Jacob and Brita

Despite a case of hand foot and mouth, Henry turned 14 months today. Surprisingly he was up for a photo even though he can’t join his friends at daycare.

Henry has all sorts of new tricks these days. He loves to mow the driveway with his toy lawnmower. He discovered a secret love for bratwursts and hardly a meal goes by with out him demanding some tomatoes. His walking is becoming inscreasingly stable so much to so that he is trying to run when he feels like it.

Speaking of walking, he has figured out that when we put our shoes on it typically means we are going somewhere. He sometimes encourages us by giving us our shoes.

Henry graduated to the toddler room in daycare this month and the transition has been pretty smooth. They are so much more active than in the infant room and he comes home pretty tired.

Some of his favorite things to do include riding scooters, playing outside on the slide and swinging. One fancy new trick is that he has figured out how to wave to everyone when he comes and goes. He liked it so much that he did it when we went up for communion at church.

Tulip Time is in the books and Henry took in all the sights and sounds. We did withhold the Dutch treats from him though until he gets a little older and can truly enjoy things like poffertjes and Dutch tacos.

We enjoyed part of one of the parades. Little does Henry know but the parade will be identical next year. The great weather meant huge crowds so it was a chore to move around with the stroller in tow. All that said, Henry took it all in stride and even managed to let us a snap a few photos.

Henry had his first haircut today. It wasn’t getting too ridiculously long but it was starting to curl in the back. In typical Henry fashion, he was very skeptical of the whole process but was surprisingly well behaved during the whole ordeal. He didn’t opt for the mohawk but he does look less like a baby and more like a little boy.

We enjoyed a wonderful Easter with family today. Both sides of the family made it to Pella to celebrate with us. We had a nice spring day and even some of the tulips thought it was worth coming out too.

Henry was a bit overwhelmed with all of the people that were visiting but he eventually warmed up to everyone and had a great day of fun, food and family. He even enjoyed hunting for Easter eggs out on the lawn.

Henry had his first birthday today. He enjoyed a small birthday party with some great family friends as a warm-up to the Easter weekend. One of the highlights of the day was having his first taste of birthday cake. In proper Henry fashion, he was skeptical and cautious at first but then dove right in. We aren’t sure how much of the cake he actually ate but he sure did make a mess.

Henry turned one today. Just this week he has switched from crawling to walking as his preferred method of transport. Although we’ve found that for some reason he isn’t so sure about walking in the grass and goes out of his way to avoid it.

Henry’s favorite things to do include playing under the kitchen table and the chairs at the island in the kitchen. He has become quite the eater. Some of his favorite foods include asparagus, strawberries and pickles.

Sometimes you just need a good sleep. Henry hasn’t been the biggest fan of naps, or sleeping in general, but he surprises us every once in a while a falls asleep when we aren’t expecting. We thought it was a pretty good time to take a photo of him.

Spring starts tomorrow and the weather is turning warmer every day.

Since it has been nice, we decided to take Henry to West Market Park a few blocks from our house to try out the swings. Henry loves swinging in the basement but it isn’t quite the same as swinging in the fresh air. He was all giggles once he got going though and really enjoyed himself.

Henry was ambivalent about the slide which was kind of a disappointment. Unfortunately he isn’t quite big enough to enjoy everything at the park. His time will come though.

Henry turned eleven months today and enjoyed the switch to daylight savings time by sleeping in until 7 a.m. instead of the usual 6 a.m. wake up.

Henry continues to get a personality. He knows what he wants and will let you know if he isn’t getting it or you are taking it away. He has also learned to stand on his own, although it isn’t for long periods of time it is long enough for us to be pretty excited.

Some of Henry’s favorite things to do include rocking in his rocking chair, walking with his push cart and crawling around to find Dad. He really like bananas, Cheerios and pickles. He’s not such a fan of applesauce for some reason. He also likes to play the “shark game” where we make the Jaws sound and he giggles uncontrollably.

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