Sunday, April 26, 2009

A fluke?

jr. was A. Perfect. Angel. today in sacrament meeting.

I know, I know, after April Fool's you're probably thinking this is just another joke. But it's not! jr. behaved quietly all the way through the meeting and never had to be taken out. Not even once.

Josh wondered if it was something jr ate. I think something else might have had a little more to do with it, although I know it's too early to celebrate (who knows what will happen next week!).

Recently Josh and I read an article that my mother sent us by Orson Scott Card called "Does Civilization Begin in Sacrament Meeting?" We got a lot of helpful tips about how to teach your child from a very young age to behave during sacrament meeting, and we have been trying to use them. If you, too, suffer from a Sunday-Screamer, you should check out a few of Card's ideas.

Basically, the rules are:

1. No talking out loud.

2. No interaction with people on other benches.

3. The child never touches the floor.

4. Silent reading and drawing are the only permitted activities. (jr. plays with toys)

5. No food or drink during sacrament meeting, ever.

6. Partake of the sacrament.

7. Any activity that results in laughter or loud noise must stop immediately.

8. No hitting or hurting of anyone, by anyone.

9. Bathroom needs, diaper changes, and physical injuries are the only acceptable reason for leaving the meeting, and only long enough to solve the problem.

10. Willful violations of the rules result in removal from the meeting and containment.

Card then goes on to describe what "containment" means. Basically, every time your child (of an age at which they can start to understand you) breaks one of these rules, you whisk them out to the foyer. But once there, you stand, holding the child tightly, not letting them move at all (not hurting them, though!) and face their face to yours. Then you sing hymns or talk gently (about how if they're quiet they'll get to go back inside again) to them until they calm down and stop struggling. You do not chat with other people in the foyer, or let your child be rewarded by setting them down. When they are completely recovered from their fit, you take them back in to the meeting.

Josh probably took jr. out of the meeting ten times last week. This week? Zero.

So maybe next week we'll have the same ol' behavior as always... I know change takes time. But I really think these tips are helpful and hope that in the long run jr. can learn good self-control and how to sit quietly for an hour.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

the babyjosh show: swimming lessons

welcome to swimming with babyjosh!

pssst. addie. the first thing we do is get rid of the grownups...

are they gone?

yeah, I think they are, babyjosh.


who, us? we didn't do anything.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

My baby is shrinking.

So... jr. went to the doctor for his 12 month appointment. And you're not going to believe this, but he weighed an ounce less than he had at his 9 month appointment. And he was half an inch shorter! My baby is shrinking!!!!

Okay, so I'm pretty sure they measured his length wrong last time so I'm not super worried. They never seem to be very accurate about measuring it anyway, has anybody else noticed that (maybe it's just our dr.'s office)?

The nurse lady took a look at me and said, "well, I see you're not exactly 6 foot yourself..." I informed her that my husband was 6'1", thank you very much. I'm hoping that jr. takes after his dad in height, not his mom. (but don't worry, I'll still love you if you're short, junes. I guess short people are kinda cool sometimes, too.)

And his weight, well, he's been walking and he had just gotten over being sick, so those are a couple of good reasons that he hadn't gained any weight. But they want to measure and weigh him again in a month to make sure everything's okay (can you believe he is only 50%tile for weight and 25%tile for height now?? still 100%tile for head size though. lots of brains).

Anyway, our lil guy is getting bigger every day (okay I just read that and realized it isn't 100% true, is it?) and we just love him (but that is)! He is so special. Seeing him walk and hearing him say his first words-- there's nothing like it.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Charity: Water

Through a Twitter feed I follow we found out about what seems to be a great charity organization that builds wells for people in Africa. The tweet led us to this blog where this guy will match what is donated to help build two wells in Ethiopia.

Check it out.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Twelve months

p.s. stay tuned for pictures of jr.'s first birthday!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fools!

Pleeease don't hate me, but if you haven't guessed it yet I have to tell you that the previous post was an April Fools' joke. If you DID guess it, then shame on you for not thinking that jr. is cute enough to be a baby model. (just kidding about that last part. kind of.)

Love you all! Thanks for your kind comments.

He Won!!!!

Oh my goodness!!! So some of you know that I submitted jr.'s pictures for the Baby Gap Casting Call a few months ago (although I was a little embarrassed about it...). Well, I just assumed that he hadn't been chosen after not hearing back from Gap... until LAST NIGHT! They called and said that they are very interested in using him as a model, and that they want to fly us out to San Francisco to take pictures!!!! He has aged a few months since the photos I sent in so they want to take some more sample pictures before making things official, but it sounds like it's really going to happen!!!

Anyway, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??? We are just sooo stoked. jr.'s a star!!