I was much better at keeping up with this blog before Stephen arrived! I had plenty of time to write down my thoughts and feelings while waiting for his arrival. Now, my days are filled with changing diapers, feeding this growing boy, and trying to keep up with the laundry…and I love every minute of it!
Stephen is growing and changing every day. He loves playing on his Mr. Ladybug playmat, looking in the mirror, playing with Ollie Octopus, watching shadows, walking around the neighborhood in his stroller, and listening to music. He’s not a huge fan of tummy time, nap time, or watching the rest of us eat.
I returned to work after Labor Day. It was very difficult to leave Stephen, but he’s in good hands. He hasn’t cried when I’ve dropped him off yet, and he’s always smiling when I pick him up. His babysitter, Ms. Debbie, is spoiling him rotten! There are about five other kids at her house during the day, but Stephen is the only baby there! Stephen goes to daycare almost every day, unless we have a special event planned.
We’ve kept him out of daycare a few times, mostly for travel. Even though he’s only three months old, Stephen has flown on an airplane twice, and visited four different states! We’ve been to Virginia for a weekend, Illinois to visit Shawn’s family, a family reunion in Oklahoma, and Connecticut for the Apple Harvest Festival. He’s a great traveler; he sleeps most of the way! On the way home from Connecticut, he was awake on the plane, but was content. I’m so glad he wasn’t one of “those” babies…you know, the ones that cry for the entire flight! Stephen has met most members of our families, and of course, they just love him!
We’ve been taking pictures of Stephen each month, and it is bittersweet to see each picture. I love watching him grow up, but I hate how fast it goes! Just look:
Halloween is coming up, and Stephen is already getting ready! He has three costumes this year (and I always swore I’d never turn into one of “those” mothers….You know, the ones that go overboard for holidays when the kids are too young to realize it…..Yup, I’m one of “those” now.) He wore his Tigger costume when we decorated the house. We’re hoping to get to the Pumpkin Patch soon, too. He’ll stay at home with me when Shawn takes Abi trick-or-treating, but he’ll have a cute costume for that, too.
We’re coming up on the holiday season soon, and it will be so magical with Stephen here this year. He’ll sit at the Thanksgiving table with us (and maybe even eat some “food”, too!). He loves watching lights, so I can’t wait to see him when we light the Christmas tree. With all the excitement, we’re enjoying every minute of our time with him.