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.


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!

The last belly pics (a little late)

Well here we are on June 9th and our little Hugo is already nearly one month old, but I never finished my pregnancy belly pictures for the blog so I am catching up. Also, I am missing a few weeks: 34, 35 and 36. I thought we took the photos, but I am not sure where they ended up, unfortunately. Those weeks are a bit of a blur in retrospect. So anyway, here is what my world was like during the final weeks of pregnancy for Jillian Kent!

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I didn’t make it past 37 weeks. My water broke on Saturday May 9th and I delivered on Mother’s day, Sunday May 10th late that night. The photo above (37 weeks) screams at me how tired and how in pain I was by that point. Up to 36 weeks, I had really felt great, but then he dropped and I had the worst pelvic pain that my doctor said would only be relieved by delivering him which was really discouraging at 36 weeks but luckily I didn’t have to deal with it up to 40 weeks. By the end of the pregnancy, I had moved into the guest room so I could toss and turn and snore and fart all I wanted without disturbing my husband (oh the joys of growing a human). I had a wonderful pregnancy pillow and all my usual amenities like earplugs, my martini glass blanket, pillow, my ipad, my pregnancy books, water bottle, bubbly water, cuddle dog Rio, and of course my antacids, all at arms distance.

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And now, here I am with a baby! But that will come in another post. Still need to post photos from my wonderful baby shower!

Blooming… For real!

Well it is spring and I am in full bloom, as you’ll see in some photos below. My belly is sure growing and so is our little guy. I am now at 32 weeks and 5 days. He is now the size of a head of lettuce and nearly 4 pounds. It is amazing how fast he is growing now…and me too. I have been doing lots of walking, or at least as much as my hips can manage. This helps me feel better about my gigantic appetite. I am really thankful that Katie is working on campus MWF so we walk for our lunch hours all around campus. Campus is my favorite place to walk because there is always a building with a bathroom nearby. This is why I haven’t ventured out on too many neighborhood walks…I am terrified of being stranded without a toilet.

Kris and I have been busy. Plumas is in escrow, so we are crossing our fingers and our toes that everything goes well, but as we know, nothing is for sure until the ink is dry on all final documents. It will be such a huge weight lifted to only be paying one mortgage.

Here on the home front, we have replaced the carpet in the two bedrooms, one of which will be the nursery. It looks really nice. Alisa and I refinished my old dresser for the nursery, it looks pretty darn good if we do say so ourselves! We also have the crib put together and they look so nice together. The dresser is blue/grey and the crib is black. I’ll wait till the room is more together to post any pictures. Kris has also begun to replace all of the electrical outlets with the tamper resistant type so junior doesn’t get shocked and we wont have to put those little annoying plugs in each one. He has also done something we had been wanting to do since we moved in: He replaced all the door hinges and door knobs out. They were all brass and now they are a nice looking brushed nickel. He is so handy, I am so grateful for all he does around here!

Our last little bit of fun was a quick trip down to Orange County where we attended a wedding for a girlfriend of mine who I studied abroad with, Allison. I am so happy I was able to make it and see her on her big day. She looks so happy with her new husband! So my picture from that day will serve as my week 31 picture, and today, Easter Sunday is my official week 32 pic, even though both of these are from the front, you can still get the point. And everyone can use a giggle at the facial expressions of my adorable husband–haha! I am also a little embarrassed about my week 30 pic, but I’ve stopped taking these weekly pics so serious. I was in work out-ish clothes, I must have gone for a walk or something. Anyway, here we go with weeks 28-32:

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I think we skipped week 29 because I can’t find it…