Wednesday, May 22, 2013

He's crawling!!

I guess it just took a little food. He must be my child. :)

This was taken last night after his 9 month doctors appt where the doctor and I discussed his lack of crawling. If he did this a day earlier, it would have saved a conversation. Ha! By tonight, he's really picking up on it and pulling cords, etc. once he figured out he can go from room to room we are really in trouble!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

9 months

Hudson has now been out of the womb as long as he was in. He had his 9-month check and he's continuing growth on the same trend he's been on.

Height: 28 1/2 inches--just above 50th percentile
Weight: 19 lbs 7 oz--just above 50th percentile
Head circumference: 46.5 cm

What he's been up to this month:

No longer lays still when we change his diapers.  He is a little rolly polly fliping to his stomach, trying to sit up, etc. Makes for a tough job.  If we give him a toy while we change him, it helps.

Still not crawling yet. He manages to get around through turning circles on his stomach and scooting backward and an occasional roll.  He has started to do a little hop on his knees.  He will be in crawling position and kind of hop/scoot forward. He will mainly be in crawling position and then lunge forward onto his chest. He is really good at getting onto his knees and really good to go from his back or stomach to a crawling position straight to sitting.  Im sure crawling will come all too soon.

Toward the end of the month we had put Hudson down for bed.  He was quiet so I thought he was basically asleep.  We then heard a few cries, then more silence.  He cried again, silence.  this continued for a few minutes and was not a pattern we had heard before.  I poked my head in and was surprised to see him sitting up with his legs poking out through the crib slats.  He was happily gnawing on the crib rail. That morning Colby had said Hudson was sitting in his crib when he went in to get him, but I had never seen him sitting in his crib before.  before that point I had never seen him get himself into a sitting position. I picked hudson up from the crib and Colby and I unanimously agreed it was definitely time to lower the crib.  I of course wanted a picture of him sitting as we found him to placed him back before Colby lowered the mattress.  Hudson went from sitting to pulling himself up to a standing position in a matter of seconds. whaaaat?  Thankfully we were there or he would have flipped over the rail.  Needless to say, Hudson slept on a lowered mattress from that night on.

He nurses 4 times a day and has 2 baby food meals a day with snacks of Cheerios and bananas.

Still not really interested in a sippy cup. At the very end of the month I reintroduced it to him and he does ok. I think the flow is much stronger though because he gets that look in his eyes like he was dunked in the pool. He then gasps for air. While it sounds dramatic, it's actually quite cute.

Prefers laying in the tub. If we try and have him sit, he just flops back or straightens his back so we can't even sit him up in the first place. By the end if the month he is rolling over in the tub then going from his tummy to sitting and really enjoy that--as long as he gets himself there. :)

Loves the swing at the playground! He no longer just sits there and faces forward. He leans his head over the edge looking at his shadow, tries to eat the chain holding the swing and loves turning his head 180 degrees to see what's behind him (and every direction for that matter). He giggles like crazy, especially when we first put him in. When we take him out he leans back toward the swing and if close enough, grabs the chain. He loves it and is never ready to be done!

Still loves the doorframe jumper. I ended up putting a new knot in it to keep him high enough as he has grown much taller.

Has not started using consonants. No "ga," "ma," "ba," etc. The doctor wasn't entirely concerned, but said we need to pay attention to it and maybe consider therapy in a few months if he doesn't progress. We read to him daily and will read more in hopes of it helping. He is extremely vocal, but more with squeals, screeches and high pitch screams/songs.

Some of his favorite toys are our left our shoes or dads shoelaces on the shoes he's wearing. Hudson will unexpected appear at dads feet and start snacking. Gross. He's also discovered the metal/springy door stoppers and enjoys hitting those. Once he's crawling, we are in trouble!

Had his first plane ride/vacation and loved all the new things to look at on the plane. We got lucky and had an extra seat for him both ways.

Had two more experiences in the pool, one at Grandma and Grandpa J's and one here at the apartment pool.  He is a little fish.  Colby swam him around by supporting his tummy, and Hudson kicked and flapped his arms to the point it looked like Colby could let go and he'd swim on his own.  I put his feet in the ocean last time we were there and I expected him to just pull them up, but he left them in and kicked, giggled, and leaned forward trying to get his hands in.  We have a water baby for sure!

This little boy is such a joy and becomes more and more entertaining each day.  We sure love him!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

New Mexico

We had a great long weekend visiting Darren and Brittany (Colby's brother) in Albuquerque.  We went to attend the blessing of their sweet little girl Lizzie, the only grand-daughter in the family.  All of Colby's family was there, with the exception of Derek and Jen who is in her third trimester of pregnancy.  It was fun to see all the family and see where Debra grew up.  It was a trip down memory lane that we were glad to accompany her on.

This was the first time we flew with Hudson, and everything went well.  The flight there was only 30% full, so we were able to take Hudson's carseat on and had multiple empty rows in front and behind us--a great buffer if Hudson got cranky.  We were to fly at 7:30, but it was delayed until after 9pm, so it was well into bedtime.  He drank water from his bottle on the way up to help with his ears, and fell asleep shortly after.  It was so cute watching him when we first got on the flight.  He was so into all the new things to look at--the lights, seat belt, planes out the window--and there was so much he couldn't hardly focus on one thing before moving to the next.  He really was a trooper. Becuase Brittany had a stroller, we didn't bring ours on the plane.  When we landed with a sleeping child in the carseat, we took advantage of an unused wheelchair and let it double for our stroller.  Best idea I've had yet!

In NM, we all stayed at Darren and Brittany's home, which was so nice to all be together.  I loved seeing Hudson's cousins interact with Hudson.  He of course was clueless, but they loved having a cousin to play with.  They even tried to teach Hudson to crawl--adorable! The night before we were there, Kellen arrived and apparently the boys ran past him to the car saying "where's Hudson, where's Hudson?"  Kellen had to deliver the bad news that he wouldn't be there til the following day. On Friday we hung out in the morning (ok, after sleeping in because we ended up having the worst night ever with Hudson's sleeping) and drove around the city in the afternoon, checking out the house Debra grew up in, her schools, hang outs, etc. We attempted to go to dinner at El Pinto, but got there to find over an hour wait, 2 tour busses and multiple couples dressed for prom.  We ate at Red Robin. :)  Really wanting to eat there, we returned the next day for lunch at it did not disappoint.  We did learn how weak we are when it comes to hot food.  We order our food with mild sauces and they still packed a little too much heat! Ha.  We spent the afternoon at the Sandia Tramway that took us up to a peak 10,000 feet up.  We could allegedly see 10% of New Mexico from up there.  It was beautiful.  There is one part where you can walk off the patio type walks over to a rock covered area.  Colby had Hudson in the Bjorn and there was a large dropoff just behind them.  I let him know that as a mother I had to express my concern.  He did what any loving brother (around his brother) would do...took two steps toward the edge! AH!! I cringed and he eventually came back.  They were totally fine, but it kind of made me nervous. Sunday was Lizzie's blessing and a beautiful day.  Colby's uncle Daryl and family flew in for the day and Brittany prepared a beautiful and delicious meal.  We headed out late afternoon and were welcomed home by some friends here in LA who had us for a Cinco de Mayo dinner. Great end to a great trip.

being loved on by his cousins
Sandia Tranway:
 I didn't want to go as far out as Colby was...
 Kellen saved the day when Hudson dropped his ducky under the deck. 
 Lizzie's Blessing Day:

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Hang Loose

How much more "California" does it get than surfing?  We figured if we live 10 minutes from the beach, Colby may as well take advantage of what it has to offer, so enrolled in UCLA's surfing class.  It is a 4-week class that meets every Thursday afternoon at Venice beach.  They are given boards and wet suits to use.  So far, 2 weeks in, he loves it!  The first day we took the body board along so he could use that after class--needless to say, he was exhausted before class was over and got tired even thinking about using the body board. Ha! By the second class, he was already catching waves.  Watch out Kelly Slater, Colby is going to be your biggest competition before you know it. ;) I love going and spending the 2 hours at the beach as well. :) This is definitely something he couldn't have done at BYU.

these photos were taken from his first class, and unfortunately I was running for most of the class, then tending to Hudson's needs, so none of the photos are from when he was out in the water!  Next time.