Mighty Life List
Feb 11 2010

Hank is Three!


Hank turned three today. He loves trains, and chocolate, and fire truck sirens. When he sees a new person he says, “Oh, hello friend.” He sometimes closes his eyes when he walks down stairs. If he hurts someone by accident, he kisses it better. He loves to run, and if both Bryan and I are holding his hands, he lifts his feet so we have to swing him. We go to the Academy of Sciences to visit the Daddy Fish, the Conservatory of Flowers for the train exhibit, the Japanese Tea garden for the stairs and the “fishy playground” koi ponds, and the toy store — which he requests by saying “Could we go to the toy store? It is open.” When I drop him off at day care, he finds a friend to hug, then all the kids come for a hug. Sometimes I get one too.

Happy Birthday, little Hank. I sure do like you.

42 Responses to “Hank is Three!”

  • Jami Says:

    What a treasure! Happy Birthday to you, Hank! And good job, mom and dad. You are making the world a much happier place for the rest of us :)

  • alice Says:

    Happy birthday, Hank! I like you, too.

  • Toni Says:

    Happy Birthday Hank!

    You are magic, I can tell.

  • Bachelor Girl Says:

    Happy Birthday, Hank-Man! How lucky you and your mama are to have each other.

  • Charisa Says:

    Can’t believe he’s 3! I remember when he was born – thanks for sharing his story with us! What a handsome little man!

  • Annie Says:

    Happy Birthday Hank!
    You are an awesome kid!
    HAVE FUN!!!

  • samantha Says:

    for he’s a jolly good feeeeeellllllooooow, that nobody can deny!

    hank sounds like a keeper!


  • beyond Says:

    happy birthday, hank.
    (aawww, he’s not a baby anymore. the picture and cool hairdo prove it. when did that happen?)

  • Monica Says:

    Happy Birthday Hank!!

  • jami Says:

    Happy birthday, Hank! What a great kiddo!

  • Yolanda Says:

    A very happy birthday, Hank!

  • Design Mom Says:

    Hooray for Hank! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

  • meg Says:

    Happy Birthday Hank!!! I think the toy store being open is an excellent reason to visit it.

    And THREE Maggie???? THREE???? What are you doing to the water over in your part of town? Because wasn’t it just yesterday, or maybe not quite a year ago when you had your baby shower and then had your baby?

  • Amy Says:

    Happy Birthday Hank!!!

  • Cati Basmati Says:

    Who wouldn’t love that guy? Good job, Maggie and Bryan!
    Can’t believe he is three already…

  • Jena Says:

    What a mighty set of qualities for such a little guy. Happy birthday, Hank! You’re adored.

  • zan Says:

    Happy birthday, Hank! May your toy store always be open, and may your feet always be off the ground.

  • kirida Says:

    Happy birthday Hank! Here’s to many airborne days to come!

  • Sarah Brown Says:

    Zan, that is the best birthday greeting I’ve ever heard.

  • Nichole Says:

    Happy birthday, Hank!

  • Emily Says:

    Happy #3, Hank!

  • Leah Says:

    excellent, awesome kid! huzzah to Hank.

  • NicoleT Says:

    I love his line for meeting new people – “Oh, hello friend.” If only everyone was that open to making new friends, the world would be a much better place.

  • Manders Says:

    The world needs more friendly huggers (of the non-creepy variety…) that have excellent taste in ice cream (chocolate soft serve = WIN). Happy birthday, Mr. Hank.

  • Yael Says:

    SO so cute. ovaries popping…!!! Happy Birthday Mr Hank!

  • Megan Says:

    He’s 3?! Happy birthday!

  • Ris Says:

    What a lovely little boy. Happy Birthday Hank!

  • Beth Says:

    Happy Birthday, Cuteness!

  • Jen Says:

    Oh Happy Birthday! He sounds like such a sweet little boy. And those blonde curls.

  • Kirsten Says:

    Happy Birthday Hank! You sound like a really cool kid!

  • aarwenn Says:

    Happy Birthday, Hank! And Maggie, we haven’t met IRL but I swear I saw you and Hank on a Seattle neighborhood corner just a few days ago. On closer inspection, I concluded it probably wasn’t you–the little man seemed too tall for three. But it was a nice-looking, very well-dressed woman with red curly hair, holding the hand of a blonde little man with big curls. You have a doppelganger–or rather a set of them–up here in the Rainy North. :)

  • Beth Says:

    What a guy! Happy birthday, Hank!

  • Jessica Says:

    He will make a great husband someday. Showing him off all about town could make a mother’s heart melt. Wait, is that TCBY?

  • Kelly Says:

    Aw, happy birthday little man. You guys made a good one.

  • Sara Says:

    Happy Birthday, Hank!
    I was pregnant with my wee one when you gave birth to Hank, and I was living vicariously through you those first few months. Your journey helped me envision my own. Now I can’t believe how we’ve all grown and how damn cute Mr Henry Mason still is. Happy Birthday to all three of you! XOXO

  • cj coppola Says:

    Hello Friend. Happy Birthday.

  • Marissa Says:

    That’s a pretty good lookin’ well behaved spawn there Manson, I think you should keep that one.

    Happy Birthday little dude.

  • Jan Says:

    That post just pegged my awww-meter. Love how you describe him with his everyday traits and behaviors — isn’t that what makes who we are anyway, instead of singular accomplishments? Keep that up every year and he’ll have a wonderful record of his growing up.

    But now I simply must say, “THREE???” I think I discovered your blog back when he was still getting around on all fours and, if asked, I’d have sworn that was, like, last year! Gorgeous kid, great post!

  • Pammer Says:

    I think 3s have built-in ‘swing’ and ‘hug’ gene triggers. I wish they stuck around longer in life. Happy birthday to a charming little man!

  • Long Story Longer Says:

    “It is open.” I mean, just in case you were going to use that as an excuse not to go.

    Happy birthday, cutie pie!

  • erika Says:

    Happy Birthday!

  • GirlsGoneChild Says:

    Happy Birthday to the handsomest three-year-old I know. And Happy Birthday to YOU, mama. Much love to all!