Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Jasper fell, apparently onto the milk cup he was carrying, and when he came up in his heavily crying state and we turned on the dining room light we could see, with clarity, the blood. So far we haven't had a heavy head bleeder with this kid. This again was just small amounts of blood that stayed in place and cuts that just looked uglier than they were. Thankfully Drew was around this time, and I did not have to deal with this on my own. We cleaned him up, measured the longer of the two (on the hairy edge of 1/4") and reasoned we couldn't think of a single thing a doctor could do to his eyelid. Jon - please correct us if we're wrong.
This afternoon Jasper is not showing any irritation with his eye. He doesn't rub it or demonstrate pain when he tries to keep it open. So we're still watching and waiting. The cut on his eyelid has bled a little more throughout the day and then dries on his eyelid and is a lot of fun to try and clean up. (He doesn't like it.) But other than that we're hoping this too will pass.
This parenting gig is fun.
Thankfully Jasper stayed asleep for a good long afternoon nap - almost 2 hours. I realize for some of you folks, that ain't much. But for this kid, it's reason to celebrate. He is happy this afternoon, probably getting into more trouble as I type (yes, he was), and gleefully ate a bowl of seafoam salad for an afternoon snack. I loaded up his spoon, and he quickly took it to his mouth which would then crack into the most innocent of smiles from pure delight. It was a fun little time. Now I should play with him some - you know, show him I enjoy hanging out with him, 'cause I do.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Jasper enjoyed all of the cards, and he will continue to enjoy the books that Grandpa and Grandma Gant sent for Easter. After Jasper opened the rest of his Easter basket, we went out on the deck to try out one of his gifts.
In addition to this, Jasper has started tumbling. I've known of a few kids his age taking an actual class at the Y. We're not members, and while I wasn't interested in signing him up for classes I thought he might respond to learning some tricks. He loves to do somersaults. He knows how to get in position, and by the end of the trick he is all smiles and ready to go again.
In the process of learning how to do somersaults, Jasper has also learned that he can use his head as the fifth leg of a tripod for various activities for which he needs to bend completely over. One of which happens to be going down stairs backwards. I've been working up an ulcer for the past few weeks on how to get him to learn to go down stairs safely. Yesterday he came down off our front step into the front plant bed by backing up to the ledge then putting his head and hands down and then stepping down. In turn his hair got a bit dirty, but it was a successful dismount with no broken bones, teeth or skin. For this I was thrilled!!!
Friday, March 21, 2008
When Jasper and I go to story time at the library, there are a few songs that involve bouncing him on my knee. He loves these, and I've taught them to Drew. Well, I've just pretty much shown Drew how much he loves it. Last weekend, Drew started bouncing Jasper on his knees, and Jasper was having so much fun he just couldn't get enough of it. Check it out.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Jasper is one funny kid. He's 15 months old now and full of personality and quirks. I don't think there is a day that goes by that he doesn't do something funny. Lately he's taken up wearing pretend capes. He'll take anything he finds, a blanket, washcloth, even a sock, and hold it with both hands, then lift it over his head til it's around his neck. You can imagine how this works with a blanket and perhaps a washcloth. With a sock ... it's a little tricky. However, he is undeterred. I haven't been able to catch him in the act doing this yet, but I'll work on that.
Stepping up and down steps is a current fixation. We have small steps going in and out of the house that he likes to practice on each day. He still meets daddy at the door each afternoon and virtually begs to go outside to play. He's gotten very accomplished at all these steps around our house and now thinks he can handle any step in which he comes in contact - going up or down. He can figure out when a step is too high for him to step up (in which case he'll crawl up), but not go down. I'm probably going to get an ulcer over this. I don't know how to teach him how to distinguish steps that are too high that he needs to go down a different way. Any thoughts? I'm all ears!
I don't know how this started, but Jasper's also started walking with his feet spread out. When he's wearing slippery socks and on the kitchen floor he can go straight down into the splits. It's pretty funny! check it out:
Jasper has virtually mastered this "transportation" puzzle. He knows where each piece goes and can get each in its spot with just a little manipulation. He also knows where the pieces go on his "pets" puzzle, but those pieces are a little harder to manipulate, so he gets frustrated on that one much more quickly.
and when he's finished, he dumps out the puzzle to start again.
Jasper has started mounting his airplane backwards these days. He can get his legs over the seat better by holding onto the green handle. This position has the added benefit of allowing for a variety of music to play as a result of buttons being hit by his bottom and back as he moves and wiggles in the seat. If he has his shoes on, he can get the airplane to move forward. I guess the little extra length from the shoes, along with the grippiness of the soles, really help him move.