To be honest, it started with Grandma. Henry was playing with all of her kitchen items, including the mesh strainer. Grandma put it on his head and his reaction was pretty funny to the rest of us. Somewhere between embarrassed and amused.
So, when Grandpa came home we told him about it and he wanted in on the fun too, we got out the camera this time.
This is the face he made pretty much the entire time he had the strainer on his head. Every other time he wears a "hat" he quickly tries to take it off. So weird that he kept this on, despite appearing that he wasn't exactly enjoying it.
In the middle of January we had a surprise... snow! Historically, I am not. a. fan. of snow. This year was different - I didn't mind it. Maybe even enjoyed it. Probably because I had nowhere to go anyway, so snow didn't make getting places impossible. Rob's school was cancelled for FOUR DAYS! So he got to be home and play with us. I guess that's probably why I didn't mind the snow!
Here are the images from our days in the snow (I am slightly bothered about the fact that all my pictures are different sizes with different editing effects. But I'm getting over it.). We avoided cabin fever by going on walks every day. Here's walk on day one.
Walk on day two.
Walk on day three. We mixed things up a bit here, as you can see.
During one of our walks (day two) we visited my sister, Alicia, who lives about a mile away. The quickest way there is through the woods. How perfect is that - walking through the snowy woods. Look how beautiful.
Alicia walked through the woods to meet us half-way.
Despite what the groundhog said, February started out with amazing weather! Mid-60s and sunny in this area is like summer! Really, it was amazing.
We spent a lot of time at Juanita Beach Park which is just a 15 minute walk away from our house. Henry really likes the swings. He has started to get too comfortable on them, though, and tries to turn around in them. Pushing him on the swings is a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Here we are, on the same day as the picture above, on a walk along the downtown Kirkland waterfront.
The next day was even more beautiful. We went to a beach park in downtown Kirkland. I didn't even wear a coat!!
Saturday was the next day, so Rob got to join in on the fun. We went to a park in Bothell. The weather was just as good, but because of all the deciduous trees, it definitely still looked like winter since all the leaves were gone. I even wore flip flops... but my feet were too cold. We had fun, though. We ate lunch (Henry sat in his booster seat on top of the table) - Henry just enjoyed watching all the birds that came close - and then we taught Henry how to climb steps at the park's amphitheater. He really is learning new tricks every day!
The sunny days are over for now. They were so so wonderful. I felt like I was on vacation - vacations we've taken to California or Florida where it is sunny while it's gross and rainy in Seattle. Those vacations are my favorite!
Nine months old. Nine is a big number. Every day our Henry seems both too big for our liking and still our little baby boy.
Here what Henry is up to as a nine month old (sorry... this got really long!):
Henry is our little mover.
He's busy busy busy
all day long. He scoots ("army crawls") all over the house. And, in
consequence, we stay busy busy busy keeping up with him. He has started
crawling a little (tonight I witnessed the longest crawl sequence as he
crossed his bedroom on his hands and knees), but obviously thinks it's
not fast enough to get something or somewhere, so he always ends up on
his belly to get from point A to point B. His newest feat is moving to a
sit position from his belly or from crawling. Henry's favorite
gross-motor activity is to pull himself up to everything in the house -
the ottoman, couch, washing machine, chairs, tv stand. everything. He's
just absolutely loves to pull himself up! He gets a determined look on
his face before ascending and once he's up he may spend a half a minute
there before carefully squatting back down just to do it over again.
Henry loves other kiddos.
has always loved to watch and play with other babies and older kids but
just a couple of weeks ago he visited the park and the play area at the
mall for the first time and really enjoyed it - the people watching
part, not the swinging or climbing part. He doesn't mind the swinging,
etc, but is just too busy watching the kids to even seem to notice he's
on a swing. His curiosity for other children, animals, lights and big
trucks is so fun to witness. His best buddy is his cousin Xander (13
months old) who he sees everyday on some weeks!
Henry sleeps through the night!
We recently helped Henry
end his one night feeding. The result of that was waking up at 6am every
single morning. Ugh. This is all really new as of the last couple of
weeks, but it's looking like he'll go back down to sleep another hour if
I nurse him at 6am. So - what we thought was the end of night feedings
is just a shift in time for the last feeding. And naps are getting
shorter... but I don't need to get into all that. Seriously, the
questions around his sleep never end! At least he continues to go down to sleep really easily. It's just the best ever to lay him in the crib at night and see how content he is there.
Henry has learned some tricks!
We taught Henry to wave and
give high fives. He came up with some other tricks on his own - like
shaking his head when we say, "Silly Boy" or leaning his head to the
side in a coy fashion when we say, "Sweet Baby." He also loves to play
peek-a-boo with us, with his Aunt Monica when we Skype her, or by
himself if he gets his hands on some clothes, a blanket or anything else
that he can use to cover his eyes then quickly pull away. So cute.
Henry is an eater.
there are days when he doesn't eat much. He got sick last month and
didn't eat much at all, and it wasn't until he was feeling better that
we figured out it was because he didn't feel well. Despite not having
any teeth yet, there isn't much he doesn't eat. He looks so grown up
picking up food from his highchair tray! His favorites, though, aren't
far from typical - applesauce and yogurt. We have a lot of people
surprised that he likes plain yogurt and our response is always, "he
doesn't know any different." He is often pretty crabby at dinner time,
not exactly sure why - tired? overly hungry? - and sometimes all he's happy eating at that time is the applesauce or yogurt.
Henry is sensitive but resilient.
With all the pulling
himself up, playing with big kids, and being so independent Henry has a
consistent collections of bumps, bruises and scrapes. He cries easily
and wants to be held but is quickly comforted then at it again! He has
experienced separation anxiety since six months old and it's getting
worse in some ways (recently screamed all the way to church because we
picked up some friends and they sat in the back with him) and better in
others (rarely cries when he sees family members!). We're pretty
much guaranteed he's going to cry even if we hand him off to someone at
church for a minute. We don't mind, though. He's our little sweetheart.
He just started giving us kisses - they seem genuine for the first time
(not just trying to nurse from my mouth, as I use to say!) and we just
can't get enough of those open-mouth affections!