Kent Family Updates

I cannot believe that it has been so long since my last post. I guess on another hand, I can. Time is flying! In 5 days, Hugo is going to be 9 months old, which means he has basically been out as long as he was inside my tummy cooking. Within that time, I have become pregnant again. What?! Yep, another one on the way, due right around the time he turns one, which is, yes….soon!

We have been adjusting to life as parents. We don’t feel alone. Quite the opposite actually. Between Hugo’s birth and the next baby’s, 6 babies have been born to close friends or family members giving both kids a thriving future network of besties. Kris and I now enjoy spending time with people who are going through this stuff, we commiserate, share stories and advice and in general offer support. We don’t feel alone in this journey and that is a good feeling.

In September, another adventure began. Valeska arrived to our home from Colombia to live with us and to care for Hugo while we are at work. She has been a great addition to the family, not just here at home, but our extended family as well. She adores Hugo and takes great care of him. We have enjoyed being part of her exploration of the customs and way of life in the US. She is curious, excited, still a little nervous to branch out at times, and has a great sense of humor. She has been grateful for all she has experience thus far, and I was very happy to make her feel comfortable and at ‘home’ for the holidays.

Hugo is growing like a weed. Gone are the days of him sleeping and laying all the time. He is down to two short naps but sleeps all night. He likes to be with his family playing with toys and exploring whatever he can get his hands on. Ever since I went back to work, it has been difficult to keep up with his milestones and recording them. I have a baby book and calendar that I am terrified will be half empty. You’d think that with a live in nanny that we would have more time for things, but to the contrary, she is off work once we get home. Time is still short and free time is even less so, but we continue to adjust and will be in a constant state of change for the next few years, I’d predict. Two babies one year apart will make for some exciting and challenging times.

Here are some updates from the last few months, the order isn’t chronological. You can tell the older pics based on how much hair he has. Suddenly, he was not a bald little baby anymore. Almost overnight I’d say.

Here he is at Christmas time, mostly he liked the gift boxes and wrapping paper.

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Here he is after a bath, getting him dressed anymore is quite an act because he loves to turn to his tummy and move all around so sometimes he just hangs in his diaper until the excitement of the bath wares off. Aren’t baths supposed to make you more relaxed? IMG_0099

Here he is at cousin Adaline’s baptism. They are going to be good pals!IMG_3342

Here we are at Halloween. We couldn’t pull together a fully coordinated halloween costume so we had waldo and charlie brown! IMG_3396

Happy guy after the holidays. This pic was when I remembered that we had just had 3 days of wonderful memories with family for the holidays and I had very little photos to show for it. IMG_4044

Anyhow, that is us for now. I am taking advantage of a napping baby and a husband working late to get some blogging done. Hoping to do it more!

That time I spent 12 weeks at home with Hugo

My time home with Hugo has been magical. Learning how to be a mom, to be patient, to go without sleep, to sacrifice showers, to be a home-body, and to really love this little guy has been an experience that is difficult to describe. I guess the best way to put it is like this: Before Hugo, there were always events we were looking forward to, things like our wedding, other weddings, our honeymoon, vacations, births of other children, and so on. There was always something coming up and then when they were over, there was a little bit of a let down. Like, now what? I don’t want you to think that our lives were built around anticipating big events and there was nothing else in our lives. There is plenty else in between, but this is just my way of explaining this. What I have realized over the past 12 weeks is that we now have a lifetime of upcoming moments. There is always something to look forward to. Right now, it’s the little things such as, when he can sit up on his own, when he rolls over, when he begins to crawl, when he starts to eat solid foods. This is what we are anticipating and looking forward to and will always be out there. He is going to have so many firsts that we get to guide him through. Other moments will be be bigger. Potty training, kindergarten, high school, driving, etc. Right now, we are reveling in these little moments. Smiles, grunts, scowls, wiggles and grabs are so exciting that we really can’t imagine anything else being more….anything…fun, captivating, fulfilling, you name it. I couldn’t be happier.

Over the last 12 weeks, he has grown and changed so much. He started out in the 5th percentile for his size at birth. He proceeded to lose a whole pound because he wasn’t getting what he needed from breastfeeding. So for the first several weeks, he was sure a little peanut! At our appointment at the end of July, we were happy to learn that he has grown his way into the 50th percentile for weight and 75th for head size and length. It seemed like he was only wearing newborn sized clothes and he is now well into 0-3 and 3 month sized clothes respectively. I know from here he is just going to grow grow grow.

Hugo and I had some nice memories at home. Ok, he wont remember but I sure will. Staying home might have seemed a little boring to an outsider. I didn’t leave the house very often but this was just want I wanted. I kept Hugo on his schedule and while he slept I kept the house clean and took care of other stuff, you know, like shopping on Amazon! When I think back on this time, there are two things that I will think of that are a little nutty. Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey. These are two shows that I got into and obsessed over. I mean, Hugo is cute and all, but I am only so entertained by his laying on his back and batting at his little activity gym. The shows are what got us through some down time 🙂

Now that I am back at work, I am in the middle of some strange adjustments. It isn’t as though our current schedule is something we should get used to. Kris is staying home with Hugo until our Au Pair arrives in the coming months so I suppose I feel like I am in a holding pattern. I am looking forward to establishing a schedule and figuring out a way to balance my work life with my home life. Home life is being a mom and managing a home which I have learned that this part truly a full time job if you let it be. I am not sure how life will be like when we have someone here, living with us to take care of Hugo while we are at work. Will we still go for dates? or will we simply be happy here at home with Hugo because we will miss him so much? Since Hugo arrived, one of us have stayed home. Losing this and adjusting to someone else caring for him will be pretty tough and will create a distraction at work. We will see how it goes.

Anyway, I am wandering and am more tired than ever! Off I go. Maybe my future posts of thoughtfulness about being a mom will be a little bit more put together.

Introducing: Hugo Pierre Kent

Hugo arrived late on Mother’s day, May 10th, 2015. He weighed 6 pounds, 1.2 ounces and was 19.75 inches long. We had been at the hospital in labor for many hours when it became necessary to deliver him by C-section due to some late arriving complications due to being on Pitocin for so many hours. I was in great hands with my doctor and the phenomenal staff at Renown Medical Center.

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I don’t think I’ll ever forget the weird sensation that went through my entire body when I heard him cry for the first time. I couldn’t see him, but I knew Kristopher could and was so excited that he was here, finally! By that point, I had been awake since Saturday morning and it was now Sunday around 11pm. By the time we made it to my postpartum room, it was 2am but I was finally able to hold him and spend some time with him. Everything went just fine and we had a nice 3 day stay in the hospital. IMG_1023

IMG_1053 IMG_1044 IMG_1008 IMG_0993And here we are, about to leave to come home!

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I hardly slept the whole three days in the hospital so I was pretty delirious at this point, plus they gave me some extra pain pills since I would have to wait to have mine filled at the pharmacy. This was a bad idea, I was so nauseous. I was wheeled out to the car with a barf bag and a baby. Once we got home, we were miraculously able to recover some sleep. Hugo proved to be a good sleeper in his first few weeks. Mom and dad were grateful!

And here are some early pictures from the first days at home! IMG_1230 IMG_1174 IMG_1170 IMG_1166 IMG_1146 IMG_1119 IMG_1077 IMG_1069 We love you Hugo Bossman!