Lately…

I feel like Jake has already fallen under the trap of second child syndrome. Which is a wonder, considering he’s the first child. But I just haven’t been in the blogging mood lately and unfortunately have not documented our life very well the past couple months either. Don’t act like you haven’t noticed. But I reeeallly want to put more of an effort into this, especially before Baby #2 arrives, so hopefully 2011 brings lots of energy for me!

I’ll do a 15 month post for Jake in January but for now, here is what he’s been up to…
Feeding Tucker his snacks, of course. We’ve had several issues lately regarding Jake wanting to “share” his food. He gets so excited when the dogs want to eat his goldfish, chicken nuggets, sandwich, fruit, etc etc and sometimes spends more time making sure the dogs are fed and forgets about himself. He also likes to make sure they have equal amounts of food in their dog bowls. I am not joking. Tucker gets 2 cups and Maggie gets 1.5 for each meal…Jake takes food out of Tucker’s bowl and puts more in Maggie’s, bless his heart. Or he’ll just transfer the food to the floor for easier access? The dogs just stand there and let him run all over them. We are blessed to have such laid back pets!!

Jake still really isn’t into TV, but he likes sitting in his chair and holding old remote controls. In this picture, the TV wasn’t even on. He’ll occasionally sit for the opening song of Sesame Street but then gets distracted by the potpourri bowl on the coffee table…or toys in the other room…or dogs…or _________ (fill in the blank).

We have since nixed this activity of playing with our glass spices (amateur mom over here!) but everything gets stacked and sorted these days. Notice his tower of spice jars. MegaBloks are one of his more favorite toys (Daddy’s too) and he loves to build and build. It’s funny seeing his little mind work and how creative he can get. He’ll try to stack lotion or vitamin bottles in my bathroom, toys in the bathtub, etc and it’s fun watching him figure out what does and doesn’t work.

Jake also understands so many words and it’s exciting to see him respond (correctly) to things like…”Go get your blanket!” or “Let’s take a bath!”. He’ll search all over the house until he can find his blanket…stand at the bathtub and wait…go to his highchair when you say it’s time to eat, and so on. I just have to be really careful when I throw out “Daddy”. There have been a couple times I’ve accidentally said “Daddy’s on his way home!” and then Jake will stand at the garage door and eventually start crying if he doesn’t show up. So I’ve learned to call Seth and ask where he is before I mention the “D” word. :)

A couple weeks ago, I thought it’d be constructive to make a gingerbread house. Again, amateur mom. In my head, I imagined how it would go…

Jake would sit nicely at the table and watch Mommy put together the gingerbread house, occasionally gasping at my stellar arts & crafts skills and being so very grateful when I let him have a piece of candy.

Instead, we had…

A mess. That I did not prepare very well for.

Needless to say, he loved the gingerbread house…just not in the way I anticipated!

Jake loves riding his little tractor around. He straddles the seat and actually walks around, dragging the tractor with him. Hey, whatever works!


And never fear, he doesn’t look quite this punk rocker-ish anymore. I decided to give him an impromptu haircut during his bath last week. Smart and safe, I know. But we were growing a mullet any redneck would rival and something had to be done ASAP. So I took off about 2 inches in the back (2 inches people. The hair was well past his neckline.) and an inch in the front. I think we will be having a professional do this in the future…

Phew, I feel better!

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