Luke's Life Lately...

My FOURTH MONTH of Life has been pretty exciting, so here's what I've been up to lately...
I'm keeping up this fun pace with all sorts of new experiences! Christmas continued since my last entry and it only continued to get more and more fun. I went to our youth group's city wide Christmas event to start this month off. Mom and Dad had the funniest sweaters on with reindeer whose noses lit up! Then we had our own Christmas morning at home since we'd be traveling to Virginia for Christmas. Mom and I watched Levi and Dad go ice skating on the Frog Pond for the first time. Levi rode this cool seal thing around the ice and Dad pushed him. Now that is something I definitely can't wait to do. Then we all had a really nice lunch at Ruth Chris and my brother and I were complimented on how well behaved we were. I know that made Mommy and Daddy pretty proud that they could take us to a nice restaurant and we could all enjoy a meal together.
I finally rolled over for the first time on December 17th when we were at the Ross's house for small group!
Later that week we flew to Virginia for Christmas. Daddy did a few of his Airforce days and then met us in Virginia, so Levi and I flew with Mommy just the three of us. I have to say I'm pretty good at this flying thing. Levi and I both usually fall asleep for part of the flight and then Grandpop was waiting for us at the airport. It was fun getting to visit Virginia for a nice, long visit. We got to spend LOTS of quality time with Grandma, Grandpop and Nana since we were in town for almost two weeks. We hung out with Nana while Mommy got a haircut and then we got sushi. Grandma and Grandpop babysat us while Mommy went to a Christmas party and I know she had fun catching up with friends, but I think we had the even better end of the deal getting to have some one on one time with Grandma and Grandpop. I also got to meet Uncle Dan and Aunt Lisa. They're expecting another friend for me later this year and I'm so excited for them (and really me too!)
The Christmas festivities kicked into full gear when I went to Christmas brunch at Leslie's house, so I got to experience that tradition. I also got to see Aunt Haley, Uncle Justin and Sawyer, the Mazzios and the Van Nests at the brunch. I even had a playdate with some of Mom's friends who all taught ESL together. Then we hung out at Nana's with Tati, Uncle Chris and Talia and baked Christmas cookies...well Levi did more of the cookie cutting and baking and Talia and I did some parallel rocking as babies our age do so well. Good times with my cuz. Mom also stamped my feet next to my big brother's to make Christmas mistletoe cards. I also got to meet Uncle Eric, Daddy's oldest friends, and his girls.  I also met Aunt Shelby, Mommy's oldest friends, and Adrienne and Jack.
Christmas Eve was lots of fun at Nana's house. It's so nice having our whole family together including our close family friends.  Nana made lobster fra diablo and I hear it was DELICIOUS! It was a festive night and my brother and I wore our best Christmas duds and everything. Then it was Christmas morning. Santa came and brought Levi and I lots of fun toys and clothes. We must have been very good boys. Levi loved testing out my toys for me...he's such a good brother. After Christmas, Great Granny came for a visit too. I loved getting to visit with everyone in Virginia and I can't wait for my next chance to see the fam. Before driving back to Boston, we made a stop overnight in DC to see friends. We had lunch with Blah, Uncle Blah and Andrew and then we went to Aunt Thais's mom's house to hang out with her, Heath, Isaiah, Sammy and James. I'd already grown a good bit since I saw them at the cabin in the mountains. I love getting to see my Aunt Thais...she really gets little guys! Hopefully I'll get to see them all again sometime this spring.

It was good to get home to Boston in time to ring in the new year. I got to watch the firework with Mom and Levi out our kitchen windows. They were pretty and what loud booms! Dad was working at the Church's First Night event. Then New Year's Day we wore our matching Ohio State gear from our Ohio family fans...we grabbed brunch and then cheered on the Buckeyes. 
Speaking of matching clothes...Levi and I got some pretty cool matching outfits for Christmas and I love getting to dress like my big brother and I know Mom thinks it's super cute! I'm wearing 6 month size clothes already and I'm a growing boy getting longer and chunkier every day. I'm a good eater and a pretty good sleeper. I'm also a really happy guy. I love to laugh and I'm very ticklish. I also think my brother is funny and I love to laugh at him and play with him...well he mostly plays with me, which is a good thing since he thinks all of my toys are actually his.
To finish out the month I went to my first birthday party for Levi's gal pal Tabitha. It was a festive time celebrating her second birthday.
There have been many firsts lately...
        Rolling over for the first time.
        Celebrating my first Christmas.
        Attending my first birthday party.

It's been a great fourth month of life out of the womb and I know I have LOTS of cool first life experiences to look forward to. Lately, it's been a FESTIVE  FOURTH MONTH of life.

Luke's Life Lately...

My THIRD MONTH of Life has been pretty exciting, so here's what I've been up to lately...
It's been a full month of travel starting off with a trip to the Great Wolf Lodge for my first Family Camp weekend. Not only did I get to hang out with a whole bunch of awesome church families and kids, but the youth group kids loved holding me too. I loved getting passed around and feeling like one of the cool kids! This weekend was pretty special too because Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor water park, so I got to hang out in a water sling while Mom and Dad let my big brother splash and swim around in the toddler pools. The water park was so warm that it was the perfect environment for snoozing too! Mom was a little nervous about how it'd be keeping up with my brother in the water and taking care of me, but we all had A LOT of fun! I know she was relieved when the weekend came to an end that we had all survived and had a great time!
Right after the retreat we all flew down to Raleigh to meet our cousin, Talia. Mom and I had already gotten to meet her...we were special...but Levi and Daddy were excited to meet her too. We had a lot of fun while we visited. We all went to the Children's museum there and it was a pretty epic place. I can't wait until I'm old enough to play with everything. We got to stay with our friends the Albrights at their new house, so that was really fun since I had only met them briefly in Boston when they came for a visit. We also saw our Crandal cousins while visiting Tati, Uncle Chris and Talia. I know Mom had a blast hanging out with me, my brother and her new niece. My cousin is really cute and I can't wait until we're both old enough to play!
Sadly Levi and I came down with bronchilitious which wasn't much fun. Mom did not like my cough, but thankfully I never had trouble breathing. I wasn't too uncomfortable, it just sounded bad. Mom would steam up the bathroom and let me hang out in the steam and I think that helped. It took a while for us to get over our sickness which was a bummer, but the doctor said that all we could do was wait it out and that's exactly what we did.
My brother and I hung out with Mom while we recovered and Dad had to head to his Airforce base for a few days, then we all reunited in New York to celebrate Thanksgiving. I got to meet a bunch of my cousins in New York. They were excited to hold and play with me, which I loved. They were also pretty impressed with how chill I am. I don't like to do a lot of crying unless I really need something and then not to worry, I make sure you know that something's up. It was REALLY fun visiting. I even met Santa in New York City. We went to Macy's and visited Santaland (a place kind of like the North Pole) and we took a picture together and everything.  My brother was a little wary of him, but I thought he was pretty nice. We also went for a horse drawn carriage ride through Central Park because my brother is really into horses right now. I hung out close to Mom the whole time in the carrier, which was warm and cozy on a brisk November day. After a really fun time in New York, we all headed home to Boston for the beginning of the Christmas season.
I got to have "not so newborn" pictures taken this month too by my mom's friend Amy. They both love photography and she's the one that took pictures of Mom when I was in her belly. I did my best to be a good little model and everyone kept talking about my pretty eyes and how the light would catch. I know Mom loved the photos and was thrilled to have them because pictures are one of her most prized treasures.

I got to attend a baby shower with Mom and then that night Levi and I hung out with a babysitter for the first time. We had a lot of fun playing with her while they went to their friends' Christmas party. Not only am I a good eater when it comes to nursing, I don't mind a bottle either. Mom is pretty happy about that.
Speaking of Christmas festivities, I got to see them turn on the lights on Comm Ave in Boston. Mom, Dad, Levi and I decorated our house for Christmas. I loved looking at the Christmas tree and all of its lights. I also got to go to a really fun playgroup Christmas party. We decorated paper Christmas trees, drank hot chocolate and even decorated Christmas cookies, which my brother helped bake. I didn't get in on much of the actual action because I'm still a little too little, but it was really fun to watch and I can't wait until next year when I'll get to do everything myself!
I've been working on rolling over this month and I'm getting really close! Maybe I'll have reached my goal by next month's post...we shall see!
I love to smile and giggle and I'm really ticklish. I think my brother is awesome and I can't wait until I can play with him more. He makes me laugh all the time.
There have been many firsts lately...
     Visiting a water park.
     Going to Family Camp and a youth retreat.
     Visiting New York and meeting New York cousins.
     Getting sick and sick visit to the doctor.
     Experiencing Christmas for the first time.
     Meeting Santa.
      
It's been a great third month of life out of the womb and I know I have LOTS of cool first life experiences to look forward to. Lately, it's been a jet setting THIRD MONTH of life.

Luke's Life Lately...

My SECOND MONTH of Life has been pretty exciting, so here's what I've been up to lately...
It's been a great month and I'm growing like a weed. Mom thinks it's funny because I'm getting to be a bit of a chunker...or a fava bean rather than the string bean that my brother was. I even have a couple little rolls in my thighs, which she also thinks are super cute. She's always talking about how different I feel when she picks me up because I'm so solid. I was in Virginia to start out the month and  I went through my first growth spurt and Mom woke up on the middle of the night and said I literally looked bigger. I guess that makes sense since I do a lot of my growing at night.
It was fun being in Virginia for my first trip to the Cabin at Graves Mountain Lodge. I got to meet tons of AWESOME family and family friends, but I told you about that right at the end of my one month post. After Cabin weekend, I headed back to Virginia Beach with all my grandparents to spend the week. Our first night there I got to meet my Aunt Amy and Uncle Evan. They are pretty fun!  I also got to meet a few more of Mom and Dad's friends from when they lived in the area like Miss Crystal, Ms Alicia, and Ms Angie.
 Mom spent the week getting ready for Tati's book themed baby shower, which I got to attend as one of the few boys there that Saturday. Sawyer was there to keep me company thank goodness or I would have felt weird being the only guy. Like I mentioned earlier, I was going through a crazy growth spurt so I actually slept through a good portion of the party. When I was awake here and there Mom and friends held me, which I thoroughly enjoyed because it lulled me right back to sleep most of the time. Tati really enjoyed the shower and we all can't wait to meet my new cousin Talia in just a few weeks!

Speaking of sleep, I'm still a big snoozer especially during the day. I like to take a couple really long naps and can fall asleep almost anywhere...in the rock n play, in the swing, on the floor and especially in my carseat or Mom's carrier. I get up once or twice a night because I'm hungry, but then I go right back to sleep. I know Mom really appreciates that and is looking forward to the day when I'm not waking up at night anymore like my big brother. For now I'm enjoying the one on one time.
My pacifier and I are still good, good friends! I've also found my fists and occasionally I like to give them a good chew.

I had my two month pediatrician appointment and I weigh 12lbs 5oz. and I'm 24inch long, so I've really grown. I looked good at my check up and I had to get a few shots. That part wasn't much fun. I cried for a second, but then Mom fed me and I felt better.
I've been having lots of fun with the family. We went to the pumpkin patch one afternoon and we went to the Boston Children's Museum. They were both really fun outings, which truth be told I dozed on and off through, but had a good time none the less. 
Then it was Halloween and boy did I have fun! I got to dress as a banana because my brother was Curious George. Mom took lots of pictures and carried my around while Levi trick or treated. I can't wait to get my own candy like him next year. We were a pretty cute team if I do say so myself!
Three days later my cousin Talia was born. She and I are really close in age...just under three months apart, so that's pretty cool. I even got to fly down to Raleigh just me and Mom to meet her and surprise Tati. It was my second trip by plane. I'm going to be a frequent flyer just like my brother. It was a quick trip, but Nana was in Heaven holding me and Talia at the same time. They were also all amazed at how much I had grown since seeing them all in Virginia. I think that's probably the big trend this month, how much I've grown. I also got to meet my cousin Linda while I was in town visiting.
I've also started to have stronger neck control. My head isn't babbling around all over the place as much anymore, which is nice because occasionally when I'm very awake Mom will let me ride forward facing in her carrier and I can see everything that is going on in the world. It's pretty interesting to watch.

I cracked my first smile this month and am becoming quite the cheery little fellow. Mom and Dad are eating it up! I have them right in the palm of my hand.
This month has been full of exciting new adventures and I've really been soaking up fall from playing (aka laying) in the leaves to enjoying the brisk fresh air as we go for walks in the stroller. 
There have been many firsts lately...
      SMILE!
      Met my Aunt Amy and Uncle Evan (orUncle  J as we're taking to calling him)
      Attended a baby shower.
      Met more of Mom and Dad's Virginia friends.
      Surprised Tati and Uncle Chris in Raleigh.
      Met my cousin Talia.
      Visited the pumpkin patch.
      Visited the Boston Children's Museum.
      Dressed up for Halloween.

It's been a great second month of life out of the womb and I know I have LOTS of cool first life experiences to look forward to. Lately, it's been a BIG (both literally and figuratively) SECOND MONTH of life.

Luke's Life Lately...

My FIRST MONTH of Life has been pretty eventful, so here's what I've been up to lately...
Since a baby's main jobs are to eat, sleep and soil diapers, we'll start there. I eat like a champ and took to breastfeeding right off the bat. Mom's providing good stuff cause I'm growing like a weed and really starting to fill out and that's with usually only eating on one side each feeding. I get full and fall asleep, but I know I'll get to the other side the next time I'm hungry. I also like to suck on a pacifier when I'm in the mood to suck but not really feeling hungry yet. It amazes mom because my brother never liked a paci since he thought it should produce milk and when it didn't he'd just get mad. I find my paci to be pretty soothing and sucking on it often lulls me to sleep. Even my pediatrician was impressed with how hard I suck and that I could keep my paci in my mouth even when he moved me around and turned me over as he was examining me at my two week appointment.
Speaking of falling asleep while eating...I've actually slept A LOT this past month. My parents are amazed by how much I sleep. I wake up a couple times a night to eat but then I fall right back to sleep because growing is exhausting people let me tell you. Lucky for them I didn't even have my days and nights too confused when I was born. I just like to sleep all the time. I know Mom and Dad are thankful since they have my big brother to keep up with during the day. Mom gets really nervous when I sleep a bunch during the day because she doesn't want me to be awake at night, but I've gone easy on her and slept pretty well at night too even on those days. This leaves her AMAZED! I'm told my Mama LOVES sleep, so I guess I take after her.

Other than loving sleep like my mom, I really take after my dad. I have dark hair like him and LOTS of it that I was born with. You probably noticed that. It's been said my hair is almost like a bad toupee...someday I'll understand what that is...I guess since not many babies are born with a full head of thick hair. My mom is finally figuring out how to style it because I have a pretty strong calick. I also have my dad's darker coloring and I definitely have his laid back personality. I am a chill guy. I go with the flow whether we're riding in the car or hanging out at home. I don't mind sleeping in my swing, bassinet or even on my playmat. I'm told my brother hated the car, but I don't mind riding around one bit. It probably helps that I have my brother's company in the back seat. My brother also wasn't a big fan of the stroller when he had to ride in the carseat,  but I don't mind that either. I actually really enjoy strolling around town starring up at Mommy. Maybe it also helps that it's been fall and it's not freezing cold out yet cause I might feel differently if I was born in the middle of winter like my brother, but probably not because I'm just a relaxed little guy.

I've been wearing newborn sized clothes since I was born but right around my one month birthiversary I had outgrown those duds, so I'm moving on to 0-3 month and 3 month outfits. I have tons of cool clothes that were my brothers and some special outfits that mom, friends and family picked out just for me. Mom loves to dress me because I don't have any strong opinions yet about what I want to wear. It's funny to watch my brother get dressed because he definitely knows what he does and does not want to wear and he makes sure mom knows it too.
I've gotten to meet a lot of special people this month starting with my mom and dad of course and then I met my big brother, Levi. He came to the hospital with my parent's friend Julia. Levi and I have been buds ever since. I really look up to him and love that he wants to hang out with me, show me how to do fun stuff and even hold me from time to time. It was great to meet Julia and later Katie at the hospital too...they are a couple of my parents friends who also work with the church's youth. Later that first night I got to meet my Nana for the first time. She even spent the night with me and mom at the hospital so dad could go home to be with Levi. The next day my Tati surprised us at the hospital too. She flew in from North Carolina to meet me and it was really special getting to spend some time with her. A few days later my Grandma and Grandpop arrived and we got to spend a few days of quality time together too. Later that week I was introduced to our family's small group, which was fun because they are some of my parents'  closest friends in Boston and there are other kids that I know will become my best buddies. The next week mom was feeling really good, so she took me and Levi to her Thursday morning Bible study and I got to meet her friends there too. 

To top off meeting people, I flew to Virginia with Mom, Dad and Levi for cabin weekend right before I turned one month old. I got to meet so many awesome people at the cabin! I started out the visit meeting my Great Granny Herndon at her house and then my Great Aunt Cindy and Great Uncle George stopped in to meet me. Then we headed off to the cabin at Graves Mountain Lodge where I met my Mommy's best friend Aunt Haley, her mom Leslie, her husband Justin and my buddy Sawyer.  Later that night I met my Mommy's best friend Aunt Thais who drove all the way from Chicago with Isaiah, Sammy and James to meet me! Tati and Uncle Chris arrived late that night too and I met some of their best friends as well. This was also my first chance to meet my Uncle Chris in person.

The next morning, I met my cousin Sarah and her kiddos Sophia, Henry and Everette. Everette and I share a name, which is pretty cool. I also met my Great Aunt Carolyn and Great Uncle Mark. Later that  day I met my mom's friends Aunt Blah, Mr. Blah and also Ms. Celeste and her girls Arianna and Ivey. It was a full day of meeting the amazing people that are apart of our family's life. I feel like such a special boy knowing so many people were excited to meet me and I can tell how much I am truly loved. I am one lucky boy! Nana, Grandpop and Grandma were with us all weekend too, so I gave lots of cuddles and there were plenty of chances for bonding over diaper changes. I hope I haven't missed anybody cause as you can tell I met a bunch of people over the course of a short weekend, but it was really special to be there and see everyone. We did lots of the typical cabin stuff, but I dozed on and off throughout, so the highlight for me was definitely getting to meet everyone and share cuddles. 
I know I mentioned sharing my name with my cousin Everette. It's actually pretty cool because he was born just a few months before me. He was names after our Great Grandpop Everette and I got my middle name from my Grandpop Everette who got his name from my Great Grandpop Everette too. My mom and dad knew that they wanted my middle name to be Everette after Daddy's dad and then they went searching for the perfect first name. They did the same thing with my brother Levi because his middle name is Sheldon after Mommy's dad. They pretty much only considered Biblical names again once they knew I was a boy and Luke seemed perfect. Luke wrote the third Gospel and the book of Acts, which is one of Dad's favorite books of the Bible. It also fit perfectly with Everette and it sounded good with my brother's name Levi, so Luke it was. My parents kept my name a secret until I was born. It's funny though because a couple people guessed that might be my name. Cousin Sarah suspected it might because Mom mentioned my name would sound good with Levi and Mom's best friend Shelby guessed it because her neighbor's kids have the same names...pretty funny! Mom and Dad didn't do the "L" thing on purpose, but it's kind of cool because Mom's first Mother's Day gift was an "L" necklace. I think it's pretty special that my brother and I have our grandfathers as namesakes. 

You may notice from my pictures that I'm a pretty serious little guy thus far. Dad laughs because he thinks I look disgruntled when I'm awake. I'm holding out on smiling, but don't worry I really am a happy guy, I promise.
There have been many firsts lately...
      Met family and friends for the first time.
      Visited my parents' small group for the first time.
      Got my picture taken professionally for the first time.
      Road in an airplane for the first time.
      Visited Virginia for the first time.

It's been a great first month of life out of the womb and I know I have LOTS of cool first life experiences to look forward to. Lately, it's been a RELAXING FIRST MONTH of life.

Great Expectations II: 40 weeks

Just finishing up Luke's pregnancy posts with his 40 week photos...Hopefully a collage will be coming soon as well. Thanks for following our journey and now you can look forward to Luke's monthly posts on how he's growing and developing.

 Luke Everette Herndon was a timely little guy...
deciding to be born right on his due date at 40 weeks.

 Levi loves being a big brother and is very sweet with the baby as you can see. 

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