hank at ten months.

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dear hank,

better late than never. it’s like we blinked and suddenly you were ten months old. getting into everything, trying to master your first steps, following your sister like a puppy dog and eating. eating everything.

you continue to be the most smiley little guy and have really started to show us your personality. it’s silly, wild and you love attention. you are quite the little ham.

this past month has brought us through your first thanksgiving. you visited your family on martha’s vineyard and loved watching the ocean go by on the ferry ride. thanksgiving dinner was a favorite of yours, of course. you made sure to give lots of snuggles to grama and lots of trouble making grins to grampa.

you make everyone around you smile. a trait that we hope you keep forever. your soul is sweet little man.

love, mom, dad & eloise

hank at nine months.

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dear hank,

woah, you sure keep us on our toes.

you are one wild and happy guy! determined, stubborn, smiley, goofy, stinky and full of energy are just a few of the words we use to describe you daily. one moment you will be all hugs and snuggles and the next you are pushing us out of the way determined to walk across the room. you haven’t quite mastered that whole “walking” thing yet but each day you get closer (and a few more bumps and bruises…).

this month was a big one for you and our family. we embarked on a move back to where it all began for your dad and i. vermont. so far you’ve shown us that really, you are happy wherever there is food and a comfy place to sleep, but i like to think that you are extra happy because you are here. you’ve been more vocal, happy little shrieks as you explore your new surroundings, so i am counting that as meaning you love it here.

you continue to push your limits each day. devouring new foods and climbing new objects. bets are on that you walk any day. please slow down little guy, you are growing up too fast.

love, mom, dad & eloise

hank at eight months.

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dear hank,

hank monster. hankerdoodle. hank the tank.

you are one crazy, happy, strong, wild, smiley, sweet eight month old guy. you crack us up and keep us busy. every day you are a balance of hugs and complete chaos. all you want to do is move. if you could you would jump from place to place all day long. you definitely have the energy to exhaust too!

your sister makes you completely light up and the two of you love to goof around. anything that she is playing with is something you want and luckily she hasn’t gotten too mad at you when you steal things from her (yet!). she makes you laugh the deepest of belly laughs and you both are in puddles of laughter throughout the day.

we can tell that you have a sweet soul but are also a whole lot of boy. you will keep us busy and always keep us on our toes. you are our wild one hank monster and we love you to the moon and back.

love, mom, dad & eloise

on school.

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“mom, when i take the school bus don’t be sad be happy. because i take the school bus to school. don’t drive me.”

-eloise’s thoughts on going to kindergarten

way to rip my heart out 3 years early kiddo.

hank at seven months.

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dear hank,

another month bigger. another month stronger. another month happier.

life with you is seriously fun. messy, rather exhausting and sometimes smelly but seriously – so fun.

you survived a whirlwind month with us as we packed up our first family home and moved to your dad’s hometown where we hope to give you and eloise an awesome little life. we are still in transition as we wait to close on our new home and it hasn’t been easy. but every time we get stressed or grumpy you turn on the charm with your big goofy grin and make us pause to smile too. or you toot, since you do that quite often, and break up the tension with a good laugh.

you seem to grow daily. you love to eat and get stronger each day. we are pretty convinced that you are going to skip crawling and go straight to walking. you seem pretty convinced of that too…

your sister loves how you can “play” and “talk” with her now. your favorite games to play with her are “pull her hair” and “steal her binkie”. you love to copy her sounds, especially her laugh, and are happiest when you have the attention of her or your cousins.

this month you rounded out summer in style. with a trip to martha’s vineyard, cape cod and lots of time on the lake you’ve really made being homeless seem glamorous. you’ve tried so many new foods and even took full advantage of two all you can eat pancake breakfasts.

you continue to spend your days happy and smiling and we are so thankful for that. we hope that is a quality that you keep forever. we love you to the moon and back little one.

love, mom, dad & eloise

hank at six months.

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dear hank,

six months. half a year. that seriously doesn’t feel possible. you really have proven that time can fly.

it feels like each week you double in size. that could be mostly due to your favorite activity – eating. you eat everything and anything that you can get your hands on. fruit, vegetables, meatballs, cereal and even the occasional snack that your sister tosses your way. you have quite the mature appetite for a little guy.

this month you have visited the ocean, attempted to crawl, sprouted your first two teeth and mastered jumping in your bouncer. on your trip to the ocean you fell in love with the water and swam like a little fish in the pool and splashed in the waves at the beach. it’s so much fun to introduce you to knew things.

you continue to spend your days with a huge smile on your face. you are one happy dude. we love you to the moon and back little one.

love, mom, dad & eloise