Tuesday, September 30, 2008
After pulling my hair out for the week trying to figure out why this was happening (and being totally sleep-deprived), I finally just attributed it to being in the big boy bed. Starting this week Jasper has been sleeping just a little longer each day.
He still has some issues going down for bed and doesn't fall asleep right away. Last night he was particularly rambunctious, and his pillows (which normally form a boundary around him) were all over the place. As he slept and we went about trying to clean and get ready for his baby brother, we checked on him and noticed he was getting closer and closer to the edge. Then at one point, I checked in on him and this is what I found:
He had fallen out of the bed but not awoken. It was unreal! Drew carefully lifted him back into bed, and he stayed asleep or at least just barely roused. It was crazy! He did wake up this morning before 6am and cry because he couldn't find his froggie (which strangely we had left on the floor in the transition). But once I gave it to him, quickly rubbed his back and encouraged him to lay down, he slept again until just before 7am. Progress!
Immediately as you walk into the museum, there is a mock city bus. Jasper thought that was awesome! He wanted to play in there a lot. He loved the steering wheel. He and Luke enjoyed running around in there, too. This meant they eventually ran into each other and knocked heads ... but they were fine.
Across the street from the museum is a construction site, and the boys were almost as interested in watching the construction workers, cranes, etc. as they were in the museum exhibit.
Upstairs in a construction house, the boys thought jumping on the raised platform was great! Here are some fun action shots.
During song time, the kids were encouraged to hold hands. Jasper also sat on Debbie's lap - good thing, I don't have one anymore.
And then after singing ... the kids got to play under the parachute ... and there were bubbles! Luke was very nurturing toward Jasper.
This was the first time Jasper had played with an actual train set. He enjoyed it.
The gecko had a really hard time crawling up the tub walls, and they're way to fast to just two-finger grab. When I tried cornering him, he actually did run to the corner and found a hiding spot under our shampoo bottle rack, but I was able to fish him out with the little water squirt toys Jasper has for his bath. Then, after hanging over the tub wall for what seemed like an eternity ... amazingly enough I was also able to get him to crawl onto an envelope and quickly walk to the front door where I gave him a toss and set him free.
The whole time I was working to rid our bathtub of this critter, I was telling Jasper to say "shoo gecko!" ... which he did with flare. :) That was definitely a time I was happy to have a boy.
Two weekends ago Drew showed Jasper how to make the pancakes. Jasper was really into it! He liked the mixer and now points to it and says "mix." Once they start cooking, Jasper sits in his high chair where he can watch the griddle and tells Drew when to "flip!".
Drew also started making "Jasper-size pancakes" which are the perfect size and a total hit!
Monday, September 22, 2008
When Jasper got up, he came outside to hang out with us. Drew introduced him to the ladder we were using, and he quickly took a liking to it. He's got the going up part down pat. When he got to the top of the ladder, he found a cool screwdriver that completely fascinated him. After that, learning to climb down the ladder was of no interest to him, nor were general ladder safety rules. Keeping one hand on the ladder at all times? What's that all about?
Jasper likes to take his trucks out of the sandbox and now race them across the deck or play with them at the picnic table.
We three shared a shake, and Jasper was one happy camper. :)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Two days ago we went in for a sonogram for baby #2. The nurse practitioner wasn't confident his head was down at my exam and needed to be sure before we made it out of 36wks. If in fact his head was not down, they'd have to do an inversion to manually get the baby to move, and they want to do that between 36-37 weeks before the baby is too big and doesn't have enough free room to move.
Drew & I were pretty sure this was all going to be unlikely but looked at this as a neat opportunity to see the little guy in advance. Thankfully this is a light week at work, so Drew was able to meet me for the appointment.
Immediately upon starting the exam they confirmed his head is down. (check!) Then they took measurements - while they had me in the room, and predict him to currently be ~ 8.5lbs. With 4 more weeks to go, the sonogram doctor is thinking we could have a 10-pounder (or more). We'll see if that comes to pass. I'm not afraid of a big baby. Jasper was 1/4 ounce short of 9lbs. My NP also tells me I have "birthing hips," so I don't think getting him out is going to be an issue. Plus, God knows all these details. I'm just leaving it up to Him.
But, we thought you'd like to see him. :) The sonogram tech produced some sweet 4D images of his face. We got one good one without his hand in front of his face.
For those who were concerned his curls would be cut off, have no fear. They are still with us.
But the curling action works against a distinctly masculine look. Oh well. It's still a good cut ... WAY better than anything I could have done on my own. And have I mentioned it's just hair? It grows. :)
Jasper did not like the experience. He was not comfortable sitting in the jeep or the police motorcycle and instead sat in Drew's lap. That's because my lap is significantly compromised these days. But not being able to sit with me was no good for Jasper. He screamed like bloody murder the entire time. I was right there, trying to distract/console. Nothing helped. I was prepared for tears. I was not prepared for irrational loss of control. Oh well. Live and learn. One of these days it hopefully won't be so traumatic.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Oh, and have I mentioned the issue of entitlement with this boy? Yep, he thinks all things are his, and therefore he does not like it when we stop his techie exploits. I don't know how many times I've gone over the fact that the DVD player is not his toy and had him in term point out to me where his toys are (on the other side of the room).
Knowing and Believing are apparently two very different things for him.
dinner at Rudy's
breakfast at Kerbey Lane
Jasper has a new favorite food: pancakes!
After breakfast, Grandma and Grandpa said they wanted to get Jasper a picnic table. So we headed out straight to get one. We set it up in the garage when we got home, and seeing as we had some pancake left over from breakfast, we used that to show Jasper how to use the table.
Now, every time he's at the picnic table, he asks for pancakes.
Here are some pictures from a couple days at the park with G&G.
Who needs a swim suit when you're in your own front yard?
Knowing what a fan Jasper is of the Backyardigens, Grandma brought him some figures: Tasha and Uniqua along with a horse. Yes, he does know the different characters by name, although pronunciation of Uniqua isn't as good as Tasha. :)