Time Flies

Whew! I can’t believe it has been two weeks since my last post. Time really flies! The past couple of weeks have been a mixed bag. We have had some super fantastic days and some tough days. Henry got sick for the first time-no fun. Thankfully, he is on the mend. Instead of dwelling on the tough stuff, I’m going to focus on all the fun things we have been doing lately!

  • We have had some quality time with John! As I have said many times, Henry loves his  Dad so much. This month John will be on consults (aka he gets weekends off) AND he has his one week vacation coming up in March. Can I get a round of applause?!

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    It may time for bed, but Daddy’s home so let’s play!
  • I have been jogging more consistently. What a difference regular exercise/endorphins can make! I have joined a training group for a race this in Chapel Hill. It has been fun to have accountability and other people to run with.
  • We had fun taking some mirror selfies before church 🙂mirror
  • I have been intentionally taking some time to relax. One way I have been doing this lately is to try to have D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) time during one of Henry’s naps. I am currently reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan. It is a really fun book and is one that totally takes me away each time I read it. An added bonus is that the cover glows in the dark!
  • Henry is now big enough to be front-facing in our ergo carrier. He stays entertained for longer, meaning I can get more done around the house. Victory!facing front
  • I have been enjoying Lucy. Since having Henry, Lucy has sometimes been an added stressor. I have felt guilty for being easily annoyed by her. But taking care of Henry has felt so overwhelming at times that I have not had any energy left to play with Lucy. Lately, however, Henry has been absolutely obsessed with her. He watches her every move and LOVES it when she licks his face and hands. His love for her has helped me remember all the great things about our sweet pup. Thanks Henry!
    Please notice the tummy time occurring in each of these pictures. Way to go Henry!

Sometimes taking a moment to focus on (and write down) the positive things in life can help us maintain a good attitude. Isn’t that wonderful? Today, we have Kindermusik, we are hoping to go for a jog if the rain will hold out, and tonight we have small group. I’m thinking about making Skinnytaste’s Minestrone soup for dinner.

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4 Months Old

Twins
Twins!

Henry is officially 4 months as of Monday! He just keeps getting more and more fun. His little personality is shining through even more than it was just a month ago. He is one cool kid!

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Some things I am loving about Henry lately:

Henry is curious. Henry has awakened to the world around him. I love watching him get excited around other babies or when we go outside. He loves looking at new things.

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Henry’s happy squeals make my heart burst. When he gets really excited he lets out a shrill squeal of delight. It makes me SO happy!

Henry snuggles are the best. I just love it when he is in a snuggly mood. This usually happens around bedtime 🙂

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Henry puts everything in his mouth. It seems like only yesterday that we were excited because he was looking at and tracking dangling toys. Now he is grabbing them so he can chew on them.

 

Some things Henry is loving lately:

Henry loves his toys. Within the past month he has learned how to hold, play with, and chew on his toys. It is so fun to watch him entertain himself. He loves his Nuby Keys and Stella the bunny!

Henry loves the changing table. He is always so playful and happy on the changing table.

Henry loves playing “airplane.”

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Henry loves his high chair. He is so entertained by playing with his toys on the tray, and being up high so he can look around!

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Henry loves his dad. There is nothing better than watching Henry’s face light up when John walks through the door.

 

Works in progress:

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Tummy time. Will this boy ever find tummy-time enjoyable?

Naps without being swaddled. We are currently one arm swaddled, one arm free. Hopefully we will be completely unswaddled by next month!

Eating with a spoon. We are having so much fun practicing eating. Right now, Henry is just eating rice cereal, but it will be fun to introduce him to different foods over the next month! Currently, most food ends up on his bib.

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Hair. The boy is balding. But he is also growing tiny, blonde, new hair. Someday he will have a nice full head of blonde hair.

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Board Books

5 awesome board books

We have been enjoying our board books around here lately! Reading to Henry has started to get even more fun because he actually looks at the pictures and reaches out to grab the book. Board books are great because they cannot rip. They are also the perfect size for Henry to hold on to.

Here are some of our favorite board books:

  1. Little Blue Truck by Alice Scherrtle
    Little Blue is such a fun book to read out loud, and the illustrations are wonderful. We often read this one a few times in a row!
  2. Dr. Seuss’s ABC by none other than Dr. Seuss
    We love practicing the alphabet with the silly sounds of Dr. Seuss’s. We of course add Henry’s name to the “H” page!
  3. Jamberry by Bruce Degen
    The repetition and alliteration in this book make it a blast to read. I get pages from this book stuck in my head and catch myself singing them throughout the day. My favorite is, “buried in berries what a jam jamboree!”
  4. Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
    This book is hilarious and silly! The brightly colored illustrations really catch Henry’s eye.
  5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    I remember my mom reading this book to me when I was little. Eric Carle’s illustrations are truly beautiful. This book helps us practice counting (it’s never too early to start 🙂 )
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This picture makes me laugh so hard for some reason!

A Big Day

Yesterday, my 15 pound, 1 ounce, 25 inch long boy:FullSizeRender

Had his four month appointment at the pediatrician.

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Sat in his high chair for the first time.

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Practiced with his new red spoon.

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“I’m not so sure about this thing!”

Had his first taste of rice cereal. He liked it (I think)!DSC_0800_2

Had lots of snuggles and TLC after those yucky four month shots.

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Needless to say, we were tired (and maybe a bit grumpy) after so much excitement. All three of us slept like babies last night 🙂

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Slice (or scoop) of…Poppyseed Chicken

Great news! The groundhog did not see his shadow yesterday! So, it looks like Spring indeed is on it’s way-hooray!

Poppyseed chicken is one of my all time favorite recipes! It is so easy to make. I often serve it with quinoa or brown rice and a green veggie or salad. We had it for dinner last night and I was too ravenous to remember forgot to take a picture-oops!

Poppyseed Chicken

Ingredients:

3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded

1 can cream of chicken (I use 98% fat free)

3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 sleeve whole wheat ritz crackers, crushed into small pieces

1 tablespoon poppyseeds

1 tablespoon butter or margarine
Preheat oven to 350, then:

  1. Combine chicken, cream of chicken, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, Worcestershire, and garlic; place in a casserole dish.
  2. Melt butter and combine with crushed ritz crackers and poppyseeds. Pour evenly on top of chicken mixture.
  3. Cook until bubbly, about 25 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!

Our day yesterday was not only filled with yummy food, but also lots of fun activities. Henry and I attended our first Kindermusik class– we both loved it! We finally made it to the grocery. We got coffee with friends. And we made it to nursery playgroup at church. It was a busy day. Henry was such a trooper! Our bedtime story was Goodnight Moon. We love this book!

Uncle Hugh, the birthday boy, gave Henry this great bedtime story for Christmas. Happy Birthday Hugh! We all love you very much and are so thankful for you!

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Hurry Up Spring!

Talk about crazy- last week we had snow and ice; this week we have 70 degree days. We are certainly enjoying this warmer weather and sunshine!

We had lots of fun this weekend!
  • We walked on the trails in our neighborhood. One of my favorite things about our neighborhood is the great trails. Lucy and I walked on the trails most every day when I was pregnant. I’m looking forward to getting back into that habit as spring approaches.
  • We went to church as a family. I love it when John’s day off falls on a Sunday so we can spend this time together!
  • We napped. We took our Sunday nap with the windows open in our room. I loved listening to our neighbors’ wind chimes and smelling the fresh air. Hurry up spring and permanent warm weather!
  • We had Sunday lunch at the Root Cellar. This is one of my favorite places to eat in Chapel Hill. Their sandwiches, wraps, and salads are so good. And whenever we splurge and get dessert it is unbelievable! My favorite is the French silk pie I split with my mom a few weeks ago 🙂
This was how a lot of yesterday was spent.
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Look at those bald spots 🙂
For some reason that boy just wouldn’t nap in his crib. I spent a lot of time reflecting on this poem:
Cleaning and scrubbing can wait ’til tomorrow
For babies grow up we’ve learned to our sorrow,
So quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep
I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep.
I must admit cuddling with Henry is far superior to cleaning and laundry!