Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Leaving on a jet plane...

Things are busy at our house this week, as Abb and I are planning for a much needed adult trip. Suitcases are being packed, out of town preparations are being made and childcare arrangements are being finalized. There is a flurry of activity and with our flight scheduled to leave in less than 48 hours, it will be a miracle if we make it J.
We are headed to San Juan for a few days and then we will set sail on a four day cruise. We are both so excited about getting the chance to revisit St. Bart’s (where we spent our honeymoon) and explore two new islands (Anguilla and Prickly Pear). More than the locations we will be visiting; it is the promise of uninterrupted sleep and adult conversation that we are most excited about.
I will say that in preparing to leave, the mommy guilt has really kicked in. In the last two weeks Ford has learned to sit up on his own, has begun crawling and has cut two teeth. My biggest fear is that in the seven days we will be gone, he will accomplish some major milestone that I will miss. I had a serious talk with him last night and gave him strict instructions that he is NOT to pull up, say his first word, blow a kiss or wave bye bye while we are gone. I am quickly learning that he does things whenever HE pleases, so we shall see.
On the bright side, our vacation is providing Ford with some serious grandparent bonding time and if he is to do something exciting while we are away, I know that his Grammy, Pops or Oma Cindy will be there to witness it. As a baby, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents and I am convinced that this bonding time early in life led to our close relationship. Ford is truly blessed with amazing grandparents who love him SO much. What I should be most worried about is him being spoiled beyond recognition upon our return.
Pictures of both our adventure and Ford’s adventure to come!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Oh SO Close!!!

At a little over seven months, our little Ford on the cusp of a number of major milestones. While they may not seem all that special, when you take a moment to think about it each of these are truly giant leaps towards independence.
·         His first pearly white is almost here - we are days away from finally seeing the first specs of white from Ford’s first tooth. The skin has broken and from what he will allow us to feel, this first little tooth is going to be a sharp one!!! He has been a trooper and hopefully all that drooling and gnawing will pay off very soon… solid food here we come.
·         Our little rolly polly will soon be a crawler – while rolling from one side of the room to the other has been effective, it appears that Ford is ready to graduate onto crawling. He has perfected what we call the “belly flop crawl” which consists of getting up on all fours, rocking back and forth and then making a giant lurch forward. This weekend we caught him practicing actually moving his knees and arms in the right sequence and propelling himself forward. This clearly caught him off guard and we are praying we have a few more days before he realizes that he can crawl, as we have some serious baby proofing to do!
·         Waving “Bye Bye” – right now it is not much more than the clenching and releasing of his right fist, but Ford is trying so hard! He will watch you make the motion and then stare at his hand as he tries to mimic your action. His concentration is intense and I cannot help but think that he understands that in addition to gaining praise from those who witness his new little trick, waving bye bye will be one of his first attempts at communication.
As I write this post I cannot help but think that before we know it Ford will be getting braces, running the bases at his first baseball game and waving “bye bye” as he heads off to college. Everyone said that they grow up too quick and I have to agree. While it breaks my heart to think about him growing up it is so amazing to have a front row seat for the growth and development of another human being. We were all babies once and we all take for granted the amazing transformation from total dependence to independence that takes place in such a short amount of time. God is so good and life is such a miracle!!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christmas 2011

Click on the photo to see our Christmas 2011 pics!

Back to Reality

So, it is January 4, 2012, and we are back into the routine of life. With work schedules finally slowing down, our family of three was fortunate to spend the last ten days of 2011 together. While this probably doesn’t seem like much, this was the longest consecutive amount of time we have spent together since Ford was born seven months ago.
In these ten amazing days, we were able to be a part of his daily life in a way that we typically are not. We listened to him babble for the first time… ba,ba,ba… ma,ma,ma (my favorite)… wa,wa,wa, we watched him open his first Christmas presents (and eat an unidentifiable amount of wrapping paper), we attempted to comfort him with his struggles with teething, and we even got to witness his squeals of delight during his first trip onto the beach.
Ending 2011 together was the best Christmas and birthday present ever. While parenthood is an all-consuming and often thankless task, I stand amazed and humbled by the gift we were given on June 2, 2011. I feel so fortunate to have been chosen to be Ford’s mother and still cannot believe that he is ours. As tough as it was to leave him again yesterday, I am comforted to know he’s in great hands.
Here’s to another great year of living and loving as a family! I have a feeling 2012 is going to be our best year yet!!!