Saturday, April 12, 2014

Elf Month

I know it's not Christmas, but "elf" is eleven in Afrikaans hence the title "Elf Month."  Hey, you learn something new everyday.  Any who, in a month's time Jayson has changed in leaps and bounds.  Almost literally.  The kid is a flurry of movement these days.  Gone are the lazy Saturday afternoons with Jayson snuggled up in my lap.  He wants to get down and get into everything (the dog's bowls, turning the xbox on and off, pulling magazines off the end table, etc). Even to look at him, he has graduated in my mind from "baby" to a toddler and he's a vocal one at that.  He's loud, he's like a bull in a china shop, and he points at everything.  In other words: he's FUN.

Weight & Height - as of an appointment on 4/7/14 he was about 19.53lbs and 29 inches long. Unfortunately this appointment was not a standard wellness visit.  Jayson was being treated for pink eye.  The good news is he seems fairly unbothered by it.  The bad news is Justin and I have to administer ointment for ten days.  Ever try bathing a cat?  Yeah... I think that may be easier.

Eating/Drinking - he is bottomless pit and don't try sneaking baby food in if there's real food around.  He'll try anything and everything and you are required to share.  He'll pitch a fit if you eat something and he doesn't get a taste.  He'll pop his binky right out and start smacking his lips together and point at whatever you have.  In other news, yogurt remains a tried and true favorite and he loves to mow down on a whole banana.  As for drinks - he's started to use his Playtex Lil' Gripper Straw Trainer cup in addition to his juice boxes. Side note: the Playtex Lil' Gripper claims to be spill proof and that's a lie.  Not only does it allow liquid to spill out when dropped, tipped, or shaken, it will slowly allow the contents to leak out the straw even when setting still on a counter.

Sleeping - No change.  We still have random nights where he's up at 2am or 4am for a feeding or diaper change.  I attribute these nights to teething, illness, or a growth spurt.  I know many people swear by the "cry it out" method, but I just can't do it.  When he cries, I'm awake.  It's not like it's saving me any sleep.  Plus, we don't see each other 8+ hours a day, so if he needs/wants comfort from mama I'm willing to give it to him.  Too soon he'll be grown and won't want mama anymore.  This too shall pass.

Clothing - Very few 9 month items fit any longer.  We're primarily in 12 months items and slowly dipping into our 18 months sized stash.  We recently picked up a new set of sneakers for him and were surprised we had to buy a baby/toddler size 4.  He's a growing boy!

New This Month -
  • He now has two teeth and judging by the drool and clear runny nose, more are on the way. 
  • He graduated from pivoting around on the floor to crawling like a mad man somewhere around the second week of March.  Sometimes he crawls like a little Grudge baby (if you've seen the movie, you'll understand the reference). 
  • He's become better at entertaining himself now that he can move around on his own.  This does afford mommy and daddy some hands-free time to get household stuff done.
  • Along with crawling has come more interaction with Riley.  We are trying to teach him to be gentle with Riley and thank goodness Riley has been patient as a saint.  The two of them are thick as thieves.  They share snacks, play tug-o-war with Riley's toys (he's such a good dog, still not taking the baby's toys) and are generally inseperable.  As a matter of fact, we had to go to the Vet's office recently and when Riley was taken out of the room Jayson became very upset!  
  • As I mentioned earlier, he points at everything.  Pointing is usually accompanied by "oomph" which seems to be his new all purpose word.  
  • He uses his push cart on his own now and will pull himself up to standing position whenever given the chance.  This has resulted in more frequent head bumps, but he is determined. 
  •  He still hasn't consistently said daddy or dada, but he'll sign for him and yell "hey."  
  • Tub time has become a bit more dangerous as he insists on sitting up unassisted and trying to grab for the spout and hot/cold water handles. 


Monday, March 31, 2014

My kind of luck

Being a quarter Irish, I would have really liked to have cashed in on the "luck" of my ancestors but needless to say the month of March has been less than lucky.  This is what I get for forgetting to wear green on the 17th.

The beginning of the month our fairly new furnace decided it was a good time to crap out amidst the below zero temperatures we were experiencing.  The downside to being "fairly new" is that parts aren't readily available and the furnace itself is of course just outside its warranty.  Fortunately, the repairman was able to jimmy-rig it while we waited a couple weeks for the part to be special ordered from Italy.  I'm glad to say we are finally back up and running since temperatures are still in the thirties.

The middle of the month I was taken via ambulance to the Emergency Room and treated for dehydration and exhaustion.  After a myriad of tests and additional blood work the ER doctors and my primary are confident that's all it was.  Dehydration is a kick in the pants though.  I am still whooped and whooped is not something you want/need to be while taking care of an energetic ten month old and working full-time.  My coworkers were nice enough to treat me with a gift card to a local restaurant so that neither Justin nor I had to worry about cooking.

Also during the middle of the month my Ford Edge decided to dump its transmission fluid.  Thank goodness Justin noticed the puddle in the garage and I didn't drive it til it seized up on me.  Of course we're *this close* to paying the Edge off, and after calling Ford we found that both new car and extended warranties no longer apply.  Isn't that always the way?  The only up side is that the dealership where my dad works will be doing the repairs, so although it's likely to be expensive I know I will be fairly billed and the repairs will be done right.  In the meantime I'm driving Justin's Corolla which makes a horrible hum in the front end when you turn the steering wheel.  Needless to say once the Ford is back up and running, the Corolla will be going in for service.

Now of course the end of the month didn't want to be left out so our six month old dryer decided to get in on the shenanigans.   Like Justin's Corolla, the dryer began making a terrible hum when running so we made an appointment with a repairman who came today.  It's been determined that it needs a new motor and we should be back in business this week.  Fortunately it is still under warranty and is the one thing that's happened this month that won't cost me out of pocket.

So whilst I beware the Ides of March, hopefully your month has gone better than mine.  Either that or misery loves company.  Do tell.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


Holy moly!!  Jayson woke up another month older today.   Ten whole months.  Not to sound all cliche on you, but I am not quite sure where the time has gone.  I find myself scrolling through the photos I've taken over the last month to remind myself of all the changes that have occurred.  The memory isn't what it used to be (post-pregnancy brain).  I am so glad for technology so I can capture all his little moments.  Maybe one day I'll even print out each of these little updates and make a scrap book.  Ok, maybe not... that sounds a little over ambitious.  Without further ado, this is what the little stinker has accomplished to date: