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Friday, November 28, 2008

Man about town

Henry hit the town today with all the family in tow.

Here he is cruising the strip in OP with Mommy.

Here he is at the breakfast table.  I think he was ordering a bowl of YELL-o.

Later, we were visited by Aunt Linda, Uncle John, Katie, Patrick, and of course, his partner in crime Liam.  They helped us to put a dent in the Thanksiving left-overs, but we're still up to our earlobes in turkey.

Hey Liam, any food that you don't want you can just toss it down here like I do!

Also, Liam, have you given much thought to sporting a hat?  I'm not sure if you were aware of this but hats are my specialty...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving from Henry too

Always willing to lend his voice and his excitement, Henry wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone too.

I was trying to keep him occupied over in the living room while the rest of the family finished up their Thanksgiving feast, but Henry just had to come over to the dining room to make sure everyone knew that he was very thankful on this holiday too... As vociferously and ebulliently as possible.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are we thankful for? Let's start with this guy.

And while we're at it we're also thankful for the Mommy who got him here, and the hospital staff who worked so hard to make sure he got here safely.

And we're thankful for our jobs, our home, our health, our families, our friends, and their health too.

Lastly, we're thankful for the Internet and digital cameras which allow us to share this little guy with you even if we're far away.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sweeps week

Today, Henry's infatuation was with the Swiffer.  For most people the Swiffer has replaced the broom; for Henry it replaced his toys.  For the better part of an entire day.  Now if only I could get him to apply it to the floor when it has a pad on it, we'd really be on to something.

We also had some company today and Henry got to go for a ride in his wagon thanks to Cassidy giving him a push.  Trust me, he enjoyed it more than having his picture taken.

Henry also found the time to do some quick but judging by the look on his face extremely serious accounting work on his abacus toy.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

What's the latest?

Not much new to report from Oak Park.  Henry still walks but his walking has noticeably improved in the two weeks since the last video was posted.  Since Henry will now also walk without the lure of Oberweis ice cream, we feel that's an improvement as well.

Henry is also still infatuated with hats.  He loves them, and he never fails to recognize one.

And if a certain President-elect is looking to fill his cabinet with homegrown bean-counting talent to help us get through these trying financial times, look no further than Henry and his rapidly developing accounting skills.  I imagine when he plays with these stacking blocks that he's really at an abacus balancing the budget.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I think they call this walking

What a way to celebrate the birthday he was supposed to have had today!


So today, Henry turns an adjusted one year old based on his original due date of Nov. 9. What's crazy to me is that it feels like such a long time since we celebrated his birthday (Sept. 11), which underscores in my mind just how early he arrived.

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 and out, in and out, in 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.

Gunky eye -- but he's still cute

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes we can

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.