We really enjoyed our first Christmas with Trey! On Christmas Eve we visited our old church Shady Grove PCA for the candlelit service and it was so nice to see old faces. It's hard to believe we've been away since August (when our church plant, Christ Community Church, started their Sunday morning services). We won't be there again till Trey's baptism on February 28th!
Christmas morning Trey would not wake up... he was a sleepy head:-) But we brought him out for his gifts anyway, even though he didn't see them till later. We then went to Pj's parent's for gifts and breakfast, then my parents for gifts and a mid-afternoon dinner and then Pj's extended family get together for dessert. It was so much fun to be able to see everyone on the same day... even though we were exhausted when we got home. Trey did pretty well too! He was a little grouchy in the afternoon, but had some happy playtime later in the day. His schedule was completely off, so I figured it would be a weird day for him. Thankfully he slept well last night... only woke once for a feeding. I put him back in his crib wide awake afterwards and he fell asleep on his own... I think he's learning:-) Although he sleeps better on his side or belly... but that still freaks us out to let him do that!
Tonight we're headed to Pj's parent's beach house at the Outer Banks for a week or so. We've spent the entire day getting ready... this is our first trip with the baby and its amazing how much stuff we have to take! Thankfully Pj's brother is letting us use their minivan size car... my little Honda Civic can't handle all this stuff. So Trey will get his first trip to the beach... even if he will be wrapped up in thick blankets:-)
The past week or two he has REALLY started showing more personality and communicates more. It's so much fun! He is cooing and making all sorts of vocalizations. When he sees Pj and I he will grin really big and his arms and legs go wild! He loves meeting new people and seeing new places. He's still cuddly, but we can tell he's already starting to become more independent. He would rather have us hold him so he can stand or lay free on his back or belly on the floor to explore. I have a feeling I have a strong willed little boy! Sometimes he will whine and then he will stop for a second, look at us out of the corner of his eye to see if we are paying attention, and when we don't respond he continues whining.
It's hard to believe that Trey will be 2 months old next week! Where does the time go? We are loving every minute with our little boy. I find myself alway taking videos and photos in an attempt to "freeze" time:-)
In other news, I have decided not to return to my job so that I can stay home full-time with Trey while he is young. We decided that would be the best thing for him right now and with our life circumstances it seemed to be what we needed to do too. I will miss my coworkers though! I had a really nice group of ladies that I worked with each day and they made coming to work really enjoyable!
I'm hoping to get my graphic design business going now that things are starting to calm down with the baby. This week I designed something for my old church and it was so refreshing to have something to do besides take care of Trey;-) I had forgotten how much I love to design and use my creative juices! I was scared at first that I wouldn't have the time and that I wouldn't have the creativity anymore... I often feel so drained of energy:-) But its still there!;-)
Pj is working hard right now on his thesis so that he can graduate from Reformed Theological Seminary in the spring with his MA in Religion. He's been reading book after book... I don't know how he does it! He is still involved in leading The Forum, a discussion group at Montgomery College. And in a month or so he will begin working with his brother Mike doing closings. Its amazing the paperwork that goes into that process so that he can do that!
That's it for news for now! Here are some pictures from Christmas:-)