4 Months

Gabriel hit the 4 month mark today.  He is growing like a weed!  Everyday there is something new to be discovered or trick to learn.  We have his 4 month doctor’s appointment on Friday so his stats will be coming shortly.

For now Gabriel’s likes are:

Silly faces

Silly noises

Bath time with Dad

Swinging

Jumparoo

Watching Reily from swing and jumparoo

Patty Cake

Peak-a-boo

His rings

Smiling

Drooling ( a lot)

Eating his fingers

Getting tickled

Laughing

Watching Cardinal Baseball

Looking at the picture slide show on the Apple TV

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We had a small photo shoot at 5am and I could not be happier that he is a very, very happy baby when he wakes up!  Reily had to get in on the photo shoot as well.

reily

St. Gabriel’s Picnic

* Half of this post is written by Gabriel – he is becoming a great blogger.

Gabriel has attended his first St. Gabriel School picnic.  It was a success.  Gabe had a very busy day before making an appearance at the picnic.  He went on a 5 mile run with his Dad, while Reily and I walked 3.  Then we went out to breakfast on Main St. in St. Charles at Picasso’s.  We quickly ran home and took a bath with Dad while Mom ran to Target to get a lot of needed items.  After a very short nap, we loaded up the car and headed to the mall to get flip-flops for dad and an accessory for Mom’s outfit.  Then it was on to the picnic.  I met so many people who knew my mom and Zio Andrew.  Everyone said I was a Manzotti, until they saw my Dad.  I watched Mathew and Catherine go on a few rides and then it was back to the beer booth to say my good byes, I’m not used to the heat yet.  Mom and Dad had another reunion to go to so I went home with my Aunt Michelle.  We had a fun night of playing while Mom and Dad had a semi-date night without me.

Below is the only picture my mom remembered to take at the picnic.  You can see the church and the infamous Ferris Wheel from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch (in a year or so, I might be on the kiddie rides).

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1 Year Ago

1 year ago today I was sending Scott text messages of positive pregnancy tests while he worked late.  And it was a crazy week after that.  I took 4 tests just to make sure it was really positive.  In a little over a years time, Scott and I have started new jobs, that we both LOVE, went on a trip to the Northeast, done home improvements and then Gabriel Scott joined us.  It’s been almost 4 months and I’m thankful every day that I get to wake up to a chatty, healthy, smiley baby boy.

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Tornado

Well, we have survived another tornado.  This one wasn’t as bad as the infamous Good Friday tornado of 2011, but this time it was a little different.  With the Good Friday tornado we felt the pressure drop in the house and saw the trees bending, of course we were standing at the kitchen window watching the whole thing.  This time we headed straight to the basement as soon as Scott got home from work.  We knew the storm was coming and it was going to be a bad one.  We were right.  We lost power around 8 and then the power flickered for the next 10 -15 minutes before staying on for the night.  Although we had power, we lost our cable/Internet connection.

So what do you do with a 3 1/2 month old during a tornado?  We bring out the Jumparoo and show him that he can stand.  Then we sway him to sleep and then mom and dad quickly pass out while watching a movie.

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Overall, we just had down branches in our yard.  The cable and Internet came back on sometime Saturday evening.  Although, just a short drive from our house, on the Rock Road, there was a down power line and trees pulled up by their roots.  I think we missed this one by 5 miles.

Omaha Fun

Gabriel’s first trip to Omaha was a bit of a whirlwind, but all fun.  He met a lot of Aunts and Uncles and cousins.

Once we arrived at my aunt’s house we had some play time before we headed out to the rehearsal dinner.  Gabe played with Grammy and Aunt Pam while dad went for a run.  Then it was time to get dressed up and show off his outfit that Aunt Pam bought him.

5You can tell that Gabriel is crazy, excited about posing for this picture.  Hopefully that’s not a sign of things to come.

We went to the rehearsal dinner in Elkhorn.  It was a quaint, little restaurant that had some amazing food.  Gabe met more cousins(that he will be running around with in no time) and more aunts and uncles.  He managed to be really good until my uncle started giving the blessing.  Then Gabe had had enough and I quickly ducked out and found the a/c.  Scott was not too happy that I left him.  We managed to get Gabriel to sleep while we quickly ate.  Then we head home for a great, freezing night’s sleep.

On the wedding day, we planned on taking Gabriel to the Omaha Zoo.  They have an amazing zoo in Omaha and I wanted to share it with Scott and Gabe.  By the time we got there, parking was limited and somehow I found a great spot and could see the car from the zoo entrance!  Go me!

He likes to dress up for the zoo

He likes to dress up for the zoo

We checked out the bears, monkeys and aquarium before it was time to go.  It was starting to get a little toasty and Gabe was ready for a nap.

Entertainment while waiting for an elevator

Entertainment while waiting for an elevator

We did manage to get a couple decent family pictures while were at the zoo.  We were in the Jungle and with all the monkeys swinging around it was hard to pick just one spot.  Although, it was kinda warm in there, and I think Gabriel started getting tired.

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Looking at the monkeys

Looking at the monkeys

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11We even made it to the aquarium for a very quick walk through.  It was very cool to see the sharks swimming around.  St. Louis zoo needs to get one of these.

Checking out the Penguins

Checking out the Penguins

After the zoo we stopped for lunch at Goldbergs for day 2 of great burgers.  Gabe slept through almost the entire lunch.  We managed to back to my aunt’s house in time to clean up and head to the wedding.

One of my youngest cousins, Nick was getting married.  The ceremony was held outside at a park.  It was a very pretty ceremony and it was a little warm out.  Gabe was awake for the whole thing.  We did a couple diaper changes during the ceremony and I don’t think Scott or I minded hanging out in the back with the kids.

13After the ceremony we headed down to the Old Market (downtown Omaha) for the reception.  Gabriel was still a hit with his aunts.  And he was all smiles until he couldn’t stay awake any more.  He and I hung out by the entrance during the father of the bride speech and blessing(there were a lot of blessings).  He finally went to sleep and I was able to eat and visit with my cousins.  By 8:30 we finally got our food and cake and decided it was time to head back to my aunts to get some sleep.

Weddings are fun

Weddings are fun

On the way home Gabe work up for a bit and we managed to get one picture of him in his awesome tie/bib that Nana made for him.

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On Memorial Day we woke up to storms!  It ruined our plans of stopping in Kansas City to catch some of the Cardinals/Royals game.  Instead we headed home.  We were making great time until Columbia and then everyone decided it was time to leave the lake and head home to.  It made for a fussy baby for the last hour of the drive.  But for 6 hours we had this:

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Road Trip!

We went on Gabriel’s first road trip this Memorial day weekend.  A quick weekend trip to Omaha for a cousin’s wedding was just what we needed to test the travel waters with a 15 week old.  And Gabe did great!  He mostly slept and played in the car.  He was only fussy when he needed to be changed, and really, who can blame him?

Roadh Trip!

Road Trip!

Driving across Missouri is hard

Driving across Missouri is hard

Just looking out the window

Just looking out the window

Just playin'

Just playin’

 

 

 

Play Time

Gabe has been enjoying play time.  We try to play with him as much as we can in the evenings when we get home.  He usually has had enough play time by 6-6:15.  Then it’s dinner and bath at 7, followed by bed time.  Lately, he has become very active and takes everything he sees in.  On Sunday morning I was playing with him in the basement while watching soccer.  Gabe would just hold his links but his eyes were focused on soccer.  Not that he really cared what was going on, but he focused on the colorful jerseys.

Watching the soccer game

Watching the soccer game

Gabe's View

Gabe’s View