Saturday, November 28, 2009

the ladies man

I will soon resume my posting of the 3-Day walk. But while I give myself (and my cousin Margaret) a little time to recover emotionally - let me take a quick moment to discuss my little firecracker.

This is Henry.


Adorable, out of this world, my surprise baby that still takes my breath away every single time I look at him, Henry.

Henry is almost 29-months old and he isn't at all happy about my decision that it is time to wean. It certainly hasn't been easy for either of us. I have absolutely denied my child when he approaches me with his gorgeous blue eyes and Amazon-long lashes. When he sweetly asks, "Nurse Mama? Nurse?" and I tell him no, he'll pout and then, tears will splash down his sweet baby cheeks. After a while he'll recover, and then he'll climb on to my lap and like a bad date, he'll slowly slip his hand inside my shirt and grope around for what was once the sole source of his nourishment, while snickering "Heh, Heh, Heh!"

This morning, when I denied him for the 10th straight day, he sounded very much like his five-year-old siblings who are trying to bargain for additional time on the computer. In his charming little toddler voice he said, "PWEASE MAMA! PWEASE! I NEED FIVE MOH MIN-NUTS!"

I almost caved and gave him five moh min-nuts. But instead, he got a nice sippy cup of orange juice and a big kiss on his chubby cheek. Because something about negotiating the duration of a breastfeeding session with a child, makes me believe they are old enough to stop.

But I give him a lot of credit for trying.

He will go far in life with those blue eyes and that kind of perseverance.


  1. What a gorgeous little boy! I can't believe how big he is already.
    Weaning was a tough thing for me to do, too. Standing firm is not always easy. Sounds like you're doing well with it though!

  2. Months and months ago when you began talking about weaning Henry, I remember thinking, "Good grief, how hard can this be. Say no to the child and give him sippy cup!"


    Then I gave birth to my second child and began nursing. I didn't nurse my first one, so when he weaned the bottle, it was just a mechanical change for me. It wasn't too terrible. But now. Now. This adorable little 4 month old angel that I am so severely head over heels in love with, and nursing.


    I'm sorry. I didn't get it. I'll be much quicker to shut my mouth next time. :-)

  3. Wow those eyes and what a stunning photo of Henry, just Henry.

  4. I don't know how you managed to deny him with those beautiful pleading blue eyes?!?

  5. Funny post. Henry is growing and is so handsome.

  6. Well, at least he wasn't asking for a cheeseburger and some apples during kindergarten recess. So I think you are on the right track!

  7. *sigh* Why is it that the boys get these long and lush eyelashes?? My daughter's are fine (mine are pathetic on the lower level, which is the fault of my Japanese half), but my SON has these thick gorgeous lashes around his hazel brown eyes that are just striking and just oh-so-wasted on him. Because he just doesn't care that God gave him naturally what it will take a really good mascara for his sister to achieve.

  8. He is such a baby doll! So cute and so funny!!! He reminds me of Brian. God help you if he's reading on a 6th grade level in first grade!! You'll never get any work done. :-)

    Thanks for taking our minds off the other thing - which shall not be named. :-) Love Marg

  9. Henry is a beautiful child. All of your children are, but there's something special about him. You are a lucky Mommy. They are lucky too to have you.

  10. Come here Henry...I know some Eskimo ladies who will nurse you. ;)

    Poor, Poor Henry. How dare you deprive him!? hehe...

    Good luck....and when he's done and you're emotional about it and you get sad and start crying, and trying to allow him to nurse and he says, "No mommy, sippy cup..." Don't say I didn't tell you!!!

    he he he (that's my snicker)

  11. I just had to say: all of your children are adorable but this photo of Henry has got to be the SWEETEST thing I have seen in a while!

  12. Jen? Is it possible that Henry has lost some language? Because if he was saying "Please Five MOH minutes" at age 2.5 years, that's pretty advanced!? Just curious.