To infinity and beyond!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Buzz Lightyear plays t-ball.

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Buzz Lightyear doesn't like when he doesn't get his way.

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Someone was happier being a cowboy. 

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The picture on the left makes me laugh out loud every time I look at it.

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Hard at work getting into something. 

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Give Hershey a kissie!

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
This blog has taken a hit lately due to the extreme business in my professional photography world. I took some time to prepare these gems for you that my dear old husband captured.

Oh yeah. The big news around here is:

1. Henry is no longer using a bottle. Yay for being a big boy!
2. He is attempting to say I love you after I say it to him. I think he says "Ah-oo"...while gesturing his hand toward me and smiling. Melts.my.heart.

And look! I figured out something different for vertical photos. Less scrolling required. Enjoy.

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Finally, people.

Friday, August 20, 2010
I've been waiting nearly 3 LONG months. Remember the end of this post?

Hmmm...who's that?

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Here's a different one...

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And a THIRD one?? This, much more clear than the first two.

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If you aren't a fan you won't fully appreciate the awesomeness of this. And, if you're from Minnesota and you AREN'T a fan...shame on you!

Some different, more revealing, angles...

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This my friends, joins the very small list of (material) prized possessions I now call my own.

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These men are pretty much the trifecta of Twins baseball. And their autographs (ALL THREE OF THEM) sit on a photograph that I took of MY baby. This is pure awesomeness. To get something like this (with all three autographs) would literally take hours upon hours, upon hours, upon hours, at multiple events. You can never get all three of these guys at one autograph event. Just to get one of them (especially one of the M & M boys) requires AT LEAST 6-8 hours waiting in line...for one of them!

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It will soon be framed and hung down in our bar. It's awesome, I love it, and can't wait to give it to Henry someday, a long time from now. With Mauer's contract extending until Henry's 9th year, hopefully Mauer will be to Henry as Kirby Puckett was to me growing up and this will be something he cherishes in adulthood.

I know you've been on the seat of your pants for 3 months. Too bad I had already let the cat out of the bag and told half of you readers. 

"Oh-o!"

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
If you saw one of my facebook updates today, you would have seen that not only has Henry mastered saying "Oh-o" (which is still sometimes "Oh-o-oh-o"), he decided to clean up the floor today for me. After his nap he walked around the house finding fuzz and dust on our dirty floor (yeah, I'll admit it) and brought it to me saying "oh-o". Thank you Henry, for the reminder that I haven't cleaned the floor yet this week.

Cleaning up the floor and being a good helper is definitely not the only thing this boy can do. I realized that after the fury of photos that was the 1 Year Photo Shoot Part 1, 2, 3 & 4, I failed to update you all on what this boy is doing these days.

His communication skills continue to expand daily. Since the last update of what he says (I'm not going to go back and write it ALL out again), he has said/or says on a regular basis nana, bye-bye, turtle, oh-o, bumpa, ba still for "bat" and "ball", a faint "p" or "b" sound for his private parts (we say pee-pee), pa-per for diaper, nihl for milk (yeah, some of it doesn't quite make sense), duck, mmm-ma for grandma, waa for water, juice, shoe, ha for hat, mmmah for more (or something like that) and I swear he said puppy today. None of it is really clear as a bell yet (except for Joe-Joe for Joe Mauer) as he seems to mostly be dropping off the ending sounds, but I don't think it has to be yet at this age. I'll check with my speech peeps next week when I go back to work.

He's become a little lazy with his "more" sign, but at least still utters his vocal approximation for more (which is what it should be, I guess), but also signs water, eat, milk, all done, please and poop. I've been trying to put two signs together lately such as "more please" and "all done poopy". Oh, he also came up with his own sign for "brush teeth". He puts one finger in his mouth and pretends to brush. It's too cute. Today when we were looking at a book that had a picture of a comb (that likely looked like a toothbrush to him), he started doing his "brush teeth" sign and pointed at the picture.

He's beginning to ask for things on his own with zero prompting. In the morning if he wakes up too early we bring him into bed to snuggle for a little bit. Just about every morning for a week now he has sat up, looked at me and signed milk. Amazing.

He understands an obnoxious amount as of late. He understands questions that begin with "where", as he will consistently look for the requested item. He's also just mastered a little direction/simple command following at meal times. He was really struggling to not (*read having fun*) throw his cup on the floor after. every. sip. After a couple days he would gesture it towards me after I said "Give it to mommy please." And today and yesterday he was just giving it to me after every sip without my verbal prompting. Yay! He will also follow commands such as give me/bring me the...*insert desired object*.
Depending on his mood, if I get a diaper out and give it to him and ask him to come to the couch to get a new diaper on, he will.

When I say "Does Henry want to eat?" he will walk to his high chair and gesture up with his arms to get in.

He points to a variety of pictures in books such as puppy, duck, cow, hat, ball, etc.

He's mastered stacking the mega blocks together (and mastered getting up on the mega block table--so those table legs had to come down).

Socially he is a ham. He loves to make people laugh, loves imitating nearly every thing we do, plays with the puppies (even if it's a little rough right now), gives an insane amount of kisses (both when we ask, and when we don't!), will easily chuckle at just about anything, waves bye-bye, snuggles and gives hugs, etc. etc. He just started this new thing this week where after a nap, he snuggles with me in the chair for anywhere from 15-30 minutes. It's the best part of my day. He shares with us and the puppies all the time. He gives us toys all the time and tries to give the puppies their toys. He also recognizes the differences between his toys and puppy toys as he rarely tries to give the puppies one of HIS toys. 

Motor wise he is still learning how to run. He RARELY crawls. He can hit a ball off of a t. Did you see that video?? Maybe you did, but no one commented...so how do I know?

Meal times are going a bit better since the doctor clued me in that one good meal a day is basically "good enough". Lately, Henry loves pizza, frozen waffles, grilled cheese, and grapes.

He is 100% on whole milk (we made the switch over a two week period and decided to be done when the last can of formula ran out). He loves it. He drinks it straight out of the fridge.

And, the biggest thing on the feeding/meal front? We are down to having only ONE bottle a day. He takes his lunch time milk in a cup with his lunch and his "bedtime bottle" has also been transitioned to a cup with his dinner. Sometimes he does really well and drinks a good 5-6 ounces with his meals, and other times he drinks an ounce or two. I think I'll see how he does next week by replacing the morning bottle. My goal was to have him off the bottle completely by the time he goes back to daycare (I don't know why---but why not? He drinks out of the sippy so well--which is just a glorified bottle anyway).

He goes back to daycare on the 30th. I go back to work on the 30th.

Speaking of grilled cheese earlier. Henry ordered his first "meal" at a restaurant...grilled cheese at Culvers. Sure, not the healthiest, but this kid gets his fill of yogurt, fruit, cheese and protein. A little grilled cheese isn't going to hurt him.

Grandma teaching him how to wipe his face.

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Henry and Harrison

Monday, August 16, 2010
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We borrowed the super cute hat from Amanda!

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Even I don't know how I got Henry to keep it on for the number of pictures I did.

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The best one!

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Two cute and bald babies!

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The expressions are too cute in the next few photos. 

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Hey dude! Stop touching me!

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The Dream

Thursday, August 12, 2010
You must first watch this quick Twins commercial "The Dream". Take note of the 3 year old Joe Mauer at the VERY end of the 30 second clip.



Then, watch my baby. Excuse my greasy, unwashed hair and shrieking squeals of delight. 3 year old Joe Mauer has nothing on my 1 year old.


Henry's first hit!! from Jenna Sefkow on Vimeo.

Yes, I clearly hit the ball for him the first time...but not the two times after that. 

And did you notice? Some ball players kiss their bats before they hit (a la former Twin, Carlos Gomez)...Henry, however, needed a kiss from mommy first. 

Here it is on youtube.com too. Let's make it viral! Lol. 

Some lame guy got on the Early Show today because he let his girlfriend get his by a foul ball. Surely Henry is more awesome than that.

Mini Blizzard!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
They are the perfect size for a momma and her toddler to share. Yum! How I will miss sharing little things like this during the day when I go back to work in a few weeks that is all just too soon. These photos are part of a super special project, so unfortunately, you only get to see a few of the set.

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Oh, those eyelashes...and the chocolate mustache.

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4th and Final 1 Year Photo Shoot

Friday, August 6, 2010
Remember Henry at 6 days old?

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And at 6 months old?

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And finally, at 1 year old.

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