You're 7 months, bubba and would couldn't be more happy about this. In this month, you've continued to grow and change so much, it's just blowing us away.
You sure had a lot of firsts in this month!
- First Christmas.
- First time in at a church service and first Christmas Eve service. (more on this another day)
- First time in the car for 8 hours to Virginia.
- First time to Washington DC.
- First time eating pears, squash, and apples.
- First time out to the state.
- First time driving through a tunnel (our 5 year old nephew was getting a kick out this one, so I documented it).
There are probably a few that I'm forgetting, but those are the major ones from this month.
This is from one of the first times you army crawled and got to your destination, successfully. See the determination?
- You're still working on your army crawl but it doesn't hinder you from not getting where you want or to whatever you want. Between rolling and army crawling you get everywhere and sometimes really fast!
This is right after you woke up. I just love this face!
Your first Christmas, was just the biggest joy for everyone. Everyone wanted to be with you or around you all the time. It was great too, because you had a ball.
First off, Christmas Eve was at Nana and Grandpa George's house. We hung out most of the afternoon, had snacks, watched Christmas Vacation and football, ate dinner really fast, ran to church for your first church service that you actually did pretty well through and then back to their house for gifts! Opening gifts with you was just hilarious. You would grunt with excitement, scream with joy and just hold onto whatever was given to you... wrapped boxes, bags, tissue paper, wrapping paper.... whatever. It was so funny and you didn't stop. You'd go on and on and on and on with everything, the whole night! It had us all in tears because we were laughing so hard!
Christmas morning, we opened gifts at home in the morning together as our family of 3, plus William and Toby. It was great. We had time together to just be our family. It was quiet, we played carols and just loved on you. It was your first Christmas and we were both so excited to enjoy it with you.
You received lots of books, jammies, a few toys, ornaments, a new-to-us jogging stroller (that is awesome!) and money for your savings account. It was a great Christmas for you and I felt like you received the right amount of things for your age and what you actually needed. I was fearing that I was going to feel overwhelmed, but I didn't. Thank goodness.
The day after Christmas, we did brave the shopping rush and went to a few stores to buy for other family that we were going to visit and then on the 27th, we were off to Virginia. This was a little rough. Who would want to be in their car seat for almost 8.5 hours with just a few breaks in between? I wouldn't and I know that after about 5 hours, you didn't either. We made it though, with just a few stops on the way there and on the way back. There were a few moments where I thought you were just losing it and that you weren't going to bring it back together, but you did. Now we can say that we can travel with you, but I would advise doing 8 to 9 hours in one day. That was just too hard.
Sitting up has been something we've worked on but not something we've really sweated about. You'll do these things when you're ready and we're ready whenever you are. But we practice sitting up and pulling you up to build those muscles. Then the other day, we propped you up, pulled your legs apart to help balance you and then you were on your own. It was like a switch went off and you were doing it. Don't get me wrong, you do swing to the ground when we least expect it and it's so fast, so we can't sit you on your own alone, but you're sitting and it's fantastic! So cute, strong and independent.