big fright by a little bird

**To begin with- nothing happened to Jay, he’s fine completely!  I realized when I looked at the first draft title  (big fright by a little guy) that people would think I was talking about Jay so I changed “guy” to “bird” and realized that too wouldn’t distinguish it any better.  So instead of spending tons of time trying to figure out a different title I am just going to add the disclaimer upfront.**

This morning while playing with Jay and following his little-crawling-self around the house I heard a huge thud on come from the kitchen.  It sounded like when the cats chase lizards on the other side of windows so I was curious to see what they had found.  However, what I saw instead was no kitties in the kitchen at but a little bird flapping upside down on the ground outside like a maniac.  This of course freaked me out and I went to get my phone to message Jamie asking what to do.  By the time I sent the first message he had flipped himself over and squished himself up close to the window so I couldn’t see him very well unless I went outside (which I wasn’t going to do with a dog and a baby at my feet).  So I just sent another message to Jamie.  Well Blackberry messenger was especially slow this morning and he didn’t get any of the messages until 30 minutes later when I sent another after putting Jay to bed and hoping that the bird would fly away on his own (he hadn’t).  At this point Jamie got the messages and gave me a call- bless him because I was really starting to worry and freak out.  While talking to Jamie I went outside to get a picture of it to send to him and when I did this the little guy kind of came out of his daze and started to look around frantically.  Before I could snap a picture he took off and landed in the closest tree.  He was flying pretty shakily and landed low in a tree right above our neighbors cat (I scared the kitty away) so I figured he wasn’t all the way back to normal.  So I went back inside to grab a big camera (not my phone) to snap a few pictures and wait until he flew again.  He did and all is well with the world again.

Here’s a picture of my little trouble maker.  Not sure what he is, anybody have an idea?

wordless wednesday (kinda)

**Update: Since I have been asked multiple times if these pictures were staged I wanted to say that they weren’t.  I took these a few weeks or so ago prior to Mimi sending me a few of Jamie around Jay’s age and couldn’t get over the similarities between the four pictures.

stats

I realized earlier today that I had forgotten to go back and add Jay’s stats into the last post.  I guess that’s what I get for trying to write the post while he was napping…

I have updated them below but here they are as well.

Height: 27 inches- no change from last month, although I really thought he was getting longer

Weight: 17lbs and 6oz- not much of a change although I am pretty sure he is getting heavier too, Jamie says it’s muscle gain

Headed to bed now, both Jamie and I need to have an early lights out tonight.

today i am…

8 Months Old!!

Last night after dinner I said to Jamie “I can’t believe that Jay is going to be 8 months old tomorrow!” to which he replied “Can you remember what it was like before we had him?”  I said “No” and he agreed.  It is so funny how much he has changed us and how we have grown together as a family in such a short amount of time.  I don’t remember what life was like without my sweet little Jay Bird in it and that’s okay because it just keeps getting better with him here.

Stats:

Length: 27 inches (no change from last month)

Weight: 17lbs 6 oz

Teeth: 6- four on top that all came at once and two on the bottom, maybe we’ll get a little break now

Hair: Still red, growing like crazy and starting to curl!  It flips out over his ears just like his Daddy’s

Things of Note:

*Jay is now completely mobile and fast!  I can put him down on the ground and less than a minute later he is off and moving, sometimes he’s already in the next room.  He isn’t always a fast crawler.  Sometimes he stops frequently to look at and take in the newest surroundings.

*He has just started pulling up on things.  Mostly he only goes to his knees before backing off cautiously (he gets his cautiousness from Daddy).  I know it won’t be long before he is pulling up on everything around him.  I have cleared all low things off of the tables in preparation of this.

*He is quite the little chatter box lately.  He talks and talks to his toys, to the animals or anything around that will listen.  Honestly, he talks the most when he is eating- we’ll have to work on those manners soon.

*He is also getting to be pretty shy.  Jay has always been pretty quiet around people that he doesn’t know but now he can be talking away and if someone he doesn’t know comes up or near he clams up.  He also hangs on pretty tight to me when we’re around people he doesn’t know or if someone else is holding him he looks for me or Daddy.  He rarely smiles at strangers either; most people say how serious he looks when they see him (when they aren’t telling me how precious he is).  Mostly I think that he is just taking everything in and that’s when he uses his serious face; he comes by this honestly- have you seen his Dad sometimes?

*Even though he is shy is so very, very curious.  Jay is constantly watching and taking in EVERYTHING around him and taking it all in.  Multiple times throughout the day he is pulling himself up over my shoulder or looking around me to get a better look at something.  We love that he is curious, remind me off this when he is going through the 100 questions phase.

*He has a little giggle box in him.  Out of the blue he will find something terribly funny and double over in laughter and then he goes and goes for quite a bit.  Both Daddy and I love this new “trick” and continue to do whatever it is that makes him laugh if possible.

*He is very ticklish- neck, legs, knees, sides- you name it, it will get him squirming.  I think he gets the last two things from me.

*As for eating and sleeping, both of those are right on track.  He has been sleeping from about 7:30- 8am every night and he is eating like a champ!  He still prefers all orange foods and fruits but he will eat most of what we give him.  He also really likes puffs and being able to feed himself; something that he hasn’t exactly perfected but we are improving by leaps and bounds daily.

Likes:

*Animals- he loves animals right now, his especially, but he also loves wild ones that we see when we are outside.  I took him to Park Ave last week and we sat on a blanket under the shade of a tree.  While we were there he LOVED watching the squirrels run around the grass and climb the trees.  He talked to them whenever they got close and climbed over me to get a better view when they scurried away from us.

*Leashes and Collars- he really loves Piper’s collar and leash.  He likes the noise that her tags make and he will follow you around the whole house if you drag the leash behind you.

*Toys that he can make noise with-  Jay likes toys that he can make noise with right now (the collar makes sense now, right?).  Don’t misunderstand, not toys that MAKE noise (those actually kind of freak him out), but toys that he can bang on or hit to together to make noise.  Stacking cups, pots and pans etc all are very fun and fall into this category.  Things with wheels and balls, things that roll away from him when he is crawling, are also very intriguing.

*Bath Time- Bath time is still a huge hit.  Actually if he is in another room when you start the water he will squeal and flap his arms around excitedly and start crawling towards the bathroom.  This is a really cute trick in my opinion.

*The Park- he really still likes being outside (just like Daddy) and watching people (just like Mommy) so the park has been a huge hit.

Dislikes:

*??? There is not much that Jay dislikes right now; overall he is happy as happy can be and I love that!  Although, if I had to pick something he didn’t like I’d have to say teething- but who would?

All in all, every new stage we get to has been so much fun and both Jamie and I have loved watching him explore and learn.  It’s also so much fun to see his personality emerge more and more each day; and freaky at the same time when you realize he’s just like one of us in one way or another…

playing keep away with the blocks became a very fun game during this photo shoot- it had both of us squealing and in fits of laughter
another round of keep away
yet another round- it really was so much fun!
a guaranteed way to freak Mommy out- crawl towards the edge of the bed as fast as you can- giggle when you get there and see Mommy running
proof of teething but also cute toes
8 Months!! You can clearly see his two bottom teeth in this one.
action shot

recharge needed

This is what my dinning room table currently looks like-

I am so excited that it’s finally fall (technically, not weather wise but I’ll take what I can get) and I have a few projects that I have been wanting to try out.  So, I plan on ignoring anything that I am supposed to be doing right now (Jay is napping- I wouldn’t ignore him too) and taking some time to recharge my batteries.  Will be back later and maybe I’ll have a few pictures of the finished projects.  Happy Fall ya’ll!

sick puppy update

Here’s the update on Piper (since I am sure you are all dying to know)…

I waited and waited to hear from the vet until I couldn’t wait any longer and decided to call and check on Piper.  When I talked to the vet they said that she had a very good day, that she hadn’t gotten sick and that she could come home whenever I wanted to pick her up.  They still aren’t really sure what caused her to get so sick but thought she was well enough to come home.  That was all I needed to hear; Jay and I headed over to pick her up as soon as he woke up from his nap.  After completing all the paperwork and putting her meds and special food in the car (she is eating something different for a few days until she is back at 100%) they brought her out from the back to us.  As soon as Jay saw her coming around the corner he started squealing and flapping his arms in delight (yup we are talking about my normally pretty serious in public child), apparently I wasn’t the only one that missed her.  It was so precious and of course caused me to tear up again…

We are all very happy to have her home, even Dolce gave her a few licks upon her return yesterday.  She has been a little more sleepy and snuggly than her usual excitable-self but that just means that I got to have a warm pillow yesterday while playing with Jay on the floor and I am not complaining one bit.  I am sure that she will be back to 100% in no time for which I am very, very thankful!

And because all posts are better with pictures here are a few that I took last week while Piper and Jay were playing on the floor. She really is so sweet to let him crawl all over her.

sharing toys
mid play kisses

which way should we go?
now is that a great puppy or what- I love how her forehead wrinkles a little because of Jay

sick puppy :-(

Yesterday while I was making dinner Piper got sick.  I’ll spare you the details but know that things came out both ends and both Jamie and I took her outside multiple times last night (which is really uncommon).  She wouldn’t eat her supper or drink much (also uncommon) but wasn’t vomiting when she went to bed so we (I) hoped that it had passed and we were in the clear.  Not so much, we woke up to the sound of her heaving at 6 am this morning :-(  So I just dropped her off at the vet for a day of observation and maybe some further testing.  She didn’t want me to leave and was pulling the tech so that she could come home with me- this broke my heart.  I think I cried for a good 10 minutes on the way home and again when talking to Jamie to give him the update.  Just praying that they call soon with a good report and let me come pick her up soon.

a picture from before we unloaded at the vets- doesn't Piper look extra pitiful?

swinging!

Lately I have been taking Jay over to the Cady Way Park, a fairly good park for kids within walking distance from the house. It has been really nice to get out during the day, especially since it has been a little cooler lately (to my Canadian family- this is all relative, it’s still in the 90’s here). Jay has really enjoyed going to the park as well.  This comes as no surprise to me since he can people watch outside there and what could be better?

Here are a few pictures of Jay swinging from our first trip.

a new favorite of mine- it looks like he is waving although he can't do that yet

look what I can do!

I am seriously in trouble now- Jay is crawling!!!!  Forget being able to set him in one place and know that he will stay there, forget thinking that we should baby proof the house- heck, we NEED to now; this kids on the move!!

For a few weeks now he has been army crawling (putting his arms out in front of him and dragging his behind afterward) around the house to get wherever and whatever he wants.  Jamie and I kept thinking that “real” crawling was right around the corner and we were right.  Over the weekend he decided to give up on the military and go for the full out crawl!  Both Jamie and I were home to witness this milestone making it that much more fun.  It has been so wonderful and amazing to watch this whole learning process- first learning to reach and roll, to sitting and flopping down on his belly, then the army crawl to finally full out crawling.  He still is primarily army crawling as of right now, it gets him where he wants to go much faster since coordination of arms and legs hasn’t quite been mastered yet, but I am sure it won’t be long until this is his preferred method of transportation.  And while I love watching him discover new tricks I am unsure of just what he will try to “discover” now given his new found freedom- all I know is that I am sure he will give me a run for my money!

Here’s a short clip of the real crawl- I only got a bit of it on video.  Jamie and I were too busy watching him the first few times to think of grabbing a camera and then when I did he didn’t really want to cooperate.  Oh well, enjoy what’s here and know that we are one very proud Mommy and Daddy…