September 5, 2014 § Leave a comment
Sometimes, it’s easy to get lost in parenthood. The days blend together, and you seem like you’re living nap time to nap time, feeding time to feeding time. I get consumed by whatever challenge Henry is throwing at me that week – lately it’s a rotating roster of sleep, food, diaper changing, and drinking water issues – and I get stressed out that it’s not going perfectly. Other kids seem to be perfect eaters, natural sleepers. Sometimes Henry is absolutely neither of those things! He turns my plans upside down and exhausts me physically and mentally.
Today my sister told me that she’s up 13 times a night with her two week-old twins, but that every day is like Christmas morning. She can’t believe how lucky she is. Now that’s inspiring and something I will remember.
Henry is the greatest little person I’ve ever met. And Nick and I CREATED HIM. His closed-lipped little smile and contagious laugh are my two favourite things in the world. He’s constantly learning and doing new things and blowing my mind that he was a skinny little alien of a baby just 10 months ago. Sometimes it’s easy to forget when I’m tired, but I have Nick and Henry and that makes me the luckiest lady in New York. Thanks for reminding me, Jenn.
September 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
Happy 10 months, Henry – you’ve reached double digits!
Man, is this little guy moving. For the past month, he’s been getting faster at crawling all the time. Our apartment is just not big enough to satisfy his need for speed, so we’re very lucky to have an atrium and playroom downstairs. He’s in the children’s playroom in the photo above – a room with cushy carpeting and lots of toys. It’s so perfect for those times in the day where you have already been on 3 walks, you’re out of naps, and there’s still an hour before bedtime!
However, crawling has taken a backseat to STANDING. Henry loves to pull himself up on everything he can. The coffee table, the wall unit, hinges on doors, his crib, windows… He has been having a hard time napping because all he wants to do is stand or bounce up and down while standing in his crib! Sure, he’s fallen asleep sitting up before, but standing is a whole other story. For the past few weeks, when he actually takes a second nap, it feels like winning the lottery!
Speaking of sleep, it’s been so challenging for the past month! We had to sleep train him for the second time a few weeks ago when his pediatrician pointed out that the reason he doesn’t want to eat solids is because he’s snacking 1-3 times a night. Also, he now has 6 teeth and drinking milk all night is not good for them.
The first time we sleep trained him, he was 4 months old and it only took 2 nights. This time, it took 5. He is sleeping through the night now – he’s just waking up anywhere between 5:00 and 6:00 am. 6:00 is like sleeping in now! (UGH). Here he is, yawning with his Dad and Grandpa Storch!
Life is just so exciting!
We’ve taken the East River Ferry to DUMBO a few times where we check out a very cool nautical-themed playground between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, visit a bookstore, get chocolate, and found out that Shake Shack has a stroller express line!
The ferry is a GREAT place to meet ladies, or so Henry thinks. Also a great place to see some very big splashes out the window.
As Henry gets older and eats more solids, I’ve been able to leave him for longer periods of time. I had my first client meeting in the city a few weeks ago, and on Saturday, Nick and I actually had a sitter put him to bed (his first time without me!) so we could go to a wedding.
His current favourite foods include yogurt, strips of whole wheat toast, Cheerios, rice crackers, multigrain cereal with banana, apple slices, and sweet potatoes. Brooklyn Label is still his favourite restaurant.
I hope I don’t look too tired ;)
August 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
I’m thrilled to announce my brand new niece and nephew were born this morning! Welcome to Earth, Charlotte Catherine and Cameron Gordon Robert Martin.
The little ones were both weighed in at 4.6 lbs each and made it to 35 weeks of pregnancy! (Full term for twins is 37 weeks, but they rarely go that long.)
And my sister, Jenn – a total rock star at having babies – who looks beautiful and amazing after expelling two people from her body. (I don’t know how she did it! I looked like a zombie.)
Congratulations to the Martin family!
August 12, 2014 § Leave a comment
Although I lost count of how many weeks old Henry was months ago, I just realized he is 40 weeks old. That means he’s been out of my belly for as long as he was inside! I can’t tell which period of time has gone by faster, but I think it’s probably the time that he’s been in my arms :)
A lot can happen in 40 weeks!
August 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
As of Saturday, Henry is 3/4 of a year old! Here’s what’s new.
In the last month, Henry has mastered not only sitting, but pushing himself up into a sitting position from hands and knees. He practiced this in his crib for hours while he was supposed to be napping. This has led to some pretty hilarious moments where he’s fallen asleep sitting up, not once…
He’s even starting to pull himself up to stand, so we had to drop the crib down one step.
And thanks to our trip to Canada this month, he had lots of practice to crawl with more space available so now he’s speeding around our apartment! He now likes to laugh at us when he goes places he knows we don’t want him to be. (Any suggestions for good free standing baby gates or nice storage ottomans would be appreciated, by the way ;)
His interest in food seems to come and go. While we were in Canada, he ate the most food he ever has before. I’m sure the added sugar in the jars had something to do with that, but I now use rice crackers as “appetizers”. Literally. He loves to munch on them and then I’ll sneak purees in his mouth while it’s open. I think it’s time for more interesting solid things though, as scary as that is, because this week he hates food. Eeep.
Speaking of food, we met with an Allergist a few weeks ago who confirmed he is allergic to peanuts and walnuts. For now, both of us are avoiding all nuts (since I’m nursing still) and we’ll test him again in a year to see if anything’s changed. The doctor thinks that if I avoid nuts too, his system might have a chance to repair if it doesn’t have to deal with any of the remnants of nuts getting through. Fingers crossed!
Teething continues! The first of his four front top teeth that are so close to coming in is making a slight appearance after some very rough nights last month.
The baby is definitely on his way to becoming a little boy more and more every day!
July 29, 2014 § 2 Comments
This year, my Grandma is turning 80! My parents were generous enough to offer their beautiful home as a venue for all my family to get together for a giant party to celebrate her. Nick, Henry, and I were so happy to be able to come too!
We arrived Wednesday evening and despite a rocky start with sleep, Henry had THE BEST TIME.
He loved being outdoors, seeing too many trees to even try to touch them all, the river, boat rides, and having so much room to crawl.
And of course he loved spending so much time with family.
We spent 4 days at the cottage and 1 day in Oshawa with my sister. Unfortunately, we had no time to get to Toronto to see friends, but I was so happy to have a visit from my friend Sara! (Also pictured: my cousin’s cute and friendly son, Kieran.)
Sara and I have been friends for over 10 years, but she moved to Scotland about 6 years ago and got married last year. She was in town visiting her parents with her husband, David, and friend, Hana. It was so great to catch up and enjoy her new Canadian-Scottish accent ;)
Later that evening, we had a campfire, complete with Grandpa selfies.
The next day, Henry had his first ride on my parents’ pontoon boat. I didn’t think I’d be able to put his robot costume-sized infant life jacket on him without a fight, but he didn’t care – SO MANY TREES!!!! For the rest of the day, all he wanted was to go down by the river and look at everything. He is already more outdoorsy than his parents.
Soon, more babies arrived! New parents Jeremy and Gioia brought an adorable 3 month old Dante.
Henry continued to love life, chowing down on PC baby food (added sugar! woooo!) and yelling to join the dinner conversation.
We had dinner at the longest table, sitting about 32 people. We enjoyed heartfelt tributes to my Grandma by my mom, aunt, and uncle. Tears were shed!
Then the cupcakes came out. Of course, the great-grandchildren that knew how to blow out candles lent a helping hand.
It was a really great weekend, filled with family. Unfortunately, we were missing the Martin family – my sister is too pregnant to travel that far away from her hospital. Twins come quickly!
So on Sunday morning, we packed up and said our goodbyes so we could say hello to Jenn and her family. And one great big HELLO to that BELLY!
I don’t know how she is doing it, but she looks absolutely fantastic and is still up and moving!
Henry is just about old enough to actually play with his cousins. It’s a pretty heartwarming sight. Of course, he is still a baby so at one point Jillian declared “I’m bored of Henry now.” I’m both looking forward to and dreading that honesty once Henry can talk. haha.
What a great trip. I wish it was longer, but we were very happy to get home yesterday. Happy birthday to my Grandma and lots of love to my whole family!