Wednesday, December 23, 2015

19) Bring Jacob to the University of Iowa campus

After Rank Family Christmas this weekend, Scott and I decided to make a pitstop in Iowa City- a holiday trip down memory lane, if you will.  It was Jacob's first time in Iowa City, but undoubtedly not his last.

We went past the Pentacrest, and I showed Jakey where his Grammy spends her workdays.  We walked around the Ped Mall (pictured below) and it was just so special to be back there.  I hadn't been back in much to long.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

House Tour: Nursery

Over the next few weeks (months?) I'll be posting our home tour!  We've done some enhancements to our home over the past 18 months, and it's now so perfectly OURS.  (Shout out to my dad - the architect and laborer behind those aforementioned enhancements :)

First up, Jacob's beautiful nursery.  While I was pregnant, we didn't know if Jacob would be a boy or a girl, so we set off to create a calm gender-neutral nursery.   After he was born, we added a few specific touches to make it his.  I just love how it turned out - it was important to me that it be boyish, classic and baby-friendly.  I also don't like baby stuff everywhere, so I like how organized and contained it is.  I really love it.

A few notes on specific items:

- the glider is actually for a living room (!) but we thought it was perfect.  It was a generous gift (thanks mom & dad)
- the changing table is from Ikea
- the floating shelves are from Ikea
- the lamp on his dresser is from Ikea
- the print on his dresser says "oh the places you will go" and was found on Etsy
- the large chevron J on the wall was found on Etsy
- the navy blue J on the dresser and the abstract wall art were both from Homegoods

Monday, December 21, 2015

JSS: Nine Months

Happy nine months to our sweet Jacob!

He is a happy, excited little boy who loves to explore his house, to be on the go and to pull himself up (on furniture, his crib or mama's legs).  This month, he really mastered crawling/standing on furniture - he's so interested in the world around him. 

Jacob continued taking two classes per week - a swimming lesson with Daddy and a Music and Movement (Mommy and Me) class with me.  Both ended last week, and we've re-signed him up for each as a fun activity during the cold winter months.  Jacob  loves being outside - we take walks nearly every day of the weekend, even when it's cold.  :) 

Jacob has two teeth - cutest smile EVER - and he loves to use them to chomp on food.  This month, he expanded his palette dramatically.  This month, he had his first experiences with the following new foods: scrambled eggs (prepared by his Gramps!), bread, apples, broccoli, peaches, pears, honeydew melon, cheese sticks, yogurt, banana muffins, blueberry muffins, pancakes, cheese omelet.  He occasionally does a pureed food, but prefers table food by far.  He loves drinking out of a sippy cup (which he holds himself) and feeding himself. 

This month he traveled to Iowa twice!  He enjoyed his first Thanksgiving, and loved playing with his second cousins at Thanksgiving and RFC.  (Everyone loves "baby Jacob"). :)  In preparation for his road trips, he was upgraded to a new big-boy carseat which he much prefers.

Happy nine months, Jacob.  We love you more than words can say! 

Month one // Month two // Month three // Month four // Month five // Month six //Month seven // Month eight

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Recipe: Brownies from scratch

Last week I participated in a baking event at the Ronald McDonald House (such a great place).  My office at work picked a few things to bake and got to work.  I worked with my friend Natalie on the world's best brownies.  We used this recipe from "Cookies and Kate" and they turned out so fantastically.  I'd never made brownies from scratch before, and it really wasn't too difficult - and the results were worth it.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

JSS: Eight Months

Happy eight months to my sweet Jacob! 

He is a happy, joyful little boy who loves people, smiling and jumping.  This month, he went from not crawling to crawling super fast in the span of five days - one day I picked him up from daycare and realized I could no longer deny it:  he is on the MOVE!  He crawls all over the house (so this month we also had/have to babyproof!)  His most favorite thing, though, remains jumping.  I swear, this boy would jump all day if we'd let him.  He is a non-discriminating jumper:  he will jump in the Jumperoo, but he's just as happy jumping with some adult assistance.  (If you're snuggling him, he will physically take your hands and put them under his armpits, LOL).  Jacob stands with help... which usually ends in him jumping.  (Have I mentioned he loves jumping? :))

Jacob takes two classes per week - a swimming lesson with Daddy and a Music and Movement (Mommy and Me) class with me.  He seems to like them both, and we will be signing him up for similar classes throughout the winter session.  

The other big news of the month - we have a tooth!  Jacob has the cutest smile, with one little tiny tooth on his lower gums.  Be still my heart.  

This month he had a few exciting new experiences - his first playground, his first "riding in the shopping cart at Target" experience and first time dressing up for Halloween. Big month.  Jacob's nicknames are Lil-J, J-Bear, and Jakey, but we still mostly call him Jacob.  

Jacob, you are a joy.  We love you more than words can say!  Happy eight months, little man.  

Month one // Month two // Month three // Month four // Month five // Month six // Month seven

Thursday, November 5, 2015

25) Take Jacob to a pumpkin patch

If you can't get your boy to the pumpkin patch... bring the pumpkin patch to your boy!

It was an exceptionally busy and fun fall, and instead of going to the patch, we bought a bunch of pumpkins and made our own little patch at home.  (Jacob just wanted to eat the pumpkin stems :)

Bringing the patch to our house meant that some of our favorite fall visitors could also enjoy a photo opp with our favorite pumpkin:

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

4) Take classes with Jacob

Jacob began swimming lessons!  He started lessons one day before he turned seven months, and he goes once per week to a pool near our home.  Scott takes him and they have some fun time splashing and learning how to swim.

The first day, Jacob was a little startled (and even cried for a moment) but I don't think it's because of the water - I think it's because it was so loud in the area and the water was kind of chilly.  The second class he was much more chill :)

Jacob and I also started a second class together last weekend - a Mommy and Me music and movement class - we dance around, sing songs and do some tumbling.  Jacob LOVES it - he loves the other kids, he loves the action... it was so fun to see.

Here's to a lifetime of learning and playing with our Jacob!