15 Months Old

Well well well. Look who’s 15 months old??

I think this face says it all.

Jake, some describing words for you would include:

fun, mischievous, giggly, serious, hard-headed, strong-willed, dramatic, goofy, bull in a china closet, determined, stubborn, loving, attached, opinionated, lover of the outdoors, daredevil…

Just to name a few :)

Today we had your 15 month check up and your stats were:

Weight: 20 lbs 15 oz (10th percentile…you jumped up from the 3rd percentile – yea!)
Length: 30 inches (10-25th percentile)
Head Circumference: I forgot to ask but all measurements indicated boy genius.

You are becoming quite the communicator. Some of your words include: mama, dada, ball, shoe, socks, dog, Tucker (Tuh-tur), uh oh, and bubble (buh-buh).

Disclaimer – a stranger on the street might not be able to recognize all of these, but we can!

You also understand so much, it blows our minds! You are picking up on the order of things…for example…

- we go to the bathtub after dinner
- we go to the highchair when we wake up (this is critical…you get pretty upset if you don’t eat first thing in the morning!)
- we turn off the sound machine when we wake up/turn it on when we go to bed
- we put our shoes on after our socks
- we go outside after we put on our shoes (well, not always but that’s what you’d like to think)

You can also understand phrases like “let’s button your pants!”…you’ll look down at the pants button and walk over to me. It amazes me how far you’ve come since you turned 1 year and I cannot even imagine all that you’ll be doing by the time your little brother/sister arrives!

I’m hoping you’ll be potty trained, feeding yourself, and showering on your own. K?

We’ve also started working on eating with utensils. You do great if the food is already on the fork or spoon and can put it in your mouth. It’s still a little difficult for you to figure out HOW to get food on the utensils but you try your darndest. You use both your left and right hand for most things and the doctor said it’d be a couple more years before we know which hand is dominant.

You love to eat: blueberries, hot dogs, mac & cheese, milk, any kind of dessert, frozen fruit, grilled cheese, beans, mom & dad’s cereal, any kind of starch, Nutri-Grain bars, chicken nuggets.

You don’t love to eat: vegetables (you eat a good serving of vegetables maybe once every couple of weeks. sigh)

You have just started to wear some 12-18 month sized clothes but are still mostly in 12 month (or 6-12 month from some places) and wear size 4 shoes and diapers.

You still think your Daddy is the best because he rough-houses with you way better than Mama. You love being thrown up in the air, tickled, and other things that would probably make me dizzy!

You are a joy and we are so looking forward to what 2011 will bring. Becoming a big brother, your 2nd birthday, starting preschool, better communication, and other big boy things. Brings a tear to my eye, kid. :)

Happy New Year!

Today we celebrated the new year by cooking a 10 pound ham that Seth got as a Christmas gift from work.

Money would’ve also worked but I suppose the ham will have to do.

We invited Jessie & Andrea (two of my college roommates) and their families over for lunch…and if you’re wondering, we didn’t make a dent in that ham! But we had a great time with everyone and stuffed ourselves silly. Mostly due in part to the au gratin potatoes I made. And these weren’t just any ol’ au gratin potatoes. They were the Pioneer Woman’s recipe. So you know that means butter, heavy cream, and other things that clog arteries.

Since so many people start the new year with a resolution to lose weight, I thought I’d go ahead and post the recipe I used today :) It is so worth the pounds that may result.

Perfect Potatoes Au Gratin


4 whole Russet Potatoes, Scrubbed Clean
2 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
1-½ cup Heavy Cream
½ cups Whole Milk
2 Tablespoons Flour
4 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
1 teaspoon Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Freshly Grated

Preparation Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Smear softened butter all over the bottom of a baking dish.
Slice potatoes, then cut slices into fourths.
In a separate bowl, whisk together cream, milk, flour, minced garlic, salt, and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.
Place 1/3 of the potatoes in the bottom of the baking dish. Pour 1/3 of the cream mixture over the potatoes.
Repeat this two more times, ending with the cream mixture. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown and really bubbling. Add grated cheese to the top of the potatoes and bake for 3 to 5 more minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Allow to stand for a few minutes before serving by the spoonful. Delicious!