Friday, January 21, 2011

7 Months

My Sweet GROWING James,

I have SO MUCH to say about you this past month!!!! As I was trying to get my thoughts together about what to write to you, there are so many stories to tell, I don't know where to begin! You are GROWING like crazy! I mean, you seriously are looking like a little boy! So...I'll just jump right in.



We had a great first Christmas with you. Of course, you didn't really care about much - just about eating the ornaments if I held you close to the tree. You were VERY funny to me at the Christmas Eve service at church. One of the reasons we decided to stay here for Christmas was because we really wanted to have a Christmas Eve service at church - we think that's very important, and I have gone to the service my entire life! There was not a nursery at church that evening - on purpose - since it's more of a family time, and not a long service. I asked Daddy if he wanted us to sit in the back, but he said no. Well, I thought about you fussing and getting crazy, but I did not think about you being really funny and distracting the people behind us. First of all, you were fascinated that Daddy was up there talking. You were staring and smiling like...what in the world?? Then, you kept wanting to turn around and stare at the people behind us. The last thing I want to do is be a distraction to people, but you were just so funny. I can imagine you must have been wondering what was happening. Finally, it was time for the Lord's Supper. I decided to try sitting you down beside me in the pew so that maybe you wouldn't be able to look behind us at the people. But, then, as they started to pass out the bread, you started scratching the pew with your fingernails. You know how you love to scratch everything - to check it out. So, I'm not sure which was worse - you smiling and staring at everyone or you scratching the pew over and over while we were doing Lord's Supper. :) It was very funny. Daddy even said sometimes it was hard for him to continue concentrating because of how you were watching him - I know he wanted to make faces back at you!



Here we are on Christmas Eve night:


And, here you are on Christmas morning! Santa brought you lots of fun stuff! Can you believe it SNOWED on Christmas???? It was very exciting. We went to Nanda and Pop Pop's to eat, and we had a great time. We were thankful they invited us to spend the afternoon with them. Nanda is a great cook, you know, and we love them like crazy!



Despite the wild snowy weather, we were able to go to FL the next day (even though we had to cancel church because of the weather!). We celebrated Christmas with Nanna and Grandaddy and with Grammy and GatorPa and saw all of our family. Nanna and Grandaddy had been a little sick and everyone who was there on Christmas Day at their house got the stomach virus. We didn't get to see them a whole lot because of that...thank goodness they were better at the end and we did get to spend time with them. And, the night we did spend with them, we went on a hayride. It was not freezing outside, all your cousins were there, and we were ready to have fun! I did not anticipate that you would HATE it. I know, it was dark, and cold, and just a weird thing you'd never done, but you screamed, and screamed and screamed. I finally had to get in the front of the track with Grandaddy and then you fell right asleep. I'm sorry you had such a bad time - maybe next year you will like it more!

You LOVE to roll yourself up in stuff....which is dangerous!!! You love tags, you know, so you like to grab the tag and then just roll yourself up. This has happened several times - yikes!! You are very funny about the rolling, too, because if you roll up against something you can't get past, it makes you MAD. I mean, mad, and you start crying - like whatever the object or furniture is should MOVE.

Can you believe it snowed AGAIN after Christmas - and it was a BIG SNOW. The most snow Daddy and I had ever seen! About 6 inches in our yard. You weren't a huge fan of the cold, but...you survived for a few minutes so we could get some pictures. I know you look like a sweet penguin...you probably didn't like it not because of the cold but because you couldn't even move!!
This Momma Kangaroo has been one of your favorite toys, which is so funny because I got it at Costco for $5!!! It talks in a funny high pitched voice and you really, really, I repeat, really, like it :)
Ooooh....look at you! You are trying your hardest to sit up! See how your sock is off? Your right sock always comes off...and then your left, too. You are too busy to keep those socks on. Here you are doing a "crunch". I think you'll be able to pull yourself up to a sitting position if you keep going at this rate.
What a sweet face! And, some of your favorite books...and your puppy!
Let's see - I have so many other things to mention about you!
- You LOVE your Peek a Boo books now! I am SO HAPPY about it because I love books, and I want you to love them too!
- You are sitting up great, but still falling backwards HARD. Sillytown has been a fantastic way for you to practice sitting up.
- I should not even tell this story on here because someone might call the police on me. You are getting around better and better, and you seem to like the wood floor by the couch...A LOT. I was sitting on the couch and realized you were very quiet the other day. I looked down, and guess what you had in your mouth? The end of the cord that plugs into Daddy's laptop...and the other end was plugged into an outlet! YIKES. We are going to have to start being WAY more careful. It was a wake up call for me.
- About a week ago we went to Jos A Banks for Daddy to get a new suit with some Christmas money he got. You know how you love mirrors. I was trying to entertain you while Daddy was shopping and trying on, etc. I walked you up to the three way mirror - the first one you have seen. Oh my word, it was the funniest thing. You looked at yourself than did a double take, then looked again. You gasped, and looked, and gasped, and looked, and gasped and looked. It was hilarious. James was in the mirror THREE times!!!
- On January 17, you threw up for the first time. I thought you might be sick, but really you threw up because of the mixer :( You hate anything loud...and I just don't know why! You used to be alright with the mixer, but no, not anymore. Just like you hate the vacuum and the drill, and cow and goat noises, you also hate the mixer. I've tried holding you to show you it's okay. I've tried putting you away from me to show you it's okay. I don't know what else to try. But, I have to use the mixer sometimes! So...you threw up because you cried hard. I'm sorry, and I'll try to figure out what to do to help you. It scared me to death when you threw up - it was like more and more and more milk just pouring out! I did not like it AT ALL. I was just trying to make a banana split cake for the Sr. Adult lunch at church the next day!
- You are ALMOST crawling. You are up on your elbows and knees rocking back and forth, back and forth :)
- Nanna and Grandaddy got you a farm toy for Christmas. You push the buttons and it makes all kinds of noises of the animals and sings songs. There is a little book with only one big plastic page that you flip back and forth. YOU LOVE to flip this open and closed, open and closed....
- We had to put away your magic sheet. I'm so thankful he Leudecke's let us borrow those things! They saved our life when you were wetting through your diaper numerous times a day when you were brand new to us! I came in the other day and you had pulled the sheet so hard that you unsnapped it and had it all folded back eating it and playing with it. So...we're done with those.
- We first felt your bottom teeth (Daddy found them!) on December 26. I know your top teeth are coming in. You are chewing on everything, drooling a ton, and are fussy. I can't feel them yet, but I think they might be coming soon. You are already look SO CUTE with your bottom teeth - I can't wait until the top ones come - I'm going to eat you up you will be EVEN CUTER (which is hard to imagine!)!
- Not only are you almost crawling, but you are doing the funniest thing. You are propping yourself up on one side and playing on your side. I don't even know how you know how to do that...but it's very funny...and shows you have pretty good balance, I think.
- Your favorite fruit is banana grape plum. You are practicing with the sippy cup. You are eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and having milk with those, and you are having a bottle still when you first wake up and right before you go to sleep. You are practicing with the sippy cup at meals, but you are not a pro yet. We took the valves out to see if it would help. It is helping, but you still think you hew on the spout to get the water out...
- For the first time on January 10, you actually beat the toy drum we have! You are starting to hit more with the palms of your hands.
- We had to put blankets down in the living room floor so it would be softer for you to fall backwards :)
- You are so funny when I pick you up. You are holding your arms out to us now, but as soon as I pick you up after you've wanted me to, you immediately try to turn around, and elbow me right in the throat like you cannot wait to get away...EVERY time.
- We had a bad night the other night, and most of your nights are very, very good. You are sleeping from about 8:30pm - 7:00am. The other night, though, you woke up, and it was not good. I finally went in the bedroom because I needed Daddy's help. Here's our conversation:
B: "Landon."
L: (muffled, sleepy voice) "What?"
B: "I need your help."
L: "With what?"
Now, I must pause. Daddy actually asked me with With what??? HA. This cracks me up. What did he think I needed help with in the middle of the night???!!! YOU!! Finally, I fed you and you went back to sleep. That has not happened in MONTHS, and I am glad. You were just having a rough night.
- Finally, let me tell one funny story (or not funny story). You know how we love Costco. I mean, we go there at least once a week when we can. The bathrooms there are a bad situation. They were already a bad situation before I had to change your diaper there. They are always kind of gross and smelly - typical public restroom. BUT, the Costco bathroom has hand dryers like the movie theaters have now - they are REALLY, REALLY loud and crazy so they dry people's hands fast. So, you had a dirty diaper and I needed to change you the other day. I put you on the changing table in the bathroom. Someone started to dry their hands - you went CRAZY. I just had to pull you off the table and walk you outside. Those people left. We went back in. I got you ALMOST changed, and I knew...I was trying to beat this lady who was washing her hands and about to dry them. I almost beat her, but not quite. You freaked out AGAIN. I cannot put into words what "freaked out" means, really. It's obvious you were TERRIFIED. So, I had to take you out again with no pants on. I handed you to Daddy, who put your pants and socks back on, and went back in to get our stuff. Whew! It was exhausting. Please don't have any dirty diapers at Costco anymore!!
We've celebrated our first Christmas with you this past month...you are almost crawling...you are eating some big people food...WOW, you are changing. I'm BEYOND thankful for the precious gift you are. Watching you change before my eyes is amazing. What a miracle. Thank you, God, for choosing us to be James' parents!!!
Love,
Your Mommy

My New Addiction

I've already said on Facebook how much I love Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer. I've never been an "every day" coffee drinker....until now. When I was home for Christmas, Momma introduced me to this coffee creamer. I have now become an every day - or almost every day - coffee drinker. I cannot get enough of this stuff...and guess what it says on the bottle? That you can now buy it year round! Yes! Jackpot!!! I also love mugs, and this is my favorite one right now. This is the mug my parents brought me back from England - from Harrod's. I love it - I think I must love it more because I know that Mom and Granny have mugs just like it :)


One Shoe...

When I was home at Thanksgiving, my mom showed me this picture she bought for Krista's birthday. Mom has one in her closet, so Krista wanted one. Well, hello, if they had one, then I needed one! So, I asked for one for Christmas...and got one! I hung it up in my closet last week. So...all three of us girls have these pictures hung in our closet. Krista and Mom probably win the prize for the most pairs of shoes, but I'm proud to hang mine up too :) I think this is so cute - and I love it when all three of us have stuff together :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy

My friend is very, very busy. He is nearly crawling, and I think will be crawling before too long. We got a new camera for Christmas from Landon's parents. I am a little overwhelmed by it, but I'm super excited about being able to take better pictures - better quality, closer up, taking the pictures faster to capture James' expressions, etc. Here are a few pics from the last two days!

He's like, "Huh?? What's going on over there?"
James and Daddy playing with Woody. Landon tried to get him to watch Toy Story...but he's not interested in anything but Baby Einstein right now.

James is not an eater. Here he is while I was trying to feed him and had to call Landon in as a reinforcement :) He still wasn't pleased.

But now he's better...doesn't mean he wants to eat, but at least he's happy for a second :)

This is a random picture of the back of our neighbor's house when we were leaving for Cracker Barrel. Isn't it crazy how the snow looks??

James loves this little toy we got from Costco for Christmas - he is in deep concentration.
And, smiling. What a sweet baby! :)

Snow Update

As soon as you can get out of the house after being cooped up almost 3 days...where should you go...you know where :)

We ventured out last night. I had two extra bottles for James, we had a shovel in the back of the Murano, I had our camera....we were READY for whatever came. There was some ice on the roads, but for the most part, we were okay. Since we never get to go on Wednesday nights...I had the Wed. night special :) Broccoli cheese chicken...yum. Landon had the kids' shrimp. I saw the greatest CB mug there - I may have to get it - I think it would show my true love and loyalty for Cracker Barrel to use this mug at home.

The other night in the midst of the snowstorm, after James went to bed, Landon and I made smores at the fireplace. It was very fun :) and very yummy :) I feel like all we've done the last 3 days is plan our next meal. We've got to get out of the house or I'm not going to fit out the doorway to leave!


Here are a few pics when we checked out the snow on Monday. Landon and James (and, btw, we had just gone outside in these pictures. Right after we took them I went inside and got another hat for James). Isn't this a great one of Landon and James??


My sweet little penguin!

Mommy and James. Who is more excited? Clearly, me. He is like, "Could somebody get me out of here??? "

Our home. I think it is so beautiful.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ice Video...Day 3 on the INSIDE

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Yikes! We just went outside - lots of ICE today!!! Oh my goodness! This is crazy!!

Snow Video #1

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This video was from 2 days ago when we first went out in the snow! Soooo fun! Now...looks like snow..but really a BIG layer of ice...then snow underneath.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

James and Mommy

Here we are, getting ready to leave for James' 6 month checkup at the pediatrician. This is such a great outfit he got - I think it's from Aunt Wendy and family :) I think! I was so confused by the time we got his Christmas gifts home...but it's GREAT because it's almost like sweatsuit overalls - and they are lined inside with fleece. VERY warm.

Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'...

We all know that James loves tags. So, what's new? Well, James is also become quite a roller. So, I am working in his room the other day. I come out of his closet, and see this, and have to run and get the camera. The blanket was laid all the way out on the floor, and he was on it. He grabbed the tag (which is big - one of those "don't ever take this off under penalty of law" tags) and didn't let it go. Then, he rolled...twice. Here's my little burrito friend.


The Cows

Landon really wanted to show James the cows at Nanna and Grandaddy's house. So...here we are at the cows. Isn't the sky pretty? James was okay with them, but he did not love calling them - he doesn't like any noises that are in low voices. He did great though. And, just like everything else right now, since there wasn't anything to put in his mouth, he didn't care all that much...but he will...he just needs a little more time :)



Back in Nanna and Grandaddy's house...is this cute or what?

GM & GP and Grammy & GatorPa

We were able to visit Grandma and Grandpa twice. I love for James to get to spend time with them....and I love to spend time with them too, obviously. I know this picture below is off center - it's because I'm always sticking my head to the side of the camera to get James to smile...it didn't work this time...and the picture isn't centered. Oh well!

Here's Grandpa and James!
And, we took this the night before we left. James and GatorPa and Grammy :)

Christmas 2010

When I first began to upload pictures for this post, I thought to myself, "Okay, I'm going to start limiting myself to 5 pictures per post." Clearly that did not work out. I just want to show them all!!!! We had such a great Christmas. It was different this year because, for the first time, we were not with either of our families on Christmas day. It was hard, but we so wanted to be here for a Christmas Eve service at our church and for church the day after Christmas. Gerald and Mrs. Carolyn had us over for Christmas lunch - it was AMAZING! Good grief! AND, IT SNOWED!!!!! On Christmas! That gave us a little trouble trying to decide what to do about traveling to Florida the next day...but we did it anyway, and it ended up just fine...okay, okay, onto the pictures (more than 5, clearly)...

This isn't a great picture of our fireplace and the stockings, but it's the best I did. I got our stockings from Pottery Barn and had our names monogrammed on them. I tried to choose some that I thought they would have so we could hopefully add at least one more stocking one day :)
Here's what Santa brought for James! Oh, and we LOVE our Christmas tree. You know how we LOVE Costco - well, we took the plunge this year and got an artificial tree from COSTCO. It was awesome! James got some stuffed animals - one that we made for him at Build a Bear - a shape sorter, The Grinch book, a bouncy horse, some sippy cups and plates, and some socks.

Now, on to Christmas morning. I brought James in the living room, fed him his milk, watched TV, etc., and he never even was aware there was anything special in the room - ha. I know that will probably never happen again. So, when we were finished with his breakfast, we showed him his Santa stuff. He was mildly interested...mainly just interested in putting it all in his mouth. He did like the horse...

Here are some blocks Landon and I got James. He was very interested in eating wrapping paper and tissue paper.

Here are my presents from Landon!
Here are Landon's presents from me!
Gerald and Mrs. Carolyn gave James this Sillytown play thing - it is GREAT. It really helps him practice sitting up. He loves it!
We did Christmas with my family on Tuesday night once we got home. Daddy bought Momma a Keurig coffee maker - Krista and I gave her some coffees and accessories.
Here's Krista with James! He has on his Merry Christmas shirt. This book was so neat - Momma found it online - it's a Christmas story with James name throughout, but not only James' name, also Grammy, GatorPa, Aunt Krista, and Uncle Matt's names too!
Momma and Daddy got James the Fisher Price nativity scene - I LOVE IT! And so does he :) He loves to eat the people!
Here is James with Aunt Wendy! We did Frymire Christmas on Friday night - they were sick with the stomach virus earlier in the week. We were so afraid we weren't going to be able to see them!! BUT, thank goodness, they all got better, and we were able to go over on Friday night.

It was a really great Christmas. Obviously, a different one this year. I am so thankful for my family.