June 13, 2013

James 1st Beach Trip

Memorial Weekend we headed down south to the Gulf of Mexico for James' first trip to Emerald Coast.  It was a beautiful weekend but was also very crowded.  Here is James right before we left.  You can tell how thrilled he is about the 4 1/2 hour drive...

His outfit was perfect for the day it says, "Beach Bound, Road Trip"  So stinkin' cute :)
The first three hours were almost flawless until we stopped to change his diaper and give him a bottle.  He decided at that moment that he did NOT want to be in the car any longer.  He pretty much cried/screamed the rest of the way.  Geez...  This was one Mommy who needed cold one as soon as we got to the condo.
When we arrived at the condo, Nannie was already there waiting on us.  Luckily, she had already done all the grocery shopping so all we needed to do was put on our swimsuits and head to the pool!
The first day, we just went to the indoor pool.  The water was as warm as bath water... baby steps :)

The next morning, we hit the beach bright and early before the crowd got there.  Yep, we were those people who go to the beach at 8:00 in the morning.  I always wondered why on earth you would get there so early?!  Now I know... few people, sun isn't too blazing, and a happy morning baby!


The baby swimming pool is a MUST at the beach!  He loved splashing in the water.  He would put his hands in his mouth and tasted the salt water.  He wasn't so sure about the taste but that didn't stop him.

At first, he did not like the sand.  He cried a little and then stuck his hands and feet all in it.  He played and played!

After our mid-morning nap, Uncle John, Aunt Amy, and cousin Thomas came to visit.  We went back to the pool for the boys to play some more. We pretty stayed at the pool the rest of the weekend.  James LOVED the pool. He loved splashing mommy and daddy too!

Sunday consisted of more beach and pool time.  Needless to say James was exhausted!  However, it was hard getting him to nap for long periods of time because he just didn't want to miss out on any fun :)
I caught a good picture of him passed out after a trip to the pool. Sweetie :)
Sunday night, we tried a family photo shoot before dinner.  Since there was no professional photographer around, this is what we ended up with.

For dinner, we went to Bear Point Marina.  James had a blast!  There was live music, a lot of people watching and boats coming in and out of the Marina.  After eating, we took a walk around to look at the all the boats.

Thank you Nannie and Grandpa for an amazing and fun-filled 1st Beach Trip!  We had so much fun!


June 6, 2013

9 months!

James is 9 months old!!  He weighs 18 pounds, 14 ounces and is 29 inches long!  I probably say this every month, but 9 months is my favorite age so far!  He has really starting exploring things and is crawling all over the place.  He loves to pull up on anything around him: tables, chairs, couches, mommy, etc. 
At 9 months, James is eating a ton of food!  He still has about five 6 ounce bottles a day PLUS fruit and oatmeal for breakfast, vegetables for lunch and dinner, and sometimes a snack of yogurt in the afternoon.  He loves pureed food.  Not so fond of any food that is not pureed.  We will continue working on that :)
He is still such a happy baby and loves to play outside, read books, and watch Mickey Mouse on TV.  He also loves to point at everything and everyone!
Over Memorial weekend, we went to the beach for the first time and he LOVED it!  He loved the pool, the beach, didn't really love the ocean but he will one day.  I will write about our beach vacation in another blog though :)
Last Friday, we went to the park in our neighborhood with my cousin and her cutie pie kids.  James loved the swing and the "tunnel" on the play ground.  Here's a picture of him exploring...

I wish he could stay this sweet and innocent forever!  He is growing and learning so much everyday and we are having a blast watching him!