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The Jedidiah-ries (Diaries)- 12th month

Weight: 18.7 lbs

Height: 30 inches

General Observations: Jedidiah is now able to get on and off of things, go up and down little steps, climbs, and has figured out how to get up by himself (before if he would fall, he’d crawl to something nearby to pull up on, but now he just gets back up).


This boy is super silly and loves to run towards Trent or I with this goofy, open-mouthed, squinty smile and just plow into our arms.  Then he’ll go to the other parent or circle back and do it again!


Jedidiah also has started putting things in the craziest places.  He put the remote in the freezer, he puts his shoes in the bathtub, he puts toys in the cupboards, he puts his balls in the diaper pail… The funny thing is that he REMEMBERS where he put them, which just baffles me!  There was a day that I couldn’t find ANY of a certain kind of ball (he has four of them) and I looked high and low, and then all of a sudden we were in his room, and he was playing by the diaper pail, which I didn’t particularly want him to do, but then all of a sudden he opened it up and pulled a ball right out!  Crazy kid!

Our son has developed a love for singing and I often hear him “singing” or humming while we’re driving or just when he’s playing by himself.

Jedidiah had gotten very interested in faces last month and now he not only points to eyes, but can also say “eyes” when he’s doing so.  He also is very interested in our teeth and noses (he likes to pick momma’s nose) as well.

We’ve now found that Jedidiah is ticklish!  He is REALLY ticklish under his neck, which makes washing there pretty tricky.  He giggles and tries to squirm away as I suds him up and try to get in that neck crease!

He’s started signing!  He signs “all done,” usually in accordance with saying “all done,” and he will occasionally sign “more” and “milk.”  He’s also started using the “I don’t know” hands.  It’s super cute when he does this!

Health:  We went for our 12 month wellness check-up and the doctor said that he’s looking great!  He’s dropped off quite a bit on the weight curve, but he said that for as active as Jedi is, it’s to be expected and he’d only be concerned if he wasn’t eating well… which isn’t at all the case!

Our little Jedidiah did get his first bloody lips this month… twice he fell and caught his lips with those little teethers.  Poor baby sported his little wounds for a few days and then was back to normal!


Jedidiah now communicates when he wants to eat.  He says “eat” and points either to the high chair or my shirt… depending on what he wants to eat.

eating-handHe has also decided that instead of eating with his very proficient left hand, he’d rather try to eat with his right hand.  He takes the spoon or fork from his left hand and then very carefully hands it to his right hand, but grips it only by the very tip and then tries to scoop or stab whatever he’s eating.  Not only does he have a hard time getting it on his spoon or fork, once it’s on there, he has a hard time (holding it that way) getting it to his mouth!  He is however, starting to be able to stab and scoop a little bit.  It’s not very smooth, but he’s getting the hang of it!

Now when he eats something yummy, he’s started making “nom-nom” sounds.  It’s really funny to watch him!

He got two more teeth.  I had seen them coming long before they actually broke through and when I found that the one had broken through, I checked for the other one.  I didn’t see it, but it was definitely there!  In fact, one day we were playing on the ground and he was laughing and I saw that tooth, clear as day, in far further than the other one that I KNEW was there!  I don’t know how I missed it, but I did!

When he nurses, he still tends to pinch me, especially in my underarms… in that very sensitive thin skin!  I’ve taken to wearing t-shirts when I’m nursing just to give myself an extra layer of protection!  Another thing he’s started doing, which is pretty awkward, is sticking his hand in my other bra cup and playing with my other boob while he’s eating.  I try to limit his access, especially when his nails are long… that hurts!!!

Sleeping:  He’s gotten so much better about sleeping!!!  Naps are still a battle as far as duration (30 minutes like clockwork), but for the most part, he only cries for 5-10 minutes before putting himself to sleep.  My sister-in-law gave us her old black-out curtains for his room, so I think that may have helped a bit too!

He’s also taken to napping during our afternoon runs.  We go in the afternoon because there’s not enough time for me to digest our breakfast and run before his morning nap, and then the Texas heat is too strong mid-day, so we’ve been waiting until later in the afternoon and he’s been falling asleep in the stroller while I run.


Even still, I don’t think he sleeps enough.  There were several days last week where he woke up from his regular afternoon nap (in his crib, not in the stroller) and then was still SO grumpy!  He wanted to nurse as soon as he woke up and sure enough, 2-3 minutes in, he’d fall right back asleep… for another 30-40 minutes!!!  I KNOW he needs this extra sleep on the regular, but he just can’t seem to put himself back to sleep.  Once he’s awake and stands up, that’s it- there’s no lying back down.  So, we tried adding back in another early evening nap, around 4:30 or 5, because he was starting to show signs of being tired then, and he’d take a third 30 minute nap and then still be tired by bedtime.  I wish I could just get him to go down for longer stretches at a time, but I’ve learned the hard way to be thankful for what I can get!!!

At night he is sleeping well, and has our bedtime routine down!  He helps us put his Bible and prayer book back on the shelf and then points to the diffuser that we always run and says, “light” because it lights up when we turn it on.  After daddy or mommy turns it on, he smiles big and then knows it’s time to go to sleep!

Diapers:  Disposables… still size 3.

Clothes:  He’s very good at “helping” me get him dressed and undressed.  He knows how to get his hands/arms in and out of his clothes and if he’s holding a toy, he understands that he has to pass it from one hand to the other while I put his arms in/take his arms out of his clothing.  He also pulls his shirts over his head.

He’s finally getting too long for his 6-9 month sleepers, but the 12 month ones are HUGE on him!  So I guess he’s in-between sizes for the moment.


We went to Cibolo Fest for a while in the afternoon, just to check it out.  We had a birthday party to attend, so we didn’t have a lot of time to browse.  It was nice though, we knew some of the vendors, so it was fun to catch up with them.  Then we left for the birthday party and ended up coming back later that night.  Jedidiah loved looking at all the lights from the games and the rides.  He was so funny.  There was this one obstacle course house thing that he REALLY wanted to do (but was too little for).  He was looking through the bars at it (because there was a ball pit) and as we were leaving, he pulled us around the stairs, like, “Hey guys, seriously, we can get in RIGHT HERE!”

We went to our buddy Rowan’s birthday party.  He and Jedidiah are almost exactly a month apart.  In fact, I was holding her little nugget only a day or two before I went into labor!  Anyways, the party was fun.  Laura had set up a cute little pumpkin patch photo booth, which had I known, I would have put Jedi in some more appropriate seasonal attire, but alas, daddy still had fun with this one! I left them alone for a few minutes and this is what I came back to!!

One of my girlfriends from college was in San Antonio visiting and we were able to meet up for dinner on the Riverwalk.  This time Jedidiah was old enough to feed the ducks.  He so entertained a few couples that they just kept giving him more and more chips to give to the ducks! It must have made an impact because whenever we’re out walking, there’s one house that has some fake ducks outside their house and he gets VERY excited when we pass them!

We got to hang out with our buddy Declan one night while mommy and daddy enjoyed a night of wine and snacks with his parents and friends.  It was hilarious to watch the boys together.  They were both crazy about eating their “puffs” and at one point, they basically were boxing each other out around the coffee table, protecting their stashes!

We went to our friend Avery’s first birthday party!  She and Jedidiah are only a few weeks apart and we met her momma in our birthing class!  It’s fun that we all still get to hang out with the babies, post-delivery!!!  It seems that every time we try to get the three of them together for a picture, it’s always my son that’s crying… this time was no different, but we did manage to get a few cute shots!

We went to the zoo with our friends Laura and Rowan.  We enjoyed our day there and ran into some other friends Amberly and Kayden!  Jedidiah really likes the zoo right now.  He gets excited about the animals, and this time in particular, he loved waving at the birds!  He also LOVED the petting zoo!

Jedidiah went to vote!  He wasn’t particularly thrilled with the candidates, but he went anyways and waved to all the other people who were voting.  Thanks to him and his sweet nature, I know that there is yet hope for this country!

We went to a benefit dinner for Project 82:3 that sponsors an orphanage in Haiti.  It was a fabulous dinner with a bunch of Haitian foods and it was great to learn about all the good things happening at the orphanage!  If anyone is interested in supporting the orphans there or would like to go to the orphanage on a mission trip, let me know and I’ll hook you up with the right people!  They had a movie going outside in the yard and Jedidiah cozied up with daddy and all the “big kids” to watch for a while.


One Sunday evening, while I was out doing my long run, Trent took Jedidiah out on a walk and ended up at our old church up the street at a little fall carnival they were having.  Jedidiah loved playing with the beanbags (he STILL loves this game) and the balls (of course).

We did a family photo shoot at Cypress Bend Park, of course, Jedidiah was WAY too busy throwing rocks to look at the camera and smile, but it’s a good thing he’s so cute!  We haven’t seen the finished products yet, but we’re looking forward to it!



Throwing rocks into the river after it got too dark to keep taking pictures.


We went to an “Adopt a Soldier benefit” that my good friend Ana was throwing at a bar Trent and I used to frequent.  This was to raise money for Thanksgiving meals for our military brothers and sisters.  We bought two plates.  It was REALLY good food and we were happy to donate to the cause!  I guess we can mark Jedidiah’s first time at a bar off the list!

Likes: Our son got a kiddie basketball hoop as one of his baby shower gifts from my friend Abby and her kids and we finally set it up (in our house).  Jedidiah loves it when we pick him up and let him “shoot” the ball (he’s not quite tall enough to get it up there himself).  Sometimes he takes a bit longer than we’d like, but he has fun with it.  Now when we’re out walking, he shrieks with excitement when he sees other real basketball hoops!


Pumpkins are also something that quite excited our little guy.  When we’d be out walking, he would point out all the pumpkins people had sitting out as decorations!


He still loves balloons, balls, birds, dogs and his kitty cat, being outside and going on walks.



Excitedly pointing at the doggie in his book


Something else he really likes is putting the tops on things.  He used to always want to drink water out of my water bottle when he saw me drinking out of it, but now he just wants to help me put the top back on it!  He also likes to put the top back on the milk carton, plastic water bottles, his food pouches… pretty much anything!

He’s gotten much more interested in animals (more than just dogs and cats). He likes to look at his animal books and particularly likes to watch and listen to me making the animal noises.


As we started to get ready for Jedidiah’s first birthday party, we cleaned out the “man cave” and made it workable again (it had turned into a storage horror for a while).  Now Jedidiah and daddy like to go in there and hang out!


He loves his vacuum!  Nana bought it for him and he absolutely loves it!

He also likes this little game that daddy and I play with him where daddy holds him and dances and mommy dances in front of him.  It’s hard to explain, but he thinks it is SO funny and he smiles and laughs, and it’s all so very sweet!

Dislikes: To say that this kid doesn’t like to have his diaper changed would be the understatement of the century!!!  It’s like he just doesn’t have time for it; he’s got better things to be doing.  The second I lay him down he starts screaming and squirming.  It makes it very challenging for me!

Memorable moments and firsts:  Jedidiah has started laying down on the floor.  He thinks it’s a game.  He lays wherever and then rolls around (I guess we should maybe be more concerned with that).  At home, he does the same on the rug or he REALLY likes to do it laying his head on our bedroom pillows (that are usually on our bedroom floor…).  It’s so cute, he crawls and burrows his little head in the pillows and then waits for us to “attack” and tickle him.


He also likes to put his head upside down almost in a downward dog position.

Jedi started giving hugs about a month ago, but now he’ll pat our backs too, just like we would with an old friend!  Give a hug and a couple of pats on the back!  I love his sweet hugs!!!

Jedidiah pooped in the toilet!  Now before you get too excited, it was only because we were just getting out of the bath tub and I noticed that he was grunting, so we quickly moved him to the toilet and he pooped!  We waved bye-bye to the poopies and flushed them on down!  It may not have been intentional, but we were still excited!!!


Before we left China, our friends from our school all signed (and wrote cute little notes) on a couple of onesies for us.  Granted, at this point, we didn’t even know that we were having a boy yet, but they made us one little long-sleeved onesie that he was finally BIG enough to wear and we finally had COOL enough weather to warrant a long-sleeved shirt!  Putting this on him definitely made me feel nostalgic for the people we left behind!


Jedidiah went on his first bike ride! We’ve been waiting for him to get big enough to be able to ride in the buggy (and to wear the helmet) and he’s pretty much there.  He still tipped a little bit but we went out and he did really well!  Plus, look how cute he looks!!!

We had our first Halloween!  We don’t necessarily celebrate Halloween, but we do dress up (we’ll dress up for any excuse… and family themed costumes are the best).  We went to a costume party at De Voir Fitness, where I used to do Zumba.  It was a lot of fun, and it was great to see Trish!

Jedidiah had a few costumes that we put him in.  We had a hand-me-down Whinnie the Pooh costume and we also had the Yoda costume that we had bought for him.  This Halloween we did go to a church carnival and then to Trent’s parents house afterward.


We also partook in some pumpkin painting at the library and we tried our hand at carving a pumpkin (but he wasn’t very interested in that).


He did however, very much enjoy the pumpkin patch that we went to as a family.  He would continually try to pick up the pumpkins, even though most of them were twice his size!


We were out eating one night at Catalano’s Italian restaurant and it’s right by the train tracks.  Anyways a train came by and as soon as it tooted its horn, Jedidiah shrieked so loudly, as if to say, “GUYS!!!!!  The train is coming!!!”  Laughter erupted throughout the whole restaurant!

He has been going to Bible Study Fellowship for months now, and we had a really hard time at the beginning leaving him in the nursery, but now, not only does he stay in the nursery, but he’s really been enjoying it!  The ladies told me that he’s started singing during their song time and playing on his own (whereas someone used to always have to be with him).

Not only has he been staying in the nursery at BSF, he’s also FINALLY been staying in the nursery at church.  A couple of Sundays, he even stayed for BOTH services!!!  (we usually attend one and then serve one).  We are SO thankful that he’s passed the point of crying the entire time!  This makes for a much more enjoyable time for all of us!

Shopping has also become so much fun.  Anytime we go to Toys’ R’ Us to get birthday gifts for our friends’ parties, Trent takes Jedidiah to the “big” toys… the big cars and things that we can play with, but are NOT taking home with us.  I love watching him though, he’s just too cute in these pictures!!!

He’s got some new words!  He now says “yes,” “eyes,” “nom-nom,” “door,” “hello,” “out,” “down,” “eat,” “I want it,” “I do” and “please.”  This one was particularly funny because I said to him, “say please,” while showing him the sign for it, and instead of signing it, he just flat out, plain as day, said “please.”  Haha, I guess he doesn’t need to sign it if he can say it!

He can climb up the slide at the little coffee shop we go to pretty regularly.  It’s a nice distance away, so we walk there often in the early afternoons before his second nap and I let him run around outside and play to get some energy out.  Not only does he climb up the slide, but he also goes down… face first.  It’s a small slide, so for now, I guess it’s okay.  He thinks it’s pretty funny.

We go to this coffee shop often, and I’ve taken many pictures of Jedidiah there.  Here are a few of my favorites from this month.

Jedidiah has also started putting things away (YAY!!!!!).  It started at Nana’s house, when he started pulling out her Tupperware, and then… all of a sudden, he did an about-face and brought it all back!  It wasn’t returned quite as orderly as it was when it was taken out, but hey, it’s a start!  He’s started putting some things back at home as well!  Yay for cleanliness and order (or at least some semblance of it).

What about mom?  Well, this month mommy got really sick for the first time since he wassick born.  I think I had the flu.  No vomiting or diarrhea, but I had a fever and my body was SUPER achy.  It had me down and out for a few days, but there was one day where I could barely lift my head!!!  It felt like the longest day EVER.  I could not WAIT for Trent to get home to help me with Jedidiah.  That was pretty miserable.  I hope we don’t have to do that again any time soon!  Thankfully Jedidiah was pretty self-sufficient and kept himself entertained for most of the day, so I only had to move minimally.

I am still training for my marathon which is VERY soon!  I’m so thankful that Trent takes Jedidiah during my long runs so that I don’t have to push the jogging stroller (I hate running with the stroller).


I have been spending much of my time preparing for his first birthday party, which is coming up so soon!  I can’t believe that my baby is going to be ONE!!!  Wow, this year has flown by!  We chose a monkey theme for his first birthday party, since we’ve always said he was our little monkey.  This momma made banners, posters, games, decorations… all sorts of stuff!  I can see why people charge for this kind of thing on Etsy and after all the work I put in, I would probably just let someone else do all the work next time!  But it was all a labor of love and I look forward to celebrating soon with his friends and family!


I’ve taken on some additional responsibilities at church.  We serve in a lot of areas, but I am now in charge of our prayer team.  This team has been such a blessing to me and to others, and we are so grateful to get to serve YHWH and our church in this capacity!


I’ve also been helping coordinate Financial Peace University through our church, so Tuesday nights have been dedicated to helping others learn some Godly principles for their money!  This program helped get Trent and I debt free!

This time around, we struggled to get him to take his 12 month pictures… he did NOT want to sit still for even a moment, but thankfully we ended up getting a few cute shots, and here is one I particularly liked of him helping me “review” the photos when we were done.


Daddy time:  Daddy got sick this month too.  He had whatever I had but about a week before I got it.  And then he got it again!  Man, it just makes us that much more grateful for our health on a regular basis!

On the weekends, Trent has been so sweet, taking Jedidiah out for a walk in the morning so that I can get some extra sleep!

Here are a few of my favorite daddy moments from this month.  🙂


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The Jedidiah-ries (Diaries)- 11th month


Weight: Terrible as it is, I didn’t weigh or measure him this month either… totally forgot about it!

Height:  Again, I have no clue, but lots of people have commented that he seems much taller.

General Observations: Jedidiah is talking so much more and seems to be learning new things almost daily.  He is very social and loves to wave to anyone and everyone passing by.  He also has mastered the art of high fives and loves to give them as well!  Jedidiah has also gotten much better at walking and directing himself where he wants to go, although he had no awareness of obstacles in his way at the beginning.  He has gotten better about knowing where things are and how to steer clear of them.  Even though he walks well, he still enjoys pushing his walker around the house.  He is excellent at maneuvering that thing!!!  Like seriously, I am impressed.  He knows that if he’s hit a dead end or run into something, that he needs to back it up and redirect it, and he can even turn it all the way back around in a U-turn when he hits the end of the hallway!

I’ve definitely noticed that his personality is much like ours- silly and playful with a bit of mischief.  He plays little games with me, like he’s teasing me, and likes to go where he knows he’s not supposed to go.

He’s developed this adorable little squinty faced smile that reminds me a lot of the face my little sister Jackie used to make when she was little.  It’s super cute and makes me laugh every time!


Oh, that sweet little smile!


Health: Jedidiah had his first real fever this month.  😦  It lasted only a day and a half but it wasn’t super high and it didn’t really seem to bother him too much otherwise.  He was still his normal, active, silly self, just a much hotter version (literally).  I’m pretty certain that it was teething related, so we didn’t go to the doctor.  We used essential oils to bring down the fever and it got better soon thereafter.

Speaking of teeth, we now have four teeth!  Two on the top and two on the bottom!

Eating:  I know I’ve said this before, but this kid loves to eat!  He really enjoys food and wants to eat a lot more “real” food.  He’s even thrown a few tantrums when he didn’t get to eat what we were eating.  I’ve been making a deliberate effort to make our dinners something that he can eat too.

He really likes carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli and strawberries.  His favorite though is probably still banana.  He can eat an entire banana in one sitting, no problem.  Jedidiah has also enjoyed vegetable curry and rice when we made it as well as acorn squash with wild rice and a little bit of chicken.  He really hasn’t run into too many things that he DOESN’T like (which we’re very thankful for), except for peas.  They were mushed up, so I’m wondering if it was the taste or the consistency.  We’ll try again with regular peas.  I think if he can pick them up and eat them, he might like them a bit more.

Another thing along with eating is that he used to eat dominantly with his left hand.  I would dish up whatever he was eating onto his spoon or fork and he would very accurately get it to his mouth.  Well, now we’ve been letting him try to scoop/stab things for himself and he’s SO funny!  He will pass the spoon or fork to his right hand, but only hold it by the very tip of it and then try to scoop or stab whatever it is.  He doesn’t have much leverage however, since he’s only holding the tip of it and usually only by his thumb and pointer finger.  Then, IF he can get a piece on his utensil, he has a much harder time getting it to his mouth!  I’m not sure why he won’t just try to scoop things up with his left hand- I think he’d be SO much better at it, but for some reason, he REALLY wants to use his right hand.  So far, he’s just ended up getting frustrated, so between that and us wanting him to eat independently, we’ve more often than not opted to just put little chunks of food on his plate that he can eat by himself.  Then WE both get to eat our dinner as well without pausing every other bite to feed him.

Sleeping: Jedidiah has gotten into a much better sleeping routine and now hardly fusses at all when we put him down at night.  I nurse him and then put him in his jammies, then we read to him and pray with him and give him kisses and hugs and then put him into bed.  He knows the routine and will even point to the oil diffuser we put on at night and say “light” because he knows that the little light goes on when we turn it on.

sleepingNapping is hit or miss.  Some days he cries for a LONG time (now “long” is more like 20-30 minutes, not the old “long” which could be upwards of an hour) and some days it’s only for a few minutes.  He still only sleeps for 20-30 minutes at a time and only twice a day (which, to me, doesn’t seem long enough), but I’m grateful for what I get!  That’s the only time I get during the day to catch up on things or do anything that requires silence!

The one thing is that we’ve ran into is that he ends up sitting and crying until he falls asleep, but then he ends up falling asleep against the bars of the crib and by the time he wakes up he’s got these deep creases (and occasionally small bruises) where his head was resting against the bars.  It’s a terrible predicament… I don’t want to go in there and move him when he’s asleep because he will surely wake right back up.  But I hate that he sleeps this way too.  My poor baby…



Look at that deep crease over his eye.  😦


Diapers:  Oh, my.  I really want to be using the cloth diapers again, but we only have a few of the ones that are already set to the right size, so I constantly run out of them and the other kind we have all need to be adjusted, which is actually quite a task.  The elastic on each side of the diaper has to be changed via two tiny buttons on both sides.  It’s something I just need to sit down and do, but WHEN?!?!?  The other problem I run into then is that I’ve used the 6-8 good diapers that we have, but I never feel justified washing just that few… plus the last load I did, I washed with some towels and all the diapers came out with lint on them, which end up on Jedi’s little bum when they get wet.  Ay-yay-yay!  I just need some time to get situated and then I’ll get back to using the cloth ones!  I especially want to start doing that now, since he’s getting closer to the age where he could be potty trained!

Clothes:  For as tall as people think he is (which I don’t ACTUALLY know because I keep forgetting to measure him…), he’s still barely fitting into 9 and 12 month pants.  If they don’t have elastic on the bottom he trips and slips on them as he walks and they end up being more work than they’re worth.  That being said, he is wearing mostly 9 month clothes.  He still fits into some 6-9 month sleepers, and a few 6 month onesies.  On the other end of the spectrum, he’s also fitting into some 12 month clothes.  So it varies.


We went to Mr. Gatti’s again this month, but this time with Nana, Popo and cousin Cohen.  He really had a fun time playing arcade games and particularly ANY game with a ball.  At the end he even got to cash in his tickets for a little orange bouncy ball, which excited him beyond belief.

Jedi and I went over to a friends house to make fall wreaths and have a play date.  We made tacos and drank mimosas and had a wonderful time hanging out (and letting the kids hang out) and celebrating fall (or what SHOULD be fall… except that we live in Texas…).


We got to celebrate daddy’s birthday!!!  We didn’t do anything particularly special.  I kept asking Trent what he wanted to do, but he just said he wanted a day to relax with his two loves (Awwww).  So that’s what we did!  We’re so thankful for him and another wonderful year of life to spend together!  We did, however, get to go out to celebrate both of our birthdays that evening with Trent’s family.  We went to Houlihan’s and then back to his parents’ house for cake and presents.  It was a great time celebrating!

We drove up to Austin for a surprise birthday party for one of our best friends from China.  We barely arrived on time, but were there to yell “Surprise” to “uncle Zach.”  It was a really nice party (His wife, Heather, ALWAYS throws amazing parties) and we enjoyed catching up with these dear friends.  Another friend, Nicole, who we also met in China was there as well, and we were thankful to be able to catch up with her too!  Jedidiah loved being outside, playing with Chara (their dog) and throwing the corn-hole beanbags in the hole!

Jedidiah and I headed to a pumpkin patch at Stahlman’s at Bear Creek in New Braunfels.  We went after Bible Study Fellowship one morning with our friends Ashley (and Avery) and Vanessa (and Elizabeth).  I totally forgot both my camera and my phone that morning (total mom fail) but thankfully Vanessa had her nice camera and was kind enough to take some pictures for us.  Here were a few that I absolutely LOVED!

We had another play date with two of my old co-workers from the days when we worked at Copeland Elementary/Walker Intermediate School.  We got together in the late morning and had a nice time chatting and catching up over lunch while the kids played together.  🙂

We had the chance to go to Hondo to their South Texas Maize festival with our neighbors and friends down the street.  It was so much fun to do together and the kids had a good time.  We walked through the corn maze, played with the pumpkins, and checked out the animals.  I totally recommend going!  We had a great time!

The two of us attended a baby shower for one of my friends from Northwestern College (in Minnesota) who lived in San Antonio for a while before moving to Austin with her husband.  We are so excited to meet her little guy!


Mommy hosted an Usborne book party and Jedidiah got to play with some of his little girlfriends.  He had a good time pushing Avery in his little riding motorcycle.  He’d make the car noises and push her down the hall.  It was soooo cute (the picture is a blur because he was moving too fast)!!!

We went to a small outing with a few close friends to celebrate my friend Abby’s son’s 4th birthday.  We went to the Trinity soccer game and enjoyed hanging out with all the kiddos and her brand new baby boy!


This month we attended our neighborhood’s National Night Out, although we couldn’t stay long because of other obligations at church.  We still made it in time to see the police officers and their patrol dog.  Jedidiah of course loved the dog!  He also got a police badge sticker from the visiting officers.


Likes: The three B’s- birds, balls and balloons!  If he sees any of these things, he will balloonsliterally shriek with delight!  It’s hilarious and a bit obnoxious, but you can’t help but admire his enthusiasm!  We will be walking through HEB and he’ll see the balloons and freak out.  I have to try to keep him away from the front area so that he doesn’t get too excited.  Even still there have been a few other times, where they’ve had special promotions (one day was “Italy day” so they had red, white and green balloons at the food sample booths) or there has been a random stray balloon that floated up to the ceiling (even in the back where they store everything).  If there’s a balloon there, he will find it!  In parking lots or even sitting in his high chair, he will point out the birds with great excitement.  It’s really adorable to watch!

Another thing Jedidiah loves is the broom, vacuum or duster.  Really anything he can push back and forth… oh, yes, and the fly swatter (not something I particularly like for him to play with).

He is very interested in the dishwasher and every time I open it to load or unload it, he climbs right up into it and starts “helping” me with the silverware.


Much to my disdain, one of his favorite places to play is in the toilet.  He just can’t seem totoilet understand why he can’t play in that water and why momma makes such a big deal about it.  At the beginning, we could just close the cover because he couldn’t quite open it, but those days are gone.  We really need to invest in toilet locks but for now we’re just trying to keep the doors to the bathrooms shut at all times.

Speaking of doors, he still absolutely LOVES to open and close doors.  Thankfully he has a good awareness of where his fingers are and hasn’t pinched them.

Jedidiah REALLY likes rocks!  Especially when we arrive to the church that my bible study is held at, he sees the rocks and FREAKS out!!!  I use it as my bribe to get him to stay in the child care.  I tell him that afterwards we can come out and play with the rocks.  It’s worked so far and he REALLY gets excited about them.  He really impressed me one day because he picked a particular rock and threw it (into a million other rocks) and then went and found that exact same rock to throw again!  He did it twice, finding that same rock, before he moved on to another one.  I don’t even know if I could find the same rock I threw in all those other rocks!

Another thing he gets  SUPER excited about is seeing dogs!  He loves Nana and Popo’s dogs and any dog he sees while we’re out walking.  Our neighbors all have dogs and when I’m loading him into the car, he’ll say dog and point (even though they’re behind the fence) if he hears them barking.


Jedidiah absolutely LOVES the bath.  As soon as we start filling up the tub, he is right beside us, SO ready to get in there and play! He walks ALL over the tub, which of course scared the crap out of us at first, but he does a good job with it and is really proficient.  Of course, his favorite bath toy is still the little orange puffer fish that resembles a ball.


Dislikes:  He HATES having his diaper changed.  In fact, I think he really dislikes any time we try to lay him on his back or keep him still.  He also STRONGLY dislikes and fights getting put in his car seat.  He arches his back and squirms so that it makes it very difficult to get him in!  It doesn’t happen ALL the time, but it would be safe to say that MOST of the time, he does NOT want to be strapped down!  Usually once he’s in though, he’s fine.

He also hates having his mouth wiped after he’s done eating, and he’s gotten pretty good at blocking me!  Sometimes we’ll be out and about and I’ll see a spot I TOTALLY missed!  Oops!

Memorable moments and firsts:

We went to our first pumpkin patches this month!  One in Hondo at the corn maze and the other with my girlfriends.

Jedidiah has started saying lots of new words this month.  He’s added “peek” (for peek-a-boo), “light,” “outside,” “water,” “thank you,” and “choo choo.”

Shopping with him has really become a lot of fun.  He is able to communicate much more clearly the things he likes.  One day we were out at Toys’R’Us getting a gift for a friend’s birthday party, and as we were leaving, he was adamant about sitting on the little rides they have in the front.  He could care less that they weren’t moving.  He just wanted to ride them!  So I brought him over and let him sit on both rides and clearly, he enjoyed it!

Jedidiah has been greeting with us at church since he was about 3 weeks old, but now he is ACTUALLY greeting people, with waves and high fives!  He’s so darn cute!

He makes car “vrooming” noises when he’s playing with his walker or toy cars or even anything he can push (like it’s a vacuum).

When he’s playing with his toy phones, he now puts them to his ear (backwards).  He also does this with my cell phone too.  When daddy calls he won’t talk to him but he will wave hello and goodbye to him.

He puts his face in the water at the pool for 4-5 seconds at a time.  He hasn’t figured out how to blow bubbles yet, but he holds his breath.

There’s this cute little café up the road from us called Emily’s Place.  We walk there oftenmotorcycle and Jedidiah loves to play on their little playground or run around outside while we just chat and relax (and chase him around).  We’ve been making a habit of going up there on Saturday mornings just to unwind and begin the weekend slowly.  Plus the weather has been nice these last few Saturdays so that’s been super helpful as well!  They have this little motorcycle there that he likes to ride on.  He can get on and off of it by himself and he loves it when daddy pushes him around on it!  The picture to the left was particularly great because he was wearing his yellow and blue motorcycle shirt riding the blue and yellow motorcycle.


He’s learned how to kick the ball (like intentionally, not accidentally) and occasionally will choose to kick-the-ball-and-chase-it rather than his usual throw-the-ball-and-chase-it down our hallway.

We were at Ihop one Sunday after church and after we had finished our meal, Trent was walking around with Jedidiah (as he often does, to let me finish my food).  Anyways the cleaning crew had come around and Jedidiah saw the broom and dustpan and was ENAMORED!  I’m telling you, I hope this kid keeps up his excitement over cleaning tools!  Anyways, we let him “sweep” a little and all the staff thought he was adorable.  Who knows what the other people in the restaurant thought… maybe that he was going to have to work to pay for our meal!


We randomly decided to go garage sale-ing one morning but got a much later start than werocking-hors had intended.  We really only found a few that were still going, but we totally lucked out!  We found an awesome rocking horse in excellent shape that gallops and whinnies!  It would have been my dream as a little girl to have one like that, so we snatched it up!  He likes to push it around like a walker, and he also likes to rock it back and forth.  He’s not too sure about being on it yet (but it’s a bit too tall for him yet).  That day will surely come!

Jedidiah has been helping me make my shakes for a while now.  For the longest time, he just liked to put his hand on top of the blender and watch it blend.  But one day we were making my shake, and he was already helping me with the ice cubes (we always count them as we put them in) and then he kept motioning towards the sink.  I couldn’t figure out what he wanted, so we went over there and I let him grab his little plastic fork out of there.  When we went back over to the blender, he put the fork in and started stirring around my ice cubes!  This was amazing because it just goes to show how much kids watch what you’re doing, even if you don’t know they’re watching, and even if you don’t realize you’re doing it.  You see, every time I make my Shakeology, I grab a spoon and push all the powder down so that it gets blended and doesn’t stick to the sides, and he NOTICED that!!!  Not only did he notice, but he tried to replicate what mommy does on a daily basis.  WOW.  That sure gives me pause to what else he sees me doing!

Speaking of which, another thing he must frequently see me do (like every time we leave the house) is unlock the deadbolt to the door with  my key.  One day after coming in, I left my keys on the table beside the door.  Jedidiah immediately took the keys, turned around and reached up towards the lock with the keys.  He KNOWS what he’s doing!


He has finally figured out the art of sucking!  He can suck out of a straw and he can suck out of those little food pouches by himself.  Now he also likes any water bottle that you can suck out of as well!


When we go to HEB, they give the kids these little things called “Buddy Bucks” which you put into this arcade-like machine and push a button and it gives you points which you can then redeem for little prizes.  Well, Jedidiah could care less about the prizes, but he sure does get excited about pushing the button!  It’s super cute to watch his tiny little self walk up to that machine and reach up and push the button.


When we put him in his car seat when it’s already in the car, he loves to play a little peek-a-boo game with us.  It is SOOOO adorable and he gets such a kick out of it!  We usually let him play it for a minute or two and then he doesn’t fight us so much getting into his seat.

We are still going to the library for “Baby and Me” time and it’s been fun to watch Jedidiah begin to come out of his shell more and get more excited about playing.  He still doesn’t necessarily play with the other kids, but he’s at least playing alongside them.  🙂

We’ve started going to parks now that he can walk and climb.  He can’t do everything, but he loves to be outside and loves to climb on everything.  He particularly wants to go up the slides, but the stairs are good practice for him as well (he crawls up them, not walks).  He also enjoys the little steering wheels that they have on the playgrounds and any of the little rocking animals (he’s also figured out how to rock them by himself!).

He makes “choo-choo” noises every time he hears the train.  He’ll stop and listen and then make the sounds.  It’s super cute and I love how observant he is!

I think I wrote last month that he had used crayons successfully one day at Ihop, and this month he was very interested in me writing.  He loves to play with pens but I usually make sure that they are “disabled” so that he can’t write on anything.  But one particular day, he crawled up in my lap while I was making a to-do list or something like that and I let him draw a bit.  It didn’t hold his attention for long, but he did make the connection between what he was doing and the lines on the paper that were forming.


Jedidiah loves to be a part of everything that we do.  We had bought a new shelf for his room for his toys and such and we were putting it together in our living room and he was enamored with the hammer.  So we helped him use it to “hammer” in a few nails.  I love that he always wants to be a part of everything.

What about mom?  Well, this momma signed up to run a half-marathon on the 19th of November, so I’ve been training through the weeks.  Usually on the weekdays, Jedi ends up being my running buddy, but I’m not really a big fan of running with the jogging stroller.  I’m not a fan of running with anything, really.  I just prefer the freedom to move my arms and run unhindered.  It has however, been good for training as when I’m doing my long weekend runs WITHOUT having to push the stroller, it is MUCH easier!

Other than that, I’ve still been going to Bible Study Fellowship on Wednesday mornings.  I LOVE this time to grow in the word and fellowship with other women.  And as much as I love spending time with my little guy, I am SO very grateful for those two hours a week that he is being cared for and ministered to by OTHER people!  It has been a huge blessing for me.

I’m really LOVING my job as a Beachbody coach!  I love connecting with people and encouraging them on a daily basis.  How cool that building relationships and pouring into others’ lives can be my ministry AND my job!  Plus it keeps me in good shape and keeps me accountable for how I eat too.

Daddy time:  I know that I literally say this every month, but I. Love. These. Two.  The way they interact is so precious to me.  They play little games and have so much fun.  Jedidiah looks up to his daddy and loves spending time with him!

One night they were playing this silly little game as we were getting Jedi ready for bed.  Daddy would put his shorts on his head, and Jedi would laugh and pull them off.  Then daddy would put the shorts on Jedidiah’s head and he would laugh and pull them off.  They went back and forth with this little game for quite a while and we all got a good laugh out of it!


Until next month… thanks for reading!

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