Sunday, January 4, 2009

9 months and growing!

Christmas Day marked our little guys 9th month. It was quite a bit different than previous months, considering it was about 10 below outside. We spent the Christmas holiday with Tom's family in Wisconsin and had an absolute blast. Incredible hosts made our entire stay smooth as can be. Despite the freezing cold, we did make it out onto the Jansen lake for a little winter fun. J's reaction to the snow was pretty anticlimactic. We were all excited to get him out in it and I don't think he moved his face once (maybe it was frozen?). We did get him out on a sled and towed him around a bit on the 4-wheeler. Again, he was pretty disinterested, but I had fun!

Christmas morning all the kids woke up to lots of fun presents from was so cool watching how excited they all got. The day after Christmas my parents drove up to stay with us for awhile. It was so nice to have all 4 grandparents together to have some quality time with J.

Of course with travel comes the inevitable illness which thankfully, I think we're all over now (knock on wood!). However, New Years Eve was probably the one of the lamest we've ever bed by 10:30. We didn't even see the clock strike 12. Pretty sure that's the first time that's ever happened. I'm sure it won't be the last. Turns out...I kind of like being lame. It was so nice to wake up with a clear head : ).

J is doing great. He recently learned to clap on command and is so proud of himself every time he does it. It is incredibly cute and of course we do everything we can to encourage it. He's also waving "hi" and "bye". He's kind of starting to crawl...he can definitely do it when he REALLY wants to get to something, but usually he finds it too exhausting and gives up mid-crawl. Who can blame him? He is 21 lbs (and, I think about half of that weight comes from his head!). When he's not crawling, he's getting around one way or another. He will squirm his way to something he can pull himself up on or pull himself forward with. I know soon enough he's going to be going a million miles an hour, so I'm enjoying this not fully mobile stage as long as I can.

So far 2009 has been great. We're getting a lot of stuff done around the house and looking forward to all the new challenges the new year will bring.

Wishing you all the best in the New Year!
M, T & J

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