Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Halen woke up from his morning nap to his new exersaucer being all put together and ready to go. He loves it! He's very intently studying all the things to chew on and his new level of mobility is pretty exciting for him. He'll be at it for awhile, with the look of blue steel on his face, and then he looks up and smiles. We got a circus themed exersaucer, cause mommy likes the circus! it even has a circus tent that plays that amazing circus tune that we all know and love.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Halen is such a good eater! He even likes Kale! So far, he has had baby rice cereal, bananas, papaya, and kale. Booby is still his favorite. Like every good parent, I will now comment on his poop. It's changing. It's getting solider and stinkier. A diet of bananas and breast milk makes really nasty looking poop. I don't think I'll ever eat a banana again. I'm not looking forward to the Kale diaper.
Dan is on the couch snoring behind me. It's the weirdest snore ever, it sounds like when you're trying to start a car, but the engine never turns over. Halen is sleeping in his crib. The dogs are crashed out too. I guess it's bed time or something. It's only 10:18! We live on the wild side over here at the hawkins/harrison house.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
I've been meaning to write about the joys of motherhood for awhile now, but I'm enjoying life so much, that I can hardly find time for sitting in front of ye old computer!
So here's a short version of my story. I have lived a pretty adventurous life. I've rode my bike across 4 countries, hiked 250 miles straight, lived in several different major cities, taken countless road trips, camping trips, life adventures, etc. I even went to circus school for a year and flew on a flying trapeze (i'm not bragging, just leading up to the good stuff)! Up until I met the lovely Dan Harrison, one of my mottos was 'buried before married.' I had no desire for children or a husband or anything resembling a normal 'tied down' sort of life. Soon after spending time with Dan, I realized that a partnership can be a wonderful harmonious thing and that he'd make a great father, so we should get married and have kids. It went against all my future beliefs, but when you meet the right person, things just fall in line. So, we decide to get married and figured we'd have a kid sometime in the first couple of years of our marriage. A bit to our surprise, Halen gets conceieved immediately and we have a Costa Rican souvenir bun in the oven. I was pretty terrified at first, not knowing how my body would handle the pregnancy and most of all, the birth! Pregnancy certainly has it's ups and downs, but it's overall a fascinating experience. There's so much you never know about the process until you're there. It's stuff every pregnant woman goes through, yet you never learn about it. I was often left wondering why I didn't learn more about this in health class. If they can show you how to use a tampon, they should also tell you a bit about pregnancy and all it's quarks. I guess some crazy conservative somewhere decided that teaching about pregnancy might encourage it or something. Anyway, pregnancy is nuts! I didn't experience many of the food cravings, but I did experience the need to feed! Holy moly, I was hungry! Then I got heartburn regularly, always carrying my little bottle of Tums. Toward the end, I didn't want to do anything but have that baby. i just wanted to get that little kicker out of me so I could meet him face to face! While in utero, I sang songs to him, held flashlights to my belly to see if he'd respond, and told him lots of stories. When I finally started my labor, shopping with Maggie and Melanie in Target, I didn't know if it was just cramps or the real deal. Several hours later, I decided that it was real. I was already tired, but so excited that I couldn't imagine sleeping. I stayed up all night, going in to the hospital around 2am. Once there, I was hardly dialated, so I just walked around the room, squatting here and there, hanging on Dan, pooping every 2 minutes, throwing up a couple of times, biting Dan, and trying to deal with the pain. I was so exhausted I would fall asleep standing up, hanging on Dan, between contractions. Everyone finally talked me into an epidural so I could let my body rest and get ready for the pushing. It was a terrifying experience when that big ass needle was going into my spine, right as I was screaming from the pain of a contraction, but soon came some serious relief from the pain. I managed to sleep a couple of hours and felt much better. Then it was time to push. We won't go there! I'll just say that it was really hard, took too long, was pretty painful, but resulted in the happiest moment of my life. Each moment since has been happier, as I get to know this little bugger. He was so beautiful, slimy, cone-headed, and all. He was good at nursing right away. At first, there's no milk. It's just colustrum, which is stuff that they suck out and it lines their system as a protective coating. It's the first step in the development of their own immune system. When the milk comes in a few days later, it is insanely crazy! My boobs where enormous, lumpy, and hard as rocks. I was worried to death that they would stay that way. After about a day, they figure out the cycle and no longer get that big and that hard. Breastfeeding is amazing!!! I have never felt so much pride as when I am making milk for Halen. Of all my accomlishments, I feel like it is the most miraculous and amazing one. It makes me feel like a friggin super hero! Being Halen's mom has been the most amazing experience in my life so far. I sometimes wonder why I didn't do this sooner, but I know that I had all those other adventures to take care of first. They are part of me and I'm glad I did them.
Halen is awake now and I'm doing that magical nursing thing as I type. I'll wrap this up so I can hang out with the little angel. Basically, I used to not want kids, then I did but I thought I'd wait a little longer. Now I can't imagine how anyone can go through their life without this experience. If you've ever thought there was a slight possibility that you'd want kids, then do it! It's amazing! Also, Halen needs some playmates!
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Today is daddy's b-day and Halen's first try at solid foods. Halen gave Dan a shirt that says 'world's greatest daddy,' cause he is. we've been hanging out in the house overloading on sweets all day. Halen did real good eating his rice cereal, mixed with breast milk. He barely spit any out and he was opening his mouth for the spoon with every bite. we'll start giving him a little of that for about a week, and then we'll try bananas!!! I personally don't care for bananas, but Dan loves them and so do most kids. I look forward to letting him try some. We got video of Halen eating, but I don't know how to put video on the blog. Oh well.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
We all just got back from a quick trip to asheville, NC. Halen got to meet aunts and uncles, cousins, and a grandma! He was getting passed around like a hot potato! He wants to tell you all that it was lovely to meet you and thanks for letting us visit! We ate three times at Rosetta's kitchen! they have some of the best vegan food in the world! i wish it was my kitchen and all that yummy goodness came out of it to my lazy bones. today we're back to the grind, well daddy is. Halen and I are just hanging out. He's about to nurse while i get my morning fix of E.R. on the way back to town, we stopped at the outlets and got halen some new threads, this crazy adorable hat included.
tonight Halen is going to his first hockey game!!! GO THRASHERS!