Thursday, March 20, 2014

Back to Life, Back to Reality

Wow. 7 months is a long time. It's been 7 months since I've posted and Sawyer was 7 months old when I did. The 14 month old that currently resides in our home and hearts is a totally different being now. As are we. I've been absent from documenting his world for several reasons: 

  • Carey came home from his training in late August and there's been some adjustment in schedules and coordination
  • I entered the thesis phase of my Master's program and thus fell down a rabbit hole. The only reason I picked up my computer was for research or writing. 
  • I completed and defended my thesis which meant that I didn't touch my computer for almost six weeks. 
  • We were traveling 7 out of the 8 weekends around Thanksgiving and Christmas. 
  • Sawyer went through a series of really tough colds (including a 4 day fever over 103).
  • I recognized that I was suffering from postpartum depression (and had been for some time).
We are starting to recover from all of these things and I am looking forward to getting back to sharing and documenting the world we're living in. 

Keep an eye for some catch up posts to see pictures I've been taking all along (but just never managed to post). 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Seven Variations of a Theme

Happy Seven Months Sawyer!

Your hair is the most out of control it's been 
You are crawling now with one knee up and you drag one leg behind you
You're very chatty but it only sounds like "AAAAAAAAAH!"
You still hate these pictures
You chew on everything but your favorite thing is tags
You like to crawl to something and attempt to stand up on it

We love you!

Here are some (very blurry and poorly exposed) outtakes:

Monday, July 29, 2013

Home Across the Blue Ridge Mountains

The last weekend in July, Sawyer and I went to visit some friends in Asheville. Our friend Adrienne and her son Kaori also came to join us. Greg and Mary have a beautiful home on the top of a mountain with a rocking chair front porch and views that make it hard to leave. Sawyer did great even with our busy schedule. There was an annual festival happening and we went downtown for some fun. There was lots of catching up, playing with the boys and porch sitting. It was a great trip. 

Kaori was GREAT with Sawyer. They had a lot of fun playing

Sawyer loved playing peekaboo in the pillows

Adrienne and Kaori had the best time on the spinning cups

We got to see a fun dog show

Enjoying the front porch

The gorgeous view from the front porch

worn out Sawyer

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Boys of Summer

Clearly I am behind on the blog. We've been taking lots of pictures but with all the travel and school and increase in work, I haven't been able to take the time to do more posts. So there will be a bunch at once. Here are some pictures from our summer adventures. 

First time swimming. He LOVED it! 
Hanging out with Grandaddy
Smiling with Nana

Sawyer spending time with my grandparents
 We managed to spend some time with my sister's family this summer. They came to stay and I watched all three boys while my sister and sister-in-law went to a wedding. It was an adventure!

Seth playing in the backyard

Rory making sure that Sawyer was still sleeping by watching the monitor

Sawyer watching the rain

Playdough in the kitchen floor

The drool is out of control

the view when we walk into Sawyer's room

"Helping" Aunt Rachael with laundry

Spending time with "Aunt Debbie". Derrell's mom and Sawyer's favorite babysitter

bathtime excitement

He hadn't learned to put his feet down yet 
So tired he fell asleep chewing on his toy

Out of control hair

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I Like To Eat, Eat, Eat...

We went to Atlanta over the Fourth of July break because Carey had a four day pass. We thought it would be a good time to start Sawyer on solid foods. He's been very interested in what others are eating for about a month now. He will follow my fork or spoon from the plate to my mouth and has tried to grab for it several times now. We decided to start him straight on vegetables as current wisdom is trending away from starting with rice cereal. Especially for breast fed babies. The night before we left I pureed some carrots and when Carey got to Atlanta he fed Sawyer while I took pictures. It was hysterical. Sawyer was SO excited, until he got the carrots in his mouth. Then he wasn't so sure. :)

He REALLY wanted the spoon and kept grabbing for it as it went towards his mouth. Clearly he ended up wearing more of it than he ate. But we kept trying.