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Most of May was basically a break for Craig. He had one last two-week rotation in pain management, but the doctor only had him come in like 3 days since it was right before graduation. The rest of the month he spent time working on a derm paper to be published and hopefully beef up his resume. It was fun to be able to spend more time with him and take advantage of our last month in AZ! We celebrated my first Mother's Day with dinner by Craig and lounging at Granada park. 

We tried to spend as much time with friends as we could so we went hiking several times with the Jacksons, once to Sunrise Peak and once Templeton/Cathedral Rock in Sedona. We also hiked Fossil Creek waterfall, which was this gorgeous natural spring literally in the middle of nowhere. We drove up to Camp Verde and on a dirt road for an hour before we got to the trail. It was super cool and the water was crystal clear, but we're definitely not doing something like that again in our small Prius!
Backside of Cathedral Rock, Sedona, AZ

We ate out probably more than we should have and tried to hit all of our favorite "Phoenix" places like The Stand, gay bar tacos (Taqueria los Yaquis), Defalcos, La Grande Orange, and Cibo. We had BBQs with the Hoffmans before they moved to Gilbert, the Wedams to celebrate Abe's 2nd birthday, and the Walls to see them before we left. 

We spent a few days hanging out with Craig's med school buddies before graduation and before they all split up for residency. We went to Aaron and Kelly's wedding, which was super fun. We had to get babysitters for both the temple and the reception, and although parts of it were a little traumatic for Max (and probably the sitters! and therefore us!), we all survived. I think 5 of the 6 guys came out of med school with wives, 3 of us with babies, and it was super fun getting to know them a little more and celebrating the fact that our guys are officially done with med school! I really hope that once we're all done with residency in 5ish years, we'll be able to have a huge reunion with these guys because it is so much fun to be around them. Plus we will totally deserve it having put up with 8 years of post-grad training. 

At the end of the month, Max turned 10 months! I can't believe it. I must say that he is at such a fun stage. It really does keep getting better. He has one tooth on the bottom and another just about to cut through. He eats SO MUCH and would eat all day if I kept putting food in front of him (but usually I get sick of sitting there feeding him forever and ever). In the morning he will nurse and then eat a bowl of cereal/applesauce, a whole banana, two eggs, and a slice of bread!!! He crawls fast and is getting so playful that he loves when we crawl after him and chase him. He'll crawl away squealing/panting like a little pup. He cruises along furniture and pulls everything off the shelves. He talks all day and says "AH!" super loudly. That is probably his favorite sound along with "bub bub." 

His favorite places to be are the bathroom and kitchen because he thinks he is so sneaky when he opens the cupboards. He finds the most bizarre things on the floor, and it is a miracle that he hasn't choked on anything yet. I sometimes think he understands the meaning of mama because its what he says when he's sad or tired. He squeals when we walk in the door and will crawl up to us. His best new tricks are waving, which is adorable, and his surprised face, when he raises his eyebrows and makes that cute "O" with his lips. His surprised face is especially perfect because he makes it ALL the time and everything is so surprising to him!  I also love when I go outside to do laundry and he stands against the sliding glass door and smooshes his face against it.

He seriously is at the best age because he is starting to play with us and explore his world. His personality has really blossomed. He hasn't been sleeping as well this month, and we can't figure out why. I think it's because he's teething, but it's hard to know. He wakes up in the middle of the night but is SO tired he falls right back asleep -- IF you hold him. We often bring him into bed with us, and it's hard not to love those snuggles. He is the most fun baby in the world, and I LOVE being his mom. I feel so incredibly blessed. 


Northern AZ (April)

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On our way home from Utah, we decided to drive through the mountains (instead of Vegas) so that we could do some sight-seeing and take advantage of our time in AZ before we moved away. We stopped in Page, AZ and took a tour of Lower Antelope Canyon, which was super cool! I'm sure it wasn't as cool as the light beams in Upper Antelope Canyon, but it was still beautiful. Then we stopped by Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River, and it was seriously amazing. I was not expecting that.

We finished our drive in Flagstaff, where we stayed the night at Jess's dad's "cabin" slash second home. We decided Flagstaff is Arizona's Portland. Very weird. The next day we drove to Bearizona, which was basically a zoo that had a drive through portion where the animals came up to your car. I thought it was pretty cool, but Craig is a loyal Yellowstone fan and I don't think it was nearly as cool for him. We went to a few shows, and although I expected Max to be apathetic, he was actually pretty interested in the animals.

From Williams we drove an hour north to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Neither of us had ever seen the Grand Canyon before, and I must admit my expectations were pretty low. I totally expected a long drive there, a short stop to ooh and ahh for pictures, and then getting back in the car for several more hours. It completely blew me away. It is definitely the most breathtaking thing I have ever seen, and pictures do not even BEGIN to do it justice. At first we drove our car along several viewpoints for pictures, and then we took a tram in to hike for a bit. We did the south kaibab trail, which actually crosses the canyon if you're up for an overnight trip. We only hiked 3 miles down and 3 miles back up. The hike was incredible -- and totally freaky at the same time. I swear my eyes were playing tricks on me. I've never been afraid of heights, but I had a few panicky moments. It is SO deep!!! We stayed for sunset (WOW) and then drove back to Flagstaff.

This trip will forever be one of my favorite memories of this stage of our life. We had so much fun and were blown away by God's creations. We will miss Arizona so, so much.



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The first two weeks of April we were still in St. George. At least Max and I were! Craig had a one-week rotation with Nate in Kingman and another in Spanish Fork. He came home on the weekends and we were so happy to have him back! Max and I hung out with my parents and got to meet up with a few friends from high school. Jasmine actually gave Max his first hair cut, and she is a SAINT for dealing with an easily distracted baby who would not stay still.

This month Max turned NINE months! I can't even believe it -- that month really flew by! At his 9-month check up he was 18.5 lbs (50th percentile) and 29 inches long (90th percentile). Just before he turned 9 months (and right after we left grandma's house), he finally decided to start crawling, and he's just gotten faster since! He had shown zero interest in crawling up until about a week before, when he started doing mountain climbers or inchworming without using his arms (ha!). The same day he started crawling he learned to pull himself up to standing (and was SO proud of himself), which meant we finally moved down his crib. Now that he is mobile, our bottom shelves are disasters! It has been SO much fun watching him explore and become more and more confident navigating. He also started shaking his head and loves to "flex" his arm muscles (he makes a fist and really tenses them, its hilarious). His favorite things are the toothpaste & Desitin tubes, aside from cords, computers, remotes, and everything else he can't have. He is OBSESSED with bananas -- he eats one WHOLE banana for breakfast everyday. I don't know how he eats so much for such a little guy.

One of the things I love most about motherhood is how with each month that goes by, he gets more and more fun. It's so exciting to watch him grow and become more and more like a little person.