4 months

Every week when we take these pictures, we look back through pictures of weeks 1 to present and we are always so amazed at how much he has grown!

16 wks - 8766There’s not a whole lot to report this week, he is doing great, sleeping well and we had a fun weekend out and about in San Diego.  The next 2 weeks we have a lot going on, so I will have some fun things to share with you.

Thanks for checking in!

My how she has grown

Remember the newborn photos I did last September? Well mom emailed me and wanted me to do 6 month photos of their little girl.  She chose Balboa Park as the setting and I love this location since there are so many different places to take pictures.  I was so excited to see her and see how much she has grown!  She is an absolute doll and is a pro at flashing her smile.

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IMG_8100edWe went to the Spanish Village to take advantage of the colorful tiles

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One of my favorite things about girl clothes are the tutus.  When you pair them with pearls it can’t get much girlier than that!

IMG_8190bwIMG_8196edDad had recently taken her on a trip to India to meet some far away family and brought home this beautiful sari IMG_8253edWhen mom was showing me the different outfits she had in mind, I saw some cute grey boots at the bottom of the bag and I asked her what those were, she said “oh that is just a backup outfit if we have extra time”, I said lets see it.  She pulled out a denim skirt and a red top with white polka dots and the grey boots.  Now if you know me well you know I LOVE boots.  I can hardly wait until the cool fall weather arrives so I can put on my boots.  And if I love my boots that much, boots on a cute little girl are even better.  So I told mom that we were definitely going to use this outfit, no question, all because of the boots.  And it turned out to be one of my favorites! IMG_8274ed

We finished up the day with some fun shots with mom and dad. IMG_8392ed

IMG_8421edI had SO much fun doing this. When I got in the car and started driving home I realized how e.x.h.a.u.s.t.e.d I was!  I can’t wait to do it again!

Birthday celebrations

We’ve had a busy but fun few days!  Saturday was my birthday.  Justin’s parents and grandma came for the day and we had a nice lunch at Pacific Coast Grill with a beautiful view of the ocean! And they got their Jacob fix.

IMG_8582IMG_8585That night Jacob went to bed pretty early (and slept 9.5 hrs that night!) Justin and I stayed up, shared a bottle of wine and played cards (I won 🙂 ), just like we used to do all the time before we were parents.  On Sunday, we met up with a friend from work and her husband at a small local winery with another gorgeous view for lunch and of course a glass of wine.

Then today, a group of my girlfriends (and kiddos) all got together to celebrate the 3 of us whose birthdays are in April.  It was a pretty ambitious idea, we had 7 moms and 10 kids altogether.  But all in all, it went well, no major meltdowns, nobody got their eyes poked with a fork, no glasses were broken, we definitely were the loudest table in the restaurant (even though they sat us in the very back) and our poor waiter probably quit after we left!  As always I had my camera with me at all these events but only got it out after lunch to hand to a stranger to take a picture of us. Again, an ambitious idea to try and corral all these kids for a photo, but we did it.  It’s an imperfect photo, but I love it just as much.

407125_4924944401778_792925619_nThen I stole my friend’s photo from Facebook since it was better??

IMG_8630And in the middle of all this Jacob turned 15 weeks old, here’s our wild child!

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20 things…

It is a cool overcast day today and Jacob has been a snugly cuddle bug all day long, and I am loving it!  Daddy just came home from a meeting, so I passed our snuggle bug off to him so I could get something accomplished (like eat lunch) and he promptly fell back asleep (that’s what I do too when daddy is watching the Masters on the golf channel).

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Since we are all warm and fuzzy over here I thought it was the perfect day to share this.  I’ve seen it circulating on Pinterest and Facebook a few times.  Now that I have a son, it has a whole new meaning to me and I think it is a good reminder how instrumental parents are to shaping their children and teaching them about what kind of person to be.  Sure they will grow up and make their own choices, but you can talk to them about these kinds of things early and pray that they will make the right choices in life.

20 things a mother should tell her son
1. Play a sport.  It will teach you how to win honorably, lose gracefully, respect authority, work with others, manage your time and stay out of trouble.   And maybe even throw or catch.

2. You will set the tone for the sexual relationship, so don’t take something away from her that you can’t give back.

3. Use careful aim when you pee.  Somebody’s got to clean that up, you know.

4. Save money when you’re young because you’re going to need it some day.

5. Allow me to introduce you to the dishwasher, oven, washing machine, iron, vacuum, mop and broom.  Now please go use them.

6. Pray and be a spiritual leader.

7. Don’t ever be a bully and don’t ever start a fight, but if some idiot clocks you, please defend yourself.

8. Your knowledge and education is something that nobody can take away from you.

9. Treat women kindly.  Forever is a long time to live alone and it’s even longer to live with somebody who hates your guts.

10. Take pride in your appearance.

11. Be strong and tender at the same time.

12. A woman can do everything that you can do.  This includes her having a successful career and you changing diapers at 3 A.M.  Mutual respect is the key to a good relationship.

13. “Yes ma’am” and “yes sir” still go a long way.

14. The reason that they’re called “private parts” is because they’re “private”.  Please do not scratch them in public.

15. Peer pressure is a scary thing.  Be a good leader and others will follow.

16. Bringing her flowers for no reason is always a good idea.

17. Be patriotic.

18. Potty humor isn’t the only thing that’s humorous.

19. Please choose your spouse wisely.  My daughter-in-law will be the gatekeeper for me spending time with you and my grandchildren.

20. Remember to call your mother because I might be missing you.

Here’s our 14 week old snuggle bug!

14 wks - 8469edMy excitement about sleeping for 8 hours last week was short lived, as in the two days I blogged aboutHowever…these past two nights he has been sleeping 6 hours, then we have the 2 am feeding and then he sleeps for another 6 hours!  So I can’t complain, we will see what the next week will bring.

Happy Sunday!

The Fan vs The Mobile

At first I was not planning on getting a mobile for Jacob’s crib, I figured I would have the bouncy seat & swing that have things dangling down for him to look at and play with.  I really didn’t think I would lay him in his crib that often to watch a mobile spin around.  One day when he started waking up to the world around him, he started paying attention to the things hanging from the ceiling.  He still to this day LOVES to giggle and talk to the light hanging over the kitchen table regardless if it is turned on or not, it is his best friend. When I lay him in his crib to get him dressed I noticed him looking up at the letters we have hanging on the wall over his crib and if he is looking the other way he is absolutely captivated by the ceiling fan. I began to think that buying a mobile would be a good idea, it could entertain him while I am getting him dressed and he could lay in the crib and watch the mobile while I pick up around his room.  So $50 later he has a Noah’s Ark mobile spinning over his crib.IMG_7937

It has a mommy and daddy set of lions, monkeys, elephants and zebras.  Does he like it? Sure!

IMG_7922I would even go as far to say he loves it.  He spends plenty of time cooing and giggling at the animals going around.  But… if he gets a glimpse of the ceiling fan out of the corner of his eye,

IMG_7839forget the mobile he’s watching the fan.

IMG_7942Again, regardless if it is turned on or not the fan is waaaay cooler than the mobile.  If he is fussy, I turn on the fan and he starts to calm down. It has kind of become part of our bedtime routine…when he doesn’t want to go to sleep I turn on the fan, it catches his attention and it almost hypnotizes him and he watches it spin around until he can’t keep his eyes open anymore. I should have saved myself the $50 and hung some stuffed animals from the fan…but then that wouldn’t even be necessary, just a simple fan will do for this dude.

8 hours

There’s a lot of things you can get done in an 8 hour time frame.  8 hours is a full day of work for most people, you can do some serious shopping, or cleaning, or traveling for 8 hours can get you to some fun destinations.  My favorite thing to do for 8 hours these days is sleep, and that is exactly what Jacob has done for the past 2 nights!  Hallelujah!  I’m praying that it lasts, or at least for a while…

Here’s our happy, rested 13 week old!

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Easter

Apparently being born on a Sunday means your weekly “birthdays” fall on a lot of holidays, at least that has been the case so far…Jacob was 1 month old on Superbowl Sunday (ok technically that’s not a holiday, maybe it should be?), he was 10 weeks old on St. Patrick’s Day and then he turned 12 weeks old on Easter Sunday! Our 3 month old is starting to get the hang of this picture thing and instead of giving us the how did I get stuck with these crazy people as my parents look…he started cracking a smile and I caught a glimpse of it with my camera.

IMG_7963edA few things…Jacob has found his voice and has been babbling a lot lately.  He still loves his hands and is trying to figure out how to get both fists into his mouth.  Everyone says that babies eye color stops changing around 3 months, if that is the case, then Jacob’s eyes are a blue grey.  Now we are guessing what color his hair will be?  And our 15 lb 3 month old is wearing 6 month old clothes already!

Our Easter weekend was fun and filled with family and friends.  My grandma was on a little Spring Break and was staying at my Aunt & Uncle’s house for a few days.  So on Friday, Jacob and I drove to Oceanside so he could spend some time with his Oma.

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On Saturday we packed up the car and drove to the desert.  On the way we made a stop at Vista Point to feed the baby, change his diaper, walk the dog and clean up all the dog throw up in the backseat.  While we were there we took in the view and showed Jacob the town that we both grew up in…he was more interested in trying to get his fist into his mouth.

IMG_7984edOnce we arrived, Jacob’s Aunt Stacey & Sue and cousin Lisa and her family were there and we had a great afternoon visiting with them.

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Unfortunately, what Justin thought was allergies he had been fighting turned out to be some kind of 48 hour bug so he was in bed for most of the day.  On Sunday morning he was feeling a little bit better and we were able to get a family picture for Jacob’s first Easter.

IMG_8000edThat afternoon more family and friends came to visit, first up were Judy & Karen

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When it came time for Sarah to hold him she knew exactly how to make Jacob happy… stand up while holding him, he gets a little restless if you are sitting down.

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And we were so happy to see Monica and her contagious smile 🙂

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Since Justin was still not feeling 100% he was not allowed to get too close to Jacob, so Apollo enjoyed being back in first place for a day and soaked up all the attention he could get.

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It was a wonderful weekend with friends and family celebrating our risen Lord. Happy Easter!

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said ~ Matthew 28:6