First Thanksgiving

From what I know, this was my grandfathers favorite holiday. Being that, it became mine also just because its that one holiday that you can get together for where you do not have to bring gifts of any kind. Just food if optional. But I manly enjoy it because its the one holiday that I can see my dads side. The only family that I really ever have had in my life that is just a short drive away. I think thats also the reason why I enjoy my other grandparents (John and Edna) because every time I get to see them, there is so much to talk about, see, and show them. They are the best. But anyways, this was Jackson’s first Thanksgiving. He spent it with my dads’ side of the family, which a lot had not seen him since the hospital or it was their first time. He seemed to enjoy it. Even though he had no clue what was going on. He did get a little fussy, but that is normal when you get tired or do not get a nap in.  But he did seem to enjoy meeting everyone. Lots of smiles for every one. Especially my Aunt Michelle. He seemed to really enjoy sleeping on here. And he really seemed to enjoy playing with my Aunt Janie. It was a lot of fun. My favorite part was seeing Katelin. I have missed her so much. It was so great to spend time with her before everyone got there and after they left. I dislike so much that she is so far away, but at least when she is home, she wants to spend as much time with us as she can besides seeing her friends. And whats even better, I now get to spend the rest of the night, just Jon and I ( Jackson’s asleep) watching a movie and eating popcorn. It has been a long time since I we have watched a movie with no distractions.

First Doctors Visit

Today was Jacks 2 month doctors visit. It went very well. He weighs almost 12 lbs and is 23 1/2 inches long. So he is really growing fast.  He is also developing at a really great rate also. Some of the things he is doing ( holding his head up, rolling over) is considered something that he should be doing at 4-5 months. Along with being weighed and measured, he got 4 vaccines. 3 shots, and one oral. He did rather well with the shots. I think what helped was giving him a bottle right after the shots to help calm him down.  He has sprog a bit of a fever from the shots but that is normal. So its most likely going to be a long night. He has slept a lot since we got home from the appointment but not very long.  Other than that, he is progressing at a very healthy rate.

9 Weeks And 5 States

We got back on Thursday from our big trip to visit my grandparents or Jackson’s great grandparents. It was a lot of fun to visit them. We left on Saturday and stayed the night in Quincy, Il for the first night. We though a 13 hour drive would be hard on Jackson so we made it a two day drive. He did very well on the drive down. Even though he slept a majority of the way down on both days, getting him to go to bed at night was no problem at all. But we enjoyed our stay in TN. We stayed around the house all the days we were there and let all the relatives come to us. My uncle Terry and his wife Jill and son Nick came and had dinner with us one night. It was really great to to see them and they were so excited to meet Jackson. We also had a couple of my grandparents friends over who wanted to see him also. The only relative that did not get to see Jackson was my uncle Larry and his family. He was feeling sick and thought it best not to come and possibly make everyone else sick, which I really appreciate. Jack has not gotten sick yet and I really hope he does not. At least not this year if I can help it.

Besides that Jon and I just hung out around the house. I helped with the cooking and Jon installed and cleaned out my grandparents computers, set up there surround sound, and other things for them that they do not know how to do. He is so wonderful.

The ride home was easy as well. Jackson slept most of the way to Iowa City where we spent the night. Though on our way home I think he was done with traveling because he did not sleep much and wanted not to be in his car seat no longer. But we made it home with only one casualty, we got hit by a tumble weed. And this was one big tumble weed. The highlander did great though for the hit and the drive. We had a really great trip.

First Tricks or Treats

We were very fortunate that Jackson’s first Halloween landed on a weekend.  We were able to get out to all the necessary houses for trick or treating.

A couple of days ago, Jack and I were at Target and ended up looking at Halloween costumes.  They had all the generic ones for newborns….. hot dog, pea in a pod,  and other things.  Well, I saw this really cute monkey outfit and I just had to get it. The best part about it was that it was a nice warm costume for him in case it decided to be a cold one again. We headed for Brooklyn Park to see Ms. Cheryl and Tom first since they lived the farthest away. We then headed out to see my parents for a quick visit. After, we headed out to Eden Prairie to see Scott.  Our final destination was Jon’s Aunt Leslie’s where to even get to the door to ring the bell, we had to pass through Micheal’s Halloween setup. It was really cool. He had some really spooky things sitting outside. We had a lot of fun but I felt kind of bad dragging Jack all around. But he was pretty good with the whole thing. I think for his first Halloween he pretty much enjoyed it. Now we have a big trip coming up to get ready for, and then its my families favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. I can not wait. My family all together and Katelin comes back into town for a couple of days. Oh how do I miss her and I know Jack does as well.

Just 7 Weeks

So Jack is now 7 weeks old. I believe he has begun to notice colors and textures. He enjoys playing with his toys a bit more, and also enjoys soft to the touch things. Other than that, nothing really exciting has been going on. Jack has began to smile more and more each day with little giggles and coo’s after.  And now that is has started to get colder outside, Jon and I have been figuring out if we have enough warm items for winter. We have at least 2 of everything for warm items for when we go out. I love this weather. I have always loved winter. I am hoping that we do not have snow though for Halloween. We have so many places that we have to go to that I am just hoping it is not too cold out. Even though his costume is warm, I still do not like to take him out when it is too cold. I’m just going to try really hard this year to keep Jon and I healthy so that Jackson stays healthy. I really do not want to have a sick baby.

But other than that, nothing really exciting has gone on with us. Jon works and I am at home right now until I figure out what I want to do about going back to work. I still have a couple more weeks to think about it. I know though I need to talk with my Chef about it. I know though whatever I choose to do, he will be ok with. It’s nice when your boss has children around the same age as yours. They tend to understand better than when they have none or they are older. I want to work but I really do not want to put Jack in daycare. I just never liked the idea of it. I guess since I was never in daycare, I do not really know what its like. But then again, Jon does not really want to put him in daycare either. I’m guessing more just because on how expensive it is. Though, on a lighter note, Jon is taking me to my first Wild game of the season next week. Him and I are taking our good friend who is back form Iraq with. So it will be the three of us. I am so excited. I can not wait. After the game it will be us packing for out trip to Tennessee to visit my grandparents. They are so excited to see him. Same with my uncles and aunts. November is going to be one busy month for us. I can not wait.

A Huge Surprise

Jackson got a huge surprise this weekend. Jack and I were just going to go over to my moms house to hang out with the family while Jon was at airsoft, and who was there to greet us? Katelin! She came into town during her 3 day weekend. She surprised everyone by coming into town. It was her first time seeing Jackson in person. Other than that,  she has only seen him on skype. It was a wonderful surprise. Also this weekend we had some visitors over at the house. Leslie, Michael, and Alicia came over to see Jackson. The last time they had seen him was in the hospital. It was really wonderful to visit with the three of them.

Other than all of that, Jackson turned 1 month today. These past 4 weeks have gone by so fast. He as grown so much (from what people have told me).  He’s still not sleeping through the night, but he has started to sleep 3-4 hours at a time. It has been really great. I can not wait for him to start sleeping a little longer and maybe start taking naps during the day, which he has not been doing.

A Very Busy Weekend

We had a very busy weekend this week.  Saturday our friends Mac and Dee came over to visit.  Mac and Jon worked really hard to finish painting our garage. Its starting to look really organized, finally. It has taken a while but at least it is starting to get done. Dee and I stayed inside with Jackson and made dinner and visited while the guys were in the garage.

Sunday was our most filled day. Jon and I had a wedding to go to in the morning and we left Jackson with his first baby sitter.  The wedding was beautiful. It was my friends Natalie and Kevin and it was at the Renaissance Festival. It was a good thing we got a sitter. It was 35 degrees that morning. It ended up to be a really nice day later on but still it was too cold for the little guy.  Jon and I walked around the festival for a little while before we went home. It was nice to have some time just us. We did end up missing Jack towards the middle of day. After the long day, we came home and relaxed with Jack.

Today was not anything too special. Much like any other day.  Jackson rolled over from his tummy to his back all by himself. He’s getting that down pretty well. We also watched, for the first time, one of our baby genius DVD’s. He seemed to like it because he was watching the TV the entire time. I also think that he may recognize the music that they were playing (Mozart) because I listened to classical music while I was pregnant a lot. It was pretty cute though.

He also went to his first restaurant today as well.  Chris and Kent took us to Doolittles tonight for dinner. He slept the entire time. I hope he does a lot of that tomorrow. It will be our first whole day at home together. Jon is going back to work. I am a little nervous just because I won’t have those extra hands when I really need them. But we shall see how it goes. Other than that, he will be attending his first happy hour tomorrow at Bear Country.

Finally Get to Meet Me!

Jackson has finally met all of his great grandparents. John and Edna came up for the day to meet him. They were so excited to get here, it was too bad that the weather was so bad. It took them a little longer to get here but I was just happy that they got here. They came up for the day and now they are on their way to see Katelin in South Dakota.

First Big Outing

Jackson’s first big outing was at a family BBQ. It was a lot of fun. Jon and I just let everyone else take care of him while we actually got to eat together. It was really nice. Jackson slept the whole time. He woke up a couple of times, but other than that he slept. It worried me that he may not sleep that night but I was lucky that he only woke up every couple of hours; so I got a little sleep.

We have a doctors appointment on Tuesday just for a weight appointment. The pediatrician wants to make sure he is still gaining weight.  I’m pretty sure that he has. Its amazing how I can tell that he is growing and gaining weight.