Saturday, April 9, 2011

Halen's One! (Photo Extravaganza)

I can't believe it! I think I've said this before, but it truly feels like the blink of an eye and an entire lifetime simultaneously. How can my precious baby boy be a thriving one-year-old? It seems impossible. We had some family and a few friends over today to celebrate Halen's first year.

Before the food.

David's mom Shanna, step-dad Wes and brother Andrew are in town (more on that later), and my aunt Sherry came, along with my brother Chris and sister-in-law Laura who drove up from San Diego with their 6-week-old daughter Quinn!

Wes, Chris and Quinn

Laura, Quinn and Halen

Halen loves his Auntie and baby Cousin!

Laura, Sherry and Quinn

Halen with Gramma Shanna. Guess who discovered his nostrils this weekend?! And so it begins...

David being his usual bad-ass self...

The Strattons and the Coxes. Not my best photo, but look how good everyone else looks! Taking this one for the team.

Halen and his Daddy!

Mr. Happy

The birthday King!

Slobber Chin

Birthday cupcake!

Birthday frozen yogurt is more up his alley...

Yucky cupcake gets the drop :)

I love this picture!

Mr. Halen has 8 teeth. He weighs about 20-21 pounds. He is crawling and standing like a madman, but afraid to walk and not quite there yet. He will, however, pull himself up to a table or couch, grab anything he can get his hands on, and start tearing/chewing/smashing. He’s our little destroyer

Halen is sleeping really well these days. He'll go down around 8, and more often than not he'll wake up between 1 and 4 to eat, and then he goes right back to sleep until sometime between 6:30 - 7:30. Often times, he doesn't wake up during the night at all. During the day he takes 2 naps, usually around 11:30 and 3ish.

Halen mostly drinks milk, but he also has 3 meals a day of organic jarred baby food. His favorite foods are pears, bananas, carrots and sweet potatoes. He’ll eat other veggies and meat if I mix in fruit and rice. He’s a pretty good eater, but he still doesn’t do anything solid or chunky. He gags on the smallest bits, so we just do the mushy stuff for now, and occasionally give him something solid to gag on, like fruit pieces or tofu.

His favorite toys are his mailbox, his train and car, and his books. He has a curly blondish mullet and giant blue eyes. His favorite words are “mama”, “dada” and “giggle-giggle-giggle-giggle-giggle…” Sometimes I look at him and I’m in awe because he’s just so beautiful and I can’t believe how much I love him. All the poopy diapers and cranky-pants tantrums are well worth it.


  1. Happy Birthday Halen! You are adorable and every bit as beautiful as everyone says. I can't wait to see you again. Be a good boy and don't pick your nose....the girls will not like it.
    Auntie Terry

  2. I love it! Look at those beautiful babies :) Yay!