Monday, February 25, 2013

Moving on Up

Last week was a crazy week for us.  Chris had signed up for a training course out of town so I spent the week alone with the boys shuttling everyone back and forth and trying to keep my sanity while maintaining the house and getting everyone fed.  It was a long week and I was happy when Friday evening rolled around and Chris arrived home.  I really don't think I could handle a husband who travels all the time for work.  One week was enough for me so I don't envy those who frequently have to deal with the absence of a second set of hands at home.  I told Chris when he got home that he had missed a lot during the week because Little Man was suddenly talking more and more of a daredevil than before he left.  Also, we had another big change happen last week.

Wednesday morning I walked into daycare and Jackson's teacher told me the director was wanting to meet with about moving Jackson up.  I was a little surprised by this because I had already received a note home that they were creating a 1 year old class and moving all the "older babies" out of the infant room into a new class since they had so many infants now and the older kids in the room really needed more activity time.  I was ready for this move and I welcomed it because I agreed that Jackson was ready for more than what the infant room was offering him.  We loved his teachers though and we were going to be sad to move up from the infant class.

It turns out the director had decided to group the children based on their school year.  Rather than moving Jackson to the 1 year old room, she wanted to move him to the 2 year old room with his former classmates from the infant room.  The idea behind this was that all the kids would move up through the daycare together and start school at the same time.  I guess it is a good idea in theory but this mama is not ready for her baby to grow up.  I know I can't stop it but that doesn't mean I have to help it along.  So Friday morning was his first day in the 2 year old class (they didn't give me much time to prepare for it).  We shall see how this goes. Hopefully he will adjust well.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Meme...because I need to post something

Copied from one of the other Julies because she tagged everybody and since I am failing miserably at the blogging once a week thing.

Do you have any strange phobias?

I have a few actually. Sharp objects and hot objects, know...such as knifes and ovens, which makes cooking fun.  Also escalators thanks to witnessing a little girl fall down one when I was a child.

Do you sleep with or without clothes on?

Always with clothes on.  After all, what would you do if you need to quickly leave the house in the middle of the night.

If you are outside, what are you most likely doing?

Wishing I was back instead.

Simple but extremely complex. Favorite band?

I would have to go with Rascal Flatts even though I haven't downloaded any of their music in a while.

Do you believe in karma?

To extent.  I haven't definitely seen karma in action.

Who is your celebrity crush? 

Channing Tatum

What’s a sound you hate; sound you love?

Hate: Metal chairs scraping across a concrete floor 
Love: Jackson laughing

Choose: East Coast or West Coast?

East Coast

What was the last book you read?

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares...yes, I've read all of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books.

Do you like the smell of gasoline?

It's not my favorite.

Do you have any nicknames? 

Jules, Rotten, JulieBoog

What was the last movie you saw?

Chris and I saw Les Miz on our date night last month.

What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?

I pulled my groin muscle once and I could barely walk for two weeks.

What’s the last thing you purchased?

Groceries for the week

Can you touch your nose with your tongue?


Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?

Um no...there isn't a lot of pink in my house of all boys.

What’s your favorite animal?
Dog...beagle in particular.

What were you doing last night at 12 AM?


What’s a song that always makes you happy when you hear it? many!  Celebrate, Dancing Queen, Devil Went Down to Georgia...just to name a few.

What is the single best decision you have made in your life so far?

Moving to Austin after my divorce rather than heading back to Mobile.

What’s the last song you listened to?

Help Me Remember by Rascal Flatts

What is your current desktop picture?

You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what’s even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What is that power?I would love the ability to be able to read people's minds.

You can re-live any point of time in your life. The time-span can only be a half-hour, though. What half-hour of your past would you like to experience again?

I would probably pick a half hour after Jackson was born. I just feel like I didn't get enough time with him when he was tiny.  I didn't even get to hold him until a day after he was born.

You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go?
Hawaii, Europe, Orlando, New York...I'd take anywhere just about right now.

Tag, you're it!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

18 Months

I feel like I have said it at every age but I am really loving Jackson at 18 months. I am really starting to see the person my son is going to become one day. He has learned so much the last 6 months that he never ceases to amaze me with what he knows now. Just last night he pointed to his sippy cup and said Elmo to acknowledge who was on his cup. That was the first time he has pointed out something instead of just saying random words.

I wanted to make sure I captured some of the things he has done because these are moments I don't want to forget. During our Christmas trip, we stopped at Cracker Barrel for dinner. I handed him a fork just to calm him down and was surprised that not only did he know how to use it but he could. That has really changed meal time for us because J wants to fed himself exclusively now. That can be fun and frustrating at time.

Another fun thing he has done is learn some simple sign language to be able to communicate with us easier. His language development has really grown even in the last month. I honestly think we get at least one new word a day.

My boy loves to dance and loves music. I really hope this means he is going to be musical as he gets older. One night I flipped the TV over to Les Miz in Concert. He was totally fascinated and sucked in to the music. He still loves Veggie Tales but has added Elmo to his favorites. He gives kisses and says bye when it's bedtime. He is just such a sweet but curious child.

Now it's not all fun and games. Some days are really frustrating. He is so independent that he wants to do everything himself. That isn't always possible and can lead to some major meltdowns if he doesn't get his way. We are almost at the point of forgoing eating out until he matures a bit because I can't handle the meltdowns in a public setting. I really don't want to bother anyone or be "that" parent so public outings might be limited for awhile.