Happy 16 months baby boy, you are getting too big way too fast!!
A tiny bit late, but as always, better late than never! Jacky Boy is 16 months old and I think a lot has changed over the last month! He is a super happy, super funny little boy and I LOVE him so much!!
Let's go with the basics first... He weighs 25 pounds now, and wears 18-24 month clothes. He is a walking, climbing, jumping machine! He is super fast and tries to run everywhere. He LOVES playing chase with Riley, giggling the whole time. He is a climber, and will climb onto anything he can (couches, strollers, beds, chairs). He loves going up and down the stairs, and would do that over and over and over again. He loves jumping OFF of things as well, crazy little baby!!
He loves playing with anything on wheels that he can push- baby doll stroller, shopping cart, walker, large trucks... he loves to push things around and around and around. He loves all trucks and cars, and he loves his shape sorters, although gets very frustrated when he can't do it himself! He loves playing with stacking toys/rings and spinning tops! The toys below are two of his very favorite!!
He LOVES being outside, and would stay outside all day long. He loves anything involving water- pools, hose, water table, sprinklers, etc. He loves the sand pit, but has a tendency to eat the sand... a lot of sand. He loves trying to climb UP the slide, and he loves running around on the trampoline while Riley jumps and knocks him over. He thinks it is so funny to get bounced all over the place!
He is a feisty little thing, and is not afraid to let you know when he's not happy! He will throw things, scream, and sometimes throw himself on the floor. He is quick to try and bite Riley in self defense, and sometimes unprovoked as well. He is obsessed with eyes and will try and pinch ad gouge them if you aren't careful! He loves songs, and I swear he can hum to tune of a couple of different ones! He thinks his daddy is the BEST and funniest person EVER, and gets so excited to see him every single time.
He takes on big nap every day around 11, and goes to bed around 6:30 or 7. Some days he wakes up at 6, other days he will sleep until 8! He still loves his bottles, and drinks lots of rice milk during the day. He is an incredible eater, the kid eats a LOT! He loves all kinds of meat, and he will pretty much eat anything I make him!
Words... the kid can understand pretty much everything we say to him... he knows what all his toys are, listens to instructions, and overall has an excellent understanding of what we are saying to him. He doesn't have that many words to communicate back to us though. Currently he says: mama, dada, Riley (pronounced Ni-nee), dog, deer, more, all done, again, and I think that's it. He signs "all done" and "more" but only if we really ask him to, and I THINK he has started to sign "help". We have been horrible about doing signs with him, but I guess we should do it more since he doesn't have the language to tell us what he wants!
Jack LOVES trying to put everyone's shoes on, especially Riley's shoes. He also loves to try and put on her undies and gets so mad when he can't do it! He LOVES dogs, and he love love loves his grandpa. He loves going for walks, and if you tell him we're going for a walk he will go and climb right into the stroller. He loves looking for birds and laughs and laughs when he sees one. He LOVEs waiting for daddy to come home from work and helping him "drive" the car up the driveway!
He knows when the oven or microwave beeps that food comes out, and when someone gets water from the fridge that he gets to have a drink! He hates having his diaper changed, and he finally actually likes books! Only a handful, but that's better than none! He is such a little cutie and he is more and more fun every single day! He is still pretty mama obsessed, but I'm okay with that :) Mark is making me take him to get his hair cut pretty soon, which I am totally dreading but know it needs to happen!! His little blonde locks are getting too long!
Happy 16 months baby boy, you are getting too big way too fast!!
I make some pretty elaborate yearly scrapbooks for my kids. I always try to have the finished and in my hands by the time their birthday comes around. Riley's third year album is due to arrive tomorrow, and I'm sooo excited!! But, I had to get a picture for the cover, so I took Riley out to our front yard for a little mini shoot before sunset. She is HILARIOUS, that girl.
Definitely got some "cover" material, in under 5 minutes! Woohoo for a cooperative little model! And in case you hadn't noticed, my May was EXTRA crazy with my photography business, and I have the rest of June OFF! Which means, YES more free time and family time for me!!!
My kids LOVE gymboree. We go a couple times a week, and it's always a huge hit. Once a week is an actual class and then there is also free play that they really love!! Riley LOVES turning this tunnel on its side and using a ladder to climb in, she would spend the entire time in there! And Jackson just wants to climb climb climb. Of course.
It's hard finding activities that the kids can do together, lots of classes for kids require parent participation, but not both kids are the right age, which basically means we can't do it. :( Or they are during someone's nap. At least we can all go to gymboree!! I'm on a mission to find more fun classes for the fall!
A little catch up... Riley and I made a super quick trip out to New Haven in May for her Aunt Jennie's med school graduation!! We weren't totally sure we would make it, but we did! Riley was a superstar traveler, as always, and was pretty much a model child the entire time! She had lots of fun hanging out with Jennie and getting to see a tiny bit of Yale! Below... her "cheese face" fake smile for the camera....
Most days I still cannot believe her crazy amounts of curly hair! It's so long when it's wet and straight, but I swear it gets longer and curlier so it never looks like it's grown in length at all!!
Hooooooray Dr. Jennie we're so proud of you! And even more happy that you are moving back to CA!
The actual graduation ceremony was a bit of challenge. Riley and I mostly roamed and tried not to be too loud while speeches and such things were happening. She did a pretty good job. :)
And once it was all said and done, we headed out to the ocean for a little bit of relaxation.
Yay for a picture of ME and my little munchkin!! Thanks to Aunt Jennie for that one!
It was a crazy quick trip, but it was fun, especially snuggling with Ri Ri in a twin bed hahahaha. Definitely missed my little Jacky Boy back at home, but he was in good hands with his daddy!!