The Great Adventure

Tomorrow at 9:15 Bradford and I are going for our first cross country trip.  We are headed to visit Aunt Emily, Sarah, and Mags, Gigi, and all 6 cousins in Oklahoma City!  Cousinpalooza 2010 here we come!

I am really excited about the the trip and for the first opportunity to have all 7 cousins together in one place (not to mention 3 of his aunts and his gigi).  However, I would not be totally honest if I said I wasn’t a little nervous about at 2.5 hour cross country flight with a 6 week old.  I am just not sure how he will react to changing altitudes and a little change in his schedule.  That being said, once we get there it is going to be so fun!!

Check out http://www.twobellababies.blogspot.com for updates. OKC here we come!

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All Smiles

 

Mom just told me I am going to meet my cousins this weekend, and I couldn't help but break out in a huge smile!

So cute in my overalls.

6 weeks old

This past week was a big week in the life of little Bradford, and was proof to me that they change so fast.  We began the week by moving him to his own room.  Even though our house is not very big, and we are still pretty close to him, it felt like a big step to have him “so far.”  After the big move,  Bradford got to take his first trip to Athens and got his first close encounter with the magical city of Bulldogs.  As you can see, we dressed him for the occasion and he was thrilled about getting the full Athens experience:

Secondly after his big trip, he decided with much appreciation from his parents to go from sleeping about 4 hours straight in the night to between 7 1/2 and 8 hours consistently.  The first morning I woke up and saw 6:30 am on the clock with no prior waking up, I really thought i may have fed him in my sleep and just not registered it, but then he did it again the next night too and has never looked back.  

Next big moment in the week came when he got to meet my sweet friend, Moina, for the first time.  Of course, she came bearing a sheep gift which we love around here:

He also spent his first night away from home, when the three of us (me, Bradford, and Opal Dean) went to spend the night at my parents house.  I wish I had taken pictures of this, but somewhere in the first time packing for a night away for Bradford, Opal Dean, and myself, I forgot my camera.  Eventful moments were hanging out with his Pop and Riri, sleeping in the crib that my siblings and I all slept in as babies, meeting friends of my parents, meeting his Aunt Hannah for the first time, and hanging out with Aunt Maggie, Gigi, and Papa for a little while.  

Back at home, Bradford has begun to enjoy his bath time… sometimes:

He is also starting to smile more, and will occasionally focus his eyes long enough on mine to make my heart melt.  With all the fun of the past week, I can’t wait to see what will happen this upcoming week.  

Sleep and Rest

I’ve decided that nothing is sweeter than watching our little man sleep.  I think I could just stare at him for hours watching his little face contort into all sorts of funny expressions as he’s falling asleep, and then just watch as he lays so peacefully in a deeper sleep.  

Snoozing in my bear suit.

The only problem with his sleep is that he grunts and snores, keeping us awake even when he is asleep.  So, we officially moved him out of our room last night and into his crib!  This was a little bittersweet for me because I already feel like he’s growing so fast.  Although, when I walked in and saw this, I couldn’t help but think, he still looks so small!  

Bradford had a good first night in his crib, and I believe Andy and I both slept pretty good too.  We still have our tired moments around here from waking up in the night to feed, but as I was reading this morning I found comfort and strength in these words:

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.  My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.  Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:5-8

I know that the Lord will provide the rest and strength so that we can enjoy these newborn moments, even if we are tired. He is just the cutest thing ever!




Monthday’s and Snow Angels and Bears oh my!

One month birthdays are officially called monthdays.  That being said, it is Bradford’s first monthday today.  One month ago the little man made his grand entrance into the world and decided to make our lives much better.  After a rough first four days the next 27 have been wonderful.  No more NICU for us just a healthy, growing little boy.  Just to give you a feel he has gone from 7lbs 5 oz at birth to a serious 10+ lbs.  In case you dont believe me…

The fam day 2

 

Big Boy on his Monthday

 

It is crazy to think it has only been a month!!  Time flies when you wake up every four hours! 

In other news, it is snowing in Georgia.  It is blizzard-of-’93-esque out there.  So, for Bradford’s first snow we put him in his bear suit and took a couple of pictures.  

father son time

hanging with mom

Don't eat the yellow snow

Snow Angels

Just so you know this child was on the snow for no more than 5 seconds and was supervised by 2 adults the whole time.  

Happy Monthday Bradford!!!