Speaking of growth, we finally did a little sleep-training just prior to Hannah's arrival and it worked wonders. He had been waking up and joining us in bed around 1am, and demanding milk every hour or so and something had to give, so I did Supernanny's technique and it worked like a charm on him. We are now getting into a bit of 18 month sleep regression, which his doctor warned us about, but he's still going down just fine at night and sleeping until at least 4 on the regular, so we'll take it.
We also had a much-needed visit from Gramma, Aunt Molly, and Cousin Annie in February. We didn't do much of anything but sit around and enjoy being in the same room for the first time since 2010.
What Henry's up to these days: RUNNING, stringing 3-4 syllables together when he's in a talky mood, playing with his kitchen (today Daddy taught him how to shake salt and pepper and he loves pouring coffee for everyone), trains, trucks, balls, talking to and covering his stuffed animals with blankets, climbing, slides, bubbles, coloring/drawing, reading reading and more reading, animals and animal sounds, newspapers and magazines, chasing and hugging and draping items on our pets, and mimicking most things we do (including Mommy biting her fingernails this morning - oops.)
Oh, and at his 18 month check up he measured at the 49.8th percentile in weight (woo!) and around 30th for height. He also displayed typical 18 month behavior by acting quite offended by the doctor trying to get anywhere near his body, but he handled his shots just fine and we all made it out alive.
I have heard people say it just keeps getting better with kids, but man, it's true with this one. I don't know if I had any preconception of what my favorite age would be, but so far on this ride it's consistently been his current age that I love the most. I really love now seeing glimpses of the boy he is becoming, and watching his little personality develop. He has such a great sense of humor, is so laid back in general, and he's so smart. He's still going through typical toddler phases, such as fear of loud noises and stranger danger, but overall he's completely adaptable and loving life. And so are we.
|Our Christmas card shot|
|Christmas morning wonder|
|Watching Daddy shovel the snow|
|Happy 24th birthday, Aunt Hannah!|
|Little Miss Annie|
|Specialty: Dimples and general cuteness|
|It's so haaaard, to say goodbyyyyeee, to yesterdayyeeeee|
|Love you, Aunt Hannah!|
|Baby's first tummy virus :-(|
|Workin' puzzles over the holidays|
|Hi! I am sudsy and cute!|
|Henry's annual Christmas ornament from school|
|Stud on sticks|
|He LOVED sitting on Santa's lap!|
|Baby group ugly sweater party|
|Helping Mommy get Aunt Hannah's room ready for her arrival|
|Box of cute (and mischief)|
|These two are going to be trouble someday|
|Dining out in Boulder (Aunt Hannah not pictured)|
|New funny face|
|Flashback - tiny guy!!|