Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Two Months

Blake recently had his 2-month birthday and we're starting to see his little personality shine through more and more each day. He's smiling and cooing, and he loves checking himself out in the mirror attached to his play mat. We think he's pretty handsome, too. Most people say that he's a spitting image of his dad, especially when compared to Mark's baby pictures. 

Little man had his 2-month Well Baby checkup this week and he's on the small side weight wise (11 lbs., 5 oz., 18th percentile), but he's long (24.5 in. long, 94th percentile). His head measures 39.5 in., which puts him in the 52nd percentile, about average they say. So he's long and lean, basically. We'll see if we can pack some more meat on his bones between now and his next doctor's visit in October! 

We recently returned from a trip to Washington state to visit family and friends, and Mark also took care of some business meetings in Seattle. Everyone enjoyed meeting Blake and playing with Kenley. Here are a few pictures from our trip... 

We spent most of our time with Mark's family in the Arlington/Marysville area. 

Great Grandma Ruth Hamlin snuggling Blake

Cousins Kenley Ella and Cameron Michael (and Tank) on a joyride 

Grandpa and Blake having a little chat

We visited Mark's cousin's house on Lake Goodwin one afternoon

Ruth with all her great-grandkids

Four generations: Ruth Hamlin, Randy Hamlin, Mark Hamlin, Kenley Hamlin and Blake Hamlin

One morning we got up super early to catch a ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island. We left the house just after 5 a.m. for the hour-long drive from Marysville to Anacortes to get to the ferry dock an hour early for the 7:20 a.m. sailing. It was a long day, but it was a fun adventure with the family.

On the ferry boat from Orcas Island back to Anacortes

Our selfie portrait atop Mount Constitution

The Hamlins on the top of Mount Constitution, overlooking the San Juan Islands

Beautiful view from Mount Constitution

Daddy and the kiddos

Throwin' rocks

We had a whale of a time strolling mainstreet in Eastsound

Beautiful flowers in downtown Eastsound
We took another day trip to downtown Seattle with Mark's sister Amy, her husband Chris and their son Cameron. We walked through Pike Place Market on our way to the Seattle Aquarium and had lunch at The Crab Pot in the historic waterfront area of Seattle. It was a fun day!

The Hamlins at Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle

No Squeezie Pleazie!

Stunningly beautiful flowers at Pike Place Market

Lunch at The Crab Pot
After about a week up north, we drove south to Auburn to stay with our good friends, Matthew and Lisa Jones, and their daughter Ashlynn. We stayed very busy with a visit to the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma and a night out to a Seattle Mariners game, among other things. Lisa and I also visited my friend Roxane, who lives in a beautiful historic home in old Tacoma––we had a nice chat over coffee in Roxane's beautiful patio garden. I was also able to catch up with some old friends one morning at Poverty Bay Coffeehouse in Federal Way, which was a very special treat.

Ashlynn and Kenley lunching at The Ram restaurant on the Tacoma waterfront

Mark and Blake at a Seattle Mariners baseball game
We had an excellent trip! It's always hard to say goodbye, but it's nice that we're only a 3-hour plane ride away.

Next up, the kids and I will be traveling with my mom to Pennsylvania to visit my extended family. Mark will stay home and hold down the fort while we're away. My next post will include a recap of that trip. For being only two months old, Blake sure is racking up those air miles! ;-)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Welcoming Blake Randall to the family

Clearly, I'm not the best blogger, seeing how it's been nearly two years since my last post. But now that our family has a new addition, we certainly have plenty to share, so I'm giving this blogging thing another shot.

The Hamlin family welcomed Blake Randall to our clan on June 6, 2013. He was born at 8:24 p.m., and weighed in at 8 pounds, 21.5 inches. He didn't waste any time making his entrance into the world. I started having contractions at work earlier that afternoon; we checked into the hospital at 6:30 p.m. and I was already 6 cm dilated––he was born just a couple hours later.

Blake has been one happy little guy and we've enjoyed getting to know him. Big sister Kenley is proud and is very sweet to her baby brother. So far she hasn't shown any signs of jealousy or wanting him to go away––we're keeping our fingers crossed that it stays that way!

When Blake was about a week old, we had newborn photos taken by local photographer Sugar Six Photography. Samantha was fabulous and really knew how to work well with our little babes. She kept a high energy toddler entertained and also got some amazing shots of a sleepy, happy Blake, thanks in large part to "Mr. Heater" the space heater. We're very happy with the results!

So here we are, embarking on our next adventure as a family of four. I will do my darndest to be a better blogger and keep you up-to-date on the little moments happening with our family. Thanks for reading!