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Tickle Monsters

August 30, 2008 10:24 am

A few weeks ago, Steve’s mom sent Jace a book with accompanying finger puppets — The Tickle Monsters! Jace absolutely loves these (thank you!), and he instantly figured out how to operate his tickle monster finger puppets on his own (so that he can be the tickler and not just the ticklee).

All four Tickle Monsters:

Image: Four tickle monsters

Jace preparing to engage a Tickle Monster:

Image: Preparing the monster

Tickle Monster!

Image: Tickle Monster!

Climbing in

August 28, 2008 8:33 am

Xander, what are you doing in that baby cage?

Image: Xander in pack'n'play

Don’t worry, I’ll save you…

Image: Climbing in

(photos courtesy of Xander’s parents)

Little Monkey

August 27, 2008 8:17 pm

Jace’s nickname has definitely morphed from piglet to monkey. The other morning I look over at where he was playing in the corner with his garage and found him standing on top it. This evening he climbed up the down side of the slide and then later, onto the coffee table.

And the best part is when you pick him up and he clings to you like a baby monkey. Those are some of the best hugs out there. Well, until you need to put him down and find that after you have let go, he is still hanging there.

Independence

8:13 pm

Jace has been trying to declare his independence of late. If you try to hold his hand while walking and guide him in a certain direction (like your intended destination), he plants his feet and tries to wriggle out of your grasp. If that fails and you try to pull him, he sits down.

He is also trying to feed himself. Sometimes the spoon even goes into the mouth, the right way up, with food on it! And sometimes it is upside down, backwards, and the food splats on the tray.

Right now the food has to be something sticky like oatmeal or hummus but we are heading the right direction.

Walking and Talking

August 23, 2008 1:42 pm

Though we didn’t manage to say anything about it here at the time, Jace has been walking for a couple months now. He spent a couple days acting as though he was being followed around by a basketball referee (take just two steps and keep a pivot foot), and then went straight into walking as the primary mode of transportation, never really crawling again. This turned out to be a bit hazardous, since he hadn’t yet (still hasn’t, really) learned to look where he’s going, and the sport of being a toddler has resulted in a few minor injuries. Nevertheless, he’s more or less survived thus far.

His next big trick is talking and singing.

So far his vocabulary consists of the words “Uh-oh” and “Hi” (I think actually that’s probably the Japanese “Hai!”, used to indicate agreement). He occasionally comes out with the word “No”, and when we left him with the Sim clan for the weekend, Caroline tells us that he finished a bottle, lay back, stretched, and said quite clearly, “Ahhh… I like that.” Jace also chatters away, combining random collections of D’s, G’s, and Zh’s in unbroken sentences, the length of which easily rival those of my world history professor in college.

And then there’s the singing. Despite the inability to say any of the words, he does easily recognizable renditions of the happy birthday song and the alphabet song. I’m about to get started working on teaching him Stairway to Heaven, just so he can expand his repertoire a bit.

New Photos and Album

August 1, 2008 3:03 pm

I have added a couple of final photos to Jace’s 6-12 month album and started a 1 year old album. As I write more posts regarding our adventures, remember to check back in the albums to see additional pictures. Enjoy

Maryland

2:23 pm

Our first trip was to Maryland to go to the beach and see some of Steve’s family. His grandfather lives down there in Bethesda and several aunts and uncles live in the area as well. We flew into BWI so we could meet up with Grandpa Carter before heading off to his farmhouse near the beach in Bishopville. Flying with a one year old is much different from flying with a 6 month old. Then he was happy to sit in our lap and nap while this time all he wanted to do was move. On our way down we were stuck in Boston Logan Airport for several hours while Delta tried to find us a pilot. Don’t ask me how you lose a pilot, but somehow they did. While this frustrated me to no end, Jace was super happy trying out his new walking skills on the carpeted gate area and flirting with all the other stranded people. Once we finally got on the plane, he wasn’t quite as happy. Trying to hold on to a squirming one year old for an hour long flight is much harder than you would think. Despite the best efforts of the flight attendant to distract him and me feeding him cheerios one at a time, he was miserable. We got him his own seat for our trip to Denver in October so we can strap him into his carseat.

Once we got to Maryland we had a great time meeting up with Grandpa Carter and his friend Gladys for the afternoon and dinner. Jace and GGC (Great Grandpa Carter) had fun walking around the backyard together.

After dinner we headed out to Bishopville with Steve’s sister Cindy. The farmhouse was great. Jace got to try climbing stairs for the first time and mastered going up in no time. Coming back down is a lot harder. Steve’s parents joined us the next day along with his aunt, cousins and their little baby and we met up with other relatives who were in the area. It was great to see everyone but if you have ever wondered where Steve gets his mellowness from, just hang out with his family for the weekend. Everyone is so relaxed and unstructured that I, the person who lives on plans and schedules, felt like a fish out of water. Jace seemed to do just fine and we did manage to do everything we had wanted to do. Played minigolf, ate crabs, visited with family, went to the beach, relaxed etc.

You may remember that the last time we took Jace to the beach he was 6 weeks old. He slept through most of it and, when he got dunked in ocean, he got sweet revenge by peeing on Steve. This time he was totally into it. He loved watching the waves crashing on the shore, liked hanging out in the water and didn’t even mind when a wave crashed all over us as we sat at the edge of the ocean. He even tried eating the sand but quickly learned by the second mouthful that it really isn’t meant to be eaten as he opened his mouth and stuck out his tongue until I scraped the sand out.

While we were in Maryland, Jace turned one so we had a little birthday celebration for him with icecream cake and some birthday presents. Not a big party or anything but we marked the occasion and he really is too young to know any different. He certainly loves his new books, “baby ipod” and icecream cake.

(C) Steve and Heather Leibman, 2007.