Thursday, November 12, 2015

Three Months

Three months. A quarter of a year. It's truly been an incredible ride since Baby Huston came into the world. Our little guy grows and changes His little personality is really starting to come out, and pretty much everything he does melts this momma's heart.

A few notes from Huston's third month of life...
  • We didn't have an appointment with the pediatrician this month, so we don't have an updated height and weight. He's still wearing size 1 diapers, but he's definitely filling out {and outgrowing!} his size 0-3-month clothes and has started transitioning into 3-6 month-sized clothes. Just in the past few days, his little legs have outgrown his size 3-month pants {high-waters!}, so we have proof that he's growing!
  • Update on the hematomas {big bruises/pools of blood/big 'ole bumps caused from using the vacuum during birth} on his head: they're nothing to worry about! {Thank you, God...thank you, thank you, thank you!} We met with the specialist, and he confirmed that Huston's body will eventually absorb the calcified bumps and that they are no danger to his health and/or development. It may take months or even years for the bumps to completely disappear, but it's such a huge relief to know they're not a cause for concern.
  • Eating. Not a lot has changed on the food front this month. We still nurse 1-2 times per day {with assistance from the nipple shield}. The remainder of the time I'm pumping like a dairy cow {it's the most-used emoji on my phone these days}, so he can eat from a bottle. Most of his bottles are five ounces, but he's been known to take up to seven ounces per feeding. He's currently taking between 24-28 ounces from a bottle per day, depending how well he nurses. We are supplementing with formula a majority of the time, but for some reason I have this goal of giving him 100% breastmilk at least one day per week. I have no idea why or how I even came up with that plan, but it has stuck throughout the month. 
  • Sweet baby boy sleeps like a champ! We typically put him down between 9:00-10:00 pm, and he sleeps until 5:30-6:00 am. He wakes up to get a clean diaper and have a little breakfast bottle and then goes back down until 9:00 or 10:00 am. Most of the month he was sleeping in the pack-n-play in our room, but just a couple of days ago we moved him into his crib in his room. He mastered that transition like a pro...meanwhile, Momma is missing him being in our room! Despite being able to see him clearly on the monitor screen, I still got up four times the first night he was in his crib just to make sure he was still breathing!
    First night sleeping in his big crib
  • He has found his voice, and he's especially talkative in the mornings! He must get his happy morning attitude from his daddy...
  • Our little guy absolutely LOVES when we sing to him. I've found a channel on YouTube to refresh my memory on nursery rhymes. I think "The Wheels on the Bus" is his current favorite. I'm not gonna lie...I LOVE when his daddy sings to him because I never know what he's going to come up with for the next lyric! 
  • Grammy came to visit for a few days.
  • We visited the pumpkin patch at the Dallas Arboretum, and our little guy loved every minute of being outside in the fresh air. 
He took the pumpkin patch very seriously!
  • He's oh-so-close to being able to put the pacifier back in his mouth when it falls out. When he masters that, it's gonna be a life-changer for Mom and Dad {especially during the night!}.
  • Our little midget spent some quality time with his midget girlfriend, Olivia.

  • Huston was a pilot for his very first Halloween...and later that evening he wore his jack-o-lantern jammies to help pass out candy to the trick-or-treaters!

The Ehmans' Halloween Party
  • I had to go back to work last week, and it's been much harder on me than I ever expected. I took full advantage of my last few days at home with our sweet baby boy and squeezed in as much cuddle time as possible.

  • His favorite thing to do is play on his piano activity mat. He's content to bat around the toys and kick the piano keys for 30-45 minutes at a time. He especially loves it if we get down there with him...he'll "coo" and "ahh" until the end of time {or until he gets hungry} if someone is playing with him.

  • Last month he rolled over from his front to his back...but he hasn't done it again since then. This month he rolled from his back to his front twice...but both times he was pretty mad and kind of flailing around while crying, so I'm not sure the roll-overs were intentional!

A few more pics from Huston's third month of life:


Huston & his #PuppySister, Lily the Diva Dog


Obsessed with bath time and his paci!

Celebrating Mom & Dad's 2nd Wedding Anniversary

Watching golf with Dad

All bundled up for a Sunday afternoon visit to Daddy's "office."

Dear Huston,

Your little personality really started coming to life this month, and somehow you managed to wrap your daddy and me even more tightly around your tiny little finger. You've brought so much joy and love into our's truly immeasurable! Although you've been showing us your bright little smile for awhile now, it still turns us to mush when you flash that big grin! 

You're such a happy baby, and you love to be around people. You're totally content just watching all the action that is going on around you. You don't seem to mind when others want to hold you, but you like to be able to see or hear your daddy or me for a sense of security. Everyone comments how much you look like your daddy, and it's so true. I think it's your bright blue eyes and that ornery little smirk you have that make you your daddy's little mini-me.

Going back to work just might be the hardest thing I've ever done. It's a good thing you're still sleeping when I leave in the mornings...otherwise I might not ever get out the door! I know you're happy and content at home with Maria, but I miss you something fierce while I'm away. The excitement in your eyes and that perfect smile on your face when you see me when I get home eliminates everything negative in the world. It's like you are the solution to all are the light of our lives!

We love you, son! Thank you for giving us a whole new meaning to life. Your sweet innocence makes us want to be better people...the best role models we can possibly be for you. You are absolutely the best thing that ever happened to us...our pride and joy!

Love you times infinity,

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Back to Work

In my anniversary post earlier this week I noted how much has changed in two short years. 

Take for example...

4:00 am on November 4, 2013: heading to the airport for our honeymoon trip to Aruba.


4:00 am on November 4, 2015: sitting beside our son's pack-n-play {because I'm the crazy mom who isn't ready to move him to his crib yet!} just watching him sleep with tears streaming down my face because I'm not ready for my maternity leave to end.

Snuggling my sweet babe extra close on my last day of maternity leave.
I love that little man more than life itself.

To say that I've got anxiety about going back to work would be the understatement of the year. I've had a knot in my stomach for the past two weeks just thinking about it...and now that the day has actually come, I can't stop the tears from falling. I know that this day--the first day--is the hardest and it will get easier with time...but that sure doesn't make today any easier. 

We've found an exceptional nanny. She's raised five kids of her own, has 7 grandkids, previously had an in-home daycare and has run her church nursery for 14 years. She's obviously beyond qualified and knows a heckuva lot more than I do about babies. She's incredibly loving and nurturing with Baby Huston. The first thing she asked me was if it would be ok to read him the Spanish! And she's even whipped me up a special Mexican drink that significantly increased my supply of breastmilk. The woman is nothing short of amazing. We're so incredibly grateful to have found her, and we completely trust her to care for our baby boy...but I still don't want to leave him. 

I never imagined I'd struggle with going back to work. I love my job and am truly blessed to have a great deal of flexibility and to work with fabulous people. I know I'll eventually get back in the groove of things and going to work will once again become my "normal." I realize that I'll value the time I spend with Huston now even more than I did when I was able to stay home with him 24/7...and it is my hope that QUALITY time over quantity of time will only make me a better mom.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Second Anniversary's crazy how much can change in two years!

On November 2, 2013 we said, "I do!"...and it truly was the perfect day. 

 Wedding Photo Credit: McGowan Images 

As cliche as it sounds, I didn't think life could get any better than it was on that day...but I was so wrong! It's been an amazing ride these past two years. We've had our ups and downs, but the good has far outweighed the bad! 

November 2, 2015

Dear Ryan,

Happy Anniversary! There are no words to properly relay my feelings, so I'll just start with THANK YOU! Thank you for loving me just as I am...the good and the bad. Thank you for being the love of my life, my very best friend, and better half! Most importantly, thank you for making me a momma...far and away the very best gift you could ever give me. 

This past year has been incredible...but becoming parents is one memory that I highly doubt we'll ever top. Watching you care for and interact with Huston can seriously bring (happy!) tears to my eyes. You are an exceptional father, and I'm so very grateful to be on this parenting journey with you by my side. Your son and I are very lucky to have you in our lives, and I promise we'll never take that for granted.

Two years down, forever to go! I love you with all that I am and all that I'll ever be!

Love you Forever,

Happy Anniversary, Husband!