Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013


A few weekends ago (yep, I'm that behind!) we dedicated Claire and Hunter at church. 
When Claire was a baby we were 'church shopping' and didn't really feel at home in any one church, so we never dedicated her. When we moved back to Portland we tried a few other churches in the area but eventually settled down at Cornerstone, my home church and Drew's uncles church. We are loving being a part of such a wonderful church family!

So after Hunter was born I talked with Drew about his thoughts on dedicating the kids, and we went ahead and emailed his uncle Barry (our pastor) about setting it up. It just so happened that Drew's cousin Blake (Barry's son) was getting married in about a month, which meant that Drew's grandparents would be visiting from Alaska, so we decided to dedicate the kids the Sunday after the wedding so they would be able to be there. It was such a blessing being able to be surrounded by family as we dedicated the kids.

Here is the video if you're interested:

Claire was pretty amused with the whole thing. She kept telling me that she wanted to go play with toys in the nursery haha! I also had to keep her from knocking the monitor over at one point because she was so amused with being able to see pictures of herself on the monitor. 

Here are the slides that you can't see in the video

We feel so blessed to be raising our children in church with such strong leaders, and other families that we have so much respect for. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

6 Months!

Half a year?? How did this happen?

Here are Hunter's stats from his 6 month well baby check.

Weight: 23 lbs 7 oz (above the 100th percentile)
Height: 29.5" ( above 100th percentile)
Head Circumference: 17.99" (97th percentile)

We have a very healthy (aka LARGE) baby boy! The doctor said as long as he's still active and meeting milestones she's not concerned about his weight.

-Hunter is still working on sitting by himself. He can sit for 10-20 seconds before he starts to topple over. The doctor said it may take him longer to be stable since he's on the chubby side ;)

-Still not teeth, but we aren't surprised since Drew, Claire, and I all got our teeth late.

-He LOVES to roll! Seriously, you set this kid down and he is off in a flash. Needless to say this has lead to us finding him in some unusual spots:
 Rolled himself right into the toy shelf....
 ...and under the Christmas tree....
 ....and of course into the bathroom.

-Hunter has been trying all sorts of new foods this month as well! We've been doing a very tiny bit of baby led weaning with solids. He still eats mostly purees but I've been trying to be better about letting him explore real foods. We never really did that with Claire and she is a horribly picky eater, so we're hoping to combat some of that early on with Hunter if we can.
Left to right from the top: Clementine, carrot stick for teething, waffle, and a wheat teething biscuit. 

- I think it's safe to say we had our first little fit this month. Hunter has decided he loves paper! We were at Lowe's and I stupidly let him hang on to a paint chip. When I looked down he was disintegrating it in his mouth, so I took it away, and it was like the world ended! He's gotten a hold of paper a few other times (thanks to his big sister) and has had the same reaction every time we take it away. I guess you don't get between a boy and his paper.

-Hunter took his first trip to a Christmas tree farm this month, but sadly, between balancing a baby, a toddler, a chain saw, and two trees we left with zero pictures. Oh well, maybe next year...
He is however enjoying the tree now that we have it home and all lit up! 

-Night time sleep is slightly better, but still not great. We have to feed him before we go to bed at 10:00ish and then he usually wakes up once around 3:30-4ish to eat again. Naps are still about the same, and only last about 45 minutes, which is an improvement over the 30 minute naps from last month.

Overall, another healthy, happy month with this little guy!