5 Months and so many expressions!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Henry turned 5 months on Monday! Here are his current stats:

Weight: Likely around 15 pounds.
Height: Unknown--he was 24.5 at 4 months.
-He can sit up for quite a long time without falling down.
-He's just starting to bring himself down using his arms and hands instead of falling over to the ground.
-He gobbles up any vegetable and the cereal. He's also started fruits the other morning. Bananas are yummy!
-He loves his exersaucer--he'd play there for hours if we let him.
-He enjoys pushing himself up and jumping when your holding him.
-Still smiles and laughs all the time.
-Due to the formula and solid foods--he has new poop. Instead of taking 2-3 wipes, it takes about 5-6 usually.
-He has now discovered both ears and will play with them.
-Has finally discovered his hands/fingers and will put them out in front of his eyes and just stare at them as he moves them around.
-Continues to put every thing he can get his hands on in his mouth.

Henry had two Christmas celebrations. One with daddy's family and one with mommy's family. We are going to have to convert part of our basement into his play room. He received all kinds of great gifts including:

-A Fisher Price grand piano
-A fisher price giant kitchen toy
-Handmade blocks
-Shape sorter
-Riding tonka truck
-musical mirror toy
-lots of books
-lots of cute preppy clothes
-ring sorter
-a turtle on wheels and plush Mickey Mouse (all the way from Disney World
-a soft book, cowboy hat (and daddy's old stuffed bunny)

I don't have anything in front of me, so I'm sorry if I'm forgetting some things. Henry says thank you again to everybody!!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas everyone!! There will be more pictures later! Here's our Christmas family photo for now. (No dogs though...much too difficult to get both them and Henry looking!)

He's bringing chunky back!

Saturday, December 19, 2009
I failed to blog about a very important detail!

Henry has had a cold most of the week, and he was so bothered by the runny/stuffy nose that we took him to the doctor on Tuesday to see if he had an ear infection. It turns out he did not, but was just really stuffed up and that was causing him to wake up so much.

He was weighed at the appointment, and is already at 14 pounds, 13 ounces! Yes, that's like a pound and a half gain in two weeks! Yay! Our chunky monkey is returning!

More updates later. We are cleaning like mad today getting ready for our company.

"Mr. Security Guard" strikes again.

Monday, December 14, 2009
At the annual MN Twins Holiday Party earlier tonight.

"Whoa!!! You've lost A LOT of weight."

Sure, it's a compliment. It's just funny he keeps showing up in this blog...and I don't even know his real name.

A belated 4 month post!

Sunday, December 13, 2009
I never posted a link to Henry's 4 month photos. Time is flying. Pretty soon it'll be time for the 5 month photos! Ahh! Click on the first for more!

This is how Henry feels about mom's photo shoots.

Wanna know a juicy secret?!

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45 pounds.

Yes, you read that right. 45 pounds.

That is what I gained while pregnant with Henry.

During my pregnancy, I was a little ashamed of it at first, but now, because I am happy with where my body has bounced back to, I'm not so ashamed of it anymore. 

Why am I finally dishing this secret? As of Henry's 3 month birthday back in October, I fit into my first pair of pre-pregnancy jeans. By "fit", I mean I could finally squeeze all my mush into them and zip/button them to the point of sporting a brand new muffin top. Now, at about 4.5 months post-partum, I fit into nearly all of my old pants (some fairly comfortably, some not quite yet) and have about 5-7 pounds to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

There. Now go tell all your friends.

Learning new things every day!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Henry has all of a sudden gained some really good balance when sitting up. For a while, he would immediately fall right over and had absolutely no control. Yesterday, I really started sitting him up more and gave him less and less physical input from me. I started by stabilizing his torso, and then slowly let up on the amount of pressure I was holding him with, and eventually was just holding my hands out ready to catch him. The photo on the top in the stripes was yesterday--practicing his tripod sit. Today's photo is on the bottom! So much progress in just a day! He seems to really like siting up too. So much more to see!

I left Henry on the floor today while I was preparing his bottle. I left him facing the opposite way that he is in the photos below, on his back. When I came back no more than 2 minutes later, he was not only on his tummy, but facing the other way, and a good foot closer to our couch than he had been with a big old "Hey look at me, momma!" smile on his face. Our little man is starting to move and groove!


Cereal is going great. We've been making it a little thicker and he seems to love it. He also doesn't mind eating it cold. We're going to give sweet potatoes a try tomorrow. I'm sure there will be photos!

Other things Henry is doing:

-rolling over tummy to back and back to tummy all the time
-smiling at everything! every time we look at him he smiles!
-laughing--he likes to be tickled!
-occupying himself and staying content in his exersaucer. he loves bouncing around in that thing (i'm not sure why the doctor seemed to think this was much different than the jumperoo...he's still jumping)
-taking better naps for mommy and daddy. we've really picked up on his tired cues and once we put him in his swing when we know he's tired, he's out like a light in a matter of 2 minutes.
-falling asleep for the night without nursing
-slept through the night three nights in a row (that has since stopped...we aren't quite back in that pattern yet...i hope we are close though!)
-putting EVERY THING in his mouth. anything in his reach will go in!
-prefers sleeping on his side

He continues to amaze us every day. Every time I see him smile, it's like he's smiling for the first time.

There honestly is nothing greater in this world.

And, a few more fun pictures of Henry with his puppies. He loves to pet them when they are close. Daddy likes to pretend they are horsies.

This is what mommy and Henry get to do on a snow day!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Henry and I had a photo shoot today with a few of his Christmas outfits. I miss being able to take a million pictures everyday. Enjoy! Click on the first photo to see more on facebook.

A friendly PSA (Public Service Announcement).

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I am obviously a supporter of breastfeeding, as I exclusively nursed Henry for exactly 4 months and 3 days. In books I've read, websites and message boards I've read, and the vibe I've gotten from real life people, some people are a little too intense about breastfeeding and make those who feed formula feel like crap. I totally understand the benefits of breast milk and I'm glad that I can continue to provide that for a little while longer for Henry.

However, formula is not poison. It is food. My body couldn't keep up with Henry's needs, and rather than starve my child and continue him down a path of not gaining proper weight, it is necessary that I supplement with formula. Is it unfortunate that my body didn't get us exactly to our goal? Yes. Does it make me feel any better when people say "Aww, that's too bad." when I explain I am supplementing now? Absolutely not. Though you may mean well, do not tell me "That's too bad." It's not too bad. I'm nourishing my baby, and it just so happens that he gets two kinds of food now. I was strictly fed by formula, and I'm a perfectly healthy, smart, and creative person--characteristics that I do not attribute to what I was or wasn't fed as a baby.

Thus, please watch what you say to me when it comes to the issue of supplementing. If you throw in your two cents about formula, it may not be met with much politeness on my part.

Also, since beginning the formula, Henry gets about 1-2 bottles of formula out of his 6-7 feedings of the day, so not too shabby. The fact that I am no longer stressing about how much milk I'm getting is actually helping me get more milk during certain parts of the day, and I feel much more relaxed in general knowing that no matter what, Henry will be fed appropriately.

Momma needs a kleenex.

Monday, December 7, 2009

I can't figure out what makes me more emotional. The sweetness of this and how cute it is that he fell asleep (usually he's really active when I play for him) or the fact that I don't have nearly as much time as I want for moments like these being a working mom.

Also, his appt. went fine. The tech said everything appeared to be ok, but we still need to hear the results from the cardiologist.

Children's Hospital Appointment

It's today. Again, the doctor said it could be a murmur that resolves on its own or it could be one that will have to be periodically monitored. In a rare case, Henry may need it repaired. Let's hope for the very best and that everything will be ok.

In other news, Henry slept through the night the past two nights. Hooray!

And, my pump seems to be on the fritz...this is not good.

Henry's first bite of cereal!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
We thought we had video of this, but our little point and shoot camera ran out of memory in the middle of it and we didn't realize it. We did get it on our regular camera, but that's not a video I can post. Daddy took enough photos however, that we have a play by play in photos.

 This chair is awesome guys! Thanks Uncle Josh!

This is so exciting! New food! I'm happy!

 This is what I'm getting? It looks good!
 Gimme some now!

 The first bite! Not too sure about it all. Sort of a "What is this?!" face.

  Just let me do it mommy! I can do it all by myself!

Haha. I'm a mess.

Not sure I like the taste of this stuff.

And I'm done!

All in all he actually swallowed two little spoonfuls. Not too messy, and we definitely will make a bit less next time. Not too shabby for the first try I guess.

4 Month Check Up Recap

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Oh where do I begin. As I type this, Henry is receiving his first bottle of formula. I will summarize what happened at our appointment.

-Henry's weight at 2 months: 12 lbs, 12 oz. His current weight: 13 lbs, 4 oz. Hardly a gain at all. He didn't even gain a pound. This, to start the appointment, had me in tears.

-You all know about my issues of not producing enough milk to fill his bottles each day. What's weird is that he generally doesn't act hungry when I nurse him at home. The pediatrician said that some women produce "whole milk" and some produce "skim milk" and I was likely a skim milk producer, and clearly not producing enough. So even though Henry appears to look healthy, he's not getting enough. This is also the likely reason he no longer sleeps through the night. My body = a big fat fail and it makes me sad.

-We will begin supplementing with formula from now on. We can kind of play it by ear each day and give as many breast milk bottles that we can, and use formula for the rest. Or, we can send formula to daycare and use the breastmilk for making cereal and freezing. The doctor recommended that we try it at home with dad first to make sure he takes it which is what Ryan did tonight...while I sat quietly crying in a chair clutching one of Henry's blankets.

-The doctor also recommended we *gasp* start on solids. Most recommend this anywhere from 4-6 months but there are many in the "mommy world" that refuse to start before 6 months. Tomorrow we will start with rice cereal (look for a video of that tomorrow). In 2 weeks we will start on sweet potatoes and move through the vegetables one at a time and then move to fruit.

-His height was first measured at 23.5 inches--which is only .5 inches more than what he was at 2 months. They later rechecked it and he was at 24.5. The first nurse apparently didn't know what she was doing.

-His heart murmur has not gone away, and as a precaution, we have to go to the hospital and have an echocardiogram done on Monday morning to see exactly what type of murmur it is.

-He got 2 shots today and only screamed at the initial prick of the needle.

-The pediatrician said he has great trunk control and strong legs and will probably be an early stander.

-Conclusion? Mommy is very stressed out right now.

4 month check up!

It's today at 2:40pm. Check back for the current stats on our little man.

Pray for the Kelleys!

Sunday, November 29, 2009
My very good friend Amanda and her husband Doug welcomed their baby boy Harrison into the world last night 11 weeks early. All are doing well so far, but keep them in your thoughts and prayers!

What I am thankful for...

Thursday, November 26, 2009
Exactly 8 years ago today (when I was 16 and he was 17) on the old instant messenger program "ICQ"  Ryan officially asked me out, and I said yes. Somewhere we actually have this conversation saved on a CD, but it went something like this:

"So, what do you say we make us "official"?"

I am thankful that that simple conversation made my life what it is today.

I am thankful that this precious little baby bean:


turned into this precious life:


I'm thankful for this man, who has been an extraordinary father to Henry and husband to me. Henry and I are so lucky. Have we really been together for 8 years?

I am thankful that Henry is blessed to have 2 Grandpas and 2 Grandmas who love him with all their heart.


I'm thankful that Henry is even more lucky to be blessed with 3 Great-Grandparents.


Henry has changed and enriched our lives more than words can possibly describe, and I am thankful for him and all that he has brought to our lives. I'm thankful for all our family and friends and how giving everyone has been to our family this year. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Fenugreek, you disappoint me.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
So after downing a bottle of Fenugreek in a week and a half, there has been no luck on the milk production front. All the stories I read online said it would increase milk production immensely for most people, so apparently, I'm not most people. I'm giving another bottle a try, but after that, I'm calling it quits with the fenugreek. Smelling like maple syrup is really not my style (see a previous post).

We had to start taking from our freezer stash a few days last week, and likely will tomorrow too. At least it's a four day weekend to kind of catch up. My original goal for breastfeeding was to make it to 6 months. Recently, I revised my goal to make it to 4 months (which is Saturday--and we will obviously make that). Next goal? 4 months and 1 week. We're just going to take it week by week. At some point we will need to begin supplementing with formula, and I'm ok with that. I was a formula baby and I didn't turn out half bad, now did I?

I've also decided to stop googling everything about milk production. Reading the stories of those who have an over supply and gigantic freezer stashes makes me sick...definitely not something that's going to make me feel better. Every night when it's time to make bottles, I now dread it a bit, as I don't look forward to finding out how "short" I am. "Sigh".

It's kind of like pouring a bowl of cereal...only you open the fridge and realize that there isn't any milk there.

Back to tummy!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Our little man rolled from back to tummy yesterday!! This is generally a 5/6 month skill--we have quite the little mover! http://www.babycenter.com/0_developmental-milestones-rolling-over_6504.bc However, he did it at daycare. Wendy sent me a text and I got really excited, and then when I realized it was the first of many milestones I'll likely miss, I got a little sad.

So I put him on the floor at home with the video camera out, hoping to catch it, but no luck. So I went to go do the dishes and daddy was playing with him on the floor.

Then, (of course), he did it, about 10 minutes later! However, I missed it again because I was doing dishes.

Not fair!

Hopefully we'll catch it on video soon.

Flashback Friday: The day that changed our lives forever.

Friday, November 13, 2009
It was exactly one year ago tomorrow (technically today--as it was a Friday) that I had an appointment with a new OBGYN. I was going in for a routine physical exam and was also going to ask her questions about conceiving and trying to figure out my messed up cycles.

I was having major issues with my cycles. I either wasn't getting a period or I was spotting and bleeding throughout the month. It was at first blamed on my birth control pills. So after a few years of different doctors and way too many different kinds of birth control pills, I made the decision to go off of them to help my body re-regulate itself. Well, that didn't work. Up until this appointment, even though I had been off birth control for months, I was still randomly spotting, skipping periods and just not "normal".

I went to this appointment in the hopes of finding a doctor who could finally tell me what the heck was going on with my body as it could no longer be blamed on the birth control.

I gave the nurse the low down on why I was there and they asked if I wanted to do a pregnancy test, just in case, which I agreed too, because you just never know (at the time I hadn't had a period since September).

Then, the doctor came in and I began telling her my whole history. One of the very first things she said to me after I began telling her my symptoms was "Has anyone talked to you about the possibility of PCOS?" Read more about it here: https://health.google.com/health/ref/Polycystic+ovary+disease

I said "No", (and then became immediately terrified that I was going to be told having children would be difficult).

Then, there was a knock on the door.

My nurse called my doctor out of the room, and within seconds she was back with the words:

"It was positive."

The tears started to fall, and at that moment, our lives were changed forever.

Impatient or an over-achiever?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Henry is likely a little bit of both (or maybe a lot bit) considering both daddy and I are rather impatient sometimes, and have attempted to over-achieve once or twice in our lives. Anyway, the point of this post is that our 3 month old baby has his first two teeth. I suspected he was teething, as he had begun to drool and was chomping on his fingers non-stop for the past 2-3 weeks. After one really fussy night last week, I decided to take a peek in his mouth to see what was going on. Sure enough, I saw two little white spots, and by Saturday, they had broke through his gums. Yes, our 3 month old has teeth. If you refer to the chart below, you will see that 3 months is a tad bit on the early side.

After reading up on teething, it seems that once the teeth do erupt, that that is somewhat of a relief to the baby, as it's everything before that that drives them nuts and makes them fussy. However, other than a few nights here and there, Henry wasn't really fussy at all, which is why teething was my last guess at what was going on.

I'm still exclusively breastfeeding, and no, I haven't been bitten yet. Unfortunately, my supply has really tanked in the last week. When I first went back to work, I was getting about 13 oz and Henry was eating 12 oz. After a few weeks, it dropped to 9-10, and now, today, I pumped a meager 7 oz and had an extra 2 in the fridge, and Henry is eating 13.5 oz and probably well on his way to 15 oz while at daycare. Bottom line is I need to pump one side in the morning, pump three times at work, pump before I go to bed, and pump again the next morning to have enough milk for him for the day. It really, really sucks because I feel as if my body is failing him after only being back at work for a little over a month. I read a lot online last night and it seems the herbal supplement "Fenugreek" is well known and has been used for centuries to increase milk supply. We picked some up from GNC last night and I'm going to give it a try. It says it can take anywhere form 24-72 hours to "kick in, and so far, no luck yet. Hopefully I'll have a success story like the many I read online. The one side effect (which is one super odd side effect to have) is that my pee and sweat will smell like maple syrup (too much information, I'm sure), and my milk/Henry's spit up may smell that way too.

My eyes are having trouble staying open and I have to get that pumping in, so this completes this post.

Some photos to hold you over.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

These were some shots we got last week with the intention of using them for our Christmas cards. The one of all of us (including Mocha) is one of only two we have like this. Henry decided to fall asleep as we walked around the neighborhood to take these photos, so unfortunately, he's actually sleeping in every single one, and there was nothing we could do to wake him up!

Well, it turns out, not only should we really take new family photos in the hopes that Henry will be awake for them, we also added someone to our family:

meet Hershey!

Hershey (named after chocolate, just as his sister Mocha) is a "Schnoodle" meaning he his a cross between a Mini Schnauzer and a Mini Poodle. More on him and Henry of course, in a later post.
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