Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ocean Shores

We had an amazing time camping with our family over
Labor Day weekend!
I know, I know, Labor Day was almost 2 months ago...better late then never, right?

Anyways, we had a blast camping in Ocean Shores with Amy, Kevin and the boys, & David and Michele. I can't say enough how thankful I am that my family is not only my family, but some of my very closest friends!

Baby Matthew did great considering he was 6 months old and went camping for the first time! The only rough times were during the night. (go figure!) He would wake up a couple of times a night and cry. Obviously, since we were camping and were surrounded by other campers, and also sharing the tent with David and Michele, we didn't let him cry himself back to sleep. So I ended up nursing him in the middle of the night, and Matthew ended up sleeping on our air matress for most of the night. Other then being just a little tired in the morning, we had such a memorable trip!

Here are some highlights from our camping adventures...

Don't worry, this isn't just our stuff. David and Michele rode with us.
 To say our car was slightly overpacked is an understatement! Stuff was jammed in EVERYWHERE!

We had campfires every morning and night. Of course, we roasted marshmallows and even tried popcorn over the fire. We let David try his popcorn first. After he ruined his, we learned how to pop the popcorn without catching it on fire....we shared though!

 Caleb and Landon were very excited to go camping for the first time! They are at SUCH a fun age, but are growing up way too fast! I love my nephews so much, and had a blast with them this weekend!


At night it got really cold, but during the day, the weather was B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L! (just like my baby boy!)
Landon is such a sleeper,so waking up early and staying up late was a bit rough for him at times. He was  tired and a bit cranky and needed a shoulder ride from Uncle Matt! I was still able to get a smile though!

As always, Matthew LOVED the swing... much that it put him to sleep! Too cute!

Our friends Walter & Vil and their 2 kiddos were also in Ocean Shores, so we got to spend the day with them! This picture cracks me up! Leslie got a little wet...

I don't think Amy wanted to get wet...

Michele and the boys putt-putt golfing! 

We spent lots of time playing at the beach!

Matthew absolutely adores his cousin Caleb! Caleb loves baby Matthew too, and is so sweet with him! I think Caleb was teaching Matthew how to play Rhino-fino!

 I think Matthew would have gone swimming if we let him!
He loved the water!

Could this boy get any cuter?!?!

 Precious baby feet....can't believe how quickly they are growing!

 Matthew was fascinated with the sand, and loved playing in it!

 This boy cracks me up, and melts my heart. Love these pictures! I buried Caleb in the sand, and was able to capture these pictures of him breaking out! Too funny!
Family pictures....Kevin, Amy, Caleb and Landon!

David and Michele!

         God is so good! I love my husband and my baby boy SO much!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Wallace Falls

We capped off our summer of adventures by taking our first hike as a family! Matt and I hardly ever go for hikes, so we were really excited to try this new experience. We went hiking on a beautiful sunny day at Wallace Falls! Here are some pictures from our day at the falls:

Baby and Daddy all ready to go! 

 Matthew fell asleep about 20 minutes into our hike, and slept until we were ready to eat lunch!

 Such a beautiful hike! We were continuously amazed by God's creation!

 Love spending time with my family!

Picnic lunch at the top of the falls!

Matthew absolutely LOVES Lexi. Problem is that those feelings aren't reciprocated. Lexi will do just about anything these days to avoid Matthew, but we had to sneak in a few pictures to remind them that one day they will be best of friends...fingers crossed at least.

After we ate lunch, we got Matthew back into the backpack, and decided to take a picture of him all strapped in and ready for the hike back down. Seriously about 30 seconds after taking this picture, I stood up and my leg brushed the side of the backpack. Matt and I weren't paying attention to the fact that it was sitting on a really uneven, bumpy surface. Next thing we know, Matthew is tumbling over in the backpack...head first!. Matt and I both watched it happen, and it seemed like it took place in slow motion, but we couldn't do anything to stop it. Baby starts screaming...actually it started off as the "silent cry"...You know the one, where they are crying so hard, they don't breath?? Yeah, it was that kind of cry. I got him out of the backpack as quickly as I could, and was sitting there holding him and lo and behold, I start to cry! ha! I mean, the first time your baby falls is pretty traumatic! Matthew ended up being just fine. He did get a few scratches on his head, a nice little bump to prove it, and lots of hugs and kisses from Daddy and Mommy!

My husband has since named Wallace Falls....Matthew Falls. I didn't think it was very funny at first....

Lexi LOVED the hike!

The hike is 5.5 miles. There are some parts that are pretty steep, and a really good workout! Our legs...okay especially my legs, were weak and wobbly afterwards, but the hike was so worth it, and something we look forward to doing again as a family!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Seven months

Matthew Jay you are SEVEN months old!

What have you been up to these days???

Here are your stats from your 6.5 month check up!
Weight: 17 pounds. 45%
Height: 28 inches. 92%
Head Circumference: 18 inches. 90%
Long, lean, and a big head like Daddy!

Daddy and I were talking a few nights ago, and we both agreed that this past month, we felt like every time we turned around, you were changing or learning something new!

You are wearing size 3 diapers.

You wear size 6-9 month pants, but can wear, depending on the brand, 6, 9, 12 or 18 month shirts and jumpers!
We went camping over Labor Day Weekend for the first time! (post coming soon...)

Sleep...awww blissful sleep! You are a WONDERFUL sleeper! At about six months, you were sleeping from 9:00pm-7:00am. Shortly after that, you were very ready to move your bedtime earlier! By 9:00, you were absolutely exhausted and begging us to go to sleep! We moved bedtime up to 8:30, and by about six and a half months, bedtime was 8:00! I have a feeling it might even get earlier, but for now you sleep from 8:00pm-7:00am.

You nap twice a day for 2 hours each nap! You take a morning nap from about 9:00-11:00am, and an afternoon one from about 2:00-4:00pm. Sometimes you sneak in a quick evening cat nap, but they are pretty rare! Nap times are God's gifts to Mommy's, and I'm SO thankful for a good sleeper!

You are loving your crib these days. When you wake up from bed or naps too early, you cry and are not happy. We let you fuss for a few minutes and you go back to sleep. When you wake up rested, and have slept long enough, you wake up SO happy! You coo and play with your stuffed animals in your crib for up to 30 minutes sometimes!

We still bundle you to go to sleep. You always wiggle and jiggle yourself out of your bundle though. Sometimes you stay in it until morning, but most nights your are out of it within a few hours, and sleep unbundled the rest of the night. When you are bundled, we put you to sleep on your back, but when you unbundle yourself, you always put yourself back to sleep on your stomach. I love, love, LOVE that you can wake up, even multiple times, and put yourself right back to sleep! You do seem kinda old to still be bundled, but it helps you calm down almost immediately when you are getting ready to sleep, and you are such a good sleeper that we will bundle you as long as you need it!

You are starting to notice when mommy or daddy leave the room...and you don't like it very much!

Just after you turned 6 months old, you started SITTING UP! It's so nice being able to plunk you down where I want you to sit!

At about 6 months of age, you were getting yourself up onto your hands and knees, looking like you were ready to cruise! You would rock back and forth, rearing to go! You started to even "plank" on your toes and hands for a little while. About a week later, you started to do something we called "The Seal". You would scoot yourself all around by moving just your arms, and dragging your legs across the floor. You looked just like a baby seal! That didn't last for long, and by six and a half months, we officially had a crawler on our hands! You crawl normally when you were on the carpet, but every time you crawl on the hardwood floors, your crawl on yours hands and toes! It's so funny to watch you bear crawl, but I think you get a better grip that way!

Planking on your toes and hands! Daddy was just trying to teach you how to do your first push up!

Matthew, you are such a routine baby! When we are just at home in our normal routine, you are the easiest and sweetest baby. Seriously, you hardly ever cry, and are so content. You are so easy to read when you are tired and ready to go down for a nap. As long as we are home, you go down for your naps very easily, sleep like a champ, and wake up so happy! With that being said, Lord help us when you get out of your routine! When you don't get naps or go to bed at your usual times, you get  fussy and cranky. Then when we do finally get you your nap, you are even harder to get to sleep, and fight it like crazy, even though you are exhausted and you also don't sleep as long by any means! I don't get it! All I know is that you absolutely thrive in your routine. Seriously, Wednesday night Bible Study, and even Sunday mornings are SO hard for you at church! Wednesday night, you are so tired and want to go to bed. We get paged out of bible study EVERY Wednesday night because they cannot calm you down! You do tend to stop crying when Mommy or Daddy comes to get you. I really don't think that you are just going through separation anxiety though....maybe you are and I'm just in denial. But you are fine when we pass you off in the nursery, and it's like 15 or 30 minutes later that we get paged. Also, you are absolutely exhausted by this time, and want to go to sleep. When you are tired, you want someone to comfort you, and right now that is accomplished through Mommy and Daddy! I think the nursery workers dread you coming into the nursery! Oh well, it's just a phase, and hopefully you will outgrow it soon! I guess I should enjoy this time, because soon enough you won't be needing Mommy or Daddy! Until then, we walk the halls at church!

You can pick up your binkie and put it in your mouth by yourself! We think it's pretty cute! I love that when you wake up at night, you can find your binkie, and put it back in to soothe yourself!

You love to drink from a glass. I think sometimes you prefer this to a sippy cup. You are still pretty messy, but it's improving. You love to drink cold water!

It is so fun to feed you solid food! You eat three meals a day now. This month, you tried oatmeal, rice, toast with jam, carrots, cheerios and squash...and of course loved it all! You are not a picky eater by any means! You haven't tried a food that you didn't love! You do so well with your foods, and actually tend to prefer when they are a bit chunkier, instead of pureed. We are letting you feed yourself foods like toast, cut up peaches and pears, cheerios, etc. At first, you would grab the food with your whole fist, and was hardly able to get any of the food in your mouth. Now you can pick up food with your fingers and feed yourself really well. You make so much noise when you eat! Grandma Sherry says that Daddy did this too! You also tend to get really impatient when your next bite is not at your beckon like to eat fast! We are trying to teach you to be patient!

Matthew Jay, you are the absolute light of our lives, and cannot imagine our world without you! Your smile brightens our day, and we are SO. IN. LOVE. WITH. YOU!