Jacob and Brita

Henry turned nine months today and was really excited to get his picture taken. There were lots of smiles and giggles has he continues to keep us on our toes. Perhaps it was the first full night of sleep he had last night that made him so happy.

Some of Henry’s favorite things to do include riding on the scooter that Grandpa gave him, riding on Mom and Dad’s shoulders around the house and rolling the ball back and forth. He has figured out how to toddle around while holding on to things like the little table in our living room. Henry also continues to find the only things in a room that he isn’t supposed to have and goes straight for them with a big grin on his face.

Henry is also making progress in the eating department and exploring new foods. He is able to feed himself little puffed cereal, rice crackers and avocado. He still likes his bottles the best but, he can sure make a bib messy in short order.

While we have all been trying keep our New Years resolutions, Henry has been picking up new skills as well. Today at daycare, he did a little painting and provided us his first piece of artwork for the fridge. 

Henry made Santa’s nice list this year and got to open a few presents on Christmas morning. While Santa didn’t bring him a lot, Henry was happy with everything.

Henry was most excited about the scooter that Jacob’s Dad brought him and even enjoyed some giggles while riding on it. He also was excited to inherit some of Jacob’s toys including the racecar that Jacob played with for many years. There were also a lot of other goodies including a package of randomly sized balls for him to play with and some fun books to read.

Henry will also be one of the best dressed kids at daycare with all of the new clothes he got. Mom and Dad are probably more excited about the clothes since Henry is growing out of all of his existing outfits.

Henry made it through the Christmas Eve festivities with no trouble today. Brita and Henry made the trip to Huxley to see the extended family while Jacob stayed home sick. After all of the fun, they returned just in time for Jacob’s father and sister to join them all for Christmas Eve services.

Henry endured the annual Christmas photo pretty well. While there weren’t a ton of smiles, there were no tears. Perhaps he is just apprehensive about Santa visiting him tonight.


Henry had a follow-up for to his surgery in Iowa City today. The doctor reports that everything is well and we don’t need to come back and see him which is great news.

While we are in Iowa City, we stopped by the mall to do some Christmas shopping. Henry was most excited to meet St. Nick though and he even smiled just long enough for us to snap a photo of the two of them. We can also report that there were no tears shed when we took the photo.

Henry had is eight month birthday today. He is growing so fast and is becoming ornery just like his father. Luckily he has made major strides in the sleeping department and is only up once or twice a night.

Henry’s favorite things include playing peek-a-boo with Dad, crawling everywhere and pulling himself up on the furniture to bounce and swinging in the swing grandpa gave him. He’s getting quite the appetite and enjoys his squash and sweet potatoes the most of all of the veggies he’s tried. He really enjoys chasing Mom around the living room and giggling the whole time.

Henry turned seven months today. He continues to grow and learn new things at an amazing rate.

Some of Henry’s favorite things to do include pulling himself up on the couch, play with the Zany Zoo and going for rides in the laundry basket. Amazingly Henry has also figured out how to toddle behind the laundry basket when we push it. It really is quite impressive that he has figured how walking works at just seven months.

We continue to experiment with foods. Squash seems to be a big hit but he doesn’t think he likes carrots all that much.

Henry had a wonderful Halloween dressing up as a teddy bear. We were anticipating much colder weather so he was a bit warm in the 7o degree heat. He enjoyed handing out candy to the neighborhood kids and while he didn’t have any of his own candy, he did share with Mom and Dad.

Henry has almost fully recovered from his surgery. Although he is a bit sore, he is certainly back to the old Henry.

We decided to give Henry a taste of real food and started him on some mashed up squash. He wasn’t so sure about it at the start, but warmed up to it and even enjoyed it. 

Henry also has learned to blow raspberries thanks to Grandpa Miles. Henry can’t get enough of it. When he isn’t doing that, he’s pulling up himself up on about anything he can find.

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