Lots of Updates

Where should I begin...how about with our recent outings?

A couple weeks ago, Jack, Grandma and I checked out a few of the area playgrounds. It was a lot of fun, and Jack loves exploring and climbing on everything. When your child learns to walk, people say "watch out, now he'll be getting into everything!" I feel like we got to that point when he started crawling, but the walking to me is a relief. I no longer have to worry about him crawling on yucky public floors or scraping his fragile little knees on rough surfaces - now we can go to playgrounds and wherever we want, and he can toddle around. I much prefer this stage!

Playing with Grandma:Peek-a-boo!
One of his favorite pastimes:
Grandma, Grandpa, Jason and I took Jack to his first carnival a couple weekends ago. It was the annual church picnic at my grade school, which was one of the big highlights of our year growing up. For some reason, it didn't seem quite as big of a deal now that I'm in my 30s. Jack did get to go on two rides though: the big slide and the carousel. I'm told he had a look of shock while we were going down the slide. He did great on the carousel, but that's old news to him now since he's been on about 3 carousels already. After the rides, he just got to walk around a little in his adorable Puma track suit. It was a good time.

That's Jack & Mommy at the top:

Grandma & I also took Jack to Grant's Farm that weekend so Daddy and his friends could watch opening day of football. It was a lot of fun and Jack did great despite being long overdue for his nap. We fed the goats, and boy, those things are aggressive! I had this sweet image in my head of Jack holding the bottle while the goat fed from it, but that's not quite how it went. Instead two goats were duking it out over the one bottle I held while jumping up on my legs. It was all I could do to keep Jack out of the skirmish. Phew - it was a little stressful! BUT, other than that, it was a great afternoon, and an outing we're sure to repeat many times.

Riding the tram:
Jack and a little horse:Feeding the goats:
Those crazy things! Notice the paw prints on my shorts:
Here Jack is modeling the new snow pants and snow boots I got super cheap at Once Upon a Child - he's all set for winter!
And demonstrating how he will make snow angels when the time comes:
Here's Jack getting ready to cheer our Tigers to victory last weekend. He has on shorts that were Aunt Kelly's and mine when we were little. It's very clear they are from the 70s and were likely made for girls - they're technically a size or two too big for him, but yet are quite snug! Jason has forbidden me from putting them on Jack again. Good thing I took this picture!
A day care update: Jack is doing awesome in his new toddler class at day care. Drop offs are getting easier and easier - he didn't even cry the last few times! One day this week, he took such a long nap (3 hrs, 15 min) that they had to wake him up for snack time. One mishap this week though - Jack had his first run-in with a bully. He was playing with a push toy in the common area and a little guy from another class decided to bite Jack on the arm to get the toy from him. His teacher said Jack was absolutely hysterical when it happened (rightfully so!), but calmed down after some cuddling and ice pack application. This was Wednesday and he STILL has bite marks on his arm. Poor baby. I'm sure this won't be the last incident, but you just hate to hear that your little guy was in pain!

And last but not least, Jack has mastered his throwing skills and now has moved on to kicking. I think we have a budding soccer star on our hands:



Here are some recent pictures of Jack and his b.f.f., Addi, watching a video.

And a cute video of them playing.

So fun watching them together!!



Jack has officially transitioned to the toddler classroom at day care. He's now in a classroom with 1-2 year olds with new teachers, one nap/day (he had already transitioned to that at school), routines and the biggest change in my book....sleeping on a cot!! My big boy! He's doing really well. The first few days were a little rough - the kids generally transition over a week, but since Jack is only officially there for two days (Wednesdays are considered "back-up care"), he only had two days to transition. Day 1 he went to the Comets room for one hour. And he cried for one hour. Not a great start! Day 2 was much better, and he cried a little, played a little and cried some more. He ate lunch with the Comets and even took a nice long nap there.

Then his first official day came (last Tuesday) where I had to drop him off at the new classroom. Meltdown city! And Jack was not the only one crying, I hate to admit (though are you really surprised??). He did OK, and they figured out giving him his pacifier (which he is completely weaned from at home - doesn't even sleep with one) and his lovey made him more comfortable. Whatever it takes (though they are already given it to him less and less, which is great)!

We now have 4 full days as a Comet under our belt and each day has gotten better and better. Today he didn't even cry when I dropped him off. He's sleeping like a champ on his cot - 2.5 to 3 hour naps each day - and has brought home artwork a few days already (photos below). Consistent with the Clouds (infant) room, we get a sheet each day telling us when he napped, what he ate and when his diapers were changed. Every day his teacher, Ms. Jill, makes fun little comments on his paper to tell us what he did and how the day went. Here are some examples:

Today: "No tears at drop off! Yeh! We played with shape sorters and play dough! Perfect day! Jack loves to dance!! So cute!"

Tuesday: "We had flashlight fun! Excellent day back! Lots of hugs & kisses from Jack - cute"

I love it!

Here are his masterpieces:

Bingo dobber artwork
Pasta glued to construction paper
Isn't our toddler crafty??

And here he is sleeping on his cot (I received this picture in the middle of the day from his teacher on his first full day - it made my day! I love technology!):


One Year Pictures

We had Jack's 1 year pictures taken a few weeks ago and just got the CD of the proofs. He was uncooperative to say the least, so I was satisfied with the pictures given the challenging subject!
This one was supposed to look like the following one of our friends Steve, Kate & Zoey, but as I said Jack was being rather uncooperative.

The photos were taken by Amy at Won't Break the Bank Photos.