Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Jaden enjoying the game of BOOM! A note to all of you parents out there who have NOT already figured this out....this is NOT a good game! Ever since this day, every time Jaden has his sippy cup he, at one point or another, holds in over his head and brings it down hard onto whatever is nearby looking for a reaction from me. Hmmm...I only started saying BOOM in this video because he was already laughing. I wonder how long it will take to undo!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I just think this guy is the cutest sleeping or awake!
Walking around with cousin Matthew. - Jaden has been giving EVERYONE in the family their exercise!
Aunt Laura with Joshua AND Jaden! What an ARMFUL!
Over the weekend we went to the "Festival of Nations" where the kids got to play some games and Kate got to jump on this really cool bungee trampoline thing!
Jaden hung out in the stroller and eventually took a nap.
Is it just me, or does he TOTALLY look like a Kludt in this picture???
Jaden climbs on anything these days, chairs, trumpet cases, the dogs...you name it, if its on the floor its fair game!
I moved his toybox out from its hiding place next to the couch and I think this is a much better deal. It might mean I have to pick a few more things up but, he is REALLY entertained with standing up and looking in, taking things out, and even occasionally putting them back in!
We went to Peter Piper Pizza and Jaden and Joshua had a great time "driving!"
Jaden also went on his first Carosel Ride.
Then Bonnie and Kate came over to our house and we made "scaredy cakes." We made a LOT, so they were decorating them FOREVER!
Aren't they cute?
Jaden had a good time hanging out in the high chair and playing on the floor while they worked!
Here's a video of Jaden's new skill - clucking his tongue.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Lately I've been frustrated that Jaden is not sleeping longer or doesn't want to fall asleep easily, or that he's super clingy during the day sometimes, that I can't seem to get my work done and keep up with the house. But, tonight I had a revelation. It came after we had completed the whole bedtime routine and instead of falling asleep, he sat up, clapped his hands, and started giggling! After we played for awhile longer - me trying to tire him out and just getting tired out myself - I realized something...
I don't really care if he doesn't sleep as well as he "should" as long as he's getting enough rest to stay healthy.
I don't really care if he's clingy during the day, because it means that he wants ME.
I don't really care if he wakes up at night and needs to be rocked.
I don't really care if he can only fall asleep nursing or dancing around the kitchen.
Why? Because he's only 8 months old. Because he's ALREADY 8 months old. Because he's not going to be this little forever. Because I don't think there is any better dance partner than a baby boy in a dark kitchen. Because I don't think there is anything sweeter than a baby asleep on your shoulder with his arms around your neck and his sweet breath tickling you.
So...even though I'm tired - I'll survive. Work can wait. The laundry will get folded later. I'll pick up the toys tomorrow (or we'll just play with the ones that are already out on the floor). The dishes were just going to get dirty again anyway.
I only have this baby boy for a little while. He'll be my son forever, but as a baby, he won't stay. Despite the other demands of life and my ideas, I'm determined to enjoy and revel in every sweet second that I can.
I remember my mom talking about how she loved to lay on the couch with me asleep on her chest. I always thought that was sweet. Now I understand. There's nothing better!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Last week Jaden was really funny one morning and I was trying to get a picture of his CRAZY hair!
Here he came after me and the camera!
On Friday Stephen had the day off and we decided to go out for a walk. Jaden wanted to walk too (at least for a while before preferring to ride in the stroller!) His old hat was too small and it was a little sunny so Daddy lent Jaden his! A bit too big - but totally cute! (Quin, do you remeber giving me that hat?)
Revving up and gaining speed!
Mommy's turn! We have to trade off - bending over like that can really give your back muscles a workout!
Aren't I cool?
On Saturday and Sunday the Mariachi group played before and during intermission for a Bruce Nehring Consort concert at the Loretto Chapel. It is a BEAUTIFUL church (although you can't tell too much from the narthex!) Jaden enjoyed listening and, of course, started clapping on Alabare!
And here is a little video of him in action! Supper went a bit more smoothly, but he was still REALLY messy! ;-)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Jaden's adventures today consisted of putting EVERYTHING in his mouth! I have my suspicions that in additiom to his two top teeth that are barely poking their way through, he is also working on another bottom one. I think so because he keeps feeling it with his tongue and he has an excessive amount of drool again. Also, EVERYTHING is going in the mouth these days.
Here is a running photo log of Jaden's dventures today. The pics focus on just couple of objects but, what was I going to do....follow him around with a camera all day???
First - the handle of the toy wagon...
From the outside his mouth looks deceivingly small. Who would have thought he would get the WHOLE handle in his mouth...and enjoy it immensly
Finally, after a long day of play....a pizza crust! MY FIRST PIZZA!!!