Conversations with Henry – Act 1

July 12, 2010 at 10:06 am | Posted in Henry Stuff | Leave a comment

Busy Mom is in Monday mode of working out, showering, doing laundry and hoping to meet family members for lunch.  In an attempt to thwart an arguement with sassy 7 year old she offers up clothing advice for the day:

Mom:  Sophie, do you want to wear a dress today?

Sophie:  Yeah!!

Henry:   Do you have a dress for me to wear today?

Mom:  No Bud, boys don’t really wear dresses.

Henry:  But they wear shoes!

Yes they do.  What a smart boy.

Anatomy 101

August 31, 2009 at 7:16 pm | Posted in Henry Stuff, Sophie stuff | Leave a comment

Whilst I steal a few moments on the computer to check the latest celebrity gossip, Sophie and Henry are coloring on the floor of our teeny, tiny work area (it’s so small I can’t even call it a den).  Sophie colors a picture of Henry complete with yellow mohawk then moves on to a snowman where the following conversation takes place:

Henry:  Snowmen have a penis and a butt on them. 

Sophie:  No they are just made of snow.

Henry: No!   Snowmen have a penis and a butt on them.

Sophie:  Did they have any big bumps on the bottom?

Henry:  Yes!

 Sophie:  No they didn’t.  They are just made out of snow.  Only humans have those bumps.

Well thank goodness for that. 


June 5, 2009 at 7:50 am | Posted in Henry Stuff, pictures | Leave a comment

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Ten and Two

July 21, 2008 at 12:18 pm | Posted in Henry Stuff | 2 Comments
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I remember back to the days of drivers education, which I took through our High School, and I used to get teased for actually placing my hands and driving with them at Ten and Two.  I’m pretty sure it took me forever to get my actual license too because I was so afraid I would crash the car.  Following suit it has taken me too long to update the blog especially with birthday pictures.  Here goes:

We had a dual celebration this weekend on a much lower-key scale than in the past.  We even celebrated with each side of our families on different dates so we could really enjoy the company and experience and plus it just really worked out better this way for everyone.  So lets start with the Two:

Henry turned two on Friday.  I can’t believe it.  Two.  He seems bigger and younger at the same time.  I think because he came home at 7 months I have a skewed notion of how old he is/should be.  His two year check went well – he consistently tracks at the 25% for height and weight but that head…holding strong at 90%.  One day he may even be able to balance it atop his neck.  He is on the brink of a language explosion.  You can see the wheels turning when he wants to try to say something and if we can catch him in the right mood he’ll even try repeating words we say to him.  He is obsessed with cars: matchbox in particular and Ramone more specifically.  Sophie bought him a green one for his birthday and he has not let it out of his grasp for too long.  If you can see the tears on his cheeks in the picture below it is because I made him put Ramone down so he could eat a cupcake.  And if you know Henry, you know it takes A LOT to get between him and food:

And it didn’t take long for him to realize that the temporary trade of a car for food was a pretty good deal:

And now on to the Ten.  My nephew Brent turned ten on Saturday, hence the joint party.  Most of you don’t have the privilege of knowing this young man but if you did you would know he is thoughtful, smart, cerebral, artistic and funny.  I can’t believe he is ten and you can see glimpses of the man he will be in is changing face (well, not really this one):

And of course not to be overlooked by any means but honestly, the day wasn’t about them.  BUT there was a showing of the Tootie Nation in full force down to matching dresses that were purchased separately by the moms.  Once Sophie saw Reese wearing hers, there could be no denying that she must change.  Immediately.

I’m No Dr. Spock

June 12, 2008 at 11:58 am | Posted in Henry Stuff | 3 Comments
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But really, what daycare in their right mind would use paint that would stain a child’s hand this bad.  Oh don’t worry they told me.  It should come off in a few washings.

A Hard Day’s Night

May 21, 2008 at 7:34 am | Posted in Henry Stuff | 3 Comments

Top ‘O the Morning

March 21, 2008 at 12:27 pm | Posted in Henry Stuff, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Well aren’t we all just a touch Irish on St. Pat’s Day? 

(Thanks Beth for the cute hats for all the kids at K’s bday party.  And again I’m so very, very sorry that Henry puked on your basement carpet.  I owe you major cocktails when we’re at the lake this summer)

Shut It

February 29, 2008 at 10:00 am | Posted in Henry Stuff | 1 Comment

To the people who bore witness to my shopping excursion on Monday, February 25 at Jewel I will not apologize for the screaming tantrum Henry delighted us with.  Yes, I know you could hear him throughout the entire store on a tirade that lasted approximately 23 minutes and 13 seconds.  Yes, I know that you wished we weren’t there disrupting your morning shopping.  Believe me, no one wished we weren’t there more than Henry. 

But you see he is 18 months old and sitting in a shopping cart isn’t exactly his idea of fun.  We were expecting freezing rain and snow that evening so I had to stock up on essentials before the weather hit.  For some reason, it just wasn’t sitting well with my little man that morning and I didn’t think to bring him a snack or his blanket.  So despite your sideways glances and snarky comments about where I could locate stuffed animals, we persevered and made it through the excursion both of us emotionally exhausted.  And next time you see a frazzled mom with a screaming toddler perhaps it will cross your mind to send a slight smile their way and say, “Been there, done that.  Sorry to see you’re having a rough day.”  But if you can’t, then just shut it and keep it to yourself.

In the Beginning…

February 8, 2008 at 8:48 am | Posted in Henry Stuff | 4 Comments

There was this little glimpse of our future:

It was amazing to see this little man, so close to us yet still so far away.  It had been a maze of paperwork and meetings and anxious days awaiting a phone call.  Then this.  This gem of a piece of paper with his name and his birthdate and this picture.  And we clung to it as the minutes gave way to hours and hours gave way to days. 

And then there was this:

And the nickname Boy King was coined.  He had chubbed up a bit and with his “What’s up” expression we were so thankful that we received updated information on him including this picture.  We began to really wonder when our travel call would come.  But mostly we wondered what his hair looked like under that hat!!!!

We never intended to travel to Korea – not with Sophie at home and my intense fear of flying.  Instead we had planned on having an escort fly Henry home to us so we could experience meeting him as a family.  But as time ticked by and the prospect of an available escort became questionable, we started talking about making the trip. 

I was terrified.  I had never left Sophie for more than one night and that was for a trip to St. Louis for a wedding.  This was a week half way across the world.  No easy way to get home in the event of an emergency.  But our families rallied and arranged their schedules to care for her and I got some good drugs from my doctor and off we went.

I could not believe I was flying so far away to bring home our son.  There is an aspect of this journey that was so unreal for me because he was so far away and the paper chase is so long.  It still seems unreal in a sense.  We met Henry for the first time on what was Superbowl Sunday 2007:

We were so taken aback by the whole situation it is difficult even now to put into words.  It was dreamlike and nerve wracking all at the same time.  We had a thousand questions and wanted to follow proper protocol but it just still seemed so unreal.  We were fortunate to have a second meeting two days later:

Honestly, the cuteness was just too much to bear!  We were so amazed that during both visits Henry never cried or was hesitant to let us hold him and feed him.  His demeanor was easy going yet energetic – we were just shocked that he seemed to feel calm with us.  I imagine it was because it was meant to be and he possibly knew he was home with us.

We spent a few more days in Seoul before heading home.  We had a quick flight from Seoul to Japan then the long flight home to Chicago.  Henry slept for 7 hours straight, on our laps, from Japan to Chicago and was quite refreshed when we landed.  Too bad I can’t say the same for us (well for Ed anyway…there is no photographic evidence of my exhaustion!):

We settled into a pretty good routine after about 3 days or so – we got his days and nights flipped around by then and he was sleeping through our night.  And now it’s been a year since we stepped off the airplane with a baby strapped to my chest.  There are days it seems like a year and others it seems like just yesterday.  When I look back to these pictures it is amazing to me how little he was and how much he has grown in that short year. 

He is a spunky monkey, determined and curious and enegertic as all get out.  He has tested me in my ideas of parenting but we’ve come to an understanding that I’m just barely in charge of what goes on around here.  He has an infectious laugh which is easily summoned by the slightest tickle just about anywhere on his body.  And he is my son.  My son.

I remember….I remember….

February 3, 2008 at 1:11 pm | Posted in Henry Stuff | 3 Comments

No, not the Alamo.  But a week or so ago I was searching my brain in an attempt to remember what we did last year for the Superbowl.  I couldn’t place it for the life of me.  I couldn’t remember who even played in it let alone where we went.  Then it came to me….sadly enough the Bears were in the Superbowl last year which, being from Chicago I certainly should have remembered.  But where did we watch it and most importantly what snacks did we eat.   

Ah yes….now I remember.  Superbowl Sunday evening in Chicago was actually Monday morning in KOREA!!!!!  We were in Korea getting ready to meet Henry for the first time.  No wonder I couldn’t remember something as trivial as the StupidBowl.

Stay tuned for a longer post to come on his 1 year anniversary home.

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