Sunday, January 11, 2009

Jack is 1 year old!

Can you believe it? It has been a whole year, almost to the hour, since Jack was born. Steve and I are both in awe.

Here are the 1 year photos. It turns out taking portraits of a 1-year-old is incredibly difficult.





Jack's special day started at 6 a.m. Luckily, he went back to sleep and woke up for real around 7. Jack and I played in the living room for a little while with Breyer while Dad got a few extra winks. He made us pancakes for breakfast, and we wanted to make sure he had enough rest for the job!

After breakfast, we played in the basement. This is fairly regular. He went down for a nap finally around 10:30 and woke up just in time for the big party.

We celebrated this significant event with a small family party. The party had a Curious George theme for our little curious monkey. Steve even found a way to get a monkey cake without sacrificing Jack's college fund. We all had lots of fun, as is usually the case when we hang out with our families.

The party started at noon and ended up lasting until almost 4p.m. We had pizza for lunch along with the chocolate cake (fudge filling and whipped cream frosting). We played in the basement, opened presents, enjoyed a fire in the fireplace. Overall, it was a very fun afternoon!

Here are the pictures. Of course, there are a ton, so there are more on Flickr. My sister Susie has some good ones too, especially of the blowing out of the candle. Hopefully she'll post those or send them over to me so I can post them.

Waking up from a nap with Nana. Is there anything better?

Pizza lunch

Getting the cake ready


First bite of cake!

Yum, frosting!


The end result


Just a fun face!

Monkey mask

After the party, Connie and Kim came back with Bruno for a visit. He and Breyer had a great first meeting!

Alright, now on to the second year!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

News but no photos

Jack is turning 1 on Sunday, so I am going to try to do one last update about him before the big day. He is growing and developing so quickly, it's really hard to keep up.

The new thing this week, eating. I know, he was already eating solid, real foods. But this week he had his first full meal without any baby food. He's eaten pretty well this week all told. He had Salisbury steak, Chicken Parmesan, a hamburger, french toast, a blueberry muffin, and that's just at school. Tonight for dinner, he and I had barbecued chicken, steamed broccoli, Stove Top stuffing and applesauce. It's pretty fun to just have to make one meal for us. Of course, it does mean I have to cook; no just throwing a pot of noodles together and calling it dinner.

I'd have to say his favorite foods are veggies. He also likes fruit and chicken, but there's really not a veggie this kid won't try and like. I thought he was going to dislike peas since he wouldn't touch them the other night at home, but his teachers say he ate them well at school the other day.

The walking is progressing too. He's been taking steps at school now. He's even getting risky and letting go of stuff without really knowing where to hold onto next. Luckily, he has also learned how to fall on his butt.

Well, I think that's about it. Our baby is turning one on Sunday, and by all accounts, is definitely ready to be a little boy!