Today’s Lessons

James learned about tons of new things today! But first… here is a nice family selfie from yesterday afternoon!

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And one more from yesterday… somebody is trying to pull himself up a little bit so his Pack n’ Play got lowered from the bassinet to the actual bottom play pen last night.  We definitely don’t want him to pull himself up in one heave and go right over the top, so better safe than sorry! He was pretty pleased with himself when his little head popped over the side and was looking around.

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Now some pictures from today!  This morning started off nice and early with some laundry basket fun.  He inspected from his belly, from sitting, from standing, from inside and outside and tipped on all sides.  James now knows his laundry basket as good as anybody ever could.  Sorry my pictures are kinda blurry today, a lot of them were taken as he or we were moving and I was trying to snap quick!

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After the laundry basket we decided to get out his tunnel.  We’ve never gotten it out before because he is still a little too small for it since he can’t crawl… but we decided to take a look anyways.  Lucky, the cat thought it was awesome.

WP_002402 WP_002406 WP_002407 WP_002408 WP_002409 WP_002410We sort of owe that cat anyways because James got a hold of her tail today and yanked her.  Although, she did walk into his room and plop herself down next to him and then sprawl on her back with her legs in the air and her tail dangling near his hands… so at the same time, she was sort of asking for it too. Plus, when he did yank her, she just stayed there… she could have easily gotten up and moved out of the room but she didn’t.  I did move her though myself after explaining to James that we have to be gentle and that yanking hurts the cat.  I figure only like 3 more years and he will remember, he is obviously too small right now to fully understand but it’s good to start reminding him right away so we do and this time was my fault because I wasn’t totally paying attention like I should have been.  Sorry cat!

James and I also managed to take two walks today.  The first was in the jogging stroller and I really wanted to go running.  We made it about two miles but he absolutely hated it so we had to come home.  I was pretty frustrated.  The second went a lot better and was a million times more fun but I had him in the carrier so we couldn’t go for long.  We made it another two miles on that walk.  That walk James got to touch pine trees, walk over a little bridge, look out at the water, touch several fire hydrants (red fire hydrants are his favourite apparently!), touch an ice machine thing (like those ones where you buy bags of ice from at a gas station etc.), touch the township payment box, and he got to gaze at an American flag for awhile too. Oh, and he checked out the baseball diamond and learned what bleachers were and went into the Husqvarna dealer for the first time.  It was actually my first time going in there too, we were checking to see how much a power broom rental is…$50/day, not too bad!

After our second walk and some chores inside, James and I went outside to sit in the front yard and enjoy the weather.  It was 70 today and a bit cloudy so it was a nice day to sit out without getting burnt.  I slathered him in sunscreen this morning which is probably part of the reason he was mad about our first walk! I’ll be super bummed the first day I miss part of him or it wears off and he gets burnt.  Today wasn’t that day though!

Outside in the front yard (Cora was pretty disappointed she didn’t come out too and she let us know it by looking sadly out the front door at us)…

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We brought out a bunch of toys to play with but the pine cone was by far the best.  We put a blanket down too.  It looks like there is grass but really our yard is tufts of grass and a lot of bare and/or gravelly patches from all of the sand being shoved on the road during the winter.  Our back yard doesn’t have gravel but the chickens are a bit stinky and the grass isn’t any better because it hasn’t fully grown in since we did our septic tank.  And, the backyard doesn’t have cool cars and trucks to watch on the road… those kept his interest a lot too.  James liked the daffodil a little bit but he stuffed his nose into it and it made him sneeze and he kept going back to the pine cone.  Feeling it and turning it and tasting it.  He must have tasted that pine cone half a dozen times and every time it was still a gross pine cone! Bonus for me though when we went inside to get a nap he smelled pine fresh!

Who’s Going to College?

This boy is going to college!

WP_002275Maybe not yet… or anytime soon, but we finally started his 529 college savings account and I’m very excited about it.  I’ve been really wanting to do it for a few months now.  We went back and put in the equivalent monthly contributions starting from when he was born and it will continue to grow now until he needs it.  I doubt we will be able to pay for his entire education but every little bit will help! Unlike some of the older prepaid or school/state specific 529 plans this one (which is run by Michigan) can be used at any school in any state.  You can choose to invest in any state’s plan regardless of whether you live there or not, but we benefit by choosing Michigan’s plan.  Besides that it is a better rated one, we also get tax benefits because we live in Michigan so it seemed like a good choice.

In current James news that photo above is from when he and I were planting herbs.  We picked out thyme, basil and cilantro to try and grow indoors. All was going well until I took the dirt away from him and wiped it off his face, hands and tray.  I did let him sample it, clearly thinking it would be gross and he would stop, but he kept on eating it.  I hope in his mind he was wondering “Geez mom what did you cook me for lunch? This isn’t like you…” and not “Just another day with mom’s cooking, I wonder if I should tell her this cake is really dry.” Ha. Either way he was pretty pissed when I made him stop eating dirt.  He flung his little arms wide and scowled at me and hollered.  I guess he really likes to garden!

WP_002272Above he is scoping out the planter.  My bad planning, I had already put the seeds in and then tipped it over for him to feel the dirt so I have no idea if anything will grow or where it will grow if it does. I have lots of seeds left though so if they don’t come up, we will just try again!  Below was him just starting to sample dirt.  It felt good in his hands, he liked squishing it, he was contemplating a taste and then he went for it… and went again, and again. And then fast forward to the top picture of an angry James 🙂 Poor guy!

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Playing in the Sink

Teething was still a bummer today, that darn tooth is so close but it just won’t poke itself through.  So we spent the day trying to find distractions and fun things to do around the house.  Mid-afternoon we decided that playing in the sink might be fun.  Not a bath, just some water time to explore!

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First, this morning pre-nap, our diversion was yanking everything out of the toy bin and then oogling the red netting like it was the best thing ever made. 🙂 Then we moved on to water play for the afternoon…WP_002241

I couldn’t figure out how to get the sink stopper to work right so we used his hospital bath bucket and let the water run out and over the side into the real sink.  Close enough! Lots of dish soap made some fun bubbles and a few kitchen accessories made it even better.

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This was his first time really getting to sit and explore how water comes out of the faucet.  I don’t think he believed that he couldn’t grab it at first.  We tried fast and slow and drips and different temperatures.  I had to hold him up because his bucket was very slippery and he was too distracted to balance very well.

WP_002243I think he had fun and it took up like a half an hour of our afternoon and was something new for him to learn about!

Later this afternoon Joe came home early to play with us and we had beans,greens and onion tacos for an early supper.  They weren’t bad but they were definitely healthy.  We are probably going to have some chilli cheese dip later (leftover from a few nights ago) with some tortilla chips to make up for it! After supper we played with James in his room for awhile and then it was bath and bedtime.  He went right out!

Tomorrow we have a busy day with a ton of errands to run and our power is going to be off from 6am-9am for the Department of Transportation to do a move or some work or something.  This is one of two outages they will be having. I don’t think anytime would exactly be convenient but 6am-9am is prime coffee/breakfast making time around here and then we tend to watch a bit of T.V. before getting going for the day after James’ first nap.  Not sure what we will do tomorrow, maybe go out on errands really early instead!