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Henry got to visit the Stock Show while it was in town. Ever since the first time we went–back when I was pregnant–we’ve been anticipating the time when Henry would be old enough to go and enjoy all the animals. Grandma and Grandpa came with us, which turned out to be a big blessing because it was a madhouse there. Much to our happiness, Henry really enjoyed getting to see the animals up-close. The goat was very friendly, though probably hoping for treats we didn’t have.

Sheep have always been a bit of an inside joke. Since one of the first things Henry could say was “ba ba” for bottle, we were able to teach him pretty quickly what a sheep says. He really did seem to understand that they were two separate ideas and would always smile really big when we’d point to a sheep and ask him what it says. Other big hits of the day were the animals’ water bowls (gross) and a fantastic battery-operated spinning ball/light toy that Grandma bought for Henry. We were all completely wiped at the end of the outing.

Henry has recently learned how to say “Yes” and “No,” which has been really fun. Now when we present him with book or snack choices, he can state his preferences pretty clearly. He’s very quick to pick up or at least try out new words. His bath puff is a “buff” the mop a “bop;” he now goes “oof oof!” to imitate a dog barking, swings his arm around for an elephant, flaps his bent elbows for a chicken.

We bought a membership to the Museum of Nature and Science with Ohio grandparent Christmas money, and it’s been the best investment of the year so far. Henry LOVES the place. The bear dioramas are the biggest hit, though the Discovery Zone and the dinosaurs are also enthralling. We thought some of the exhibits might be too scary–like one depicting a dinosaur scene involving a sharp-toothed guy “roaring” while another devours an unfortunate piece of prey in the background. Nope. Loves it. We had to literally drag him away. This from a kid who was so terrified of a little inflatable chicken that came with a ball set that we had to sequester the fowl in the office.

Every day he becomes a little more of the person he is going to be and it’s so fun to be there for the process.


Here’s Henry sledding on Christmas with Grandpa (or Pop Pop, as he’s known around these parts)

Sorry to be such a slacker on the posting. I think we’ll just have to skip over Christmas, which was a smashing success, and continue on. Here are some things that Henry has been amusing us with lately:

The secret to making an ignored dinner edible? Bacos. Surprise, they are vegan! And Henry can’t get enough. Is this better or worse than a ketchup addiction?

He has started saying “Bye bye” not only when it’s time to go somewhere, but also to express displeasure or his desire to end an activity. So if you hand him a toy he doesn’t want to play with, he’ll shake his head and firmly say, “Bye bye. Bye bye.”

Sometimes a song will catch his interest and he will just rock it out. But you never know what it will be. One day it was Kelis’ “Milkshake,” then we had to stand in this obnoxious shoe store in the mall for three minutes while he devoured a music video by some band called War Tapes.

He might cry up a storm when falls on his butt unexpectedly, but if we toss him in the pack ‘n’ play, it’s like he’s in an ultimate fighting ring. Anything goes. We toss blankets or pillow on him and he throws his whole body backwards while shrieking in glee. It’s like his own version of an extreme workout session.

His new favorite thing is sitting in our big red chair or on the couch when we watch a little Elmo in the evening. He pats the cushions and says “Down!” We say, “Up, you want UP.” And he says, “Pup!” and then we help him up. He pats the cushion next to him for one of us to join him and he’s a barely containable fervor of excitement until the video begins.

This guy, man, we love him.

We got some snow on the ground and Henry was very excited to check it out.

snow 1

That is, of course, until he realized the pretty stuff was very cold and wet.

snow 2

The cold weather happened so fast, we weren’t properly prepared with all the proper toddler attire. A quick trip to Target fixed that and Grandpa Terry treated the guy to his first pair of winter mittens and a sweet hat that will make all the other baby snow boarders jealous. We also taught him a new trick. Henry, where’s your tongue?


He is full of surprises lately. While it wouldn’t have occurred to me to give my 13-month-old a whole apple, it certainly occurred to Henry to eat one. After a rigorous debate on the proper name of the fruit, (Me: “Apple.” Henry: “Ball!” Me: “Aaaaapuhhl” Henry:…”Ball!”) I let him examine it closer. Whereupon he opened wide and planted his mouth right on it. After a few teeth scraping yielded only peel, I helped him along by removing a portion of the red skin. He went to town on the thing using his own unperfected technique of scraping his bottom teeth along the fruit until a small portion made its way into his mouth. He could not believe I was holding out on him and is now suspicious of the supposed unpalatability of the raw potato we wouldn’t let him eat a few days ago.

In growing news, the buzzy chair that was on loan made its way back to us. Not quite the cozy, enveloping pouch it once was.
buzzy chair compare

Henry briefly visited the mountains when he was very little and his grandparents came from Ohio to meet him. He took a trip to Red Rocks with Grandma Glenda and strolled around Central City with Grandpa Tom and Grandma Becky. He slept through most of those outings, so his first trip to Eldorado Springs this past weekend was particularly fun. It was his first time in a big pool and his reaction was a bit mixed. He loved standing up in the shallow water, but wasn’t too sure about going deeper, even with mom holding on.

He definitely enjoyed having snacks poolside and stacking some cups, though.

Pool cups

At the end of the day, Henry sometimes likes to put little presents in mom’s purse and dad’s backpack. Useful things like wooden spoons and toy balls. Of course, this is less of a gift than a barter, as he then tends to find good exchanges for his baubles. Like gum!


Dad hates all gum with a fiery vengeance, so this was particularly amusing (for mom).

Henry briefly learned how to give kisses on the cheek when asked, but has since declined to repeat the trick. He is, however, quite skilled at the two-handed wave.

Despite all the afternoon rain storms we’ve been getting, this summer has been a scorcher. While some of us are stuck in over-air-conditioned offices, Henry gets to squeeze in some fun in the pool. Here he is kicking it with Grandma.

Cooling Off

He likes to maintain a neat grooming regimen, even in the water.

Brush Brush Brush

Henry loves all the barbecues we’ve had this summer. It’s a great time to crawl around in the grass and be fed veggie hot dogs and blueberries. We tried a banana bread recipe this weekend, which Henry gave two enthusiastic thumbs up. Vegan recipes can be great for babies: no honey or egg whites!

Lower-Fat Banana Bread
adapted from Veganomicon cookbook

2 large or 3 small very ripe bananas
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons prune puree (the original recipe calls for molasses here)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas really well. Add the sugar, applesauce, oil, and molasses, and whisk briskly to incorporate.

Sift in the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Use a wooden spoon to mix until the wet and dry ingredients are just combined.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a knife inserted through the center comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and let cool.