Friday, September 30, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dear Birmingham, meet Rosemary

Last weekend, we took Rosemary to Birmingham for the first time. (Sept 15-18) It was a great weekend of hanging out with family and spending time together. It was awesome to get to introduce her to special loved ones, and we all had a lot of fun! I was impressed by how well our kids did with all our busyness, but they held up great and really had so much fun with everyone. Thanks for the hospitality, Phelps, and we loved seeing you all!!

We loved being there for Avery's 1st birthday!
She needed no help digging into her little cake...

Georgia- 4yrs, Rosemary- 3 mo, Lincoln & Logan- 2.75 yrs, Avery- 1 year!

Sunday morning we joined the deVilleneuve's and Broom's for brunch. It was so great to see them and see how the deV boys have grown, and get to meet the Broom's baby Charlotte, just one month older than Rosemary!
After seeing Lincoln's joy on their tire swing,
we may have to find room for one in our own tiny backyard!

Rosemary- 3 mo, Charlotte- 4 mo

The girls & the babies- Jenn & Hutson,
Laura & Rosemary, me & Charlotte

Dave, Ryan & Larry

Georgia- 4, Christian- 3, Hutson- 1.5, Rollins- 4, Lincoln- 2.75

Rosemary Rae and her namesake, Jaclyn Rae!

Nana & Rosemary

Papa & Rosemary

Aunt Heather & Rosemary

Lincoln got everyone involved in a rowdy game of duck duck goose,
where instead of "duck" you say stuff like "cucumber, ketchup, hamburger, HOT dog"!!

Georgia & Uncle T

Uncle Jon & Rosemary

Lincoln & Joseph

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Morning in Auburn

Last weekend we packed up the momma-mobile and took our first trip to Birmingham as a family of five. There were many family members and friends that needed to still meet Baby Rosemary, so we just made it a long weekend trip. As usual, we did the bulk of our driving at night, to limit the stops needed for feeding and taking care of the kiddos. And we planned it so our only stop could be in Auburn, the loveliest village on the plains and our much-loved alma mater.

So who drives 8 hours for breakfast and a haircut? We do! We grabbed some grub from Big Blue Bagel, then Larry popped into the barbershop for a little trim. He took Lincoln in with him, but couldn't convince him that haircuts aren't torture. We let the kids run out some energy across Samford lawn, walked across campus to the stadium, visited our old Eagle Eye professor, and of course took pictures! On our way back across campus we happened to see Aubie! Georgia was so excited she yelled out "There's Aubie!!" and so he stopped his golf cart and entourage, and took a minute to come say Hi to some little fans and play around with us for a bit. SO awesome! But, while Lincoln loves Aubie on tv and has been so excited to tell everyone about seeing him, he would NOT get anywhere close to him in person. He is just NOT a fan of life-sized tigers!

Toomer's Corner- so sad to think these trees probably
won't be here when the kids are in college here!

"Warrr Eagle, HEY!!!"

In front of Tichenor, where mommy spent many hours taking classes.

There were all these flags out in front of the stadium, in memorial of the 9/11 tragedy. 

You too can Vote for Aubie in the CapitalOne Mascot challenge!

All snuggled in his carseat with his new AU football, tuckered out from a fun morning
AND staying up from 1:30-6:30am during our drive!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Rosemary: 3 Months

Dear Rosemary,
More than a month has sped by and mommy is late in getting this update posted. You continue to delight us with your smiles and new discoveries. This month was all about learning a little control- over your voice, hands and smile!
~ Such a chatterbox! You are a master at cooing, gooing, oos and ahhs and love to carry on a "conversation". I have been trying to capture it on video because it's so adorable. Your brother and sister love to try to interpret, but they do talk over you a bit. No wonder you're learning to talk at full volume!
~ Your little arms still go crazy when you're trying to go to sleep and wake you up, but you're learning how they work and move. You've started grabbing things like a hanging toy or your bib- and then the next move is always to bring it to your mouth! Your little fingers must be delicious because you can't get enough of them and try to fit them all in your mouth. Sometimes you just watch your fingers open and close in amazement. It's so fun to see you start to play!
~ You are the most smiley baby ever! You share a smile with anyone and everyone, and no-one can get enough. And you're also learning to laugh, which is the funniest sound. You are quite ticklish and when I am coming close to "getcha getcha" you give a giggle, then a big laugh when I tickle you. It's also so sweet that you now know that kisses are special, as you give me a big smile in reward for giving you big kisses!
~ No checkup this month so I have no idea how big you are, but I guess between 10-11 pounds. You still eat about five ounces, five times a day from about 7-8am wakeup to 9-10pm bedtime. We've moved your last feeding up, and you still go right to bed and sleep sound through the night. You love to sleep! You take 4 naps, after each feeding, and seem to love to sleep long stretches. I often find myself pushing a feeding time back because you're sleeping so good. But you also are flexible, so if we are out and about, like during our weekend in Birmingham, you handle it fine. You are also definitely outgrowing your snuggle-me swaddler...
~ You are a bit like big sis in that you can be a fussy eater. Meaning- you could usually care less, but mommy wants you to eat and so we fuss about it! You eat enough to get by and are a strong healthy girl, so I try not to fight about it too much. But I guess I'll never have a sweet-chub baby!
~ You are very strong and have gained so much control over your head. You love to stand in our laps and bounce. You are also learning to sit up, supported, and we've been putting you in the Bumpo some so you can join us for dinner or hang out with me in the kitchen. And when you get to just lay on the blanket, you love to have all that room to kick and wiggle!
"Has anyone noticed this counter? The pattern is mesmerizing!"
~ Favorite nicknames for you right now are: Little One, Wiggles, Messy Girl, and, of course, BabyRosemary, which I think Lincoln will call you until you're married!
~ Other things that happened this month: Big sister started PreK and you are so excited to see her at pickup every day. Daddy started graduate school- you'll be over two before he's done! We've started back at CBS (Community Bible Study) and all the ladies love seeing you and I get about 57 offers to hold you in the 2 hours we're there. And you had your first long car ride and trip to Birmingham, where you met many special family and friends for the first time! And you got to spend your 3 Month Birthday with Avery on her 1st Birthday- so neat you girls are exactly 9 months apart, and such a reminder of how quick you will grow in the next 9 months!
I already have a fun new milestone for your next update, but I refrained from putting it in here. Maybe I'll have to make a separate blog post about that (especially since now everyone's interest is peaked!). I thank God every day for such beautiful, healthy sweet baby and feel so incredibly blessed every time you smile at me- so I feel blessed all day! :) Love you baby girl, Mommy