Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend

Like most people, Memorial Day weekend is our official kick-off to the summer, usually symbolized to us with the opening of the pool and a trip to the lake house.  Palmer experienced both for the first time.

"I'm ready for the pool.  Stop taking pictures and let's get this show on the road."

Palmer was a little confused as to why the "big bath tub" was a lot colder than he anticipated.

Brave face:
 "WAIT, I'm not so sure about this."
I love that the kiddie pool is completely shaded.  That will make things a lot easier this summer.
Then, we headed out to the lake house to visit G.G. and Pops.
And Memorial Day wouldn't be complete without a BBQ.  Aunt Samantha hosted us for a feast.
 Palmer had a blast.  :)
-Bethany

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Two Months Old

Happy Two Month Birthday, Palmer.
We went to the doctor today for the two month check-up and shots.
Stats:
Height: 23.5" (75th percentile)
Weight: 12 lbs, 7 oz (70th percentile)
Head: 37.5 cm (10th percentile)
(PS Only in America do we measure height in inches and head size in centimeters.  I'm just saying...)

I asked Rick to join us for the visit because I couldn't handle the shots.  Rick held Palmer's hand while I turned away and cried when I heard Palmer's screams.  (I wish I was joking; Rick thought I was nuts.)

Then, Palmer had a birthday party at the afternoon Rangers game.  Unfortunately, he was drugged up on Tylenol after the shots and too drowsy to enjoy the game.
 The big day capped off with a reading of Thomas The Train.  (I know what you are all thinking: "This guy really knows how to party!")
-Bethany

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Start of Summer

 Palmer is growing and learning new tricks skills every day. The other day, I put Palmer on his belly in front of the mirror and went downstairs to make some lunch.  I returned 5 minutes later to this:
 I turned him over on his belly again and within a minute, he rolled over for a second time.  Of course, when I bust out the camera to video the momentous occasion, I just get this:
 Palmer joined his buddy, Blythe, for an outdoor Kindermusik festival complete with a real train.

 I'm pretty sure mommy had more fun than Palmer on the ride, but oh well.  :)
 Sweet Blythe with her friend, "Baby Comer".  She's working on the "P" sound, still.
 Aunt Amanda held a birthday party at her house complete with a slip and slide. Palmer just had to try it out:
" I am one cool dude."
 The birthday honoree:
 Palmer also dipped his foot in the pool, but was a little confused about why it was much colder than his nightly bath.
 "Mom, this is making me tired.  Where's the bounce house?"
 Meanwhile, back at the slip and slide, cousin Elle showed Palmer how it was done.
 Strike a pose:
 Obligatory family photo:
It's going to be a fun summer!
-Bethany

Bumbo Seat Update

I previously wrote about Palmer's head development when sitting in the Bumbo Seat. (http://thejordanjourneys.blogspot.com/2011/05/six-weeks-old.html)

 After much work.....
...Palmer is officially sitting up straight in his seat.  We are so proud of you, Mr. P!
-Bethany

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How Do You Play With A Newborn?

It's sometimes a challenge for me to know how to play with the baby.  Our play sessions usually involve a lot of watching and encouraging Palmer to learn about his surroundings on the play mat...with Boston very nearby to make sure everything is okay.

Here is a typical morning in the Jordan household:
video

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This Post Is Brought To You By The Letter P...

P is for...
Well, PALMER (of course).
P is for...
PICNICS 
The weather has been absolutely delightful and what better time than to have a picnic lunch with Aunt Samantha.

Picnic with Uncle Luke
P is for...
PUPPIES
Palmer is used to little ole Boston, but got to meet his first big dog, Gus.  Gus is Luke's dog and was much more confused than Palmer.
P is for...
PERSIS
Good friends Persis and Matt came to visit over the weekend.  I can't wait to meet their little one in a few short months!
-Bethany

Friday, May 13, 2011

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Six weeks into the season, we finally made it out to the ballpark for a baseball game.  My office has prime real estate with a suite almost behind home plate so needless to say, Palmer was completely spoiled and experienced his first game in style.

"What do you mean I'm too little to get out there and play with the big boys?"
 "Dad, where can I get a hat like that?"
 Palmer cheering after a home run:
"I had fun.  Can we go again soon?"

-Bethany

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

More Favorite Things

New Favorite Things:

PANDORA RADIO:
The great Pandora radio has a station called "Lullabye".  This is genius because Rick and I almost always have our iphones somewhere on our bodies.  Now, we can whip it out and dial up the Pandora app to play the soothing station when we are trying to put Palmer to bed.  I love technology.  And I love free lullabies.  :)

ARNOLD PALMER:
My sweet brother has gone above and beyond and I just had to share...
We didn't name Palmer after Arnold Palmer, so it was a coincidence that the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament fell during Palmer's birthday.  My brother had a photo of Arnold Palmer and this year's winner framed and signed.  It now proudly hangs outside the nursery.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day Weekend

My mother-in-law said it best when she said that Mother's Day will become my new favorite holiday.  I'm not a big birthday person (I mean, what did I do to earn a birthday celebration? I was just born.  Let's celebrate my parents who did the work instead.)  This year, Mother's Day has taken a whole new meaning for me.
First, MY mother was married on Friday night.  Although I don't have any pictures of the actual bride and groom or the ceremony (those are on a different camera that is now on the honeymoon), here are a few family shots.  Palmer was a great ring bearer and remained calm thru (almost all of) the ceremony.

Cousin Kalee meets Mr. Palmer:

The party was rocking way after Palmer's bedtime, so he changed into his jammies and kept partying with Holly. 
On Mother's Day, Palmer gave me the best gift of all and slept in until 8am (a first). (He was up at 5am, but who is counting?)  Then, daddy and Palmer made an elaborate breakfast.
In the evening, we went to friends for a BBQ where Palmer met his first cat:
 He was completely shocked by it:
And on a parting note, am I a bad mother if I leave my son outside on the back porch to nap? Palmer sleeps best outside and sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures.
-Bethany