Thursday, March 24, 2011

It's the 24th again! 16 months with Wolfy

Today James is 16 months old.

This amazes me.

In some ways I feel like I've known this little man all of my life, and in other ways it feels like he is still fresh and small and just a baby.

James is smarter by the day. Each day he surprises me with how much he knows, wants to understand, and how quickly he learns. He isn't really talking yet but is sooo close. He's doing a lot of practicing. He sees the moon and says "mmmuuu" so not really a word, but almost there. He says a long "ssshhhhhaaaa" for shoes, and can easily say "baby". He did say "duck" last night in the bath when playing with his rubber ducky.

I am so excited for his speaking skills to really take off.

He is quite good on his feet these days and rarely falls. We walk all around the neighborhood most days and James is a great walker on all sorts of uneven surfaces. When we walk to the school yard he can even crawl up the playground equipment and go down the slide, which he does on his tummy.

He is sweet and gentle and wonderful. He's the type of boy that never pushes or shoves and he always cries a sympathetic cry when one of his friends falls down and is crying. This is the sweetest thing, we'll be playing at the baby gym and if another baby starts to cry, he'll stop what he's doing and let out a little whimper. None of the other kids do this. Only my gentle soul.

James has 9 teeth with three more on the way. One molar pushed through last week and the other three are following close behind.

He's been a bit better eater in the last month, but still pickier than I would like. His current favorites are beans, yogurt, waffles with jam, milk, orange juice and (until yesterday) tomatoes with ranch dressing. As I posted earlier this week, James is now weaned. He went down for bed like a champ, and really has hardly missed nursing. I'm doing well with the transition also.

Favorite activities include reading books (Noisy Peekaboo, Say Hello to Snowy Animals, Grover goes to School, Hungry Caterpillar, and There is a Monster at the End of this Book are his current favorites and will happily read these over and over and over until E and I hide them in hopes if finding something new), watching videos of himself (again, over and over and over), taking walks, and playing chase with his Dada.

Least favorite activities include getting a diaper changed (worst-activity-ever), getting dressed, being told to stay seated in the bath, and being brought inside after playing outside.

He is sleeping through the night, taking one nap a day, and is 99% of the time cheerful, silly, wonderful and happy. He is adored by everyone who knows him.

Remember when James and Wolfy were the same size? Now he towers over Wolfy at around 24 lbs.
He loves Wolfy and sleeps with him every night.
But sitting is boring. He's on the move!
Stand on couch? Sure-fire way to end photo session.
Right before the Wolfy photos, I picked up the living room and put all his puzzles away under the side table. James knew right where to go to get them back out again.
Puzzles are still one of his favorites.

And from month 1 until now:


  1. Connie1:48 PM

    A perfect, exquisite child at any age!

  2. Anonymous11:02 PM

    so sweet! best nephew ever!!

    Auntie Melissa

  3. I love the Wolfy pictures! He will have so much fun looking at those when he is older!

    I was just getting caught up on your blog. Weaning a baby is so bitter sweet. It was very hard for me with my first. I actually snuck back and nursed her a few more times after I offically stopped. I can so "get" the tears. It is a special time with your baby.

  4. The photo of him standing next to Wolfy is so surreal for me. Here is this little man who was tinier than Wolfy standing up next to him. Sooo crazy!!! Keep growing James!!!


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