of us there and we had a great time eating and visiting. My parents and Robb and Reba are out of town so they were unable to come, which was too bad because we had a great time seeing everyone.

Here is my cousin Marci holding Thomas and showing him off to my cousin Christine and her niece (my second cousin) Maddie:

My grandparents have 9 great grandchildren and 5 of them were there last night. Thomas is their 8th great grandchild - my cousin, Tim, and his wife, Stephanie, just had a baby 4 weeks ago. Last night was the first time they got to meet Thomas:


The reason for this get together is that my cousin, Sondra, was in town with her husband and her (almost) 2 year old from North Carolina. They won't be back for Christmas when we all normally get together, so we took this as an opportunity to see everyone. Faith is only 18 months older than Thomas and she was fascinated by him.

We got home rather late and Thomas was still in his car seat. He stayed there for until his 2 am feeding. He is now chilling out next to me in his swing. He has been eating like crazy so I suspect he will once again break the scales when we go to the doctor on Thursday. :)

Today we will just be chilling here. It looks like we are going to get a break from the rain so we may even get a walk in today.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I guess we have been busy in the past couple of days since I haven't posted any pictures. Thomas has been pretty wakeful during the day which doesn't leave me a lot of time to post either. We have been blessed by two long sleep stretches at night. Last night, Thomas slept from 10 - 3 (that is 5 hours!) and the night before from 10-4 (6 hours!). I knew that we should expect that to happen around this age, but I wasn't holding out hope. He seemed pretty set on waking up every 3 hours or so. After the long stretch, he wakes up every couple of hours to eat until about 9 or 10. He takes about 3 one hour naps during the day, but he likes to be awake the rest of the time. We may be getting to an actual schedule.

Yesterday, Josh took my older nephews ice skating and I spent some time with my sister and my nephew, Noah -

We also hung out with Jeremy and played a game.

Tuesday we had a visit from the cable guy. Afterward, we ventured out to Best Buy and Costco. We bought a few new technology toys (like a big hard drive to store all of our pictures and movies). Thomas has also been hanging out with his dad a lot -
We are expecting a visit from Hannah today and then we will be helping out the Canfields on some heavy lifting (well, Josh will be doing the heavy lifting).

Thomas is waking up again to eat. Have a great day!

Monday, November 10, 2008

My son is laying next to an inch worm toy that he has. It is exactly 24 inches long. Crazy. He is growing out of clothes faster than he can wear them. I bought size 2 diapers for him today (we have about 50 of the size ones left and that will be about the time when we really need to go to a bigger size). I'm curious about when it will slow down. Obviously he cannot gain a pound a week for his entire first year - he would be 52 pounds! We'll see how big he is at his 2 month appointment next week :)

I had my appointment with the doctor today and got a clean bill of health. Everything has healed well and I can now start lifting weights. I went by myself and then did a little shopping before meeting Josh and Joey for lunch. After lunch, we went to visit Josh's parents - they have been out of town for a week and they were dying to see Thomas. It was a crazy full day. Tomorrow is more low key - the only thing we have going is a visit from the cable guy. If it doesn't rain, we may be able to go out for a nice walk!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Date Night

After Thomas eats, he likes to take a BIG stretch. It is really cute.

As you can see, Thomas is in fan mode again with his Seahawks gear. He is not a fair weather fan. The Seahawks have been having a pretty rough season. Today's game looked a little better. Even though they lost, it was pretty close.

Last night, we had our first away from baby outing. We dropped Thomas off at my sister's and went to a movie. We opted for funny (Role Models) rather than action/violence. It was a good choice - nice and diverting. We all survived. We might actually go to dinner and a movie next time :)

Okay, I have dinner on the stove so I must go - more pictures tomorrow.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Friday Lite

Thomas is zonked out in his chair, so no new picture today. We took him to the doctor this morning for one of those "Is this normal?" visits. He has a rash on his neck and cheeks and has had it for a week or so. I was pretty sure it was heat rash, but after a week of looking at it, I wanted to be sure. The doctor assured me that this is a normal rash - it has a technical name, but it translates to "baby rash". She told us we could put vaseline on it if we were concerned, but it won't really make it go away any faster. It reminds me a little of the baby acne - don't do anything and it will go away on its own.

Of course, they also weighed him, so now we know how much he weighs when people ask. He is now a healthy 11 lbs, 7 ounces. He has gained almost 3 lbs in 3 weeks! If he continues at the current rate, he will weigh over 13 lbs at his 2 month appointment :)

That is all the excitement for today. Josh and I are off to clean his old house.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Rites of Passage

Happy 6 week old birthday to Thomas. It is hard to believe that we were all in the hospital 6 weeks ago. Now we have a smiley, active little boy. Check out those (tiny) fat rolls on his thighs. He is growing! Two more weeks until his next weigh in and measurements. I'm excited to find out how big he is, but sad that he has to get shots.
I'm told that it is traditional for a new mom to change her hairstyle. So, we all went down to the salon today and I got my hairs chopped off and got rid of all the blond highlights. I loved having long hair, but Thomas has started getting it stuck in his hands. Josh also got a haircut. Then we went over to Old Navy and did a little family shopping.

We are off to the Ice Arena for Josh's hockey game!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Yay! The election is over!

I won't write about the election since so much has already been written. I was really happy to be at home (not working) so I could watch all of the coverage yesterday and today. Regardless of what happens next, it will be cool to tell Thomas about the election when he grows up. This time we have with him in his first few weeks of life is precious and I can't wait to tell him about the historic things that happened while we were getting to know him.

Our one outing today was to Costco. I like to go just to get out of the house and to walk around. It gets me out of my chair :) That is all the excitement for today.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Last night, we headed over to Seattle (well, Tukwila really) to pick up Josh's cousin, Joey, from the airport. Joey is here from LA visiting us for the week. We went with Josh's parents and his brother, Jason, to dinner. Here is Josh, feeding his son in the restaurant:

And, Uncle Jason feeding Thomas as well. Thomas was fed by lots of us at the table. I find that the bottle is nice because it allows everyone to get involved in the process. I really enjoy the time when I get to feed Thomas and it is nice to share that experience.

Thomas was uncomfortable all day yesterday. I hate to describe him as fussy because he is so mellow. Fussy for him means a little cry here and there. I knew he was uncomfortable because he was so wiggly and the noises he made indicated some discomfort. He ate like crazy all day and Josh suggested he might be having a growth spurt. It is the right time for it - generally babies go through growth spurts at 3 and 6 weeks and then 3 months, 6 months, 9 months. I have noticed in the last week how much bigger he looks.

We were at the restaurant until 9 or so and he got pretty fussy at the end. Lately, he has been fighting off sleep instead of just dropping off. I took him and rocked him a little and he went to sleep in about 2 minutes. He must have been really tired because he slept until 2 am! It was great. We are working on stretching out those long sleeps and getting them to go from 11 to 4 or 5, but I'm not complaining. Any time I get 4 hours of sleep in a row I am happy.

Here is a current picture of Thomas, sleeping away the morning:

Happy Election Day everyone. Remember, this little guy is going to be voting in 2026 :)

Sunday, November 02, 2008

I love coming home on Sunday afternoon and hanging out as a family. This time is truly restful for us and we get a chance to enjoy each other. Today Grandpa C came over for a visit. He brought Thomas some new booties from Grandma C - you can see them in the picture below.
We then gave Grandpa the joy of feeding Thomas. He was fed by Marna at lunch, so he is getting lots of food from his grandparents today.

I forgot to mention yesterday that Thomas is growing out of all of his clothes. I can now buy 3 month old clothes for him - he has grown out of all of his newborn and 0-3 month clothes. The reason he needs bigger clothes has a lot to do with his length and not as much to do with his weight. He is a tall, skinny dude. Once we got past the initial weight issues, he has really taken this growing thing seriously. I love to see him change so much.

Other big milestones are coming up and we can already see signs of them. He is great at smiling and has started giving us the big grin. Today, Josh had him sitting up and you can see that he has a lot more head control. Pretty soon he will be cruising around the room :)

Saturday, November 01, 2008

We had a fun day in Seattle yesterday visiting my friends at work. It was fun to see everyone and Thomas did a great job, even giving us a few smiles. On the way home, Thomas was a little fussy in the car, but he calmed down and went to sleep. Josh and I were very grateful that we won't be making that commute every day with Thomas in the car. Although I will really miss my boys when I go back to work, it seems like making that drive every day with him would be a little much. We are happy that Josh can stay with him here in Bremerton and not force him to sit in a car seat for 3 hours a day.

Today, Thomas and I headed over to the mall with my mom and my sister.

Hannah loves to come and visit and today she got the joy of feeding Thomas.

Thomas gave Marna a big smile. The kids call my mom Marna because Jacob couldn't pronounce Grandma, so my mom became Marna. The smiles kill me - he looks so happy and trusting and I love to see him like that.

We are off to dinner!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Thomas is very excited for Halloween :)

He would like to go trick or treating on his own, but he needs Mom and Dad to take him this year.

I keep trying to take pictures of Thomas when he is smiling because he is so cute. Last night, I took this one, but I think it makes him look a little bit drunk - you decide.


We are off to Seattle for the rest of the day. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Total Trust

Here is Thomas, sleeping on his daddy's lap. I came out of our room after my nap today to find this scene. We had less sleep than usual last night. Hungry boy just would not sleep for very long. I was up from about 6:00 on, so it was awesome to get a nap today.

I also started reading again today. Up until now, we have watched a lot of television. I think it takes a little less brain work to stare at the TV. I am reading Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth on my Kindle. I downloaded it a while ago and thought it might be nice to have a long novel to read. So far, I can't put it down.

Tomorrow we are going to Seattle. Josh has to work at the gym and I am going to visit my work as well. On Halloween, people at my company bring their kids in to trick or treat in the afternoon, so I though it would be a good time for me to bring Thomas in for a visit. I'll try to post a picture of Thomas in his Halloween outfit, but it may not come until Saturday.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Short post

This is how my son sleeps. Hands in the air with a tiny little smile on his face...

Sometimes during his waking times, he just stares at the light. I wonder what he must be thinking.

Just a short couple of pictures today. I have dinner on the stove (turkey chili - not made from a can!) and Thomas is starting to make some noise.

A quick note here on how I don't know how people do this alone. I have a lot of respect for single parents. I am able to stay sane because my husband is such a great partner in this whole process. Because he takes most of the night duty (except the parts of the feeding process that only I can do), I am able to get some sleep, which makes all things a little easier. Even though Josh is out right now, I know that he will be back later in the evening and that allows me to have a lot more confidence in taking care of Thomas.

Okay, the timer just beeped - the chili is ready :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Today is one of the days when I realize how blessed we are. Thomas was pretty mellow all day - in fact he had several long naps. He is probably making up for all the activity yesterday. Now is the time of night where he gets up for a couple of hours and has some active time. He likes to kick it on his mat by himself for a few minutes to get some stretching in. He was just laying down there while we ate, having a great time looking at the mirror that is hanging by his head.

I did get my Target shopping in today along with a trip to the grocery store. All of this while Thomas slept contentedly in his car seat. Josh was able to get some work done and get a shower while we were out.

We also got our vote on today. Our county is all vote by mail (which I love), so we sat down with our ballots and the voter pamphlet and made some decisions. I like this method because it gives us a chance to talk about how we are voting and why we agree or disagree with some of the initiatives on the ballot.

The other big news of the day is that our son is starting to outgrow some of his clothes. He is definitely getting too long for any newborn outfits and even for some of his 0-3 month clothing. Our boy may not have a lot of fat on him, but he is tall. I would not be surprised if he got to at least 24 inches (if not more) by his 2 month appointment.

That is all the fun news for today, so I will leave you with another picture of Thomas...

Thomas and the big day out

I did not post anything yesterday because we had a big day out and didn't get home until 10 last night. By 10 I am usually in bed and mostly asleep and Thomas also is pretty crashed out by that time, so we went right back to bed and did not have any computer time.

Josh had planned to go into Seattle to work at the gym yesterday and I was going to Bainbridge Island to have lunch with my friend, Sara O. Sara and I work together and were pregnant at the same time so we swapped lots of pregnancy advice and got to be great friends. Her baby, Rudy, was born about a month before Thomas. We took a lovely walk from her house into town and had lunch at Bainbridge Bakers. Our babies cooperated by handing out and being pretty mellow the entire time.

Here they are playing together on the bed. Isn't it amazing the difference a month makes? Sara said that Rudy was about Thomas size at a month old.

Little boys are full of energy and our kids laid on the bed and kicked their little legs and flailed their arms. We watched closely to make sure that they didn't whack each other. Thomas looks so happy in this picture because he gets to have freedom to move around.


Before we left in the morning, Josh suggested that I take the ferry over after lunch to pick him up in Seattle. I was feeling good and adventurous so I said "Sure!". We packed up the car with lots of extra diapers and bottles and clothes (since Thomas can't seem to go through an entire day without peeing through his clothes at least once). So, after lunch, I headed down to the Bainbridge ferry. Thomas was pretty happy the whole time - he is really good in the car seat. The surprise of the day is that he was pretty awake a lot of the day. I expected him to be out, but he only slept about an hour at a time. Thankfully, he slept through the entire ferry ride.

After picking up Josh at the Columbia Center, we headed down to Aunt Joanne and Uncle Jason's for dinner. Jason is famous for his pizzas and calzones, so we let him cook for us :)

Here is Jason with Thomas after dinner (see, really awake) -

Before dinner, Aunt Joanne fed Thomas. He ate like crazy (I think from being awake all day).

We had a great time, talking about politics (we are all so done with negative campaign ads) and some of the other stories that were on the news. Then, we watched Saturday night live - only the funny skits (gotta love Tivo).

One last picture from Sunday afternoon. We were having special family time (also known as watching the football game) and Josh was taking care of all the kids. I love that our cats want to get in on all the action. I think it is just that Josh is a nice warm place to sleep.



After all that action yesterday, Thomas gave us some nice stretches of sleep last night (4 hours and 3 hours). We are going to play with him a lot today to keep him awake. I think this might be the key to having good nights. :)