Meet Wilford Woodruff

Jack was putting his face in the water last night during bath time.  When he came back up one time he had a mustache out of bubbles.  So I thought I would make him have a beard as well.  And when I was done, I thought he looked just like Wilford Woodruff from the Mountain of the Lord movie.  It was killing me.

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Destruction is Jack’s middle name

He is becoming more and more boyish as the days go on.  He leaves a trail of destruction in his path all day long.  Good thing we own nothing super valuable!  Jack turned 11 months old on Saturday.  He is walking and talking more and more.  And he is refusing to take naps more and more.  HELP!  I think we might be transitioning to one nap sometime soon.  He can now say ball, light, boom boom boom, up, woof woof (when he sees any animal) and hot while blowing, of course.  He is starting to bite when he’s mad about something.  Isn’t he too young for that?  Dan and I have both been victims to his two little teeth.  Geez louise!  I can’t believe that like 5 months ago he could barely sit up on his own.  Babies are amazing!  How do they learn so much?  It blows my mind!

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He found the wipes, the real tower of DVDs and had a grand old time with the TP one day.  I am constantly cleaning up after him which is fine.  It takes way less energy to clean up than to constantly be saying “don’t do that” or “don’t touch that.”  Plus I think it is fun to watch him explore and learn.  Although I must add that the TP incident occurred on Saturday when I was gone all day with the youth for a boating trip.  Daddy let him take it a little farther than I would have.  But I guess that is why he loves Daddy most of all!

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There are still like 0 % of any pictures of me with Jack so I thought I would attempt to take some on my own.  He was not to keen on the idea.  (and p.s. maybe I do have huge eyes like Jack…at least this picture would lead us to believe so).

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So I asked Kerri to take a few shots when she was here the other day.  And Jack still was trying to escape and pulling some crusty faces.  I think he likes me, but somedays I am not so sure!

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He is really just a funny guy that I can’t get enough of!

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The week that was

I cannot believe another week has gone by.  In just about 6 weeks my baby will be 1 and I can’t even believe it.  He is the joy of our every day lives…seriously.  Who can remember what we even laughed about or talked about before there was Jack?  It is a mystery to me.  He is really the greatest.

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Jack loves the refrigerator.  As soon as he hears it open, he crawls on over.  This morning he climbed up on the bottom shelf.  But, of course, I missed the photo op.  He did manage to grab an apricot though.  He loves all fruit.

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Jack has found the DVDs.  Help!  No, it really isn’t that bad.  But he does empty them a couple times of day and instantly when he sees me pick them up, he crawls over and empties them again.  I’m convinced he likes things to be disorganized which is good and bad, I guess.

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Jack still loves the blind thingys.  He plays with them at least once a day.  Except now he climbs up me and kneels in the window sill as well.  You should see the status of said window!

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Jack loves straws.  And he especially loves when Daddy and straws are combined.

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Jack loves Uncle Ethan and key lime pie.  He seriously sat there on his knees just waiting patiently for each bite.  It was super cute.  We probably owe Ethan about 1/2 a piece of pie.  That is how much Jack loved it!

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Jack loves his new carseat.  He played in it for like 20 minutes the first day we got it.  Now it is old news and he doesn’t even notice its in the room.  Someday we will get around to installing it.

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And finally, Jack loves his styling new haircut.  In reality is was just a trim around the ears and neck and little off the top, but it was haircut nonetheless.  And I think he looks older and not so babylike.  I don’t know how I feel about that!  Thank you Aunt Brittany!

In other Jack news, he has cut his second tooth, we have dropped the afternoon breastfeeding, and he is becoming a more proficient walker taking at least 30 steps yesterday without falling.

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Jack is…

…a funny boy!  Dan put him in the sink one day.  And he loved it.  I think he mostly loved the baby looking back at him in the mirror.  He loves other kids even if it is just his reflection.

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…a camper.  Kind of.  My parents were in town for the last 10 days.  For a few of those days, they went camping.  So I decided to take Jack up the mountain almost everyday for the afternoon.  He liked the mountains a lot.  But he did not like taking a nap in a tent in the Pack N Play.  He cried and cried.  And when he finally fell asleep it only lasted for 25 minutes!  Oh well…he was still a happy boy.  And one night, Dan came up after work.  Jack got to tried his first toasted marshmallow and see fire.  It was a lot of fun!

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…a talker.  He can successfully say a handful of words.  Mama and Dada are up on the top of his list of favorite words.  He can also say clock, up, fish, bump and “Hop on Pop.”  It is not a joke.  He sees the book “Hop on Pop” and says “Pop pop pop”  everytime.  It cracks us up.  We have video proof which we will post later.  And I swear the other day after I said the word afterwards, he copied it exactly.  It was super funny.  Guess we already have to be careful what we say around this one.

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…and finally…a WALKER!  It is a fact.  Now I wouldn’t call him a full force walker yet.  But if we stand him up, he can easily walk across the entire room.  The last couple of days he has even let go of things and walked to something else.  So I guess we will say he is semi-proficient at it.  We are just waiting for him to stand up in the middle of the room and go on his own.  My favorite scene is when I get him undressed before bathtime and say “Go to the bathtub” and his little nudey bum toddles out of his bedroom straight to the bathtub!  So cute.

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10 months old

Big boy Jack keeps getting bigger.  I can’t believe it!  And NO this is not an announcement of any kind whatsoever, but I keep thinking, oh my goodness he is getting so much older which means I sorta have to start thinking about another baby in the near future.  I can’t imagine being prego again!  Blah.  So it must not be time just yet!  Thank goodness.

Some of the highlights of our week…

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…more swimming!  And with all his Cosby aunts and uncles.  He loves his new flotation device…kind of.  He mostly likes for you to hold him so he can dip his face in the water.

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…a kiddie parade and breakfast at the park for the 24th of July with our ward.  He loved the woodchips still and leading Daddy where ever he wanted to go.

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….cereal and the Today Show with Mommy.  These pictures really make him look like a full-blown child.  As for me, I have a severe case of “morning look” going on.  Oh well…

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…the STAIRS!  Um…I must have been on the stairs at least 75% of Jack’s waking hours yesterday.  It is making me semi-crazy!  He loves them so much.  But he still doesn’t know how to get down.  I made a conscious effort yesterday to not take him down them myself.  He has to learn especially if he is going to live his life on them because, well, I don’t want to!  He loves the railing the most.  And no matter how hard I try to distract him with everything I can think of, he still finds his way back and always looks back to me as if to say, “Hey lady, aren’t you going to follow me up here?”  Funny boy.

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Randoms

So I have no idea what to title this post ’cause well, we are in another one of those “nothing really exciting going on” moments of life.  We have just been up to our normal routine which is good and happy.  So here are a few shots from the week gone by.

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So Jack has this little squeaker goose toy.  One day he put the whole thing in his mouth and left it there for like 30 minutes while he played with his toys.  It is was cracking me up.  And I also could not believe that it didn’t make him gag.  It takes up his entire mouth.  I would have gagged within minutes.

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We took Jack to the pool in our little neighborhood for the first time.  He LOVED it!  He laughed so much.  He especially loved when Dan went under the water and came up making a big splash.  I think it is time to invest in some sort of flotation device.

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Jack loves bathtime.  Usually after I undress him in his room he crawls right out the door and into the bathroom for his bath.  On this night, he saw his books and thought that was a better activity, I guess.  I thought it made for a very cute photo.

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My greatest friend Roxy is in town this week with her family from Texas.  We went to Springville on Monday night to celebrate her daughter’s first birthday.  It was so much fun.  I hope that Lucia and Jack with wed someday.  That will make me the happiest.  They played well together so I am taking that as a good sign of love down the road!  Our good friend Jamie came by too with her adorable kiddies.  It was like a little college reunion.  How I wish we lived next door to each other so we could play everyday!

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Anniversary and Daddy Time

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Today is my 2nd wedding anniversary, and I guess the saying is true…”Time flies when you’re having fun.”  I can’t believe its been 2 years.  It seems like yesterday.  And since just the other day Dan said that our blog is not for sappy, lovey crap, I will just say that I love him and we are super happy!

Jack loves his Daddy.  I was told early on that no matter how hard I tried, my boy would never think of me as he thinks of his daddy.  Boys just admire their dads in different ways.  And I already see it coming true.  I don’t feel bad about it.  I know Jack loves me.  But he really loves his dad.  I love watching him crawl to the front door so fast when he hears Dan come home.  And I love how much he laughs when Dan is playing with him.  It is super cute.  Here are some of the photos from yesterday’s playtime.

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Chore Time!

I am convinced Jack is ready for his first chore chart.  He loves to help with everything.  Someday I know he will despise the chore chart, but for now, I like to dream that he will love it as he does today.

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He has superhuman hearing when it comes to the dishwasher being opened.  He crawls so fast to get to it.  And it breaks his heart when I close it before he gets there.  And who says this kid doesn’t have Grossen eyes.  Look at the first picture!

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He also loves to help with the laundry and is fascinated with the dryer.  I hope he crawls in one day so we can snap a classic photo of that.

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He likes to help me with my make-up, which I am thankful for, cause unlike some people, I loathe the getting ready routine.

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And of course, outdoor chores which will inevitably end up on his list.  Doesn’t every male child have to be the lawn-mower at some point in life?  He loved the sprinklers.  It reminded him of the splash area on our cruise, I think.  He was happy as a lark until he was soaked and shivering!

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And finally I had to include these pictures that Richard took on the Fourth of July.  Can you even believe how cute they are?  He sure wouldn’t look at me when I was trying to take a picture, but as soon as Grandpa came with his beauty of a camera, he was all smiles.  Funny boy.

And because I forgot about one hundred things that Jack is up to now that he’s nine months…here they are!  He sleeps through the night, he loves to read stories, he refuses his binkie, so we have given it up, his first tooth is in without too much drama, he waves bye-bye, he still loves everyone including all strangers and animals, and the pictures are not deceiving you, his hair really is starting to lay down, which has made us realize how long it is getting, which has made us think that perhaps a haircut might be in the near future!  Stay tuned.

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