Thursday, October 27, 2011

six months old

26 weeks... half a year... time is seriously FLYING by.

yesterday was jakey's six month birthday. he is a textbook baby (ask the baby whisperer what that means. p.s. if you are pregnant or a new mom she is a freaking genius.) therefore, every week when we get an email saying something like "your 12 week old should be rolling over" no sooner do i read the email than jakey starts rolling around. it is uncanny.

so, yesterday i got my email saying "at six months your baby should be sitting unassisted." we've been practicing sitting for a few weeks now, but until yesterday he wasnt very good at it. then, at exactly six months the switch flipped and he can sit for several minutes at a time without falling over. weird? yes awesome? also yes.

in six months we have gone from bringing home a little blob (adorable, but a blob) to having a small adult.  jakey likes to wear clothes that look like something daddy would wear, which means they look like something an old man would wear (he has a sweater with elbow patches and a velvet blazer, you guys. jacob, not jeremy.) he likes to be a part of the action, loves watching other kids play, and eats some real foods (so far sweet potato, avocado and banana. he will start carrots this week.)

it is amazing to watch him grow and learn everyday. i can't wait to see what today will bring!

Friday, October 21, 2011

my little punkin

last weekend, we went to the punkin patch. we took a hayrack ride to the patch, found a couple of big pumpkins, and petted some goats.  (and by petted, i mean we looked at them. my baby does NOT need those germs.) it was a lot of brand new experiences for the little guy all rolled into one big outing! he loved the goats, but i think was confused about why the big cats had horns. he also got to help me "drive" an old tractor (i think alice chalmers).

this friday night...

i got a text this afternoon from a friend inviting me and jakey to join her and her son for a trick or treat fair at edgemoor park. jeremy was on his way to topeka for a turkey hunt with shane, so we said YES!

i had my cat ears from CATS at the theatre, and we had planned on borrowing a yoda costume from them anyways. a little eyeliner and we were good to go!

the fair was awesome! lots of area businesses were giving out candy of course, but we also got a girl scout cookie, a krispy kreme doughnut, chicken and mashed potatoes from outback and coffee from starbucks! basically the mommies got to do a different kind of goodie gathering than the kiddos.  jakey came home with a bag of candy, but he obviously won't be needing it any time soon. guess i will have to help him out with that!

what a fun way to spend an evening - good company and good times!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

florida trip

at the end of august my grandpa died after a long battle with dementia. we flew to florida for the funeral. thus, jakey's first airplane trip (or four to be more precise). he was an angel on all the flights, barely crying at all.  the four hour layover in atlanta both ways was a little more challenging, but we made it through. jeremy wasnt able to get off work, so i had lots of help from my parents and from uncle max. i was very thankful for my moby wrap walking through all the airports carrying a baby and my bags. no way was i checking anything after the last two horrible luggage experiences i have had.

while in florida, jacob got to meet his great grandma, all his first cousins once removed and lots of great aunts and uncles. i hadnt been to jacksonville for a few years so it was really nice to see everyone, even under the sad circumstances.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

settling in..

we are finally settling in to our new house and life in wichita.  jeremy is still traveling a lot for work, but jakey and i keep up a pretty good routine. we both like knowing whats coming next. i respect that about my child. :)

we purchased a few new pieces of furniture and were gifted several others, and now we have just about everything we need.  there are a few finishing touches (like getting my academy awards marquee posters framed and on the wall - SO excited to finally have enough wall space to display these!) to do, but we got pretty overwhelmed with little projects that we tried to squeeze in every second that jeremy was home and kinda backed off for a while.

my current crafty project is my first attempt at making curtains.  i have bought the fabric and started cutting it to size. this will be the last thing we need in jacob's room for it to be completely complete.  it is the room that is closest to being done.  the living room is close too, but our idea for the windows in that room will involve some work on jeremy's part and is therefore very hard for me to do while he is gone. i am worried that these curtains are going to turn out weird, but practice makes perfect, right? after

jacod acquired some new items too, most notably an exersaucer shaped like a turtle (its hilarious)and a keekaroo highchair.  i seriously love this high chair. its wooden in stead of plastic, doesnt have any stupid characters on it, has all non toxic finishes, and coolest of all, will adjust to accomodate jacob as he grows.  adults up to 250 lbs can sit in this thing (with the tray removed of course). i love it.  jeremy brought it home from a boutique in kansas city. jakey is getting good at keeping himself steady and upright, and loves being able to see what im doing when im cooking or doing other stuff in the kitchen.

work is going great for me, and we are happy that jeremy has a job but unhappy with the amount of traveling. we are able to reconnect with friends from high school and college and see a lot more of both of our families.  jacob will grow up knowing all his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and the rest of the extended family.  life is good.

five months big

jacob has done a lot of things in his short life... he has moved across the country, been on countless road trips, gone to a concert, started eating solids, slept through the night, and grown so much. i think about where we were five months ago and so much has changed. even looking at pictures of him from several weeks ago makes me realize how quickly he is maturing and learning.

i have the privelege of working for a doctor from home in order to stay with jakey. when i go into the office to work, i get to take jakey with me.  today we measured him.  he was 18 pounds on the nose (50th percentile) and 27.75 inches long (98th percentile). i'd say he takes after mommy and daddy with those stats!

he started eating rice cereal a couple of weeks ago.  the first couple of times i mixed it in a bottle with expressed milk, and he thought it was alright.  a few days in, after he grabbed my fork at dinner and tried to put it in his mouth, i decided to try the cereal in a bowl.  he started eating from that spoon like he has been doing nothing but that his whole life. it was pretty amazing to watch.  he barely even spits any back out.  and he LOVES it. he screams when the bowl is empty even when i make him a large portion. we bought an avocado at the grocery store today and as soon as it is ripe we will try that out and see what he thinks. hopefully i can get a picture of the face he makes when he tries it, whether it is a happy face or disgusted one.

he is an ace at rolling from his stomach to back, to the point where he refuses to participate in tummy time any longer.  he can almost turn from his back to front, but will only do so if he is trying to reach an object just over his shoulder.

he has been to a concert in lawrence (david nail) and a football game (trinity vs. independent). he loves other babies, especially his cousins.  he laughs all the time, especially at blondes. (this could be a problem later in life.) he is starting to really pay attention to the cats and LOVES to watch the fish in the tank.

i seriously love this guy. and he is the coolest kid around.