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4 Month Shots December 16, 2008

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We took Henry in for his 4 month check up yesterday. He is now 15 lbs. 11 oz. and 25 3/4″ long. I thought he’d be heavier but I guess I’m just weary from carrying him around all the time 🙂  Still, he is in the 80th percentile for his weight and 75th percentile for his height which means he’s a big boy.

Henry’s regular doctor was on vacation so we saw another one in the practice. She was FABULOUS. We’ll probably start making our appointments with her, hope doc number one isn’t offended. She gave us the green light to go full steam ahead with solid foods. She said he needs it because of his large size and superhero strength. She was very impressed with his ability to push up and blow bubbles. I have a genius kid!

After all the good news he got five rounds of vaccines – four shots and one oral. Within about half an hour he had sad face and an overall lethargic disposition. Thanks to that, Justin and I were able to have a meal in a restaurant without having to bounce him on a knee or swing him in the carseat. Just a regular old meal. I forgot how awesome that could be!

Later in the evening he started feeling very crummy. He was inconsolable. He didn’t want to sit up or lay down, didn’t want to eat, didn’t want to play, didn’t want to watch tv. He was just not feeling himself. We gave him a hit of Tylenol which brought his spirits up a bit. Enough to eat all his oatmeal cereal, at least.

He slept like a bear in winter, going six straight hours in the first round, then two hours, then one more. He’s a good boy.

Unhappy Hammy about half an hour after his shots.

Unhappy Hammy about half an hour after his shots.


Thanksgiving Post Mortem November 28, 2008

Filed under: Exhaustion,Family,Henry,Holidays — H. M. @ 10:59 am
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As we sat around the Thanksgiving table we pondered, “Who would have imagined when we were sitting here last Thanksgiving that we would have a Henry this year?” Indeed, it’s been a crazy year. Last Thanksgiving, Kevin was asleep in his bouncy seat while we had dinner. This year he was all over the place on two feet. So, Carrie, will we have another new baby to be in awe of next Thanksgiving? Just wondering 😉

The night before Thanksgiving I was struggling to get Henry back to sleep after his 3am feeding. I don’t know if it’s that particular hour of the day that is challenging or what, but I was exhausted and at the end of my rope. My shoulder is about ready for surgery from sleeping with him in our bed every night so I needed to come up with a solution to his flailing… fast!

After performing all the magical acts of soothing I could muster, I finally flipped him over on his tummy and he immediately fell asleep. I’d been avoiding this practice since everything out there says stomach sleeping leads to SIDS. That night he stayed sound asleep until 8:30 in the morning. I’m sold on it now. When Henry slept from midnight until 5:30 this morning I woke up refreshed, ready to face the day at that ungodly hour (but I put him back down and went back to sleep till 7.)

I figure since Henry can halfway roll over and has no trouble screaming his head off when he’s uncomfortable, a half-night of tummy sleeping will be good for all of us.


Happy Thanksgiving! November 26, 2008

Filed under: Blogging,Family — H. M. @ 10:25 am

To my friends and family, thanks for keeping up with my blog. It’s nice to be able to show you all the exciting stuff going on down here.

For those of you who I only know from the electronic world, thanks for visiting my websites, thanks for your feedback, and thanks for sharing your stories.

Now go grub. I’ll see you in a couple days! xoxo


The Senator – The Oldest Cypress Tree in America November 18, 2008

Just half an hour north of Orlando in Longwood, we took a jaunt to Big Tree Park to visit The Senator and his mistress Lady Liberty. The Senator is the oldest cypress tree in the U.S. celebrating 3,500 years on the planet. At the base it measures 35 feet around and it stands 118 feet tall, down from 165 before the top was taken off by a storm. Lady Liberty is only 2,000 years old but just as majestic as The Senator.

Justin in front of The Senator

Justin in front of The Senator

The Senator

The Senator

Henry slept through the whole thing.

Henry slept through the whole thing.

Lady Liberty. A youthful 2,000 years old.

Lady Liberty. A youthful 2,000 years old.

After we got home it was Jammy Time. Exhausted from his expedition, Henry fell asleep on his play gym.

After we got home it was Jammy Time. Exhausted from his expedition, Henry fell asleep on his play gym.


Pittsburgh and Back November 16, 2008

What an insane month it’s been. After returning from the Michigan trip I learned that we lost dear Uncle John, my dad’s oldest brother. So we did some laundry and hopped back on a plane up to Pittsburgh, just me and Henry. I believe Uncle John must have died of a broken heart after Aunt Donna died a month ago. In a remarkable turn of events, John regained perfect hearing before he died. The Hobson boys all have varying degrees of hearing loss and miraculously John no longer needed his hearing aids. It blows my mind that things like that are possible.

Although it was very sad to lose such a brilliant, kind man, his funeral service was probably the most uplifting service I have ever experienced. It was led by my cousin, Father Mark Hobson, whose eloquence and wisdom and poignance could unquestionably turn me back to the Catholic church if only there were more priests like him. My uncle John was a geologist. Mark constructed a remarkable speech weaving together elements of science and religion, the big bang theory and the beauty of Earth and the heavens, and how we can all reconcile our beliefs in science and God without having to choose one or the other. It was appropriate for the man who devoted himself to the earth and his faith, and for those of us who are still trying to figure it all out.

Despite the purpose of the visit, it was so good to see the Hobson side of the family. I got to see Becca and Bill and the kids for a brief moment at the viewing, I spoke with Missy and Jenny, John’s daughters, for the first time since the 80’s, my cousins Kathy and Sue and Lisa were there from the Harry and Bonnie clan, plus Brain, Terry and Jack of the Tom and Lucy contingent. I met my cousin Tammy, Bob’s dauther, for the first time ever. If anyone has her e mail address please forward it to me. Then there were all the second cousins, spouses, friends and neighbors. It was truly a celebration of life and family and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to be there.

Henry came with me and he was a perfect gentleman. He slept through the funeral and the cemetary service. Riley called him her “little brother”, and Kathy and Julie were kind enough to take him off my hands for me while he wailed so I could have a bite to eat.

The next section of this blog is vulgar. Proceed with caution.

Like any respectable rock star, Henry trashed the hotel room. He had another blowout poop in which he stained the sheets. Yeah, gross. But it was so disturbingly funny I had to take a picture.


He fussed a bit on the flight home last night but, all things considered, he was a good boy. He slept really well in his crib last night only waking up three times. The first time I just had to pat him on the bum and stick the passie back in his mouth, and that was early aroun 10pm I think. He woke up again around 1:30, ate for a minute (literally) and fell back to sleep, then woke up again at 5:30 for another feeding. Then he was out until 7:30. I’d call that a stellar night.

It’s wonderful to be home but Justin is super sick. He’s got a cold with a raspy voice. He’s been napping for the last hour and a half, I hope he’ll stay in bed all day and get better.


Henry’s New Trick November 12, 2008

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I’m such a proud momma. My little boy has a new trick as of last night. He can reach out for his rattle and shake it around. Isn’t he the bestest?


Little Firsts November 11, 2008

Filed under: Family,Henry — H. M. @ 6:43 pm
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Hooray! Today Henry reached out and picked up a toy for the first time. We love Hammy! He is, as his grandmother says, above average!