Miller's First Christmas

Today was a wonderful Christmas and the fact that it was Miller's first made it all the more special. We're looking forward to when he is more aware of what's going on, but we're not wishing any of these precious moments away. We started the festivities yesterday with a brunch at my mother-in-law's house. Miller was the only boy so he'll only be allowed to attend this for a little while.

He wouldn't quite sit still for this picture so he's a little blurry. However, Santa had a gift in store for me the would alleviate this problem...
Christmas Eve we went to my inlaws' church in Boaz for a beautiful service. Afterwards we went to Miller's great-grandmother's house {Betty Jo} for a delicious dinner, gifts, and fellowship.

Miller started the day as any excited child by waking up earlier than usual. At about 5:45 I woke up to hear him screaming because he had scooched out of his sleep positioner and rolled over onto his face. After a few wasted attempts to get him to go back to sleep, I went ahead and got up with him. Once he wasn't stuck on his face he was in a quite a good mood.

We had our family Christmas at home and then headed over to Bryant's parents' house for Christmas with them. We didn't help Miller out much, because we had to wake him up from his morning nap in order to get there at the time we'd promised. We were hoping that he'd fall asleep in the car but as we would find out {all day long} sleep would not come easily today. I hated that he spent much of his first Christmas pitifully too exhausted to sleep, but all in all it was still a good day. The gift I was referring to earlier was a Canon Rebel from my inlaws, Frank and Margaret. I had so much fun playing with my new camera and I'm looking forward to some wonderful pictures {once I practice a little more}. I was completely overwhelmed this year by how blessed we truly are. I also had a special appreciation for Mary this year and how humbling it must have been to know that her precious child would one day be her savior. Wow.
Here a few pictures from our day. We hope your Christmas was as blessed as ours!

Poor Margaret spent most of her day in the kitchen, but she did get to play with her grandson a little bit.

Margaret and Frank {aka Nana and Papa Frank} surprised Miller with his very own red wagon. And let me tell you, these suckers are fancy these days. Complete with cupholders and seatbelts, the only thing we had trouble finding was the iPod plugin :) I'm sure Miller will make may memories in his wagon!



So much for the video...

After several attempts to get the video of Miller trying to eat solids for the first time and my computer telling me it would take 26 minutes just to export it, I have decided that a snapshot will have to suffice. It was pretty difficult to get a good picture of him with since he was squirming around so much.  The good GREAT news is that last night we had Christmas with my dad and Cindy and we got a Flip Video camera!!  So, you should be expecting more videos since it is MUCH easier to upload from.  Yay!  It's been a while since I've cleaned off my camera and I thought I'd share a few random pics that I've taken lately.  Hope you enjoy!


4 Month Check Up

Miller had his 4 Month Check Up today and everything went well. He is 24 1/2 inches long putting him in the 22nd percentile and weighs 14 pounds 12 ounces putting him in the 35th percentile for weight. This is really funny to me because everyone who sees him talks about how big he is for his age. He's actually on the low-average end of things. Hmm. Interesting. He had to get two shots but only cried for a few seconds and then he was fine. He is such a sweet baby. Dr. Chupp did confirm our suspicion that Milller has started teething although he told me that it doesn't really mean anything regarding when those teeth will actually come in. He also told me to go ahead and start him on solids. This excites me in some ways because I love getting to see Miller try new things and grow. It is a little sad too though because I know he's growing up and I also realize this is one more thing I'll have to manage. Nursing is so simple because I'm all he needs. Now we'll have a few more things to pack when we go places and a few more things to wash at home. I think this will all be outweighed though when I see how cute he is with carrots all over his face. :) We'll let you know how his first encounter with a spoon goes. Be back soon.


Meeting Santa

We took Miller to see Santa for the first time last Saturday. He's still too young to really know what's going on so he wasn't scared at all as you can see from the picture!


Photos by Bentley Gray

Back in November we took Miller for his three month photos. Here are a few for your viewing pleasure! Thanks, Bentley!


Four Months Old

Miller is four months old today! It is amazing to watch how much he is changing everyday. Here are a few of his "tricks":
I can almost roll over from my back to my tummy.
I'm getting better at finding my hands when I'm upset. Mommy really likes this because she doesn't have to come in and give me my paci as much anymore. It comes in handy in the car too. (No pun intended). I wonder if she'll like it when I'm two and sucking my thumb?I can spin around on my playmat to look at different toys and I'm figuring out that I can use my feet to hit them. (By the way. Pay no attention to my PJs and mismatched socks - it's laundry day :)I can sit up in my Bumbo seat all by myself.
Now if only I could figure out how to tell this lady she kisses me too much?


Last week we headed down to Lake Martin to spend Thanksgiving with my mom, my step dad, my brother, and my brother's girlfriend. It was a wonderful week and I was reminded of all I have to be thankful for!

Here's a little recap of our week. The boys watched lots of football......Miller gave a few kisses out...
...Gran and Miller hung out and played a lot...
...we were lazy and attempted to sleep in (Miller had a few early mornings which is why he's in our bed - this is NOT where he usually sleeps)...
... and Miller read a few books.
On Friday we went to Auburn for the Iron Bowl. Miller was so good at the tailgate and my mom and step dad were gracious enough to watch him while Bryant and I went to the game.

It was such a great, relaxing week and we enjoyed ourselves very much! In fact, I don't think Miller was too happy about leaving...