Monday, December 11, 2017

Jack: Eleven and Twelve Month Update

Well, Jack is almost 14 months old (on December 25th!) which means I'm a few months late for this update. I was debating whether or not I wanted to even post about the months (or share more recent things), but for sake of cataloging photos, I wanted to make sure I closed out his entire first year of life with updates!

Let's just say that Jack's eleventh and twelfth month of life have been busy. Between selling our home in Texas, packing up all of our things, moving to across the country (literally - straight north!) to Minnesota, buying a new home, "unpacking" our things, John starting a new job, Jack's first birthday, and a new baby only a few months away... busy seems like an understatement. 

So to save time (and since I don't have a ton of photos since the name of the game during these months was survival), I thought I would combine months eleven and twelve together (because let's be real - it's all a blur anyway!).


At Jack's 12-month well visit he was in the 94% for weight and 95% for height... he is definitely proportional, but wow, he is a big kid! I honestly didn't realize how big he was until he started walking and would stand next to kids that were older than him, but he was much larger.


Jack is a really great eater. At this point, he basically eats whatever table food we are eating... he loves all food - including vegetables! From green beans to pickles to hot dogs, he isn't picky (and I hope it stays that way!). I try to make sure he has a fruit, veggie, protein and grain at every meal, and it is honestly easier than I expected it to be (he gets a lot of repeats, but hey, at least it's a balanced diet!).


Jack still is a great sleeper at night and during the day for naps. He goes to bed around 7PM, wakes up around 7AM, and has two 1.5 hour naps during the day (9:15AM and 1:30PM). It will be nice when he is down to one long nap per day, but at this point he still really needs two.


Jack started walking a few weeks before his first birthday! He had been standing independently for quite a while and walking along furniture and the walls, so we knew it was going to be right around his first birthday. In the beginning we would entice him with things (like cell phones, car keys, remote controls... ya know, "baby" things), but eventually he just took off and preferred it over crawling!


Jack loves other kids. He will go to the park and stare and watch "big" kids (3-4 years old) all day. He also loves to ham it up with people in the grocery store and just about anyone who will pay attention to him. He is very social and such a sweet natured little kid... and so long as he is fed and has his naps, he basically stays this way all the time!


Jack very much does not like missing naps. I don't know if it is because he has been on a good routine for so long, but he really struggles with sleeping places other than his crib/pack and play, etc. It seems like most kids fall asleep in the car, in the stroller, or a baby carrier, but not Jack - he dislikes anything other than his crib.

I knew this would be a huge struggle when making the drive to Minnesota (I drove Jack and our cat, Winnie, and John left the following day with the dogs) so I woke up at 3AM every day to start driving in hopes that he would still be sleepy enough to not mind being in his car seat, and it definitely helped (despite being totally painful for me!!).


John just lovesss his little boy... and the little boy loves his daddy. 

The are total clones of each other, and Jack is so content to just hang out with John all day. They go to Orvis together to look at knives, fishing stuff, and other things, and Jack just happily tags along with his dad wherever he wants to go. It is super sweet to watch (and hey, I don't mind the free time either!).

Scout and Lily

Ohhh, Scout and Lily! Jack enjoys his dogs, but thinks they are a bit noisy... as long as they aren't barking Jack is perfectly happy to hang out with them, but the barks are a bit loud and startling for him. 

To be honest, the dogs and Jack don't really interact a whole lot (for no other reason than interest), but the dogs happily share snacks and clean up after Jack when he is done eating (how do you moms without dogs do it?!! I would be vacuuming and Swiffer-wet-jetting more than my mind would be able to handle!).


At 11-12 months old, Jack was wearing 18 month clothes. We also stopped dressing him in onesies and he started wearing only "big boy" clothes (i.e. shirts and shorts/pants)... once he was mobile he just seemed to much prefer separates.

Favorite Moments

So many favorite moments over Jack's 11-12 months of life... he obviously turned ONE, but also has been exploring a whole new area with seasons. Both John and I enjoy watching Jack explore and learn as he gets older and experience new things... everything from wearing pants for the first time (Minnesota is much colder than Texas...) to trying new foods, hanging out in the yard with sticks and leaves (praise God for no scorpions) - he has got to do a lot of really fun things!

Looking Forward To

Well, this post is obviously tardy, but if I were to answer as though I wasn't, I would be looking forward to his first birthday party (which was fiesta themed!), having Jack see snow for the first time, and getting to enjoy a lot more family and extended family time together.

I am also looking forward to Christmas! Last year Jack was so little last year, that there was really no difference between Christmas or any other day of the year. I'm looking forward to him opening presents, looking at all of the Christmas lights, and maybe even a trip to see Santa!


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Friday, August 25, 2017

Jack: Ten Month Update

Jack is 10 months old! I cannot even begin to wrap my mind around the fact that my little baby will be one year old in only two months - where was I when this happened?!

He is crawling (fast!), is a full-on chatty Cathy, has ticklish underarms, and just learned to clap... I am convinced that this is my favorite age yet.

Jack is 10 months old today (August 25th).

I don't have an official weigh-in for Jack this month, but my guess is that he is a little over 23lbs.

This month we have really been working on introducing Jack to table foods - and he loves it! It is clear he is totally ready. He has had small pieces of turkey, brisket (he was born in Texas, y'all!), bananas, strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, banana bread, macaroni and cheese, peas, carrots, corn... and so much more that I can't think of right now!

Jack is a really great sleeper, and this month we officially retired the baby monitor. I'm sure we will break it back out at some point, but for now, there is no reason to have it on in the middle of the night... and to be honest, even if he did wake up in the middle of the night, we probably wouldn't even go to get him (unless he was sick, of course).

Jack's daily schedule looks like the below:
7AM - wake and bottle
8AM - breakfast
9AM - morning nap
10:30AM - wake and bottle
12PM - lunch
1PM - afternoon nap
2:30PM - wake and bottle
5PM - dinner
6:15PM - bottle and get ready for bed
6:30-7PM - bed

We follow the Mom's On Call schedule almost exactly, and it works so well for us. Jack definitely prefers his schedule too - he is such a happy baby (I'm sure everyone says that about their kids, but he truly is!) and I'm convinced it is because he has a predictable day that he can rely on... he is well-rested, fed, and loved on oh-so-much!

Cords! Oh my gosh, if you can't find your phone charger, just send Jack out to look... this kid can smell a cord from a mile away.

Jack also loves to stand everywhere and crawl over just about anything. It's getting very tough to change his diaper because as soon as you try to lay him on his back he protests! If you try to lay him back he will keep stepping backwards so you can't lay him down... ayeee. The only problem with all of this standing is that he hasn't quite figured out how to sit back down. He will eventually either plop on his bottom or just yell until someone comes to help him!

Jack also loves other little kids. He is such a social baby, and it makes me a little sad that he doesn't get together with other baby friends more! Whenever he sees other babies or kids he is super interested and wants to go interact and get their attention. It's super sweet.

One of the things that I have loved most about this month is that he will crawl up to you and start to climb up your leg asking to be held... how do you say no to that?! It's the most heart melting thing ever - I'm sure it will get old at some point, but right now I'm loving every minute of it.

Just like last month, Jack absolutely despises getting his face wiped... you would think the world was coming to an end - honestly, it's bad!

Jack also dislikes teething. I think he may be getting in his first set of molars because he has been acting like he is in full-on teeth mode. He has had his hands in his mouth for the past few weeks (chewing on his fingers), tons of drool, and had a lot of trouble getting to sleep one night.

This past month John said that Jack is reminding him a lot of Lily (our youngest dog) because all of a sudden he is getting into absolutely everything... pulling books off of the book shelf, untying shoe laces, and finding basically every piece of dirt on the floor.

Every weekend John and Jack "wrestle" - this is mostly John laying on the floor and Jack crawling all over him, but they have a lot of fun with it and it's super sweet to watch... until someone gets hurt, that is. It seems that poor John has been whacked in the nose by Jack's noggin more times than I can count...

John also insisted on taking Jack to Cabela's this month. John said that it was his fatherly duty and the fact that they hadn't been there yet was making him anxious as we approach his first birthday. He had fun walking around the aquarium and seeing all of the taxidermy. Jack will be in for lots of fun hiking, camping, and fishing trips with his dad when he gets old enough!

Scout and Lily
The month Jack started forming a little bond with Scout and Lily! He loves going up to their crates (either in his walker or crawling there) and letting them lick his hands. He will fiddle with their crate doors, and we will be in some serious trouble when he figures out how to open them!

Jack has also started chasing (i.e. crawling after) our cat, Winnie. This normally wouldn't be a problem, but she can't seem to see or hear him coming (either that or she just doesn't mind) - either way, he ends up with fistfuls of fur and an irritated cat (who will be 16 years old in a few months, by the way...).

Jack lives in his Cat & Jack pocket t-shirts from Target. They are super soft, fit him well, and are cute enough to play in and still wear to church. We've gotten a lot better making sure Jack is wearing pants or shorts when we leave the house, and now that he is crawling, we are starting to work on making sure he is wearing some sort of foot covering (shoe, slip-ons, etc.) when we are out and about.

This past month, Jack also started wearing "big boy" pajamas - this was a tough one for my momma heart... he shouldn't be wearing ANYTHING to bed other than a night-time onesie, but nope, he has started wearing pajama pants with a t-shirt (cue major tears for this one...).

He is still wearing size 4 diapers, but after his current box is gone, I'm going to move him up to size 5 - I think they will be a better fit for him now that he is crawling everywhere.

Favorite Moments
There were so many favorite moments this past month. 

I honestly really love watching Jack play with other baby friends. We had a breakfast date with a friend and her son (who is only a week younger than Jack) at Chick-Fil-A, and we let them romp around the playscape for a bit. I think Jack enjoyed the change of scenery (not to mention the hash browns!).

This past month we also flew to Washington D.C., and Jack was able to meet the vast majority of John's side of the family - his aunts, uncles, cousins, etc., and it was really nice to introduce our sweet little boy to everyone.

Looking Forward To
I look forward to Jack becoming more and more of a little person and developing his personality - it's fun to see what his preferences are!

And I would say that I am looking forward to his first birthday, but I'm just not sure that is true. Having a one-year-old seems like toddler territory to me, and I'm still soaking up my sweet baby!


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