Seasoned Traveler

Max and I had a great time on our trip to see the family. Maxwell was a champion traveler. We lucked out on the ride there and had an empty seat in our row so we were able to take his seat on and with mom and me, we had a full row to ourselves. The ride home was just me and Max, and the plane was completely full. Thankfully the people next to us were very nice, and Max did great on both flights…minimal fussing for short periods, and he slept for a couple hours each time. When we were in the Seattle airport a couple people came up to me after the flight and commented on what a good baby he was on the plane. All in all, a successful first two plane rides! I can see it getting much more challenging as he gets older and more mobile and is not so happy to be confined for several hours. We enjoyed our time with family, Max charmed all the Wagenaar relatives and his Oma and Opa were thrilled to see him again. We also got to see a family whom I used to babysit for when I lived in Grand Rapids. Grant and Grace are so grown up now, I wish they lived closer to us so that they could babysit for Max. Dave, Lisa, Grant and Grace, it was great to see you and I miss you lots!

In other news, I go back to work on Wednesday. I will miss Maxwell so much! It helps a lot that Jeff will be home with him on Wednesday and Thursday, and then Friday is a holiday. Many of you know that we are in the process of layoffs at work and I am at risk of being bumped out of my position, so far we are still in wait and see mode. I am really hoping to stay in this job, it is part-time and a great fit for me. If anyone out there knows of someone who will just pay me (plus benefits, please) to stay home with Max, by all means let me know!

Max got an unplanned bath this morning after he peed everywhere not once, but twice during a diaper change. He seemed pretty proud of himself afterwards so we suspect maybe he was saving it up for just such an occasion. He still loves sucking on his fingers, he is much better at getting them in his mouth but hasn’t figured out that he can bring the fingers to the mouth, he usually tries to bring the mouth to the fingers…it’s very cute.

On to pictures!

On an airplane for the very first time!

Giving love to Oma and Opa and Grandpa:

The Grand Rapids family threw a “Welcome Maxwell” party for us, complete with cake. The picture below is with my cousin David, we were laughing that to those who don’t know us it will look like a family shot. Dave said maybe we could PhotoShop Jeff’s head in for his…he is about the right height!

Max doing tummy time in Anne and Don’s backyard:

With Mallory, Shani and Grandma:

Kisses!

First Plane Ride, Coming Right Up!

Max and I will be embarking on his first plane ride on Wednesday. We’re off to Michigan to visit Maxwell’s Oma and Opa, and to see his Wagenaar relatives. I am excited to be in Michigan and a little apprehensive about the almost 5 hour plane ride. Thankfully on the way there my mom will be on the same flight as us, but we’ll be coming back just the two of us, as she’s staying longer. For many reasons, I wish Jeff was able to come with us! Hopefully Max will sleep for much of the trip. We celebrated Father’s Day today since we’ll be in Michigan next Sunday. Jeff got a frame with Maxwell’s footprints on it, and we wrote “Max Loves Daddy” on it also which is oh so true. I think it was a hit. We spent the day relaxing at home together, which is one of our favorite things to do on the weekend. I also was able to get some naps in while Max had Daddy time. Max is still doing short naps during the day, but he did a nice long stretch of sleep last night, from about 7:15pm to 2:30am. I’m hoping those nighttime stretches get longer, especially since I’ll be going back to work the week after we get back from our trip (let’s not even talk about how hard THAT will be!).

Max is making progress on getting his fingers reliably in his mouth and has started to actually suck on them some of the time. He’ll do either hand but seems to prefer his left. Which fingers go in the mouth is totally random. He would dearly love to put his other hand in his hair while sucking on fingers…it will go up on his head and kind of wave around and try to grab on. However, this effort is hampered by the fact that he still doesn’t have very much hair.

The other day my mom came over to visit and I was feeding Max. She came up behind the chair we were in and looked over my shoulder and said hello to Max. He looked up and gave Grandma a great big smile, as milk came out of his mouth and down his chin. So cute!

Here’s your weekly picture fix:

Maxwell has so many cute outfits, I just love getting him dressed each morning. Many days he gives me the opportunity to put him in more than one outfit when the first one (or more!) gets baby fluids of some kind on it. Here’s his cute striped train outfit from Grandma:

Many of you know that I attended the University of Michigan for grad school. When we were in Michigan last summer, Max was just a few weeks in utero. We got him this onesie then. Go Blue!

Max’s Oma is a flight attendant, his Uncle Greg has worked as a pilot, and his Grandpa has his private pilot’s license. So a love of flying could well be in his blood! Here he is in his snazzy airplane shirt:

And finally, one of the three of us taken today, for Father’s Day:

Heat!

So it was a HOT week here last week….we’re talking in the 90s every day. It was a little much for early June. I’m happy to report that the past few days have been much more pleasant. Still sunny and warm, but not so blazing hot. Max seemed to do okay in the heat. I wondered if he’d be too hot swaddled but we tried going without it a few times and that did not go so well, so we ended up swaddling him in just a diaper and pointing the fan right at him. We had a fun weekend spending time with family and friends. Maxwell is just as cute as ever and giving us lots of smiles and little laughs. On Sunday night he slept from 9:30pm to 4:45am! Of course I did not sleep that whole time, kept waking up and checking on him, but it was still glorious. Unfortunately it wasn’t repeated last night, we had a middle of the night wakeup, but maybe he’ll decide to try it again soon. We can hope! He’s still been doing a lot of the short napping, with a longer one interspersed every so often…to give us hope, I guess.

Next week Max and I will be flying to Michigan to visit family. This will be Maxwell’s first time meeting the extended Wagenaar family and he can’t wait! I hear they are pretty excited as well. We will also get to see his Oma and Opa Moore. The only sad part is that Jeff won’t be coming with us, and we’ll be gone over Father’s Day. Many apologies to my wonderful husband for taking The Boy away for that day…we’ll be celebrating it this Sunday. If you have any winning plane travel tips, by all means send them my way. I’m hoping for a cooperative baby and understanding seatmates…or even better, empty seats! My mom will be with us on the flight there, which will be a huge help, but we’ll be coming back before she does.

Pictures!

This was taken at my Grandma’s house when we went up about a week ago.

I have a Moby Wrap (infant sling wrap) that I’m planning to use for the airport, so I’ve been practicing with it the past few days. Max seems not to mind hanging out in there:

On Saturday Max was wearing a cute red polo onesie and jeans. Jeff was inspired to also wear a red polo with his jeans, and they looked very sharp together. Check them out:

Here they are doing some tummy time:

Jeff has been playing around with the photo editing program GIMP. You can do some really cool things, I will leave you with one that we love. And yes, Max’s eyes are really that blue…that part of the photo is untouched!

Happy Birthday, Jeff!

It was Jeff’s birthday on Monday. It worked out well that it fell on Memorial Day this year, so most of you probably enjoyed a day off for Jeffrey P. Moore Day. We had a great family day together. We started the celebrating a day early while Greg, Leah and the girls were here. Leah baked a yummy chocolate cake (note the candle groupings…three and five, we got a little creative).

Then on Monday we went to lunch at Blue C Sushi in Lynnwood, one of those places with the belt going around and you can just grab the plates you want. It was yummy, even for a non-seaweed/raw fish lover like me, there were lots of options and you can see we had a big stack of plates when we were through:

Later I took a few pictures of my favorite boys together. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband and son!

On Thursday Max had his two month checkup. At 10 weeks old he weighs 12 pounds, 1 ounce and is 25.5 inches long. This puts him in the 50th percentile for weight and the 98th percentile for length! Looks like he takes after mom and dad in the height department. He has rolled over during tummy time a few times now, and he obligingly demonstrated this for the pediatrician. I think it is accidental, he will be pushing up with his arms and looking around and then just kind of tips over to one side and rolls onto his back. But it’s still very impressive! It’s so fun to see him learning new things. Tuesday night my friend Jessica arrived and stayed with us for a few days. It was so wonderful to have her here and the time together just flew by. Here she is with Maxwell:

Jessica is a very talented photographer. While she was here she took some great pictures. Here are a couple:

We have had an unbelievable string of beautiful days here…sunny and warm. I’m hoping to be able to get out for some walks this week. It didn’t happen today, Max has been taking short naps all day. My cousin-in-law Callie says that having a baby is like taking a trip somewhere and getting jet lag but never recovering. I think that’s a very apt analogy! I know someday I’ll catch up on my sleep, and this is definitely better than the days when I never slept more than two hours at a time. Maybe tomorrow Max will take some longer naps for me. We can hope, right?

Here’s one final picture, of Max in this cute outfit I got for him at Old Navy the other day: