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Monday, August 31, 2009

An update on New Baby

This morning, I overheard Henry patiently explaining to his Lego men that, "Henny big boy. Big boy sleep in big boy bed. Baby sleep in crib."

When asked what we should name New Baby, Henry's response lately has been, "Ohlhoff."

I am now 34 weeks along with Ohlhoff Ohlhoff. I just got this update on his/her development from Baby Center, and it made me smile so broadly, I just had to share:

"If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies."

Of course, we know that HJ as a 31-weeker turned out pretty darn OK, but it's sure nice to hear that we're now to the point where New Baby will avoid any of that stress.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Visited by Aunt Jessie and Uncle Jim

What a great long weekend visit from Aunt Jessie and Uncle Jim! They flew in from New Jersey on Thursday and they kept Henry occupied every waking moment.

There was breakfast: pancakes and sausages

Reading truck books, what do you expect, she is a librarian!

There was an outing at the library park

And an almost sleepover with cousin Liam

There was baseball, of course

A strawberry banana smoothie courtesy of Aunt Jessie

And Henry'a latest talent: he cuts hair.

He uses the large knife from his kitchen set, but most of the skills are present, with the exception of the occasional hacking motion. Witness:

He also made his first catch in this video that showcases his throwing, catching, dancing, and laughing, in addition to Aunt Jessie's singing and joking.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Henry funny

Ali: "Are you ready for lunch, little bunny?"

Henry: "No! My name Henry Jay Ohlhoff!"

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Block Party '09

There was a firetruck. Henry drove it.

There were hats. There were helmets. Henry couldn't decide on just one, so he wore more than one at a time.

All in all it was a wonderful day.

And Henry even got a haircut the day before so he was sure to look his very best for all his neighbors.

We felt it was time:

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Another Oak Park Weekend

We had another great weekend in Oak Park. We kicked it off in the usual style - the Farmer's Market Saturday morning: donuts, music, fresh produce. We also made some new friends, Henry did too. Henry and Talia hit it off over donuts, standing next to the musicians and the next thing we knew they were holding hands and dancing. So cute.

Then we went to Marion Street for the Pet Parade and block party. The weather held out just long enough for us to view the pet parade but unfortunately for us the block party was rained out. And what, might you ask, is a Pet Parade? Why it's an annual Oak Park tradition that showcases the many wonderful pets (and owners) of Oak Park. Henry was a big, BIG fan.

Lastly, it has become apparent that Henry is ready to be an older sibling based on the care he takes when feeding pieces of his apple to his "Little Baby," doll. Let's just hope he's just as gentle, tender, and willing when we let him feed his younger sibling.