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Dave and Henry sporting their new Superman PJs. So super cute!!!

Happy Birthday Dave!

Dave just celebrated another birthday. Happy Birthday Dave!!!

He and Henry got matching Superman pajamas.

Henry and I got Dave a Carvel ice cream cake, but through a wonderful miscommunication, Dave ended up making himself an angel food cake, too. As a pregnant wife, I think that’s awesome. 🙂

Happy birthday to my favorite person ever!

Finn’s birthday party

Last Saturday was Finn’s 2nd birthday party. Just like his momma, I can’t believe he’s already 2.
The party was a lot of fun with pizza, cupcakes and a real live fire engine! There were about a dozen kids there and it was nice to catch up with some folks I haven’t seen in a while.
Happy Birthday, Finn!! (Sorry, no good photos of the birthday boy.)
Party Guests
Fire Truck!

Hello Handsome
Beep Beep - backing up!

Birthday Wishes

Thanks to everyone who sent me Happy Birthday wishes, cards and presents this year! I can’t believe I’m can run for President now.

Thanks to my mom for getting my car detailed, and to my granma for getting me a Caribou gift card and a month’s supply of popcorn!!

And Yay! for Dave who got me this cute little number.

And look what awesomeness Cristin made.

The hat looks as cute on me as it does on Henry.

The best part is that it’s the same color purple that’s in my Dr. Who scarf! FTW!

We were so lucky to have my grandmother (Henry’s great-grandmother) in town for her 84th birthday!! She got to spend lots of quality time with Henry. We even went to the pool one afternoon, it was so relaxing.

Friday was my work-at-home day, so Granma went with Uncle Denny (her brother-in-law) and Aunt Betty out to lunch at her favorite Raleigh restaurant, Kanki. Saturday we got up early and hit the North Raleigh Farmer’s Market with the neighbors. It was pretty hot out so we didn’t stay long.
North Hills Farmers Mkt

Then we headed to The Roast Grill, which we had seen featured on a recent episode of Man vs. Food. I knew that Granma loves hot dogs, so I thought we’d check it out. I was in for a surprise when I discovered how incredibly small a place it is. We got our order to go and had yummy hot dogs at home.
The Roast Grill

Granma spent time with Henry, helping feed him and playing with him in his playroom. She did a real good job of keeping him entertained!
Feeding Henry Breakfast

Lounging at the pool

For her birthday on Sunday, my mom joined us for a big dinner in Granma’s honor. My mom brought over balloons, which were a great hit with Henry. She wore herself out playing with Henry and the balloons.
LOVES baloons

Dinner was sweet potatoes, grilled T-bones and wilted lettuce salad – YUM!
Birthday Dinner

After dinner, Granma got to blow out the candles and enjoy the fabulous cake Dave made, an angel food cake spiked with pineapple and coconut-rum frosting.
Birthday Cake

Then she opened presents, including the candy she got from Jonathan and Dawn (which was also yummy!).
See's Candies Gift

Here’s Granma saying good-bye to Henry on his way to school on Monday.
Time for School

It was a great trip and it was so nice to have her here. I love her so much and I’m so happy to be able to spend time with her.

A late shout-out to my buddy Cristin who recently had her last pre-baby birthday. We had a lovely meal at Vivace to celebrate. YUM!

Birthday Girl

One Year Old

I just can’t believe that Henry is one! It’s amazing how fast time flies. He’s just gone in for his one year checkup and everything seems to be fine. He is 21 pounds, 15 ounces (37th percentile), 30 inches (63rd percentile) and his head is 18.5 inches around (69th percentile). He has dropped in weight percentile, but shot up in the length and head circumference categories. He’s going to be skinny, smart and tall. Sound like someone you know?

Henry's 12 Month Growth Chart

Henry's 12 Month Growth Chart

It’s helpful to inventory milestones and it’s been a while since I have, so here’s what he’s up to these days.

  • He is walking, though he still falls down with some frequency. However, I think running might be in his near future.
  • He sleeps from 8:30 PM until about 6:30/7:00 AM.
  • He eats breakfast around 7 AM, has a snack at 9 AM, eats lunch around 11:15 AM, has another snack around 3 PM, and then has dinner before 7 PM. He is completely weaned off the bottle and drinks from a sippy cup.
  • He eats lots of ordinary table food, though he still hasn’t tackled anything too tough or large yet. I still cut everything up into small pieces and cook it til it’s soft.
  • He might be a pirate because he loves to throw his food and cups overboard.
  • He has all four incisors on the top and bottom and one set of molars on the top and bottom.
  • He likes to read and will sit in his room pulling out books and looking through them. He also loves for you to read to him.
  • He loves to go down slides and walk back up them.
  • I think he has more of a “shy” temperament, even though he was such an “easy” baby. This one has been a bit hard for me to adjust to, but I imagine he comes by it honestly. I have to be vigilant in reminding myself that he is a very sensitive little boy and he probably won’t be impressed by my very-funny-though-sarcastic-off-the-cuff remarks.
  • He loves dogs and cats. He sometimes comes close to our cats and then just sits and watches them. And then he mauls them.
  • He’s on his fourth earache. He is, understandably, miserable when he’s sick.
  • Recently I’ve noticed him lost in thought when he has a full belly at the dinner table. What’s he thinking about?
  • He knows the sign for “more” and will use it. He also knows the sign for “eat“.
  • He goes to “school” five days a week and is really enjoying it. He is in a class with about ten kids and two teachers. He misses his old teacher Julia but he’s warming up to his new teachers. He has a great deal of fun every day playing with all the toys and the other kids in the class.
  • He had three haircuts before his first birthday, and is in need of another.
  • He loves his bathtime in the evening.
  • He hasn’t adopted a favorite stuffed animal yet, though he has plenty to choose from.
  • He can stack blocks up to build towers, as well as knock them down. He can nest boxes. He can push shapes through a shape-sorting toy. He’s a bright little boy.

OK, that’s all I can think of to add for now. He’s just the cutest little thing you’ve ever seen. I feel like someone slipped me a Mickey because I know he can’t possibly be the world’s cutest baby, can he…? But when I look at him, all bets are off. I love to see his sweet face at the end of a long day, and hold him when he’s tired. I like to watch him sleep. This whole motherhood thing is an amazing trip. It’s impossible to describe without having been through it. I just widen my eyes in surprise every day at the feelings I feel and the wonder of it all. I can’t believe a year with him has already come and gone.
Morning Tickles

We celebrated Henry’s first birthday on Sunday, the day before his birthday (March 2nd). It was so awesome and super fun! Thanks to everyone who made his day special.

Dave’s folks came down and my mom and Gene were there, of course. Unfortunately, my granma got sick the week before and was not able to make it. That’s okay, though, she’ll just get all that Henry-time to herself the next time we see her. We missed having the West Coast contingent of the family but hope to party down with them sometime this summer.

We had a very easy party. I served champagne, wine and beer and a few easy hor dourves that went straight from the freezer to the oven. Dave made this amazing Angel Food cake with orange flavoring, topped with orange-colored Cool Whip and mandarin oranges. Henry’s favorite!

It seemed like everyone was very relaxed and had a good time. As per usual, I felt like I didn’t get to talk to half the people who were there but that’s just how it goes.

Two of Henry’s little friends came over, Sawyer and Finn, with their parents. It was fun to have someone for Henry to share the toys and cake with. And of course, Cristin and Beanie made it, too. The surprise guest was Julia, Henry’s favorite teacher from school. She may have won “best gift” award with her Mickey Mouse airplane. It was a hit with all the kids! However, they didn’t have any lack of toys to complain about.

Henry got lots of great gifts from all his friends and relatives. I’ve pictured only a few here. Perhaps the most labor intensive gift was the sweater that Cristin knit him. She’s too crafty! It’s the perfect blend of David Bowie and Henry’s birthday! It’s from the Strangers When We Meet video (I adore this song) and it has a “1” on it in honor of his birthday. Although he may not be wearing it anytime soon (it’s a tad big), at least he will not grow right out of it.

The next day we got to open more fabulous presents from Monica, and the day after that presents from Jonah and Nolan arrived. Hooray for the weeklong birthday!

(I realize that there are way too many pictures in this post and I’m sorry. But he’s my only baby and he only turns one once. If you’re a Henry junkie, you can see all of Cristin’s photos here and my photos here.)

Happy Birthday, David Bowie!

Dave really spoiled me for my birthday this year. It seemed like every day for a week I got presents! It started with that amazing cake he made – so yummy and gorgeous!

And then he got me the Iron Man DVD, a Venture Industries t-shirt, a 4-port Tardis USB hub (that makes sound and light!) and my very own Muno plush!!
It was a great haul. 🙂 Thanks Dave and Henry for making my birthday week so special!!

T-shirt, Tardis and Muno

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