Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Did I mention

How nice it is to have a photographer in the family? http://www.meaganblock.com/ Meagan snapped some pictures while we were in Dallas this past week and a half (evacuated from the aftermath of Hurricane Ike). We are headed back to Houston today but will return to Dallas in a few weeks for another of Jordan's post-op oppointments. In the rush of leaving Houston, I forgot my camera, but never fear, my sister came to the rescue and captured some great moments! She took a ton of pictures, and I have a really hard time deciding on favorites, so I posted quite a few, and you will see more on future posts.



Doesn't this picture of Hunter and KC just say it all about their relationship?













Sunday, September 21, 2008

And Mom of the Year Award goes to...

Well, not me.

After many sleepless nights from Hunter lately, I am beginning to remember the oh so wonderfulness of having a newborn whose days and nights are mixed up. Call it teething, traveling, loneliness, confusion, boredom call it what you may but this kid is wearing us down in the sleep department. I will give him some slack because he has been in a different bed, different city and different location pretty much all month so far, but the waking up every 2 hours and staying up from 1-3 or 2-4:30am has GOT TO GO! Letting him lay there and cry himself to sleep isn't the best option when we are staying in someone else's house because when he cries we are ALL awake, and some people (who are gracious enough to let us stay here for a week) have to go to work and function the next day...so we get up with him (which only feeds the problem) and try to get him to go back to sleep as quietly as possible. 

We are still in Dallas from the hurricane and this usually happens when we travel, as if traveling isn't tiring enough! He usually gets back to his old self as soon as he hits his head on his own bed, but for now we are TIRED!

Maybe he is a chip off the old block (like his dad) and thinks night time is play time...who needs sleep anyway? "Hey the Apple doesn't ROT far from the tree"!

Ok but in all seriousness the award goes to Papa Dwayne! 


Last night after Jordan and I got up to "hang out" with Hunter once again for the 7th night in a row from 2-4 am all cross eyed and lethargic, Dwayne came in at 4am and took him off our hands to let us get some sleep. They got some Papa/Hunter time and Jordan and I got some much needed sleep until I had to wake up at 6:00am this morning. I'm not sure how much longer Hunter kept Papa awake but when I woke at 6:00 I looked over at the monitor,  to find Hunter fast asleep. I guess Papa Dwayne has the magic touch!

P.s. Vivi offered every night this week before we went to bed to take care of Hunter for us in the night or to let him sleep with her so we can have a night off. I declined each time because she has to go to WORK the next day! At least if I am tired I can take a nap while he naps...so she gets the award too!

Friday, September 19, 2008

7 Months Old

Hunter is 7 months today! I know I say this every month but man how time flies!! Ok, so I am going to do my usual rundown, bare with me this is for my own documentation...so I will remember all of this one day.

He is 20 pounds 28 inches long and has 2 teeth (bottom centers). He wears size 4 diapers and 12 month clothes.


Highlights for month 6:

He said "Dada" today...he actually repeated after me (and I was hoping mama would be his first word).


He can go to sit from his stomach (although our favorite thing he does try to sit up from his back, he does a mini crunch along with a very serious and focused look on his face....ahh its priceless).


He crawls (backwards) and gets stuck under furniture, I seriously think this kid will skip normal crawling all together because he would so much rather be walking or standing at all times.


He officially has his "pincer grasp" (finger and thumb) and can feed himself finger foods (mostly gerber puffs and cheerios).


He feeds himself with his right hand (so maybe he will be right-handed).


He has been through all stage 2 foods and has started table foods.


Feeding him a bottle has become increasingly more difficult, its like pulling teeth to get him to take bottles we just put his milk in a sippy cup a lot of times just to make sure he is getting enough fluids.


I love it when he... reaches out for me, plays with my hair, watches me when I talk, talks to himself when he thinks no one is looking, watching him look at himself in the mirror (he is by far his favorite person to see!), how he treats the jumper like a job (instead of fun) he gets really serious about it and will use anyone who is willing to hold him as his own personal jumper. He always wakes up smiling and he loves to snuggle for a few minutes after waking up. I love how he "self soothes" to sleep by scratching or rubbing his lovie or anything with an interesting texture. I love how he buries his face and smiles like he is shy when he gets a smile from someone.


He loves...everyone he meets (he is so social and loves eye contact and smiling at people), KC our dog (she doesn't reciprocate...she tolerates). He LOVES being scratched, it calms him down especially right before a nap. He loves baths, lotion massages and being tickled. Sweet potatoes and squash are his favorite foods. He loves "peek-a-boo" and being sung to (his favorite is "My buddy" a commercial that was on back in the 80's that I added phrases to and sing to him all the time), being outside, putting his feet in his mouth, sucking on ice, the sound of his own voice, looking at himself in the mirror (this is the fastest way to get him to stop crying) and having his fingernails clipped (he gets really still and watches my every move). He loves to watch Praise Baby in the mornings after breakfast and last of all this boy LOVES JUMPING!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Somebody's got their talking shoes on...

Hunter really loves the sound of his own voice. So I recorded "lunch" the other day to give you an idea of how much he talks. It's hard for me to get food in his mouth for all the yappin. This was originally a 7 min video that we edited down much shorter so you would actually watch it. Take a look!


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Monday, September 15, 2008

IKE BITES!

Well we officially rode out our first and hopefully last hurricane. 

Friday night at 6:00pm we lost power (hours before the storm actually got bad). The bad part of the storm was due to hit around 2:00 am. It started getting pretty windy at around 7:00pm and was very eery feeling outside. By the time the sun set it was too windy to go outside. 

We laid in the hallway upstairs all night because it was the only place in the house that was near the center away from all windows. Sleeping during this storm wasn't really an option, unless you are my brother. He evacuated to our house from Galveston because he lives on Seawall (we are pretty sure his apartment is either  under water or blown away). I guess he was feeling pretty safe at our house compared to how it would have been had he stayed in Galveston because he fell asleep before the storm and woke up after it! Jordan, Hunter and I laid in the pitch black for hours (Hunter slept...mostly, but he defintely knew something was going on) as we listened to the wind ripping in to the sides of our house and heard trees snapping and falling all around us. It felt like at any moment we would either be blown away or hit by a flying tree. It sounded the way I would imagine it would sound if I were laying on a runway at the airport as a jet landed over me at the same time a freight train passed by going 110mph. It was a pretty intense few hours and it left a good deal of damage to those around us, but left us completely untouched except for half a tree in our front yard. 

We were without power for a total of 3 days but decided after 2 days to head up to Dallas because we weren't sure how long it would be and we were getting pretty hot and running low on food! The city is completely shut down as of yesterday, they are working on restoring power now. Our power was restored this afternoon, so we will be heading back in the next few days. We aren't in a hurry because the gas stations, grocery stores etc. are still mostly closed and the ones that are open have no food or gas! We were beginning to run out of non-parishables when we left and of course we lost all the 15 frozen meals I had made in my deep freezer plus the worst part........MY 6 GALLONS of frozen "liquid gold" that I worked so hard to pump and save for Hunter.....it's all gone (tear). 

But nevertheless we can only thank God that we survived without a scratch and we can say we were there for IKE...and he is definitely one for the record books! 

To see pics and videos check out Jordan's post of Hurricane Ike  on his "Realrandumb" blog. Disclaimer: If you haven't seen his blog before and you don't know him very well...it may seem very strange to you, he isn't what you would call normal! But it's pretty funny for those of us who get his humor!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cousins

Courtesy of Meagan Block Photography www.meaganblock.com