Sunday July 18th 2021

Happy Birthday Jordan!!!

After a long hiatus, it’s most certainly appropriate to add a post to wish HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the Monk!  It was a fun and busy year, and it was very neat to watch him grow and learn new things.  The party’s this weekend, so more pics to come!  For now, here’s one of Monk and his best friend at school, Jackson:

Jordan and Jackson
Jordan and Jackson

Easter

For Easter, Jordan’s Grampa Stange came up to visit from San Antonio. On Friday, I went and picked him up from the airport, and then we both went to pick up Jordan from school. When we got home, we were watching the Masters on TV. Jordan and Grampa were watching together.

He was also showing off some of his ExerSaucer skills to Grampa:


Exersaucering with Grampa from Christine Stange on Vimeo.

For some reason, Jordan really wanted to give me a hug on Friday night.

He had a blast hanging with Grampa.

On Saturday, we all went to my parents’ house to work on their yard. Here’s Jordan consoling Lana:

My Dad finally managed to get him to take a nap (something that neither of us could do at home).

Here’s a priceless picture with all his grandparents:

Cousins and Food!

Let me see about posting the events in order this time. :o)

On March 27th, we went over to Greg’s cousin’s (Kit’s) house to visit with his family and watch the NCAA tournament. Jordan did very well. He played with his 2nd cousins’ toys and then fell asleep on Greg. Ha ha.

Jordan’s sitting up really well now by himself. It makes it a little easier on us ‘cuz we can put him down to play for awhile. He’s pretty happy about his newly found ability.

At his 6-month check-up, his doctor said that he’s now free to have whatever food he wants. So after church on March 29th, we went out to lunch with my parents at J.S. Chen’s to have dim sum. We got him some congee (porridge), and he just LOVED it. My parents had a blast feeding him too. I don’t think they got to eat very much though. Ha ha.

My sister, Matt, and Lana came by for a little bit at J.S. Chen’s also. Jordan really wanted to say hi to Lana.

And my Dad was Super Grandpa…holding both grandkids at once.

We also introduced Jordan to meals in jars. This is when he was having some chicken noodle dinner. He made some nice art on his face. I think he liked the food.

6 months!

Boy, I guess we’ve been busier than we thought. Sometimes it’s either getting pictures posted or posting on the blog…and I believe that most of our relatives prefer the pictures over a blog entry. :p

First of all, the vitals…Jordan is now 28 inches and 17 lbs 9 oz. He hasn’t gained a whole lot of weight in the past 3 weeks because we were all sick at the beginning of March. He got a stomach bug, a cold/cough, and an ear infection all at the same time. In fact, the antibiotics (amoxicillan…that he hated) that was prescribed to him the first time didn’t work…so the ear infection went to his other ear, causing a ruptured ear drum. So with that came 2 more doctor visits and another kind of antibiotics (which he loved) and ear drops. It was a pretty bad week for us ‘cuz we came down with cases of pretty bad cough also.

But now everyone’s well again. Last weekend we went and got Jordan a convertible seat because he was outgrowing his infant seat (too tall). His first trip out on his new seat was to church with my parents. He was very proud of his big-boy-seat:

He’s sitting up pretty well now…requiring minimal support. Sometimes he forgets and leans one way and just keeps falling. It’s pretty funny.

He also digs playing in his ExerSaucer. We put it out in the backyard one day when it was nice out, and he had a blast.

He loves going to school too. Sometimes he gets cranky on Saturday mornings because he doesn’t get to go to school and see all his friends.

I think that’s the past 2 months in a nutshell. OH, and he started his dry cereal and applesauce when he was 4 months old. At first he didn’t know what to think about the whole cereal thing, but he loved the applesauce. We just got the all-clear from his doctor to give him mashed table food whenever we’d like. It’ll be so much fun ‘cuz he’s been reaching for everything we eat.

And how could I forget (going backwards here)…he met his new cousin, Lana, on February 8th. He was a very good boy and hung out in the waiting area ‘cuz he wasn’t allowed back in the delivery area. He had fun with his grandparents though.

Alright, I think this time that really is it. Hopefully it won’t be another 3 months before I have a chance to write again. :p

Latest and Greatest in Video-land

A couple of the latest videos of the Monkey. Here’s the chatty Monkey:


Chatty Monkey from Christine Stange on Vimeo.

And here’s the Monkey playing with the Jumparoo. He was having a grand ole time even though his feet don’t quite reach the ground yet:


Jumpa-ROOOOO! from Christine Stange on Vimeo.

Christmas…come and gone

Wow, time sure flies! Christmas has now come and gone…and so has my vacation! Goodness gracious.

On December 20th, my family came over for our Christmas celebration. Greg smoked a delicious rib roast, and we had a blast. My parents got the Monkey a Texas suit (that we put on him when we went to San Antonio):

…and my sister and Matt got him this music cube thing that’s pretty cool:

When we went to San Antonio for Christmas Day, it was fun to see all of Greg’s sisters fight over who gets to hold him (and who is supposed to be Jordan’s favorite aunt). It was a fun-filled day of “pass the baby” and lots of loot from the fam. LOL. Here are some highlights:

Us with Grampa:

With Aunt Diane:

With Aunt Diane and Aunt Joan:

With Aunt Terrie:

With Cousin Sarah:

With Cousin Ryan (the oldest and youngest cousins pic):

Sporting the Texas outfit (along with a cap that Marshall & Laura got for him):

Grampa got him this Mickey Mouse for Christmas, that has quickly become a favorite.

OH! We debut Jordan’s Christmas portraits. Click on the picture below to download them:

This Monkey is also loving his ExerSaucer. He has now figured out how to turn the pages in the little musical toy. Smarty pants.

He is also now into 9-month clothes. It’s just crazy. He starts day care on Monday…I hope that he adjusts quickly without much problems.

Yey!

It’s strange to say that I won’t be at work for the rest of the year, but it sure feels nice! :o) The weather has warmed up a bit, and the Monkey and I have been out and about. Yesterday we went up to the day care to visit with his teachers and for him to look around a little. It went pretty well. His teachers are nice…we got to see his crib and his little cubbie. He looked around a little bit and then fell asleep.

Today we played for a loooooong time in the morning. He was really good and played in his playard for about 45 min. I got to put dinner together and do the laundry. It was nice. Then we went upstairs and played on a blanket with some of the little blocks that we got. We also did some tummy time…he did awesome! See?

Jordan's Tummy Time
Jordan's Tummy Time

We went to lunch with Daddy at Anamia’s. It was fun…the Monkey decided to wake up and fuss though. :p Ah well. So it goes.

Successful Day

We’ve had a pretty successful day today. We went to Kiddie Kandids to get his portrait taken, and then came home to meet with a potential babysitter. We managed to get some good pics at the session…and the babysitter is just great. Jordan loves her (he was giving out lots of smiles and coos). :o) I think she’d work out just fine for the couple of days that I need to go into work in a couple of weeks.

What else…Thanksgiving went pretty well. Greg was going to Austin for the Texas/Texas A&M game, so Jordan and I went to have Thanksgiving with my family. We went to have dim sum with my family and my aunt and cousin, and then went over to my sister’s house to hang out. Jordan was pretty good the whole time, and even managed to take a nap in his playard…that was until my sister’s dogs woke him up by barking at the doorbell. *Sigh* He was a little cranky after that, and just wanted to be held all the time. But all in all, a pretty successful outing.

I have 3 more days of work until I’m off for the rest of the year (it sounds so long when I say that). Diane will be here Sunday until Wednesday night. Yey! It’ll be fun. Then we’ll be going to San Antonio for Christmas. We’re in the process of looking for a pet sitter for the kitties. That’s about it!

1st Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! from Christine Stange on Vimeo.

End of Month 2

Month 2 ended with a traumatic experience at the doctor’s. Jordan is now 23.75 inches tall, and weighs 12 lbs 14 oz. He’s gaining a very healthy rate (straight up in the growth chart) and is in 76 percentile in both categories. Then he got the 1st shots for DTaP, Hib, Pneumococcal Conjugate, IPV, and Rotavirus. It was as much of a traumatic experience for him as it was for us. Goodness gracious. I’m dreading the next time we get to do this.

Anyway, last Saturday we took a trip to Babies ‘R Us to find an outfit for a J-Man portrait, and to check out their portrait studio’s operations. Jordan was styling in his new outfit (which he’ll probably promptly outgrow):

My parents came over Saturday afternoon and poured the love of grandparents all over the Monkey. The Monkey put on a great show too. He coo’ed and smiled and imitated facial expressions. My parents had a great time.

This afternoon Jordan had temporarily forgotten about the injustice done to him earlier in the day, and sat happily in his swing. He was actually wide awake and was watching the little stuffed animals hanging above the swing. It was pretty entertaining.


My Swing! from Christine Stange on Vimeo.

The rest of this week is going to be pretty exciting for Jordan. On Thursday, we’re going over to my sister and bro-in-law’s house for Thanksgiving. Then on Friday, we’re going to Tokyo One for dinner. On Saturday, my family’s coming over with my aunt and cousin (the ones from Hong Kong) so they could see the house and stuff. Lots of things going on. Hopefully we can keep Jordan on a somewhat normal schedule so he’s not overly tired (it takes him a couple of days to recover from that).

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