Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SEVEN MONTHS | 10-11-17

Hart Barnett Heeter
SEVEN MONTHS | 10-11-17

Likes:
food!
climbing out of dock-a-tot
when dad gets home
Happy
teether toys

Dislikes:
peas
bananas
strangers

Milestones:
first flight
screaming for fun
sleeping in crib without dock-a-tot
falling asleep without help
pushing chest off floor during tummy time
confidently sitting
hard consonants (M, D, B)

Things we can't live without:
yeti
teether toys
footed pants (getting chilly here!)
space heater in his brisk nursery

Looking forward to:
getting on hands/knees
babbling
Halloween!

Mid-scream... basically all the time

My little fall baby

Monday, September 11, 2017

SIX MONTHS | 9-11-17

Hart Barnett Heeter
SIX MONTHS | 9-11-17

Likes:
peanut butter
broccoli
sweet potato
apple sauce
strawberries
sitting up
Yeti
peek-a-boo
laughing with mom and dad

Dislikes:
banana
blueberries
laying down all the time
trying to nap in the car

Milestones:
sitting up unassisted (but sometimes topples)
fake coughing
giving high fives
understanding some signs (milk, all done)
"walking" when someone holds him on his feet

Things we can't live without:
Yeti
bumbo
drool bibs

Looking forward to:
first "words"
sitting up confidently
more food!






Thursday, August 24, 2017

24 Weeks Old!

How old
23 weeks, 5 days

Sleep
Hart is definitely going through a developmental leap right now. He's on the cusp of rolling from back to belly AND sitting up, so we think that's what's disrupting his night sleep a bit. He's been restless in bed A LOT, which keeps us up. Some nights are much better than others, but we're pretty ready for him to go back to his stellar sleep. His naps are progressively getting back on track since taking away his pacifier so that's a relief!

Highs
On Saturday, we finally celebrated our anniversary! We went to the Denver Central Market and got tacos and pesto pasta and an ice cream flight. Yum. Hart had a difficult time, but was able to hunker down in the sling and nap a bit of it. 
Monday was really fun because Jon got a work-from-home day due to the eclipse. It was nice to just have an extra day to relax together. Plus we got to venture outside during the eclipse (which was Hart's nap time of course). It was crazy outside and it made me definitely want to travel to see a total eclipse next time.

Lows
This sleep thing is definitely hard. I haven't gotten more than two hours of sleep at a time, even if he's just awake for 15 minutes or I have to pump real quick. It's exhausting. Luckily he's still super smiley and happy all day long. That makes it a bit easier! It's also nice knowing it's a phase!

Eating
Hart LOVES food! His favorites right now are watermelon and sweet potato fries. He is not into banana, but gives it a solid try each time we hand him some. He's really taken to eating solids, and knows exactly how to pick up a fry and cram it in his mouth (and then chew like a monster until it all falls out). He's gained almost two pounds this past month (he only gained one pound in the last two months!), and is all about reaching for our plates. I'm loving it, and getting excited planning meals that the three of us can enjoy together. 

Milestones
At times, he can sit up unsupported! Then all of a sudden, he'll flop over. He can also hold up his weight on his feet, but also will just let his knees give out randomly so you gotta be holding on tight! He's just about ready to roll - getting closer every day - and has let out a "maaaaaaa!" when he's very upset (which I know has nothing to do with me, but we're getting there!). He can also effortlessly put the pacifier back in his mouth!

Looking forward to
We are housesitting again this weekend! I cannot wait! I love their house and their dogs, and it will be especially fun that Jon will be with me the whole time instead of last time when I was there alone a lot! It will be nice to have a little backyard so we can sunbathe while baby sleeps! Plus Happy will have a great time with his girlfriend, Hilde, and bestie, Ranger.


Friday, August 11, 2017

FIVE MONTHS | 8-11-17

Hart Barnett Heeter
FIVE MONTHS | 8-11-17

Likes:
sitting up
laughing with mom and dad
petting Happy
Yeti
eating everything
oatmeal
playing in the bath

Dislikes:
being put down in the crib
when mom is slow during feedings
napping without a pacifier

Milestones:
supported sitting
putting pacifier in mouth
smiling when someone else smiles
pterodactyl screech

Things we can't live without:
Yeti
bumbo seat
dock-a-tot

Looking forward to:
sitting up unassisted
babbling
trying more foods

Yeti & Hart

Monday, July 31, 2017

20 Weeks Old!


1.5 months vs 4.5 months
How old
20 weeks, 2 days

Sleep
Hart had a VERY hard time staying on schedule while we were in Illinois, but hopped right back into things the minute we got home. He's been napping like a champ (1 hour in the morning, 2 hours in the afternoon, 30 minutes in the evening), and his night sleep is still pretty consistently good. We're sleep training, so he is up occasionally at night, but we're doing out best to help him through it so that he can fall back to sleep on his own. Overall, he's still been doing great! Especially with our pacifier cold turkey experiment (see Lows).

Highs
Definitely being home and getting back into our rhythm. It was super fun to visit Illinois and our families, but it was a LONG time to be gone (combined with house sitting), and we were all desperate to get home. Hart has been in a much better mood, and is sleeping great. It's been nice to get back into cooking. I think we've finally got into a rhythm so that Jon and I can eat and still feed Hart before Hart's bedtime. Small victories!


Lows
Going cold turkey on the pacifier. Oh man, it was hard. Luckily for my sanity it only lasted one day. The reason why we decided was because he was up every 45 minutes Saturday night "needing" it back in his mouth. It became the only thing that could get him to sleep, so if he woke up he need it back in his mouth. Yesterday was very hard, with lots of tears from both Hart and me. Buuuut he slept AWESOME last night, went down for the night without a fight, and only woke two times and all he needed was Jon to put their hand on his chest and he went right back to sleep. And he just woke from an extra long morning nap! So the terrible, awful day that was yesterday was completely worth it. He's already sleeping way more soundly.
RIP paci
Memories with paci
Eating
He's still a rockstar eater, and loves his two time dose of oatmeal. Jon feeds him in the evenings and it's really fun to hear them chat and laugh as Hart eats :)

Milestones
Definitely a barely-supported sitter on our hands. If he gets his hands in the right spot, he can hold himself up! He's pretty grouchy unless he's sitting upright because the view is so much better! He also thinks it's hilarious when you stand him on his feet. We have some serious attempts at rolling back to belly, though that's mostly because he grabs his toes and rocks off balance. He's right on track for all his milestones, and is more and more social each day. He used to play alone for a portion of the day, and now he's not happy unless he sees your face. Which is neat, but exhausting!
New bonnet from grandma and totally killing it at tummy time
Hair?!
Looking forward to
There's a lot of fun things coming up. Our anniversary is in a few weeks, and we're planning some ice cream adventures and a possible overnight in the mountains. Jon may be working a trial in Grand Junction, and it might be a possibility for Hart and I to join him! That would be a fun getaway, mostly paid for by his firm. I'm just happy to be home. We recently weaned Hart off of his swaddle, sleep sack, and now pacifier. I'm excited for some relaxing days, finding rhythm in this new phase :)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

FOUR MONTHS | 7-11-17


Hart Barnett Heeter
FOUR MONTHS | 7-11-17

Likes:
sitting up
looking at a cute baby in the mirror
being worn facing out
tickles
chewing on anything/everything
books
pulling mom's hair
Pupper

Dislikes:
being cold after bath
being cradled like a little baby :(
16-hour car rides
sleeping in the same room as mom and dad
Happy's scream/bark

Milestones:
giggling
pulling to sit up
holding on to mom and dad
touching faces
pulling paci out of mouth (constantly)

Things we can't live without:
books
Pupper
paci
activity mat

Looking forward to:
sitting up on own
going in stroller without carseat 
babbling



Monday, June 26, 2017

15 Weeks Old!


How old
15 weeks

Sleep
Hart generally is still doing awesome on sleep. His naps are like clockwork - he seriously goes to bed within 10 minutes of the same time each day (8:30-9:30 and 12:00-2:00, with an afternoon catnap that is 30 minutes and he takes anywhere between 4:30-5:30). His night sleep is pretty awesome. Most of the time he's in his crib from 7:30pm - 7:00am. He has hit that wonderful 4 month sleep regression, but we've seem to found what works well enough for him - swaddled with one arm out, and popped in a sleep sack with a little bean bag on his chest. Lately he's been up from 3-5, just unable to fall asleep. We're experimenting with what works, and trying to help him form good habits at the same time. I'm still impressed with his sleep, and super thankful for big chunks of uninterrupted sleep.

Highs
Oh man, so much has happened since I last posted. I think my favorite thing we did was celebrate Father's Day in Fort Collins. I was pretty anxious about going since it's 1.5 hours without traffic and we wouldn't be driving during naps. Hart did freak on the way home, but cried himself into a deep sleep. Actually being in Fort Collins, though, was great! We actually spent all our time at Odell Brewery and did not regret it. They have a beautiful patio and it was the perfect day. We got to snuggle Hart in the sun, drink new beers, and eat delicious lobster mac and cheese from a local food truck. It was a good day to celebrate Jon and all he means to our family. 




Lows
I'm starting to get a little anxious about the drive to Illinois :( I'm excited to be there, but the getting there is less than desirable. I'm also a little worried about how it will be in terms of sharing our time between our families. We want everyone to see Hart and love on him, but we also want to enjoy ourselves and our time in Illinois while still visiting with friends and family. Oh, and throw in there keeping him on his schedule. I'm going to be very strict about his naps because that makes or breaks not only night sleep, but his mood for the following day. I want to have one place where he sleeps so that it's familiar. Plus he has a ton of sleepy essentials that would be a nightmare to drag around. Anyway, the trip will be awesome, I just hope that everyone is able to have grace with us as it's our first adventure with the babe!

Eating
Hart is doing awesome at eating still. Last time I said I wasn't pumping, but it really stressed me out not knowing if he was getting enough and not seeing the numbers on the scale go up. So he gets a morning bottle and an evening bottle of 6 ounces each, and then breastfeeds 3 times on top of that. He's definitely gaining weight, but I think it's all in his face! Poor guy might have inherited the "Herbert-fat-face," (Uncle Dustin feels me) but at least his multiple chins are adorable for now. He's also getting quicker at eating! He was eating for 30-45 minutes a few weeks ago, but now we're more around 20-30. He does a lot of snoozing while he eats, so it's also me being a little more diligent about poking him as he eats. 

Milestones
He rolled right before his 3 month birthday! He's also turning into quite the chatterbox. He's currently oohing and laughing at his birds behind me and having a blast. He's getting a ton more neck control, like able to lift his head independently of his body. He's also really working on rolling from back to belly, though I'm not quite encouraging that one! He also is showing interest in specific activities and might cry until he does those things. He often will fuss and cry on his activity mat an break into a huge smile once you lean over him. He's definitely a people-person, or at least a mom/dad-person :) He loves when you pretend to drop him, showing he's going to be quite the adventurer! I was pretending to drop him last night and his eyes would shoot open and then he'd realize I was holding him and he'd start laughing. We're practicing our sitting up skills, though the spine is still quite wobbly. And finally he's starting to bear his weight on his little legs! Only for a few seconds at a time, but it's something!



Looking forward to
House sitting starting tomorrow! I have been daydreaming about this for at least a month! Joe and Jen have a stunning house that is beautifully redone (exposed brick, natural wood, cast iron, edison bulbs) with a gorgeous fenced in yard for the dogs. We're bringing Hart's tub so we can have pool parties in the back yard. One of their dogs, Hilde, is super into Hart and sooooo much sweeter with him than Happy so that will be adorable. I'm just picturing watering their vegetable garden while Hart hangs in the shade in his dock a tot and the dogs lounge about. I told them repeatedly not to pay us because this is a true vacation for us. The bus takes Jon literally door to door, and his commute will probably be 10-15 minutes. It's going to be hard coming back to our apartment on the third floor!