Vote, Vote, Vote!!

Sunday, January 31, 2010
I finally caved and entered Henry in a Parenting magazine model contest. There are monthly prizes from shutterfly (yay--my favorite!) and a grand prize with Ford Models (not Ford as in Ford trucks, by the way). Anyway, click on the link and vote for Henry! Each computer can vote one time per day! Vote, vote, vote! I have two separate entries--vote for both! I also have links to this at the very bottom of the blog. Pass it on!!

Unfortunately you need to register to vote...use fake stuff to register!

vote for me here:

As promised, the 6 month photos---a photo explosion!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Also, I'll be updating on his doctor appointment later. For now, enjoy the photos. Pretty awesome for a little guy that was poked with a needle FIVE times today.

Alright. Back for the edit. As I said, they put a needle in my baby FIVE times today. After the first initial prick he shrieked, and then essentially lost his breath because he had his bright red cry face with his mouth wide open with no sound coming out until the last shot was given. He then let the nurse have it. I don't understand how pediatric nurses can do it.

He got the usual three boosters he's been getting as well as the regular flu shot and the H1N1 flu shot. I wasn't expecting that he would get the flu shots, so I was a little caught off guard, but the doctor strongly advised me to give him both. I don't believe in all the whooey-phooey of vaccines causing harm, but I have some uneasy-ness about the H1N1 because of the hastiness in which it came to the market. If something comes down out of this vaccine in years to come, I will seriously throw down. It better be safe.

Our chunky monkey is growing steadily and tipped the scales at just about 16 pounds today. That's only the 25th%tile, but the doctor seems to think he may be taking more after my genes when it comes to size right now. He was also just about 26 inches long (again 25th%tile), and again, likely taking after me for the moment it seems. I can't remember his head circumference, but that was at the 55%tile.

Henry can begin eating the "3rd Foods" Gerber food (has slightly more chunks in it), as well as the gerber puffs. She also said we could start cherrios, and soft/mashed/cut up stuff that we eat (such as pancakes, noodles, and yogurt). This sort of solid food terrifies me. I'm nervous that he may choke. We tried a few puffs tonight. He wasn't really into them, but had a few.

In other Henry news:

-he gets super excited when he sees mommy and daddy and flaps his arms all around while flashing a big smile.
-scoots himself around in a circle when on his tummy
-in the very beginning stages of lifting himself to his knees
-enjoys standing around some of his new toys
-sleeps through the night (we've been very good at this since coming home from christmas break)
-puts himself to sleep for the night and for naps
-learning how to use the sippy cup (though he can't quite figure out that he needs to suck on it)
-trying all kinds of new food (there hasn't been anything he's refused to eat--he loves it all!)
-jumping like crazy in his saucer, jumperoo thingy, and when he's standing in our laps
-getting more vocal--even imitating some crazy sounds
-in the process of getting his top two front teeth--should be breaking the skin any day now
-still loving the camera (did you see these pictures!?!)
-loves having books read to him (he once sat for an entire non-stop reading of the Lorax!)
-beginning to play the "I drop it and someone will pick it up for me so I can drop it again" game in the high chair
-sometimes after being super active when we're sitting down and holding him will just rest his head on our chests and snuggle (cutest thing in the world!)
-still making poop (did you read the post from earlier today!?!)
-still making boogers
-still melting our hearts every time he smiles.

we love him. enjoy the photos.

The polka dot blanket: second edition. Remember this? Vintage Henry. 

The Henry blocks also make a second appearance! Notice how he is so strategically showing us the "S" on his block that has multiple letters.

The Great Poop Explosion of 2010

It occurred last night, in our home. (Oh yeah...maybe don't read this if you are prone to queasiness when it comes to poopy stuff...especially if you just ate or are eating.)

Never in Henry's 6 months has poop exploded quite like this. He has a habit of pooping while in his high chair which has made for a few messy situations, but again, none like this.

I took off the tray of the high chair only to find a giant wet spot on Henry's leg (I couldn't quite immediately tell it was poop because he had dark jeans on.)

Upon taking off said jeans, I discovered he had poop out the side and TOP FRONT of his right leg.

Henry likes to kick around during diaper changing time. You can imagine the poop smearing that then ensued.

In an effort to try to (at the very least) keep him from getting his hands in it, poop was obviously all over the changing pad, both legs, both feet, in the crevices of his toes, on his precious Thomas the Train T-shirt (sported in the previous post), and my hands. I quickly realized that he did indeed get some on the top of his hand, so I quick used one of my fingers to wipe it off and then held his hands in place while I yelled for Ryan to come help so that he didn't eat poop (since the hands always go in the mouth).

Not realizing that I had poop on my finger, I itched my cheek. No further explanation needed there.

After some careful removal of all of his clothes and the use of at least 10 wipes, Henry was promptly put in the bath tub.

Oh yeah, and while I was cleaning him with the wipes, Mocha almost snagged the poop covered shirt. (and for those of you who are not facebook friends with Ryan---Mocha finally got her hands on a dirty diaper....and ate the poop).

I warned you. If you're gagging now, it's not my fault.

Happy 6 Months!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010
Henry is six months old today! One half-year! I can't believe it! He has his 6 month appointment tomorrow, and I have the day off so we'll be taking the monthly photos then (provided he's not a cranky pants after getting his shots!)

I promise many updates and the official 6 month posed photos tomorrow! For now, here he is this morning!

Henry visits the Minnesota Zoo!

Saturday, January 23, 2010
Ryan and Henry took me to the Minnesota Zoo as an additional birthday celebration. We didn't venture outside, but we saw some cool stuff inside including dolphins, monkeys, a boa constrictor, sloths, pink flamingos, fish and sharks! We also took a short ride on the monorail. Here are some pictures from our adventure!

Checking out the aquarium!

Getting ready to go on the trail! We would realize after finishing the trail that Henry lost both socks. We found one behind us, and as Ryan was leaving to go search for the other missing sock, a kind stranger approached me with a fresh pair of extra socks! How nice!!

I am too cute!

Checking out a venomous fish!

An interesting fish daddy took a picture of.

Pink flamingos!

Toucan Sam!?

Momma's Birthday!

Friday, January 22, 2010

I'm ready to party! It's 6am!

My mommy is a quarter of a century old! (I think that's pretty young though!) The day started with daddy making her blueberry pancakes. I fell asleep in my high chair while she ate them. I went to daycare and mommy and daddy went to work. When we got home, daddy was busy making mommy a birthday cake in the shape of a hippo. He made her enchiladas for her birthday dinner. Daddy and I are taking her somewhere tomorrow (Saturday) but we haven't told her where yet. If you scroll to the bottom of this post, you'll see pictures of me when I was hard at work making mommy a card at daycare. Happy Birthday to my mommy! I'm sure she'll update more later!

Too much partying already at 6:30am!

This is my present momma--a sleeping baby!

Ok, I'm awake! I don't want to miss the fun!

One of momma's new favorite photos!

I love mommy's necklace!

A new tradition! Daddy made mommy a hippo cake. We'll have to think of something clever for him in April!

Someone took a bite out of the hippo, and it wasn't me!

Big teeth!

Henry making momma a card at daycare!

Hard at work. It must be perfect for momma!

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