Exercising with Toys

To say that Henry is a busybody is a complete understatement.  He is B-U-S-Y! If you’ve spent even a minute around him, you know what I am talking about.

He has a fixed concentration and determination that is unreal to see unfold.  We have taken a “free-range” approach to parenting which allows him to explore and experiment so that he can have his own experiences and learn from them.

 

Every single damn day is different.  

One day he was high-fiving, a week later he was clapping, and now we are starting to use sign language.

Blink + you’d miss all of the new milestones. It’s truly unbelievable.

I have done a lot of meditating over the past few months and one thing that I’ve learned from Henry is to see each experience with fresh eyes and a new perspective. So many times I feel that I am on auto-pilot and buzz from Point A to Point B.  Now, I make a conscience effort to stop and smell the roses.  As simple as it sounds, it feels challenging at times.

For me, seeing Henry is a  constant reminder that I need to appreciate the moment, instead of wishing life away and “knowing” how things will turn out.

The best part of parenthood is watching him grow, learn, and experience new things. Sometimes parenthood feels hard and overwhelming. It can also be a thankless job!

A thankless job that means many sleepless nights, baby vomit on a new blouse, messes that need to be cleaned up (constantly), blown out diapers, crying spells, and everything else that drives you to the end of your rope where you silently think to yourself, “Are you FREAKING kidding me?!”

However, it is so rewarding.  All of those moments are a distant memory and the fun, happy moments filled with slobbery baby kisses and lots of giggles are the ones that stick with me.

Cataloging Henry’s life through this blog lets me experience those emotions all over again, in various ways. I experience it during the actual moment it happens, again when I upload the photos + add them to the blog, and yet again when I go back and read through the posts I’ve made about him.

Looking at the photo of him pushing around his little blocks brings a huge smile to my face because I can see him doing it in my mind and I can hear his grunts, giggles, and gasps. Yay, I get to experience these sweet moments over and over and over…

 

 

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The Nine Month Check-Up

Our little turkey is growing up! It’s hard to believe, but he just went to his nine (9) month check up.

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His stats are as follows:

Weight: 19 lbs 4 oz (36.58%, Source: WHO)

Height: 29.21″ (73.39%, Source: WHO)

Head Size: 18.82″ (97.82%, Source: WHO)

While his big head circumference is off the charts, he is a little small fry! I’m always shocked when people say, “He’s only nine months? He’s so big!!”  I want to scream, “No, he isn’t. He’s in the 36% percentile, lady!” For some reason, people calling him a big baby really IRKS me.  If you’re going to comment on his size, the best response would be to say, “He’s the perfect size.”

What’s new with his milestones?  There are so many!

For one, he is standing on his own.  He’s been hanging on to things with just his fingertips on one hand for a few weeks now, but, as of Halloween Day, he can now stand on his own without holding on to anything.

We were at a party when it happened and 25+ people witnessed it.  How cool!

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He is just SO amazing.

I seriously say this to myself at least 96x a day. Really, I do! Every single day is something new with him.

…new sounds/words

…new milestones reached

…new facial expressions

…new foods consumed

…new adventures explored

new. new. new.

The funniest new thing he’s doing is squeezing himself into {incredibly} tight spaces.

…like in between a sliding glass door and a high chair.

I mean…

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What did he think would happen?  Where did he intend to go?  Why on Earth would he even try this?

I have no idea, but he is adorable while he does it!

What the Hell!

What the hell!! I have an eight month old? How the heck did that happen?

Seriously, this year has been the toughest one of my life so thank heavens Henry kicked off the year with  us or else I’m not sure how I would have made it through. 

While everything else seems to be messy and complicated, I can always count on his giggles and gummy smiles to lighten the heaviness of this year.  Because of him, I get up every morning ready to conquer the world. 

Every single day, I do my best to make it a little easier for him because life is tough. We live in a harsh world. 

I do my part by covering him with kisses, wrapping him in a warm embrace, and giving him more love than is even possible. 

Xoxo

PREGNANCY UPDATE: WEEK 32

31 weeks

WEEK 32

EATING apples, peanut butter, cereal + soy milk (same as 27 weeks)

DRINKING ice water, hot tea, Diet Cran-Grape Juice, & Fresh Squeezed OJ

READING Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight (goodreads.com/wiredbride)

WANTING to know the sex of the baby – why did we think waiting would be the right decision?

SLEEPING better with the hypnosis + relaxation recordings

WEARING nothing but a robe when I’m home and a tank + cardigan + black maternity leggings other times

FEELING ready! I’m going to rock this birth!

LOVING water aerobics, nightly bubble baths, and our Hypnobirthing classes + hypnosis recordings.

Pregnancy Update: Week 27

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WEEK 27

EATING apples, peanut butter, cereal + soy milk

DRINKING ice water, iced tea, apple juice

READING blogs

WANTING to finish the nursery

SLEEPING hello insomnia!

WEARING maternity leggings – I will never take them off!

FEELING good, excited, baby kicks, heartburn, restless legs

LOVING feeling movement and kicks