Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday, Jackson!

I can't believe it-- my baby boy is 2 today!!!!

It seems like just yesterday I first held that 7lb 9oz baby boy in my arms-- and now he's two years old!

Here's the 411 on my sweet guy!

  • Height/Weight-  32 inches; 26lbs
  • Clothing Size- 18-24mo & 2T (depending on the brand) and he's in size 5 shoes
  • Potty Training?  No not yet, we have introduced the potty but he's not overly interested so we aren't pushing it.  He's still in diapers (size 4)
  • Milestones- He is meeting and exceeding ALL 2 year milestones.  He is walking, running, climbing stairs, using proper pencil/utensil grasp (though still switching between left and right hands), talking in sentences, getting into pretend play.  He knows several colors & shapes and all body parts.  He has 14 teeth, one on its way in, and then after that 5 more to go!
  • Sleep- He takes one 2-3 hour nap a day (usually from noonish to 3ish).  He goes to bed between 8 and 9.  He still doesn't sleep completely through the night.  He usually wakes once sometime between 11 and 1 and comes into our bed to sleep the rest of the night.  He wakes up around 7.
  • Favorite Toys- cars, trains, and tractors (pretty much anything with wheels!)  He also loves to play outside, and "pretend play" especially with the play kitchen at church.
  • Favorite Foods- any fruit, green beans, hot dogs, macaroni & cheese, chicken nuggets, goldfish, pretzels, applesauce pouches
  • Favorite TV show- Sesame Street and Mickey Mouse
  • Yes, we are still breastfeeding- Never in a million years did I think I would still be nursing at this point but it's happening lol.  I only let him nurse before bed and then once at night when he wakes up and occasionally before naptime (that's only when he's with me at naptime so really only 2-3 times a week does that happen).  So most days it's only twice.  I will do a whole separate post on this later though- with how the weaning process is going and our plans...
  • Comfort items- He still uses a pacifier, but now that he's two we are limiting its use to naptime and bedtime.  Or in case of an emergency (aka the rare complete total public toddler meltdown).  He also has his little monkey (Kiki as he calls it) that he loves and must have to sleep or when he's upset.  No restrictions on Mr. Monkey though, he can have him as much as he needs :)

I think that's about all on my little guy.  Overall his personality is just ornery and loving.  He is the BIGGEST cuddler and gives the most awesome hugs and kisses :)  He is sooo much fun at this age (though toddlerhood DOES have it's moments!)  He has just been the biggest blessing in our lives and we are so happy to have him as our little boy!

Here is Jackson's 2 year update video and also a "day in the life" from today!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Catching You Up-- Fall Recap

Well I've been majorly neglecting this blog lately!  (sorry!)

Fall is nearing its end (or at least the fall weather is!).  Jackson's birthday is in just a few days and Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away.  Crazy!  So I thought it would be a good time to do a quick recap of our Fall so far... sooo here comes the bulleted list!

  • Jackson gets his first haircut!!! We took him at the very end of August sooo I guess it was still summertime but oh well. He was NOT a fan (cried the whole time)- but he stayed really still and looked adorable (and all grown up!) afterwards!


  •   In September we visited not one but TWO pumpkin patches!  We went to one as a family (on a super cold day in September!), then Jackson came along again to another when I took my preschool kiddos there for a field trip.  He had sooo much fun at BOTH!

  • We had family pictures done in October.  We had them done with my parents in law, sister in law and her family.  I was really happy with them... here's the ones with our family in this slideshow/video:
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  • Halloween was fun!  Jackson went Trick-or-Treating (for real) for the first time.  My neices came over to trick or treat too.  He had so much fun, though I'm fairly certain he would've been just as satisfied dressing up and going on a wagon ride.  The first half of the neighborhood he didn't want to get out of it. lol!  I was impressed though because he pretty much walked the entire second half of our neighborhood-- had to be still pushing his "waggy" aka wagon though!

  • And then on November 4, I got the biggest suprise of my LIFE!  My cousin Stefani (who lives in Europe) came to visit!  Her hubby Bas had to go on a business trip in Chicago and Stefani and the kids came along.  She totally surprised everyone though.  We were supposed to FaceTime that afternoon and she showed up on my doorstep!  It was too short, but we had a great visit.  Now just counting down the ten months before they move back to the states!

 And now here we are with November half over.  I cannot believe that my baby boy will be two years old in five days.  We've got a lot of exciting things coming up-- his actual birthday, then the Saturday afterwards we are taking him to see Sesame Street Live!  (He will flip lol), then Sunday the 23 is his party!  I'll be vlogging all of these things for sure- and I'll try to blog them as well :)

Hope everyone is doing well (all two of my readers, right? lol-- seriously if you read this regularly leave a comment below! :)).  I'm hoping to be better at updating more often on here!