Today (May 11) is my mom's (Jake's Nana) birthday. Happy birthday mom! You are such an amazing women who I've learned so much from. You are such a special & wonderful gift. We all love you so much!!
Monday, May 10, 2010
At our weekly dinner at Lupi's with his girlfriend Addie
Jake's new favorite song is "If You Are Happy & You Know It". He really won't clap or stomp on his own, but he will point to his cheeks during the part "...then your face will surely show it." It is SO HARD to get video of him though. The 2 videos below are not the greatest, but the best I could get of him. Please ignore my singing!
He usually comes out of his shell more while in the bathtub, so I thought maybe he would do better on camera then. He was unfortunately side-tracked with his male parts though, so the video had to end!
Anytime Robbie says "oh no", but puts his hands to his face like Home Alone. I almost missed it, but caught the tail end!
Jake is very into copying anything mom or dad does. That also includes helping us. He especially loves to help me unload the dishwasher. Anytime he hands you anything he says "budda budda budda". We have no idea what that is or what he is trying to say. He just says it anytime he hands anything to you. We finally got him to say night night tonight. It came out "ni ni". So sweet! We are definitely still dealing with the mood swings. They come out of no where. He'll be happily playing & you can barely move something & he will throw a fit. It usually happens in the evenings when he is getting tired. We are trying the ignore technique! He is such a sweet boy though & loves to give mama hugs & kisses.
After last week's post, Rob sent me an email the next morning. (Not unusual. He usually emails me the morning after a post to let me know all the grammatical mistakes I need to fix!) This was not a proof reading email though, but an email to tell me that not only was $ an object, but he didn't even really like the sandals anyway. He felt like Jake needed something "sportier". So now, not only did I have to find shoes to fit Fred Flintstone's feet, but mom & dad must agree on them. YIKES!!
We were spending Saturday evening in Birmingham with the Bush's. I somehow convinced Rob that since he missed his tee time, could we PLEASE go shoe shopping for Jake. I guess since it was Mother's Day weekend, he agreed. (He probably didn't trust me buying something without him there the defend Jake's manhood!) So we hurried to downtown Homewood to try to make it to Sikes Children's Shoes before they closed. Not that I ever visited a child's shoe store when I lived in Bham, but I knew if anyone would have shoes to fit Fred's feet, Sikes was THE place to go. We made it with 5 minutes to spare. (The store workers were very gracious about it, which made me love them even more!)
I told them my dilemma of Saltwater Sandals not being wide enough. They said that they had never seen a child whose foot was too wide for those sandals. They measured his foot, brought out a pair & sure enough, they did fit! Yahoo!! (Lesson learned: go to an actual children's shoe store to buy shoes & not a clothing boutique!) I was overjoyed, but I could tell Robbie was not amused. So I asked him what shoes did he like. He picked these.
Thanks to everyone for the comments & emailed suggestions! Just in case others are looking for wide shoes: The Saltwater Surfer Sandal is adjustable enough to fit around kankles. (Just make sure you are not trying the "Wee". I think that is where we went wrong the first time.) Robbie's shoe that he picked out is the Big Splash by Jumping Jacks. This brand comes in wide & double wide. (Jake is a 6.5 wide.) It has a flexible sole & can be worn in the water too. The other nice thing about it is because of the covered toe, Jake can wear it to school. So it was a win-win! (Note: Rob's shoe cost $20 more than mine! Ha!! I was the bargain shopper!)
Since he can wear the jumping jacks to school, we are retiring his New Balance. (It was getting really hard to cram his foot into them!) When we bought the NB, I was nervous because they were not flexi-soles, but they have been great. They make the NB in a wide & double wide too. We have been very pleased & plan on buying him another pair this fall.
His first pair of tennis shoes November 2009
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I do need some help though. Does anyone know a place that sells wide sandals for boys? (Other than Stride Rite.) I know that I'm crazy, but I am very anal & picky about Jake's shoes. A while back, I decided I wanted him to have a pair of Saltwater Surfer sandals. We went downtown on Saturday to a shop that sells them. My poor baby's fat little chubby feet. The strap wouldn't even fit around his ankle. I figured the store wouldn't have it in a wide, but I thought maybe I could find it online. Nope. It was not just them that don't make sandals in a wide. NO ONE hardly makes any shoe in a wide. I've looked all over online & can basically only find 4 toddler boy sandals that they make in a wide. Unfortunately, I hate all 4. It's very heartbreaking. So, if you know ANYONE who makes a shoe like the one below, in a wide, PLEASE let me know. I do not care what the cost is! (Even though I'm sure Robbie would disagree!) Please help! If not, a little boy is going to have to wear tennis shoes & socks all summer!