On Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, around 6:30am, we learned that we were pregnant. Fast-forward 32 weeks, give or take a few days, and we became parents! That sounds easy right? Ha! Anyway, this post isn’t about my pregnancy, nor the birth of our little Mister Huckleberry, so I’ll save those details for another day. Instead, I’d like to simply reflect on the past 6 months. The highs, the lows, the firsts, the lasts, and the little man who just celebrated his half-birthday.
On Sunday, December 6th, 2015, around 8:20am, weighing in at 8 pounds 15 ounces and measuring 21 inches long, our wee trail baby, now known as Huckleberry, came into the world. He was two and a half weeks early and ready to get on with his life outside the womb. That first day he did some pretty crazy things. He held his head up! He had only of those wild noisy dreams that dogs have. He latched on like a champ. And he made us parents. Since then, it’s been nothing but adventures with Huckleberry and here are the highlights…
The First Month
- Huckleberry was welcomed by grandparents, aunts, uncles and one wee little cousin.
- We visited the school that I work(ed) at and my students met Huckleberry.
- We celebrated our first Christmas & New Year’s Eve as a family of three.
- We went on many neighbourhood walks and a few short trail hikes.
- There was a lot of snuggling and a lot of babywearing and several nights of unbroken sleep.
- At one month old, Huckleberry weighed 12 pounds and measured 22.5 inches long.
The Second Month
- We went on our first real trail hike together.
- We said goodbye (for now) to our midwives.
- I started donating milk to the Rogers Hixon Ontario Milk Bank.
- Huckleberry outgrew a lot of clothing.
- Huckleberry and I discovered co-showering.
- There was a lot more snuggling, a few smiles, so much babywearing and a lot of 6-hour stretches of sleep at night.
- At two months old, Huckleberry weighed 15.4 pounds and measured 25.5 inches long.
The Third Month
- This blog was born, and we started our local branch of Hike it Baby.
- We went on our first road trip and it was a success!
- Huckleberry was given his trail name by you, my lovely readers.
- Huckleberry became aware of Kirby, which was really cool to see. And his hands and feet, which was almost as cool to see.
- There was so much hiking, even more snuggling, plus chatting and cooing and wiggling and smiling.
- At three months old, Huckleberry weighed 16.6 pounds and measured 26 inches long.
The Fourth Month
- Huckleberry became aware of the books that we were reading to him.
- We spent almost a week away from home and we all survived.
- Huckleberry met a lot of extended family and hiked around the province a bit.
- He started to stay awake on hikes, thus becoming way more aware of his surroundings.
- We celebrated our first Easter as a family of three.
- Huckleberry learned how to use his lower lip and alligator tears to get some extra love and attention.
- And there was not a single night of unbroken sleep – apparently he grew out of that along with another mountain of clothes.
- At four months old, Huckleberry weighed 18.4 pounds and measured 26.5 inches long.
The Fifth Month
- We started going on longer and longer hikes, requiring trailside nursing sessions and diaper changes.
- Huckleberry rode in a stroller for the first time.
- We spent entire days outside in the sunshine.
- Huckleberry felt grass for the first time.
- He also upgraded to a convertible car seat (mostly because my arms could not handle the bucket seat a moment longer).
- We went on the swings for the first time together, with our Huggaloops carrier.
- And we started learning baby sign language.
- At five months old, Huckleberry weighed 20.6 pounds and measured 27 inches long.
The Sixth Month
- Huckleberry now stays awake on almost all hikes and we get outside pretty much every day.
- He started napping in his crib just after 5 months and now sleeps in it at night as well (we do enjoy co-sleeping but a double bed just doesn’t cut it).
- Huckleberry rolled from back to front just after 5 months and has recently learned to roll the other way as well.
- He can almost sit unsupported, until he notices the dog or a toy and tips over.
- He is teething like a demon, putting everything in his mouth, and drooling all over the place.
- There is still a lot of snuggling, but definitely more wiggling, incessant chatting, laughing, smiling, grabbing, whacking, and being adorable.
- At six months old, Huckleberry weighs 21.5 pounds and measures 28 inches long.
I’ll take the time again in another 6 months and reflect on how much has changed and how much we have grown as a family, but until then I’ll leave you with one thought:
The days are long but the years are short.
Looking back through pictures, I feel like so much has happened, and I can remember every little detail, and yet at the same time WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?