Thursday, July 26, 2012

Beach vacation 2012

We just got back from our annual trip to the beach, and it was everything I had hoped it would be! This year we were joined by my sister and her family and Katie. With a 4 month old and an 11 month old baby, we weren't sure how our days would go. I figured that I would be spending a good bit of time inside with G while everyone else had fun, and I was OK with that. Just getting to have a week off work and be at the beach spending time with my family was enough for me. I was pleasantly surprised that the weather wasn't too hot and Graham actually enjoyed being outside at the beach and took nice naps out there every day, giving me some time to play with Mimi and to get a little sun and relaxation. PTL!

We stayed in a townhouse in the Santa Rosa Beach community of Dune Allen. It is on our beloved Hwy 30A, close to the Seaside/Seagrove area that we usually stay in. We absolutely loved where we stayed! The place was right on the beach, which made it easy for us to just walk out and in whenever we wanted. Plus I loved sitting on the screen porch and our bedroom balcony looking out at the ocean. We will definitely stay there again if we have the opportunity next year.

Now for some pics...

G was unsure about getting his toes in the water at first. Love this pic Katie got of him putting his feet down for the first time.

I could eat Jackson up with a spoon!

sweet cousins

Happiest baby ever!

Isn't my nephew the sweetest baby ever? He is so happy. We loved getting to spend a week with him. His big cousin is missing him already.

I adore this pic Katie snapped of Cliff and Mimi

Great shot of the Walker fam by Katie

We are SO blessed to have such a fab photographer in the family to help us capture our memories. I'm sure you can pick out Katie's pics that I stole mixed in with all of mine. One bummer in our week was a whole bunch of seawood washed onshore our first day. It hung around the entire week we were there. The water was still clear, but I was not a fan of having to walk over it to get to the water and it was not welcome in my photos, ha. I had planned for a fabulous family photo session with Katie, but I waited all week for the seaweed to clear out, and then it never did. We got those shots above in Seaside on our last night there and it was super windy and a little drizzly, so those were the best we got. Even with a little rain and some seaweed, we had a great trip, and I'm so thankful that we had the opportunity to go on vacation. Cliff and I are already planning a little weekend getaway for the two of us in September and I can't wait. I love the beach!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Graham at three months

I guess I'll go ahead and get over myself after losing all my photos. Nothing I can do about it, so I might as well keep on posting. I wrote this post when G was three months, but hadn't gotten around to adding photos and posting until now.

At 3 months, Graham:
  • can still wear a few 0-3 months clothes, but is mostly in 3-6 months, and even some 6 months and 6-9 months footie PJs since his feet are so big, ha. We're not sure what he weighs since he hasn't been to the dr since his 2-month check up, but I'm guessing it's close to 14 pounds. He has really grown a lot lately
  • wears a size 1 diaper, but could probably move up to a 2 soon since the weight limits overlap on those sizes
  • smiles and coos all the time! He is the sweetest, happiest baby! He really only cries when he is hungry or when his tummy is hurting.
  • laughed out loud for the first time last week. We haven't heard a really good one since then, but he does have little giggles here and there when he's really happy. He's happiest in the morning, but he really smiles and coos all day every day. He is so sweet!
  • kicks his legs all the time and holds them in the air
  • has discovered how to get his fists in his mouth and will go for it any time his paci comes out. I sort of think he is teething already since he is drooling and gnawing on his hands all the time.
  • is still sleeping great! He goes to bed at around 7:30 and sleeps until 5 or 6, then eats and goes back to sleep for a while. He is still sleeping in the bassinet, and I'm afraid to switch to the crib since it's going so great, but I think we'll probably have to do that in the next month or two. Just like sister, he likes to have his paci in his mouth and his lovie by his face when he sleeps.
  • adores his sister! He has really started recognizing our faces this month, and he lights up when he sees me or Amelia. He loves his daddy too, of course, but he really digs the girls right now. He follows sister with his eyes, and she just dotes on him. It's pretty precious.
  • hasn't started trying to roll over yet. Amelia was rolling over at this point, but I'm not worried. He doesn't get a lot of tummy time due to his reflux, but I probably need to implement that more often. I'm so much more laid back about his milestones than with her. He'll roll when he's ready, and I'm not rushing it.
  • started drinking several bottles every day this month since I went back to work when he was 12 weeks old. Today, at 15 weeks old, he had his first taste of formula. I didn't want to have to do it, but I've been pumping at work, and even with pumping twice a day, just haven't been able to keep up with his greedy self! We've gone through a lot of my frozen breast milk, so I decided we needed to supplement with formula a little while he is at the sitter's. I still hope to continue nursing him in the morning and at night as long as I can. He doesn't like the formula right now, but he tolerates it mixed with breast milk. We'll see how he does with it over the next few days.
G with his best girls at church

Graham's personality is starting to come through more and more, and he is just the sweetest thing! He loves to be talked to and especially sung to. He smiles and coos and tries to sing along. Here's a video I got of Amelia singing to him in her "baby voice."

DSCN0300 from Angela Furr on Vimeo.

Have you ever seen anything more precious? I'm so thankful for my sweet babies!