Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hank is 8 Months Old

Hank is currently: 8 months old! I honestly cannot believe how quickly time has been flying by. He's growing up so fast and just into everything all the time!

Weight: Unsure. Next checkup is at 9 months.

Clothing: He's in 6-9 and 6-12 month clothes. To be honest, I've been pretty lazy and trying to still get some use out of his 3-6 month pants and onesies that are way too short. I have to go through his box of clothes and get the next size prepped.

Nicknames: Hank already is a nickname, but we also call him little guy and big boy. I also catch myself calling him handsome on a regular basis, because, obviously.

Health/Diet: He still nurses several times a day and takes breastmilk bottles while I'm at work. He LOVES eating real foods. He gets really excited and seems to enjoy the task of using those fine motor skills to pick up little morsels. His favorite foods include eggs, avocado, puffs. He seems to dislike many of the packets I've been sending him lately, which is kind of disappointing.

Sleep: He is on a pretty regular sleep schedule. He goes down at 8pm and then wakes up at 11:30pm and then again at around 2 or 3am. I really wish he would sleep more at night, but at least his sleep schedule is pretty predictable.

Milestones: He is crawling all over the place and moving SO FAST. He is also trying to pull himself up onto literally anything he can. He's a short ways away from standing in his crib. We really need to get on the whole child proofing thing a bit more.

Likes: His binkie, playing with Pepper's water dish, sticking his hands and feet in his mouth, crawling, Patsy's Peppa Pig toys, nursing with mom.

Dislikes: Loud noises, being hungry, being cold

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hank is 3 Months Old

Hank is currently: 3 months old! My maternity leave is almost over and I'm enjoying the last few weeks of us together at home.

Weight: unknown but I would bet he's around 14 pounds. We don't have a 3 month doctor's appointment but will be back next month.

Clothing: As hard as it is for me to admit, he's pretty much grown out of all his 0-3 month stuff. He's officially in 3-6 month clothes.

Nicknames: Hank already is a nickname, but we also call him little guy, big boy, and Patsy loves to call him "Hanky"

Health/Diet: He nurses like a champ and things have been going well. It's like riding a bike. He is pretty efficient and gaining weight well so I just let him tell me when he's hungry.

Sleep: He has grown out of the newborn attachment so he's been sleeping in the flat part of the Pack N Play. We just tried to sleep without the swaddle last night and he adjusted just fine!

Milestones: He smiles all the time and is such a happy little boy. He has also rolled over a few times but we need to work on this a little bit more.

Likes: Being held, his binkie, getting changed, sticking his hands in his mouth.

Dislikes: Being hungry, being cold, tummy time and he's not that thrilled about bath time either. Despite these dislikes, he's a pretty happy and chill kid.

little drooly man

Friday, May 6, 2016

Spartan Fun Run

On Thursday I hosted a Spartan Fun Run with some friends, old and new, of the FNRC.
Had to rep my Spartan headband

I know I've talked about Spartan before, but it is an obstacle course race with an added challenge. If there are obstacles that you're unable to complete, you must do 30 burpees. The plan was to run 3 miles with 10 burpees at each mile. (I didn't want to 30 burpees at each mile and scare everyone away!)

The group split up at the turn around as some folks were doing more miles but either way, it was fun to do the burpees together. I had found a Spotify playlist of the top 100 workout songs from Fitness Magazine that I had on full blast to keep us going during the run. 3 miles is the longest run I've completed since having Hank and I felt wonderful!

Burpee proof: mud on my face

After the 2nd round of burpees, I got some mud on my face; nothing better for Spartan training! I'll be participating in the Spartan Illinois Sprint event on Sunday, June 12. For Spartan training, I haven't been following a specific guide, but I have a few goals based on my previous Spartan experience.

1) I want to be able to run 5 miles comfortably
2) Practice burpees. I REALLY slacked off on this last time and it was painfully obvious during the Spartan
3) Work out that upper body. I've been trying to do some things around the house but I'm not really on a lifting program at the minute. I probably should start that...

Right now Spartan is having a deal for Mother's Day. Free kids entry with each adult entry. Also, 25% off gear with the use of the code SPARTANMOM.

If you're interested in finding out more, the Spartan creator is coming out with a second book, "Spartan Fit" as a follow up to "Spartan Up". The book is available on the Spartan website or Amazon.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hank is 2 Months Old

Hank is currently: 2 months old! Wow, time has FLOWN by. I did the monthly posts for Patsy and I thought it would be fun to bring them back for Hank!

Weight: 12 pounds, 6 ounces. He is quite the little chunker. Doc says he's in the 75th percentile for weight. At this age, Patsy was in the 5th percentile.

Clothing: He has completely grown out of his newborn stuff. Some of his 0-3 month stuff is too small and he is starting to fit into 3-6 month clothes.

Nicknames: Hank already is a nickname, but we also call him little guy, big boy, and Patsy loves to call him "Hanky"

Health/Diet: He's just on breastmilk. My goal is for him to be breastfed for a full year. I was able to breastfeed Patsy for 18 months and I'm hoping to make it to at least a year for Hank. We gave him a bottle once at 3 weeks old and he seemed confused by it but took it without issue. We should probably try introducing a bottle again as he'll need to get used to it when I go back to work!

Sleep: Oh man, I don't even know if I want to answer this question in fear of jinxing it. I have zero complaints about Hank's sleeping habits. Patsy is much more of a handful at night than Hank.

Milestones: He has started to smile more and more, sometimes even reacting to me! He is so strong and he has already rolled over from his back onto his stomach. Our little guy is growing up so fast!

Likes: Being held, his binkie, getting changed, sticking her hands in her mouth

Dislikes: Being hungry. That's pretty much it.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Loss is Never Easy

Yesterday I said goodbye to a family member. I debated whether or not to share this news publicly but I can't stop thinking about it and I thought it might help the healing process to speak about it. He was my second cousin. We haven't been close in a long time. I was busy, we were on different life paths, things happen. He was my age. Our birthdays are two months apart. Our paths intersected many times over the years not just at family parties but through different groups of friends. He was dealt a difficult hand in life and had a challenging family situation. I don't want to go into details but he turned to drugs to escape his troubles. He went to rehab but once he turned to heroine, it only took a few years before the drugs took him from us.

Thanks to technology, I was able to read through my most recent Facebook messages to see notes from him. We hadn't spoken much, but when we had, they were kind words. He had told me I had a beautiful family and wished me congratulations when Patsy was born. He invited me and my husband to hang out for a drink (although we never did). When his grandpa passed away late last year and I didn't get to talk to him at the wake, I had sent him a note. He was thoughtful and appreciative. Despite our differences and troubles, he always had a kind word for me and for that I will be eternally grateful. Part of me has guilt and regret. What if I had done things differently? What if I had tried to be more involved in his life? What if I had reached out more? Would things have turned out any differently? I know I can't beat myself up over these questions but I also can't erase them from my mind. 

A modest funeral mass was held at his high school (he had attended a local all-boys catholic school). Those years were some of his happiest times. He was a great athlete and made many bonds there. He kept in touch with his baseball coach after high school and they became friends. His coach gave a very touching and moving eulogy. There wasn't a dry eye in the church. During the service, I was very thankful to be holding Hank in my arms and sitting by my mom and brother. It was a very emotional and eye-opening experience. Life is too short to take things for granted. My family is important to me and we need to see each other more. We will always be busy (work, bad weather, other obligations), but I don't want to look back and wish I had done more.