Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jack: 16 Month Update

I had originally planned to do a 15 month update for Jack... but, well, life got busy - so I figured why not 16 months?!

At Jack's 15-month well visit he weighed 27lbs (but given that it has been over a month since then, I would guess he has grown a bit! He is in the 94% for weight and the 90% for height (at his 15-month appointment he was just about 33inches long)... he is a big, but proportional toddler.

Jack is wearing size 5 diapers (but at night we have him wearing size 6 over nights), and all of his 18-month clothes are super tight on him - 2T is a much better fit... how is my baby wearing 2T?!!

Jack has a very healthy appetite... every morning he typically drinks about 8oz of milk, eats a Kodiak waffle, some fruit, and a handful of Cherrios. Breakfast is definitely his favorite meal of the day, and he doesn't eat nearly as much for lunch and dinner. Blueberries are definitely his favorite food (with cherry tomatoes being a close second).

We have been working more with forks and spoons, and he enjoys being able to feed himself (although we still won't use forks or spoons at restaurants since I'm pretty sure something will get thrown eventually...).

Jack is still a fantastic sleeper, and we are so thankful for that.

He is still napping two times per day, but we plan on transitioning him to one nap sometime within the next month. Once baby #2 arrives John has 8-weeks of paternity leave, so we will work on his nap transitions when John is home and able to help him when I am with the new baby.

Jack is all-in for whatever he does... he climbs, jumps on his mattress, and is really a rambunctious kid. He loves to spin around and get dizzy and put things over his head to walk around not knowing where he is going - he is very physical and a total goof ball!

He goes to a music class every Wednesday and his vocabulary has really started to take off. He knows all sorts of words and animal sounds... too many to count at this point! We have gotten to the point where we can say "Jack can you say _____", and he will take a good whack at it (so long as he isn't being shy!). Although he isn't stringing too many words together, he very much understands what we tell him. You can say "Jack go grab your kitty cat" and he will go get his kitty cat stuffed animal.

Jack absolutely LOVES to read books - and we read, read, read all day long! He definitely has his favorite books that he picks out and will say some of the words along with us. It is one of my favorite things that he will go grab a book from his bookshelf, hand it to you, and then immediately sit down on your lap for you to read it to him. He is such a sweet guy, and I look forward to this every night!

We have also started watching Sesame Street, and Jack really loves it! I feel like it is the first show that he has actually taken an interest in, and he will sit (or even stand!) and just watch the show and dance to the songs... it's super sweet!

Jack does not like being left alone with strangers. He is super social to people so long as John, me, his nanny, or my parents are with him... but if he senses that he is going to be left alone with someone he doesn't know, he starts to get clingy. I mean, hey, I don't typically like to be left alone with strangers either! So I can't blame him! :) But if we are with him, he is a little charmer and won't stop saying "hi" to people, flirting with them, or giving them high-fives!

Just like most toddlers, Jack also does not like to be told "no."

Jack loves his "da dee!"

Let me tell you, John could take Jack anywhere or do anything with him and Jack would be happy as a clam to hang out with his dad. Jack and I are often in his room getting ready for bed when John comes home from work and Jack will yell "da dee!" as soon as he realizes that John is home... it's the sweetest this ever, and I love watching the two of them together.

John will put Jack in a hiking pack and they will go take the dogs for a walk around Lake Harriet and Jack just enjoys his time saying "hi" to strangers and pointing out dogs. Jack is not scared off by the cold weather. In fact, recently he has enjoyed walking and walking and walking on his own. John jokes that he is training for his first hike. They have a lot of father-son adventures ahead of them!

Scout and Lily
Jack loves his dogs and will bark ("woof woof") at them. He loves Lily so much and will literally bring her food and his toys and drop them in her crate for her. We couldn't find John's car keys for about a week and eventually found them in her crate! He gives her remote controls to chew on, his toys, and just about anything else that he can find that can fit through the crate. It's so funny because he doesn't do it with Scout - just Lily. 

I think Jack thinks Scout is a little grumpy. Scout isn't too keen on being pulled on or chased by Jack so at this point, until Jack can understand "gentle" a bit better we are just keeping them separate.

Jack also loves his kitty, Winnie. He is a bit rough with her, but for some reason she doesn't seem to mind. Winnie makes no hesitation to hiss at our dogs, but she has never once hissed at Jack. He will honestly smother her, and we will separate them, but then she comes back for more!

It is so confusing to me, but she must not totally hate Jack because she lets him pull all over her. We are working on "gentle" and he will gently pat her... but he just has too much love to give - how can he be gentle with bear hugs?!

Favorite Moments
So many favorite moments... the little things, really!

I know it sounds so cheesy, but I just love watching Jack learn and figure out new things. When he picks up a new word from reading a book over and over (...and over...) again, or a new sound, it is so fun to watch. He knows a bit of sign language, can climb up and down the couch and chairs, and really just gets after life.

John and I were talking about how rambunctious he is and that he is "that kid" in his music class - but John's response was perfect: you can teach a kid to be polite and well-behaved, but you can't really teach them to get after life... and well, Jack certainly has the "gettin' after it" trait!

Looking Forward To
Seeing Jack interact with his new little sister! I'm sure there will be some jealousy, but I'm not too concerned - he is so little still that I'm hoping that he will adjust to our new normal pretty quickly. Baby Emma was gifted a kitty stuffed animal that Jack quickly claimed as his own (and not just claimed as his own, but claimed as his favorite!), so it will be fun/interesting to watch him learn to share (both toys and attention!).

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  1. This is so sweet, and what beautiful photos!! I cannot wait to see him with a little sister :)

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  2. So much fun!! He is getting so big and is going to be the best big brother! That's amazing John gets 8 weeks paternity leave!!

  3. I can't believe John gets 8 weeks off, that's insane!!! I'm beyond jealous of that! Garrett got TWO DAYS OFF after we had Vivi and he basically worked those entire two days while he was home ugh so annoying!!!

  4. He’s such a spitting image of John! That is really awesome that John gets paternity leave! We were lucky when Georgia was born that Joe was able to get laid off and collect unemployment, perks of being a union laborer. But I love that paternity leave is becoming a thing!

  5. Behold! Jack is John's mini. (But those eyes... all Mama!!!!) That photo of him in the basket is so cute. And crying? Blackmail material for sure. lol


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