Thursday, September 13, 2007

Too Cool for the Pool

It is very important to Paul that Caedmon is a water baby, and subsequently a surfer. Therefore it was about time to introduce Caedmon to the fun that is the pool!

Ok so he may not have been that impressed by the cold, icky looking water. However, based on the fact he loves baths and even loved a warm shower after the pool experience, I think he will be a happy play-in-the-pool baby...eventually.

Friday, September 7, 2007

First Week of School & Georgia Aquarium

This week was really hard. I started back to school, and while I have fewer units than I ever have and my classes seem to be not too much work, it was super stressful. I am strugglig with whether this was the right decision. Its only 8 hours a week I leave him for, but it makes me sad and since I am not used to it I worry a great deal about him when we are separated. Will he cry hysterically? WIll he get hungry but refuse the bottle? Will the person never want to watch him again? Will they know the best way to bounce him depending on his baby moods? Caedmon was of course fine. I was the one traumatized by the week. At least I have a few classes I know I could bring him if need be (one is a Lactation management class....babies are of course welcome!)

Also I am still getting the whole babysitter situation figured out. Paul will have him for most classes, but I have one class that I don't have a set person for during Thursday mornings. Although my instructor did say I could take him to class, this is not an ideal option as I am distracted half the time trying to either A. get him to sleep, B. Keep him asleep, C. Feed him, or D. Keep him occupied and quiet. While most weeks it would probably be fine, I have a feeling I won't learn as much and its a very important class. I am praying I find someone. If not, baby is going to learn an awful lot about conducting evaluations!

On top of that stress and leaving Caedmon for some of the first times, he also had his 2 month (he is actually 2 and a half months) checkup on Tuesday. He is 14lbs 11oz and 25 1/4 inches. Yay for a growing baby! He got all his shots and was slightly feverish Weds and has been extra fussy the past few days.

The week ended on a good note though! Paul got off of work early and we decided to go to the Georgia Aquarium. I have been dying to go, as it is really new and supposedly spectacular and one of the largest. It was really awesome- they have it set up kind of like a theme park. The highlights of the aquarium are the Beluga whales and another HUGGEE tank filled with sharks, rays, and some gigantic whale sharks. It has a huge tunnel you can walk through underneath it and look up. They also had great exhibits on river fish and the aquatic life of the Georgia coast. I think Caedmon liked the Beluga whale (he actually followed it with his head) and the pretty light coming through the water. Ok so he wasn't that entertained, but Paul and I had a great time and afterwards took a stroll around the Centennial Olympic Park. Funny that it took us a whole year to go visit these places.

Caedmon goes diving in his car seat:

Observing the sea lions

I pop in to visit a penguin

Mostly trying to calm a fussy baby:

Bet you didn't know I could be a mom AND the captain of a fishing boat did you?

One of the Beluga whales

Monday, September 3, 2007

California Dreamin

Our two week trip to California was wonderful! We spent lots of family time, enjoyed the wonderful warm (b ut not hot or humid) weather, hit the beach, and looked forward to returning. Baby met cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, grandparents and even great-grandparents!

Here are a few pictures...more to come!

Four generations... (my goodness the women in my family look so similar!)
Aunt Sandra has Caed...

Caed & his Great-Gramma hang out on the porch, matching nicely in orange.

Caedmon was fascinated by the moving fans and the mirrors at the Elephant Bar in Santa Barbara.
Caedmon hangs out with Papa Chuck before falling asleep on his cast...

Bear hugs from cousin Laura! You better be ready little Ayrton!
Gramma and baby.
Since B & Paul are pretty much brothers, this is his lovely Aunt Lisa
Grammy Margie's makeshift kitchen-crib.
And finally, Caedmon's first trip to the beach at Jalama!

(dreaming of the day when he can catch a wave with daddy)