Thursday, November 19, 2009

11 months!

In one short month we will be celebrating Jackson's first birthday. This year has flown by. Jackson has been such a blessing to our family and has brought more joy to our lives than I could have ever thought possible. Jackson favorite thing right now is reading. He loves to bring the books to us and gets very excited when we start reading. His favorite books are the Karen Katz flap books. Unfortunately he loves them a little too much and rips off all the flaps! We have also progressed in the walking department. He will now stand up on his own and just start walking. He will walk about 4 feet and then realizes he is walking and plops down. He still would much rather crawl, but I don't think it will be long before crawling is a a thing of the past. He also started to learn to go down the stairs backwards. We are still practicing this new trick with mommy or daddy close by his side. Jackson also loves to jump. Whether it be in a bounce house, a trampoline,  or on the bed it is just so much fun! Today at Southern Prep he actually stood up on the trampoline and started jumping. He was so proud of himself! We go to Southern Prep each week and Jackson loves it, so we have decided to have his birthday party there. You can actually go to and check it out. Here are some pics of the week. The first pic is blurry but I had to include it because it was the first time he went in one of the cars at the grocery store. He loved to turn the wheel and made shopping a lot easier!

Jackson is so funny and loves to make me laugh. This is during breakfast. We will have to save table manners for another time.
He thought it was so fun to be able to eat from the table instead of his tray. Eating has become a challenge as he no longer wants mommy to feed him. I think we have officially retired the baby food and moved on to all finger foods.
He kept doing different things until I would start laughing.
Jackson's friends from Florida, Annie and Sarah, came to visit. Unfortunately my camera wasn't working so I didn't get to get any pictures :( They gave him his first birthday present, which is a Handy Manny tool bench. Jackson loves it! Thanks Annie and Sarah!
Walking is so much fun! It is so funny to watch him wobble along.
Walking in our bedroom in his little man outfit.
I was trying to get a good picture for Jackson's birthday invitations, so I dressed him up and sat him on our couch in our bedroom. It was hard to snap a shot because all he wanted to do was climb all over the pillows. Daddy will be very happy because he says nobody ever sits on that couch!
See you next week! We are so excited to celebrate our first Thanksgiving with our little turkey!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Halloween and Fall Fun!

Jackson is now 10 1/2 months and he has had his first Halloween! We started the festivities at the Georgia Aquarium. This is the first time Jackson has been there and he really enjoyed looking at all the fish. Mommy then carved some pumpkins before we were off to the neighborhood parade and costume contest. Jackson actually won again for cutest baby! So much fun! We then went over to our friend Laura's house and Jackson was able to play with some of his friends. We ended the evening back at home, and Jackson trick or treated at our neighbor's Bruce and Holly. It was so much fun! As far as new tricks up Jackson's sleeve, he has always been mezmerized by Daddy's blackberry, but now he will actually put it up to his ear as if he is listening. Also, every morning when he wakes up, I come into the room singing "You are my sunshine" and sit on the chair. His favorite game is then to hand me his blanket through the crib slats. After he hands me the blanket, I will toss it back into the crib and he will scramble around to pick it up and the game starts all over again. On another note, we have sadly retired the monkey costume. He sure did get a lot of use out of it!
Jackson watching the fist swim by at the aquarium.

Jackson loved to stand up and watch the fish swim by.

After Jackson claimed his prize for cutest baby!

Daddy was so proud of his little monkey!

I have never seen a cuter dog, monkey, ladybug, Minnie Mouse, or ducky!

Happy Halloween!

A scary monster!!

At this point in the night, Jackson did not want to cooperate with the pictures!

Fall has arrived! Jackson loves to play with all the leaves in his yard.

His favorite spot...hanging on the tree.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!