Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sock Monkey and friend

We hope you all had a great Halloween!

I decided on Jackson's Halloween costume while I was still pregnant with him. When I showed my sister (Jackson's Aunt Melly) our 12 week ultrasound picture, she declared that our not yet fully formed baby looked just like a sock monkey--and thus gave him his first nickname. Even once we found out we were having a boy and began calling him Jackson, she continued to call him Sock Monkey.

What do you think? Do you see the resemblance?

Then during the Superbowl, Kia ran a series of commercials featuring a Sock Monkey and several other friends:

Sock Monkey's image became not just cute and cuddly but sorta hip...and he loves his mom. So I thought that dressing Jackson up as a Sock Monkey for Halloween would be perfect. I bought the costume in September and we were all set. It came in the mail and he couldn't have been cuter!

But Sock Monkey was lonely without all of his friends...especially the big, red, one-eyed monster who is obviously the life of the party. So we googled it and found out the big red guy is actually Muno from Yo Gabba Gabba, a Nickelodeon show we will apparently become very familiar with in the coming years. So Justin set to work on his costume. One red sweatsuit, a concrete form tube, several yards of red felt, a dozen styrofoam balls, a bottle of red paint and about 27 sticks of hot glue later....TA DA!

We went to a fun Halloween party on Saturday night where the pair debuted their costumes. Here's a family picture....(yes, my costume is kind of lame but there was only room for one time-intensive costume in the family):

The pair donned their costumes again for the trick-or-treaters. We snapped a few pictures before the carloads began arriving....

 And then the fun began! This is what the children saw when they rang our doorbell:

We saw over 100 trick-or-treaters! Justin Muno posed for a number of pictures with excited stunned trick-or-treaters. A deer-in-the-headlights look was the most common reaction. It.was.awesome.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

We are going to a Halloween party tonight where Jackson will debut his Halloween costume. I can't wait!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The cutest pumpkin in the patch

We had the best weekend (yes, I realize it's Thursday and I'm a liitle behind in recapping the weekend)! Our original plan was for my parents and us to meet up in Houston at my sister's house. Unfortunately, Uncle Josh and cousin Tristan came down with a cold late last week and we didn't want to risk it since it seemed like Jackson was finally getting over the upper respiratory crud that had plagued him for the last month and a half. So instead, Grammy and Pop came to us! All last week Jackson had been super cranky (I blame the immunizations he had Monday) but at some point on Friday night it's like a switch flipped and he has been a total gem since then. We played a lot on Friday night....

And then Grammy and Pop arrived on Saturday and got to spend some time with our sweet boy.

I'd been dying to go to the pumpkin patch to get some pictures...unfortunately we went around nap time so the results weren't perfect but I do still think he was the cutest pumpkin at the patch!

He was ok leaning against the pumpkin...

But did not like leaning against the hay....He's stinkin cute even when he's mad though...

So we opted for a few family pictures instead....
Doesn't he look mischevious in this one?

Since he's been feeling better he's been so active!  He's no longer content to just sit with us...If he's awake, he has to be moving and exploring. Obviously he's not terribly mobile yet but he's just constantly in motion. And for some big, exciting news, we are pretty sure he is cutting his first tooth!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Meal Plan Monday! (and a cute Jackson video)

For a couple of years now, Justin and I have created weekly meal plans. On Sunday or Monday we decide what we are going to eat each night of the week and then do one big grocery shop. Having a plan keeps us from eating out every night and helps with the general efficiency of our precious family time in the evenings with no mulling over what we should eat vs. what ingredients we have on hand. I thought I could make this a regular weekly blog feature because I know I can always use some new meal ideas and recipes! So here's this week's lineup:

Monday- leftover gumbo (went grocery shopping tonight)
Tuesday- crispy ranch chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans
Wednesday- taco soup (recipe below)
Thursday- grilled porkchops, couscous and steamed vegetables
Friday- leftovers

Crockpot Taco Soup Recipe (so so easy, cheap, and a great busy weeknight meal):

2 lbs. hamburger
1 onion, chopped
1 can rotel undrained
1 can hominy undrained
1 can corn, undrained
1 can red kidney beans, undrained
1 can ranch style pinto beans, undrained
1 pkg. dry ranch dressing mix

Brown the beef and onions together in pan, season to taste. Drain fat off meat and place in crock pot along with all other ingredients. Cook on low if you have a few hours or on high if you need it done relatively quickly. Done when it's hot but better if it can simmer for a while. It's even better the next day as leftovers and freezes great.

And finally, what all of the fans have really been waiting for.....

Saturday, October 23, 2010

One year later...

October 23, 2009

October 23, 2010

What a difference a year makes! Jackson boy, you've changed our lives in every way imaginable but we wouldn't trade it for anything! We love you!

Monday, October 18, 2010

4 Month Check-up

Jackson's 4 month check-up was today. He's getting so big! Here's the latest stats:

Weight: 15 lbs, 3 oz= ~50th percentile
Length: 25 1/2 inches= ~75th percentile
Head Circumference: 42 1/2 centimeters (16.8 inches)= ~65-75th percentile

He still enjoyed looking at that handsome boy in the mirror....

He thought the doctor's office was a pretty cool place until they brought out those needles again. But at least at this point his memory is quite short and he was back to smiling just a few minutes later. 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Happy 4 Months Jackson!

This month passed so quickly! As they say, time flies when you are having fun and this little boy just gets more fun with each passing day. So what's he been working on this month?

Physically, one of the most obvious developments is that he's grown lots of hair and it seems to be coming in darker. He's now lost most of his newborn fuzziness on his back and shoulders and even the funny little tuft of hair on his ear that stuck around longer than we expected. When we were at the doctor last week he weighed 14 lbs, 13 oz, so we are expecting him to be over 15 lbs when we go for our official 4 month well-baby check-up on Monday. He's getting taller too--we removed the newborn insert from his car seat and raised the straps. His 3-6 month sized clothes mostly fit great but some are getting snug already. We are hoping the weather turns cooler quickly so we can put him in all of his cute long-sleeved outfits before he outgrows them.

He is now batting at toys and grabbing onto them pretty well. Anything that he manages to grip goes straight into his mouth and he sucks on his fingers/fist constantly. He likes to grasp onto fabric such as his own pants, a lovey, or the shirt of whoever is holding him. He is sitting up with support really well and can even balance himself upright for a few seconds at a time unsupported before slumping or toppling over. He now prefers to sit upright and will pull himself to an upright position when reclined in his bouncer or swing. He loves his jumperoo, mirrors and tolerates tummy time for longer stretches. He is staying awake for longer stretches and usually only naps for about 3 hours total throughout the day. One big development this month is how "verbal" he is becoming, filling our home with the happy sounds of his babbles, squeals and giggles. He's doing much better at daycare and has mostly good days now.

He likes for us to read to him. He really listens and looks at the pictures intently and will usually enjoy about 3 books before getting antsy and wanting to do something else--that's a pretty good attention span for such a little guy! He really loves rhyming books like Dr. Seuss or anything with bright pictures.

He's so fun and interactive now! He loves peek-a-boo, songs with hand motions and playing "spaceship". It seems like every day he is doing something new and just growing so quickly. Where the heck is the pause button??

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Need something to brighten your day?

Bookmark this blog post for when you're having a bad day.

Isn't that the most wonderful sound in the whole world??

Monday, October 11, 2010

Jackson finds his toes

Jackson found his toes last week! Check it out...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sweet Deals

I love love love finding a good deal! It's so fun finding stuff you really need and paying way less than you had even budgeted. Over the last week we made a couple of these purchases. Yesterday, in the midst of all of Jackson's ear infection craziness, I managed to sneak in a trip to a local consignment sale. Jackson was really needing some clothes in the next sizes up and look what we scored!

It's all name brand stuff--Gymboree, Polo, OshKosh, etc and some of it even still had the original tags on it! What do you think we paid for it? Would you believe I got out of there for about $28?!

And earlier this week, we found a Jumperoo on CraigsList. His teachers at daycare said he really enjoyed playing in the exersaucer and since he's discovered how fun it is to stand, he doesn't really like to play laying down on his playmat anymore. Jumperoos and the like retail for close to $80--we got ours for $40. Here's a video of him in it on the second day we had it...I apologize that it's kind of long but watch til the end and I was able to catch him doing alot of "talking". The kid is LOUD!

In just a few days he has gotten so much better at the jumping and figuring how he can spin around in it to check out all of the different toys.

As an update to yesterday's post, he didn't sleep great last night but does seem to be feeling lots better today! Thanks for the thoughts and prayers!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The one that ends with me getting pooped on

Jackson has had a cold since about a week after starting daycare--that's over a month, people. On Thursday, he came down with a fever at day care, but was fairly happy and fever free for the rest of the night. On Friday, he had a rash on his chest but no fever so we had another happy Friday at home since he wasn't allowed at daycare with a mystery rash (this kid loves his 3 day weekends). This morning, I had to give a presentation for work, so Justin was home with the boy. I came home to a very unhappy baby.

Justin said he hadn't really wanted his bottle and had just been whining for the last hour or so. I immediately took his temperature, and, sure enough, he had spiked a fever again and higher this time. Thank goodness our pediatrician's office has Saturday hours so we called and made an appointment for this afternoon. After being weighed (weight update: 14 lbs, 13 oz) and temp checked, the doctor took one little peek in his ear and declared that Jackson has his first ear infection. Justin and I both had them chronically throughout childhood, so the poor kid didn't stand a chance. He sent us on our way with a prescription for some amoxicillin and assurance that he should be feeling some better by bedtime.

Poor baby dozed most of the rest of the day with a few brief periods when he seemed somewhat normal (I seem to remember that ear infection pain can come in waves) but he was mostly just fussy. After his bath, we were drying him off and rubbing on the lotion like usual when he started to scream inconsolably--this was unusual--normally he just kicks his legs and babbles happily and looks like this...

So I pick him up (naked of course, since we had just finished his bath) and cradle him, trying to comfort him. About the time that his cries subsided and I was about to put him back down it happened...a huge explosive poop all over my arms, legs, basically everywhere. It was so awful and disgusting that I just started laughing hysterically. Justin hurried to go get the bath ready again since that was really the only option for cleaning Jackson up, and we just sat there trying not to make a bigger mess. Finally we got him into his second bath, dryed off with no surprises and then he crashed--hopefully for the night. Say a prayer for our little boy that he feels much better tomorrow!

I leave you with a few pictures and a video from our week...

Helping Daddy fix my lunch

My little love

Jackson's favorite game:

Monday, October 4, 2010

Perfect Picnic Sunday

I woke up yesterday morning and let our doggy out and decided it was too pretty of a day to waste inside so we headed out for a picnic! We loaded up and headed to Research Park on the A&M campus. Jackson was asleep when we first got there...

But soon woke up and talked to the trees while we ate....

We enjoyed lots of quality family time.

And of course napped some more.
Jackson has been "talking" up a storm and I so want to put a video of it up, but every time I get out the camera he freezes. You'll have to take my word for it for now that his ooohs and aahhhs have been diversified to include goos and gaaas. Very exciting stuff!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Catching up

My apologies for being a blog slacker this last week! We had a hectic week and Jackson, who has been sleeping through the night since he was 6 weeks old decided this week to wake up multiple times each night--so everyone is yawning earlier in the evening and I just haven't had the energy after he goes to sleep at night to stay up and what have we been doing???

Last weekend
On Saturday morning our extremely talented photographer, Sarah came to shoot Jackson's 3 month pictures. We got a sneak peak of a couple of them and I have to say that I am pretty excited to see the rest...

After the photo shoot, the whole family crashed for a while...literally, the whole family. This is what I saw when I woke up...

Jackson's Nana was also in town over the weekend and he had fun playing with her.

So much fun he wore himself out! She didn't mind though...

Nana also got to help with bath time and snapped this fabulous pic. Officially my favorite bath time picture to date...

On Sunday, Nana went home and we made a whirlwind trip to Houston to help my sister, Melody, celebrate her birthday. Aunt Melly had said that all she wanted for her birthday was to see Jackson so how could we say no to that?

Me and my Melly

Aunt Melly with her birthday present

Jackson was being fussy and he finally crashed and let us put him in his seat. We were at Benihana, so the little hibachi chef came out and was doing his thing, making volcanos with the onions, tossing egg in his pocket, etc and we would all politely clap, to which he would shush us and say "no no, baby is SLEEPING!"

"Shhh baby is sleeping!"

I mentioned that Jackson was fussy on Sunday night--this continued into Monday morning. He woke up reluctantly and proceeded to scream through his morning routine of washing his face, changing his clothes, and breakfast. It was painfully reminiscent of last Tuesday when we had taken him to daycare and ended up bringing him home midday because we thought he was sick. Jackson crying like a banshee all morning at daycare=no fun for anyone. So Justin said he would stay with him for a while and take him into day care a little late to make sure he was going to be ok. So I got him to sleep and then left for work. A little late turned into 11:00 and when Justin arrived at the day care, Jackson's teacher informed him that the children are really supposed to be there by 10:00 so as not to disrupt the daily schedule. She said it would be ok this once, but Justin was afraid Jackson would have a repeat of his frenzy from earlier in the morning and they would blame it on him being late and out of his schedule. So he took him home. Can you believe that little con artist managed to sneak in another free day at home with mom and dad? So that is how I found myself on an extended lunch break, on the prettiest day outside in about 5 months, enjoying the sunshine, a cool fall breeze, a picnic lunch and nap with the cutest boy in the whole world on a Monday afternoon. We had the best time!

Work can wait.


Thank you God, for that wacky day and strange set of circumstances that let me be able to spend those precious few hours with my little boy!