We put together one of his Christmas presents that we thought he'd now enjoy. He really liked sitting on it, but is not quite ready to walk behind it. We definitely have to sit right next to him in case he falls off.
Hayden is always really proud of himself when he stands up next to his toys.
Hayden being very vocal
Well we finally moved Hayden's crib mattress down since he can now sit up by himself. When he wakes up in the morning he sits up and talks until we get him in the morning. We love hearing what he has to say. He now weighs 26 lbs. and I definitely can feel it when I carry him up the stairs. What a workout! We're pretty sure this has a lot to do with him not being super mobile yet. He rolls and pivots and scoots everywhere and uses his head to help him sit up. When he's on all fours he puts his head down on the floor and scoots his arms back and sits up. He's getting better at it all the time and is super quick. We're enjoying him being a "baby" for as long as possible. One thing we've learned from Hayden is that he does things when he's ready. He still only has his bottom 2 teeth, but I see the top 2 trying to poke through. He still loves his baby food and has no real interest in table food except for his little snacks of the dried fruit, puffs, or cheerios, which he only gets after breakfast or dinner. He also pulls himself up to his knees, but isn't quite strong enough to stand up. He surprises us everyday.
Emma was all about hugging Hayden and holding his cheeks in her hands. When he cried later Emma said to him, "I'll wipe your tears".
Group picture. Olivia had dance earlier so she made it in time to spend time with Hayden.
Our last day of vacation we went to Brookgreen Gardens, which used to be a plantation years ago. The house is no longer on the property.
There is a zoo on the property where animals are in their natural habitat. After seeing this baby alligator that was NOT in the zoo, but in the middle of a pond at the sculpture garden we opted to not go to the zoo. I was a little nervous that this baby had its mother nearby. Maybe she was in the zoo.
Hayden and I at the gardens. The bug netting for the stroller came in handy here.
Beautiful archways leading to another sculpture.
View from our balcony where we stayed in Myrtle Beach
There were 2 pools, a kiddie pool, 2 whirlpools, and a lazy river outside and another pool, lazy river, and whirlpool inside. We didn't get any use out of the pools outside since they were too cold, but they kept the water very warm in the pools inside for all 3 of us to enjoy.
Our attempt at a family picture with the timer. Whenever Josh came back to pose Hayden would look at him and we only had a short time to get him to look back at the camera. This is probably the best one.
Josh and Hayden at the beach
Hayden liked playing with the sand
Hayden was not too thrilled about the beach. We couldn't miss an opportunity to at least take some pictures of him, but there was no way we could get in the water. The most Hayden experienced was the tide coming in over his feet and he was pretty shocked. We basically walked down there, took a few pictures, and walked back. Since we were all dressed in our swimsuits anyway we took a dip in the indoor pool. It was really crowded, though, so we only stayed for a short time.
Hayden really likes moving over to the window to check out the ocean and all the people at the beach.
Hayden's hair has gotten some curl to it.
We kept trying to get some pictures of Hayden's hair, but he kept wanting to look at the camera.
Ready to go swimming! We went downstairs and the outside pools were way too cold so we went inside and Hayden practiced all the skills he learned at swim lessons. He was well rested and loved it. Silly mommy got his hat one size too small. It stays on at least. We then went outside to get some lunch and while Hayden stayed in the shade Daddy and Mommy were in the sun. I don't think we were out for more than an hour and Josh and I both got pretty red. I always put sunscreen on my face, but really didn't think being out for that short of time I would get that red everywhere else. The sun can be deceiving when the temperatures aren't that high.
Daddy came around from the other sliding door and sneaked up on him to get a picture. Hayden was pleasantly surprised to say the least.
Our vacation started on Friday morning with our first stop at the Wyndham Union Station hotel in Nashville, TN. The hotel was converted from a train station. It was really a unique place to stay.
The beautiful ceiling of the hotel
Lobby of the hotel in Nashville
Our next stop was Columbia, South Carolina and we went to the Riverbanks Zoo. The weather was really nice and the zoo was just big enough to have decent exhibits, but not too big for Hayden to get crabby. These grizzy bears were our first stop and they were very playful with each other and both times we stopped by there was a big crowd
Hayden was really wishing he could pet the gorilla for real
Josh and Hayden in front of the elephant exhibit
Our last stop at the zoo, the carousel
After the zoo, we headed down to Charleston, South Carolina to the bed and breakfast. We were a little nervous about how Hayden would behave, but he was an angel. The owners commented how good he was and how we were so lucky. The other guests also couldn't believe when they finally did hear a little fuss out of him. We were extremely relieved that he was so good as it made things a lot less stressful for us.
Hayden loved the fish at the aquarium and let out little squeals of laughter as they darted by in front of him
View of Ft. Sumter from the ferry dock
Josh and Hayden next to the canon
Canons at Ft. Sumter
The Rose room where we slept during our stay
Battery Street in Charleston with the water to the left and the historic homes lined up on the right. Our first night we walked down to Fleet's Landing for dinner and headed back in time to relax for the evening. The next day we headed over to King's street for some shopping and to browse around the market. We watched the women making the sweetgrass baskets and took a Carriage tour of historic Charleston. We made it in time for dinner and afterwards we took a bike taxi back to the B&B. The second day we walked up to the Ft. Sumter tours and just missed us being able to go as they just had one ticket left. Instead, we headed over to the Aquarium until the next tour started. The Ft. Sumter tour books up fast so we made sure we had our tickets ready. After all the walking we did we took another bike taxi to dinner at Carolinas for some flounder and sea bass and walked back in time for social hour where we stayed. We had a great time at Charleston and would recommend going there and staying at a bed and breakfast. You just can't experience Charleston by staying at a hotel.
View down the side of the street we stayed. The rose colored front was our stop.
The streets are lined with old homes with beautiful gardens.
View down the other side of Church Street with narrow lanes and brick streets
The front of 15 Church Street where we stayed
Sitting on the piazza (porch) of the Bed and Breakfast right before we left
Bridge going over the Cooper River from Charleston
You have reached the Josh, Lea, Hayden, and Ava Neally webpage. Josh and Lea were married on August 5th, 2006 in Steamboat Springs, CO and have welcomed a baby boy into the family, Hayden Louis on 6/5/07 and a baby girl, Ava Elizabeth on 8/15/08. The Neallys reside in Missouri where Josh is an attorney for Summerwinds Resort Services. Lea is a stay-at-home mom and plans to be until all their little ones are older. They hope you enjoy reading about their family.