Monday, October 1, 2012

Henry at 22 months & a video

Henry 22 months

It's hard to believe that Henry will be TWO on November 22nd. I feel so lucky to be able to spend my days with this little guy. He's such a joy- the biggest sweetheart, full of smiles, and he reminds me to stop and appreciate so many things I might not notice otherwise. And right now, at a little over 22 months, his world is just exploding with so much excitement. Vocabulary and talking are the biggest thing right now - he is speaking in sentences and can totally communicate to us what he wants, needs or feels. This afternoon he even said "Mama, I feel sad" as I was getting him ready to go down for his nap. I asked him why, and he said "Don't wanna nap." Ahh! My mind was blown! It's insane to think that all of this happens so quickly- he went from being a little baby to this walking, talking toddler in what seems like the blink of an eye...and to be able to have little conversations with him is the coolest thing ever.

I'd say one of the challenges of this stage would be eating. Some days he's the adventurous eater he's always been but other days it's hard to get him to eat anything other than his everyday favorites. He will eat fruit all day long and usually raw veggies aren't a huge problem either. He isn't a fan of meat unless I hide it in quiche, mac 'n cheese or something similar. He loves cheese (his favorite being "monster" aka Munster cheese), yogurt, crackers, pizza, and smoothies (I always sneak in a ton of kale, etc.). But on those occasional hard days it's difficult for me to get to him to eat meat/vegetarian meat options/bread items and sometimes I feel a little stressed that's he's not getting a good variety of food, but most of the time with patience I can make it work.

Henry 22 months Henry 22 months

Henry has a tiny temper on him and I would say that's our biggest challenge when it comes to behavior. He's the most polite little boy you'll ever meet, a great sharer (we practice "Henry's turn" all day long and it really, really works), full of "please" and "thank you" and sometimes even our newest thing- "you're welcome," but he has moments where he just gets so frustrated, mainly when you take something away from him that he wants to hold on to. He'll scream and cry and do the "fish flop" as we call it, when he just lays down so it's difficult to pick him up. I've been working so much with him on this- I'm just trying to let him know that yes, it's okay to be upset but that he can't act like that. Now that he can talk more it's getting a little easier because I can ask him to tell me why he's upset, and that really seems to help. "Henry, you're upset because you can't hold Mommy's cup, right?" He'll nod or say yes through his tears, and then we'll find a solution. I'm no baby whisperer so this is not an all-the-time fix, but for the most part talking him through it has been wonderful. We'll see how it goes as he gets older. So far, so good.

So those would be our two big challenges at 22 months- the occasional picky eating day and the occasional tantrum. On the other side of the spectrum though, and the most important, is all of the good. And there's a lot. This little boy has the biggest heart, and see him grow into the person he is going to be is truly amazing. He loves animals, loves to build with blocks, loves to read and draw, and his absolutely current favorite thing in the entire world are "BIG TRUCKS!" He lives for trucks and out of everything, these are his favorite toys, shows to watch, things to go see while we're out and about. It's so funny because Hank and I aren't car people whatsoever and don't even own a truck. He just picked it up somewhere and it's really adorable how much he loves them. He loves his friends so much too, and we are lucky to be surrounded by a great group of little ones and their families. We're able to hang out with friends many times a week and I feel like all of the socializing he gets to do is great. Between that and CrossFit every night H. is around a lot of people, and I think it's been wonderful for both his communication and want to be independent.

As far as growth, he's growing like a weed and is still tall. His 2 year check-up in is November, so I'm curious to see what his percentiles look like. He's still sleeping like a champ (we were given a good sleeper this time...curious if our next little one will be the same!), and takes one three-hour nap from about noon-3. We still haven't gotten his tooth capped, although I think his Uncle Jason (Autumn's hubby) may do it fairly soon, maybe after he turns two. He's still sucking his thumb, but just when he's tired either before his afternoon nap or before bed. And it's also important to mention that we still haven't cut his hair, although it may be time for a trim as he gets called a "she" almost every single day. I do love those blonde locks though, so we'll see if I can actually bring myself to do it.

Henry 22 months

Looking forward, I'm actually pretty excited for Henry to turn two. Any time I think about time passing it's a little bittersweet, but in this case it's a lot more sweet because this age is just so much fun. I can't even imagine what it will be like when he can totally communicate.

And lastly, I take videos constantly but never really share them here because most of the time I feel like they're not too interesting to anyone outside of our family. And to be forewarned, that may be the case here too! ha. A couple days ago I filmed a lot of our morning so I could try and capture one of my favorite parts of the day, and after the fact I thought it would be fun to share some of it with all of you. So please excuse my voice, I feel like it's a little much hearing it for 6 minutes straight. And the "organic berries" thing sounds so silly too- it's just what my Mom always calls them and he picked up on it. Okay, disclaimer over! Enjoy.


Good morning Henry! from DH on Vimeo.

46 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful tribute to your son at this age! You will love reading back over these one day and remembering all those special quirks and daily traditions that have faded with time. I need to do this more myself!

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    1. Thanks Becca! I am trying to do a it a lot more too because I think he'll really enjoy watching it when he gets older. I shoot to get a good chunk of video just once a month so at least I can see his progress and fun things he's doing.

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  2. He talks so much!! hes' so adorable!!!

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    1. I know right?! He's such a chatterbox! :) Thanks for watching!

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  3. Ah man, that video is so many kinds of cute! What a gorgeous little blessing your boy is :)

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  4. we didn't get to watch the whole thing, but my 3 year old definitely liked Henry's shirt and kept claiming that he knew him haha. so big and so cute!

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    1. Clare that's awesome! Henry sends a high-five to your little one!

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  5. I have been reading your blog since you announced you were expecting so it has been wonderful to watch your journey through parenthood :) Henry is adorable I love your little stories and updates about his day he is a credit to you both x

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    1. Oh Carly that is so sweet! Thank you for such a kind comment, and thank you for reading. It's awesome you've been reading for so long.

      xoxo

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  6. Danielle, he is so very cute--such a smarty pants, too! When are you guys having another?? ;)

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    1. Haha thank you! I'm not sure. Probably soon- maybe in the new year. It's so exciting to think about:)

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  7. Such a cutie, I wouldn't want to cut his hair either. Love how you are honest with the ups and the downs of parenting. Every child test boundaries, but no one likes to talk about it, but when parents do it helps other parents know how to deal with it.

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Aww thanks for that encouragement lady! Means a lot :)

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  8. He is adorable! I don't think anyone would want to cut his hair! My little brother had hair like he does and my mom almost always refused to cut his hair when he was a child!

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    1. I honestly don't think I can bring myself to do it!

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  9. Our sons are almost the same age. Ezra is just 2 days older! He is also in a dump truck/digger/construction vehicle phase. Can you share where you got Henry's CAT toys? We are having a construction birthday party and these would be the perfect gift. Thanks!

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    1. Hey Rachel! I love that our boys are so close in age. And I also love that you're doing a construction party- we are too! I hope Henry loves it. We got those CAT toys as gifts, but I am almost positive they're from Toys R Us!

      <3

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  10. the fact that henry gets called a little girl is pretty laughable, because he looks (and dresses) like a little boy. my youngest son will be two in november, and he is in desperate need of a haircut. i just don't want him to lose his curls. he also gets called a little girl pretty regularly, but it always seems to be when he is wearing something with trucks or airplanes on it....which seems a little odd to me.

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    1. Ahh Deanna I know! Isn't it weird?! I swear, Henry can be in a collared shirt with jeans and sneakers on and he will get called a boy 3x more in THAT outfit. Bizarre!

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  11. Just wait until he turns two. I love the stage between 2 and 3. It's like as soon as they turn 2 a little switch turns on and they can talk up a storm. It's crazy and I love it. My little man will be turning 3 in January and I have to admit I am a little sad. I know 3 will be amazing, as it was with my other 2 but saying goodbye to the twos is just a little bittersweet.

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  12. Thanks for talking about your parenting practices when Henry has a meltdown. My daughter is a month younger than him, and it's helpful to hear what like-minded moms do when things get tough. My little girl is becoming more verbal every day, and it's so cool to have little exchanges with her.

    Henry is an absolutely beautiful child. The photo of him on the trampoline is especially darling!

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  13. Ahhh I loved your video!! :) I've been reading your blog for 3 years now and feel like I "know you"... Yet I don't think I've ever heard your voice! Look forward to your first vlog :) Ha!

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  14. Aww, he is so amazingly sweet. I started to tear up. I've always wanted kids, but this made me REALLY want kids. So nice of you to share these special moments with us!

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  15. He is just so precious!! My Magnolia is starting to talk up a storm as well. It's so fun watching them grow. Luckily Magnolia loves any kind of food thats on her tray. We got really lucy there. Thanks for sharing!!

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  16. Oh, that smile he gives you is the sweetest!

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  17. What an adorable video, it's so nice to see him chatting away to you! My boy is 14months and I haven't had his hair cut yet but people are starting to mistake him for a girl too :(

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  18. Hey lady, as a preschool teacher of 2-5 year olds I can tell you, you are doing an AMAZING job with Henry's vocab - his diction is incredible for a little guy of his age. Some of my 3 year olds can't even put words together like Henry can. It's all a reflection on his parenting, so yay snaps for Dani!

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  19. omg, this is the most adorable video i have seen in ages. henry is such a handsome little mister and he talks in just the cutest way.

    this doesn't help much to cure my baby fever, quite the contrary.

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  20. Ow what a great post and Henry is adorable! He looks a lot like one of my little cousins Nicholaas. What a cutie!

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  21. I loved the video, thanks for sharing, Henry is such a sweetie!

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  22. What a beautiful and wonderful post!! Henry is adorable!!! You both are doing a great job!!

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  23. What a beautiful post! You're son is so intelligent and I love watching him grow. You are truly an amazing mother and Henry is so lucky to have you as his mom. He is more advanced than most almost two year olds I know and it has a lot to do with your patience and dedication to him and I admire that!

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  24. Eh, I kinda want those PJ's of Henry's!! Haha. He's a little cutie. I have to point out that we went through the same little things with our little miss, I could have written most of this post myself! We still get the odd tantrum here and there but once the talking improves and they have more words, its easier to express themselves...and easier for them to understand why they can or cant do certain things. As for the food, I think as long as he's growing and healthy you don't need to worry. (even though we're programmed to do so!)
    I laughed at the thinking Henry was a girl part...we once had our little miss in a bright pink dress and someone asked us what age our little boy was....people are dumb!
    Anyway, our little miss started school today, (we just moved to a new city in France and they start age 3 here!)they seriously grow up WAY TO FAST!!!

    Louise xo

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  25. ok i'd like to have a baby now haha
    (actually i've always loved the toddler age and secretly wish i could just have a toddler forever)

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  26. I can seriously watch that video of Henry over and over again. He is the most cutest kid I've ever seen! His little dance and squeal upon hearing he will be playing with friends... cute!

    Also.. where were the trucks that made sounds when we were kids? That puts my truck noises to shame!

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  27. Aiden my 2 year old and I just watched Henrys video. CUTE!!! Where did you get his vans and the gray shoes. What brand are the gray ones? Also we love the super hero jams where did you get those? We get all our good fashion from your blog lol. We live in a small little city in MI. When we check your blog Aiden says Henry lol Its so cute! Glad to see he eats like mine and throws fits to. I am a stay at home momafter years in the office and you make it look soooo easy! lol Have a great day!!!!!
    Katie
    Katie

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  28. so beautiful, i can't believe he's almost 2 years, been reading your blog since you were pregnant :)

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  29. He is the cutest (not so)little boy! Oh my goodess. His voice is so sweet and he is such a smart little man. Love that bedhead too.

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  30. The nearest store to me is Target which gets me into all sorts of trouble all the time but last night I went in saying "necessities only, necessities only" to myself, and i ended up buying that top. Happily striped shirts make my necessities list I guess haha

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  31. Such a beautiful kid !!!

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  32. This just makes me want a vlog post even more! Love the new layout too.

    I feel the same way as Lauren -- I've been reading you for so long, its crazy to hear your voice! More videos :)

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  33. That video was awesome. Also, I have a friend whose 2.5 year old has taken to asking, "are you happy mommy?" - it's pretty flipping adorable.

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  34. He's so adorable! Such a sweet video :)

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  35. this is so cute! perfect morning :) thanks for sharing!

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  36. So here is the thing, I completely sympathize with you!!! My sons are older than yours, but they are really picky with their diet. Also my younger son will be 4 in a couple of months and he also sucks his thumb and I am trying to get him to (he says he will on his birthday. . .riiiight).
    Loved the video!! he talks really well for his age!!! Nice! I love videos!
    +Victoria+

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