LOVE this Nursery (First Time Fancy)

LOVE this Nursery (First Time Fancy)

I’ve been behind on my blog reading lately and was so happy to get a few quiet moments yesterday morning to get caught up while James napped.  My  jaw dropped when I saw the nursery that Kerry from First Time Fancy prepared for her soon-to-be-born daughter.  I just love so much about it!  It’s so whimsical and fun and all of the little details fill the room with such love.

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You can read all about how Kerry pulled this room together,

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Running

Running

Hi all!  I’ve missed you! I was out of town 3 days for work last week and it’s so good to be home.  We spent the weekend hanging with family and wrapped up Sunday evening with a BBQ at my sis-in-law’s house.

Also, I went running a bunch.  I’m thisclose to having my pre-pregnancy body back- just in time to start getting baby fever again!  Running, lifting weights, and eating clean is bringing sexy back baby! Ha!  I’ve been wearing the same old running shorts and sports bra forever, so I treated myself to two new pair of shorts from Lululemon and a couple of sports bras from Academy.

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“da-da”

“da-da”

James must say “Da-Da” 50 million times a day.  When he wakes up in the morning, “Da-Da, Da-Da!” As soon as I carry him downstairs and smell the aroma of the coffee that my sweet hubby already brewed, “Da-Da, Da-Da!”  When Jimmy is at work and James hasn’t seen him in a while, “Da-Da, Da-Da!” as he runs through the house, looking around.  As soon as the sound of garage door raising is heard, “Da-Da, Da-Da!”  Try as I might, the “Mamas” are few and far between.  But that’s okay, today is Da-Da’s day!


Here’s to you Da-Da and to my “Da-Da”

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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!

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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,

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Losing the Baby Weight

Losing the Baby Weight

I have struggled with writing this post- started writing it a million times in my head but couldn’t commit it to the blog.  I think it’s because I haven’t reached my “goal” yet, but I decided instead that it might be worthwhile to talk about the process and celebrate my progress, even if I’m still not completely back to my pre-pregnancy body.  And I’m not sure I ever will be since things like wider hips just might be here to stay.  Really, I’m okay with that since I’m pretty small-framed, it’s nice to have some curves!
Let’s start at the beginning.

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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.

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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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Party Preparations

Party Preparations

Hi there!  I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend!  Mine was full of house cleaning (me on the inside and hubby working on cutting the grass and mulching the yard), projects, and preparing for James’ first birthday party.  My precious baby is turning one year old this weekend!!!!  I can’t believe it- but I think I’m ready to celebrate!  I’m so thankful that Pretty Smitten and A Blissful Nest have blessed us with some party decor!  Here’s a little preview:)   Off to order some goodies!!! 

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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 {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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be merry, be jolly

be merry, be jolly

I decided this year to include a picture of James in our Christmas card, so yesterday, we did a little photo shoot on our back patio.  I warn you that this may be a post that only a mother could love, as it contains nothing but pictures of my adorable baby.  It just cracks me up how many expressions this kid made in about 5 minutes!  So hard to decide which one to include in the card, but I’m thinking the last one might win out.  I love that it shows his big blue eyes, teeth and dimple- and the message on the pillow is showing:) 

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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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Go Greek & Pumpkin Play

Go Greek & Pumpkin Play

We had such a good time at the Greek Festival the other weekend.  We went with another couple and their adorable (almost) 2 year old daughter.  It was so fun to enjoy the festivities outside and relax in the grass (a first for James) and watch the kiddos play.  And last weekend we finally made it to the pumpkin patch, aka a church with pumpkins on their lawn:)   James loves standing up now, so the big pumpkins were his favorite! This weekend, I plan to finish organizing my closet and will share with you on Monday. 

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The Loveliest Tea Party

The Loveliest Tea Party

It was the image above that got me.  Had me returning to her blog to look at it again and again and to admire not just the beautifully simple table setting, colorful poms (that she made), and sweet ‘happy birthday’ banner, but the impossibly perfect photo that is shot toward the window with the sunlight streaming in.  If you’ve ever tried to take a picture in this direction, you know how difficult it is and can see why I admired this picture so much. The photo was taken by Kelsey, who threw her daughter this sweet 6th birthday tea party. 

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