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Henrik is a week old, and doing great! We went to the pediatrician today, and she’s thrilled with his weight gain (he’s up to 8 lbs 2 oz). She noticed that he was a little tongue-tied (short lingual frenulum, if you want the technical term), and so she snipped that little tendon under his tongue. Freaked me out a bit, but he wasn’t bothered by it. There’s no nerve there, so he wasn’t in any pain and there was only a tiny drop of blood. It makes feeding times a little easier, which is great.

We’re all still adjusting to the changes in our family. Calvin’s first meeting with Henrik in the hospital went very well:

But he’s definitely struggling with having a baby at home. He’s not acting out towards the baby at this point, for which we are very thankful, but he is testing boundaries and seeking attention in any way he can get it. When I’m holding the baby he’s all over me. And of course he’s regressed with his potty training, which had been going pretty well. Normal stuff, but it takes a lot of energy to deal with and Eric and I are both pretty tired.

Henrik is a pretty easy baby so far, and that definitely helps. He’s sleeping two to three hours at a stretch most of the day, and he’ll usually have a couple of three hour stretches at night. But of course some things are slipping through the cracks right now. We’ve barely even taken any pictures since leaving the hospital!

We did manage to capture a visit from Uncle Ivan and Aunt Treana:

My mom has been helping out a lot, entertaining Calvin so we can get some things done. He’s been having a lot of fun at her house and gets an extra dose of attention, which is great. He stayed with her while we were at the hospital and had an absolute blast. Eric’s mom is flying in at the end of the week, so we’re looking forward to that as well. We’ll try to get more pics up soon!

 

 

 

After much deliberation, we decided on Henrik Ivan Hansen. I guess that means we’re keeping him! 🙂

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Calvin’s little brother arrived last night at 11:24 pm. He’s doing great so far! He weighed in at 7 lbs 13 oz and is 20 inches long. We’re still deciding on a name, but we promise he won’t come home without one! We think he looks a lot like Calvin did when he was born – take a look at the blog posts from January of 2009 and see if you agree.

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Yesterday it rained all day, so today Calvin had lots of pent up energy to get out. We had a great time running around at the park and got a few good pics.

 

So, I’m home on maternity leave, which is great! I have just under two weeks left until my due date. Physically I’m pretty uncomfortable and definitely ready to be done with this pregnancy, but on the other hand it’s really nice to have some time to focus on Calvin before the baby comes. Here he is playing word games on my iPhone:

Calvin’s doing great – he’s our little Myna bird these days, repeating everything we say. It’s really helping him develop his language skills, which is great, but it definitely makes you a little self-conscious to have a constant echo. He picks up all our verbal tics and it’s so funny sometimes to hear our words coming out of his mouth. I was talking to my sister on the phone the other night and she said “Um, is that Calvin in the background repeating every word you say?” Yes, yes it is. It never ends. And he doesn’t just repeat us – he repeats the TV, and books, and songs he hears…

We’re finally progressing with our remodel (what is it with us and remodeling while I’m pregnant? You’d think we would have learned our lesson last time!). The permit process was a lot more complicated this time around as we are adding square footage, and it took a long time to get through that.  But now the workers are digging trenches and getting ready for the foundation to be poured. We’re adding two rooms and a bit of hallway. The back deck is gone for now, and the area right behind the house is trench city. Calvin, of course, is fascinated and tries to escape back there if given any opportunity.

Here’s a little video of me and him behind the house. It’s not the best shot of the work that’s going on, but you can see my enormous belly and Calvin’s cuteness, so I guess that’s all that really matters!

That’s it for now. I haven’t been doing a very good job of keeping up with the video, but I’ll try to get some more edited and posted before the baby arrives and chaos descends!

P.S. Just a reminder – click on any photo to enlarge it.