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.