Friday, January 28, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
I have to stay away from dairy while I am nursing Connor because he can't process the proteins, and I suffered through watching everyone else savor the homemade milkshakes. Thick, frothy, chocolatey, filling, homemade milkshakes. Ok, so I was fine with everyone enjoying their share, but now I'm regretting it!
Connor is trying all sorts of new things. From his walker, to rice cereal, to his Bumbo. He loves his bumbo, and his walker, and I'm going to wait a little while longer to try rice cereal again. Rice cereal creates the worst smelling gas I think I have ever experienced. I only put a few teaspoons in a bottle I pumped (I was too afraid to try a whole tablespoon), and not only did it not help his sleep it gave him gas. We will try again at 4 months. As for the Bumbo, it's along the same lines as his walker. He loves to use his muscles and be independent! If you hold him facing out he will try to sit up on his own! Next we're going to find him at the gym lifting weights!
Last but not least I would like to leave you with his 3 month old picture......
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Three months old. Has it really been three months since the most amazing moment of my life? Have I really been a dad for three months? I spent much of 2010 running the gamut of emotions wondering how life was going change once our little man got here and after three months, despite some rough moments, I wouldn’t want it to be any different.
Through this rollercoaster that has been the last three months, I have learned a lot. For instance, a good night's sleep has not visited me in some time, but somehow I manage to function. Also, when you get used to waking up at 2am and sleeping with the closet light on and a white noise machine, you find that all of a sudden you can’t sleep when those things are not present. Most importantly however, I have learned that no matter how bad/hard/junky, [insert adjective here] day you have, coming home a seeing your son smile at you when you walk through the door instantly makes it all worth it.
I won’t lie, there are still times when I want nothing more than to sleep past 6am on Saturday or Sunday, or even get 5 consecutive hours any night of the week. There are times when I am not sure how I am going to get up in the morning and make it through the day. There are times when I would love to come home from work and play Flight Simulator or something of the sort. However, those thoughts are short and fleeting. No matter how much I want or think those things the moment I look at Connor, all I want to do is hold him, play with him, or stare at him.
When I look back at the past 3 months and think of all we have gone through I can mark these three months as some of the best three months of my life. This past Christmas was the best one ever. This years Christmas/New Year trip to Disney was the best one ever. I can go down the list and it will be the same result; Halloween, Thanksgiving, and even Kristin's birthday. Having my beautiful baby boy has changed my life for the better, more than I ever anticipated. There is not a day that goes by that I do not thank God for what he has blessed us with and ask Him to give me the strength to lead this precious little boy in His will. I understand what I heard growing up so many times from so many adults: “Just wait until you have kids!” Well, I have one now, and I understand. Life changes, but I can honestly tell you, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Today I find myself realizing that I am the luckiest guy on this planet! Adventure and trials continue to lie ahead but I feel more energized than ever because now I know what I am working towards. A better life for my loving and amazing family!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Here we are by our tree after the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Connor's a stud!
Here is Connor-boy ready for Santa to come. No, this year we didn't set out any cookies, but I'm sure next year it will be a bigger deal! Yay for crescent shapes missing from sugary goodness!
I thought Connor wouldn't be as aware of presents considering he is only 2 months old, but I was pleasantly surprised. Of course he couldn't open them, but when we showed him the presents he would definitely respond. Each gift was exciting. We didn't go nuts, just a few things for him, but enough for him to have something to play with over the next few months.
Mommy and Daddy enjoyed Christmas too. Mom surprised us with an iPad and accessories and we have now officially played Scrabble everyday since the 25th. Marathon sessions, played by all....hours of fun I assure you.
To ring in the new year, and since we go every year for the Christmas decorations, we went to Disney World. This is a milestone in this Disney fanatic family. We thought we were crazy to be heading in on New Year's Eve, and it was certainly crowded (Magic Kingdom reached capacity and closed by 10:15 am), but we all had a ton of fun. I got a little teary eyed on Main Street USA knowing that we will have many more memories made here, and I can't wait until Connor can really enjoy it.
FIRST STOP.......MEET MICKEY!
He lit right up when he met Minnie, and then wasn't too sure about Mickey. He really likes the ladies. What a charmer!
How fun! We actually got to take him right on Buzz Lightyear. I can honestly say I didn't see a single bit of the ride (evidently there are changes to some of the creatures you shoot) because I was so preoccupied with taking video and pictures. Three cars of crazy people taking pictures of a little baby must have been hysterical to watch. To be a fly on the wall there....
We also did the People Mover and Haunted Mansion. He loved it all, and took in every moment. I think I was more nervous in our Doom Buggy purely because I couldn't see his face every second. I know it stems from the idea of not being able to help him when he chokes, and until he grows out of it, we're not going to anymore dark places. Yes, we sleep with the closet light on every night. Yes, it's slightly annoying. Yes, it's totally worth it.
What a Spectacle! We got to see the Osbourne lights and Connor loved the show. He also loved when his Aunt Kaitlyn, Uncle Casey, and mommy sang and danced for him to "All I want for Christmas is You". We all know I'm not shy, and I'm more than willing to make myself look like a fool if Connor loves it! "Youuuuuuuuuuuu, baby."
Our little one did so well throughout the day, and was able to stretch his feedings to more than every 2 hours. As the minutes ticked down and the fireworks started he was already fast asleep. The echoing booms of the fireworks didn't stir him and I got to hold him into this new year. What a precious gift we were given in 2010. Tim and I look even more forward to the future and to what 2011 holds. No resolutions this year, just to enjoy every moment and live life to it's fullest. The Lord has blessed us, and we are truly grateful for His love, mercy, and kindness.