Jack let us sleep until 8 am on Xmas morning. When he did wake up, he proceeded to jump up and down in his crib and holler loudly, as is his usual morning custom. I gave him a cup of whole milk while I changed him, then we walked hand in hand into the front room where the tree was all lit up, with all the presents stuffed underneath it.
Beneath the tree, Jack found a star shaped light all lit up, to which he exclaimed “WOW” over and over again.
He also found a set of large baby legos in assorted colors, and he liked those very much too. By this time, Jacks daddy and grammy were both awake and readying themselves for the event about to unfold.
Before long, Jack was being swallowed up by paper and bows and more toys than he knew what to do with, and soon enough he became very cranky and needed to lay down, and he wasn’t even thru unwrapping yet.
While Jack napped, I showered and dressed and then set to work in the kitchen. I didn’t have much cooking to do, I was just making mashed potatoes that I was taking over to Jacks auntie Kim’s house because we were having Xmas dinner over there with the rest of the family.
We left the house around 1:30 pm and made the short drive over to Jack’s auntie Kim and uncle Dan’s house. Jack’s arrival went over without incident, and he settled in quite nicely. He was especially fond of the ceiling fan in her dining room ( we don’t have any ceiling fans) and kept exclaiming “WOW” as he was obviously impressed. Auntie Kims house also has stairs (we don’t) (knocks on wood) and Jack was obsessed with walking up and down them with either his daddy or my assistance.
After opening more gifts as a family, we sat down to a beautiful dinner prepared by Jacks’s uncle Dan. Jack didn’t eat as much as I would have liked. Between the stairs and the ceiling fan, he was preoccupied. By nightfall, we were all completely wore out and 6:30 pm felt more like 10:30 pm, so we loaded up the car and drove home under the full Xmas moon.
Mama + Dada + Jack
My Nephew and I
Jack + Mama
Jack + Cousin Ryan
Jack + Uncle Dan
Jack and Mama
My Nephew and I
Mama + Dada + Jack
Jack is going everywhere at top speed all the time. He loves to talk and talk and talk, and sometimes we can even understand him. He also enjoys laughing, yelling, fake sneezing, fake coughing, and dancing with the use of just his arms. He enjoys books very much, but lately, he prefers to read the book to us, and sometimes he even holds the book right side up. Peppa Pig is still his most favorite cartoon show/thing to watch while he eat’s breakfast.
Jack has also been playing with his small wooden blocks more and more and has learned to stack them one on top of the other. When he first started learning how to stack the small wooden blocks, his daddy and I would clap and get excited every time he managed to successfully stack one. Jack would be too eager and his hand would jerk with excitement and the blocks would fall. Now, Jack has learned to go patient and carefully with the blocks and he can stack them up very high, and he always claps and smiles with delight, as do we.
Hubby has really gotten the hang of his daddy daycare gig *knocks on wood* and Jack is still enjoying their special time together and behaving himself, *knocks on wood again.* It’s nice to come home after a long day and find the two of them playing together sweetly. I especially love it when Jack sees me come thru the door after I’ve been away all day and he greets me with a loud “HI” and a wide toothy smile. Jack is usually more likely to give me kisses if he hasn’t seen me all day which is precious.
As for me, I have finally finished my holiday to-do list and am trying to relax on my down time from work, because the weeks and months ahead are going to be more hectic than usual. I’ve got extra hours at work plus dental appointments (which I dread). I’m also getting everything in order for school in the spring, I am taking two classes to start, which may not seem like a lot, but it’s all I can handle at this time. I am looking forward to meeting the new challenges, and I am confident in my abilities, especially with my family here to support me.