Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Delightful December

December was a full month and here are some pics to show what we were up to.

This is probably one of the first times that Athea woke up in the morning and had some wonderful expressions to give me! The first one I sent to Ben and said something along the lines of... this probably won't be the first time she gives us this look!

Yep... 4 months old... December 11, 2011. So crazy to believe that she is getting so big already. 
10 lbs, 14 oz... 22 inches long and 40 cm head. She's over 10 pounds!

Just hanging out pics... notice that Athea is getting better with her tummy time. Yes... notice that Ben's beard is getting bigger! 

Anticipating Christmas... Athea helped us pick out this tree and "helped" us decorate it. She absolutely loved staring at the colorful lights!

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without family around! Aunt Jen and "Tito" Dani came all the way from Spain to spend Christmas with us. They flew into DC to spend an early Christmas with Athea's new cousin (still can't wait to meet him) and then came over to see the wild wild west! Dani has never been to Arizona so this was quite an unforgettable trip! Needless to say we tried to pack in as many things as we could with them here. This was also our first time really taking Athea out consistently. Up until now she mostly left the house to go the doctor's offices or a quick trip to Target.  SO... not only was it nice to be around family but it was also nice to get out of the house and see that it is possible to keep a preemie healthy despite being out and about. Plus we knew that it was time to get her ready for daycare. Sniff sniff... that's me dreading the day of going back to work.

Athea's very first CHRISTMAS!!!!!!! Wow! I'm so happy that Jen and Dani came to spend Athea's first Christmas together. It was so memorable and so relaxing. It was a reminder of how precious family really is. Yes, Athea was spoiled not just by Jen and Dani but by family and friends that she has even yet to meet. 

Since this is Dani's first trip to the wild wild west... we had to go to Old Tucson Studios!!!!!! Actually... Ben hasn't been here either so it was fun for all of us! Needless to say... after some cheesy can can dancing, cheesy gunfight show and cheesy nachos... we had a great time!

How precious is this???? The picture says it all.

After a great trip to Tucson, Jen and Dani headed up to the Grand Canyon before continuing their fun filled winter vacation. SO... we had to say goodbye. It was wonderful having them here and Athea and Dani definitely bonded. This conversation says it all!

I'm probably forgetting a ton of other things that happened in December... but these were the highlights! Now that December is coming to an end it also means that my extended maternity leave is also ending. This also means that Athea will be starting daycare in the beginning of January. SO I am trying to soak up every moment that I can without thinking about going back to work!

Monday, December 5, 2011