Saturday, May 30, 2015

Happy Birthday Henry!

Today we celebrated Henry turning ONE! Our little Henry has been such a blessing in this otherwise difficult year. He has a smile that can make anyone melt and a giggle that is so infectious it can brighten any day.
Today's celebration was not the Monster themed party in the park I was originally planning on. I did not spend the past week staying up late crafting on decorations and details that would quickly be forgotten by everyone else at the party and certainly not mean a thing to Henry. We did not have mounds of food to feed dozens and dozens of people. Today's celebration was perfect though. I loaded the kids into the van and we headed up to the hospital to see Josh. We had a few family members and friends ready to party. Josh's sweet nurse, Tiffany, and his respiratory therapist, Janet, ordered a few pizzas for everyone after Josh mentioned he was craving a slice of pizza. Henry had his own smash cake and devoured it while sitting on a hospital blanket on the floor. Everyone ate some delicious cookie cake and we even had a giant birthday balloon in the room. The room was full of love and laughter, exactly the way a first birthday party should be.
Here are a few pictures from today.

*At 12 months Henry is walking all over the place and is really picking up speed.
*Henry loves spaghetti, strawberries, blueberries, hot dogs, black beans, and cheese. He hates bananas and oatmeal.
*Henry loves his paci and likes to carry an extra one in his hand.
*Henry has little interest in watching TV, which isn't a bad thing, but it sure would make getting a shower or fixing breakfast a little easier some days.
*Henry loves playing with his musical instruments and toys that make the most noise.
*Henry has started drinking whole milk earlier his week, but doesn't seem to care much for it.
*He still nurses about 4 times a day and doesn't seem interested in giving it up any time soon.
*Henry is not sleeping through the night and each night is so different with his wake up times.
*Henry loves when I lay on the floor and he climbs all over me and kisses my face.
*He says mama and dada, but does it on his own timing and sometimes just when babbling.
*Henry will wave hi and bye and it is the cutest thing ever, but again, when he feels like it.

Henry will have his one year check up this week. I will have to reschedule his appointment I set three months ago since it is right after Josh will be out of surgery and I want to be at the hospital for that. Once his appointment is finished, I will share his height and weight at one year.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our village and loved Henry and our family over the past year and in the years to come.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Henry 11 Months Old

This post is a week late and I don't have my usual monthly pictures of Henry to go along with it, but our little Henry is already 11 months old and amazing as ever. Poor Henry has been completely thrown off with Josh being admitted to the hospital in critical condition three weeks ago today. I'm not going to post about everything going on with him here since there has been a daily journal both on facebook and on a Caring Bridge page. Even though Henry is young and thankfully will not remember this difficult time, he is the one who has really been rocked by it. The first 10.5 months of his life we have spent almost all day, every day together. We were hardly ever apart. When Josh was admitted to the hospital there was some forced weaning from breast feeding during the day. He now had to get used to spending long hours with various people so I could spend as much time as possible by Josh's side at the hospital. That first week was rough for him, the second was slightly better and this past week Henry seems to love the extra attention from others.

At 11 months old:

Henry has 8 teeth.
Naps are all over the place since he is with someone different daily.
Most nights sleeps from 8pm - 6:30am with at least one wake up over night.
Took his first steps last week on April 28th.
Loves to feed himself finger foods, loves peas, hot dogs, pasta, apples, pears, green beans, hates bananas.
Climbs the stairs and tries to get into tight spaces.
Enjoys digging through cabinets and closing doors behind him.
Wears 12 month clothes most of the time, but some 9 month and 18 month fit depending on the brand and fit. So strange!
Henry is always on the move and hates the feeling of grass on his fingers and toes, he still loves being outside though.
He gets the biggest belly laugh watching the girls play the Wii with sword fighting or Just Dance.
Henry has the most contagious smile. Those dimples!

I know there is so much more to write about Henry at 11 months old, but my brain is fried and I have been living in a constant state of exhaustion. We love our little guy more than life itself. He completes our family and has been the absolute highlight of our year.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Henry 10 Months

Our little man turned 10 months old on Monday! I find it crazy that I have already picked out a date for his first birthday party and decided on a theme. How is it possible that we are now less than two months from my baby turning one. Will someone please quickly figure out a way to freeze time, the days are going too quickly.
At 10 months:
Finally sleeping through the night most nights!
Loves trying new foods, but spits some out, including bananas.
As of today, he has 8 teeth, four on top, four on bottom.
Crawls and cruises while holding onto things.
Laughs when he dumps boxes of toys on the floor.
Loves swinging.
Still nurses every 3-4 hours and starting to stretch them out further.
Climbs and "wrestles" with Lillian, Claire and Daddy.
Gives kisses, waves hi and bye, signs for more.
Loves being outside and going for walks, but does not like the grass in his toes and fingers.
Smiles and squeals when he sees Lillian and Claire get off the bus after school.


We sure love Henry!

Friday, March 13, 2015

9 Months Old

I am terrible at keeping up with this blog. I rarely have the computer on at home and when I do, I don't have enough time to sit down and type. Henry is 9 months old, actually already 9.5 months with my delay in updating, but whatever. He is still my favorite little man and without a doubt can brighten any room with that smile of his. He gets excited when he hears the ringtone I have set for Josh on my phone, knowing it is daddy. When the garage door opens and knows daddy is home to play. He hears the breaks of the school bus and crawls to the door to see the girls get off the bus. It is amazing to me how aware he has become of those little sounds that let him know his favorite people are home.

At 9 months:
Height: 29" - 93%
Weight: 21lb 9.5oz - 67%

*crawling all over the place.
*pulls to stand and walks while holding onto something.
*introducing more finger foods while weaning off pureed.
*nurses every 3-4 hours, for roughly 10 to 15 minutes.
*finally sleeping more consistently though the night, wakes around 5am to nurse and then sleeps for a few more hours.
*says "mama" but it is mostly when upset or angry, so I don't think it is really directed towards me, mostly just a sound to make.
*loves opening cabinet doors and pushing though bedroom doors, if it is supposed to be off limits, he smiles while doing it.

I will attempt to get a family update on life happenings posted soon, but with next being spring break for the girls, I can't make any promises. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

8 Months Old

Our little big guy is 8 months old today! He is so full of spunk and love. Henry adores his big sisters and squeals with excitement when he sees the bus pull up to the front of the house after school. He smiles when Josh calls and he hears the set ring tone I have for his daddy.
At 8 months old:
-5 teeth, one on the top, four on the bottom and working on another top tooth
-sits up on his own from a laying down position
-loves to feed himself beginner finger foods
-enjoys pureed fruits more than veggies
-nurses every 3-4 hours during the day
-rolls and scoots to move around
-crawls backwards, but not forward movement yet
-pulls up to knees and occasionally to feet
-still practicing taking a bottle of breast milk so mama can have more than a few hours away
-usually takes two naps a day, morning and afternoon
-sleep is still unpredictable at night, but getting better.
-wears 9 month and sometimes 12 month clothes
Henry puts everything he can in his mouth and is always on the move, as seen in the pictures I tried taking this morning. The 8 month sticker lasted only seconds on the pillow before he tore it and put it in his mouth. He didn't want to sit still or show his adorable grin to me while taking pictures. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Numbers at 6

Last week Thursday we took Lillian and Claire for their 6 year check up.

Height - 43 3/4" 21%
Weight - 39.5lbs 17%

Height - 44. 1/4" 30%
Weight - 41.5lbs 29%

They are still peanuts and still perfect.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Henry 7 Months Old

Our little man is 7 months old now and amazing as ever. I had the 7 months sticker on the pillow, like I have had ever other month, but as soon as I put him in the chair to take his picture he ripped the sticker off of the pillow and tried to eat it. At 7 months, Henry puts everything he can in his mouth and is very curious about the world around him. He had little interest in sitting still so I could take a few pictures, so all I have are these few not so great ones, but it is better than nothing for a monthly picture.
At 7 months old:
Sleep is still inconsistent at night
He has 4 teeth, all on the bottom
Nurses about every 3 hours during the day
Loves pureed fruits and tolerates some veggies (who would want vegetables after trying sweet fruits?)
Starting some finger foods, gets excited when he sees the big yellow box of Cheerios.
Has been introduced to a sippy cup, but has no idea yet how to work it properly
Sits for longer periods of time without assistance
Rolls all over the floor to get what he wants
Gets on hands and knees and rocks
Wiggles himself backwards and rotates, but no forward movement
Loves to snuggle (I love it too)
Giggles while bouncing in the jumper
He is always taking his socks off and puts them in his mouth
Everything goes in his mouth
Reaches out to be held
Wears 9 month clothes


Henry is such a happy little guy. He has the best smile and giggle (I think I have said that the past few months). He, without a doubt, was the highlight of our 2014.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Highlights at 6 Years Old

I was going to wait until after Lillian and Claire's 6 year well visits to the doctor to post, but since it isn't for another week, I decided that was too long to wait. I wanted all of their 6 year measurements included in the post to make it complete, but guess I'll have to type up something next week with those.

Lillian at 6 years old:

Favorite color is yellow
Wants to be an art teacher when she grows up
Loves anything crafty and fashion related
Enjoys building with Legos, playing with Barbie's, drawing, and pretend play
Favorite books are anything with Fancy Nancy
Favorite movie is Frozen, loves Elsa
Enjoys singing, dancing and acting
Loves mustard on everything, hamburgers, chicken nuggets, French fries, etc.
Favorite subjects in school are math and art

Claire at 6 years old:

Favorite color is pink
Enjoys reading and writing
Favorite books are anything with Fancy Nancy
Loves making Henry giggle
Enjoys drawing and crafting, building with Legos and Barbie
Favorite animal is a giraffe
Favorite food is Mac and Cheese
Complete pack-rat and doesn't want to throw anything away. Ever!
Favorite subject in school is art

They both have grown leaps and bounds with their speech and meet twice a week with their speech therapist at school. They enjoy school, Daisy Girl Scouts, playing with friends, attending church, and adore Henry. They have been cruising through their sight words at school and enjoy reading everything possible. They love playing Wii with Daddy.

Lillian and Claire are growing way too fast for us, but are still the most amazing, kind and loving little girls.