A late night update...yes, 9:50pm is a late night.

Thursday, October 29, 2009
I apologize for the lack of blogging. You will notice I haven't blogged since the first day Henry started daycare. Some nights coming home he is super happy and smiley, and other nights he is just cranky and tired as can be. Either way, we don't get a lot of time with him each night, and then once he goes to bed, we (meaning mostly me as Ryan sleeps on the couch) start the nightly routine of washing his bottles, filling the new ones up, washing the pump bottles, working on photos, and pumping one last time before we go to bed. Somewhere in there I try to pick up around the house and do dishes, but by the looks of our downstairs right now, that hasn't been at the top of my list.

Work is still busy, and pumping at work is still going ok. My supply has begun to decrease a bit, which is stressing me out (and then subsequently probably causing my supply to decrease even more). When I first started back at work, I was getting about 13 oz a day. This was perfect, as Henry is eating 12 oz a day while away from me (3-- 4 oz bottles). I'm now down to only getting 9-10 oz a day, so not even enough to fill up all three bottles. I have to pump at night, or if I don't do that, I have to pump in the morning to even have enough for the next day.

What's nice is that somewhere along the way I got "ahead" and always make sure that Henry has 4 bottles at Wendy's. He hasn't, and likely won't need 4 bottles, but I like to have it there just in case. So each day I replenish 3 bottles so he always has a total of 4. So, am I really falling behind? No. But once I need to increase the amount in his bottles, I don't know if my body will keep up.

Henry has learned some new things this week--some we like, and one we definitely don't!

He can now lift his butt and legs way up and then roll to his side. Lately he seems to prefer being on his side.

He has been reaching for his feet for a while, but today he finally grabbed one foot in each hand and had a really good grip on his little toes while I was changing his diaper. It was really cute, and of course I captured some photos though I'm too tired to post them right now.

He's also been cooing and laughing a bit more and has learned some new noise that sounds like whining, but he has somewhat of a smile on his face, so we haven't quite decided what that noise means yet. 

And, after sucking on his fists and fingers like crazy for the last 2 or so week, one of his thumbs finally found its way into his mouth. He seems to enjoy this thumb sucking...mommy however, does not.

Daycare is still going well. Henry is just a happy baby there and all his little friends love "baby Henry".

While visiting Winona this past weekend, Henry decided to switch up his sleeping through the night ways and woke up at 1:30am, 3:15am, and 4:00am on Saturday night. I had attributed this to him not being able to sleep in the pack and play, but this behavior continued until last night. He was super tired yesterday and basically slept from 6pm to 5am when we woke him up. Let's hope we are now back on track with our preferred family sleeping arrangement: sleeping through the night.

I'm very excited for the weekend. We don't really have any Halloween plans, it's just excitement over the weekend...and a possible extra hour of sleep on Sunday due to daylight savings time.

In other news, I take photos. It's keeping me very busy, and once Henry goes to bed and I get his stuff ready, I pretty much just work on photos till the wee hours (by wee hours I mean 11:00pm....that's late!) You can check out my website and facebook fan page if you'd like!

Jenna Sefkow Photography

Henry also turned 3 months yesterday, but he wasn't having any photos taken yesterday. For some reason he's been cranky on every one of his month birthdays. I'm going to give it another try this weekend. Look for new photos then.

Henry visits an apple orchard!

Monday, October 19, 2009
So we went with the intention of going pumpkin picking, but the orchard we went to no longer had "pick your own" so we came home with apples instead. It was such a beautiful day and it was so nice to get out of the house aside from going to a store. When we got home we made the most delicious apple crisp EVER. It was so beautiful, I should have taken a photo to enhance this post. Instead, enjoy the following photos from Henry's adventure.

We made it through the first day! (And by we, I mean me!)

Up until about 7:00am this morning, I was planning on just having Ryan drop Henry off to avoid the entire heartbreak of dropping him off at daycare for the first time. However, about 5 minutes before it was time to go, I decided I needed to be there as well, and to not be such a baby about it. I had to be a strong momma for my baby. Thus, both Ryan and I went to drop him off today. The other kids were again, very excited to see him. One of the two year olds went up to his car seat and said "Hi, I'm Sadie...what's your name?". I said, "This is baby Henry." and she replies "Hi uh-ree! Hi uh-ree!".

I gave him a big hug and lots of kisses and Wendy took him shortly thereafter. I gave him lots more kisses, and he smiled super big for me. That was my cue to leave. I knew I had to leave on a good note. There would have been no way I could have left if he was crying or fussing. So after just a few MORE kisses, we left, and I cried all the way to work. I know in my heart that this will be good for his social development, but even that nor anything else can really make me feel better yet. After I was about 15 minutes down the road, Wendy sent me a picture message of Henry smiling which did make me feel better.

Here was his day: Poop, eat, sleep, wake up, smile. Poop, eat, sleep, wake up, smile. Poop, eat, sleep, wake up, smile. That's a total of 3 poops, 3 bottles, 3 naps, and lots of smiles judging by the photos that Wendy put up on facebook.

Ryan stopped there over his lunch break, and Henry was just getting ready to eat, so daddy got to feed him half a bottle. Ryan reported smiles at this point.

We both went there after work to pick him up and never have I wanted to snuggle my baby so much. He had just finished eating and when I picked him up, all he did was smile SUPER big and even almost laughed. He made lots of good noises and wouldn't stop smiling, so that was probably one of my best moments ever and made me feel so much better.

Here's a photo of him in his new jammies last night before his big day.

And here is big sister Mocha seeing off her little brother this morning:

And here is a photo that Wendy took of our smiley little man:

Is it Friday yet?

Sing us a song, you're the piano man. Sing us a song tonight!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Our little man is already learning how to play the piano like mommy!

Henry visits mommy at work!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Henry and daddy visited mommy at work today! He got to see mommy's office and all the cool toys and books in the classroom. After a little while, Henry decided he was a bit hungry, and since daddy didn't bring a bottle, mommy had to feed him. Thus, it seems Henry tricked daddy in "taking him out to lunch" as opposed to just visiting mommy at work.

And here's just another cute picture I took at home tonight. Our little man just keeps growing and getting stronger!

Because he won't want to wear hats like this forever...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

For those who have been waiting...

Where do I start? Up until last Sunday, I tried really hard to enjoy every last moment I had with Henry and not think about leaving him. It worked up until Sunday night, when I finally broke down and cried myself to sleep. Henry stayed at home with my mom this week, so it was a little easier to leave him than it will be when he goes to daycare, but still incredibly hard.

I was INSANELY busy at work this week trying to catch up...which was helpful in that it kept me pretty distracted most days. Mondays and Wednesdays I barely have time to eat as I go from my normal preschool to a different preschool in a different town. Pumping at work is interesting to say the least. It's unfortunate that it seems to take up half of my prep time as I'm trying to pump at least three times a day to keep the supply up. On Monday, I realized there wasn't an outlet in the small room I planned to pump in, so I had to pump in the closet office that I share with my other teacher and covered myself up with my coat as there are windows in each of the two doors that lead in to it. After that, I used batteries for my pump so that I could pump in our other small closet. I pump on the floor and sit against the door just in case teachers from the adjoining classroom aren't paying attention. That door also has a window, so I had to tape paper over it. Two mornings this week I just didn't have time to get my first pumping session in before the kids got there, so I was in a bit of pain by lunchtime. I'm going to try really hard not to let that happen again. I seem to be pumping the exact amount he needs most days, and if I through one more pumping session in around 10 before I go to bed, I seem to have more than enough milk at this point for the next day. Let's hope that continues. Each day except for one he took three 4 oz bottles and actually spaced out his feedings for about 3 hours at a time.

To make a really difficult week even more difficult, I was in a fender bender in the school parking lot on Wednesday. Further examination by Ryan made it clear that it was likely the other woman's fault, so we'll see what the insurance companies decide on that. But really? My third day back at work and I get to come home with a scratched up bumper. At the end of last school year (I believe one of the last three days of school) a deer ran into my car while I was going 55 mph on my way to school. My car has taken a beating lately.

One of my students is very excited about Henry. When we were putting our things away on Monday, out of no where he says "Your baby Henry is just the best baby ever Ms. Jenna". I had been doing ok crying wise up until that point. I showed him a picture of Henry at our open house at the beginning of September, and on Monday he drew a picture of a baby face that was meant to be Henry...too cute. I meant to bring it home and take a picture of it, but I left it at school. Each subsequent class day after that, Henry gets a "present" from this student.

On Wednesday, another one of my students turned to me in the middle of circle time and says "Hey...why aren't you still at your house taking care of your baby?" There's not really a good answer to that question that a 4 year old would understand so I think I left it as "I had to come back to work so I could be your teacher again."

Thus, I survived the week, but never in my life had wanted a Friday afternoon to come faster than I did this week. Henry was sleepy almost every day I came home and wanted to nap, so most days I felt like I barely got any time with him.

Yesterday we went to Albertville and bought him a bunch of long sleeved clothes--he barely had any for the size he is now. Ryan also picked an ADORABLE hat out. Look for a picture of that later today.

In other Henry news, he is smiling all the time now, which is honestly the best thing in the whole world. He's also cooing very often now (he loves this orange Halloween blanket we have and will basically laugh/squeal at it for 5 minutes straight.) I'm still working on getting a video of his cooing, but he seems to stop every time I bust out the camera.

I think that's about it. I'll be posting some new pictures later today.


Monday, October 5, 2009
Yes, I survived.

Yes, it sucks.

More later.

2 month check up!

Friday, October 2, 2009
Drum roll please.....our little chunky monkey is up to....12 pounds and 12 ounces! I was pretty much expecting that seeing that he still basically eats every 2 hours during the day.

Our little man lifted himself up when he was slightly laying in daddy's arms yesterday, and did it for the doctor today too! She said he has excellent back, head, and neck control, and is basically two months ahead in that category. His eye contact, visual tracking, and social skills are all excellent too. She said he seems to be very "motor oriented" and said she wouldn't be surprised if he becomes an athlete someday. (Do we have the next Joe Mauer on our hands?!)

He also does have a heart murmur. She said it was nothing to worry about right now, and that they usually clear up on their own and are actually fairly common. (Read more here.) They would check it again when he goes in at 4 months and evaluate if anything further would need to be done. Even though she told me not to google, Ryan and I did, and it seems to be fairly common and we're not too worried about it at this point, though I'm already fairly anxious for his 4 month appointment. She also said that if it was causing him harm, he would not be able to eat well, as eating would be very hard work for him. Based on our chunky monkey's status at the top of this post, I would say he's eating very well considering he's gained nearly 5 pounds since birth. 

After the doctor checked him out, it was time for the dreaded shots. He had three today. The nurse was super fast and had she gave him all three and had bandaids on before he could even let out his blood curdling shriek (read: WORST SOUND EVER). I held his little hand and cried. He instantaneously screamed bloody murder and turned bright, bright red. It took nearly 10 minutes for him to even calm down slightly (read: still screaming as hard as he could, though not so hard that he couldn't catch his breath) for me to feel comfortable putting him back in the car seat. This was the same cry that he had when he got the fever in the hospital when he was 2 days old. It absolutely breaks my heart to see him cry like that. I vote for Ryan to take him in for his next shots...

"Congratulations...I guess."

Ryan and I encountered a pretty odd Target cashier tonight, and it was so funny, I just have to blog about it.

"So how was your day today?" -Target Cashier (from here on out he will be referred to as "TC"--though not to be confused with the lovable and adorable TC Bear mascot of the Minnesota Twins).

"Good, how's yours going? Is it over soon?" -Ryan
"No, not until 10:30...it's pretty gay." -TC

*Ryan hands TC a ton of Target gift cards.*

"Wow, paying with a lot of gift cards. Whoa...there was $100.00 on that one! Who would give you $100 on a gift card??" -TC
"My work." -Ryan
"You must be a good employee." TC

"Yeah, you get a lot of gift cards when you have a baby." -me
"Oh, a baby. Congratulations...I guess. Better you than me." TC

Flashback Friday!

I bet you thought I forgot! Here are a few pictures of Ryan and I from a pumpkin adventure 5 years ago. There's a bit of a backstory to these infamous pumpkins. See the one Ryan has? He carved "I *heart shape* U" out of it. It was a pretty tall pumpkin. They had been in the apartment for awhile so they were probably past their prime when this happened anyway, but one night while we were sleeping, the pumpkin collapsed into itself and fell onto the carpet and sat like that all night. The smell was absolutely unbearable. There wasn't any cleaner around that could get rid of the awful smell. Ryan ended up cutting a square out of the carpet, tearing out a square of the carpet pad beneath it, buying a new chunk of pad and replacing it. They never found out about our patch job, (haha...patch job, pumpkin patch....lol), and thus we were never charged for our damage. Ryan was pretty scarred from this event and swore off pumpkins all the way until last year, when I was finally able to carve a pumpkin again.

Do you read this blog?

Thursday, October 1, 2009
I know there are many people who read this blog....much more than the 7 "followers" you see to the right. If you are checking my blog out regularly, why not follow it so I know who's reading it? It's very simple. My blog is open publicly right now, but since it's now more about my baby's life than my pregnancy, I may set it to private...and thus only those who are members will be able to see it. :)
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