The other day someone asked me how old James was and I said "almost a year." What?! How did this happen so quickly? When James was one month old I thought that he'd never reach a year. The days ticked by so slowly. Lots of feedings, lots of naps, lots and lots of poopy diapers.
Eleven months later he is a happy, wild, silly, on-the-go boy who is getting more bonks on the head than I'd like.
In the last month James has started WALKING! Oh my gosh, he's a toddler! James is very funny about walking, and has done nearly everything in reverse of his fellow baby friends. First he never crawled. Because of that, he very rarely pulls up to things. He also never cruised (holding onto something like the couch and walking along it). Instead he just plows forward, at almost running speed towards everything. Because he never crawled, he is not accustom to being on his hands and knees. So when he falls forward he face plants, and cries and cries (rightfully so!). I hope he figures out how to catch himself here pretty soon.
And because he never cruised, if you put him up to something thinking "he'll hold on" he often twists away and starts walking (and falling on his face) before you know what hit you.
Other milestones that he hit this month are some of the most fun yet. He said his first words the other morning! Yes, WORDS! We were walking down the hall and saw Mabel. I said "Mabel" and he said "Ma-dle" and then I said "kitty" and he repeated AGAIN and said "kibby". Since that fateful day, he hasn't repeated any words, much to his daddy's disappointment, who didn't hear his first worlds.
James is loving to use his cute little pointer finger to investigate everything. He will ever so gently touch everything around him expertly with one little finger. He is waving hello and goodbye and will often wave on command. He is in love with helicopters, airplanes and geese. When we take our morning walks he will often be the first to spot these things and the grin that spreads across his face just kills me. He's so cute.
He's still a fantastic sleeper and has recently started sleeping in a touch longer. Now he goes to bed at 7:00 pm and we often don't hear a peep from him until 7:30 the next morning. (Que the singing angels! Seriously, this is so fantastic.) He also takes two naps, one at ten am that lasts until noonish, and other at 2:45 that lasts until 4:00.
What a great kid he's becoming. Every day I adore him a little more. And in 31 days from today I'll be crying and celebrating the first year of my beautiful baby's life.
After the photo shoot James and E had story time. The only book he'll sit through? Noisy Peekaboo. He loves it.
AND, a walking video! The lighting is horrid in this, sorry about that. The only room that is big enough for James to walk in is the basement, hence the bad lighting. And for more walking videos, I uploaded two more (shorter ones) here and here.
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