Wow, as I hang out with my boys today I cannot believe that one week from today will be my little baby boy's 1st Birthday. AJ stop growing up!!! But I really don't think he is listening. :) He is having such a great time with his new independence. Crawling all over the place and pulling himself up on things and then you see his happy little face with this huge smile and you can see how proud he is. He really is becoming his own little person now and I love it. Even starting to say a few words...as you know...car, ma, da and today he is working on block. :) So cute. And he is also my little eater. He is loving solid food that we dice up. He loves strawberries, blueberries, steamed carrots, pasta, rice, pancakes and yogurt. I think he is getting ready to not like baby food as much as sometimes he fights us on it. Maybe he will outgrow it fast just like he did with his bottle when he started preferring a sippy cup at 9 months old. He loves playing and is often taking things out of containers and then putting them all back in...as he is doing as I sit here. :) He is pulling cars in and out of a bucket. At least he cleans up after himself. :D But I love my little AJ and am having so much fun watching him grow up.
As for Jake, he is doing great. His verbal is coming along and so now we hear him say his brother's name instead of just "Brader" and he will ask me things like "mommy where did AJ's pacifier go" (yeah we don't even say pacifier and he says it perfectly lol), and we got him to say "apple" this week instead of leaving the "p"s out like he did before. So we are very very proud of our little man. :) He is also still loving his swim lessons and has two more left. He does pretty well and while he is at the younger end of the class (3-5 year olds) he is doing most of the things he is asked. He still has no fear though and so we will probably be keeping him in for a while till he can at least float. :) But he LOVES jumping in and splashing around with his new swim friends.
Well enough catching up...onto the pictures....which are also catching up...I promise to get some newer ones on soon. :)
This is from when we were still in SLO...Jake with his Aunt Bethany. He really enjoyed getting to know her this trip and she became one of his favorite people. :)
I had to put this one in as it is one of the last pictures I got of that adorable gumby smile, he got his first tooth on his 11 month birthday
And I have shared about Jake's love of helping with laundry, but I wanted to share some of his skills.
He is quite good at bringing them upstairs for me...
...and will even hang them up...although I did not have the heart to tell him that we do not need to hang up the dry laundry. :) So proud of himself!!!
And no this is not a baby picture of Jake....little AJ now loves to sleep on his stomach and sometimes sticks his little rear in the air as his brother often did.
Jake teaching AJ the joys of his farmhouse in our new playroom. We always seemed to play in here anyway and so we moved some furniture and brought all the toys in...they both LOVE it. First thing that Jake asks for in the morning is "playroom."
I love how these two adore each other
And Jake's 1st Swim Lesson without one of us being in there with him. He did really great and did not seem to miss us at all. He was having a great time kicking and splashing until...
...he decided to just jump in, and his teacher had to fish him out. That's my boy!!! :)
Jake can now use the ladder to get in and out...such a big boy
Working with the kick board with his teacher
His swim friends
And his favorite part of the class is the end when he gets to jump in...surprise surprise :D