Due to my hubby’s busy week at work, we decided to start our Turkey Day adventures on Thanksgiving morning. Our precious boy decided to be our alarm clock for the day, waking us up at 545a. Thanks buddy! It turned out to be fine, however, since we wanted to be on the road to Michigan by 8a anyway. After a solid 2-hr pack-up, we were on the road right on time, preceded by a quick trip to Starbucks.
The Indiana weather was great when we left, just overcast. Luckily, we missed the crazy snowstorm that was happening on the east coast. But since I’m slightly weather-obsessed, I had been tracking some lake effect snow that had been moving east through Michigan overnight into that morning. Pictures taken at the Detroit Turkey Trot showed a fresh coat of snow and a lot of web sources were talking about the accident-prone roads downtown. Thankfully, with the exception of having to dodge crazy Michigan drivers, we made it to my parents house without incident. Phew. Is it just me, or is traveling with a baby on board a whole new game??
By early afternoon, we were welcomed with open arms by my Mom and Dad. But sadly, not everyone received them the same way. For some crazy reason, as soon as we arrived, Emery showed that he was definitely NOT feeling his grandpa! As soon as he took him out of his carseat, out went the bottom lip, then the scrunchy face, followed by instant tears [we call this his classic pouty face]. We just couldn’t believe how he was reacting to him! He has never had a problem with him before. We joked that he must’ve been mad that he didn’t come visit him with Gigi the week before. In a way it was funny, and we joked about it most of the day. But deep down we all felt bad that he was reacting so negatively to him. Thankfully, E changed up his attitude the following day and got lots of make-up Grandpa snuggles in return.
My brothers, who had been at the Lions game all day, arrived to our parents few hours later. My Uncle Tim and Michelle also came over. And around 5p, we all sat down for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, stuffing, potatoes (mashed & sweet), corn and gravy. I enjoyed my plate one-handed, as a certain someone needed to be held. But that didn’t prevent me from chowing down! Everything was delicious, per usual. Thanks Mom!
We had a low key rest of the evening. All of us were pretty beat. Except for Emery, who decided he didn’t want to nap all day nor go to bed at a decent hour. So that was fun. Little turkey. But despite the sassy baby, I couldn’t have asked for a better day with family. It’s true how all the good outweighs the bad, doesn’t it? Such is this holiday.
Friday we took a trip to visit Emery’s great grandma/ my Baba. Emery had the same initial skepticism with her as he did with my Dad, but thankfully to a lesser degree. It was sweet to see them interact and as always it was a nice, entertaining visit
That night, we had another awesome family dinner at my parent’s country club. It’s rare nowadays that we are all together as a family, so it’s special when we can spend as much time together as possible. We had tons of laughs over good eats and tasty wine
PS, can we talk about how cute E looked in his chunky sweater? Okay, done
Saturday morning we said sayonara to Michigan and headed south back to Indiana.
Our timing was horrible, and we ended up in Ann Arbor traffic amongst all the Wolverines & Buckeyes en route to the Big House. The cluster set us back a good 45 minutes, but thankfully E slept the entire ride down (nearly 4 hours!). It can always be worse, right?!
We arrived to the inlaws where we enjoyed a second Thanksgiving dinner. Yum! PS, did you know that in Indiana, people call lunch – dinner, and dinner – supper? I had this conversation with the hubs a few weeks ago and it still makes me laugh!
We spent the rest of the day watching some great college football and playing with E. Unfortunately the nighttime hours were frustrating again, with a baby who didn’t want to sleep more than 30 minutes at a time. He finally fell asleep somewhere around 2a, giving us a respectable stretch of rest. I think he was a little screwed up from all the traveling because once we got home Sunday, he slept straight through the night. Live and learn I suppose!
It was a fantastic weekend with family. Now, we look forward to Christmas-time,, HOPEFULLY in our new home!!!
Every year at this time I reflect over the things for which I am thankful. Although these posts are redundant to some degree, they are important. For me, life is all about being appreciative for those people and things that help make my world a better place. And reflecting on them is just something we do on this fourth Thursday of November! So in no particular order, here are some of the people I thank my lucky stars for, this year and every year.
To Emery. Oh, E. You have, without a doubt, been the biggest blessing of 2013. It’s incredible to think about how last year at this time you were just a little bean in my belly running the Drumstick Dash along with me. And now here you are, a beautiful four month old and the absolute light of our lives. I’m thankful that you are a healthy and happy boy. That you’re growing each and every day. And that in this short amount of time, you have given Daddy and I a whole new perspective on life. We love you!!
To my husband, I’m SO thankful for you. Yes, you! This year has been insane. & insanely good if you ask me. From the new baby, to the new house, we have gone through more new things in one year than a lot of people go through in 5! And through it all, you have been beyond wonderful. You work so hard to give our family a great life. And even though I may not thank you out loud very often, please know how much you are appreciated. Every single day. To Emery, Allie and I
To both of our families, near and extended! We couldn’t be more grateful for the outpouring of love and support before and after Emery was born. We hope you know just how special you are to us!
To our friends. Though there are lots of you we don’t see very often, you are always in our thoughts. Its nice to reflect on past memories and also to think about how much life has changed for us all. & TG for social media so we can all keep in touch somehow!!
To being a SAHM. My new role has certainly been a life-changer, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Being able to spend precious moments with Emery as he grows up is irreplaceable. I love being the first and last person he sees each day. Having said that, I’m also very grateful for my NP degree as it waits in the wings til I’m ready to return!
To life. Sure it’s stressful at times. And sure I’ve been known to get worked up over minor things (thanks Twitter). But when it comes down to it, I love life. So much. Everyone that’s in it. Every opportunity it gives me. And every breath I take. It’s too short not to appreciate every second we get. So on this Thanksgiving, think about who and what it is that’s important to you. And thank them.
Love ya’ll Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Shut the front door, you’re already four (months old, that is ) !!!
Wow, buddy. What a month. Full of your highest highs and also some of your lowest lows. And as I say every month at this time, you are changing before our eyes every single day. Your hair is growing, and becoming blonder too! Your little legs still have that adorable chunk that I can’t stop squeezing. And those baby blues,, pretty sure they’re here to stay.
So let’s start with the happy parts of this month! We’ve definitely had lots of smiles. From dressing up on Halloween to this past weekend’s visit from Gigi, you continue to prove to us that you’re a happy boy. You are a total chatterbox and have most certainly found your voice. You coo, you yell, and as of a couple days ago,, you laugh!! Daddy and I crack up every time you chat with us as we know our days of silence are long gone
You’ve been a good nighttime sleeper since you were about 6 weeks old. Over the last month, however, you’ve started waking us up in the middle of the night a little more. And when I say a little more, I mean once a night at most. You usually start squirming around 2am and fall back to sleep after a quick feeding. I’m not quite sure what the wake-ups mean, but I can’t help but wonder if it’s not the start of a little 4-month sleep regression. I hear those are not fun at all. I guess we will just have to wait and see!
Your crib napping is still a struggle. Mommy tries to put you in your crib after you fall asleep during the day, but most of the time you resist and wake up after a very short slumber. Sometimes it’s less than 10 minutes! You seem to like sleeping everywhere BUT your crib (though you sleep great there at night). Your carseat is a favorite nap spot. And just the other day you fell asleep in your Mamaroo, which was completely shocking to me since you haven’t done that since your very early days. Oh, and you passed out on your playmate! Guess you were playing a lil too hard So we will continue to work on the crib napping. I feel a change on the horizon.
And now for the sassy parts,,
Around the end of October, you started showing some serious personality changes [I talked about them a little bit on a previous post]. In the mornings, you would still wake up happy and play contently on your playmat while Mommy enjoyed her breakfast and the Today Show. But after your morning nap, things would go downhill. Starting with a weak cry, I would hold and rock you per usual. A lot of times you would eat too. But after that, your cries morphed into screams, which morphed into wails. This was when mommy finally found out what it feels like to be helpless. Of course I thought of all the reasons why you would be crying. Were you sick? Hungry? Wet? Gassy? Teething? I have assumed more often than not that some early teething may be causing your melancholy, though there is no evidence of such. You have had Tylenol a half a dozen times just in case you were in pain. Your sassy behavior was pretty consistent for a good week or so, after which you mellowed out a bit. We cried a lot together during those times. But we made it through, which gives me confidence that when these episodes come around again (probably sooner than later), we will make it out alive.
Daddy said it best last night,, you’re four months old. We should expect you to be unhappy at times. Everyone is! So as long as you go easy on us every now and then, we will get through the craziness together.
Four Month Stats: Ped appointment next week – stay tuned!! Into 6 month clothes and the occasional 9 month onesie! And you’ve even rocked your size 1 shoes a few times!
Milestones Achieved/ A Month of Firsts:
- First laughs!
- First snow
- First Halloween!
- Better head control
- Hand-eye coordination
- Palmar grasping – able to hold toys and items on your own!
Things You Like:
- Playmat (yep, still!)
- Favorite Books: “Hey! Wake Up!”,, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
- Favorite Toys: orange O-Ball, musical tambourine and guitar, Baby Einstein music player, Sophie, crib monkey, carseat buggies, anything with lights.
- Your new ExerSaucer
- Cheering for the Spartans!
- Carseat naps
- && of course, naps on Mommy!
Things You Don’t Like:
- Crib naps
- When Mommy or Daddy tightens your carseat straps
- Long car rides
- Your seat — well, you don’t HATE it, but you’re still not a huge fan.
Places we’ve been this month:
- Grandma & Grandpa C’s!
- Indianapolis for house appointments
- Dinner with friends Dominic, Henry, and Fiona (& parents) – our new weekly tradition!
Exciting Upcoming Events:
- Trips to your grandparents for Thanksgiving next week!
Things Mommy is looking forward to:
- Finishing the new house
- More running
Last month you looked like this,,
and this month,,
E, you’re an absolute blessing and not a day goes by that we don’t thank our lucky stars for all that you have given us. xxoo !!
This past weekend, my Mom slash Emery’s Gigi drove down to Indiana to visit us! It had been over a month since we last saw her, so we were all excited for her arrival on Saturday. When she pulled in late that night, Emery was already asleep so we had a little adult time before the baby fun began. Wine us!
I got a nighttime wake-up call from the baby boy, so while he was eating, I checked Twitter only to find that most of Indiana was now under a “HIGH” risk for severe weather on Sunday. We had been warned all week of this potentially bad weather situation so I knew it was coming. And if you know me at all, you know that I’m quite possibly the biggest storm wimp in the Midwest. It doesn’t take much for me to relocate to the basement with high winds and the threat of tornados. So once I found out the new heightened potential for badness, I turned into a nervous mess and didn’t sleep more than a few hours the rest of the night.
Because of the storms, we decided early on to spend Sunday at home in our cozies. We spent the morning watching tv, online shopping, and playing with the baby. The hubs brought us Steak N Shake in the afternoon, shortly after which we headed down to the basement to take cover for the impending weather.
Thankfully, despite some wicked winds, our town was spared from any major damage. Boy was there a lot of it. All the hype was definitely true. So far there have been a total of 26 tornados confirmed in Indiana, the third highest in the state ever. Awful images out there. I am so grateful that we didn’t lose power and all the large trees in our yard stayed intact. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected, especially in Lebanon, Kokomo and Washington IL.
I couldn’t have been happier to say goodbye to November 17th, 2013. I got a better night’s sleep, though E continues to be on a mid-night wake-up kick lately (4-month sleep regression perhaps??). Mama and I whipped up a vanilla dutch baby to start the day — YUM!
We spent the rest of the day down in Indianapolis, first taking a trip to our new home (stilllllll in progress) followed by some shopping, lunch and a trip to Trader Joes. We whipped up some lasagna soup for dinner and relaxed over a few glasses of wine and The Voice.
Tuesday we decided to stay in town, so we spent a lazy morning at home. E broke some hearts rocking his monster jams,,
During his morning nap, Gigi put together Emery’s new ExerSaucer! I swear, our house is being overtaken by baby stuff. But it’s worth it to see how much the lil guy loves his toys. He’s growing up so fast.
After a Target run and a quick batch of banana bread, Gigi wanted a few updated pics with her and Emery before hitting the road. So I got out my DSLR out and started snapping. When he seem less than enthused with the camera (yes, it comes out A LOT), I grabbed his orange O-Ball (one of his favorites) to try and keep his attention. And not only did we get big smiles, WE GOT HIS FIRST LAUGHS!!!!
I was literally jumping up and down with excitement. I grabbed my video camera immediately and my iPhone too. Though [almost] every sound that comes out of his mouth is a sweet one, these belly laughs just took the cake. I can’t wait to hear more
We loved having you, Gigi!! Cya next week!
Happy Monday! Wanted to give ya’ll a life update in photo form. Lord knows I take enough of them lately.
The week before Halloween, we went to my in-laws house for the weekend. While we were there, our friends, Ben, Rachel, and their girls Mary, Anna, and Lydia came over to meet Emery. Mary took every opportunity to hold and snuggle with E and most of the time looked more comfortable doing it than his own mother!! I laughed endlessly and playfully called her The Baby Whisperer.
Also while we were there, Great Aunt Judy came to visit! She loves this little man.
Beautiful Indiana cornfields on the drive home.
Ever since Emery came along, Allie has graciously taken a little bit of a back seat to her little brother. Now, if you know Allie at all, you know that she loves her attention. She’s not overly bossy, she’s just verrry strategic, especially in her paw holding placement What you don’t know is that unless she’s at doggie daycare, she’s usually home spending time with Mommy and E. The three of us have bonded in the recent months, taking some good walks and many mini road trips for puppy lattes. Despite what she thinks, she gets just as much love and attention as she did before her brother arrived.
Emery has found a new friend named Sophie. As his ability to grip and hold items gets stronger, he loves on her more and more each day.
As our new house gets closer and closer to completion, I have been trying to appreciate various things in our current home. Yes I HATE the creaky floors and the carpeted bathroom floors, and I despise having to cross a major street to get my mail. But there is still plenty I do enjoy, the outside scenery and the gorgeous sunsets/ sunrises especially. We have experienced a lot in the three plus years we have spent here and despite my serious urge to move, I know it won’t be easy to do so when the time comes. I get teary thinking about all the memories we will be leaving behind, so instead I take pictures.
Speaking of the new house, it’s really coming along!
Mama had her first solo day out this past weekend, wahoo!! Talk about chicken soup for mommy’s soul. I started my Saturday with an early 3.75 mile run/walk/gossip sesh with my girlfriend, Nadia. After a gingerbread latte, I headed down to Carmel for my first hair appointment since late June. Bye bye split ends! Welcome back blonde locks!
After getting all prettied up ((and fighting the urge to stay all day for more spa services)), the hubs and I got back in the car a few hours later and drove to Indy to celebrate our friends Karen and Shaun who are moving to Portland, Oregon later this month. Most of the Perfect Strangers were in attendance and it was SO nice to see them and catch up. I had a total of two drinks and hilariously could feel every sip upon returning home. I continue to laugh about how much of a lightweight I’ve turned into since becoming a mommy. Either way, we had a great night, Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa C for taking care of our little man!
On Friday, Emery decided to sport his very first onesie from his Auntie S in Michigan. He sent his love to the D, and lovingly received plenty back in return
Have I mentioned how much Emery loves his daddy? Let these pictures show [even more] proof of that.
Yesterday was our nephew, Jadon’s 10th birthday! We spent the day in Carmel watching two of his hockey games and having lunch/ cake with family and friends. Though it was just a touch cold in the ice rink (imagine that!), we had fun watching all the action. You know how much I love hockey!
E still loves his playmat, though I think its time to change up his hanging toys. I’d imagine looking at the same faces for too long gets monotonous. I’m on it, buddy.
He also loves carseat naps — as does Mommy!
Oh, and someone also found a new place to sleep the other day. Guess he needed more room to move around
That’s all for now! Figured this would be a good space to put the bazillion photos I take daily to use!
Have a great day!
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