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.