Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
In addition to Henry's rolling over, we enjoyed another milestone last night. Henry laughed twice while we were getting him ready for bed last night. Oh what a sweet, sweet sound! I can't imagine anything sweeter. He is such a joy in every way. We are having a blast. And it is good to know that he's having a pretty good time, too!
Here are a couple of recent pictures.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I got THE call from Greg on Thursday morning, around 11:30am. (Can you believe I've had the self-control to wait until now to post this??? Of course, they needed time to share the news themselves!) Greg called when they were leaving the doctor's office. Since this was #4 and probably the last, Krista wanted to do things differently. They didn't find out the gender of Kesiah, Addie or Gwen during their pregnancies; they'd always waited until their miraculous arrivals.
And wouldn't you know, IT'S A BOY!!! After three precious girls, Greg and Krista will get their first baby boy and baby Henry will have a boy cousin and lifelong playmate who is only 7 months younger than him!
The most important part of this news, however, is that the "Dodson" name will live on. By the time Greg called me, he had already talked to our grandfather, the patriarch. After having 4 sons, who would have thought that my grandfather would have only this one last chance. Needless to say, he is over the moon that a boy Dodson is finally coming!
Friday, February 19, 2010
But before we get into that part, here are the statistics:
23 and 3/8 inches long: 75 percentile
13 lb, 14 oz: 95 percentile
Henry's just a growing!
His physical exam was perfect. The doctor was testing some of the things he should be doing physically. So she put him on his tummy. He should be holding his head up while on his tummy--which, of course, he does remarkably well. Then she mentioned how he should be rolling over onto his back by about 4 months. It was as if he heard her and said, "oh yeah, watch this."
Just on cue the little guy rolled over all by himself!!! It was so adorable. We all cheered and Henry looked up at us with a big old grin on his face. It was priceless. He reminded me of his biggest cousin, Kesiah--choosing to make milestones with an audience (Kesiah walked on her first birthday in front of all of the guests at her birthday party!).
Then it was vaccine time. The doctor left and the nurse came in. She had one oral vaccine and three shots to give. He took the oral vaccine with no problem whatsoever. He didn't spit one bit back out. Then she gave him all 3 shots incredibly quickly. And it wasn't pretty.
For the first time, we really heard him wail. As Andrew said, if this cry was a 10, I think we'd only heard a 2 or a 3 up until then. It was the kind of cry when you can't catch your breath. The nurse left pretty quickly to give Andrew and I time to calm him down.
And to answer the question I'm sure you're all asking--yes, we both cried. It just broke our hearts.
Eventually, with mommy holding him close, he calmed down. He nursed a little and then let us change his diaper and put his clothes back on without a peep. What a trooper! (Mommy and Daddy eventually recovered, too.)
Needless to say, Henry's gonna get some extra attention today!
PS--In keeping with his amazing demeanor, Henry just woke up from his nap all smiles and kicks! I guess he's officially back to his old self!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Thank you, darling Andrew.
Henry is enjoying the crib, changing table and many of the toys that each of the girls have enjoyed. Henry is grandbaby #4 to sleep and nap in the crib. Most likely, he'll only enjoy it a couple more times because Baby Dodson #4 is on his or her way and will move into the crib in the summer. I can't WAIT to see how we're all going to fit in the house at the same time: 7 adults and 5 kids!!!
The snowbaby trend continues. When we woke up on Saturday morning--let me remind you, we are in VIRGINIA BEACH--it was snowing and continued to snow all day. We were looking forward to showing Henry what grass looks like. I guess we'll have to wait some more!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thank you, little man!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
As it turns out, the definition of "within walking distance" is up for debate. Apparently Andrew believes it includes our home...which according to Google maps is a 1-hour walk from the John Paul Jones arena WITHOUT snow! Ha!
Before Andrew left for his epic walk to show his dedication to his team, we wanted a family photo showing off all of our UVa apparel. In order to do so, we had to wake up Henry from his nap for our photo shoot. As usual, he was a good sport!
The boys with their caps on:
The boys with their matching haircuts (H was a little sleepy in this one):
Sending Andrew on his way! He took some snacks, a couple bottles of water, and dry socks to wear once he makes it to the game.
Andrew was rewarded for his efforts. Our neighbor offered him her tickets for the game, which were for some seriously good seats. Andrew made it safely to the game with plenty of time to spare to dry off and warm up before it begins.
Now let's all cheer on those Wahoos!!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Father Abraham had seven sons
And seven sons had Father Abraham
And they never laughed
And they never cried
All they did was go like this:
So this has now turned into our diaper changing tune...until another song from my childhood pops into my head. (It's amazing how that happens!)
There's a video of him wiggling. And I just had to include some of these pictures. Tell me that smile doesn't just completely melt your heart!
Monday, February 1, 2010
I was 39 weeks and 3 days pregnant when our first snow storm of the season hit. It was the most beautiful day. Our neighborhood looked like a little village all dusted in snow--a true winter wonderland!
Henry was 3.5 days old when the blizzard of 2009 hit: over 24 inches. Thankfully, we made it home from the hospital just in time to stay all cozy at home before the storm. We did have to leave the house before we wanted to in order to get Henry to his first pediatrician's appointment. But we made it.
This past weekend, was our third snowstorm of the winter. A full 8.5 inches fell again.
NOW the forecast is calling for another 2 inches on Tuesday night and another 7+ inches of snow on Saturday. Holy cow! And we've got another month and half to go of winter.
Henry is the snow baby. Seriously!