Monday, December 21, 2015

Henry's 11 Months Old

Watching Henry's personality develop has been such a cool thing. He is going to be our "funny" kid. There's one in every family. The one that is outgoing and always telling jokes. That's going to be our Henry. He's always happy to make someone else happy.

He's also such a sweet snuggler. He will just melt into your shoulder and make you never want to let go. Sigh, I know it won't last forever, but I hope his snuggliness is something that is a part of him always.

Also this month, "Henry, you are such a mess!" He probably hears that from me several times a day. He is into EVERYTHING! I don't ever remember Emerson being likes this. I mean, I turn my back for two seconds and I find him in the toilet with toilet paper everywhere. He cannot be trusted. He's also unwrapped a few presents now and eaten several pine needles. And I thought having a Christmas tree this year would be hard because of my toddler, ha, nope. Henry is the ornery one.

Speaking of Christmas tree, this was Henry's first year to pick one out and "help" decorate. It was also his first Thanksgiving. So fun watching these firsts.

Here is what's new this month:

Eating: Henry is a small fry, but he is an eating machine! Loves to eat most everything. A definite dislike would be green beans.

Being a second child has its downsides, but it has its upsides as well! He's been introduced to cookies and milk shakes already (just a few bites). Oh boy, he is going to have a sweet tooth like his momma and brother. If this had been Emerson, I would have killed over dead if he had sugar before his first birthday, ha. Like I said, there are upsides, Henry. Remember that.

Henry is now consistently nursing four times a day, with three meals. He is still biting me! So glad (and kind of sad) that our breastfeeding journey is coming to an end soon. And so proud that we made it this far. 

"This pose is new, mom."

Activity: He is getting more coordinated in pulling up and crawling so therefore we don't have as many bumps. He loves to pull up on everything, even when there is nothing to hang on to, like the wall. He has attempted to just stand up all alone, but has yet to master it.

"We meet again, sticker."

Sleeping: We are back on a really good sleep schedule. Goes to bed anytime between 7-8 p.m. and wakes very consistently around 7 a.m. Sometimes he will sleep in as late as 7:30 (yay!). An even greater sleep accomplishment this month has been Henry waking up happy. He used to always wake up in the morning with tears, now he wakes up happy and can just play with his toes until I come get him. It's blissful.

Doctor Visit Stats:

*No doctors visit this month

Baby yoga pose?

Likes, Dislikes and Other Milestones:
  • Saw Santa Clause for the first time.
  • Does not like Santa Clause.
  • Cutting a new tooth, we are now up to four.
  • Drinks from a straw and loves to have a cup with meals.
  • Loves to high five daddy. Momma, not so much. 
  • Loves to be chased around the house.
  • Started playing peek-a-boo by himself.
  • Loves to pull books off of shelves. 
  • Shake his head no. 
  • Has the sweetest curls behind his ears and on the back of his head. I'm not afraid to have him rock a curly mullet for a while. I don't want those curls to ever leave!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

O Christmas Tree, 2015

It's that time of year! Time for my favorite Christmas tradition, picking out our Christmas tree. This year was extra special because it was Henry's first time to "help" pick a tree.

The hunt begins.

 The winner!

Emerson was just happy to run around.

"I'm freeeee!"

Traditional Jesse's-bringing-in-the-tree photo.

 And now I get to enjoy the wonderful fresh pine smell...and dig pine needles out of Henry's mouth : )

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Our Family Thanksgiving, 2015

Leaves, matching shirts, beautiful weather, LOTS of wonderful food, and family...yep, that sums our family Thanksgiving. 

We had lots of fun traveling to Nashville to spend Thanksgiving with Jesse's family. 
The boys did great on the car ride, had fun playing with their cousins (first, second, once removed...whatever), and slept like champs despite all the chaos. All around great trip! 

Our best attempt at a family photo.

So much fun in the leaves!

Henry's first Thanksgiving!
"Grrr, I'm going to crush these leaves"

Brother photos may be my new favorite thing. They are so awkward and so sweet.

Going in for a kiss! 

Play time at the park with the adults and kids.

All those cousins (first, second, once removed...whatever).

The second day we went to Jesse's grandparents farm and spent the day with family. Emerson had the time of his life riding on the back of a pick up truck through the pasture and climbing up into BIG tractors. Wish I would have taken more of this day, but somehow only found ONE picture (which I stole from my MILs Facebook page. Thanks, Kim).

Emerson was in heaven riding on the back of the truck. He was especially tickled when he saw a cow poop. *sorry for the gross image

So many blessings this Thanksgiving. Hope you all were able to count yours.

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