Friday, February 29, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
You know how some days you just wake up and know that it will be a great day and other days you feel like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed? I can tell if its going to be a good day or a bad day just by the look on Hank's face first thing in the morning.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Valentine's Day always makes me laugh because it means that six years ago Aaron broke up with me and we both spent the holiday sad, miserable, and depressed. Although we had only been dating a few months, Aaron was set on a one-way track to marriage and decided that he wanted to be exclusive. He posed an ultimatum to me: either commit now or forget it. I explained to him that after barely turning 20 and having known Aaron such a short time I was hardly ready to commit to a serious relationship. I expected Aaron to back down and take what he could get and I was shocked when he dumped me instead! I think we spent 4 lonely days being miserable (including Valentine's Day) apart before he came crawling back...sort of. We agreed to keep dating and the rest is history! We've spent the last five Valentine's Days together laughing at how silly our first Valentine's Day was and being grateful that we get to make up for it each year. I love you Aaron Grover!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
I'm getting annoyed with opening my blog everyday and looking at the same old post from a month ago. I know that I badly need to write a new post and upload pictures, but I don't have any new news or new pictures to share. So I just want to write a post so that I don't have to keep looking at the old one. I will make it my project to take some new pictures this week so that I can replace this post with a real one. I guess I'll just share some of Hank's new tricks and words.
1. Last weekend we finally installed a new handle on the door to our pantry. All the doors in our house have the lever-type handles, which Hank opens with ease. I get so irritated when Hank opens the pantry door because he will destruct everything: poor salt on the floor, empty boxes of crackers, and eat through a pile of cookies. We finally got wise and installed a round knob on the door and instantly my quality of life has dramatically improved. I expected Hank to protest this new restriction but he hasn't really seemed to mind at all. He's just moved on to raiding our junk drawer next to the telephone.
2. It seems that Hank is really catching on to the concept of words. He's picking up new words really fast these days. This past week Hank learned the words "nana" (grandma), "bu" (bus), "a-pa" (apple), and "ap" (lamp). His enunciation isn't always the most clear so in order to understand him, you have to pay close attention to the context of his speech. For example, it is easy to confuse his words for 'poop' and 'soap', which obviously have vastly different meanings.
3. Yesterday I took Hank to see his pediatrician to get a referral for his dietary issues. There are only two things that Hank likes: junk food (cookies, chips, and crackers) and smooth food (Gerber 2s). He doesn't eat anything in between. I'm always trying to add variety to his diet by introducing new foods, but he doesn't seem to have the most adventurous palette. Interestingly, I discovered this week that he does like sunflower seeds, which are a good source of protein. His doctor gave us a referral to see a special 'feeding team' at a children's hospital in Tacoma so hopefully they will be able to provide me with some new ideas.
4. Hank learned to climb onto our bar stools. I worry about him toppling over since the stools are taller than he is, but its kind of fun to have him at counter height to help me with dinner.
5. Lately Hank has been very amorous. He will randomly smack his lips and give you that look that means he wants to kiss you. He starts leaning in to you and then plants one right on your lips. Sometimes, if he's feeling really lovey, he'll lay his head down on you to initiate a hug. So cute. I love it.