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!


Sunday, June 11, 2017

THREE MONTHS | 6-11-17


Hart Barnett Heeter
THREE MONTHS | 6-11-17

Likes:
mobile above bed
being on the changing table
tummy time
copying funny noises
playing on the activity mat
chewing hands
smacking stomach
sleeping
being woken up from naps

Dislikes:
being laid in the crib
getting bored
staying swaddled all night
pool time (for now!)

Milestones:
rolling over
chuckling (not quite a giggle)
copying sounds/noises

Things we can't live without:
dock-a-tot
tank top onesies
bear bonnet
homemade mobile
owl sound machine/nightlight/star projector

Looking forward to
giggling
liking the pool
sitting up



Saturday, June 3, 2017

12 Weeks Old!


3 weeks vs 12 weeks

How old
12 weeks

Sleep
Still doing awesome! Hart averages around 10-11 hours a night! He has been getting up earlier and we think it's because it's so bright in his room. We have some room darkening shades we're gonna put up this weekend to hopefully remedy this! He is also all over the place for naps. Some days he naps around 3 hours total, some days about an hour. Luckily it doesn't change his night sleep much.

Highs
Having Jon's family here was really fun! We did a lot, and relaxed! We ate a lot of good food, watched some tv, and did some shopping! Nana and poppy took advantage of the outlet mall and really spoiled Hart with clothes for 6-9 months. He's going to be so fashionable! We also got to go to Breckenridge Brewery again, and Hart was a superstar like last time!

Jon and I had a couple fun dates this week. We did a picnic after work on Wednesday at Genevieve's favorite CO park. We had sandwiches, watermelon, chips, and angel food cake with fruit and cream. YUM! Hart snoozed a lot of it, but also hung out in the shade and oohed at the sky.

 Hart and I met Jon for lunch on Thursday and we went to a placed called Avanti. It's a big building that they converted to a bar, multiple restaurants, and a generally awesome hang out spot. You can even get food and walk down the road to a brewery! Jon and I tried arepas for the first time and they were so good. We also got tiramisu for dessert. 
Helping dad with some work
Today we had to go downtown to get Jon's stuff from work, and we walked around Denver for a bit. It was super fun, and we even found a chalk art contest! It was pretty intense. When we got home, we got ready for Hart's first pool experience! He really didn't mind dipping his toes in the water, but once his booty (and other bits) got wet, he was pretty done. We had a nice little bath, and are relaxing now!


Lows
This isn't a low for me, but there have been tons of thunderstorms the past few weeks and Happy is miserable. He is very stressed, hides in corners, and follows you around like a shadow. Poor little pup. Luckily, the rest of us have been pretty good!

Eating
Hart is still eating well and consistently. He's not gaining a ton of weight, which worries me, but he is gaining length. He also has tons of wet diapers, so I know he's getting enough food. It's a little discouraging to see the number on the scale stay the same, but he's happy, sleeps well, eats often, and is overall doing great. I'm trying not to obsess over it, but I usually ask Jon each morning or night to weigh Hart. He had moved to eating every 4 hours, and then going 12 hours at night. Since he's not gaining weight, I'm trying to move him to every 3 hours to see if that changes things. He doesn't really let us know when he's hungry, so that makes things difficult. He's almost too relaxed!

Milestones
No huge ones the past few weeks, but he's definitely trying to impersonate our sounds more and more. He loves when I roll my r's at him, and it's really precious to see him trying to do it back. He's starting to repeat vowels, which is really neat. I've been trying to teach him how to roll over, but he's more interested in holding his head up for now. 
One thing we noticed is that he's now starting to cry when he wants to play with us! He used to cry if he needed food, changing, or sleep, but now he cries to get our attention. Hart also is starting to get quite chatty! It's real fun to hear his little voice, especially during story time! He loves to chime in. 

Looking forward to
This next week being over! Jon will be on trial this week, which means he'll be working extra hard, and extra long. It's rough when he has to work so hard and barely gets any time at home. It will be nice when the weekend comes! We're also finalizing Father's Day plans and I'm getting very excited. We're going to go to Fort Collins for the first time, so that will be quite the adventure!
Thanks for the homemade bonnet, grandma! We get asked where others can buy them!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

10 Weeks Old!

He's pretty insistent on bringing back the overall trend. I think he could do it.
How old
10 weeks

Sleep
Hart is doing AWESOME with sleep! This momma is so happy! He goes down around 8:00, and sleeps until 6:00-7:00. He does wake up about twice a night to politely request a pacifier adjustment, but has completely self-eliminated any night feedings. YAY! His naps have fallen by the wayside, but that's something we're working on. He takes his morning nap like clockwork, but he's really fighting that afternoon nap. I wouldn't mind, but instead of napping, he's really into screaming. If he wants to stay up and hang, I'd be cool with that. Stay up and scream? No thank you. We're working on it. He usually is only asleep for 1 hour in the afternoon (when he had been doing 2), but maybe that's contributing to his stellar night sleep. Either way, I won't complain. 
Did I buy the next size of this bear sweater because I love it so much? And do I fully intend on buying subsequent sizes up until 24 month because animal ears on babies are way too cute? No comment.
Highs
Celebrating Mother's Day! We celebrated the Saturday before and I am SO glad we did (see 'Lows' for explanation). We stopped by Snooze, as per usual, and were upset by the wait time, as per usual. Luckily, I'm all about the stroller walks, so we walked around the mall and Whole Foods, and our table was ready quicker than we thought! Jon and Hart sat together and made faces at each other all breakfast, which was adorable. Then, we headed to Boulder! Hart ate when we got there, and after we walked around the Farmers' Market. It was so nice, and big! It spanned a whole block, and had tons of produce, local art/jewelry, and food! We decided on gelato for lunch (sweet cream with dark chocolate bits), local lavender honey as a souvenir, and a walk by Boulder Creek to eat our gelato. Jon took pictures of Hart and me on this really cool wall, so we decided this will be our Mother's/Father's Day traditions (until he's old enough to say no)! It was a great day, and so fun walking around Boulder with Hart.
Do you think he'll let me hold him like this when we take our 18th Mother's Day photo together?
Lows
I started to come down with the symptoms of mastitis on Mother's Day. I just felt awful all day, had a mild fever, was exceptionally weepy, and felt drained. We had planned to walk around IKEA (the Mother's Day dreams I have...), but I just couldn't. Jon had to stay home the following day because I was having such a tough time. My body hurt, my fever was high, and I really couldn't care for Hart the way I normally would. I also noticed a red, hot, sensitive patch on one of my breasts, and, thanks to the guidance of Lauren, finally admitted it was more than just a cold. I called my doctor on Tuesday morning, and the minute they heard my symptoms, they called in a prescription. After taking just one dose of antibiotic, I felt world's better and like I could climb a mountain! It's amazing how quickly that infection can affect you, and how quickly it can turn into an abscess that needs surgery to remove. I'm glad I was able to get on antibiotics quickly enough. I'm still dealing with moderate pain, but it's less painful than the early breastfeeding days so it's hard to care too much.

Eating
Going great! After a lot of consideration and discussion with Jon, I decided a week or so ago that I want to exclusively breastfeed - meaning no pumping/bottles. It was stressful for me to pump because I never knew how much he should eat, and he always ended up with an upset stomach from sucking in air or spitting up a ton. Plus, I've committed to stay home with him, so why not? This is my job, and I'm totally loving it! I got a really great nursing cover that makes me feel a ton more comfortable to nurse in public, so that helps. Another thing is that he only eats 4-5 times a day, so I might as well savor it while I can. This way I'm confident he's getting as much as he needs because he is able to eat until he's full. His growth is right on point, and he's chunking up quite well, so I'm happy with the way things are going.
He has very strict feeding times that he does NOT like wavering from. Some of his fussiest days have been when we eat an hour earlier or even eat too close together. He eats at 7:30, 11:00, 2:30, 6:00 and a snack before bed at 7:30. We're gradually moving to four feedings at 7:30, 11:30, 3:30, and 7:30, but we're letting him dictate that as he's able to go longer between feedings. A good feeding schedule is very vital to good sleep, so I'd say we're doing good on that front. I'm super lucky that he just fell into a schedule all on his own, without any guidance from me, at 10 days old. It's been smooth sailing since. (Knock on wood!)

Milestones
Definitely some stronger "holding up the head" abilities happening over here. I was getting concerned because everything I was reading was saying he should hold his head up for brief periods of time during tummy time, and even attempt to hold up his upper half. Well, this guy thought tummy time was a great excuse for a snooze! He rarely even tried, so I thought his muscles probably weren't developing at the rate they should. Well, on Monday, I plopped him on the floor for tummy time and he picked his head and shoulders right up off the ground!!
The actual moment! He didn't even face-plant!
Jon was home, so it was really special that he got to experience one of these "firsts." Now, Hart's super into holding his head up. It's kind of devastating because now when I hold him on my chest, he wants to look around and he won't snuggle under my chin. I'm already missing that limp newborn neck that couldn't squirm away from me!
He's also turning into quite the chatterbox, but only if you chat back. Jon and Hart spend a lot of time "ooh"-ing and "ahh"-ing at one another. Hart is really trying to replicate/impersonate those noises, which is adorable. I'm pretty sure he said "hi" to me the other day, but I could be wrong.

Looking forward to
I always look forward to the weekends because Jon gets more time with Hart (and me of course). We had Jon's cousin, Jordan, over Thursday and I entertained a fussy Hart while Jon cooked, and then I put Hart to bed while Jon hung out with Jordan. Going to bed, we realized Jon barely even saw Hart that day. Needless to say, we take advantage of family time on the weekends. It snowed here yesterday and will gradually warm up until it's around 70 on Sunday. Hopefully we can squeeze in a park date with Happy.
Oh! I'm going to make Hart a mobile! I've read that mobiles can be bad in the crib because it stimulates the baby instead of lulling them to bed. However, we have these little stuffed animals lined up on the ledge of Hart's crib, and he stares and chats with them until he falls asleep on his own. We think a mobile might give him something to do while he's falling asleep. It also might keep him entertained when he wakes early in the morning! There are tons I'd love to buy, but they look super easy to make.I also found a super cute knitted bonnet pattern that I want to try out for Hart. I figure if this turns out, maybe I'll start selling them! Etsy, here I come!

This week's Tessie-ism
So, if you know me well, you know I slept with a stuffed husky, Dakota, until I was 20 - at which point I switched to a teddy bear. It's less weird than you think. I use it as a pillow. Stop judging. Dakota now is one of the animals that entertains Hart on his crib ledge. Needless to say, I take "comfort objects" incredibly seriously. Not that I will push it on him, but I want to give Hart lots of options. This sweet little pupper is from my Aunt Suzanne, and is the most adorable because he's just the right size for Hart right now! He comes with us on walks and adventures to get dad from work. I usually rest him on Hart's legs in the car, and he is AMAZED when the puppy MOVES (his legs are kicking), keeping him entertained. Plus, sometimes his arm snakes around the puppy and I find him holding the little guy totally unprompted. 
Seriously not posed. HE DOES THESE CUTE THINGS ALL ON HIS OWN!
I'm also really into this "traffic jam" quilt from the Little Unicorn. It's incredibly soft, and gets softer with each wash. Something that I actually look forward to washing?! Okay! It currently is over Hart's dock-a-tot for easy washing (that dock-a-tot cover is a beast to put back on), so he sleeps on it every night. It also accompanies us on nightly walks because it's 4 layers of muslin so it really cushions his straps, and we can easily cover him if it's chilly. I plan to use this for adventures outside when it warms up and we find a good patch of grass and shade to hang out in. Notice our puppy friend came, too?