Thoughtful Thursdays: Letters to Jacob

November 3, 2011

Dear Jacob,

Why do Thursdays come and go so fast! I have so much to tell you!

Two weeks ago you had your first trip to the beach! Unfortunately your dad was in Brazil, so he didn't get to come with us. But we had a great time with Maudy and Aunt Amy. You weren't so sure about the waves, but you loved the pool and the sand. You made a lot of new friends since your newest trick is waving hello (or goodbye...your timing isn't the best, so we really don't know which one you are doing).

I know I have said it before, but now is such a fun age! You are really starting to play with your toys (as opposed to just chewing on them, which was pretty much your favorite thing to do up until now). I love watching you try to figure something out. I can almost see the wheels turning in your head. You love opening and closing things (the dog crates, the trash can lid, the cabinets, doors, etc, etc, etc). And just within the last few days you have discovered the joy of taking things out and putting them back in. I gave you an empty baby wipe container and you entertained yourself for a good 20 minutes putting your toy tools in the box, pulling them out one at a time, and putting them back in. Ah, the simple things in life.

You are up to a whopping 5 teeth now. Your second tooth on the bottom has finally broken through, and thank goodness for that!! That tooth caused us some pretty bad nights. It broke my heart listening to your pitiful whimper cry, and knowing there was nothing else I could do for the pain. Thank goodness for your 'Lovey' because even when I couldn't comfort you, it could. I do have to admit, that even though I would have appreciated a little more sleep on those rough nights, rocking you and snuggling with you was pretty wonderful. I will take my Jacob snuggles whenever I can, even at 2am.

You still haven't taken your first step yet, but you are standing for longer and longer periods of time before lowering yourself to the ground. You have mastered the 'furniture surfing' and will make it all the way around a room if there is enough to hold on to. Oh, and the climbing. This makes me so nervous. You LOVE to climb. Your favorites include the stairs (don't worry, I am always right behind you) and the fireplace hearth. I have already warned your dad that we are going to have to bolt everything to the walls in our new house in Oklahoma.

And speaking of your dad, he comes home tomorrow! It has been a long 3 weeks. And he will only be home for one week, but we are going to cherish every second with him! Feel free to take your first step while he is home.