Snow Day!

Story told by: Henry

Today was our first snow of the year! Lainey has been telling me all about snow, so I was excited to head outside to see what it was all about.

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I was a little crabby about getting into my snow gear, but as soon as I got outside, I had a big smile on my face.

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Lainey was especially excited about our new sled!

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And we’re off!

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I don’t know that I loved every minute of the cold, but I did have a few smiles throughout our adventure.

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We tried to make some snow angels, but we were quite cold by that time. Brrrrrr!

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We got a couple of pictures, and then headed inside. Outside was lots of fun, though! I can’t wait until I can walk so I can really enjoy the snow.

Thanksgiving, 2014

Story told by: Henry

Today was my first Thanksgiving, and I loved it! We started the day with Na Na’s cinnamon rolls. Yum!

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Then I sadly had to take a nap, but everyone else got to enjoy the parade. (I was able to catch the second half, though.)

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Lainey had a lot of fun watching the balloons, dancers, and marching bands. This girl was in heaven!

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Once I woke up, we watched the parade while having snacks with Na Na.

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Then it was time to start the turkey! I’ve been hearing about this delicious turkey, so I couldn’t wait!

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While Thanksgiving prep was happening, Lainey and I played with Ba Ba.

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And after hours of waiting, Thanksgiving dinner was finally ready!

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I started with devouring mashed potatoes.

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And then I inhaled cranberry jelly.

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After that I ate an entire roll, turkey, stuffing, and green bean casserole.

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This is my kind of holiday!

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After a delicious dinner, we went downstairs to watch the Seahawks’ game. I watched with my best football-watching partner.

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While the game was going on, Lainey and Na Na planned out their Black Friday shopping plans.

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Mommy made a delicious pie for dessert. I missed out on this because I had to go to bed, but everyone tells me it was delicious!

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After dessert, Lainey insisted everyone was still hungry, so she made another meal for Na Na and Ba Ba.

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My baby brother or sister is quickly growing, so we got a picture of Mommy’s belly at 16 weeks.

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After eating lots of food, Na Na and Lainey were exhausted, so Ba Ba treated them to a foot rub. What a good guy!

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The final event of the night was our first year of reading “The Elf on the Shelf!” Lainey named the elf “Elf.” (She tried to name it “Daddy,” but she was told that it couldn’t have the same name as anyone else in our house.)

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While reading the book, Lainey learned that Elf will fly back to the North Pole every night to report on her behavior to Santa. Lainey and I can’t touch the elf because he might lose his magic. Santa won’t let Elf talk to us, but we can tell Elf all of our wishes for Christmas. Each morning he’ll fly back to our house and land in a different spot. It’s our job each morning to find his new location! We’re quite excited.

Overall, it was a great Thanksgiving! Any holiday that involves letting me eat a lot of food is one great holiday!

Henry’s 9-Month Appointment

Story told by: Henry

I had my 9-month appointment today!

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I’m getting pretty comfortable with the doctor’s office.

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When I first arrived, I had my measurements taken. Here they are:

Height: 30 inches (98th percentile…Lainey was 29 1/2 inches)

Weight: 23 pounds (95th percentile…Lainey was 20 pounds, 8 ounces)

Head Circumference: 18 3/4 inches (98th percentile…Lainey was 19 inches)

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While we waited for Dr. Mike to come in, I spent some time checking myself out in the mirror.

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As soon as Lainey found out we were coming to Dr. Mike’s office, she couldn’t stop talking about the magazines! She quickly grabbed one and started reading.

Dr. Mike came in and found me to be a healthy boy! He said that I am SOLID. Daddy still hopes for a football player, so he might just get that. See you for my one-year appointment Dr. Mike!

Halloween, 2014

Story told by: Henry

It was my first Halloween, so I couldn’t wait to see what it was all about! My sister could barely contain her excitement all day, so I knew it had to be good.

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Once Daddy got home, we headed out for trick-or-treating. I was quite cozy in my warm horse costume.

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I’m not sure how I feel about being Lainey’s sidekick, but if I wait patiently, I’ll find a way to reverse these roles in a few years.

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Our friends showed up, so we were ready to go. Mya was a ladybug, and Oliver was a minion. Oliver and his family drove all of the way from Montana to stay with us for the WHOLE weekend. So much fun!

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I hung out in the wagon, while everyone else went crazy for candy.

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Lainey was often way ahead of the group. When it comes to candy, she doesn’t mess around.

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In fact, she didn’t even have time to stop to go to the bathroom. Lainey promised Mommy that she didn’t have to go potty. Sure, Lainey.

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I was getting quite tired, but I was a very patient and happy horse.

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Lainey was a little unsure when the witch answered the door, but the witch had candy, so Lainey quickly got over her fears.

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When we got home, Oliver and Lainey spread their candy out and got to indulge in a few pieces. I had to go to bed, but next year will be my year! Happy Halloween!