Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Little Penguin

I shared this picture on my other blog and wanted to post it here too because the boy is just too dang cute! He wore this penguin sweater for Christmas but I didn't get any pictures of him wearing it so I put it back on him last week before taking the tree down and snapped a few pics. I think they turned out fairly well for an impromptu photo shoot.

Not only did I want pictures of him in his sweater before he outgrew it, but I wanted a couple pictures of him by himself in front of the boys' Christmas tree. Except he's not quite sitting up on his own yet and we don't have a Bumbo, so I just layed him on his belly on the ottoman and slid it in front of the tree- it was the perfect height.

I also liked this picture because in the background are Sam and Jack's painted ornaments (the porcelain discs above Hayden's shoulder and above the red ornament), as well as Hayden's handprint. I wanted a "Baby's 1st Christmas" ornament but never bought one because I thought we would have gotten one as a gift. We didn't. And when I tried to find one, they were either sold out or I didn't like them. So we just made one with supplies we had on hand- a glass ornament, craft glue and white glitter. I think it kind of looks like a Mickey Mouse paw. haha! On the back side of the ornament, I wrote the date in with a silver paint marker.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Difference A Year Makes

This day last year, we found out we were pregnant. It was a scary feeling. Of course I was happy and thrilled, but the fear overwhelmed me. Years rolled down my face because I didn't know what the future would hold. I didn't know if the baby I was carrying would survive, if everything would be okay. Though I hoped with all my heart, I just couldn't imagine what my life would be like with a living child. A year later, this is the miracle that was growing inside me. Not only did he survive, but he thrived and has grown into an amazing little being. It's amazing the difference a year makes.

This is the stick I peed on a year ago. It still says I'm pregnant to this day.

And this is what we made! Gorgeous little Hayden.

He rolled over for the first time on his own last Sunday. We were so proud of him. I'm sure he would have done this sooner, but I'm terrible at making sure he does "tummy time". Mostly because he hates it, so I always give in and turn him back over. And because he always spits up in this position. He looks rather unhappy in these photos- not because I am forcing him to show off for the camera, but because he had the hiccups. He HATES the hiccups. That second picture in the collage looks likes he's crying out for help. haha!

Well Hayden turned 4 months old on the first of the month. He has gone through a growth spurt and all his size 3 month footed jammies that were fitting last week are no longer long enough. It's like he just grew overnight! I had a couple pairs of jammies in his diaper bag last night. I tried to put them on him and it was like stuffing a sausage. He was a trooper but he was rather annoyed after his third outfit change.

He went to the doctor this past Tuesday for his 4 month check up. He got his DTap vaccination and didn't even flinch. It was 4 hours later when the pain set in. He cried a terrible cry, that left his momma in tears too. It was awful. I had given him Tylenol right after the shot, but forgot to give it to him later in the evening. He let me know, but it was too late. I've never heard him cry like that before. I felt guilty and helpless. Poor guy. Luckily once the meds kicked in he was fine for the rest of the evening. I've learned my lesson.

He weighs just over 16 pounds, which is only about a pound up from last month. His weight puts him in the 73rd percentile, and his height (26 inches) in the 75th percentile. We always tease him that he's got a big ol' noggin, but surprisingly, it's below average in size at the 25th percentile. Who knew?! I guess we can't make fun of him too much :-)

He's still only drinking breastmilk which the doctor says is just fine. As long as he's still growing and I'm producing enough for him, he's just fine to continue on an all milk diet. The doctor said I could start him on rice cereal but that it really wasn't necessary just yet. My mom bought him some but I think I'll hold off as long as I can. Once milk isn't enough, we'll add the cereal. Hayden is a good sleeper. He sleeps for about 6-7 hours, eats then goes right back to sleep for another 3 hours. He also takes about 3 naps during the day. I still don't get anything done, but at least he's getting the rest he needs.

He's starting to sit up on his own too. He sits with me in the recliner (leaning back) and he starts to pull himself up. He's got some good core strength. He's not really interested in sitting much though, he just wants to stand. We joke that one day he's just going to get up and walk on out of here. My grandma says he's just ready to go to school.

This is Hayden and I showering together when he was just one month old. I look back at him now and he looks so tiny. I love our time together in the shower and he loves the water. He just moves his head from side to side (like Stevie Wonder) when the water is falling down on him. He's a funny boy.When he was first born I'd give him a bath in the bathroom sink, but he quickly outgrew that. He still showers with me on a regular basis but he got his first bath in the kitchen sink this past week. Why? Because he had a major poopy diaper.


What a slippery mess he was. And stinky!

And here he is enjoying the bath. Clean and happy! The outfit he was wearing was a whole other story though.

So there you are, Hayden's first couple weeks of 2012. A happy new year it is!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hayden's First Christmas 2011

This may have been Hayden's first Christmas, but I was really the one who got the greatest gift this year, of the boy in blue with a red bow. Couldn't be more perfect, if you ask me.

We didn't do many gifts this year, but Hayden got some books that he helped unwrap and I got a birthstone ring to match the others I have. I'll have to take pictures of them to share on here. Together they are really beautiful.

After about 50 tries, I managed to set the camera up to take a family photo. Of course Autumn was sleeping on our bed and couldn't be bothered to sit with us, but that's okay. I love this photo. Family. That's what it's all about.