Sunday, July 26, 2015

Scenes From A Week: July 25

Our days and weeks with Jacob are getting better and better.  He is at SUCH a fun age - where his personality is really coming out, he's starting to recognize us, his preferences are becoming apparent... it's SO fun to be with him!

This past week was his first week of daycare (SOB).  We chose a facility that I feel very good about - it is super expensive (but worth it!) as the instructors are true educators with education and experience, and the facility is well-maintained and efficiently run.  His first day was hard (on me more than Jacob it seemed) and each day since has been a bit easier.

We capped off the week by an all-family work event (!!), a lazy Saturday afternoon at the pool followed by a pizza parlor, and then a Sunday spent relaxing and then dinner at Scott's parent's house.  All in, a solid weekend with my favorite guys!

even mundane moments are made sweeter with JSS

lots of evening snuggles in the k'tan

he was welcomed to his new class :)

his 4-month photo shoot was the hardest yet ;)

free hugs (i'll take one please)

JSS Sip N See in Winnetka

wearing his PJs from his buddy nash ;)

slow down, time!

my sweeties

leftovers for days

he wants to crawl so badly

JSS first time at Grandpa and Grandma Special's house

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

JSS: Four Months



Happy four months to my sweet Jacob!  It has been among the best months of my life - Jacob is growing and changing every day and has developed the sweetest personality.  We've learned the things that make him laugh, and we do them repeatedly every day to hear that sweet noise ;)

 He did so many exciting new things this month - his first airplane ride (on 7/10), his first wedding (7/11) , his first time in a swimming pool (7/12)!  He now rolls in both directions consistently (a six month milestone, hey-o!) and has slept through the night four times.  He wants to sit up SO badly, and loves doing crunches from the laying position to the sitting position (while grasping our fingers).  By far his favorite activity is jumping.  We bought him a jumperoo that hangs from a door frame, and he LOVES to jump in it.  One morning this month he jumped for an hour straight!  Since birth he has averaged a 3-pound weight gain per month, but this month he only gained 1.5 - and the doctor thinks it's because he is so active!  

We started Jacob on a nighttime routine this month, where he gets a bath, book, bottle and then bed.  Scott does the majority of this routine, and Jacob just loves his bath-time with his dad.  He kicks his legs and splashes and it's so sweet to witness how much Jacob loves Scott.

Jacob started daycare yesterday (7/20) one day shy of four-months, and he seemed to enjoy himself.  While I was pregnant we did tons of research (including in-person interviews and tours at seven different facilities!) and are pleased so far with the place we chose.  They continue the routines that we have established at home, and Jacob seems to be enjoying his time there.   I must admit that I miss him like crazy, but I know it's the best thing for our family right now.  It's been fun figuring out his wardrobe for daycare - he's gotta look fresh to impress his new friends :)

Jacob, you are the light of our world.  We love you more than words can say.  Happy four months, sweet boy! <3

























Sunday, July 5, 2015

Scenes From A Week: July 5

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite weeks of the year, and this one lived up to the hype.  We had a wonderful week (shoutout to Kelly's sister Morgan for watching JSS for us this week!)  which culminated in Scott and me BOTH being off work on Friday - one of the first week-day holidays we've had in a long time.  Since we already had Morgan on-deck to watch JSS, we took that opportunity to get a lot done that morning.  I ran errands (Target, two grocery stores, got gas, etc) and Scott worked on installing the shower glass door in the basement bathroom.  Around lunchtime, we all hopped in the car and drove to Matt and Kelly's house where Morgan was staying for the week.  We then headed out as a group to a fun lunch at a cool bar nearby.  Jacob was really eyeing his uncle's beer :)

The rest of the weekend was spent much like that - we had friends over to celebrate the 4th, went out to brunch with Scott's dad and sister, and just spent a lot of time enjoying our family.












Sunday, June 28, 2015

Scenes From A Week: June 28

My second week back to work went just as well as the first (hallelujah!) Jacob was cared for by his aunt Katie and his first cousin once removed Jenifer. (At least I think that is her relation to him- she is my first cousin). Anyway, he enjoyed his days with the ladies and I enjoyed coming home to him after work!

The weekend was extra fun, and we went in to it with zero plans.  On Friday night I got home at a good time and did all of my weekend chores (cleaning the house, laundry, etc).  I went to bed really early (8:30!) and woke up at 3:30- surprised that JSS hadn't woken me sooner- and in fact, he was still asleep.  He slept through the night for the first time, waking me at 5:45 after I got the best night sleep in a year! :)  

On Saturday, we worked around the house- Scott did some work on our basement and mowed. I organized my closet and did some work around the house (I "deep clean" two areas of our house per weekend- this weekend was the mudroom and master bathroom).  We took a long family walk through the nearby forest preserve and ended Saturday with cocktails and a movie while our sweetie slept.

We rounded out the weekend with a barbecue with Matt and Kelly - and special guest Morgan (Kelly's younger sister who would be watching JSS the following week).  It was a great week and weekend and left us energized and excited for the holiday week!

this grown-up boy sleeps in his own crib for bed and most naps

cutie on a walk with one of his amazing babysitters <3

his hand resting position (he gets it from his mama and grammy!)

new summer shoes - can't decide if they are totally cool or totally lame.  (they ARE totally comfy so - cool wins;)

thursday night - wine in hand, baby in swing (and jenifer chilling with us!)

lunch hour shopping - and FRIDAY hat

selfies with my boo

daddy multi-tasking

strolling through the forest preserve