Friday, November 10, 2006

Four Generations

We've been doing quite a bit of travelling lately. Good thing Iain is a fairly happy little guy when we hit the road. We spent some time on Thursday and Saturday of last week in Satellite Beach with Jeremy's grandparents (and other members of his family). I think everyone enjoyed getting to hold and snuggle with Iain. One of the things we had really wanted to do on those trips was to get a picture of the four generations: Joe Sr. (Iain's great-grandfather), Joe Jr. (Iain's grandfather), Jeremy, and Iain. What a treasure for Iain to have later on.

It's amazing to see how fast the little man is growing. Yesterday, he held his head up very well for quite a while! I didn't get a picture of that, but here is one from a week or so ago - just imagine him holding his head up even higher.

One of our new favorite pastimes when the weather is nice is to go outside with a blanket. Iain enjoys watching the leaves in the tree above him and the dancing light patterns that filter through. He'll lay there quite contentedly for a half hour sometimes and then eventually be lulled to sleep. It's fun to see him enjoying nature, seeing things for the first time, and wondering at creation.

Grammy (Jeremy's mom) made a bunch of cute little burp cloths for Iain before he was born, out of cloth diapers with ribbon trim and eyelet. They serve their purpose well, but this morning, Iain decided they needed to serve another purpose. How cute!

I don't think I've ever taken so many pictures in my life! My mom should be proud.:) This one is a bit blurry, but I love the expression.

The Superman Pose

And some very exciting news... Iain really likes being swaddled. REALLY likes it. But he's getting so big that the receiving blankets I used to wrap him in weren't doing the job anymore. He'd kick his feet out and the blanket would pop off his chest and arms, and then his arms would be free to wave around... and wake him up. Fine for nap time, but he couldn't sleep more than a few hours at night, though I knew he should be able to, since he really wasn't all that hungry sometimes at night. So I used a gift card and bought a baby gadget - even though I am usually anti-baby gadgets. It's called a Swaddler, and it's a little blanket pouch with velcro to keep it closed. He looks like a little pea pod. But it works! The first night I tried Iain in it (last Tuesday), he slept six hours - and he has every night since. It's so nice to have him (and me) getting better sleep at night.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Tallahassee, Etc

Last weekend, we took Iain to Tallahassee so he could visit his aunt Jenna and meet our friends from college days. On Saturday, we took him to the Wesley Foundation to see all our old haunts. He slept through most of the visit, but we enjoyed walking around the property again, seeing what had changed, and talking to friends.

These are the porch steps where Jeremy proposed to me.

Then that afternoon, we had an open house so people could drop by and visit. It was fun to see everyone again!

And that evening, we went to a Greek Festival - great food, fun music, and a magnificent church.

In other news: work on the house continues. The repair part is finished except we still need a new front door as ours is now inoperable, and there are cracks to be patched and painted. Now we're on to the addition. First we need to tear up the concrete in the carport and front walkway. Then the plumber will come and tie into the existing water line. After that, we pour the new foundation and then finally start building!

Thanks to those of you who prayed for Iain's "bubble" to resolve itself. It has! We were told any symptoms would begin to appear when he was 4-6 weeks old, and we haven't seen any signs of trouble. In fact, he's growing like a weed!

We had a day or so of cool weather last week - perfect for walking! Iain enjoyed being bundled in his duck jacket.

And a few more miscellaneous pictures for your viewing pleasure: