Saturday, November 29, 2008

Baby Collin

Welcome Baby Collin!!!

We finally got to meet Collin a little after 11 AM on Wednesday Morning (Nov 26th). I met Renee & Dan at the hospital around 9:45 PM on Tuesday night. After waiting all night - Collin finally decided he was ready to meet the world. He is 7 lbs 4 oz and is Beautiful! Lauren and Kyle are so excited to finally meet the little man. Here's just a few pictures - I'm sure Collin will be seen very often on the Hensley Family Blog - as we plan on him being Emma's future husband!!! :-)

Mommy Renee & Collin - Thanksgiving Day (1 Day Old)

Daddy Dan & Collin

Me & Collin - What a Cutie!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

9 Months Old

Our 9 month old photo shoot was the toughest by far! It's way too exciting to eat the paper. This is an outfit from a friend of mine and I love the hat - however Zach thinks it's silly!

At our 9 month check-up everything was good except Emma needs to gain weight. She only weights 15 lbs + and has dropped below the 5th percentile. So we're increasing her milk - which has prompted me to decide that it's time to quit nursing. I've though long and hard and it just didn't make sense for me to pump 3 times a day and only make enough for 1 full bottle (with not enough left to make a second). I feel like I've done a good job and I really wanted to continue but her growing is more important. So we're starting to wean her this week and we'll see how it goes - I'm still planing on nursing her for her first and last feeding as long as I can. Hopefully my body will be smart (for once) and it will continue to make a little milk!

Today (Friday) I got a call from daycare at 11 AM saying Emma woke up from her nap with a 102 degree temperature. So I'm home with her this afternoon. She's been really sleepy and clingy - but not all that unhappy. I'm hoping she'll sleep it off for the most part!

Countdown to Turkey day - only 5 days left!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Family Update

Emma in her new winter coat - I think she can move in there but I'm not sure!

Emma is officially 9 months old! No picture yet - but coming soon. She has grown so much in the last month. She is quick on the crawl - but prefers to walk holding on to anything. This means lots of bumps and bruises (as you've seen on the last post), but it's too cute!

We Love food!

Nothing much has been going on in the last week, we've just been enjoying some time home all together. About a month ago or so I started a Jazzercise class that meets at a church near my house on Monday and Wednesday nights. I've found that although it's a struggle to get home, feed Emma and get back out the door - and then rush home to feed her and get her to bed - I really needed this time away with other women. Plus the endorphins aren't so bad either! Zach has been slowing down at work and is finding out what the words "off Season" actually mean. Since we've met in 2000 - I don't think he's ever actually had an off season period of time with his job!

Emma has her 9 month check-up tomorrow so we'll update on how much we've grown then!
On another note, I'm starting to wonder how much longer I will be breastfeeding. I've had such a wonderful experience bonding with Emma so it's hard to imagine not sitting down with her in this way going forward. I've found that I'm constantly worried about something with nursing - whether it's being paranoid that I'm not making enough, worrying about when and how to nurse/pump, not being able to go to events without carting the pump (how fun is it to pump in the bathroom during a football game really). Now that we have teeth that is always a worry too - she's normally very nice - but boy when she's not! I've recently changed jobs - which meant my nice private office to pump in became a closet in my new department. And now my office has relocated again which means I'm pumping.....good question!?! I really do not know where I'm going to pump tomorrow when I get back to work. There's always the bathroom - but that's not appealing at all. I'm sure they'll find somewhere for me, but the privacy gets increasingly less, which for me means that I am able to pump less. I know that I've provided the best start for my daughter which gives me peace of mind, but I really had hoped to nurse a little longer. But there's that other part of me that's ready to not worry what I eat or drink, or where I am when she needs to eat, or who might walk in on me pumping at work! I'm really struggling with this part of life, so if anyone has any encouragement or thoughts - please let me know.
On another seperate note, several people have asked me lately so here you go -
Yes - we are still cloth diapering. We only use prefolds and are Very happy and will continue to do this as long as Emma is in diapers. Zach still isn't completely okay with the mess - but he doesn't complain so that's good! And we still make most of our own baby food. With us both working full time sometimes all the home tasks just don't get completed - but for the most part she gets good food!
That's it - not much else happening. Hope everyone is getting ready to eat turkey soon! We'll be installing our new kitchen floor next Saturday so we're excited for that too!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Halloween & 8 Months Old

Happy Halloween - a little late. I finally got a card reader to fix my computer/camera issues so we're back to posting new pics!

Happy Halloween from Emma the M&M!
I'm 8 Months Old
(okay - really almost 9 now but we took these pictures when I was 8 Months old!)

We fell and bumped our head again last week - thank goodness this was a few hours after we got our pictures taken! Ouch!!! But this big girl only cried a few seconds!!!

Poor Emma!

Not much new here - just enjoying having Zach home a little more this winter! We can't wait for our 1st Thanksgiving with Emma! It's coming soon!