Thursday, July 29, 2010

Little Couni's nursery

(Originally posted 12/7/09)
The finishing touches on our baby's room is complete! We put our son's name on the wall above his crib, but the big name reveal won't happen here. :) We're holding out for when he's actually born. But here is a sneak peak.

Not all hiccups are annoying

(Originally posted 12/7/09) Our sweet little baby has entertained me for months now with his little hiccups in utero. Based on the way he's been positioned in my stomach, I typically see my pregnant belly hop on the lower left side to the beat of his hiccups. He usually does this at least two times a day - it's so cute!

Jason laughs at me because whenever we're together and little Couni starts to hiccup, I always get excited and point out the little hiccup hops on my tummy. They're always the same, but I never get tired of marveling how he can hiccup inside of me.

He's hiccuping right now. Could this be his last set of hiccups in utero? I will miss the feeling of his hiccups, but I cannot wait to make a big smiling deal of our baby's hiccups when I'm holding him!

Holiday Decor

(Originally posted December 6, 2009) I haven't done a lot of Christmas attention has been a little tied up getting some other decorations in place. :) But here is some festive holiday decor from our Thanksgiving dinner. I've been playing around with the Picasa photo-editing tool and this is what I came up with!

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Just hanging out

A taste of Endorphin Rush didn't move things along......

The 4-hour stroll around the Mall of America on Saturday didn't move things along.....

Not even closing projects up at work has moved things along.

This little baby boy - or "kiddiewampus" as midwife, Katherine, says - is enjoying his nice, warm haven and steady supply of free food. I don't blame him. I kind of like to hunker down in the winter too.

Wishful thinking he would come early! We are still 5 days short of his due date, Dec. 9th.

Start of a new era

....or just the start of a new blog.:)

I feel like I need to start a new era of blogging, not to just blog all about myself and my interests this time. After all, I have a new interest coming soon.

And his name is _____ _____ Counihan. EDD 12/9/09. (For the grandparents: the length of the blank line for his first and last name has no bearing on how long his name is). Slightly conniving that we have kept baby Counihan's first name a secret, much to our parent's dismay and antsy-ness.

And the other interest is my soon-to-be family of three. Which makes us a clan....and conveniently rhymes with "Counihan".

Seth's Summary: 30 weeks (7 months)

Seth is 7 months old! I cannot believe how big our little baby is. He is over the half-way mark to being one years old - not that I'm thrilled about my baby growing up so fast. Seth is such a sweet, good-natured little baby. He is so much fun!!!

But, do you notice how this seven-month old baby boy does not just sit there while his mommy tries to snap his monthly picture? I remember the days when Seth would just sit propped up in the corner of the chair. Now, he just dives for the football toy and I take the picture with one hand poised ready to catch Seth if he starts falling over!

Eating: Seth likes rice and oatmeal cereal. He says "Mmmm!" every time you put a spoonful of cereal in his mouth. He loves peas! Jason offered him pureed peas the other day and he loved them! Much to Jason's dismay. Now we switch up carrots, sweet potatoes and peas for Seth. He looks like a baby bird and holds his mouth open for carrots. It's so cute! I make all of his food at home. It has been so easy and cost-effective.

Seth does very well sitting in his high chair and does not try to squirm out of it. He doesn't try to grab the spoon and opens his mouth when he's ready for more.

I still nurse Seth two times a day during the week and then 4 feedings/day on the weekend. On the weekdays, he still takes two bottles during the day. He is growing bigger - I'm guessing he must be 19 pounds, since he was 17.5 pounds on his six-month appointment over a month ago.

Sleep: Seth takes two 1.5 - 2 hr naps each day and most days, he takes a cat nap at 5pm. By about 9am, Seth is ready for his first nap. He's had his cereal and a little hang out time with Jason before he goes down. For Seth's second nap, he goes down at 1pm and typically sleeps until 3pm. Many times I hear Seth talking to himself a little before I get him up. It's so cute! He just "who's" and "goos".

Seth still goes to bed for the night between 7-7:30pm each night. It's like he knows that he's supposed to go to bed because he gets a little fussy and cuddly, with his thumb in his mouth. It's so weird to me that Seth will go down for the night and then Jason and I have an hour or two of just us.

Playtime: Seth got a new toy this week - a musical table for him to stand in front of and bang buttons, keys and other little gadgets to make them light up and make music. He really likes everything and it's a great way for him to practice standing and strengthening his legs. But he does get a tired!

I always laugh when Seth plays with his Taggies books. Taggies are these fun kids toys and blankets that have "tags" on the toy that resemble tags because babies always seem to find the tags on the toy and just play with them. Despite the fact that Seth has a myriad of tags to choose from on his Taggie book, he always goes for the actual tag!!

We tried a new thing this week - playpen time. Seth plays with one or two toys by himself in his playpen for about 10-15 minutes two times a day. The idea is to encourage independent play and a chance for him to really focus on a few toys on his own. We believe that playpen time is not a way to enforce boundaries, but a way to encourage freedom for him to explore on his own without his parents or caregivers always offering entertainment.

Seth back-wards scoots and pushes himself to where he wants to go to. He often finds himself under the coffee table and then grabs onto the rungs and tries to pull himself up likes he's doing pull-ups!

That's all for this week!