A Little Off

Well, Jack is officially 8 months old. Let's see what's new since the last update...

We celebrated Mia's 4th birthday on Saturday. She had a bouncy castle, which all the kiddos loved of course. Jack wasn't sure what to think. At first I don't think he could tell if the squealing kids were happy or sad - he just kind of stared in shock for several minutes. After he took it all in, he and I got in for a couple minutes. Again, he wasn't sure if he liked the bouncing or not.

We have now had our 2nd and 3rd overnights without Jack. The 2nd was unplanned last Thursday when I got stuck at work until 10:50! Grandma Lang picked Jack up from day care and took him home. By the time I finally left work, I decided it was best to just let him stay there to sleep. Then our 3rd overnight was Saturday night while Jason and I went to my friend Melissa's (from work) wedding. We had a fun time at the wedding, and all survived the overnight.

Unfortunately, Jack woke up 4 times while he was at Grandma & Grandpa's Saturday night (sorry Grandma!). Then he continued this new fun trend for the following 3 nights as well. That made for some long, sleepy days at work for Mommy! He also hasn't really been himself the last few days, so Jason took him to the doctor yesterday to get checked out. No ear infection, so that's great. We think he might have a touch of the stomach bug that seems to be going around and/or he's working on some more teeth. He also has the most raw little hiney that I've ever seen. Poor little guy. We've been giving his little tush some air time, which is a little nerve-wracking when he's rolling all around on the carpet. So far, no accidents (knock on wood!).
We had a visit from our new (and much improved) Parents As Teachers rep yesterday. She had a lot of good pointers on helping him crawl, get more stable on his feet, etc. I think she's going to be a great resource for us. We won't see her again until the end of August since they take the summer off, so she gave me a whole list of stuff to watch for with Jack.

Just in the last couple of days, Jack has figured out how to get up on all fours. He's not spending any significant time there, but it's a start! And tonight I noticed he's pushing himself backwards. In fact, he pushed himself several feet and ended up under the bookshelf (all while still 1/2 naked - hope he didn't get rug burn!). Silly little man. He's also trying to pull himself up, but hasn't quite been successful yet. He's getting more and more sturdy on his little feet too! Only a matter of time...


Tooth #2

Jack's second tooth has arrived! His other bottom middle tooth poked through the gums this morning. Big day.

Also contributing to his big day: his first taste of meat! I boiled a couple chicken breasts and semi-pureed them (left it a little lumpy to get him used to more texture). He liked it at first, but after several bites he got kind of tired of it. I think he was getting tired of all the chewing. :)

Jack has perfected his "so big" and does it all the time now, sometimes without being prompted. We're working on a few more tricks and so far have almost mastered the high five. We're still working on clapping and waving "bye bye."

We've been enjoying the nice weather by going to the playground, taking walks and just hanging out outside.

Enjoying the swing:
Mia & Jack:
Going down the slide (Mia had a death grip on him - it was cute):
Brace yourself for the cutest baby legs you ever did see - so excited about shorts weather!!
Little soccer star:So big!
This picture shows off his tooth, and if you look really closely, you can see the new one to the right of the other.


New Trick

Poor little Jack is probably going to get sore arms because Mommy LOVES his new trick!


Happy Easter!

Hopefully everyone had a nice Easter. Jack's first Easter was great - we had perfect weather and spent a lot of quality time with our families. Jack got a lot of goodies from the Easter Bunny, his grandparents, Aunt Kelly and Uncle Greg and even Mommy's cousin! Lucky little guy.

He looked quite dashing in his linen shirt, khaki shorts and no-lace Converse-esque shoes, if I do say so myself.

Getting ready for Easter:
Jack and Grandpa Lang:
Showing off his duds (notice how long the "shorts" are on him - that's what happens when you wear 18 months when you're only 7 months old!):First time feeling grass:
Playing with his new drum (thanks Aunt Kelly & Uncle Greg!):
Playing with his cousins Lily and Mia:
So sweet - Mia and Jack
Mia and Lily:We also visited the Easter Bunny at Bass Pro Shops last week. Jack was all smiles until he looked up and checked the bunny out, then looked back at us and realized he was all alone. We had plenty of time to get a few happy pictures though! My favorite was the little girl in front of us, who was maybe 3 years old. She looked up at the Easter Bunny with this super serious face and said "I would like a horsey and a bouncy ball." What a riot.Patiently waiting in line (and drooling as usual):

Here are a couple videos from Easter.
1. Playing catch with Grandpa

2. Checking out the goodies the Easter Bunny brought for him


Play Date

As promised, here are the pictures and a couple videos of a recent play date with Addison and Jack. Are they not just the cutest little things??Our little dancers:

This video is awesome - the Ashers have discovered that Addi doesn't like to crawl with bare legs on the hard floor. That's not stopping her from getting where she wants to go:

Mr. Roly Poly

Jack is not crawling, nor doing anything resembling crawling, BUT he is quite mobile nonetheless.

It's officially time to baby-proof.