11 Month Old Boy

Henry // Eleven Months

Surely I don’t have a baby who will be one year old in precisely one month. Surely not… Right? How do these things happen?! Let’s get right to the nitty…

11 Month Old Boy

Surely I don’t have a baby who will be one year old in precisely one month. Surely not… Right? How do these things happen?!

Let’s get right to the nitty gritty: This kid is a hoot. He’s talking in his own little language, and anything that he doesn’t have a word for is “Guuuuck?!” Which most of the time we are able to translate. He’s got four teeth coming in on top and he is not happy about that, but most other things he’s totally thrilled with. He’s an easy-going dude and thinks life is pretty cool. Dogs and cats are the coolest, and he won’t stop bringing us books for him to read. Mostly he sits through about half a book and then goes to get the next one.

When my mom comes to babysit, he reaches out for her to give her hugs (heart melt). He can give high and low fives on command. He’ll share a piece of food with you if you ask. Favorite food? Tofu rolled in graham crackers. He would eat it all day long if we didn’t stop him. He loves opening and closing doors and for the most part doesn’t rip stuff out of the kitchen cabinets (yet). He actually likes to put things in, so I’m always finding his blocks and cars in among our crackers.

Life is good with these two guys of mine, and these are the sweetest times. If we could freeze it right here I would, except that I’m too excited to see what Hank’s gonna be like when he grows up. Happy 11 months, little dude! xoxo

11 Month Old Boy

11 Month Old Boy

10 month old baby

Henry // Ten Months

Gang, we have a crawler. For a while I thought this kid might go straight from scooting to walking. But suddenly he’s decided he’s okay on his hands and knees…

10 month old baby

Gang, we have a crawler. For a while I thought this kid might go straight from scooting to walking. But suddenly he’s decided he’s okay on his hands and knees instead of dragging his carcass all over my house. We’ve joked for a while that we should just attach a mop to his tummy and let him do his old army crawl thing across our kitchen floor to clean it because he’s pretty quick at dragging himself around on his stomach. But it looks like that’s not an option any more and I guess I’ll just have to mop like everyone else.

So he’s crawling, he’s pulling up and sitting down, he’s cruising along while holding onto furniture, and you can tell he really wants to let go and stand on his own. Soon enough, kid. We’ve added some words to our repertoire, too — latest faves are cat, Mimi (his grandma), Mama, and cup. Anything that he doesn’t know the word for gets called “truck,” for better or worse. He wakes up saying “truck,” no joke. And then we have to go around his room and touch everything that’s a truck or a picture of a truck.

Here’s a weird one, and let me know if any of you moms out there have experienced something similar: he hates being on the changing table. He cries and whines every single time we set him down there, unless he has something to hold in his hands. I don’t even know when it started! But I kind of dread changing a diaper unless he’s holding a tube of Desitin or something. Get it together, kid.

More charming ten-month-old behavior: he’s started waking up in the middle of the night. This kid has always been a champion nighttime sleeper and I’m so bummed that we seem to have hit a bit of a sleep regression. The thing is, when he wakes up, nothing’s wrong. He’s just bored or lonely or both. I’m thinking with all the physical and mental developments he’s experiencing, it’s just interrupting his sleep a little. The other night I went in to try to calm him and he wouldn’t chill out unless I laid down on the floor in front of his crib with my hand through the slats so he could touch it. He fell asleep with his little fingers wrapped around one of mine and it was adorable until I realized that I was stuck in there because he had a death grip. So I pried myself out after a while and snuck back to bed, trying to avoid all the squeaky boards on the floor so I wouldn’t wake him.

I’m trying so hard not to wish away any moments (even and especially the hard ones) because time is just passing too quickly. Have you ever read that poem Babies Don’t Keep? I hold that close to my heart these days. If you’re a parent and you need a little perspective, give it a quick read.

Happy 10 months, tiny! xoxo

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10 month old baby

Henry 9 Months

Henry // Nine Months

The kid is nine months old and things are starting to get real! One night shy of his nine month birthday, we had our very first brush with illness in…

Henry 9 Months

Henry 9 Months

The kid is nine months old and things are starting to get real! One night shy of his nine month birthday, we had our very first brush with illness in the form of some spectacular vomiting and Ryan and I were wayyyyy out of our depth. We called my sister ASAP (who happens to be a supermom) and she came over to calm our nerves. The two of us were in way worse shape than Henry was, though — he would just kind of barf and then go back to being his chipper self. We, on the other hand, were totally jangled and took his temperature about every five seconds for the next day.

But I digress! This kid is definitely becoming a person more and more every day. He’s silly and he’ll tease us or joke with us and make up his own little games (his specialty is “let me dump this thing over the side of the high chair and see how many times someone will pick it up for me”). He is all over the place wiggly and wants to go go go. He has a ready smile and loves to meet people while we’re out and about. He loves to watch and interact with other kids — his cousins are his favorite people to hang out with, I think. He’s starting to recognize and say some words! His first few, in order: dog, fan, truck. Nope, not mama or dada. Just dog fan truck. I’ll take it, I guess. Especially truck. Oh it’s just the most perfect little sound when he says it. Almost in a whisper: Tduuu…CK. With the biggest CK you can imagine.

Also, despite being a nine month old dude, this kid will. not. crawl. Like not on all fours anyway. He’s completely mobile, but his mode of transportation is more like an army crawl situation where he just drags his tummy across the floor. Seems like a lot of work to me but he’s into it. He will army crawl from here to kingdom come to get at a book or toy that he’s interested in. Or to get at anything with wheels that he can touch. He’s so into wheels right now it’s insane. He particularly loves to try to eat the wheels on his stroller, which is dirty and disgusting so we have to hide the stroller now.

But mostly, every day is different and every day is better and I love to see him learning and loving the world around him. I really think he does, and that makes me pretty happy. xoxo

8 Month Old Baby

Henry 9 Months

Henry 9 Months

8 Month Old Baby

Henry // Eight Months

Oh man. This is the first month I’ve felt actual sadness at time passing so fast. Little dude is definitely not little any more and ouchie my heart. He’s big and…

8 Month Old Baby

Oh man. This is the first month I’ve felt actual sadness at time passing so fast. Little dude is definitely not little any more and ouchie my heart. He’s big and heavy and has thoughts and opinions and he’s no less adorable but way more grown up. Stop it, kid!

In other news, we’re fully immersed in the world of solids and he’s well versed in proteins and fruits and veggies. And that, friends, is a whole crazy world to navigate so I’ve got a separate post coming up detailing how we’ve handled it. Because there is next to no good information out there about introducing solids. But I digress. The great news is that all that food is resulting in a deliciously chunky baby and his tummy is truly something to behold.

Other new and strange physical talents include testing out the feeling of different toys by hitting himself on the head with them, crawling up my body while he’s in my arms (which is none too comfortable), and rocking on his hands and knees, during which I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s crawling. I’ll let him think so until he shocks himself by actually moving forward one day. He loves standing with help and bouncing with as much force as he can muster. He also basically won’t stay put in any one spot for more than a few seconds, so hanging out with him is becoming a really good workout. Aside from all the physical leaps, he’s also testing out so many new feelings — I can look at him and see his face and emotions change and it’s so fascinating. He really really wants to be around mom and dad all the time right now, which is fine. But then when he’s around us, he kind of wants to be somewhere else. I get the feeling he’s on the brink of a big developmental shift and doesn’t quite know how to process everything at the moment. I have a feeling in a week or two we’ll be dealing with a whole new Henry. But that’s what’s so rad about being a mom! (For reals, I really think that. So cheesy, right?)

So wish this tiny dude a happy 8 months and have a beautiful weekend, all! xoxo

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8 Month Old Baby

Henry Seven Months

Henry // Seven Months

I’m feeling pretty smug now that I’m the mother of a seven-month-old. Yep, everyone is sleeping at night (for months now), the kid knows how to nap, he’s been on…

Henry Seven Months

I’m feeling pretty smug now that I’m the mother of a seven-month-old. Yep, everyone is sleeping at night (for months now), the kid knows how to nap, he’s been on an airplane, he eats solids, and he can recite Shakespeare. Haaaaa just making sure you were listening. There’s no Shakespeare happening yet. But! When I say “Where’s Daddy?” he looks over at Ryan with a big grin. And that’s just as good, right?!

This child of mine loves sweet potatoes and bananas and asparagus and peas and pretty much just eating in general. He’s chubbing up and it’s my favorite thing to grab his squishy baby thighs and just squeeze ’em. He loves dogs, too, and will let them just come right up and lick his toes and his face and he thinks it’s just swell. But most of all, the kid loves cups. I mean, give this baby a cup and he will be your best friend forever until you can’t stand it any more. Mostly to-go cups, like if we had a fountain soda from Chipotle on Monday, he’ll still be playing with the cup on Friday. He wants to be a big kid and drink from cups SO BAD! But mostly he can’t figure it out and just chews on the bottom. No joke, we took a cup with ice in it on the plane ride home from Colorado and he played with it for probably half of the flight.

So what else, you ask? He’s starting to copy sounds. He’s getting lots stronger at sitting up. He so wants to scoot but for the life of him can’t figure it out. He’s just as happy as ever and every day I wish I could stop time because surely being a mom doesn’t get any more fun than this, right? And then the next day comes and something even more fun happens. Why did nobody warn me about this?!

Happy seven months, tiny dude! xoxo

Henry 6 Months

Henry Seven Months

Henry 6 Months

Henry // Six Months

It’s official: We’ve kept our tiny human alive for half a year! We are accepting high fives, low fives, or any kind of five you’ve got. And I swear, the…

Henry 6 Months

It’s official: We’ve kept our tiny human alive for half a year! We are accepting high fives, low fives, or any kind of five you’ve got. And I swear, the parenting gig just gets more fun every day.

I think this kid of ours just has a happy heart, for which I’m thankful every day. We’re starting to call ourselves the #foyadventureclub, because he’s getting really good at coming along with us while we run around and do our thing. (Although he does seem to have a time limit in the car seat, which has made for some spectacularly loud road trips.) I love to see him interacting with our family and friends, which he usually does pretty well. Every once in a while he’ll get a little shy with a new face but warms up soon enough.

Henry 6 Months

Six month old Henry is all about eating veggies and rice cereal — I’m afraid he inherited his parents’ love of eating. Best of luck with that, kid. He topples over less and less while he’s sitting up, and has pretty much mastered the high chair. He’s a bit of a daredevil — you can toss him around and swing him and roll him upside down and he’s totally game. Just a few days ago he learned to wave, so we finally have a trick he can do almost on cue. Also, sometimes when I’m holding him and patting his back, he starts to pat me too. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Happy six months, tiny! xoxo

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Henry 5 Months

Henry // Five Months

Holy crapola, we have a five month old kid. I hate to sound like a broken record but I have no idea how he’s this old already. Another broken record…

Henry 5 Months

Henry 5 Months

Holy crapola, we have a five month old kid. I hate to sound like a broken record but I have no idea how he’s this old already. Another broken record track: every single day is more awesome than the day before.

Five month old Henry is a happy dude. He has a big gummy smile and laughs when you tickle his armpits. He’s obsessed with staring at trees and ceiling fans. Loves reading books and helping turn the pages. Stops in the middle of nursing to look up at me, touch my face, and sigh a lazy sigh. And then my heart explodes.

Five month old Henry doesn’t seem to be scared of much or dislike too many things. He’s an observer. You can watch him watch something and learn about it. When we are out and about, he’ll hardly look you in the face because he’s so interested in looking around at the world. His mom and dad approve.

Happy 5 months, tiny dude! xoxo
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Henry 5 Months
Henry Four Months

Henry // Four Months

  This babychild is four months old and that is bonkers! Every couple of weeks I feel like, “This is it, this age is perfect and so fun and it…

 

Henry Four Months

Henry Four Months

This babychild is four months old and that is bonkers! Every couple of weeks I feel like, “This is it, this age is perfect and so fun and it couldn’t get any more adorable,” and then boom it gets even better. Four months is so fun. And here’s why.

The laughing! We can pretty much get little dude to give us shrieking laughs with one of a few tried and true methods. He loves getting kissed and he loves zrbtts (Cosby Show, anyone? I zrbtt you.) on his tummy. He also loves getting tossed around, much to his father’s glee.

Also, the sleeping. Ah beautiful sleep. I hope the baby gods don’t strike me down for saying this and punish me with a thousand sleepless nights, but little dude is still sleeping through the night like a champ. He wakes up around 7:15 and talks to himself in his crib for about 15 minutes (just enough time for me to get back from the gym, and get showered & ready) and is all smiles when I go in to get him up. Naps are also getting better — three pretty solid naps a day, which are becoming more and more an actual reliable schedule. And that is rad.

Speaking of talking to himself, his little voice just slays me. I remember the first time I heard his voice when it wasn’t a cry — just a little sigh of contentment. I can still hear it in my head, even though he was probably just a month old. Those sighs have become gurgles, babbles, shrieks, coos, giggles, and everything in between. I just love listening to him talk and I like to imagine what his inner monoloque must be. Probably something about how weird his parents are.

Obviously there are challenging moments too, but right now I feel like we’re in a sweet spot. He’s happy, we’re happy, there’s a routine, we’re all jiving. I’m sure next month I’ll be tearing my hair out about something new. We’ll deal with that next month, though. Right now, I’m just excited to get up every day and get to spend time with this little four month old. xoxo

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Henry // Three Months

Okay, this is fun. I feel like now that little dude has hit the three month mark, he’s turning into a little person. And it’s so fun! Seriously, he has…

3 month old baby

Okay, this is fun. I feel like now that little dude has hit the three month mark, he’s turning into a little person. And it’s so fun! Seriously, he has opinions and preferences and things that are guaranteed to make him laugh and things that are guaranteed to royally tick him off. It’s so incredible to watch and see how every day something is a little different or he has a new skill. Blows my mind.

Three month old Henry loves to sit in his little bouncy chair with the activity attachment thingy. There’s a little plastic frog on the attachment — it’s tiny and totally inconsequential, but Henry and this frog have long, deep conversations about life. Apparently the frog is hilarious because Henry will just stare at it for a moment and then laugh and smile like the frog is doing some amazing standup routine. Henry and frog. A coupla pals.

Three month old Henry also loves to be sitting, standing, and held upright. (Actually since the day we brought him home from the hospital, he didn’t like being cradled like a baby.) He wakes up with a smile (most days) and is really really trying to roll over and scoot around. Oh, he wants it so bad. Just can’t quite figure it out yet.

Three month old Henry smiles lots and really loves weird noises that you make with your mouth. And getting kissed. His pointer and middle fingers on his left hand are almost always in his mouth. He sleeps through the night but naps are sometimes spotty. We’re working on it. He loves his older cousins and lets them smack him around without any complaints. They’re adorable together.

Three month old Henry is totally going bald, after having been born with a full head of hair. But the baldest part of his head is the very top, which results in him looking like a very tiny old man. Or Winston Churchill if his double chins are particularly pronounced that day. He’s also developing some magnificent chubby cheeks, much to his mother’s delight. Those are kissin’ cheeks if I’ve ever seen ’em.

And that, friends, is what’s going on for little dude. He’s growing so fast I can only imagine what next month’s update will include. He’ll probably be reading the dictionary and getting his drivers license. Sheesh. xoxo

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Henry // Two Months

Our baby guy hit the two month mark a few days ago! That’s bizarre — I’m pretty sure it was just the other day that we brought him home from…

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Our baby guy hit the two month mark a few days ago! That’s bizarre — I’m pretty sure it was just the other day that we brought him home from the hospital and were walking him back and forth across the floor all night to get him to stop crying. Sometimes I look at him and wish for time to slow down already. And we just barely got this party started!

Anyway, here’s what two month old Hank is like. He loves to eat. He sometimes likes to sleep. Naps are iffy and nighttimes are pretty good (knock on all the wood). That little sheep is his sleepy companion — it makes white noise, which helps him snooze. He loves when you tap his nose with your finger and go “Boop boop boop!” But who doesn’t like that. He’s a major fan of staring at the colored balls over his mamaRoo swing. Like, he kind of trips on them. Sometimes I take them away because I’m afraid it’s hurting his brain he loves them so much. He’s all about having smiley staring contests with dad. And dance parties with mom. He’ll slime your shoulder if you don’t cover it with a cloth when you hold him. And his least favorite thing in the world is a wet diaper. The end.

Happy two months, tiny guy! xoxo

P.S. Henry at one month!

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