Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Then, I think he recognized some of his bath toys. He started to splash around quite a bit, and it was interesting to see that he splashed a little more vigorously when he was close to my side of the pool.
Finally, he moved onto his belly, and he spun around the pool playing with the toys as he rotated. He really enjoyed splashing around, and we enjoyed watching.
Here's a short video of Jasper's time in the pool:
Monday, August 20, 2007
My parents got to do some fun things with Jasper. On top of watching him learning how to crawl (He hasnt' quite got it figured out, yet.), they got to give him baths...
...read him books...
and help him play in the pool Erica setup in the front yard. We were so pleased that Jasper enjoyed his time with Grandpa and Grandma Gant. I continually tell Erica that Jasper is spoilling us with how well he adjusts to new things.
Overall, it was a fun time. Nobody seemed to mind that it was HOT in Austin. The August heat is in full swing now that the rain has slowed down for a while. We continue to try and train Jasper to crawl with his belly off the ground. It won't be long before he will be moving even faster. Life continues to change, and we are enjoying the moments.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Jasper and I play together everyday, but with no one else here - it's often not documented. I think we've said this before, but Jasper is becoming responsive with us. He laughs in response to what we do and even does things he knows will elicit a response from us. It's great fun to play with him. But beware: with 6 teeth, those playful chomps can pack a punch!
Jasper's bedtime routine is managed by daddy. Drew gives him his bath, gets him dressed in his jammies, feeds him a bottle, reads to him, sings to him and puts him down. It's a long process, but Drew's got it down to a science. Jasper LOVES reading time. He peers over the side of the rocking chair looking down at the basket of books, waiting for Drew to pick one up to read. It's even sometimes a distraction to eating his bottle. Currently he's really trailed off on how much he takes of his bedtime bottle. Sometimes it's only 2oz, when before solids he sometimes took up to 10oz at night. Oh well ... we think he's continuing to grow, albeit slower than before.
Jasper loved green beans, sweet potatoes, carrots and oatmeal. Meats and peas are still routinely rejected. However, tonight we successfully got Jasper to eat about 1.5 tsp of beef ... disguised with sweet potatoes. Have you ever smelled baby food meats? Wow! They do not smell good. I don't want to think about how they taste, and no I am not one of those dedicated parents who think it is required to taste all food given to their kids. I say, just go with Gerber for now. Once we establish a normal palette, then we'll feed him from our own food (which we will have obviously tasted).
We're not giving up on meats, though. With enough training, soon Jasper will be ready to eat at Rudy's.
Friday, August 10, 2007
He climbs on us all the time, and our legs have the bruises to prove it!
His inch-worming skills continue to improve and quicken. He moves off the play blanket with ease and is really not content to be contained in that small area, when there is so much more of the living room ... and the rest of the house to be explored.
After I feed Jasper his solid food, we have a fun little routine. I creep toward him with a wet washcloth saying "I'm gonna get you." He loves that & laughs! I wash his face, and he sticks out his tongue so I can clean his teeth and tongue, too. I also tickle his hands when I wash them, so all in all it's a laugh-a-minute clean-up session. But what he loves the most is to take the washcloth after I've cleaned him up and suck on it or move it from hand to hand, shaking it like a maracas.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
On Wednesday, Jasper turned 8 months old. I love the fact that his birthday is December 1st. That way, whatever day of the year it is, is exactly how old he is. For example: February 1, he was two months old exactly. September 15th, he'll be 9 months and 15 days. Apart from him being born at the height of cold and flu season, an RSV outbreak and Whooping cough outbreak in Austin which kept us conservatively home bound for those early weeks of his life, I like this not having to think about how old he is all the time. It's one less math calculation I have to do in my head.
Tonight, while taking his 8 month photo, we had his nighttime bottle on the table next to the couch. He noticed it, and pretty quickly he moved to get his hands on that bottle. The bottle was sitting on a bib, and just as Jasper grabbed hold of the bib to drag the bottle to him, I picked up the bottle and thwarted his efforts. Don't worry ... he got the bottle eventually, and really he isn't going unfed. :)
Speaking of last week, amid all the rain and gloom I decided it was time to bust out some new toys. Jasper (and I) needed new stimulation. We got out the Fisher Price Animal Zoo, and Jasper has enjoyed exploring all the animals. The giraffe is an early favorite. It must be the long neck which gives him something to really stick into his mouth. Other than that, the alligator and flamingo are high on his list. I personally find the quail to be adorable. She (yes, I'm claiming it to be a female) looks like a nun in a habit. So cute!
Apart from inchworming, Jasper also spends a lot of time generally rolling around the floor either trying to get to a particular toy or just having fun. He's quite proficient.