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.

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