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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Where Did December Go?



I just put up my Christmas tree. Yeah you read that right. It's December 20th and my tree just barely got decorated a couple hours ago. Actually, it's just Sam and Jack's mini tree this year. The big one and all of the inside decorations are still in the attic. I feel like I need another 4 weeks to get ready for Christmas. But despite my feelings, Christmas is still coming on Sunday whether I'm ready for it or not.



In that top picture, Hayden is wrapped in the blanket I knit for him about 3 years ago. It felt good to finally have a baby wrapped up in it. And in the picture above, he is wearing a hat and sleep sack a friend made for him. It's still a little big but he's pretty cute in it.



I've been MIA on this blog but things have been good. Hayden definitely keeps me occupied. Parenting is hard and exhausting! Yes, it's rewarding (as everyone says) but it is HARD. So if you're reading this and no one ever told you how hard it is, then I'm here to break the news to you. :-) If you're already a parent to a live child, then you're probably smiling and nodding in agreement. I can have a long frustrating day and when I see those soulful steel blue eyes, it makes it all worth it.



Hayden is finally sleeping better and longer. Thank goodness! He sleeps for about 6-7 hours, then wakes, eats and then goes back to bed for another 2-3 hours. You can see by those cheeks that he is eating well. I'm not sure of his exact weight but I'm thinking he weighs about 16 1/2 pounds. I won't know his exact weight til he goes back in for a checkup in January, but I can tell you that he's 5 inches longer than when he was born.




He's also teething. Still no teeth yet, but the drool is flowing and his fists are constantly in his mouth. When he gets really fussy, Mr. H will carry him around the house and play Super Baby. He just loves it and has ever since he was about 2 weeks old. He just goes around the house with his head cocked to the side like that. It's funny.



So that's pretty much it for now. I could blog more often but talking about poop and lack of sleep would get monotonous. I miss you all and wish I had more time to get on the computer and check your blogs. Why don't you save me the time and just tell me what you're up to and how you're doing in the comment section. :-)

I wish you all a Merry Christmas or whatever other holiday you may celebrate. May it be joyous and peaceful.

~Monica

9 comments:

Selba said...

Hayden looks so adorable in each pictures. Some of the pic, he resembles to his dad but in some also resembles to you, Monica :)

Wishing you a Merry Christmas to you, Mr. H and also Hayden!

cybil said...

Such beautiful gorgeous photos!!!!
Have a very merry Christmas as well, just stay relaxed! Not everything needs to be perfect!
Thank you for your wonderful blogs which I enjoyed to read during the last year!
Christmas blessings from Switzerland,
Sibylle

From the Kitchen said...

In photo #3, Hayden seems to be saying "What? Me trouble?" I do know how tiring motherhood can be. Our boys were 17 months apart. I'm still catching up on sleep a few decades later!!

Speaking of boys (and catching you up), both will be home for Christmas this year. I've been cooking and baking their favorite things. Let me just say that their sleeping habits have improved since they were infants!!

My tree is up, the presents wrapped, cookies baked. However, I'd much rather be rocking a chubby little baby, so enjoy!

Best,
Bonnie

Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays to your family!
Hayden is so adorable. I understand the busy part of parenting. It goes so fast some days; then some tend to go slowly. Every time I read your blog I get teary eyed.:Thinking of the heartache you've had and the happiness you have now with Hayden. I know your other sweet boys are always on your mind though.
Thank you for the update on your family.
Have a great first Christmas with Hayden:)

Katie
my3sons

Rachel said...

He is so adorable! I'm glad he is doing well. Merry Christmas!

sapphireblue said...

He's just gorgeous! We are doing well at my house. My little cerclage miracle is 15 months and talking and eating me out of house and home.

Sarah said...

He's so cute!
Happy first Christmas Hayden!

Kristi said...

Hayden is so beautiful!

My little monkey is at day school, his Christmas party is this afternoon. I plan to keep him at home tomorrow, his school is then closed until January.

We are enjoying the holidays, but in an instant, I can go back to that first Christmas after losing Sara. I can remember the pain and sadness. Sometimes I feel that I need to go back there, just to take time out and think about her. The pain has subsided, I remember the intensity of it.

I hope you have a beautiful Christmas!

Healthy and Homemade said...

He is such a beautiful baby <3 I'm so glad things are going well for your family. I don't understand all the mommyhood stuff yet, but I love hearing about your experience =D