More Henry.

We have had a wonderfully busy week, I have been at the Gap for much of it, Taylor is finishing up school projects and preparing for finals, and Henry just bounces around between the two of us. I wish we had more pictures of all of us, but we only have pics of Henry. Last night at the ward Christmas party I fully intended to take some pictures but I completely forgot. We will try and talke a few this week. Until then you can have some wonderful pictures of Hanky Panky. Think of it as a preview for all of you in Utah who get to see him in a week or so. He is getting cuter and cuter everyday, and much more enjoyable.

Henry spends much of his spare time here next to the radiator, it's the warmest place in the house. Luckily he hasn't reached out to touch it yet, we keep him an arm's length away. It gets pretty darn hot. Our landlady told us that she put her bird above it one winter to keep it warm, and it baked the bird- dead. We don't want to bake Henry.

We also keep his hat on him much of the time to keep him warm. He quite likes it and I think he looks like a cute little burglar.

Bath time. Our favorite time of day. Taylor and I love it because we know it means Henry gets to go to bed right after. And Henry just likes it because he loves being naked.
Lastly, here is Henry at breakfast time. Don't worry that I have tied him to his high chair, it didn't come with a strap, and I don't normally tie it around his neck, he did that. He somehow got his arm out while I wasn't looking.


Our Thanksgiving week

Henry's favorite thing about Thanksgiving was the new toy he inherited from his cousin Zeb. He quite enjoys the giant lady bug and we couldn't be happier to have something new to entertain him with. Henry also loved all the new food he experienced over Thanksgiving. We finally broke down and fed him fruit. He is in love. However we let him try at least five new & different foods in one day and he got a rash on his face- and we may never know what caused it. But he sure was happy. He even ate some of the turkey.

He acts happy in this picture above in the bumbo chair, but he really didn't like it much. His legs are a little too chunky and he didn't like how it restricted his movement, he kept arching his back to get out. He is a little too old for it I guess.

Here is Thanksgiving Dinner. It was delicious. It took way too much time to create. I did however learn a new trick from Rachel Ray to keep the turkey super moist and flavorful and it really seemed to work- we were pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious! And below is the picture of the butter turkey I took with us all the way from Buffalo. It was a ridiculous $3.69- but I couldn't pass it up. They have Christmas trees too- but I don't think it would survive the plane trip to Utah for Christmas, I may have to carve my own.

These past few days have been extremely busy for me, thus the extremely late Thanksgiving post. I have spending many hours at the Gap. But I quite enjoy it. I got a new pink and orange argyle sweater there to wear to work for the Holiday season, I am in love with it.


Cold as ever!

The Holiday season has arrived and I couldn't be happier. The Gap's Christmas decorations are up and the Christmas music is playing. Nothing brings the holiday cheer like swarms of shoppers shopping to the tune of "Last Christmas I gave you my heart." I actually quite enjoy the mall at Christmas time, but I am excited for a few days off for Thanksgiving. We are heading to Toledo on Tuesday afternoon and we'll be back on Friday. We are excited to see Leisy, Kent, & Zeb- so is little Henry as you can clearly see from the picture above. I had just told him of our Thanksgiving plans.

We went for a very chilly walk today (26 degrees was the high) and Hanky Panky loved it. He couldn't care less about the temperature, he just loves it outside. We had a wonderful Saturday today, Taylor went to school and did some homework, and I finally had a day to get some things done around the house! Taylor is currently out getting us some dinner. We received a gift card from some friends (Thank you Wright Family!) to applebees before we left Utah and we saved it for a rainy day(or in our case, really cold and wonderfully dreary day).


Hank has grown up

Henry got a tooth and a half since the last time I posted, he has also learned to sit up, eat little baby cereal puffs, and he made it in to the doctor for his 4 month check up (Yeah we know he is 5 1/2 months. Moving makes it hard to get the kid to the doctor, he hadn't been since his 6 week check!). We quite like his pediatrician, she is a nice woman with three kids of her own. She seems very knowledgable and not pushy or over the top. What it really comes down to is that we like her because she thinks we are good parents. She was impressed with our baby's sleeping schedule and she didn't seem the slightest bit concerned about his throwing up. (He puked 4 times at her office!) He is healthy, happy, and fat. 85 percentile for weight, height, & head.

I tried to get a video of him sitting up, and I was going to try and get his tooth too, but he was entirely uninterested and he spit up broccolli during the filming so I had a bit of a mess to clean up. I will get a better video later.

Our new parental philosopy


I know..I know... I am a bad blogger....

But you would be too if you had this D-A-M-N thesis to write! (I spelled the bad word, I didn't actually say it. I want to keep this blog family friendly). Anyhow, I assure you readers in Utah (Mom) and friends across the country that I will do a better job once I have finished. I hope to be done in December, but at this rate it may not be until February. You see, I have to find the email addresses for 601 different city communicators of the cities in America with 50,000 people or more. And I am only half way done. Once I find those addresses, I then have to send them an email survey and hope and pray that they respond. I need at least a 50% response rate for a valid study. I have given up on trying to get back in running shape and training for a half marathon, and I have given up on regularly updating my blog- right now I just try and do my homework whenever I am not at work and when Hanky Panky is asleep or being good. I just keep telling myself it will all be worth it when that diploma comes in the mail. We'll see. If anyone wants to take our baby off our hands, he is yours. I have considered leaving him in Ohio until Christmas when we go to Leisy and Kent's for Thanksgiving, but I don't know if Leisy would go for it.

On a lighter and much happier note, Hank is finally becoming more enjoyable, and as cute as can be. As Taylor put it, "we can finally throw him around and not hurt him." He is filling out and becoming a real little person.



Our Little Halloween

Our Halloween was wonderful- lots of candy that Henry can't eat, and lots of great parties. Henry won the baby halloween constume contest at our ward party on Wednesday, and then last night we went to our neighborhood party at the Church of the Good Shepherd. They notonly gave away lots of good candy, but children's books! We got three new books for Henry. Our neighborhood has an association that we think we may join. They have a newsletter and they plan holiday parties and such. This is the picture of the church where the Halloween party was held. It is just around the corner and up the street from us.

This morning I went to brekfast with some ward friends for our next door neighbor Abby's birthday (she is the one I ran the race with last week). We went to this wonderful little restaurant in the hip and liberal part of Buffalo and I wore my McCain Palin pin. I was hoping to cause some sort of ruckus, sadly, none occured. This city bleeds Obama Biden. I quite enjoy the new perspective on politics here in Buffalo, it's a fascinating change from the somewhat monotonous tone of politics in Utah. While I don't neccessarily agree completely with the politcal mindset here, I am enjoying the dialogue and becoming less ignorant.

Here is one more pic of our little skeleton in his costume- this is the only one we got where he is looking at the camera.

And lastly, we got out the umbrella stroller and Henry is in heaven. He loves facing forward. The day we get to turn the carseat around may be the best day of his life.


Pictures of Hanky Panky

Little Henry seems to finally be turning into a real little boy rather than a boring baby. He seems to have a bit of a personality. However he is still a little more needy than I would like. Our ward is full of babies his age and they all seem to sit in their car seats quietly and happily all through sacrament meeting, and Henry will have no part of being reverent- he may however have gotten that from me. I have a hard time with the whole sitting still through church thing too. Anyway, I wish I had something more exciting to post, but I don't. So here are pics of the kid:

He sucks on everything! Evertime we put him in the bouncer, we find him trying to eat the ropes.

This is his little Jogging outfit. It is what he wears to stay warm when I take him running with me. He may seem really happy in this picture, but he normally doesn't like the outfit much at all. It constricts his movement.
He is almost sitting unassisted, and he quite enjoys it. I didn't put his hand on the arm of the rocking chair, he did.
Aren't they cute?
We decided to splurge and buy one of those waterproof bibs at BabysRus. We bought the cat in the hat one. However it is making eating time much messier than we could have ever expected. He tries to eat the bib everytime we put food in his mouth which means the food ends up all over his body and face! We may try feeding him in the nude from here on out.


Niagra Falls 5k

I ran a 5k this morning in the pouring rain on the island at Niagra Falls with some ward friends. We didn't take this picture but this is where the race was. It was quite enjoyable, and kindof neat to run along the falls and around the island. Its crazy to think we are this close to the Falls. Taylor and Henry came to watch and Henry didn't enjoy the cold and rain.

This is a post race picture with our next door neighbor and wonderful friend Abby. We are wearing our cool orange race t-shirts. As you can clearly see- I didn't wear mine during the race and she did.


It's freezing!

It snowed here last night- only little blustering snow- but snow nonetheless. The high yesterday was 41. Our house is an ice box. When I took little Henry out of the bath yesterday steam was rising from his head. We wanted to wait til November to turn our heat on, but we may not make it. We just try and keep little Henry warm. He loves his little bouncer- and I think all the bouncing helps keep him warm. We try and bake lots of things in the oven too- it really warms up the the house. We started up our fireplace last night too, but unless you stand right in front of it, it doesn't really make us any warmer. All the heat goes up the chimney. Who knew that real fireplaces were so ineffective.

Here are some more pictures of our cute baby. It's weird to see how fast he is growing. We finally found a doctor here and we are going in for his 4 month checkup on Nov. 14th. By then he will be well over 5 months. But such is life- it's the only time they could fit him in. Boo to immunizations. I really hate being there for the shots. Granted, I have only done it once, but that was enough.


Our trip to the Buffalo Zoo.

We took a little trip to the zoo yesterday thanks to our friend Melanie who had an extra pass. It was nice to finally see the Rhino and giraffe up close rather than from our front yard. This picture below is Henry who was not very amused with the Zoo or the Rocky Mountain Longhorn Sheep/Goat thing. However, as some of you may see, Henry has the binky in his mouth!!! That is right, we have had a wee bit of success with the bink. He doesn't actually suck on it, he chews on it- and it normally only stays in for 30-45 sec, but nonetheless, it is progress!

The Zoo also had a very fascinating animal, an ROUS! That's right, an actual ROUS. I don't really remember what its exact name was, but I know what I saw. They were creepy and ugly. They were much bigger than a rabbit or cat. They were definitely big enough to eat Henry.


We went to Palmyra, NY, on Saturday to go to the temple there. (It's only a 90 minute drive). It was a great little trip- but it lasted all day! Our ward does this baby swap where you go to the temple and leave your child with a bunch of other kids and parents and then when you finish you get to take care of the kids while the other parents go to the temple. We were glad we went, but next time we may try a different approach to a babysitter. We strongly recommend a drive through upstate New York in the fall. It was a beautiful day. The weather here has taken a turn for the warm. It was 70 degrees yesterday. This is the view from the Hill Cumorah.

Here is little Henry in his favorite place in the house- the bathroom floor. We don't know why he loves it so much but if he is upset we just go stick him on the rug and his worries seem to disappear. Don't mind his funny pajamas, all his other ones were dirty. Isn't he adorable? We think he likes the colors (all the pink) and the lights and sounds. He seems to quite enjoy the shower, bath, toilet flushing, and even surprisingly the blow dryer.

And for all of you who couldn't seem to see the jello fish in our last post (Jessica, Leslie, & Leisy) here is the mold. Now can you see it?


Our baby can yell

Little Henry learned to yell this past week. I caught a snippet of it on video. It's kind of cute but mostly annoying. Sometimes he does it at the grocery store- heaven only knows what it is he wants. Sorry the video is sideways, we couldn't get it straight. Don't worry, you aren't missing anything, the yelling still sounds the same. And he is just as cute as ever.

A few weeks ago (when Leisy and Kent were here) we went to an estate sale and bought an aluminum fish jello mold. The woman we bought it from informed me that back in the 60's (or sometime around then) no housewife was a proper housewife without a good jello mold. She asked us if we were actually going to make jello in it. I informed her that we would (little did she know that I had just moved from Jello Capital USA). I also informed her that I wanted to make a fish cake. She told me that I couldn't bake in aluminum. I told her that I would look it up on the Internet to see if I actually could, she then informed me that I didn't need the Internet because she was 60 something years old and she knew that you can't cook in aluminum. Anyway, I came home and looked it up on the Internet and sometime in the next few weeks or so, we will be posting a picture of a fish cake, because turns out, you can bake in an aluminum jello mold. And turns out, I am now a proper housewife. (However, Taylor did make the jello pictured above so maybe he is the proper housewife).

Lastly, an explanation of this picture.
Last week Henry was being fussy so I put him to bed. Normally when he is fussy it means nap time. He normally cries for a few minutes and then falls sound asleep. Well last week he kept screaming and screaming, so 15 minutes later I went to go check on him- and this is what I found! His little face was covered in blood and so were his sheets. I was quite alarmed at first- and I thought that maybe little Henry had the Ebola virus and was throwing up his insides. I cleaned his face and mouth and found no trace of a bleeding wound. I thought maybe he had thrown it up (which is always bad news for a little baby) so I waited a few minutes for him to throw up again (which he promptly did. the kid is more predictable than old faithful) and the spit up was white as can be. I considered calling the doctor (but then I realized we don't yet have one) so I did what any good mother would do- I gave him a bath to calm him down and clean him up, and then I put him back to bed. I also called Taylor and then Leisy for their advice and the consensus was that it must be nothing. I still don't know what happened, my guess is that he scratched the inside of his mouth. But the little guy is still alive and well.


we skipped fall and winter has arrived...

It's really cold here in Buffalo. The nights are in the 30's. Our house is freezing, and we aren't turning the heater on until at least November. It's way too expensive. I wear my furry boots all over the house now. I quite like it. However, I don't think Hank likes it much at all. He has been very irritable lately and he isn't sleeping well. We bought him some winter wear and we are giving him more blankets at night which we really hope helps. And Taylor is going to get us a fire in the fire place soon. I couldn't be happier about a fireplace. We'll post pictures once Taylor figures it all out.

Henry eats sweet potatoes now. We don't think he really likes them much. We may just stick to the rice cereal for awhile. He has also been having rashes all over his face since he has been eating them, but we think it is from throwing up and then rubbing his face in it in bed. The dang kid won't stop throwing up. Our lives are somewhat dull for the time being, and I am having a difficult time coming up with things to post. I thought that once we moved here to Buffalo that things would die down a bit and I would have time to go do adventurous things, but I feel busier than ever. Working 20 hours a week and having a thesis to write keeps me busy, not to mention taking care of Hanky panky.

Anyway, in the spare time we do have, we like to go estate sale shopping. Every weekend here in Buffalo, there are estate sales. Estate sales are like yard sales but much much better. They have them when people die. You go to houses all over the city where everything inside is for sale. Everything! (We have seen some weird stuff. i.e. bed pans) Sometimes it feels a little weird rummaging through dead people's clothing, but it fascinating. A few weeks ago we went to a house where the woman was obssessed with books and she had 20,000 books in her attic. It was incredible. Anyway we got this desk, and the little white rocking chair that Henry is on. The rocking chair was only $5. Taylor is going to re-finish it for us.

Here is our last picture for this post. Henry likes to sit up now, but he can't quite do it by himself, and this is normally the end result when he tries. It is really funny.


Our weekend with Leisy, Kent, & Zeb

Kent surprised Leisy this past weekend and they came here from Toledo for a little visit. It sure is nice having them relatively close by. We had lots of fun and took lots of pictures. The picture above is Henry and Zeb watching Thomas the Train together. They seemed to like each other. Henry loved that he had someone to look at in the back seat. We also went to the great pumpkin patch here. It was quite enjoyable- and Leisy and Kent make everything funnier. Especially since they only wanted to drive one car every where we went. They shared one spot in the back seat, and it was hysterical.

Here are our pictures of the pumpkin patch-

So this picture is not of the pumpkin patch, but it is for all you family at home to see a picture of hanky panky. He is growing! And still eating his hands.

I have included this picture so you can all see how much our dang baby drools. Kinda gross huh? This kid is a bodily fluid producing machine. With all the drool and throw up, I sometimes wonder how he stays hydrated.

I just thought all these gourds were beautiful. I love fall and I love Halloween.

And lastly, here is our little family. I can't wait to dress up little Hank for Halloween.
Leisy and Kent quite enjoyed the spook alley but Zeb felt differently.


Welcome to the world of solid foods little Henry!

If Henry could talk, I imagine he would tell everyone that we starve him to death- because he sure acts like it. He started waking up in the middle of the night this week to eat, and he yells and screams during the day until we feed him. So instead of dropping him off at the nearest fire station and giving him away (you know, it's legal to do that until they are six months) we decided to try and feed him real food (not that any of us consider rice cereal real food). Henry is in love. He ate every last bit I fed him today. I don't really know how much to feed him and the box doesn't say, so I just fed him a little bowl of the nasty stuff and when we finished he wasn't happy. As you can see below, I think he wanted more.

I have also included a few more pictures below for Leisy who claims she has forgotten what he looks like because I don't post enough. He has taken to sucking on his hand quite well- we are hoping it becomes a wonderful substitute for a binky since he won't take one!