Let me start with June...
We took a trip to visit the in-laws in Louisiana the first weekend in June. Hayes finally got a chance to get in the pool...he loved it!! He was kicking his legs & splashing like crazy! I'm hoping he'll be a "little fish" like his daddy. We went to my niece's 3rd birthday party that Saturday, and then sent Hayes home with Ann & Don so Blaine & I could enjoy a night out. We had a great time...did a little shopping, walked around the French quarter, & ate a wonderful seafood dinner. After a nice family lunch on Sunday, we headed back home. Then I spent the next 5 days packing 2-weeks' worth of stuff for our vacation.
Our trip to Florida was absolutely wonderful...two weeks of relaxation with lots of quality family time. We stayed in Seagrove Beach in a cute little bungalow which was a short distance from the beach. Packing up & lugging all of our stuff to the beach was quite a challenging task...umbrella to keep Hayes in the shade, tent for Hayes to sleep in, beach chairs for us to sit in, inflatable boat for Hayes to play in, cooler for Hayes' food & juice, stroller for Hayes to ride to the beach, beach caddy to haul most of our stuff in, towels, sunscreen, cameras.... Thankfully, Hayes loved the beach so we were able to stay for a few hours at a time (to make it worth the effort!). He couldn't get enough of the water...he especially enjoyed getting on his belly & splashing at the waves as they came up on the shore.
We also hung out at the pool, ate at lots of great seafood restaurants, went biking, & did some shopping. And I finally found time to read a few books while we were gone! We were total beach bums & loved every minute!
Our 4th of July weekend was pretty low-key. We spent a lot of time in our pool (yes, we just had to get one....for Hayes, of course!) trying to stay cool, we grilled out, and Blaine & I had a date night Saturday while Terri & Mom kept Hayes. After a great worship service Sunday, my family all went to lunch together. Then it was back to the pool with Hayes!
Hayes' 9-month check-up was a few weeks ago, and it confirmed what we already knew...that Hayes has had a major growth spurt in the last 3 months! He now weighs 21 lbs, 12 oz & is 29 in long. (He gained almost 7 lbs!!) He pulls up really well now...I guess it won't be long before our little man starts walking!
Here's a video of Hayes playing on the beach. I'm having trouble posting photos, so I'll try again later.