Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
THIS PHOTO was the look I was originally going on.
THIS CAKE was my Pinterest inspiration and I was pleased how it came out.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Happy Birthday! Jensen you are one year old today. I am excited that you are one. I'm a little sad that you aren't an infant anymore. I love who you are growing up to be. Yesterday we took you up to the fire station to get some one year portraits of you. My handsome boy. I could stare at photos of you all day.
Height: 28 3/4 inches (25th percentile). When you combine weight with height that is one round little man.
Teeth: Still an uneven 7. When is lucky tooth 8 finally gonna show up?
Clothes: 12-18 months, some 18-24 months (usually shirts)
Shoes: You are ready for size 5 and hopefully getting some tomorrow
Diaper: Also size 5, your little baby hiney is quite round.
Taking your first steps! About 2 weeks ago you started taking about 3 steps at a time. You still usually only take a few and then sit down but you are the cutest old man when you walk.
Dada (your favorite word), Mama, Uh-oh, Bye bye (probably your second favorite), uh-huh (for yes) and Hi (occasionally). You also know how to sign for all done, more, milk, and we are working now on cup.
Usually from 10-11am and then 1:30-3pm.
You are typically ready to nurse by 7:15pm and out by 7:30 pm. You wake up around 7:30 or 8 am. Most night you sleep through the night.
Oh, Jensen. You love milk. You still nurse 6-7 times a day, which kinda seems like a lot, but you love it.We are going to keep nursing for a while. I love holding you in my arms and getting that sweet time with you. One day you will stop and I will look back and it will seem like such a short time with you.
3 meals and 2 snacks a day. You mostly eat what we eat just in tiny pieces. Recently I discovered the wonder of buying premade baby food just for when we are on the go. Wow, that is convenient. I don't regret making all your baby food but it's nice to have a grab and go option when we got some place that might not have food for you. Your favorite foods are cheerios, avocado, peas, grapes, strawberries, corn, zucchini, pasta, and yum-yums (baby crackers made from spinach and kale). We tried to think of any food you didn't like....and we came up blank.
Throw a bouncy ball. Or a basketball. Or a soft football.
Take things apart and put them back together - stacking up, rings, etc.
Your baby fire truck and ambulance that go down a ramp.
Put little balls down a ramp or in a little toy that spits them back.
An interesting observation this month...I am pretty sure you are left handed. When you eat, you use your left hand more, especially for a spoon. When play you tend to favor your left hand. Hmm..Daddy says you can be a left handed pitcher and head straight for the big leagues. I'll leave that one up to you.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
At her cubby! It even has her name on it!
We counted down the days on our calendar and this morning she came bouncing into her room saying, "Mama, mama! I get to start preschool today!" We had a good breakfast and then made it to school a bit early to take a photo. I am so happy because one of her good friends, Emily, is in her class, along with another friend, Anthony, that we used to do gymnastics with so she already knew some kids. We prayed for her on our way to school. We walked her in altogether. I was soooo happy when the teacher said, "The first thing we always do is wash our hands!" Yes! One of my biggest hangups on preschool was that she might get sick more. Yes, I know that kids need good exposure to germs and that they eventually get sick now or later. But still. I hate germs. So I was very glad to see that the teacher encouraged good hand washing.
Finally it was time to say goodbye. Just a quick hug and kiss and she was off to play at centers! No tears from anybody. I did have one emotional moment, but it was more a feeling of pride as we sent her off than sadness. All morning long I would look at the clock and think about what she was doing at that time...I wish I could be a fly on the wall to see her. My prayer for her is that she would love learning, be kind and generous, be a leader, and make lots of friends.
I arrived to pick her up a few minutes early and got to sit in the warm car and watch her play and run around on the play ground. She was in such a good mood! We got her things and walked out with her friend. I didn't want to bombard her with "How was your day???? Tell me everything!!!" so I played it cool and waited until she started to chatter which didn't take long. She said her favorite part of the day was chapel and she told me the story of Jesus telling the disciples, "Let the children come to me." She talked about the letter Q, and doing crab walks at PE, and playing dress up. She really likes her teacher and told me that snack time is at 10AM, just like at home. She told me that they made Valentine's Day cards for children who are in the hospital, but that she doesn't have to go to the hospital because another grown up will take them ;) I loved seeing her so filled with joy.
We will still do home school on Mondays and Tuesdays, working mostly on math, literacy, and science. Then she will go to preschool on Wednesday where she gets play centers, Bible, PE, some literacy and math, art, and recess. We also have our Moms Connect group on Thursdays where she is in a class and gets to play, do crafts, and have Bible time. I'm also so happy to get special time with Jensen. I love one on one time with my precious baby...who is turning ONE in two days...but that's another blog post.
I will wrap up this sappy mom post with a photo of another first Eva enjoyed 10 days ago that I never blogged about....