Oh Baby!

It’s been a while since we have had a baby James update.  He will be four months old this coming weekend – how time does fly!! And he is already an over achiever on many fronts.

We estimate his weight to be 16-17 pounds and he is 26-27 inches long!  He chats (when not sucking on his paci*) and says something that sounds an awful lot like “Ma” which pleases me to no end.

He is very expressive with his HUGE smiles and twinkling massive blue eyes.

This is our happy boy. Bright eyed and grinning.
Getting ready for a ride, wearing my awesome hat by Auntie Sarah.

He even has hints of a dimple.  James laughs, although not that often yet.

He will hold your hand, well finger, and grab long hair.

A double hand hold, lest one should get away.

He rolls every which way and has the most adorable tummy posture, which I have dubbed “up periscope” cause well, that’s what it looks like to me (see the picture with the hat above).

[if I can figure out how to load a video clip here, you’ll get to see him]

He is even sitting up (you have to place him in the seated position – but he can hold it for over a minute!).

James sitting up, watching the Steelers game.

My girlfriends warned me that I’d go stir crazy in the beginning during those weeks we were inclined to stay home to keep him germ free.  But I must confess, I loved those weeks and am still operating on hibernate mode as often as possible.  I don’t mean to be anti-social, but I am so in love with being James’s mom and I just love holding him while he sleeps, nursing him, snuggling him, and watching his every move.

I’m told that I should enjoy these moments, cause I won’t catch as many of them with a #2 or #3 (because I’ll be trying to keep pace with James of course)…so I am just relishing each moment and neglecting my friends (sorry!), my house (yes, the Christmas tree is still up – but I closed the curtains and turned the lights off so my neighbors won’t think me a freak!), and blogging (but I do Facebook updates, which I plan to use as reminders when building James’s baby book).

There is so much more to say, but he just woke up from his nap and is squeaking in his crib.  Gotta run!

Update: James never ceases to amaze me.  I went to give him a bottle tonight (his appetite exceeded what was immediately available) and my big boy just reached up, put his hands firmly on either side of the bottle and pulled it into his mouth.  Um, hello, who taught you that?  He maybe has 4 bottles a week…his tricks just never seem to end!

* On the paci…James actually prefers his hand – not thumb, or fingers, but the whole hand…to the point where he gags himself and throws up.  He was coming dangerously close to bulimic baby status, so we opted to try to addict him to the paci.  We’re having mixed results but we have cut way down on the purging. 🙂

I also didn’t get to gush earlier about how generally happy our boy is.  He is just so calm and content. We are truly blessed to have such a good little sleeper, and eater with a sweet demeanor.  (There are exceptions, of course, like this afternoon when he was unhappy about something – though I don’t know what. But after a good nap, he was right back to his happy-go-lucky little self.)

I’ll stop writing for today, but can’t promise not to gush in another post.  I do hope I can figure out why the video won’t upload…it’s cute (at least to me) and it’s always a good pick me up if you’re having a bad day.

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5 thoughts on “Oh Baby!

  1. Mom January 25, 2011 / 5:41 pm

    Ohhhh, if every baby could be so LOVED !!

  2. Joanne January 25, 2011 / 7:15 pm

    Your friends are totally right…I felt very gypped during my maternity leave with Wyatt, both because of the colic and the running around with Sophia. The first one truly is unique. I’m glad you’re enjoying it so much!

    I LOVE the picture of James sitting up. Such a cute face!

  3. Eileen January 26, 2011 / 8:40 am

    Ps. He’s been wearing lots of hats lately to keep him from scratching the post-cradle cap dry spots 🙂 but he looks super cute in them!

  4. susan January 26, 2011 / 8:44 am

    LOVE the pictures!!! And you’re so smart for enjoying every minute!

  5. Common Loon January 26, 2011 / 10:41 am

    Thank you for the update! Love the pictures and anecdotes! Life will force you to speed up soon enough, anyways, so what is the rush? Enjoy!

    I would not use the word “neglect,” but rather, you have re-prioritized, which is – duh – what’s supposed to happen. I would encourage those FB updates, or updates of any sort (that’s 50% of the reason I sent out emails, as I knew my peanut brain would easily forget too much stuff…8 years later with only one baby book and more than 1 child, I’m grateful I’ve got some notes to jog my memories). The only caveat is that you don’t need updates if you are my sister, because all of her baby books, photo albums, vacations, etc. are so crazy up-to-date and organized (I’m happy for her, and admittedly a little jealous).

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