It's been a rough two months of constant sickness with Jasper. He's a trooper, but there was still never-ending nose-wiping and general seclusion for want of not infecting other kids. In addition to that, Jasper had his blocked tear duct probed last week. He made it through the procedure quite well, but I struggled. The nurse took him out of the office, away from our supervision so they could papoose him (wrap him really tightly so he would be immobilized), give him a numbing eye drop and then do the roto-rooter procedure. Jasper cried ... HARD, and we could hear it. Being restricted from comforting my child while he was in such distress was really hard to deal with. Thankfully, it was quick, and he does not have any noticeable recollection of the event because we can apply medicated ointment to his eye without him even flinching. phew!
Going back a ways, I wanted to report on Azalea's birthday party. This is actually our reason for the surfer costume. Azalea's birthday party was a costume party. She was an adorable bunny. As our faithful blogites might recall, Azalea and Jasper are predestined prom dates. Azalea is the most proficient solid food eater I have ever seen at this age. She eats everything. She showed very specific signs of wanting to eat solids early, so her mom got her started, and there's been no looking back. While we were at her party she polished off an entire English muffin pizza ... among other things, including her cupcake. Considering Jasper does not take to new foods with any such welcome acceptance, I find Azalea's vigor just amazing! In addition to eating all that, she also sat at a kiddie table to eat ... without trying to get down. Other parents of toddlers and I, were quite sure our kids would be crawling all over the chair instead of sitting there patiently. :) (for you bookophiles out there, Azalea's mom has an online used book store that has really great deals: www.usedisbetter.com check it out!)
Jasper is nearly a year old, and we hadn't taken him to see the peacocks at Mayfield Park in Austin. We're bad ... I know. So in early November, we took him to see this beautiful birds. Sadly, they didn't plume the entire time we were there. Bummer - because he wasn't very interested in the birds since they weren't doing anything interesting or looking very pretty.
In addition to the peacocks not pluming, there was also a wedding taking place while we were there. So, we couldn't look at the gardens. We just hung out away from the wedding and checked out the pretty trees.
Drew's arms are longer than mine, so he's self-portrait with Jasper is better than one I tried to do a while ago. Even though this isn't in focus, we wanted to share it b/c it's so funny of Jasper.
Jasper's working on a whole mouthful of teeth right now. He's been drooling nonstop again lately, so we've just been waiting for his third bottom tooth to come poking through (front left). It's been taking forever! Then, on the plane last Wednesday I was feeling around in his mouth, and I discovered he has another tooth on the top. There is a gap between the existing four teeth and this new one on the left side. It's crazy! His gums on the top and bottom are really swollen, so it seems like more teeth are going to come poking on through at any moment.
Reading continues to be Jasper's #1 pastime. He can turn pages one at a time, and sometimes even goes back to separate pages he's missed. For our faithful blogites, he's master turning pages on Autumn Walk, despite the fact that the book isn't a normal shape.
We often have to use books as a diversion tactic while changing Jasper's diaper these days. I don't know why, but he just doesn't like getting his diaper changed. However, if we give him a book to read, he's happy as a clam. :)
What a mess! I don't even know what all this food is. Probably some green beans and cereal. Whatever it is, it's all over his face. Thankfully bathtime was right around the corner.