Month 6

Dear Henry,
You’re sixth months old today (or you were when I started writing this – again, I’m sorry that it’s over a week late…)!!!! How has half a year gone by already? This month so much has changed I don’t even know where to begin.
I guess we’ll start with the obvious.  You had your first Hanukkah and Christmas this year!  It was so much fun watching you open your gifts and laughing hysterically when you had more fun with the wrapping paper than what it was wrapped around.  You got so much stuff this year that your dad and I are going to have to get you a toy chest so that itdoesn’t look like Toys ‘R Us exploded in our house.
Your first night of Hanukkah!

Your first night of Hanukkah!

This month you started sitting up on your own. This actually just happened within the last week. You can sit and play with toys now on your own. It’s the coolest thing to watch. But, as cool as it is, it also makes me a little sad. It means your growing and becoming more and more independent everyday, and less and less the little baby that needs me for everything.
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You’ve really started getting into playing with your toys (although you still really like to put everything in your mouth). I think that your favorite thing is your Disney jumperoo. You bounce and play and swing and toddle in for the longest time. Your dad and I can put you in there and you can entertain yourself for almost an hour. But, you also really like any toy that you can sit up and play with.
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In just the past few days you’ve also started solid foods. Your dad and I have decided to skip purees and anything that involves us spoon feeding you. So far you’ve tried orange slices, banana, avocado and roasted sweet potatoes, bread and this morning you dad made a hash out of eggs, onion and potatoes and you absolutely loved it! The orange and banana caused you to wrinkle your nose and spit out what was in your mouth, but you actually ate the sweet potato, and seemed to really like it. As of right now you’re undecided on the avocado, so we’ll revisit that soon. The first few days of solids you had some tummy trouble that we think is being caused by the solids, but we’ll see if that continues, hopefully it won’t happen again.
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You started daycare this month, and while it was incredibly difficult for me (and still is at times) you seem to be thriving in it. You smile as soon as we walk in the door in the morning and as soon as I hand you over to Ms. Judy in the mornings I cease to exist. And, everyday but one so far, you’ve been smiling and happy when I picked you up (and the day you were crying was because you refused to nap and were exhausted and wired). I hate that I’m missing so much time with you, but I honestly think it’s worth it to see you so happy and to know that you’re being entertained and enriched all day.
Took your picture when I picked you up from Daycare last week

Took your picture when I picked you up from Daycare last week

This month also marked your first major road trip. We packed you up in your car seat the night of the 21st after your bedtime routine and drove through the night to Kentucky to see your Gram. You slept the whole way like a champ! Your dad and I weren’t so lucky. We hit major snow in West Virginia, and the roads got so bad that we were going 30 mph or less through most of I-77. But, we arrived at Gram’s at 3:30 that morning and after lugging all of your stuff inside were able to put you back to sleep (although it was in bed with us – you seemed to forget all of the sleep training that we did when we were in KY, but thankfully you’ve remembered it as soon as we got home). When you woke up at 6:30 that morning I nursed you and bleary eyed handed you over to Gram to entertain you while I went back to sleep. Our drive home was thankfully uneventful – again you slept the whole way!
I-77 - and this was not the worst of the snowy weather - I couldn't unclench my hands long enough to take a picture then.

I-77 – and this was not the worst of the snowy weather – I couldn’t unclench my hands long enough to take a picture then.

Nap time continues to be a struggle for you, but you’re getting better. Today you took every nap in your crib and they were all decent lengths! I know that your dad is really sad that you’re not napping on his chest anymore, but it’s for the best. Once you started napping on his chest you decided that you wanted all of your naps that way, and for some reason my chest isn’t as comfy to you as his is, and he can’t be there at every nap to snuggle you no matter how much he’d like to be (and he would really like to be).
You’re growing up so much! It seems like every time I look at your you’re getting bigger and bigger. You’re also extremely inquisitive. You study things when you look at them. I honestly think that you’re trying to figure how they work and how best you can manipulate it. You still make us work to get a laugh out of you, but you smile almost nonstop. Your smile and the fact that you love to cuddle and snuggle are some of my favorite things about you – but everything is my favorite thing about you. I’m so thankful that I’m your mom. You mean the world to me and you always will. I love you with all of my heart and I always will.
Watching Top Chef with Dad while I catch up on some much needed sleep

Watching Top Chef with Dad while I catch up on some much needed sleep

Your last day at work with me.

Your last day at work with me.

-Mom
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Month 5

Dear Henry –

I’m so sorry that your 5 month letter is late.  Your turned 5 months old over the Thanksgiving holiday and things got away from me with family being in town.
This past month your personality has really started to shine through.  You are such a happy baby!  You’re becoming more independent, content to play on your own for longer and longer stretches, but you do look up every now and then to make sure that someone is close by to catch all the smiles that you’re sending out.  You’re laughing more and more often, usually when someone is making crazy faces or sounds at you.  It is still the sweetest sound that I’ve ever heard.  Your laugh equates to pure joy.  You’ve also started to say “mamamamama” which makes me extatic and I’m hopeful that your first word is going to be “mama,” because you still haven’t said “dada” yet.
This past long weekend made me realize that I could easily spend every day holding and playing with you.  And that’s exactly what we did through the holiday.  You were held basically for four whole days.  I know that your dad and I absolutely love those cuddle days.  We played with you, held you while you napped and you chilled with us while we watched movies (although it did take us about 4 hours to watch Spider Man).
On Friday, you helped put up your first Chrismukkah tree.  I love watching you as you take in the decorated tree.  You stare at it intently, just absorbing it and I think trying to understand it.  It’s going to be fun celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas with you with this year (and every year).  I’m really looking forward to showing you how to open presents!

We’re helping you put up your first Chismukkah ornament!

This past month also marked your first major cold.  You had a fever for only one day (thankfully), but you were coughing and so congested for over a week and that it broke your dad’s and my heart.  It felt like you were sick for forever, but you seem to have finally kicked it.  You still have a little snot come out every now and then, but overall, you’re MUCH better.
At 5 months old you LOVE:
  • Playing – in your jumperoo, exersaucer, with toys or with someone.
  • Eating our faces.  You’ve started leaning your open mouth again our cheecks, forehead, noses or chins and will either sit like that for a minute (we think it’s your version of a kiss) or you’ll start to gnaw on us.  When you gnaw, we call you a zombie baby (the nickname is starting to stick).
  • Playing airplane
  • Talking.  You are always quite content to either listen to someone talk to you or to have a “conversation” with them, and sometime you just love to see how loud you can be.  You’ve got a good set of lungs on you kid.
  • Tummy time.  This one has finally made the love list!  you will sit and play and reach for toys in front of you for about 5 to 15 minutes before you decide to roll yourself over to do something else.  You’re also learning to roll from your back to your tummy.  You haven’t done it yet, but it’s gonna be soon!  You’ll get all the way on your side and then you’ll fall back to your back.
At 5 months old you HATE:
  • When I take a toy away from you.  For instance, yesterday it was nap time, so I took my phone away from you and you just melted right then and there (it didn’t help that you were tired and in need of a nap at the time).
  • Eating.  Ok, you might not hate this one, but it seems to annoy you lately.  In your mind there’s just too much to do to be stuck at mom’s boob for 20 minutes.  Lately, I’m lucky if I can get you to concentrate for 5 minutes to eat.  And because you eat so badly during the day, you’ve started waking up in the middle of the night to eat and you haven’t done that since before you were 6 weeks old (thanks for that).
….I think that’s it for the hates.  You’re usually a really happy, smiley and content little man.
I love you so much.  You’re becoming a little boy more and more each day.  It makes me sad to think that one day you won’t be my baby anymore (although you know that a part of you will always be my baby).  You’re so special and I’m so thankful for you.  You light up my life, and your dad’s life.
We love you with all of our heart,
-Mom

Painting Spree

So, J actually talked me into painting our living room.  I’m still kinda fuzzy on the details on how he actually accomplished that, but he did.  Christmas day, after opening presents and eating breakfast, we spent the rest of the day cleaning the walls, pulling out the many many many nails and screws that the previous owner left, puddying the holes from all the nails and screws and finally taping the room – although we ran out of tape about halfway through.

On Monday, I went out and got paint while J got more painting supplies and we met back at the house and starting cutting in.  I do have to say that as soon as the paint went on the walls, I was nervous.  Our living room is made up on paneling and brick, and the paneling was somehow a way different color than the brick was.  When the paint went up, the brick looked flesh colored instead of the khaki /tan color that I was going for.  I proceeded to have a panic attack for the rest of the painting process.  Or at least until the second coat went on, and everything started to look a million times betters.

Here’s the room before:

And after:

The black lump on the window seat is Bentley, and the black lump on the love seat is Healey.

And this lovely young lady (Beemer) is the reason that I couldn’t get up to take better pictures.  She was looking up at me and purring, which made it impossible to push her off of my lap to take better pictures.

Christmas Eve

J and I had a productive Christmas Eve.  Since the moment I woke up we were busy.  Firstly we cleaned the kitchen, dusting and moving the fridge and hoosier cabinet to the center of the room to prep for painting.

As you can see, we started with white white white walls.  And the previous owners of our house were over zealous when it came to hanging things so we had a lot of holes to fill.  The previous owners also didn’t adhere to painting protocol.  For instance they used a flat paint in the kitchen that didn’t allow you to clean it without your cleaning tool coming away covered in white paint residue.  This last photo has the 3 test samples that J painted.  We didn’t end up using any of these.  I thought the light one was too light and the other two were too dark.  Apparently, I’m picky when it comes to paint =)

After prepping the kitchen, J and I went out to breakfast, nom nom nom.  Then went to pick up paint and paint supplies, we then went to a hobby store to pick up a frame, then to the grocery store to gather things for dinner, and finally back home to tackle painting.

The result:

I think it turned out really well, and couldn’t be happier.  Now, J has the painting bug and wants to spend today and tomorrow painting our living room.  I’m mulling it over, but I don’t think it’s too promising, as yesterday I was passed out promptly at about 8:30 from my day of none stop moving.

 

Picture Time!

J and I were a bit productive  yesterday.  Friday night we went and bought two yards of fabric after our dinner and on Saturday we reupholstered our dining room chairs.  We bought our dining room table and chairs from an antique store when we bought our house.  We really liked the fact that the back of the chairs are in the shape of a lyre.  Fitting since J is a band director and I was a music major for a bit.  We believe that they’re from the 1950s.  When we purchased them they had horrible needlepoint seat covers, and I wanted to reupholster them from the moment we bought them, and we finally got around to it!  I think it turned out really well.

Here are pictures of my sofa with the new pillows that I bought.  The black blob on the loveseat is my cat Healey.

And finally, our Christmakkah tree.  It had a tree skirt on it, but Healey took it and hid it somewhere.

Plum

Dear Poppy Seed –

You’re now the size of a large plum!  And guess what?  We’ve made it to 3 months a long!!!  Right now you’re just busy growing!  Your digestive system is gearing up to function, practicing all the moves it will take to digest food.  Your bone marrow is busy making white blood cells, which will come in handy in about another 28 weeks.  You’re already weighing in at about half an ounce, which is incredible considering that just a few short weeks ago you were a teeny tiny speck and hardly tipped the scale at all.  From crown to rump you’re measuring at about 2 1/2 inches!  So, keep growing!!

I’m still feeling some intense nausea and morning sickness.  Mornings are usually the hardest for me.  I wake up feeling nauseous, as well as bone weary.  Last night I went to bed at 10:00, and woke up at midnight, 3:00, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:45, 7:00 and 7:30.  I can’t say how much I would love to be able to sleep through the night!  Maybe, I’m just getting ready for when you actually arrive, cause I’m pretty sure that my sleep patters will follow a similar timeline.  My pants are starting to get really tight as well.  I’m constantly pulling them up, but they only go up so far now, and usually fall right back down to my hips again.  I feel like I have a perpetual muffin top.  I’m going to look into getting one of those belly bands that allow you to wear your jeans unbuttoned without them falling down.  If they actually work, I can probably get away with wearing my pants for another couple of weeks.  I still burp all the time and have some of the worst gas ever (I’m really embarrassed to include that part, but I’m trying to be honest).  According to “What to Expect,” I can look forward to feeling dizzy soon as well.  I know it probably sounds like I’m complaining, I don’t mean for it to come across that way.  I’m excited to be pregnant, but I’m still coming to terms with exactly what that means.

Right now things are getting busy for your dad and I.  His band concert is coming up next week, and then Christmas and Hanukkah, and our babymoon is right around the corner!  I’m still really busy at work, but things are finally starting to slow down a bit.  Right now I’m really just looking forward to our winter vacation.  It’ll be a time for your dad and I to relax and enjoy the fact that you’re growing away in my tummy.  These first three months seemed to just fly by.  It feels like it was only a few days ago that we found out we were having you.  Now, I’m three months in with only six more to go!  Your due date feels like an eternity away, but I’m sure that like these past three months it will fly by and I’ll be wondering where all my time went.  Keep growing and remember that your dad and I love you!

– Mom

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was a crazy holiday.  My sister-in-law was admitted to the hospital on Thanksgiving day.  She has Crohn’s disease and has had increasingly bad flair ups.  Needless to say that J’s parents and his brother didn’t make it to dinner either.  J’s grandparents and uncle came, but left right after dinner so they could get to the hospital.  Thanksgiving dinner was broken down and put into Tupperware almost as soon as it reached the table so that the family at the hospital could have something to eat.  J’s sister is doing much better now, and is scheduled for surgery in two weeks to remove a large portion of her intestines that are inflamed.

On the bright side, my house is spotless with one small exception.  My mom came into town on Monday and pretty much cleaned the house from top to bottom since I’m pretty much a useless lump and J’s work schedule is crazy. The only exception is that after dinner was broken down on Thanksgiving we still haven’t cleaned all the dishes.  We still have a pot that’s been soaking in the sink for about 2 days now.  Maybe I’ll feel up to tackling it when I get home, but as my lunch is trying to work its way back up at the moment I’m kinda doubting that.

I hope that you all had a much better Thanksgiving and that it was peaceful and relaxing!