These days are going by at warp speed, I tell you. Hudson is 4 months old, but really, it feels like he’s 23. Someone has apparently told my baby that it’s ok to grow up, and that someone wasn’t me. Clearly, the blog has gotten away from me a bit, but there are a few random things I wanted to record on here- more for my memory’s sake than because they’re interesting to read about, but here you go. (I promise to intersperse random baby pictures so as not to completely bore you.)
– Our doctor (who we love) told us at our follow-up appointment that he cried when we told them Hudson’s name in the delivery room. If you know our doctor, you know how much this took us by surprise- the man does not come across as a crier. He and his wife adopted a little girl from China about two weeks after Hudson was born, so he loved that we chose a name connected with someone who was so instrumental to the spread of the Gospel in that part of the world.
– Sometime during the ten weeks (to the day) between when Sawyer and Hudson were born, Abby told me that her husband, Ben, found her crying on the couch one day while she was holding Sawyer. When Ben asked her what was wrong, she said, “He’s gonna go to college!” (Abby, hopefully you don’t mind me sharing this ;)) Zach and I both loved that story, and it has definitely become a tag line for when we feel like this little guy is growing faster than we can handle.
I had my own “He’s gonna go to college” moment when sitting in the backseat with Hudson about two weeks after he was born. Randy Travis’ song Forever and Ever came on the radio, and when Zach looked in the rearview mirror, I was crying my eyes out. When he asked why, I said, “What if I dance with him to this song at his wedding?”
Oh, post-pregnancy hormones. You are ridiculous.
– This child has managed to contract some rather strange nicknames during his first four months of life.
Zach loves to call him “Hudson Judson” or “Hudson Judson Ramblin’ Rudson” (we joked about making his middle name Judson before he was born).
One night when his swaddle blanket was over his head and he was looking rather nun-like, we started calling him “Sister”, and it sort of stuck. So now, saying things like, “What are we gonna do with Sister?” are totally normal.
Our carseat has the style name (Devon) printed on it, but it looks sort of like a monogram. So, we sometimes say things like, “Come on, Devon,” when putting him into the car.
– This baby LOVES to “stand”, and has since he was tiny. At his two-month appointment, even the doctor was impressed by his leg strength and mentioned something about him playing soccer. Of course, this made his soccer-playing daddy happy.
– This boy is definitely my child. Some of his least favorite things are being cold, being alone, and sitting still. We are cut from the same cloth, I tell you.
– As nostalgic as we get for the newborn stage, is really has been true that each new phase is so much fun. Hudson is really starting to get much more of a personality, and we love seeing it. He loves to smile, and has started opening his mouth as wide as he can when he’s really happy, which cracks us up. (We think it’s a result of us doing something goofy, then making a surprised face at him.)
– Basically, we can’t get enough of this baby. Zach jokes that Hudson has gotten more kisses in his first four months of life than his dad has in our almost five years of marriage. Then I tell him that maybe if he had cheeks that squishy and soft it would be a different story.
Hudson Taylor, we sure do love you!