Monday, July 31, 2006

Another Jack update...

Today, Jack found his feet. Actually, I think it possibly started Sunday. He's worn flip-flops and sandals, but usually goes barefeet. He wore white baby shoes (you know, the traditional leather kind your mother put on your feet) to church Sunday. He never complained, but I noticed him just staring wide-eyed at his shoes. I could imagine him thinking..."What in the world are THOSE big things?" When Kevin put him in bed with me bright and early this morning (yes, Kev was up bright and early and had already fed him) he was only wearing one sock. When I inquired about the status of the missing sock, Kevin just said, "Yeah, that's how he woke up." Figures, only Kevin would worry about Jack spending his whole day with one sock on and the other missing. Throughout the rest of the day I noticed Jack holding his toes. I think the big white shoes in church brought his attention to his feet. It appears he's pretty happy with them. He hasn't tasted them yet, but he's been playing with them all day.

I weighed Jack today. I couldn't stand it any longer. He's getting so heavy I just had to know the latest total. I'm not sure how accurate it is, but I weighed him twice just to be sure there wasn't any mistake. He weighed a whopping........16 1/2 pounds! He goes to the doctore for his next check up next week. So, we'll find out for sure then.

Other Jack facts:

  • He kissed me on each cheek the other day. It was more like an open mouthed lick, but that's what he was trying to do. He was giving me love before going to sleep. Jack loves kisses.
  • He sings back to me now.
  • He can roll over both ways. Tummy to back. Back to tummy.
  • He's eating cereal at night now. Loves it!
  • He still needs a haircut.

Bloggin' Mamas~ Stacy said it best.

Jack and I met a few of my other "blogger friends" and their children for lunch at Chik-fil-a Saturday. We had a great time chattin' it up about blogs among other things. It was nice to get together with others who have interests similar to me. I know...I'm such a nerd. My personal observation is that blogs are becoming a new sort of virtual soap opera. You get kind of caught up in the stories people write about. You wonder what happens next in the saga. It's really weird to see how many folks from all over the world check out my blog. My favorite part of our excursion, though, was the hulk immitation (for those of you there). It was also nice to get out with Jack. It was the first time I think he's been around so many children at once. He was so quiet, checking everything out. Notice the wide eyes above. ;) Of course, I'm sure one dayI'll have a difficult time keeping him out of the air-conditioned play area. Geez..with all the babes we're holdin' you have to wonder who has time to type! It was a lot of fun, ladies. We should make it a quarterly thing.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Daddy of the Year

BACKGROUND: You have to understand, first of all, that Kevin truly is a wonderful father. He really is. He takes Jack to Lowes, to town with him, all kinds of errands. Yesterday, Jack became a member of the "breakfast club" when Kevin arranged to meet a friend at Waffle House. He absolutely can't wait for the day when the two of them can play golf.

EVENT: This morning, I was getting ready for church. I stayed up late Saturday night. So, early bird Daddy had showered dressed himself, fed Jack and was changing him as I was adding the finishing touches to my make-up. I love having the baby monitor in Jack's room, because when one of us is in the nursery with him, we can hear the other talk. I'm seriously considering hiding it under his bed when he's sixteen. Kevin and Jack are having their "father/son conversation" of the day when I hear Kevin say in his enthusiastic baby talk voice, "Daddy got it backwards bud! We're going to have to start all over!" Jack, acting as if he understood, laughed and giggled. Kevin had put Jack's jumper on backward. I laughed out loud. I thought it was so funny...good thing Jack loves to be changed.

For all you mothers...

How old was your child when he/she got his/her first haircut?

Kevin and I are really thinking that Jack should have his hair-do shaped up a little. Only, we're not sure what kind of shape to give it....

Any thoughts?

Binky or Pacifier?

Cast your vote...share your thoughts..then I'll share mine!

Ok lurkers...this is a risk-free opportunity to come out of the blog closet!

9 week photo

3 1/2 months...already

Wow! Our little Jack is growing so quickly! He loves to walk in his little walker. I say walk...actually, he scoots backward in short bursts when he's excited. He loves it, though. I think he enjoys the independence of it, so does Mommy when she's in the kitchen. ;) He continues to talk more and more. We get really excited when we hear a new turn or sound in his voice. He prefers his thumb to the pacifier. I don't blame him. He enjoys looking at himself in the mirror, now. He's pretty much sleeping through the night. He's going to bed earlier, around 8 or 9, and sleeping until about 4am. The one thing that really melts our heart is that he has really begun to recognize Kevin and me as his parents. He is pretty happy with anyone; but when he sees one of us, he gets the biggest, wide-eyed, open-mouthed grin. He continues to be a delight to everyone he meets. I think he is going to be pretty active. He is constantly kicking and moving. When lying on his stomach, he moves like he's swimming or holds his head up. He has begun to pull his knees underneath him, too. I wonder how long it will be before he crawls. When he's on his back, he tries to roll to his tummy. Sometimes he can, other times he's just too exhausted from all the playing. The funniest thing he does on his back is hold his left leg stiff, completely rigid, and raise it up and down over and over really quickly. We're thinking he may be a really great soccer player or football kicker. Either way, it's pretty fun to watch! He's had a big time watching the British Open with his daddy this weekend. Much to our dismay, he seems to be a Tiger fan. I think it's the bright orange and red shirts he's been wearing. Oh well, at least he knows a winner when he sees one.

Saturday, July 15, 2006


We had graduation this morning. After lunch I finally found a little time to sit outside in a sun chair and get some fresh air. The temperature was very high, but no humidity. The air is so dry that you WANT to drink water all the time. It started to rain. Rain here equals sprinkle. The weird thing is that I could feel the drops land on me, but it was so dry that they immediately vanished. So I had cool tingles while lying out in the sun. Isn't that so strange?
I'm in SLC right now. It is such a beautiful area! The temperature here was 102 degrees today, but it felt like 78 degrees does at home. There is just no humidy. Here is a photo of Salt Lake from the 8th floor of my office building. Of course right now there is no snow in the mountains. There will be when I return in February, though.

Leaving the boys behind...

I haven't posted recently, because I've been out of town on university business. I'm still out of town and won't be home until Sunday afternoon.

Yes, I cried when I left Jack for the first time overnight. I'm a big girl and was much better once I was on the road to the airport, but I was pitiful for a little while. Daddy is taking care of him this week. Kevin is fantastic with him. So, I'm not worried about that. I'm sure he'll have grown so much by the time I get home. We've had regular phone calls, and Kev says that Jack smiles and laughs when he holds the phone up to Jack's ear for me to talk to him. I believe it because I know he does it when Kev's away from home.

They are having a big time together. Kevin even took him to a business meeting. I know, I'm shaking my head as I type this. He's such a proud daddy. He wanted to show him off to the guys.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Jack and Jill...I mean Mallory

Jack is growing so quickly! I'm not sure how much he weighs right now. He hasn't been back for a wellness checkup since the beginning of June. He'll go back in early August. I figure he's at least 14 lbs right now. He's still so much fun. We took him for another swim yesterday afternoon. He loves swimming forward, not so much about the whole floating on your back thing. He's eating 6-8 oz. of formula at each feeding now. We're planning to start him on cereal by the end of June, but probably not until I get back from Salt Lake City. His new favorite tricke is bouncing on the knee. He loves it. When you stop, it takes him a second to realize it. Then, he starts kicking his legs trying to go at it again. He also started kicking himself back when his head is on the red play gym (in the previous entry). He's so funny...he scoots back and doesn't have the strength to reverse the whole act. He can't pick his head up and move back down. So, then he gets mad.

On the Cousin Mallory front, she's playing and talking, running all over the place in her walker, and eating big girl food. Jack has already officially passed her in the weight catagory. She's going to be a tiny little girl. She is having a lot of fun playing and went on her first big trip this week. Granny and Amanda took her to Oklahoma to visit Aunt Linda's family. She had a big time playing with cousins Braxton, Kylie, and Lindsey.