Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas is my favorite.

Our Christmas morning this year was extra special. It was Søren's first Christmas, and he was way more into it than I expected! When we woke up Christmas morning, we realized Søren had slept through the whole night in his cradle. Way to go, little bean! I already had cream cheese cinnamon rolls from in the fridge ready to go, so I popped those in the oven and brought Søren into bed for some family snuggle time. When the rolls were ready, we put on some Christmas music and poured some coffee, and got ready to open some presents. We had Søren open his first, of course. Adam's parents gave him 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' with their voices recorded reading the whole thing, it's awesome. I might've teared up a little when we opened it. Shhh. He got a few other things, and loved it all. He would watch while his daddy brought each gift over and would grab the paper, which he would discard after tasting. Once his present was out he would reach for it and grab it. He loved his wooden toy truck his G-mama and G-daddy gave him, and the stuffed kitty cat made out of recycled products that daddy picked out for him. I think it's important to mention that he also got his first Star Wars toy. Adam got some fun things, like a new f-15e model airplane and some booze to make his favorite cocktail (an Aviation). And Adam bought me a pretty necklace from this shop on Etsy. It says 'Søren' in morse code. I love it so much! it's so pretty, delicate and I like that it's not an obvious 'mom' necklace (not that those are bad, it's just nice to have something sort of unique). He kind of ruled at the whole gift giving thing this year! Later we ate yummy food and just spent some family time with each other, followed by some Arrested Development. That show makes me literally laugh out loud every time I watch it. I love lazy holidays! Anyway, here are a bunch of pictures of my kid being adorable. You're welcome.

I think he loves his kitty.

I can't believe it's almost 2013! I feel like this year flew by. I'm so excited for this coming year and all the new things coming our way. Søren has a whole world to explore! It's so much fun watching him learn and grow. We're so thankful that we get to be his parents, and we're treasuring every minute! We also have Warrior Dash coming up in February which I am NOT prepared for, but I'm going to attack it anyway. It's a super fun race and it's become a family tradition. Adam and I run it with my brother, his wife, my sister and her husband every year! Last year I sat it out since I was a few months pregnant and a little paranoid, but I was there to cheer them on! I'm excited to take a little step on the way to my goal of running Tough Mudder in November. I'll keep you posted on that. 

I hope you all had a great Christmas full of family and love!

Monday, December 24, 2012

3 months...

I took these pictures on Søren's 3 month birthday. He's definitely developing his own little personality more every day. He always wants to be moving or on the go, as evidenced here: 

It's becoming more difficult to take pictures of this little guy! Almost all of the pictures were a blur of hands and feet flailing around. I think this kid is going to love it when he figures out how to crawl and walk. I wrapped his presents this year, is that weird? He really doesn't know what's happening yet. Haha. I felt like I had to! I just love Christmas so much. Next year I'm probably going to have to stop him from getting into the presents every five minutes, which  I sort of can't wait for! I'm soaking up this sweet baby time with him, though. And it's been so sweet to sing him Christmas carols at bedtime every night. Anyway, I thought I'd include a picture of his fiery little personality peaking out. I think he was over the whole picture taking thing.... 

He is part Irish, after all. 

Dear Søren bean, 

Three months? Already? How is this possible? Søren, you are growing so quickly. We can't believe how awesome you are. You're so silly and happy all of the time. You figured out how to roll over this month. Also, you figured out how to grab your feet. It's so cute. You love laying on your blanket on the floor and rolling around. I can't believe how big and strong you're growing. Our favorite is still morning naps and snuggles in our bed. You went to your first Christmas party with the family last night and you were so good, and had so much fun. Our family is pretty loud, and you were awake the whole time soaking everything in. You loved all of your gifts, especially the giant manatee from Aunt Trish (and uncle Jeremy, cousins Allie and Erin) and the book set from Uncle Sean (and Aunt Kendall, cousins Josiah, Steel and Hawk).  It's Christmas eve, and you get to have your first christmas tomorrow! I can't wait. 

Love,  Mommy

Saturday, December 22, 2012

These two.

The other day I grabbed the camera while the boys were having an especially cute moment before Søren's bath. The love these two have for each other fills my heart up. I'm so thankful to have such a sweet, kind husband who loves our boy so much. 


We're getting ready for Christmas over here! We had hoped to get to Nashville to visit with our family there, but we just couldn't make it work with Adam's work schedule. So disappointing. I miss that city, and the people in it! But we'll make the best of it here, and try to get up to Nashville early next year. Tomorrow night we'll be getting together with my siblings and all their kids. We'll be eating lots of tasty food, and drinking yummy wine and cocktails. The kids will open all of their presents, and we adults will play boardgames. It'll be loud, crazy, and lots of fun. Søren won't quite know what's going on yet, but Christmas is by far my favorite holiday. I'm so excited for when he gets a little bit older and more aware, so we can make the holiday as special for him as it was for me. It was always like magic when I was little. My mom made fresh 'sticky buns' from scratch every year, and we would get up before the sun to start opening the presents. And even though I was the youngest of six, there were always sooo many presents. I'm not sure how they did it. I hope we can make Søren's Christmases just as special! Since I've gotten married, I've kept up the tradition of having special breakfasts on the holidays. For Christmas this year I'm making cream cheese cinnamon rolls from Let me tell you, they are delicious. Adam requested them specifically. I made them last year for Thanksgiving morning, and we ate them while we watched the parade. So. Good. 

Well, I hope you all have such a happy holiday. I couldn't even sleep last night from all the excitement. I'm ridiculous, I know.  I'll leave you all with a photo that embodies the spirit of these two goofballs perfectly. 


Monday, December 17, 2012

Two months....

This is a bit delayed, but I wanted to do a little 2 month post. I was admitted into the hospital the day before his 2 month birthday, but I took these pictures the day before I got sick. (I'm better now, and at some point I'll write a post about that.) That being said, his 2 month appointment was actually scheduled for his 2 month birthday, but it was rescheduled for a few weeks later because of my hospital stay. So, this is what's happening at 2 months!

Length: 23 1/2 inches  (50th percentile)
Weight: 14lbs 8oz (90th percentile - what a chub a dub! hah!)
Head size: 16 1/2 inches

Søren, you always want to stand and it seems if you could you'd always be on the go! You're constantly moving, your feet are always kick, kick, kicking! You're mostly sleeping through the night, but sometimes you wake us up for a snack. ;) We don't mind. You sleep in your cradle in our bedroom, but we always bring you in our bed for snuggle time in the morning. It's our favorite, and we like to think it's yours, too. You are always happy in the mornings. We always get lots and lots of smiles! You are sooo close to laughing. I cannot wait to hear you laugh! We try all the time to get you to laugh, but you haven't quite figured it out (or maybe you just like making us look silly). You squeal a lot, and daddy especially thinks this is great. We can take you anywhere, and you are so good. You still eat lots and lots of times during the day! Good grief, you eat a lot. We like to call you our little piglet. If you finish a bottle and you're still hungry, you have an angry cry. You're starting to hold your own bottle and I suspect it's because you think you can get the milk in faster! You are such a good baby. Most of the time you are happy. You rarely cry, unless you are hungry or tired. Your Aunt Trish discovered that this video (the god of cake), makes you happy if you are crying. You oddly love it. Oh, and you fight sleep at bedtime! You don't want to miss any of the fun. In short, Søren, you are awesome. We couldn't be more happy or proud. You have changed us forever, and I'm so thankful! I can't wait to see what the future holds for you, sweet boy. I know it's good.