A visit with Uncle Terry

It has been a busy busy week!  We left on Sunday to go to Justin’s parents house for a couple of days to visit with Justin’s uncle Terry who was in town from Kentucky.  Before we left we took his 20 week old pictures.  These pictures were so fun to take and I couldn’t decide which one I liked the best so I give you two.
IMG_9178edHe was a wiggle worm and kept grabbing the giraffe’s arm and pulling him over.  I know there is going to come a day when I will be begging and bribing him to sit still for this picture.
IMG_9185ed When we arrived to Justin’s parents house, everyone was outside in the pool. Which is a good place to be when it is 90 degrees outside!  After getting settled in we got Jacob in his bathing suit and Justin took him for a little swim.
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He wasn’t particularly a fan…he didn’t scream or cry, but he didn’t necessarily love it either, as you can tell from the look on his face in the picture.  He loves his bath, so I don’t think it was the water, I think it had to do with the temperature since the water was pretty cool.  We will keep at it especially since it is starting to warm up for summer!

The next day the boys went golfing and Jacob and I went to visit my best friend Stacey and her family.  Both her boys love Jacob and her oldest wanted to hold him the entire time. It was pretty cute!
photo 1 (3)Justin, his dad, Uncle Terry & Cousin Tim had a great time golfing (or at least Justin did, he shot a 78!).  They came across a herd (or a flock?) of big horn sheep on the golf course.
BighornOur family is also a dog loving family, we always end up with several dogs running around whenever we get together.  Apollo will always be my first baby 🙂 although he doesn’t get as much attention from me as he used to, I know he is enjoying the break from being the primary subject for my camera.  We had 4 dogs altogether and they all got along great!
IMG_9234edWillie and Bogey (the two black and white dogs), have a more laid back personality and lounge around and watch the world go by.  Where Apollo and Otto (the brown dog) are busy bodies, they are always hunting for lizards, walking the perimeter of the yard and chasing all the blackbirds out of the trees.  Jacob loved watching them walk by and run around, it was pure entertainment for him.

All in all it was a fun few days!  We loved visiting with Uncle Terry, Jacob was very happy to snuggle with him!
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We enjoyed the warm sunshine
photo 2 (3)And took plenty of naps!
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Baby Dedication

A couple of weeks ago our church had a baby dedication, there were 7 families that participated!  Our church family was such a huge support to us during our journey to getting pregnant and it was a special day to celebrate all the new babies.

Since then, I have had several people ask me exactly what a baby dedication is.  Basically, it is the parents commitment before the God to raise their child according to God’s Word and God’s ways. The parents are making a promise to the Lord to do everything within their power to raise the child in a godly way, prayerfully until they can make a decision on their own to follow God.

Another part of the dedication is encourage the congregation/witnesses to pledge their support to the parents to assist in the spiritual development of their child. As witnesses to the dedication service, the church members and family members pledge to offer guidance to the child and agree to be a resource to the parents.  As we all know, it takes a village to raise a child, and it is nice to know we have our parents and church family to support us in time of need.

Each family chose a picture of their child and a verse. Here’s what we chose for Jacob…

This is one of my favorite pictures of him. It is not by any means a technically perfect photo, it was taken with my iPhone and it is a little fuzzy.  But it is, what I’ve learned in my photography class, an emotionally perfect photo.  I love the look in his eyes and the smile he is giving, while it is fuzzy, it has a strong emotion with it and sometimes an emotionally perfect photo is better than a technically perfect photo.

Jacob Frisco

I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there. – 1 Samuel 1:27-28 (NIV)

Dedication IMG_8948edJacob was praying for us too!
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Dedication4I love our little family (even with spit up on my shoulder)
IMG_9005ed Jacob with Grandma & Grandpa
IMG_9042edAnd Papa and Nonnie
IMG_9022edAnd a special family friend, Toni, joined us as well
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Jacob is so lucky to have these people to guide him, love him, and spoil him to death!
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Bottles and feet

As I mentioned before Jacob is starting to reach out to his toys and grab things and those things now include his feet.  He has been kicking his legs up in the air for a long time when he is lying down, I’ve been waiting for the day that he discovers that there are feet at the end of those legs and he finally has.  Now we’ll see how long it takes him to try and get those feet in his mouth.

I snapped some pictures of him while he was playing with his feet on Sunday, when I downloaded them to my computer these took my breath away.  I mean there is NO WAY Justin could deny that this is his child

IMG_9135edThere are times when I think he looks like me, most of the time I think he looks like Justin, but there are times when it literally takes me by surprise how much he looks like his dad.  It’s almost like I have a glimpse into what Justin was like as a baby.

IMG_9137edI’m sure the preppy collared shirt has a bit to do with it too 🙂

One change that Jacob decided to make recently is refusing the bottle. We figured this out on Mother’s Day when we tried to give him a bottle after I had a glass of wine with dinner.  Nope, he wanted nothing to do with it.  At first we thought it might have just been that specific occasion, but we’ve tried to give him a bottle every day since then with no luck.  So…after advice from friends and online research we have been trying different things to try and get him back on to a bottle.  There was no change this past week, but we are not giving up.  Luckily I am home with him everyday so it is not too big of a urgent problem, except for one day of the week when I go into the office for work.  Last week I fed him right before I left, then Justin brought him to my office so I could feed him his lunch, then I was home in time for the next feeding.  The way it is looking right now, he is probably going to have to do that again this week and that will get old really quick.  Plus I am starting to feel like I will never be able to leave him for more than a few hours at a time, so my visions of doing anything fun outside of baby are rapidly dwindling.  Let’s hope we get this figured out soon! All prayers are greatly appreciated!

After snapping a few of our weekly pictures, I looked at them on my camera to see if we got a good one and I noticed that he was slouched down, so I went to go sit him up and he spit up all over himself.  I’m sure that was his way of saying he was done taking pictures.  So I give you our slouched down (but smiling) 19 week old.

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Ninety

My Grandma turned ninety this month!  And she looks fantastic!  I am pretty sure I know her secret, ladies take note…attitude!  My grandma is one of the most positive, uplifting, loving people I know and she has a great attitude about everything.  I truly believe that a lot of faith, courage, and a positive attitude can go a loooong way.  She is very social and loves to spend time with family and all her friends.  For as long as I can remember she has always loved playing cards and she still does.  She has an infectious laugh and a twinkle in her eye.  I have a feeling that if we were the same age we would have been good friends, but I would much rather have her as a grandma, she is pretty special.

I hope that I can live my life with the same positive outlook and attitude that she does.  I mean how many ninety year olds do you know that are talking about redecorating their living room,  “The walls need some color, new drapes and couch“.   She is such an inspiration

My mom, Jacob and I drove in to see her on her birthday.  We had lunch with her and all her girlfriends.  Grandma brought a bottle of wine for everyone at our table and got cake for everybody in the retirement home where she lives. It was so fun to see her interact with the staff and other residents, they all love her and she was showered with gifts, cards, balloons and lots and lots of hugs and birthday wishes.  It was a special day.
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 The cake was SO good!photo 2

After lunch we went back to her apartment where she snuggled with Jacob for a while and opened up her birthday cards and gifts
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That weekend, my aunt and uncle hosted a big party with all the family and friends of the family to celebrate her birthday.  The party was on the day of my moms birthday so we celebrated her too!
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My dad set up a roping station in the yard for some entertainment
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Grandma with her 4 kids
IMG_8901edOma with her great grandchildren
IMG_8884edHer grandchildren and great grandchildren
IMG_8891edCheers grandma!  We love you!

A year of firsts

This is going to be a year full of firsts, and a pretty awesome one is my first Mother’s Day as a mom.  I remember the weekend of Mother’s Day last year when I found out I was pregnant.  I remember the feeling of excitement, but not wanting to get too ahead of myself since it was still so early.  It is hard to believe a year has gone by, so much has happened!

Being a mom has been the most rewarding, challenging and life altering thing I’ve done.  And I’ve only done it for 4 months…I am so looking forward to many, many more years of being Jacob’s mom…and I know those years will bring many more rewarding, challenging and life altering events & times and I promise him and pray that I will be the best mom I can be.

Whenever we have a free day on a weekend, we’ve started looking online to see what fun things are going on in San Diego that day and then go explore.  We really try to take advantage of the fact that we live in America’s greatest city!  We started off our day at church, then we headed downtown to Seaport Village. It was a beautiful San Diego day, we walked along the water, in and out of the shops and had an early dinner with a view.

Here’s my 18 week old reason why Mother’s Day was so special this year.

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And the flowers I got at church with my Mother’s Day card from Justin.  Very similar to last year, maybe this will become a yearly photo.

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Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

17 weeks

We’ve been busy!  My mom was in town for a week, we celebrated my grandma’s 90th (!) birthday, my mom’s birthday and we had Jacob’s baby dedication at church.  Then Monday morning after all that I woke up with a sore throat and have been fighting a cold all week.  So I am a bit behind and have lots to share with you, but first, I’m a little late in posting this weeks picture and wanted to get it up before next weeks picture 🙂

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IMG_8972edWe had Jacob’s 4 month check up on Thursday and his doctor is very pleased with his progress.  He is a happy, healthy baby boy! Jacob had a little discomfort with his shots at this visit.  He was clingy and grumpy the rest of the day, I ended up giving him some baby Tylenol and by bath time that night he was smiling again.

  • Jacob weighs 15 lbs 4 oz (45th percentile)
  • Jacob is now 26 inches long (84th percentile)
  • The circumference of his head is 16.25 inches (60th percentile)

This week Jacob has shown an increased interest in his toys and instead of just looking at them he is reaching for them and of course putting them in his mouth once he gets a hold of them.  With the exception of a few nights here and there he is still sleeping great, anywhere from 8-11 hours at a time.

Have a great weekend & I’ll be back with more soon!

A day in the life

Now that Jacob is more awake and alert during the day, I am often trying to find new ways to entertain him.  He no longer will tolerate you sitting and snuggling with him (except at the end of the day we do get some good snuggle time), he needs to be up and moving around.  So we have a variety of things we do for entertainment around here in between feedings, naps and diaper changes.  Usually we start our day with a conversation at the changing table about what we are going to do for the day.  Jacob has found his voice and when I pause from talking he answers me with his newfound coos and sounds and plenty of smiles. That is by far my favorite time of day 🙂

One of Jacob’s favorites is the Bumbo chair. I love this, because it supports him so he can sit upright.  I put it in front of the mirror so he can look at his own reflection.

Gasp! Who is that baby??

IMG_8494edIMG_8513edWe play with his rattle (which we named Frankie the Fish, which to me kind of sounds like a mafia name?), and a squeaky giraffe (Georgie the Giraffe). When he is done playing with toys we like to read a book, a favorite is Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see.

Hey mom, see that book over there, come on, open it up.

IMG_8509edOf course he always gets captivated by the reflection of the fan in the mirror so I turn the Bumbo around so he can see the fan, and watch the dog walking around the room.

Hey mom did you know there’s a black dog walking around behind you?

IMG_8518edThere is also a shelf for the Bumbo that will come in handy when we start introducing foods to Jacob.  For now we use it for more toys.

Hmmmm let’s see…how does this one work?

IMG_8542edAhhh I get it…but I would rather watch the fan

IMG_8538edThen there is the activity mat.  Jacob has come a long way from his earlier days of tummy time and we continue to work at it everyday.  I also put this in front of the mirror to encourage Jacob to look up at himself.

IMG_8554ed IMG_8587edOther times I roll a ball back and forth in front of him while he is doing tummy time to work on hand eye coordination.

IMG_8697ed IMG_8694edWhen mom needs a few minutes to do something my go to was the mobile to entertain Jacob, which he still enjoys, but now we’ve upgraded…Jacob has been kicking his legs so much lately, I went to get a jumper so all of his kicking could be put to good use!

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He loves it and is very content playing in it for a good amount of time which allows me time to get some work done while he is entertaining himself (that is if I can pry myself away from watching him, he is pretty entertaining!)

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We also enjoy getting some fresh air so we put the leash on Apollo and take him for a walk. Apollo really enjoys this part of the day!

IMG_8718edAnd that is a day in the life of this 4 month old!