Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Grayson Brooks | 3 Months

My baby is 3 month old! I don't know how that is possible since we literally just came home from the hospital like 5 minutes ago.

The last few weeks have been so fun! It's like someone just flipped a switch and all of a sudden he's SO aware and so into everything that we're doing. He likes to look at the dogs and stare at himself in the mirror.

He loves his jungle play mat and plays on it everyday. He kicks and squirms so much when he gets excited and loves to grab onto his Sophie giraffe and shake it. He's babbling like crazy and has been making us laugh so much. He's so strong and can hold himself up on his arms when he does tummy time.

He's the happiest in the morning right when we first wake up, and when he's on the changing table he's all smiles. He's super ticklish and curls up into a ball and squeals when he tickle him. He's trying to laugh but that's about all he's been able to get out so far.

He loves bath time and is so cute splashing in the water. I've been bathing him on the fishy sponge in the sink but he's growing so fast that he probably won't fit in there much longer. He loves going in the big bathtub with me too.

He's been taking a bottle of pumped breast milk when he stays with his nanny Miss Darlene or with his Auntie but doesn't really seem to like it much and fights it a little bit. Especially if it's me or his Daddy giving him the bottle. Otherwise he is eating so good and is gaining weight right on track and has new rolls on his chunky little thighs every day. We haven't had to introduce any formula and I hope that we won't ever have to. My supply has been doing great. I started to notice that I wasn't making quite as much as before so I made a batch of lactation cookies {which were delicious by the way} and they totally worked immediately.

We've been reading lots of books every day and he likes to look at the pictures but gets bored and starts yelling and squirming in the middle of the books. Such a boy.

He loves when I wear him especially when I'm doing stuff around the house and usually conks out after a while with his mouth wide open. He is such a good sleeper. I cannot believe how blessed we have been in this department. Last night... he slept for 12 hours. He wakes up once or twice in the night to nurse but since he's sleeping right there with me it's so easy to just feed him and fall back asleep. It hardly even feels like waking up. I'm so grateful for all of the sleep we have been getting!

We had a brave moment and decided to take Grayson to his first A's game for opening night. He actually did really good and made it through dinner in the restaurant, through batting practice and the opening ceremonies. He slept through almost everything in the Moby wrap until it was time to head out to our seats and pretty much on queue, he woke up and decided he didn't want to be there anymore. The people sitting around us were so sweet and kept telling us how awesome we were for getting him to his first game at 3 months old and told us not to worry about him crying. It was sweet but neither of us was comfortable with him crying and it was loud and starting to get cold so we decided to go home early. Second inning early. Regardless we both considered it a success but probably won't be trying it again for a while.

We are loving life with our boy so much. Everything is better now that he is here. Better than I could have ever imagined.

We love you to the moon and back sweet boy. Thank you for choosing us.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Grayson's First Easter

We had a really low key Easter this year. It was so nice to just have a quiet day and relax. We went to 11:00 mass and then went home for appetizers and to cook dinner. We stopped by to see our friends and Grayson's sweet Godparents later in the afternoon and then spent the rest of the day in our comfy clothes.

The Easter Bunny(ies) spoiled Grayson big time this year. He got a basket from his Gram, from his Auntie Caitlin and from the real bunny himself!  Of course he didn't have any idea what to do with his baskets but he was pretty excited to show off his cute bunny ears.

The Easter Bunny brought him a cloth swim diaper, some sunnies, sunscreen, a monkey rattle, some bubbles, a teething ring, and most importantly, some candy for mama!

This was definitely a special Easter, it being Grayson's first and all but for me it held an even more precious meaning this year. Last year at Easter we were well past a year of trying to get pregnant, we had met with doctors and done fertility testing and found that it was unlikely that I would be able to get pregnant without intervention. I will never forget sitting in church on Easter Sunday last year and having a silent conversation with God. Asking why not us? Why not now? Asking impatiently, when? It seemed so far out of reach that we would have our baby by the very next Easter! This year I sat in church for about 10 minutes before Grayson started to fuss and we headed out to the lobby to stand with the rest of the babies and mamas. We stood and rocked and eventually he fell asleep and I couldn't help but feel like the most fortunate person in the world. We are truly blessed this year.

The dogs even got into the spirit! Clearly they weren't as amused as me but how cute are they?

Happy Easter, bunnies! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Beach Day

This weekend was a fun one of firsts for Grayson! Saturday morning we went to the mall to meet the Easter Bunny. Grayson couldn't really have cared less about the ordeal but we thought it was pretty cute and had a good laugh.

Sunday we drove out to Capitola for Grayson's first beach day and to celebrate his Auntie Caitlin's birthday!  It was sprinkling when we left home but it started to clear up as we got closer to the beach and it ended up being a beautiful day.

G fussed a little bit but finally fell asleep and had a long beach nap. This kid knows how to do it right. :)


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Newborn Photos

Back in January, when little G was just 8 precious days old. He was so fresh and so squishy. Now he's 9 weeks and those first days home already feel like they were ages ago. Our favorite photographer, Lisa, with Ellevor Photography came to the house for some baby snuggles and a quick newborn session. She  also did our maternity photos back in November. I love her style. She really captured our family and the joy of our sweet boy without feeling too much like your typical newborn photos.

This picture makes me laugh. I have no idea why we're both making that face.

He was so good when we did these outside photos.  It was a little chilly so we put the blankets in the dryer for a few minutes and then wrapped him up. Once he fell asleep we pulled little bits of the blankets off at a time so he wouldn't get cold and woke up. He just snoozed the whole way through!

Those first few days at home felt like such a dream and I'm so happy that we have these photos to remember how tiny and new he was.

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