Uncle Chris gave Henry a big T. Rex as a gift. Dinosaur attacks were reported in the area soon after.
We haven’t posted anything for a few days because we really have not been able to do much with our Henry Boy. He had a fever for three days last week which meant he needed lots of hugging and holding. Unfortunately, this also means lots of whining. He seemed to be most comfortable in my arms while I swayed back and forth, standing up. We can only assume this is all related to teething and hope for Henry to feel better very soon.
There was a small bright spot on Saturday. Henry was all smiles when he received his Christmas gift from his Uncle Chris, a Drew Brees autographed football.
Henry and I standing the only way he has been comfortable…for three days.
Henry poses with his Drew Brees autographed football, a gift from Uncle Chris.
A little bit of rest, but not much.
We returned home yesterday after our visit to New Orleans. It was a fun trip and especially nice for Henry to meet family members he hadn’t yet and to spend time with everyone in his ancestral home. Thanks to all who hosted and helped us celebrate. Here are more photos:
Visiting Uncle Chris at home.
Beignets at Morning Call in City Park.
Uncle Chris shows Henry a praying mantis.
Uncle Chris and Henry at a playground in City Park.
Jacqui, Mark, Henry and Grandma Lois take a ride on a streetcar.
Dad and Henry on streetcar.
Trying on some shades.
Riding the St. Charles streetcar line.
Waiting for Mosca’s Chicken a la Grande.
Redhead at Mosca’s.
Group photo at Mosca’s.
Paw Paw Butch and Henry make a selection on the jukebox at Mosca’s.
Aunt Cheryl and Henry enjoy the jukebox at Mosca’s.
Reclining in Paw Paw’s seat.
Henry selects a single malt scotch.
Saints line up on offense vs. Falcons.
clockwise from top: Jeff Landry (old friend from Chalmette), Chris, Mark, Jacqui.
Jacqui’s first Saints game is a nail-biting 23-17 victory over Atlanta.
Jacqui and Mark at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
P.S. Uncle Mickey taught Henry a few chords:
Henry had yet another birthday celebration today when he helped his Paw Paw Butch celebrate his 75th and they both received gifts. Henry also marked the occasion by taking a few tentative baby steps to his Aunt Cheryl.
The first year of Henry’s life has gone by in the blink of an eye. Again, running the risk of sounding cliché, it is a happy event, but also filled with pangs of nostalgia. I realize it’s early in his life to feel nostalgia and I’m happy to watch him flourish, but can’t help but feel some bit of sadness for how fast it has gone. I am sure this is a common parental feeling that I never fully understood until becoming one myself. It is amazing to watch him change each day, but there is also a yearning to hold on to each moment for much longer than it seems to last.
To celebrate Henry’s actual birthday today, we went to the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans with Grandma Lois, Uncle Chris and his girlfriend, Janette. After swimming with fishes and jumping the shark, we celebrated at Aunt Cheryl’s with cake and ice cream afterwards. Henry wore a pin on his shirt the whole day that read, “My First Birthday” to let everyone know.
Watching stingrays at the Aquarium of the Americas.
Mom shows Henry more fish.
Uncle Chris points out a stingray to Henry.
Sitting on Grandma Lois’ lap.
A parakeet lands on Mark’s shoulder. (Janette and Uncle Chris in background.)
School of fish.
Jacqui, Henry and Grandma Lois at the Aquarium.
Henry watches a penguin.
Penguin watches Henry.
Henry tries to steal a (fake) penguin egg.
Designated babysitter, cousin Shannon.
Eating more cake.
Paw Paw Butch and Grandma Lois.
Another birthday celebration.
We flew to New Orleans today where we’ll celebrate Henry’s actual birthday later in the week but today we celebrated his cousin, Rachael’s 21st.
JFK to MSY. Henry was a well-behaved traveller.
Stacking rings with cousin Shannon and Aunt Cheryl.
Meeting Uncle Chris
Barú Bistro on Magazine Street.
Celebrating with his cousin, Rachael, today’s birthday-girl.
Playing with PawPaw Butch.
Three birthday milestones in the family this week: Butch (75th), Rachael (21st) and Henry (1st).