Thursday, December 15, 2016

Baby Hank

Hello blog world. I am Hank.

I was born July 10 at 19 inches and 6 lbs 6 oz. I was very small when I was born but don't worry, I have been getting chubbier and chubbier ever since then. I have always been a snacker and a cat-napper. I love short naps and frequent meals. I spit up a LOT. Lately though, it is becoming less and less. I have my mom's eyes and my dad's head and face. I first smiled in response to my mom at about 3 weeks, when she was taking my picture. Before that, they were just gas smiles. My aunt Ellen was the first one to make me laugh, she was holding me while she started doing squats and I loved it! (That was when were visiting Great-grandma Helen on our way home from the airport when we picked Ben up from his mission). I didn't get to meet my Uncle Ben until October 5 because he was on a mission in Brazil when I was born.

My mom had to take a final test three weeks after I was born, crazy lady. Thank goodness for her two study buddies and for grandma!!!

I was blessed on October 9, 2016. My great-grandma and great-grandpa Whitesides were there. So were my grandma and grandpa Seamons, Nate, Courtney and all their kids, grandma and grandpa Christensen, Ellen, Brody, and Ben (we waited until Ben got home!). I wore the blessing outfit that my dad was blessed in and used a blue quilt that my Great-great grandma (Wendy's grandma) had made. I looked so handsome.

I love to play with my dad. Every day when he gets home from work, the first thing he does is come and play with me. We play peek-a-boo, bounce up and down, make animal noises, tickle fights - anything that will make me laugh or smile. I used to smile every time people would howl like a wolf, and when that got old I loved monkey noises. That got old fast, too, but my mom and dad still tell everyone to make animal noises at me. My dad is my nap patrol. When I won't sleep in the daytime or my mom can't make me go to sleep, dad comes in and he can always get me to sleep.

When I was 6 weeks old my mom had to go back to school (she was right in the middle of getting her master's degree and decided to stick it out and finish). Grandma Christensen came down and stayed with us for part of each week, and then I went to babysitters the other two days. They both have 2 year olds, and I love to watch them run around and play with them. They both call me "Baby Hant."

At 4 months I rolled over from my stomach to my back, but have only done it a few times since then. One day mom and I played "puppy." She would say "roll over" and shake a noisy toy above my head. If I tried to watch and follow it, I would roll over! I love to squeal and coo, I have a pretty cute voice. I put anything and everything in my mouth. I have to lick the entire surface area of each new object I grab. I love to have my face buried - into your chest if you have me in the carrier, into the ground when I'm on my belly - and I fall asleep best with a burp rag covering my face. It's a wonder I haven't suffocated yet. I love having my diaper changed, and I'm always happy when my pants are off. I love to grab my feet the instant my diaper comes off - in yoga it's called the happy baby pose - and that sure is true for me. I love being sung to. My favorite song right now is "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider". I smile every time someone sings it to me.

When I was a new-newborn I hated being swaddled. I would grunt and push and try to get out of it. Sometimes I liked it though, and it always made me sleep longer. I still like being swaddled sometimes I still take short naps. I LOVE my swing that we got from Aunt Shawna, it always makes me fall asleep. I love being outside. We used to call it outside magic. 9 times out of 10, if I'm screaming my head off, you just have to take me outside and I will calm down. It's some pretty good magic. I've had two colds so far and the last one turned into croup! It was kind of scary and I didn't get much sleep (neither did mom and dad). But I got better (but only after I got grandma super super sick).

My favorite toys are burp rags, rattles, and anything else I can chew on. I have the chubbiest arms and legs you've ever seen, they look like tootsie rolls. It is so cute, my mom can't even handle it.

My parents love me so much and are so glad I could make them a mom and dad. It's been a pretty great adventure so far!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring has sprung - and things are growing around here!

21 weeks --> 25 weeks
As of today, I am officially 27 weeks to the day! We're getting excited for July :)

Some hyacinths to feed your soul

Cutest mom
Springtime flowers with my mom! We went to the Capitol building and Temple Square. It was the most beautiful, perfect day.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

2015 in Pictures

Once again I am cleaning off the pictures on my phone so now I will share them with you and let you reminisce with me again :)
Saying goodbye to Ben on Halloween. The last time I saw him I was wearing a zombie-doctor costume made for 10 year old boys. I missed his actual sendoff because Tyler's work took us to Cancun. I also missed 2 cousin baptisms and one of my best friend's baby's blessing. It was a big week to miss :(

I made Tyler cook the bacon outside. So yum.

Yum chicken noodle soup that we learned from Clallison. We always make it in bulk, we love it!

Nickelcade. We both won the jackpot that night!!!!!!!! Best day ever.

Bad picture. But for Valentine's Day Tyler took me to Bombay House (Indian Food). It was really yummy. This is the pistachio ice cream.

Thank you Warren Miller for letting us go skiing ;) we only went twice last season, once with my dad and once with Tyler's parents. We love skiing!

Made it to at least one USU basketball game. Go Aggies!

We shopped for houses and found one! 

I finally used my sewing machine!
Yummy tortellini spinach dinner that I made. Sorry about all the food pictures but it was just so yummy.

Easter this year was up at Tyler's parent's house. But don't worry, I introduced them to the Butter Lamb!

I told Tyler I would not help move the TV because I didn't want it. Lucky for him his family is nicer than me and helped him move the 6 trillion pound TV to our new house.

We got moved in to our new house.... now let the projects begin!

 More food....we had a lot of beets that needed to get used so I just whipped up some beet gnocchi with pesto sauce. I didn't think I would like it but it was SOOO good!

Wow, we really have gone to Nickelcade a lot. The windows are all boarded up because a man had a seizure and his truck crashed through the windows. So scary but don't worry, they have a pile of broken games in the corner but they were still open for business haha

Hanging out with neices and nephews at their sweet neighborhood bike park.

Eating giant carrots from Tyler's mom :)


In honor of Ben I made some Brazilian caramel flan and took it to dinner at my parents house. Yay for Ben!

Tyler's family all went on a trip to the Oregon Coast. It was so much fun. This is our "usie" on the plane.

Back home, Clallison came to visit. We went on a nature walk and some dead trees were just begging to be pushed over.

I have the BEST parents ever! They came down twice and helped us paint paint paint! 

Double dates with Jessica!!!! 
Planting fruit trees.


HOUSE PROJECTS - more painting
 Happy One Year Anniversary to us! :) :)
Cake for our one year anniversary. Still tasted good!
 Bees game with Ellen and Brody!

Happy Birthday to me! Tyler surprised me and took me to Boondocks! We love the go-karts.
 We went on a trip to San Diego. So sunny and fun!

In Old Town we met Summer Clause. It was so awesome. All these kids saw him and immediately swarmed him. Who knew.

Great trip!
 Hanging out with Logan friends! We miss you guys!

I quit my job before starting school. Everyone was so nice! 

My parents hydroplaned on the freeway and their car spun all the way around. They almost died  :( This is the only damage to them or their car. They are so lucky!

 I started school, and that weekend we went up the the Burley fair! It's always a good educational experience for me. And these tiny children are not terrified of giant cows! I am always so shocked.

We discovered spiders in our basement. So naturally I cleaned out the basement in my spider suit. No spider is going to bite me!

Tyler's salsa and tomato sauce from all our tomatoes! Mmmmm.

Visiting in Bear Lake! Sure good to see these guys :)
 Baby Shower time!

We made the boys come. They totally liked it :)

Hiking in our school shirts. (I feel like a traitor wearing that shirt)

Grape juice time!

Rock Climbing - it's been way too long since we've done that!

Bike ride to the end of the trail. We rode straight from our house for 4 hours on bike trails and never ran out of trails to go on.

???I found this crusty tortilla in our couch cushion. ??? 

Then we found this lovely in the bottom of a freezer that we got. ugh. 

Happy Birthday Dad!

Birthday twins! 

Christmas in August. Tyler's parents got us doors and my parents got us a kitchen table and a dresser. We love Christmas. Thank you!!!

 I woke up and there were no shrubs in the front of our house. YAY!


More grape juice time

Hair Chop - 9 inches off!
 We love ice skating!

Pre-Thanksgiving Girl's Day!

Thanksgiving Holiday Baking! 
Tyler cooked this yummy bird that his friend gave him. I tried to put ketchup on it and he refused to let me eat it until I swore I would appreciate it without ketchup.

 Christmast tree hunting!

 Sledding behind the four-wheeler. My first time ever. We all had a blast!
Polar express bringing home everyone's Christmas trees!