Henry Happenings

Henry has always loved peek-a-book, but he has been initiating the game more and more.  He started to play it with us during meal time.  He just covers his eyes and waits for us to ask where he is.  It’s so fun.

During my spring break last week, we were able to go to the Children’s Museum one day with Jennifer, Emma, and Zac.  I love taking Henry to the Children’s Museum.  It was so fun to see what he was interested in.  It was so fun to go with Jennifer, Zac, and Emma, too!  They all played on the slides for quite awhile.  Then they moved over to the tractor for a bit.  Then we went to a room that had a lot of legos, blocks, and cars to build.  We also played with the balls in the gravity section for awhile.  Emma and Henry liked those!  Last we went upstairs to the animal playground and train.  We had a great time!

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Henry is starting to talk more and more.  His words are Dada and the occasional Mama, but he tries to carry on a conversation with me or Craig with lots of jargon.  It is SO fun to hear him talk to us and to guess what he is saying.  🙂

Our First Home

Craig and I have been packing up our home for the last week or two.  Packing an entire home is quite an experience.  It is nice to go through everything and try to declutter our lives a little bit.  It has also been fun to go through things together.  This was our home where we started to build our lives together.  It is neat to think about the things we have, where they came from, and the memory with it.

Craig has decided that at dinner time we both name something we will miss about our home and something we are excited about in our next home.  Here are some of the things we have come up with that we have loved about our first home:

-The character of the arches, doorknobs, old front door, light fixtures, windows, and layout

-The location — being near Aksarben, being able to walk to Aksarben, being near bike/running trails, Elmwood park, being in a central location in Omaha, the old homes near us, being near local restaurants, being near parks

-Having a small home — I know I am excited about the space of our new home, but I think I will miss cleaning a small home and having less “stuff”

-The fact that it was our first home together and all the memories we have shared here — (trying to) figure out how to be married :), finding out we were expecting with Henry and Baby #2, bringing Henry home from the hospital, hosting family and friends together… our house truly became our home.

-Spending time in our backyard together

Craig and I have loved our home and are very grateful for it.  We are excited to get into our new house to make it a home just like we did with this one.

Thoughts on Babies and the Spiritual Life

I was talking to Jennifer last week about my random thoughts I had been having on infants, and she told me I should write them down — which was a great idea. 🙂  So I thought this would be the place to do that.  I have no theological teachings behind my ideas here.  They are just reflections…

When Henry was littler, sometimes he would be looking — not at me or anything in particular — and he would smile or giggle to himself.  I remember wondering what he must be looking at.  And I think it has to be the angels.  Babies are so pure.  They are innocent.  They are free of sin.  They are humble.  They are completely dependent on others for all their needs.  I think they can see the angels, and maybe the saints, and maybe even Jesus and Mary.

I remember showing Henry a crucifix and a picture of Jesus for some of the first times when he was SO little.  And EVERY TIME he would smile back.  I just asked him, “Have you seen Jesus before?”  I can only wonder.

I also remember some of Henry’s tough nights between when he was a newborn and 3 months.  Some of those nights were so hard.  There was nothing I could do to calm him down.  I would just pray to Jesus, Mary, and his Guardian Angel, and I would give Him to them.  There was nothing I could do.  Only them.  I just would picture them trying to calm him down, hold him, comfort him, and love him.

When I was talking to Jennifer about this, she said she hadn’t really thought about it.  But she said last week, she noticed Emma looking up at the sky and laughing.  She said she wondered what she was looking at, too!  Isn’t it a beautiful thought?

When Henry and I were at church last week praying, he got up and walked around.  Rather than continuing to get up, pick him up, and bring him back to the pew, I decided to walk around following him while I prayed.  There was one point where he stopped in front of the altar, sat down on the first bottom step, stood up, ran over to the pew, touched it, ran back to the step on the altar, and repeated over and over again.  He was smiling and laughing while he did it – like it was a game.  I had this vision that he was playing with Grant, Mark, Kathryn, and Laura.  It brought me to tears watching him, and I just felt it so strongly in my heart.  I don’t doubt the Holy Spirit’s presence in my vision or prayer.

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Baby Pytleski is a…

BOY!!!

We had Baby’s ultrasound this morning.  He was a mover!! The ultrasound tech got some great images of him!! Craig and I both guessed the baby is a boy.  We are so excited and can’t wait to meet him!  He is 11 oz and is measuring right on time with his due date.

Craig and I found out the baby was a boy during the ultrasound.  We wanted to reveal the baby’s gender in a fun way to our family.  After the appointment, I went to HyVee to get some cupcakes with blue frosting in the middle.  Henry got to enjoy one after his nap!

Henry loved the cupcake!! 🙂 And I am sure he loved finding out he is going to have a little brother!

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Here are my fun stork leggings from Ashley — perfect for the reveal! 🙂

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Henry Happenings

Henry really enjoys reading books.  It is so fun to see.  He will sit on his little stool next to a stack of books we have in our living room and read a book.  Or he will go get a book and bring it to either me or Craig to read to him.  It is definitely a favorite activity for him right now.  Some of his favorite books right now are Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See, Little Puppy, That’s Not my Dinosaur, That’s Not my Monster, Find the Puppy, Dada, and Ten Tiny Toes.  He loves the books with flaps, too.  I caught him “reading” That’s Not My Monster the other day.

To be

“Lord, plant in my heart a burning desire for you.”

I love this short and simple prayer, yet such a deep and meaningful prayer.  Fr. Cook suggested this prayer during his homily on Sunday.  He spoke about the Gospel — the Transfiguration.  He pointed out what Peter said after Jesus transfigured before them and Moses and Elijah appeared to them.  Peter said,

“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here.”

I love this story of Jesus’ transfiguration before His disciples.  I have always wondered why Peter said that they should make tents.  I always thought it seemed kind of random that he said that.  But in context, and after Fr. Cook shared his perspective, it made total sense.  After seeing Jesus transfigured, he wanted to stay with Him.  He wanted to be with Him.

In a world where there are constant distractions all around me from being present to Christ, to those around me, to the work placed in front of me, I need to hear this and need to strive for this.  I don’t want to just “do”.  I want to “be”.  Just like Mary in the story of Mary and Martha.  I want to sit at the feet of Jesus and be with Him.

Lord, I pray that I — my heart and mind — may be so transformed by your transfiguration.  Overflow my heart with love for You and for others.  Help me to just be — to be with You in all I do and say, to be with others and to remember that that is being with You, and to be present to the tasks you have called me to do.  Plant in my heart a burning desire for You.

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Guy Time

This week, after we’ve eaten dinner, Craig and Henry have been having some guy time.  Henry will go into our bedroom, reach up, and wait for Craig to put him on the bed.  Henry will lie on the bed and wait for Craig to run and jump onto it.  He thinks it is the best game.  He even signs ‘more’ over and over again as soon as Craig gets up.  It looks a little something like this:

Opening your Heart – Parenting video

I did a bible study this fall and winter with Michelle and Emily called Opening your Heart.  It was a great study, and I really enjoyed the structure of it.  I especially loved how scripture based it was.

Every few weeks we watched a video as a part of the study.  One of the videos was on parenting (priority four – children).  I think this was one of the parts I got the most out of from the study.

It had so many takeaways about parenting.  It talked about disciplining and when we discipline to address the issue of the heart rather than just the behavior.  This way I can focus more on building virtue and instilling that language of virtue into the child’s heart and mind.  It gives the child a virtue to strive for and a reason why they don’t they aren’t supposed to do that unexpected behavior.

I am posting the video here so I can reference it in the future.  I know it’ll take me some time to think this way and think in the moment this way.

Link to video

Opening your Heart study

Talk 5 – Priority Four Children

 

Dear Henry

We stopped at church to pray for a bit Monday afternoon.  You love crawling around in the church.  You especially love crawling up to the altar and trying to crawl up the steps onto the altar.  I have to come walk up from the pew to grab you so you don’t get too far up there; although I’d love so much for you to crawl around up there.

After awhile I thought we’d go to the back of the church to sit and pray so you’d have a longer aisle to walk down.  I was sitting and praying, and you were walking to the front of the church.  You were walking to Jesus — in the tabernacle, on the altar, Him hanging on the crucifix.  I was praying that you will always walk to Him.  I pray you never step walking to Him.  Always seek Him.  Always strive to be near Him.  Be with Him and spend time with Him.  He is always seeking after you and your heart.  And He is so so good and so so faithful.  I pray you know Jesus.  Not just about Him, but that you know Him personally in your heart and how deeply and intimately He loves you.

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I will never forget these moments with you.

Love,

Mom

Birthday Weekend

We unexpectedly started my birthday off in Lincoln on Friday.  Craig bought a fruit pizza and cake to share with my family at my parents’ house.

Saturday morning Craig, Henry, and I spent visiting with my Mom, Ryan, Ashley, Elle, and Jeff.  It was so nice to sit and catch up with Ryan and Ashley.  I have really missed them so it was fun to spend time with them.

On Sunday, Craig’s parents came to visit for the day.  It was great to spend time with them!  We met for brunch at First Watch.  Then we went to our house to talk, play cribbage, and play outside for a bit.  Thankfully, Fran did a great job at taking pictures for the day! 🙂

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Little man, Henry.  He turned 15 months on my birthday!

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He loves driving his Little Tikes car around outside!

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Here we are leaving First Watch.  He held my hand walking back to the car. I love his littl leg out mid step. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting, Grammy and Pops!

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Pops was trying to teach Henry to play football so he can play for the Patriots someday. 🙂  Great toss, Pops, and great catch, Henry!

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Henry and Dad caught the football.

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Our little family with Baby P at 17 1/2 weeks!