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book worm

I tried really hard to get him to wear Dave's glasses, but he's getting too old, too self aware. He would have none of my tom foolery. You can even tell by this picture that he was not digging my photo shoot.

In other news, we survived Christmas! I will be posting pictures from Max's first Christmas shortly. I know you will be waiting on the edge of your seat.

Santa loves my kid

We took Max to see Santa and it was a hoot! We waited in line FOREVER which gave us plenty of time to contemplate why it costs so darn much to sit on Santa's lap for two seconds. I think it's how Santa funds his whole toy making operation.

And of course I had him dressed in a little Santa suit of his own.

Max was sleeping the whole time we waited in line and seriously woke up five minutes before it was our turn. It was perfect! And when Dave went to go get him after the picture, Santa was over heard saying, "aren't you just the cutest baby in the whole world?!"

And really....Santa would know.

Oh, and here is his five week pic. Don't worry, I wont do this every week of his whole life. Maybe.

odds and ends

I realize this is turning into a baby blog, but if you were to ask "what are the Hildens up to?" Max is what we are up to, so.

Here are some random pictures that I want documented:

This is one of my favorite pictures so far!

Our little guy is growing and changing so much already!

In other news: we went on our first date sans kid! We dropped him off at my parents house and went to see the Muppet movie which we both thoroughly enjoyed and I didnt cry or anything when we left him, so success!

one month

Maxwell David is one month already!

Here are your one month stats, Max:

- you smile in your sleep all the time and it's SO cute! Please smile when you are awake soon
- you are now nursing like a champ and I'm so glad!
- you have been to see a cranial sacral specialist three times
- you are 8.1 pounds


Judah Nicholas Solberg and Maxwell David Hilden, born a week apart - almost to the minute!

three weeks

the weekend

Friday night was our annual Christmas cookie baking extravaganza!

We also had Grandpa Glen's 80th Birthday party

There were nine cousins and second cousins. Eight of them were three and under!

And this picture has nothing to do with anything, except that I love my kid's feet!

squirt update

Things are settling down, thankfully. We are easing into a routine and although we still have some things to figure out with the whole nursing situation, things are most definitely looking up! And Max is, of course, super adorable.

a rough start

warning: this post contains much talk of breast feeding

Ever since my milk came in, homeboy has had a hard time latching on and the considerable pain became crazy pain. I just thought I had to tough it out since everyone said I would have pain in the first few weeks. Well, about a week after coming home from the hospital, I got chills and a high fever. My midwife said I most likely had mastitis (a breast infection) and put me on an antibiotic. I was very allergic to this drug, however, and broke out in an all body rash. 24 hours later, I still had a high fever and it was just getting higher. When it got to 104.9 we went to the emergency room and they ended up admitting me. We were there for three days. After lots of IV antibiotics (a different one thankfully) I'm on the road to recovery! So, that was our first two weeks of being parents. Whew! And because of all the crazy shenanigans, I haven't really had a chance to take many pictures of our little guy. I missed his one week picture for instance, which pretty much breaks my heart, but I took a really cute two week picture that I'll share soon. But here are a few cell phone pictures to tide you over. Enjoy!

the greatest beloved

Maxwell David = the greatest beloved

Our son is here! Maxwell was born on November 10th at 4:15pm. He weighed in at 7.4 and 20 inches long.

Welcome to the world Maxwell! You are a gift.


See what I did there? A little play on words because our fundraisers are always FUN! Cheesy I know, but I couldn't help myself.
For those of you that don't know, a little over a year ago Dave and I helped to start a non-profit called Seeds For Change. It's an after school program for at risk youth in St. Louis Park. This was our second annual fundraising dinner and it was awesome!

There was a silent auction

And live entertainment by Ben Lubeck who is the lead singer of the band Farewell Milwaukee

It was a great night and we were able to raise a bit of money for our program! If you were unable to attend or didn't know about it and would like to donate, please do so here. Thanks so much. Every little bit helps!

squirt update

We are getting to the end of the road folks. Hopefully there wont be too many more of these updates. Well, there will be lots more, but soon the updates will include the cute, chubby face of a baby! YAHOO!

I have to admit, I'm getting a bit anxious to meet this babe of ours. Come soon, Baby Hilden!

Halloween Fun

My sister is known for her Halloween parties. They are themed and elaborate and awesome. This year it was a Tim Burton party.

Dave went as Tim Burton and I went as a big black whale. Just kidding. I was supposed to be Helena Bonham Carter, but I most resembled a whale. Is there a whale in one of Tim Burton's stories?

Kellie was the corpse bride

Great party once again, Kel!

Happy Halloween from the Hildens!