Monster Motif

Henry’s Aunt Juj (Julie), and her daughter, Ona spent a lot of time creating a handmade surprise gift for him. Exactly what is was, even we weren’t sure. We only knew that they’d spent a lot of time making it and that it had finally been shipped. So we started getting concerned that their efforts would go to waste when it appeared that the package had been lost in transit. Luckily it was only delayed and eventually made it here intact after a few weeks.

As you can see in the photos below (enlarge them by clicking), it was worth the wait. The package actually consisted of three handmade gifts, all with the same theme: MONSTERS! There’s a blanket with patterns on both sides featuring various little monsters, a stuffed monster toy buddy for Henry, and best of all, a hanging mobile featuring multiple stuffed monsters, each one different.

After hanging the mobile above his crib, we laid Henry down and he was immediately fascinated by the odd creatures floating above him. It’s pretty clear he’s going to get a lot of enjoyment out of these gifts and we all appreciate them very much. Thanks Aunt Juj & Cousin Ona!

Also: Apparently they made another mobile for Henry’s cousin, Mae – only her’s is bird-themed.

In Brooklyn, Dressed Like a Bear

Henry took his first trip to the borough of Brooklyn Saturday night. We attended Daniel’s 5th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner. Daniel is our friend Mimi’s husband. Mimi is still in Japan (we missed her) so it was nice of Daniel to include her friends. Henry wore his bear coat for the trip on the way, of which there has been some debate. Mom thinks the bear coat is super cute and dad thinks Henry will someday resent her for dressing him in this kind of thing. Anyway, back to Henry’s first trip to Brooklyn. Despite his uncharacteristic fussiness most of the day, he behaved really well once we got to the dinner. By behaved really well, this means he slept most of the time. He really needed it. Thanks to Daniel for the great food and hospitality.

Thanks to Everyone

Since I never have time to reply to single comments, I just want to post a general thanks to everyone for your posts/replies. We are so happy to share Henry’s life with our family and friends, some near, some very far! We are glad you enjoy watching him grow!