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.