We caught a a good video of the B man showing off his walking. It is still wobbly but he gets better every day.
We spent our first Christmas away from family, and in Florida this year. Although it felt really different waking up at our own house and not being surrounded by family, we are so thankful that we saw all of our siblings and parents before the holiday, making it not as difficult to be away as it could have been. It was fun thinking through what we wanted to start for our own traditions, and enjoying the ability to do some outdoor adventures (due to the 75 degree sunshine on Christmas day!)
We spent Christmas Eve by going to church and enjoying a wonderful service. Afterwards, we were able to eat dinner with boys from a group home that Andy spoke to after the service. This was such a reminder of how much we are blessed with and how much we have to be thankful for, as these boys are without families and spending Christmas at a group home. We ended the night with two cups of peppermint hot chocolate and our own candlelight service, a tradition the Nelsons have always done that we wanted to carry on.
Although Andy and Bradford both woke up with pretty bad colds on Christmas, we were able to enjoy some homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast, open gifts, go for a walk by the beach, and spend the evening with some good friends we met at church. B man enjoyed his new cat keyboard and his walker, and he also got his first pair of real shoes to aid him in his attempts at walking. Opal thoroughly has enjoyed the dental chew bones she got, and has been satisfied with a couple of new toys as well. I think B man enjoyed his first Christmas!
The 2nd half of our trip was spent at the Nelson house, where we had so much fun seeing all the family including all the cousins. The festivities included an exciting Christmas pageant with all the kids dressed in costume, a carriage ride at the forum, the traditional candle light service, and lots of other time just hanging out. We also were able to see our friends from college for a night, which was so encouraging to us and fun. During the car ride back, Bradford did miraculously great and cried all of 3 minutes in the 10.5 hours in took us to make the trek home (I think all the musical books and toys helped!) We got home the night before Christmas Eve, exhausted with all the travel, but so thankful for the time with friends and family. Our hearts feel full of gratitude and thankfulness this Christmas for all the many blessings we have received.
Last week, we took a Christmas road trip up to Atlanta and were so happy to see all of our friends and family in Georgia! Despite an almost 11 our car ride both ways, Bradford and Opal both did great. We spent the first night in Dublin, where we got to stay with Maggie and Justin. Friday, we headed up to Gainesville to see friends and youth kids that we have missed. Then, we spent the weekend at the Herron house and enjoyed time with everybody who was in town. Bradford enjoyed getting some new toys to play with, and also practicing walking! He worked up to being able to take several more steps without falling and I have no doubt he will be walking with ease soon. Here are some pictures to recap the first part of our trip:
Today is B man’s 11th monthday. It’s so hard to believe that in just one more month he will be a year old, and that this time last year we were excitedly preparing for his arrival. I still can remember and replay many of these days from last year, especially the ones right before his birth. We feel so blessed to be celebrating this Christmas with him, and are enjoying every day as he just keeps getting more fun.
Here is a quick update. Current weight: 22 lbs. Things he is doing: He talks a lot and loves to play with anything that makes noise. If there are no toys that make noise, he entertains himself by opening and closing any drawer in sight and banging on whatever he can reach. New tricks are walking with assistance, and taking a few steps on his own. He took his first steps right before Thanksgiving, and will now take about 3-4 without falling. He’s started dancing and clapping to music, high fiving, and waving bye-bye. He still eats great but has definitely gotten more picky and opinionated with his food. His current favorites are blueberries and tomatoes.
Here are a few recent pictures: