Sunday, January 31, 2010

"Playing in the snow"

It's the third snowstorm of the season and Henry's second. The snow that came on the day we brought him home from the hospital was the most I've ever seen--over 24 inches! Yesterday's snow brought us a little over 8 inches. With Henry being MUCH bigger this go 'round with the snow, we were anxious to get outside.
So, as it turns out, "playing in the snow" is perhaps a bit of an overstatement when it comes to a 6 week old. Mommy and daddy were very excited to bundle Henry up in his first snow suit and go outside. But as you can see from the pictures and video, it was a little less exciting for HD.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Henry's thoughts on today's snow...

Henry's Dedication Photos

As I mentioned before, Henry's dedication was one of the most special moments we've enjoyed with him since he arrived. Our church, All Souls Charlottesville, is full of the most wonderful people! The congregation is only 1 year old; so Henry has been deemed the "first All Souls baby" and has been fully adopted by everyone there. It warms my heart to know that we will have so much support and love as we do our best to parent Henry.

Enjoy the pictures!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mema--The First

I was watching Henry fall asleep not long ago and noticed that he smiled a HUGE smile as he was sleeping. It was beautiful and got me thinking about what he was smiling about.

Most of you know that MY Mema, my mom's mom, was one of the most remarkable and wonderful people in the world. It's hard to believe that she passed away almost 7 years ago. More than anything, I wish she could meet Henry.

As I was thinking about Henry smiling, I wondered if he was connecting with angels that he played with in Heaven before he came to us.

And then it occurred to me. I wonder if God let Mema meet Henry before sending him to us. What a beautiful thought! I can imagine Mema in an old rocking chair (pulled up right beside Mrs. Helen Freeman--Helen Foster's mother--for sure!) with a teeny tiny Henry curled up in her lap. I can imagine her rocking him and telling him all about how she rocked me when I was a tiny baby. I can imagine her singing to him the beautiful lullabys she sung to me.

And I imagine when Henry falls alseep, he looks up into Heaven and sees Mema smiling at him and telling him how much she misses him.

Thank you for taking such good care of my Henry before we got him, Mema. I miss you so much.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Days 4 and 40

Perhaps this doesn't show quite as well as I'd hoped how much Henry has grown. But it's very cute nonetheless. For a little perspective, look at how big her hand looks next to Henry in the first one and how small it looks in the second.

Here's sweet cousin Addie doing an awesome job holding Henry when he was 4 days old.

And here's Addie holding her sweet Henry when he was 40 days old.

Henry's Blessing

Last night, our Henry was dedicated to the Lord at All Souls. What an amazingly beautiful and holy ceremony. It was so special to have Grandmommy (Judy), Mema (Linda), Baba (David), Uncle-Uncle Elly, Greatest Aunt Sandy, Uncle Greg, Aunt Krista, Kesiah, Addie & Gwen there to support us. Pictures will be coming. But here is the blessing that Andrew prayed over our angel during the service:


As we come to You to ask your blessing on Henry David, we are so grateful for the many blessings You have already poured out on us. Henry is the most wonderful gift and we thank You so much for the honor of being his Mom and Dad. We thank You for the love of his extended family, many of whom are here tonight to share this precious moment with us. And we thank You for this new family, All Souls Charlottesville, a community of your people who have, collectively and individually, been shining examples of both heavenly grace and earthly hospitality.

We ask, Lord, that You bless this new life. We pray that You will, even now, create a yearning in his heart for You that is met and renewed, every day.

We pray, Lord, that You bless his heart. May he love and be loved with a compassion that comes from You. May he turn to You in times of heartache and not forget You in times of joy.

We ask, Lord, that you bless his mind. Minimize the distance between You and he, when temptations present themselves, by reminding him of Your infinite and unwavering goodness.

We pray, Lord, that you bless his body. May he remember that it is your temple and may it be nourished, healthy, and whole.

Lord, be his shepherd, his beacon, his grace, his salvation.

We ask these things in Jesus' name.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Grandmommy's Visit

Henry has thoroughly enjoyed Grandmommy's visit this week. He has gotten so much attention. Hugs and kisses and cuddles galore! Last night Grandmommy read Henry his bedtime story--my favorite: God Gave Us You. What a wonderful story!

The light in the video below is very dim. It is because we were getting Henry ready for bed. But you can hear how wonderful Grandmommy is at reading stories. Henry is one lucky grandson!

Earlier on Saturday, Cousin Sarah came to visit and meet Henry from Richmond. We love having her so close. Henry had a particularly sleepy day. He napped and napped. But thankfully, he woke up for about 45 minutes while Sarah was here. She was able to hold him and say hello for just a few minutes at least.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Smiles for Momma

I've been trying to remember to have Andrew take some pictures of me with Henry. Because I'm with him all day, I almost always hand him off to Andrew as soon as he gets home from work...Andrew that is. Not Henry. Anyway, Andrew was sweet enough to remember tonight and snapped some sweet moments between Henry and me:

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Busy Week

Andrew had Monday off, so we took our first family trip to the Charlottesville downtown mall. For those not familiar w/ C'ville it's not a shopping mall type of mall. It's Main St. that is completely pedestrian with shops, restaurants, a movie theater and even an ice skating rink. Henry loved being all snuggled up with daddy in the bjorn. The weather was beautiful and we loved (okay, I loved) being outside.

Tuesday, I decided to make a trip up to the office to show off Henry. Just as I imagined, as soon as I walked through the door all the wonderful people who cheered me on during my whole pregnancy came running to see the end product. And Henry didn't disappoint! He was such a sweetie and let all the ladies and even Mark (my boss) pass him around.
Today, though, is the BEST day of the week. Grandmommy Breen arrived to meet her first grandchild. We are so thrilled to have her here and will definitely post pictures of her visit.

In the meantime, here are a couple of pics of Henry hanging out today:

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Henry says hi....sort of

I suppose it's kind of late in the day for Henry to be too talkative. But I thought I'd try. Wouldn't you know, I put him in his swing so that I could upload and post the video. Well, as soon as he heard it playing he started talking and talking in his swing. Go figure! One day we'll get a video of him when he has a lot to say. Until then, this will have to do.

Daddy Time

It has been a total bummer having Andrew back at work. But he has been very much enjoying this three-day weekend. Here is Henry hanging on daddy's tummy this afternoon.

We've officially joined the "Dad is in charge of bath time" club. Andrew gave Henry a bath on Saturday night. In the internet age of not knowing where the photos end up, I'm not going to post any naked Henry pics. Maybe we'll get some cute photos of him in his bath where he isn't so exposed. But, here's a very clean Henry wrapped up and getting warmed up in daddy's arms.

Henry is here.

Of course you know this! We've been calling, emailing and facebooking for weeks now. But I figured it is high time to blog.

Henry arrived in the wee hours of the morning on December 15, 12:56 am exactly. After a day of labor and 2.5 hours of pushing, Henry was delivered via c-section by my FAVORITE doctor, Ann Carr. She was wonderful and the surgery was incredibly smooth. As a result, my recovery has gone very well.

That makes Henry 1 month and 2 days old. It is so hard to believe he's that old already. And boy is he getting big. We aren't due for another doctor's appointment for him until February 19. But I might have to sneak into the office sometime before then and have him weighed. I'm anxious to know how big he is!

I don't want to jinx anything, but Henry has been the easiest baby I could ever imagine. He has never gotten upset to the point where he couldn't easily be soothed. And when he does get "upset" it's more like a few grunts and a squeal. He almost never cries. In fact, when he was about 3 weeks old, Andrew looked at me and asked, "Should we be worried that he hasn't really cried yet?" He eats like a champ, sleeps in his crib with no problem--in fact, he happily goes down before even being asleep as long as he has his pacifier (oh and isn't picky about which pacifier in the least bit!)--loves his bath time, has never cried once during tummy time, and is just the happiest baby. His favorite place in the house, as discovered by Mema, is his changing table. After he's finished eating, he gets a diaper change and then is happy to just hang on the changing table, cooing, smiling, singing, talking. He just loves it. Aunt Krista must have put a magic spell on that table when she bought it...or Uncle Greg and Krista put in some happy dust when they put it together.

You all have seen almost all of the photos we've taken so far. So I won't paste any here. But moving forward I will. I'm looking forward to getting back to blogging and sharing the amazing moments with our angel boy.