Saturday, December 27, 2008
Henry got a cabbage patch kid from Mommy and we used it to teach him to hug - pretty great results so far!
But despite his best efforts at trickery, Henry did not get to sample Daddy's scotch.
On Christmas morning Henry Jay was the star of the show.
Chef Jay took a break from his work in the kitchen making breakfast to help Henry work on his puzzle.
Daddy helped Henry do some hammering.
And Mommy and Iris made sure that Henry always had his hands full of Christmas graham crackers.
Henry also got a new pair of shoes
and a new cowboy hat
but he'd trade all those toys and clothes, for just a little more time with the Swiffer
And here are some videos.
Aunt Libby filmed Henry sitting and playing. Daddy came over to give Henry a hug, but Henry was too busy to indulge him.
In this one we're testing out a little head massager on Henry. Mommy and Daddy got it as a present, and it's wonderful, but it's even more fun testing it out on the little guy. Perhaps it was a little too intense for him, but overall I think he rather enjoyed it.
I saved my favorite one for last. Henry is playing with his new refrigerator magnets, and dancing his little jig. What could be more fun than that? When we ask him to stomp his feet now, he'll do that little jig of his on command.
Monday, December 22, 2008
His activity level is best classified as: "non-stop mischief making"
he's relentless, he never stops, and whatever he's not supposed to be doing, is the one thing he wants to do more than anything. he's not like a cuddler, he won't sit still on your lap and behave, he's a whirling dervish who derives joy from:
* climbing the stairs unsupervised
* pulling plugs from outlets
* if you are using a computer he will want to pound on the keyboard with all of his might while yelling at the top of his lungs with sheer joy
* reaching into the toilet to feel the water
* crawling behind drapes and then pulling on them to stand up
* toddling into rooms and then closing the door - don't open it too quickly or you'll knock him on his a$$
* taking his toys and dropping them into the garbage when no one is looking - i have no idea how many of his toys we've already inadvertently tossed out as a result of this move by the boy genius
* opening cabinets, any cabinets, but especially cabinets that contain toxic cleaning products (ie. "forbidden cabinets of mystery")
Saturday, December 20, 2008
And of course, Santa is always wearing a hat, and Henry's love of hats is well-documented. Then we got to Macy's. Maybe it was the seemingly endless and noisy line that made Henry a little ornery, or maybe it was simply being placed on the lap of a strange man, but once Henry and Santa got together, it was all over. Water works, crying, general rebellion.
Can you believe we had to pay money and stand in line to get this gem from Macy's?
We'll have better luck next year I'm certain, but for now, if Henry is on Santa's bad list we understand, and he has no one to blame but himself.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The idea is that the tube will hold open the tear duct while his tissue heals around it; this way, it won't close right up like it did the last time.
So let's all hope and pray this works and we've seen the last of the goop eye!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
No, he didn't get the shirt on himself. Mommy was encouraging his misbehaving.
We also bought groceries today and Henry discovered that empty grocery bags make for wonderful noise-making toys!
Finally, last night before bedtime Henry noticed that the Christmas tree is covered in balls -- "bah!" Those glorious, shiny little things are covering his Christmas tree and he couldn't be more enthralled with them.
Now, we considered all of this before we got the tree. We wanted Henry to appreciate and enjoy the tree without toppling it. Covering it in shiny round balls -- pretty much his favorite thing in the world, after hats -- was, in retrospect, not our wisest moment or most effective tactic. The balls' allure is powerful, clearly we will have our hands full the next few weeks.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I couldn't agree more.
And since it was Grandma Mare's birthday yesterday (Happy Birthday!), we're happy to oblige.
Henry had a busy week. In addition to hosting a new play group at the house, Henry also passed his intelligence exam as for one of his follow up sessions with the hospital. When he came home I gave him my own intelligence exam, but he failed that one miserably: the capital of Delaware is not "Buh," and 810 divided by 9 is not "Haa."
Henry's love of hats has expanded to anything he can place on or about his head. Buckets that until recently were holding his blocks included. The fact that even with his face covered he'll begin walking forward frightens me though. Perhaps this intelligence test needs to be administrated by someone else??
As a toddler Henry also gets into stuff a lot more. If we don't have all of the cabinets in the kitchen locked down, he'll be setting about to bake a cake (made of paprika, tuna fish, and pink sprinkles) in no time. What I love about this particular video is that he becomes so fixated on what he's doing with the items he's pulled from the cabinet that when Mommy finally says something to him he's startled. Oh, you're still here?
And does our kid still love a good Swiffer? You betcha.
Nice work on the edges and corners there Henry.
On a home related note we have two updates. Our window seat has been installed in the sun room. Painting it is next.
And our Christmas tree is up. Henry helped.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Fortunately, he was a tough kid then and continues to be today. As of the past few weeks, he is taking unassisted steps here and there, though he'll only do it if he's concentrating really hard on something else (like on Halloween, when there were big kids in costumes at our door) or if we trick him into it with the lure of something he's not supposed to have (the phone, the remote control). He actually seems pissed when he realizes he's been duped -- he clearly still prefers to crawl.
A very recent development is the advent of climbing. This should be fun! (For the ER staff if no one else.) At this very moment he has managed to sit himself on top of his large firetruck and is looking around the room like, "Why am I not going anywhere? Where'd the chaffeur run off to?"
And, he can entertain himself for long periods of time by climbing in and out of his wagon...in and out, in and out, in out...so entertaining! Haha. Here's a video of me trying to reason with him about this new favorite hobby:
His vocabulary is steadily increasing, though his most favorite word is still "hat." I thought he would grow tired of this little kick, but no -- a month later, we're still talking about hats for the better part of the day. Every item he comes across, he raises to his head, cocks an eyebrow and asks, "Hat?" At which point I'm faced with a parenting dilemma: Do I encourage his imagination? ("Yes, Henry! That could be a hat.") Or do I give it to him straight? ("No, you nutty kid. That's a [spoon/piece of paper/sock/cup/block/etc.], not a hat.") Recently, if I tell him it's not a hat, he'll think about it for a moment and then ask, "Ball?" Apparently it's got to be one or the other. Ah, to be a one-year-old. :)
(Note that he still refuses to wear a hat; he just likes playing with them.)
Really, though, this stage is so much fun because he's an absolute sponge right now. He attempts to copy everything we do and say. We taught him to make a funny face, which he nows does all the time, to our great delight because it's so funny!
The sweetest moments with Henry are when he's tired, hurt or otherwise in need of comfort; when I hold him, he reaches his little hand around my neck and gently plays with my hair. Awwwwwwww. :)
He has gotten much better about sleep. Still not sleeping through the night, but now he only wakes one time, usually not until 3 or 4 a.m. Another improvement is that I put him down completely awake now and he is able to snuggle in and fall asleep by himself.
Eating...He's a good eater. Picky about some stuff, but we have a good list of reliable favorites going, including avocado, chicken, crackers, cheese, any kind of fruit and some veggies. Also, he's developed a healthy appetite for cow's milk and drinks two or three cups of it a day, in addition to nursing four times through the day.
What else? Henry is a spirited, extroverted and personable kid with an increasing sense of humor. We have so much fun with him, every day.
Oh! And a quick update on his eye. The first surgical probing was not successful. :( So, we'll be taking him back to Children's for a second procedure on Nov. 20. They'll probe the blocked tear duct (again), but then this time they'll place a tiny tube to hold it open. The tube will stay there for a month or until he pulls it out, whichever comes first.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Yesterday, Henry joined us at 5:45 a.m. as we lined up to vote for president.
Someday, I'll tell him how I held him on my lap as I cast my ballot for Barack Obama. And I'll tell him about the raw emotion and elation we felt when the networks announced that indeed, Barack Obama had won.
No matter what your political slant, we can all agree that Obama's election reaffirms the notion that America is a place where all things are possible. As a mother, I cried last night knowing my son will grow up with such an incredible role model leading our great country.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I'm not sure how I will make it through a week not seeing with or playing with that little Buster. We did dress him up in his costume so I could get a feel for what I'll be missing and to take some photos, but I guess to make it through this week without him I will just have to think about Henry in some of his more challenging times, like when he became a pirate and looted our sleep...
Which also coincided with Henry's 'Salvador Dali' phase... Minus the artwork.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Of course now I've probably jinxed it and he won't do it again for another 13 months.
It led to Ali and I discussing it a lot this week - what it was like back then? What was our first week at home with Henry like? We have no idea. We can't remember. It required pictures and videos from that time for us to remember how it felt and what we did that first week when we had this tiny little baby at home with us and no longer under the watchful eyes of nurses and doctors 24x7. We remember we took him for a walk and we were freaked out the entire time. We remember being happy, excited, overwhelmed, humbled, clueless, and thrilled. We remember that he would sleep in that sweet little Moses basket and he would sleep on my chest, or anyone's chest, and hardly anywhere else.
These days Henry has been very busy. He's settling into his new home and neighborhood, including a little bit of feeding himself with a spoon.
He also tried to take a bath with his shoes and socks on.
Last weekend he made an appearance and an impression (on the ear drums of our neighbors) at our Oak Park block party.
He's also been spending time at the Oak Park farmer's market every Saturday morning to get fresh donuts, cider, apples and produce.
And of course he's getting lots of visits from family.
Coupled with the fact that he's had two parents around all day this week to keep him busy (I don't start my new gig until Monday) it's easy to understand why Henry may be a little extra tired these days.
Well sleep well again tonight little man; I can't wait to get to spend another day with you tomorrow.