Tuesday, September 6, 2011

James' First Trip Around the Sun

In one year, our shy boy who would never show his face during ultrasound pictures has braved a month in the NICU, 2 surgeries, numerous falls and the occasional fever. 

1 week

2 weeks

3 weeks

By the time James left the NICU he had the hearts of several nurses.  Kristen is the nurse holding him and his primary nurse while we were there.  We couldn't have asked for a better person to look after James than Kristen.

He confronted Thanksgiving in Georgia head on and endured moving from house to house on Christmas Day. 
Thanksgiving in Georgia.
Christmas Eve's  First Stop:  Aunt Carla's
(James and Aunt Shannon)
Next Stop: Granna's
(Grandmama Johnson and James)

Next Stop:  Granna's
(James and Grandma Johnson)

Time Out for a quick nap

After naptime it was off to Nana's

After realizing Santa's a pretty cool guy after all, it's off to Grandmama and Papa's
(James with Grandmama)

James and Papa

Then a quick stop at G-Daddy and Cici's
(James and G-Daddy)

And finally ending the day at Grandma Lane and Poppie's house.
(James, G-Daddy and CiCi)

He’s been Superman, Santa Claus, a firefighter, the Easter Bunny and Mickey Mouse. 

 Now, 365 days later, he’s finally one!  
His confidence, though beginning to take flight, is stuck tightly in his back pocket only to be pulled out when he needs it most.  
James 6 weeks

James 4 months

James 8 months
James 9 months
James 11 months

He is resourceful and perceptive,
9 months
9 months

11 & 1/2 months

6 months

2 months
funny and free-spirited,

3 months

6 months

8 months

8 months

8 months

Almost a year
and though his personality is still larger than life he grows into it a little more every day. 

James 2 & 1/2 weeks
James 3 months

James 4 months
James 5 months
James 6 months
James 8 & 1/2 months
James 9 months

James 9 months

James 11 months

James on the verge of 1 year

Some things are predictable and undeniably a part of who he will become

There is no denying how much James loves music.  The boy dances every time he hears it!

James is definitely a people watcher which is one reason he loves to go on walks with us.

If there's one thing that James enjoys more than a bath it's the swimming pool.  In no time flat James took right to ther water. (James' 1st swim)

The boy is in his element when he is outdoors.  Once he became mobile he started crawling toward doors and windows then looked at us like, "Okay, what's the deal?  When can we go outside?"

but he still willingly throws us a few surprises every so often and at the same time we smile and sigh “That’s James.”

James 9 months

James 10 months

James 10 months

So here’s to celebrating James’ first trip around the Sun and anticipating the things to come on the next trip.

James 9 months
James 6 months
(More on the Big 0-1 Birthday Party later this week).

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