Things to remember about turning 2

If you remember when Jacob turned ONE, we went back to the location where I had my maternity pictures taken to do a little photo shoot to document the occasion.  Well, I had to do the same thing for his second birthday, but I wanted to try a different spot.

For Christmas, Jacob got this great cowboy vest and chaps from grandma and grandpa, so we put them on along with his cowboy hat and boots and set out for the Rancho Penasquitos trail for some pictures.

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This one has a lot of glare from the sun, but I still love it, especially the happiness on Jake’s face!

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And here are a few things I want to remember about Jacob right now…

He has added some new words to his vocabulary and is still signing up a storm. Right now I have counted 150 words that he signs.  I know there are more that I have forgotten and he is adding new words all the time.  It is amazing how quickly he picks up on this and it is so great to be able to communicate this much with him.

Jake has always loved it when we sing to him.  He always wants to listen to his music in the car and when he gets ahold of my phone he plays his playlist at full blast.  That is always fun when we are in public since he knows how to adjust the volume as well, so if I turn it down he just turns it back up.  Thankfully everyone within a 5 mile radius of us thinks it’s cute when they can hear the “Wheels on the Bus” or the “Hokey Pokey” or “If You’re Happy and You Know It” before they can actually see Jake doing the moves or signs along with the songs.  Anytime we sing to him, he gives us a round of applause when we are done, then we tell him it’s his turn to sing.  And he knows the tune and rhythm to the songs and will “sing” it back to us, and then proceed to give himself a round of applause when he is done.

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He knows his colors and loves to tell me what color everything is. He is also taking an interest in numbers right now and can count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 in order when you ask him. He especially loves to remind me all day long that he is TWO years old.

For a long time he has been fighting the stroller and doesn’t want to be confined in anything.  But when he had the cast on, he knew he didn’t really have a choice and didn’t fight the stroller at all and for a short period of time after getting the cast off.  But now we are back to not wanting to be in the stroller, so all of our walks are done in his little blue car that has a handle for us to push him around in.  Right now Jake loves anything that has an engine, every kind of car, truck, tractor, motorcycle, airplane, etc… so he loves “driving” his car around and waving and beeping his horn as we go down the street.

He loves to clarify things that are “yours” and “mine”.  When it comes to food or drinks or shoes, etc…He will say this is yours and this is mine.

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He has already learned to be a backseat driver and tells us if the light is green or red and if it is red he signs stop and if it is green he yells GOOOOOOOO!  He hasn’t quite figured out the concept of the yellow light yet and I am finding it difficult to explain to him that it is okay to make a right hand turn on a red light if no cars are coming.

We recently started soccer once a week and he loves it!  It’s more like an outside social playtime activity that occasionally involves kicking a soccer ball.  But it burns his energy and gives him a fun environment to run around in.  Before he got his cast on he was just getting the concept of jumping, now that his cast is off and he is back to using both legs, and running at full speed he has picked up the jumping bug again and is starting to get some air in his attempts.  So every time I turn around he is either jumping or climbing on top of something.

Last week I registered Jacob for preschool two mornings a week. Yikes! I have so many emotions that go along with that statement that it will have to wait for it’s own post.

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I love you my sweet boy and happy 2nd birthday!

TWO!

And then he turned TWO!  How in the world did that happen?

The morning of his birthday, I took him to get some doughnuts.

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After we filled our tummies, we went to the aquarium which has become one of our favorites places to hang out.  Jake makes an immediate beeline for the large tank in the back.  And he loves touching the sea life in the tide pools outside.

That evening when daddy came home from work he brought home a Spiderman balloon which immediately distracted Jake from his dinner so we moved onto the birthday celebration with cupcakes and presents.

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There are times when Jake likes to make a mess when eating, but there are also times when he doesn’t like to get his hands dirty…This night he preferred to tackle his cupcake with a fork.

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He also used the #2 candle as a spoon for the frosting

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All day he would point at himself and sign TWO

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And then he was giving mom and dad some cheers for surviving his second year

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Our sweet boy!

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We had Jake’s 2 year old check up two days after his birthday.  He weighs 24lbs 14oz and is 2ft 9.78in tall. The circumference of his head is 19.25in.  His doctor said he is in great shape and we talked about everything from potty training, transition to a bed, TV exposure, foods he is eating, etc…we have lots to look forward to in this next year.  And he doesn’t need another check up until he is 3 years old.  We are so thankful that we have a healthy boy!

And of course we had to document this 2 year milestone with the giraffe and elephant!  We were bribing him with a box of raisins to get him to sit still, so the first few pictures were of him reaching for more raisins.

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Then I got him to say he was TWO (with a mouth full of raisins)

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After he chewed and swallowed, we got a smile!

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Pregnancy update

It’s been a while since I’ve done a pregnancy update and I’ve had a few appointments in the last month and a half, so here’s an update on our little guy.

At the beginning of December, I went in for my check up at 20 weeks (halfway!) and all looked good!  I asked my doctor about what the “specialty OB” doc said about my baby measuring big.  And he said, he could have grown a lot during this last growth spurt, and may not grow as much during the next growth spurt and could average out.  It doesn’t mean anything and baby is healthy.  Both the specialty OB doc and my doc said they wanted me to have a fetal echo done at 22 weeks to do more extensive check up on the baby’s heart.  It is a routine test they do on frozen embryo babies and nothing to be concerned about.  So I made that appointment and went on my way.

Here is a picture of my 20 week belly.

A couple of weeks later I went back to the specialty OB office for the fetal echo and they pretty much checked everything that they looked at last time I was there, but spent a lot more time looking at the heart.  They checked the left side, right side all the chambers, blood flow, heart rate, etc… and all is functioning normal.  The ultrasound tech kept saying that he was a very cooperative baby since she was able to see all the areas she wanted to check very well.  Here’s to hoping he continues that trend once he’s born! I asked about his size since he was measuring big at my last visit and she said he’s within the normal range, actually to be specific she said he’s 1 lb 3 oz.  She gave me some more pictures of our little guy to take home. Here he is with his left arm up by his face.

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And finally last week I had another check up with my OB. All continues to be well. My doc said both baby and I look healthy and on track.  It was a bit of a reality check when I was getting ready to leave and the nurse gave me the paperwork to “register for my stay at the hospital.”  Yikes!  It’s creeping up on me! I can’t believe soon I will be starting my 3rd trimester.

And here is my 24 week belly.

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Reunited

If you have been reading this blog from the start you know about the 3 of us who became 6 (even if you already read that post, you need to go back and look at the picture, wow!).  I was pregnant with Jake at the same time as two good friends of mine who were pregnant with their little girls.  While we have so many friends with kiddos, I think there will always be a special bond between our 3 families.

From the start of our pregnancies and still to this day the 3 mommas are always checking in with each other.  First, about doctors appointments, ultrasounds, pregnancy ups/downs.  Then came the baby arrivals and the checking in to see how we were doing, offering advice, sharing stories of the babies “firsts”, milestones and supporting each other. To this day we are still checking in with each other and sharing stories as our kiddos are embarking on the wonderful age of 2.  The daddies are pretty close too and their bond has gotten stronger in their experiences over the last 2+ years. As much as I would love to say that these 3 kiddos will always live in the same town and would always see each other often, that just is not a reality.  Due to a wonderful job opportunity the Haigis family moved to Idaho a few months ago.  Thank God for technology, we are able to easily keep in touch with them and us mommas are still checking in with each other.  They made a trip back to San Diego for Christmas and we were able to get together for a playdate!

So the challenge for the day was to get all 3 kiddos in the same place for a picture.  I think we had a bit of success!

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Just because

I don’t have any story to tell here…just some pictures of Jake helping grandpa feed the horses.  I mean how could you not take pictures when he looks like this…

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Superman pajama pants, a dinosaur hat and cowboy boots totally go together.

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He’s telling me that he hears the horses

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Then he proceeds to imitate the sound they make

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I love my silly little monkey!

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