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.
Henry and I take a nap before heading to New Jersey.
Henry plays with Hudson’s new toy.
Madison, Dina’s daughter, takes care of Henry and helps him figure out how to maneuver the toy.
Henry plays with Madison. Madison is a caregiver and seems to really like little babies.
Reunited: Dina (middle), Nicole (right) and myself (left) pose for photos with our babies.
Another photo of the mothers and babies (left to right: Henry, Reagan and Hudson).
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 a former grad (to the left of Henry) and older attendee (standing).
While Jacqui’s in Chicago again for work, Henry and I are trying to stay cool at home despite a mini-heatwave in NYC. Mango pops have the added benefit of soothing his teething.
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.
Sierra offers Henry a cracker with cheese during the picnic. Henry politely declined, citing insufficient teeth.
Henry enjoys the picnic.
Henry in the grass in Central Park.
Jacqui shows Henry the boats in the lake.
Jacqui, Henry and Sierra in the park.
Guests of honor, Carolyn and Emily celebrate their June birthdays.
Henry, Jacqui and Mimi cross the Bow Bridge in Central Park.
Henry meets Jacqui’s stepsister, Terra and her family. (left to right: Andrew, Emma, Terra, Matt, Henry, Jacqui)
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.
Investigating the shoe rack in the closet.
Smiling in the grass at Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City.
Jacqui noticed the Ulysses statue in BPC for the first time and took a nice shot.
Henry has been a bit under the weather since Sunday night. It is hard to say what is wrong. Monday, I picked him up early from daycare with a temperature. He has been coughing, but only at night. We will continue to monitor him and see how Wednesday goes. He is still pretty happy for the most part, but as Maryellen said, “probably at about 80% and not really being himself.”
Even though it’s one of those Hallmark-perpetuated holidays, Father’s Day marks an occasion to acknowledge and honor the parental bond. I’d previously only considered it from the opposite angle— as a son. Now I can appreciate it from both sides, so this first one especially marks a transition. Happy Father’s Day to mine and all the others too.
Henry and I reading on his rug.
Wet-haired Henry after a bath.
We paid a visit to Pasanella and Son Vinters, a local wine store.
Saw these at Whole Foods. Henry is teething but he’s not a vegan teether.
Looking through his toy box.
Nap time with my boy.
More crawling: this time Henry followed down the hallway when I went to take out the trash.