Saturday, December 14, 2013

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

You know you are an adult send out your own Christmas cards! Yep, I'm feeling pretty grown up over here. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Fall is Brian's favorite season. I'm usually more of a spring/summer girl, but I thoroughly enjoyed fall this year. Down in SLC, we were able to enjoy the changing leaves for longer than we ever were able to in Park City, and I happily embraced the warm colors, cooler weather, pie, and apple cider. Plus, I absolutely love the holiday season. It's the best excuse ever to be more happy, grateful, serving, generous, friendly, etc. And everything just becomes all the more magical when you're sharing it with your baby for the first time!

Yep...I made this!
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving down in Highland with the Moote's this year. Oliver had just started solids, so it was fun to let him try some of the different foods. He especially liked the sweet potatoes and tasting the gravy. But the part Oliver really loved the best was getting to spend the weekend with his cousin Ethan. They are going to be best buds. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

6 month update

We took Oliver to his 6 month check up on Friday, and he did great! Oliver was happy and talkative the whole check up and then only let out one big scream after getting shots and was done. Seriously, easiest visit yet! Brian was able to make it to this one too, but the punk retreated to the corner of the room for shot time because and I quote he "didn't want Oliver to associate him with pain." haha So I was left to do all the distracting/comforting myself. :) Bottom line - We feel very grateful that Oliver is healthy and happy.

At 6 months, Oliver
-weighs 15.2 lbs /11th percentile (Yes. He is a small baby. But he does have cute, chubby thigh rolls, and I can promise you he is definitely eating!)
-is 26 inches tall/27th percentile
-wears size 2 diapers
-wears 6 month clothes
-sits up unassisted
-rolls as his preferred method of getting around
-pushes himself up into crawling position and rocks back and forth
-loves to drop things and pick them back up again.
-can put himself to sleep after a bit of protesting (we keep several pacifiers in the crib at all times)
-sleeps from 8pm-8:30am, usually wakes up once around 4am to babble to himself or eat
-finally has consistent nap times at 10:30 and 2:30
-eats solids twice a day at breakfast and dinner
-does not like bananas
-still loves standing and bouncing best
-sits still through the whole entire "Old Macdonald" youtube video (best time to cut nails)
-loves to splash and lean back to put his ears in the water during bath time
-has zero teeth

I already posted my favorite two pics of Oliver from our diy 6 month photoshoot on instagram/facebook, but here are some of the rest from our photo session.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

the first half birthday

Baby Ollie - Six months old today
Six months ago, my life was changed forever. I remember looking up at Brian, looking down at this tiny human just placed on my chest for the first time, and feeling...TIRED! But in that moment, I also felt this overwhelming sense of awe that I had just witnessed a miracle. Oliver was our miracle. Our family feels more whole with him now in it. Now six months later, Oliver still amazes me everyday. Sometimes he will just grab my face with his tiny hands and stare into my eyes with the biggest smile, and my heart feels like it is going to explode! It's been the craziest, happiest, most wonderful six months ever!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Halloween 2013

I'm counting Oliver's first Halloween as a success! :) I'm usually all about holidays, but the last couple Halloweens have been a little anti-climatic for Brian and me. Having Oliver around this year though put the spark back into the season (and I know it's just going to get better as he gets older and actually understands what's going on.) I even had our costumes picked out and ready all the way back in September! 

We didn't have the most exciting Halloween plans, but we sure did have a fun night.
Since Oliver can't say 'trick or treat' just yet (or eat candy,) we spent this Halloween at home watching scary movies and passing out candy to the cute trick or treaters in University Village. Halloween was made even better because Kim came over to hang out with us! Here are some pics of Oliver's first Halloween.

Picking out a pumpkin at the farm in Washington.

Oliver and his Winnie the Pooh pumpkin (I was really proud of myself :))

Eeyore, Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, and Tigger too!

I love this little guy!

I'm pretty sure I've got the cutest "Pooh Bear/Jack-o-lantern" around! 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Quick Trip to Seattle

Last week, Oliver and I were able to head up to Seattle with my mom a long weekend visit to see my grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncle and cousins. It was a little last minute, but I was so excited to see my family and introduce them to Oliver. I haven't been to Seattle since before my mission when I still had flight benefits, so it has been at least 6 years since I had seen my Grandma and Grandpa Hurst. In fact, they have never even met Brian! Even though we were only there for 4 days, we were able to pack a lot in. Oliver loved meeting and playing with everyone and was a GREAT traveler. Really, I couldn't have asked to a happier, more flexible, content baby to travel with last week. He was on his best behavior for Great Grandma and Grandpa Hurst and was thrilled with all the attention he got...especially from Nana Jones. :) I took a ton of pictures of the memories we made. 

 Our first stop after landing was to Nielson's Pastries: home of "the potato." This is seriously my favorite bakery treat of all time. It is basically a giant pastry puff covered in marzipan and cocoa and filled with the most heavenly cream center. I love them so much that I had to share a small bit of cream with Oliver so that he could experience the awesomeness as well. I may or may not have had 3 1/2 potatoes over the course of the whole trip. 

 Then we headed over to Pike Place Market downtown. It was so foggy that you could barely see the ocean, but we had fun checking out the vendors, walking past the original Starbucks, the gum wall, and Dr. Sheldon Cooper, and selecting some beautiful flowers to bring to my grandparents. 

 Oliver loved hanging out with Great Grandma and Grandpa Hurst. I'm their first grandchild, and Oliver is their first great grandchild. It was such a treat to see four generations all together.

We were lucky enough to also get to see more family. My Aunt Melanie and cousin Brittany were gracious enough to let us stay with them. We also got to go visit my Aunt Dayleen and family on Friday. Garrett, Melina, and Breena basically changed Oliver's life forever by introducing him to the balloons Melina had received her surgery. He was so fascinated by them!

In the spirit of Halloween, we took Oliver to his first pumpkin patch. He almost slept through the whole things but luckily woke up in time to enjoy some of the farm. 

The next day, Brittany and I carved our pumpkins. I'm pretty proud of my Winnie the Pooh. It's the fanciest jack-o-lantern I've ever made. As you can see below, Oliver was pretty into it too. :)

Of course, you can't stick your baby in a pumpkin without getting a messy. So Oliver got to play in the sink too!

Even though it was a quick trip, we had so much fun. I love my family! Hopefully, we won't have to wait 6 plus years for the next visit. And we'll have to bring Brian along with us next time too! :)

How cute is my little flyer?!?!?

Friday, November 1, 2013

October Break in St. George

Every October, Brian gets a week off for Fall Break. We have never been able to go anywhere because I have always been working then, so this year was pretty exciting because we got to go down to St. George to see Grandpa and Nana Moote's new house and pool! Gorgeous House. Beautiful Pool.

The only pics I have of the whole trip are of the pool, but that is appropriate since that's where we spent most of our trip. We didn't stay all whole week, but we were down there long enough to relax, enjoy some downtime, and soak up some sun. I really enjoyed having family time with nothing on the to do list. It will be exciting to go down more often with family, especially as Oliver gets older. I can't wait for Oliver to be old enough to go down the slide! I have a feeling a lot of great memories are going to happen here. :)

Here is a video of Oliver playing in the hot tub. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Oliver: 4-5 months

Oliver is growing up so fast! Sometimes I look at him and stare in wonder at how much he has changed  in just a few short months. Every once in a while, he will give me this look, and I swear he looks more like a little boy than a baby! It's so exciting to watch him learn and grow and see his personality develop, but I'm not about to give up the snuggles and kisses and gurgles just yet! So because I never got around to posting about 4 month old Ollie, I am combining 4 month old pictures and facts with 5 months. This is little guy seriously just makes my heart melt 24/7.

Above are some pics of our little man at 4 months. Oliver handled his 4 month appointment and shots SO much better than his 2 month appointment. This was a big deal for mommy! He is tall and skinny and most importantly healthy.

And below is Oliver at 5 months. (Lots of 5 month pictures to come in other posts about our adventures this month!)

And here are some facts about Oliver in the 4/5 month old stage:

-wears 3-6 month clothes
-size 1-2 diapers
-doesn't get a lot of tummy time because he is constantly rolling over to his back
-can roll from back to front and front to back now
-moves around in his sleep A LOT
-loves to grab faces 
-has tested the flavors of gelato, pesto, curry, beef stew, pastry cream, butternut squash, and orange juice. He really isn't eating yet, but he is fascinated by what we eat and is getting really grabby, so we started to dip his pacifier (or our fingers) in different items for his tasting pleasure. So far, so good. We tried tiny bits on the spoon, but he just played with it.
-tries to suck on empty water bottles
-is teething. He chews and drools like a boss and has had some pretty fussy last couple of days.
-sleeps from 9pm to 8:30am but has regressed to getting up 2 times a night
-is napping better during the day. 
-always wants to be standing up and bouncing
-gets distracted while eating ALL THE TIME
-quick to smile when you make a silly face at him
-is starting to get a little ticklish 
-can be instantly cheered up by taking a bath or shower
-tries to hold his own bottle and put his pacifier in himself 
-sits up unassisted for a few seconds at a time
-talks to his toys
-travels great in cars and planes
-and laughs and giggles a lot at night before bedtime

I feel pretty lucky to get to spend my days with this little guy. There is no where else I would rather be than home with him!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New Baby Friends and Family Visits

On top of visiting my fmaily in Georgia in August, we also got to visit with Brian's grandparents and meet our new nephew/cousin, Ethan. Grandma and Grandpa Moote came at the perfect time to meet two of their newest great grandsons!

Oliver Meeting Great Grandma and Grandpa Moote and baby Ethan.

4 Generations of Moote Men

Ethan is such a cute baby! He is so small and cuddly compared to Oliver. I can't believe how much babies can change and develop in just 3 months! Ollie and Ethan are going to be best cousin friends!

Then in September, we also welcomed another new friend for Oliver, Jay Maxwell Stone. Hooray for best friends having best friend babies! Jay was 3 lbs heavier and 3 in longer than Oliver as a newborn. They are going to be the same size ridiculously soon. 

Who looks this good after giving birth naturally?!?!
We are feeling pretty blessed to have friends and family that are near by and to have so many new play buddies for Oliver!