Mark My Words

Writing, flying and yawning my way through motherhood

Chomp! January 6, 2009

Filed under: Henry — H. M. @ 9:51 pm

Henry’s first tooth came in today. Hooray! We’re so proud of our little buddy, he’s growing up so fast. 😦

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The Five Month Miracle January 4, 2009

Filed under: Henry,Traveling — H. M. @ 4:20 pm

Something magical and quite unexpected has come over our little home. I didn’t see it coming, but I should have known something grand was in my future. I’ve found that after taking Henry on a trip , where he’s faced with unfamiliar sounds and smells and sights, he comes home a little more mature. He can handle the day to day stresses of growing up with newfound ease.

After returning home from a five day trip to Massachusetts, Henry is much more willing to accept that sleep is normal, and it feels good. I’ve been able to put him down for naps and he sleeps for two or three hours at a time. Even though he’s still waking two, sometimes three times a night, I can lay him down at bed time while he’s still awake and he’ll fall asleep all by himself. He even soothed himself back to sleep after an abrupt awakening at 2am last night.

I’m so proud of my boy. I know he’s having some rough times because of those little teeth coming in, but he’s handling it so well.

First snow storm. I love the little tongue trying to catch the snowflakes!

First snow storm. I love the little tongue trying to catch the snowflakes!

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Christmas Cheer = Family, Friends and FOOD! December 26, 2008

We had ham, and Hammy had sweet potatoes. Yum! It was his first official big boy meal and did he ever love it! He probably would have eaten a six pack of sweet potatoes if baby food was packaged that way. Check him out!

First bite.

First bite.

Second bite.

Second bite.

Licking the spoon clean.

Licking the spoon clean.

Cute and messy.

Cute and messy.

Demanding another jar.

Demanding another jar.

And back to spoon licking.

And back to spoon licking.

 

It Was Fun While it Lasted December 24, 2008

Filed under: Breastfeeding,Exhaustion,Henry — H. M. @ 8:59 am

After a couple weeks of well rested joy, my baby has turned into a screaming, not sleeping, food spitting troll. Where did my easy days go? For a good stretch he was only waking up at night once or twice. Now we’re back to three or four times. I suppose this will remedy itself once he can roll over. It seems that part of the time all I have to do is roll him into a new position and he’s right back to sleep.

And after having some awesome naps last week, the kind where he woud lay down in his crib, fall asleep on his own, and stay asleep for a couple hours, we are back to catnaps that last maybe 40 minutes if I’m lucky. The past few days he’s been resistant to taking an afternoon nap at all which means all hell breaks loose around 5pm each night.

I’ve been mixing his morning cereal with formula and a little banana to make it taste good, but he hasn’t been fooled. He hates the taste of the formula even if it is disguised as solid food. Today he learned that if he coughs with a full mouth of food it will evacuate his mouth at a high rate of speed. Which is his ultimate goal. I’m just so afraid that with the introduction of solids, my milk will slow down and I’ll have to give him formula. Which will incite a riot. He’s been crying for the last hour and a half because I haven’t given him a boob, I don’t know how much of this drama I can take, you know? And it’s not just crying, it’s full body rage. He won’t play with his toys and won’t watch his movie. How will I ever wean him?

I wish he would sleep and eat like a normal person.

I need coffee.

 

4 Month Shots December 16, 2008

Filed under: Family,Henry — H. M. @ 3:07 pm
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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.

 

Play Hard, Sleep Hard December 12, 2008

Filed under: Exhaustion,Henry — H. M. @ 4:38 pm
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Eye booger and all

Eye booger and all

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Which Words Can You Live Without? November 30, 2008

Filed under: Eating,Henry,Writing — H. M. @ 10:57 pm
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I recently read something entitled “Which Words Can You Live Without?” I thought about it and the word that’s making my brain burn these days is TRANSPARENT. As in, “We need our policies to be transparent,” or “this administration needs to be as transparent as possible.”

Is “clear” too dumb sounding? Like, “Am I making myself clear?” That’s so yesterday. Today, I’m making myself transparent.

That being said, enjoy a new picture of Hammy and his first egg nog latte!

Starbucks!

Starbucks!

He doesn’t understand that licking the cup isn’t the fastest way to the beverage.