Traveling Time

Jason took his second plane trip last week…to Minnesota again to see Mommy’s relatives. He had a fun stay with his Great Uncle Nick and Great Aunt Bernie and got to play with Cousin Ben. Then it was down to the farm with Great-Grandma for more adventures, and briefly up to the Twin Cities before heading back home.

Staying entertained on the long plane rides was a bit challenging, but overall Jason did very well, and charmed everyone. His new trick involves holding his hand way up over his head when asked how big he is. To the follow-up question “How did you get so big?” he answers, “Grow, grow, grow!” (Which makes “grow” one of four words in his vocabulary, the others being “Momma,” “Dadda” and, for some reason, “truck”!)

For now, Jason is glad to be back home in familiar surroundings and with his favorite toys. Mommy asked him to make his toy train go “Toot, toot” but he pressed the wrong button and got a different sound out of it. So when it finished, he said, “Toot, toot!” himself, just to make Mommy happy.

And so it did.

Happy Birthday!

Incredible as it seems, Jason is now one year old. But while it’s hard to believe it’s been a whole 12 months since he was born, it’s equally hard to imagine life without him around. What did we do with all that free time?

At his one-year checkup with the doctor, Jason came in at just over 25 pounds, so he’s slowing down with the weight gain. Similarly, his statistics are settling down into the 75%-80% range as far as height and head size. And luckily he just had one shot — a Chicken Pox vaccination — which is a lot less than expected.

After a good start at walking, Jason had a setback for a couple of weeks when he contracted an ear infection. It threw him off-balance and scared him away from standing up for a while. But with the example set by some neighbor boys — and the motivation of untold wonders forever on the other side of the room — he’s back on track and beginning to toddle around with the best of ’em.

11 Months and Cousin Alex!

Jason is doing great at 11 months. He’s working up to walking by standing unaided and walking/launching himself towards people and furniture. He likes to wave “hello” and “bye-bye”, says “Mama” and “Dada” and understands a lot more words than he can speak.

On March 15, Jason reached the 11-month mark and got a new cousin, Alexander Joseph. We all came up to Ohio to be here for the birth and Alex is definitely worth it…a real cutie. Jason is fascinated by him, and was very worried whenever Alex cried, adding his own whimpers and reaching out to Alex to “help.” He’s looking forward to lots of future visits when they can play together.

Jason’s also enjoying time with his Grandma and his Uncle Tommy. He did great on the trip up, especially given that it’s a whopping nine hours by car. We continue to be impressed with how well-behaved and sweet-natured he is.

Nine Months

Well, Jason hit the nine-month mark on Thursday, January 15, and went in for his checkup the next day. The best news was no shots (!), and he got a clean bill of health all the way around.

For those of you keeping stats, Jason’s now 29 1/2 inches tall (placing him in the 90th percentile), and — surprisingly to us — “just” 24 lbs, 3 oz (95th percentile). He’s making good use of his six teeth and has moved on to some finger foods like cookies, bread, cheerios, pear slices and bits of chicken.

He can pull himself up to his feet now while holding onto the coffee table, the couch or Mom and Dad, and when he decided he was really against taking a nap, he pulled himself up using the bars on his crib. He also likes letting go to stand on his own, but he gets so excited by this that he tries to jump up and down and lands on his bottom.

All I Want For Christmas…

Jason enjoyed his first Christmas, even though he didn’t quite know what to make of it all. The big hits, as expected, were the lights on the tree and all the wrapping paper. Some mornings he’d stare at the tree expectantly until we plugged it in, at which point he’d say, “Ahhh…”

There were some fun new toys, cool blocks and clothes to enjoy. Jason also got some neat new books that he loves us to sit down and read to him. Another hit was a teddy bear from Grandma that recites “The night before Christmas.” After a couple hundred repetitions, its safe to say Jason’s the only one in the house who isn’t sick of that poem by now. Though he’s bound to miss the bear after the holidays, it’s definitely going in a box with the Christmas decorations.

Like the old song, Jason got his two front teeth for Christmas, or near enough, with a couple more thrown in for good measure. Now he has his incisors plus one more on top and a single tooth in the bottom front.

Daddy had two weeks off and spent a lot of time babysitting. Now that he’s back at work everyone is having to adjust a bit. The next big event (scheduled, anyway) will be a nine-month check-up at the doctors’.