Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pictures & "Talking"

Here are some pics of what Miss Amelia has been up to lately. Make sure you go all the way down...there are 2 videos of her "talking"!

Watching "Bolek i Lolek", a Czech cartoon on YouTube.

Heck yes, I'm a Cardinals fan!

She fell asleep in her highchair.

Almost crawling...

...but would rather walk!

Amelia has become way more vocal these past few weeks. She babbles "ahm, ahm, ahm", "bop, bop, bop", and sometimes "ma, ma, ma." So cute! Enjoy the videos:

Talking to the camera

"Bop bop bop!" Her fave cartoon (Ni Hao, Kai-Lan) is on in the background.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Some videos from the trip


On the beach, not too terribly impressed with the water.

In the car, amusing herself.

7 Months Old

Amelia turned 7 months old the day we arrived in Florida. How many babies celebrate their 7 month birthday in Florida?!? Lucky girl.

Since we were on the road most of the day, we weren't able to take a picture with a sign, so this will have to do.

First Pontus Family Vacation, Part II

Our vacation was pretty relaxing. We spent every day at the pool, and went to the beach 3 times. Alex was able to play beach volleyball and tennis with his brother, but didn't get to go fishing. Oh time!

For Good Friday, Alex's parents took us to a seafood restaurant in downtown Sarasota, Barnacle Bills. I know, I know...JENN in a SEAFOOD restaurant!?! Yep. But I kept it real, I had pasta, NO seafood for me! I did try a bite of Alex's tilapia though. Anyway, it was Amelia's first time in a restaurant and she did really well.

Alex's parents had a lot of company over during our vacation. It was great because so many people were finally able to meet Amelia. She's such a happy, friendly baby!

Sunday was Amelia's first Easter. She looked so adorable in her fancy dress! We took so many pictures with everyone! Alex's mom cooked an AMAZING brunch and dinner. We ended up having company for Easter dinner, and then Alex & I took Amelia back to the beach for the last time.

We left on Monday, and we were all sad to go. Overall, Amelia did so well on her first trip. She handled the 16-hour car ride wonderfully. We will DEFINITELY go back to Sarasota! Next time, we might even fly. :)

First Pontus Family Vacation, Part I

The Pontus family took it's first vacation last week. We have so much to say, so we'll make it a 2-parter!

Alex & I didn't take a honeymoon, so this was our first vacation as a married couple. And it was certainly our first vacation/trip with a baby. Alex's parents invited us down to Sarasota, Florida for Easter and we jumped at the chance to get away. We decided to drive (*gasp!* drive with a 7 month old?!? to Florida?!? Why not just fly???). I'm not much of a flyer, and with all the stuff Little Miss Mimi needs it wasn't much of a decision to make.

We packed up our Accord (with way more stuff than we needed, but we were on a learning curve!) and were off Tuesday the 7th at 2 pm, after I was done working. I quickly learned that me sitting in back with Amelia to feed her and keep her entertained was the smart thing to do. We made it through Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and into Georgia that first day. Amelia did AMAZING, she mostly slept and was generally in a happy mood.

We stayed in Cartersville, GA (where, a few days later, a tornado and quarter-sized hail would tear through) in Amelia's 1st hotel room. I was extremely nervous about how a 7 month old baby would do in a hotel room, particularly after a long trip in the car. But it was nothing for Amelia! No crying, just lots of smiles, bouncing and SLEEP.

The next day we arrived in Sarasota around 5 pm St. Louis time. Again, Amelia handled the drive like a pro! Alex's mom had seen Amelia in March, but his dad and brother hadn't seen her since Christmas when she was 3 months old. OF COURSE they went crazy over her!!! The first night was a little rough on her, but she eventually went to sleep.

Thursday morning after breakfast, we put Amelia in one of her bathing suits, slathered her up with sunscreen and headed to the pool (a very short walk from the condo). It was her first time in the pool (heck, we don't take the kid out much so it was her first extended time in the sun!!!) and she LOVED it! She was in a lady bug floaty-thingy and was kicking her legs, actually swimming by herself in the pool. It was awesome. She had lunch and a nap, and then we headed off to Siesta Key Beach to watch Daddy and Uncle Micky play volleyball...and of course play in the water! She loved the beach as well. She had fun, dipping her toes in the waves, she wasn't afraid at all.

And that's basically how we spent our days: breakfast, pool, eat/nap, dinner, beach, sleep. Not too shabby!

See you in Part II! :)


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