Jacob and Brita

Henry turned four months old today. He is growing into his personality and is becoming really fun. He’s really getting good at holding his head up and looking around. He’s working really hard on learning to crawl and is starting to scoot around when he gets really ambitious.

Some of his favorite things to do include rolling over, smiling at Mom and Dad (or anyone that will smile back at him) and playing with some his toys. He also is a gigler when he is really happy.


Henry started day care this past week. He seemed to really enjoy it and meeting all of his new friends. In fact they must have run him pretty hard because he fell asleep before we even got out of the parking lot most of the days we picked him up.

We’ve been really happy with our daycare provider. They have an app that keeps us up to date all day long and they also post a few pictures when they can. One day, when we picked him up, they had him in the child buggy with some of the other kids and he was just giggling and smiling and having a really good time.

Unfortunately, Henry also ended up with an ear infection and was pretty miserable over the weekend. The doctor put him on some bubble gum flavored medicine. We’re not sure how much actually goes down but he seems to be on the mend.


We finally had to say goodbye to Jacob’s little blue car this weekend. It’s been quite a traumatic experience for him. Admittedly it wasn’t the best car for his lifestyle, but it sure worked really well.

We replaced little blue with a boring, white, non-descript Subaru Legacy. It doesn’t have all the features we wanted but it will carry Henry in the back seat. It is less sporty than what he had, but it should handle the Iowa winters much better than little blue.

The  whole car buying experience took so much time which reminds us why we try to buy cars as infrequently as possible. Hopefully this one will last as long as little blue.

We had a relatively low key week this past week. Everyone is in the swing of summer and enjoying the heat and thick Iowa humidity. The garden is even starting to produce some tomatoes.

Henry surprised us today with a new trick. Brita was all set to sleep in and Jacob was going to take the morning shift with Henry. After playing for a bit, Henry got settled in his play yard, then he proceeded to repeatedly roll over from his back to his tummy. Jacob let him do it a couple more times before waking Brita to come see the spectacle. Thinking this was just a happy Henry in the morning trick, we were surprised that he kept it up all day long. Rolling back over isn’t quite as consistent but he’ll get there soon no doubt.

We are pretty excited with the new trick but it looks like we are going to have to step up the baby proofing efforts.


We had our three year anniversary today. It’s been a really great three years and this past year marked a lot of life changes. We moved into a new house and we added to the family. Henry has really been a blessing and we can’t wait to see him grow up. Not to worry, we are still enjoying every minute with him now. Even at 2 a.m.

We marked the date with a trip out to Henry’s daycare to get acquainted with all of their procedures. As much as we’d like to spend all of our time with Henry, it will be really good for him to interact with kids his own age. It’s also crazy all of the little things that they do to keep parents up to date. We don’t think our parents had an app to keep them informed of what is going on at daycare.

It wasn’t all Henry today though. We went to have a nice dinner at the local Mexican restaurant. Henry tagged along and was really good the whole time. It was a great day for all of us.


Henry had his three month birthday today. We celebrated with some of Jacob’s friends that were in town and their two kiddos.

Henry continues to learn new things. He is discovering how to work his hands, scoot around on his back and grab his blanket. He has learned how to use his tongue to lick his blanket as well. We don’t think it tastes the best but Henry doesn’t mind. He continues to practice his talking.

His favorite thing is to look at Mom and Dad and give us smiles. We don’t mind.


We had a pretty busy weekend even though there wasn’t much going on. Jacob was planning on going camping this weekend but his plans feel through when we realized it was the balloon festival at the lake. Instead, Jacob made the trip to Clear Lake to watch the bike race. He even got a ride in around the lake.

While Jacob was out of town, Grandma and Grandpa came into town to see Henry. They made it up to the car show that was happening on the square and even enjoyed a nice lunch out while little man was sleeping. Henry enjoyed their visit and rewarded them with smiles.

Henry is also working on tummy time. He seems to be doing a good job of holding his head up and looking around. We think he may even enjoy it, or it could be the quilt our friend Elisa made for him to play on.


We had a pretty low key Fourth of July weekend. Saturday, it was pretty rainy and dreary so we just hung around the house and took care of some chores.

Sunday it was a bit nicer and we had a few things to do in Des Moines so we ran up with Henry and took care of that stuff. The highlight was a picnic in the park at Gray’s lake. Henry wasn’t quite up for doing a the full 1.9 mile loop, but we did enjoy the bridge and the baby ducks.

For the Fourth, we had to be sure to hit up the Pella parade. Henry wasn’t the most impressed with the parade but, he did enjoy most of it without being too fussy. He even took a few minutes to snag a flag and give it wave or two.


Henry had his two month checkup and the doctor reports everything is normal. He is still in the 70th percentile for height and we’ve found that he is outgrowing a lot of his clothes lengthwise. He tipped the scales at 11 pounds, 12.5 ounces which is only in the 32nd percentile so he has room to grow out but it was a big improvement since his last checkup.

He was also the lucky recipient of some vaccination shots. After letting a good yelp out, he was good to go. So far he has handled it pretty well although he is more irritable than normal. The saving grace was that he gave us seven hours and 22 minutes of sleep to get us ready for his fussiness.


Jacob’s father and sister came to visit this past weekend. Sarah was initially planning to attend camp but those plans fell through and she came along and enjoyed a bit of time with Henry.

It wasn’t all Henry this weekend; we put everyone to work. Jacob and his dad got some work done in the yard and in the garden. After that was done, they spent some time in the garage getting things organized and hung up on the walls. It’s seems as though it is easier to level things when there are two people instead of one.

Sarah also enjoyed some time with Henry between her naps. I think they both enjoyed each other quite a bit.

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