Welcome to our journey!

If you are new to our blog, you may want to start with Beginnings - Part 1 and Part 2 to catch you up to speed on Jackson's arrival on December 11th, 2010 (yup, 12/11/10).

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Back to Reality

Coming back from a vacation, whether short or long, always requires a bit of an adjustment period.  This time around, it seems a little bit harder...and perhaps its because we have a little one who required some adjusting as well and/or perhaps it has to do with the looming school year ahead.  All I know is that I still have a load of beach towels in the dryer that has yet to be folded. 

Jackson decided that upon his return from the beach, he would get up at 5am.  Now normally we usually get up somewhere between 6 and 7...so basically what I'm trying to say is that the sun should be on his way up.  It took Jackson about 5 days to get back to his normal wakeup and unfortunately during this time, I was having a hard time sleeping.  Not very fair, huh?  It always feels so good to come home and get in your own bed, so I have no idea what has caused this period of tossing and turning. 

Jackson also decided that napping in his cribs is for sissies.  After two weeks of sleeping on the beach or in someone's arms, it was once again, an adjustment back to the crib.  He's never been the best napper, but we're back on track to get in at least one decent nap in his crib. 

That's not your crib.

On the first Tuesday we were back, we headed over to Star Cranial in Columbia to get Jackson's head scanned and have pictures taken.  Normal asymmetry is somewhere between 0-6mm.  Jackson's is 22mm.  So we ordered a helmet and waited for its arrival.

In the meantime, Jackson has gotten much more aware of the cats.  He generally tries to grab the cats fur and yank the cat around...but he also seems to be greatly fascinated by the tail.  Surprisingly, Neko (big, fat, mean cat) has been very tolerant of Jackson...even when he managed to roll halfway on top of her, all she did was give him a little sniff.  And if you've ever met this cat, you'd be amazed that we didn't have to bring out the bandages and Neosporin. 

Jackson and Coleslaw

Mmm, cat hair.

Let me grab your face

So that brings us to today...where I'm very sleepy as I did not sleep well last night (woke up every 1/2 hour or so)...but today Jackson is 8 months old!  And for his 8 month birthday, we got him a very expensive helmet.  We have been spending the day getting used to the helmet and I am at this very moment enjoying naptime (he doesn't have to wear it during naps on the first or second days).  By the time I posted this naptime came and went...post not done...The biggest issue seems to be getting it on his head, but once its on, he does...okay.  Distraction seems to be key...and wine...to end my day with. 

But on a brighter note...he's 8 months old!  He's doing really well sitting up, with help of course...and it seems like his PT has taken a turn from working on rolling over to working on sitting up from a laying down position. 

The day after we returned from the beach we were sitting on the couch playing with Jackson and he was making his "cough-laugh" noise.  Adam said, "I guess that's gonna be his laugh."  And literally within a few minutes Jackson laughed...actually laughed...a real giggle...it was the best sound ever!  We got him going for a good 10 minutes or so.  Haven't heard it since...but I know its in there...just waiting to erupt. 

Happy Thursday...


  1. Dear Jackson,

    This post made us very sad because we realize how fast you are already growing and all the things we will miss over the next 10 months. Eights months looks good on you, smiles and helmet to boot! You are dearly loved and this blog has made our hearts very happy. PS. You look just like your dad.

    All our love,
    Uncle Josh and Aunt Lacey

  2. Dear Cousin Lacey,

    Stop making me cry.

    Love Cousin Jill

    Jackson looks so stinking cute in his helmet and I can't wait to see him. If you need any help next week please let me know. I miss him!!!

  3. What a sweet little cutie! That is one incredible smile!