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?
This little cutie is TWENTY TWO months old today! Just two months from his second birthday. I can’t even believe how much he has grown in recent weeks. His language has exploded, and he speaks in full sentences, perfectly able to articulate his desires and needs. He has begun potty training and is really great with going #2, but we aren’t really forcing the issue at this point. While some of Jackson’s attributes make it so evident that he is becoming a big kid, there are pieces of baby dispersed throughout his personality that serve as a welcome reminder that he is still part baby. He loves his paci (this one I could actually live without), and is the sweetest, snuggliest, loving little bug on the planet (all of these I wish to stay forever).
Jack loves anything that is classically “boyish.” He is obsessed with tractors, trucks, cards, motorcycles, firetrucks, airplanes, and being generally destructive to his safety. He started swimming lessons last month and is loving the opportunity to be in the water once a week. He can wall walk with his hands all on his own, and knows how to get himself out of the pool if he were to fall in. It’s pretty incredible.
He also has the w.o.r.s.t. tantrums in the entire universe. This is no exaggeration. He goes from “milk” to “MILK!!!” to high pitched screeching screaming dying “MMMMMIIIIIIILLLLLLLKKKKKKK!!!!!!” (The agonizing scream that makes you want to instantly punch yourself in the face). All I have to do is say “How do we ask for milk?” and he stops and sweetly says “Milk, pleeeasseeee?” and all is forgiven. He also has grown rather fond of a few choice words that I regret ever flying out of my mouth (damnit and shit are at the top of the list…). And he loves to hit - only me though.
In short, we are really settling into toddlerhood and actually enjoying all of the trials that come from a tiny being with no outlet for expression of emotions. We are learning the best ways to explain things in toddler terms and what works for us and Jackson in terms of discipline (time out is really working for us these days - he actually understands that he is in trouble, and we always have a conversation about what behavior should be altered). Each day we get to spend as his parents is such a privilege, and I have never been given a job that I love more than this one!