Friday, August 25, 2017

:Henry: Three Months:

Eating: Henry generally eats every 2-4 hours. I try to feed him lots in the afternoon/early evening to help him sleep at night.

Sleeping: We are starting to get to a 3 naps a day routine. He is ready for a nap about 1-1.5 hours after waking. So either we have to rush to get everyone fed and out the door so Henry can fall asleep in his car seat doing whatever it is we have planned that morning, or we stay at home until he wakes from his first nap. Naps range from 45 minutes to 3 hours. He will sleep in his Dockatot/crib for naps,  or sometimes the Mamaroo.

We had a good week long streak of Henry sleeping 10 hours straight a night. It was glorious. Once we went on vacation he started to revert back to waking a couple times a night but he seems to sleep for 7-11 hours straight. I've got all my fingers and toes crossed that he continues on this trend to being a good night sleeper.

Diapers: Size 1 but this will be the last box since he is growing out of them.

Weight/Size: Not sure. He was 12.5lbs at 8 weeks and it feels like he is getting bigger by the day!

He is wearing 0-3m and 3-6m clothes.

Hair and eyes: Dark brown/black hair. I think his eyes are changing from dark blue to brown/hazel.

Personality: Henry is generally a pretty happy little man but he is pretty serious when the camera comes out! He coos like crazy, especially in the morning and when he wakes up from a nap. He has starting "talking" and a bit of shrieking. He is so happy when you go to get him when he wakes up.

Nicknames: Baby Henry, Litte Man

Likes: being held so he can see what's going on, the solly wrap, his carseat, diaper changes, laying on the play mat, being swaddled, bath time, watching his siblings, his fists in his mouth

Dislikes: Being hungry, having a dirty diaper, having his toes dipped into the lake, not being able to see someone, being overtired.

Milestones: Henry has rolled a couple times while being on his tummy. He generally doesn't mind tummy time too much and is getting so strong holding his head up.

Mama: Having three little ones is busy. Sometimes it feels like someone needs me all the time, which can be overwhelming. We are getting into a good routine and the chaos is starting to be a bit more predictable. Bed time is the hardest since everyone wants me. I've only had to do bedtime by myself 100% once or twice and it was challenging.

Next week we start our new routine with the older two going to school. I'm excited for the routine but I'm also dreading the routine and the daily pick up/drop offs with 3 children. I'm hoping that this will give me time to workout more, meal plan and have some me time. I am mourning the end of weekday playdates, lazy days and spur of the moment zoo adventures.

Big Sister & Big Brother: Audrey and Leo LOVE Henry and often smother him with love. There are still some moments of jealousy but I think they are enjoying him being more interactive with them. Audrey has started telling me what Henry needs-- "Mom, Henry needs a boobie" "Mom, Henry needs a diaper change" "Mom, pick up Henry!"

Henry, these last 3 months have been so fun watching you become part of our family! You are the perfect 3rd child and I can't wait to see you grow with your siblings. You are so loved!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

:Henry's Newborn Photos:

As you can imagine, spare time is pretty hard to find around these parts lately so it's taken me awhile to share Henry's newborn photos here. 

Whitney came to our house when Henry was 11 days old to take some lifestyle photos of us with our newest addition. It was a bit hectic juggling all three but as usual Whitney was so patient, the kids were pretty good and she captured some pretty special moments for us. Henry was pretty alert for most of the session, which is exactly how he was even as a tiny newborn!

I cried when I received the photos. Every time she manages to get all the perfect shots, even amongst the chaos. I don't know how she does it but I am so grateful she does!

As always, it's nearly impossible to pick my favourite photos but I managed to narrow it down a bit! Henry has grown so much since these were taken! He's such a chubby little boy now-- so hard to believe he was ever this little!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

:Henry: Two Months:

I should stop being surprised at how quickly time is flying by but it seriously feels like he was just born. Yet two months have gone by...

Eating: Henry generally eats every 2-4 hours. I feed on demand so we don't really have a set schedule or even routine for eating yet.

Sleeping: Henry seems to need a nap within 1 hour or so of waking up in the morning. If I don't get him down for that then the rest of the morning seems to be a struggle, unless we immediately go out somewhere so he can fall asleep in the carseat. He definitely sleeps the best in the car seat which is nice for when I have to be out running errands but I can't always be out!

He is getting better at going down in his crib/Dockatot for naps. He will also nap in the Mamaroo really well. It's in our room where it's quiet so that probably helps since he was not a fan of the swing in the living room. He would scream as soon as you put him in there.

At night he sleeps in his crib/dockatot for the first 3-5 hours. If he wakes up after I'm already asleep for awhile then I usually just bring him into bed with me. I might put him back into his bed but more often then not he stays in our bed until morning. It works for now.

Diapers: Size 1

Weight/Size: At 7 weeks, Henry was 11.5 lbs!! Today, he is 12 lbs, 3 oz! He is 22.75 inches long. He's getting huge!! He has the chunkiest thighs and arms of any of our babies. I want him to stay little but I also love all the chub.

He is wearing 0-3m clothes. Most of the newborn stuff has been packed away :(

Hair and eyes: Dark brown/black hair and dark blue eyes. I'm so intrigued to see if his eyes will stay blue or turn hazel/green like Audrey's. It could be months before we see a change though.

Personality: Henry is generally a pretty happy little man but when he wants something he lets you know!

Nicknames: Hungry Henry, Litte Man

Likes: Cuddling, eating, being held, the solly wrap if he is tired but not hungry, his carseat, diaper changes- he gives big smiles, laying on the play mat and watching the toys hanging over his head, bath time as long as Mom doesn't make the water too cold.

Dislikes: Being hungry, having a dirty diaper, having his face/head washed, the regular swing, being overtired.

Mama: We are starting to get into the routine of our new-normal as a family of 5. There have been moments of frustration, exhaustion, lack of patience (mostly with the older two), and wondering how this is my life now but those moments aren't as frequent as the joy, love and happiness of having Henry in our lives!

I've started working out again which feels nice. I've started T25 Alpha 3x a week. My back and core are quite weak so I need to strengthen them and hopefully have less pain and stiffness. I still have a bit to go before my pre-pregnancy pants will fit but I'm fine with that and didn't expect to fit into things as quickly this time. I don't know my weight at Henry's birth and haven't weighed myself post-birth either so I'm basing it all on how my clothes fit. Funny enough, I don't have much of a desire to run right now. I'm not going to force it-- maybe in the fall.

I had my last midwife appointment when Henry was 7 weeks old-- as expected I was a bawling mess. I'm so sad to say goodbye to them and to this phase of my life. But I promised them I would come back and visit periodically.

Big Sister & Big Brother: For the most part, Audrey and Leo have adjusted well to the addition of Henry. They both have their moments of jealousy and "feeling like (we) would rather spend time with Henry than (them)". They both love to shower Henry with hugs and kisses. Audrey wants to hold him all the time, and they are having fun playing with Henry when he is on the play mat. Audrey is so helpful and Leo is when he wants to be ;)

Misc: Henry had his first set of vaccinations. He cried but not for long. He is developing a bit of a flat spot on the right side of his head so we need to keep an eye on that and promote him to look the other way so it doesn't get worse and it corrects itself.

We love our little Henry so much and wish he would stay little just a bit longer but he seems to have a different plan!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

:Audrey & Leo meet Henry & Coming Home:

Audrey and Leo were at the day home when Henry was born. Auntie L and Uncle C took them there in the morning after spending the night at our house with them while I was in labour. 

Hubby picked them up at the end of the day and told them the baby was born. Audrey was slightly disappointed at first that Henry was a boy but she quickly got over that. We decided that they would come to the hospital for a quick visit to meet Henry since I was spending the night. 

When I talked to them on the phone just before they came over, Leo exclaimed "Mommy, the baby was born! His name is Henry!" It was so sweet! 

When they arrived they were so excited!! Audrey had made him a special little card and they brought him his bunny. 

Leo kept talking to Henry in a sweet voice, telling him he was his big brother.

Audrey was thrilled to hold Henry. 

Leo was pretty pumped too!

They sang him the full version of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star which we used to sing to him on the inside! 

My mom surprised us with a visit which was nice! 

We were discharged the next morning as both of us were doing well. I had a good sleep the night before.  My nurses were fabulous-- I had the same day nurse , Ener, for both days in postpartum. She was so thorough and even phoned my midwife to debrief her which she said never happens. 

Daddy dressed Henry, we loaded him into his carseat and headed home to officially be a family of 5!!

Of course big sister wanted to hold him as soon as we got home.

Her hands look giant next to his!

Our families and friends were so helpful during this time-- from dropping everything to be with the big ones while in labour, to bringing us meals, stocking our freezer with food, entertaining the older two with visits and sleepovers. The transition to 3 children was relatively smooth due to all the help from our village.