Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Twelve Months

Weight: 26 lbs

Health: Happy and healthy!

Sleep: Staying steady at around 7am daily-- thank goodness!

Social: While shy in some social situations, James Robert mostly adores playing with other kids and waving to everyone in the neighborhood

Diet:  James Robert continues to be a good eater, but it is getting harder and harder to get him to try new foods.  This month, his new favorite thing are English Muffins

Clothes: We're moving into more 18 month items as well as 24-2T in some shirts

Baby gear:
1) This push toy is a classic
2) This teepee is honestly as much fun for Mom and Dad as a toddler
3) Pinehole press' book of names and faces is a favorite
4) James Robert has taken a liking to baby golf clubs much to Mat's excitement
5) Vroom vrooms like these are a boy must-have
6) A play tunnel is a great indoor and outdoor adventure activity

Likes: Swinging at the park, playing ball with Major, dancing to music and going over to Gram and Grandpa's for dinner 

James Robert's 1st Birthday Party

Who knew kids Birthday parties could be so fun? I had a blast planning and participating in our Birthday bash for James Robert.  We didn't have a theme per se, rather, we focused on one of James Robert's favorite things-- balloons.
James Robert was anything but shy at his party.  He soaked in all the attention and loved every second of his Birthday serenade and especially loved his first taste of birthday cake (red velvet with cream cheese frosting).

We had so many special people help us celebrate.  Friends and family from all corners of James Robert's life.  It was so fun to celebrate this milestone and enjoy an evening of good food, drinks and company.

I may have gone a bit overboard with the decor, but I just couldn't help myself. There are WAY too many cute ideas for kids out there.  Here were a few of the DIY projects:
Gram made the bunting, I used chalkboard markers for this fun recap
A DIY silhouette and party favors   
the buffet table
my labor of love was the sweets table complete with cake pops... never again!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Letter to James Robert: 1 year

Dear James Robert,

Happy first Birthday!  Since your arrival last year, many things have changed; you’ve reached milestones such as walking, talking, clapping and even dancing, but one thing will always stay the same-- we will love you, unfailingly. 

Becoming your Mama, holding you in my arms and watching you grow has brought indefinable joy. We’ve loved, laughed, cried and learned so much this first year. 

On March 3, 2013 the lens through which life was focused became clearer and while teaching you new things, you taught me many things too, namely about love.

You taught me about a love deeper than I knew I was capable of, a love that transcends one’s own needs for that of another. 

You taught me about a love that mamas feel for their baby’s having babies and that the instinctual desire to care and protect never goes away.

You taught me the strength of love bound by new life brings a deeper meaning to husband and wife. 

You taught me of the warmth of community that showers love and prayers to lift up the fragile and prized moments of a newborn. 

You taught me about a love that breaks your heart with sweetness for the passing of time eludes pause and the saccharine moments of rocking a sleeping baby will become only memories.

You taught me about a love that bends but does not break in the difficulty of sleeplessness and aching self-doubt that comes from wanting only the best for your beloved.

You taught me about a love that deepens faith, for you are testament that all things comes from above, that blessings are to be cherished and exalted.

James Robert, you are a gift.  Every time you look into my eyes, every time you hold my hand, every giggle, every knowing glance as we share a new experience, every proud smile of a new achievement, every cry for Mama makes me pause in praise of the blessing you are.

I wish for you a year filled with many more milestones.  I hope you grow in love, you retain your innate tenderness and you continue to greet the new days with zest. 

Happy Birthday my sweet boy. 
All my love, Mama