Updates and other things.

Wow. What a month it’s been.

Henry is almost 5 months old (!!!) and is changing every day. Here are some things he’s doing now:

  • Pulling himself up from reclined to sitting (not from flat on his back)
  • Sitting unassisted for a few seconds, but getting better!
  • Laughing a lot. He’s got a great sense of humor.
  • Staying awake for longer periods of time, and taking longer naps.
  • Holding his own bottle (still hasn’t completely mastered this yet either)
  • Entertaining himself for longer periods of time

After his immunizations last month, he was really clingy. The teething didn’t help either. Therefore, he would only nap either in my arms or next to me on the couch (with his legs touching my legs). He would also lay down and nap with me, which has been great. But I was being held hostage by a cute little drool monster, so I had to put an end to it. There are things mama needs to do! I put him down in his crib today for his afternoon nap and within 10 minutes, he was out. There were a few tears (which I soothed by rubbing his head) but other than that, easy. He slept almost 2 hours. I really hope he keeps that up. Bedtime is still easy peasy and he’s still sleeping 6-8 hour stretches before needing a feeding.

I feel like I’m finally hitting my stride with this parenthood thing. I feel more confident, I’m enjoying it a hell of a lot more, and I don’t stress out over the little things. I guess getting more sleep helps, but so does having an easy going baby who you can take in public without tantrums and crying fits and who is extremely predictable and easy to please. I said it. I have an easy baby. I was blessed.

henrymirrorCheap entertainment.

But, full disclosure, I’m feeling ok now, but I had severe anxiety attacks for a few weeks there. I would lay awake at night panicking over the future, the uncertainties, afraid to leave the house even at times…it was bad. But I’ve been working on it and I feel so much better lately. I’ve realized the best thing I can do for Henry is live life to the fullest and not worry about things I can’t control. I don’t want him to be afraid of the world or worry about little things because his mother is a lunatic. I’m gonna say the hormones did it to me.

I’ve loaded a bunch of vids onto our YouTube page. Check them out when you get bored. I tried to watch our wedding video again tonight but had to stop it. It makes me weepy!

Look at him grow.

My baby is 4 months old today and getting so big! It’s truly amazing how much they grow in such a short period of time.

I’m working on a Dear Henry post, but it will probably have to wait until next week when we’re company-free.

For now, enjoy the picture collage of the shrinking Yoda.

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Mi Vida Excitante.

Babies are so fickle.

I tell you that he’s rolled over from tummy to back, and he did — twice! But now he won’t do it again for me. It’s like he knows I have my iPhone camera ready or something. Jeez. Also, the next taste of avocado, he didn’t seem to mind (reference below pictures — sorry for the blurry one, I was dodging avocado puree). But the next morning? Back to screaming. Maybe it’s more of a dinner food.

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One thing has remained consistent and that’s his easy bedtime. He still falls asleep on his own. Tonight, he was talking to himself until he fell asleep. Chris and I got a kick out of that one and couldn’t stop giggling. Please Lord, if you read my blog, let this be something that continues forever and ever and ever. Sleep is not something I mess around with.

BUT wait. Now he wakes up at around 1 – 1:30 am. No, not to eat. To get in bed with mom. It’s like clockwork and it’s probably my fault. But hey, like I said, I like my sleep. So if it means putting him (safely) beside me so we can get a few more hours, then I’m gonna do it. Surprisingly, I sleep great when he’s in bed with me so it’s not horrible.

This week will be a busy one. The in-laws are coming into town for a few days, which means lots of trips to Costco! And next Monday is Henry’s 4 month well-baby check and round 2 of immunizations. I am so not ready for that.

But look, he can read! The doctor will be UH-MAZED! Ok not really. But I love the serious look on his face like he’s concentrating. He closed it and put it in his mouth 4.2 seconds later.

henryreadsMom knows this book by heart.

In case anyone’s ever noticed his birthmark on his forehead, it’s called a stork bite. Henry’s is in the shape of a “V”, which I say is for victory. It’s a shame that it’s not lightning shaped. That would spice up our afternoons.

Sooo yeah. That’s my exciting life.

My baby is growing up.

For the past few days, Henry has been waking up from his naps just SCREAMING! At first I thought it was teething since he has a tooth cutting right now. But, I quickly learned it was just hunger. He would down a full bottle like mommy drinking wine (your supposed to drink a half a bottle at once, right?) Anyway, after my mom witnessed it yesterday, she told me to give him a little cereal in his bottle. Yeah, did nothing. Then she told me to give him a little banana. I hesitated and then decided to call his pediatrician. The doc said 4 months old is when he likes to start introducing solids and Henry is showing all the signs of being ready, so go for it. I smashed up half a banana and fed it to him with my finger (we didn’t have the baby-feeding supplies yet). He ate all of it and was reaching out for more.

This morning, I made him his first little puree that consists of a full banana, baby cereal, and formula.

First, I mashed the banana up in our food processor:

bananamixThen I added two tablespoons of baby cereal and 4 liquid ounces of formula:

bananapureeIt should be apple sauce consistency, and this was except there were lumps of banana still. Next time, I’m going to mash a little bit longer.

This made six 1-ounce servings, so I divvied it up into little containers. I popped two in the fridge for today and the rest in the freezer for later.

bananaservingsSince we don’t have a high chair yet, I stripped him down to a diaper and put him in his Bumbo chair. He ate a full container (ok, about a quarter of it ended up on his face) and seemed to enjoy it. When I’d pull the spoon out, he’d get pissed until I gave him more, if that’s any indication.

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henrybanana2This is a huge milestone for the baby, but also for me. Feeding Henry has been such an area of strife for me since he was born. Now that he’s moving onto real food, I feel relieved. I’m also excited to make all of his food. Have you ever tasted the canned baby food? It doesn’t even taste like what it’s supposed to be. Unless carrots are supposed to taste like poop. Making the food will be a breeze with our food processor.  I’ll make sure to post some good recipes as I come across them and test them on baby.

He’s growing up too damn fast.

Keeping of the house.

Lately, I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to be a better housekeeper. That’s what stay at home moms are supposed to do, right? Take care of child and home? Maybe do some cooking? Well, that’s what I thought anyway. But taking care of an infant has proved to be a full-time job in of itself, so I’m lucky if I get the kitchen clean and laundry folded. After all, I spend a lot of time doing stuff like this:

henrymirrorOh, hey good lookin’.

There is no reason for the extra added pressure (like I don’t already have enough). Chris doesn’t care. As soon as he walks in the door at night, I’ll apologize profusely for the messy living room and he’s like, “It’s ok, you’re busy!” Then I’ll tell him that he can sit down and I’ll make dinner. “Nah, you’ve been working all day, I’ll cook dinner.” What a guy, eh? But despite this, I’m still determined. As Henry is getting older and less needy of A-L-L of my time, I’m going to pull my act together. Dinner might not be ready, but I have a threshold of messiness and dirt I can live in and we are bordering that now. And if a guest is coming over, it’s got to be spotless. My mom drilled that one into my head from an early age. Even when I lived in the on-campus apartment in college, I would scrub the toilets before I had a guest come over. The school had a cleaning service — didn’t matter.

Henry will be crawling in a few short months and I am paying a professional carpet cleaning service before his precious little hands touches the floor. I have a feeling my OCD need to clean will be in hyperdrive then. The Swiffer Wet Jet might be perma-attached to my person, along with a can of Lysol. We’ll see.

With the baby sleeping 10 hours a night these days (with one nourishment break at around the 7.5-8 hour mark), I also have more time to blog! I’m sure you’re all super excited about that. I don’t feel the need to go to bed as soon as he closes his eyes because I know I have a buffer of time. Time to do nothing but be myself in our office and write, or fart around on Facebook, or read my favorite sites like this, this, aaaaaaaand of course, this. So that’s good that I’m using my spare time wisely, huh?

Any other time suck websites I should be aware of? I’m not too into food blogs or healthy living blogs. Who really eats that much quinoa? No one, that’s who.