Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Reading is FUNdamental

Jen insisted I title this post as you see above because she remembered an "ad campaign from the 80s to make kids want to read." Kind of nerdy, but it turns out the program is still around! Pretty funny.

If you know Jack, you know how essential reading is to his day. From first thing in the morning to his tuck-in at night, Jack wants his books! It's a great way to spend time with the boy, and he's extremely attentive to his stories. He examines the pages left-to-right and turns them one at a time. He's been turning the pages for practically as long as we've been reading to him.

Jack has a small bookcase that stores most of his books, and he fetches the ones he wants you to read and brings them over to you. Sometimes-- like this morning-- he gets a book and hunts you down (I was in the kitchen) and basically insists that it is time to read.

Jack also will pull out a book on his own. Enjoy the video below to see our little guy in action.

UPDATE: For some reason, this video isn't loading correctly. You can click here to view it in another window until Google gets their act together. (Yes, I just blamed Google. How could it be my fault?)

Friday, September 26, 2008

15 months!

Jack turned 15 months old today. We decided he officially became a little boy last weekend when we visited Jen's family in Ohio and Jack got his first official haircut.

From First Haircut and Lake Erie
What a little champ! Jen, Grandma Debbie and Steve all took Jack to see Joe at the barber shop in Vermilion shortly after our arrival. Jack had a great time and didn't fuss our try to jump down off the booster seat. With his wispy hair trimmed up, he graduated from babyhood to boyhood.

Another part of becoming a little boy is falling down once in a while and learning to get back up again. Jack took a little spill on our front stoop the day before we left for Ohio. He bit his lip and scraped his chin on the brick. This happened on Dad's watch and I was pretty upset about it. After a bit of crying, Jack contentedly sucked on a piece of ice wrapped in a paper towel and calmed down. Before long, he was ready to play again. Jack gives us so many reasons to be proud of him.
First Haircut and Lake Erie

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

So many steps!

Where have we been? Many apologies for how long it's taken to update the site with the latest and greatest from Jack's world. Now that he's walking, it's a whole new ballgame. It takes a lot of energy to chase your little boy around!
From Summah Fun
This summer was a blast. We spent a lot of time on the playground, in the backyard with our little inflatable swimming pool, and playing with the neighbor kids. Jack has a great disposition and really enjoyed all the activity that comes with sunny days and blue skies.

We had one hiccup this summer. Jack got a pretty nasty cold that lasted-- as promised by the doc-- 10 days before it finally cleared up. The poor kid was miserable with congestion and lost his appetite. Mom and dad were frantic keeping him hydrated and attempting to interest him in food. The one bright spot was that he managed to sleep through every night-- even on nights when he woke up briefly with coughing or sneezing fits. Such a little champ!

Enjoy the collection of pics from the album below.
Summah Fun