Sunday, September 4, 2011

Mommy + Daddy = Dummy

Dummy is the combo name that Jackson calls us. He has no clue that he is calling us dummy, but does it all the time. Kind of like a pug + beagle = puggle, I guess! When he starts to talk to one parent, and realizes its the wrong parent standing there, "dummy" come out of his mouth. He will think this is really funny when he is our age (hopefully).

Jackson got professional haircut #2 yesterday. Check out the stink eye he was giving the entire time. He was still, and did a good job though. I decided to get it cut super short because his hair naturally grows into a wicked mullet. Hopefully we don't have to spend $21 on a haircut for a couple of months. He did enjoy the sucker at the end :)

Hurricane Irene came to visit a couple of weeks ago. She stayed a day or so, did lots of yard damage, but we never lost power (more than for a couple of seconds). Jackson and I went out and made a huge pile of debris, and now Daddy & Jackson get to haul it to the curb today.

My 83 year old Grandmother and her husband Rex is coming to visit in October. That should be fun. We don't ever get the chance to do anything "touristy" so maybe I can find some fun activities for us. Bill would like to check out the ships and I wouldn't mind to take them on a cruise or something like that.

We are still planning a little short trip in October, maybe Busch Gardens? I haven't had time to look in to it very much, but maybe I can get us something booked in the next week or so. The goal is to get a hotel with an indoor pool so we can play at the hotel during downtime.

Speaking of downtime....we have had some struggles with bedtime over the last few months.. "Some struggles" is putting it mildly. Jack is a typical kid during the day, but then at bedtime he becomes....uh...difficult. It is up to an hour of screaming, hitting, biting, kicking, spitting, etc. We are both at a loss, really. We have tried consistency, inconsistency, etc. I am considering a doctors visit in the next couple of months if it doesn't improve. As an example, last night Bill prompted him that we would go back to his room in 5 minutes. Jackson immediately started hitting him. Bill ignored it for a long time, gave him a 2 minute warning to go to his room, and the hitting continued. We all got up to go to his room and Jackson punched Bill so hard that his glasses flew across the room about 10'. Of course, this behavior continues for some time before he finally cries himself into exhaustion. Anyway, this doesn't make us love him any less, but it isn't something that we look forward to. He is big enough that it actually hurts us. Hopefully it is a phase? Either way, it isn't fun for any of us.

I don't want to end on a bad note, or give the idea that Jack is a bad kid - he isn't. He is a loving, sweet little boy that is a true blessing to us. Tomorrow, we may go to a baseball game and ride the train. He digs trains, so this is really a treat for him.

We hope everyone has an awesome Labor Day weekend!

Dummies and Jackson


  1. Sorry to hear bed time is not going so well, no fun. I don't know how expressive your son is, but is he able to verbalize something he might need to help him go to sleep easier; night light, music, something special to hold in bed, etc.
    Would a sticker chart or a bed time schedule help? Something so he knows the expectation and receives a small reward for acting as he should.
    Hope it clears up soon and like you say is just a phase.

  2. It might be part of the move to the toddler bed. Or Patty Cogen in her book, "Parenting the Internationally Adopted Child" talks about occasional set backs as part of development. Good luck, I hope it passes quickly.