James

There will always be something special about your first born child.  James has truly been delightful since day 1.  He’s the most loving, kind, thoughtful, smart, funny, creative boy you’ll meet.  And now I can add that he’s the best big brother a little sister could ask for. I started this blog when he was just a couple months old and love having this journal of his early years to look back on.  I cherish these early posts for that reason.

 

 

James’ Book Recommendations: Best Books for 8 Year Olds

James’ Book Recommendations: Best Books for 8 Year Olds

On Sunday night while I was finishing up yesterday’s fitness post (log your exercise HERE), my 8 year-old son James said he wanted to come work with me on Monday morning and learn how to be a blogger.  I said, “of course!”, but thought he might lose interest by the morning.

Turns out, he was quite serious and showed up to work bright and early, eager to get started!  I was happy to teach him the basics and he’s really a quick learner.  After showing him some simple aspects of how to write a blog post,

View Post

Back to School – PK4

Back to School – PK4

My son started Pre-K4 yesterday and when I picked him up, he said he had a great day!  In the days leading up to school starting, I asked him how he felt about going back to school.  He said, “I will miss you.”  Awww . . .  melts mama’s heart.  I’ll miss you too, buddy.  He was so excited to see all of his friends again and pretty hyper on the back-to-school/meet-the-teacher night.  When I dropped him off today, he just waved bye and said, “Have a great day!”  No tears, no “don’t go!” or “I don’t want to go to school”.

View Post

My Big Boy

My Big Boy

For the first two years of my son’s life, I did a monthly blog recap as sort of an online scrapbook where I recorded personal mementos, milestones, and pictures of my cutie as he grew.  He’s four now and has grown into the sweetest, friendliest, and all-around fun little boy.  I haven’t done one of those monthly features in a long time, but had to share some of the shots from this weekend as he was super excited to start T-ball.  My son is one of the smallest kids in his class, and on the team, but is quick to correct me when he hears me refer to him as a “little guy.”

View Post

Toddler Chore Chart

Toddler Chore Chart

Recently, I’ve started teaching my just-turned-4-year old that unpacking his backpack after school is his “job.”  It is kind of a big job too because it means carrying the bulky bag in from the car, there is a snack bag and a lunch bag to unpack, with freezer bags to put into the freezer, plastic containers that go into the sink and sometimes trash to throw away.  Then, there is the folder that needs to be emptied.  Everything goes back into the backpack for the next day.  He often complains that he’s, “too busy” to unpack his backpack, but I tell him it’s his job and when he’s finished,

View Post

James (Age 2 1/2) and the Guitar

James (Age 2 1/2) and the Guitar

Up until age 2, I did a monthly post about my son.  Now, I’m updating periodically, and saving precious memories that are making up his childhood.  I want to remember that at this age (2 1/2), my son was obsessed with guitars.

Even Friday afternoon, when we went to the bookstore and I told him I wanted to get a magazine before we headed to the kids section to play with Thomas the Train, he ran right to this and said, “You wanna get a guitar magazine Mama?”

Before we bought him a little ukelaili,

View Post

baby james is too cool

baby james is too cool

This time last year I couldn’t get the guy to wear a hat for more than two seconds, let alone shades.

Look at him now!


(The hat is from Old Navy and the sunglasses are from Target).  He wants to wear the hat all.the.time!

We were headed to a block party in our neighborhood.  I had no idea how many young couples and little kids lived in our neighborhood.  We really had a good time meeting everyone, a great group of people.  Now, we just need to stay in touch!

******

Our house guests are here:) and thankfully,

View Post

James, Age 2 (A Photo Word Collage)

James, Age 2 (A Photo Word Collage)

To capture a bit about what my young son is like as he turns 2, I used Picasa to add text to this photo.  

 

After uploading the photo, you click on “Text” 

Then you can chose your font (whatever fonts you have on your computer), move them around, make them bigger or smaller, and choose what color you want to use.  Then just hit “Apply” and save the picture.

Update: I no longer use Picasa to edit photos, but I find PicMonkey (free photo editing website) really easy to use and it gives you lots of creative freedom.

View Post

baby james’ 2nd birthday party!

baby james’ 2nd birthday party!

Our little guy is officially two years old!  It’s amazing to see him grow and change and interact and talk with us.  He learned to answer, “How old are you?” with a proud “Twoooooo!”  He had an Elmo/Sesame Street party since those are some of his favorite pals right now.  We hosted the party at home and had lots of family and friends and little kids over.

The morning of the party, Daddy took James for his first “big boy” haircut.  Up to now, I’ve done every haircut, but I’m not that good at it.  He came home looking so grown up with his new haircut all styled like Daddy’s.

View Post

baby james is TWO!

baby james is TWO!

Our sweet baby James turned two recently and we celebrated with a party at our house over the weekend.  On Saturday, we partied.  On Sunday, we attempted to put the house back together.  I’m pooped!  I will share the party details this week.  Here’s a glimpse of our little guy right before we all sang “Happy Birthday!”

I still can’t believe he’s officially two now!

__________________

keep in touch! 

subscribe  | instagram | pinterest | facebook | twitter | bloglovin 

View Post

baby james {22 & 23 months}

baby james {22 & 23 months}

These last two months have heard James talking and talking and talking. His sweet little baby voice is my favorite.  We have actual conversations and he absolutely delights me.   I accidentally bumped him the other day and he said, “Careful mama.”  Then I was trying to put nose drops in his nose while he squirmed away and said sternly, “Don’t like it!”

He’s like a parrot repeating everything you say.  Now I know when I hang up the phone I usually say, “okay, bye” because James has been mimicking me saying the same thing.  And he carries around my old Blackberry talking on the phone all the time.

View Post

baby james (20 months)

baby james (20 months)

Is our little baby actually turning into a toddler/little boy??  Ahhhh, where does the time go?  It’s so fun to see what he’s interested in and the best part is how much he’s talking and how he understands what we say to him.

He’s singing the ABC’s, counting to 10, singing Twinkle, Twinkle, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and talking in general.  Too many words to list in a blog post.  Is it weird that he says “Starbuck’s”?! 🙂  And he’s learned “no” – as in, “Ready for bedtime, James?” To which he sometimes replies, “No, no, no.” Or if we try to give him a bite of food he doesn’t want,

View Post

baby james (19 months)

baby james (19 months)

It seems like the months are going faster and faster and our little guy is growing awfully fast.  He’s still a happy guy but will definitely voice his frustration if he doesn’t get his way or can’t figure something out.

James’ vocabulary is growing rapidly and being able to communicate together is just awesome.   We have actual conversations now.  In the morning they go something like this:

James:  “Pancakes, pancakes.  Milk, milk”

Me:  “You’re ready for pancakes and milk?

James:  “Yeah”

Me:  “Would you like a banana too?”

James:  “Banana!”

He was in great hands with my brother,

View Post

baby james (18 months)

baby james (18 months)

A year and a half old! Wow!  It just keeps getting better and better.  

Now James is really starting to talk to us and we actually understand what he’s saying!  Mostly he says “Gabba Gabba” because he wants to watch Yo Gabba Gabba.  Is it any wonder I’m hearing this in my dreams?!?!

James really loves music now and will dance anytime he hears it, doing the famous baby dance, bouncing up and down.  The cutest thing he’s doing lately is trying to snap his fingers- I couldn’t figure out what he was doing when I first saw it,

View Post

baby james (16 & 17 months)

baby james (16 & 17 months)

There have been so many discernible changes in James these last few months, I feel like I cannot possibly chronicle them all or accurately describe the subtleties of everything.  But I love it!  First of all, he’s really physical- loves to run, climb, and wrestle with daddy.

He understands so much now that it blows my mind.  I can ask him to throw the wet diaper away, and he’ll walk over to trash can, open the lid, and throw the diaper away (sometimes I don’t even have to ask).  Or, we were in my room and I found a “paci”

View Post

James by Bella Babies Portrait Studio

James by Bella Babies Portrait Studio

I’ve shown you our photographer’s (Kristi Zontini of Bella Babies Portrait Studio in Houston) work before here, but hadn’t shared the images from the two most recent photo shoots.  We bought 4 sittings for James’ first year and did them at 2 weeks old, 5 months, 9 months, and one year.  Kristi and her assistant Jordan are the best!  They make the shoot fun and get such great results.  It’s been really hard for me to narrow down the best photos from each shoot because they get so many wonderful shots.

View Post

baby james (15 months)

baby james (15 months)

Our sweet baby boy turned 15 months on June 4th.  He is just his own little guy, full of curiosity, independence, and determination.  I’m so happy that he still likes to be held, but sometimes, just as quickly, wants to be put down.  He loves to climb up onto the couch, and then climb back down.

His independence is fierce at mealtimes, so he feeds himself- no matter how messy it gets. 

Nothing a little bath can’t fix:)  And boy does he love the bath!  He comes running into the bathroom as soon as he hears the water running and tries to hike his leg over the tub and get in!

View Post

baby james {14 months}

baby james {14 months}

Month 13 had to be one of the most exciting months so far because James.Started.Walking!  I had imagined that Jimmy and I would teach James to walk by sitting across from each other in the living room beckoning James to “come to mama” but that didn’t happen.  He just started walking one day right after turning 13 months and within 2 weeks, he gave up crawling completely. 

Here he is just last weekend as dad was doing the yardwork.  Ever tried to snap a pic of a walking baby??? And he doesn’t like to hold my hand while he’s walking.  He wants to do it on his own,

View Post

baby james {13 months}

baby james {13 months}

We’ve officially entered the second year and I have to say it just keeps getting better and better!!  Being a first time mom, I had no idea that my heart could contain such love.  Now that James is a little older, he’s doing more and more and continues to bring so much JOY to our lives.  Every morning I look forward to another day with him.  

He’s quite proficient at climbing up the stairs and shimmying down on his belly.  So much so that we finally installed a gate to prevent any accidents. 

He’s also good at getting on and off of his dinosaur and riding it around the living room.

View Post