Thursday, June 24, 2010

Happy Happy!

Happy first Father's Day to Matt! 
We celebrated in Port Angeles with Annie's parents and friends, feasting on delicious homemade wood-fired pizzas. 

The following day, June 21st, was our 2nd wedding anniversary.  We reminisced about that beautiful day two years ago and what a wonderful time we had.  Jacob was not even a twinkle in our eye at that time. 

Grandma and Grandpa gladly babysat Jacob so we could go out on a date to celebrate.  Dinner and a movie was all we needed and it was nice to spend some time together as a couple.  Of course, dinner conversation drifted to Jacob talk and plans for future family adventures. 

 We took Jacob back to the doctor this week, just for a weight check.  This new formula seems to be doing the right thing!  Jacob is now up to 12 lbs!!  After all the diarrhea and GI issues, he had some catching up to do.  He gained 15 oz in 5 days, which is amazing!   We're so glad he's feeling better and is back to his normal, happy self.  

We're glad summer has finally arrived and we've been enjoying visiting our local farmer's markets.  Here's hoping the sun sticks around for awhile!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Lots o' News!

We apologize for not letting you know we made it back from our road trip safely.  That was more than a week ago now!  I thought not much had been going on, but then I downloaded our pictures and found evidence to the contrary.  Here are a few highlights of the last week:

Drove across the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20) and actually saw snow in June!  But also some beautiful waterfalls and green trees.  

We stayed with Annie's Granpa on Camano Island on our last stop and then headed down I-5 back to Tacoma. 
It was good to be back home.  But it was also back to the reality of laundry, bills, and cleaning.  And Jacob's reality of sleeping, eating, and pooping. 

We went to another Tacoma Rainiers game, this time with a group from our church.  The guys were all loaded up with kids and gear!  

This week, we had several doctor's appointments for regular check ups.  The neurosurgeon says everything looks good from his perspective.  Jacob does have some swelling around the valve, which creates quite a bulge on the side of his head.  The doc would rather not have that there, but it doesn't bother Jacob either.  We'll be putting a headband around his head to try to put some pressure on it and bring down the swelling.

Jacob also had a regular check up at the pediatrician this week when he got his first round of vaccinations.  He did great, only crying a little bit with each of the 3 shots he received.  At this visit, Jacob weighed in at 11 lbs 1 oz, and measured 23 inches long--all right on track for the growth curves.  We went back to the pediatrician today, worried that Jacob has had some diarrhea for about 3 weeks now.  Fortunately, he's gaining weight ok, but his poor bottom is getting very sore.  We're on to our 4th kind of formula now and hopefully this will solve the problem.  After a very fussy past couple of days (quite unlike Jacob), he seems to be feeling better today already.  Hallelujah!  Maybe mom and dad will get some better sleep tonight too. 

Physically, Jacob still has all that hair he was born with.  It's turning into an auburn color and his eyebrows and eyelashes are starting to darken as well.  His eyes are still a beautiful blue.  He's also focusing on mom and dad's faces a lot, but also is quite happy when he finds his hands in his mouth as well.   With the last few nights being the exception, Jacob sleeps quite well--about 4 hours at night.  That's not too bad for his age and mom and dad take turns getting up with him.

We can't believe our little guy will be 8 weeks old next week!  The time has gone by very quickly and slowly at the same time.  Annie will be getting ready to go back to work after the 4th of July.  We're looking forward to celebrating Father's Day, our 2nd wedding anniversary and Matt's birthday in the next couple of weeks. We'll keep you posted!

Monday, June 7, 2010

We continued on our road trip, leaving Spokane on Sunday morning.  We stopped at Grand Coulee Dam--an amazing sight!  Matt had not been there before and it was also an important stop in Annie's family history.  Annie's Grandpa Emry worked on the dam back in the 1930s.  They have a great visitor's center and it was neat to read about how the dam was built and what a major project it was. 

 The weather improved a bit on Monday and we actually felt the warm rays of sunshine on our shortsleeved arms for the first time this summer.  What lovely weather for wine tasting in the Okanagan Valley.  The wineries up here are beautiful, with vineyards all around and views of the lake below. 

Jacob has been a great traveller so far.  We had to get a little creative in our feeding and changing options today, even changing him in the trunk of the car.  At one point, Matt had a baby bottle in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.   Jacob needs to get used to wineries early and only one person asked him for some ID. 

Tomorrow, we'll head back down the OkanaganValley and into Washington, ending up in Twisp. 

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Jacobs first road trip.

Jacob went to the Doctors on Thursday and his weight is up to 10 pounds 8 ounces!  He is doing great.  He is tracking really well with his eyes and makes eye contact every time we feed him.  He is getting stronger every day.

Well Jacob is now five and a half weeks old and we are on our first road trip.  We left on Friday morning and went up and had lunch with Annie's brother Steve at his work and then left for Spokane.  Jacob did really well on the trip and only was fussy as we were going over the pass.  We got to Spokane around 7:30 where we met with much of Matt's family and stayed with his Uncle Stu and Aunt Dorothy.  We Spent Sat. in Spokane and met a few of Matt's friends and some more family.  Sun. morning we will leave early for the Okanagan Valley, where we will spend Sun. night, Mon., and Tues. morning up there doing some wine tasting and showing off Jacob.  We will then spend Tues. night outside of Winthrop.  Then drive along the north cascades highway and spend the Wed. night with Annie's grandfather on Camano Island.  Finally we will get home on Thursday and get back to our normal lives.

We will try and keep posting as we go along, but finding internet access is sometimes kind of tricky.  As it is where I'm sitting the internet keeps dropping me, so I may not even be able to post this!

Hope you all are doing well and thanks for taking time to keep up with what we and (more importantly) Jacob are up to.