Monday, May 26, 2014

Modern day goldilocks

Tee hee!!!

I know I owe you all 7000 posts. I have many drafted. And I didn't forget Henry turned 3 months on Friday, I got his elephant picture. I also have some awesome mom fail Fridays. Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

You know you're a mom when...

When you sit down at 3:26 pm to finally eat your lunch and you realized your son's pacifier is clipped to you because he's in his crib with a different one.
Wow. I look rough. It's been a hard two days. I will not post the picture of his blowout yesterday, but many a friends got that sent to them :-)

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Head control

Henry has been pretty advanced with his motor skills. Like I said, at one week he tried to roll from back to tummy in his crib, and he started rolling from tummy to back at a month. 

On Saturday we waned to take him swimming and the aronsons brought Leah over (who is almost 7 months....what???)

Charlie's parents sent is this tugboat pool float that Henry is way too young for but I wanted to sit him in it with my support. It was a bit cold so we snapped a pic and took him out and straight to the tub. 

We also got a family picture which I think is funny because it's like the one we took on Hawaii but with a Henry instead of a dolphin!

As much as swimming with dolphins was a dream of mine and on my bucket list, the experience is incomparable to the family pic in the pool. (Say awe). 

Later that night we also tried him out in his "bumbo" seat. I don't know what the generic name for those seats are but we have a different brand - prince lionheart. The pros are that it straps your child in and the seat can strap to aside face like a chair, but the cons are that it's not as soft as te bumbo. 

Henry isn't a fan of tummy time and will just roll over most of the time, so I will often do it with him on my chest. He held himself like this for minutes. And these are two of my favorite pics of him. 

He looks so big and grown up! Like a real baby, not just a squishy newborn! 

I gotta say though, I hope no matter how good his head control becomes that well always have these moments:

(Please excuse the fact that I literally never wear make up for any of these pics anymore). 

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Accents By Aggie - Sewing Projects

Last year for my birthday Charlie bought me a dual embroidery/sewing machine and under his sister's tutelage, I have learned so much! I absolutely love making little gifts for all my friends and especially for Henry.

I don't intend on opening an etsy shop right now because I don't want to make that kind of commitment but I will definitely sell these as many friends have asked about it for other friends, etc. I do plan on posting it somehow, whether its a simple website or on Facebook, and have a price list. If you have any projects you want done, let me know!

Eden suggested the name "Accents by Aggie" - myself being Aggie, named ever so lovingly by Clara when she couldn't say "Avigail". Enjoy!

Happy birthday, Israel!

Yom hike set sameach, eretz yisrael!

Henry can't wait to visit you one day. 

And one with sabba, who fought and was injured for Israel's continued freedom!

Henry loves to sing

My synagogue has a mommy and me every other week and Henry and I learned a song called "af peh ozen" (which means nose, mouth ear in Hebrew). It's his favorite song and can almost always make him smile! I think it's a combination of the melody plus those face parts being poked.

Love my music loving little man!

Monday, May 05, 2014

Videos of Henry circa 2 months

Henry has been talking and smiling the last couple of weeks and I caught some videos that I love, but don't want to keep on my phone because they are taking too much space! Lol! So here is a dump of some Henry videos.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Mom fail Friday

So last week I posted a mom fail Friday about Henry's missing kippa but what I should have posted about is a much more serious mom fail. Heartbreaking really.

I needed the lunch cooler for services last week since I planned on giving Henry bottles at the synagogue and would just pump at home. I opened up the cooler, and there staring at me were two bags of milk from my trip to Texas.... just sitting in the bottom, not frozen.... I don't know how much it was but probably 10 ounces of wasted milk. I know I saved the rest from my trip to Texas, and I counted and I have almost 175 ounces of milk in the freezer. But still! That's ten ounces wasted and not being liquid gold for my baby!!! Whoever said don't cry over spilled milk obviously never pumped that milk themselves! Fail!

I didn't snap a picture of rotten breastmilk so here's one instead :-)
Henry and his girlfriend Leah. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Henry One Month (one month late)

Dear Henry,

Age: one month
one elephant for one month

Size: At one month you weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces - almost 2 pounds heavier than at birth! You had your one month appointment about 3-4 days after you turned one month, so you probably weighed right at 8 pounds then. You were 20 inches still, or 20.5 (wow I don't remember already) so just getting fatter!

Milestones: You rolled over!! 

At one week old we looked at the crib monitor from our phones and from your back you had managed to get on your side and your right arm was all the way over your left (which was still stuck). From the angle of the picture, you looked like you rolled over but we knew you didn't. Once we started using swaddles instead of sleep sacks you started squiggling around in your crib and we don't know how since you are pretty tightly swaddled.

What a wiggle worm!

Family and Friends: A lot of our friends brought us meals (which definitely contributed to the fact that I weigh the same as when I left the hospital). You have loved meeting them all, especially Clara!
Your Aunt Adva and Uncle Jason surprised us and visited during their short break for their board exams. They checked your reflexes before they even hugged or held you, and of course you passed with flying colors.

Your Daddy could just hold you while you're sleeping and not put you down, and in fact he sometimes holds you in the middle of the night in the lazy boy instead of putting you in the crib. We gotta soak up those cuddles because pretty soon you'll be too big for them.

One morning I woke up after I had fallen asleep with you in my arms, and looked over and you were in the crib with a big blanket on you. 
I FREAKED out that someone had done that, and Daddy was sitting gin the office (the next room over) watching the monitor constantly to make sure you were okay. But we had a talk and I explained to him very nicely that it was not okay and that we have wearable blankets. Daddy said he thought you liked the heavy pressure so I showed him some swaddles that add a little weight. 

Well, I went to get a pedicure when you were a few weeks old and Daddy watched you. I missed you so I asked him to send me a picture. He sent a picture of a pile of blankets and said "he's somewhere under there". Then of course he didn't pick up when I called so I called Granny Lolly and made her go check on you. Before she got there Daddy texted me that he was joking. NOT funny, Daddy!

Foods: You get breast milk only, either from the boob or the bottle. You got your bottle on day 2 because you were in the NICU (Thank you Aunt Dana and baby Leah for sharing your milk for Henry's first bottle). I made sure to give you the bottle and not anybody else so that you would take one from me. I've heard about babies taking bottles from anybody but their mother (they smell her and want the boob) so I wanted to nip it in the bud before it started.  You got a pacifier on day 2. It's your best friend. We call it your "motzi" because Motzetz is Pacifier in Hebrew. Parents who choose to not give their kids motzis are sadists. Seriously! I've come to learn that nipple confusion is basically a myth. So many of my friends gave a motzi early on and their babies still breastfeed like champs. In fact, I have a friend who didn't give her baby one and then the baby didn't take a paci ever!
You only took the soothie or gumdrop pacis at the beginning but I transitioned you to the orthodontic kind, and your favorite motzi is the mam, followed by the avent. I like that the event comes with a little cover so I keep that one in my diaper bag as our extra, so it doesn't collect diaper bag dust.

At about 1-2 weeks you stopped latching on immediately (I called it "the chomp) and started fussing a bit at the nipple, but a few phone calls with Aunt Jaren and Aunt Sarah, and Granny Lolly, straightened that our right away.

Schedule: In the NICU you were put on an ever 3 hour schedule from day 1, so we kept it at first. At your 1 week check up (you were 8 days old) you had regained all your birth weight plus an ounce, so the doctor told us we didn't have to wake you up in the middle of the night anymore. That sort of ruined the schedule because now you were waking up at different hours. After tweaking it quite a bit I put you on a 2.5 hour schedule, which sounds like a step back from 3 hours, but it ensured you got more food during the day and needed less at night, so you would sleep longer stretches.

You are very sweet when you sleep. At first you didn't like the swaddle and you slept so soundly that we just used sleep sacks (wearable blankets) but when you became more alert we started swaddling you and it completely relaxes you now.

We did your newborn pictures at 9 days and you were already so much more alert that they were a pain in the butt! You fussed the whole time instead of just sleeping for those precious sleeping pictures. We did manage a few good ones and my absolute favorite (and yours) is this one of Mickey, which I declare will be your favorite thing ever.

Swaddled, you are a good sleeper. You also fall asleep nursing sometimes, and make really cute faces and smiles. I also love when you fall asleep with your paci and it falls out, and your mouth stays open. Jaren titled the open mouthed picture "Insert boob here". 

Me and you:
I got to show you off when I took you to Sunday School for your very first non doctor appointment outing on your 4 week birthday. I let my students hold you after they washed their hands. I loved showing you off! 
Call me an evil mama, but some of my favorite pictures are these few of you crying.

I tried so hard to get these of you, and as soon as we took out your motzi and unswaddled you, the pictures above happened. 

I can't believe in a few months you'll be posing in the lazy boy with 12 little elephants (which means mommy needs to do some shopping, don't tell Daddy!)

I love you more than the world, baby boy!