Jacob and Brita

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.

Sometimes the simple things are the highlight of the day.

Henry turned ten months today. It was an unseasonably warm February day here and so we got out the stroller and went for a walk.

Now that Henry is ten months, he is just on the verge of walking. He will toddle around holding on to our fingers. He is an expert crawler and cruises around the furniture without any problems. He is really enjoying all of the foods he has been trying. His favorites are still the sweet potatoes and squash but we’ve tried everything from pears and bananas to Cheerios.

Some of his other favorite things to do include signing for different things he wants. He can do “eat” and “milk” pretty consistently. He also can do “more” but that comes and goes with his mood. He also seems to like the color yellow since his favorite toys all seems to be that color.

Henry also had a nine month checkup last week. The doc gave him a clean bill of health. Henry then proceeded to get sick that afternoon. He is in the 61st percentile for height but only the tenth percentile for weight. Tall and skinny isn’t so bad we think.

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