Sunday, July 22, 2012

Chicago and other fun...

We have had an amazing summer.. With trips to Chicago, two trips to Florence, and a week at the beach..
Who can complain? 

Back in June, we headed up North to Chicago for a weekend. Chicago is only around 3 hours from our house and we have been twice.. We really love the city but we have gone both time with kids. We love our children but we really wan to go back without our kids. Ya feel me? :) We hope to squeeze another trip up there soon. 

When Emily said that her and John were heading to Chicago in June, we decided to head up and join them. You know, just want you want.. Sneaking away for a trip without  your kids, and your friends show up with their kids! :)

We met them for dinner at Navy Pier and spent the evening walking around enjoying the town. We had a great time!

 This picture makes me laugh. It looks like John and Chad are a couple. 

 The best family photo we could get. 

 We hit the "Chicago Beach" Parker thought it was great. It's actually Lake Michigan. 

 Who's that stud on the beach??

 We headed to the Hancock Building for the view but we did not want to pay the LARGE price to go to the viewing deck.. Emily and John gave us a great tip.. This is the view from the women's restaurant on the 95th floor. Amazing..
 We did LOTS of walking... Of course we had to stop for a cupcake break!

 We also went to the Chicago zoo.. (not the free one in the city but the one right outside the city.) 

I totally under estimated the size. Holy cow, that place is huge! It was actually too much for us to handle with two small kids. The heat was oppressive, but we had a nice day. We probably didn't even make it through half the zoo before it was time to go. 

I was super careful to not forget anything while packing for the trip. I went over the list in my head a million times.. We drove up on Saturday morning to the zoo, I nursed Preston in the car before we go in. I check and re check the diaper bag... we big the forever walk from the parking lot to actually just get into the zoo. I then make the horrible discovery.. 

WE FORGOT A PASSY! It was still in his car seat. You couldn't leave the zoo and re-enter... I had a mini panic attack but we pressed on. Preston took it like a champ. Now, don't get me wrong, the day would have been MUCH better with the passy, but we all survived. 

That's a mistake I won't make again!

I love being able to visit places around Indiana that we would have never visited otherwise.. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Preston is 4 months old!

 I am "a few days late" posting this since he turned 4 months on July 2nd... Oh well, better late than never. 

You are now 4 months old. Time is just flying by. I really don't remember it going by this fast with Parker. Everyone says that it goes by even faster with your second child and I am a believer. 

Of course I am your mommy, but I do believe that you are the cutest baby in the world! You precious smile will light up a room. You often smile so big that your eyes close from those chubby cheeks. 

You rarely cry and for the most part, you are pretty content. You will cry if you get really hungry. Thankfully, you just go with the flow. 

One of your favorite things to do it watch your big brother. You give him some of the biggest and best smiles. You think he is so funny! (Of course mommy and daddy do to!)

Your sleeping is still amazing. I truly thank you for that. :) We put you down at night between 8-9 and you usually sleep until 7 or 8 the next morning. Every one in awhile, you will wake up around 5, but I just move you into the rock n play sleeper and you will go right back to sleep. 

I am just really noticing a nap schedule. Before now it's just been sleep whenever but now that we are home from all of the vacations, you are settling into a routine. 
You go down for a morning nap around 9 or 10 and then an afternoon nap around 2. 
 You are a great eater and unfortunately, mommy just couldn't keep up with your demands! As of this week you are now only getting formula. It's bitter sweet for mommy. I sure loved that time with you but it is quite freeing! You take 5 bottles a day and each are 6 ounces. You roughly eat at 8 am, 11, 2, 5, and then again at 8 pm. You are on Similac formula. Thankfully, you don't have the reflux problems your big brother had. 

You ADORE looking at your hands. You will just stare at them forever and you will try to stuff your entire fist in your mouth. You often prefer that to your passy. 

Tummy Time is still not your favorite but you tolerate it better now as you have gotten older. You will roll over from your belly to your back but you don't do it often. You seem to be a bit lazy with that like your brother was when he was a baby. 

You weighed 14 pounds and 13 ounces at your check up this week. You are in the 48% for weight. You are in size 2 diapers and 6 month size clothing. 
 You really like to watch TV and you enjoy your Praise Baby videos. We always put you in front of one of those when we are eating dinner. 

You are an excellent car rider. We have made many road trips and you are a trooper. 

You went to the beach last week and you really liked the wind and sounds of the ocean. Thankfully, you took some great naps out there too so mommy and daddy could stay outside longer. 

Preston Allen Greenhaw, 
We love you and I am so proud to be your mommy!