Max is 6 months!

May 11th marks 6 months of having Max a part of our family!  It is hard to believe that our little guy is 6 months!!!  That is half of a year!  He is such a special guy to be around.  His smiles are so genuine and his demeanor is so funny!  He is one little guy who is tough to impress!

Max really loves his dad.  He and Jason will “wrestle.”  Max gets so pumped!  He will start to slap his arms to his sides when he sees that Jason is in the mood to fight.  Jason will growl at Max and Max will scream with delight!  I would say this is Max’s favorite activity at this point in life!

Max has been eating solid food for a little over a month now.  He started with rice cereal and quickly progressed to bananas, pears, prunes, peas, sweet potato, avocado, and oatmeal!  So far he has liked everything!

On Monday, we will go to the doctor for his 6 month checkup.  I will share his stats with you then!

For your enjoyment here are some photos from the past 6 months:

“Birth” Day
Before Leaving the Hospital
Almost 1 Month
2 Months
Almost 3 Months
3 Months
4 Months

5 Months
Almost 6 Months
Happy 6 months to our precious little guy!!!

Max’s 4 Month Stats

Max went to the doctor yesterday for his 4 month appointment!  He was so patient while we waited and enjoyed the attention of both mommy and daddy playing with him while he was up on the examining table.

One of the highlights of the visit was when the doctor asked about tummy time. I got a little nervous.  Max doesn’t really like tummy time and we don’t really do it all that much…  I was anticipating a major fail when the doctor proceeded to turn him over to put him on his tummy.  But Max really knows how to impress when it counts!  He was up on his elbows just looking at us like “This is what I am supposed to do, right?”  I just love the little man!  And then to top it all off, he started to roll over! The wall got in his way, but wow, way to be a clutch player, Max!

Here are his stats:
Head Circumference: 43.5cm 77%
Weight: 17lbs 12oz 90%
Height: 27in 96%

We are so proud of our little guy!

4 Months!

Max is 4 months old today (as you can see from the picture above, it surprised him too)!  What a wonderful 4 months it has been!  We have our 4 month checkup coming up soon and will update you on his stats, but for now, here are some of his likes and dislikes:

Likes:

1. Putting blankets in his mouth.

2. When daddy growls at him and kisses/pretends to eat his belly.

3. Being naked, or at least just in a diaper.

4. Laying in mommy and daddy’s bed.

5. Lights.  The lamp.  The window.  Anything that is bright.

Dislikes:

1. Bottles.  Won’t drink them if his life depends on it.

2. Taking medicine.  He is feeling better, but still on the antibiotic for a couple more days.

3. His hat.

4. Being put down.  He just loves to cuddle!

5. Tummy time.

One Year Ago…

One year ago, Jason and I got married!  The Lord has blessed me with such an incredible husband.  I loved Jason very much a year ago.  I remember the anticipation of becoming Mrs. Rude.  There were things that I thought would be amazing like waking up to Jason every morning, sharing meals together, becoming parents together.  All wonderful things but, nothing I thought or dreamed up was as great as being married to Jason really is!  As I have gotten to know Jason more and more over the past year, I am so pleased to say that I love him much more than I did a year ago!  So much more!
So much has happened in this last year.  One of the most amazing things is seeing Jason become a dad.  He is so great with Max.  They already have such a great relationship and I know that Max adores him just as much as I do.
Some of my favorite things about Jason include his laid back personality, his good looks, his ability to talk to just about anyone, his work ethic, his good looks, his relationship with the Lord, the way he leads our family, his good looks, and the way he knows how to love me.  Oh… did I mention his good looks?  🙂

Here are the vows we made to one another a year ago.  What a great reminder of the foundation of our marriage.  Thank you, Lord, for an incredible husband.
“Amanda, you are my best friend and I love you and I know that you love me.  Because of this, I desire to be your husband.  Through the pressures of the present and the uncertainties of the future, I promise to be faithful to you.  I will love, serve, adore, and lay my life down for you like Jesus laid his life down for the church.  I promise I will never divorce you.  I will never hold anything over your head.  I promise to lead you and our future family in a way that honors Christ.  I will honor and love you while we’re together and while we are not in each other’s presence.  I will laugh and cry with you.  And I will cherish you for as long as we both shall live.”
“Jason, you are my best friend and I love you and I know that you love me.  Because of this, I desire to be your wife.  Through the pressures of the present and the uncertainties of the future, I promise to be faithful to you.  I will love, serve, respect, and submit to you.  I will never divorce you.  I will never hold anything over your head.  I promise to follow you as you lead me and our future family in a way that honors Christ.  I will honor and love you while we’re together and while we are not in each other’s presence.  I will laugh and cry with you.  And I will cherish you for as long as we both shall live.”
Happy anniversary, BFF.

31 Weeks!

Jason, Max and I are now at 31 weeks.  That means we only have 9 weeks to go until Max is here!  I am so excited for many reasons.  First off, I am just so curious to see what he will look like, how it will feel to hold my own baby, and to see Jason hold him!  Second, I am just so incredibly over being pregnant!  At the beginning I was just so sick.  In the middle, I was still a little sick and then just really tired too.  Now I am still tired, but am starting to get really uncomfortable and as chance would have it, still sick.  (Thank you for holding my hair last night, Jason!)  I also really want to sleep on my stomach again!

With all that said, I really do have so much to be thankful for.  My husband has been incredible throughout my whole pregnancy.  He has served me time and time again and has taken on tasks that I know he would rather not do.  I can’t wait to feel better and be just as incredible back to him.

My friends are also really great!  Because of the free time that I have been blessed with, I have enjoyed lunch dates with Katherine, Nicole, and Beth.  Thank you, ladies, for getting me out of the house and updating me on the real world!  I have also been blessed with having other pregnant friends around me.  It is fun to share stories and comforting to have someone that is going through some of the same things!  It has also prepared me that everyone is different and to not get in a rut of comparing, but to be thankful with what the Lord has blessed me with and to rejoice with my friends in what the Lord has blessed them with.

MaryBeth and I at her shower. (25 weeks for me).

I will have to get some more updated photos as I feel much larger than I look in the picture above!  We had an OB appointment on Tuesday and everything was great!  Max’s heartbeat is strong, he is growing just as he should and I am right on track as far as weight gain.  I just can’t wait to meet him!  
I will also update with photos of Max’s room.  It is coming together quite nicely!