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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

In case you were wondering ...

... he's still rocking the enormous cheeks.


And by the way, we promise we do occasionally let him out of that chair. It just so happens he takes great pictures in it.

We hope everyone is staying warm through this cold snap. Here's how Henry braves the wintry weather:

You can see he's just thrilled with the get-up.

We'll be back soon with a FIVE MONTH update. Where has the time gone???

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Star of the Show

Enough of those photos with other babies; it's time to post some photos of the star of the show. In the last week, Henry treated us to some of our best nights of uninterrupted sleep yet -- five straight hours! But he clearly doesn't want us to get too comfortable yet, so he gave us a couple of those not as fun "waking up every two hours" nights as well. However, his nightly trips of riding the Crazy Train to Crazy Town are definitely slowing down. So overall, we're feeling as though we're making progress on the sleep front.

Iris and Jay were in town last weekend, so we dressed Henry up in his collegiate best -- notice the Golden Gophers shirt and socks! And yes, he's wearing overalls; just in case Dexy's Midnight Runners re-group.


As far as we're concerned, though, Henry Jay is already a multiplatinum rock star, with the t-shirt to prove it.


Henry was all smiles for Grandma and Grandpa while they were here, choosing to show off his best behavior and allowing Mommy and Daddy a night out of the house together.


Another big development this week was the arrival of his "big boy" stroller. Mommy wasted no time assembling it herself on Thursday and getting Henry inside it for a sneak peek. Henry was cautious at first, but warmed up to it and eventually gave his approval -- an affirmative "Ahhhh-goooooo-guurrrrrr-ohhhhh." (Hope we got the spelling right, there.)


Unfortunately, the arrival of the stroller also coincided with the arrival of arctic weather here in Chicago. It's been single-digit temperatures, so we haven't been able to test it outside yet. That's O.K.; it handles the hardwood floors of the condo perfectly well in the meantime. But I am looking forward to doing some three-wheel off-roading with Henry when the weather permits -- we'll seek out some more challenging terrain then.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

4 months and counting...

...and still Henry Jay has about as much hair on his head as he did at birth. His weight has tripled, his chins have tripled, his cheeks have quintupled in girth!, but the hair line remains the same. Bare. Faint. Depending on the light sometimes the fuzz the adorns his dome is reddish, sometimes it looks blond, other times it looks like dark hair, but it never looks like much hair.

Determined to not deprive Henry of a common childhood experience - his first haircut, we first must solve the case of what to cut. Fortunately, we think we've found the answer, at http://www.babytoupee.com/.

Can't you just imagine Henry in the barber chair sporting this new do?

Or perhaps sporting a more gentile look, we could outfit him with this one?

All I know is that we don't wish for our son to be the youngest best customer of both Rogaine and Propecia. And our eternal thanks to Kristen for bringing the baby toupee site to our attention.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

He eats preemies for breakfast

Here's the latest picture of little Henry Jay. Isn't he just adorable?



Oh, wait. That's linebacker Brian Urlacher of the Chicago Bears, not Henry. You can imagine how I got the two confused, however, considering Henry now weighs 15 pounds and measures nearly two feet tall -- making him basically the largest former preemie of all time. Folks, he has now officially tripled in size over the past four months. Professional athletes are going to be banging down our door for my breast milk once word gets out about this.



(My friend Kristin made him the awesome T-shirt above -- back when he was still quite mini.)

Things are movin' right along here in Henryville. The evening fussies -- when Henry would apparently prefer to be dressed in black, smoking a cigarette and writing depressing poetry in a dark bar -- have dissipated slightly over the past few nights, making us hope (please, God) they're on their way out for good. As our backs are learning, it's not easy bouncing an inconsolable 15-pounder around the house for three hours every night.

Outside of his penchant for wailing through the prime-time hours, Henry is generally a happy guy. A sparkly little personality is emerging as he "talks," smiles and interacts more each day. Favorite conversation partners include the animals on his mobile (of course) and, recently, the pretty baby in the framed print on his bedroom wall. Someday we'll have to break it to him that she's not actually available, but for now we're content if he is.

On the motor development front, Henry is getting stronger and stronger. He had a follow-up appointment with the NICU therapists today, who deemed him right on track for his adjusted age of two months. You can see in the following video that his "tummy time" is coming right along, too:

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With that, I'm signing off to take Henry for a walk in the Baby Bjorn -- while I can still lift him.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Henry welcomes his first new year

Henry spent the last night of 2007 attending a New Year's Eve party (chaperoned by Mommy) at Pedro, Wendy and adorable little Isa's house just up the street. It was a night made for romance, with fresh snow falling and the promise of a wonderful 2008 on the horizon.

When I look at this first picture, I imagine a young Henry bellying up to the bar and delivering an impeccable opening line. Something along the lines of, "I can't recite the alphabet yet, but if I could, I'd put U and I together."


However -- as this next picture attests -- Henry was in over his head. Isa is an older woman (by six months) and she's already able to sit up, hold her head steady and smile on command at the camera. Henry still relies on the support of his hands and/or pillows to keep his chin off his chest. Let's hope this isn't a deal breaker for Isa.


Once the two of them got to know each other, Henry felt very comfortable kicking back and marvelling at Isa's mastery of her toys. She taught him Latin rhythms with her maracas just before lowering the boom -- a maraca to the noggin that said, "You're cute, but you're drooling a bit too much for my tastes."


When the fun was over, Henry bundled up tightly in his new hat from Uncle Pete and Aunt Mary to head home. It keeps the snowflakes out, but the "cool" in.


Happy New Year from Henry!