today i am…


we have put 6 months behind us already- can you believe it?? here's to many, many more!

I promise to try and refrain from saying this every month from now on (aside from maybe when Jay turns a year old) but seriously where does the time go?!?!?!  6 months- my baby is 6 months old, how can that be?  Honestly, the time flies by so quickly but I LOVE this age so much!!  Jay is on the verge of being mobile but isn’t quite yet, he is really developing his personality, is curious about everything right now and is just so much fun to be around; I am constantly thanking God and my wonderful husband that I am lucky enough to be home every day to watch Jay discover the world around him.  Seriously, it doesn’t get any better than this!

Somethings of note:

*Jay is constantly rolling right now.  Regardless of where this child is placed he definitely does not end up in the same place!  He flips to his belly (which he has been doing for quite a while now) frequently to hang out and play.  He can also flip the other way, belly to back, which is more of a new development.

*Everything in any one’s hand or within reach of our little Jay Bird is fair game as far as he is concerned.  I continue to drink out of cups with lids and have gotten very strategic about doing anything while holding him.

*Jay is endlessly curious; right now the world around him couldn’t be more fascinating!  He must have/touch/hold/eat everything that he sees right now(see the comment above), he is constantly looking around and taking everything in.  It is so much fun to watch him discover the world and all of the new things around him.

*He has been sitting unassisted for a while now.  It started as more of a tri-pod type motion; however, he can now sit by himself for a short period of time- mainly while he is playing with his toys.  He can even sit up most of the way on his own; he can sit up from a semi-reclined position but he hasn’t gotten down how to stabilize himself enough to stay there when he gets up.

*Jay has been eating solid foods for a full month now.  He started on Rice Cereal which he really took to; so much so that I called the Doctor to ask if we could give him more.   We were told that we could give him as much as he would take (which was at least two big bowls a day).  Just a word to the wise, rice cereal is constipating for babies especially in large amounts- do you see where this is going… Jamie and I had a fussy non-pooping child for 6 days because of the cereal- consider yourself warned!  It was not a very fun few days and Jay was really upset but we did get to try out apple juice because of it and have continued to give him other foods to help with this “problem”.  Right now he isn’t a huge fan of any fruits on their own, we have tired pears and peaches, but he does love them when they are mixed with his oatmeal.  I also must add that the peaches are preferred above the pears so I can still claim him as my child :-)

*Sleeping, things are much better on this front right now.  He has slept through the night a few times and even a few nights in a row, he is also napping pretty well a few times a day.  Nothing is consistent nor regular; however, the important thing here is that he can sleep through the night and therefore there is light at the end of a long tunnel.

*Our little guy is ticklish! Under the armpits and under the neck especially but he does have a few other “spots” as well.  It you get him at just the right spot he will reward you with a full out belly laugh.

Likes:

*We are loving our stroller rides right now.  Regardless of the heat, Jay loves to be outside cruising the neighborhood.

*Books- Jay has continued to love being read to.  Jamie and I started very, very early with him on this and he still loves it.  He will look at the pictures and follow along while you read; it adorable!  Currently his favorite is Hand, Hand, Fingers Thumb; thanks to Mary Beth and Sean for the wonderful gift.  He knows the cover by sight and gets the biggest smile whenever he sees it and we start to read.

*Watching his puppy and kitties- Jay constantly watches the animals in the house.  He looks for them in places where he knows they will be and watches them intently whenever they are around.

*His Jumper- seriously our kid can jump!  It’s like a switch is flipped when he is put into the jumper; he immediately starts jumping and go’s and go’s until he is taken out.  He has gone for 45minutes at a time before, I am not kidding when I say he loves it.  He especially loves if you play hide and seek with him while he is in the jumper- that trick is sure to turn on his giggle box!

*Clapping-  Jay loves when people clap.  Without fail, if he is getting fussy and I can’t hold him right at that very moment (I am starting supper, etc) he will start smiling and laughing when I clap my hands for him.  He also really likes people who talk with their hands…

*Singing songs with hand motions.  His favorite of my complete repertoire is anything that also has a hand motion along with the song; The Itsy Bitsy Spider, If You’re Happy and You Know It… actually I usually make up motions to any songs that I sing since he likes it so much- I am sure it’s comical to all that watch.

Dislikes:

*Sunglasses- I had to think long and hard to fill in this category since he is a pretty happy boy as long as his belly is full and he is well rested.  However, he doesn’t really like when people wear sunglasses.  It’s almost like he can’t figure out who you are when you are wearing them, he just kind of stares at you funny until you get the hint and move them.

just hanging out while Mama prepped for his shoot

lazy sunday

We had a wonderful weekend spent in the company of good friends along with some time to sit back and enjoy some time together. We have been so busy lately that yesterday was nothing short of blissful!  Jamie, Jay and I just hung out and it was great!!

The three of us probably spent close to an hour lounging, tickling and laughing in the bed.  I LOVED every minute of it!!  So glad I had my camera with me…

yup that's a fan blade behind him- he is indeed hanging upside down in this picture

Love, love, love these next few of Jamie and Jay!!

a preview

from our weekend…

I didn’t get to take too many pictures this weekend when Jay was being baptized but I did pull out my camera and grabbed a few while Mimi, Pepere and Daddy were dressing him in the family gown.  I am so glad that I did because I think that this may be one of my favorites from the day.  I will post more from this wonderful day soon!

such a big boy

It seems like every time I turn around these days Jay is doing something that makes me stop and think- wow, he’s getting so big!!  I know that he is getting closer to 6 months old but does he have to grow up so quickly??

Some of his new tricks include… (sorry, but I don’t have photos of them all)

Picking up his paci and putting it in his mouth (most of the time he even gets it in the correct way!)

Rolling over from his tummy to his back- I know that he was supposed to roll this way first but what can I say our kiddo is unique ;-)

Reaching for just about anything you have or anything that he wants.  This also causes him to “flip” out of any lap or boppy he is sitting in; it really is good that I have cat like reflexes.

Entertaining/playing by himself.

Sitting up on his own.

Playing in his bed after waking up from a nap.  Yesterday, when I went to get him from his nap I walked into to see this…

he was talking, playing (with Jenny and his blanket) and pushing up so far on his hands that I thought he would get up on his hands and knees.  It won’t be long now until that happens since he can already get his knee up pretty far.  He also does not stay where you put him anymore; his head was at the other end of his bed when he went to sleep…

Holding his own bottle.

Opening wide for a spoonful of cereal- it took him a few days to really get used to this whole “food” thing (we had to dance and jump around to get him to smile and open up) but now he is eating like a champ!  He will open really wide when he sees the spoon coming.  He has gotten so good that we have increased the amount of food we give him from 1tbsp to 2tbps, he would gobble down the one tbsp and be looking for more (Daddy’s hollow leg was indeed inherited).

I am loving every minute with him right now; seriously can’t get enough of his cuteness!!

bowl full of mush

Last Tuesday night (06-29) Jamie and I decided to try giving Jay rice cereal.  At our last Doctor’s visit the Doctor recommended trying it sometime after he turned 5 moths old so he could get used to eating and having food put in his mouth.  Up until this point he has been exclusively breast fed via the bottle or the milk truck (Daddy’s really sweet nickname for me) so I wasn’t sure how he would take to it but he did fabulously!  The first couple of bites came straight back out but as soon as he got the hang of it he was putting it down the hatch rather quickly, all the while giggling and laughing.  I may have to take this back later but I think that he has inherited our taste buds and isn’t going to be that picky of an eater.  I know for sure that he has already inherited his Daddy’s appetite…

some pre-supper entertainment while Mommy got the camera ready
hey, what's that?
first bite
not so sure about it yet
more please!
got the hang of this stuff and lovin' it now!!
Dolce is never far from the action...
a very full and happy boy!