11 Months!

My little man is almost a year old! I can't believe how quickly it went by!

11 favorite family activities to do with our little guy:
  1. Swimming! This is by far our entire family's favorite summertime activity. We love to go to the pool all together. And Jaxon still loves to swim!

  2. Hiking. I think Jaxon likes to go hiking. Whenever we put him in the backpack he falls asleep! No, he really does love it and it is a good workout for us too!

  3. Traveling. Surprisingly, Jaxon is really good at traveling. We mostly go visit family (since we are on a budget) but he loves going new places and is usually really good.

  4. Listening to Music. No matter what kind of music is on, even from the TV, Jaxon starts bouncing up and down. No wonder Baby Einstein works so well!
  5. Crawling up and down Stairs. No, this is not one of mine and Shane's favorites but Jaxon has just recently discovered that he LOVES to climb stairs! And of course he can't do it by himself yet so it becomes a family activity (though we have to admit that he sure looks cute doing it!)

  6. Visiting Family. We spend a lot of time in the summer visiting with our families here in Logan and up in Jackson. Jaxon loves his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins! And he especially loves to be the center of attention! (And Shane and I love the extra helping hands!)
  7. Having Conversations. Shane and I have definitely regressed in our speech since we have had Jax. "Baby talk" is spoken in our house on a continual basis. And Jax sure is a big talker! I really think he thinks he is having a conversation with us!
  8. Watching Baby Einstein. Once again, this is DEFINITELY not one of mine and Shane's favorite activities but Jaxon is still very enthralled with it so we end up being mesmerized right along with him.
  9. Reading Books. I am so proud! Jaxon is really starting to like reading books and both me and Shane have a great time reading to him.
  10. Being Outdoors. Just like Shane and I, Jaxon loves the outdoors! We are all much happier when we can be together outside. We love the summertime!

  11. Snuggling! OK, so maybe this is Mommy's favorite activity but Jaxon is sure a good snuggler! Of course, he only likes to snuggle with us when he is overly tired but I'll take it whenever!

On the Go

My little Jax is crawling! Of course his version of crawling is not exactly "normal". He gets on one knee and then pulls himself with his other foot. It is totally cute though! I absolutely love it when I go in another room and a few minutes later I see his little head poke around the corner. He is always so proud of himself! But he is not very happy if he does all that work and then I go somewhere else. However, I am sure that before long I will not be able to keep up with him!

My Boy

Ever since Jaxon was 6 months, I kept thinking that he was at the cutest stage. But every month, week, day he just keeps getting cuter and more fun! He has changed so much in just the last few weeks. This past week, for the 4th of July holiday, I spent a week in Jackson with my family. And while we were there, Jaxon actually slept through the night once or twice! Of course, it hasn't quite stuck yet but I am hopeful. He has also started crawling . . . sort of. He is so strong and has the physical capability but is a little nervous. He gets on all fours but wants to stand up so he is on one knee and one foot. He kind of drags his leg but he does move! And just today, he started pulling himself up on the couch. He also loves to cruise around with me or his Daddy (or anyone who is willing) holding his hands. And he is so proud of himself while he does it! He looks around to make sure he has an audience (he gets that from his Dad!). And of course, wherever we go he most likely is the center of attention. He has such a captivating personality. He loves to smile and giggle and he has just started copying things he sees. He shakes and nods his head, points (at everything), and waves bye-bye. He has also started copying our facial expressions which are hysterical!

Jaxon is definitely the boss. He has me and his Daddy (and his grandparents) wrapped around his little fingers. He has a mind of his own and has just recently decided that he doesn't like to go to bed or take naps. But even when his is being stubborn, he is still the cutest little boy ever! Watching him sleep is my favorite thing to do. He looks even more innocent and precious than usual. He is such a sweet special little angel and I love him more than I thought possible!