My parents were in town this week, so of course I took a ton of pictures. It was a great visit – and they were incredibly helpful. Adam and my dad hung Christmas lights together, rearranged the garage, and moved furniture around. My dad also fixed a zillion things in our house (and yard!) that needed attention and even polished the headlights on my car! My mom helped me wrap presents, made us breakfast, made pillowcases for the angled pillow Jace sleeps on, and made me a diaper clutch for in the diaper bag. As we learned when Cherie and Amelia came to visit, having extra sets of hands around is incredibly helpful. So everyone should come visit!
One morning while my parents were here I was especially tired. After Jace woke up from his first nap of the day, I realllllly wanted a nap. And so my parents babysat! I SLEPT while they played with Jace. He loves being outside. My mom got Jace into his stroller and walked up and down and up and down and up and down our street. They did such a good job playing with him that after a few hours, he fell asleep in his stroller for his next nap. No tears!
Last night was a really fun night. The five of us drove out to the east side of Knoxville. We stopped by the Russell Stover Outlet (of course!), then headed to Shadrack’s for their “Christmas Wonderland”. Shadrack’s is a boat and RV dealership, but they decorate like crazy for Christmas. We explored Santa’s Workshop first – lots of activities for slightly older kids (bounce house, pony rides, train rides, etc.). We took a picture next to a camel – the camel was apparently not very photogenic. Yikes. We waved to Santa, got drinks and cookies, and then went to see the lights. Shadrack’s has “the world’s largest drive-through, fully synchronized, LED Christmas light and music show”. It’s pretty awesome. I recommend youtubing a video of it. Jace looooved it! He sat in my lap (no carseat required while driving the loop!) and was mesmerized for about 15 minutes. When he got fussy, he moved to the front seat and sat with my dad – with his hands on the dash – and was mesmerized for another 15 minutes!
Even though Jace was exhausted from the busy night, he still stuck to his “wake up every 45 – 90 minutes” routine last night. This morning he was pretty happy, but started to get fussy after a while. My mom picked him up and walked him around and he fell asleep – in her arms! Hurray!
My dad tried Adam’s technique for getting Jace to smile by lifting him way up in the air. Worked like a charm! Also, it’s quite the workout given Jace has officially hit the big 2-0. Yup, TWENTY POUNDS. Four times his birth weight!
Jace and Cody are becoming friends. Jace can “grab” now, so the cats were a bit unhappy with him pulling their fur (ha, just wait until he can walk!). But for now, they’ve called a truce and as long as Jace has a blanket or pillowcase to play with, he and Cody are happy sharing my lap.
And lastly, check out this video! Jace isn’t a huge fan of tummy time, so I think that deters him from rolling over. I know he can roll over – two months ago I set him on the playmat on his back while I grabbed a toy and when I turned back around he was on his tummy – but he doesn’t roll all the way over very often. Today I needed to run a few errands, so Adam and Jace were hanging out together. And Adam finally got to see Jace roll over – AND he caught it on video!
Alright – time to get Christmas presents packaged up and start thinking about cleaning and packing for San Francisco!