I thought Iâ€™d write a little update on my dear Henry. Heâ€™s going to be TWO in two months. Can you believe it? I cannot. Itâ€™s truly mind-blowing how fast it goesâ€¦ I know thatâ€™s a big clichÃ© but itâ€™s true.
(Dying Easter eggsâ€¦ That was a HUGE hit. I had all these grand plans to do natural Easter egg dyes, but that fell to the wayside â€“ the holiday sure snuck up on me! Maybe next year. Anyway, Henry thought the whole process was super funâ€¦ The only color he consistently can identify is orange, so he was super obsessed with the orange eggs.)
Henry is doing very well. Heâ€™s a seriously talkative little dude (truly â€“ he never stops chatting) and also very friendly. The other day, we walked up to a receptionist and he said very loudly, â€œThis is momma. This is Henwyâ€ before she could even open her mouth. I died.
Other funny sentences: His Nana (my MIL) taught him to say, â€œI promiseâ€ so now he says it all the time, except he doesnâ€™t know what it means and cannot pronounce Râ€™s, so he just randomly says, â€œI pwomiseâ€ throughout the day. Also, yesterday, he threw a book off the upstairs landing and it hit me in the head, and when I grabbed my head and said, â€œOuch! That hurt mommy,â€ he replied, â€œOh, sowwy. It was an accident.â€ Hah! He has also starting to say, â€œBye bye, see you next year,â€ and I have zero idea where he got that fromâ€¦ He calls every other kid (if he doesnâ€™t know their name) â€œfriendâ€ â€“ as in, â€œHi, friend. Slide, friend?â€™ â€“ which is truly epic. Basically, weâ€™re entering the stage where totally awesome and insane things come out of his mouth, and ITâ€™S GREAT! I love it. <3
Heâ€™s healthy, happy, playful, and willful. He is also very brave and adventurous â€“ he will launch himself down twisty big kid slides without pause. His bravery scares me sometimes! Heâ€™s tough â€“ the other day, he tripped and bloodied up his knee and hardly even blinked â€“ let alone cried – when I cleaned it. As Iâ€™m sure you can imagine, his strong personality means there are quite a few temper tantrums during the day, but Iâ€™m getting better at addressing the tantrums before they really kick into high gear and/or talking him off the ledge. I count to 10 a lot in my head. :) But he also has lots of sweet, gentle moments where he cuddles me or asks me to sing to him â€“ heâ€™s the only person in the world who likes my singing voice! The quiet moments are truly just moments, though â€“ before I know, heâ€™s up in a flash and back to running around. I cherish the low-key moments as they come. 🙂
He loves tumbling and jumping, chasing the new cat, smashing block castles, and taking bubble baths. He also loves Thomas the Train (like, intensely), little Matchbox cars, fire trucks â€“ he even got to sit in a real fire truck a week or so ago (full story here).
Basically, heâ€™s adorable, and we love him a lot. I canâ€™t even remember what our lives were like before Henry. <3 Itâ€™s so fun to watch him grow and learn!
I did want to share something new that Iâ€™ve been doing with Henryâ€¦ One of our biggest daily battles is over toothbrushing. Henry seriously hates it when I brush his teeth, and Iâ€™ve tried so many things to make it betterâ€¦ Different toothpaste, different brushes, the fingertip method. Everything. But I THINK that I finally found something that works!
A few days back, I was thinking about positive reinforcement and realized that Henry was probably old enough to understand and appreciate a sticker chart. You guys know that I LOVE â€˜STICKERâ€™ CHARTS. Itâ€™s pretty much how I motivate myself to do absolutely anything and everything, from working out to flossing my own teeth.
So I printed up a toothbrush chart for Henryâ€¦ (the photo is of him eating a melty chocolate):
And bought some very HIGH-WANT Thomas the Train stickers:
He lets me brush his teeth, he gets a sticker, and he gets to put it on his chart. Weâ€™ve only been doing it for a few days, but so far, itâ€™s REALLY working! He thinks the process is so fun. Like mother, like son! I canâ€™t believe it took me so long to think of thisâ€¦
Question of the Day: What television show were you really into as a kid? I remember being OBSESSED with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers â€“ yay, 1990s!