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!


Anonymous said...

Hi Monica!
What a precious pie he is! He sleeps like a rockstar too! Have to love that!!

I always gave my boys a dose of Tylenol about 30 minutes before their appointment when they were getting shots. It seemed to help them a lot to have it on board before they shot. It definitely hurts us more than them sometimes.

I love hearing updates on your family. I feel like I've traveled this journey with you and am so happy to see him in your arms.
I used to take showers with my boys as babies too. It was easier. Kill 2 birds with one stone!

Take care!

sapphireblue said...

He is just adorable!

Sophie said...

What a sweet post. He is lovely! Hope you have a wonderful 2012.

Hennifer said...

Love, love, love this post! God I don't miss those blow out diapers. Thank you for the update.

Kristi said...

Hayden is so cute. This post makes me so happy. Isn't motherhood a wonderful blessing?

jessica said...

He's so beautiful. Really beautiful...and I think he takes after you much more than Daddy! ;).

I usually hear that Savannah is so beautiful...followed by how much she looks like her Daddy....go figure.

BTW, i'm blogging again at --->

I've deleted all my old blogs and moved over the content.

Hugs and happy new year.