Sunday, July 19, 2015

4 Months

Oliver is 4 months old!
 

I can't believe how fast he is growing! He has grown 5" since he was born... I've NEVER grown that much in my whole life! It's super sad to pack up his too small clothes, but four month old Ollie is the BEST!  He is so much more expressive and vocal. He makes sounds that mimic sentences, but it's all jibberish. No "mama" or "dada" yet, despite my best efforts.
He has favorite toys and loves to play. His attention span is about 10 minutes though, so he keeps this mommy on her feet! Going for walks in his baby k'tan carrier, rolling on the floor on his play mat, and bouncing in his exersaucer are all on his happy list this week. He's getting into his teething toys too, but often just crams his whole hand in his mouth if teethers are out of reach.
Very resourceful that one!
 He's very chill, goes with the flow, and usually only cries if he is hungry or tired. He always wakes up from naps "hangry" and I'm the only one who can calm him. Which is super sweet, but will be super inconvenient when I'm back at work next month. Good thing I'm teaching part time! If only I could bring him to work with me :)  Here he is with my students on the last day of school. He's the college bound baldy in the back!

He also attended his first concert last weekend on the beach in Encinitas. We saw Switchfoot, Need to Breathe, and Drew Holcomb. *He was slathered in sunscreen and we sat away from the speakers so no sun burn or ear damage yet.

He wasn't a fan of the freezing Pacific Ocean, Also, we had just seen Shark Week and he has a healthy fear of the water. Not like me; I won't even put my feet in! #sharknadocouldhappen
 He does enjoy lounging in the pool. That's more my speed!
 
Also this month: Oliver was dedicated while we were up visiting family in Pismo. A baby dedication is a special prayer and blessing for the baby where we thank God for him and ask for His guidance in Ollie's life, dedicating him back to God. Cool side note: it was July 5, exactly one year from the day we transferred our embryos. Extra special! God is faithful!
 
 
Up next is a week of training for me at work, Andrew is tutoring and teaching an ESL and SAT class, and then we're going camping with friends right before school starts up.
Any tips for camping with an infant???

Oh, and we're also moving. Again. Every 2 years in August we move! We're still renting because housing prices are bonkers and the whole winning the lottery plan didn't pan out. But we'll be in a condo with a garage, a backyard, 3 bedrooms (finally a proper nursery for Oliver!), and get this: a washer and dryer! Yay! It's the simple things :)

There's also a community pool and spa and a great hiking trail and lakes right across the street. Much more fun for our doggies and Ollie Bear.

Meanwhile, we're putting off packing moving boxes and snuggling this little love bug instead.
4 months old and tons of fun!
 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Monterey and Father's Day

Happy Summer from Pismo Beach where we have spent the first 2 weeks of Summer Break with our families! Oliver is loving all the attention and getting plenty of practice posing for the camera :)


We have gone to the beach almost everyday and, as a bonus, humpback whales happen to be vacationing up here as well, so we had some whale sightings.




We celebrated my cousin Naomi's Birthday and Father's Day with family.
These are just a few of the locals, my mom's family is huge!
 

 Oliver loves spending time with his grandma and great grandma. Here he is discovering how fun it is to pull grandma's hair. In other news, I'll be sporting a "mom-do" shortly.
 Oliver and I met up for a hike with my friends and their kiddos.
 My mom is still learning how to use her selfie stick. Goody.
 
My Grandma Judy flew out from Akron, Ohio to meet Oliver. So sweet having her here!
 

 
We drove a couple hours north to Monterey Bay Aquarium and Oliver loved seeing all the fish, but his most favorite part was looking at the penguins.




 Oliver loved playing with his Aunt Missy!

This weekend we are having Oliver dedicated at church and then heading back to San Diego to enjoy the last few weeks of vacation, or as I call it, maternity leave part 2. Yay!