Friday, November 9, 2012

A Snowman, a Snow Angel and a 1-Year Check Up

the view from our bedroom 
Snow.  That's right...snow.  That's what the last couple of days have been filled with.  As I look outside and see the snow melting, I can't help but smile as I recall the past few days.  Lilly and Jack are asleep, I have some quiet music on and am enjoying a cup of coffee that I didn't have the time to enjoy this morning.  Life would be better if Jim was home with me, but our weekend will start in a few hours when we don't have to do anything that we don't want to do.  And we're really, really hoping it stays that way.  There's been too much excitement over the past couple of weeks.

On Wednesday, Jack had his one year check up, and boy is he growing!  He's a little tank.  He weighed 23 lbs and is 31.5 inches tall, keeping him up in the 90th percentile for height.  He gained 4 lbs and grew 2 inches in 3 months.  His doctor smiled when he said to me, "I don't think I have to ask you if he likes his food!" No, no, definitely no question there.  Jack would eat all day long if he could.  And seriously, he would eat anything!  In the past week, he's had lasagna, chicken pot pie, olives, pickles, pancakes, oatmeal, toast with vegemite, in addition to his usual favorites--sweet potato and squash, peas and beans--you name it, he'll eat it.  He wants to feed himself all the time now, which can get a bit messy, especially when he's eating things like oatmeal.  Yesterday, he had his bowl of oatmeal in front of him, his spoon in one hand (which he'd occasionally get some oatmeal on) and was using his other hand to grab handfuls of oatmeal and put it into his mouth.  Lilly turned to me with this look of disgust on her face, and asked, "Mum, what is he doing??" We had a funny discussion about how babies learn to eat, but Lilly just kept watching him in disbelief.  Although in theory, it would be easier for me to feed Jack his oatmeal, it just doesn't work.  When I try to feed him, he looks away or closes his mouth and tries to grab the spoon.  Another child with strong opinions; just what we need!  All went well at the doctor.  Jack had to have blood taken from his arm to determine the extent of his egg allergy so that was not fun, but the nurses were great and did it quickly.  He had his blood drawn, had two vaccines and then we were on our way to pick up Lilly from school.  Jack wore himself out.

Then yesterday, we had our first real snow!  Lilly had a delayed opening and Jim worked from home so we had a fun morning together.  Lilly played outside for ages, trudging along, exploring the piles of snow and falling down backwards to make snow angels.  Jim and Lilly made a snowman before school and Lilly is devastated that this snowman is already melting.  Jack was already asleep for his morning nap so he hasn't had his first venture out into the snow yet.  I hope it's not the last snow of the season, like last year.  With all the crazy weather we've been having, I have a feeling that this is just the beginning.
nothing cuter than little people in the snow!

Making her snow angel!

And finally, these are just some pictures from the last couple of days that make me smile! 

Jack "helping" Jim work from home, wearing his teddy bear sweatsuit from Meme and Pop.  You can't see it here, but the hood has ears.  As Jim said, with his sweatsuit and his wobbly walk, he looks like an 80 year old man in a 1-year-old body!
The things you do when you're three!
A Lilly frog and a Daddy frog, created by Lilly

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