I need to be better about posting the small things that Jackson does that make me laugh hysterically for days, make me melt, and love him more than I thought was possible to feel for another human being. As of late, he has really started to say the funny things that all kids do - things that they create TV shows out of. I am going to commit myself to starting a Jackson Says series where I can just hop on here in the moment and type in a quick note about the incident, so that when he is big and doesn’t want anything to do with his mama, and is getting into trouble with his friends, I can look back and cherish the innocence of a sweet little boy. Here are a few of the favorite things he is doing nowadays:
- "I caaaan’t!!!" - I get this response whenever I ask him any kind of question, whether it be to pick up his toys, if he wants to have noodles with dinner, or if he is ready to ride his bike - his go to response is now a very adorable "I caaaan’t!" When I ask why not he says "because, I just can’t!" I giggle every time.
- "Nah, not today!" - this is my FAVORITE expression that he has adapted as of late. "Jack jack, wanna go shopping?" "Nah, not today!" - it is such a grown up phrase for a tiny boy and never fails to make me laugh at him.
- Dreaming. Recently Mr. Precious has started to dream and remember them. It is seriously hilarious to watch this develop in him, and I love to hear about his nighttime adventures. Sometimes I hear about it in the moment when he is talking in his sleep (ALL THE TIME!) about tractors and trucks and how he just can’t; but on Monday morning, for the first time he had a real response when I asked him what he dreamed about. He VERY emphatically announced: “Mickey and rocket and to the moon. And Martian Mickey lives there, and pluto in space!” so I am taking that as proof that he dreamed an entire episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse that night ;)
- Check Ups - after my prenatal appointment yesterday, Jackson asked “Mommy need a checkup?” so I said of course I did! He proceeded to run to the basement and grab his blood pressure monitor and a chain (?) and came back to lay the chain across my bump (measuring, of course), and checked my blood pressure. He even threw in a good “Let’s listen to the heartbeat” to make the experience complete. Seriously ya’ll, I am going to actually eat him.
Have I mentioned yet that THIS has got to be my favorite age?
Some of our favorite friends gave birth to their first baby last Friday! This little guy is a character - let me tell ya! He made his entrance to the world about THREE WEEKS early due to some unexpected circumstances in Jacquie’s pregnancy. Tiny Matthew weighed in at a whopping 6 lbs and 18 inches long. In my life I have never seen a tinier baby, and he definitely rivals the cuteness of all the babies I have seen :). He smiles more than any newborn I have ever met, that’s for sure! I will let you be the judge:
Biggest of congratulations to Jacquie & Steven! We couldn’t be happier for you guys. We are thrilled to have some little boys to raise together and can’t wait to see what kind of trouble they get themselves into ;).
Toddler Activity | Sidewalk Paint
I am always on the hunt for activities that will be entertaining for Jackson, but that he can also learn from. When I saw sidewalk paint on pinterest, I knew that it would be the perfect sort of activity for my boy, who by the way, is a whiz with his colors (and shapes too - he knows hexagon and crescent, but his ingenuity is a story for another day).
The recipe is super easy, and you most likely already have all three ingredients in your kitchen. It is equal parts water & corn starch mixed together, with drops of liquid food coloring added in. I found that 1 cup of water + 1 cup of corn starch yielded the perfect amount to fill six or seven cups of a muffin tin.
I let Jackson help mix the food coloring in, and he was so excited to see the colors take form, and was able to learn that blue + yellow make green, red + yellow make orange, and blue + red make purple :)
We took the paint out to the back patio & Jackson immediately went to work creating “rainbows” and the letter J. This activity kept him occupied for over an hour (eternity in toddler time). We were able to practice naming colors and work on the alphabet (he only cares about J, of course) for the entire time too. Here are some photos I snapped of his paintastic adventure:
When we were all finished, he had, probably, an equal amount of fun spraying his drawings away with the hose, and I am happy to report that there is not even a trace of paint left on the sidewalk!
This kid. There is nobody cuter.
I found these overalls for ONE dollar. I couldn’t get them on his little body fast enough. Also, those shades are the most perfect ever. He wears them constantly, and never fails to look cool. (Children’s Place has them on sale in store for $1.00 right now! I went last week to get a couple more pairs and was beyond happy with the sales price)
Jackson = Minion.
The resemblance is uncanny.
Welcome Tiny Ryan!
Last Wednesday my sweet friend Emily went to her 37 week prenatal appointment only to find out that she was in active labor and already dilated 3 cm! She made arrangements for big brother Ben, and made her way to the hospital to welcome the sweetest boy into the world. I made my way there not even 24 hours later, and met the tiny guy myself. I cannot believe how alert he was for being less than a day old.
World, meet Ryan, or as big brother Ben would say: Meet Rhino:
Love you little dude!
Daddy go Dada
If there is one thing about Jackson that always holds true, it is the fact that he has a crazy fun personality. He has been communicating so much more lately, and speaking in very complete sentences. He can always use language to talk about his needs, and tell us about his day. One of my favorite things about this stage of communication is the alter-ego he has created for his daddy.
Jackson always calls Zac ‘daddy.’ As long as he has been talking, Zac’s name has been daddy - except for the brief period where he referred to him as Zac, which was my favorite, but I don’t think Zac loved it. Too bad it didn’t stick. Anyhow - Zac is daddy, but lately Jackson has created a secondary persona for him known as dada. Dada makes his appearance only when doing something action packed, like driving the big truck, towing a trailer, mowing the grass, or driving the boat. Jackson will refer to Zac’s truck as the “Dada Truck!” He has a toy truck that is the same model as Zac’s and pulls a giant trailer - he always calls that the Dada Truck also. My favorite part of all of this is when he exclaims “Daddy go Dada!” as if Zac is making some great transformation into his alter ego (superhero?) of Dada and donning his cape and sword. Hysterical.
I have been horrible at blogging lately. J’s party was nearly two weeks ago and I haven’t even posted about it! We have been moving and things are finally starting to calm down, so ill be catching up soon, but in the meantime here is a 20 second video to promote good self-esteem in toddlers ;)
king of the awkward forced smile
Happy Valentine’s Day!
The cutest, messy-haired, one-eyed Love Bandit