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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

When Henry is Older...

Will we have to resort to tactics like this to get him to go to school?



In the meantime Henry is enjoying the new house and all of the visitors we've been getting. Poppop was here to help us move in two weeks ago and Aunt Jessie and my mother came out this weekend to help us unpack and straighten up.

It was Aunt Jessie and my mom who also caught this lovely video of Henry at the dinner table. He's always been a good eater, but let's hope that when he's older we're able to teach him better table manners than he displays here.



That's the two of them beginning to crack up at the end.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Visit To The Doctor

Now that Henry is a year old he had his 1 year check up at the doctor's office.

Some highlights:
Height - 30.75 inches (75th percentile for his actual age - we're not adjusting anymore)

Weight - 21 lbs 13 oz (50th percentile for his actual age, so he's not quite as 'filled-out' as he once appeared now that his height is really taking off)

Paper - he enjoys tearing it to shreds with reckless abandon

Part 1


Part 2

Birthday Party Recap

Henry Jay had a wonderful first birthday party up in Minneapolis last week. There were parents, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, friends, and even a special guest... A cupcake!

Which Henry promptly destroyed... Seriously, who uses their whole fist on a cupcake?

And if you try to take cupcake away from Henry, he'll bite your finger (just kidding). I was just feeding him a little icing.

No matter how he got his share of cupcake, it's clear he enjoyed it.

Here's a video of the whole thing:


He also got a brand new red firetruck courtesy of Aunt Libby.


And a new teddybear... Hat?

Later in the week Henry was treated to his first Chicago Cubs game. There was a lot of paparazzi in attendance so he had to go incognito.


Hmm, are there any other Cubs fan that Henry reminds you of in those glasses???
Henry also brought the Cubs good luck, because even though the Cubs were down 6-2 when we left, they rallied to tie the game at 6 in the bottom of the 9th and later won it in the 12th. Go Cubs Go!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Happy Birthday, Buster

Henry is ONE YEAR OLD today! Hurrah!!

So this little guy:


Has become this little guy, in just one year???



Yes, Chris and I may have a few more gray hairs than we did a year ago, but our little ball of energy and wonder has brought us more joy than we ever knew possible. We are thankful for every day we get to be his Mommy and Daddy. He is a miracle and we will never forget it.

Before I get into all the stuff he's doing, I wanted to say one thing about the prematurity factor: We were told to adjust his age to his due date (i.e., two months after his birthday) until two years old, but really, I was looking at the one-year-old milestones last night and it would appear he's pretty much caught up, both for his size and his skills. I guess part of it is the fact that there is more of a range at this age.

So without further ado...

Motor skills

Very much an active, curious little boy! Crawls like a maniac -- no signs left of the mysterious "viral arthritis" he was afflicted with two weeks ago.

  • Pulls up on everything, cruises; will let go and stand by himself if he's focused on something else, but will sit down immediately once he realizes he's doing it -- almost like, "Oh, wait -- I don't do that yet."
  • He turns anything pushable (e.g., laundry baskets, his music table) into a walker and loves to zip around that way.
  • He's obsessed with opening and banging cabinet doors -- I can't wait to create a special Henry cabinet in our new kitchen. He has figured out how to shimmy off our bed and crawl into the bathroom, where his favorite cabinet lives.
  • He LOVES to throw and play catch, and seems to be a leftie. Can entertain himself for a good while playing fetch with himself.
  • His favorite toys are balls and rings (so much for the more expensive, complicated stuff!), and he's great at dunking on his Fisher-Price hoop.
  • Great at climbing stairs.

Social and language skills

I had a feeling Henry would be an early talker, given that he's been trying to talk since about two months, and it seems to be true. The language connections he makes on a daily basis are great fun to watch. He responds now to a few simple commands -- like "let's clap!", "get Mama the ball!" or "wave bye bye!" He is saying "mama" and "dada" consistently now. I've also heard attempts at "bye bye," "hi," "more," "dog," "ball," "airplane" and "all done." And he'll repeat other words that I say -- like "baby," "Elmo" and "PopPop."

He is still a very smiley and genial guy, but over the past couple months he's turned into quite the Mama's boy. Separation anxiety is here and it's a pain in the butt sometimes! Especially now that he can wail, "Mama!!!!" over and over. And we are seeing some early temper tantrums now, too -- like when he gets his diaper changed or when we take him away from one of his beloved cabinets. Fortunately he can still be distracted relatively easily.

Eating

Feeds himself almost exclusively now, with the exception of a carton of YoBaby every morning. We do all sorts of different finger foods, like shredded chicken, cut-up fruits, Cheerios, mixed veggies, small bits of cheese, etc. Still nursing 4-5x times a day and at least once or twice a night (more on that in a second); no plans to cut him off just yet. Also a pro with the sippy cup -- only water so far but I'll probably introduce juice and cow's milk soon.

Sleeping

It's official! I have gone an entire year without ever once sleeping a full night through (Chris -- that lucky dog -- has spent a few night away from us so he can't make the same claim). How 'bout that???

We had him down to one wake-up a night, but then we got into all this teething and illness fun and now he's back to two or three times a night -- and the ONLY thing that gets him back to sleep is nursing. Trust us, we've tried everything -- this kid will scream for two hours or longer if you let him. We will be working on this once we're settled at the new house and don't have neighbors quite so close. :-)

Physical

Henry is 22 lbs. now; not sure about his height. He wears all 12- and 18-month stuff. He has four teeth on top and three on the bottom; he's currently working on that fourth bottom one, I think. He has a lot more hair than he used to, though he still doesn't have much. His hair has settled into a reddish-blonde and he has dark blue eyes. He still has a clogged tear duct (that's why his eye often looks goopy or red in pictures) and now that it's been a year and it still hasn't resolved itself, he's going to have to get it surgically popped just as soon as we get in to see an opthamologist.

Random funny

Henry hates hats -- rips them off as soon as I put them on -- and furthermore, NO ONE is allowed to wear a hat around Henry. A frequent game is to put one of his hats on my head and wait to see how long it is before he crawls to me, climbs up on my lap and takes it off.

Likes

Nursing when he should be sleeping, throwing balls, banging cabinet doors, eating Cheerios ("O's") and any kind of fruit, drinking water, studying older kids, babbling LOUDLY, playing with doggies, "reading" books with tactile parts, flirting with his admirers, taking baths, clapping

Not a fan of...

Getting his diaper changed, getting dressed, getting his face or nose wiped, having dangerous objects taken away from him, being led away from cabinets he'd like to explore. Also, he still gets extremely frightened by unfamiliar men sneezing or coughing.

Oh yes, and he is still prone to breaking into hysterics at strange things. Witness below:



Yep, that's me making farting noises. Typical male. ;-)

Happy Birthday Henry Jay

This isn't the 'official' happy birthday Henry Jay posting, just the first one. We love you little HJ!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A year ago today...

...I was lying in a hospital bed, 31 weeks and three days pregnant, amniotic fluid running out of me, knowing I would be having a baby soon but hoping and praying my kid would hold out until Sept. 12 because I desperately didn't want him to have a Sept. 11 birthday.

Oh well. :-)

We'll post a full one-year update tomorrow, but today I just had to say that I can't believe it's been a year -- and yet, I can't imagine life without Henry Jay. After a rocky start, this little guy has developed into one of the happiest, most spirited babies I've ever known and not a day goes by that I don't feel like the luckiest mommy alive. Yes, even if he still wakes me up two or three times a night (we're working on that...).

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Happy Birthday Poppop!

Dear Poppop,

You may not be the 'original' Henry, and you may not the 'new and improved' compact version of Henry, but you are a Henry and an Ohlhoff nonetheless, and that counts for plenty. I hope you celebrate your birthday today just like Henry Jay was celebrating Labor Day at Aunt Linda and Uncle John's last weekend - in the pool, splashing, playing with his cousin Liam, and maybe wearing an orange mustache...?



Yeah, that's more like it.

Be sure to thank Jill and Paul for THAT photo!

We love you!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Twins Win! (but Yankees do more often...)

Hey, this is a baby blog! Not a baseball blog. But the other week as we packed up the very last of our items for storage, and what things we'll have with us in our new and very temporary home, I noticed that Henry has an awful lot of Twins gear and nothing to speak of representing my east coast upbringing. Mommy's Minnesota Twins are on a number of his onesies, and he's also sported his Minnesota Golden Gophers gear with pride - Grandpa Jay's alma mater. As for the Yankees, Giants, Rangers or Nets? Well, they're woefully underrepresented in Henry's wardrobe. Though in a year or so he may fit into the UNH Wildcats hockey sweater I purchased for him back when he was still under 8 lbs, I thought it was time I took it upon myself to east coast-icize his sports team regalia.

So there's me, trouble-maker that I am, folding his clothes and packing up boxes, a permanent marker and packing tape within reach.

And yes, that new very ghetto NY Yankees insignia on packing tape, was placed over what was once a Twins onesie.