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