Wednesday, December 27, 2017

:Henry: 7 Months:

Henry turned 7 months on Christmas Day!

Eating: Henry still generally nurses every 2-3 hours, day and night. I think my supply has dropped though so he finally took a bottle and I've been working to get that back up while also supplementing him with pumped/frozen milk. Also, he loves eating, especially BLW (baby led weaning). If he can put it in his mouth he is happiest! He doesn't really like purees but he has become more open to them. So far he likes toast, pancake, waffles, cucumber, strawberries, celery, peppers, carrots, blueberries, chicken, ham, beef, oranges are his favourite. He doesn't like avocado.

Sleeping: We finally gave in and did some gentle sleep training. It took 2 nights and he started sleeping through the night 6:30pm to 5:45am. That lasted about a week and then all hell broke loose- I    think when my supply dropped. I don't think it was entirely related (but I don't think the reduced  night feedings helped my supply). So until we get the supply issue figured out, I'm feeding on demand again. I'll sleep eventually, right?!

Naps are still pretty good-- 2 per day ranging from 1.5-2.5 hours.

Diapers: Size 3.

Weight/Size: Henry weighs 16.7 lbs and is 26.5 inches long. Still between the 10-25% percentile for weight and height.

He is wearing mostly 6-12 months clothes now but some 3-6m onesies still fit! His mocs are size 2.

Hair and eyes: Dark brown/black hair, and definitely hazel eyes. His hair is coming in thicker.

Personality: Henry is a happy yet serious boy. He is an observer, taking the world in around him.

Nicknames: Baby Henry, Litte Man, Shnuggers

Likes: His toes, sitting up, chewing on every and anything he can get his hands on.

Dislikes: Being contained, not being able to crawl yet, being hungry, teething.

Milestones: Henry is so close to crawling. He just needs to figure out how to move his arms forward. He will definitely be on the move in the next month. He does planks, downward dogs and I even caught him resting on his head in downward dog once! Henry can sit unassisted now, although he mostly prefers to "crawl" after toys.

He has 4 bottom teeth now and his top front are close to cutting.

Mama: This month was really busy with Christmas and all the festivities around the holidays. I  really tried to stay in the moment and not get caught up in everything. I also started going to Barre a couple times a week by myself which has been lovely for my mind. Feels good to move and devote an hour to myself.

Big Sister & Big Brother: Audrey and Leo continue to amaze me with their love for their little brother. Leo can still be rough sometimes and Audrey just loves to drag Henry all around. There are a lot of tough days but I wouldn't trade the chaos and exhaustion for anything, especially when I see the 3 of them together.

Misc: Henry celebrated his first Christmas!! He loved opening presents, and visiting with everyone.

We love you, our little Henry!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

:Henry: 6 Months:

Eating: Henry still generally nurses every 2-3 hours, day and night. We have attempted to give him a bottle several times and he has zero interest. I think he is actually insulted by it. He also started on solids in the last week and he's a little suspicious of them too. He does like cucumber sticks and will tolerate some purees.

Sleeping: Sleep? What sleep?! It hasn't improved at all this last month, despite moving him to his own bedroom. He goes to bed around 6:30-7pm most nights and wakes up around 10-11pm to feed and then every 2 hours after that. He comes into our bed at some point in the night because I just can't get any sleep otherwise. After Christmas we will probably do some sort of sleep training but the issue is always teething or a cold or change in routine.

Naps are still pretty good. Most days he has a 1.5-2 hour morning nap in his crib. Depending on our day, he either has a couple cat naps in the afternoon in the car seat or carrier or if we are home he has another 1.5-2 hour nap. He's pretty much down to 2 naps a day, which makes our day a little easier but still hard to do much between all the naps.

Diapers: Size 3.

Weight/Size: Henry weighs 16.2 pounds and 26 inches long. He is still around the 23rd percentile for weight and similar for height. He seems big to me but I guess he isn't that big.

He is wearing mostly 3-6 month clothes mainly, but I have moved him into some 6-9/6-12 month clothes for variety. Size 2 Minimocs.

Hair and eyes: Still dark brown/black hair, and definitely hazel eyes. His hair is coming in thicker.

Personality: Henry is generally a happy boy, unless he is overtired or his teeth are bothering him. Everyone comments that he is such a chill baby and he is. He just takes in the world around him.

Nicknames: Baby Henry, Litte Man, Shnuggers

Likes: His toes-- discovered those recently and they instantly come up during diaper changes, his fists, all the chew toys, his activity centre, his siblings, mama.

Dislikes: Excessive carseat time, dirty diapers, not being able to move on his own yet, sleeping at night.

Milestones: Henry is trying so hard to move around! He is rolling a lot, and started doing push ups and planking. I think his 'lump baby' days are numbered. I just hope he stays still till after Christmas and the tree is away. He hasn't popped any new teeth yet but I'm sure that 3rd one is ready to cut any day now.

Mama: This month has been better, other than I'm in disbelief that Henry is half a year old already! How did that happen so fast?! This is a busy time of the year so I am really trying to slow down and only do the important things rather than take on a million things that don't matter as much. I am pretty tired so that also has me slowing down.

The Mommy & Baby Barre class has been so much fun-- I'm so glad I was able to do this with Henry and I'm going to miss it when it starts up again in the New Year. We will try to do some drop in but I suspect Henry will be mobile so he won't been keen to be in the carrier or lay still on the mat. Hopefully I can make some evening classes without him since I am really enjoying Barre

Big Sister & Big Brother: Audrey and Leo both adore their little brother, in their own ways. Seeing them together is my favourite thing and makes all the hard moments so worth it.

Misc: The past 6 months have been some of the best and hardest times of my life. Henry has brought so much joy to our lives, even if the work has increased exponentially. It's only going to get crazier as he starts to crawl but it's going to be so fun watching him too.

We love you, Henry!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

~Toronto: First Flight as a family of 5~

At the beginning of October, the Thanksgiving long weekend, we flew to Toronto for my cousin's wedding. My dad's side of the family all lives there and we have never been back for a visit so we figured this was the perfect excuse to go.

This was our first flight with 3 kids and I was a bit nervous! Not so much about the actual flight but the logistics of packing and travelling with 3 kids, and staying in a hotel room.

Some genius (me!), decided to book a 7am flight-- which meant a 3:30am wakeup call. So tired! Unfortunately, a bad cold hit our household a week before we left so everyone but Henry and I was sick. Audrey woke up with a fever :( 

The amount of stuff that you have to pack for 3 kids is insane. We had 3 big suitcases, 1 carry on suitcase (full of shoes), stroller, 3 car seats, and a carry on bag for everyone, plus 1 bag with coats. Seriously insane! 

The flight itself was uneventful, other than poor Audrey not feeling great. When we arrived, everyone was hungry and tired-- bad combo! 

My Dad met us at the airport thankfully and helped us while we gathered our luggage and rental van. 

We drove to my Uncle's house in Mississauga to have a late lunch and Audrey slept on the couch. Afterwards, we drove to the hotel in Burlington/Oakville and checked in. We got settled, went for a dinner at the restaurant in the hotel and then crashed at 7:30pm, which was 5:30pm our time! We were tired!

The #1 thing that we HAD to do while in Ontario, other than visiting family and going to the wedding, was to go to Niagara Falls! I've been many times since I lived in Ontario for a few years but  my husband hadn't been. So our first full day was devoted to Niagara. 

My Dad met us at the hotel and we drove first to Niagara-on-the-Lake, the quaintest little town ever! So pretty! All the flowers and plants were still in bloom, even in October!

Had to stop for Starbucks since Denny's coffee for breakfast didn't cut it. 

After lunch and a stroll through the town, we went to Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, since we knew that would be a huge hit with the kids. Well, Leo fell asleep in the car and didn't wake up even in the stroller. 

Audrey thoroughly enjoyed it though! The amount of butterflies flying around your head, landing on you, was crazy! It took me a few moments to be ok with it!

Audrey tried so hard to have one land on her! 

She even tried putting a flower petal on her finger!

The boys just slept through it all!

The butterflies liked hubby's bright shirt! Several landed on him!

We headed over to Niagara Falls so we didn't miss the last the last boat ride, which was another request of hubby's.

American Falls

We headed straight to the Hornblower Niagara Cruises "Voyage to the Falls."

All geared up in our ponchos to keep us dry!

American Falls

Initially, everyone but Henry and I were on the 2nd level of the boat. It didn't take long before Audrey and my Dad came back down. A bit too wet for that girl!

About half way through the 20 minute boat ride, hubby and Leo came back down. Too wet and windy! My Dad's jacket arms were soaked! I wasn't too sad that I had to stay on the main level and mostly behind glass windows!

My Dad being blown away!

We walked all the way to the Horse shoe Falls, Canadian side, for dinner. There is a neat restaurant, Elements, that overlooks the falls. The food was pretty good and the view was spectacular.

It was dark by the time we were done dinner, so we quickly checked out the Horse Shoe Falls before heading back to the car. The falls are lit up at night so it's neat to see the changing colours.

The next day was the wedding so we had a quiet morning before getting ready.

The boys at breakfast.

Henry all dressed up!

Leo fell asleep on the short car ride to the Church and didn't wake up for most of the ceremony/mass. He wasn't feeling great. 

Our best attempt at a family photo-- at least the parents are smiling!

The wedding was lovely and it was so nice to catch up with a lot of my family that I haven't seen in years.

You had to lip sync a song to get the bride and groom to kiss. My Aunt and Uncle and their 3 boys did "Kissing Rain", which was a song they listened to a lot when on road trips when the boys were young.

So my Dad and his brother, the groom's father are identical twins. When my Aunt and Uncle went up to give a speech, Audrey says "There is Grandpa Murphy." I told her "No, that's Uncle Paul." I said "No, it's Uncle Paul. He is Grandpa Murphy's twin!" She shouts out "What? They are twins?" It was kind of cute!

The kids still weren't feeling great but they stayed for 1 dance. We took them back to the hotel for bed and my Dad stayed to watch over them.

We headed back to the wedding for a few dances, drinks and visits. It was great!

Of course now I'm kicking myself for not taking more photos at the wedding.

Sunday morning we went to visit Ashley and her family. It was so nice to see them again and finally meet Miss Emilya! The kids had a blast together-- Leo and Noah are 10 days apart.

We make yummy pizzas which are always a hit with the kids.

Noah took Audrey and Leo for a spin in his truck. The kids had the time of their lives, except for when they were fighting over who drove, or who rode shotgun! Leo and Audrey took a turn at the wheel and they definitely need some practice!

By some miracle, we managed to get a photo of all 5 kids looking! Pretty impressive! And 4 out of 5 smiling!

Ashley and I! Always good to visit with this girl!

Mike had a job site close by so the Dads took the big kids over to check out the heavy equipment. Leo was in his absolute glory!! He was so excited to drive the excavator, and tractor.

Monday was Thanksgiving. We left the hotel for breakfast since we were tired of Denny's after 3 days in a row!

We headed to downtown Toronto to the Ripley's Aquarium. It was a lot of fun!

Seriously, this stroller has been a lifesaver with 3 kids! Especially while travelling.

I had low expectations for the aquarium so it was pleasantly a great place to visit.

The moving walkway was the best. Such a cool way to check out all the fish and other sea creatures.

After the Aquarium, we went to my uncle's house for Thanksgiving dinner. It was so nice to celebrate with them since it's been a long time since we have celebrated a holiday with this side of the family.

Tuesday was our last day. We had breakfast with my Dad and wandered around Oakville since it was a beautiful fall day.

We stopped for ice cream. I get my sweet tooth from my Dad ;)

We made a quick stop to visit my Grandpa before we headed to the airport. I still need to get that photo from my Dad!

The flight on the way back was much better, being 4:00pm!

Other than my stroller being broken on the flight (thankfully UB warrantied it!), it was uneventful.
It was nice to have the time change on our side also!

It was a nice trip to visit family and overall it was better than I expected, in terms of travelling with the kids. They were great staying in the hotel-- I think they were too tired most nights! Being sick wasn't great but we made the best of it. I do prefer staying some place that has separate rooms, laundry and/or a kitchen when travelling with kids so we don't have to eat out for every meal but for this short trip, the hotel was good. We survived and it was worth the days of packing and the early flight!