|November 4, 2014||
Third Tooth Loose
Jaryth pointed out that another tooth on the bottom is now loose.
|September 3, 2014||
First Day of First Grade
First grade with Mrs. Richardson started much more gracefully than Kindergarten. Jaryth seems to really enjoy school.
|May 1, 2014||
Today he had his well-child checkup with his new doctor. It went well. He had his shots and was very good about them. One of them stung a bit.
|January 27, 2014||
And then the second bottom tooth went
This one was really wiggly for a couple days. And Mark and I spent a lot of time coaching him not to swallow it when it fell out. So then, he was brushing his teeth, and the tooth brush must have knocked it and he swallowed by reflex. Then he says to me, “will the tooth fairy come if I swallowed it?” And I look in his mouth, and he had. Ooops.
Luckily the tooth fairy is forgiving, and she came and brought him two more cars for his Buzz Lightyear track.
|September 21, 2013||
Lost His First Tooth
He went to the dentist in the summer, and his tooth was loose. But it took a while to fall out. Then it fell out and disappeared. Luckily the tooth fairy accepted a note instead. And he got a new Hot Wheels car the next morning.
|September 4, 2013||
First Day of Kindergarten
He wasn't terribly excited to go on the first day. But he likes his backpack and it only took a couple of days before he was happy to go.
|August 31, 2012||
Last Day of Swimming Lessons
Jaryth took swimming lessons all summer every day. He had like five diferent teachers, and he went from telling me he didn't want to get wet on the first day of lessons to being willing to swim underwater, kick and move his arms, and even float on his back and stomach. He loves taking showers now and splashing in the water park. He improved at least 100%!
|April 16, 2012||
Went to Bed in His Own Bed
Tonight Jaryth started sleeping in his own bed for the first time. It went surprisingly smoothly, as we didn't change the bedtime routine at all, just changed the final location from his bed in our room to his bed in his room. I wouldn't be surprised if he wakes up and comes to sleep with us later, but this is an awesome start. My baby is growing up!
Preschool is going really well. He seems to enjoy it. Last week Mrs. Brockman told us that he took over the spin-art station and happily explained to all the other kids how to do it. Today there was a rocket in the room, and she said he loved that. He also traced the letters of his name all by himself.
|March 21, 2012||
Doctor’s Appointment was Scary
He had his four year checkup today (see stats) and he was scared. He even said that he was scared. I told him I was proud of him for how brave he was being. He left saying “I was scared. I was brave.” His doctor wanted him to sing a song and he wouldn’t, and then when we got home he sang “The Wheels on the Bus” for me. <facepalm!>
|March 7, 2012||
Smiled at His Teacher
Today was the first day that he didn’t cry or tantrum on the way to school, and when we got there, he went quickly to his matt, smiled at Mrs. Brockman and said goodbye to us, all without any tears. I’m so happy!
|March 6, 2012||
First Snow Day
As a native Californian, snow days have never been part of my life. So when Jaryth’s preschool was cancelled on March 6th I was excited. I mean, it was his first snow day, but it was my first snow day too! :-) Honestly, it wasn’t all that thrilling. The streets were drivable by noon, and most of the snow was melted by the 7th. In fact, the most notable part of the snow this week was the day before when a Snohomish County truck was towed up our hill by a neighbor. The rear wheels of the truck slewed across the road, narrowly missing mailboxes and pedestrians (us) as we watched.
|February 21, 2012||
Jaryth Starts Preschool
Jaryth started preschool today at the Snohomish Learning Tree Preschool taught by Meagan Brockman. The first day was pretty easy, but subsequent days were quite teary when Jaryth realized that he would be going to school without Mom and Dad. He said he wanted to go to school “with Mom and Dad!” And was quite upset when we left.
In school he is learning to read and write his name, to draw and paint, and to play with other kids. Right now there are four students in his class, two little girls and another boy about a year younger than him. Yes, he towers over all of them! But the girls, especially the smallest, can talk circles around him. He comes home and tells us about playing with them and talking to Mrs. Brockman, so he’s definitely having fun.
|February 7, 2012||
Potty Training Success!
Jaryth has been able to pee on his own, without help, for almost four months. But he has been very resistant to going poo in the toilet. From September 18th to February 3rd whenever he needed to poo he would ask (read: demand) for a diaper. We ran out of diapers on February 3rd, and then we started a series of days where he wouldn’t poo in the toilet, but he wouldn’t poo in his pants either except in dribs and drabs. Then on February 6th he sat on the toilet for around 20 minutes, and at the end he had pooed. Hooray! Today, he announced he had to poo, I asked him to go to the bathroom, he went with his alphabet game and sat on the toilet for another 20 minutes. At the end, his underwear was clean and he’d pooed in the toilet. We’re so happy!
|September 18, 2011||
Starting to Work on Potty Training
His Grandma gave him a potty training coloring book with a pull out chart and stickers. So this week we started trying to get potty trained. It’s been a challenge. He wants to only poo in a diaper (or his pants) although once he went outside to poo. And the first few days he would refuse to use the toilet and then pee his pants three minutes later. But he’s starting to get it after a week. On September 26, 2011 he woke up with a dry diaper and went into the bathroom to pee rather than getting it wet.
|September 12, 2011||
Claims He Had a Headache
This cracked me up. He said “I have a headache” then marched into the bathroom, got his bottle of Tylenol and said he needed Tylenol (luckily he can’t open it). I then asked him where it hurt, and he pointed at a scrape he’d gotten the day before, on his leg. I said, “your head doesn’t hurt?” and then he pointed at his head. What’s funny about this is that he got the “I have a headache” line from either me or Mark and clearly watched as we then went into the bathroom and took some Advil. We told him that Tylenol isn’t for when a scrape hurts and had him put it away.
Plays the Wii On His Own
Jaryth has spent a lot of his time watching us play the Wii (at his request), but we’ve been getting tired of that. So this month we asked him to play by himself. It took a lot of coaxing, but now he plays nearly all the games in Wii Sports by himself. He’s starting to get pretty good at sword fighting and the bike race!
Starting to Play Imagination Games
This month, he started playing games with his imagination. His favorite game at the moment is to play “mailman.” He does this on his tricycle—he stops at the neighbors’ (and our) mailboxes and reaches down to his trike to get the mail. Then he puts it in the box. We don’t let him open the boxes, so he pretends to. He puts anywhere from 8–12 pieces of mail in and then says “it’s all full!” and bikes on to the next box. So cute!
|March 1, 2011||
Peed Standing Up at the Toilet
Potty training has gently started! We got him a potty seat, but he’s already too big to pee while sitting on it. So, Mark decided to see if Jaryth could pee while standing on his step stool. Success! He has peed in the morning, before bath and before bed. He gets mad when we ask him to do it, but after some prodding (and a little bribery) he will do it. Yay! There is an end in sight for diapers!
First “Real” Kiss
Jaryth’s grandma had been desperately trying to get him to kiss her with a smacking sound. Through 2010, he would put his face up to yours if you asked him for a kiss, but that was all. He wouldn’t move his lips or make any smack noises. He would happily rub noses with you in an “eskimo kiss,” but no real kisses. Then, while we were down in California for a visit, he finally made the smacking sound. Hooray! Now he kisses with the best of them.
Jaryth can now run and jump without falling. He loves to run, he’ll chase me or I chase him. He runs in circles around the island in the kitchen, he runs around on the lawn, he runs at parks. Running is fun.
Talking is fun too. He gets up every morning and identifies everything he sees. “Bed, Daddy, pillow, wall, dog, cat, bath, book, light, light switch, etc.” I estimate he has between 60 and 80 words now, and he gets more every day.
|August 19, 2009||
He’s getting lots of words now. He’s starting to repeat things that we say, and then use them appropriately later. When I counted today, he had at least 15 to 20 words that he uses regularly and correctly and there are dozens or hundreds more that he knows but hasn’t tried to say. Some of his favorite words include: umbrella, scissors, stairs, outside, swing, slide, bed, bite, cheese, kitten, stop, and stuck. There are others that he uses too, but those are the ones I can think of right now.
P.S. For those keeping score at home, he said “dad” and pointed at Mark but has not said “mom.” He does know who “mommy” is, however. I think he’s saving his favorite person for last. :-)
|August 2, 2009||
We think he’s getting an incisor as well as another molar. Let me just say that molar teething is worse than anything in the world. Tylenol barely takes the edge off, he wants to nurse every 45 minutes to an hour and none of us get any sleep. I strongly recommend email rather than phone calls this week unless you like being yelled at by sleep deprived people with a child wailing in the background. :-)
|July 26, 2009||
Can Drink from a Water Fountain
He is a quick learner. Mark and I each had a drink and he carefully watched us. Then I lifted him up and he actually drank! Prior to today he would “wash” his hands (wipe them together under the stream) or just play in the water.
|July 8, 2009||
And One More Molar
Then three days later, his bottom left pre-molar erupted. Ouch! Based on the teething activity, he might have the bottom right in a couple days too.
|July 5, 2009||
First Two Molars
We knew he was teething, but thought that we felt teeth through the gums on the bottom in the back. Then today I felt actual tooth on the top, on both sides. Two molars at once, no wonder he couldn’t sleep!
|June 26, 2009||
We realized today that he is trying to say words when he talks to us. Up until now we’d heard “Jarythese” and while most of the time we knew what he was saying we couldn’t make out the words.
Some of the things he says include:
|May 18, 2009||
First Real Fever
Not necessarily a great milestone, but it does show you how healthy he has been. He had his first real fever (101.6F) for the first time at almost 14 months. He wasn’t acting terribly sick other than being even more of a portable furnace than usual.
|May 13, 2009||
He can now climb up onto the kitchen chairs, and from there the table. He’s nearly able to climb up the bar stools. Luckily he hasn’t learned to move the chairs so he can climb them, but I’m sure that’s only a matter of time.
|April 27, 2009||
Not Talking Yet, but...
He really wants to. He is now pointing at things and saying ’garble garble’ which means either “I want that” or “what is that.” He is consistent in what he says when he points at the things.
Plus, he’s starting to understand a lot of what we say to him. Like the dogs, he recognizes “outside” and “let’s go.” But he also can point at objects in books when you ask him “where’s the _____?” He’s not always right, but he does grasp that I’m asking him to point at something.
Note: he’s been doing these things for a few weeks now, I couldn’t pinpoint the exact day.
|April 11, 2009||
His fourth lower tooth finally came in. He now has 4 on top and 4 on the bottom.
|March 24, 2009||
He waved bye-bye to Mommy today after Daddy prompted him. Up until today his waving consisted of holding up his hand, which we’re pretty sure really meant “I want to stay with Mommy”.
|March 22, 2009||
Mark watched Jaryth climb up the stairs from the kitchen to the living room without resorting to crawling. The first step he did without any support and the second he had his hand on the door jam.
|March 1, 2009||
I was on the phone with Jaryth’s Bibi telling her “the milestone I want him to reach is to be able to clap his hands.” Our doctor told us that comes around 1 year. I hung up the phone and was playing with Jaryth. We got out the Barnyard Dance book to read. And he clapped his hands! I don’t know who was more excited, him or me.
|February 27, 2009||
He learned how to make the jack-in-the-box play its song today. And he happily turns the crank around and around. He knows that the “clown” should go back into the box after it pops up, but while he tries to get it to go in, he’s not yet coordinated enough to do that. Luckily, he doesn’t seem to mind if it just stays up.
|February 21, 2009||
Jaryth now knows how to climb both up and down stairs. We don’t let him do it unsupervised, but when he wants to go down, he flings his feet down and can make pretty good time. He is starting to try walking down, as long as someone holds his hands.
|February 10, 2009||
He’s getting very good at finding things. I can’t say that Feb 10th was the day he started being able to find things, but it’s the day I decided to test him. He recognizes where Mommy goes when she goes upstairs. He knows that if you shove the remote behind you it’s not gone. And on the 10th, I placed the cell phone under a blanket, and he carefully lifted up the blanket to find the phone. He has moved past the “out of sight out of mind” phase of babyhood.
|February 7, 2009||
He is nearly ready to ride horses, as he can now click his tongue. He loves to walk around clicking.
|February 3, 2009||
Bottom Tooth Number 3
He was really antsy the night before, and then we noticed that we could feel a new tooth on the bottom left. The bottom right tooth is close, too, but hasn’t quite emerged. This makes 7 teeth.
|January 13, 2009||
Raspberries and Yodeling
I don’t remember the exact date, but sometime in early January or late December he started raspberrying everything. He walks around the house singing “lalalalalalala” or “pbttttttt.” He also likes to hiss like a Sleestack.
|December 24, 2008||
Okay, it’s steps
The lunging is turning into steps. Still not terribly balanced, but if he is between 2 and 4 steps away from something, he can walk unsteadily to them (most of the time). Crawling is still much more effective.
|December 15, 2008||
Is it Steps or is it Falling?
He can now stand quite well on his own, with only a few wobbles. He doesn’t fall when you place him in a standing position, even if you let go. And then today he was about a foot away from people and he’d take a lunge towards them, throwing his foot out to stop his fall. It was basically a step. Not really walking yet, but close.
|December 10, 2008||
The last few nights have been hard to sleep through, and this morning we learned why. Two more top teeth popped through the gums this morning. They are still very tiny to have caused so much trouble. He can really bite now, and seems to take pleasure in crunching things like Cheerios.
|November 30, 2008||
First Real Swimming Experience
While Jaryth has been in water, as you see, but never in water deeper than 6 inches. Today Mommy and Daddy got him a pool float designed to introduce infants to water and we all three went in the pool. Eventually, he got out of the float and “swam” around with Mommy.
|November 28, 2008||
Pulled Himself to Standing
Today he pulled himself up to a standing position from a very low (3 inches) support. Previously, he had needed to have something as tall as him or taller to lean on and pull himself up.
|November 24, 2008||
Mr. Slobberbot has been crawling around with a sheen of slobber on his chin for the past two weeks, but finally this morning we felt results. When he chomped down on Dad’s finger for the ritualistic morning slobber, Dad felt teeth, not just gums. Only this time, two teeth at once. Both his right and left front teeth have emerged. They are tiny buds right now, but hopefully the teething pain will be reduced.
|November 21, 2008||
Stands on His Own
He has been pulling himself up to a standing position for a few weeks now, but today Mark and I both saw him stand up next to something, and then balance there without holding on. I don’t think he realizes he’s balanced, but he is. I keep telling him that this is bad but Jaryth doesn’t seem to agree as he finds it much easier to grab things and wave them around with both hands while standing than while sitting or kneeling.
|November 16, 2008||
It never fails, if you tell someone your baby can do something, that is the exact moment that he’ll prove you wrong. Today he slipped on the stairs (going down) and bit his lip. Poor baby! And it was right as I was standing over him to catch him telling my friend “yes, I like to stand here, but he can basically get down the stairs himself.” *boom* “WAAAAAAAAAAAA!” Sorry for taunting you, oh gods of irony.
|November 6, 2008||
Crawled Up the Steps
We have 2 steps down into our kitchen and Jaryth can now climb up them into the living room. He’s very good at climbing up the steps. He has successfully climbed down them, but since he’s crawling, it’s scarier, and he doesn’t do that as well. Often what he’ll do is crawl down crying (because it’s hard, but he’ll cry even more if you help him) and then when he’s down, turn around, climb back up, and do it all over again. I’ve seen him do that 4 or 5 times in a row.
|October 31, 2008||
Mommy and Jaryth dressed up as Eeyore and Baby Eeyore. His costume had a big heavy head on top and was very very hot. That combined with Mommy dressed strangely was too much for him and he started to cry. But we did get some photos.
|October 28, 2008||
So, since he went to California he’s been doing this quasi-imitation of crawling. He was moving across the floor, but not very well. Then today, he lifted his stomach and actually crawled. He was so excited. Mommy tried to get him to crawl to her, but he knows she’ll pick him up if he cries enough, so he only crawls to inanimate objects.
Updated (October 30th): now he will crawl to anything that he wants, including Mommy and Daddy. He’s very mobile, and it’s thrilling to him. He hasn’t figured out how to turn (he sits up, and pushes around in a seated position, then goes back to crawling). And he wants to carry things with him, but hasn’t figured out how to do that either.
Updated (October 31st): He crawled down the two stairs to the kitchen today. You see, baby gates only work if they are put up. Luckily, he didn’t have any problems crawling down those two steps. So I might just block the full staircase, and let him go up and down those on his own (supervised, of course).
|October 10, 2008||
A Big Big Day
Today was a big day. Jaryth had his first taste of solid food today - yams. Yumm! He had a great time smearing them all over his tray and face, but stayed amazingly clean even so. Shasta was ready and willing to act as a doggy wash cloth if Mom hadn’t been up to the task.
Then, if that wasn’t enough, Jaryth decided to cap off the day by crawling from the middle of the floor to Mommy - about 3 feet. It was very hard, and more like an army man going under barbed wire, but he made it under his own power. I don’t know who was more excited, him or Mommy.
|October 8, 2008||
His First Cold
Poor Jaryth, first Daddy got sick, then Mommy, and finally he came down with a slight cold. Drippy noses and stuffed heads are no fun, but he is still happy. Hopefully the whole family will get well quickly.
|October 3, 2008||
First Attempts at Crawling
Slipping and sliding on Grandmother’s wood floor made it a lot easier to attempt crawling with some degree of success. Then when we went to the Academy of Sciences, he moved at least a foot while on the grass - of course no one was really watching.
|October 1, 2008||
First Plane Ride
We flew to California today, and Jaryth took to the air like he’d always been there. He flirted with the flight attendants and the other passengers and played bounce in our laps during most of the flight. He had a great time.
|September 28, 2008||
Drank from a Sippy Cup
We’ve had sippy cups for about 3 weeks now, but all he would do with them until today was gnaw on the handles or the straw part. But today he was able to get some drink (water) out of it. He doesn’t hold it very well, but that’ll come.
|September 20, 2008||
Tooth number 2
He’d been really unhappy the last couple days, and then this morning, we noticed that he didn’t have just one sharp point on his lower jaw, he now had two. He won’t let us look at them, but we can feel them, they’re nice and sharp.
|September 13, 2008||
His first tooth broke through
Today we noticed that the teething had a point, as his first tooth broke through the gum to add excitement when he gnaws on our fingers. It’s the bottom left tooth in the front, for those playing the home game.
|September 10, 2008||
Successfully Pulled Himself to Standing
NOOOOOOOOOOO! We were really hoping to put off the standing (and thus walking, etc.) as long as possible. But he was determined. He was in the laundry basket and I turned around, and when I turned back he was standing in the basket. We couldn’t get him to do it for the camera, but we’ve seen him do it since then.
|August 19, 2008||
Much Better Reaching
Now he can start to reach for things and actually grab onto them. He leans forward from a sitting position to grab things. Usually if it’s too far away, he falls on his face, but sometimes he can connect and sit back up. His aim is much better than it was. See a video.
|August 15, 2008||
Learns to Bang
He figured out that if he grabs his toys he can bang them on things and make noise. This is a ton of fun! See a video.
|August 8, 2008||
Sits on His Own
Holy cow! He’s not supposed to be able to sit on his own until around 6 months, and he’s doing it already. Maybe it’s because he’s a little tank - so when he’s sitting he acts like a Weeble (wobbles but doesn’t fall down—much).
|July 20, 2008||
More Vowel Sounds
He’s getting more and more vowel sounds. Still not a lot of consonants, but he can ooo and ahhh, and eee with the best of them.
|July 16, 2008||
I am a Bouncing Fool
Jaryth has decided that the best game, EVAH! is to bounce in your arms. All you have to do is hold him so he doesn’t fall over. He does the rest. It’s tiring for your arms, but he love love LOVES it!
|June 20, 2008||
His aim isn’t particularly good, but he can now grab things and hold onto them for short periods of time. He does better if you hold it to him or put it in his hand. But once it’s there he can hold onto it.
He has now rolled over on his own. It’s very exciting, except that he mostly does it when we’re not looking. He can roll over from front to back and back to front.
|May 15, 2008||
He loves to talk to his mobiles. He chats with the zebra for long stretches of time. Watch a video
|May 4, 2008||
Mommy and Daddy had been waiting for this one. It was such a wonderful day when he first smiled at us. It made all the lack of sleep worthwhile.
|April 29, 2008||
Insisted on Riding Forward in the Moby
He wouldn’t ride facing in towards me in the Moby. His head and neck are fairly strong, so I decided to let him ride facing forward on the 28th, and now he doesn’t want to ride any other way.
|April 23, 2008||
Noticed His Mobile
Today he really noticed his mobile for the first time. He waved his hands around at it and was intently (well, as intently as he can) staring at it.
Fun with Words - Jaryth, like most kids, has some funny ways of saying things. I thought I'd share some of my favorites as I hear them (and remember them).
I Can Talk! - Jaryth talks a lot now. He’s formed simple sentences and can generally make himself understood, even to patient strangers. These are some of the words that he uses that are not necessarily the ones you and I would use.
Fun with Food - a description of the food he’s been eating and his thoughts on the matter.