Thursday, December 25, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
It was fun to have a little reunion with our friends from Albuquerque. We met the Martins at our church in Albuquerque last year and then they moved to Dayton at the end of the summer for Chris to earn his PhD. Now the Martins attend Paul and Vashti's church in Dayton!
I have been trying for a really long time to catch Jonah's "babbling" on video. I finally got some. First he counts to three, then he goes on to tell us whatever else is on his mind. This babbling is constant in our house. I imagine that once he can really speak full sentences it'll be all over. I think he'll be one of those kids who just never stops talking.
The little kids were getting into too much mischief as we were trying to make dinner so we stuck them all in the playpen. A wonderful invention!
We had a great visit with Jon's family at his parents' farm. Jon's brother Chris and his family came out from Colorado so we were all there: nine adults (Jon's grandma came out as well) and twelve kids. Thankfully the weather was fairly mild and the kids got to spend a lot of time outside. It was a little crazy when everyone was in the house. Even Grandma commented that the place was, "swarming with children."
Monday, November 10, 2008
He says "Jesus" and "Bible" and will chime in with me whenever I sing Jesus Loves Me.
He says "E-I-E-I-O" and repeats all the animal sounds of Old MacDonald. Cow, moo, nay, doggie, ruff, kitty, meow (pronounced "Bee-owwwwww"), ba. He also says turtle.
"Duck" is by far his favorite animal and favorite word. When in doubt he says "Duck!" All animals are duck until you can convince him otherwise and he'll often look out the window and pronounce "DUCK!" even though there is no duck or any animal of any sort to be seen.
He loves shoes "sehs" and socks "ocks". He enjoys taking them off, putting them on, and carrying them around. He always takes off his socks during naps and greets me when I go to get him by holding out a sock and saying "ock". He says shirt, pants, hat, and jackie (jacket).
When I bend down and ask for a huggy he comes running into my arms shouting "Huggy!"
He says "diaper" and has even occasionally told me when he had "poo poos".
He can say a whole slew of food-related words including breakfast (okay, it's a stretch, but I know he's saying it), lunchie, snack, cracker, cheese, nut, peach, peas, bean, juice, milk, tato (for potato) nana (for banana), cado (for avocado), more, all done, hungy (for hungry) and yummy. The last few mornings when I told him we were going downstairs for breakfast and he said "breakfast" and proceeded to tell me what he was going to have: "oh-dirt" (yogurt) and "chee-uhs" (Cheerios) and milk.
He says please when prompted and says thank-you, sometimes even without prompting.
He says "boogers" and "gross" (sounds like goss) when I have to wipe his nose.
He says "nose" and "ears" (sounds more like "is") and occasionally "mouth" and can correctly point to them.
One of the cutest things he does is play peek-a-boo. He puts his hands to his temples (he hasn't figured out that he should cover his eyes) and then pulls his hands away saying "Pee-boww". He says pee-bo whenever I pull a shirt over his head or pull his hands through his sleeves. Once Jon put him under the covers in our bed and he started repeating pee-bo over and over apparantly thinking that if he couldn't see Mommy all he had to do was say pee-bo and she would magically appear.
He will stand in front of the dish washer or the cat food dish and say, "No no touch".
He will hand me the TV remote and say "Mommy's". (He is not allowed to have the remote and when he's not allowed to have things I often say, "That's Mommy's")
When he sees a picture of himself or any baby he says, "Baby!"
He loves Thomas the train. He says "books" and will bring me a Thomas book announcing "Babus!" He'll identify a train in any other book as "Babus".
He gives high fives and says something that generally resembles high five. He will usually explode with an expressive "AHHH" whenever you give the high five.
He has to say "hi" and "bye bye" to just about everyone he sees. Sometimes I feel bad for him when we're in a store and people don't realize he's saying hi and don't respond to him. Whenever I say we're going to go he says "go go go". He usually says "up" when we ask if he wants to get out of his high chair, but he sometimes says "out" too.
He says "ni ni" when it's time for bed.
He says Daddy, Mommy, Grandpa (it sounds more like Bahpa), Maggie (the cat), Elsa (his friend) and Alina (the cleaning lady).
But even with all the words he says, it's just as much fun to participate with him in animated conversations with no real words at all. He uses all these very serious, adult-looking facial expressions to accompany his baby babble and I can tell he is expressing his deepest thoughts - none of this baby-stuff of single words.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Jonah's friend Elsa joined us for trick-or-treating around the cul de sac.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Cousins Jake and Joe help Jonah open his presents. He received books, an outfit, and a really fun train toy.
I finally got a good video of Jonah walking. I just couldn't catch him on video by myself. By the time I got him ready to go and walked away to video him he had run off in another direction. So Kelly held onto him until I was ready and he sprinted toward me as soon as she let go!
The classic cake-covered baby.
Jonah and Oliver play with the new train toy and dance to the music.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Blueberries are by far his favorite food. He pops them into his mouth as soon as they hit the tray. I have to put the carton out of sight or he will keep wanting more no matter how many he's already had.
This video shows a very happy eater. The only thing that could possibly distract him from his food is the appearance of the kitty.
We left Albuquerque on July 23rd for our family vacation in Illinois and Michigan. Jon ended up finding a job near Wheaton and we decided to move back. So we lived out of our vacation suitcases for over a month until Jon was able to go back and move our stuff last weekend.
Jonah and his cousin, Oliver. Not quite ready for the big leagues.