October 21, 2010

Happy (Late) Birthday Harry!!!

For Harry's 2nd birthday we took him to Chuck E. Cheese.
It was a little crowded and loud, so he was a little unsure most of the time,
but I think he had a good time.
Daddy and Harry
Daddy took him around to play games.
He loved riding the carousel, and playing the driving video games the most.
After some pizza, soda, and games we headed home for cupcakes and ice cream.
Happy Birthday
Singing Happy Birthday :)
He wanted to touch the candle flame so badly, Jason had to hold him back.
(Do you see how excited Clark is in the back round, I am surprised he was not right up in Harry's face.)  I made Harry chocolate cupcakes, with chocolate icing (my boys really love chocolate),
 and I put Harry's favorite Reese's Pieces candy on top.
He opened his presents (or rather I did for him), 
and thanks to Nana, and Daddy, he got a lot of books.
He loves to read so much, and spends hours flipping through the pages of his favorite books.
(We also got him a red Coupe Car, but he isn't too keen on it, he would rather have the books.)
His reading face.
This is his concentrating, or reading face.
He gets so into the words and pictures, I love watching him, and reading with him.

(Now for the obligatory blast to the past, were I morn the loss of my tiny little babies, 
and try to come to grips with them growing  WAY TOO FAST.)
Harry was -and still is- the sweetest little baby ever.  He would -and still will- spend hours cuddling with me and Jason.  He loves to be held and hugged, and rocked in my chair.  Most nights before he goes to bed we will spend an hour or so rocking in the chair, reading or watching tv, he loves to nuzzle his face close to mine so I will give him kisses.  I love that he is so affectionate.  He went through a phase when he was younger, where he didn't like to be held or touched, I am so glad that is over.
Little Harry, about 4 months old.
I loved that big baby smile.  He always makes me smile, no matter how bad a day we are having.
He was always so deliciously chunky.  I don't know how I managed to carry him around everywhere.
We went to a doctors appointment last month and he is still at 90% for his height and weight, 
he is a little over 3 feet tall and 39 pounds.  I have a feeling it is just going to be a matter of time before he is towering over me.
Harry, just over 1 years old, and so very happy.Harry!
Harry, 14 months old.  This reminds me of Harry's outside phase, he had for the first 18 months of his life.  He always wanted to be outside, just had to be outside (!), exploring, and collecting his sticks and leaves.  He has calmed down some lately, but still loves to play outside.
(I feel like I restrained myself some, there were so many little baby pictures I wanted to post.)
October 2, 2010- Enjoying his birthday cup cake.
Dear Little Nugget (we are trying not to call you fatty nugget anymore, we don't want you to have a complex when you are older),
These past two years have gone by so fast, like they always will.  I have loved getting to know you, and your sweet spirit, you really do bring a spirit of peace into our family.  I love the funny little games you play, and how much you love to read.  I love that you finally seem to becoming more of who you are going to be, even though it has been a slow road.  You are so good at letting me know what you want, even if you don't talk yet.  You have come up with some pretty creative, and silly ways to tell me you want some milkies, like trying to give the sippy cup to my feet (instead of my hands).  You love to take apart things, which is hard to love when I am always fixing and cleaning up messes, but I do love how curious you are.  Your love of going outside and visiting your favorite places (like the mall, or the playground) is so contagious, and I know I am always going to have a good time when we hang out.  I also really love how well behaved you are (for the most part) when we go out, you always hold mine and your Daddy's hand so well in busy places...
well except for the one really scary time when you wandered off.
(Oh, I didn't tell you about that.  I was shopping, and Jason was playing with the boys at the mall in Hawaii.  Harry wandered off, and for 20 terrifying minutes we couldn't find him.  Twenty heart stopping minutes!  I was a hot mess, crying and running around like a nut.  We finally found him, on the OTHER side of the mall, UPSTAIRS! Worst day of my life so far. )
You can be pretty serious, you always have a plan, and you like your routine (even if it's a crazy routine I can't figure out).  You love to be tickled.  I can't even count how many times a day you come up to me so I can tickle your cheeks and neck, you love it, and you have the best laugh.  You love cartoons and listening to music.  Lately we have noticed how much you love watching the credits at the end of a movie.  You will hop up and down in excitement when they come on, and watch the entire scroll go by, it is kinda silly Harry.
Sometimes I am consumed with how many things you aren't doing yet, or things I am afraid you will never do.  I have to admit that when you were diagnosed with Autism earlier this summer I was scared, scared for you, for us.  But I have loved getting to know you all over again, and I understand you so much better because of it.  Before I wouldn't understand a tantrum, or your lack of attention to certain things (like your family or friends), but we are slowly figuring each other out.  You have made vast improvements this summer, HUGE.  You make eye contact with people more often, and you have started to play with your brother on occasion.  You seem less lost in your own little world, and more apart of ours... I think leaving Hawaii and going on our family road trip helped so much.
You make more sounds and noises now, some that have even resembled talking!  
In general you just seem to be more happy. 
Some of your favorite things are; Mickey Mouse  and Walle cartoons, fries, milk, chocolate, and books, books, books.  You love your special Walle blanket (thankfully we had a back up one, when Daddy lost your first one over the summer).  You love to play chase with Clark, and recently you have discovered the joys of bath time.  You love dancing in the kitchen and jumping on Mommies bed.  You don't love having your hair washed, or going to church, but you do love being with your family.  You love when we are all home together hanging out, and I love to see how excited you get everyday when Daddy comes home from work.
I hope you had a fun birthday!  I am really look forward to this coming year!
 I can't tell you how much I love the little boy you are becoming.  You have taught me so much this last year, about myself, and being a Mom, and I thank you for opening my eyes.  I know we still have a few hard roads up ahead, but I know I can do it, with you, for you,
because I love you.
Happy 2nd Birthday, my sweet little boy.
Singing CardBooks
A couple more reading pictures, just because I think he is so darned cute then he is looking at his books.


Granny said...

G G loved reading about you Harry. I just want give you a big hug. I still love your hair cut. You are a handsome little boy. hugs and kisses from your G G

michaela said...

CHuckee cheese, cupcakes, books. That was one good birthday. He is lucky to have you as a mom and you are lucky to have him as a son. Thank you for sharing this with all of us who don't get to see the milestones!

Rachael said...

Happy Birthday Fatty Baby! I love yoU!