Aly’s First Year

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One Month

Our little girl turned one month old today! Seems like she’s been with us much longer than that. She’s definitely part of our family. It’s been a while since the last post. We took a quick video tonight so Aly could say hi.

We followed up this video shoot by watching the video of her birth. It would likely be rated PG, but it still may not be suitable for the blog. Instead, enjoy another video of Aly from a couple days ago.

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Back Yard Photo Shoot

This weekend we had a fairly impromptu photo shoot in our back yard. Nothing too fancy, we just realized most of the pictures we have of Aly are in her Rock & Play sleeper and we thought it might be nice for the world to know that there’s more to her life than this:

Our good friend, Bethany offered to take a few shots for us. A few of our favorites were:

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Swim Day

It was a pretty warm day today and we were all home so after our afternoon naps, we decided to break out the water toys. First, we set up a fun sprinkler that shoots out balls. Jack was pretty excited…until the water started going and he was actually getting wet. Then he wasn’t sure about the cold water spraying.

Eventually, after going with me a bunch of times, he was up for trying it on his own and had a blast. After that, we worked together to blow up Jack’s inflatable pool. He didn’t seem to mind the cold water much at all this time.


Not to be outdone, Melissa was giving Aly her own “water” fun, playing for the first time with a little play mat we have called “Under the Sea.” It was the first time she’s really played like that and she did well!

All in all, it was a pretty terrific day together as a family!

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Photo(s) of the Day: First Week Home

Didn’t get a chance to post these earlier so I thought I’d put a few random pics up from our first week or so home with Aly.

So far, Jack’s done really well with Aly, wanting to take care of her and talking (big shock!) about her and to her often.

Babies are always cute when they are so tiny but I can never get past her little toes.

She’s had a few visits to the doctor early on, but we have the all clear now and she’s doing great!

This just cracked me up. No setup to this, I just held her out one day and she stayed perfectly straight. No knee bending at all. Seemed like a David Blaine magic trick or something.

It’s been a great couple of weeks. I really am blessed with an incredible family!

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A Rustic Morning

We had a fun Saturday morning. Aly’s doing so well that we thought we try to go out somewhere. We got all dressed up…

And went out to New Salem.

We made some Jack soup.
Checked out the mill, a favorite of his from the book Pancakes, Pancakes.
He liked checking out the outhouse…boy was I glad that it wasn’t functional as he banged on them like drums and peaked inside.
Jack especially liked to climb the wagon and then use it as his stage. He wants to be a little worship leader!

Afterward we went to Westwood Lodge, a huntinglodge style place we’ve never tried, for a lunch of “pine cones” and sandwiches. ¬†Fun times!

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Photo(s) of the Day: May 10

It was another enjoyable day at home with our family. We’re loving Aly’s new room. It’s great having a bright, fun place for her!

I’ve been loving iCloud & Photo Stream. It’s hard to believe but I’ve actually begun primarily using my iPhone to take pictures. For one, they all sync with the iPad & home computer automatically. Plus, it really seems to take great pictures. There are times I think the iPhone pictures come out better than pics from a fancy SLR. I thought the one below of Aly’s eyes was particularly impressive for a cell phone camera.

Lately, Jack’s been calling Melissa “Snow White” (we recently watched the movie). Most of the time, he calls himself “Sneezy” until it’s time to save her, at which time, he refers to himself as “Prince. He had been coming in our bedroom every morning and pretending to wake her up with a kiss. The last couple of mornings, however, have been extra special. He’s come in and wanted to kiss “both Snow Whites,” Melissa & Aly. So fun watching him be a big brother!

No long story here…Jack’s breaking it down like our little Ray Charles.

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Aly’s Tantrum

There have been a few small hiccups during Aly’s first week, but all in all, she has been a super easy, delightful baby. As we’ve talked to the doctor, one of our biggest concerns has actually been whether or not she’s too mellow. She’s eaten well from the beginning, naps regularly and rarely, if ever, cries. I took this quick 80 second video of her in one of her biggest tantrums to date. Prepare yourself…she may give you a mean look, stare you down or squeak at you if she doesn’t get what she wants. Here’s hoping she’s not saving her big tantrums up for later!

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Twist N Swirlz

Our friends, Larry and Betsy Lewis, gave us gift for Aly yesterday. They also included a special envelope inside just for Jack, with a gift certificate to get frozen yogurt. Tonight we decided to take a road trip as a family for a special treat. Aly went to her first restaurant (if Twist N Swirl counts as that)!

Since it was Jack’s gift, he got to buy for us and he was pretty excited. He also got to walk the toppings line with mom to pick out everything he wanted. He was like a kid in a candy…yogurt store!

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Photo(s) of the Day: May 8

A few of our highlights today…

We had a fun breakfast. Jack was loving his special waffles but wanted to share with his sister. What a great big brother!

Aly made her first visit to church. Something tells me she might be seeing a lot of this place over the next few years.

We stopped off at the doctors office…

…took a walk…

…and wrapped up the night with a bath.

All in all, it was a pretty great day!
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