Two Weeks of Henry

in Henry

I can’t believe it’s only been two weeks since I went into labor and delivered Henry.  It feels like a lifetime has passed – but at the same time, it still feels so new.


My favorite photo of Henry from the last two weeks – taken in the hospital.


After two weeks, I can say the following things about Henry:  He is a very good baby.  He hardly ever cries.  If he cries, he wants something (usually a boob).  Sometimes he has scary dreams (monster boobies, perhaps).  He prefers to sleep on someone’s chest, but he’ll sleep quite happily in the bassinet or his pillow.  He is beginning to vocalize more and is starting to track objects with his eyes.


He likes it when his dad sings to him; he doesn’t like it when I sing to him (but who does?).  He enjoys baby acupressure a lot.  He also likes to have his hair washed.   He hates to be naked; the only time he truly screams is during complete diaper and outfit changes.  This sounds mean, but I think he actually looks super adorable when he’s naked and screaming on the changing table.  Don’t worry – I still try to change him as quickly as possible. 


He looks different already -  ten days after birth, he had gained eight ounces over his birth weight. 


Random thoughts from the first two weeks of Mommyhood:


It’s amazing what I don’t mind doing for my child.


I like it when Henry falls asleep on me and I end up with baby drool all over my chest.


Showers are the best invention in the entire world.  Nursing bras run a close second.


Henry doesn’t always fit the textbook example of what a baby should be doing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong.  Every baby really is different.


Despite my insistence on a choosing a name that was not ‘nickname-able,’ I call Henry the following gems:  H-Dawg, Hen, King Henry, and Hungry, Hungry Henry (like Hungry, Hungry Hippo).  It really, really needs to stop.


I actually knew more about childcare than I realized, thanks to reading books and blogs.  And a ton of the advice has actually translated to my real life.  I’m amazed at the random parenting stuff that I know how to do thanks to strangers on the Internet.


I should never feel bad about taking care of myself, too.  Because this is what happens when I don’t.


I must point the penis down when I put on a diaper.  Visualize what occurs if I forget.


I should always be carrying a burp cloth.  Always.  Because the one time I don’t have one is the time that Henry projectile vomits all over the couch.


I must refill the diaper bag when I get home.  I’ll forget to do it before I leave again.


It’s hard to explain, but… it feels like Henry always existed.  Henry was forever with me; I just didn’t get a chance to meet him until two weeks ago.  I would say that he’s stolen my heart over the last fourteen days, but that’s not quite true – he was always part of my heart.  Parenthood makes me realize that time really isn’t as linear as we perceive it.  Henry has always been here.


Here’s to many, many more weeks of loving H-Dawg.  I mean… Henry.



  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 26, 2012, 8:30 am

    What a sweet post – I love the idea that he’s always been a part of your life. 🙂

  • Ann June 26, 2012, 8:31 am

    So sweet! And I completely agree when you say you feel like Henry was always with you. I feel the same way about Colin (6 months next week – it FLIES!). I think with subsequent children your heart gets bigger for them, but your first child fills a spot that was always there waiting.

  • Elle June 26, 2012, 8:37 am

    He’s so unbelievably cute!! Well done Caitlin & HusbandHTP! How’s Maggie doing so far??

  • Amy Q June 26, 2012, 8:38 am

    There really aren’t words to explain this kind of love, but you do a dang good job 🙂

    The best part about a new baby is that unlike a vacation, a wedding or a graduation– the baby never ends– he is yours forever and always. And believe it or not, while every stage is awesome, it only gets better!

  • Faith @ For the Health of It June 26, 2012, 8:39 am

    Henry is such a sweetheart. I know this sounds 100 percent looney tunes, but he’s the first baby I’ve seen that actually makes me want a child. Not even my best friend’s baby. Maybe it’s how up front you’ve been about the whole pregnancy, birth and new motherhood thing? Granted, I’m still MANY years out from even thinking about kidlets…but this is slowly warming me up to the idea after a few years of OH HAELLLLLL NO.

  • Tara June 26, 2012, 8:40 am

    I love what you say about Henry always being with you. I think that is so true. My little guy turns 2 next month and I really struggle to remember what life was like without him. I think that’s because it didn’t feel quite complete before he came.

    I also had to laugh at the nicknames…we chose Brenden because it couldn’t be easily shortened or given a nickname. We rarely call him Brenden – we do frequently call him Beasy Bear, Brendy, B, etc. Lol, now that he is starting to talk I try to make a conscious effort to say his full name, but after two years it’s a hard habit to break!

  • Jo June 26, 2012, 8:40 am

    This whole post is one big “awwww”. So adorable!!! I love the nicknames, especially King Henry haha. And how sweet about him having always been there. I hope I get to feel that one day.

  • Kelly June 26, 2012, 8:44 am

    So happy for you guys and how lucky for you that Henry is so good! YAY for good babies! 🙂

  • Dori June 26, 2012, 8:44 am

    I thought Henry looked like Kristien up until now. He looks exactly like you in that last picture of the two of you! I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks, it feels like you just had him. Also, Henry is very nickname-able (sorry!). My brother’s middle name is Henry and I call him so many nicknames of Henry. It’s a really great name, so it’s OK!

    • Mallory June 26, 2012, 1:46 pm

      I can vouch for this!! The number of nicknames Dori comes up with for her brother is out of control…and it’s not even his first name! In general I think nicknames are unavoidable…especially once they get to school!

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) June 26, 2012, 8:46 am

    “If he cries, he wants something (usually a boob).”

    I guess men never really change, do they?

  • Sara June 26, 2012, 8:48 am

    So sweet! 🙂 I like that photo too; but wow, he really is changing. I think it’s amazing to watch babies change during their first months, years, etc.!

  • Lindsay @Runwithtongs & @NaturallyFamily June 26, 2012, 8:52 am

    Wow I can’t believe it’s been two weeks already!

    Which nursing bras are you loving?

    I love reading your updates and it gets me more and more and excited to think that any day now our baby will be here as well.

  • Shari June 26, 2012, 8:56 am

    So, so sweet. I especially love the part about feeling like he’s always been with you. A mama’s love knows no sense of time … it simply exists forever 🙂

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans June 26, 2012, 8:56 am

    I really love the thought that Henry was always with you so thanks for sharing that.

  • Kristin June 26, 2012, 9:04 am

    Such a sweet baby! I can totally relate to the nickname situation. My husband and I didnt want names for our kids that were easily translated to nicknames (Ryker and Tesla), but when Ryker was born we both called him Ryk, Rykie, homeslice (my husbands nickname for him lol). Its hard to avoid when you are looking at such a cute little baby!

  • Presley (@runpretty) June 26, 2012, 9:04 am

    We also tried to pick a name that didn’t have nicknames… and we blew it. He is already Mad-dog, M, Mad-man, and MJ. And he hasn’t even graced us with his presence yet. I’m sure they’ll be more where that came from. Oh well. haha

  • Penny June 26, 2012, 9:04 am

    You really express yourself so beautifully and simply. I’m due in a couple months and these Henry posts make me even more excited to meet the little one inside me.

  • Presley (@runpretty) June 26, 2012, 9:06 am

    there’ll… (baby brain :))

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 26, 2012, 9:14 am

    Awww it’s so great to hear your mother musings Caitlin!!! He’s so adorable. Here’s a question: you said you actually don’t mind the baby drool, but have you become accustomed to baby barf yet? I’m a puke-o-phobe (especially when it comes out of drunken adults and university students!) but I wonder if it’s a different story when it belongs to your own child…. (yes, I really do wonder about these things.. call me strange, it’s ok!)

    • Nikky June 26, 2012, 10:33 am

      You really do get used to it. My nephew would spit up and it would kinda gross me out, but I have a 1 week old, and I use my hands and clothes to clean him up without even thinking about it. I took care if my (much younger) siblings a lot as a teenager, and even when they were older and it was real puke it wasn’t the same. You end up so focused on getting them comfortable and feeling better that you don’t really focus on it much.

      Probably everyone is different though. I have to zen breathe through it but I can clean non-kiddie mess too, so ymmv.

      • Erin June 26, 2012, 11:33 am

        it’s not as bad as it sounds, but what IS as bad as it sounds is when they barf straight down your cleavage and it seeps down your belly…totally gross

        • Caitlin June 26, 2012, 12:50 pm

          hahah ewwwwwwww

    • Jessica June 26, 2012, 11:31 am

      I also hate puke, but my baby’s spit-up never bothered me at all. First off, it’s just milk, so it’s really not that offensive or smelly(in comparison to adult vomit). And there’s something about your OWN baby (vs. even other babies) that makes all the “gross” stuff (spit-up, diapers, etc.) just a non-issue; I was never bothered at all by any of it. And my baby was quite the prodigious spitter! I’ve had spit-up down my cleavage, in my mouth, in my hair, etc. You just get used to lots of costume changes, for yourself and your baby!

      • Caitlin June 26, 2012, 12:50 pm


  • Kath June 26, 2012, 9:15 am

    This left me smiling…and a bit tearful 🙂

  • Laine June 26, 2012, 9:17 am

    Don’t forget Hank!

    Such a sweet post. I remember when my first niece was born thinking “what is it that we did before she came along?” I think she was always here, too.

    • Nicole Dyan June 26, 2012, 9:57 am

      I came to say this! I love the nickname Hank for boys named Henry.

      • Jen June 27, 2012, 12:42 am

        I thought of Hank too! Was going to try to restrain myself, but oh, well…it’s already out there now! 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats June 26, 2012, 9:21 am

    I’m so glad things have been going well for your family! He really is adorable, I can’t wait to see him grow!

  • Hilary June 26, 2012, 9:24 am

    Ha my friend calls me H-dawg too! Love it. Silly names are part of having a baby. It will stop eventually. 🙂

  • Rebecca June 26, 2012, 9:29 am

    What a great post! I love the thought that your kids are always a part of you, you just get to meet them at a certain time.

    I can’t remember if you covered it in any of your pregnancy posts, since you didn’t know if you were having a boy or a girl, but what did you guys decide to do regarding circumcision? I bet it would make for an interesting post, if you haven’t done one already.

    • Caitlin June 26, 2012, 12:49 pm

      We did not circumcise for a variety of reasons but the biggest one is I didn’t want to inflict a lot of pain on him. Watch a YouTube video about the procedure if you’re considering it – it will prob change your mind!

      • Sarah June 27, 2012, 4:49 pm

        Hooray! I’m so happy to see that choosing not to circumcise is becoming more popular. I’m not even sure if I want children in the future, but if I do have them, I won’t be circumcising my boy(s).

  • colleen June 26, 2012, 9:37 am

    Just a great thoughts. And yes, little penises must be turned down and held down or they are like holes that spray every where. Happy 2 week birthday to Henry!

  • Britt June 26, 2012, 9:38 am

    My Henry has a long list of nicknames even though I said I never would : little hen hen was given by my nephew and I call him boogie boy, booga,and shhhhhhshe lol don’t ask being a mom made me so weird lol I constantly talk out loud explaining what I’m doing …. Even when he’s not with me listening…. I turn everything into a song.. I hope he never grows up ! Tomorrow your Henry will be 8 months old!

  • duffy June 26, 2012, 9:47 am

    This post brought tears to my eyes – especially your last paragraph. I’m 5 weeks to my due date, and I feel the same way about our daughter. I just feel like I was always waiting for her.

    You’re an awesome Mommy, Caitlin. H-Dawg is so incredibly lucky to have found you (finally).

    • Caitlin June 26, 2012, 3:38 pm

      Good luck with delivery!

  • kalli June 26, 2012, 9:51 am

    caitlin, that is a beautiful post. it just is and i am so happy for you.

  • Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) June 26, 2012, 9:53 am

    He sounds like quite an angel baby! (Just another nickname if you’re searching for one ;)).
    I can’t wait to meet him! I don’t know how you feel about having him around other babies yet, but when you’re comfortable with it, H and I would love to stop by and bring you some grub!

  • erica June 26, 2012, 9:57 am

    Wow, what you say about having always known Henry is exactly how I felt when our son was born. I just felt like I’d
    known him my entire life. It was like, “Of course, you are my son, I’ve been waiting for you.”

    • Caitlin June 26, 2012, 12:48 pm


  • Megan @ the road to skinny June 26, 2012, 10:01 am

    Oh showers are so wonderful! I feel like its the only time when I can be “Megan” again. Although I adore being mom, it’s nice to know I’m still Megan. He’s such a cutie!

  • Anne Weber-Falk June 26, 2012, 10:01 am

    Who says you have to loose the nicknames! My whole family uses other names for each other. My husband and I call each other Boubie and Boubala. John grew up being called Johnny yo-yo. My sister in law-the Big Beller. My kids are JC, Little Rae and Emmadarlin’.

    I know what you are saying about knowing Henry forever. He HAS always been with you. I love that.

  • Lauren T June 26, 2012, 10:06 am

    I can’t get over how cute he is! Probably the most adorable newborn I have ever seen! I’m glad you’re enjoying being a mother so much…and the nicknames are pretty cute too 🙂

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras June 26, 2012, 10:06 am

    I can’t tell you how much I love posts about Henry! It’s so cool watching you transition into the role of “mom”. And I agree, that’s my favorite picture of him so far, too!

  • Emily June 26, 2012, 10:11 am

    Aww, that put a smile on my face! I love “Hungry Hungry Henry.” 🙂 My children will definitely end up with nicknames; I have like twenty of them for my dog.

    I feel like I kind of understand what you mean about having always known Henry. I am young, single, and nowhere near ready to have a family, but when I think about the kids I hope to have one day, I feel like I already love them. 🙂

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries June 26, 2012, 10:17 am

    what a cute little guy! you look like such a natural mother. so glad you guys are doing well!

  • Earthy Nicole June 26, 2012, 10:23 am

    Beautiful (and fun!) post! I have a 3 year old and I still have lists of thoughts like that… especially the first (what I’ll do) and the last (she’s always been there). I often think to myself “I can’t believe I just said that.” when I say things like “Are you running with scissors!?” Lol, they were safety scissors but still, I’m like… seriously? It’s the same thing with kids putting stuff in their mouth and nose… it’s so cliche so when I’m like “Don’t you dare put that bean up your nose!” I feel like I’m a part of some parenting comedy.
    As far as her always being there, it’s so very true. I always knew I would have a child one day and without getting all deep and spiritual, I just knew when I met my daughter that she was the soul I would give birth to one day and I’m so thankful that she’s in my life.

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  • Kristen @ The Concrete Runnee June 26, 2012, 10:31 am

    Your last point about Henry always being there: I’ve felt that so much recently! MacKenna is 8 months and I’ll think back to things we did 2 years ago and go, “what did we do with M while we were doing that? Oh wait…” I feel like she’s always been a part of my life and can’t imagine her not being there!

    I totally think Henry is a good combo of the 2 of you! Soooo cute!

  • Caitlin June 26, 2012, 10:33 am

    Sigh. This post made me tear up and smile at the same time.

    I adore that photo of Henry, he is just so darn handsome!!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 26, 2012, 10:38 am

    That last part actually had me tearing up a bit. I’m so happy to see you embracing motherhood and seeming like such a natural. It is really is something beautiful. Wonderful post!

  • Elisabeth June 26, 2012, 10:40 am

    Beautiful post, Caitlin! I realllllly thought he looked just like you when he was first born, but now, only 2 weeks later, I think he looks just like Kristien. They change so fast! Oh, and don’t forget, you can always call him Harry, a sometimes forgotten nickname for Henry 😉

  • Ashley @ The North Carolina Cowgirl June 26, 2012, 10:44 am

    I love how you said “It’s hard to explain, but… it feels like Henry always existed. Henry was forever with me; I just didn’t get a chance to meet him until two weeks ago.” I think all moms feel that way. It’s hard to remember what our lives were like before kids because it just feels so perfect and right with them.

  • Natalie June 26, 2012, 10:50 am

    I openly cried a bit at work, reading this. So… thanks for that, and thanks for the beautiful post. You guys have a beautiful little family, I hope you have many many more weeks, months, YEARS of this level of happiness. =)


  • Lauren June 26, 2012, 10:53 am

    This post is so sweet. Our daughter is 10 weeks old, and I totally relate to everything you’re saying. It’s such a strong, amazing love.

    I think fun, silly nicknames are great, by the way : )

    Have fun with your little one. It really does get more and more fun each week!!

  • Meg June 26, 2012, 10:53 am

    Thanks for putting into words how I feel about my daughter (who is one tomorrow-eegads!) She has always been a part of me, I love that!

  • Julie June 26, 2012, 10:53 am

    I love the last part of this post… The part about time not being linear. I’m not a parent but I feel like I understand what you mean. Such a beautiful post!

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  • Nicolette June 26, 2012, 10:57 am

    Your last paragraphy brought tears to my eyes! What a wonderful writer and mommy you are!

  • Myriam June 26, 2012, 10:58 am

    Congratulations! 😀 He is precious.

  • Amanda June 26, 2012, 11:00 am

    This is such a sweet post! I love the part about Henry always existing. What a treasure 🙂

  • Jenny June 26, 2012, 11:01 am

    Your last sentiment is amazing – I love the thought that he is teaching you about the “non-linear-ness” of our relationships. Tearing up a little as I read that. Wow!

  • jen June 26, 2012, 11:18 am

    Wow, that last part about Henry always being part of your heart made me tear up. I have crazy baby fever and I like to think that my baby is already in my heart, I just haven’t met him or her yet.

  • Amanda June 26, 2012, 11:22 am

    I never really realized it but that last part is so true, I feel that way with my girls and especially Claire, our first.

    Also, Claire never minded being changed or anything regarding nakedness as a baby but now that she’s 1 year she’s started boycotting diaper changes and screams like we’re murdering her. She also isn’t nearly as amused at me picking her nose as I am.

  • Sara June 26, 2012, 11:23 am

    My son was the same, he never cried unless he really needed something. Ha also preferred to sleep on my chest. And he always waited until the last possible minute to do the normal baby stage things. I think he has always liked doing things in his own time. Henry is so precious. I know what you mean about him stealing your heart, and feeling like he has always been with you. I know there was life before my son, but yet not.

  • Alexandra June 26, 2012, 11:23 am

    Wow Caitlin, you just made me tear up. Reading through the other comments, I’m not the only one. I’m only 21 and I already want a baby (this can’t be good… haha).

  • Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy June 26, 2012, 11:26 am

    what a beautiful post! i am so excited for you:) He is absolutely precious!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks June 26, 2012, 11:27 am

    Awwww he is so adorable! And I totally agree-we all existed as spirits before this life, so our babies/family/spouse we knew before. They have always been a part of us. Beautiful thoughts! 🙂

  • Jessica June 26, 2012, 11:37 am

    “It’s amazing what I don’t mind doing for my child.” It really is amazing, isn’t it? I never thought I would be able to survive on only 4-5 hours of sleep a night, needing to pee for ages but unable to move because the baby was nursing, being covered in various bodily fluids, and rocking/bouncing for hours during rough growth spurts and teething. But when you have your beautiful little baby, it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice at all!
    And I also remember feeling like my baby had always been with us, even when she was only a few days old. My husband kept saying “she looks SO familiar!” after she was born – I had to remind him, it was because she was a part of him!
    Enjoy every single minute of Henry’s little babyhood – the time just FLIES by. I feel like my little girl was that small just yesterday, and she’s already six months old!

  • Tonyne June 26, 2012, 11:37 am

    “I would say that he’s stolen my heart over the last fourteen days, but that’s not quite true – he was always part of my heart. Parenthood makes me realize that time really isn’t as linear as we perceive it. Henry has always been here.”

    The husband and I are currently TTC and this brought tears to my eyes. I can’t wait to experience that feeling. I am so happy for you.

    • Caitlin June 26, 2012, 12:39 pm

      Good luck with TTC!

    • Brigid June 26, 2012, 1:34 pm

      Ditto and ditto! So sweet and only makes me hope this whole baby-making thing hurries up.

  • Leslie June 26, 2012, 11:37 am

    Such a sweet post. The grass in your yard is looking so nice by the way. Motherhood is so amazing! The stress, the vomit, the poop, the crying etc etc , it all just doesn’t matter when you love them so much. Agree about the burp cloth. One if my first trips away from my baby I went to lunch with a friend. I was finally feeling like myself again. I put on a cute outfit and makeup. I thought I looked good. As we were leaving the cafe my friend notice that I had spit up on my back shoulder area. It makes me laugh even years later.

  • Erika June 26, 2012, 11:46 am

    My baby is 10 months old and there are days I miss smelling like spit up! There was one day shortly after my maternity leave that I came to work with spit up on my shoulder, pee on the other shoulder (we have a boy!) and poo on my sleeve… and I didn’t care!

    You may or may not need it but you should check out The Baby Sleep Site. It has some very useful information about sleep training and nap schedules and sleep regressions as Henry gets older.

    • Caitlin June 26, 2012, 12:39 pm

      Thanks for this rec!

  • Michelle June 26, 2012, 11:58 am

    What an absolutely beautiful and inspiring last statement…

  • Krista June 26, 2012, 12:06 pm

    My 5 month old is named Grant. My husband calls him Granty Pants sometimes, and realized it’s from the term ‘granny panties’. HORRIBLE!

  • Brianna June 26, 2012, 12:25 pm

    Henry is sooooo cute! What a gem!

    Glad you’re finding some cute nicknames for him! Please don’t call him Harry!! 😛

  • Laura @ She Eats Well June 26, 2012, 12:37 pm

    Henry is precious. And I love the name Henry, by the way. Also, he has the most beautiful big eyes! Congratulations.

  • Claire Zulkey June 26, 2012, 1:17 pm

    No, NEVER feel bad about taking care of yourself. I have been labeled “selfish” already by some folks based on some things I’ve written about my pregnancy, and I’m tempted to write something about how I AM selfish and don’t care about it. Caring about yourself doesn’t prohibit you from caring for others, and I personally think it sets a better model for a child to have parents who take good care of themselves than to have a mother who is a miserable martyr at all times.

  • Emma June 26, 2012, 1:22 pm

    I love this post! 🙂

  • Amber K June 26, 2012, 2:31 pm

    My mom said she always loved the name Amber and was especially delighted because it wasn’t “nicknameable.” And then my cousin came to see me in the hospital right after I was born and exclaimed “Aww now we have a little Ambergur.”

  • nancy June 26, 2012, 2:33 pm

    I love how you articulated that you feel that Henry has always been with you. I felt the same way when my first child was born. When I first held her I felt like my heart just said “of course it’s you”. I realized I had felt her existence all along. It was the same way with our subsequent kids. It’s like we knew they were coming and had just enough room for them in our family.

  • Erin June 26, 2012, 2:52 pm

    Aww, I love that you feel like he has always been a part of you! I sobbed when I read that.
    But that could be partially due to the fact that I am 6 days from my due date….

    • Caitlin June 26, 2012, 3:39 pm

      Good luck!!!!

  • Katie of Cabbage Ranch June 26, 2012, 2:55 pm

    I love your thoughts about Henry always having been with you. So well put, and I know just what you mean.

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 26, 2012, 3:17 pm

    Awww so cute! Sometimes I feel like that too with friends–they were always with you, just never quite materialized till now.

  • julia June 26, 2012, 3:19 pm

    The nicknames will never stop, trust me (two kids with what we imagined to be un-nicknameable names). Also, I firmly believe our kids were with us forever in a weird way. Funny how it feels like that…

  • Amber June 26, 2012, 4:16 pm

    I LOVE this sentence: “Parenthood makes me realize that time really isn’t as linear as we perceive it. Henry has always been here.”

    So happy for you guys!

  • Liz June 26, 2012, 5:27 pm

    Long time reader but never posted till now. Your last comment is very insightful and brought a tear to my ear-you articulate perfectly that feeling of the familiarity of our children. That you can have these insights through the baby fog is impressive too!

  • Liz June 26, 2012, 5:28 pm

    I mean my eye not ear!

  • Leah June 26, 2012, 6:28 pm

    Parenthood makes me realize that time really isn’t as linear as we perceive it. Henry has always been here. -What a beautiful and touching statement!

  • Mary June 26, 2012, 6:38 pm

    My husband started calling my oldest son Tommy Toes when he was just a few days old. He tried to stop but instead we both started doing it. He is now 15 and has to live with us still calling him “Toes” for a nickname…we just can’t stop. I do, however, try to refer to him as “Tom” when his friends are around (but I sometimes forget lol). He never says anything so maybe he doesn’t really mind to much:). Nicknames=love.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 26, 2012, 7:02 pm

    just gorgeous!!!

  • Cristina @ Tiny Perfect Bites June 26, 2012, 7:41 pm

    What a sweet post! I can’t resist giving our dogs ridiculous nicknames, so I can’t imagine that I’ll have any more self-control with a baby. You two are a beautiful pair!

  • claire June 26, 2012, 8:17 pm

    I am a long time reader and have never commented…until now. That last paragraph was beautiful. What an incredible feeling that must be! Henry is lucky to have you as his mom — you are all so blessed.

  • Sarah June 26, 2012, 8:50 pm

    This is the best post ever!!

    And can I say – if ANYONE says anything along the lines of ‘you just wait….’ when you say he is a good baby – then IGNORE them. Both my boys were angel babies. Only ever cried when they were hungry and never gave me a hard time. Just enjoy him!


  • Sara June 26, 2012, 9:15 pm

    We too have been blessed with a pretty easy baby (Liam is seven months now) – I think it’s their way of tricking us into having more than one. 😉

    Your comment about the importance of proper penis alignment made me think about how much we have learned over the last seven months (and how much we have still to learn). My husband and I were both diaper virgins before Liam was born and we didn’t know that really, diapers can hold a lot of pee. We thought that as soon as that stripe turned blue, we’d better whip it off or he’d develop a nasty case of diaper rash within the minute. We probably went through about 20 diapers a day until some more enlightened parent clued us in to the true capacity of Pampers. 😉

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 26, 2012, 10:29 pm

    That last photo is so sweet. Weirdly, as a reader, it feels like Henry’s been here all along, too! You seem like such a good mom that it feels like that’s what you’ve always been!

  • Jolene ( June 26, 2012, 11:46 pm

    He looks so much like you!!!

  • Lu June 27, 2012, 12:07 am

    Motherhood is amazing!

  • Jen June 27, 2012, 12:51 am

    Awww…this is so funny, sweet and beautiful! That’s really all that I have to say…except, so glad that you are enjoying mommy-hood! 🙂

  • angie June 27, 2012, 7:42 am

    just curious because im looking into it too – did you encapsulate your placenta?

  • Kristy June 27, 2012, 7:44 am

    Your closing paragraph just made my pregnant behind cry 🙂 I’m so happy to hear all the good (& not so awesome) things you have to say about parenting so far!

  • Kristin @ woudned fawn June 27, 2012, 10:38 am

    I call my beloved dog Clementine, C Dawg. I know it’s not the same as nicknames for your son, but I just love her to pieces. I also call her C-dizzl which is her street name because Clementine sounds too soft for our hood!

    I like your take on Henry always being with you and time not being as linear as we think. That was very sweet and although I do not have any children I believe in deep love and connections and I can completely see your take on this.

    Hope you are having a great morning! How’s the routine going?

  • Amanda K. June 28, 2012, 9:51 am

    nicknames are aaaawesome.
    we call our son doodledog, doodlebug, etc.
    and we have a friend with a son named henry; they call him hank 🙂

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