Grant’s first 4th of July was celebrated at the Upper Arlington parade today. Although he used the opportunity for a nice long nap as Sarah and I walked him up from home to the parade route. At the parade a few drums and horns woke him every so often, however for Grant it was just another ride in the stroller in some very warm weather
Patriotic yet tired
At least with the hot summer it means the pool is open and Grant has shown that he does like to take a dip.
Like a big bath tub
Last week we had a very strong wind storm move through the area and took power out at Aunt Katie and Uncle Trevor’s house. Luckily we still had power so for the weekend the little cousins got together until power was restored.
Laurel sharing her lotion secrets with Grant
More pics have been uploaded and I’ll have some more posts soon (I swear)
It is amazing how quickly (and slowly) 12 weeks have passed. I still can’t believe that we have a son, although there are some mornings (usually Saturdays) when I think, “When will this babysitting job end?” Our life has been tossed, turned and flipped inside out. The thought of a future filled with washed cars and cut grass gives us the strength to endure during our sleep deprived days.
I just returned back to work (part-time), as Grant began his first week of daycare. We both made it through the week with flying stars. Grant has become something of a celebrity – apparently he is a very mellow and chill guy, and everyone loves to hold him. I’ll admit that there were a few times during the week when I had to look at his picture, but overall I was very excited to be returning to work. Not only do I enjoy my job and coworkers, but returning to work has added a bit of normalcy back into my life.
Grant’s first day of daycare.
Grant continues to grow big and strong. At his two month check-up, he was in the 75% percentile for both height and weight. We are formulating a plan to save for future grocery shopping trips, when he starts eating us out of house and home.
The cats continue to act indifferent to Grants’ presence, although they have rubbed their heads against his feet once or twice. We’re incredibly fortunate that our cats have decided to abstain from scratching up furniture or peeing on carpets.
Grant is officially one month old. I promise not to post weekly or monthly announcements about his age, but I felt that this was an important milestone to mark. I’d like to say that he is sleeping through the night, able to communicate his needs and ready to learn how to play tennis. Since this is not the case, I’ll just settle for the fact that Grant is gaining weight, I have a vague idea of what his “I’m hungry cry sounds like” and he has met nearly all of his grandparents in person. Grandma Lloyd – we will see you soon.
Grant met his Grandma and Grandpa Paulson, as well as Great Grandma and Grandpa Harris this past weekend.
Grant with Grandma Diana
Three generations of Paulson men!
Grant with Great Grandma Harris and J.R.
Finally, a word of thanks to the Badger Family for Grant’s cool foot wear. Grant loves his baby Puma sneakers. Fortunately they are still a little big, so he’ll get some wear out of them. Thanks!
Grant rockin' his pumas!
Wow, it’s been a very fast three weeks. I have loved being home and being with my new family, however my time to get back to the job has come. My first day back was today and it was good to see everyone in the office as well as show off some photos of Grant on the site. Sarah and Grant had a great pediatrician visit with everything checking out a-ok for Grant.
Got a few new photos up in the pictures area, everyone is asking for more updates but I don’t want to keep spamming “Here is a picture of Grant on the blanket” or “Here is Grant taking a nap”, but I’ll try to keep the photos coming
Some of the better ones:
Grant's hat may be just a little big, but he'll get there
I would love to know what he was thinking in this shot
Grant holding his head up high at 3 weeks
Yesterday was Sarah’s b-day which we celebrated quietly at home with her favorite new gift.
Mommy's favorite gift
Grant also got his first bath in the tub after his cord fell off, and even Sake helped out. She surprised Sarah in the bathroom by going all billy-goat and hopping onto Sarah’s back while Sarah was bathing Grant. And of course instead of me removing the cat I grabbed the camera
Sake helping with Grant's bath
We also picked up Grandpa Miller from the airport and he has been won over by Grant’s charm.
It’s hard to believe that just two weeks ago we met our little Grant.
Grant and Mommy two weeks ago.
The night before we met Grant, Pauly and I sat outside sharing ice cream at Graeter’s. It was a beautiful, clear night with Jupiter and Venus shining brightly. We enjoyed some quiet moments together and tried to imagine how our life would change after having the baby.
March 25, 2012
One week later we were in the thick of diaper changes, 2 am feedings and coming to terms with the huge responsibility we had undertaken. There was and continues to be a lot of uncertainty about everything, but the reward is well worth the worry.
Grant and Daddy - one week ago
Today, at 1:38pm we hit the two week anniversary of meeting Grant. We introduced him to work colleagues at our offices. As expected, he was well received by our friends and co-workers. Who can resist those sweet chubby cheeks?
It is amazing how two weeks can go by so slowly and yet so fast. Even the cats are happy to be near our sweet boy.
Grant (2 weeks old) with Daddy, Bella and Sake (Cleo - not pictured)
From Grant’s first Easter he wants to wish everyone a good day! We had a good time over at Aunt Katie and Uncle Trevor’s (although Grant’s expressions in the pictures may not show that).
10 days in and things are settling down. No, we’re not used to the sleep schedule (or lack there of), however as each day goes by the routine becomes more predictable.
Yesterday marked Grant’s first (sponge) bath, as well as his first “gotcha” on Mommy with his built-in water gun.
After his bath he felt good enough to strike some poses for us, here he is hammin’ it up:
Tomorrow we have our 2nd Doctor’s visit as well as a photography session, so keep an eye here for those pictures.
Well we’re over a week now and everything is still going well. We’re still getting used to the night time feedings, but it’s good that we can recover a bit during the day. Grant continues to do well and makes us laugh every day with some new facial expression or reaction.
Sarah is continuing to feel better as her healing continues, although I need to keep reminding her to take it easy and not do so much. We make it outside each day for a slow walk to the end of the street and back with Grant in his sleek stroller.
The cats are more interested in going outside than Grant, so they leave him alone and give him a sniff every so often.
I got the time to get three more photo galleries up on the Pictures page. I’m not completely happy with the layout, but want to get the photos out to all of Grant’s followers Enjoy.
Grant is now home and the cats are getting to know him. Fortunately everyone seems to be getting along very well. We are trying to get into a pattern of sleeping and feeding, but for now we are at little Grant’s beckon call. I can understand how easy it will be to lose track of my days. The transition from day to night is a haze, and it is so easy to lose time as I watch him sleep.
We’ve been overwhelmed by the seemingly endless deliveries of fruit and flower baskets, so a quick thank you to everyone for your kindness. Pauly has been taking such great care of Grant and I, and our families have also been very kind and generous in their care of us.
Grant has had some exciting “firsts,” including riding in the car, going for a swing, and taking his first walk in the stroller (which by the way corners like it’s on rails). Grant also met his 7-month old cousin Laurel. It seems that Grant’s feet are already the same size as Laurel’s!
Grant also gets to root for the UConn Women’s Basketball team during his first NCAA Basketball Tournament. Go Huskies
Unfortunately, Grant also experienced his first Tornado warning as well. It was bound to happen at some point — luckily we didn’t have to go into the crawl space.