Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ladies Man!

Ever since Luke started smiling he has been trying to charm all the ladies! Nonni gave Luke his super cool and super warm hat for Christmas that just happens to match his Aunt Jenny's! Now he is ready to go visit her in Vermont! We are going to miss Aunt Jenny SO much!

His smiles easily charm his Mimi!

Here Luke tries to put the moves on little Elise Barnes. Luke definitely takes after his daddy!

Nonni and Luke loving on each other after Christmas dinner! Two great smiles!

Luke already has a girlfriend! This boy has his heart set on little Miss Harper Hoge! We are looking forward to many fun memories with these two!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Our First Christmas

We had the best Christmas gift of all this year! Luke was 6 weeks old Christmas day and the star of the day! We had a great Christmas with both family and friends. Just a few days before Christmas Luke graced us with his first true social smiles! Let me tell you those smiles just melt my heart...after I got the first one I found myself doing crazy stunts just to get another one! If anyone would have seen me they would have thought I lost my mind, but fortunately for me Luke thought I was hilarious!

It was wonderful to spend our holiday with both our extended family as well as our little family of three! Everyone made our first Christmas so special. As we fell asleep on Christmas Eve Drew and I dreamed about what future Christmas Eve's will entail...late night toy assemblies and the anticipation of seeing Luke's face the next morning when he gets his first peak at his gifts under the tree!

Aunt Jenny had a special surprise for us on Christmas...all of our gifts under the tree were wrapped in LUKE! She had a special "secret" photo shoot with Luke and then had wrapping paper made with the photos! It was so fun and of course I opened every gift with a letter opener so that we could save all the wrapping paper!

Luke slept through much of Christmas Eve!

Luke's stocking was bigger than he was this year!

Luke wasn't the only spoiled one this year...the three dogs had several bones in the Christmas tree! Including a massive two foot long one!

We had a wonderful holiday and hope that you and your family did as well! Enjoy the rest of 2009!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

One Month!

Luke is one month old today! I feel silly saying it, but I can't believe my baby is already one month old! I have a feeling I will be saying things like this for the rest of my life now! This month has gone by so quickly! It has been wonderful in every sense of the word: discovering parenthood, getting to know Luke, the love of our family, the support of our friends, the list could go on and on.

Luke has grown so much over the last month, several pounds, several inches...but I think the ones who have grown the most are Drew and me! Our lives have forever changed! We have gone from diaper changes taking 5-10 minutes to less than 30 seconds, tentatively dressing Luke (pulling shirts over his head and working his stubborn arms into his sleeves) to dressing him quickly and almost effortlessly, being anally clean to walking around with spit up on our shirts and in our (really just my) hair, sleeping in until 11am and at least 9 hours a night to surviving on minimal amounts of sleep, going out to dinner at 9pm to joining the family crowd at 5pm! We have most importantly discovered a love like none other!

Luke is becoming much more alert and has started to make more eye contact and have more "smiling" moments. It seems that everyday he grows just a little bit stronger. He sleeps one stretch of close to five hours a night, feeds and then sleeps about another 3 hours, so I am slowly starting to catch up on sleep. I can't wait to see how much he will change over the next month!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Visit from Uncle Aaron!

This weekend my brother Aaron flew in from the Boston area to meet Luke! It was so wonderful to have him here and have some great family time with the Hovels! We already miss him! We hope that this Spring we can make the trip to MA to see the rest of Aaron's family and Luke can meet his Aunt Nellie and cousins Spencer and Graham.

We went to visit Great Grandma Hovel, she always loves her time with Luke!

Over the past few days Luke has become quite the snuggler! He is loving his tummy time!

It is hard to believe that three weeks have already passed since Luke was born. The time has flown by, which is hard to believe considering I am awake more hours of the day than ever before! :) It seems like the days just evaporate before my eyes! I love the time I have with Luke more with each passing day!
Thursday we went for a three week check up with the pediatrician and Luke is doing great! He weighed in at 8lbs 8oz and was 22 inches long! He is a growing boy! He is definitely starting to be a lot more alert during the daytime, if only I knew what he was thinking about behind those big blue eyes!
Two weeks ago we had Luke's newborn pictures taken and we are really excited with our pictures. Our gallery is up for the next week if you would like to see our pictures. They are available at: http://www.amyjustin.com/ Click on proofing, and then enter the password: keller, to see our little man!

More Family Pics

Snuggle time with Nonni

Hanging with my Great Nana Iddings

With Papa and Nonni

Meeting my Great Grandma Hovel

With Mimi and Aunt Jenny