Well, not really in big trouble, but this could get interesting. We'll be heading to NJ for Christmas this year and Erin can't wait to see Nana and Grandpa. She'll also get to meet a few other family members on the Sullivan side of the family! We're extremely excited, but I must say that I am also kind of nervous about flying with a baby. Erin has recently learned how to make her voice as high pitched and as loud as possible. She screams when she's happy, when she's lonely, when she's getting hungry, when she's tired, when she needs her diaper changed, etc. I think it is cute and I just laugh every time, but those around us on the flight may not feel the same way.
Wish us luck on our first trip with Erin. Hopefully there are no blowouts! Merry Christmas!
Erin now weighs in at 11 lbs 9 0z and has a slightly large head (just like her daddy and grandpa Bob). The first thing everyone says when they first see her is "look at those blue eyes!" Unfortunately, I think we're going to have to watch her. She was already flirting with the firemen at the grocery store yesterday. Here are some more pics from the last month:
Erin was baptized this past weekend and had the fortune (or misfortune) of meeting all of her cousins, aunts and uncles on the McGregor side of the family. Lets just say that it was a mad house, but I think Erin loves her loud and crazy family. The baptism was a success and Erin was a doll in front of the entire church full of people. Here are some pics from this weekend as well as a video of us trying to take a picture of Busia and Grandpa Bob with all of their grandkids (notice Erin just chilling even with all the noise).
I just love this picture! I didn't capture this part in the video, but Greggers falling over is priceless. Where were you on that one Grandpa Bob?
All the kiddos before mass
Erin with her Godparents
The whole fam
Hannah and Olivia making apple turkeys Big cousin Zach holding Erin
That's right, I'm officially a stay-at-home mommy. When I first found out I was pregnant I knew it would be hard to go back to work. After Erin was born, I realized it would be even more difficult than I thought. I was enjoying her way too much and I knew it would be hard to trust someone else to take care of her and give her all the attention she deserves.
After a few short weeks, I saw how quickly she was changing and how much I was influencing her. That is when I knew going back to work full time would be impossible. After much debating, crying and stressing, I finally made the decision not to go back. I am soooo lucky to have a husband who supports my decision and tells me I should not feel guilty for wanting to stay home. It was tough for me to let my job go just like that, but I knew it was the decision I had to make. I will miss all of the people I worked with and was so impressed by how much they understood and supported my decision.
Now I am lucky enough to hang out with Erin every day. I got to see her first smile a few weeks ago and now I know I won't miss out on her other "firsts". Even though I feel guilty at times for not making money, I know that I will NOT regret my decision. Erin deserves to have my full attention and I know I will not be able to get back this precious time with her. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all my family and friends who helped me make this difficult decision!
Erin was supposed to be a gorilla this year (since the Denver Gorilla Run was on Halloween), but apparently they don't make gorilla costumes smaller than 6 months. Luckily we had a hand-me-down from Tim & Andrea! Our friend Katie also made us the adorable pumpkin hat.
Erin has recently found that she can suck on her fist.
Erin has been giving me lots of smiles every day, but I was finally able to catch it on film! She is also starting to find her voice and is making all sorts of fun noises. Oh, and she has lost almost all of the hair on the top of her head. We like to call her baldy :)
I'm pretty sure Erin gave me her first smile this morning. Actually, several big ones in a row (gums and all). It was so cute! She just loves her diaper changes and rewarded me right after I was done. Hopefully I'll be able to capture it on camera soon....
I can't believe Erin is already 4 weeks old today! Time has gone by so fast and Erin is getting bigger and stronger every day. She is now following objects with her eyes and I swear one of these days she is going to give me a big smile! For now she only gives me strange looks when she stares into my eyes :)
The cold weather has joined us today so it might be a while before I have my daily walks with her again :(
Bob is officially out of the Navy! I would not recommend changing careers and having a baby in the same month, but that is what Bob did. Talk about stress! Luckily he has a new job lined up that starts on Monday and he gets to stay at the Air Force Academy. Both Erin and I are so thankful to Bob for giving up his military career to spend more time with us. I can't imagine if he stayed in....we would be moving right now and Bob would be back out to sea very soon. Here is a picture of Bob and Erin on his last day of work.
In the past week Erin has had her first real bath (yes, she loved it and yes, we got it on video), made her first trip to Garden of the Gods, and made her modeling debut with her first official photo shoot (thanks Julie). We've had lots of visitors and will be sad to see Bob's parents leave tomorrow. They have cooked about 20 meals, done at least 25 loads of laundry and changed lots of diapers. Pretty soon I will be all on my own...yikes! More pictures for your enjoyment. I even caught one of Erin smiling for me OR maybe she is just passing gas.