Sunday, June 30, 2013

So...we live in Colorado now

Yup, still strange to think that we actually live here and don't have to go "home" from vacation. We are all transitioning pretty well, I think! The boys are sharing a room with no major hiccups. Liam sleeps through Jude's mid-night crying sessions and Jude sleeps through Liam's nap protests. We are all thrilled to see more of Ryan's parents, his extended family, and the mountains!

I thought I needed to share the pictures of our last few days in Nashville and the drive west:

I was so shocked, and humbled to receive this plaque from the Brentwood Police Department! The officers and detectives were always so incredibly kind and supportive of me, even including me in emails about upcoming events in town so that I was aware for staffing. I should have recognized them, not the other b way around!

The day after my last day of work, I went in to have coffee with my precious regulars. These folks have been like family to me, involved in our life and truly caring about me. I miss them so much! They treated me to some delicious chicken minis and these incredible bundt-cupcakes!

These sweet friends basically spent the day before we left wrangling our children so that we could finish up packing, loading, and cleaning. We had one final dinner at our beloved Athens Family Restaurant. We miss them so much, the friends, and the restaurant.

This is Liam in the middle of the street, he wasn't so keen on moving.

This is the rig that Ryan and his awesome friend, Joel, drove. We were so blessed to have friends offer to drive with us! Kirsten rode with me and helped with the boys, we could not have done it without them!

The most common view of the back seat.

Kirsten, the boys, and I stopped for a few days in Arkansas to visit with family and allow Ryan time to get our bedrooms settled.

I took Liam to ride the train at Creekmore Park, we were both so excited!

Liam also got to see his little Ellie! We joke a lot about them being betrothed and this photo just solidified their imminent engagement. :)

The long, flat, plains of Kansas.

We had a great drive out. It was great to get to spend time with Kirsten! And, both of the boys did so well in the car! Liam was entertained with toys and the iPad and baby Jude was thrilled anytime he got to see us! Facing backwards is the pits.

Now, we are still working on getting settled and getting acclimated to the altitude. We are enjoying eating at our favorite restaurants and I'm trying to learn my way around this new city!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dear Jude: 7 months

Dear baby Jude,

We are officially on the downhill slope to you being a one year old! I know it will be here before we know it! I am amazed at the war between not believing that you are seven months old, and being unable to fathom that you haven't been here forever.

It's been a big month for our whole family, and you have weathered the changes brilliantly! You successfully sat in your carseat for more than twenty hours while we moved to Colorado, and you are adapting well to sharing a room with your big brother.

I know nothing concrete regarding your measurements. But you are definitely growing, you get another little fat roll every day. Just the way I like my babies! I think you've had a growth spurt this month, you seem quite a bit longer to me. You are wearing size 3 diapers and 6-9 month clothes.

Sweet Jude, you love to eat and are now eating two meals of solids a day. You love everything that you've had so far, and hate when the bowl runs empty. New foods this month: carrots, raspberries, blueberries, mango, and multi-grain cereal. You still nurse, or take a 6oz bottle, 5-6 times a day. And at least once during the night...

You love your toes more than any other toy. You constantly want to hold into them, or put them in your mouth. This makes learning to sit a bit difficult! You can sit for a short time, but always fall over once you inevitably reach for your toes! You also love snuggling with your lovie, paci, and playing in your exersaucer.

Liam is absolutely enchanted by you, and you with him. You give him all of your best smiles and laughs, and it has been one of my life's greatest joys to watch you two love each other at such an early age. I pray that you continue to be best friends, and I am so excited to watch your relationship develop.

Judes, I know I've said it before, but I am so very glad that you are ours! You are such a blessing to me, and I know that you will bless others with your sweet smiles and exuberant personality. I'm so thankful to have a front row seat to watch you grow!

Love you forever, and ever,