Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Someone has two toothies coming in!

Where has my little newborn gone???
Sidenote: To those of you actually still reading my blog, and based on the lack of comments I know it's not many, I am sorry for being such a bad blogger lately. And I'm sorry if a lot of you are bored reading about nothing but my little man. Life has been tough lately and I swear, some days he feels like the only shining star in a dark day. Ugh. I am going to get back on the blogging-bandwagon again soon, I promise. I am hoping for good things for the New Year for all of us!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dealing with a stressful situation right now. Feeling very down and upset.


Then I have a day like today where my son smiles at me with so much love in his little brown eyes that I wonder how my heart isn't bursting messily out of my chest.

And as his gaze follows me around the room, and his lips part to release endless giggles, I'm in awe that he is looking at me this way.

And as he falls peacefully asleep against my skin while I nurse him, I can't help but kiss his little hand, his fingers tucked in tight, and inhale his sweet baby skin and realize I am one of the luckiest people in the world.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Ho, Ho, Ho!
We had some professional pics done for Christmas so I thought I'd share a couple with you!

Here is our little Santa baby!

And here is one of the shots of all three of us...

We made Christmas cards for our family (they are expensive so unfortunately I couldn't make them for everyone--I made my own homemade cards for all our friends. But one good thing is the front of the card with Hunter can be framed. It's like our family's own personal 5x7 picture of him, so it was worth it!). So this last shot is the back of the Christmas card:

And becuz it just dawned on me that I never shared the other pics with you from Hunter's first professional photo shoot (when he was one month old), here are two of them:
It is just AMAZING to me to see how much bigger Hunter is now, at four months old from when he was only just one month old! My baby is growing WAY too fast!
Anyway, yesterday I started my Christmas shopping. Yes, for all you early-birds who probably have been done for months, I only have just begun! But Hunter is taken care of. I also ordered some photographs for our family member (our moms, Daryl's dad and our grandparents) so I just gotta run out and get some frames for those.
And my holiday baking begins this week! I don't know what I'll be starting with but I plan on doing Peanut Butter kiss cookies, Russian Tea Cakes (my favorite!), Peanut Butter Balls (can you tell I like peanut butter?), and chocolate dipped pretzel rods (I roll them, after dipping in chocolate, in either sprinkles or crushed up candy cane. SO yummy!). I might just call it quits at that cuz I know it will be a tad harder this year to do my baking with an infant in tow. But if for some reason I have time, I might try to do my yummy, yummy Spritz cookies too. What are you all doing for baking? And is everyone else done shopping--am I the only one still shopping?

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Dear Mommy and Daddy,
So...uh...there's something I gotta tell you guys and I really don't want to hurt your feelings. I know you guys just want what's best for me, and want me to be the healthiest I can be.
I get that. Really, I do.
But seriously?
I'm just not diggin' these peas.
I mean come on, is food supposed to naturally be
You see this face? I know I can't talk yet but what my eyes are trying to communicate with you is, "What the hell happened to my delicious apple sauce??!?!"
Now, Pop-Tarts? These look pretty damn appealing. I mean, the silver, crinkly package alone screams, "Choose me! Forget those horribly-green peas!"
Ah, yesssss, I could totally get into these.
So while I sincerely appreciate the effort, Mom and Dad?
Next time, leave the peas at the store and stock up on the warehouse size box of Pop-Tarts, m'kay?
Love you lots!
xoxoxoxoxxoxo, Hunter

Friday, December 04, 2009

Dear Hunter,

You are now FOUR MONTHS OLD, baby!

You just had your wellness appointment today with the pediatrician and you now weigh 15 and a half pounds and are in the 70% percentile. You are 26 inches long (you've grown 2 inches since the last wellness visit!) and are in the 85% percentile! And your pediatrician always comments on how perfectly nice and round your head is. I told her you get that from your Dad, heh heh.
You're becoming even more fun than Mommy or Daddy could have ever imagined.You spend lots of time bonding with your Daddy, being silly and making funny faces at each other. Your favorite is Daddy blowing raspberries on your belly or piggy-toes. There was also one exceptionally cranky day and the only thing that seemed to calm you down, was your Daddy singing Pearl Jam songs to gazed solemnly up at him and just listened. It's obvious you two already share a special bond!You spend lots of time with Mommy, as well, cuddling and listening to me sing silly songs. You especially seem to like when I sing your name into the song. It makes you laugh so joyously!

We have some silly nicknames for you: Munchkin, Hunter-Bunter, Bunt or Bun(d)t Cake (or even Bunty), Baby Boy, Little Man, Big Boy, Bubs, Bubba, Pumpkin-Head, Muffin-Head or Muffin-Butt, Lovey....the list is endless!

You have a pretty good routine down now when it comes to eating and sleeping. You wake up approximately 6-7am and eat then stay awake with Mommy for about an hour and a half. Mommy entertains you (while she drinks her coffee!) by singing lullabies or crazy-made up tunes and other times you are perfectly content to lay on your play mat cooing and giggling--and kicking!--at the toys hanging above you. You sometimes watch Sesame Street (or Handy Manny or Mickey's Playhouse...) and even if you are not paying attention whatsoever to the TV, as soon as the Sesame Street or Elmo jingle comes on, you turn your head to the TV with wide eyes (Mommy sings both these tunes to you so she is sure you recognize them). You take about an hour long nap normally in your swing, and if you fight going to sleep even when you are exhausted then Mommy has to turn the volume up on the TV loud. It's just enough "noise" for you to fall asleep to. You do sleep best when there is some white noise...if it's silent, you will usually wake up (except for at night). Oh! And just this past week Mommy has been able to put you in your crib for naptime and you FALL ASLEEP there! This is a huge excitement for Mommy, since before this you would ONLY nap in your swing during the day.

You eat approximately every three hours and take one more nap (or sometimes even two more....lately you seem to be getting into more of a "normal" napping routine) for the day. Throughout the day you like to spend some time in your Exersaucer where you gnaw on your fists and stare at the toys in amazement.

You tried cereal for the first time on Thanksgiving morning, little man, and it was a success! Mommy fed you while Daddy held you, and Grammie video-taped. You made some funny faces but every single time that spoon came back your way you opened your mouth wide for more. The rice was a tad bit binding for you but already your little belly is adjusting to the change. And Mommy also introduced a little bit of baby apple sauce a couple of days ago (for fiber!) and after your first initial funny face, you eagerly opened your mouth for more! And your newest thing (new as in it started about a week ago) is holding your own bottle. Mister Independent, you want to do your own thing and that includes both hands on your bottle. You still haven't mastered tilting it up enough but otherwise you are constantly wanting to hold it yourself!

You had your second set of professional pictures done this month for the Christmas season (the first time was when you were one month old). Mommy and Daddy also posed with you for a nice family portrait. Of course, as cute as those pictures are, that didn't stop Mommy from taking a bunch of holiday pictures herself!
You started teething this month as well (it started a couple of weeks ago). The drool picked up, the fist/finger gnawing increased, and your poor little cheeks flushed warm and red. Mommy felt so bad for you when it first began, and did the best she could to soothe you. You especially enjoyed gnawing/biting down on other people's fingers, as well as your frozen teething rings and wash clothes. Mommy and Daddy can even see little "nubbies" in your bottom gums already...amazing! And the pediatrician, today, confirmed that your teeth are close to the surface.

You saw your first Christmas tree farm when Mommy and Daddy took you to pick a fresh Christmas tree for our house. After decorating the tree, Mommy turned the lights on and your eyes lit up in surprise. Every now and then, when laying on your playmat, you turn and stare contentedly at the bright, shining tree. I hope you end up loving Christmas as much as your Mommy does, little man.

As always Hunter, we love you with all of our heart and soul. Neither of us could imagine life without you in it. Kisses to you on those adorably chubby cheeks! You amaze us (and we are SO thankful for you) every SINGLE DAY.

Love Always,

Mommy and Daddy (or as Mommy tries to drill into your head, "Mama" and "Dada"!)