Monday, July 14, 2008

We may need to move...

We may need to leave our neighborhood. I think the local shopkeepers are going to have Henry's picture on the wall soon as a known tantrum thrower and store destroyer.

Fun Police

Having fun with a toddler is just asking for punishment. Why? Because at some point, the fun needs to stop and then the tantrum begins. Just thought I would share that little tidbit from my day.

This kid cracks me up

We go to the pool most mornings and I have gotten Henry into the bad habit of expecting a drink from the machine in the locker room. Most of the time it is bottled water, sometimes a Snapple iced tea for thirsty preggo mom.

I discovered last week that the machine didn't take dollars, only change. I told Henry that we couldn't get a drink because I didn't have enough change. I looked down at him and he immediately started digging his hands into his little pockets. I couldn't figure out what he was doing and then it dawned on me. I asked "Henry, are you looking in your pockets for change?" He got a big smile on his face and said "Yeah!"

When we got home he found two quarters on our foyer table and stuffed them into his pocket. I guess he wants to be more prepared for the next time

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

My Little Fish

Henry loves the pool so I signed him up for the free swimming lessons given in our neighborhood. He is an official member of the Tots Swimming Class which I think is just adorable. The first class went OK. He was very put out by the fact that we couldn't go into the kiddie pool and was none too thrilled to go into the big pool. I think he hates being immersed that much and being held.

He liked the first part where he got to jump off the side of the pool to me and putting his face in the water. Beyond that he was not too thrilled with the rest of it and was screaming to get out. Every time I set him on the side of the pool he would run away and I would have to wrench myself out of the pool and run after him. Let's hope tomorrow's lesson goes a bit more smoothly.

Monday, July 07, 2008


Adam isn't a big sweets fan and gives me a hard time for sneaking Henry ice cream, cookies etc. He took Henry to the park yesterday before dinner. They came back to the apartment and I asked if they had a good time. Henry immediately shouted "Yeah!" and then "Aye-Aye" which is how he says ice cream.

I asked "Did Daddy buy you an ice cream?" and Henry again shouted "Yeah!" Apparently Adam can't resist Henry's charms either.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Vigilante Justice

We often go to the same playground in the morning and run into a lot of the same kids. There is one little girl named Agatha who is two months younger than Henry and about a head shorter. I doubt she weighs eighteen pounds. To say she is small is an understatement but she doesn't let anyone push her around. Recently she has taken a shine to Henry.

He brought his dump truck to the park last week and left it unattended. Another kid picked it up and tried to play with it. Aggie marched right up to the boy, grabbed it out of his hands and said "NO! Henry's!" She then sweetly returned the truck to it's rightful owner.

Could he be any sweeter?

Despite his many tantrums and his refusal to give me a kiss, Henry is such a sweet boy. For his age, he is very good at sharing. Some things hurt him more than others to share, but he never gets grabby. He just looks at me with these sad eyes just asking me to step in.

Today we were at his friend Elliot's house to play. His mom set out a large bowl of grapes on the floor for everyone and she and Elliot were eating them. Henry looked at me to see if he could take some and then walked over to get one. After a minute or so he went and picked up the entire bowl. I wasn't sure what he was doing until he came right up to me offering the bowl and said "Mama?" asking me if I wanted some!

This evening Adam got home a little early so we went to Carvel for dessert. Henry lost all interest in his little cup of vanilla once he got a taste of Adam's float. He fought Adam back and forth to get as much as he could. At one point he grabbed it out of Adam's hands and handed it to me, giving Adam a dirty look. He was so excited about what he was tasting that he just had to have me try it! And he was going to force Adam to share with me whether he was interested or not.