Saturday, June 29, 2013

Henry is 7 months old!

Henry officially turned 7 months old yesterday.  It's been 7 months since I had him.  Seven. months.  Time is flying by me.

This month, Henry got two more teeth.  As it stands right now, he's got his two central incisors and one lateral incisor on the bottom.  And he's got two lateral incisors on top.  And yes, I did look up dental terminology before writing this post :) One of his central incisors (front teeth) is finally breaking the surface.  But for now, we get a hilarious little baby vampire grin:

Bottom teeth.
 Henry has also started solids with gusto.  In addition to pureed foods, we started letting him eat Baby MumMums while we were getting ready for dinner.  He's had some beans too - and cheerios:

Any excuse to post this picture.

He is sitting very well unassisted and loves to stand with help.  He gets a kick out of playing peek-a-boo while we are getting ready for bed.  I'll give him his sleeper while I'm changing his diaper and he'll put it over his face while I say, "where's Henry?" until he pulls it off and I say, "there you are!"  He giggles and kicks his feet.  Henry is such a happy little guy - we are daily delighted by his emerging personality.

He hasn't been weighed since his 6 month doctor visit - then he was 18lbs 6oz.  Any guesses on his current weight?  I can tell he's growing by how long and big he is when I'm trying to nurse him.  

I can also tell how much more alert and inquisitive he is.  Everything seems to be more interesting than nursing.  My friend, Marta, told me that at some point on the breastfeeding journey, I would get a little finger up my nose.  That was this month - but it came with the rest of his hand.  He likes to pat my face and grab my nose, or lips, or handfuls of my cheek. 

Here's Henry at two months (for comparison):

And at seven months:

The only time our happy guy seems to get cross is when we try to put him to bed - especially for a nap.  He does. not. want. to. - or he wants to nap while being held and rocked - a pattern we are guilty of creating.  So we are in the process of helping him to go to sleep in his bed.  No fun, but for a kid who is happy the rest of the time, I'll take it.

Current nicknames:
Teagan calls him: Henry Benry, H Baby, HB
Brian calls him: Biggie Smalls, Big Man
my sister, Tiffany, calls him: Jackpot, Hanky J

I'll wrap up with two pics that were too cute not to include:

Well, hello there.  I didn't realize you had a camera.

This Keisel dude's got nothin' on me.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Proud Parent Moment

About once a week, we walk to the playground in our neighborhood after dinner. It's good for that not-quite-bedtime block of time.

CC usually hits the swings, slides a few times, slides down the "fireman pole" a couple of times, and always somewhere in there tries to or three rungs of the monkey bars.  She has been too scared to go beyond where she can still reach the platform.  

A week or two ago, she decided to go all the way! Here's video evidence:


When we were walking home, I was goofy tear-eyed proud of her.  I told her that she was getting to be a big kid and I'm just not sure how I feel about that.  She responded by saying, "I'm going to be a grown-up soon, mom."  Apparently, all it takes to be a grown up is conquering the monkey bars - I still haven't.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Let's Catch Up

It's been over two years since my last blog post.  Yeah.  Like it probably does for anyone over the course of two years, a lot has changed in my life.

Where to start?  By God's grace I continued to lose weight - until I started looking like this:

We welcomed our beautiful daughter into our home in July of 2011:

I kept running and even completed a half marathon:

Around April 2012, we got a little surprise:
This ultrasound is actually from September :)

September 17, 2012 CC's adoption was finalized:

And November 28th we welcomed Henry into the world:

In the past 6-7 months, we've been learning to be busy family of four.

Now that I've caught up, I hope to blog at least weekly.  Mostly because I have a terrible memory and I want to be able to document our life as a family.  Here we go!

(Really, I don't know anybody who's reading this who doesn't already know the above details and then some.  But there needed to be some catching up - so there you have it)