Thursday, November 22, 2012

You're a Year Old, JB!

My sweet, fun-loving, cuddly, and handsome baby boy, you've been one for a little over a week now!  Mommy and Daddy and sister are so thankful for you.  You've brought a new sense of joy and wonder to our family, each milestone of your first year journey.

When I think about your future, it makes me excited and teary-eyed all at once, because I know that God must have some amazing plans for you.  You have a way of making people smile and feel loved.  Your little light shines so brightly, and I pray that the Lord will keep your heart tender and open to the things of Him, and that one day soon you will know Him as your personal Savior.

Here are some fun facts about you, John Bailey, at 12 months:
  • You are officially weaned and drinking milk.  It wasn't as tough of a transition as I thought it might be.  You love your sippy cup and seem to enjoy the independence it brings. 
  • You are eating more variety in foods now that you are done with nursing and formula.  You are still hesitant to try new things and are a "cautious" eater ;)  Not that you are hurting for it... at your one year check up you were: 23.8 lbs and 30 1/4 inches.  Still on track to play football in high school, and live off of your left thigh. I love it :)
  • You are trying to say more and more things.  You will repeat so many different sounds I couldn't list them all here.  You have a way of saying more/please and all done by signing, and you also will make a big "rrruuufff!" noise any time you see a dog or a picture of one.  Also I am pretty sure that you call mommy and Emme "mama."  The two ladies you love! :) You will nod yes and no. Your communication has changed so much this past month- it's pretty crazy.
  • You love to pat the Bible book and sing the song, and you will point and say "Jesus"
  • Wrestling, grunting, and crawling all over Daddy is one of your favorite pastimes.
  • Your favorite place is anywhere your sister is!  You love her toys, her books, whatever game she is playing, or picture she is drawing.  You love to be in her business.  Luckily she kinda likes it too.
  • You still LOVE Mommy and Daddy's phones.  You will pick them up and start laughing, talking, and having a conversation. 
  • You can stand up by yourself and will stay there for a few seconds before dropping to the floor.  I don't think that walking is on your radar yet- you are such an efficient crawler, I'm afraid you think that taking steps might just slow you down too much.  For now you are content to cruise from place to place.

We love you, JB.  We are so thankful that God placed you in our home.  The next year is bound to be full of fun and adventures.  We can't wait to explore it all with you.

Mommy & Daddy

Monday, November 12, 2012

Party Time!

It feels way too soon to be writing this post, but we celebrated JB's 1st birthday on Friday night.  I did a pretty good job of holding it together for the party, but I am reserving the right to a "birthday breakdown" when his actual birthday arrives on Wednesday :)

I have to start by saying that we have wonderful friends and family that were flexible in rearranging their schedules so we could have my mom at the party.  I'm so glad that everyone was able to be there to celebrate this special day.  It was so fun having all of our kids together, watching them play and just enjoying one another's company.

Some of the highlights for me were watching JB play with baby Reagan, seeing him happily toddle around while all the kids enjoyed playing with some of his new toys, and discovering that he liked to eat his birthday cake in typical JB "laid back style."  He liked licking the icing, or being fed by mommy and sister, but was more partial to the bowl of ice cream and a turn using the spoon! 

Here are a few pictures to commemorate the day~
Happy birthday, sweet boy. You'll always be my baby!