Friday, July 29, 2011

Wrapping it up. . .

 

We are closing in in the final day of our vacation in The Villages! Last night we went down to the square and walked around, grabbed some ice cream and watched people dance. Dennis and I are always so amazed about these golf carts every single time we come. I guess because there is just not another place on Earth quite like it.

IMG_0504 IMG_0507 We think these next two men shown below are funny. . . I mean, seriously. . check out the dog in the back! IMG_0508 Does this dude not look like a New York Yankee or what?!?!?!

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IMG_0521 We found this (very drunk) man (and wife) trying on clothes IN THE STORE. . .  if you notice, this older gentleman is not dressed. . . . but he was very very furry!!!!! :D

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Today we are finishing up with golf (Dennis) and pool time. Later dinner, packing up, and heading out in the morning. See you all later.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bad Family Photo Take 1

 

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Last night Dennis and I went to Tampa to see Dennis' uncle Bobby, and children. This picture is ultra BAD because I couldn't get it to the computer any other way than Paul taking a picture of it from his camera and emailing it to me. Even though it's bad, there is something still kind of . . . . good . . . . about it, but I don't know what. We have two full days left, and then we head home on Saturday.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hello from the Sunshine State!

 

Hello friends and family!!

Today marks the first full day on our vacation!! We spent the day at the pool, went to dinner at Chili's and watched a beautiful sunset. We had a long but shorter trip than I expected with a 6 month old baby with us. He was a perfect angel with the exception of two 10-minute fussy periods within the last two hours of the trip. It was great.

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  I have been enjoying my FAVORITE drink today.

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Daniel is looking a lot like me today, I think. : )

Tomorrow we have plans to do more pool fun. Tuesday we are driving to Tampa to visit Dennis' uncle Bobby, Wednesday we are maybe having a date night… . (insert sexy whistle here).

We are here with Dennis' brother Paul, and his two children Katlyn & Cole. The three of them are sharing one bedroom, and the three of us is sharing another bedroom. It is really tough getting all things baby plus all of our things to work well in one room. Dennis and I have shoved two twin size beds together. . . I can't bring myself to sleep separate on our vacation.. . and it works well for space to fit the pack n play in here. The glass top table in our bedroom has been turned into a diaper changing table with diapers and wipes. I have gotten creative with our space.

Daniel is adjusting slowly to the new place and new routines, but he is getting there. Getting him to sleep in his play yard has been the greatest challenge so far, but I am REALLY glad that I brought his bedtime music with us because I think that it makes him feel like he is home in his comfy bed. : )

I have never really felt the difference in being a new mom until being on this trip. Before when I was on vacation, I was TRULY on vacation. I didn't cook, I didn't clean, I went wherever I wanted to go, whenever I wanted to go, and didn't have to worry about anything. Even though I am not cooking or cleaning, EVERYTHING that we do is revolved around nap time, bed time, and EATING time! But, it is just apart of motherhood, and I am so glad that life is revolving around something different this trip. ; ) He adds so much joy to our vacation. Grandma and Grandpa are enjoying him too, I think. Although, fussy times are different because I am so worried that I he is getting on their nerves. I don't want them to be ready for us to go one day into our stay! :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

6 months

 

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Our sweet baby in a word: CURIOUS!!

Weight: 17 pounds. 10 ounces. (50%)

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Height: 27 inches long  (75%)

Head Circumference:  17 incehs (25%)

Instead of telling about Daniel in categories like I have done in the past, I will share about Daniel starting from the moment he wakes up until the time that he goes to bed.

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He wakes up around 6:45 a.m. Dennis usually greets him every morning, and he brings him to me for his first feeding of the morning. He comes to me smiling and bright (most mornings!). He nurses for about 15-20 minutes, but has a hard time concentrating because of Dennis’ noise getting out of house. He tuuurrrrnnnnnsss to find him with every move he makes. He has taken QUITE the new interest in his daddy, which is so so so sweet to watch. I am kind of used to being the ONLY object of his affection, but I am truly welcoming the new fascination in Dennis.

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After he eats, I bring him back to his room, and lay him back down. He smiles at me, and then within 10 minutes is already dozing back to sleep for his morning nap. We call it: “the I’m so tired from sleeping all night so I need another nap” nap. ; –)> He will wake again anytime from 9-11! It is insanely crazy how much this little boy sleeps. He usually wakes up jabbering and talking. Always so very happy.

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After this, we usually play, read, and talk. He loves his swing, he loves his little jumperoo. He likes to mostly just stand in it, even though he does play in it, too. He loves to just stand in it and goo, gah, shriek and “talk.”

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Around lunch time, he will eat again. It’s time yet again to go back down for a nap. Nap time can be anywhere from 12:30-1:30 to 3:30-4:30p.m. depending on when he woke up from his morning nap. To prepare for naptime, he just lays down, pulls the blanket over his head, and is out.

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I know that it is time to go get him when I hear him talking to himself and googling. When I walk in, he smiles at me SOOO BIG! and it’s usually filled with kicking legs and excited drawn up arms. I LOVE that he loves me this much! ; ) When we get up, we do another diaper change, and then he eats again. After this he will either:

  • sit up and play independently in his crib
  • do some tummy time
  • watch Baby Einstein
  • we read a book (or I dodge his hands from ripping the pages out)
  • or anything else I can think of

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Once Dennis gets home we eat dinner. Daniel will eat a small portion of carrots, sweet potatoes, banana, mango, or zucchini. (It’s what I currently have on hand right now) He is eating it REALLY good now. It’s no longer ‘practice’ but some serious business when it comes to meal time. He really likes his food. When we are at restaurants, he won’t sit in his car seat anymore at meal time, he wants to be on my lap and eating whatever I am eating. Of course, we just give him little bits of potato, or I will feed him from his own food. He has gotten a lot better about not making terrible faces, but actually moves the food from the spoon to swallow. No more playing around!

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He sits!!!!!!!!!

He LAUGHS!!!!

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I especially love how he lays on his back and grabs his legs and feet as he is doing in this photo above.

We went to Outback Steakhouse the other weekend with Dennis’ family. Jill, our sister in law had Daniel and was counting “1………2………….THRRRREEEEEEEEEE” as she waved a kids menu in his face, and he just cackled and laughed so loud over and over!!

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He is just so much fun. He loves his bath times. He splashes with his hands and feet. Everything goes in his mouth if he can get his hands on it. He smiles and loves on his ‘Mammie’ and LOVES girls.

There is ONE thing that I don’t LOVE about Daniel: his massive COWlick. I despise it, and I am joking when I say that I am praying for a young woman to love it one day.  Wow. It’s just so. . . . . distinct. IMG_5468 (2)

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Thank you for reading all about his 6 month fun. We love you all.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I am 6 months old!!

 

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This is the “big” milestone for Daniel so far. I will have a 6 month milestones post and some pictures sometime soon. Probably after we get to Florida! We love him!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tote Organization

When you own a growing child, things, mainly clothing, tend to pile up because they grow out of their clothing SO FAST. . . . So, in an effort to remain of top of this from the beginning, I decided to keep a tote IN THE CLOSET, always available to stash clothes that Daniel cannot fit into any longer. So, here is a picture of how it fits perfectly in his closest, ready to become future “hammey downs” as we in the south like to say.

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Below is a picture of the past box that has been recently been finished to put away for the next little Maggi boy.

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Of course labeled perfectly to easily learn what is actually in the box.

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I have found this to be helpful. I hope that maybe this little tip will help you as well if you are a stasher of clothing instead of a passer-downer. Winking smile

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Helpful Resource. . .

Today when I was looking for nutritional information for Zucchini, I found this great website that lists all of the nutritional benefits of certain fruits and vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, teas, herbs & spices, etc. As I am very curious what the foods that I feeding Daniel are doing to serve his growth, and I found this very helpful! Enjoy!!

http://www.everynutrient.com

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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