Monday, November 25, 2013
Height - 35 inches (69%)
Weight - 28 lb 10 oz (57%)
Head - 49 cm (57%)
Oh boy! These past 6 months (or however long it's been since I last updated on Hank) have been a bit of a roller coaster... and we're talking a daily roller coaster, with highs and lows happening constantly.
The major low part of the past 6 months has been sleep. Since moving to Akron (almost 6 months ago) Hank has yet to get into a good sleep pattern. We had a lot of changes this past summer - moving to a new city, living in a hotel for 3 weeks, moving into a new home and transitioning Hank to a big boy bed. I know it sounds like a lot, and I guess I was expecting the kids to be disrupted a bit... but I never could have imagined that my once 7:30pm-7:30am sleeper would become an up all night, waking early kid (especially 6 months into the change). The bad sleeping has looked a little different over the past 6 months, but currently Hank's typical sleep schedule is to go down around 8-8:30pm, wake anywhere from 1-3 times each night (usually around 12:30-1:30am and 3:30-4:30am) and then get up for the day anywhere from 6:15am-7:30am (I consider anything before 7am too early). Right now, whenever he wakes up, he pops out of bed comes over to the door and immediately starts crying at the top of his lungs. We leave him to cry for 2-5minutes, go in, open the door and without saying any words tuck him back in to bed. Silently taking him back to bed works for right now because it requires little from Ben or I in the middle of the night, but it also has not solved the issue as a whole.
We have tried letting him cry without going in at all. We lasted 10 days and after seeing no progress or improvement (still waking at night and crying for anywhere from 15-45 minutes at a time) we decided it was much easier on our family to go back to sleep in the middle of the night after only hearing 2 minutes of crying versus 45 minutes of crying (especially at 3 o'clock in the morning!).
Naps- these have been up and down too, but currently he is napping pretty well. He usually sleeps about 1hr 45min - 2hrs, although sometimes he wakes after 1hr 30min, and sometimes he sleeps for 2+ hours.
Hank - your second birthday is tomorrow and mommy will be 35 weeks pregnant with your little sister. It's hard to imagine you as a big brother, but you have grown so much in the past few months, I know you are ready for the challenge! (And that you will appreciate your sister focusing on someone else besides you all the time). I am so thankful to have you as the little man in my life and so thankful for the bond I already see developing between you and your dad. We love you so much and continue to take delight in just being with you... I can't wait to see all this next year brings and watch your personality continue to grow!
(I usually do a more formal photo shoot for birthday updates, but since I just did pumpkin photos that turned out pretty good and I'll be taking photos on hank's birthday tomorrow, I ended up just doing a photo dump from my phone here... not as good, but I'm just impressed I am getting this post up in time!)
We have had a lot of fun with leaves this fall! Having big trees in our yard is new to us, so I'm sure the thrill of raking/blowing leaves will get old eventually, but for now we've enjoyed looking at all of the beautiful fall colors in our own yard and playing in the huge piles of leaves.
|Hank loved helping Daddy in the yard - he even had his own blower!|
|Our city picks up leaves for us, so we just had to get them to the end of our yard.|
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Watch us grow!!!
Lucy through the years...
Hank through the years...
(I had hoped to carve numbers in the pumpkins, but couldn't find pumpkins after we got home from Indy and ended up just wanting to get the pictures taken... so photoshop helped me this year!)
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Our Halloween was a bit different this year... In Akron, they do trick or treating the Saturday prior to Halloween. This landed on the 26th this year, which also happened to overlap with our trip to Indy. Sad...
So we missed the traditional trick or treating in our neighborhood, and I was pretty bummed, but despite that we ended up having a pretty fun day. I also thought I'd be pretty bummed being away from family, but luckily we were so busy, I barely had time to think about it!
We started our day with some orange pancakes with black syrup...
Our first stop was Lucy's preschool for her Harvest Party. Hank got to join in all the fun, and I even got him to wear his full costume (of course he would never put on the hat) and he only cried for about 5 minutes after getting it on!
Lucy is really into princesses right now, so her costume was easy to get on (and has been worn most days the past few weeks!)
Here's a picture from Lucy's school...
After the party, we stopped by a neighbors to play and eat some pizza at a little Halloween party. And finally when Ben got home, we decided to go to a mall down the road for indoor trick or treating. I'm not sure what this is regularly like, but it was pouring down rain here in Akron, so the mall was jam packed. We didn't stay long (and luckily Lucy and Hank didn't protest), but we had time to get a few pieces of candy and take a ride on the carousel...