Monday, April 14, 2014

Today

I need to stop.

I need to slow down.

Because when I look around I've lost another moment, another hour, another day.

Sometimes I can barely remember what I've done at the end of each day. (maybe chalk that up to sleep deprivation...but still)

Every day seems the same- just another day...nothing major or important going on.

Feed Henrik, read books, sing songs, put down for a nap, pray he sleeps well. Rinse and repeat.

But this time is slipping away.

I feel it.

I waste time on things that don't matter- pinning another Pinterest recipe or idea that I'll probably never do, looking at facebook and realizing it's the same 4 people who post every five minutes, checking the weather on my phone for the 15th time (it's not like I'm planning on camping or being outside for an extended period of time).

I worry about decisions that don't need to be made anytime soon.

I lose my focus on the present.

I forget how to show love to my husband.

I keep thinking ahead to _____ (next week, next month, next year).

I need to savor each seemingly insignificant moment.


Because in a few short months this happened...
not even 1 month

5 and 1/2 months

Doesn't even look like the same kid, right? 

Ok, now I'm bawling my eyes out!

I'm going to stop typing and go steal a kiss while he's sleeping...

Dear Lord, please don't let me waste a moment of this precious time.




Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Funsie



 We have a little less than 12 weeks until Todd is completely finished with his MBA!
His last class is June 28th. 
Which is exactly 11 weeks and 1 day away. 
Both the big and little graduate will be excited when it's all over and they'll get to hang out more.
Woo-hoo!
Bring it on!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Funsie

Looking Good! 
 
PS- This little nugget rolled over for the FIRST time last night!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

5 Months

I swear I feel like I just finished his 4 month update!

Can we all agree that February goes by way to fast?

Our little cutie pie continues to grow and change every day.

(Un)Official Stats: 
Height:  26 and 1/2 inches
Weight: about 17 pounds

Feeding: 
He's still eating every 3-4 hours.  He's still getting up 2 times during the night to eat (around 12-1 and 3-4am).  The doc said at our 4 month visit that we could experiment with solids if we wanted to between now and our 6 month visit (May).  I assured him that I wasn't mentally ready to go down that road (still not) and that I'll wait to get all the info at the 6 month visit.  Plus...you can't beat FREE baby food, no utensils, easy clean up...just saying :-)

Sleeping:
Since he's still eating 3-4 hours during the day I have only been successful to stretch him to 4 hours at night this past month.  During the day he still takes about 3 naps that range from 1 hour to 1.5 hours in length.  I don't know what I'd do without the glorious naps.  I usually lay down and try to catch some zzzz's during Henrik's first nap of the day...don't see that changing anytime soon.  Also, he's been giving himself the hiccups right before naps and bedtime.  It's seriously driving me bonkers!

I see this little face staring at me while I eat my cereal  :)

Other Tidbits:
I have no idea what color hair this kid has...sometimes it looks like a dark blonde, other times it looks brown, and then sometimes it even looks red (like in the pic above).

Henrik has been exercising his gross motor skills this past month.  He's swatting and grabbing anything that gets close to him when he's laying on his back.

Also, when I pick him up he still grabs my hair and he hangs on for dear life.  Ouch!

"So, Mom, this is not ok?"

He is starting to act like he wants to roll over.  He'll draw his legs up and tries to roll over, but he's got such a large mass to flip he hasn't been successful yet :)

Big boy!
Tummy time is still going well.  He likes to read books while on his tummy and he looks so cute sitting propped up on his arms.

He will giggle when he hears strange sounds or words.  One day he laughed whenever I said the word, "video."  He's goofy!
Ok, so what do I do when he's too long to fit on his changing mat?!

He still likes Peek-a-Boo and he often giggles after being startled/surprised.

It's hard to resist patting this diaper butt all day!
We sing a lot throughout the day.  His favorites are "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" and "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider."  Any song that has finger motions he enjoys! 

He chews on his hands a lot and drools.  I'm waiting to see two little "toofers" popping through those bottom gums one morning.

Mmmm...tasty!
He is currently wearing 9 month clothes.  Holy Moly!

Chunky love :)
He still breaks out of his swaddle. I dread the day we have to finally say goodbye to that saving grace...


He is a messy boy! When he spits up he does the "sprinkler" where he turns his head to the left and the right...then he puts his face in it...splat!

No wonder we go through 5+ bibs and burp cloths a day...
He doesn't even seem to mind he has junk all over his face...
He adores his Daddy.  Todd can just look at him and Henrik busts out the biggest grin and kicks his legs happily. Seriously the sweetest thing ever!

**For the record let me just say that Todd is such a great, loving Dad!  He's got so much going on- working 50+ hours a week, studying/reading books for his MBA classes, working on projects and Power Points galore (which he's awesome at!), and he's so eager to help and spend time with Henrik when he gets home after a long day.  It humbles me every day how hard he works to provide for our family.  The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful husband and Henrik a great Dad!** 

We might need to switch to doing baths in the actual tub soon...
"Really?" asks Baby Shamu.

"Look, Mom, I can practice my leg lifts in the tub!"

"Did ya see that? I'm pretty good right?  Watch, I'll do it again!"

"Working on my 6 pack abs for the summer!"
He's even made some new friends since last month. 

Oh, this boy! How I love him so!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Funsie

There is nothing sweeter than seeing your parents with your children.  
"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children." – Alex Haley - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/news/best-quotes/15-great-quotes-about-grandparents/1405/#sthash.G4VDK7fH.dpuf

Chatting up Grammy and Pop Pop
Grammy gets the best squeals!

I love this picture

Henrik and Pop Pop in their UK colors :)
Preciousness
It melts your heart in ways you never thought possible.
"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children." – Alex Haley - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/news/best-quotes/15-great-quotes-about-grandparents/1405/#sthash.G4VDK7fH.dpuf

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Motherhood ain't for sissies!

Just when you think you've got a pretty sweet routine nailed...they go and change the game on you!

We've been having a tough time in the Petzold household the past couple of days. 

It all started this past Wednesday when I got Henrik home from church around 8pm.  We settled in and after a full tummy I expected him to drift off into sleepy land like a good little boy. 

Uh, he had other plans.

I think it was almost 9:30pm before he finally went to sleep.  I emerged from his room feeling physically and emotionally abused.

Then on Thursday he didn't nap super well throughout the day.  That's ok, I thought. He'll just go down early tonight, which is good because Todd and I will be at the CareNet banquet, and Todd's Dad has graciously accepted to come and watch Henrik.

We got home around 8:30pm and the stinker was still up crying.  Once again it took another 45 minutes to an hour to get him settled and asleep. 

I was hoping that he'd sleep like a champ since he went down so late...umm....no.  He was up every 3 hours (if not 2.5 hours) crying. 

Also, he's given himself the hiccups for the past 3-4 nights in a row because he's been crying and upset. 

UNCLE! UNCLE! Do you hear me?!

It's not been fun in our house.  I've been frustrated , tired, and stressed at trying to figure out how to fix the sleep problems we're experiencing. 

He used to go down for naps really well.  I'd catch him yawning, change his diaper, swaddle his hiney and slide him into his crib. Bada-bing-bada-boom! 

Night time used to be flawless- well, ok, maybe a few cries.  But nothing I couldn't handle. 

Now I am dreading each time he's supposed to go down for a nap or for the night.


I'm not sure what's caused these issues, but it could be the fact that he's starting to stretch 4 hours in between feedings...knocking our schedule all out of whack.  I also think he's been gassy and overtired on several occasions. But it could be a growth spurt...who knows! 

That's the thing- as a Mom your goal is to know your kiddo so well that you don't have to play the guessing game anymore (like when they were an infant). 

But when I do everything right and I know he's sooo tired, but he's still crying and upset after doign x,y,z...the fun game begins! 

Is he hot/cold?
Does he need to be burped/held/rocked?
Should I pick him up or leave him in the crib?
What if he is getting sick/teething/has gas?

That's when my loving husband tries to offer help, support, and advice, but he's just as clueless as me!

So we take turns going into the war zone and rocking and "sshhh-ing" and putting the pacifier back in for the bazillionth time.

I don't know how single moms do it.  I really don't.

So, as you are drifting off into dreamland to revel in your 6-7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, remember to say a prayer for us!

We need it!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Funsie

It's official...a male's self-confidence is genetic. 

Look at that little smirk.  

That pose...

He's thinking, "I look GOOD!"

"I'm too sexy for my bib...too sexy for my bib..."
Hope you have a stylin' and profilin' Friday!

 **Feel free to do you own little dance on the cat walk**