Sunday, September 30, 2012

Delicious Autumn

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We Have Hands!

In Hunter's 4 month update, I wrote that he wasn't very 'purposeful' during his play time. He would grab stuff that happened to hit his hand and put those things in his mouth, but I couldn't really see him looking at something and deciding to play with it.

That all changed yesterday. I bought a new toy for him that looks like a ferris wheel with a suction cup on the bottom. I thought that it would be perfect to suction to his exersaucer when he got tired of one of his stations, or to his bumbo tray. He watched me rattle it all over the place while I tried to take it out of the wrapping (do they seriously need so many metal twisty ties for newborn toys?). When I put it in front of him, he immediately started spinning it around and around!

He is also picking up items that I put on his belly. I put his rattle on his belly when he is playing in the bathtub,and a teether on his belly when he is getting changed. He loves to pick them up, look at the toy, then stick it in his mouth!

I love that he is playing with his toys on purpose, and it is so fun to watch him discover what each new toy does and how to work it!

He is more aware of his body in general. The other day, I was holding him on my hip, and also holding a bottle. He curved his little body around and down to start sucking on the bottle. Hungry much?

He is also loving playing with his toes! I think it is absolutely adorbs, AND he can almost get them into his mouth! Wherever he is, the first thing he does is grab them and smile. He is pretty proud of his new trick :)

Hunter just HAS to have whatever you are holding. The other morning, I was holding him and brushing my teeth so he wanted the toothpaste. Then, when I got out the camera to take a picture of him holding the toothpaste, he just needed to play with my camera.

I feel like the 4 month mark was a turning point in developmental milestones, I can't wait to see what he does next! He has the most adorable personality, and he may be a tad shy... he smiles at people then ducks his head down, usually into my body if I am holding him and I love it! I love him so much :)

side notes: yes, that is what I look like the morning, be jealous. it is also kind of hard to change a baby when all he wants to do is grab his toes. let's predict how hard it will be when he discovers his manhood down there.
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Such a Boy....

You know how even at early ages baby girls seem so 'girly' and boys seems soooo.... 'boyish'? I have a super boy on my hands.

Here is glaring at me during a shopping trip:

He is gets all sorts of scratches:

This is another shopping trip, he just wanted to block it out, I guess:

Here he is zoning everyone else out while watching the football game:
(just kidding, but that's totally what it looks like!!)

Not to mention all of the super loud toots and burps in peoples faces as they are saying just how cute he is!

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

4 Months

Hunter turned 4 months old on September 17, and I actually took the whole day from work to spend with him. NOT. I wish that was the reason! I actually took him to his 4 month appointment, and since we was so miserable after his 2 month vaccines, I wanted to spend the rest of the day making sure he was ok.

Hunter is a whopping 25 inches long and 13 pounds and 12 ounces. He seems so tall, but he is only in the 50th percentile for height. Maybe he seems tall because he is only in the 17th percentile for weight, so he seems long?

Look at my long boy!

Hunter was such a trooper at his appointment, though, and I actually did get to enjoy the remainder of the day with him! He only cried after the 2nd shot, and that was just for a few seconds. We also got the green light to start solids. I confessed that I had already been putting rice in his bedtime bottle, and he was doing well with it. She said that we could start real food! I rushed to the store and bought some carrots, bananas, apples, and green beans. The pediatrician said that as long as there is just one fruit or vegetable ingredient, that it would be ok! We started with bananas, and while he did eat them, he acted like they were kind of sour! When Tim tried them, he said that it tasted nothing like a banana. The next day I tried carrots, and he LOVED them! He ate half a 'tub' (we didn't buy the glass jars because the tubs with lids look so easy to wash and reuse!), and I saved the rest for the next night. You are supposed to only introduce one new food every 3-4 days to make sure they don't have an allergy, but I let that go because he didn't seem to want to eat the bananas the first night, and I didn't want to force it the next night, too! Here is my handsome carrot face boy:

We are also sleep trained! I mean mostly sleep trained. I should have done it a while ago, but I loved him being close to me. We moved him to his crib, and he did great at first, then got worse, then he go sick. Stuffy nose, coughing in his sleep, kind of sick. My. Poor. Baby. He was moved back to the swing so that he could be rocked to sleep and stay in an elevated position. When he finally cleared up enough, we moved back to the crib in his room. We elevated the mattress with a towel so that he would still be propped up a little, and he little sinuses would drain better. I also decided that I would finally try the dreaded 'cry it out' method. While I have been unsuccessful in the past due to my knowledge of him crying, I found a method that works much more effectively for Hunter and I. Trust me, he doesn't cry long, if at all. Here is a pic I snapped after my alarm woke me back up after 10 minutes:

Keep in mind that we KNOW that he can sleep through the night with out food. He had done it for 2 months, and then slowly started waking up more, and even when I would feed him, he was only eating and ounce or two. I still put him to sleep the usual way, with me feeding him while rocking, and gently transferring my sleeping baby to the crib. When he wakes up in the middle of the night, I would usually rush in there and tend to him. NOW I turn off my monitor in the room, and turn my phone alarm to wake me up in 10 minutes. When I wake back up, he is already back to sleep. One night, he was NOT back to sleep and was screaming his head off, I went in there, and all it took was a pacifier and putting my hand on his chest, kind of rubbing/rocking back to sleep. I never picked him up. He was out in about 30 seconds, and slept the rest of the night. So far, so good!!

I mentioned above that Hunter had his first cold. That is more than sad, and all you want to do is blow their little nose for them. Well, actually, I have a nosefrida, so I kinda do blow his nose for him, but hearing him so stuffed up, holding him while he coughs, and feeling his 102.7 fever is so not fun. Now I know what my mom was talking about when she would tell me that she wished she could just be sick for me. Those nights, he would start in the crib, then when he woke up, I would suck out his nose, and then let him snuggle with me in bed. I tried to snap a picture of us cuddling (yes, I am pretending to sleep to 'recreate' the moment....), that was the only bonus of him being sick.

Hunter is still NOT rolling over. He has, I even have it on video, but has not done it since about 7 weeks old. He doesn't even want to try to roll from his back to his belly! Why would he want to do that? He just lays there all lounged out, and relaxes. I have a feeling that he will wake up one day, want to move to something, and roll over and over to get there, but for now, he just wants to lay around and relax. Or cry when he is totally over tummy time.

Speaking of tummy time, Hunter is doing so much better! He can even last 15 minutes sometimes! Look, I even got a tummy time smile:

He LOVES his exer-saucer! We picked one up at Once Upon A Child, and he can sit in there for 30 minutes at a time, spinning in circles, playing with each little station. He still hits most of the buttons by accident, or at least not with a definite, "I want to push this button, so I am going to", but he definitely hits them a lot! It has more of a, "I want to play with this toy, so I'm gonna slide my hand all over it, and try to make it sing to me", kind of feel, lol!

He is so good about being out of the house now. I have been able to grocery shop without worrying about him starting to scream, go to the mall countless times, and have long dinners and lunches out of the house with friends.

Due to a lost camera :( (sniff, sniff...that is for another post), there are limited pictures of this month (and the low quality ones are from my phone):

Here is a picture of Hunter all lounged out:

Some mornings he is just so cute, I don't want to go to work:

Sitting up in the stroller like a big boy:

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

In the Midnight Hour....

He cried more, more, more (more milk that is....)

I was just looking at my nightstand while laying in bed, and find it funny how things have changed so much. 

In my pregnancy, all I needed was my bottle of TUMS. I actually needed a bottle in my purse, my car, in the kitchen.... and by the bed, but that was just me, lol! I actually still have a bottle from when I was pregnant. I just can't bear to get rid of it. I seriously think I am becoming a hoarder with all things that remind me of being pregnant that I just can't get rid of. 

Pregnancy nightstand goodies:

Then Hunter came along. I was breastfeeding, but would pump a bottle before bed so that I could just give that to him. He was waking up a lot, so any feedings after the first one one be breastfed, and after each one, I would pump. My nights felt way too long!

I also needed to keep nursing pads everywhere! Obviously by the nightstand, but I would always keep a few in the diaper bag and a few in my purse. You never would know when things would get out of control! Here is my nightstand at 2 weeks old:

Now, Hunter is pushing 4 months old, and is currently on the tail end of his first cold.
 You can see the NoseFrida (a must have!), saline drops, chapstick for me, Aveeno baby lotion for eczema,  two bottles because he has been waking more because of the cold, the monitor, and a back up pacifier. Usually, he only wakes once, and then we use the other bottle for his first morning feeding... but, you never know!

Hopefully soon, my 'emergency' supplies will start to dwindle!

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