Monday, July 23, 2012


We finished out the end of last week with a couple trips to the school nearby to play on the playground. It's so hot but we're trying to spend a little time outside in the evenings anyway.  Avery loves going over to the school, which she claims used to be her school, to play (it will be her elementary school).

Ben and I had lunch with Mimi on Wednesday and Gigi and Dad on Friday (we're very busy people).  Ben made funny faces.

Friday Avery went swimming at Marilyn's pool with Mimi and spent the night at Mimi's house.  The high was around 107 so it was too hot to have Ben outside all day.  Instead we went to my office for a baby shower (and to show him off to everyone).  Rob and I went to eat Friday night with Ben.  He slept the whole time so it was kind of like being on a date:)

We had a great weekend at home.  We spent time inside.


And outside.

Gigi and Pepaw visited on Saturday.  Sunday morning we went to brunch with Stephen and Lynn at one of our favorite places downtown that's closing.  The Mickey Mouse pancake was clearly the menu item of choice.

Later that afternoon Jerry and Sanaz came over for a visit.

Avery played dress-up.

We got out the play mat for Ben.  He spent a little time on it.

Then Avery took a turn.

Things are starting to return to normal around here -well, a  new normal anyway.

Ben is such a sweet little snuggle bug.  We are starting to fall into somewhat of a routine.  During the day he naps on and off and eats about every two hours.  We have started putting him to bed between 8:30-9:30.  We tried to keep him up a little later, but he is ready to go to bed between 8 and 9.  Regardless, he wakes up at 3:45 a.m. to eat.  This guy has a serious internal clock-he never misses 3:45 (for the past week or so, anyway).  From there he will go back down, usually between 4:15-4:30, and sleep until 6:30 or so.  He might doze again after he eats at 6:30, but I try to get up so I can see Avery and Rob before they leave, make smoothies, maybe help with Avery's hair:)  They usually don't leave until around 8.  I wish Ben would sleep until 7:30 or 8.  Hopefully he will soon.  I know we get a huge, uncharacteristic stretch the first part of the night so I'm not complaining.

I try to take a walk in the morning before it gets too hot.  The rest of the day is spent taking care of Ben (duh), doing housework, etc. I have to leave the house at least once a day.  Otherwise I'll go insane.  If we don't have lunch plans with anyone then I'll go to Target or something.  This will probably be our routine for the next three weeks, then it will alter slightly as I start working from home for the following six weeks.

For now, I'm enjoying focusing on Ben and having all the time to spend with him and do as we choose.  It can be a little lonely but I know it won't last long.

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