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’ 1st Birthday

James’ 1st Birthday

Our favorite little guy turned one!  What a milestone (for him as well as Momma and Daddy)! Of course, we had to have a little party to celebrate the occasion.  We kept the party small, just family, but it was so awesome that all the James’ (I, II, III, and IV) were able to get together for the first time!   We have so enjoyed this first year- it is pure JOY and LOVE and SWEETNESS with baby James in our lives.
 
 
   

 








A huge thank you to A Blissful Nest for the banner at the top of this post- it made quite the impression as our guests entered the house! 

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james & the giraffe

james & the giraffe

Before I was even pregnant with James, Jimmy and I bought him his first toy- an adorable big-legged giraffe from the MGM gift shop in Las Vegas.  I thought it was so cute and would be good to have something “baby” in the house pre-baby.

I started photographing James with the giraffe when he was 2 months old, but missed months 3 and 8 (oops!)  It’s so funny to see the progression of him just sitting like a lump next to the giraffe at first and then take more interest in it.  The giraffe started out much larger than James, but he quickly caught up!  

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baby james {11 months}

baby james {11 months}

How did this happen?  My little baby is growing up so fast!  The one year mark is fast approaching.  It is SO fun to interact with James now and play together.  He loves to play (alone or with us).  He likes “high 5”, reading (or turning the book’s pages), all the toys that light up and play music, things he can bang on, opening cabinet doors and drawers, and playing chase in his little car.  Grandma, you’ll like this post- it’s heavy on the baby pics:)

He’s all big boy in the highchair when we go to restaurants now. 

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baby james {10 months}

baby james {10 months}

Holy moly- we are approaching the one year mark!  As a first time mom, I am so blown away by all the things a little 10 month old baby can do!  They are actually little people with their own thoughts, desires, personalities, will, and determination.  Who knew?! 

My son and I have grown unspeakably close these last ten months, but he really loves everybody and will engage anyone who gives him attention.  I’m thankful to say that he is still the HAPPIEST baby I have ever known!  So full of JOY and LAUGHTER!  And the cutest thing there ever was:)

He fusses when he first wakes up from his naps,

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santa who?

santa who?

Can you imagine being 9 months old and seeing Santa for the first time?  I wonder what my little guy was thinking.  He seemed particularly fascinated by all that hair on Santa’s face.  He just kept looking at him.  I think I was more excited.  Some of this mommy stuff is still so surreal to me.  Waiting in line with James to see Santa, I’m realizing that I’m taking my baby to see Santa?!  When it was our turn, I just held James and made the introductions.  Our Santa was so nice!!  Since it wasn’t busy, there was no rush and when I thought James was comfortable,

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baby james {9 months}

baby james {9 months}

This last month has been so fun as James’ personality and curiosity has been ever-emerging. Also, his ability to get around has increased exponentially!  He moves around the house like nobody’s business and doesn’t sit still for long.  Sometimes, we’ll be in his room playing and he’ll just crawl away into the hallway.  Um, weren’t we playing?  I feel like I’m always saying, “Where you going?” 

Now, James:

Weighs 20 pounds
Says “mamamamamama”
Loves to zoom around the house is his little car.  We call it his “zoom zoom”
Thinks diaper change is the perfect time to flip over and be a wiggle worm.

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baby james {8 months}

baby james {8 months}

This little guy is getting so physical.  And he’s really intentional about what he wants to do.  For example, now he will specifically crawl, and I mean, fast! toward whatever he’s interested in.  Last month, he just started pulling himself up, and now he’s a master.  He’s crawling all over the house, likes to climb up my leg, and he’s also already cruising around the furniture!  Ahgghgh . . .

Now, James:

Weighs 20 pounds
Wears size 12 months and I started buying 18 months too
Recognizes Mom and Dad
Loves when you clap and likes to hold your hands while clapping
Loves music,

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James by Bella Babies Photography

James by Bella Babies Photography

Near the end of my pregnancy, I started researching photographers in our area who could do a professional photo shoot with James as a babe.   I remembered that my friend used Kristi Zontini for her wedding and her photographs were gorgeous.  Kristi’s studio, Bella Babies, now focuses mainly on babies and families.  We ended up purchasing four photo sessions (to use in a year), and have done two so far.  A family shoot is scheduled for November, and then we’ll do the last one when James is a year old.  Here are some of the shots Krisit’s done so far. 

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baby james {7 months}

baby james {7 months}

This kid is killing me with his cuteness.  And his eyes.  And his smile.  And is joy.  And his laughter.  And his just. being. a. baby.  He’s the best thing in the world.  Keeps delighting me by delighting himself.  Sometimes he laughs so hard, one of those deep belly laughs, and then I’m laughing too and I just want to record it and save it forever.  Those wonderfully sweet sounds.   Everything is new.  Everything is wondrous.  Everything is explored.  I wake up so excited for each day because I know I get to spend it with him and I can’t wait to see what he’s up to next. 

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Baby James {6 Months}

Baby James {6 Months}

My sweet little guy will be six months old on Saturday.  Six. Months. Old.  It’s so true what they say . . . makes me glad I am able to stay home with him.  A roly-poly baby is in our midst.  As soon as James turned 5 months, he started rolling from his back to his tummy, usually on the right side.  Now he’s also going from tummy to back.  He started doing baby “push-ups” and can lift his whole chest off the floor and get on his knees.  He’s “swimming” and gets around on the floor pretty well, although he goes backwards! 

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James’ Nursery

James’ Nursery

  James’ nursery is one of my favorite rooms in the house.  It’s playful and also soothing and has items in it that have special meaning for us.  You can find James cuddled in my arms several times a day as I rock him to sleep in the glider.  I cherish these moments as I know they won’t last forever.  It’s fun to enjoy the room too.  I wanted to do a play on a jungle theme with some stuffed animals and bedding, but keep it from being too “themey.”  The beadboard is combined with Sherwin Williams’ Blissful Blue paint. 

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Baby James {5 Months}

Baby James {5 Months}

There is absolutely nothing better in the whole wide world than a baby.  I am so in love and just smitten.  My son has amazed me this last month.  He’s found his toes and is fascinated by them- takes every opportunity to grab them and pull them toward his face.  He’s babbling up a LOUD storm.  By the way, he’s sleeping in his crib now.  We didn’t have room to set up the crib in our old townhouse, so he was sleeping in his pack-n-play.  His nursery is about 5 feet from my bedroom and I hear him talking to himself (so cute!) every morning at about 6 a.m. 

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Baby James (4 Months)

Baby James (4 Months)



Happy 4th of July! and Happy 4 month birthday to the little, big love of my life!  This guy has captured my heart like no other.  So much so that I’ll be a stay-at-home mommy soon:) James is the sweetest, happiest baby I’ve ever seen.  He’s all smiles and giggles has has been such an easy going disposition.
So far, James:

Height – 25 inches; weight – 16.4 pounds
loves his tummy time and “swimming” on his play mat
plays with toys like plush colored blocks and round rattle, and holds things in his hands,

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