Sunday, February 28, 2010

Playing Dress-Up

Before we had Jack, our dog Owen was our pride and joy. We loved taking silly pictures of her and family photos of the three of us.




It's much more fun and a heck of a lot cuter to dress up our little baby Jack.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Boppy Comparison

Here's Jack at about a week old:

About a month old:

And here at about 2 months:

Caught mid-sneeze.

And finally, these are from today, he's just shy of 3 months:


We'll probably be forcing the poor guy to carry around the boppy so we can get a photo-op when he's graduating from college.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Meeting the Great-Grandparents

Jack had the privilege of meeting some of his great-grandparents this past weekend. We drove up to Pittsburgh to spend the weekend with GiGi and Pappy (Jean and Jack), James's mom's parents. It was also Jack's first overnight trip away from home. But the most special part of the trip, was being able to introduce Jack to one of the two great-grandfather's that he's named after.

There was lots of oohing and ahhing over, and cuddling of baby Jack. He also got to meet James's aunt & uncle and some of their kids and spouses. He doesn't remember since he was sleeping, but he also Skyped with his dad's cousin's baby girl (I have no idea what she would be to Jack, fourth cousin by marriage once removed? who knows.) who was born two weeks after he was. You can read all about the adorable Ava Faulhaber here.

We had a great time. Beside the obvious enjoyment of being with family we don't get to see very often, we were so glad to get away from our apartment for a bit (if you've ever been over and experienced the ridiculous noise levels, you'll understand completely), and just get out of town. We've spent so much of the last two and a half years traveling and moving, we were getting a bit stir crazy.

Jack traveled really well, we were so grateful. We made it the 6 our drive with only one stop each way.

Jack, meet Jack.


and meet your great-grandmother Jean, get ready for lots of fun spoiling which you are sure to love.




Second cousin Mae-lin. I guess they're second cousins, I'm not really sure how all those extended family relations work.


There was so much snow there, we were dying to let Jack play in the snow for the first time. James found a snow suit on Craig's List right down the street from his grandparents house. As you can see, Jack was thrilled.


"I can't put my arms down!" A gold star for you if you know that movie quote.




I'm envisioning many adventures ahead for the two of them that will be sure to make my heart stop a few times.




Good times, great hospitality, and wonderful family.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Mr. Chatterbox

Lately our little man has been chattin' it up. We have little "conversations" and it cracks me up. Everyday he seems to smile and laugh more and more. Here's a taste of it:
video

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Bizarre Produce

One thing we never lacked during the first two months of Jack's life was delicious food, and not because we were doing any of the cooking. So many people prepared incredible meals for us and even delivered them. We ate so well and we are so grateful for those gifts of service.

I knew having a newborn would be a lot of work, but I didn't anticipate just how much I would dread having to cook a meal when dinnertime crept around. But thanks to our awesome friends and family, we never once had to do anything more complicated than put something in the oven or punch buttons on the microwave.

As a result of these glorious meals given to us, the only food cabinets I opened were the ones containing the cereal and granola bars. These onions are proof of that. We found them the other day; I'm not sure how long they have been there, but they're definitely older than Jack is.

Kinda scary, don't you think?