Monday, November 30, 2009

It's the most wonderful time...

...of the year! Hooray for it officially being the Christmas season!!




Miss Aggie feels neglected on the blog these days!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

3 month notes

I am writing about what Connor is doing at each month not only for the 2.5 people who really want to know, but for myself to be able to go back and remember. It will also help me fill in baby books / calendars when I get around to them! (c: Our third month was a big one. Connor is such a happy little baby. He is becoming more predictable, although I can't really say we have much of a set schedule yet. He has been doing well sleeping at night - typically going to be 9:00 - 9:30 and waking up 5:30 - 6:00. (I do have to say this week, though, we have been up at 4 am several times for some reason - growth spurt??) I can tell when he is getting tired and ready for a nap, and am getting better at getting him to sleep before he gets to his "fight the nap" stage.

As you have seen, he took his first plane trip, first trip to Texas and met tons of new people. And he handled it all great! Besides that trip, probably the biggest event of month three was me going back to work. I tried to blog about it a couple of times, but at the time, I was way too emotional about it. I was torn - I was so happy to be getting back into the swing of things with work (it's nice that I love my job!!), but it broke my heart not to get to spend every day with the little man. I am at ease knowing he is in wonderful hands, and he is right across the street. Now that we are through two (short) weeks, I can say it gets a little easier to leave him, but is still by no means easy. I go get him at lunch every day to feed him, though, so I know I am spoiled with my set up.

Other things are that he smiles constantly, rolled over (it was only once, so I don't really count it, but still fun to note), started playing with his feet occasionally, and will sometimes gives me a good laugh. I am really enjoying this time: he is old enough that he will play on his mat or one of his chairs for some time by himself, but he isn't moving anywhere yet, so I don't have to worry about him getting into anything! He loves his bumbo and everything goes into his mouth! He is constantly sucking on his hands (sometimes his entire fist) or trying to put any toy in his mouth. Just check out the progression of his three month photo shoot....






Now that his first Thanksgiving has come and gone, we are looking forward to his first Christmas!



Texas trip part 3: Friends!

Alright, while Connor is snoozing and the house is quiet, I think I will knock out part three on the Texas trip recap! I'll go in chronological order...

After the families all left, it was time for Connor to meet some friends! Keri, Sage and her mom were supposed to come up Monday morning, but they were a little under the weather, so we had to postpone. However, the afternoon was filled with a visit from Kelly and Garrett. This little guy is about a year older than Connor and way too cute. I have loved watching him grow from afar via his mommy's blog. I have gotten to see him a couple times, the first being last Christmas. He is still as cute as ever!! Kelly and I have been good friends since we met at A&M playing club soccer. I can always count on her for a good laugh or for just a good conversation. She was a bridesmaid in my wedding, and we were lucky enough to get to travel to Mexico so I could be a part of her wedding as well. She just has a heart of gold, and I was glad we were able to get together so she could meet Connor!!




By Wednesday, Keri and Sage were feeling better, so we were happy that we were able to see them! Keri's mom was busy that day, so Jessica and Colt took a road trip with them to come see us. I am glad Jessica and Colt were able to join...it was fun to get all the boys together! Keri is one of my oldest and dearest friends. Memories with her and her family go way back to the early days. From playing London Bridge to looking for Lizards to Cotillion...there are many fun memories with Keri. She is one of those friends who I know I can always count on and even if it has been a while since we had talked or seen each other, it wouldn't feel like it when we did! It has been fun to share some of our pregnancy time together, even if from afar. I was so excited to meet Sage, even though I truly felt like I knew him from his mommy's blog! He is absolutely precious, and I love his big blue eyes and beautiful smile. This kid will be a heartbreaker one day!

(Colt: 9 mos - Sage: 6 mos - Connor: 10 weeks)



(I stole this one from Keri, but I love it!)

Brad and Deanna also came in from Corpus Wednesday! I know they were happy to see me and Connor, but I think they were a little sad that Clay couldn't be there as well. )c: But, I was so glad they were able to make the trip in to meet the little man. Brad and Deanna are special friends to us. The four of us hung out before Clay and I started dating, and we have had some good times together! (c: It makes us sad that we do not live closer to them, but maybe some day? These two are the ones responsible for the Texas Soil that Connor was born over. They know our pride for Texas! (c: Brad brought it the weekend that he came to visit Clay when I went to Morgantown for work and a baby shower, where Deanna and my mom surprised me by showing up!


There were other special people that we would have loved to see, but time was limited, and being there during the week didn't help with work, either. It was a GREAT trip, and I am glad we could take Connor home! We are looking forward to heading back for Christmas!



Friday, November 27, 2009

Houston with family

Part two of three on our Texas recap! (Nothing like finishing up an overdue blog almost a month late!)

Sunday morning, Connor and I flew into Houston while Clay headed back to NC to work and get Miss Aggie from the "puppy hotel" as I like to call it. We arrived in Houston without a problem and headed out to Conroe to meet more people. My Dad's parents came in from Iowa, Brian and Sable came in from Corpus and Barry and crew came from Lakewood. (My mom's mom will be in for Christmas and get to meet him then!) We had a nice afternoon hanging out and enjoying some beautiful weather at the lake. By this time, all the traveling was catching up with him and he slept a lot the first day or so we were there. My grandparents left on Monday morning, but have no fear, there were many others ready and waiting to meet the little man! More to come on meeting friends in the next post, but for now, here are some pictures from meeting the family!





Sunday, November 22, 2009

3 months!

I can't believe my little guy is three months today! (It is about 20 minutes from his actual birth time!) Anyway, I will do a post in the next couple of days documenting his third month (as well as finish my trip to Texas posts!), but for now, how is this for fun news? I don't think this is a regular thing yet, but Connor was playing on his tummy last night and he rolled over! He got to his side and got a little stuck, so I grabbed my camera and caught the rest of it! (Then there is another little tummy time clip, too.) It was so fun to watch!

Rolling over 11.21.09 from jenni caswell on Vimeo.




Thursday, November 19, 2009

Feet?

I think Connor has discovered his feet! I noticed him playing with them several times tonight! (Yes, Grandmas, I will try to get a video for you soon...)

We are adjusting to life with me working again. The first week hasn't been so bad, but I don't have as much down time as I did with him around. (Can we start nap time at work?!?!) Hooray for Friday tomorrow...!

I'll leave you with this picture I took recently. For some reason, I just love it! He loves his mobile these days, and I feel like this picture captures his awe of it. Enjoy!




Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lubbock/La Mesa/Welch

I have a lot to re-cap from our recent trip to Texas, so I will do so in chronological order. I hope to capture everything, but I apologize if I miss something!

We started out on Friday morning, headed to Lubbock to see Clay's family. It was a long day of traveling, but Connor did GREAT!! Connor got to meet TONS of people, and I even got to meet a few family members I had not yet met. We enjoyed visiting with everyone and just hanging out with the little man. On Saturday, we spent the day hanging out in Lubbock with Bobby's side of the family before heading out to La Mesa to see Debbie's side of the family. We had dinner to celebrate Papa's (Debbie's dad) 80th birthday! The food was delicious, and the company was great. After dinner, we went to Honey's (Debbie's sister) to have birthday cake and more visiting. Oh, and we even had blue bell with cake...YUM! By this time, the little man was tuckered out. He made it through a few more rounds of pictures, but was soon ready to eat and pass out. We had a late night followed by a very early morning. This is where Clay and I split ways, an I was on my own flying with the little man to Houston. Once again, he was awesome!! More about Houston later...for now, here are some pics from the first part of out trip!




Friday, November 13, 2009

Slacker!

Well, I know I am SLOW on updating this with our Texas trip, but to be honest, my priority this week has been enjoying my last week of maternity leave with the little guy. Plus, with Clay out of town for work, by the end of the night, I didn't want to do much of anything but relax! Oh, and the lazy rainy weather hasn't helped! But, enough excuses...I'll try my best to get it done this weekend. In the meantime, look what my sweet hubby put up for me tonight...





Oh, and please don't judge me because my son is already wearing his Christmas jammies. It was a one time thing (until after Thanksgiving) in honor of putting the tree up! (c:



Sunday, November 8, 2009

Good morning, Sunshine!

I haven't gotten to my trip summary blogs yet, but I thought I'd share this recent video of my little sunshine waking up the morning after we got back. He slept 11 hours that night, which his Mama loved! Maybe he can keep up that trend? (c: I love it when he wakes up so happy...

Connor Waking up 11.6.2009 from jenni caswell on Vimeo.





Saturday, November 7, 2009

We're back!

With a little help from my mom, Connor and I made it safely back to NC on Thursday. Connor was once again an amazing traveler! He fell asleep almost as soon as we got on the plane in Houston and slept most of the flight. Once he woke up, he ate until we landed! He made me so proud. I have lots of blogging to catch up on, so be prepared for some trip wrap ups in the near future. For now, though, I am going to enjoy a lazy Saturday morning with the family!