Sunday, December 28, 2008

Body Language

Mealtime protests are few and far between now that Hunter is off baby food. He loves eating what we eat and we rarely see the kung fu moves that were once a staple of mealtimes. I have, however, noticed a new form of communication to signal the meal is over...

Yumm fried rice my fav!!

and I'm done...

Mom, you are crazy if you think I'm gonna finish that

There has got to be a way out of here...

If I can just climb over this tray...

Sweet, I found a way out...

See ya sucker!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Missin Daddy

Well Christmas was WONDERFUL!! It was so great to spend time with family and to get to see Jordan today. We are exhausted from all the festivities and wouldn't you know my camera battery died before I got to take a single picture! Don't worry plenty of relatives took pics but I will have to wait for them to get me copies before I can post them.

Before we knew Jordan was going to be able to come home today we sent him a little text message with a picture of Hunter and a message to Jordan just to let him know we missed him. Hunter has been really cheesin it up for the camera lately. The second we get the camera out he starts smiling like he knows that is what he is suppose to do. It's pretty cute!
I'll post pics soon!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Festivities Begin!

Hunter and I ALMOST had to spend Christmas all alone in Houston this year, because he was diagnosed with RSV on Saturday...which is VERY contagious and meant that he needed to be quarantined for a least a week possibly 2! I was soooo bummed because I knew Jordan wouldn't be home for Christmas since he is in Jacksonville and that meant Hunter and I would be all alone :(

I was really sad that I was not going to get to be with family this week and was really starting to question whether or not he really had RSV because his symptoms didn't match up. So, I took him in to get the nasal swab on Monday (test to confirm RSV), and it was NEGATIVE (it was just a cold and ear infection)!! Woohoo, we jumped in the car and immediately drove to Dallas after I quickly packed up the car with presents and threw a suitcase together.

But in the 48 hours that I thought we were going to be alone I was really sad that I would miss out on all the Christmas festivities so I made gingerbread cookies and decorated a gingerbread house (we used to do this as kids around Christmas). I got the house decorated but was worn out afterwards so didn't get around to getting the cookies done.

I planned to decorate the cookies later this week seeing as how I was going to be couped up with sickly all week. BUT the next morning we found out we got to go to Dallas!! So the cookies came with us and will be finished with the fam this week.

So, now we are here in Dallas and Jordan called tonight and said he could come home for Christmas!! Woohoo!!! So he will fly home Christmas eve and fly back Christmas night (only 24 hours) but we will take what we can get!!!

So excited now!

We are doing Christmas with my family tomorrow (24th) and Jordan's family on the 25th. Plus I have a few other extended family events and friends to meet up with here in Dallas before we return to Houston Monday.

I will post pictures of the festivities later!

Merry Christmas!

We're moving!

As most of you know by now Jordan signed with Jacksonville yesterday! He will remain in Jacksonville through the end of this season (1 more game) and then will return home on Monday after the last game.

The timing was a bit of a surprise because we were under the impression he couldn't sign with a team until free agency begins in March....well we were wrong! We were hanging out watching a movie on Friday when Jacksonville called and Jordan left an hour later for Florida! We were expecting a normal Christmas holiday this year since Jordan is injured and not playing. This would have been the first in 6 years BUT not so much. Jordan has to stay in Jacksonville this week as they finish out the season Sunday. So....Hunter and I are in Dallas with the fam wishing Jordan was here :(

We will be moving this spring (March/April) to Florida so he can begin offseason with the team. We have no plans at the moment to sell our Houston house or move our belongings. We plan to rent a condo in Florida since he signed a short term contract (1 year). His shoulder should be completely healthy in time for the 2009 season. In fact, I predict his shoulder will be 100% by March!

We are very sad to leave our Houston friends and our church here but we are very excited about the move and look forward to being Floridians for 8 months as well as all the traveling we plan to do up and down the east cost while we're there :) many places to see!

Go Jags!

Friday, December 19, 2008

10 months old!

It feels like I just wrote his 9 month post! Now he is already 10 months! With each age comes new challenges and exciting milestones and there is just never a dull moment, I love it!

Hunter is 22 pounds 2 ounces and 30 inches long. He still has 5 teeth. He wears size 4 diapers and 12-18 month clothes.

He sleeps 12 hours a night (7pm-7am), except for this month for some reason his body must be extremely efficient because he poops at least once sometimes TWICE a night now so we have to change him in the middle of the night but he goes right back to sleep until he is woken in the morning with another poopy diaper!!! It must be the new diet! He takes 2 (2-3 hour) naps per day. He is weaned off of bottles and now gets only sippy cups and he isn't too particular about the kind! He takes the nuby soft spout ones and the nuby straw ones for the most part, but will drink out of anything we give him!!! Woohoo for learning from a straw (this is a recent developement).

Highlights of month 9:

He is still cruising along furniture or anything else he can grab on to

He walks behind his walk along toys

Stands alone after pulling up

Can return to sit gracefully after standing

Can sit in a squat to play with toys

Still walks assisted with mom and dad but needs less assistance everyday


He said his "official" first word (meaning he actually knows what he is saying) which was "DOG"

He still says Dada all the time and will mimic the noise ruff which sounds like "fff" when I ask him what noise a dog makes

He understands so much more now. When we talk to him he looks at us as if he understands what we are saying.

He looks at things when we point and he points to things too. We can tell he knows drink, more, bottle, banana, dog, dadda, momma, "come see me", NO!!, and his own name.

He will no longer eat baby food. I mean this kid KNOWS if you are about to give him baby food. He will kung fu your hand if you even attempt getting a spoon of baby food close to his mouth and he will send that spoon flying! (there is so much baby food caked on the wall behind his highchair that I have spent a lot of time scrubbing that wall)

So he is completely on people food now and his favorite is Benihana fried rice with ginger sauce (just like mom and dad)!

He LOVES cheesecake!

His favorite foods right now are bananas, cheerios, fried rice, toast, eggs, waffles (but he wants the whole waffle not cut in pieces), and yogurt.

I can't eat in front of him unless I plan to share because he will start whining the second he sees me eating something he wants.

I love it when he... plays by himself and talks to himself, plays with my face, watches me while I talk, How snuggly he is after naps. How he treats baths like a job and will crawl and splash all over the tub with a real serious look on his face. How excited he gets when he hears the bath water going. I love how he steals everything I eat.

He loves...sharing his food with the dog (against mom and dad's wishes), drinking from a straw, stealing mommy's food, playing with things that aren't toys, eating dog food (yes he managed to get one down the hatchet and apparently thought it was good because the second the door to the laundry room opens he makes a beeline to the dog's food bowl to get more...YUCK!), turning on the water in our bathtub and letting it run through his fingers while I get ready in the mornings, climbing stairs or anything for that matter. He LOVES to rough house and will just giggle and squeal the whole time.

Jordan took a pic of Hunter next to his boot when Hunter was 2 weeks old and then yesterday he took another one...its crazy how much he's grown. He was 7 pounds 19 inches in the first pic and 22.2 pounds and 30 inches in the second!

We are loving every minute of it!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hunter and his girls

Last week we went on a last minute trip to Kansas city so Jordan could hunt and we could meet little Kaitlyn (3 weeks old) before Robbie and Amber moved to Dallas. We had a blast hanging out for 4 days and snapped some pics of the kiddos but somehow forgot to get one of the adults...I guess that's what happens when you have kids!

Kaitlyn (3 weeks), Emory (7.5 months) and Hunter (9.5 months)
It is so fun to see these guys grow up together. Hunter and Emory are into EVERYTHING and poor little Kaitlyn was just trying to get some shut eye most of the week but these two crazy kids wouldn't leave her alone! It won't be long before all 3 of them are into everything and the age gap will no longer even be noticeable.

Robbie and Amber were packin up and relocating to Dallas so we all stayed at Rudy and Patricia's under one roof and it was so fun! But this is the last trip to KC that we will all be together since we live in 3 different cities now. But we have plenty of trips planned in the future so we can all meet up :)

I love this picture...It looks like Emory has an evil plan and Hunter is on to it!
These two kept grabbing at Kaitlyn this is the only picture we got where one of them didn't have their hands going right for her curious!
It snowed while we were there and I got a picture of Hunter's first snow! We left to fly back to Houston right after this picture and when we got off the plane in Houston it was SNOWING!! That NEVER happens!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Playin around

Now that Hunter is back to feeling better he is playing all day and is especially loving his push along toy! I feel like he has missed so much interaction the last month with being sick for 3 weeks and traveling most of the month. It's nice to be back home in our normal routine again. He can stay up so much longer between naps than he could just a month ago before he was sick so we can get a lot of playtime in now! I caught a small video clip of him pushing one of his favorite toys...but as soon as he realized I was taping him he quickly stopped and crawled over to me, so it's a short clip. He is just so fun and into everything, I love it!


Friday, December 12, 2008

9 month checkup

Hunter finally had his 9 month checkup yesterday. We are 3 weeks late because we have been traveling almost the entire month. He weighed 21 pounds 2 ounces (50%), he was 30 inches tall (90%) and his head was 18 and 5/8 inches (95%). Not much has changed he is still tall and still has a rather large head (I still have not forgotten giving birth to that large head!). He got his first round of flu shots (he gets 2) and he was checked for anemia which he was clear. The pedi was pleased with his overall development and predicted he would take his first independent steps in the next month...we shall see though because he sure loves crawling! She said to begin the transition to whole milk in the next 2 months...I can't believe its so soon! He is already on sippy cups full time now so he is completely weaned off the bottle.

This has been a tough month for the little guy. He got sick for the first time just 2 days after I switched him over to formula from breastmilk :( He spent 3 weeks battling the little bug and it finally cleared up right as he finished taking his antibiotics. He started off with a cold which turned into a sinus infection and croup. We actually took him to the ER one night when we were in Dallas because he was having difficulty breathing and he was panicking. It was a LONG night in the ER (we only went to the ER because the minor emergency center wasn't open and we were 250 miles away from his pediatrician.) When we called his pedi they told us to take him to the ER after hearing his breathing through the phone. We spent from 10pm to 7am in the ER and none of us slept except for Hunter off and on. Vivian came with us. He ran a fever for 2 out of the 3 weeks and had vomitting and diarrhea for about a week so we were concerned about dehydration. He got his first IV and 3 bags of fluids and they ran multiple blood tests and a chest x-ray to rule out RSV, Pnuemonia, Influenza, Bronchitis and a whole host of other things. His blood came back with elevated white blood cell count and slight dehydration (which was nothing we didn't already know). But the knowledge that he didn't have something more serious made us feel so much better especially since we were out of town for so long and unable to take him to see his pediatrician.

It was a miserable few weeks though. Poor thing couldn't breathe and the only way he could sleep was at an incline either on my chest (with me reclined) or in the carseat driving around. I spent multiple nights driving him around at 2, 3 and 4 am utill he fell asleep and then I curled up in the drivers seat until he woke an hour or two and we had to start all over again. He couldn't hold any formula down for about a week because he would start a coughing fit and lose it all! So he survived on pediatlyte and very little food for about a week he lost almost 2 pounds through the sickness...poor guy :( It was very hard to see him feeling so bad.

So now he feels much better and is taking 12 ounces at a time!!! He is making up for lost time I guess. His pediatrician checked his blood yesterday and said his white blood cell count was still elevated either from his previous sickness or a new bug he has caught....oh joy! Next checkup is when he is a year old :0

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Santa Baby

I am often reminded by others of how fortunate I am to have a sister who is a photographer... I must say...I do LOVE IT! Look at this cutie, courtesy of Meagan Block Photography

Snow in Houston


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

9 months old!

Hunter is 9 months old today!

What happened to that tiny infant I brought home from the hospital? I had three friends deliver this week and one due next week and with all these newborns around it just makes me realize how much has changed these last 9 months. Now we have a miniature person living our house, and he wants to be the boss!

This is definately a time of transition....from baby food to finger food, from bottle to sippy, from 3 naps to 2 naps. The "normal" schedule is being altered everyday as Hunter challenges our structure and tries to let us know what is best for him!! He wants nothing to do with baby food or bottles anymore or drinking anything for that matter so I have gotten creative!! He has his first cold this week, which makes matters worse, after 4 days of eating/drinking a very small amount (10 ounces per day), I finally got him to eat something last night...IN THE BATHTUB! Of course this is only temporary, while he is sick, because he just isn't hungry! But, him not eating/drinking is stressing mommy out, so we do what we have to!

Nana feeding Hunter in the bathtub....the only way to get him to eat his dinner when he is sick :(

Hunter has 5 teeth now, 3 on top, 2 on bottom. He wears size 4 diapers and 12-18 month clothes. We haven't had his 9 month checkup yet so we don't know the stats yet.

He sleeps 12 hours a night (either 6pm-6am or 7pm-7am) and takes 3 (1-1.5 hour naps) or 2 (2 hour naps) per day. He gets 3 bottles with his 3 meals per day (except he gets 2/3 of them in a sippy most days because he is so over bottles). Now that he has 5 teeth we have cut out his bedtime bottle so he gets his teeth brushed after his bath and then just a book before bed.

Highlights for month 8:

Still cruising along furniture
Walks behind his walk along toys...without mom or dad (but does so very slowly and cautiously)
Stands alone after pulling up
Can return to sit gracefully and slowly after standing
Can sit in a squat to play with toys
Still walks assisted with mom and dad but needs less assistance everyday
Climbs up EVERYTHING (he climbed up onto the coffee table the other day when I turned my back for about 5 seconds! (he used some nearby pillows to get up there).
He talks a lot more and is starting to have a few words that he says with certain things like when we ask him to wave bye-bye he ALWAYS says "DA" as he waves
He still says dada all the time and has said momma like 2 times ever...still not happy about that one :(
He waves bye-bye
He gives kisses when asked (big wet sloppy ones)
He will give "a five" if we ask and loves the rocket noise we make when he hits our hand
I can give him a bottle and he will feed himself laying on the floor reclined on the boppy (that is if he is in the mood to drink anything from a bottle that day!)
He cries when we take toys away from him, when we walk out of the room or if we do something he doesn't want.
He knows dog, bottle, drink, more, mommy, daddy, Hunter, give me a five, clap, bye-bye and NO!!
He actually responds now when we say NO!
He still cries when I sneeze (it gets him every time)
After dinner we put him on the floor and he crawls all the way upstairs and into his bathroom and straight to his bathtub for his bath which he still LOVES!!

Snuggling with Aunt Rebekah after a nap
I love it when he... plays by himself and talks to himself, reaches out for me, plays with my hair, watches me when I talk. Crawls over to me and pulls up on my leg and sticks his arms out for me to pick him up and hold him. How snuggly he is before and after naps. I love how he is constantly banging things with his hands and he LOVES waving bye-bye even 5 minutes after you ask him to.....he is still waving. How he squeals with delight when we turn the bath water on or when we let him roam "freely" throughout the house.

He loves...being OUTSIDE!!! playing with other babies but mostly kids that are older than him, he will reach out and try to touch their faces and he will reach out and take their toys away but gets mad when they take it back. He loves all dogs and wants to chase after them and pet them. He loves watching his own hands as he waves bye-bye.

Cousins hanging out in Nana's pillow filled bathtub on the porch

Here is a video of Hunter giving "a five" and waving "bye-bye" they look strangely similar



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Baby Benton is here!

Our best friends from Kansas City, Robbie and Amber Benton, had their baby girl last night November 17th, at 5:05pm. Kaitlyn Elyse Benton weighed 7 pounds 9.7 ounces and was 18 3/4 inches long with lots of black hair. She is just beautiful and both mommy and baby are doing great!! We can't wait to meet her!! The Benton's are relocating to Dallas in a few weeks so we will get to see Kaitlyn a lot!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Dallas MS 150

As most of you know from my recent email I will be riding next May in the Dallas MS 150 (multiple sclerosis). I am really excited as this is something I have always wanted to do. I am riding not only to fulfill this personal challenge but to help raise money and awareness for the National MS Society. Donations help fund research, advocate for change and help people with MS and their families lead powerful lives. Every rider is asked to raise a minimum of $1,000.00. While I am not normally the type to ask for donations I feel that if I simply paid the money myself I wouldn't be raising awareness! I want to encourage others to help by asking you to make a donation. I know Christmas is around the corner and it can get pretty expensive. So, if you can just make a small donation or make a donation in someone's name you would be helping tremendously. We can probably all think of someone in our lives who either lives with MS or has lost the battle to it.

Will you help the cause?

You can go to my personal page to make a donation...donations are accepted thru next spring in case now is not a good time! Thank you so much for your help!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Baby Simpson is here!!!

Our good friends Brian and Lauren Simpson (Lauren is my best friend from graduate school and they live here in Houston) had their baby girl tonight.....Sophia "Sophie" Louise Simpson was born at 7:39pm. They waited to find out the sex of the baby until birth so they were surprised to find a beautiful baby girl with blonde hair. She weighs 6 pounds 15 ounces and is 20 inches long. Both Mom and Sophie are doing wonderful.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Kisses and Bye-Byes...

My little sweet guy now gives me big ole kisses when I ask for them. He leans in with a big open slobbery mouth and plants one on me and then giggles afterwards. He has started waving bye-bye too....with full straight arm motions from the shoulder (not wrist) and enjoys doing them ALL THE TIME!!



Friday, November 7, 2008

Growing up together

More Hunter and Emory pictures from last weekend in Kansas City. I love that these two are literally growing up together. They have seen each almost every month since they were born despite living over 700 miles apart. It's getting more and more fun because they like to play together now and kind of follow each other around crawling all over the place. Next time they see each other will be on our ski trip in will be so much fun!!

Hunter (8.5 months) Emory (6.5 months)
Emory going in for the big one!

What is this look?
He looks so much like Jordan in this picture

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Did I mention

That Hunter did not enjoy being woken up for Halloween Pictures?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy First Halloween

Hunter's almost slept through his first Halloween....we put him down for his last nap a little late and he just kept going on into the night. So, we had to wake him up to snap some pics of him in his costume and feed him some dinner...He wasn't too thrilled about it, but he sure looked cute!
Jordan and I were dressed "white trash" and Hunter obviously Texas football player we didn't get to complete his outfit because we were doing good just to get the jersey and pants on him...he did not so much enjoy being woken up in the middle of the night by his mom in a crazy blonde wig and his dad in a mullet. He was pretty scared and not so happy about us stripping him down and putting this outfit on him. BUT he was a good sport and stuck it out for a few minutes before returning to bed.

We are in Kansas City this weekend seeing our friends and they had a Costume Party last night! It was so much fun and were very impressed with a few of the costumes!

Homer and Marj Simpson

Cruella Deville and Jail Bird (and a little dalmation puppy)Hannah Montana and Billy Ray Cirus
Shaggy, Velma and Scooby Doo
14 y.o. Chinese Gymnast and Michael Phelps
Goose from Top Gun and Nurse Jess
Dorothy and Scarecrow
Trailer Trash

John Lennon and Yoko Ono