It cracks me up, though it does not surprise me that my last blog entry was on day 1 of my sabbatical. Here I am, 2/3 of the way through and already planning for the return to work, and it has been a super busy summer!
Ever since the little guy learned to crawl, pull himself up and cruise around the apartment on his own (while seeming to nearly injure himself every second that my hand is not on him) - life has gotten so busy again that it reminds me of the earliest days of parenthood. Gone are the days of carefree showering and tooth brushing while the babe is not asleep.
The summer has been really good though, and our guy has been blossoming into quite the charming little gentleman. Just today he started saying “Ra” (for Mira, his cousin). Yesterday he learned to say “Cece” for his friend Cecelia Swisher. He is also mastering “Pa” for “Grampa”. His other words include “Plane”, “Brrr” (for bird), “Fshhh” (for fish), “Cat”, “Dada”, “Mama”, “Nana” (sometimes nana-na-na-na), “Poop”, “Puff” (for his cereal puffs), “Ru-ru-ru-ru-ru” (for when we try to make him run and say ‘run-run-run-run-run.)
His favorite things to do include: Holding 2 of anything (cat puzzle pieces, 2 socks, 2 diapers, 2 blocks, 2 spoons, 2 pairs of pjamas on hangers, you name it! ) reading the Little Gorilla (his favorite book), playing with his Dada and Grampa, playing peek-a-boo with his blanket, showing us how big he is (SO BIG!) And, now this week -walking all over the house using his wooden crocodile walker.
Tonight we headed down to our favorite summer spot this year - Brooklyn Bridge Park for a stroll, some Jasper time on the swings and at the crawling park, and a sunset pizza dinner on the rooftop of Fornino overlooking the East River and Manhattan skyline.
Here are some silly pictures taken during our adventures tonight with my folks. (Note on the last picture: keeping a baby busy at a restaurant usually involves looking for any and all disposable dishware - plastic plates, cups, napkins - to entertain Jasper. I left the table for a few minutes and came back to this scene - my dad had carved a paper plate mask for them to play with.)