A Change in the Weather

Sam’s first summer in Seattle has been a weird one. For a little while we thought that we wouldn’t be getting one. Then it came and got hot, then it was cool, then it was hot again. Now it’s chilly again.

This morning Sam went on his weekly Stroller Strides outing with his mother to Alki Beach. To make sure he was comfortable while she worked up a sweat, Sam got to break in the hat his grandparents bought him when he came home, oh so many months ago. Looks pretty stylish, doesn’t he?

Daddy Time

Relaxing with Daddy

Yesterday was a busy day for Sam!  Stroller strides at Alki Beach in the morning, a trip to Pike Place with some friends from Arizona, and dinner at a noisy restaurant.  On top of that, Sam only got a  few very short naps during the day.  He was wiped out and cranky!

So today we decided to take a day in.  Sam’s taken a nice, long nap and has gotten some good play time with his dad.

Flying Baby!

6 Month Dr. Appointment

Sam in his Sun Hat

Today has been a busy day!  We went to Stroller Strides in the morning where we both got a good workout.  I ran up and down a hill more times than I wanted to, and Sam rolled over from his back to his stomach for the first time!  After all of that hard work, we both needed a good bath before Sam’s 6 month doctor’s appointment.

The doctor’s appointment was good (except for those nasty shots!).  Sam is 13 pounds 11 ounces and 24.25 inches long!  The doctor couldn’t believe how good he looks, saying that he looks like an entirely different baby from the one he first saw 3 months ago.  He also claims that, developmentally, Sam is more like a 4 month old than a 3 month old, so he’s well ahead of where he should be.  So it was all good news today!

6 Months!

Sam is 6 months old today!  I’d like to say that it has gone by quickly, but Sam’s hospitalization feels like years ago and my pregnancy feels like a lifetime ago.  I mean that in the best possible way.  It’s hard to believe that our active, chubby baby is the same person as that tiny creature in the incubator a few months ago.   Back then, it was hard to imagine that we’d have this perfect baby boy at home with us.

Every day we can see that our boy is getting bigger and developing more and more.  He’s playing with toys, stuffing things into his mouth, and working hard on sitting up.  He can do some pretty impressive sit-ups already!   Here are some pictures of him playing with some of his toys.  He LOVES his toys!

New Shoes

Before Sam was born, we looked at rows and rows of adorable baby shoes and wondered why parents buy shoes for children who are months away from walking.  We resisted buying pair after pair of cute shoes because it seemed so unnecessary.  But today we caved and bought these!  There is a good reason for buying baby shoes.  We put socks on Sam’s feet on cold days (like today), but the socks are always falling off.  These shoes will keep Sam’s feet warm and they are almost impossible for Sam to kick off.  Plus, look at how cute they are!

Sunday Morning Snuggles with Daddy

On the weekends, we take turns getting up early with Sam so that one of us always gets to sleep as long as we want.  Yesterday I got up early with Sam and took him to Stroller Strides (my exercise class) so that Dave could sleep in and enjoy a quiet morning.  This morning I slept in while Dave came downstairs to snuggle with Sam. These two are so cute!

My New Workout

You wouldn’t know it to look at me, but I love to exercise.  I like pushing myself, getting really tired, and feeling sore afterwards.  I love how my body feels after a tough workout.  My problem, however, is that I’m not a good self-motivator.  I need someone to tell me what to do and I need other people around me who are doing the same thing.  I need to feel like I have to keep going because it would be too humiliating to quit.

I was in pretty good shape when I got pregnant with Sam.  I was exercising at the gym for an hour most days of the week.  I was doing boxing fitness, spinning classes, and step-aerobics.  I loved it.  My doctor encouraged me to keep exercising while pregnant, but said not to get my heart rate up.  I asked for clarification, and she said I should walk or do yoga.  Well…that didn’t work for me.  I get bored walking and it was difficult to find a yoga class that worked for me.  I went to my spinning class but it didn’t feel like good exercise because I had to keep my heart rate under 140.  So I gave up.  On top of that, I ate too many pop tarts (they helped me avoid throwing up in the middle of my 8 am class).  So here I am.  Overweight and out of shape.

I’ve tried walking with the stroller every afternoon.  It gets boring.  I tried doing wii fitness every day.  Boring.  I tried using my stair stepper while watching TV.  Also boring, but a good way to calm Sam down when he gets fussy.  You can’t take a baby to spinning class, so I thought I was going to be stuck with chore-like workouts for the next year or so.  Then, last weekend, I did a quick search of Mommy and Me exercise classes and found that there is a stroller exercise class that meets at the top of the hill.  I’ve been twice now, and it is really fun!  We run or power-walk with the strollers, do zillions of lunges, and stop for strength training or cardio exercises.  The classes are great for moms because we sing songs to the kids to keep them entertained and the instructor calms down the fussy babies so that the moms can exercise.  After two days, I’m tired, I’m sore, and I’m really excited about it!  Sam is a champ in class.  He laughs at mommy doing silly exercises and naps a little in the stroller.  We’ve met some really nice people too!

Thumbsucker!

Look who found his thumb!  He started doing this a few days ago, but we’ve had a hard time getting a picture.  Every time the camera comes out he takes his thumb out and flashes a big smile. 

Snugglesaurus

Snugglesaurus

I have to admit that showing off Sam’s clothes is one of the main purposes of this blog.  Sam got some fabulous outfits at our baby shower!  This one was given to him by his Uncle Robbie and Katrina.

Dinosaur Claws