Friday, December 19, 2008

Life with Hunter

Each day is a new adventure with our sweet boy. I wake up never knowing what to expect out of our silly goose. Here are a few examples of his silliness:

Saturday morning Jimmy's family was in town for H's birthday party. H wakes up, I give him some milk and put him back to bed, per our normal Saturday morning routine. He was mostly asleep when I laid him back in his bed. I crawl my sleepy self back into my warm, comfortable bed looking forward to a little more sleep. About 5 minutes later I hear a "thud" through the monitor. Hunter is known to throw his pacifiers out of the bed when he doesn't want to be in his crib. He wasn't fussing or talking, so the "thud" was unexpected. I know the sound of the pacifier falling, it definitely was not the pacifier. I jump out of bed, with no regard for Uncle Nate sleeping on the couch, and run (yes, flat out run) across the house to find my sweet, barely one year old sitting on the floor in his room looking around. He started crying once he saw me. Silly goose! I had never seen him even attempt this before. I guess he learned his lesson. It doesn't have to be said, but daddy and Uncle Nate lowered the crib that night. No more kamikaze baby around these parts!

Another example of H's silly life:
Today at lunch with Granna and Aunt Sassy, I had a root beer. Mr. H took the straw in his mouth and started drinking. Thankfully the cup was almost empty because I think he would have finished it off. Somehow, the silly goose learned how to drink out of a straw overnight. We have tried several other times with no luck. Now, out of the blue, he can do it without any hesitancy! He has been drinking out of a straw all day. Oh my, he is getting too big!

I have been a little on the grumpy side today. No reason, just a grumpy day. After bedtime Hunter kept waking up and fussing so Jimmy went to check on him. H and I sat on the couch for a little while cuddling. Hunter decided to be very silly. He started giving tummy raspberries and laughing his big belly laugh. After we laughed and laughed at his silliness, I told him that it was time to go back to bed. He could either lay on the couch with me for a few minutes or go back to bed. Then the goose started trying to fake me out by putting his head part of the way down then pulling it back up and laughing. I was rolling! I truly needed a good laugh tonight. God gives such sweet times when I need it the most. He is just my joy! Hunter's laughter is truly the best medicine for a grumpy momma!

Hunter now has 4 teeth. The second one on top finally cut. It didn't seem to bother him nearly as badly as the other top tooth did. The bottom 2 just popped right in without any problems.

I just thought I would share a few of Hunter's newest achievements with the members of his fan club. (Can you call crib jumping an achievement?) I say it again and again, we are truly and absolutely blessed beyond measure.

Santa Baby

We went to see Santa at the mall (and start our Christmas shopping! Yikes!). Hunter laughed at Santa from a distance, but the second Jimmy tried to hand Hunter to Santa, it was a no go. Hunter clung to Daddy with all his might. After some unsuccessful crying pictures (even the pacifier didn't help!), Momma stepped in and saved the day. Of course, I hadn't planned on being in the picture or I might have looked a little nicer. Maybe next year will be a little better. I hope Hunter's crying doesn't keep Santa away! Ha! Merry Christmas to all of the members of Hunter's fan club!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

One Year Stats

Hunter went to the doctor on Monday. All looks good. . . healthy and strong!

Weight: 18 lbs. 12 oz. (Yes, a little guy, only in the 5%)
Height: 28 1/2 inches (about 25%)

We are a little bummed that Mr. H isn't quite big enough to turn around in his car seat. He eats like a champ. Today for lunch he had green beans, pinto beans, chicken, pears, and a slice of wheat bread. Then he ate part of my lunch. A few bites of a mini-cheeseburger, some mac and cheese, and most of my fruit cup (with a little whipped cream and marshmallows). FYI-This is not my normal lunch, we had our Christmas party for 6th grade today. Maybe he will hit that 20lb mark soon. We already bought the seat. We can't wait to use it! Hunter sits in the car and makes all kids of funny noises and talks to his mirror and sometimes tries to sing a little with momma. Soon we will be able to watch him do these things!

It's Party Time

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Hunter James!

What a year this has been! It has flown by with lightning speed. I sat tonight rocking my sweet boy to sleep (and nursing for the last time, sigh) thinking of all of the amazing things that have happened this year. All day I have been playing December 11, 2007 through my head. Every time I looked at my watch I tried to remember what I was doing this time last year. I can't believe my son is a year old! It is absolutely amazing to see God's handiwork as I look back. I can see His fingerprints with every thought and memory. I see His love and goodness every time I look at Hunter. What a mighty God!Hunter James December 11, 2007

December 11, 2008 (the booger wouldn't look at the camera for anything! So busy!)

As the cherry on top of the cake, my sweet Mr. H took 2 steps by himself today! What a cool thing that we can always remember Hunter's first 2 steps happened on his first birthday. Okay, so maybe the steps were more like stumbles and completely accidental, but they were steps by himself nonetheless. I am amazed everyday by this amazing kid that we have been blessed with. I can't wait to see what the future holds for this cool kiddo.

Now for the big birthday party this weekend. Party on little dude!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Hello Members of the Hunter Fan Club! Happy Belated Thanksgiving! Here are some pictures to catch you up on the happenings in Mr. H's exciting life. Enjoy!

Hunter spent an evening helping Granna and Aunt Sassy put up the Christmas tree. He is a big helper! Of course, as always, we need to taste everything.

*Adult supervision close by*

Hunter's first Thanksgiving was a BLAST! He is a champ when it comes to eating. He will eat anything he is given. You would think he would be bigger than he is. He is still a little guy. Most people can't believe he is about to turn one. 9 month pants are still too big for my tiny hiney.Poppa taught Hunter to say "gobble gobble" which is "ga-ga-ga". So very cute!

Hunter's first post-turkey nap.

Hunter got new hat and mittens for winter. He is absolutely the most adorable little elf in the entire world! I've never seen anything like Mr. H in his hat.

My favorite!

H has a special drawer at Granna's house for his toys. He decided that the best thing for him to do would be to climb on into the drawer so the toys were at his fingertips. So clever!

As of today, Mr. H is cutting some more teeth. Life is not so fun for a little guy when his mouth hurts. Come on teethies, let's get here already! Poor poor Hunter. He is such a sweet angel baby. I can't believe he will have a birthday next week. Where has the time gone? This has been one of the most amazing years of my life!