Monthly Archives: November 2008

Just So Cute!

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Garrett is getting to be so cute!  All of a sudden he has hit the age where all his personality is coming out.  He learned how to fake cough a few weeks ago, but lately it is his go to attention getter.  He’ll be hanging out in the jumparoo or playing on the floor and if he wants attention, he’ll start coughing.  As soon as you acknowledge it, he smiles this huge grin.  It is a crack up! 

Garrett loves to play on the floor.  He lays on his play mat and either just kicks away or rolls across the room.  He doesn’t love timg_1667o be on his tummy.  He wants to be strong enough to pull up onto his knees and arms but he really isn’t.  He tries so hard, but just can’t manage to make any progress.  This infuriates him.  After a minute or two of attempting to move, he gets very mad and buries his face in his hands and cries.  It is so pathetic!  I like to put Garrett on the floor to play.  The problem is that the only rug we have on our hard wood floors is in the living room which doubles as the play room.  This means that in order for G to be on the carpet and not just hard wood, someone has to be in the living room with both boys or Jack has to be sleeping.  When G Man plays on the floor, Jack has to be right next to him mimicking every movement and sound.  It is pretty cute to watch a 2 yeimg_1720ar old have tummy time.  However, Jack tends to get very excited and we are quite sure that given the opportunity he would inadvertently squish his brother.

The last few weeks have been a turning point in the manner in which Jack responds to Garrett.  Until recently, Jack has been nice to G for the most part but not that interested in him.  Recently Jack has taken an interest in Garrett.  I think it is partly because Garrett engages Jack with smiles and coos now and partly because Jack likes to teach G how to use all his toys.  No matter the reason, I’m happy with the result.  img_17221The increased empathy and interest on Jack’s part is nice.   Last week we were in the car (most likely traveling to or from swim lessons!) and Garrett got fussy.  Jack got genuinely upset and told me “My baby is cryin’ Mama.  You need to pull over and feed him.  You need to nurse my baby, Mama.”  Another day Jack started to cry because he felt bad that Garrett was crying and I couldn’t help him.  It was sweet.  We are finally settling into being a family of four.

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Swimming Week 3- Good Breathing



Swimming Week 3- Good Breathing, originally uploaded by mgianchetta.

One of the interesting things about these lessons is that they don’t tell Jack how to breathe or when to take a breath. However, I’ve noticed that this week he is starting to come up out of the water to breathe and then go back under to swim. It is amazing to me how well he is doing. The verbal instruction is pretty minimal, but the physical cues his teacher gives him are expanding his abilities so quickly. I love these lessons!

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Swimming Week 3- Big Kicks



Swimming Week 3- Big Kicks, originally uploaded by mgianchetta.

Jack is starting to kick more at swimming. He always moves his arms plenty, but the kicking while his face is in the water is not as instinctual. He gets where he wants to go, but once he really starts kicking, he’ll be off!

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Susannah’s Shower

Last week Jack, Garrett and I went to a small baby shower of sorts for my friend Susannah and her new little one Isla.  Susannah’s good friend (and my friend now too!) Katie coordinated everything.  We had planned to have a surprise shower before Isla was born, but the little bug came too early.  So Katie shifted gears and waited until Isla was a little bigger and everyone in the Monteith house was settled in to the new routine.

There were just a few of us there.  I actually felt really honored to be invited, as it was only a few friends of Susannah’s from growing up, her Mom and her Godmothers.  Susannah and I have become really close friends, so I really appreciated Katie including me.  Anyway…we had a brunch, the kids ran around and we all got to visit.

The babies at the party (Isla, Adin & Garrett) provided great holding opportunities for all the Grandmas!  Isla is still a super newborn, img_1671so that was fun for everyone.  There is nothing like holding a new baby that still just wants to sleep in your arms.  Both Garrett & Adin were born in July, so they are really getting to a fun stage.  When they are awake the are smiling, happy & engaging.  It was fun for everyone to play with them.

The bigger kids were Ian, Jack, Elle & Jane.  They played so well together.  Actually, I was amazed at how well they all got along.  Elle has a great train table with tracks and several Thomas the Train characters.  Both Ian & Jack are huge fans of Thomas right now, so they spent so much time playing with trains.  Katie also has a piano.  I think we have a set of future musicians on our hands! img_16841 Toddlers love to BANG the keys and make music.  And they are so proud of themselves when they do.  My favorite part was when Ian, Jack & Elle were all up on the piano bench making music together.  It was so cute!

We ended up hanging out for a long time, so by the early afternoon we were getting into the kids’ nap times.  The boys went outside for a while and mowed the lawn and played in the leaves.  img_1703They had a blast.  It made me realize how much we are going to miss our multiple times per week trips to the park this winter.  The worst part is that we rarely get enough snow here to be able to really play outside in the snow either.  Thankfully the cold weather is pretty short lived in the DC area.  With any luck we will have a nice spring and we’ll be right back outside as much as possible!

Anyway…Isla’s shower was a blast.  Thanks Katie for putting everything together and hosting us.  It was so thoughtful and a wonderful time!!  Welcome baby Isla!

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Swimming Week 2 (Float)



Swimming Week 2 (Float), originally uploaded by mgianchetta.

The other thing that Jack has really been working on this week is floating. He doesn’t know what it is called. He just knows that he is supposed to rest when he gets tired or can’t get to the wall. He doesn’t like to float. This summer he would get really upset when we put him on his back, but he is coming along. I can really see a big difference from Monday to Friday with regard to floating. He is beginning to relax and appreciate the break it gives him. Sarah said that as he continues to work harder swimming, he’ll like to float more.

I’m so pleased with these lessons. For the first time I see that Jack’s enthusiasm in the water is being channelled positively. He is learning invaluable safety skills. That is worth all the money we’re spending!

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Swimming Week 2 (Edge)



Swimming Week 2 (Edge), originally uploaded by mgianchetta.

This is new video from week 2 of Jack’s swimming lessons. This week he worked a lot on using his arms and legs to kick and move in the water. He is very good at stretching and not necessarily kicking. However, by the end of the week he was starting to understand that the movement he creates with his arms and legs will get him where he wants to go.

He is doing really well at lessons. He loves his teacher (so does Mommy!). This week he even got out of the pool one day and said “Miss Sarah that was fun!” He looks forward to the lessons and it is giving us a pretty regimented schedule. One night last week Jack was tired early in the evening and he told me that he didn’t like how swimming made him tired. Never the less, he is always ready to go to them.

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Another Swimming Video…



MVI_1660, originally uploaded by mgianchetta.

Here is another video from Jack’s lesson yesterday.

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