Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Everytime we leave the doctor with a positive illness diagnosis, I always question myself. Did I wait too long to take him in? I thought it was a cold and I was giving him some time to kick it on his own. I feel like after 21 months of doing this, I should be able to tell when my child is sick and needing to see the doctor. Unfortunately, my usual tell-tale sign (Jacob acting clingy and overly fussy and whiny) has been ongoing for over a month, so I couldn't use that to identify his illness. He rarely gets a fever (I think when he had strep over a year ago was the last time he had a fever), he doesn't tug or mess with his ears, and he doesn't really slow down when he's sick...he's still go go go. I'll just have to keep watching and figure out some other signs.
In other news, we are doing better with the pappy. He hasn't gotten in outside of his bed in several days. Hopefully, once he's feeling better he'll quit whining for it altogether...we'll see.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
There are a lot of pictures this week as we headed out of town over the weekend (again!). We had some great photo opportunities in a different setting than Houston, so of course, I had to play around a bit. This time, the trip was a road trip to the hill country. We first headed to Belmont,TX for an outdoor party with friends. Jacob had a blast playing in a bounce house, throwing rocks in the river, and riding along on a hay ride. It was a beautiful day - perfect for a picnic. We then headed to Wimberley to visit with Great-Granddaddy and Gigi. It was nice to visit and spend the night at the ranch house. Even though the drive was only 2 hours to Belmont, and another hour to Wimberley, Jacob was not too happy to be riding in the car. As I've said before, he's not the best traveler. Lucky for us, once we are at our destination, he adjusts well and settles in quickly. Sleeping in a strange place doesn't seem to bother him. Now if only he would nap in the car (as we had hoped and planned on) - it would make the drive time easier. It makes me dread road trips in the future, which I am sure will be more abundant once we become a family of 4. Go here for the rest of this week's pictures.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
As every parent learns, every kid learns differently, at different times, and knows different things. One child knows the alphabet, another counts to 20, another can name every tool in the toolbox, and yet another knows 10 different body parts by the time he is 15 months (that would be Jacob!). As long as the child continues to learn and grow, he is doing exactly what he needs to be doing.
That being said, it is still my job as a mom to provide the best possible environment for learning. This is often times easier said than done. The key to teaching anything to anyone is to make it fun or relavant to that person. This is especially important with small children - especially one like my child with endless energy and little desire to sit still to listen and learn. I honestly have tried time and time again to teach Jacob "the basics" like letters, numbers, colors, shapes, etc. He often times is uninterested in what I have to show him. He would much rather play with his cars. So, we have had to become a little more creative. We are starting with 2 tactics to teach Jacob some of these basic skills, and, so far, they seem to be working.
First, is the bath. Jacob loves his bath and will stay in there for awhile, if we let him. So, we use this opportunity while he is in one place for a bit to work on his letters and numbers. He even seems excited to learn. He can now recognize and say about half of the letters and a few numbers with pretty good accuracy. When he sees the letters outside of the bath, he will often times point them out to me. It is amazing to me.
The second tactic is to use Jacob's obsession with cars/trucks/buses, etc. We count cars to help with the counting skill and name the colors of the cars to help learn colors. This newest trick is only a few days old, so he hasn't learned much yet, but I think it will work. For now, everything is blue. :) We'll keep you posted on our progress on this one.
It is funny what kids pick up. Jacob may not count or sing his ABCs, but he sure knows his animals, forms of transportation(cars! trucks! jeeps! airplanes!, etc), and food. Can you guess what his interests are?
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The wonderful lovey you see here is Jacob's. He received it as a baby from Papa, and it became his favorite and the one he sleeps with all the time. Over the past month or so, he has become even more attached to "dog" and wants to take him everywhere. I don't mind, really, except that it is the only one we have, and the more places he goes, the higher the probability the dog gets lost or destroyed. As every parent learns (often times too late), it is always good to have 2 of the lovey your child becomes attached to, because God Forbid, it should get lost or torn or misplaced, etc. Unfortunately for us, we didn't realize how attached Jacob would get to this little dog (he had several different loveys to choose from), and once we figured it out, Carters no longer made this style and it was impossible to buy a new one. I've searched Ebay and have been able to find another one, but they have been $40+ and used. I don't mind buying a used one as a backup (after all what are washing machines for?) but I don't want to spend $40. So...my request to any of you - if you find this particular lovey anywhere, please let me know. I would love to get another!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Today - I finally revealed the blog to many of my family and friends. So, for those of you reading this for the first time, welcome. I hope to keep up this blog weekly, at the very least, and hopefully more. Time and energy levels will determine the frequency at this point. If you scroll down, you'll see a more detailed entry about the wedding travel woes, but I'll leave this little post as it mentions Jacob's "side" of the wedding fun.
This week involved another trip for Jacob. This time, he traveled with Mom and Grandma to Atlanta for a dear friend's wedding. The flights were pretty good for Jacob both coming and going. I wish I could say the same for our luggage, which was delayed overnight, wreaking some havoc on our first night. The wedding was Jacob's first to attend. He wasn't too happy when I left him to participate in the ceremony, but once reunited with me, he was excited to run all over the place during the reception. He seemed to enjoy himself, as did I. He started to get tired at one point and sat quietly in my lap. But after a 30 min rest, he got his second wind and was ready to run again. I only wish I had half of his energy.
As is the case when we return from many of our trips, Jacob was a bit crabby and tired for a couple of days, but that tends to happen when a kid with a pretty routine schedule gets off that schedule for a few days. With all of the traveling he has done lately, he is starting to recover a bit faster. He did sleep great this week, taking 3 hour naps for the past 4 days and sleeping solid for nearly 12 hours. Ahhh...the life of a toddler. Go here to see the rest of the week's pictures.