Lots going on with the Hansen clan, as always. Calvin will be starting preschool next week, which is exciting. Henrik is taking about 8 or 10 steps at a time now. He also has 3, maybe 4 upper teeth coming in at once – no fun.

 

Henrik is obsessed with Calvin and always wants to be where he is. And he thinks Calvin is hilarious!

 

 

Calvin loves to crack eggs and thinks that’s what cooking is all about. If you ask him to help you make something, he says “I crack the eggs” – no matter what you’re making.

For awhile now he’s been really into writing. I noticed he was writing letters and numbers a lot so I got him a couple of dry erase activity books with words and letters and numbers to trace and he’s totally into them. 

A couple of weeks ago we found this, which he did all by himself:

All the letters of the alphabet are there, in Calvin’s own special order. I wish I had taken a picture of the birthday card he made for Papa Scott. I told him which letters to write to say “Happy Birthday Papa” and he did a great job with those, but he was having so much fun writing that he just kept going, so the card says something like “Happy birthday Papa cpoikvg” – it’s awesome.

So, that’s what’s new with us.

 

Some quick updates. Henrik is standing up by himself. He REALLY wants to walk, and gets frustrated a lot because he hasn’t figured it out yet. His balance is getting really good, though – I don’t think it will take him too much longer.

His bottom front teeth are really visible now:

He’s in the exploring phase – just wants to get in everywhere and check stuff out.

We’ve all been getting eaten by mosquitoes or some other bug, but Calvin’s taking the worst of it, and since he can’t stop picking at his bites his poor little face is a mess. He’s still damn cute, though.

We found a good preschool for him that I think we’re going to try. It’s year-round, so he’ll start pretty soon. Fingers crossed!

We’ve got a monster tomato plant growing on our front deck.

Henrik is obsessed with paper, especially newspaper. He loves to play with it and always tries to eat it. We try to keep it out of his reach, but he watches for opportunities and grabs it every chance he gets.

He also loves the microwave. Actually, both of our boys are pretty obsessed with the buttons on the microwave. Calvin can reach when he pulls a chair over, so it’s probably only a matter of time before he manages to blow something up. Eric’s had pretty good luck with making pretend microwave noises – both of the boys think he’s pretty funny.

The boys got to visit with their Nana and Aunt Dana for a couple of weeks, as the flew out for Eric’s dad’s west coast memorial service. We had a really special time with the family.

Baby’s first rib bone:

I took Calvin to watch the fireworks on the 4th – it was the first time he’s stayed up to see them and we didn’t know if he’d be into it or not, but he LOVED it! It was really sweet. I took some video of the fireworks just to capture his responses. The visuals suck, but it’s really cute to hear his reactions. I edited together just a little sampling, but unfortunately I missed the best stuff at the very beginning because it didn’t occur to me to use the video camera until a few minutes into the show. Still, you get a pretty good idea from this:

 

A few quick photos from last weekend. Weather was beautiful so we spent a lot of time outside:

Bonus – crawling video:

The boys are growing and doing well. Henrik had his 6-month checkup on the 15th – he weighed in at about 18.5 pounds. He’s definitely a little chunkier than Calvin was at the same age, and he likes his food!

The past few days he’s been like a baby bird, with his mouth wide open as soon as he sees the food, and eating it as fast as we can shovel it in! He starts to freak out if you try to slow him down.

He’s just about crawling – I’ve only seen him go about 4 steps at a time so far. He either hasn’t figured out that he can keep going, or he’s just lazy. 🙂 Usually he crawls a couple of steps and then just lunges for whatever he wants. He can cover a fair amount of ground even when he’s not crawling, and he also gets a pretty good amount of exercise in his bouncy saucer.

Practicing his goalie stretches:

He’s working on pulling himself up to standing, and he’s really grabby these days, so we know that once he gets really mobile we’re in trouble. He seems most interested in newspaper for some reason.

He hasn’t settled into a regular nap schedule – he takes several short ones a day, and every now and then we get a longer one of an hour or two. Looking back at old blog posts I realized Calvin didn’t settle into a regular nap schedule until he was over a year old, so I guess we might have awhile to wait!

At this age Calvin’s eyes were starting to turn more gray, but Henrik’s are still very blue and may stay that way.

Calvin is a boy of extremes these days. I’ve had tons of parents tell me that the “Terrible Twos” are pretty much non-existent and it’s the 3rd year that gets really hard, and we’re seeing some of that with Calvin. He swings between being super sweet and being a total butthead. This morning he came out to the breakfast table, saw the baby kick his high chair and said “Oh, you hurt your toe. Let me kiss it.” So cute! Then, within two minutes he was on the verge of a meltdown because Eric was making toast and he wanted me to make it instead, and Eric was making oval toast (French bread) and he wanted rectangle toast (regular sandwich bread).  We held firm on Daddy making the toast, but we let him choose his bread for toast so he got his rectangles. He’s trying so hard to control everything – we’re really working with him to help him understand that Mommy and Daddy take turns with things (driving, making toast, whatever…) and he doesn’t get to order us around. But we do try to give him opportunities to make choices and decide for himself what he wants, within reason. Lately he’s getting more into choosing his own clothes, for instance.

Routines work really well for him, so when we can establish a routine around something it makes life a lot easier. Bedtime is a snap these days. He loves to “rinse and spit” (brush his teeth), and then get his jammies on and read books before I tuck him in.

His puzzle obsession appears to be over, for now at least. They’re still great for keeping him occupied at restaurants, but he doesn’t do them at home very often anymore. He’s showing more interest in art of all kinds right now, and really branching out in his subject matter. He’s drawing and building a lot more things that are recognizable and figuring out how to draw what he wants without being shown – cars and flowers and so on. This is a balloon with a cloud and rain:

And this is an apple tree:

He loves to paint, and he’s also really interested in trying to write letters and numbers, although he has definite favorites – he likes to write the number 7 and the letters z and a the most, I think. He practices by tracing letters and numbers in coloring books or in the newspaper – as far as I know he picked that up on his own, and it seems to be working for him. He gets very intent on what he’s doing – very serious about his art, I guess!

He also LOVES to sing and is always happy to learn a new song, although he still hates it when Eric or I try to sing with him.

He’s so big and grown up in so many ways. He likes to hold the bottle for Henrik when we feed him, and is the best at getting Henrik to laugh. Occasionally he even refers to us as Mom and Dad instead of Mommy and Daddy, which makes him sound so old!

We had some gorgeous weather over the weekend and really enjoyed being outside. We’re looking forward to the summer when (we hope) the remodel will be done and we’ll be able to get away from the house more and have some good adventures.

 

Lots of changes around the Hansen house – stucco guys finally finished – no pics yet, though. We also have new carpet in the TV room and the smaller of the two new rooms. It’s so nice! I’ll try to get some good house pics this week.

Calvin’s doing well in his twin bed – he’s slept all the way through the night a little over half the time since he switched to the new bed, which is pretty great considering he was coming into our room every night before that. We just switched Henrik from a bassinet to the crib and finally stopped swaddling him because he was starting to bust out of even the velcro straight-jacket swaddlers. He’s slept through the night a couple of times recently. Love it! Not sleeping so well during the day, but we’re hoping he’ll settle into a more regular nap routine soon.

Henrik can now go from lying down to sitting up by himself. He’s still working on the crawling – not quite there, but almost.

Calvin has made big strides in his verbal expression just in the past few days – he’s enunciating more, speaking in longer sentences, and being really sweet and polite (except for when he’s being a total butthead, that is). The other day we went to Panera for breakfast, and when the guy at the counter said “Can I help you?” Calvin piped right up with “Yes, I like a pumpkin muffin, please.” Coming from our shy boy, this is a huge deal!

He learned the alphabet song and is singing it CONSTANTLY.  On occasion he does his puzzles with the blank side up:

It’s very difficult to get pictures of the boys together where they are both holding still. One or the other of them is usually moving or out of focus.

We love our little dudes!

We cleared out most of Calvin’s room over the weekend, took out the guest bed and his toddler bed and put in a twin sized bed. I took him to Target to pick out his own bedding, and he chose the comforter with stars and rocket ships (which, we found out at bedtime, also glows in the dark. Cool!). We were a little worried that the transition was going to be rough for him because he’s a creature of habit and likes things to be a certain way. But he’s totally into his new bed and although he fell out the first night, the past two nights he’s slept all the way through the night and did not come into mom and dad’s room in the middle of the night as he has been for the past few months – woohoo!

Henrik is getting up on his hands and knees and rocking back and forth, or up on his hands and toes just the way Calvin did at the same age. I was hoping he might be a little slower to get mobile than Calvin was, but it looks like he might be crawling right around the same time. We’ll see…

Compare with photos of Calvin at the same age here.

A few new photos:

Sitting practice:

Henrik is 5 months old now. We just started him on solid food and he seems to like it.

Some Calvin creations:

Birthday cake with candles – an ongoing theme in his drawings and sculptures. The yellow clay balls in the picture below are supposed to be balloons (another favorite motif).

Man on a skateboard:

Love this one – the long appendages hanging from his arms are fingers. Epic.

Not too much on the news front, but I wanted to get a few more pictures up.

Helping Daddy with the addition:

So grown up!

Happy!

Brothers:

Happy and drooling:

P.S. Henrik can roll over both ways now.