Jacob and Brita

Henry turned six months old today! He is growing so fast and learning so much everyday.

Some of his favorite things right now are army crawling everywhere he wants to go, swinging in his swing, chasing toys and clapping with mom and dad. He is starting to learn how to sit up and is babbling when he is in the mood. We’ve even caught him trying to pull himself up when the situation arises. He is such a happy baby.

We are looking forward to starting some solid foods and hopefully some longer stretches of sleep at night.

Henry in Cedar Rapids

Brita had a conference in Cedar Rapids this past weekend so we made the trek up to see her family and run some other errands. Jacob met a former co-worker for lunch and also had a chance to make it to Anamosa to see the motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum.

Henry seemed to enjoy the trip since he got some new toys and a chance to play with Grandma and Grandpa. He continues to be exploring everything he can and is becoming pretty good at motoring around with his army crawl.

Henry Homecoming

It was homecoming at Central this past weekend. We got Henry all dressed up and ready to see all the sights on campus. Friday night he enjoyed the lemming race with a look of confusion only an infant can provide.  Saturday we took in the football game and enjoyed the great fall weather.


Henry turned five months old today. He continues to grow and develop a great personality. His giggles and laughs as he figures things are really fun to watch.

Henry has taken a liking to Krinkle Bear this past month with big smiles whenever he sees him. He continues to working on his crawling and is getting a pretty good scootch together. He also is working on his baby yoga with more downward dogs than anyone could possible handle.


Jacob hosted his bike race again this past weekend. He had over 300 race entries across two days of racing which is a record turn out for the race. Every year the race gets a little bigger and little more than one person can handle. Even with all of the teammates helping it is a full weekend with an exhausted family when the dust settles.

Henry joined in the fun for a couple of hours of both days to take in his first bike race. We don’t know how much he enjoyed the bicycling part, but he sure loved being out and about with all of the people.


We made a quick trip down to Kansas City for Labor Day with Henry. Saturday morning was pretty eventful starting off with an earthquake in Oklahoma that we could feel all the way in Pella. Neither of us can recall ever being able to feel an earthquake so it was a memorable experience.

Once we made it to Kansas City we enjoyed some time with Jacob’s family. The neighbors even let us borrow their swing for Henry to use. He sure did love that swing. He was all giggles when we put him in and while he was swinging.

Henry continues to grow. We took him to the doctor for a checkup last Friday and they are pleased with everything. He tipped the scales at 15 pounds and was 26 inches long. Basically he is tall and skinny at this point. He also got his immunizations and really didn’t get too upset about it. His biggest complaint was that we were holding him down. I guess that is a good thing.

It was Jacob’s birthday this weekend and we celebrated with dinner out as a family. Henry is at an age where he is still intrigued when we go into new places including restaurants.

Henry must have been excited about Dad’s birthday because he was all smiles this weekend.


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.

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