Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"Here, you try it mommy!"

On Sunday afternoon, Jack and I were hanging out and I was laying on the couch and all of a sudden he runs up to me and looked at me and pulled out his pacifier and tried to stuff it in my mouth!  I was shocked and excited...I guess he has figured out that his pacifier could techinically go in any mouth, not just his.  He must think "everyone uses a pacifier!"  Since he doesn't get a lot of interaction with other people/kids, I'm happy to see him attempt to share.  :) 
2 other funny/cute things:
1- On Sunday, Reid's brother and friend were over watching a soccer game and Uncle Scott is fascinated by Jack's ability to dance on cue.  So, Scott started slapping the floor to create a beat and all of a sudden Jack just starts dancing.  And he didn't stop for a long time.  I wish I would've had the video camera out.  Maybe next jam session.
2- Last night I had my volleyball game and Reid and Jack tagged along to watch.  My friend Amanda plays too and her husband and 11 month old was there as well.  Well, little Owen has started walking, but he's still in the indecisive stage of whether or not he can get there faster by crawling/walking.  So he was sitting on the floor and Jack walks over to him and kind of groans like, "Come on buddy!"  When Owen didn't get up, Jack walked around and sat right beside him.  It was just too cute (and another moment I wished I had the video camera).  Again, Jack doesn't spend much time with other kids, so I really enjoy seeing his interaction with Owen and friends, when we can get together. 
Hope you're having a lovely week!
Until next time...

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Well, it's here...the days of defiance have started.  :)  Jack began shaking his head 'no' at my request yesterday.  It caught me off guard and I had to laugh, so of course he thought it was funny when I laughed.  Jack was playing with the fireplace vent (we have a gas fireplace that is off at the moment) and I said, "No Jack, come away from there."  And he backed up against the wall, with his hand remaining on the vent, and gave me those devious eyes of his.  He knew I wanted him to come away from it, but he tested me.  Finally I said, "No Jack, come here."  And he shook his head 'no'!  I'm sure he'll continue to learn the uses for no.  But, secretly I'm excited that we've discovered another way to communicate with him, or rather for him to communicate with us.
Until next time...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

#8..next comes molars!

I found Jack's 8th tooth last night when we were brushing teeth.  It's #4 on top, his left incisor.  He's been working on it for 2 months!  Almost exactly 2 months to the day, his last tooth came in and we could already see this one trying to come through, at that time.  So, it's long overdue.  Now, I'm pretty sure he has a molar coming in...I feel the pointy edge and see white poking at the gums.  He's been gnawing on his hands and every toy he can fit in his mouth.  I thought maybe we'd get past that once his front teeth came in, but it's not letting up yet.  Luckily, he's been pretty happy recently. 
Jack's really into reading lately.  He sits and turns the pages and points at things and looks up as if to say, "What's that mommy?"  We're working on words continuously and he's starting to be very vocal.  He'll sit and sing to himself while he plays with his toys.  I wish I knew what he was thinking, but soon, we won't be able to get him to be quiet.  :) 
He's also very obsessed with his tongue these days.  He will stick it out, smack his lips, try to pull on his tongue.  It's so funny to see him run around with his tongue sticking out.  But, just another thing that makes us smile. 
Hope you're having a good weekend.  Until next time...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Not 1, not 2, but 3 special days!

The last few days have been full of celebration and fun for me.  On Sunday, it was my 2nd Mother's Day.  We had dinner at Reid's mother's house.  She cooked yummy lasagna and made and AWESOME big cake for me and Aunt Jayne (who's birthday was 5/5) and we had presents and played Catchphrase.  It was great to spend time with family. 
Jayne and I; May birthdays:
We took a picture of all the moms there (Judy, Grandma Peggy, Jayne, me).
Monday, Reid and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary.  It's been a whirlwind of two years, but I can't imagine doing any of it without Reid.  I unfortunately had to work, but Reid had the night off so Grandma Judy offered to keep Jack for a couple hours and we ate at Longhorn Steakhouse.  We got our own booth for 2 and had a meal fit for a king!  It was nice to have a couple hours of quiet together.  (THANK YOU JUDY!) 
 Here's a picture of our wedding day 5/10/08:
Here we are at a wedding a couple weekends ago.  My husband has changed a little!!
And yesterday was my 26th birthday!  I know, I know, it's a little crazy to smash all the special days in one, but it makes it easy for Reid to remember them all! ;)  I feel very loved and I'm extremely blessed.  I'm so thankful for another year of celebrations and I hope there are many more to come.
Until next time....

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Today is my 2nd Mother's Day and it has been wonderful!  I'm so blessed to have a beautiful son that makes me smile every day. 
Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers that I know!  Until next time...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Update here, update there...

It's been a little bit since I've updated...since the last time, we've added a new Kirby to our family!  Ella Valentine Kirby, 9lbs 2 ozs was born on 4/29/10 to Reid's brother Scott and his wife Tes'.  She is so incredibly sweet and looks like her daddy! 
I'm one proud aunt already!
This past weekend Jack spent his first overnight at Grandma Judy's while Reid and I attended a wedding in St. Louis.  It was a wonderful evening of "adult time", reconnecting with old friends.  And Jack did great!  Grandma said he slept from 8:30-8 when she woke him for church! 
We had our first "Parents As Teachers" visit yesterday and it was nice to get some more information about developmental cues and things we can do to encourage his continued growth mentally and physically.  She basically told us that Jack looks "completely normal".  :)  We talked about gaining independence, appetite changes at this stage, specific skills he's mastering, and sleep changes.  This was our 1st and only visit this school year.  I'm already looking forward to the things we'll learn next year.  When Kathy, our educator, left she said, "Jack will be a whole different kid next time I see you!"  And she's right, he changes every day! 
A few things that Jack has started doing in the last couple of weeks:
* He's waving when we say bye-bye.  It's more of a "come here" gesture, because his hand is turned upside down, but it's adorable.  He smiles so big and waves to a LOT of people now. 
* He has been mimicking the words "Thank you" and "good". 
*Jack LOVES reading his books.  Recently he's started bringing us books and wanting to crawl up in our lap and read, right before bed time. 
*He has learned how to sign "food" or "eat" when he wants food.  This has been one of the BEST ways to communicate, in just the one day he's been doing it.  We are definitely continuing to learn other signs. 
We're looking forward to another busy weekend.  Saturday is another wedding reception, Sunday is Mother's Day and Reid's mother is cooking for the family.  Monday is our 2 year wedding anniversary and Tuesday is my 26th birthday!  It's a big weekend/beginning of next week.  We're looking forward to some great memories to be made. 
Until next time....