The Summer Mega-Catchup Thread

Sorry it’s been so long since our last update! We’ve had an awesome (and HOT summer) this year and have been super busy with life, work, and family. Here’s the latest updates on the Martins since May.

Back in June, we ended up at the hospital with Spencer for testing. His normal blood work revealed a high count on a certain liver blood-enzyme. It wasn’t serious, but we did have to stay for a few days so they could draw blood periodically and run tests. It eventually returned to normal.

Blowing bubbles helps to soothe a very mad baby after blood is drawn

While we were there, Spencer got to ride around in a cool red wagon and we picked up some more dragons from the gift shop.

Spencer’s chief cheerleaders (besides Mom and Dad) were his team of dragons.
I’ve got dragons in my wagon!

We of course had to buy our own red wagon once we got back home.

“You mean I have my very own ‘Dragon Wagon?'”

We decided to take an extended family vacation and spent the weekend with my folks and brother and sister in Gatlinburg. It was great to have a huge cabin all to ourselves with a great deck looking out into the woods.


Grandma bought us this awesome easy chair for us to relax in while watching YouTube videos.


Let’s play catch!

Our Corgi, Gabby, still walks on eggshells around Spencer but is starting to take a shine to him now that he’s figured out her favorite game: catch! Spencer really gets a kick out of watching her chase after the tennis balls when he tosses them.

Looks who’s walking!

Around late July, Spencer started taking his first steps. Scooting was still his primary mode of locomotion for awhile, but everyday he started taking more steps and standing longer.

It wasn’t long after he started walking that Spencer figured out what his activity walker was for. He still loves to push it around the house but now he’s running behind it and there’s usually a puppy running in front of it!

For my birthday this year, Spencer brought home his first drawing for us to hang on the fridge.

Spencers first drawing

What toddler’s life would be complete without a chance to play with some pots and pans? We’ve got some stainless cookware and the lids have an awesome ring with struck just right. When we gave Spencer some of the lids to play with, it wasn’t nearly as much of a headache as we anticipated. It was almost… Zen-like.

Spencer’s first interaction with robotics

We’ve had to discontinue the use of Roomba for the time being since his battery holds little charge anymore. For awhile, it just sat there on it’s charging base, but then Spencer discovered it one day.

Well, that about gets us caught up on this summer. We’ll have more updates later on the Fall, but for now, we’re just going to “leaf” you hanging!