Monthly Archives: December 2011

Henry – 10 Months

Dear Henry,

A couple of days ago you turned 10 months. I can hardly believe it. We’re getting ready to celebrate your first Christmas and I think Daddy and I are more excited about this than anyone else! We went absolutely overboard with your Christmas gifts, even though we know that you will most likely play with boxes, tissue paper and ribbon. We are taking you on your first long road trip this week. 8 hours to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Park City. We know you are going to have a blast climbing the stairs and hanging out with Grandpa. He’s quickly becoming your favorite pal.

Henry's First Christmas Ornament

It’s hard to describe how the last 10 months of our lives have changed. You will never know the enormity of it until you hold your first born. Watching you grow and change is the most amazing gift. Your life has given our lives new meaning and a better appreciation for the world. You’re teaching us patience, how to love unconditionally and how to laugh and play again. Watching you explore is like living my childhood over again. EVERYTHING is new to you. EVERYTHING is worth exploring. EVERY person worth knowing. EVERY dog worth kissing.

You laugh so much and it is sublime to watch the laughter move through your entire body. How quickly we forget what it’s like to enjoy laughter that way.

You are attending daycare full time and you love it. I feel guilty that I can’t stay home with you, but every morning you greet your teachers and friends and get straight to playing. You play so hard that the teachers are having a hard time getting you to slow down and eat. You’ve quickly mastered the play gym and climb the stairs constantly. You have a whole group of friends and you crawl as fast as you can across the room. Yesterday night you took a few steps on your own. So exciting to watch you master one step after another!

Last month, we had you baptized. You were talking to your friend Lillian the entire time and handled the baptism like a champ. Your Godparents helped us throw you a party afterwards at their house. You had a good time hanging out with your friends, crawling around and eating crumbs.

All Dressed Up

You have 6 teeth and are eating everything in sight. You are no longer a fan of baby food. You want to eat what we eat and sometimes you will rip food right out of our hands. Your favorites right now include sweet potatoes, yogurt, lunch meat, cheerios and bananas. On Thanksgiving you ate an entire bowl of mashed potatoes, turkey and all the trimmings. You are slowly mastering the sippy cup.

Sleeping through the night is still something we are trying to master. Raising you has changed our understanding of what sleeping through the night means. As brand new parents we thought once you started sleeping long stretches that it would be smooth sailing. Turns out that is not the case at all. Some babies may sleep through the night early on. You are not one of them. It is getting better though. Most nights throughout the week you only get up once, usually around 4 a.m. Some nights you get up twice. You might be hungry or you might just want to cuddle. We are getting better at understanding which is which. You do give us some great nights of sleep occasionally. We are thankful for the reprieve. 6 hours of sleep is the new 8!

We love you so much and can’t believe how quickly this 10 months has gone. Soon we will be celebrating your first birthday and then you’ll be going to kindergarten and then you’ll be driving and then off to college. People told us how quickly this would go, but we truly had no idea until you arrived.

My "Little" Guy's Hand

Merry Christmas my little munchkin!
Love,

Mommy & Daddy

Houston, We Have a Biter

As with almost everything in my life, I stress about something and torment myself with all the horrible things that could happen and then life just works out and I’m not stressed anymore and I can breath/not obsess any further.

Breastfeeding would fall into this category.

I was so stressed and sad about quitting breast feeding and then life just worked out.

My baby has 6 teeth. They didn’t come in over night. He got his first two around 7 months and in the last two months four of his top teeth have come in. This didn’t cause any problems until his front teeth made the final descent  right around the nine month mark.

I had started to wean him in the eighth month so one evening I cuddled up with him for one of the few breastfeeding sessions that we were still having.

And he bit me!

I had read about this on BabyCenter and the advice given was to give a stern NO and then relatch the baby. So I tried that.

And he bit me. Two more times.

And then he LAUGHED in my face.

Do I need to describe the pain of having two dagger-like infant teeth bite your nipple?

I didn’t think so.

In that moment the guilt of not breastfeeding was gone. My sweet little, vulnerable baby is becoming a toddler. He’s eating table food, holding his own bottle and trying to scarf down any food he can rip out of our hands. Soon he will be walking and I realized that this phase of mothering my baby has passed.

And I’m ok with it. Really, really ok.