Jack Hatcher Elrod turned nine months this past Monday! I just can’t believe it.

There is no kind of love like a mother’s love for her child. I can’t even put into words how I feel about this little man. He is just perfect to me.

Here’s a list of what Jack has learned to do:

In the past nine months months, Jack Hatcher has learned to smile intentionally, and has come to recognize Tim and I as his Daddy and Mommy.

He has learned to sleep through the night from about 7:30pm to 8:30am and takes two longs naps during the day at 10:00am and 2:00pm.

He is a self-soother and sucks his thumb just like his Mommy did. (Lets just hope he doesn’t stick with it until thirteen like his Mommy did.)

He has learned to coo and ahhh and da-da-da and ma-ma-ma.

He has learned to eat food…baby food and the real stuff too, like bananas, cheerios, and Gerber baby snacks!

He has learned to roll over, both ways.


Pull up.


Even balance standing up for up to thirty seconds or so on his own!

He loves music and bounces that cute little booty when he hears a song he really likes.

He claps when you ask him.

He waves about 50% of the time you ask him. The other 50% of the time he claps. He’s working on it. I guess he just likes to clap.

He has eight teeth!

He loves to laugh and he does it often.

He has learned to play “hide ‘n seek”. One of us will hide under a blanket, burp cloth, pair of pants, etc. and say, “Where’s Jack Jack? Where’s Mommy??” and he will pull it off and laugh and laugh! (Sometimes this is the only game that will get him to stay still for a diaper change.)

He has learned to open a book and turn it’s pages.

He thinks the words “pea-hands” and “tee-tee-feet” are hilarious.

He has learned to love Mickey Mouse and has met him twice!

He knows who Elizabeth is and loves to crawl after her.

He is learning how to give kisses. They are usually given wetly with a big, open mouth. His favorite thing to kiss is his own reflection.

His favorite toys include his Buzz Lightyear bouncy ball, his stuffed Buzz, his plastic Aladdin and Peter Pan, his small stuffed Goofy and Mickey, and his countless “chewies” (teethers).

He has learned to be a tough-guy when it comes to learning to walk. He rarely cries anymore when he falls. “Just shake it off and try again!” He’s persistent.

He has yet to be sick or have a doctor’s appointment other than routine check-ups. (Praise God for healthy and unhindered immune systems!)

He is roughly 23 pounds and 28-ish inches. We’ll get the exact numbers at his nine month appointment next Wednesday…those are my guesses.

Dear Jack Jack,

Mommy and Daddy love you so much! We are so proud of how strong and smart you are. We will continue to pray daily that you grow in wisdom and stature, just like Jesus did, and grow to be a good and Godly man that never looks back or turns away from his faith, but soldiers on in the name of the Lord, blazing a path for His glory on Earth. Thank you for being so sweet-natured and kind and happy. You have made being your Mommy and Daddy easy.

With love, Malorie (Mommy)