Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Catch Up

Luke with Aunt Carrie

playing on his mat with his new seahorse with the sweetest face!

Luke's Christmas loot!

I'm a really bad blogger. I don't know where you other moms find the hours in the day to get lengthy posts up... I feel like I'm lucky if I get one done per week! Also, I can't believe how much running around most of you did on Christmas! I can't imagine. I think alot of it has to do with the fact that we only have one grandparent, and we visited him the week before Christmas. So, we decided Christmas day was strictly for immediate family. Tommy's family came over in the morning for breakfast and we exchanged gifts. I don't have any pictures because I thought I had left my camera at work at my parents house, but really it was in the car. After they left we went to my parents and stayed there for the rest of the evening. We were also at my parents on Christmas Eve which is a tradition where lots of our friends and cousins come over to play games and chat and eat. Saturday we hung out around the house and then went to dinner at Marsh Hall with the Wood side of Tommy's family. Sunday my parents hosted another party. This one was for my Dad's side of the family. Luke was really good for the majority of the weekend and got to spend quality time with lots of his family. He got some really great gifts. So many toys, a few new outfits, and a really cute chair that looks like a football. :) Tommy and I were also spoiled and got lots of good stuff.

Well, that pretty much sums up our Christmas festivities. They were pretty relaxed and I'm sad that the holiday season is coming to an end.

I'm just really feeling thankful for Luke right now. This time last year we were told to prepare for a miscarriage. I had gone to the doctor at seven weeks with some light bleeding and after a very quick sonogram was told that a baby hadn't formed and that I should expect to start bleeding in the next week or so. The words were "I could be wrong, I've been wrong before, but you need to prepare for a miscarriage." After a week of waiting for blood test results I was ordered a better sonogram. As soon as she put the probe on my belly his heart beat was visible. I burst into tears. It was such a relief. So, last New Year's was spent with just me and Tommy in Ocean City. We had gone there just to get away from everything. We didn't watch the ball drop, we didn't do anything. We moped around and went to bed early. We shed alot of tears. This year our New Year's weekend was so much better! So, I'm just remembering what could have been, and hoping that I don't have any scares like that in the future. It's the worst feeling in the world.

So, on a lighter note, hope you all had a wonderful New Year's!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Please ignore my horrendous vocals and focus on the cutest boy in America :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Four Months Old!

Luke turned four months old on Saturday and had his well visit yesterday morning. He weighs 14 lbs, 6 oz and is 23 1/2" long. Luke rolls over from his belly to his back, but only every once in a while, not every time we put him on his tummy. He follows me, Tommy, and Rudy with his eyes when we're walking across the room. He smiles almost every time we smile at him or sing him a song, which is a huge thing because smiles used to be hard to come by! He eats four ounces every three hours throughout the day and at night he gets a few teaspoons of rice in his bottle. He is STILL up every three to four hours throughout the night. It definitely tests my sanity at times, but Tommy usually takes one of the feedings which makes it so much easier. He reaches for everything and most things go right in his mouth where they get drooled all over.

I'm so excited to spend Christmas with Luke!! I'm also so excited to give Tommy his UFC tickets! I usually listen to xm in my car so I don't hear any ads, but I was in Tommy's car yesterday and was listening to DC 101 and heard them advertising the UFC fight, so I wouldn't be surprised if Tommy has already guessed his "big gift" that he knows he's getting, but I think he'll still be really excited. Okay, totally unrelated to Luke's four month post... just got off on a little tangent :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Surprisingly Happy!

I was absolutely dreading this storm because I tend to get super stir crazy, but I must say I couldn't be more content right now! I was reminding Tommy of how miserable I was when we got snowed in for a day or so last March, and he reminded me that I was pregnant. So, maybe that had something to do with it. Luke has been really good except for a couple of fussy times today when he was ready for a nap. We just went out in the snow for a few minutes, but obviously we didn't want to keep Luke out there for too long. He was also really tired and fell asleep within five minutes of being in the house.

Luke turned four months old yesterday! His doctor's appointment is tomorrow at 9 am. I really hope we can make it. Tommy dug his car out, but is still working on mine. It was really nice- a couple of the neighbors came over and helped shovel this morning.

I can't wait to see how much Luke weighs and how tall he is. I know he's grown alot since his last visit at two months. So, I'll post all about the latest Luke tomorrow after his appointment.

Napping yesterday- I know Luke, the snow makes me sleepy, too.

hangin' out with Dad

I sewed stockings for my cousin Amanda and her husband Kevin

Luke's first snow! (well, I guess technically it snowed a little a couple weeks ago...)

He's super excited to be out there :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

So Thankful

All I could think while posting these pictures is that I'm so thankful to have Luke in our lives this Christmas, but I'm equally thankful that Luke has the best Dad in the world and I have a parenting partner who helps me through everything.

Goodnight Moon

Luke's new preferred sleeping position- kind of on his side with his arms over his face. One picture from each of the last three nights.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

It's Official...

...Luke HATES parties. Today was the fourth instance where Luke had a major meltdown at a party. We were at my Aunt Miriam's for the "America Party." (My Mom's side of the family, her maiden name is America.) He cried SO HARD even after I took him into a back bedroom where it was nice and quiet and cool. We finally just had to go. But, he calmed down and went to sleep as soon as we got in the car, so we decided to go visit my grandfather who couldn't make it to the party. Between Tommy and me we only have ONE grandparent! So, it was really special for Luke to meet his great grandfather, Pop Pop. At Pop Pop's he was extremely content and just the happiest little man. I was so glad that he grinned and talked to Pop Pop. Not much else going on and I've been (as usual) slacking on the picture taking. Yesterday I thought for sure without a doubt I saw two specks of white on Luke's bottom gums and today at the party my cousin Katie (without me mentioning it) said she saw white on his gums, too. So, I'm thinking I'm not imagining it. Katie is "The Baby Whisperer" and has seen many teething babies in her day, so I think she's right.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

One Year Ago...

I found out I was pregnant! December 6, 2008 changed our lives! Hard to believe that it's been an entire year. Last Christmas we were all so excited to know that by this Christmas we'd have a new joy in our lives. We're so happy to share this holiday season with our little man. Starting traditions and showing him how much he's loved. We finally got some pictures this morning that are Christmas card worthy so as soon as I buy some stamps they're in the mail!!

Show Us Your Life- Christmas Trees

I took this from Nicki's blog. We picked our tree up last weekend at Wentworth. I got the lights on it last weekend, but just decorated with our ornaments tonight.

Tommy putting the star on

Tommy's favorite- Big Ben

Our ornaments tell our story...
1st year in our new home 2007

we bought this one on our honeymoon- we took a day trip to Disney World 2008

and now baby's 1st Christmas 2009

I love my snowflakes.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Perfect Timing

I went to take a picture of Luke in his winter hat, and he happened to smile in his sleep just as I was snapping the picture :)