Monday, March 21, 2016

JSS: Twelve Months

Happy twelve months (one year!) to our sweet Jacob!

Jacob is officially one year old.  A toddler!  He continues to be consistent with sleep.  His bath is from 7:30-8:00, and he splish splashes with dad every night.  He then goes his bedtime routine complete with lotion and snuggles/bottle, and is usually asleep by 8:15/8:30.   His dad leads the nighttime routine, and enjoys snuggling and bonding with Jacob.

He is INCREDIBLY active.  He takes swimming lessons, and the spring edition of his music/dance class begins again in a week or two.  He's taken swimming lessons for six months now, and it's paying off - he LOVES the water!   He crawls incredibly fast - look out, world! - and took his first step on March 13th.  On March 16th, he took four steps in a row - and has continued to do that every day since.

Jacob can eat just about anything (except honey and legumes).  He loves yogurt, crackers, chicken, and oranges.  He had whole milk for the first time on March 5, and continues to get about two ounces of whole milk in every bottle.  He eats table food for 2 meals a day, plus two snacks.  He loves "pouches" (fruit/vegetable combinations served in pouch form) and much prefers to feed himself.  (We  primarily follow the Baby Led Weaning technique for most table food).

Jacob can clap (and say "clap"), he drinks out of a sippy cup on his own.  He waves, goes "lalalala" intentionally.  He LOVES peek-a-boo.

He had his first serving of SUGAR (cupcake) for his first-birthday party and LOVED it.  (#sweettooth)  He loves balloons, and people, and being outside.

Jacob, I've said it before and I'll say it again:  you are a JOY.  The best joy of my life.  I am honored to be your mama.  Happy, happy birthday, sweet boy.

Month one // Month two // Month three // Month four // Month five // Month six //Month seven // Month eight // Month nine // Month ten // Month eleven

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Tomorrow he is one

Tomorrow he will be one.

This has been the best year of my life.

It has been the hardest year of my life.

It’s been the most emotional, the deepest, the sweetest, the loveliest. 

Jacob was born a year ago tomorrow, and with him, I was re-born.  Being his mother is the most profound responsibility that I have ever had, and I feel it deeply.

A year ago right now I was in labor – experiencing the strangest phenomenon I had ever felt – and not just physically.  It was a fruitless labor, ultimately, but it was truly a time of transition – from an old life, to a new one.  Being a mother – Jacob’s mother – is a role I was born to hold.  The first thirty years of my life contained less metamorphosis than the 31st

I think back over the past year, and it’s impossible to overstate the impact on my life, or the lives that his has touched.  He is loved deeply, fiercely and profoundly.  My life is better with him in it.

There’s a lot about the first year that blurs, beautifully, together in my memory, but that first day – those first few precious hours… those remain sharp:

At 10:09, a year ago tomorrow, he was birthed by an act of medical prowess, and let out his first cries.  He has “catchers mitts” they said, and he was perfect (IS perfect).   “We have a SON!” I kept exclaiming, not quite understanding the blessing that had been bestowed.  A short time later, minutes not hours, he was next introduced to our families – my parents first, with Matt and Kelly, and then Scott’s parents and sister.  He was deeply loved at only minutes old.  Seeing my parents set eyes on him – oh my.  I’m weeping over that moment still.    Joe being in DC, and wanting to book a flight right that minute, especially when he received the 2am phone call telling him that his nephew was born.

This child has transformed me, and my life.

I will never be the same.  And I don’t want to be.  

Sunday, February 21, 2016

JSS: Eleven Months

Happy eleven months to our sweet Jacob! 

Jacob acts more like a toddler every day. He sleeps through the night about half of the time, and when he wakes up during the night, usually just needs a quick bottle or a snuggle.  In the morning, he either wakes up right on time (or a little early) or I wake him up - when I wake him, he stretches dramatically and does this big YAWWNNN.  He's pretty much a one-year old teenager :)  
He is incredibly active- he loves weekly swimming lessons, has learned how to dance with mama and he crawls so incredibly fast (especially while someone "chases" him). Jacob loves to play with his toys, but his favorite toy is acting like his mom is his personal jungle gym or going for rides on his dad's shoulders.  He also loves to tickle feet ;) 

Jacob loves to eat, and this month his palette has really expanded- his favorite table food is yogurt and meat (although not together, ha!). He has six teeth and can say four words: clap, dada, mama, and cup. He has a few adorable tricks- clapping, waving, "so big" and a hilarious noise-maker imitation.

Jacob, you are a joy. We love you more than words can say!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Scenes From A Week: January 31

It's been a long time since I've done a weekly round-up, but better late than never! 

It was an extra busy week - my parents were here last weekend working on our house projects and loving on Jacob.  They always keep him home from daycare when they visit (which we love) and he gets extra snuggle time with his grandparents.  On Tuesday I left for a quick 26-hour work trip to New York.  While I was gone, Scott took Jacob to his swimming lesson with a special guest appearance from Auntie (Godmother) Kelly who drove all the way to our house (in rush hour traffic!) to join them.  :)  I loved getting the extra pictures – and Jakey enjoyed the extra snugs.

I got back on Wednesday evening and the rest of the week was a little calmer.  On Saturday, Scott’s parents came over in the morning to help Scott with some tasks he’s been wanting to battle (fixing our snow blower and helping drill a hole in the downstairs fridge for Scott’s kegerator, hah!)  I ran some errands while my MIL watched Jacob.  On Saturday night we had some friends over and went to a hockey game.  Sunday was a little more leisurely, with trips to Costco and Ikea and just hanging out.

A good week, and a busy one.  This week promises to be a little quieter – which we would love! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

House Tour: Main Living Space

The final space on this edition of the House Tour is our main living space - the living room, dining area and kitchen.  It's the area of the house we spend the most time in - Jacob has a play area, we eat here, watch TV here, socialize and entertain here... the list goes on.