Friday, March 9, 2012

Henry: (almost) 16 months

Picnik collage

It feels weird to even type that out- almost 16 months. Slow down time, will ya? Recently I went through this phase where I was so depressed that our little boy was growing up so quickly. I looked through old photos and videos endlessly, trying to remember what it felt like to have his tiny body curled on my chest, what it sounded like as he made those little sleep noises while drifting off to sleep, what it looked like to see tiny baby Henry and his Dad snuggled up on the couch. That nostalgic feeling lasted a day or two, but then it gave way to this overall feeling of happiness that he is indeed growing up, and how wonderful that really is, of course. I think all Moms deal with this, and I've probably dedicated one too many posts to discussing it again and again (and again!), but for good reason- for me it's emotionally one of the hardest things about being a parent. There's this reluctance to let go of the previous stage but at the same time there's the biggest excitement and fascination with the present and future...and I'm sure so many Moms can relate to that.

So now almost 16-month old Henry is walking and talking and is ALL over the place. Seriously. This boy does not leave anything unturned, unopened, unexplored. Which is pretty awesome but of course pretty exhausting for me too, as the main chaser. I can't complain though because I really really love how inquisitive he is, and I'll chase that boy all day if it means he gets to keep figuring things out and learning. He speaks constantly, even though we can't always make out what he is saying. Right now he can say ball, mama, da (short for dada, I guess), up, fan, and some other things he repeats but I have no idea what the meaning is. Henry also says "what's that?" all the time and Hank and I are positive "that's cool" is a regular phrase too...although "das coo" is more what it sounds like. He's the biggest love bug and is always smiling- he's really goofy and silly most of the time. He does lots of funny things- one notable thing is he will grab his blanket and lay down if we say "Henry, time for night-night." It kills me every time. He gives so many hugs and kisses, and he seems to understand most everything we say to him. In short, it's SO much fun and this age is just the best. He's a ham, a wild man, and a cuddle monster all rolled into one.

At the same time, we have one stubborn and headstrong guy on our hands. Tantrums have definitely started. He can go from happy baby to pissed off baby within two seconds, so I've been trying to work with him on that. The main source of his frustration are usually one of two things: if I take something away from him or if I don't allow him into a place he wants to go (like the pantry).  His meltdowns aren't very frequent, but when they happen I try not to react to his outburst, but still let him know I'm there for him. It's tough. I feel like he gets obsessed with things- a water bottle, or a noise maker at music class this morning- and needs to have it. If I take it away he won't calm down until he finds it again, or finds something else to distract himself. Another thing he's been doing lately is "testing" me.  He'll go up to the television, put his hand on it (not allowed), then look back at me for a reaction. I say no, he moves on, but he'll go do something else he knows he isn't allowed to do, like open our bedroom door.  He'll walk around the house doing this. Sometimes it's SO hard not to laugh because he has this huge goofy smile on his face, but I try and remain serious, as tough as it is!

Overall though, we have a very sweet, loving little 15 (almost 16) month old. I love this little guy more every day, and it's only getting more fun as he becomes more and more communicative.  He says a few words now, and I am so excited for the day he says full sentences. I can't even imagine him saying "Mom! I'm hungry! Where's the food?" but I know it will be here before we know it.

Henry's 15 month stats from last month: 23 lbs, 5 oz and 31.5 inches tall. Awesome. I love you Henry!

19 comments:

  1. I can totally imagine you "trying not to laugh" at him "testing" you. Hahhahah!
    I looove babies/kids and can't wait to have my own, so these posts are always pretty neat.
    Thanks for letting us be a part of this.

    It sounds like you've got a pretty awesome little dude in your hands. Congratulations and best wishes! :)

    Duda

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    1. Sounds exactly like my little guy! This testing phase is super tough on mommy patience, but like you said, it's also really hard not to laugh! Oh, motherhood...

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  2. It truly is scary how fast times seems to fly by. I go through those moments for sure, just yesterday I sat there looking at newborn pictures of my baby girl (who is only 5 months now) and started shedding tears. It's beautiful, scary, & fun all wrapped up.

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  3. What a sweet baby boy. Love this, sweet momma.

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  4. Where are you going to music class? I signed up my eight-month-old for the Desert Mountain Music class that is scheduled to start at the end of March but so far haven't met anyone that has tried it.

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    1. Hi Kat!
      Henry and I have been going to a Kindermusik class! Are you local?

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    2. We are. I didn't think there was a Kindermusik class here. I've been really struggling to find classes or playgroups. Do you have any recommendations?

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    3. Hi again Kat! :)
      Yes- email me and we can chat!
      <3

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  5. What a fun age! I love the photo of Hank and Henry and the spider man pjs. Too cute.

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  6. I'm with you. It's hard but so great! Gwyneth is nearly walking and she's talking up a storm. Every day it gets better and better (which seems impossible since it started out so great in the first place). Happy 1.5 Mr H.

    Kacie

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  7. Aww, this is so fun. My niece is 2 now, and I can see her testing my sister (and me, when I see her)! Once she was angry with me so she looked right at me and smacked our dog in the face! So funny how they turn into beings with their own thoughts and feelings so quickly!

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  8. Such a handsome little man!! I can't relate since I don't have kids but I do have a 9 month old lab puppy that when I look at photos of him at 6 weeks I wonder where time went and how so fast!!! He also tests us with grabbing items off the counter that he isn't supposed to have. Completely different than a baby but I can understand what you mean! Enjoy those little moments. He seems really special. :)

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  9. I just wrote a blog post about the same topic. Only my son is a whopping 2 now! The tantrums can be stressful especially in public. But I've learned he can switch back to angelic child quickly so sometimes I just have to wait a couple looooong minutes. The talking is awesome!! Baz's first word was ball. My favorite infant memories were while nursing. The little kicks and stretches of his legs while getting milk drunk. Feels like a million years ago!!

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  10. So funny, my daughter (3yrsold) gets in zones where she wants to talk SO much that I have to hand her the phone so she can talk to her Aunts, Grannie, Cousins, etc... She'll talk my ear off all day and I Won't get anything done. lol. She actually did that to me yesterday. Today I told her to clean her room and just for a reaction she came all the way down the stairs with the smallest sticker on her finger and asked me where she should put it it.. and where the trash was. Oh children! How they love to test!

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  11. That's so sweet. And I can totally relate to everything you are saying! My daughter is also almost 16 months old, and she has recently started saying "NO" very dramatically. It takes a lot of effort not to laugh at this because darn it, she's so cute!!!

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  12. kindermusik is the best! i did it with all my children and my middle guy loves music so much he's starting guitar and piano soon. one day that may be little henry!

    i guess i didn't realize that henry and jess are so close in age. jess just turned 17 months. this is such a good stage...although i say that at every stage ;)

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  13. that can't be the prescott trader joes, right? we went yesterday for the grand opening and it was CRAZY! mateo pushed the tiny cart and ran into almost everyone...

    congrats on almost 16 months!

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    1. No! It was from last weekend down in Phx. :) We haven't ventured to ours yet!

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