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Just To See You Smile


"Just to see you smile, I'd do anything that you wanted me to." Any Tim McGraw fans out there?

Jack is turning 1 on the 26th of this month. That's in 2 weeks! I've been so sad about it. I've loved having a baby, holding him, cuddling him, feeding him, and carrying him everywhere. I've been in denial that he's growing up. He is becoming a toddler and won't be a baby anymore. I have actually been working on a video of his first year for his birthday. Each time I work on it I cry. Where did that little baby go?! But this week I'm starting to see a different light on the situation. He makes me smile everyday. And each stage gets better and better. He smiles more the older he gets. Right now he is learning so much and it makes me so happy to see his little brain ticking and figuring things out. I just love playing with him and teaching him things and watching him repeat them. He loves it! So back to the song.. I would do anything to see Jack smile. I do the dumbest things just to see him smile. He makes me so happy! So bring on the one year mark.. I am ready! If it means more smiles, I welcome it!

Jack crawls so fast these days. I say he looks like a gecko. His legs kind of swing to the side, it's hilarious! He plays paddy-cake (but only claps and marks his hand like he is making a B), hide and go seek (I do the hiding), He jumps, claps, dances, and waves when we ask him to. He loves books and hands me one at least 20 times a day to read to him. He really enjoys flipping the pages. He loves music and starts dancing as soon as he hears it. But he has to make sure he is seen.. so he will get your attention first then start dancing! He loves going up and down the stairs and waits until you watch him to do it. He will eat any type of food... even mushrooms! He won't turn anything down, unless I'm eating something else, then we wants whatever I'm having!  He loves the kitties (strictly outside now) and were pretty sure he is saying his first word. It isn't a full word but whenever he sees them he makes a "t" noise and points, like "te te te." I swear it sounds better than I can type here! He points and says "ooohhhh!" at absolutely everything. Oh he also points at whatever he wants. And he will shake his head and push something away if he doesn't want it.

I swear there is something new every day with this kid!  Here are a TON of photos of our cute Jack Attack!


Jack went swinging for his first time. And he sure loved it!


This is how every kid eats, right?
We had family stay over night and Jack loved having his cousins around!



Poor baby Jack has had a rough couple of months. It started with him teething, then the flu, then a cold, then two ear infections, then a yeast infection, then he got HFM Disease (Hand Foot Mouth) a few weeks ago. He has been miserable, and I felt so bad for him. He didn't want to eat or play. He didn't sleep well either because he was in so much pain. When will he catch a break?!
It was hard to photograph these.. but these are a few of his blisters. He had blisters all over his feet and hands and a huge sore on his lip as well as all in his mouth and throat.
Can you see the sore on his lip?
 Jack turned 11 months old and he is blonder than ever before!
11 months
We celebrated Easter. And we learned that Jack loves eggs. I bet you can't guess what is all over our house still? Yep colorful eggs are everywhere.. his new toy of choice.

Happy Easter! Love the Marcums





Easter baskets. Our house is filled with junk food, so we just raided the pantry for these. And yes those are croutons Brandon picked for me!
I sent Brandon on a traditional egg hunt. And he found this egg in the closet! Yay Easter Bunny! Thanks for the new ladder!

Here is a short clip of Jack giving me a book and flipping the pages!





 Jack is super super cute. Here he is posing!


Jack started to go down the stairs!




We got some free pictures taken at Target about a month ago. They are so cute! So I decided to share all of them:)





 

 
















After the photo shoot we went shopping and Jack found some sunglasses:)

 Jack and Greta love playing with each other. Here they are actually sitting!


Jack cruising around in his Radio Flyer.


Jack likes to spit up and rub it around on the floor. Thank you Jack.

Jack loves to take baths. He tries to get in the tub whenever he sees one. This particular time was his first time with bubbles. And he was in heaven.


As you all know, we gave Jack a mullet. Well I couldn't resist. I had to see if his hair would fit in a ponytail.. and it did! hahaha.
He could possibly pass as a girl here. Poor guy.


As I said earlier, he is learning things everyday. We showed Jack how to get the shapes out of his hippo and now he does it all the time!




We've tried to introduce sippy cups. So far they are just a toy, but he started to actually suck on them! Hopefully he will master this soon so we can work on a straw...

Jack LOVES to play with his food. Can you tell?!
Strawberries are very messy
Such a happy kid!
While we're talking about food, I recorded him refusing his food and wanting mine. So I just put his food on my spoon and he ate it right up! Silly child. (And sorry I had a hard time getting the food on the spoon:)








Last but definitely not least, Jack decided to start walking! He walks between us and furniture all the time! Before we know it he will be a walking machine.  Check out the videos.

video 1



video 2 




If you want to see any more videos, we are slowly adding them all to our You Tube page and you can check them out HERE.



6 comments:

Chris Loves Julia said...

This is the best post, ever! I kept wanting more and more kept coming. He is such a sweetie. So cute! And we're so happy that you live so close. Is that the bunting banner I made for your shower?? If so, I am so glad you held onto it!

I can't wait for Greta to wake up from her nap, she's going to go crazy over all the Jack photos and new videos.

Mars said...

Steph you have the cutest baby ever! Love his blonde blonde hair!

Bonnie said...

What a fun post! I can't believe he's going to be a year old. He's such a fun and happy boy. Thanks for sharing Jacks cute photos and videos!

Sourire said...

Adorable :) I can't believe he's already walking!

Rebecca aka brian's mom said...

What did grandma's ever do when they couldn't go to a blog and watch and read about their cutest grandkids???? Jack you are the absolutely cutest baby in the world, and your parents are quite in love with you, can you tell?? This is the only way that Grandma's that live far away can ever survive!!! (Grandpas and aunts and uncles too)

Rachel said...

You guys are so stinkin cute! Jack is adorable, I want to take him home with me :)