Wednesday, September 26, 2012

10 Months:

Photo by Ashley Sullivan. Thanks, friend!
- 18.5 pounds and 29.75 inches ( 25th percentile for weight, 75th for height)
- Finally has two little bottom teeth
- Cruises all around the house pushing his little walker toy
- An expert at opening all the kitchen drawers and pulling books off of the bookshelves
- Will sometimes crawl over to Doug or I and lay his little head on us. Then he pops right back up and keeps moving. He has also started resting his head on our chests when he gets sleepy.
- Bath time and diaper changes continue to be mini-wrestleting matches throughout our days
- Still eats everything and prefers to drink out of a real cup than his sippy cup.
- Likes to feed himself steamed vegetables, bananas, green beans, and black beans.
- Loves to play with his lips and make funny noises with his mouth

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

This Past Week We:

- Had some doctor's appointments. Physicals for the both of the men in the family.
- Ate a McDonalds breakfast after the appointments
- Made a bunch of baby food
- Shopped twice at a children's consignment sale in town. Found lots of great fall and winter clothes for super cheap. I sold stuff in the sale this time so we made more money then we spent there. I am hooked.
- Doug mowed our lawn for the first time since June. This is because a lot of our yard is actually just dirt and rocks and the other reason is due to the drought this summer. I guess that is one nice thing about not getting very much rain.
- Made a batch of cookies
- Doug asked me to check the expiration date on a card that he has. I looked at it and said, "Oh, it is fine. It does not expire until September". To which Doug lovingly reminded me "It is the end of September".
- I am involved in a Mom's group this semester and we had a meeting this week. Went to pick Henry up from the nursery and he was sitting on the floor crying. The teachers told me he did much better this week, but it is a little hard to believe when he sup-supped all the way home. Poor boy is still learning how to do nursery.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Turn for the Better:

Henry and I had a rough start this morning. I think mostly because of the 4:00 am wake-up from the boy wanting to eat. Which in turn, made me grumpy. He was fussy most of the morning and just crawled around crying off and on and pulling on my legs. We made it to morning nap time and then I plopped on the couch. I was eating my breakfast when Doug came by the house on his way into town. He gently challenged me to change my attitude and to remember that Henry is only a baby. He is not doing any of this on purpose or to just try to drive me crazy. At first I was pretty frustrated listening to my husband correct my attitude, but then when I stepped back and looked at the situation I really did need an adjustment. It is hard hearing those things sometimes. But I am truly thankful to have a partner that challenges me to be a better person so lovingly and carefully.

We ate a good lunch and then Henry and I came back to the house. I turned on my simmer pot on the stove and opened the windows. Turned some music on and crossed some things off my to-do list. Henry happily crawled around the house playing with his toys. We read some stories before afternoon nap time. Then Henry went straight down for a nap. I am thankful that today we made a turn for the better. I am thankful that today I did not let my bad attitude and my tired body win. I am thankful for a husband that loves and cares for me enough to sometimes say the hard things.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Blurry Mover:

This is still one of my favorite things Henry does. The frantic crawl towards mom, dad, or the camera. Pretty soon we will have a series of pictures like this but he will be on his feet instead of his knees. This boy keeps me moving. (And makes me very very tired)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

This Past Week We:

- We have had a large group of 6th graders here doing Outdoor Ministries. Doug has been busy keeping them all fed while they are here. I got to see a girl that I knew from working in Tulsa, it was such a special thing reconnecting with her.
- I went to the Salvation Army, twice. Henry and I love going there to pass some time. Especially on days when Dad is gone from sun up to sun down.
- I made whole wheat chocolate chip cookies. They were awful. I was most upset that I had wasted two sticks of butter and good chocolate on such terrible tasting cookies.
- I redeemed myself by making a cinnamon sugar bread. It actually tasted good, even though it crumbled everywhere.
- Had people over to watch some football games.
- Henry finally has two little teeth poking up.
- Had doctor appointments on Friday. Sat and waited and waited and waited. It is getting much more difficult to entertain a 9 month old baby for that long in a germ-y doctor office.
- Ate Mexican food for lunch followed by a hot cup of coffee.
- We got lots and lots of rain over the past few days. We have enjoyed having our windows open and dressing Henry in warmer clothes. Baby hoodies might be the best thing ever. It is all I want him to wear now.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ages and Stages 9 month Old:

- Pretty consistent schedule throughout the day. [wake up, breakfast, nap, play, lunch, play, nap, play, dinner, bath, bed]
- Early bedtime (7:00 pm!)
- Not nursing all.the.time.
- Watching his personality grow and change. I feel like we are getting to know him as a little person now. Not just making sure he is clothed, fed, and changed
- He genuinely makes us laugh. His facial expressions and movements.
- He loves and knows Mom and Dad over other people
- Sleeping much better throughout the day and nights.

- Teething. It is pretty hard for all parties involved.
- Diaper changes. You just have to take them one at a time. And also view them as a mini-workout.
- The in-between stage of crawling all over and wanting to move all the time, but not yet walking. Once walking happens, so many more possibilities of places to go and things to do will open.
- Starting to show his temper and anger, but is still so young. These situations are so fragile since he is still only a baby, but he knows what he is doing.

Friday, September 7, 2012

This Past Week We:

- Celebrated three close friends birthday. One pizza party for Jon, a birthday brunch for Teresa, and a fajita feast for Jennifer.
- Received a super encouraging note on a super trying day.
- Enjoyed watching the grass and trees turn colors from dead and brown to green and fruitful thanks to all the rainy days.
- Made some of Doug's favorite cookies from his childhood, chocolate crinkle cookies.
- Ate the majority of our dinners at home rather than in the dining hall. It was a welcome change.
- Watched football games.
- Worked on turning our blog into a book every evening. 100 pages done and I still have a year and a half of blog posts. I think it will be worth all the work.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Around the House

A lot has changed in the past nine months. Including our home. All around the house are signs of having a little one. Toys in the living room spilling out of buckets, plastic cups and bowl strewn about the kitchen at all times, pump accessories drying in the window, diapers in the dryer, books in the corner half read, a pant-less baby playing with his walker, and a drawer that is opened by someone as soon as it is closed.

I loved our home before having a baby. I love our home even more. We are deeply grateful to have a little one in our home. We are also thankful that our little one is healthy and strong enough to create messes. They are great reminders throughout my day of how blessed we are.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Gray T-Shirt Day:

Yesterday we all three wore gray t-shirts. I thought that it was something we needed to document.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Labor Day 2012:

We woke up earlier than we wanted thanks to a little boy who was ready to start his day. I made pancakes and Doug made coffee. Henry ate his first pancake ever and we are pretty sure he is a big pancake fan. Grandma came over to watch Henry for a few hours so Doug and I could go out for my birthday. We drove around town looking for a place to eat lunch, but soon realized that everything would be closed in our small town for labor day.

We ended up eating a cheap lunch so we could go to Target to spend the rest of my birthday money. I ended up buying some new drinking glasses, a candle, fancy soap, cookie dough scooper, and a new spatula with my birthday money. We stopped by Starbucks on the way home.

We went to the Metcalfe's for dinner to celebrate Jennifer's birthday with fajitas. Justin even made homemade tortillas. We had to head out soon after eating due to a tired little boy that has been going to bed much earlier these days.

It was a perfect day with a nice little break from the 'labor' that I do all day everyday.