Category Archives: Milestones

Jack is Four

Jack turned four years old last weekend, and we celebrated with pizza, cake, ice cream, balloons, presents, and MONSTER JAM! We had a total blast, and as of yesterday, we’re still recovering.

My plan, (don’t laugh) is that now Jack is four, to start making him sit for practical homeschool lessons. We’ve been focusing on letters and numbers, what they are, where they go, and who they belong to for much of this past year. I’d like to advance into handwriting this year.

Jack draws, he draws cute little stick people, but that’s a relatively recent development.


I got him a new chapter book for his birthday, I read it to him, of course, and the lack of pictures tortures him but it impressed by the presence of so many letters.

Jack is still really into vehicles and play acting. He’s always acting out little scenes and monologues and telling us stories, and that’s how he processes new information and stores it in memory. He also likes to teach his little-stuffed animals their colors and numbers etc., and it’s adorable.

Anyway, here are some pictures of us from the last few weeks.




What will I do, when my baby turns two?

As I push my front door open, after a long shift at work, I am greeted with an excited “HI!” from Jack as he charges into my arms, jabbering all the while, as he tells me about his day. Greetings such as this warm my chilly little heart after a long day of “customer service.” These giant and verbal greetings remind me of a time when Jack was not so giant or so verbal.
My first mothers day Jack was in the NICU. Jeremy and I arrived that morning, Jacks bed was surrounded by nurses trying to get a blood catheter in him because they were taking blood from him so frequently, and he was still so tiny, he was going to need a blood transfusion ( a bag of blood from a donor) that afternoon. My husband and I stood in silence as we watched the nurses do what only they could until one of them turned around to face us, requesting that we wait in the lounge. Our devastated gaze was making them anxious, and they were already struggling to get the needle in somewhere useful. We obliged, and when they were done, we returned to the NICU to find our baby boy with a plastic needle catheter inserted into his tender scalp. We visited with him while he rested and, I recited my ritual mantra to him; ” I love you. I am proud of you. You can do this. You are the strongest person I know.”
All around us, the NICU hummed with intense daytime activity. After a brief visit with Jack, my husband and I decided to let him continue to rest comfortably. We returned later that night, and my favorite nurse was at Jacks bedside. She knew we were coming in ahead of time, and she had given Jack a bath and put him in his pajamas. Jack was relaxing in his incubator as I lifted his blanket to peek inside. When I opened the little door near his face to say hello, his eyes popped open, the look of recognition on his face was undeniable. “How’s mama’s baby Jack!?” I said as he thrust his hand upward. I gave him my hand, and he gripped my index finger. We stayed there like that for a long time. It felt so good to be greeted by him, after a traumatic morning. Jack knew his mama, that much was undeniable to me, to Jeremy, and to the NICU nurse as well.
With Jack’s second birthday fast approaching, I am reflecting on how far we have come in such a relatively short amount of time. Jack continues to amaze us with his size, his strength, his sense of humor, his personality, his cleverness, and abstract and critical thinking skills, his courage, and his sensitivity, as well as his good looks.









15 months 1 day old.

Yesterday, Jack turned 15 months old. My husband wants to know when we stop counting the months, and just go by the years. I laughed and explained how it works. He made me promise that when Jack turns two, we just say he’s two.

Getting Around

Jack has taken his first steps! He can take about 4-6 steps by himself. Right now he’s more confident walking while holding our hands, we are like his training wheels. He will only walk by himself randomly, and if we insist that he walk by himself, he has a total meltdown. So were just going with it until he feels ready.

Tell Me About It

Jack is learning new words all of the time, and he jabbers in his own language constantly, always with lots of hand gestures for emphasis. He also sings, and experiments with different ranges of volume and tone of voice.

Hungry Jack

Jack’s appetite keeps getting bigger and bigger, and I don’t have to mash up his food anymore. Yay! His favorite foods are avocados and bananas, his favorite meals are burritos, pizza, and pasta.

Boys Just Wanna Have Fun

Jack is totally fascinated by our dogs and cats, by the cars in the street, and by the grass, trees, flowers and bees in our yard. Jack’s favorite toys are his hot wheels, his Uncle Ru gave him a whole bunch of them too! He loves to read his baby board books. He turns the pages, and points at the pictures, and jabbers away. He smiles and giggles when we read the book with all of the baby face pictures. Jack does things to make us laugh on purpose, always with his adorable gaped tooth grin.

Bye Bye

Jack still gets a big kick out of the grocery store and going ‘bye-bye’ in general. He tells his Grammy “bye” whenever he sees her in her hospital scrubs, as he knows she’s going to work.

Little Mimic

Jack loves to play with sidewalk chalk, he holds the chalk and makes tiny little marks on the cement as he mimics me. Last Saturday morning Jack and I were watching Sesame Street and Jack kept trying to mimic Elmo’s voice!

It’s A Guy Thing

Jack is wanting his Dad more and more for certain things lately. I love watching Jack with his Dad, they are just too adorable together, like a dream come true.

Growing Like A Weed

Last night, as I was rocking Jack to sleep in his bedroom, I thought about how big he is now, how he’s more like a little boy, and less like a baby every day. It made me cry. I am so grateful, though, for my big strong boy. My arms and my heart grow fuller every day.