>Happy 5 Monthday, Holden!


NicknamesTW, TroubleYou, BooBoo, santaholden
Temperament: You are so loving and affectionate! You kind of give “kisses” now [in your own way]. You snuggle into me and reach for me [makes me so happy]. You are funny too…you crack Dad & I up every day [for example, you were making fart noises into my elbow over and over again last week and I was crying laughing so hard]. 
Things I Could Do Without: This past week you’ve had 3 MAJOR blowouts. In store parking lots. Ew. You’ve been pretty amazing these last few weeks so I’m having a hard time thinking of things I don’t like right now! You are such a good baby. 
Item/Toy We Love The Most: Any stuffed animal. You’ve started to hug them, chew on them, smile at them. It’s adorable. [see previous post for picture]
Item/Toy You Love The Most: Your crib piano. You will stay in your crib for 30+ minutes in the morning just kicking it and listening to the music. Thanks for giving Mom and extra 30 minutes rest some mornings! It helps! 
Things I’m Loving Most Right Now: You are wonderful in your car seat and stroller!! HALLELUJAH! I took you on a walk in the Joovy yesterday and you loved it. Finally I can use our amazing stroller [thanks RTR]! I’m loving you reaching for me. You really do know I’m your momma now.  You have the adorable gummy smile now. 
Things You’re Loving Most Right Now: You know, I’m reading from last month and you love the same things but times a million now. You loved the bath before but now you are a wild man in there! You splash, kick, squeal, get water all over mommy’s glasses. I loved bath time before but seeing you in there now is way funner! “Rockabye Baby” is the song that calms you down most when you’re upset still. You can stand for a really long time!

Milestones: You can sit up on your own for a bit if you’re on my lap. You tried rice cereal for the first time this month. We bought your first pair of Chucks yesterday! And your first bow tie. You’re basically a stud.

We didn’t end up going to Rosa’s for your birthday because we lost a great man yesterday, your Great Grandpa. I’m glad you got to meet him. He was such a loving man. He loved babies and I know you brought a lot of joy into his life when you visited him. He was always there for people – always serving someone. He was such a hard worker and dedicated to his family. I hope you inherit those traits from him. It’s times like these that the Gospel brings us the comfort that we need: that he’s in a better place, that he’s free from pain, that he’s with Heavenly Father, and that we’ll see him again because we are all sealed together as a family. He’s probably up in heaven watching WWF on a recliner 🙂 We love you, Grandpa. 

-Little Wife Power House 


>Finally got some proof! They love each other. 

PS Happy 5 Monthday to Holden! We will be celebrating low key at Rosa’s tonight. Mom is tired from the party on Saturday and the house isn’t clean to have people over anyways. It will be so fun! I love Rosa’s Monday. 

[i love this picture because it looks like he’s pulling a silly face]

PPS I decided what I’m doing for the giveaway. Keep your eyes peeled for my 100th post!

PPPS I finally bought all of the frames for our “frame wall” at the end of our stairs. I got to order holden’s newborn pictures this morning! I can’t wait to put everything together…have I mentioned lately how lucky I am to have an interior designer for a sister? She is amazing. My house would not look like it does without her! 

-Little Wife Power House

>Happy 4 Monthday, Holden!

>Nicknames: Bubbles, Bubba, Holdenbear 
Temperament: You are really interactive now. You laugh and smile a lot when I kiss you and make fart noises [very mature of me] on your tummy. You laughed for the first time this month! You’re still a little particular but I think you’re getting better. You put a smile on everyone’s faces when they see you. 
Things I Could Do Without: Lately you’ve been getting up 3+ times in the middle of the night (I think you’re hitting a growth spurt). You started to clamp down during nursing! OUCHHHHH! I tell you “NO!” and you just smile at me. Urg. You started peeing in between diaper changes again…twice today. Your skin is still having issues and I worry every day about it. 
Item/Toy We Love The Most: Your alligator. I love to see you take it apart. You figured it out right away [ahem, baby genius]. 
Item/Toy You Love The MostThe newly discovered Pooh Bear book. It crinkles…it has teether parts…it has a handle…what’s not to love? Oh, and your hands still. You actually prefer your hands over nursing now-a-days! 
Things I’m Loving Most Right Now: You hug me now when I’m holding you. You smile when I say “momma.” Your laugh. Doing mini-Superman with you, tummy time [still], cuddles. I love how you follow me with your eyes when I walk out of a room. 
Things You’re Loving Most Right Now: Standing. Sitting up. “Rockabye Baby.” Rolling from your stomach to your back [multiple times a night]. Kicking in the bath. Talking [Dad had to leave a meeting we were having with the other Primary teachers because you just had so many opinions you wanted to share!] 

We started Holden’s 4 Monthday Celebrato with a cranky H. I passed him off to Uncle Robert [who apparently moonlights as a baby whisperer] and his usual birthday pattern followed…

falling asleep before the party begins!

Allan took a break from his 5 day homework binge for a little family time:

H loves Daddy time!

We had burgers, fries, and pumpkin cheesecake muffins [click on that link for the recipe…it is soooo tasty! PeRfeCt for the holiday season.] 

[Happy Birthday to Holden…]

Look how good he has gotten at sitting up! I’m so proud of him! We ended the night with some Mario Cart and H played with the Tesla app on my iPad…addicted already! 🙂

We always love having the Guerrero’s over to our house. We’re lucky to have such great family! I got to see my good friend, Sallie, today. I love her. She’s so much fun, so sweet, and one of my good friend’s future wife. He is lucky to have found a girl like her…and that he somehow got her 😉 JK GARRETT! We also took some family pictures this morning with Allan’s side. 18 people total! It went a lot smoother than I imagined. Everyone did exactly what the photographer asked of them so it was over very quickly! I’m excited to see them. Our little family took some pictures alone with some goofy props…hello Christmas card picture! 

[sweet picture of H and grandpa]

All in all it was another successful birthday celebration. I know some of you might think it silly to celebrate monthly but I love it. It’s an excuse to get together with family, cook a yummy meal, and play games. What’s better than that?! 

-Little Wife Power House

>Holden’s 3 Monthday, Cont.


{Holden and I had a photoshoot on his bedroom floor. I’m in most of the pictures so I’ll just post this one of his cute face!}

GiGi and Robert joined us on Thursday for dinner and cake for Holden’s 3 month + 1 day birthday :P. We had to do it a little late because Allan couldn’t get home in time on Wednesday. Just wanted to post a few quick pictures!

{Holden passed out before we even had dinner so we just took a few quick pictures and put him down for the night. This boy loves his sleep!}

-Little Wife Power House

>Happy 3 Monthday, Holden!

>I was introduced to a new blog, ThatWifeBlog, and I’m in love with yet another blog. She had this on her blog and I thought it was such a good idea. I want to remember all of the little things that make Holden wonderful (and sometimes difficult) at this age. Thank you, That Wife! 

{NOTE: His feet were not as close to the flame as they appear.}

Nicknames: Emperor Holden, Boo Boo, Booger, Holden Bear 
Temperament: You are so fun to be around. You smile all of the time. You still have your “emperor” moments but now-a-days they are few and far between. You are, however, a little particular. You like to be held by people {especially Mom & Dad} and in certain positions. 
Things I Could Do Without: You’re still not the biggest fan of the car seat. You can make it about 10 minutes but after that you’re over it. You still wake up 1-2 times in the middle of the night to eat. Your finger nails are so sharp! Ouch! You’ve starting peeing through your diapers again (which means peeing on me) sometimes twice a day. Your sensitive skin and all of the creams/other items we have had to buy for it. {That Wife and I have a lot of the same things on this one!}
Item/Toy We Love The Most: Your teether rings. I love to see you reach for them! {They are the ONLY toy you reach for}. 
Item/Toy You Love The Most: Your hands! No contest. 
Things I’m Loving Most Right Now: Cuddling with you. You are such a good cuddler. I love sitting in the rocking chair with you in the evening. I also love tummy time. I put you on a blanket in your bedroom and read a story to you. Yesterday’s story was “Where The Wild Things Are.” You love to look at the pictures and listen to momma’s voice. I also really enjoy bath time and singing to you.
Things You’re Loving Most Right Now: Your hand. Plain and simple. Your first tooth is coming in (ALREADY. We always knew you were going to be ahead of the game.) and therefore you are chewing on everything. You like teething toys but nothing beats your hand. You also love “You Are My Sunshine,” pulling up to sitting position, and making people smile. You also love your vibrating bouncer. The bouncer keeps you happy the longest out of all your equipment. Oh! How could I forget the bubbles?! You make the BEST bubbles with your mouth! 

You’ve made a lot of progress in the last month. You now weigh 13 lbs 7 oz (as of today). You can sit up assisted and you try to pull up on your own. You talk so much, more every day. I wish I knew what you were saying but it’s so darn cute, who cares! This last month you have learned to fall asleep on your own! That made my life so much easier. I can put you down for a nap completely awake and within 5 minutes you’ll be asleep. You are still a stomach sleeper but I don’t even worry for a second anymore. You’re a pro sleeper. We love you more than we could ever say. Our family would not be complete without you. 

{You always choose your hand over toys. nom nom nom.}

We will be celebrating your big day tomorrow because Dad has to work tonight until 9:00 PM (he works so hard for our family. He left the house this morning at 6:30!) GiGi and Uncle Robert are coming over too! 

-Little Wife Power House

>happy 2 monthday, holden!

>Today was a big day for my son – he turned 2 months! He’s growing bigger every day and I just can’t help but think how much I want him to stay a little baby. Too bad they have to grow up but I know the future holds fun things for our family! We had the Guerrero’s over for dinner (roast, carrots, and potatoes – yum!) and Angel Food Cake (I can’t eat chocolate due to Holden’s sensitivity to it…worst sensitivity ever!!) Angel Food Cake is so good and SO easy to make which was good since I was definitely feeling under the weather today. 

He had just woken up from a cat nap so he was a little out of it. We are so lucky to have him in our lives. We grow to love him more every day! 

Holden was sure loving some aunt/cousin time with Lori & JR. He was laughing up a storm! Someone was just telling me at church on Sunday that most babies this young don’t smile as much as he does. What can he say, he’s living the good life! 

-Little Wife Power House