This little guy. He is rocking my world these days. I say it with each passing stage, that this one is my favorite. I loved the sleepy newborn, with all of the grunts and stretching. I was enamored with the curious infant, giggling and grasping, which led to the love of an equally curious toddler. Right now, here is what I am loving:
Tiny valentine’s. J has his first valentine’s day party ever at school tomorrow, and he was instructed to bring valentine’s for his class. Melissa posted these tiny, adorable valentine’s from Minted on her blog last week, and I knew we had to get them for the party.
Independent Play. Jackson has always been amazing at keeping himself occupied, but at this age, it just seems so much more fun to listen to his imagination grow. He will make up stories as he goes along, create train noises, and talk about what he is “cooting” (cooking).
A kid who makes funny faces. He also looks at the camera and says “CHEEEEESE!!!!” which results in some of the most precious and adorable photos.
Puppy love. No explanation necessary.
Bath time. While baths have seemed like such a chore, we are in a really great place with bath time right now. Jackson loves to pretend like he’s “fwimmin’” (thank you, swim lessons, for all of the heart attacks and near-drownings). The funniest bath time experience these days, though, is his obsession with not turning the faucet off. He stands up, turns it on, but isn’t that strong so it’s freezing cold. He doesn’t mind one bit - he likes to stick his little hand underneath, and shiver uncontrollably and scream “COOOOOLLLDDD!!!”
Did I mention that he also likes to shove his feet under the faucet?
The fun can only last for a few minutes before I have to pull a shivering boy reluctantly from the water, because, you know, I don’t want him getting hypothermia and all.
We are closing in on 22 months here in a few days, and I can’t even fathom that this boy has been here for the better part of two years. At the same time, I can’t imagine that I ever existed without him.
Jackson’s Favorite Places
Jackson has got to be at the most fun age. It seems like I say that no matter what age he is, but really, all of his stages have been wonderful, fun, and full of more love than words can describe. One of his favorite places in this particular stage is undoubtedly the bath. He is loving the freedom of being out of his bath seat, and has the best time exploring with his toys, trying to pull the faucet cover off, and trying to drink his bath water out of a cup. At his last two baths, he has also discovered the drain cover. The one below the faucet, but not in the floor. He has recognized that it is reflective, and he places his face as close by as possible and says “hi! hiiii. HI!!!” over and over. I can’t contain myself when this kind of cute comes out of my child.
He is so eager to get clean!
Jackson wants to send a special thank you to Miss Zoe for the shark toys. He loves them very much!
Someone tried to stick his face in the water. Careful, baby!
When he has had enough of the bath, he is also eager to get out of the tub. No worries - I am always there to keep things safe!