Monday, August 17, 2009

"He get it from his mamma..."

So what do you think???

And as promised..... are more picutres from our day with Alayna!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Happy Half-Birthday!!

Jackson is 6 months old!!
He weighs 17lbs 15oz (60th percentile) and is 29 in. long (>97th percentile-off the charts). I can't believe he's already that old!
I have been slacking, once again, but I was waiting to get his 6-month pictures before I wrote this post. My friend Alayna , who is an interior designer by day and a start-up photographer by night, (literally, she has taken 2 classes) came over to "practice"on Jackson and as you can see, she did a wonderful job! She also came over this morning and took more pictures( those will be posted in a week or so). I am so grateful she was able to do this and she is incredibly talented.....thanks again Alayna!!
On another note, since I'm not much of the scrap -booking type ( I know, you are all shocked), blogging is the "creatively-challenged" way of keeping a good record of your child's life. So the following is a brief overview of Jackson's first 6 months:
The first two weeks of your life you were a breeze. You napped all day and actually slept pretty well at night. You were a very calm baby.......And then the 3-week marker hit and I wondered what happened to my sweet-easy baby.......from weeks 3 to 10, while you were awake, all you did was SCREAM and CRY! That's right, ALL THE TIME. Not an exaggeration at all, ask anyone who came over to let me escape. I had no idea what to do and nothing really seemed to help and trust me, we tried EVERYTHING, driving around in the car (which you hated your car seat so that didn't work), singing to you, feeding you (yes, you even screamed when you ate-so we tried reflux medicine), going on walks in the stroller (again the car seat problem), and the biggest kicker of REFUSED to take a pacifier.I truly had no idea what to do. Unfortunately at night, from about 6:30-10, it got worse and you would only stop if your daddy or I would walk around with you. Many "discussions" occurred over who's turn it was to walk around with you :)Needless to say the first couple months were pretty rough.
3 months:
Then thank God for the the 3 month mark! The screaming slowly subsided and you actually became more enjoyable to be around, (I know the truth kind of hurts). Your latest "curveball" you threw me: cat-naps. That's right, good-bye to the long 2-4 hour naps and hello to the world of 30-minute "power naps" , which only took place in the swing because that's the ONLY place you would nap. By the way, that began at 8 weeks and that took some getting used to. At 11 weeks, you were moved to your room and the first week I was a bit anxious about it, but you did great. Oh, I forgot to mention, you loved being swaddled.....your Mimza and Pa-paw used to tell me I had you in a straight-jacket, but you loved it. And your daddy used to joke that you would be swaddled until you were 16 years old. Of course that won't be the case because at about 5 1/2 months you decided you were finished with the swaddle.
4-5 months:
By 4 months you were beginning to roll-over and becoming more active. You loved your play-mat and started to notice the dogs more. You started eating rice cereal and then moved very smoothly to fruits and veggies. So far, there's not a thing you won't eat! At this point you have been wearing 6-month clothes for a while and you are in size 3 diapers. Still, you are napping in your swing, but only for the 30-min power naps and also you are starting to hate your car seat less! We noticed you LOVE to be around people and are quite the idea where you get this from :). So we attend many play- dates and love when visitors come for the weekend.
6 months:
So here we are at the half-year mark. You are getting bigger by the month and starting to really be a lot of fun! You wear 6-9 month and 6-12 month clothes. You roll over like a pro and sit up all by yourself. No crawling yet, but you have started to scoot backwards a couple times. You spend a lot of time in your exersaucer (thank God for whoever invented that thing) and you also sit on the floor and play with toys. Most babies are glued to the t.v. if a Baby Einstein is on, but not you, you are hooked to the tube when baseball is on. YES!!! Something mommy and daddy BOTH love to watch! You sit in a high chair when we go out to eat and still LOVE "real"food. Duke and Kaycee (the dogs) make you laugh and you smile all the time. You are only fussy when you are tired, and believe it or have decided to take naps that are 1-2 hours long AND you take them in your crib!!!!! This has been a life-saver for me. You also really enjoy going on walks and sleep with a blue crotchet blanket. Here's something else that surprises me, you take a pacifier now! I don't know where this came from, but it has helped us both a lot. Your first tooth is coming through on the bottom-right side and so far, teething hasn't been too bad.....knock on wood. You have also been ear-ache free and we still don't know what color your eyes are.
So that's what we know about you so far Jackson Rew. We started out a little rocky but are now having fun and getting into the swing of things! We love you and can't wait to see what the next 6 months brings!!