20 months

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By the time you read this, Jack is now 20 and 1/2 months. This series of photos shows the many sides and personalities of Jack and some of the things we’ve been up to! Lets explore each photograph, shall we?

1. Jack is obsessed with drinking out of mama and dada’s glasses and cups. For the most part, he’s really good at it but if you turn your head away for a second there is a lovely little puddle on the floor next to him, and Jack then holding out the glass saying “more, more, more!”

2. Jack had his first visit to the zoo this month. He loved it! He really loved all the manholes, gates, rocks, and benches! The animals, even the giraffes and elephants did not seem to blow him away. What can you do!

3. Jack is crabby for 10 minutes after he wakes up from a nap sometimes. And he is still cute. That’s all.

4. I put his toy chest behind this loveseat for a couple weeks. We really had a lot of fun climbing over it and pretend falling onto the floor. We did this for hours. Try it!

5. One of my faves this month. When I want jack to look up, I say “look Jack, there’s a bird on my head!” It works every time.

6. Jack now can crawl back up these windy slides and flys down them. He’s mastering the playground and making some friends there too!

7. Grandma B gave Jack this hat. He will not wear it longer than a few seconds but soooo cute!

8. “That!” “This!” “Go that way!” “No, this way!” Yep, he’s pretty bossy. Pointing and telling me which way to go. Even from his car seat, trying to give directions! Amazing!

9. Jack loves his daddy but he might love watching his daddy mow the lawn even more. (Heart melting)

10. One day Jack took Cookie Monster everywhere with him. He liked sitting on this chair and hugging him. Just this one day. Funny kid.

11. Jacks favorite way to watch a cartoon? On my iPhone. Yo gabba gabba and Dora the explorer are new faves.

12. If I haven’t mentioned it before, Jack loves money! In a hotel room on our road trip he hides money around the room, like a squirrel hiding nuts!

13. At the wedding. Running free, loving life.

14. Jack has not been in a pool yet. It didn’t happen this day either. He splashed in some puddles though!

15. I just like this photo because it reminds me of the times of calm and contentment during our road trip.

16. At a campground in Wyoming at sunrise. Jack still so curious and exploring every corner, nook and cranny.

It was a great summer. Short. But overall pretty great. It’s so nice to be able to do more with jack. I hope to post more pics from the summer soon. I am having major problems with my laptop and am going to take it in to get looked at. Hang in there. We’ll be back! Xoxo.

19 months

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Hello everyone! Sorry we’ve been gone so long! We’ve been having a busy summer here. Long walks, beaches, playgrounds, parks, bike rides and one trip up north. We are getting ready for our big road trip to Montana on Wednesday. “Here we go go go go on an adventure!”(A cat and the hat reference. You know when you get a song stuck in your head all day long. yeah, well that only happens to me now with cartoon jingles.) We are going to try and camp on the way there too. Yep, Jacks going to “rough it” for the first time. Should be fun. Anyway, Jack is growing growing growing, building his vocabulary daily (including “oh shit”!), loving buckles and money (coins) and lawnmowers. Yah, he’s normal. He’s not the best or cleanest eater and he throws tantrums here and there but when he’s that darn cute I forget all too quick. Here’s to 19 months (belated) Jack!

18 months

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Wow. 1.5 years old. It was a cool and overcast day, but that wasn’t going to stop us from celebrating. We headed down to Grant park beach to run around and play. Jack is saying new words everyday. He starting to form words together. He is running and marching and stomping and dancing. All the time. He is a little stinker sometimes too. A little sneaky. I can’t keep up with him. He is so quick and smart and cute and oh so loveable. Well, most of the time. Dada and Jack are making lots of noise downstairs. I better go keep an eye on those two. Happy half birthday Jack. xoxo.

16 MONTHS

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The light came in beautifully yesterday morning in our hotel in Thorp, WI. As I was changing Jack he kept running away from me and began acting silly right in this spot in the light against the white wall. I dove for the camera, of course. I can see how Eli and I are rubbing off on Jack. He is as silly as we are and he loves to laugh. As funny as he is, he is also quite mischievous and therefore we must always keep a close eye on our little sneakster. Happy 16 months you silly little monkey.

15 MONTHS

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up, down, up, down. Jack loves stairs!

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Look at all those teeth! Jack now has 12 teeth.

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Jack found his belly button and loves to rub his tummy when he watches cartoons.

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Jack likes his little giraffe tricycle. Especially standing on one foot on the seat. Join the circus already!

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Jack loves diving into blankets on the bed. And rolling over bodies! Over and over again.

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Jack loves PBS cartoons and really loves the sesame street song.

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“mom…..” He likes to say mom and dada and oh no and uh-oh and down, rarar (cracker), ba-bye, baby, wawa, nighnigh and lots of grunting and pointing.

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we stand and watch the schoolbuses on the couch. “THE SCHOOLBUSES ARE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!” I say with great enthusiasm.

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Jack is a natural born dancer. Happy 15 months Jack! xoxo

THE BLOG TURNS ONE!

Happy Anniversary Sweet baby Jack turned This is the home that Jack built! The blog celebrates one year and 130 posts of documenting Jack’s journey through photos and future memories. Thanks to all of you who read and comment on the blog. You keep me going! But most of all, cheers to my muse, my love, my sweet baby Jack. Here’s a look back on the last year. Cheers. xoxo. 

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If you want to read the first post, here’s the link: First post.

13 MONTHS

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13 MONTHS. JACK IS OFFICIALLY A TODDLER. HE IS GROWING UP SO FAST. AND HE KEEPS GETTING CUTER AND CUTER! HIS VOCABULARY IS EXPANDING TOO. JACK SAYS “UH-OH” WHEN SOMETHING DROPS OR FALLS. “WAWA” FOR HIS WATER CUP. “ALL DONE” WHEN HE IS FINISHED EATING. HE OFTEN SINGS IT TOO. AAAAAAALLLLLL DONE!  “DA” FOR DOWN OR DOWNSTAIRS. “DA, DA, DA…” REPEATEDLY WHEN HE IS EXCITED. LIKE WHEN HE CRAWLS UP THE STAIRS. HE IS FASCINATED BY THE TOILET. LOVES WATCHING ANYTHING MUSICAL. LIKES TO SIT IN LAPS AND READ BOOKS AND TURN PAGES. HE LIKES EATING THEM TOO. HE LOVES KITCHEN UTENSILS AND LIKES TO SWEEP THE KITCHEN. HIS FAVORITE BREAKFAST IS SCRAMBLED EGGS AND FAVORITE DINNER IS RISOTTO. HE LIKES SHUTTING DOORS. OPENING CABINETS. PRESSING THE WRONG BUTTONS. GRABBING CORDS. HE LOVES BATHS AND SITTING IN HIS TOY CHEST. HE LIKES DRAGGING HIS BATH TOWEL OR A BLANKET OR DIRTY LAUNDRY AROUND THE HOUSE OVER HIS SHOULDER. HE WANTS MY COFFEE. HE WANTS MY PHONE. HE WANTS MY GLASSES. HE WANTS, WELL, EVERYTHING.

WE HAVE SEVERE CABIN FEVER. WITH TEMPERATURES BELOW 0 MOST OF THE MONTH, WE’VE BEEN CONFINED FOR DAYS, WEEKS AT A TIME. WE DO THE BEST WE CAN. BUT BOY OH BOY, I HAVE NEVER DREAMED OF SUMMER MORE THAN I DO NOW. SOON ENOUGH, I HOPE THE GROUNDHOG SEES HIS SHADOW. OR IS IT THE OTHER WAY AROUND? UNTIL THEN…WISH US LUCK IN THIS POLAR VORTEX WE ARE IN. OVER AND OUT. XOXO, ERIKA AND JACK

JACK’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

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Jack is now one years old!We had a little party for him on Sunday. Family, friends, tacos and cake! Jack had a little ice cream too for the first time. There was a big packer game on that afternoon so the party ended right on time. After everyone left I noticed someone wrote a poem with nearly all the foodie poetry magnets. Unbelievable! Was that you Hana? Way to go! I love it. It was a nice party and to you sweet Jack, happy happy 1st birthday! xoxo

ONE

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Happy Birthday bumbao, bummy, turkey, peanut, hun-bun, little man, knucklehead, sweetheart! Happy Birthday Jack! You are so funny and outgoing and your smile brightens my day. We love you to the moon and back.

Teeth: 7, 4on top, 3 on bottom

Favorite toys: belts, laptop cords, i phone, broom and dustpan, tinker toys, ottomans, chairs, the bigger the object, the better!

favorite games: peek a boo, hide and seek, raspberries on tummy, superman flying, where’s jack?, building blocks, dipping things, climbing into boxes

favorite foods: cheerios, bananas, eggs, potatoes, chicken and vegetable mash, pancakes, he’ll eat anything really!

favorite music: he likes everything from mary j blige and sheryl crow to run dmc to slayer and ghost.

words: mama, dada, nighnigh, hi , lots of babble

loves: bathtime, lights (throwing his arms toward any lamp or light fixture), looking out the window, dancing, sneaking into other rooms (loves the bathroom! wants to put everything in the toilet!)

Birthday party this sunday. Lots of pics to come. Also, the blog will be getting a little facelift soon. Exciting! Its a new year! And my four goals update coming this week too. Will I/have I completed them? stay tuned….

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas all! These were taken at a mall in Helena, Montana during our recent vacation. Jack met Santa and his two amazing carnies. Santa was pretty nice though, smelled like whiskey and as you can see, he is very enthusiastic about his job. Tee hee…. Hope everyone’s holiday was wonderful. We had a great family party here last night and went to grandma B’s today. Wow. It was one year ago today, I went into labor. Our little Jack turns one tomorrow. We’re so lucky. And we’re so busy! Jack is having a party this weekend. Lots of pics to come….xoxo.

p.s. Jack (happy early 1st birthday sweetheart)