Chase’s First Cereal!

Back when Cooper was a baby, I was so anxious to start him on solids that I started trying them on him as soon as he hit 4 months old. I’ve since read up on the issue and realized that I really should have waited until he was 6 months old.  I was excited to not have to rush Chase into solids because it is just one more thing in the day and I figured it would really be a challenge to nurse Chase and then give him cereal.

I tried to wait guys…really, I did! But he just wants food!

Opening wide to enjoy the first couple of bites
Opening wide to enjoy the first couple of bites

Here’s how it all started.

You’ve seen the video on my flickr site of Chase getting really excited while watching us eat dinner. No? Check it out here.

Well, on Sunday afternoon after church, Jer was enjoying a brewskie along with his tasty chicken tacos. He was holding Chase and finishing off said beverage when Chase very excitedly grabbed for the glass and began “talking” like crazy.  Jer called me over to watch Chase reach for Daddy’s glass and try to drink from it. I mentioned to Jer that Chase has also been getting excited when he sees me drinking out of my water bottle.

I finally just laughed and said, “ok, let’s try it”. I broke out the cereal and the breast milk, mixed up a tablespoon and tried it on him. He was thrilled to the kilt. It was so funny! He very excitedly opened his mouth as wide as a baby bird and he cried when it was all gone. So I gave him one more tablespoon. The video for that is up at the flickr site because you know…wordpress is annoying sometimes.

Here are a couple pictures of the event.

First tastes of cereal
First tastes of cereal
Mmmmmm cereal
Mmmmmm cereal

Today, I wasn’t sure if I should go ahead and introduce cereal into our day or if I should try and wait a little longer. But he was pretty verbal after I nursed him.  He wasn’t satisfied until I gave him cereal. So, 3 times today, he got a tablespoon or two of cereal.

Gosh, I just can’t believe he is this big! Is it really already time for solids? It seems like he is growing up so fast. I keep thinking when I cuddle with him at night before he goes to bed that I want him to just stop growing. But then when I see how fun Cooper is, I remember how fun it is as they get bigger.

If anything this just solidifies in my heart that I think I’ll need just one more baby….

We brought the exersaucer in the house today too and the doorway jumper last week; he loves them both! I can’t believe this sweet little baby is growing so very fast. Jeremy and I just keep saying, “no! he’s not this big!”

Two days old, first day home from the hospital. My how he's grown!
Two days old, first day home from the hospital. My how he's grown!

The Nevils Got Outta Dodge!

Starting last Friday, June 19, Jeremy had roughly 10 days off work. We were really thrilled to get this time because back in April (when we had a little over 2 weeks of leave time), we thought that was the only time off he would have before deployment. We weren’t totally sure what we wanted to do with this time; it was the ever-often spoken question of couples, “do we stay or do we go?”.  We had plenty of grown-up responsibilities to fulfill like cleaning out the garage and the filing cabinet, renewing our plates on the car, you know-fun stuff like that. So we tossed a couple ideas around throughout the weekend.

I think we finally discussed it and made a decision sometime on Sunday night! Now, this may not seem like a big deal, but it was a challenge for me to actually pull the trigger on this issue. I have a couple weird quirks about me. For starters,  I have an anxiety about spending large amounts of money. And for the sake of this discussion, large to me is defined as anything over $200.  I know that sounds dumb, but it is just an issue I have to work through. God has used it for good in my life too…I’m very cautious on big purchases.

The other thing that is rough for me is that much spontaneity. Um…I like what’s called “planned spontaneity” and yes, it’s a term I’ve coined just for myself. Meaning, we plan to have a chunk of time in our day/week/month where we will do whatever we feel like doing. Much outside that can bring on a little anxiety mostly because I don’t like being unprepared.

Anyway, we bit the bullet and decided to go to Seaside, OR for an overnight trip! We planned to leave on Tuesday morning, stay the night, play all day Wednesday and leave to come back home late that night. (The drive is a little over 3 hours.) Jeremy found a great deal on a hotel room in Seaside thanks to our good friends the Hendersons and we booked it! We were off!

Our Hotel in Seaside for the first night
Our Hotel in Seaside for the first night

We had a delightful drive thanks to the portable DVD player for Cooper. We actually got to talk all the way down without Cooper piping in his two cents every few seconds. Chase slept almost the whole way too. It was just a pleasant and lovely drive.

When we got in to Seaside, I freaked out. IT WAS SO AWESOME! I was overwhelmed with how nice our hotel was, how pretty the area was with all the cutsie shops and the beautiful sand beach RIGHT THERE, and how much there was to do there. I was so excited that I begged Jeremy to let us stay another night. This all happened before we ever got out of the car. 😀

Needless to say, we had a blast. I’m glad I overpacked all of us because that allowed us the extra day to stay and play. (Incidentally, I have another post that will be coming shortly regarding how to dress for the “beach” when you live in the PacNW. Stay tuned…) Additionally, since we stayed an extra day, we got to go to Cannon Beach! AH…..one of the pictures from that day will be the new header on my blog. It was just so gorgeous.

Standing in front of Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach
Standing in front of Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach

I don’t know what it is…just the way God made me I suppose, but I am so drawn to water. I love lakes, rivers and especially oceans. The ocean was so beautiful. It was just overwhelming how strong it was. Jeremy and I had to shout to talk to each other because the waves crashing onto the sand and rocks were so loud. I could listen and watch waves crash for hours – it is so enchanting to hear and see!

I’m loading the pictures and videos up on the Flickr site as I type this-so they should be up by the time this post is published.  You’ll probably have to go there for the play-by-play. And even though I felt like a major tourist snapping photos constantly, I don’t feel like the pictures I took even captured half of the fun we had!

This poor crab wasn't doing too good-he was caught in the waves and had been handled a bit...but he fulfilled Cooper's wish of finding a crab!
This poor crab wasn't doing too good-he was caught in the waves and had been handled a bit...but he fulfilled Cooper's wish of finding a crab!

We had a great time together as a family just enjoying the chance to be fun and spontaneous. I was ready to get home Wednesday afternoon, but it was so great to get away. I have lots of little stories, but I’ll save those for individual posts because this is already pretty long! Check out those pictures!