Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hudson - 20 months

His stats:

Weight - 27.4 pounds
Height - 82.6 centimeters

His likes/dislikes:

He dislikes baths (until he's in them), and not getting what he wants the moment he want it.

He likes eating frozen peas, laughing deep belly laughs, cuddles & kisses, being outside, and eating a ton of food (we hear "mo, mo" a lot).

His adventures:

He's a ball of energy who loves the park, walks, and a babycino at the local café (ok, maybe mom is the one who likes the café).

He seems to love daycare, which make us happy because this mama enjoys working. They do a ton of crafting, and he now requests to draw at home. We got him a table and chairs for eating his breakfast and drawing.

Thoughts on the last few months:

He's still a huge cuddle bug and has started asking for "cuddles". He melts my heart. We are officially off the boob! I stopped completely two weeks ago. He's still asking for it, but is not upset when I say there is no more. I weaned slowly - first cutting his morning feed, then stopping the work pumping, and finally stopping completely.

We are also over-the-moon with our new sleeping routine for the past three weeks when we tried controlled timed crying (different from controlled crying). The Hubs was staying in his room until he fell asleep (usually in there for 30mins or so, sometimes longer when the Hubs fell asleep too!). And Hudson was waking several nights a week usually somewhere between 2-4am. Then we decided to give the controlled timed crying a go - you put the baby to bed and then go back in at the 2min, 4min, 8min, and 16min marks to let him know you're still there. The first two nights Hudson cried at the 2min, pooped for the 4min, then we changed him and started again and he cried at the 2 min and was asleep by the 4min. After two nights, he went down with no crying and no waking!!!!!! I don't want to jinx it, but it's incredible. I would definitely recommend it for parents who want their evenings and sleep back. I think it worked so well because Hudson is older. I, personally, wouldn't do sleep training for babies under 1.

 And no post is complete without photos . . .

A little comparison - me circa 1984 & 2015 and Hudson circa 2015.

I love these two . . .

I'm glad Hudson is already showing an affinity for all things space related - the moon, stars, and space puzzles.

Little Toms kill me with cuteness overload!

Off to enjoy the last few minutes of nap time,


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Hudson - Fifteen months

His stats:

Weight - 24 pounds
Height - 82 centimeters

His likes/dislikes:

He has a strange affinity for plastic bottles, and likes to hold one when we drive (I swear we buy the kid toys).

He's still obsessed with balls, and we recently got him a world ball because you're never too early to learn all the countries!

He loves reading, and we created a little reading nook in his playroom (i.e. the back living room). 

He dislikes baths/showers now, and we're not sure why. He screams when we put him in a bath, but then eventually starts to enjoy it.

We bought him a bunny that I thought would be a security blanket type of thing, but we've realised that for him his security is pulling/playing with his hair. I would hate to see his face if he cut his hair.
His adventures:

One day shy of 14 months, he took his first steps! The Hubs and I were both there, and it was so exciting. In the last month he's really started cruising, but there are still lots of tumbles.

To celebrate the Hubs' birthday, we all took a trip to Tasmania, and Hudson experienced flying for the first time. He was surprisingly good, both in flight and during the trip. He loved running around the cottage and hotel we stayed at.

Beginning in January he started to go to daycare 3 days per week, and he seems to enjoy it. He switched rooms so he's no longer eating in a highchair or sleeping in a crib. He's growing up too fast!

Thoughts on the last few months:

He's officially into toddlerland, and it is amazing to see him figure out things. I love when he climbs into my lap and snuggles though, and luckily he does that pretty much every day. We're still cloth diapering, but the diapers were having some issues which may have been from extra detergent on them so I washed them several times. We're also still breastfeeding, and I'm not sure when I'll start weaning. I'm still pumping at work and he gets two 200ml bottles for daycare days and feeds on demand at home. He's a really good eater, and loves his fruits, veggies and oatmeal. He starting to feed himself more, which is messy but fun.

And no post is complete without photos . . .

These moments are so precious and I am trying so hard to soak up each and every one of them!

Off to entertain the lil man,


Friday, November 21, 2014

Hudson's First Birthday Party - Dr Seuss

On Saturday 8 November 2014, we celebrated Hudson's first birthday (yes, it was late but he didn't know. We were waiting for American Grandma to arrive). The day was sunny and hot, and the food was plentiful. Hudson decided that he was not a fan of party prep and as the Hubs and I ran around frantically getting everything set up, he followed us crying all the way. The Hubs mowed the lawn. Hudson stared out the window and cried (he loves pushing the mower pretending to mow, so I think he was distraught seeing dad do it without him).We felt so bad for him but there was so much to do!

We invited over all his friends from mothers' group along with family and friends. There were about 25 adults and 10 kids.

The some of the food we had included:

* fruit bowl
* hot spinach and artichoke dip w. turkish bread
* bruschetta
* white chocolate fountain with strawberries
* rice krispy treats
* chocolate truffles
* fabulous birthday cake

The cake was not made by us (as you can tell, because it's beautiful). It was an incredibly moist orange cake.

We did a ton of crafting for the party (many hours to be exact). My favourite was the monthly banner. 

We set up a little candy station for our "thank you for coming" treat

 We also had a birthday wishes station, where people could leave Hudson a birthday message.

The chocolate fountain was a fun little something special. It looked prettier after the sliced strawberries were put out, but I didn't snap a picture.

I helped a bit with blowing out the candle, but Hudson managed to inhale the cake himself (especially going after the frosting)

We set out a ball pit and tent with toys for the babies to explore. And the adults cracked open beers and sparkling wine. It was a perfect day. Hudson had a ton of fun, and it was so nice to have everyone over. I'm already starting to think about his 2nd birthday (I kid, well kinda).

Off to be productive,


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hudson - Twelve months

His stats:

Weight - 22.5 pounds

 Height - 78.5cm

His likes/dislikes:

We bought him a ball pit, which he loves!! He can crawl in and out, and enjoys handing you balls.

He still loves the cat (I, however, still dislike cats although I do feed it on occasion which probably sends it mixed messages).

He is obsessed with his dad. To an incredible level.


His adventures:

He had his first vacation without us (i.e. we had a vacation and he stayed with his Auntie). And as soon as we got back he wanted dad. I went to give him a cuddle when dad was holding him and he cried to go back to dad.

Our vacation: 

Hudson's vacation:

Thoughts on the month: 

We needed a vacation so bad. It's tough to go from a couple to parents, and I think taking time out to be a couple is really important. It's hard to do in the beginning, but I thought doing something around 1 was manageable. I would recommend that all soon-to-be parents plan a vacation for around 1. But it was hard to leave Hudson, and I couldn't imagine doing it if he didn't have such an incredible Aunt who is so loving and kind.

Hudson - Eleven months

His stats:

Weight - 22 pounds
Height - 77 centimeters

His likes/dislikes:

He learned to pull himself up to a standing position, so that is a favourite activity now. He also loves to point (especially at plants/trees). He has a very, very strong fascination with hair that results in him pulling his own and any other hair within reach. Dad takes him for "walks" around the house (i.e. holds his hands while Hudson struts around.

He loves the cat that comes around our house. He hates his jumperoo now. His favourite toy is probably the cheapest one - a huge pink ball that mom *may* have wanted for herself (who doesn't love balls?).

His adventures:

As you can see Hudson got his first black eye this month (hopefully his last too).

He enjoyed some park time which means lots of smiles while swinging.

And we went to the first mothers' group birthday (Hudson's the youngest in our group).

Thoughts on the month: 

 This month we enjoyed a date night (thanks to Hudson's Auntie). We also celebrated our first father's day. Hudson gave dad a frame with his footprint in it and some sweets. It is not easy getting a footprint from a baby and it is even harder for a hand (which is why the frame only included a foot.

And some pictures from the month: