We got some pictures taken when I was 30 weeks pregnant, so I thought I'd share some of them!
Not long to go now! Time is going by way too fast for my liking, summer is FLYING by. I haven't done much updating about this pregnancy, but I guess that's kind of how things go when you have more and more kids!
We got some pictures taken when I was 30 weeks pregnant, so I thought I'd share some of them!
I chose to do them without the kids just to make it a little bit easier on everyone! So much less stressful that way!!
I ordered a bunch of headboards for all the beds in our house, which all came in these HUGE boxes. So what better to do with huge boxes than paint them??
We started out with dot paints and paint brushes which quickly turned in to finger/hand/foot painting with paint EVERYWHERE.
Jacky really just wanted to dump all the paint out and mix the colors together. Basically destroy the paints and make a huge mess. :)
Big messes require hose downs which cause puddles which make for even BIGGER messes. But lots more fun, obviously.
Even if a certain little two year old does not particularly like having messy hands...
Some days I get glimpses of what this little girl is going to look like when she's older, and I wonder where my little toddler has gone. She's been replaced by this little beauty.
Overall, a fun messy summer activity that ended with a very clean, soapy rug, and a midday bath for two little munchkins. :)
Apparently there has been some trouble viewing this blog on an ipad/iphone, so I'm testing something out to see if this helps fix the problem. We will see!!
May and June FLEW by. We spent some evenings at the playground, when it was no longer too hot, and we often had the place all to ourselves!
Jackson has changed so dramatically over the last two months, he is hardly the same kid! He talks a LOT now. He is so so happy and funny and just the best little boy. His new developments deserve a whole post/update of their own!
I was out at a photo shoot and daddy came up with the idea to combine our inflatable pool with our slide, which led to hours of fun on the water slide. Riley is fearless, and went down over and over and over again. Jackson needed a little more convincing, but eventually went down!
My laptop died last week, which makes it even harder for me to be good about updating this blog, because I always did it on my laptop, but I do have a pretty awesome desktop computer that I suppose I should use more often, so I'm going to try my best!!
What do you do when you are on your laptop which only has iphone pictures, and you realize you REALLY need to update your blog with SOMETHING?? Iphone snaps, of course!!
APRIL: Full of awesome outfits, walruses, cool little dudes, Elsa, being pregnant, soccer, cuddles, and very strange sleeping habits. The usual.
MAY: Cool hair and finger tricks, car ride twinsies, breakfast with princesses, playing outside, selfies, and more sleeping. A certain 3 year old has been napping a lot lately. :)
I decided to take these Easter photos a few weeks before Easter, figuring I would probably forget to actually do them later. And turns out I was right, so I'm glad we got around to taking these!! I've really really been trying to be better about taking pictures of my little ones! Plus since these pictures were taken they have mowed down all the flower fields!!! :(
Nothing like an afternoon of good weather and an awesome backyard.
These kids love to play outside, and would stay out there all day long!
Such a fun daddy. Or maybe just a big kid? :)
Jackson is 2 years and 2 months old. This past week, he started speech therapy for him. His pediatrician recommended he be evaluated since by the age of 2 he was not talking at all, so we did get him evaluated and were told he should do speech therapy twice a week. We opted to go for once a week to start and see how things go.
I wanted to try and keep track of his progress and how the speech therapy sessions are going, so I thought that might be a good excuse to get me back to blogging regularly!! Even if I do have to use old pictures :)
At the time of his first speech appointment, he independently said the following words: Daddy, no, all done, uh oh, and oh no. He will repeat some words like ear, eyes, mama, up, down, and probably a few more. He signs all done, help, and more, but those need a lot of prompting. He is actually just starting to sign help without being asked, but it's rare.
His first speech appointment went pretty well, actually. We got in to the little room and his speech therapist Maria set up a little visual schedule for him with songs, play, and story on it. She tried to get Jackson engaged, and he liked the song and chose wheels on the bus by picking the picture of the bus from her board. He liked listening, but didn't do any of the hand gestures like he normally does with me. She would periodically turn the music off, and he would whine, and she would say to him "oooh, you want MORE" and show him the sign. He didn't actually sign it, but would smile when she said more.
After the song was over we played with this little ball game, where she was working on getting him engaged, working on following along when she would say "ready, set, GO" and then encouraging him to ask for help when he couldn't get the balls out himself. He did pretty well and let her get close to him and would bring the toy to me as his way of asking for help, and she encouraged me to wait him out for eye contact as well as the cue of bringing me the toy.
He wanted nothing to do with the book, so she decided that was okay and we could sign all done and be all done. Which Jackson was very happy about and headed right towards the door! He waved bye bye and we were off!
I blame being pregnant. Oh yeah, did I share on here that I'm pregnant?? 16 weeks, woooohoooo! First trimester was miserable, but I survived! Anyway, I have some catching up to do! I've finally edited all of January pictures of my kids, so we'll start there. One day I will share CURRENT pictures of them, but that day is not today. :)
We've sort of been keeping up with preschool pictures, but not every school day. Just when I remember! Here's a few from early January. Her outfits never cease to amaze me. :)
When the weather is nice, we wait outside for daddy, having stroller races and riding bikes.
And make silly faces, of course. You can barely see her face rash here, but trust me, it was there, and it is STILL here. We cannot figure out how to get rid of it!!
Our backyard is pretty much toddler heaven. Trampoline and sand box and bikes and balls and a playground... you can't go wrong.
These kids LOVE the swings. Well, I suppose all kids love swings. So we are pretty luck we have our very own swing set right in the back yard!
See that look below? That's his "I know you JUST told me not to throw dirt in the fountain, but I'm about to do it anyway" look...
It would appear that I only took a total of 6 preschool pictures of Riley in the month of January... oops. Better than none, right?
We went down to visit Aunt Jennie for a few days, and we went to the aquarium, which was a big hit!
And then on the way to dinner, we spotted this little trampoline jumping thing, and Riley REALLY wanted to do it. We thought she might be too little, but nope! She was so excited!!
Jacky boy is getting cuter by the day. I just want to scoop him up and keep him this little for a lot longer!!
Jackson is really in to art projects these days. He likes to scribble and paint and make a huge mess. He is totally going to be the kid that colors all over the walls and furniture, just you wait.
And Riley? Gosh she is just constantly blowing me away with how clever she is, and how much she wants to learn. She is dying to be able to read, she can write a bunch of words and can write the whole alphabet. She can read a TON of words, and wants to know what every word says, and how to spell everything, and she just wants to soak it all in! I love her little inquisitive mind!!
I think that catches us up for January! Up next, February, which I will hopefully get done before April begins :)
I haven't edited all his 2 year pictures, but I know if I don't get this update written, it's never getting done. So let's see what Jackson is up to at the age of TWO!!
Mr. Jacky boy is a crazy, fun, wild, energetic little dude. He loves to place chase, and run all around the house. He climbs and jumps and loves to ride scooters and bikes and going flying down his little roller coaster. He LOVES to be outside, and would stay outside all day. He loves playing with sand and water especially. He's into all things that have to do with cars and trains.
He is still not really talking, although just recently he has started to pick up more words and is trying to repeat things we ask him to say. Words he can say include: daddy, deal, eyes, ears "rowf" (for mouth), hair, no, yes, go, there, that, all done, and maybe some other ones I'm forgetting. He is extremely musical, and can hum so many different songs I can't even count them all. But it's a LOT.
He loves to dance and play with Riley. He has a temper, and he throws things when he gets mad. He's a biter, and is quick to try and bite Riley for the slightest indiscretion on her part. He does not love diaper changes, and no, he is nowhere near being potty trained. He still sleeps in his crib (and sleeps quite well in there!) and I don't plan on moving him in to a big bed in the near future. He is obsessed with his paci and his "gray gray" (little blue lovey blanket), and wants them anytime he is tired or upset.
He gives hugs and kisses, and loves to snuggle before nap/bedtime. He still absolutely adores his grandpa!! He still has all his food allergies (wheat, milk, eggs, peanuts, and cashews), and he has become a pretty picky eater. If he could, he would have a diet of only waffles, pancakes, sausages, french fries, and popcorn. Clearly we don't encourage that :) He is now in the 80th percentile for height, but only 30th percentile for weight. Tall and skinny! Maybe I should start feeding him more of his all time FAVE treat... marshmallows! The kid will do anything for some marshmallows!
He loves to help his daddy make coffee, and to help feed the dog. He gets SUPER excited to do either of those, and SUPER mad if Riley wants to help too. He loves playing with marbles and coins/piggy banks, and he's a master of the ipad these days. He loves Mickey Mouse, especially when his mama lets him come and snuggle in bed in the early morning and watch one episode. :) He loves coloring (although he must be watched closely as he is one to color all over the table, chairs.... pretty much any surface within his reach).
He hates having his nails cut, and HATES having his teeth brushed. It is an epic nightly battle. You would think he's getting tortured!! Every morning when he wakes up, he plays and sings in his crib for as much as an hour, before he stands up, throws all his blankets over the side, and starts jumping and chanting for me to come and get him. 95% of the time he wakes up in the best of moods!!
He is the most fun and spirited (and wild and crazy) little 2 year old boy I know!!
Tomorrow cannot be the first of February!! That means that next month, well, in one week, Jackson turns TWO. It can't be. This little guy cannot be two already!!
It also means that his train party is next weekend, and I have done NOTHING (aside from hire someone else to make a cake for him) to prepare for it. Nothing at all!! Looks like I'm going to have a busy next week!!
Also, I got a new computer, a desktop, so I'm sort of trying to get used to actually sitting at a desk to do things like blog, and edit pictures of my kids, etc. To be honest the lack of blogging has been simply due to the fact that my pictures are on my desktop, and I like to blog from my laptop sitting in bed. Eventually I'll figure it all out. Or stop being lazy. :)