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25 Things About My Son, Henry

By Serge Bielanko |

Henry Bielanko...down on the farm.

The day Henry was born he started smiling and he hasn’t really stopped since.

Oh sure, he has his moments, his little tirades of crying and flopping down on the kitchen floor and rolling around as if I’d just told him that the world had run out of milk and it was gonna be cranberry juice from here on out.

But that stuff usually only goes down when I take away something sharp he has managed to find himself, some new deadly toy weapon he thinks is cool.

Mostly, our son Henry is what you would call ‘happy-go-lucky’.

And that’s not a term I like to bandy about all that much either because to me it sort of conjures up an image of a slightly drunken Leprechaun whistling some Pogues tune aloud while he stops at the end of the village/not a care in the world, and has an afternoon pee at the base of a giant mushroom.

Actually come to think of it…that’s kind of eerily similar to some stuff that Henry actually does do.


Well now, whatever the true meaning of the phrase, my son seems to fit it. He’s a really happy roguish lad and his excitement/effervescence/daredevilness is so contagious that I find myself really looking forward to his appearance each and every morning. Truth be told, if he isn’t smiling or laughing when I see him first thing, I know in my guts that he’s more than likely sick with a bug or something.

That’s how cheerful the tiny dude is.

So here we are. Henry, along with his big sister, Violet, have made my life way way better than I ever dreamed life could be.

So, if it’s alright by you, I’m gonna brag on the boy here just a little bit.


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The Life And Times Of The Outlaw Henry Bielanko

The Name Henry

We were close to naming our boy a few different names. But in the end, we decided on Henry for a lot of reasons. It's a strong name for one. And there are a lot of Henrys peppered throughout history that we admire, from Henry Aaron to Hank Williams to a fleet of Kings who were called that. Still, when our good friend and fellow writer, Katie Granju's son Henry passed away right when we were getting ready to welcome a new lad to the world, we decided that we'd call him Henry mostly in tribute to that young man. And I'm really glad we did.



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About Serge Bielanko


Serge Bielanko

Serge Bielanko writes about fatherhood for Babble Dad and about marriage stuff for Babble Voices at He Said/She Said. His writing has appeared in Esquire and The Huffington Post, as well as on his personal blog, Thunder Pie. He lives with his wife and two kids in central Pennsylvania. Read bio and latest posts → Read Serge's latest posts →

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11 thoughts on “25 Things About My Son, Henry

  1. Óskar Finnu says:

    You are a great role model for dads out in the world. Awesome reading!

    1. sergebielanko says:

      Thanks, Oskar. I appreciate that, man!

  2. mama says:

    I can’t believe how big he has gotten to be….What a sweetheart he is, I miss him everyday….love that pic of him peeking over the big tub!! Can’t wait to kiss his face off….yup! Sick old grandma kisses!!

    1. sergebielanko says:

      “Sick old grandma kisses!!”………Ha! That cracked me up, Elaine. Henry and Violet are waitin for ya.

  3. Sara says:

    This post made my whole day. Nothing better in this world than a great dad who loves his kids. My husband is the same way and it just tugs at my heart strings. your son is such a handsome little guy! You are blessed :) great writing too!

  4. Megan Moss says:

    I believe you wrote your article about my 16 month old daughter, Mary Margaret. haha. She has the same fascination with cans. It makes for some interesting looks when people see her playing with a can of diet coke; and we’ll be in BIG trouble when she figures out how to open it. She loves being outside, and does the same thing as Henry in the car/stroller/etc. How crazy. One of the only differences I see is that her first word was “dog.” He seems like a great kid!

  5. Liesh says:

    I always love reading your blog. This brings a big smile to my face. So many of the things you describe about your son remind me of my own and how awesome being a parent really is. Thanks!

  6. Gina says:

    now that’s what I call SCRAPBOOKING! (and less cutting and pasting)

    Nice work! Henry makes the world a much happier place. So much fun in a little kid. We could all take a lesson from that kind of carefree spirit. Tanks Henwee!

  7. stacey says:

    this is really great. thanks for sharing.

  8. Cindy Apathy says:

    Even though you can’t see all of Henry, I love the pic of him in the tub!

  9. Belinda says:

    Henry reminds me of my son Rory, who is nearly 5 years old. It’s wonderful to see you enjoying every minute of Henry’s life, they grow up so quick! I too take lots of photos and video’s of my boy. Little boys rock!

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