Saturday, July 30, 2011

13 Months

I've been lazy with updating the blog lately. James is now 13 months old. He eats A LOT. I expected his appetite to slow down some once he turned 1 year old but I think it has increased. In this photo he had just eaten (and worn) 3 pancakes...not just the silver dollar sized pancakes either. He is also very messy when he eats, as you can see!

About two weeks after James turned 1 year old he started walking. At first he would only walk from mommy to daddy and back. After about 2 weeks of that he started walking from one piece of furniture to another. These days he walks all over the house, turns corners, and can walk in circles. He still can't stand up on his own without pulling up on something so he still spends a fair amount of time crawling.
This month James learned to take the rings off and on this toy. He is very proud of his accomplishments with this toy and will clap for himself and look to you to clap for him also. He also loves to put clothespins in a two liter bottle, crayons in a crayon box, and pom poms in a juice bottle. He takes these things as serious work and will sit for long amounts of time working on it.

He has also started talking a little bit. James loves to say "uh-oh". At first he would just say it when he really accidentally dropped something....I happily remarked about that to someone and the very next day he started throwing things on the floor and looking at me innocently and saying uh-oh! Mostly this happens when he is finished with his meal and he feels like maybe the floor is hungry for his leftovers. He also says "hi" and "bye" to anyone near who isn't paying attention to him. If you say it first however he will just stare at you like he isn't sure if it's ok to talk to strangers. He says mama and daddy (the latter all day long about everything). He points to anything he wants and says "this". Most of the time he is pointing to things he knows he isn't allowed to have!

He has also started giving us the nicest, wettest, open-mouthed kisses. Lee thinks it's important we teach him the closed mouth appropriate version soon. He may be right since I did catch him giving our little 4-year-old friend Emma one of his special kisses on the mouth recently.

James also got several new teeth this month. He got his 4 first molars and another lower incisor. He nows has 11 teeth in his mouth. It is funny to watch him eat now that he has gotten molars. He has figured out that his molars help him chew so he sticks food in his mouth and uses his hand to help position the food just right so he gets it on his molars. Then he chomps down!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Children's Museum

We have a Children's Museum in town and I thought it might be a fun place James would enjoy. We went for a visit a couple weeks ago with a friend and James loved it. He crawled all over the place even though there were a lot of bigger kids running all around him.

There is an "under 2" room that we played in. James loved having Mommy push him around in this ambulance. There were also big trucks he could push around.

The market is a favorite room for all children. Every time we went by, there were a lot of kids in there but right before we were going to leave a daycare with all their kids had to leave so the market cleared out. James loved shopping and pushing around his cart!

We ended the day with a little reading in the bookstore. James loved these little books with bugs as the main characters.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bye-bye Franklin

We had a turtle named Franklin that was my classroom pet when I was in the classroom. James liked to watch him and help me feed him but he was very dirty and I had to clean his tank A LOT. I wasn't very good with keeping up with it. I cleaned his tank right before James' birthday party and 4 days later it was starting to get dirty and the filter was clogged. Normally the tank would last for 1-2 weeks. It was annoying to try to keep up with but I was ok with it. 4 days I'm not willing to deal with so I decided it was time to find a nice pond for Franklin to call home. As it turned out, 2 days later we were going to a park (with a nice pond) for a Memorial Day cookout. Franklin came along but had a one-way ticket. It was a touching scenario and while we were watching Franklin walk off into his new home James reached over and patted his daddy on the back then leaned over and gave me a hug. It's good we have James to comfort us in our loss.

Friday, July 1, 2011

A Year of James

Newborn (coming home from the hospital)

1 month

2 months

3 months

4 months

5 months

6 months

7 months

8 months

9 months

10 months

11 months

12 months