Monday, January 16, 2012

1 month?!

Where has the last month gone? I cannot believe that my sweet little man has blessed us with his presence for a month already!! Before I talk about what has been going on with Beckett, I wanted to add the pictures of our trip to Snow Mountain. Little did we know as we headed on this adventure that little Beckett would be making his appearance in less than 24 hours! This is the crew before embarking on the mountain. Snow mountain is a snow covered Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta. Since it typically doesn't snow in Atlanta, they convert this park to a sledding, snowball and snowman making extravaganza! It is so much fun and this year, Jackson was tall enough to go down the big mountain!

Here they go down the big mountain for the first time. Believe it or not, after they rode it the first time, Greg thought it may be mild enough for me to go down. Thank goodness I decided not to risk it, because I really would have thought I did something to cause Beckett to come early!!

They made it! They all loved it, and as soon as they reached the bottom, they headed right back up again!

My angel making a snow angel :)

Jackson pulling up his sled like a big boy!

They had some smaller sledding areas for the little guys to enjoy. This is Jackson and Nathaniel heading down!

So much fun!

Posing for a quick pic!

Not only did we do Snow Mountain, but we also did the Christmas portion of the park. This included Polar Express 4D experience, where is actually where I was watching when my water broke :(, and a train ride around the park with Christmas lights and caroles. This is Jackson so excited pointing as the train came!

And now for the updates on my sweet Beckett. Like I said, I can't believe he has been here for a month! So much has happened in that short little time and he has already changed so much! He is absolutely an angel baby and never cries!! He is so content and just sleeps and eats. I am not sure if this is going to change, but I am hoping for the best! In the last month, he has grown like a weed! When we left the hospital he was 4 pounds and16 1/2 inches. At his 2 week visit, he was 5 pounds 5 ounces and 18 3/4 inches, before his circumscion he was 6 pounds 5 ounces and 21 inches, and before his RSV antibody, he weighed in at 7 pounds!! So in 1 short month, he has gained 3 pounds and grown 4 1/2 inches!! We also did his newborn photo shoot which went perfectly! We were there for over 3 hours and he slept the entire time. She must have taken 1000 pictures and I cannot wait to see them! We have pretty much stayed in house these last few weeks to minimize Beckett's exposure to germs but now that he has received the RSV antibody, I feel a little better about taking him out. Jackson has been a great big brother!! The poor guy has been cooped up in the house with us, but luckily he has a lot of new toys from his birthday and Christmas to keep him occupied! He is very good about entertaining himself when I have to feed the baby and loves to help by getting me diapers etc. Last night we actually let the brothers take a bath together, which Jackson thought was a real treat!!

My two boys :)

We didn't get to celebrate Christmas this year with Brad and Kiera because they went to St. Simon's, so we had a late Christmas when they came back. This is Jackson riding the scooter that they bought him. He absolutely loves it!!

Also during this month was Jackson's buddy Nathaniel's birthday. They had a petting zoo! This was also the first time that Daddy was left alone with Beckett and he did great! He had to feed him and everything! Good job Daddy!!!

Waiting patiently for the cake.

Nothing can perk them up like a little construction themed cake!

Happy 1 month Beckett! We celebrated this day by getting Beckett a cake and letting Jackson blow out his candle. Jackson picked out his cake and thought Beckett would LOVE a frog shaped cake!!

1 month old and as sweet as can be. As hard as it is to believe he is 1 month old, it is even harder to believe that he is still not supposed to be here yet!!

Jackson loves to take pictures with his brother.

Since Beckett has surpassed the 7 pound mark, we decided to get out the swing and see if he liked it as much as his brother did. So far it is a hit!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Christmas 2011

Wow! Christmas 2011 was filled with new traditions and surprises! The biggest surprise being our early Christmas present Beckett! We had so much fun this holiday season. It was the first Christmas that Jackson really understood what was going on and was very excited about Santa Claus! This is a pretty long blog post, but I wanted to try to squeeze in all the Holiday fun into 1 post. The Christmas season started off with a trip to the Marietta Square to visit with Santa Claus. Daddy patiently waited in line for almost 2 hours while Jackson and I played on the train. Jackson was so excited to see Santa Claus this year and was ready to tell him he wanted a garbage truck. This first picture is Jackson playing in the train waiting for Santa!

Climbing the top of the train. Luckily it was nice and warm that day because we had to wait a long time!

Making wishes throwing pennies in the fountain.

Santa Claus! Our first picture with our little man not crying! He is growing up so fast!!

Picture in front of the Marietta Square Christmas tree!

I was so lucky to be able to attend Jackson's Christmas party. While Noni watched Beckett, I surprised Jackson at the party. This is a picture of the boys loving on Miss April. She is so good with them!!

Hearing a story with his friend Ava Rose.

Jackson reading a book to his buddy Aidan. It was so cute! Jackson was making up the story and Aidan was listening intently.

Making our first Gingerbread house! Jackson had so much fun putting all the candies on it!

This year we also went to the Puppetry Arts downtown and watched Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. It was really cute and afterwards they made their very own Rudolf shadow puppet.

Playing with his completed shadow puppet!

The crew! We had so much fun! I didn't think I was going to be able to go with him but thanks to Noni for taking care of Beckett so I could enjoy this activity with my big man!

Making sugar cookies for Santa!

This year instead of going to the candlelight service, we went to the Children's live nativity. Unfortunately Jackson couldn't see very well, but we got to walk up front so he could see Baby Jesus!! I didn't realize we were supposed to get the costumes before the service, so Jackson didn't get to dress up like an angel. Next year!

Putting the final touches on the cookies for Santa.

This was really cute. In school, Jackson made reindeer food, which was sprinkles and oatmeal. Christmas Eve, you sprinkle the food on your lawn, so the reindeers can find your house. Jackson l0ved it!

Throwing the reindeer food!

Posing with the cookies and carrot for Santa and Rudolph! We had to protect the food from Emma.

Jackson on Christmas morning patiently waiting to open his presents.

Posing with his new soccer coat from Noni.

Since Beckett wasn't supposed to be here yet, he didn't have many presents but here he is posing with a couple from Noni and Granddaddy.

Jackson and all of his stocking stuffers. The stocking was always my favorite part Christmas morning!

Holding his baby brother for the first time for a Christmas pic!

Noni and Granddaddy and the boys!

Proud big brother!!

Our first picture as a family of 4.

My 3 boys! Love them all so much!!

I had to add this picture. Which one is Jackson and which one is Beckett?

This is Jackson with his special toy from Santa. Santa worked very hard to get this special toy for him all the way from Germany!! We were a little worried it wasn't going to make it through customs in time, but Santa did not fail!!

We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. This Christmas was bitter sweet with the joyful healthy birth of baby Beckett, but the passing of my mother from colon cancer. I truly believe it was God's plan to bring Beckett into this world early so that his Granny Cindy would know he was okay before she left this world. We are at peace knowing her suffering has come to end. We love you Granny Cindy!!