Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving festivities!

What a wonderful Thanksgiving we had this year! We were able to celebrate with my big sis Jill and her boyfriend Darren. We had a really good time just visiting, relaxing, cooking, listening to Christmas music, and of course, eating! Jill loved her time spent with Jace. I think she was surprised at his size... he has doubled his weight since that last time she saw him. Jace loves his Auntie Jill so much! Our first Thanksgiving meal was a huge success! Everything turned out delicious. We prepared all the staples, turkey, stuffing (props to Darren), mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, and my mom's delicious cranberry relish (yum yum), We concluded the evening with a tour through Marion's Walkway of Lights--quite a tourist attraction. This is a couple who is used to seeing the New York City skyline and was very impressed by the Marion light display. Good job Marion! Having my sister here reminded me of how thankful I am for our families. We truly are blessed!

He really is a happy baby despite the way he looks in this picture.


My plate before

My plate after (a second helping)

Jill and I went for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner jog. I think we probably burned off a bite or two of the buttery, sugary, but oh-so delicious sweet potatoes.

Jill and Darren enjoying the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Jill bought Jace his first camo vest. Greg + Jace in camo = Love

I wanted to show Jill Jace's love for bathing and the struggle it is to clean in between each and every roll--not an easy task.

So that's where you get those dimples!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Boobies

Our boy is now 10 weeks old. Wow, time flies! He is becoming much more expressive and his personality is starting to come out. He is an especially happy baby in the mornings. Usually, we wake up in the morning to him babbling on about boobies or poopies and we'll peek in the doorway and his little feet will be up in the air, it's the cutest thing! He is smiling all the time. He has laughed a couple of times in his sleep, but again, probably just dreaming about boobies. We had a doctor's appointment yesterday. He weighed in at 16 ibs. 4 oz and 24 1/2 inches long. He is off the growth charts! The doctor was so pleased at how well he is growing, once again, thanks to my boobies. We have a tournament in Chicago this weekend and early next week I will be planning to prepare my very first Thanksgiving meal. My sister and her boyfriend will be joining us all the way from Hoboken, NJ. We are so excited! I know what Jace will be having for his first Thanksgiving meal...mama's boobies.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Greg's finest Daddy Moments!



Greg's Top 5 Parenting Moments
#5 I went to my friends baby shower. I offered to take Jace with me but Greg insisted that he would be in good hands if I left Jace with him. I left happily and was excited to give Jace and Greg a little "daddy time". Like the untrusting wife I am, I called to check in. He tells me he is on his way to his hunting spot and Will and Sebass are watching Jace (two of our more responsible ball players). I leave the shower early and rush home. I walk in and there is Sebass feeding my sweet baby boy (with my breast milk of course!) His hand alone is bigger than Jace's whole body. Not a site a mother wants to see. Let's just say, Greg and I had a little talk, and this won't be happening again.

#4 Greg insists that I bring Jace up to the gym for his practices. He wants him to get used to the sound of basketballs dribbling and squeaky basketball shoes...no lie.

#3 I had to run a quick errand. I knew it was risky because Jace was having a fussy night. I wasn't going to be longer than 15 minutes. I asked Greg to bounce him, hold him, swing him, do whatever it takes to make him happy! I pull into the driveway and see Greg peek out the window. I walk in and Greg is standing there bouncing Jace in his arms. "Where was Jace when I pulled into the driveway?" I asked. He puts his head down and responds "in his crib". He put Jace in his crib to cry! Poor baby.

#2 Greg is keeping track of Jace's crying spells and he will be punished in suicides the day he takes his first steps.

#1 It was day 2 of Jace's life. We were still in the hospital room, it was 3 a.m., and Jace is screaming. Greg looks at me and asks, "is it too early to spank?"

But on a more serious note, Greg is an excellent father. The very best in my book. He loves Jace just as a father should love his son. It is such a joy to watch him love on his boy (maybe he will even consider a few less recruiting trips this year). They worship Jesus together in the morning and Greg says it's his favorite time of day. I couldn't ask for a better role model for Jace than my husband!

Here are some more pics of the last couple of days!

Can you believe I sometimes worry about him getting enough food??

Tummy time!

Our little butterball turkey!

We love bath time--all 3 of us!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Photo Shoot!

Jace absolutely loves to be naked! If he is ever a bit cranky, all I need to do is strip the boy down and let him be! Today, we had a little photo shoot during his "nakey time". You better enjoy because I was showered with pee twice during the shoot... As you can see in the last picture, he has a diaper on. When am I going to learn?!

Hmm...what should I do today? How about the cupid shuffle?!

"To the right, To the right, To the right, To the right"

"To the left, To the left, To the left, To the left"

"Now walk it by yourself, Now walk it by yourself"--Ok, maybe that part is a little too advanced for us just yet.

Oh, how I love to be in the buff!

This is a game I like to call, count Jace's rolls!

I promise, there is a neck in there somewhere!

Why did mommy put this plastic thing around me? Did I do something wrong?

That's a wrap!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Our little Jail Bird

This weekend my parents and sister Lauren came to visit. We had so much fun! Grandpa Jamieson and Auntie Lolo were able to meet Jace for the very first time. He was spoiled with love and I was spoiled with a break from changing dirty diapers--couldn't they have stayed just a little bit longer?! We didn't have too much on our agenda, other than two ball games, visiting, and lots and lots of eating (of course)! Visiting with family is always so much fun, but also so difficult when it comes time to say goodbye. Why is the cycle of life so good and so sad at the same time? Anyway, I am just thankful that I have such a loving and supportive family! Check out our little Jail Bird below (a nickname my Dad gave him while he was here. I think it will probably stick). You can see, he was not put down the whole weekend!
















Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pajama Party

I love getting Jace ready for bedtime. I just love how snuggly he looks in his pajamas! You can see what I mean in the pics below. Don't you just want to squeeze him?

He still doesn't know that kisses are a symbol of love. He pulls away, but I'm not going to stop. I'm addicted!