20 & 21 weeks

Merry First Christmas Colton Boy!

Colton did pretty darn good on the way to and from North Carolina for Christmas. Two flights each way, plus long layovers made for 10+ hour travel days and he was a trooper. He also prompted many smiles with his santa hat.
He is about 80% proficient at rolling each way now (woo hoo!) though he still occasionally gets stuck on his belly. He loves to stick his tongue out at anyone who will play with him.
The coolest thing though?! This kiddo is sitting up! He doesn't get there on his own, and occasionally he tips over, but it is now his preferred playing position. So crazy.
Colton was awesome in North Carolina. He loved all the snuggles and attention he got from all his loving aunts and uncles, and especially Grammy and Pa. We had a very low key Christmas as a family, but he got a few presents from extended family and liked chewing on the wrapping paper :)
Colton's aunt Kaytlin also took some awesome family pictures for us, and she captured this absolute gem.
This picture is just so Colton. He has the most darling smile and dimples, but he really is a serious and inquisitive boy. He loved sitting in those leaves and making them crunch in his hands!
This is the best first Christmas photo I could get. I actually kind of love it haha. He was very tired.


19 weeks

With meeting Santa for the first time, and opening his first Christmas presents, Colton has had a fun week. Though his sleeping has been so so off. After almost 2 weeks of waking up every. single. hour. to be rocked, cuddled, and fed, mom said enough is enough, and started to enforce a semi-strict sleeping schedule. Eat, play for about 90 minutes, sleep 30-40 minutes, repeat. This ends up at about 4 naps a day, and we are trying to get Colton down for the night between 7 and 7:30. Though our upcoming trip to North Carolina is going to throw everyone off their schedule, we are hoping to stick to it a bit, since after only 2 days of the schedule, Colton was down to only waking up 3 times a night instead of 9. Here's to hoping!


Christmas Spirit

Though since our house has been on the market, we haven't put up any Christmas decorations, we have been getting in the Christmas spirit this past week. We went to a beautiful nativity with Emmie and Chase. There was a real live camel! We followed the "wise men" through to three stations where we saw Mary and baby Jesus, and heard the angels sing (that was Colton's favorite part). Afterward we went for burgers at Freddy's.
Then on Saturday the 13th, we went to Jared's work team Christmas party. We enjoyed great company and had a fun white elephant exchange, then we had our ward Christmas party. They put on a great progressive program, where we moved from room to room and we heard some great stories and musical numbers. Then we had a delicious dinner followed by pictures with Santa. Santa did not phase Colton one bit, in fact, he was determined to stuff as much of Santa's beard into his mouth as he could. This made Santa a bit uneasy, but it was just SO Colton all I could do was giggle.
Every year for Christmas when I was little, my Grandma Trimble sent our family the "12 days of Christmas", presents for each night to open up until Christmas. It was such a fun tradition, and my mom has kept it up with us! Since Christmas is a weird time for us this year, with selling the house, and going to North Carolina for 10 days, and moving, we were very low key, but her 12 days of Christmas made our season! I'm so sad, I could've sworn I took a picture of all the presents I laid out, it looked so pretty! But I can't find it anywhere! Anyway, Colton enjoyed ripping off the wrapping paper for his presents, and Grandma got him the absolute cutest hat in the world. Jared and I went through and opened the presents so fast, it was so fun! Thanks so much mom, we love you!


17 & 18 weeks

What a little HAM! Colton hit 4 months on Sunday and he is changing so so much. Last week he had his first real sickness after we got back from Colorado. He was stuffy and feverish and coughing and it was so sad! Luckily he kicked it in 2 days and is back to his particular self. This picture was when he was so sick. He got a hot bath and his binky at the same time just to help him feel better!
His fave thing these past few weeks? The exersaucer. He has figured out how to play with the toys and how to bounce, he loves that thing. He is even "walking" in it to spin the chair around and get to other toys.
He still pretty much only rolls from his back to his right side onto his tummy, then he gets stuck. Good thing there we have super daddy around to save the day.
He had his 4 months checkup this week. He is 23 inches long (less than the 0 percentile), 14.3 lbs (22nd percentile), and I don't remember his head circumference, only that it is in the 1st percentile. So really, our little man is still really little!
Little or not though, this kiddo is so smart, We have reached what I like to call the manipulation stage. He is testing us for sure, to see what he can get away with, and how much he has to whine in order to get our attention, and even though he is the cutest kid in the world, I'm starting to have to lay down some ground rules, but really we mostly play all day long
And the only thing he likes more than playing with mom? the tv....


Thanksgiving in Denver

So Colton and I flew out to Denver by ourselves on November 22nd, because Jared had to work. I was so stressed out about flying with him by myself. Colton had been nursing terribly in public, and I was so worried he would just scream the whole plane ride. But Colton absolutely loved the airport, and when we got on the plane the nicest lady in the world offered us the window seat in her row, and said if I needed to nurse him it would be totally fine and just made me feel at ease, then as soon as we took off Colton fell asleep, and slept all the way until we landed and hour and a half later. I was so so relieved!
We spent a few days in Parker just hanging out and relaxing, Colton absolutely adores his uncle Lance, he thinks he is the funniest person he has ever met, every time Colton heard Lance's voice he would giggle. 
As usual the wildlife in my parent's neighborhood was out and about. The neighborhood turkeys made and appearance on Thanksgiving and these deer were literally 5 feet away from me.

Jared flew out on Wednesday and that night we went to PF Changs for a bit of a celebratory dinner for Jared's job offer! (post to come :) ) Then Thursday we had a nice Thanksgiving full of delicious food and let's be honest, a lot of xbox haha. 
That night my dad and I headed out to Walmart around 10 because he wanted to get one of their black friday tvs. We beat any craziness AND got the tv! Out and home in less than an hour!
Saturday Jared, Colton, and I went over to Aurora to see our old friends Pat and Rachelle, who just bought a house over there. It was so good to see them after a couple of years!
We all flew home on Sunday, and Colton was a little more fussy on the flight back, but still did moderately awesome. It was so funny, Jared stood up in the aisle to go change Colton in the bathroom on the plane, and this 10 year old kid scooched around him and beat him to the bathroom! So Jared was just standing up waiting and waiting and about 20 minutes go by and the flight attendant was like "What is that kid doing in there?!" so they are banging on the door asking if he is ok, then the kid comes out and says "I fell asleep in the bathroom, sorry"....ya....sure ya did. 
Anyway we got home safe but we were all beyond exhausted. We had a great relaxing week in Colorado and it was so great to be with family, even if it was weird that two of my siblings were gone!


16 weeks

We survived our first solo flight! On Saturday Colton and I left for Colorado together, and despite how unbelievably stressed his mother was, Colton slept from wheels up to wheels down, and thoroughly enjoyed the airport. So many people to look at!
This week I thought it would be fun to do a look alike post, inspired by my sister in law Kaytlin. This little outfit from this week is one of Jared's from when he was a baby!
I definitely see mostly Jared in there, but that mouth is all mom :)