Monday, February 1, 2016

They're multiplying!

I'm so incredibly excited to announce that Hudson is going to be promoted to big brother in June! We've decided not to find out what we're having, and I can honestly say I just want a healthy baby. Two little boys will be so much fun and having a girl would be amazing. Either way, we're very lucky.
 

TWENTY WEEKS

Weight gained:1.5 pounds

Workouts: 10 weeks in I started wearing my FitBit - averaged 12,500 steps per day for December and January. In January I also started a squat challenge, and am doing 75 per day. I am trying to make it to the gym a few times a week for some light lifting - nothing too strenuous. 

Labor Signs: None, thankfully.
Symptoms: I feel 30 weeks pregnant with how I am sleeping and the bump! It probably didn't help that I only lost half the weight I put on with Hudson, so I began this pregnancy much heavier.
Movement: Felt movement a few days before 20 weeks (similar to with Hudson). My placenta is in the front so that means I won't feel as much movement. I forgot how amazing the flutters feel!
 
Food Aversions: none

Food Cravings: none
Sleep: See above. Using snoogle (never stopped after I had Hudson . . . haha).

Stretch marks? None so far, but I am sure I will get a few new ones. With Hudson I got some on the sides and a few on the stomach. They are light and don't bother me.
 
Miss Anything? Sleeping on my stomach, a cold cider and coke zero (exactly the same as last time!)
 
Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: Half way mark is exciting, but still so far to go. It's nice this time around because some of the moms from mothers' group are also pregnant (we can complain together). We have a girl's name picked out and are down to the top 2 for boy names!
 
Belly Button in or out? Still in.
 
Wedding rings on or off? Off. I had terrible swelling last time and got carpal tunnel. I am really afraid it's going to be worse this time!

Happy or moody most of the time: Very happy, and nervous to add another to the mix because things have gotten into such a good place with Hudson.
 
New Baby Items: None yet. I plan to limit the buying until after the baby is born.

Hudson - 2 years

His stats:

Weight - 31.6 pounds
Height - 92 centimeters

His likes/dislikes:

He dislikes not getting his way and absolutely hates when Dad holds Mom's hand.

He likes going to the park, playing hide and seek, reading, and spending every possible moment with Dad. We also let him occasionally watch Dora the Explorer, which he likes (although he can't get through an entire episode)

His adventures:

He went to his first wedding - his Uncle got married.


Despite the look on his face, he had a good time. Especially when he saw the Bride's niece.

He's had many adventures with his friends.



His biggest adventure was flying to America to visit my parents and best friend! The flights weren't too bad because we had tons of extra seats (I love empty planes!).


Thoughts on the last few months: 

His language has exploded and he wants to try to do everything himself. I love seeing him learn and grow. He's such a sweet child - always quick to share with us and wanting to cuddle. I feel blessed that he's mine.



The alligator misbehaved and got time out. Haha! We give Hudson time out of 10 seconds if he's not listening, and apparently he applies the same rules to his animals.


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,

B

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,

B




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,

B






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.