Happy First Birthday, Henry

My son is turning 1! It's been an amazing year. I can't believe it's been a year, and yet I also totally feel every minute of that year. I am exhausted. But I've grown as a mother and a person in this year. And I've shrunk as a person too. I've seen my daughter turn into a loving big sister. My husband surprised no one by taking on baby duties and toddler duties and basically keeping everything running around here. I've moved baby gear in and sent most all of it back out again, done with it forever (probably).

I'm not big on monthly updates or regular posts of any kind. It kind of fills me with anxiety to think about trying to post something on time and on point on a regular basis. Seems like something I'd immediately fail at. (Such a positive attitude I have). So instead, I am going to write up a random list of things from Henry's first year. A truly special year.

  • Henry's birth was a thrilling and healing experience. Jake and I were just reminiscing about how my water broke all over the place. We took all year to replace the towel rack that I accidentally tore off the wall when I was in labor. Now it's a series of hooks attached to a cute little shelf. Much more secure. We ended up painting the whole darn bathroom too (long story). All for you, Henry!
  • Henry swung in a lovely Graco baby duet swing that I negotiated off Craigslist for $40. Incredible! Whereas with Olivia we couldn't afford a swing and didn't realize how much it would make life easier. Eventually our friends just brought one over for us to borrow. (Thank you, friends!) Second time around we knew just what equipment we wanted, and we used it until it was outgrown and not a moment longer.
  • Henry somehow becomes happier and smiley-er every month. Each month I think, "Henry is # months old, he can't possibly get any cuter or be happier than he is right now. He is perfect. It can't get better." And the next month proves me wrong.
  • Henry walks now! He learned how in about a week. Beginning of October we saw him taking a few steps. In September he learned to stand up on his own (no support). It quickly escalated to a single step, then fall down. Then two steps, fall down. Then three steps ... until he was walking significant distances, hallways even! For a week all you could hear here was "Look look! Everyone come see Henry, he's walking!!"
  • Henry loves tomatoes, black olives, cheese, berries (obvi), and tomatoes. Milk too. Also tomatoes. I've said a lot about breastfeeding and bottle feeding and now he's moving steadily toward drinking regular milk out of cups. Cups! Like a big kid! Basically he's practically grown.
  • Henry sleeps through the night. As long as your night starts at about 8pm and ends at 5am. Around 5am he cries and we come get him and take him to our bed. Normally he has a bottle and cuddles and falls back to sleep. Sometimes not. And sometimes he cries at 3:00 or 4am, and I hold him for a while, then put him back in bed. This policy did not go over well at first, but now he knows the deal and goes with it. We encouraged this sleeping-through-the-night stuff at 4 months old, and I highly recommend it.
  • Henry loves his sister, and his sister loves him. They have a special bond, very apparent in the morning when they light up at the sight of each other. Clearly, there are many times that they don't play together, but when they do connect, it makes my mama heart melt.
  • Henry lights up for his grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncle Josh, godparents, and friends. We have a suspicion that he's going to be a pretty social little dude. And maybe musical too. Who knows!

Alright, that's it for my free write this birthday-eve. Happy birthday my little guy. I love you so.

~Mom