Wednesday, October 19, 2016

6 Months with Baby J!

I say this every month, but I can't believe it has already been 6 months! J is doing great!

We have had a busy, fun month! We took A trip to Strawberry Hill to see the animals, and also took a trip to the pumpkin patch in Hendersonville. 

We are working on helping J to not be so grumpy and whiney and think the root of that is sleep, or in his case not enough sleep. So, he has been going to bed an hour earlier, but he still wakesup the same time. That extra hour of sleep seems to be helping! He is sleeping better and longer and is happier most of the day! He also taking better naps too! 

He is eating a little more these days, but still would rather run around then stop to eat. 
    (yes, he is drinking salsa from a straw!)

He loves when Lucy comes to play, and gets so excited when she gets here! He is going to miss her when she moves next month!
      (Yes, that is a pig, in my front yard!)

He had a checkup at the ENT, and actually had the start of an ear infection. We got some antibiotics and stopped it before it had a chance to bother him! 

He loved the cows at strawberry hill! 

He Loved all of the pumpkins! 

He sits for longer periods of time playing with one thing now. Still not extended periods, but longer than before. He really likes his little farm. 

When I am cooking, he has to be right next to me. So, he gets his little chair and brings it in to stand on. 

I also let him help with mixing stuff up! 

After making cookies, he sat right in front of the oven watching them bake!
He had a blast at the pumpkin patch! 

Riding the cow train. 
Checking out the giant bear!

Trying to pick up the pumpkins. 

Seeing how big he is!
It will be neat to see how much he will grow by next year!

His favorite person is Michael! He asks about him all day and is so excited when it is time to go get him from school. When I show him pictures of Michael drying the day, he yells his Name and laughs! He loves his brother!

He is in the terrible twos and it is wearing me out. Temper tantrums, throwing things, hitting, biting! It's a lot, but we are working through it all just one melt down at a time. 

He makes me laugh and brings our family so much joy! 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Baby J is 20 Months Old!!

20 Months old already!! I cannot believe how fast time is going! 

J is doing great!! But I'm afraid he is entering the terrible twos a little early. Michael had more of the terrible three's, so I was not prepared for this to happen so early. But that goes for everything they do. They are complete and total
Opposites!! So we are learning all new ways to parent a strong willed, stubborn child. 

He is also full of sweet funny moments too! He loves his big brother and wants to do everything he does and be with him all the time. 
He has learned to smile when I take his picture now, which is great!! Before I was lucky if I happened to get him smiling, but now he will smile at the camera! 
He is busy busy busy!! Does not sit still for a minute!! But that means he crashes hard at nap time and bed time! He is doing great falling asleep by himself and staying asleep! He is still taking a two hour nap (12-2) and sleeps 12+ hours each night (7 pm - 7:30 am)
He is still not eating much during the day, but he usually will eat a lot at dinner! He kinda just grazes and snacks during the day. He just doesn't want to sit still and eat! But he is always drinking his pediasure! So at least he is getting some calories into him. 
He is up to 23 lbs! 
He is wearing mostly size 18 months clothes now! All the 12 month pants are too short. 
He is still in size 3 diapers  
He is doing good talking and still enjoying speech therapy. 
He can now point to nose, head, hair, eyes, ears, mouth, teeth, belly, hands, fingers, feet, toes, and cheeks. 
He is also doing good with animal sounds. He can do a cow, sheep, pig, horse, dog, cat, and bird. 
He asks to go outside ALL DAY LONG! And now that the weather is cooling off, we spend lots of time outside. 
He also asks to play with a ball all day long. He has this little bat, and walks around hitting balls all over he house. 
Anytime he sees a big vehicle, he yells "Ohh Big Truck!!" He also loves motorcycles! 

He wears me out, but I wouldn't trade him for anything in the world! He makes me laugh everyday, and we just love him so much!! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

5 Months with Baby J

Wow! This month has flown by! It feels like I was just writing his 4 month post! 

He is getting so big and turning into such a big boy! No more baby! Anything the big kids can do, he wants to do! 

He loves the drums! And everything is a drum to him. He also loves to dance. Every morning he wants me to put on some music and he "tells" me that by shaking his butt! It is so cute! 

J loves when Lucy comes to play! They play really good together, until they don't! Then they each need a little time out. 

He loves to be outside! He also loves his daddy! So when Andrew was working on his truck, J loved being right there with him! 

He is getting a little picky and finicky about what he will eat. So when he decided that he liked ranch dressing, I let him dip stuff in it. I never thought he would go face first licking it off if the plate! 

He is so busy, and never stops moving! 

He loves speech therapy! He has so much fun playing with Ms. Gina! And he is doing so well! 

He is happiest when he has a ball in his hand! If he can't find a ball, any sports equipment will do. He also turns everything into a bat, and will try to hit all sorts of balls. The other day he had a small bouncy ball and a drum stick, and he was doing his best to hit the ball with the "bat". And he actually succeeded a few times! And he can throw a ball incredibly well! We will have to sign him up for baseball as soon as he is old enough. 

He is adjusting wonderfully to being in our family! He still has major separation anxiety when I leave, but we are working on it. 

Every morning he asks where daddy is and where Michael is. He misses them both so much during the day. He gets so excited when it's time to go get Michael from school. And whenever my phone rings, he yells, "daddy!!" And anytime the dogs bark at a car outside, he does the same thing! He can't wait for daddy to get home from work! 

We are blessed to have in our family! 

And just a note about the adoption,  we have a visit each month from his social worker, his adoption worker, and his guardian ad litem. Each month I ask about TPR, and each month they don't know anything. They had originally told us to expect a year for everything to be final. Well, it's been 5 months and NOTHING has happened! So, we aren't holding our breath. We are just ready for something to happen! 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Baby J is 19 Months Old

You are 19 months old now!! I can not believe it! 

You love your brother! And want to play with him all the time! Whatever he is doing, you want to be doing it too! 

You love your daddy too! Anytime the phone rings, he starts saying "Daddy! Daddy!" The same thing happens when the dogs bark at something outside. You think daddy is home from work and go running to the door! 

You are getting big! You weigh 22 pounds and are 31 inches tall! 

You moved up to some 18 month clothes, but still can wear 12 months too. Just not one piece outfits/jammies.

You are getting more picky with what you like to eat. It's a good thing you like the pediasure and drink 2 cans a day! 

Over the past couple of weeks you have discovered how great books are! You ask to read books all the time now! 

You have no interest in movie or tv. When Michael is watching something, you just a run around playing. 

You love music and ask to listen to it all the time. And by ask, you point to the radio in the kitchen and start dancing. You are a great little dancer! 

You love speech therapy, and Miss. Gina! You are making huge strides in your speech. You are up to more than 20 words! Your dr says you will probably get kicked out soon, since you are doing so well. But Miss. Gina says not if she can help it. She loves you!

Words you can say: Mama, Daddy, cheese, door, cracker, fish, no, yes, uh huh, doggy, juice, water, chair, ball, car, bubbles, shoes, poop, hat, cold, hot, more, boo-boo, what's that?, I don't know

You love to be outside! The sandbox is your favorite, but the wagon and car are a close second. You also love the trampoline, as long as Michael isn't jumping too big on it with you! 

We have managed to get you to use your binky less and less. We don't ever have it out around the house and it stays strictly in your crib and diaper bag. Car rides you still use it, unless you are in a fantastic mood. We do let you have it at church, since that is still a pretty hard place for you. 

Speaking do church, we have taken you out of nursery for the time being. You would have pretty good days in the nursery, but we discovered that on Sunday nights, you were having a really hard time going to bed. Lots of tears and not wanting mommy to leave the room, or even put you down. We decided the two were probably connected, and kept him out this past Sunday and bed time went a lot easier. No screaming! 

You are such a cutie and you make us laugh all the time! We love having you as part of our family! 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

4 Months with Baby J

Baby J has been home for 4 months now! 

He keeps us laughing, that's for sure!! 

Generally, he eats great, but lately he has gotten a little picky. 

He loves Michael so much and wants to be with him all the time! Michael is good about playing with him most of the time, but sometimes he wants to be left alone! 

He got his first hair cut this month!! He did great! We left the curls, but cut the mullet! 

He still loves the water and was really sad he couldn't go on the big water slides at the water park! 

He has been in speech therapy for a month now, and is doing great! When he started he was only saying 5 words, but now he is up to 16!  He loves going and has so much fun while he is there!

He really couldn't care less about TV. Which makes me happy, but every once in a while he will sit with Michael while he watches a movie on his kindle. 

He loves his mama! And I love him! But he also loves daddy! And funny enough, in the middle of the night, Andrew can get him to go right back to sleep, where if  I walk in, he thinks it is play time and doesn't want to go back to sleep. 

He is my little daredevil! If he can climb it, he will. Then he will stand on it and jump off! 

He has started reading books a lot lately. Up until this point, he has had zero interest in books. 

He continues to be a blessing to our family! Some days are harder then other days, but I wouldn't trade the hard days for anything, if it meant not having him in our lives!