We had a long, relaxing, and fun 4th of July holiday. We went down to Seguin for a family celebration, and since Clint has the next few weeks off to study for his medical boards, we decided to stick around for a while. Clint studied while Charlie and I bummed around with our family. We had a great time and it was so nice to have the extra help with the little man. My parents were so sweet to host us and to help us out with him, and he is missing them terribly since we got back to Dallas. He can't figure out why there isn't someone available to hold him, walk around with him, take him outside, and entertain him at all hours of the day here. Hopefully he will get used to it!
Getting ready to leave the Big D. Charlie decided he would wear jeans for the trip.
Doesn't he look little here??
We had our annual 4th of July celebration at Aunt Dede's. Charlie decided the parade would be a bit hot for him this year, but he is excited to check it out next year--especially after hearing all his cousins talk about how cool it was.
Here's Charlie hanging out poolside. He thought a patriotic paci would be festive for the 4th.
Sweet baby Katie in her 4th of July attire.
Samuel boogie boarded in the pool.
Jackson swam like a little fish.
And the girls learned cheerleading moves from Meg. :)
Charlie loved cuddling with Kristin.
And with Graeme.
And with Dede (see what I mean about always being held???).
He read books with Aunt Meg.
And visited with Uncle Sam.
He hung out on his changing table a LOT. :)
My dad taught Charlie the funniest new trick. He was sticking his tongue out at Charlie one night and all of a sudden, Charlie started smiling and sticking his tongue out back. He thinks it's hilarious, and loves to do it now, especially with men. Here is is sticking his tongue out at Clint.
My parents were sweet enough to keep Charlie for an evening so that Clint and I could have our first night out sans-baby. We had a great time. Thanks Mom and Dad!
Charlie started smiling a couple of weeks ago, and really got into it during our trip. He went from one or two smiles a day to lots of smiles at any time of the day (except when he is starving of course :). Here he is smiling for my dad one morning out on my parents' screen porch.
And here he is smiling for me--again on the screen porch.
Charlie and I swinging on the porch. The screen porch is one of his favorite places in the world. We have found that Charlie loves being outdoors--he will almost never cry when he is outside. So the porch is perfect for him--it is breezy, there are multiple swing options, and it is screened it, so we don't have to worry about bugs. We are all missing the porch since we got back to Dallas!
Charlie and I went over to Aunt Dede's for his first swim with his Aunt Addie and cousins Jackson, Julia, and Katie. Charlie lounged poolside for a while before getting in.
The boys in their shades. Charlie thinks Jackson is pretty cool.
In the water! Charlie slept for the first part of his swim. :)
And then he woke up! He really did LOVE the water. He loves his bath, loves being held, and loves being outside, so the pool was a perfect combination of all 3 for him. He was in heaven!
Relaxing on Dede's porch after all his swimming.
And then the cousins descended on him. Tickle time!
Later that night, we took a bath to rinse all the chlorine off. Isn't our little guy getting the biggest belly??? :)
We also went up to Austin one day to have lunch with Aunt Meg, visit her at work, and meet the judge that she works with. We had so much fun seeing her!
All the fun we had was exhausting!!
Thanks Mom and Dad for a wonderful holiday! We are all missing you guys!