I will admit, it has taken us a long time to get into a bit of a rhythm around here. Between different wake-up times, conflicting naps, potty training, babies that sometimes hate car rides, and cold and rainy weather, we've been pretty big homebodies lately. And normally I start to go a little stir crazy, but we've actually been doing just fine staying at home, hanging out, and finding ways to make fun. I'll warn you, this post is about to have a LOT of pictures.
Our house is a bit of a disaster zone right now. We have a little over 3 weeks until we move out, and I am frantically trying to pack things and sell things and organize things and it's chaos! There are boxes everywhere. I have very limited time where I can actually accomplish things, so there are a lot of half finished projects all over the place. Good thing is, Riley is pretty much my biggest helper. She loves getting to sort through stuff, as there's always some sort of thing that she discovers and keeps her occupied for a while. Either that or she is perfectly happy to cater to her little brother's every need.
He, on the other hand, is less than impressed with all the things going on around him that he doesn't get to take part in, which makes my productivity close to zero on some days. The boy is not afraid to shout out when he is not pleased about something, that's for sure!
He's pretty easily won over though, I must say. A few peek-a-boos, some fake belly laughs from me, or if all else fails, jumping up and down and singing always gets a good laugh out of him.
It's always amazing to see a baby's development. How they go from such helpless little blobs to opinionated, smart little explorers. So interested in everything around them. Our biggest daily "battle"right now is over books. Riley takes her book reading very seriously, and Jackson is fascinated as well, although their goals are different. Riley wants to read and be read to, to hear and enjoy the stories, and Jackson wants to get the book in his mouth RIGHT THIS INSTANT. It's sacrilege, as far as Riley is concerned. Books DO NOT go in the mouth, baby! He's eying up that puppy big time...
But such is the life of a 6 month old. Everything in the mouth. Without hesitation. It's funny too the things babies become obsessed with. Jackson currently LOVES paper. Holding it, crinkling it, eating it. Riley was the same way at this age. Paper is WAY better than toys (as far as he is concerned, I don't exactly agree...)
Jackson has also decided he's quite proficient at rolling tummy to back, but quite content not to actually roll from back to tummy. he's definitely nowhere near crawling THANK GOODNESS. I remember being so excited and encouraging Riley to crawl (around 7 months she started crawling), but I want Jackson to stay put as long as possible!! Mobility is going to bring all sorts of new challenges (like, for example, having to contain all of Riley's marbles/coins/choking hazard size toys currently on the floor). Jackson's crawling efforts consist of trying to lift his knees up under him, which causes his face to smash into the floor which causes him to cry. Yep, we're not close.
I am totally happy to enjoy my little baby being little, and to just lay on the ground and eat stuff. :) Very eloquently put, I know.
And Riley? Oh my god she has me DYING laughing every single day, over and over. Her newest thing? If you say something to her that's not right, or that she doesn't agree with, she goes, "Ummmm, actually...." with all kinds of baby sass and it's pretty much the cutest thing ever. For example, ME: "Riley, it's time for a nap." RILEY: "Um actually, we can play toys." Riiiiiiight.
She is currently obsessed with music and dancing. She loves listening to the toddler station on spotify as well as some of our many toddler music CDs, and she is obsessed with, in her own words (1) "Marble Jackson ABC Song" (Jackson Five- ABC) (2) "I like to move it move it from Madagascar!" (3) "Everybody sing a song, doo da, doo da" and (4) Fee, Fi, Fiddle-ee-i-oh... And she dances. Oh boy does she ever.
Probably should save some of these tidbits for her 26 month update in 10 days, but there's just so much goodness happening I just can't help but share now. I just love this age so much, she's such a little sponge!! Today as we were getting in the car, she started telling me all about how Jackson is HER baby, and he's not a little sister, he's just a little brother, and she wants to play toys with him and cuddle him and have him and share with him. Yeah, she is basically the best sister ever.
She's such a little goofball, I can hardly stand it. Apparently eating her toes is fun?
This post is getting a bit long and out of control, but I just had to share this picture of Jack Jack's hair. YES, he has hair! Riley had no hair until, ummm... 18 months? Jacky boy has hair! Eeek I looooooove it, and it's all blonde and the fluffiest little tuft on the top of his head I've ever seen. I just want to rub it and fluff it up all day long!!
And because it's late, and I'm tired, and 1 or both babies will likely be up multiple times tonight, I leave you with a photo dump of some of my fave photos from yesterday. Riley being her adorable self, playing Connect 4, my babies thinking I am SO SO FUNNY (it's true, I'm funny... :), and my blue-eyed sweetheart. Man, how did I luck out with two amazingly awesome kids like these?