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Thoughts on having a boy. 

When you found out you were pregnant did you secretly wish for a girl or boy? Obviously, everyone just wishes for a healthy baby, but in the back of your mind did you have a preference? I’ll be honest. And I even remember talking to ARM about this and my sister. I was secretly hoping for a girl. That’s what I know. I have a niece that I’m very close to, a sister, and a wonderful mother. I wanted to have the same relationship with my “daughter” as I do with my mom. I know princesses, dolls, barbies, my little pony, tea parties, dresses and pink. Maybe it’s because I’m a girl that I felt comfortable with that. There was a 50/50 chance and from the day I found out I was pregnant, I just knew it was a boy. Maybe it was a way to prepare myself mentally for having a boy? I daydreamed about the things I would do with my boy. New things that I will need to learn about in order to teach my son. What will be his interests? Will he be like his dad - a musician, music lover, sports enthusiast, nature lover, straight A student? Will he be into cars? Science? Sports? Bugs? Ballet? Will he be a wild and crazy boy or a calm and reserved boy? I thought about the sports I wouldn’t want him to play - football (too much contact)  and baseball (too boring for my taste). And the sports I’d want him to play - soccer, basketball and tennis. But then again I thought about being that “soccer mom” who went to all his t-ball games. I remember asking my mom once, what will he play with? I don’t know how to play with cars and trucks. She laughed and said it will come naturally. We never did find out what we were having and I am so happy that we decided to wait. 

And then…

Henrik arrived and when the doctor said “it’s a boy!”, I was so extremely happy. Tears of joy. Best day of my life. When they laid him on my chest, all wrinkly and bright eyed, I knew it was meant to be. He was my son. Mommy’s boy.

Now I can’t even imagine having a girl. I feel so connected to my sweet Henrik and all my apprehensions and fears have disappeared. It seems silly that I even felt that way back in the beginning. How could I fear this delicious sweet boy of mine? He has already taught me so much. And I can’t wait to teach him about everything I DO know. Heck, I even like cars more than his dad does! And whatever he wants do, we’ll support. If he wants to play with dolls, that’s ok too. I know dolls! 

Having a son has turned out to be the most amazing thing, ever. I’m cloud 9. 

Love you little man. 

It was hard to leave for work this morning because I didn’t get my daily morning smiles and snuggles. I tiptoed into your room and you grabbed onto my pointer finger, deep in sleep. I smiled and a tear ran down my face. I whispered, “I’ll see you in the afternoon, have a great day with ammi, mommy loves you so much.” And you smiled back at me, deep in sleep. I know you heard me, pure gratification. 

I’ll see you in a few hours, my little babe.

It was hard to leave for work this morning because I didn’t get my daily morning smiles and snuggles. I tiptoed into your room and you grabbed onto my pointer finger, deep in sleep. I smiled and a tear ran down my face. I whispered, “I’ll see you in the afternoon, have a great day with ammi, mommy loves you so much.” And you smiled back at me, deep in sleep. I know you heard me, pure gratification.

I’ll see you in a few hours, my little babe.

And the tradition continues… Henrik’s first game day yesterday. These two. <3

And the tradition continues… Henrik’s first game day yesterday. These two. <3


An art installation of green plants growing on the wall of the building next to the CaixaForum Madrid — a modern art gallery — In Madrid, Spain. The living wall was created by french botanist Patrick Blanc

An art installation of green plants growing on the wall of the building next to the CaixaForum Madrid — a modern art gallery — In Madrid, Spain. The living wall was created by french botanist Patrick Blanc

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Things I don’t want to forget

* eavesdropping on Andy (daddy) as he greets you in the morning with a “Good morning Hen!” as he picks you up from the crib to start your day

* the bottom lip of yours that curls when you’re about to cry

* your blue blue eyes that smile with you

* your smile that extends beyond your cheeks

* your arms that extend out when you’re excited and happy

* your sweet baby smells

* the way your legs kick, kick, kick

* your hair that gets matted down in the back when you come out of your car seat 

* the way you stiffen your body when you don’t like something or on the verge of crying… that’s genetic, thanks to your dad!

* the way your little scratchy finger nails feel on my skin

* your super soft baby skin

* your open mouth kisses, tongue first when I go to kiss you

Love you Henrik!

Happy 3 months, Henrik Townes!

My little dumpling. You smile with your eyes and it’s contagious. These pictures are just a sampling of what we get to see each and everyday. Oh how we love you so. 

This month has been a big one for you. You have grown and matured so much over the last month that I can’t quite keep up! You are so interactive, playing with all your toys, trying to sit up, 90 degree angles when you do tummy time, and rolling over continuously from you tummy to back… tummy time isn’t your favorite so you’ve found an escape route! Snoop. For a while now you’ve slept from about 8pm to 6:30am without any feedings in the night. THANK YOU! I know that will change probably in the next month or so, but it’s been nice for now. You have lots to say and definitely have a loud cry. You must get that from your dad. ;)

Your eyes are blue(r) by the day and I have a feeling they might stick around. Your hair has an auburn, blondish tint. We call you tintin. Your hair just decides to stick up so we go with it and make it a faux hawk. 

I have one more week with you until I go back to work and even though I am loving every minute of our days together, I am also mentally preparing to go back to work and I know it’s going to be a hard transition. Please know that I’m doing this for YOU. Both your dad and I are. We want the best for you and you’ll be in great hands with both your grandmas. I am excited for your bond to go strong with the two of them. You are so lucky!

Time is irrelevant to you now so you won’t know I am gone all day, but boy am I going to miss you. I’ll miss waking up to your little coos and seeing you smile big and bright first thing in the morning. Those are the best hours of the day. Lucky you though, you’ll get to spend those waking moments now with your dad. And I’ll be home in the late afternoon to spend lots of time with you! 

Looking forward to what the next month brings…!

My favorite part of waking up is seeing this guy and his smiley face. Mornings have easily come my favorite. 

My favorite part of waking up is seeing this guy and his smiley face. Mornings have easily come my favorite. 

Delayed by about a month, but I swear I’ve been busy! Happy 2 months Henrik Townes. This is the month where you really showed us that beautiful smile. A lot. More and more each day. You notice us and turn your head in the direction of someone talking to you. You’ve outgrown all your newborn clothes and wearing 0-3 months, but those are also getting tighter on you. I got sad putting away the clothes you’ve already outgrown! You weigh a whopping 13lbs 7 ounces and are 24 1/2 inches long. You also noticed Red dog for the first time and get a smile on your face when she comes to see you. You guys will be best buds one day. 

This was a busy month for you as you got to meet your great-grandparents for the first time, a visit with your aunt mo from NYC and her awesome boyfriend Tim from California came to see you, we celebrated 4th of July, my mom (your ammi) babysat you for the first time so your dad and I could have a night out to see Gillian Welch, you went to the beach and pool, spent time packing up your ammi and ukki’s house, celebrated ukki’s 60th birthday and the list goes on. 

It was a wonderful 2nd month and it’s so fun to see you learning new things. 

You may have reddish hair and your eyes are still really blue… I hope those both stay but you never know. I’ll love you any which way! 

You’re almost 3 months old now and this is the most changes I’ve seen in one month. I’ll write more about it on your birthday. 

Love you little man.

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