Sunday, April 20, 2014

Off To The Park!!!

Michael, Henry, and I took a stroll over to out local park!  Henry had some fun swinging on the baby swing for the first time. 

How fun! We relaxed on the grass for a bit. Henry thought dad's hat was way better than his own hat. He looks pretty darn cute!

We finished our trip with some bird watching. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

8 months, Traveling, and Cousins

How is it possible that my little man is almost 8 months old!? It is unbelievable how awesome Henry is. He has grown like a weed and this is only the beginning!  This dude is 18 pounds of talkative fun. He loves bouncing on the bed, watching the cat, and spending time exploring outside. 

If he doesn't want his puréed veggies, you can be the is sick or soon to be sick. This boy loves doesn't pass on yummy food.  Cheerios and bananas are his favorite morning snack. 
*Milestone: Small Motor Skill Development
Henry has figured out how to pick up a Cheerio with and put it in his mouth! Watching him figure the proper technique required to get the Cheerio from tray to mouth was fun! 

Henry has joined us on sales trips to Fort Collins, Albuquerque, and South Oregon. Our little bugger has been such a trooper through all the travel! Our trip to Albuquerque was not the ideal event for a baby to attend! Mike and I were running a booth at the Chocolate and Coffee Festival and Henry was our mascot... Or our lucky charm... When I say Mike and I ran the booth really it was all Mike. I helped between Henry's outbursts and feedings. 

Unfortunately, the Bjorn was no where to be found so, we had to make do without it on day 1. Day 2 I bought a Moby Wrap from Target.  While this wrap is pretty sweet, it is extremely long and not convenient to put on and take off when you have a wiggly 7 month old. The Bjorn is definately the best choice for convenient baby wearing. 

Our son is getting a big dose of long distance travel in his first year! He is not a fan of riding in the car. About a month or two ago I drove him up to the American Bouldering Series Final Competition in Colorado Springs and he cried the entire way up. Lucky for my sanity, he slept on the drive home.

Henry did amazingly well with the plane ride over to Medford, Oregon. Both directions he slept the entire first link and all but the last 20 min of the second link! Having a sleeping baby on my lap for all 4 plane rides wasn't the most comfortable situation but I will take a sleeping baby and struggling to drink my coffee or reading a magazine over struggling to manage a fussy, irritated baby!

Just incase you were wondering, the security tag the airport gives you when you check a car seat is a WAY better toy than any toy you may have brought. The magazines tucked into the back of the airplane seats fall into the random amazing toy category also.

Crackers are new found joy! While at a restaurant in Bandon, Oregon, we occupied Henry's attention with a cracker after he had eaten his baby food.

Our time in Southern Oregon was amazing! Henry was able to spend time with his cousins. 

Henry likes to scoot slither, and any mode of movement that isn't actually crawling.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Day Care, Tummy time, and Friends

Henry is just about 4 months old!  Time has flown by. Between working and taking care of HD, I just don't know where the time goes. I haven't been able to sit down an submit a new blog post in over 2 months! I did take 3 month photos, I just wasn't able to post anything. The real problem is that 2 of the computers I have access to wont allow me to type unless I am HTML and the other computer wont let me transfer photos from my phone to the computer. How is a girl supposed to pull together a blog post with these obstacles? Once I find the time to post, nothing works! I did find a new app that will help me compose blogs. It is called BlogGO. Jury is still out on whether I like it or not. I will have to fish out those 3 month photos and include them in his 4 month update.

HD prefers standing or sitting up with assistance over tummy time these days. He even likes "flying" more than being on his tummy. I can get a good arm workout while lifting him above my head while also making him giggle like crazy.Tummy time is still a must but because he quickly gets super, mad we don't linger for more than 3-5 minutes. His neck muscles get stronger everyday. He rolled from his tummy to his back once a couple weeks ago. I haven't seen him do it since so I didn't report on it. I have a feeling he will be able to prop himself in a sitting position before he masters rolling over, or both skills at about the same time. In the next couple weeks the question of whether he is ready for rice cereal and smashed bananas will arise. His day care provider keeps mentioning it. I am pushing it off saying we will wait until after his 4 month check up. Maybe around Chrismas we will give it a go! He definately is interested when he can see me eating something. And he can sit in his ExerSaucer pretty good these days. The determining factor is if his gag reflex has improved. I can't believe my baby boy is almost eating real food! Where did the time go?

Henry fits right in at day care. He is mister popular! Who can resist those baby cheeks? There is a little girl who is just over a year who is completely enthralled by Henry. "Enry" is her little friend...or her pet.. not sure which. She blows him kisses now. Blowing kisses is the alternative to her poking his eye when she touches him. I'm told she once got mad at her older brother for laying next to Henry on his little pillow-roll. Another little girl of 4 or 5 year old likes to flip through books for Henry. When I arrive at the day care all the little girls come running to say hello to Henry. He is my little lady's man-baby! 

Henry is growing so fast! One part of me wants to keep him this little, giggling boy forever while the other part of me is eager for him to learn some words. He gets intensely frustration when he wants something but can't communicate it to me. Even as I comfort him sometimes he just resists being comforted. When he is mad and doesn't even want his formula, it takes a lot to get him to calm down. This morning at 4am it took me bouncing with him, singing, and having the christmas tree there for him to finally allow himself to calm down. Another morning it took looking out the window to calm him down for a second before I got his bottle ready. Maybe this intense frustration is just him being a little baby still. I just think/hope his little temper settles a bit once he can tell us what he wants. Crying is just his only form of communication right now and he is quite passionate with his opinions. I love this determined little boy. :)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A 3 Month Old, Colds, and Exciting Developments

Here are Henry's 3 month photos!!! Henry was getting over being sick so he wasn't thrilled with being set down...I tried to get a good 3 month photo but sometimes it just doesn't work! He is still a cutie though! Look at that little bugger! :) He was over the 12 pound mark by this point. His first cold was a challenge for both of us. He had a bad cough for a few weeks along with gross sniffles. Poor guy. I hated using the Nose Aspirator thing on him. My sister in-law sent us this thing called the NoseFrida: The Snot Sucker. It works like a charm at getting the snot out. Henry hated it though! We also took lots of steam baths to help his breathing. He is better at this point, but he still sneezes in the mornings.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Going Back to Work

Back to work!?! Oh man, it was a rough week! I planned my first week back to be a short one to help my emotions ease into being away from Henry so much. I took Monday and Friday off giving me 3 days to sort through my emotions and get back into the swing of things at work. The hardest part was dropping my little bugger off at day care. Day One I was a crying mess. Day Two I was a bit weepy but better. Day Three I managed to not cry at all! On the second day I would have made it through with only some damp eyes while in the car but I stopped at Solar Roast Coffee to grab a cup of coffee and the girls asked me how I was... TEARS! Ugh, I wish I wasn't such an easy crier! I got control of myself right as the tears overflowed a bit and Andrea came around to give me a little hug.

While the drop off was difficult once I was in my office in front of my emails I was better. I had over 600 emails waiting for me which kept me busy! I still have more corporate communications to catch up on! My boss and I met on Wednesday and Thursday about what has been happening in our district. What changes have been made, how each of the Insurance Agents in our district are doing, and what we are planning for the rest of this year. I have a district meeting to plan and some office visits to set up! Staying busy helps but I still miss my little baby when I am away from him. 

As I mentioned in my previous post we have switched Henry from exclusively receiving breastmilk to now also giving him formula. Working and pumping will just not work. I hate being attached to the machine all the time and even with being attached I can't get enough pumped to get Henry through the next day. I could add some marathon pumping to the weekends but I would rather make other plans. Being married to the pump is NO FUN.

Good Morning Daddy

These photos were ready to be posted in October. It is now December and I am just now posting them! Henry was about 2 months old at this point. Blogger will only let me type in the HTML version, and I don't know the codes so I am just posting the photos as is with little formatting.

2 Months!!!

Oh how time flies! I cannot believe that little HD is already 2 months old!!! He is the best little guy out there. HD loves to smile at Michael and me. When Henry give us a little smile and giggles it is super cute. Like almost too cute. He babbles away at us joining the conversation whenever he can. Typically he is telling us that he is starting to get a bit hungry and that we should start to think about prepping a bottle for him. HD has started to get a bit more demanding, especially since I went back to work. He likes to be close to us, even if he is just in his bouncer. This is fine by me, I want to be close to him too.

Since I went back to work we have switched from exclusively breastfeeding to now giving him breast milk and formula. With all the struggles I have experienced with breastfeeding and the requirements of my job, it is just easier to put aside the guilt and add in formula. Finally I am healing and I am also not feeling the weight of guilt at not being able to pump enough to keep my hungry little boy satisfied. Now feeding him is relaxing instead of stressful. It was hard to satisfy him while I was at home all day, now that I am working it is even harder. I absolutely don't want all of my free time spent attached to a machine. Currently I am reducing my pumping sessions to 2-3 times a day so I can still give him breast milk but I can also socialise with Michael more often without my boobs being pumped!!!

Henry's One Month Stats:

  HD eats about every 2-3 hours. At night he will have one 6 hour stretch. Although since starting day care he has added a 2:30 or 3:30 feeding back into the mix.
As of last week HD has started receiving breast milk and formula. Last week was still heavily weighted towards breast milk(BM) but this week he end up receiving more formula than BM.
Approx 9 pounds 12 ounces (as of 10/10).
Birth Weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz.

  23 inches as of 10/10
Birth Length: 19 1/4 inches 

Diaper Size: 
Size 1.

Clothes Size: 
HD is into 0-3 month clothes depending on the store.

Hair Color: 
Brownish or a Red/Blond. It depends on the lighting! 
I can't wait to see what your hair is like as it grows in. 

Eye Color: 
Big, beautiful blue eyes

Funniest moment this month: 
Henry started laughing! I love his smile and laugh. ADORABLE! :)