Nathan had his first Christmas up in Graeagle. Nathan and I flew up and he was doing great until the landing. He started crying and then just as we were close to landing the pilot had to abort the landing because it was too windy! On the second try we landed, but Nathan was crying the whole time. Luckily, I was seated around some really nice people and one lady was playing peek-a-boo with him. I really hate flying into and out of Reno.
Graeagle was a winter wonderland! It was snowing while we were there and we were so happy that we got to have a white Christmas. Nathan didn't seem to pay the snow much attention, but Lucy sure did love running and jumping in it. Here is a picture with Nathan in his huge jacket outside of my parent's house.
Nathan hit the jackpot with presents this year! He got a lot of books, which he promptly put in his mouth, some toys and clothes :) He tried opening up some presents, but he just didn't get it! I don't know why he doesn't know how to open up presents yet :) Later that day we went up to my Grandma O'Neill's house for our annual Christmas dinner. Like usual, the food was delicious!
It was so nice visiting with my family and friends. We also enjoyed the cold weather. When we got back to LA it was in the mid-70s and it felt like it was Autumn. For New Years we ended up staying at home because Nathan has been sleeping so horrible and we didn't want to have his sleep disturbed by being somewhere other than at home. We don't know what is going on, but he is only sleeping for an hour or two before waking up and crying non-stop. It is really frustrating because nothing seems to calm him down except for me feeding him, which we don't want to keep doing. We think that his sleeping problems are associated to teething because there doesn't seem to be any other reason for it, but we have yet to see any teeth come through.
On 12/26 Nathan turned 8 months old! It is so hard to believe that in four months he will be a year old. The time has just flown by and everyone that I talk to that has kids tells me that I need to enjoy this time because it goes by so fast and I really do believe it. Now that Nathan can sit unsupported we put him on our scale to weigh him. He is almost 18 pounds, which is small for a baby his age, but he looks healthy and he has some really big thunder thighs!
The biggest news is that Nathan is crawling!!!! Over the Christmas holiday he was getting up on all fours and rocking back and forth and a couple of times he scooted forward. Then on 1/1 he was able to move a couple paces forward and then fall down. This was huge progress! Now he gets up on all fours and starts crawling around. He isn't fast and falls a lot, but I think that by next week he will be a pro at it. He seems to be getting better at it each day. Both Christopher and I are excited that he is finally crawling!
Lastly, we are starting Nathan on "swim" lessons in a couple of weeks. The lessons really aren't on how to swim, but rather on how to survive if you fell in the pool. With kids Nathan's age they teach them how to hold their breath underwater and then how to float on their back. We are really excited about this because the group's (Infant Swim Resource) video was pretty remarkable and having Nathan know what to do if he fell in the pool will be so valuable.
Like always, we have added more pictures to our gallery and if you click on the slide show in the upper right hand corner it will take you to those pictures. There are a ton so you will have to scroll to the bottom to get the most recent ones. You can also go to gallery.christopheraedo.com and it will take you to all of our pictures.
We hope that everyone has a great New Year!!!