Sunday, February 22, 2009

Relaxing Weekend

We've had a great weekend so far--it's just been too short! On Friday we did a little shopping to get little Brady some new toys as he's getting more interested in lights, flashy objects and looking at himself in a mirror. On Saturday morning we headed up to Gowrie for the rest of the weekend. We had a great time relaxing and eating some of Kris's great cooking! We also watched a movie on Saturday night. On Sunday we went to church and Brady was such a great baby. He got to see a lot of Steve and Kris's friends from church and they were all impressed with how big he is already! We headed back to Ankeny later in the afternoon and now we're just gearing up for another busy week!

Daddy and Brady relaxing in the rocker

Brady loves to look in the mirror--he gets it from his daddy! :-)

Napping before church

Grandpa Steve and Brady having fun

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Picture Time!

Brady has had 2 great days at daycare so far! It must have tired him out yesterday as he slept a good 6 hours at night! It was great! Daddy is doing a great job getting him ready in the morning and taking him to daycare and I love picking him up in the afternoon. Last night he was such a happy baby so we had a little photo session. Enjoy!

Bright eyed baby!
He kept laughing while we were taking the pictures

He was getting bored with photo time!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!!

We had a great Valentines Weekend. On Friday the roads were terrible but after work Andy went and got us take-out sushi. We had plans to go out and even had a babysitter lined up but the weather/roads put an ax in that plan and Brady was still a little fussy from his shots so we decided to get take-out. I told Andy not to go to Urbandale after work to get it as the roads were bad but he was determined to do it and 2 hours later he was home! He was so good to me for V-day, he's always so thoughtful, he got me my favorite flowers (tulips) and a massage gift certificate! On Saturday evening we went over to Jon and Jen's for some pizza and to hang out. It was a great time...and their twin boys and Brady were all dressed in the same Valentine shirt! Too cute! As you can see from the pic below, the twins are 6+ months and Brady is 2+ but he isn't much smaller than they are! :-) On Sunday my good friend Sunita came to see Brady and we went out for lunch and had a great time catching up with her.
Today was my first day back at work. I did really well...Andy dropped Brady off and I was able to pick him up. I did miss him so much but I stayed really busy at work and the day went pretty fast. Our daycare provider, Carla, said he was really good today so that's a relief!

Jackson, Brady and Joel--the matching Valentines

Friday, February 13, 2009

2 Month Well Baby Check-up

Well yesterday Brady and I went to the Pediatrician for his 2-month Well Baby check up. I was fearing this check up as he had to have 3 shots. Well we knew he was a chunky monkey but I wasn't sure how much he weighed...well he is up to 15.3 lbs!!! Which is the 95th percentile! ha ha! He is 23 1/2 inches long (75th percentile). Our pediatrician said that it's normal for a growth spurt from 2 weeks to 2 months and that he'll probably slow down now for a while.
The worst part of course was the shots...the needles are sooo long and he was in such a good mood, laughing and smiling and then they stuck him in his leg and he just started screaming. I think I might have been even more traumatized than he was. 3 shots later and I was holding him and trying to calm him down. Last night was a little rough with him waking up frequently but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. He is doing a little better today but really wants to be held. Poor baby!!!

Well this is my last day of maternity leave. I start back to work on Monday. I will really miss my days with Brady but I'm ready to go back to work. We hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My First Basketball Game!!

On Sunday evening I headed to my parents so that Brady and I could spend some time with Grandma and Grandpa Petersen. We also wanted to go to the girls and boys basketball game on Monday night that was EHK (my dad coaches the girls) and Exira (my uncles coaches the girls). I also have 4 first cousins on the EHK boys team so it was good to see them play as well. Brady did sooo good!

Cheering the teams on!
With Grandma and Grandpa
With Great Uncle Tom
Random sleeping picture...what a cutie!

Weekend Fun!

We had a great weekend! On Saturday we took advantage of the great weather and got out the jogging stroller and took Brady on his first jog. It was great! A little extra work but we were so glad we did it. Brady loved it...he just sat there with a smile on his face! Later that evening we headed to the Adventureland Inn for Brady's first swimming experience. The Cathcarts were staying there along with Stephanie's family. It was great seeing everyone and so much fun to see Brady in the water...he LOVED it!!! After the swimming we headed to The Big Steer for a wonderful dinner, then it was time to head home. On Sunday we finally felt comfortable enough to take Brady to church. I was a little concerned that the band would be too loud for him but he was great! He was such a good baby! So we know that loud noises don't bother him. Yay!

Getting ready for a jog!

Grandma C and Brady
Brady's first swimming excursion
I love the water daddy!
My boys!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

2 Months Old!!

Brady is already 2 months old! He is growing so fast!!! We are enjoying every minute we have with him. Next week we have his 2 month check-up so we'll see how big he's gotten. Unfortunately he will also get his 2 month shots--not looking forward to that. :-(

Friday, February 6, 2009

Play Date

On Thursday Brady and I met Stephanie and Jaxson at the Play area of Merle Hay Mall. With both Steph and I being at home with our little ones, we decided that we needed to get out of the house! The play area was great and there weren't very many kids there unlike the other malls. Jaxson had fun playing and running around and Brady had fun watching. After all the playing we went to Old Chicago for lunch. Both boys were so good!

Below is a photo of the cousins (thanks Steph, I stole it from your blog!!).

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Uh Oh...

Andy's fears may be becoming a reality...Brady has found his thumb and has been sucking on it off and on for the past couple of days. Below are some pics of him being caught! Of course mommy thinks it's cute (for now) but I know that it's a hard habit to break so we're hoping he is just finding his hands and won't get too attached.

Monday, February 2, 2009


Brady and I had a great week last week. We headed back to see Grandma and Grandpa Petersen on Thursday and came back on Friday. We had a great visit and Brady was really good for the most part. They were able to see him laugh and smile and be sooo happy! We had a good weekend. On Friday we went out to eat at a barbecue place here in Ankeny, it was really good and Brady was such a good baby. On Saturday we ran some errands, did some shopping and both Andy and I were able to get in a run--the weather was awesome and it felt great to get out there again! On Sunday we laid low most of the day and I'm excited as I registered for the Chicago Marathon! It is October 11th so I have some time to get ready. We were going to go over to our neighbors for a Super Bowl party last night but unfortunately most of the kiddies that were going to be there had colds, etc so I was the over protective mommy and said that we needed to stay home. :-) Better safe than sorry! We wish we could have gone, we always have a good time!
I only have 2 weeks of my maternity leave left. I will be really sad to leave Brady but I know that we're leaving him in good hands with our babysitter and I'm ready to get back into a routine and get back into my running and classes, etc. A happy mommy makes a better mommy...I know that I could not stay home full time--I'd go crazy!!! It's been killing me being stuck inside for so long.

After my bath

You have to have bathtime blackmail pics!!

Brady looks a little stunned--but we loved the shirt so had to take a pic

In the middle of a big laugh!

I'm a big boy!!!

He is more and more fun every day!!