Tuesday, October 25, 2011

6 week update!

Well, Friday's tomorrow has quickly turned in to today's Tuesday, which just happens to also mean that Henry is now 6 weeks old! But, before I get into updating you on Henry I need to put up some kitchen pictures.

Basically, our previous kitchen had a total of 3 feet of counter top space and 5 cabinets that we used. It was tiny, it was cramped, and it was not very organized.

The kitchen needed a lot of work. We* had to take out the cabinets and counters, moved the fridge to the other way, build a small wall and bulkhead to match up with the other wall, move a gas line for the oven, and install a new drain for the soon to be installed dishwasher. 

We even let Gramzy take a break from the kitchen to hold Henry
However, with the help of my parents (and my brother too) the kitchen is completely different. With new counter tops (a 10 foot stretch that L's into another 3 feet of counter top), new cabinets, and the microwave installed the way it should be and a Dishwasher on the way, this kitchen is a dream come true for our little family. It felt like we had won the lottery! Take a look...

* When I say We, I mean my mom and dad :)

The picture doesn't quite do it justice. I told The Wifey that I felt like I was walking in to an advertisement for a new kitchen. It's pretty amazing.

And now on to my little man, Henry. Today he turned 6 weeks old and he has definitely changed so much in that little bit of time.
He slept through the entire church service! Just like his old man...
"I'm gonna get you!"
Over the past few days Henry has had a little cough at times and his cry sounded a little bit different than usual. So, today The Wifey called the doctor and they asked her to bring him in to be looked at. Needless to say, we're a little extra sensitive when it comes to anything related to his breathing after his stay in the NICU. After examining Henry the doctor determined that Henry does have a virus and for us to keep him inside as much as we can and continue to monitor him. (He seems to be better already) But the doctor also said that he thinks that Henry is a little dehydrated and that They Wifey should offer to nurse him at least every 2 hours during the day. I thought the notion of him being dehydrated was a little crazy after I learned what the little guy weighed in at today. Drum roll please......
Henry weighed in today, at 6 weeks old, at 11 pounds 1 ounce! That means he has gained 3 pounds 2 ounces since being born and 1 pound 9 ounces in just the past 2 weeks, and he's dehydrated?!? I guess I shouldn't have told him how big his cousin is...

The Wifey also put shoes on him today and he fit perfectly in a pair of 3-6 month old shoes. I guess it runs in the family. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how big he his at his 2 month appointment.
Thanks for checking in!

Friday, October 21, 2011

A lifetime ago...

Well to be honest I guess it's more like half of a lifetime ago that I last posted something on here and so I apologize for any who are going through Henry withdrawal. It seems bringing your first child home after spending 10 days in the NICU and then the following week having your kitchen completely remodeled can make your house, and your life in general, an explosion of craziness.

Let me fill you in on how our little guy is doing so far. Henry will be 6 weeks old on Tuesday and had his one month check up 10 days ago and here are his numbers. He weighed in at 9lbs 7oz for a total weight gain from birth of 1lb 8oz putting him somewhere in the 40's% range. He measured at 21.25" for a total increase in length from birth at 2.25" also putting him somewhere in the 40's% range. I was kind of surprised by him not being in a higher percentile cause he seems to have grown so much but The Wifey reminded me that breastfed babies tend to start out a little more slowly than their formula fed counterparts.
Bath time actually goes surprisingly well!
Henry got to visit with our Great Dane Doo and his grandma's Chihuahua Lula. It was neat going from one dog with a head the same size as his entire body to another dog that was about the same size and weight. But both dogs did very well with the little guy.

It was a great visit with both families. My brother also got a chance to hold Henry for the first time.

A lot has happened in the past five and a half weeks and at this point it's almost impossible to remember life before Henry. Although it can be very trying at 3am when he is screaming and crying to keep calm he has a way of putting what is really important in life into perspective. Tomorrow I will put up some pictures from his first day at church and an update on our awesome new kitchen! But for now here's a little something to hold you over...

Sleeping in church already!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

What a week...

It's hard to believe that Henry has been home with us for a week now. After finding out that he was going to be in the NICU for 10 days I remember talking to The Wifey about how we were going to last that long and here we are a full week of us being a family together. This past week has been a busy one but it has been made easier by people from church delivering us dinner every night. Thankfully, we have been able to get out of the house this week and Henry got to go to his first Chinese Buffet!

I finally got to wear the hat that mommy made me!
Today was a pretty crazy day. We had decided to go to the Hickory Apple Festival with my brother, but once we got to the other side of Pittsburgh it had started to rain. So instead we decided to use the time to visit family, including pets!

Doo is our 140 lb great dane and he is a gentle giant!

After Henry passed the Doo inspection my brother was able to hold him for the first time. He certainly looks like a happy uncle!

The Wifey informed me that Henry's outfit cost a total of about $7 because she got the pants from her mom for $1 the socks from my sister for free and the rest from Old Navy for about $6 (including the sweet zip up hoodie). That's pretty awesome considering the hoodie alone is on sale at Old Navy again this season for about $15. After visiting with his uncle little Henry was off to visit The Wifey's aunt and uncle and their daughter along with her 2 little boys. Afterwards we went to visit Henry's grandma!

The dog in the picture is named Lula and she is a rather skittish Chihuaha, however she took to Henry right away. It was neat to see Henry next to a dog whose head was the same size as him and then a dog who was about the exact same size!

After we got home The Wifey and I got to rest for a bit while Henry slept in his car seat. It was glorious! We were eagerly awaiting for the delivery of our dinner for the night. A few days before I had asked The Wifey if it would be rude to ask someone to just bring us a pizza instead of a home cooked meal and wouldn't you know it, the next day I got an email from someone signed up to bring us dinner asking if we would just like them to bring us a pizza! After our delicious pizza dinner (and cake!) we decided it was time to give Henry his first full on wipe down bath type deal. He did ummm ok :)

What are you doing to me??

Anything but the comb, anything!!

Ok well maybe I do look good...

And so to recap the past week...We are all still alive! Henry is sleeping at least one 4 hour period per night. He is a cutie! Most importantly, he only cries when there is a reason and once we figure out what it is he is perfectly calm and relaxed. This has been a crazy week but an amazing one too!

Also, for those who are interested this is what our kitchen currently looks like...

For any of those out there thinking to yourself, "Hey, that looks exactly ike it did before he took the doors and pulls off." You would be correct. Tomorrow my mom and dad will be coming over to begin work on the kitchen and they requested that I put everything back the way it was so that we can donate the cabinets to an organization like Construction Junction. This way we will be able to take them off the wall, put them in the truck, and take them away, without having to worry about any missing pieces.

And I thought this past week was crazy...