Jake had his 2 month checkup today. We were lucky enough to see Dawn, the CNP that we''ve seen since Joey''s very first doctor visit, and who many of our friends see. She''s so sweet and knows both boys very well now. She said Jake looks great, and called him Mr. Cheeks due to those large meatball cheeks he has. She was impressed by his neck and back strength, his level of activity, and how alert he is. She had a little talk with him about tummy time and how he''s not suppposed to just nap during it, but actually exercise his neck. He ignored her I think. But she did say that given our recent turn of events she is confident that lactose intolerance is his problem, and that combined with the acid reflux is just not a good combination. She said he''ll have to be on the lactose free formula until he''s a year old, and then we can try out the whole milk to see if this is an allergy, or just an intolerance he''ll outgrow, which is what she thinks it is. We''ll reassess the acid reflux in 2 months, at his next appointment. But overall, besides 4 shots and the Rototeq vacination, he''s doing great!
Happy birthday baby Jake! Today Jake is 2 months old, and has changed so much. He''s smiling and cooing, moreso in the past week. He''s so alert, not wanting to miss anything, that he only will nap about 2 hours a day (well under the recommended 5 - 7 hours!). Jake has been on a new medication for his acid reflux, which seems to be working, and is now on his 4th formula in 2 months. This latest one is lactose free, we just started it last night. And last night was the best night since he was born! Jake at at 8, was in bed by 9, and slept in the crib until 4 this morning! As most of you know, this is a rare thing for him. Up to this point, he would sleep in the bassinet until about 1 if we were lucky, and then he would sleep propped up on my arm or Will''s until his next feeding. After that feeding, he would sleep in his bed for 30 minutes on the button, and then he and I slept in the chair for the rest of the night. Last night he slept in the crib, and when he would wake up he would go back to sleep on his own after just a few minutes - hooray! He ate just 2 ounces at 4 a.m., and then slept in the crib until 7! Keep your fingers crossed that this is not a fluke, but something new that will happen from now on. The problem is, Will and I are so used to being up at 2 now that we were both wide awake at 2 while Jake slept!
Jake continues to do great. He is actually eating less than he was a month ago; he had one day where he at 40 ounces in a day (!) but we then cut him back to just 32 ounces a day. Now he''s taking in about 25 ounces plus 4 tsp of rice cereal per bottle, for the spitting up. It''s all a guessing game to get it right but I think we''re almost there.
Jake loves his big brother, and likes to watch him. Joey loves Jake and can''t wait to see him, talk to him, hug him, and kiss him. Now that Jake is getting more interactive, Joey continues to love him more and more.
Tomorrow Jake goes to the doctor for his 2 month checkup, so keep your fingers crossed that all goes well!
Happy Halloween! Joey had a great time trick or treating with his friends Logan, Kaila, Justin, and Emily. As you can see, he was Thomas the Train, and a very good one at that. Jake was a pumpkin, though he didn''t trick or treat because it was so windy outside. Joey also had a halloween party at day care yesterday, though he was anything but chipper, since he got woken up from his nap early. But we got some really cute pictures!
As you can also see, Joey decorated pumpkins for Halloween. I thought I was being really smart and got the new Crayola washable paints for little kids. Joey had lots of fun painting the pumpkin...and then I put it out on the porch in the rain. Needless to say, washable paints disappear in the rain, so Joey got to decorate the pumpkins 2 times! But he had a great time with it!
Jake is doing well, though he continues to have tummy troubles. He had his first visit to a gastroenterologist yesterday. He said that Jake''s reflux is the issue, and changed his formula again. Jake is now on a partially broken down formula, which is not really doing the job just yet,and also on medicine 2 times per day. He does ok during the day though he gets bad gas pains. But at night, after his 1 a.m. bottle, he can only sleep in his bed for 30 minutes, and then he''s got so much reflux and bad gas pains that he squirms and wiggles and he and I end up sleeping in the chair. THe same thing happens after his 5 a.m. bottle, 30 minutes on the button and he''s back up, despite keeping him upright for 30 minutes after he eats. Poor guy...we''re doing all we can to help this go away. There''s been some discussion of lactose intolerance, so that''ll be the next change if this formula doesn''t do the job.
Joey is going through the terrible 2''s / getting 4 teeth in at the same time, so he''s been anything but pleasant many days in the past few weeks, though it comes and it goes. Last night he woke up crying and when I went in to give him Tylenol, he said There he is, as though he was waiting for and expecting me. But he loves his ''Baby Jake'', and loves to give him hugs every time he sees him. We''re so thankful and lucky that his jealousy is very minimal!
On Friday, Joey was 19 months old! He is such a sponge, changing so much and just learning so many things. He is saying a lot of 3-word sentences, such as Where Mommy go, Baby Jake crying, etc. He can repeat almost everything you say, good and bad. He''s also learning how to do more things on his own, including dress himself. He loves his baby brother, giving him hugs and kisses. With the good comes the bad...he''s also starting to have temper tantrums when he doesn''t get what he wants, especially attention and people to play with him. This is a learning curve for all of us. But the tantrums are very mild at this point, and we feel so lucky to have such a good, fun, happy little boy!
This weekend was Jake''s first trip to Wisconsin to visit Grandma and Grandpa, and to meet his great grandparents. We all had a lot of fun. Grandpa, Joey, Mommy, and Daddy all went to the train museum. We all had a great time and got to see so many cool trains. We also got to ride the train. There was a whole bunch of Thomas stuff in the store, so of course we spent a lot of time in there. Joey had a fantastic time with his Uncle Brian, Auntie Dawn, Uncle Matt, Auntie Kris, and Madi, playing trucks and trains, coloring, riding on the lawn mower with Grandpa, playing hide and seek with Grandpa, and coloring with Grandma. It was a great time! Jacob got a little cold, which Joey had last week, so we are not sleeping much as he can''t breathe when he''s sleeping. But hopefully he''ll feel better soon!
Today was Jacob''s 1 month doctor appointment. She said everything looks good. She thinks Jake has some nasty acid reflux, so we''re keeping an eye on that. But otherwise he''s doing well! At 1 month, Jake is quite the cat napper, doesn''t really like to take naps, though part of the reason may be the reflux. He''s sleeping 3 - 4 hours at night, then eating, then we get another 3 - 4 hours before the next feeding. Jake typically eats 3 times at night, sleeps ok, and is up most of the day. but overall he is a very happy baby. Joey continues to adjust to having ''Baby Jake'' in the family. Some days are better than others, though he gets very excited to see his baby brother, and to help with things like getting the diaper and bringing the bottle to Daddy. He also likes to try give Jake his nuk, and loves to play with his toes, or his "Piggy Mans", as Joey calls them for whatever reason. But he is gentle with Jake and loves to give him kisses!
Today Joey is 18 months old! So many things have changed over the past month...
1. He can speak in a lot of 2 word sentences, and an ever increasing number of 3 word sentences. He''s also been saying 3 syllable words (cheese burger, potatos) and even a 4-syllable word (helicopter).
2. He is totally addicted to Thomas the train. He knows almost all of the trains on the show, and asks to watch it every day. We try to limite the number of showings to just one per day, at bedtime, to wind down. He also got a Thomas set from Jake the day we came home from the hospital, and he will not put that THomas down. If he finds he''s not holding it he stops, and starts walking in circles looking for it.
3. He is very excited about ''Baby Jake'' and can''t wait to say hi to him. He also likes to look in the pack n'' play on him. But we have to watch him as he likes to ''give'' things to Jake, like all of his burp rags, or the blanket or gown that is hanging on the edge of the pack n play.
4. He''s started to throw temper tantrums. These started initially, though mild, before the baby came, but since the baby came they''ve gotten much more intense, lots of screaming and crying, when he doesn''t get what he wants. It''s a learning lesson for everyone at this point.
5. He knows what he does and doesn''t want to eat, and when you ask him what he wants for a snack, or for dinner, he will go pick it out.
6. He has developed this knack for memorizing words in books. He got several new books when the baby came, and after reading them just a few times, he knows different words on the pages, and will sit down and ''read'' the book to you.
7. He can go down the slide by himself. He''s also great at going up stairs, but coming down is still a work in process.
8. He can count to 30!
9. He repeats words that you say in coversation - awesome, here honey, keep building, etc.
10. He''s fascinated with crashes. Everything he plays with has to crash into each other - his cars, trucks, trains, boats, you name it.
Each day is a challenge for Joey with testing the limits to see what is still allowed with the new baby. But we''ve been spending a lot of 1:1 time with him whenever we can, and letting him be the big helper whenever possible. However, he amazes us every day with the things he learns or can do or figure out over the course of the day watching and learning.
But he sure misses his grandmas and grandpas that took such great care of him while we were at the hospital!
Today was Jacob''s first doctor appointment. He did so well! He''s back to his birth weight, and didn''t cry much. The doctor said he looked great and was very impressed with his neck strength. He''s sleeping better; he goes for 3 - 4 hours between feedings, and sleeps the rest of the time with the exception of 30 minutes here and there during the day. Joey is starting to like him more, and gets very excited to show people ''Baby Jake" whenever they come in the door. He also can''t wait to say hi to him in the morning, and when he sees him in his bed will say Look at Baby Jake! Yesterday Jake had his first bath, and even liked it, as you can see from the pictures. He didn''t even cry (Joey wailed). He just looked around to try figure out what in the world his parents were doing to him, poor kid.
Jake is a great baby, and just a lot of fun. He rarely cries. The only way you know that he is awake is that he squirms around and is grunting or groaning, or filling his little pants. An interesting connection that we will hold over him until he gets married...every time he fills his pants, he gets the hiccups. That is how you know it''s dirty diaper time. I think it''s because he holds his breath and grunts, and then must swallow some air. But it''s the tell tale sign that he probably needs his pants changed. So alert to friends and family - if you hear the hiccups, beware!
Jacob is 2 days old and doing well. He''s quite the eater, and lost just a few ounces but is starting to gain them back already. However, the sleeping department could use some work. He sleeps great during the day...and then after about 6 p.m. he thinks he should be wide awake until 2 a.m., at which point he''ll take a good 3 hour nap. He''s quite the little peanut. The first introduction to his big brother didn''t go so well...Joey cried for the entire 15 minutes he was here, despite the gifts from the baby. We''ll see how tomorrow goes, when we go home from the hospital. Today Jake got his first introduction to the Packers, and soon the Bears. Next week watch for pictures of him in his Brett Favre jersey, but for this week it''s just his Bears bib.
Happy Birthday Daddy! Today for Daddy''s birthday Mommy made spaghetti. I sat in my new booster chair that I got from my friend Justin, and ate my first meal in it. Mommy took the advice of my friend Mackenzie''s mommy and I ate it ''naked'', in just my diaper. Good thing too. By the time I was done, I had spaghetti between my toes, and brownie (dessert) rubbed on the bottom of my feet. With this new chair I can put my feet on the table, much to the chagrin of my mommy. So after dinner it was straight up the stairs to the tub, do not pass go, do not collect $200.
I had a great time playing with my uncle Matt this weekend too. He watched me while Mommy, Grandma, and Daddy cleaned up the house. I got very good at yelling MATT! to get his atteention. We had lots of fun together.
As my days as an only child dwindle, I am taking advantage of as much Mommy and Daddy time as I can get. My i-teeth are coming in, which is making me quite the cuddler these days. With Mommy on bedrest until my brother gets here, we''ve been watching LOTS of Thomas the Train, who is my new favorite thing in the entire world. The first thing I ask for in the morning is THomas, and last Sunday Mommy and I watched 17 episodes, yes 17 (thank goodness they are only 5 minutes or less long) in a row while cuddling on the couch. My Grandma Patty got me a Thomas book which I love and have nearly memorized, and I''ve started repeating things from Thomas (so has Daddy!) including "Oh dear" and CRASH!
I''ve also become very fascinated with crashes. I got my new sand table, and have spent the past day crashing cars inside of it. I also love to ''crash'' my push toy into the grass when we go for short walks through the park. Then I laugh hysterically. Mommy says I''m such a boy.
Happy 17 month birthday to me! You already know most of the new things I''m doing. Basically I''ve become this non-stop repeating machine, and walk around just chattering up a storm (I''m a Haessly through and through :)) Last night Mommy was cleaning up dinner and I was running from the living room to the kitchen saying "J-O-E-Y, J-O-E-Y". I also speak very well in 2 and 3 word sentences; when I need to know where Mommy ran off to at the grocery store I say "Mommy go?". When I''m watching my ''numba'' video, I say "What next?" anticipating the next number that will be coming. "There he is", "_____ no no", "Joey color", "I (love) you too", "Thank you very much" are some things you''ll hear out of my mouth.
Daddy taught me how to tackle, so watch out for me tackling you. I also like to eat crayons, so word of warning for anyone babysitting me while Mommy is having the baby. Red was especially delicious and is no longer with us.
Some of my other favorites to eat these days - grapes, circles (circle pasta from Gerber), Peas, ice cream, ''ackies'' (cookies), chicken, pizza, yogurt that I feed myself, Trix, blueberries, really things that are round taste best to me these days.
I got to go to the Children''s museum this past weekend too, with my friend Alex and his mommy. Mommy will post pictures when her camera stops acting up, but I had lots of fun with the trains, the shapes magnetic wall, the milk jug scale (all the jugs are numbered and it tells you how much you weigh; if the scale is right I may have gained 2 lbs since my 15 month checkup!), and I LOVED the water room, with the boats. I had so much fun there!
I''m really becoming quite the character. Every night after my bath Mommy says what kind of jammies do you want to wear, and I always say Hmmm. Well, last night she asked me, and I replied "I dunno". She was cracking up. My talking is just taking off like crazy. I''m really getting great at the Thank You''s - nearly every time you hand me something or help me with something I will say Thank you ___ (Thank you mommy). I also like to count things. Last night I counted things as mommy was putting them in the dryer - one shirt, two socks, three shorts, four night nights, etc. I did this with my toys as I was putting them in the tub too.
Other things I can do now that I am almost 17 months old:
1. I LOVE to color. All the time. And I''ve figured out the crayon hiding place, so I stand there and point and ask to color.
2. I can climb in and out of my little Diego chair, though not yet on the furniture.
3. I like to feed myself yogurt in the morning. It''s messy, but it''s the first step towards independence :)
4. I like to talk on the phone, though not to real people. I will play with the phone or my fake phones and say Hi, then babble for a while, then say I love you too, bye.
5. I know the noises that a lot of animals make, and also that Daddy likes to say Roar when he sees me and Mommy says I love you.
6. I beg to watch my Numbers video, and think it is the best movie ever.
7. I''m getting very good at cleaning things up, though after I pick them all up I take them all back out.
8. I have a new Elmo book that has one of those memory game type things in it, and I remember and can match at least 4 of the things in the game.
9. I love Elmo, Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, and Cookie monster.
10. I love cookies in general. Ackies, I call them.
Every day I amaze my parents as to what I know, or remember. Just a little over 3 weeks until the baby comes, so we''ll see how I do when I become a big brother!
Lately I''ve become quite the talking machine, and have started to repeat almost everything. I''ve really become the big helper in preparation to be a new big brother. Last night Mommy put me in my new double stroller and buckled me in, and I said "I ready!", to go for a walk. I
can also say:
''numba'' (numbers - I want to watch my numbers video)
''nikko no no'' (scolding the dog, though I will use this on anyone - Daddy, Mommy, etc)
''sweep'' (I want to sweep the floor)
''drum'' (I want my cake pan and wooden spoon to play the ''drums'')
''color'' (I want to color, immediately)
''tatoe'' (I want mashed potatoes, my new favorite food)
''pizza'' (Pizza for dinner please)
''trator'' (I see a tractor I want to ride on)
I can also say Justin, Emily, Hannah (my friends in the neighborhood), and the names of all the kids at day care. So a request from my Mommy, please watch what you say around me, it''ll probably be repeated!
I have a new trick! It will probably come in VERY handy when I am in college (when I am 21, of course). I desparately want to be able to drink from a cup no-handed, but it''s just not been working (not enough teeth to hold the cup in my mouth). Last night I was ''two-fisting'', as Mommy says, with juice in one hand and milk in the other. I dropped one of the cups, and I went upside down like I was doing a summersault. Then I grabbed the drinking part of the top with my mouth and pulled it forward and stood up, no hands, with the cup in my mouth. My parents were EXTREMELY impressed at this rare, yet necessary, talent. I''m sure it''ll come in handy next time I have the hiccups, but what a great trick when I am in college!
I''ve also learned to say I love You (I you) and will say it whenever Mommy gives me a kiss or if someone says it to me. I''m becoming very adept at fake phone conversations, I always start with a hi, then say some things, and say bye-bye, and hang up the phone. I''ve learned to spell my name sort of; when you write it, I know the letters, and then when you are done I know it says Joey and will say Joey very triumphantly.
I continue to be a little sponge with quite the personality. I''m picking up tons of new words and know how to use them. I''m starting to say 2 and some 3-word sentences. I''m a little comedian and find myself hysterical and will do most anything for a laugh many days. I''m just really a ton of fun and Mommy and Daddy are loving every minute of it! Tonight I get to move into my new room to make way for the new addition, so keep your fingers crossed that I handle the change to the new room well and that Mommy can get everything done before my little brother shows up in 6 weeks.
Well, my 16 month birthday was a bit of a rough one for me. I was a little grumpy all day, didn''t eat well, and kind of whiny. When we got done eating (or in my case, not eating) dinner, we all went out for a walk, which I loved. But afterwards, I was running across the driveway to help Daddy water the grass, and I tripped on my own 2 little feet. Mommy watched my ''poor little head'' bounce off the driveway, and I have an egg and road rash on my forehead that is about 1.5" across. With my nuk and ''night night'', I calmed down, and then once I saw myself in the mirror while Mommy cleaned me up, I started hamming up the smiles and was in a good mood. After a good round of coloring, Tylenol, and some ice cream, I was raring and ready to go. Mommy will post pictures as soon as her camera starts working again, but in the meantime she''s trying to teach me to say ''you should see the other guy''.
Happy 16 month birthday to me! Mommy says it''s so hard to believe I''m already 16 months old, but it''s so hard to believe I''m ONLY 16 months old. What am I doing now that I wasn''t last month?
1. Talking non-stop - I can repeat most things you say (so watch out!). My favorite words - circle, ice cream, square, and seven.
2. I can count to 15, and like to count everything I see, especially my food.
3. I can feed myself with a spoon and a fork (sometimes).
4. I can climb up all the stairs. Not down though.
5. I LOVE Corn on the cob. Don''t cut it off, I won''t eat it. But if you break a cob of corn in half, I can eat up to 3 - though Mommy will not allow this to happen any more because the next few days were not pleasant, for anyone.
6. I think I''m a little joker. Last night in the car I was reading my numbers book and would call out random numbers in the wrong order and then laugh hysterically, as though I was telling the funniest joke.
7. I understand what you are saying and follow directions very well (mommy is relishing this time, as she knows this will end soon). When I wake up, I know that I have to put my nuk and blanket back in my bed before we go downstairs. if Mommy says go give this to daddy, or I need to get my shoes, I do exactly what she says. Last week she told me she had to get her socks and shoes on before we could go fora walk, and I went over and found a pair of socks in the laundry for her.
8. I know the sounds that a lot of animals make, and also what Mommy says (Love you) and what daddy says (Roar - whenever he comes down the stairs or I come in the door he roars like a lion at me and I roar back).
9. I''ve started to give kisses, though the only recipient at this point has been Ms. Tracey, my babysitter.
10. I give high 5''s and low 5''s.
11. I like to have a BITE of everything - everything someone is eating I want a bite of, and then I say "woo hoo hoo".
12. I can put all of the puzzle pieces in my tupperware ball puzzle (Thanks Grandma Karen!!!). I also like to build towers with my blocks, and drive cars all over the house.
It''s amazing how I change every single day, and just become more and more of a little toddler.
A note from the mommy, to other mommies:
As all of you know, Joey has this ''night night'' that he ADORES, which he got in a clothes set that his godfather, Matt, gave to him when he was born. If the night night falls out of the bed (with Joey''s help, usually), he won''t go to sleep until it goes back in the bed. Well, I recently read an article in Parents magazine from a dad whose daughter lost her beloved security blanket, and they couldn''t find it, had many sleepless nights, and finally he bought one, on ebay, for $150.00. Ever since reading that article I''ve been wondering what would happen if the ''night night'' got lost. Where would I find one, and what would we do? It''s been more than 16 months since he got that one, and they of course don''t sell it at the store any more.
Today I was able to find one on ebay for $12.99, and needless to say I am extremely excited! I can now put this one away, in the unfortunate event that the other one gets lost / ruined, and hopefully no sleepless nights! I recommend other mommies do the same thing, to avoid that situation.
Yesterday was a bit of a rough day for me. Daddy and I went for a run (well, he ran, I was along for the ride) and then to the park. I hit my head on the slide, and then on MY run back home, up the sidewalk, I fell and Daddy said he heard my head bounce off the sidewalk. So my paranoid parents called the doctor and found out what to watch for for a concussion, and kept a close eye on me all day. Ms. Tracey said that I ran around like normal and you would never know that I fell, except for the skid mark and bruise on my forehead. But to make it all better I let Daddy bring us Culvers for dinner. The people accidentally gave him 2 kids-size shakes, one vanilla and one strawberry. I drank the entire vanilla shake by myself and then thought I should have some of Mommy''s! (and Mommy doesn''t share her ice cream). Daddy said he thinks we have a monster on our hands when it comes to ice cream! Every night when Mommy says what do you want for a snack, I say Ice Cream! Whenever she opens the freezer, or even passes near it, I say Ice cream! Then when we get to have ice cream, Mommy says what do we need for ice cream, and I know we need a bowl, 2 spoons (one for each of us), a scooper, and a bib. We''re pretty sure that this is helping to eliminate that lack of gaining weight issue I''ve been having...but no worries, I sometimes eat other things too.
I''m also quite the big helper these days. When we were all done with the ice cream, and getting ready for bed, Mommy got out the broom to clean up the kitchen. I took it and helped her sweep. She got some pictures so that someday when I''m refusing to help clean up, she can remind me how I used to love to help. Plus when Daddy was out to water the lawn, I dropped my toys and ran over to hold the hose for him. I tried to carry it for him, towards wherever he was going, though it was a little heavy and awkward for me. But when we got to our destination I held it up in the air for him. Mommy and Daddy thought it was so funny and can''t wait to remind me how much I LOVED to help out once.
Happy Day after the 4th! What a fun day we had! Mommy, Daddy, and I went to the Antioch parade with Justin, Emily, Kaila, Logan, and their parents. Our friends Justin and Hanna and their parents also met us there. The day was a bit cloudy at first but the sun came out and we had a great time! I wasn''t scared of the fire engine sirens, got very excited about the horsies and doggies in the parade, and the best part of all was the freezie pops one group gave out, and the sucker that I got too! I enjoyed both very much, and my green face, teeth, and sticky hands were proof enough. Then we all went to Culver''s for lunch, and had lots of fun. I was an angel, considering I was up at 6:30, and we didn''t get home until almost 2. I took a LONG nap, and then it was back outside to play with all my friends. We had a yummy cookout, and Kaila and I ate grapes like nobody''s business. Mommy said she felt like a grape dispensing machine. I still went to bed at 8, and didn''t budge as Daddy and the other daddies in the neighborhood lit off fireworks for a few hours. Mommy said my new baby brother wasn''t so fond of the noise though. It was so much fun! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th!
Six things I''ve learned since Friday:
1. How to say please AND thank you (or peas and tay-too)!
2. How to use my fork to get food on my tray
3. How to hit the baseball on my little toy baseball game
4. How to eat pizza! (only Lou Malnatti''s, which is the best)
5. How to say Joey (sounds more like jo-gee)
6. How to climb up the steps to the slide at the park. AND how to walk up the slide itself.
Happy 15 month birthday to me! Every single day I am picking up more and more, and am truly a little sponge these days. Things I can do at 15 months that I couldn''t at 14:
1. Do almost the whole alphabet on my own, except about 6 letters.
2. Count to 13! (with the exception of 11, which is very hard for a 1 year old to say)
3. Say OK, and Okey dokey hokey pokey, which is something Mommy always says to me - except my version is okey kokey kokey kokey, and I''ll bring it out at the appropriate time, which cracks Mommy up.
4. Throw a minor temper tantrum.
5. Crawl up all the steps
6. Understand what they mean when someone says do you want to go outside, and get very upset if I don''t get to go.
7. Go down the slide at the park, with a little help.
8. Walk on grass! And wood chips!
9. Build towers with blocks
10. Say Yellow, blue, red, purple, black, and white, and even recognize them some of the time.
11. Give a high 5
12. Eat with a fork, with a little help to get the food on the fork.
13. Feed the dog whatever I am eating, offer him my sippy cup, nuk, or blanket.
14. I know where the baby is, and point at Mommy''s ever-growing belly and say baby.
15. Say tons of words, including please, nuk, ice cream, night night, Nikko, all done, more, No, yes, yellow, blue, red, purple, black, white, kitty, cookie, chicken, shoes, socks, baseball, and a lot more words. I babble all the time, and usually wake up talking to myself.
16. I talk on my toy cell phone every day when we get in the car at the baby sitter''s. Mommy says let''s call Daddy, and I hold the phone up to my ear and talk away, starting out with a Hi, and finishing up with bye bye.
17. Reach EVERYTHING - things on the table, the counter, my blanket on the edge of my crib, you name it. Nothing is safe!
Some of my favorites right now: Ice cream!, popsicles, (thank goodness for teething...), blueberries, play with my baseball bat, kicking a ball, reading books, running in circles with daddy, going for walks outside, singing, counting, and doing the alphabet.
Some of my dislikes: Getting my diaper changed, getting dressed, going in the house, getting in the car seat, being told no.
This afternoon is my next doctor appointment, so keep your fingers crossed that I''m growing and gaining weight!
Happy Father''s Day! We had lots of fun today, and all weekend. We basically laid low this weekend, and just worked around the house. My teeth continue to bother me which makes me a bit grumpy and totally off schedule.
Daddy played lots of games with me, which I love. He chases me around in circles which cracks me up. He also plays Tackle with me, and I fall over in giggles (usually before he tackles me). I love my daddy so much and couldn''t ask for a better daddy in the whole world!!
After we played all day we went out for a walk, and then to the park. While we were at the park my friend Hannah M. came to the park and we played on the slide and on the swings. Then, out of no where, she planted a big wet kiss on my cheek. And another, and another, then one on the lips (!), and a few more on the cheek. I was looking especially adorable yesterday but it did catch me off guard. Then her mommy put the kabosh on it. I was in shock for a bit and walked around speechless, but it was adorable!
Ear update - I saw my ENT today, and he said my ears are clean and perfect! And, even bigger news is that I didn''t cry when I saw the doctor, for the first time in 6 or more months! Mommy and Daddy were VERY impressed.
Molar number 2 showed up last night, on the left side. So now I have my 2 top molars at least poking through. 2 down, 2 to go for this year!
I was awake yesterday morning again at 5 a.m., and Mom and Dad were wondering what the heck was going on. Mystery solved...last night Mommy stuck her finger in my mouth (never a safe idea, by the way) and discovered...my first molar made it''s appearance! So I''m up to 9 teeth, the other 3 molars are working their way through as well as the I-teeth. A few unpleasant months are coming, but the sooner they get here the better!
This was a bit of a rough weekend for me. Friday I had dinner with my friends Emily, Justin, Logan, and Kaila, which was lots of fun. MOmmy put me to bed at 8, and I slept til 9 the next morning! (Obviously I''m over this period of getting up at 5 a.m.). My friend Justin, who lives next door, rang the doorbell to see if I could come out and play! Mommy thought this was very funny, considering I''m only 15 months old. We played outside and even went for a walk in my wagon (don''t tell Nikko). But then we came home and I went down for a nap, for almost 4 hours, which isn''t like me. Normally I nap for about 2 hours in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. We went to Cousin Marissa''s graduation party, and I was pretty grumpy, so we didn''t stay long. I was in bed by 8 again. Though I slept good, I woke up pretty grumpy, and was kind of grumpy all day. We were going to go to a Bar-b-q with some people from Mommy''s work, but we stayed home and laid low instead. I had a runny nose and a bad attitude most of the day. I did get to goutside for a bit and got to swim with my friends for a short time, though not long since I was in a pretty bad mood. My friends even came over for a bit to try cheer me up, but I have this new whine that won''t quit. Marnie from next door said her kids did the same thing, around this age, and Mommy would get used to it, but for now, it''s not fun. Oh well. Mommy says I''m a great kid and she wouldn''t trade me for the world, whine and all. Check out the new pictures of me swimming, eating my first spaghetti (not the first time it was offered to me, but the first time I decided to actually eat it, and the first time I decided to eat beef too!), and some videos of me counting and dancing.
I''m definitely my father''s son...I''ve become quite the dancing machine! I love music anyway, and now I have started dancing away when I hear it. I have 2 signature dance moves. The first is the squat, where I bounce up and down and say da da (dance, dance). The second, extremely impressive move, is the moonwalk. I keep taking steps, and walk backwards, though probably not intentionally. Mommy will try get it on video and put it on the site. It''s very cute!
Oh what a weekend. Friday I got to stay up late and party with my friends Justin and Emily- even daddy learned about Sponge Bob. Saturday I didn''t think I needed to take a nap, but Mommy put me in my crib anyway, and got me up an hour later. When I went to bed, I was fine; when I got up, I had broken blood vessels all around my eye, and a bit of a black eye! Mommy and Daddy had the monitor on, and never heard a sound except me talking, but somehow I came out with a shiner. Not bad, but a small one.
Plus I''m teething, and bad. I constantly have both my pointer fingers in my mouth, and am drooling like crazy. I cry for no reason, and sob at lunch and dinner time. So it''s been lots of Tylenol, teething rings at every meal, and tonight I even got to bring my blanket downstairs at bedtime, to hold while I had my snack. (normaly ''night night'' doesn''t leave my bed). I''ve been a bear, and there''s no sign of the teeth poking through yet. The patient educator told Mommy last week that the I-teeth are the hardest to get through, and i''ll definitely be a bear for a while. So a word of warning to family and friends, I''m not my normal cheerful, happy-go-lucky self these days.
I''m learning lots of new words, getting to be a pro at my alphabet and numbers (I can do all of the letters from O through Z, and occasionally will do A, B, D, E, F, H, I, and K; plus now 8 gets to be a part of my counting, so it''s just 1 I have a grudge against). I like to say no and shake my head no. I know how to say Nikko (Kikko is what I call him), and I try feed him everything - wooden spoons, sippy cups, alphabet letters, train cars. And for some reason he''s not overly amused, though he is a good sport about it. I love my Kikko-ikko-Kikko, as I call him!
Happy Memorial Day! I had a great Memorial day weekend, and learned LOTS of new things. Like how to say Nikko''s name (Kikko), and I call him all the time now - Kikkokikkokikko. He just loves it. I also learned how to walk on the grass, which is a big accomplishment for me! I have to have a motivational object, like the dog, or a toy, to walk towards, but it''s a start. I also decided that getting up at 5 a.m. is a great idea, though Mommy and Daddy strongly disagree. So we''re working on that. I had lots of fun in Wisconsin, riding with Grandpa on the tractor, playing at the park (I even walked on the wood chips alone!), shopping with Mommy and Grandma, and chasing all of the dogs around. Hard to believe that I''m 14 months old already, and the summer should bring lots of new experiences!
Happy 14 month birthday to me! Boy what a busy month it''s been. I''ve become quite the little sponge, repeating everything, and I mean everything, I hear. So what can I do now that I couldn''t do at 13 months?
1. Count to 10, still with the exception of 1 and 8. I also recognize the numbers, and my new favorite place is Walmart, as there are big numbers everywhere!
2. Sing about half of the ABC''s - who needs A, B, and C when you have O through Z? And when I get to Z I say Now, for now I know my ABC''s, and then I say yea and clap for myself. I sing them at random times.
3. Dance- I squat up and down, though no need for music!
4. Copy words - good and bad - that come out of Mommy and Daddy''s mouth. I can probably say 2 or more dozen words, everything from mommy, to cow to kitty, ball, shoe, sock, side (outside), head, toes, no, zoo, and lots more.
5. Shut the door, to play peek a boo.
6. Feed the dog whatever it is I am eating. On Friday, I was eating Fruit puffs, and I had the idea to feed him one. He liked it, so I took the one out of my mouth and gave it to him. He didn''t mind it was wet and goey. I offered him a drink from my sippy cup, but he wasn''t having it.
7. Try to run. I like to be chased.
8. Say No. Oh let the fun begin!
9. Talk up a storm; I can have a 5 minute conversation with myself, and it is very serious.
10. Brush my own teeth.
11. Climb up the front step to the porch. Though still no interest in the house stairs.
12. Push everything- my stroller, my little car, the shopping cart, you name it.
13. I know the sounds that a cow (tow), dog, cat, horse, monkey, lion, bear, and sheep make.
I''m extremely active, walking all over, but still love to sit down and look at books. I''m very curious, and will walk around and look at everything, but am extremely afraid of the grass. If you put me on the grass, I will just cry, and will not take a single step. Because of all the running around I do, I am a skinny little thing, but very tall. Most of the shorts I wear are size 3 to 6 months, but shirts are size 18 months, as are pants and pj''s, since I''m very tall. I''m starting to be a picky eater, loving cheese and ice cream (true to Mommy''s Wisconsin roots), and broccoli, but not loving many other things. Temper tantrums are starting, though are fairly easily controlled at this point. I''m really turning into a little toddler!
Happy Mother''s day to everyone! This was a great day, and Mommy said it was her best mother''s day. It started with Daddy making breakfast for us. Then, we packed up, I didn''t take a nap, and we went to the ZOO! We went with Grandma and Grandpa Black, Grandma and Grandpa Haessly, and Auntie Kristine, and we had such a great time. This was my first trip to the zoo. Mommy has been practicing with me all week, teaching me to say zoo, and the noises that a lion, a bear, a cow, and a monkey make. And I put those noises to good use. I saw so many animals and was just fascinated. My favorites were the ''tows'', and I kept saying Moo, Moo, Moo. There was even a baby ''tow'' that was born this morning! When we went to see the monkeys I just kept saying Ooo Ooo Oo, like a monkey, except with one, which I thought was a dog. I also saw bunnies, a cat, a rooster, some new baby chicks, the ''pippos'' as I called them (hippos), and so many more animals. We cooked out, and I was such a good boy, walking around, pushing the stroller, and having lots of fun. At the end of the day we went back to the farm to have ice cream and see them milk the cow. Mommy was holding me and I passed out from exhaustion right in her arms, in about 2 minutes. I slept for 45, and that was the only nap I had all day. Mommy will post pictures of how much fun we had!
Then we came home, and while daddy cut the grass we unpacked and had dinner. Then we went outside, supposedly to go to the park, but mostly I just walked back and forth across this dip in the sidewalk, which I loved. We went to talk to Daddy and I was a big helper, putting all of the grass clippings back in the grass. I''m afraid of grass, by the way, and sand. So in Florida, I screamed rather than walk on the beach, and at home I will not walk in the grass. If I am forced to do so, and I fall, I throw my hands up in the air and won''t touch it. Funny story, last week I was at Ms. Tracey''s house in the back yard. We were on the blanket playing in the grass, and when Mommy came to get me Ms. Tracey commented on how she thought I''d be running all over, chasing my girlfriend Emily around (Em doesn''t walk yet, just crawls, and she''s very fast and normally I follow her to see where she is going). But I just stayed on the blanket. Then Mommy told Ms. Tracey how I am afraid to walk in the grass. She put me on the sidewalk and I took off like a light. I''m sure by the end of the summer it will change.
Well, we made it home from FL ok. As you can see from the pictures, I had lots and lots of fun. A note about the picture of the fallen tree - on Sunday night we had tornado warnings and very bad winds. This tree was the sole casualty as far as we know. I figured since it was storming I didn''t need to go to sleep, and kept pulling the curtain off of my crib (our room was very small, so my crib was in a corner and when it was bedtime Mommy and Daddy would pull the heavy curtains around the crib so i couldn''t see them. However, on Sunday and Monday I had had enough of that and started pulling it off, which put me into a hysterical giggle).
Monday afternoon was Mommy''s only free time, so we had lunch, and then went to the park. It was still very windy and not warm enough to swim, so we just relaxed. I was an angel on the flight on Tuesday and fell asleep before we even took off. By the end of the flight I was a bit antsy, but thanks to my books, nursery rhyme videos, and some snacks, I was good to go. But boy was I happy to get home! Tuesday afternoon I took a 3 hour nap and then was still in bed before 8. Wednesday and Thursday I took extremely long naps.
Of course, another culprit in all of this are my 1-year molars. They are coming in, causing me not want to eat much of anything (mommy''s new motto is I don''t care what he eats as long as he eats SOMETHING). I''m also an extreme fuss bucket, very clingy, and just not a happy camper. Tylenol is my friend, and luckily it''s nice out and I can get out for walks and to the park every night.
One other note, I''ve become very adept at counting to 10. I still do not like and will not say 1 or 8, but if someone says 1, or if I see a 1 or a 2, it starts the ball rolling - two, fee, foe, fye, si, seh, (mommy says eight), nine, TEN! and Then I clap. Mommy will try get it on video, it''s just too cute. I''m also working on the alphabet, and when A is said, I know B, C, D, not E, F, G, or H, but I know I, not J or K or L, M, N or O, but the P and then Q, R, S, T, U, V, can''t say W, X, Y or Z, and again more clapping. So we''re part way there. I''ve also become Daddy''s little copy cat. So whatever Daddy says, or wherever he goes, I say or do the same thing. Cracks Mommy up. I''m really turning into a toddler!
Hello again from beautiful Key Biscayne! Daddy and I are having a very good time on our trip to FL, while Mommy works very hard going to meetings all day. Daddy and I are working too though, on our tans...our swimming...our napping. We are very busy guys! So far I"ve gone swimming 2 times or more per day, I''ve seen an iguana, chameleons, lots of birds, lots of bunnies. In addition, we got to go to Mommy''s welcome reception on Friday. I walked all around the reception, saying hi to everyone, and then walked around the pools, looking for bunnies. Then, last night, Daddy and I got to go on the dinner cruise with Mommy''s work. We had so much fun! I, of course, was a hit, so well behaved, and just a very good boy. There was a mariachi band who played music, and when they started I walked right over, and just stood in front of them watching them play. Then I sat down to get a better show. I showed everyone my new skill of being able to pretty much count to ten, by counting the boats. I won''t say 1, but if Mommy says 1, I will say 2, 3, 4, somethings that sound like 5, 6, 7, I don''t really care for 8, but then comes 9 and 10! Then I clap for myself. Then we had a yummy dinner, which for me consisted mostly of cheese, rice, some fish, some oranges, some guacamole, and green olives. Very nutritious, for sure! At the end of the ride we went to the front of the boat and I stood at the front watching us come back, looking at all the lights, pointing, signing "light", and then saying Ooh. I was an angel the whole trip, and then on the bus on the way back, even though it was very late for me, I sat very quietly, watched cars drive past, and was just very well behaved. Mommy and Daddy commented on what an angel I was, considering I hadn''t had an afternoon nap, and took a quick 40 minute nap before we left. But I had such a great time, and today all of Mommy''s sites are telling her what a cutie I am, how well behaved I was, and how much fun they had watching me walk around the boat! Pictures to follow when we get home!
Hello from Sunny Key Biscayne, FL! Mommy, Daddy, and I are on a work trip for Mommy from FL, and having a great time. A car picked us up and brought us to the airport at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, and I didn''t cry or anything, even though it was 2 hours before I normally get up. Then at the airport I was fearless, walking all over, up and down the empty rows of seats, pushing my stroller around, regardless of where MOmmy or Daddy were. I did awesome on my first plane ride. I fell asleep about 10 minutes after takeoff, with minimal fussing only because I was tired. Then I woke up about 45 minutes before landing, so I watched my nursery rhymes video until we had to put it away. Yesterday I got to go for several walks around the hotel, and to the nearby grocery store to get some things for me for breakfast and snacks. We ate lunch at the hotel, and the birds kept walking around my highchair, which I found fascinating. Daddy took me for a swim, and I''ve been having lots of fun! Mommy will post pictures when we get home on Tuesday; keep your fingers crossed for good weather, as the hotel room isn''t very big, and I tend to go a bit stir crazy in the smaller space. Otherwise all is well!
Happy 13 month birthday to me! Boy what a month it''s been! I''ve had my tubes in now for just over a month, and everyone is amazed at how much I''ve changed, how much I''ve learned, and how much I TALK. What can I do now that I couldn''t at 1 year?
1. I''ve started walking, and am getting pretty fast.
2. I can recognize and pick out on signs, shirts, or the fridge, the following letters: B, D, P, Q, T. Sometimes I can pick out E and A, but not all the time.
3. I also know the following numbers: 2 and 9. Last weekend we went to Home Depot, and I was walking around. I walked over to this pallet of granite, and pointed to the sign and said 9 - there was a 9 in the SKU number. Mommy was very impressed!
4. I know where my head is, and sometimes will show you my nose and my cheeks. Sometimes.
5. I get SO mad if we are in the car, and Mommy picks up dinner from somewhere, and I don''t get some immediately.
6. I know how to close the door. Last night I played a game with mommy where I went in my room and closed the door, and then would peak out, and then finally shut the door and started emptying my dresser, which I am not supposed to do.
7. I can play ball; I walk and kick it, and sometimes try hit it with the bat.
I''m changing so much every single day. Mommy calls me her little sponge, and I will try repeat almost everything. I like to try help the dog eat (he doesn''t like it so much) and I learned how to feed the neighbor''s dog when we eat at their house. I like to try help, and follow grownups wherever they go, so I don''t miss anything good!
"Hoppy" Easter everyone! I hope everyone had as wonderful of an Easter as I did. It started out with me deciding that walking is the only way to go, so that is basically my sole mode of transportation these days. I spent Easter in Hollandtown, as I usually do (both Easters I have had, anyway). I had a great time playing with the dogs, and of course Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Brian, Auntie Dawn, and Uncle Matt. I also got to see all of the Schmidt''s, and a few Haessly''s too! On Easter morning my favorite thing the Easter bunny brought me was mandarin orange cups - these,as you know, are my new favorite. I held on to the cup as tight as I could and took things out of my sand pail with the other hand. I wasn''t about to let anyone near them! After I''d taken everything out of the pail I decided that I was having mandarin oranges for breakfast, and I ate both cups - 2, as I am very proud to announce, given that is my favorite number! I also got a toy phone, a truck, a car, and a sandbox, from the Easter bunny and from my Grandma and Grandpa and Uncle Matt.
I was quite the entertainer all weekend, showing Great Grandpa Haessly the multitude of funny faces I can make. I also proudly showed him where my head is, and then proceeded to pull my food-covered hands down my little face, making other faces on the way through. Ms. Tracey taught me where my head is, and when you ask me I smack myself on the head. Even when you don''t ask me, I''ll show you where it is.
I''ve learned all kinds of things over the past week. I learned to say, and recognize / point to, Three, Tyson, kitty, piggy. There are more words, but I just can''t remember them all right now! I learned how to stand up in the middle of the floor too, and walk from there. I learned the signs for all done, more, and light.
The other thing the Easter bunny is bringing me, though not for a while (more like a labor day bunny) is a baby brother or sister! In September I''ll have a new sibling to teach all kinds of things, good and bad, to. Mommy can hardly wait for me to teach the baby how to shake it''s head no, rub food in it''s hair, and say Q!
10 things you don''t know about me...
1. I learned to walk this weekend! I was doing 4 - 5 steps since last week and on Sunday took off, walking from the table to the front window in the front room, which is probably 40+ steps for my short little lets.
2. Then when I do it, I clap, w hich looks a lot like the sign for more, but Mommy thinks it''s probably clapping.
3. I learned to say piggy and Hi this weekend.
4. I can now say at least 25 words, though some of them only my mommy and daddy would recognize.
5. My favorite letter is Q, and I will see it and say Q over and over, though when I see O I also say Q.
6. I learned to sign More this weekend, though I don''t really know how to use it.
7. My favorite foods right now are turkey lunch meat, cheese, mandarin oranges, french fries, and ice cream.
8. My favorite number is 2, and when Mommy counts and says 1, I say 2. When she says "too" or "to", I say 2!
9. I recognize my dog, and when i see him I say Dog and point at him. I also yell at him when we go for a walk. I point at him and talk really loud, which Mommy thinks is hysterical, as I am very serious.
10. I learned to shake my head No this weekend, and I know how to use it. When Mommy says are you supposed to be doing that, I shake my head no. When I say O is actually Q, Mommy says no, that''s O, and I shake my head no and say Q.
What a great weekend! It was so nice out all weekend, and even got into the 70''s yesterday! I got to spend the majority of the weekend outside playing, pushing my push toy around the driveway, down the sidewalk, and even trying to follow people who wanted to go across the road after leaving the park. Mommy knows we''re in big trouble this summer, especially after I started to go to the back door of the house, try to open it, and then cry when I couldn''t get out and Mommy said no it''s time to stay in the house now. I helped Mommy plant flowers, helped Daddy turn over the flower beds and water the trees. We went for a walk every day, and yesterday we walked through the neighborhood with my friends Hanna and Justin, and their doggy, also named Joey.