Monday, August 31, 2009


When talking about the mosquito that was just on her:
Me: Kathryn, you might have a little mosquito bite in a little bit, because I think he bit you before I got him off.
Kathryn: Yeah, but it might just be a little pinky bite. (Spoken while holding up her pinky finger to demonstrate the size of the bite.)

Kathryn: Mommy, I can run bery bery bery faster in my new tennis shoes! (bery=very)

Kathryn: Mommy, we don't go on 10th street, the busy street. (After I told her the name of the busy street was 10th street one time, days ago! Great memory!!)

Finally, in response to almost everything I've said today:
Mommy, WHY???

And so a new era has begun...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Washies giveaway!

Check out Kimberly's online store for another awesome giveaway!!! Click here to view the giveaway for a set of washies. I can personally attest to how awesome these are. We were visiting with them last weekend, and I loved using them for wiping off the kids, high chair trays, etc. I have to confess I hope I win them! (And if I do, I'll be ordering more so that I can have more than one set!) So, check out the blog, enter the giveaway, and I'll be hoping that you don't win! :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

11 months old!

That's right, next month Jackson will turn ONE! He turned 11 months old this past Sunday. Here's the latest on our little boy...

We took a trip last weekend to visit our friends the Jordans. They live on the Eastern Shore, so we visited the beach while we were there. Jackson decided to eat handfuls of sand. Yes, handfuls. Despite this first picture, he loved it...

In case you were wondering, yes, his diaper was very gritty the next day (if you know what I mean). In fact, there may have even been some seaweed in there...
He's gotten into climbing lately. Last week, I decided to take the cushions off the couch to vacuum it (don't worry, it doesn't happen often...). I turned around, and found him sitting on the couch. I had made it just the right size to climb on.

Here's another thing just his size that he's decided he should climb on. Yes, my hands are very full these days...!

Some other things he's up to:

-Still puts his hands together to pray. It's simply adorable!
-Still a cuddly boy, especially with his mama. But, only at certain times (just before/after bed).
-Still wakes up at 6:00-6:30 every.single.morning. Yes, I have my hands full!
-Goes to bed around 7:30 or 8:00 (unless we're out later).
-Still naps twice a day (sometimes has a third nap if the second one was early/short).
-Nurses about 3 times a day. Every once in a while he'll only nurse twice in a day, and sometimes he ups it to four times.
-Has THREE teeth now! I just noticed the third one (a top one) coming through on Monday. Yes, it's causing him some grief!
-Will raise his hands over his head when we say, "How big is Jackson???"
-Blows kisses.
-LOVES to laugh at his sister and play with her. When he hears her wake up in the morning (since he's already been up for hours), he gets so excited and starts making noises (like he's calling her) and waving his arms and kicking his legs.
-Loves to be chased. Yes, I have my hands full!
-Crawls really fast! Yes, I have my hands full!
-Walks when we hold his hands.
-Loves to play peek-a-boo (will hold a blanket over his head, then pull it down really fast).
-Wiggles and cries to get down all the time. Yes, I have my hands full!
-Still loves to crawl up the stairs, and moves the gate to the side often to "escape" up the stairs. Yes, I have my hands full!

Jackson's next month post will be the big one. The big One. Can you believe it?!?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Jackson at the pool

This video is a little old (from when we went to the beach in June), but I still thought it was funny how Jackson just walked himself around the baby pool in his float. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Jackson cuteness

Doesn't he look like such a big boy?!?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sweet friends

Check out our friend's blog to see some cute pictures of Noa and Kathryn learning to tumble together. Here's one I stole from their blog as a teaser:

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Jackson at 10 months

Yes, so Jackson was 10 months old two weeks ago, and I'm finally just now getting around to his 10 month post. Sorry...he's the second child, what can I say? But just because he's the second doesn't mean we don't absolutely love him, because we do! It's hard to believe that next month he'll turn one! Where does the time go? Anyway, enjoy lots of pictures and random tidbits about our ten-month-old:

Jackson remains a super happy kid. He still laughs all the time, often at nothing in particular. He's bound to have a great sense of humor!
Anytime I am standing anywhere for even a moment, he crawls over to me and pulls up on my legs to be held.
And when I don't pick him up, this is what happens...

The funny thing is, as soon as he's being held, he's squirming to get back down to the floor. I honestly can't wait until he can walk, so that we can put him down more often (for instance, when we're out somewhere).

He loves playing outside, and crawls around everywhere. He's never minded the grass like many babies do. It even breaks him out a little, but he never seems to be bothered by it, so we let him go at it. Of course, the mulch is a big attraction...
...and it tastes pretty good too!
When he gets to the pavement, he often crawls like this. It's pretty funny, and also pretty smart. The poor kid's knees are so calloused and bruised from just regular crawling, so I guess the pavement it just a little too much.

Here's a close up of his pavement-crawl.
He has just recently discovered the stairs. He can crawl all the way up them (all 15!) by himself (with us walking right behind, of course). So, we had to bring out the baby gate. However, as you are about to see, it doesn't do much good...
Yup, he just slides it right over and proceeds up the stairs. :::::sigh:::: There he goes...!
Can you tell he's proud of himself?
Sometimes it doesn't work out so well to pull the gate, though.

In fact, it's very sad and frustrating.
This month Jackson started his first signs too (well, besides waving bye-bye). He now signs "more". He also started folding his hands when we pray before eating. The only thing is, I'm not sure if he's really do it to pray, or if he's signing more. Either way, it's cute!

A few weeks ago, Johnny made the comment to me that he thinks Jackson gets into more mischief than Kathryn did at his age. I just laughed and said, "Oh honey, I think you're just forgetting what it was like." However, I have since changed my mind, and agree with him. Here are two very minor examples of what he likes to get into...
He still loves to eat, but not like Kathryn did as a baby.
Some of his favorite foods are: avocados, bread, yogurt, crackers, goldfish, and Cheerios. He still nurses three times a day, which is super for us! I've tried to give him formula a couple of times, to which he gags and spits it out!
Some other random facts:
-He says "Ohhhh" a lot, often mimicking one of us.
-He loves to wave to people.
-He loves animals and will put his hands out toward them and grunt whenever he sees one.
-He still pulls up on things all the time, and is getting better at walking with us when we hold his hands.
-He gets upset if he sees someone eating, because he wants a bite too.
-He is still getting up around 6:00 in the morning. He'll usually nurse at that time, and then [hopefully] go right back down for another 30-60 minutes before being up for the day. Then he'll take one morning nap and one afternoon nap. The times of his naps vary greatly! Sometimes, he'll still take a third late afternoon nap if he has a short first afternoon nap that ends early.
-He just started crying occasionally if someone else takes him away from me.
-He is a mama's boy! He comes up to me all the time to lay his head on me, give me kisses, give me zverberts, etc.
-His primary love language continues to be zverberts, and we think it's hilarious.
-His new favorite game is chase. He loves to be chased, especially by Kathryn when I'm carrying him up the stairs.
-We are starting to do some hardcore teaching on the word "no". He seems to be understanding it and will occasionally obey. He's really good at coming to us when we call him.
-He's started "dancing" (bouncing) and waving his arms to music that he likes.