Graham is Eight Months Old!

31 weeks – loving bath time

31 weeks – visit from your aunts while Dad was away for the weekend

31 weeks- four new teeth peeking through

32 weeks – four new top teeth

33 weeks – learned to clap your hands

34 weeks – first trip in the big boy car seat

34 weeks – first visit to West Virginia

First trip to Frostop!

School Fun!

You love feeding yourself! The messier the better!

Future Mountaineer!

Another month of joy with you! You are just the most fun right now! You are laughing and squealing with delight, and still the most smiley kid around! You love feeding yourself, you basically won’t let us help at all. Bath time is still a big hit! You’ve mastered sitting up on your own this month. You are officially on the move mostly by barrel rolling where you want to go or scooting backwards on your butt, but you’re also sort of army crawling on your belly now. At 31 weeks four top teeth came out of nowhere and by the next week they had pretty much come in completely, so you have six teeth now! At 33 weeks you learned to clap your hands, which was a huge hit for us all! Daddy went away for a weekend with his friends so we had a sleepover with your aunts! They just adore you! We upgraded to a big boy car seat this month, you are just too heavy to carry in the baby seat now! We made our first trip to Grandma and Grandpas house this month. You did great in the car again and everyone in town was SO HAPPY to finally meet you! We had a wonderful brunch so everyone could come by to say hello, and you received too many gifts! We are still loving school. Ms. Tamara is wonderful with you and you do so many fun activities that we can see you learning from already. This month you painted and had a water play day that you enjoyed. You have SO MUCH hair now, it is just so thick and you have a little curl right on top that is just the best! You are in a good place with your sleep now, you take a bath every night, and go to bed by 7:00 or 7:15 and most mornings you don’t get back up until between 6:00 and 7:00. We are thankful for another month to watch you grow and learn! We love you big little one!

Graham is Seven Months Old!

27 weeks – Hanging with Papa Sam

27 weeks – eating avocado

27 weeks – Lunch with Daddy at the beach

27 weeks – Beach trip meeting Aunt Brandy and the girls!

28 weeks – Celebrated Daddy’s first Father’s Day

28 weeks – Eating carrots

29 weeks – True Covid kid – your first trip to the grocery store

29 weeks – Getting pretty good at sitting alone

30 weeks first Fourth of July

30 weeks – Graham loves hats!!

Seven months with you! What a joy! You continue to be the happiest baby around and are just so much fun! You had croup at the beginning of the month. We are lucky we caught it early and got on steroids for a few days, and had no issues at all with it. It is good to see you building an immune system but tough to see you get sick! Mom and Dad both caught your germs and ended up on medicine too! You are eating one meal a day at the table with us. You are Mr. Independent who wants to feed himself, and make a huge mess, so we are limiting it to once a day. You eat squash, carrots, avocado, and sweet potato. Sometime this month you started sleeping like a big boy, we don’t rock you to sleep anymore you’re able to put yourself to sleep in your crib! I’ll miss rocking you to sleep at night but it’s great to see you sleep on your own! We had two trips to the beach this month, probably our last of the summer. We celebrated Daddy’s first Father’s Day this month. He was sick so we let him celebrate in bed all day! At 28 weeks you started doing the cutest backwards butt scoot. You aren’t crawling yet but you are able to get around by rolling and scooting. You can sit pretty well unassisted now, you topple over after a bit so we are still close by. We celebrated the Fourth of July at the beach this month also. It’s always been a special time with lots of celebration going on at the coast, but for the second year in a row everything was cancelled because of Covid. Town was pretty quiet, and it was just us. We did continue our family tradition of dressing up in patriotic attire. We are looking forward to the years to come when it’s safe to celebrate with everyone again. It is so special to continue years of traditions with you! We love you big little one!

Graham is Six Months Old!

21 weeks – back to swimming lessons after a month off

21 weeks – First swing ride – not a big fan!

22 weeks – Mommy’s First Mother’s Day

22 weeks

23 weeks – last night in a swaddle

24 weeks – Rolling Boy

24 weeks – I spy teeth!

25 weeks – Mom and Dad’s First Night Away!

25 weeks – Family Beach Week

26 weeks – loving bath time and two teeth!

Wow! Six months! Half a year with you! How can than be!? You are an absolute joy now! You are the happiest baby and everyone we come across comments on how smiley you are. Quite the change from your first few months. We celebrated Mommy’s First Mother’s Day this month. After almost three months on and off with us Dadima and Papa Bob went home to their house as you are officially adjusted to daycare now. We are still loving your school and teachers and see you learning so much already! You spent your last night sleeping in your straight jacket swaddle, we spent almost a week transitioning out. These swaddles saved the day when you were first born, so we were a bit sad to see them go. You’re doing well sleeping in a sleep sack now. You officially mastered rolling from back to tummy and back onto your back this month (23 weeks). You got your two bottom teeth (23-26 weeks). We spent 10 days at the coast and had lots of first. You were EXCELLENT in the car on the way to the beach and the way home, which was quite the treat for mom and dad! You met Uncle Penny, Aunt Shannon, and Kaka. Mommy and Daddy spent their first night away, you did great with Aunt Jody and Uncle Penny. You went to your first restaurant; Provision Company was an excellent first restaurant choice. We celebrated Daddy’s birthday while we were there. We did have a few bouts of sickness this month. You developed a pretty severe cow milk protein intolerance and it made you feel pretty terrible, but once we figured out the problem you were back to your regular happy self. On the last night of our beach trip you woke up with a fever and felt pretty miserable. Overall I am totally amazed at how far you have come in six months and how far we have come as a family in six months! We love watching you grow and learn so QUICKLY! We love you big little one!

Our first Mother’s Day!

We celebrated our first Mother’s Day! Daddy surprised me with an evening away at the Grandover Spa on Friday night where I was pampered with a massage and facial. It was great to have an evening to myself! We got up on Mother’s Day and made a painting for Dadima while Daddy cooked breakfast. I requested that we go to the park and practice with the camera. These are some of the shots. Dadima and Papa Bob were with us so they hopped in on the fun at the park. Some of the pictures turned out great and some… well we still need some more practice with the camera. I also requested Senor Bravo takeout for dinner. Overall it was a fun and relaxing day! I still can’t believe I get to be your momma! What a joy it is to watch you grow and learn and what wonderful day celebrating our family!

Graham is Five Months Old!

17 weeks meeting Aunt Kiki

17 weeks Mr. Independent

17 weeks loving bath time!

18 weeks enjoying spring

18 weeks playing with Aunt Jody

19 weeks Mommy’s first girls night!

19 weeks with Papa Sam

20 weeks first day of daycare

Your first day of daycare, the first picture from your teacher, and your first big boy nap! I will forever love this picture!

20 weeks – Hanging out with Dadima

20 weeks made it through the first week of daycare and came home with your first fever and daycare germs

21 weeks you’re very interested in Bertie now!

21 weeks – painting at school

This has been a big month again! We went back to the doctor for your four month old shots when you were 18 weeks old! You were just over 16 pounds and 24 inches long. Growing like crazy! You started day care this month at 20 weeks old. Due to Covid we aren’t able to go inside the school, we’ve never seen your classroom except on Zoom and we met your teacher on Zoom also. It was a bit stressful at first to leave you somewhere we were so unfamiliar with. I’m happy to report we are loving daycare so far. Your teachers Ms. Brittney and Ms. Tamara are wonderful. We have an app that they are constantly updating with pictures and information throughout the day that helps us feel connected! You had your first sickness; after your first week of daycare you came home with a fever and tummy problems. Even though you may have been a little under the weather, you have really blossomed in the first few weeks of daycare. You tolerate tummy time much better, are playing like a champ with all of your toys, and becoming more and more social with the teachers and the other children. Dadima and Pop Pop are still at our house helping get you adjusted to daycare, they have loved spending so much time with you and will be so sad to go home to their house next week. We’ve seen lots of friends and family this month and it has been wonderful to see you interacting with them. You are quite the smiling social little one! You still love going for your daily stroller rides and you love bath time. You have become more interested in Bertie this month, you even pulled her hair once or twice. She has been so patient with you. We’ve had some highs and lows with your sleep this month, but all in all I think we are very lucky that you sleep well. Right now you’re sleeping from 8 pm until 6 am on a good night, and then occasionally still nap after your morning feeding. You still don’t nap too well during the day, 15 minutes here and there for a power nap. We think you’re afraid to miss out on the action. And on your five month birthday you rolled over for the first time! We love you big little one! It’s hard to believe our next update you will be a half a year old!

Graham is Three Months Old!

This was a big month for us all! You are sleeping well most nights. At nine weeks you surprised us and made it through the night without a feeding. It’s funny how they say you never know when something well be the last time you do something. The previous night you had a 3 am feeding that kept us up for over an hour. Then just like that the next night you had outgrown that. At 12 weeks you dropped your late night (10:30 pm) feeding and slept from 9 pm – 6:30 am. It is amazing to see you growing and changing so quickly. You started out the month as a good daytime napper, but as your sleep became more consistent at night the daytime naps got shorter. You are still waking for a morning feed (between 6 & 7) and go back down to sleep until 10 am. I think you’re going to be a night owl like mom. We absolutely love getting you up in the morning, you are the happiest, smiley, little joy when you wake up! Mommy went back to work when you were 10 weeks old (just two days the first two weeks) and Dadima spent 3 weeks with us taking care of you. You bonded with her quickly and seeing her love on you has made us so thankful that you aren’t in daycare just yet. Mom and Dad got to go on their first date night, which wasn’t just any first date after our first child. It was our first date night out with friends in almost a year because of Covid. It was quite the celebration. We spent basically every Saturday this month at our favorite brewery eating from the BEST Japanese food truck that we quickly became obsessed with. You’ve really started showing interest in what’s going on around you. You love bath time (I hope you’re going to be a water lover like mom). You’re grasping toys and putting everything in your mouth already. You laughed for the first time at 12 weeks. Your laughs are still a bit elusive but hearing them for the first time was something I will never forget. You like watching Bertie and are really trying to figure her out. Watching you learn and grow is such a joy for us! We love you big.

First Super Bowl – first big boy jeans – 9 weeks

First shots – 9 weeks

First Valentine’s Day – 10 weeks

Mommy went back to work – 10 weeks

Dadima came to stay to keep you while Mom and Dad worked

You started showing interest in books and even sat through one being read without crying – 10 weeks

You slept through the night!! Waking up to see 6:36 am was the best surprise for Mom and Dad! – 11 weeks

Papa Sam came to visit and finally got to hold you after getting his vaccinations – 11 weeks

Mom and Dad had their first date night out! – 11 weeks

We celebrated Dadima’s birthday! – 12 weeks

Carolina beat Dook and you got new sunglasses that you love! – 12 weeks

Graham is Two Months Old!

Graham,

It’s hard to believe you have been ours for two whole months! The day you were born our world was forever changed. Before you were here we read all the books and bought all the things. We knew we had no idea what parenting would be like until you were here, but we sure did try to prepare the best we could. Despite our best efforts we still felt very unprepared when we loaded you up in the car and headed home from the hospital.

I guess that’s the thing I see now, you can’t really ever prepare for your life to take on a whole new meaning. You don’t even know what you’re preparing for. Of course there were many late night Amazon orders for things we forgot, but I think perhaps what we were most unprepared for was just how you would change our lives in all the best ways! We love you so big little one.

The last two months have held some of the most challenging days. Becoming parents is hard, becoming parents in the midst of a global pandemic is very hard. We’ve had lots of people cheering for us from afar, but not too many here helping us with the messy parts of new parenthood. Trust me they would be here, if it wasn’t for this pandemic. So mostly it’s just been us, and in many ways I think of it as a blessing. To have had nowhere to go, no one to host, no unsolicited advice, nothing to distract us from you. Just us becoming a family.

We have all come a long way in a short time. You’re becoming your own person right before our eyes, and your dad and I are learning as we go in our new role as mom and dad. You’re starting to smile and interact with us more everyday, and it just melts us both into a big puddle.

You have brought immeasurable joy to our home. You were the brightest light for us, in what was a very dark year for so many. I hope you will continue to shine that light into our lives forever my love. We love you more than all the stars in the sky.

Here are a few highlights from your first two months:

Three days old – meeting your Aunt Jody

Three days old – meeting Bertie girl

Four days old – meeting Dadima and Grandpa

Four days old – first trip to the pediatrician

Six days old – first stroller ride

Six days old – Mom and Dad’s first solo outing (Chic-Fil-A obviously)

Ten days old – your first sink bath

Two weeks old – Daddy went back to work

First solo day with Mommy

You started sleeping in your crib in your room

Your first Christmas

Two weeks old – what meeting friends in the time of Covid looked like

Three weeks old – first road trip to the beach – during our trip to the beach is also when you figured out the difference between day and night! Thank Goodness!

Three weeks old – first time on the beach

First New Year’s Eve at the coast

One month old – you started smiling

Five weeks old – fresh out of your first big boy bath

Six weeks old – Aunt Jody came again to help Mommy get her second Covid vaccine

At six weeks your smiles were more intentional and just the best thing ever for us to see. Between six and seven weeks we finally fell into a bit of a routing which was a huge success for all of us!! As our schedule became more predictable we start to venture out with you a little more also.

Six weeks old – first brewery

You got new reflux meds and started only waking up once during the night at seven weeks old!

Eight weeks old – first trip to the vineyard

Eight weeks old – Carolina beat Dook for your first Tobacco Road rivalry game!

Bertie has been everywhere you are for the last two months!