Thursday, July 8, 2010

Walking and Talking

Another day has gone by and, yet again, I haven't done a post about Jacob turning 13 months old. Oh wait, I never did a one year post either. Whoa....I am WAY behind!

Well, what I have been doing lately is trying to take video of Jake and his latest accompliments. So, for your viewing pleasure, here is our boy WALKING & TALKING!

He is walking all over the place these days. As you can see from this video, he rarely crawl anymore. He has really perfected this just in the past week or so. He's also good at bending over, stooping and holding onto things while he walks. He still does fall sometimes, but he is quick to get back up and try again. Scary thing is, I think he may be running soon!

His vocabulary has also increased exponentially in the past few weeks. He will often try to repeat what we say, like if I say "Can you say...?" The words that I hear him say most often are: mama, dada, shoes, ishies (for goldfish), no, uh-oh, night-night, this is/that (when he points to things as in "what's this?" or "what's that?"), bye-bye (although it sounds like a "d" sound instead of a "b"), tash (for trash, as in anything he picks up that needs to go in the garbage) and today he started saying what sounds like Sierra (his cousin) when we looked at her picture. He does a lot of babble and grunting & pointing to get my attention or if he wants something. He refuses to do any signs, even though I have been signing Milk everyday of his life! Oh well! I am really trying to work with him lately on please and thank you.

If you ask him, he will tell you that a horse says "nay" and he used to tell us that a bear says "grrr" (but he hasn't done it for a few weeks now). He will make truck and tractor sounds ("vroom") when he plays with his toys or when he sees them in a book. He also mimicks a grunting noise he hears Keith do when he is irritated (it's really funny!).

In this video, I was trying to just get a sampling of his babble, but it quickly turned to him getting upset because he wanted to touch the video camera. I still think you get the idea.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Playing in the pool

Since it has been so hot here for the past month or so, Katie and I have tried to get to the pool with the kiddos at least once a week. We are fortunate that my neighborhood has a pool, but it isn't free so it can be costly ($4 per person) to go too much. Katie and I shared a 20-pass booklet that she bought in the beginning of June and I had to buy another one this past Monday. It doesn't seem like we have gone that much, but I guess we have. It is a lot of work packing up the kiddos and all of our stuff (and packing lunch), but it is really nice to be outside in the refreshing water on these hot days.

I took this video a month ago and since then, Jake has become much more comfortable in the water. When we were in the baby pool this past Monday, he was jetting around in his float. He is able to move around the pool on his own and he doesn't really "need" me to help him out. He even wanted to walk around in the pool without his float, although he soon learned that it wasn't as easy as he thought it was going to be! (Don't worry, I didn't let him go under!)

I am really glad that he likes the water so much and he doesn't seem to be afraid of it. He doesn't mind if his face gets wet and he really likes to splash! Hopefully I will be able to get more video in the weeks to come so I can document his progress. He is such a joy to be around and I am so thankful that I get to spend everyday with him doing such fun things.