Today our sweet little nugget turned five months old and my mama heart can barely stand it. Where did the tiny newborn go? I miss his little grunts and squeaks. I miss those snuggly smiles as he fell asleep. And I miss his teeny tiny fingers and toes.
But now that James is older, somehow I love him more than ever before. I didn’t know my heart could grow this big! He laughs when we play with him. His fake cough is still one of his favorite noises to make. He blows raspberries all. the. time. He’s rolling over. He smiles and waves his arms like crazy when I walk up to him. He “talks” to himself, his toys and the wall all hours of the day. And I love him with all my heart.
My squishy newborn baby is gone, and in his place I have an adorable, playful and LOUD five month old baby. I swear I blinked and suddenly he’s huge. Time slow down!!
This month has been a bit easier than last month. While we had a rough time adjusting to normal life after the Christmas craziness, and had MANY a sleepless night as he fought sleep, it’s still been a great month. His personality has started showing, and I love it so much. We also started sleep training him and most nights he will sleep close to 11-12 hours with only one or two wake ups (and now he can usually put himself back to sleep without needing us to go into his room #praise).
Some days are hard, but I’ve been trying to focus on the positive, and that helps me go into the next day with a happy heart and refreshed spirit. I don’t want a couple of hours of fussiness to ruin a great day with James. And let me tell ya… Being a stay at home mom is not for the weak of heart! Thank the Lord for Isaac!! He’s such a lifesaver when he gets home from work and takes over. Not only do I need the break (and he wants the snuggles), but I absolutely love watching Isaac be a dad.
This month James had his first Christmas and I loved every minute of it! It was so fun to dress him in all his holiday clothes, and I had so much fun sharing all the special traditions we do with him. Even though he had no clue what was going on. ;)
I shot a couple of surprise proposals and got to bring the family with me. I snapped this picture of Isaac being a super dad, and love it so much!!
James was also my assistant on quite a few photoshoots the past few weeks. I love bringing him along (and my clients do to!).
One of our favorite gifts we got from Isaac’s coworkers were two books: Rocket Science for Babies and the ABC’s of Mathematics. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Isaac so excited to read a book to James before!
James played his first game of Hand and Foot at my mom’s house. Teach them young, right?!
On Christmas day, James rolled over from his front to back for the first time! We were able to get the second roll on camera and it’s one of my favorite videos ever.
He’s also become quite the wiggle worm. As he’s trying to roll from back to front, he somehow scoots his whole body around and ends up feet away from where I laid him down!
James got to meet my college best friend, maid of honors, and adopted “sister”, Caley!
I celebrated my one year anniversary at the Bar Method with James in tow. #ofcourse I mean… he DID participate in eight months of barre with me before he was born! ;)
He LOVES spitting, drooling, blowing bubbles, sucking on his fingers, and chewing on everything he can get his hands on. I think some teeth are in our near future!
And the other day he found his feet. It’s the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen (I mean… it doesn’t get much cuter than a baby gnawing on their toes haha!), EXCEPT for when he does it instead of sleeping.
James has also become quite the mama and dada’s boy. He is suddenly very clingy, and will fuss when we leave his eyesight. Also other people holding him? Yeah no. While I secretly love that he loves us so much, I look forward to the day when I can go to the bathroom without James crying for me. Soooo needy. ;)
James made his new year’s resolutions this year. I think he has a good chance at accomplishing all of them! haha!
And my favorite thing about this month? The way he smiles at me and Isaac when we get close to him. He knows who we are. He loves and trusts us. And it makes my heart melt every. single. time.
Next month he is HALF A YEAR OLD. I’m not ready.