Saturday in New Jersey

Henry and I took the train to Maplewood, New Jersey yesterday. This was our second venture to see Nicole and Trey Studley since their son, Hudson was born in March. This trip was for celebrating Nicole’s birthday.

I met Dina and Nicole in late 2007 when I first started working at Rokkan. Dina was the first to have kids-Madison, the oldest (see pics below) and then Reagan, this past January. Hudson is Nicole’s first baby. It was a different party than we used to have, but still really fun to see a baby at every turn. It will be fun to watch them all interact as they grow and are able to really play together.

Although it has been very humid on the East Coast, Henry's head is actually wet from an ice cube, not sweat.

Although it has been very humid on the East Coast, Henry’s head is actually wet from an ice cube, not sweat.

Daycare Celebration

I attended Henry’s daycare celebration yesterday. The celebration is actually a graduation party for the older children who will be moving on to pre-school in the fall. It is also a reunion of sorts for former children who attended Soho Childcare. It is really a family affair as many families have several children who all spent years with Maryellen. Henry is one of the youngest, so he still has a ways to go before graduating, but I am continually grateful to have found such a great place for my boy.

Henry at his daycare celebration hangin' with the older kids.

Henry at his daycare celebration hangin’ with a former grad (to the left of Henry) and older attendee (standing).

Henry & The Hesses

With his trusty slotted spoon, Henry sits between Andrew and Matt.

With his trusty slotted spoon, Henry sits between Andrew and Matt.

Picnic & Visitors

This afternoon we attended an annual birthday picnic in Central Park for friends, Emily and Carolyn before returning home to welcome Jacqui’s stepsister, Terra and her family visiting from Wyoming.

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Sierra offers Henry a cracker with cheese during the picnic. Henry politely declined, citing insufficient teeth.

Henry meets Jacqui’s stepsister, Terra and her family. (left to right: Andrew, Emma, Terra, Matt, Henry, Jacqui)

Bouncing Back

Henry’s resilient and seems to be feeling a lot better. He’s still got a bit of a cough but that hasn’t really slowed him down much. He’s still very active, curious and playful. For example, like most kids his age, he enjoys a good game of peek-a-boo.