One on One Time

Henry and I have been filling our time together with a variety of activities (many free) in the last few weeks. It has been a tough transition for both of us since he no longer goes to daycare. I try to round up plenty of playdates and activities for us while working from home for part of the day. We both treasure this time together because come December, my attention will definitely be divided and it will be a big change for him.

Dad’s First Swimming Lesson

Mark did not have to work today so he was able to swim with Henry for the first time. Henry was the sole swimmer (most people were out of town due to the holiday) which seemed to be good for Mark because he could learn the swimming routine without interrupting any other swimmers. Mark enjoyed the time with Henry and he was much more animated than I am when I swim with Henry. It was sweet to watch. Henry got a little more tired than usual, being the center of class and having to perform without any breaks. Class was cut short by about ten minutes and Henry fell asleep right when we got home.

Pool Boy

Henry has really improved at his swim class. He went from a screaming baby in the pool to, I think, actually really enjoying it. His skills in the pool have improved on a weekly basis as well. This is thanks to a great teacher, but also a boy who has become more fearless in the pool. He has learned to float and realize when to hold his breath in preparation for going under water. He kicks and splashes too. It is amazing how babies learn from visual cues. Guess I won’t flip him the bird anymore.

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Henry and me through the glass saying hi to Mark. He was able to catch the end of class today.

Reunited

I was happy to return to my family on Thursday night. After two nights away, I was ready to hug my baby. It was good for Henry and dad to have some one-on-one time though. Henry is at an extreme Mommy stage and I was happy he could learn to be without me for a few days. Of course, watching videos of Henry from afar made me realize how all viewers of our site must feel. After seeing him on the computer, I just wanted to hold him and hug him even more.

I don’t have pictures, but Henry has improved in swimming, to the point that I think he actually enjoys it now. Yesterday, he floated by himself and I put him under water several times more than I had previously. He was also trying to kick and splash. It helped that he didn’t have a toy in his hand (a little duck from the pool toys) to divert his attention. He really focused on the swimming.

The night I got home at 12:30am, Henry heard my voice and woke up right away. Although I was exhausted, I was secretly happy to hug my Henry.

The night I got home at 12:30am, Henry heard my voice and woke up right away. Although I was exhausted, I was secretly happy he woke up so I could hug my Henry.

I took Henry to the park Friday evening. I was surprised how excited he was to just sit and watch people (and pigeons). I guess even babies get spring fever.

After swimming and going to the park, Henry goes down for the night. He sleeps on his stomach more often now.

After swimming and going to the park, Henry goes down for the night. He sleeps on his stomach more often now.