Friday, July 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I was also very happy Steve was able to pop over to the park to celebrate with us! I feel so blessed that he is so involved in Mason's life and that he wants to be there for all the little things as well as the bigger things!
It was HOT today in Seattle. So hot, that the icing on the cupcakes melted more rapidly than I could have ever imagine. Mason enjoyed putting his hands in the cupcake and smearing it anywhere he could! He was a lot more messy today than he was when he was in Tennessee. (Plus he destroyed my outfit!)
Since Steve and a couple other dad's were able to make it, we took the opportunity to have a group picture taken of us! It's hard to get everyone together and looking the same direction but we did our best. Erika had already left and Paige hadn't made it yet but for the most part these were Mason's party guests!
Thank you for all your love and support this year. Mason, mommy and daddy love you and can't wait to see what adventures our future holds!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
May came and went before we even knew it! Another month flew by so quickly. Mason is becoming a toddler more and more everyday. I can't believe how fast our baby has changed. We have quiet a few friends who are expecting- some who recieve this email and I have to say, enjoy the time, even when it is hard, you're tired, and I'll say it, you may be a little bored. Love and hold that little baby because once their brain catches up with their body- they will want to move all over the place and you will miss those days of cuddling, snuggling and naps on your chest! Every once in a while Mason will still want to be held close just to relax and I have learned not to take those moments for granted.
Developmentally, we are doing great- he is still scooting backwards and although he gets into position to crawl forward he always stops short of taking that first move. He will get there and we enjoy watching what movements (and how far) he can get around backwards. He also sat up in his crib for the first time. We layed him down for a nap and all of a sudden we heard his mobile music- so we went up stairs and found him sitting up pulling on his mobile. He looked surprised that we found him! He has started pulling up on furniture and trying to stand- once in position he will stand for a few minutes and play before deciding that he is ready to sit back down. And finally, he said his first word- he has been making sounds for weeks, we hear mama's, dada's, eye's, etc but about a week ago he said dad. Once he said it and we praised him, he kept going, just repeating it. it was such a treasurer for Steve's especially since he works so hard so that I can stay home with Mason.
For mother's day we decided to spend the day at the zoo. Mason LOVED seeing the animals and of course he is a people watcher so we was highly entertained. For me, it was just a great day to spend as a family, not running errands, just being together. We have had about a dozen really nice days, so we have enjoyed walks around the lake, afternoons in the yard, swinging in the park and picnics outside. You can never take the sun for granted!
Oh what a month it has been! Sorry this is late but it has been a whirlwind of events. We had our four month appointment in November and Mason weighed in at 15lbs, 4 oz, and 24 1/2 inches long. He is right in the middle for his weight and height and our pediatrician is happy with his progress. He smiles and laughs all the time and even rolls from his belly to back (I think this is more because he hates tummy time than anything) In mid November, we flew to Phoenix to celebrate Erin's confirmation and first communion. Mason was able to meet his Aunt Les, Uncle Rams, and cousin Maggie for the first time. He was so excited to see the sun again- although he had to wear pants the entire time, because we don't have shorts for him in this size! While in Phoenix (note: it was 85 degrees) Mason caught his first cold. We survived :) and I think my mom was proud that I did not freak out. Mason lovingly passed it on to me, but we are all better now. Five days after returning from Phoenix we all flew to Tennessee for our thanksgiving vacation. We are staying in Washington for Christmas so we stayed in Tennessee for ten days. Mason had such a great time getting to meet all his aunts, uncles and cousins and was able to spend more time with his Grammy (Steve's mom), and grandma Kathy and grandpa Andy. While in Tennessee we also celebrated Mason's baptism. It was so nice to welcome Mason into our church with all our family and friends and I was especially honored that my two roommates and best friends from college, Abby and LeAnn were able to come. As you can tell it was a packed visit in the south! Two days after we returned to Seattle, I started work and Steve began his paternity leave. Steve will be home with Mason until Jan 5th when he has to go back to work. It is different being back at work, I always feel like my mind is in another place but we are trying to make the best of it. We will see how it goes. SO, as you can see, we are not lacking in the activity department. We hope all is well with you and I promise our 5 month report will come on time.
What a busy month it has been! Mason is continuing to grow and discover new things everyday! He has fallen in love with his playyard and loves to bat at the toys that dangle over his head. He also likes to sit up in his bumpo (training seat) and look at the world from a totally new view. This month Mason also got to meet his cousins, Emily and Erin when they came up to visit with Mel in the beginning of October. We went to our first pumpkin patch and our front door is now home to three pumpkins! Next week we plan on carving them. Mason also earned his wings during his flight to Atlanta! We traveled there last weekend for a good friends wedding (Laura, you looked amazing!)- and besides being introduced to the south he also had his first babysitters- My aunt Michelle, aunt Margo, Nick and Natalie. He had a great time getting to meet some more family members and I kept telling him it was training for thanksgiving and all the people he would meet then! We also had a great time getting to see friends from Altanta- Mason got to meet my Agnes buddies and we hung out with Steve's GaTech friends- Mary (yankee Mary) had a blast holding Mason- it was the first time Steve and I ate dinner at the same time in a long time. We took our first set of family pictures in Atlanta and you can view a few by visiting http://www.almasyphoto.net/?p=279 Since we've been back we have tried to get back to our schedule and catch up on some sleep. Next week, we will celebrate halloween as a monkey!
We made it two weeks! Mason is doing well and growing bigger every day. Every time I look at him he looks so much older and I can't believe it has only been two weeks- it seems like forever (or atleast a month). We are doing well- my mom left on Tuesday so it has been two days with just me and Mason and we are beginning to fall into a routine. Yesterday we went to a baby group and had a great time. We got to meet other little babies and mommies and it helped me feel like we aren't alone. It seems weird but I don't remember what I did without Mason. I never imagined I would fall in love with someone that I only met two weeks ago but I have. I love watching him sleep, make faces for no apparent reason, curl up his little feet when Bailey licks them, listening to Steve talk to him during the midnight feeding- I could go on but you get the point. We feel very blessed and couldn't be happier.
Mason's weight is also up which is great! He is 7 lbs 13 oz. We still go to the doctors office about once a week until my breastfeeding issues work themselves out but I actually don't mind- by the time an appointment comes up, I have a ton of questions!
Sorry this is late- but I wanted to let you all know, Mason, Steve and I are home safe and sound- we were released from the hospital last Thursday. Mason still had jaundice so we visited one doctors office or another on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Monday he had gained weight and his color was looking better. We are doctor's office free until next Monday when he goes for his circumcision. Other than that, things are going well- we are adjusting to our new life. It is crazy to think that he is here and home, I thought I had 4 more weeks- but I guess he had other plans.
My mom and dad have come up to visit and it has been great, seeing family, having an extra set of hands and just being with people who love you. When I look at Mason, I hope he feels the same way about me as I do about my mom- everything is better with her around.
For those who know our beloved pets, Bailey is still being miss protective and lets us know every time Mason cries, makes a noise or stirs in his crib. Plus, Bailey won't let Jack near him.