Sitting

Yesterday I left work early due to a water main break in front of our building.  I hurried to pick up Gabe from Nana and Grandpa’s house.  While I was there, I set him on the couch and he just sat there like a big kid.  Like it was no big deal.  So when we got home I brought up the Bumbo seat for him to try out.  At first he wasn’t too sure about it.  Then Reily started walking around and his eyes just followed her.  After awhile he just hung out and enjoyed sitting.

Look I'm sitting

Look I’m sitting

 

 

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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

 

 

1st Mother’s Day

We celebrated my first Mother’s Day this year.  My boys did a wonderful job on cards, gifts, and the day.  Scott let me sleep in after feeding Gabe.  And sleeping it was wonderful.  I didn’t realize how tired I was until I was able to get some good rest.  We did mange to get a little family snuggle time in before getting ready to leave.

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Once we cleaned up and packed up the car, Gabriel had to show off his onesie from my mom.  Grammy did a great job in picking out his Mother’s Day outfit.  Too bad it was too cold for him to wear it out.

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We headed to Starbucks for some lattes and quick breakfast.  Then we drove to Missouri Botanical Gardens.  Another cool day and Gabriel was bundled up in his stroller.  The Garden was really busy, but we managed to find places to walk around without being over crowded.

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After MoBot, we headed down to Scott’s parents house for some lunch.  It was a rain check to watch the Cardinals game and get some awesome, Garvey’s wings.  Although the Cardinals didn’t win it was a fun afternoon.

We got home and it had warmed up enough for Gabriel to put on his Mother’s Day outfit.  It was a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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Gabriel’s First Cardinals Game

We took Gabriel to his first Cardinals game.  We have been counting down since last summer when I found out I was pregnant.  Taking him to the right game was a big deal.  About a month ago we were offered to buy tickets half off and help Collinsville baseball.  I figured I didn’t want to pay full price when I knew I would not stay for the whole game.

We arrived at Busch Stadium just a little before the start of the game.  We headed to the outfield to watch the players warm up and get a couple of pictures.  photo1

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You can tell Gabe is completely thrilled with being out in the sun and having all these people around him.  He was actually pretty content in his Baby Bjorn.  We then walked all the way up to our seats.  They were higher than I had thought, the good part of our seats was that we had the last row.  The bad part about our seats were that it was very windy and cold in our seats.  Even with the sun out, it was still just too cold for Gabe up there.  We managed to get a few pictures in before heading back down.

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The view from our seats

The view from our seats

And of course what trip to Busch would not be complete without a visit to the Stan Musial statue.

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3 Months

Gabriel turned three months old yesterday.  Since we do not have a three-month doctor’s appointment, I do not have his length and weight stats available.  I do think he is at least 15lbs and probably 24-25 inches long.

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Gabe’s new tricks are:

Sticking fingers and hands in his mouth (he has fully found his fingers and loves them, it’s a fight for the hands and food)

Squealing – whether it’s laughing or with his crying, his squeals are multi-pitch now

Smiles – this boy loves to smile

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Raspberries – he loves to hear his mom or dad make raspberry noises

Tummy Time – he is getting better at tummy time and is reaching for his toys

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Toys – he loves his colored link chain that my mom got him, even loves the rattle noise.

Swing – he is finally big enough for his swing to be fun

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And how did we celebrate this boy’s 3 month birthday?  We took him to his first Cardinals game!  What a lucky kid!

After all the fussing over the kid, Reily wanted in on the action…

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