Disney Magic!

I can’t believe that we are already done with our Disney Cruise.  It has been like 2 years in the making I feel like.  And I can’t believe it has come and gone.  We had a great time, of course.  Who wouldn’t?  We’re talking Disney and tropicalness combined.  It was lovely.

Our first day we went to Magic Kingdom at Disney World.  It rained all day.  Rain like I have never seen.  It was semi-discouraging.  But somehow we managed to keep little Jack Jack dry and even ride Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean which Jack loved.

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Jack’s hair really liked the humidity and laid flat for its first time ever almost the entire time we were gone.  Don’t worry, now that we are back in dry Utah, it is sticking up again.

After our day at Disney, we set sail on the Disney Magic.  And it was lovely.  It was also  incredibly hard to believe that it is a ship and not a resort hotel.  Although for whatever reason, my body had no problem remembering we were on ship.  I spent the first 24 hours on board in bed seasick out of my  mind.  But thanks to a little dramamine, ginger ale and the all important “Seaband” (which you will see in all of my onboard shots, wristbands that supposedly apply pressure to a pressure point that alleviates nausea…I am not sure if I am a believer, but I was an avid wearer of the bands cause I didn’t want the vomiting to come back!), I was back on top of my game sooner than I thought possible.

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Our days on the ship were filled with a lot of time in the Splash pool.  Jack loved it.  He could have spent all day in there.  He had no problem with the water in his face or anywhere else.  And I am sure anyone who knows our sweet boy would not be surprised to learn that his favorite feature of the splash pool was, of course, the drain.  He kills me.  He was the only baby that even noticed there was a drain!

Another ship activity, eating!  The food was awesome.  All you can eat fruit and soft serve ice cream.  It was a dream.  And you know what else, they showed the Laker games on the top deck of the ship.  I only managed to stay awake for the last game of the series.  But it was the best one to watch since we kicked Denver’s butt!

The first island stop was Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.  We hopped on a water taxi and went to The Virgin Gorda.  It was lovely there.  I snorkled for my first time.  There were some really cool fish.  I wish I could have done more.  But you see, Jack was not to fond of Tortola.  He cried almost the entire time we were there.  He liked the sand and surf for about the first 5 minutes and then he was done.  It is not surprising, however, he missed his good quality naps and had to settle for cat naps in mom and dads’ arms.  It was lovely there, nonetheless.

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The next day we docked in St. Thomas which is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  It was my favorite place.  I wish I could have spent another day there.  I thought Jack would be the same fussy guy about being at the beach again so I decided not to wear my swimsuit.  Well, he was a completely different baby and loved the water.  I was sad that I couldn’t get in with him and Dan.  And even sadder that I couldn’t go snorkling again because it was supposedly even better than Virgin Gorda.  Boo hoo!   It was so so lovely there.  The clearest water imaginable, a taxi ride with Spiderman, a fresh island smoothie on the beach, and an engagement for Ben and Brittany!  Hooray!

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The last island stop was Disney’s private island in the Bahamas called Castaway Cay.  It had the potential to be the greatest stop, but it poured rain the last half of the day so we had to stay inside the ship.  In the morning, however, we did manage to swim with the sting rays.  Ummm…it was my favorite thing in the whole world.  I am pretty sure my heart was at an elevated rate the entire time I was in the water.  But I did it.  Dan loved it, of course.   And Jack had a fun time with his cousins and Grandma and Grandpa.

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Our last day of the vacation, we went to Animal Kingdom and Epcot.  It was sunny and hot.  But a lot of fun!

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It was a great vacation.  Jack was, for the most part, was a good baby.  And it was super fun to be with Dan all day everyday.  We miss him when he is at work.  But anyway, great memories!

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We’re back…

This will not be the full post about our cruise.  I fear that might take me a few days to compose.  But I knew after 2 weeks of no new pictures our followers must be going crazy!  So enjoy.  We had a great time!

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Hey Mommy and Daddy…

…Look at me!  Here is Jack’s newest trick.  I knew it wouldn’t take him long.  He started with the books, then the stairs (he even climbed up to the second stair, but quickly slipped back down) and today…the couch.  My baby is big and not a baby anymore!  Just kidding but seriously, he is only 7 1/2 months old.

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And we have to include a photo of him in his new Spiderman shirt (even though you can’t entirely see it).  His daddy is so, so proud!

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Days go by…

I have recently been indulging myself in the newest Keith Urban album which, of course, I love…so the newest blog title is a little Keith Urban inspired although from a much earlier album.  I thought it fit perfectly with this newest batch of photos since really we are just livin’ our life and the days really do just go by and quickly I might add.

Our biggest news is that Jack is in the process of overcoming his first ear infection.  We went to the doctor last Thursday because he had had a fever for 2 days and wasn’t eating his solid foods good at all.  I thought for sure he had caught Dan’s strep throat, but turns out it was an ear infection.  Poor baby.  I would have never guessed it since he was still breastfeeding fine.  But I suppose maybe he wasn’t cause, let’s be honest, he is not a very good breastfeeder on a normal day.  But, he seems to be slowly gaining back his appetite.  Although, I think he might be outgrowing baby food already.  He used to eat it so much more willingly.  Or perhaps he just wants to feed himself.  I, however, am not ready for that.  He did, however, weigh 19 lbs at the doctor which means a 2 pound weight gain in a month.  He is fast on his way to outgrowing the carseat.

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Here is my blue-eyed boy.  I think he might just keep these blue eyes.  Forgive the disgustingness of his shirt.  We thought we had the spit up business under control until this ear infection.  It seemed to come back with ten million fold.  I thought perhaps he had a little flu bug too, but I read online that ear infections can cause spitting up.  It was bad news.

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This was Jack’s first time in the grass.  He just sat there and felt it for like 10 minutes in his fingers.  So, he likes it ok I think.  Much more than his mommy who thinks the worse torture in the world would be to lay in grass.  I am itchy just thinking about it!

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Some new loves!  The thingymajingers for the blinds and the nunchuck thing that plus into the wii remote.

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Jack in his safari outfit.  He is trying to prepare for his fun in the sun that is coming in 8 days in the form of a Disney Caribbean Cruise.  We can’t wait!

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Jack On the Move

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Here’s the infamous video.  We shot another one this morning which is the second clip on the video.  So you can see how much better he is at moving in just a weeks time.  He is pretty much real-life crawling these days.  And he is getting so fast!

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Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

I finally just decided to give up my search for the rechargable batteries and put some regulars in the camera.  So we have new photos again!  I didn’t know what to title this post since these pics are completely random…so it is the 5th of May and I suppose people are celebrating somewhere.  It is however just a normal day in the Grossen household.  Jack just went down for his nap, Dan’s at work, the laundry in going, the dishes are done, so I have a few minutos to spare for a post!

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This was Jack’s first time seeing the camera in about 2 weeks and he could not stop smiling.  It was killing me.

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These bathtime photos are a few weeks old.  He was pulling himself up on the side of his tub.  Of course, he didn’t do it when the camera was there.  But he still looks super cute.  We have since graduated to the big tub.  He finds it frustrating more than anything because it is so slippery so he can’t crawl around like he wants.  And when I try to just sit him up, he automatically turns and tries to pull himself up to the side of the tub.  So bathtime has become a wee bit shorter than it used to be.  At least he learned not to put his face in the water to get his toys in his mouth.  It only took one bath and a few times inhaling to figure out.

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These are Jack’s new found toys.  With his new mobility, the world is opening up!  He loves his stacking cups.  Anytime he sees them, he goes and pulls them out one by one.  He loves it.  He also loves the stairs.  He is attempting to crawl up them, but hasn’t solved it yet.  We will be getting a gate soon!  The wheel on his high chair spins around when it is folded up and for whatever reason, he can’t get enough of it.  I seriously found him over there 50 times yesterday.  And last but not least…the doorstops.  I think he knows where they are in every room and they make him so happy.

I promise the crawling video is coming.  I still have not completely learned how to put them on this blog.  Dan taught me one time, but it takes at least 1000 steps that I haven’t mastered yet.  So stay tuned…

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7 months old!

Well I have been absent from the blogging world once again.  Sorry to everyone.  My excuses consist of: #1. I was trying to rehabilitate my family from their illness.  Dan went to doctor last Thursday and was diagnosed with strep throat.  He finally started to feel better on Monday.  #2. we haven’t done anything exciting really at all.  and #3. for some reason I misplaced the rechargable camera batteries somewhere.  I remember taking them out of the charger and wondering if they would stay charged until the regular batteries in the camera ran out and now that they have, I can’t find the rechargables anywhere.  Seriously losing my mind I guess.  And for that reason I have not taken any photos in the last week.  How lame is that.  But today is my baby’s 7 month birthday so I felt like it was post worthy.  And so, I thought I would do a little photo journey of Jack Jack’s life.  Here we go…

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Here Jack is one week before he was born.  No one said I was huge…but holy moly!  I can’t believe he baked in there another week.  This is one day before I got busted by my doctor for still working 10-11 hour days.  And so I cut it down to just working 6 or so at BYU.  It was a nice break for my last week of freedom.

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The first is of Jack on his birthday.  And the second sometime in that first week we were home.  So little.

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Here he is at one month.  Poor guy had a severe case of the baby acne going on this month.  But he was still a cute little pumpkin.  Can you tell from the family photo how much we were still in survival mode?  I look so so sleepy!

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Month 2 we captured the first smiling photo and tried to show off how insanely well he held up his head.  Remember how he rolled over at 5 weeks?!?

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Month 3 he started to love his toys and show off his muscles.  Apparently, I don’t have any photos from Christmas, but he enjoyed his first trip to California!

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During month 4, his hair started to grow exponentially and he started to pick up his toys.

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Month 5 we started solid foods and brainwashing…

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Month 5 Jack began to be mobile and started to love, and I mean literally, his books.

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Month 6 he played with his cousins, grandparents and aunts and uncles.  He became sitter followed shortly thereafter by a “crawler.”  Although he is not expert, he can move forward when he really, really wants something like Daddy’s eggo.

What will month 7 bring?  I’m not entirely sure.  For sure, more movement which will likely lead to the purchase of a gate for the stairs.  And definitely a 4+ hour flight to Florida for our Caribbean cruise which should be a fun adventure.  I can’t wait really!  Possibly some more sickness, maybe another full night’s sleep (he slept from 8-6:20 am on Sunday night!!!), perhaps some bumps and bruises and definitely tears.  Who knows!  But one thing is guaranteed there will be lots and lots of laughter and smiles cause with this little man around I can’t help but feel glad!  Wahoo to seven months of life!  What a journey that is far, far from over!

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We’re alive…barely

Well we survived Jack’s first sickness.  I thought he was on the mend when I posted last, but turns out the next day the cough set in and sneezing beyond belief which led to watery eyes and a dripping nose.  I fear that Jack might now know what it means when mom is coming at him with any piece of cloth or tissue…the inevitable nose/face wipe.  He turns away instantly and sometimes starts to whimper.  Poor guy.  But, he came out on top and is truly back to his happy, go lucky self these days.  Dan, on the other hand, caught the bug unfortunately and has been sick beyond compare for the last 5 days.  He has started coughing pretty good so hopefully it is on its way out for him.  And as for me, I am just starting to get stuffy.  I just wonder why it can’t all hit at once.  Why can’t we all just be on our death beds at once so we can just cry together?  But then again, would I want to be taking care of an uber-demanding baby while I feel like crawling in a hole and dying myself?  Not likely.  So, I guess its for the best.  And don’t let me throw a pity party for myself…I don’t feel bad at all compared to the rest of my family.  So that is what we have been up to.  Survival!

The weather is supposed to be in the 70s all week which means Jack can sport some of his ultra-stylish summer gear.  Which further means that I can attempt to take some cute photos.  And, of course, we have to document his new trick of getting onto his belly/hands and knees from the sitting position.  He is well on his way folks to being a crazy fast mover.  In fact, at church yesterday, I nearly lost him 500 times off of my lap with his sudden movements.  The craziness has returned and that is how I know he is feeling 100%!

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He loves the vents for whatever reason…

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…and the Rubik’s cube, which p.s., is impossible and I will not ever believe otherwise.  Unless, of course, you remove the stickers a put them back on the right way.

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He was having fun peeking at me through his toy this afternoon so I had to snap a shot albeit, blurry.  I swear I don’t have the shakes.

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Isn’t he the cutest!  I am never over it…even in the wee morning hours.  Well…sometimes…

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Howdy ma’am…or really just trying to get that hat off his head.  He didn’t figure it out all the way and I hope he never does cause I have too many adorable hats that I need to further torture him with!  Such a happy little babe!

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Two weeks of milestones!

Jack has hit many milestones the last couple of weeks.  I think maybe he was trying to show off for all of the visitors we had.  I really believe he loves having an audience since he was the happiest he has ever been when all the family was around.

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Milestone #1:  He is an official sitter-upper.  It truly happened over night I feel like.  But he is almost 100% now.  He only gets sad when he falls backwards and even then, he’s not too sad.

Milestone #2 and #3:  These coincide with the sitting up factor, he officially sat in the front of a shopping cart and loved it, of course.  And he had his first bath in the big tub.  He got super excited and kicked his legs a lot, which let to a few falls in the tub.  But he was so happy and proud of himself

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Milestone #4:  He ate his first graham cracker all by himself.  I had given him pieces before, but this was the first time he got to eat on his own.  He did so good and, as you can see, he loved it!  Another eating triumph, he has been having size 2 jars of food with no problem.  He is a good eater.

Milestone #5:  Something we hoped would never happen, but alas…Jack had his first fever.  He woke up yesterday really sad.  He felt really warm all day even on tylenol.  I think it must just be a little cold or something since he has a tad bit of a runny nose and cough.  We hope to see these cute faces again soon…

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…but for now, we’ll just give him lots of love and pray it doesn’t spread to Dan who currently has no immune system due to a new Crohn’s medicine he is taking.  At least I know now why Jack was on the fussy side Friday/Saturday.  I feel like he is on the mend a little today, but that hasn’t kept me from pumping the Tylenol in every 4 hours.  Poor, poor baby.  One plus to the sickness, he is a tad less crazy and little more cuddly which always makes this mommy smile.

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Six months old

Well the babe is officially six months old and we officially cannot believe it.  I can hardly believe he is the same person we brought home from the hospital six months ago.  He has grown up so much.  Babies are amazing!  We went to the doctor on Monday.  So his stats are as follows… 17 lbs 1 oz. (50 %), 27.5 inches long (80 %), and 44 cm. head (55 %).  So I guess he is growing into his head!  Dr. Savage said he can now sleep 12 hours at night without needing a feeding.   So we are going to work on reaching the ever-coveted milestone sometime soon.  For now I am only getting him once and it has to be after 4 am.  It has been good so far.  We hope it continues.  He is a great eater of solid foods.  He loves them.  And we have even tried the little puff things a few times and he has had one graham cracker.  I have been more diligent this week about offering him the sippy cup, and he even had a successful drink yesterday!  Here are a few random shots from yesterday.  We love him!

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I bought him these rings a week or so ago because I felt like he needed a new toy.  And just like I supposed, he loves them.  Look, he can even wave hello…not really but in this photo at least.

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I was in the kitchen cleaning up Jack’s lunch and making my own, and I peeked around the island to find him completely under the ottoman.  The gap is just perfect for him.  I wonder how he finds these places.  I laughed and laughed.

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A new face!  Right before his late afternoon nap yesterday he started sucking on his bottom lip.  Now he will not stop doing it…seriously.  We tried to get him to smile at us this morning and he just wanted to pull this face and nothing else.  Funny boy!

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