Monday, September 28, 2009

The Beach!

The one really redeeming thing about living in California is our proximity to the ocean. Last Tuesday was supposed to be hot, so some friends invited me and Jared to check out tidepools at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve with them. Tuesday turned out not to be hot, so we didn't go. When Todd heard about it, he got really excited to look for starfish, so Saturday afternoon when it was hot we decided to drive the hour to the beach.
It was a really beautiful day for Jared's first trip to the beach; nice and cool. Even though we are at the end of summer, the water was like ice. We didn't find any starfish because low tide at this time of year happens in the dead of night, but we did see seals playing in the surf. A true California baby, Jared loved the beach. He stayed awake for record time in the baby carrier, allowing us to capture this picture. I love his little hat.We're excited that we discovered this place so close to home (and free). We can't wait to go back when tide is out and Jared isn't so sleepily oblivious to his surroundings.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Little did we know. . .

Jared turned one month old yesterday. I can't believe how the first month flew by. He now weighs 9 lbs. 1 oz., can hold up his own head, smiles, mimics facial expressions, and loves car rides, stroller rides, and baths. On Sunday we put him on his tummy on the floor and he picked up his head for the first time. Yesterday, during family home evening, he surprised us by laughing! He opened his mouth into a big smile and laughed out loud. Of course he wouldn't do it again for the camera no matter what faces Todd made. I'm just relieved to know that, with all of the mistakes we make as first time parents, we have a child with a sense of humor.
A few days ago, I was trying to remember life before Jared was born, and I decided that if our life was a story, 32 days ago the narrator would have been saying, "Little did they know. . ." followed by a whole list of things about being parents that there is just no way to foresee. Little did we know how very little sleep we are capable of living on, or how we could fall so in love with such a tiny, needy little face so that we wouldn't want to miss a single blink of his eyes. Little did we know how much planning would have to go into a simple trip to the store with a baby- or even trying to take a shower while we're home alone together. Little did we know just how many diaper changes 8-10 a day turns out to be, or how many clothes changes that translates to (for baby and us). The story of the rest of our life as parents could probably be told in terms of all of the changes that are waiting to surprise and stretch us, but the last month has really been a crash course in parenting in every sense imaginable. We're learning to love it.We are starting to get some foreshadowing of what lies ahead. As you can probably tell by this glamor shot I took of my two boys, Jared is going to be a heartbreaker.He recently had his first kiss by a girl under the age of two. Little Sophia Sebra seems to have developed a baby crush on Jared. Today she pushed another toddler out of the way for the privilege of rocking Jared's carseat. Of course, being a boy, he's oblivious to the attention. We hope he doesn't start to notice for another 20-25 years.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

We love visitors!

Being parents is so much fun, when we're not too tired to enjoy it. Everything Jared does is a milestone in his short life. First trip to the park, first ride in the stroller, first bath, first time peeing on mommy, etc. I could go on and on about how Jared is changing our lives, but I know what you really want is more pictures of the cute little guy.

Here he is enjoying a bath. . .

During a visit from Aunt Cheyenne.

Jared loves Grandma Knight.

Family portrait after Jared's first time at the temple.

I keep reading on friends' blogs about how tough it is to get their babies to sleep. So far (knock on wood) Jared is sleeping at least one 4+ hour stretch at night.