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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Our 3 Year Anniversary!

Dave and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary on April 2, 2013!  As we've reflected on our past year of marriage it has definitely brought about the most challenges and happiness as Dawson has entered our lives.  We're grateful for the strong bond and commitment we have to one another to face the new changes in our lives.

We are so thankful for my sister, Jennifer, for providing us with some free babysitting this past week.  On our actual anniversary Jennifer watched Dawson while we went to dinner at Red Lobster and attended the temple to remember the covenants we've made.

Jennifer also watched Dawson for us overnight this weekend so we could have a little getaway.  We left Saturday afternoon for our fun adventure.  We started off by going to Home Depot.  Is it so sad that we have to spend part of our "getaway" running errands?  We just never get a chance to go to the store together so we went to Home Depot,Walmart, and Bed, Bath, & Beyond.  The real fun started when we got to Park City.  We started by doing some shopping at the outlet mall.  We each got a few things to spruce up our wardrobes.  I think the last time we went shopping together for fun was when I was still pregnant.  

Then we headed to our hotel to check in.  We splurged to stay at a really nice place and get a luxury suite.  We stayed at the Newpark Hotel which is part of a developing shopping center.  Our room was amazing- definitely the nicest place we have ever stayed!

I loved the fireplace!  It was so warm, relaxing, and romantic.

We were in love with the bathroom!  We wish we knew how to (and could afford to) redo ours at home to look like this.

The best part of all was that our room had a balcony with a private hot tub!  How fun is that?

This is the view we had from the hot tub!  The weather was fairly chilly/rainy the whole time we were there which made the hot tub even more enjoyable.

After we checked in and decided we should move into this hotel room, Dave surprised me with an anniversary gift.  He got me a beautiful necklace.  I don't own a single piece of nice jewelry other than my wedding ring, so this was such a nice surprise for me!  I think it is gorgeous and I feel so lucky to have a husband who would think to get me something so lovely.

Later, we headed out for dinner.  Dave and I aren't the most adventurous when it comes to trying new places around home, but everything is new to us in Park City so we took a gamble with a restaurant called The Lift.  It is inside of a bowling alley that is part of the shopping center.  A bowling alley restaurant doesn't sound very appetizing (I was thinking of something like the food bar at Miracle Bowl in Orem) but oh my goodness, this place is amazing!!!  First of all the bowling alley is completely glamorous with leather couches, a huge bar, an arcade, a humongous TV screen and viewing area, a private bowling room you can rent, and then the beautiful "The Lift" restaurant. 

 Dave and I both ordered the Smokehouse Burger and it is literally THE BEST burger we have ever had in our lives!  The burger is house made with three different types of ground meet, cooked to perfection, and topped with barbecue sauce, brisket, jack cheese, onion rings (not on Dave's), and served on a pretzel bun.  Seriously, so good.

After having the culinary treat of our lives, we headed back to the hotel to enjoy the hot tub!

We also really enjoyed the luxury of sleeping consistently and for as long as we wanted for the first time in 5 1/2 months.  When we woke up we went in the hot tub again (wish I could wake up like that every day) and then had a yummy breakfast at Kneaders which was pretty much right under our room.  

We seriously had the most fun we have had in a very long time!  Nothing beats a chance to escape reality and take the time to enjoy being with your best friend doing things you hardly ever get a chance to do!  This was definitely the best way to start another year of marriage!

We LOVE Dawson!

Well, Dawson is growing from a tiny newborn to a big baby right before our eyes.  I have pictures and memories from 2 months to now (5 1/2 months) that I want to highlight and remember always.

Dawson went from absolutely hating baths to loving them.  As a newborn he would scream and scream any time he had a bath.  Here he is around 2 months fairly calm in the tub (I love his little fist).  

Around 4 months he gained an absolute love for the tub.  He will splash, kick, squeal, and just have the best time!  Dawson gets a bath every night before bed.  We have to bathe him often because he spits up so much.

Also, about a week after Dawson turned 4 months old he learned to roll over.  I was worried that he wouldn't ever learn because he hates to be on his tummy.  Our doctor told us that babies usually roll from tummy to back first because it is easier.  Well, Dawson learned to roll from back to tummy.  He still can't do it the other way around. 

Then, he only lasts for about 15 seconds before he has had enough of being on his tummy.  

And this is how he ends up.  Face down, screaming in complete frustration.

It's so funny to watch him try to roll over when he is under his activity mat because he often gets stuck!

I also tried feeding him rice cereal for the first time around 4 months.  This picture pretty much sums up how the experience went.
When we went to the doctor for his 4 month check up, he actually recommended that we wait until 6 months to feed Dawson rice cereal.  So, we'll give it another try in a couple of weeks.

Poor Dawson has spent much of his existence being sick.  He has had both RSV and Bronchiolitis as well as several colds.  It's no fun for any of us when he is sick.  His sickness has definitely disrupted his night time sleeping schedule.  He'll be sleeping really well for a few nights and then he always seems to get sick which completely ruins all the progress he's made.  Oh well.  He currently sleeps from around 9pm to 4-5am with one wake-up time in between.  We just give him his binky though and he is pretty good to go back to sleep. When he wakes up between 4-5am we give him a bottle and then he will go back to sleep until about 7:30am.  Then, he is awake for the day. 

That suits us fine during the week because we're up and ready to go at that time, but on the weekends it's kind of annoying.

Despite his sickness, Dawson is a vigorous eater and is definitely a big boy.  At 5 1/2 months he is wearing his 9 month clothes.  He also measures in the 80th percentile for about everything.  Right now he weighs 20 pounds and is 28 inches long. 

 Dawson finally started recognizing his bottle about a month ago.  He will now get excited and anxious when he sees his bottle.  He is also very good though to be calm while he watches his bottle being made.  Unfortunately the end of a bottle is always disappointing to Dawson.  He is so sad and cries after each bottle runs out.  I know he can't be hungry still because the doctor said we already feed him too much.   He's going to be one of those teenage boys that increases the grocery bill by hundreds of dollars :)

Dawson is such a happy boy!  We love, love, love his laugh and smile!  He is so much fun to be around!  I love moments when the three of us sit together on the couch and just play and act silly.  We definitely love our little boy.

Dawson also loves to play with his toys. 

From about 1 1/2 months even to now Dawson loves to play under his activity mat.  It has been fun to watch his coordination develop as he "gets the kitty"

Around 2 months he also started to play in a bouncer.

I've also tried from day one to push his minky on him.  I just think it would be so cute if he loved it and carried it everywhere with him.

 Now, he loves his stuffed animal Mr.Fox.  He will grab it and play with it, but mostly he likes to eat it.

Then, he'll just abandon ship and go for the fingers.

Dawson also loves to jump!  He jumps all the time so we got him a Jumperoo.  He will play in his Jumperoo usually for at least 30 minutes and sometimes longer.  We've even found him asleep in it a couple of times.

I also took Dawson for his first walk a few weeks ago.  I'm not sure that he loved it but I'm looking forward to the summer so we can go on many walks together.

Our walk put him right to sleep.

Mostly we just love Dawson!  He is the cutest thing and such a great addition to our family!

Here is Dawson all grown up at 5 1/2 months full of life, smiles, and giggles!
We love you sweet boy!