Monday, September 25, 2017

:Henry: Four Months:

Eating: Henry generally eats every 2-4 hours. I really need to try giving him a bottle so I can attempt to get away but it seems like more work than it's worth!

Sleeping: Sleep has been a bit challenging now that school has started. It seems like I am always waking Henry up from a nap for school drop off or pick up. I'm really working on making sure he gets a good morning nap in his crib before we have to go to school. His afternoon nap on the days Leo doesn't go to school is usually at home in his crib but again I'm waking him to pick Audrey up from school. This makes for one very unhappy baby :(

Looks like we have hit the 4 month sleep regression since Henry is no longer sleeping through the night. For the last 10 days or so he has been waking up 2-3 times a night, almost like clockwork. He goes down to bed between 7-8pm and has been waking at 12:45pm, 3:30am and 5:45am. I've been spoiled with his good sleep for the previous 6 weeks so I'm struggling now with the wake ups so hopefully we can get that figured out soon. He is still swaddled for sleep (with one arm out) but he's getting good at busting out of it if I don't do it tight enough.

Diapers: Size 2.

Weight/Size: Henry weighs 14.5lbs and 24 inches long. He has dropped percentiles, now 24% for weight and 28% for height. The doctor isn't worried and says he is growing nicely.

He is wearing mostly 3-6 month clothes. He is growing out of his size 1 Minimocs but I'm still stuffing his feet into them because I'm in denial that he growing so quickly! He keeps kicking them off so I think it's time to retire them.

Hair and eyes: Dark brown/black hair, with a bit of a balding pattern at the back from rubbing his head back and forth! His eyes are definitely turning hazel.

Personality: Henry is usually pretty happy but this new school routine has been hard on him. He cries every time he goes into his carseat which breaks my heart. I'm trying to wear him as much as possible when we are out so he isn't in the carseat as much but it's still hard. He has been giggling a little bit but I'm still having a hard time catching a smile on camera.

Nicknames: Baby Henry, Litte Man or 'Hen-ra' as Leo calls him

Likes: sucking his thumb, fingers and fist, laying on his play mat with toys, bath time and being worn.

Dislikes: Being in his carseat, wet diapers, being alone.

Milestones: Henry rolls once and awhile but not too often which is fine with me!

Mama: The school transition has been exhausting-- it's so hard to lift Henry in and out of the car 4-8x a day with all the drop offs so I've started taking out the stroller for Audrey's pick up/drop offs. The hardest part has been with Henry struggling with the new schedule-- hearing him cry in the car seat all the time is heart breaking. But we are getting into a good routine so I'm sure it will get better. Henry and I have been going to a mommy and baby barre class 2x a week while the big kids are in school. Great workout for Mom and Henry sleeps in the Ergo while I do a million squats. I'm trying hard to workout at least 3x a week. Some days it feels like I have to pick between eating and working out-- not enough time in the day!

Big Sister & Big Brother: Audrey and Leo are adjusting well to their new school routines. They do miss going to the day home (they ask weekly when they are going to Anna's). Sometimes Audrey gets upset that she goes to school 5x a week and Leo only goes 3x, but for the most part she enjoys school.
They still dote on their little brother-- Audrey has started picking Henry up so I have to watch her! Leo loves to talk to him and lay down with him when he is on the floor. They are the best big siblings and Henry loves watching them too. Good entertainment!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

~Summer Vacation 2017~

In August, we were lucky enough to go on a 2-week vacation to Penticton, BC. We went with Grandma and Grandpa N, and rented an uncle's house just off Skaha Lake. 

Since it's a 9 hour drive on a good day, we did the trip in 2 days each way. Plus hubby likes to stop a lot along the way to explore rather than blazing through to reach the destination. With young children, stopping half way was a good idea.

On the way there, we stopped at Takakkaw Falls, near Field, BC. The drive up to the falls is quite an adventure in itself-- the road is very windy and narrow. Very picturesque, despite the rain. 

We stayed overnight in Revelstoke. We had dinner at The Village Idiot which was so good we ate there again on the way back!

The second day of our journey to Penticton, we stopped at The Enchanted Forest. The kids LOVED it! Ok, even the adults had a blast. If the weather had been a bit nicer, we could have easily spent another hour there on top of our 1.5 hours.

We arrived in Penticton and the weather was much better than it had been on our drive. Hot and sunny for the entire time.

The view from our house was beautiful. Waking up to the mountains and lake never gets old. Some days it was quite smoky from the nearby fires but it did clear up.

The kids lived at the beach.

They spent hours playing in the sand.

It was a bit too hot and sunny for Henry to be outside much at the beach so this sun tent I ordered from Amazon was perfect to keep us shaded. Big hats were a must for me.

We were sandwiched between two Tickleberrys ice cream shops so we had to get some ice cream cones a couple times. They were giant and delicious! And a little bit messy!

One morning, we went on the Kettle Valley Railway, which again was so much fun for the kids and parents ;)

They had this fun little scavenger hunt for the kids to look for along the ride. Trampolines, cars, horses, boat, a bear... yes, we did see a bear!

The kids loved swimming in the lake! I thought Audrey might be a bit more hesitant but she was in there every day.

This floatie was a great idea--

Hanging out in the shade...

There was a lot of sandcastle building going on.

Hubby and I went wine tasting one afternoon, with Henry, while the big kids stayed with Grandma and Grandpa. We had a tapas lunch on a nice patio at Misconduct Wine Co.

Henry slept while we visited a few more wineries.

The kids had so much fun having Grandma and Grandpa around to play with them. Traveling with grandparents makes is so much easier and more like a vacation when you have extra hands to help with the kids and prepare meals.

Another night, hubby and I (and Henry) went out for dinner to celebrate our 11th anniversary! We went for nice walk by Okanagan Lake.

There was a playground and spray park by the beaches so we would walk or bike there a few times to cool down. The kids slept very well on vacation because they were so active each day!

We visited with family who also have houses on the same street. It was nice to see everyone that we haven't seen in awhile.

After two fun filled weeks, it was time to go home. On the way home, we stopped at Emerald Lake for a short hike. It's so beautiful here! 

It was the perfect summer vacation!