Friday, May 25, 2018

:Henry: 12 Months:

Dear Henry,

You are ONE!! What an amazing year it has been since you joined our family! You have been the perfect addition and we couldn't love you more! Watching you grow has been such an honour and joy for all of us. Being your mother has been such a gift that I am grateful every day for. 

Seeing the relationship grow between you and your siblings has warmed my heart many times over the amount of work that 3 young children brings. The love, laughter, squeals and joy you have brought to our home is perfection. It's hard to remember life without you, even though it's only been a short year that you have been on this earth. 

You are your own independent little man. We love seeing your personality come out more and more each day. 

Thank you Henry for picking us as your family and for making the last year the absolute best!



On to your 12 month/One Year update:

Eating: Henry loves food but he now prefers to feed himself. Even when eating puree he wants the spoon. He wants my fork or spoon from my plate. He wants his plate on his tray so he can hold it and dump it all over the place! He loves most fruit and vegetables but not a lot of meat. He loves smoothies also. He still nurses 5-6x a day. He has taken a couple bottles of pumped milk recently.

Sleeping: Finally we have progress in the sleep department after hiring a sleep consultant at 11 months. We've stopped all night feedings (so all 6 nursing sessions are during the day) and he sleeps 11-12 hours per night- usually 7-6:30am. I'm still getting used to the early wakeups but I'm sleeping uninterrupted now so the early mornings aren't so bad.

He still naps 2x a day for 1.5-2 hours each. Sometimes he will refuse his afternoon nap if he doesn't go down in time but I don't think he is ready to go down to 1 nap a day yet.

Diapers: Size 3

Weight/Size: Henry is 19 lbs, 1 oz which surprised me. I thought he was at least 20 lbs. He is 28.35 inches long.

He wears 6-12 month and 12-18 month clothes. His mocs are size 2 but almost ready for 3s.

Hair and eyes: Brown/black hair, and dark hazel eyes with the longest lashes. His hair is coming in blonder and possibly curly?

Personality: Henry is a happy baby. Everyone comments on how quiet he is and so observant. When he wants something he can be loud- shrieking, crying, banging. He is very curious and gets into everything. We have baby proofed the house since he tries to get into every cupboard, climb up the stairs, into the bathrooms, everything!!!

Likes: Mama- separation anxiety is in full force, cars, sandbox, balls, bubbles, books that have different textures, snacks, cuddles, bath, dirt.

Dislikes: Being constrained, not being allowed to get into everything, not being held during meal prep time, being away from Mama.

Milestones: Henry cut his 10th tooth- a top molar. He claps, points at everything, stands unassisted often.

Talking: Henry can say "mama", "dada", "wawawa" for water.

Mama: I'm so nostalgic for my newborn baby but I'm also so happy to see how much Henry and the rest of our family has grown over the last year. He brings so much joy to our family. I'm also amazed at how well we have adjusted to being a family of 5. There were/are definitely hard moments but overall I think we have figured out a good routine. Henry is also at such a fun age that it makes it easier to not miss the exhausted newborn days. Getting good sleep and having a bit of time to myself definitely makes the busier days more manageable. I  still can't believe how much he has grown though.

But then I see a Huggies commercial and long for my tiny newborn.

Big Sister & Big Brother: Audrey and Leo have thrived as big siblings to Henry. Audrey took her role very seriously from the very beginning and continues to be the most helpful big sister. I'm not sure I could have survived this year without her. She is like his little mama and he adores her. 
Leo struggled a bit more with the change but he is really enjoying how interactive and playful Henry is now.  

Misc: As part of the sleep training, we introduced a lovey for Henry in the crib. Grandma W bought him this little lamb lovey from Palm Springs before he was born and he loves it! He cuddles with it every time he goes to sleep. 

We also had a Panda Birthday party for Henry which I will share more details another time.

12 months of Henry!

We love you so much, Henry!!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

:Henry's Nursery:

It only took 10+ months, but Henry's nursery is now complete! Well, mostly. I'm still on the lookout for a mirror and will probably put up a shelf at some point but it's done for now!

We painted the walls the same grey colour as Leo's nursery in the old house, and it's also the colour we painted Audrey and Leo's room in this house. Once you find a colour you like you stick with it!

We went with a grey, black and white theme, with some pandas thrown in.

Being the 3rd baby, most of the furniture in the room we already had. The polka dot rug is new, from Ikea and there is one low side table also from Ikea that is new but I didn't take a good picture of it.

View from the door:

This Monte Design rocker has been used with all 3 babies! Best purchase we ever made! I've logged a lot of hours in it- rocking, nursing, sleeping, cuddling, reading. 

I found this panda painting and it's perfect for his room!

Hubby made the "H" and Audrey painted it.

This picture matches Henry's Cuddle & Kind Benedict bunny.

Most of the photos are Maternity photos, newborn family photos with Whitney Cowan Photography and some from our family Christmas photo shoot with Sweet Ginger Photography. It was so hard to narrow down all the photos and I already have more to add!

Very simple which I love!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

:Henry: 11 Months:

Eating: Henry loves to eat but you are a bit picky! He likes all kinds of fruits and vegetables but not a lot of meat. He like purees but also feeding himself. He still nurses 4x during the day and usually 3-4x at night.

Sleeping: This is not Henry's strong point. He still wakes 3-4x a night, even though I usually try to dream feed him around 10pm. We are hiring a sleep consultant to get him on track because sleep deprivation is no longer sustainable for mama.

Naps are still pretty good-- 2 per day ranging from 1.5-2.5 hours but often he has to be woken up for school drop off or pick up.

Diapers: Size 3

Weight/Size: Henry hasn't been weighed recently so I'm guessing he is around 20 lbs.

He is wearing mostly 6-12 months clothes, with some 12-18m. His mocs are size 2.

Hair and eyes: Dark brown/black hair, and hazel eyes. I think his hair is getting lighter though.

Personality: Henry is a pretty content baby, however he has started showing preference for certain things and letting us know when he isn't happy about something. He does not like it when people take things away from him (a toy or something he shouldn't have). He loves watching the world around him though. He does not sit still ever. Always moving which makes taking pictures of him a struggle!

Likes: Exploring the world around him. He loves cars, books, playing in the toilet, emptying the laundry baskets.

Dislikes: His carseat, having things taken away from him, when he can't see mama.

Milestones: Henry cut his 9th tooth- a top molar. He has also started crawling up stairs. He will occasionally let go when standing up.

Talking: Henry can say "mama", "dada", "wawawa" for water, and a bunch of other unrecognizable chatter. He also likes to shriek when he is happy, sad, mad and excited.

Mama: It's really hitting me that my baby turns 1 in a month! He's at such a fun age but I'm also so nostalgic for those tiny newborn days. I've decided to not go back to work for the time being which I    have mixed feelings about. I'm excited to not have to leave the kids or change up our routine that is going so well but I'm also a bit sad/scared about leaving my career and my identity as a working mom. I know it's the right decision for now and in a few years we can re-evaluate. I will admit that I am going to miss dressing up for work, and the office atmosphere.

Big Sister & Big Brother: They love how interactive Henry is now and often Leo and Henry will play nicely together. They do such a good job looking out for him most of the time. 

Misc: It's so hard to believe that's it's been a year since we were concerned about his breech position and our delivery possibilities! It was all consuming at the time yet it really is a short blip in time. I    do miss my big ol' belly but I sure love having him in our lives!

We love you, little Henry!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

~Phoenix 2018 Part 2~

A trip to Phoenix is never complete without a stop at the Wildlife Zoo! 

Feeding the giraffes is a huge hit every time!

Audrey pet the tortoise, who was surprisingly active that day!

They like feeding the ducks and swans too. Leo refers to this zoo as the "feeding Zoo" since we can't feed the animals at our Zoo at home.

On hubby's birthday, we went to a spring training baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers. It was a lot of fun to watch, although the kids were more interested in the peanuts and ice cream.

Grandma and the kids made Daddy a carrot cake.

We had a few more pool days- taking advantage of the nice weather as much as we could.

Running barefoot on grass was a highlight for Leo.

Henry was happy to be crawling on something soft instead of the tile and rocks.

Leo spent so much time in the water his eyes were starting to get sore from the chlorine. We got him some goggles and he was back in business. Loved jumping into the water!

More ice cream for this ice cream lover! He would climb all over you for a taste!

We watched the model trains one morning. The kids love pointing out the different scenes.

Watching some tennis with a little friend.

The nice thing about coming down in spring is the trees and cactus are starting to bloom.

Happy to be in the sun and not bundled under 3 layers of clothing!

After 12 fun days, it was time to head back home. We don't travel lightly!

Adios, Phoenix! Till next time!