Saturday, March 29, 2014

Hudson - Five Months


His stats:

Weight - 18 pounds

Height - 68 centimeters

His likes/dislikes:

He loves my made up songs and pram rides. Although pram rides always start with excitement, but as soon as we get going he goes into deep concentration mode. At least that is what it looks like. He doesn't crack a smile for the whole trip.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

He's a giraffe-eater.

He enjoys quality time with his blocks.


His love for the outdoors only seems to increase. A favourite of his is still laying in the "parkie" and staring at trees.

He's finally enjoying bath time now, and goes crazy kicking his legs.


And, of course, thumb sucking is a good way to make yourself feel better.


Dislikes - waiting to eat and not getting his way


 His adventures:

He went to the hospital to visit dad (more on that below). He took the train into the city, and he seemed to enjoy watching things go by. He went to lots of coffee shops (his mom has a current iced coffee addiction).


New changes this month:

Although he rolled last month, he really wasn't into the rolling this month until this past week (right after he heard me tell a mom from my mothers' group that he doesn't like rolling - he came home and rolled a dozen times! The stinker was just proving a point, I suppose). He does it so much that I've been able to catch it on camera, which was a nice video to send to dad in the hospital.

 

Thoughts on the month: 

It's been a tough month. The Hubs has been in the hospital for almost all of it due to two lung surgeries. I managed pretty well in the role of single parent but it's taken it's toll on me. I need to spend this month trying to breathe deeper. The Aussie and I are also hoping to organise our life a bit - join the gym, rein in the monthly food bill, think about long term goals (perhaps finally saying goodbye to student loans and enjoying some fun trips), and maybe (just maybe) get in some date nights. Wish us luck!

Off to unwind from this long day,

B



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Living the Life of a Single Parent

For the past week I've been living the life of a single parent while the Hubs recovers in the hospital from surgery to fix his collapsed lung. We're hoping he'll be out in the next few days. Honestly, it hasn't been too bad. Hudson is a great baby who barely ever cries (at least so far! I'm sure he'll give me plenty of grief as a teenager to make up for it). At the moment he's snoozing in his swing, looking absolutely adorable sucking his thumb.

Our days have consisted of:

- waking up between 4-7am for a feed
- waking up to start the day around 9am
- having breakfast
- going into town (Mama needs her iced coffee and Hudson loves pram rides)
- wash (lots of wash)
- nappy changes (a lot, especially now that we're cloth diapering)
- tummy time and playing with toys
- reading books
- plenty of feedings
- bath time (Hudson is loving bath time now)
- eating dinner at 8:30 when the little one is finally asleep.

It's not a great deal different from our normal days, but I am definitely missing the adult talk. I could use many great adjectives to describe Hudson, but great conversationalist would not be one of them.

I have started another Coursera class - Confronting the Big Questions - Highlights of Modern Astronomy. It's incredibly interesting. I didn't realise that the first exoplanet (a planet outside our solar system) was only discovered in 1995! It's an exciting time to be alive (from an astronomy/astrophysics perspective). The course does a great job of taking complex ideas and breaking them into easy to follow discussions.

Picture dump time . . .




 Hudson almost always looks incredibly bored when he's riding in the pram, but he's so excited when I first put him into it. I like to think that he's just a deep thinker who spends his time outdoors pondering life's biggest questions (or at least thinking about what toy he wants to eat next).



 This picture does not convey how steep the hill was! Pushing a pram and a chunky baby is a good workout.


As you can see, there have been some ups and downs. Luckily, Hudson's breakdowns usually last about .2 seconds.

Off to enjoy the rest of Hudson's nap time (aka watch vlogs),

B


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hudson - Four Months

With each passing day I am more amazed by my little man. I love watching his personality develop, and I do everything in my power to bring out those precious smiles.


His stats:

Weight - 17 pounds 5 ounces

Height - 67 centimeters

His likes/dislikes:

He still loves "the blue hole" (aka the missing part of our roof). He, unlike the rest of the world, also loves to hear me sing (mostly I go with random noises like "a boo, a ba, a bee", so perhaps the term "singing" isn't entirely accurate).  He really enjoys rides in the pram (Australian word for stroller). I know this because when he gets put in the pram he kicks his legs wildly and smiles. He's also still fascinated by his baby Einstein take along tunes and is starting to enjoy soft blocks.

He loves being outside - looking at trees and feeling the wind. 

Dislikes are unchanging - being cold after a shower and having to wait to eat.

His adventures:

He was babysat by his grandmom for the first time (my mom).



He flew co-piloted a helicopter



He got naked in the park.



New changes this month:

He rolled over! It was so exciting, even though we all missed the actual roll. We were eating dinner and one second he was on his back and the next he was on his stomach. Of course as soon as I realised what happened, I ran to get my camera. He hasn't done it since (the slacker!).

Thoughts on the month: 

It's been a big transition going back to work, but I feel incredibly lucky that I have a very flexible work environment. I do believe challenging myself outside the home will make me a better mom - one who appreciates the time I do have with Hudson. Some women can be completely satisfied staying at home full-time, but I knew (even before Hudson was born) that I was not one of those women. I just want to find the right work/life balance.

I love that Hudson is now holding onto you when you carry him. I love that he seems to genuinely enjoy my presence. I love that he brings so much joy into our lives. And I love falling asleep with my favourite two men beside me (even if one is a heavy breather and the other bangs his legs constantly).


Off to clean the wood floors (aka chase down all the dust bunnies taking over the house),

B

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hudson - Three months

I don't know why, but I feel as though 3 months is a big deal. Perhaps it's that around this time your little newborn becomes an infant. Or maybe that it's a quarter of the way to the b-i-g 1. Maybe it's just that I like celebrating everything!!

Hudson gave me some cute pictures for his 3 month update.


His stats:

Weight - 15 pounds 5 ounces

Height - 65 centimeters

His likes/dislikes:

New this month in the like department is "the blue hole" (the Hubs removed the wood furnace so we have a hole in the ceiling covered with tarp and Hudson loves staring at it. Good thing because it probably won't get fixed right away).


He also loves listening to his baby Einstein take along tunes. And of course playing with his mouth still gets plenty of smiles, as does bunny kisses.

He still dislikes being cold after a shower, being hungry, and that's about it.


His adventures:

He experienced his first (second, third, and fourth) visit to the park. I was blown away by how much he loved it.



New changes this month:

He makes much more eye contact and definitely notices your presence more. He is getting stronger with tummy time and seems to enjoy it.


Thoughts on the month: 

He brightens up my life so much! I love spending time with him. Most days we try to get out of the house. He loves seeing new things.
 
We also finished his nursery, and I love it!



I will be going back to work next week, which will be hard. I feel so grateful that I have the opportunity to work 2 days per week with 1 day being from home. I missed working, so I feel like this is the perfect arrangement. We are hoping that the Hubs will be able to work from home the day I'm in the office. I feel incredibly lucky to have the life I have - one filled with so much love and so little stress.






Off to stare at my sleeping baby (seriously, I'm obsessed!),

B

Friday, January 3, 2014

Hudson - Two months

Two months in and I feel like a professional (not!). I do, however, feel more confident. I also love my baby even more (didn't think it was possible, but I am o.b.s.e.s.s.e.d).


I feel like he's doing an impersonation of Joey from Friends - "how you doin?"

Of course there were outtakes . . .


His stats:

Weight - 13 pounds 5 ounces

Height - 61 centimeters

His likes/dislikes:

Likes - shutters are still #1, laps around the house, moving (in the pram or baby bjorne), and playing games with his mouth (lightly touching the sides or moving his bottom lip), bunny kisses from his bunny rattle and staring at his new mobile (Christmas gifts from his grandparents).


Dislikes - being cold after a shower/bath and not getting his way (seriously the lil man knows what he wants to do all day every day)



His adventures:
He went furniture shopping (slept the whole time) and spent a week with the grandparents over Christmas. He was really good being in a new environment, and started putting himself to sleep. He had his first picture with Santa & celebrated his first Christmas.


He went to the Gisborne market (slept the whole time). He also had his first sleepover at Auntie Chelsea's house for New Year's Eve while the Hubs and I went to a wedding (where he slept for 8.5hrs for the first time - the jerk!).

New changes this month:

He sleeps for 6 hours most nights, and we even had a few 8 hours in the last week. We also gave him his first pacifier tonight, but I'm not sure if we'll keep using it (he was a big fan, although it took him awhile to figure it out and he kept spitting it out accidentally). We get smiles and giggles daily, which melt my heart!



  

He's also able to hold things (like tiny, adorable rattles). He obviously thinks he's the #1 baby in the world for mastering this skill. I did tell him he was the #1 first born baby in our family . . . haha.



Thoughts on the month:
I love making him smile, and I feel as though I'm starting to get to know him and his different cries. I breastfed in public for the first time. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

Off to sleep (for who knows how long),

B

Friday, November 29, 2013

Hudson - One month

I can't believe Hudson has been with us for a month already. I go back and forth between feeling as though he's always been in our lives to feeling as though life has changed so quickly. However, I always feel incredibly lucky to call him my son (ahhh - it's still surreal to use "my" and "son" together).



His stats:

Weight - 10 pounds 7 ounces

Height - 55 centimeters


His likes/dislikes:

Likes - sleeping on chests, staring at shutters, listening to his dad sing the oompa loompa song (well, sing the first two lines over and over), taking "laps" around the house, lifting his head when he's on your chest, hanging out in the baby bjorne, and floating in his bath.


Dislikes - nappy changes and being put down in the bassinet.

His adventures:
Obviously this whole month was basically a list of firsts - baths, pram rides, car rides, etc. He went on three car rides - home from the hospital, to the baby store to pick-up a sinfully expensive but equally awesome swing made by 4moms, and to his grandparents house. He's gone on a few walks in the baby bjorne, including to mothers' group. He also took his pram for a spin twice.  


New changes this month:
We've spent this month learning about each other and getting the hang of breastfeeding. Hudson calls the shots, whether it be to party at 3am with ear piercing screams or deciding to take a long nap on a Saturday afternoon (I would also vote for the latter!). He changes daily. Lately he's been foregoing his morning nap like a rebel, which makes his mom cranky. I try to remind myself that the boy will eventually sleep and I will eventually get my nap. He's usually waking twice at night, and I'm dreaming of the day he sleeps longer than 3.5 hrs at a time over night. We like having him sleep in our room, so we probably won't transition him to his own room for awhile.

Just like every other new parent, we think he's a genius. He lifts his head like a rockstar and has started making babbling sounds. I'm sure doing long division is right around the corner. He's so inquisitive, and I love watching him look around a room.

Thoughts on the month:
I've loved watching how easily my husband has taken on the role of dad, and I feel blessed to have his love and support as we embark on this crazy thing called parenthood. I feel like a hermit most days because I don't get out of my pjs, but I'm hoping in the upcoming weeks we get into a better routine.


Off to rock a crying baby,

B