Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mornings with Henry

A Tuesday morning to be exact. There are so many of these mornings that I just want to remember forever. All of the little details, all the way from that first "Mama! Dada!" from his crib, to breakfast at the little white table, to getting ready to go wherever the day will take us. I know these mornings will change sooner than we know, and this is both exciting and sad. Times goes on, and this is more and more apparent as the days and months and years begin to slip even quicker through my hands. And so I try to capture these details. All of them. I try and keep them safe in my mind, in photos; I want to just stop time right here, right now.

And this particular Tuesday morning was a good one. It wasn't anything special really. Hank and I woke up to Henry's sweet voice yelling for us across the house, smiling to ourselves because we could just hear the smile on his face. The first thing he said when I opened his bedroom door was "BIG DUCKS!' which is Henry-speak for "BIG TRUCKS!" I changed him and followed his big diaper booty down the hall as he bee-lined right for his toy of the moment- his big yellow dump truck.

The first thing Henry always does is say hello to his favorite toys. 'Hi Two-Two," he says to his big R2-D2 robot. "Hi Big Ducks," to his big trucks and cars. "Hi Pee-ano," to his piano. Then he'll make his way over to his easel and draw and draw and draw. Henry loves to create anything and his current happiness comes from drawing circles and announcing as he draws each one.

While he's playing I'll get breakfast ready. Lately meals are a bit of a struggle as my formerly adventurous eater is prone to fits of "No, no, no!" at the drop of a hat in regards to food. One day he'll love pancakes, the next they disgust him. Toast, cereal, oatmeal...you just never know. But fruit, oh can this boy put down some fruit! So our breakfast always includes fruit, but never first, because then he'll never eat what's on his plate. On this Tuesday morning I made the mistake of putting a few raspberries out first but luckily it was waffle day and he was into it. And everyday is hardboiled egg day. The kid's obsessed.

So we ate breakfast and played with Madeline for a bit, then got dressed for the day and headed to the library. Tuesday is Storytime at our public library, and the wonderful Mr. Steve is there to read to all of our town's under-2 crowd. He's amazing, animated, and the children love him. It's also a great time to catch up with mama friends as the kids run around, and on this particular day almost everyone from our group of friends was there.

I could write for days about our library and how many memories of my own childhood it brings back, but I'll leave it at this: to see Henry so ecstatic about books is pretty much one of the most amazing things about parenthood so far. It's awesome, and whenever we go to the library (at least once a week) my sappy self tears up a little thinking back to being a kiddo myself and having the best time surrounded by books and stories and those magical people called librarians.

So yes, this Tuesday was a good one. Nothing too out of the ordinary, nothing too special, but in our world, those kind of days are most often the best.

a Tuesday morning with Henry a Tuesday morning with Henry a Tuesday morning with Henry a Tuesday morning with Henry a Tuesday morning with Henry a Tuesday morning with Henry a Tuesday morning with Henry a Tuesday morning with Henry a Tuesday morning with Henry a Tuesday morning with Henry a Tuesday morning with Henry

27 comments:

  1. Oh, I want to spend my mornings with you puhlease!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh so sweet! I love how you describe your little guy and how he pronounces his words (also phrases like "big diaper booty"). :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. love it! never take the simple days for granted.

    ReplyDelete
  4. So sweet! Can't wait to have a cute kid myself, the "daily things" are the best.
    I love his yellow pants by the way.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh how nice. I can imagine myself wanting to document every little thing when I have kids and fill dozens of photo albums and journals, haha. And he looks so handsome, I love the yellow pants and the jeans shirt!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Seriously he is just adorable! love his little outfit, what a handsome little guy :)

    Zoe
    http://gypsiesister.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  7. I don't even really like kids, but hearing your stories about life with Henry always melt my cold, childless heart. At 24 years old, I still consider the library a magical place (I can take any book I want for free!) and I think it's so great that in the age of the Kindle other people still love the library as much as I do. I also love Henry's outfit! What a stylish little boy you have there :)

    http://viennawaitsblog.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  8. Aw ! :)

    Val
    http://valentinaduracinsky.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. I miss days like that with my little man, he will be 10 in October and now we have chats about the world, life and human nature! he's 10 going on 40 but he's my best friend :)I love how you record all your memories, lots of love xx

    ReplyDelete
  10. YAY! That's Melanie Linder's (she was one of my bridesmaids and is one of my BEST friends- AND she's the one who told me about your lovely blog!) print in your first photo! Isn't she AWESOME?!? Isn't it wild how quickly these lil' stinkers grow? Every moment is worth remembering!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Dani, Have you by chance read French Kids Eat Everything ? I just finished it and loved it. They talk about how all kids enter into a no to foods phase around 2. You're lucky that you've introduced him to so much already so he'll be back to eating happily soon. If you haven't read it I highly recommend it. It's completely changed the way I've thought about feeding Gwyn.

    xo,
    Kacie

    ReplyDelete
  12. This sounds like such a great morning. It is so nice to appreciate and remember the little things.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Ha ha, I have that bottle. I don't have any kiddos yet, but I had a coupon for one and it ended up being on a sale so free. Now I have a bottle for someday, he he.

    Oh, how I loved the Prescott Library. I took a lot of my special needs kiddos there after school and they just loved it. They all loved Mr. Steve, and I don't know anyone who isn't in love with those book chairs. I secretly want some for my living room. =P

    ReplyDelete
  14. My son is the same way about food, but it has continued for years. (he's 4 now). It's rough. It seems to have gotten worse rather than better. Now he won't eat anything with specks of black! Anyway, I can relate. Enjoy the sweet moments, they get big so fast! I miss baby talk!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh I wish I'd documented our simple days like this when my kids were small. Such a treasure. And he's already drawing circles?? Wow, that's awesomely impressive! Sounds like you've got an artist in the making.
    Catherine Denton

    ReplyDelete
  16. Your sons outfits are just out of this world! I love that you appreciate the ordinary. Thanks for sharing these moments with us. Continue to love on your son {& husband} to the moon & back :)

    http://joywrite.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  17. This was such a sweet post! You're an excellent mama and role model for those of us hoping to be mamas someday and have happy, healthy engaged children. Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful stories and thoughts- it is very much appreciated!

    ReplyDelete
  18. He's a lefty! You KNOW he's going to be artistically inclined :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. oh my, that library outfit! so cute. what a lucky little dude to have a momma like you :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. This post made me cry - it's just so sweet! I love how Henry says hi to his toys in the morning. That's probably the cutest thing ever.

    ReplyDelete
  21. He's so darling. That is cute what he called R2-D2.
    That's adorable that he is left handed too. My boys are right handed and I think it disappointed my left handed father-in-law and sister-in-law.
    +Victoria+

    ReplyDelete
  22. he's such a cutie! LOVE the outfits! great post, I always love hearing about babies growing into little people. My little one is turning one next month and it's just so bittersweet. I wish you many more lovely mornings (and afternoons and nights) :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Okay I think Henry and Judah are long distance BFF's! They do the same exact things! Big Trucks or R2D2! Judah is obsessed with anything Starwars or with anything truck related :-) he is also left handed!

    Such a joy seeing your sweet little guy
    xo

    ReplyDelete
  24. From a librarian, thank you! I absolutely love seeing literacy and an appreciation for the magical place that is a library instilled at a young age!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Your posts always make me so excited and thrilled for parenthood. It's so sweet and touching. thanks for always sharing :) He's growing so fast isn't he?!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Heres a crazy question Danielle How do you get ready in the am with Henry at home and look so cute for your outings? I have Aiden whos almost 2 and 2 older ones and I could not look that cute if I wanted out of the house by noon lol. Does he sit and play while you shower etc? If so I am jealous!!!! Love your blog!
    Katie

    ReplyDelete
  27. your baby is absolutely darling :)

    ReplyDelete

 
Blogging tips