Friday, June 24, 2011

Sweet Baby James

Our little boy has a name!  After an insane amount of discussion, debate and deliberating--we've chosen James Reid.  It's gonna take some time to get used to calling him that.  He's still Baby Brother most of the time.  But i think the name fits him well.  It was, hands down, the hardest time we've ever had naming a baby.  It wasn't my first choice (and to be fair, it wasn't Reid's either--he wanted our dad's names).  But Reid really, really really loves James. And as much as I like Harrison, ultimately Reid felt a lot stronger about James.

The overall response we've gotten as we've told people his name has been so-so.  We've gotten lots of "Oh, that's a strong name" or "people will always know how to spell and pronounce it."  And I can't blame them--it's not the most knock-your-socks-off name in the world.  But the two men he's named after--his great-great-great grandpa and his dad--they happen to be two of the most knock-your-socks-off men in the world.  And he's lucky to be called after them.

I really just like James--and not many of the nicknames that derive from it.  Which is probably really stupid to name my son something that comes with a load of nicknames i don't care for.  But I'll just have to be one of those moms who corrects people that call him Jamie or Jimmy.  And that's fine. Heaven knows I don't have a hard time telling people how I feel... :)

James is doing so well--and growing a bit every day. I'm doing well, too, and shrinking a bit every day. The girls are in love with him, and love holding him--especially Grace.  Reid tries to squeeze in some James-time when he can.  But between cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, changing diapers, taking the girls swimming, to the zoo, to the park, and doing every single thing I've asked of him the past 8 days--he hasn't had nearly enough time with this little boy!   Lucky for him he's still got plenty of time before his blessed paternity leave ends (and lucky for me!!)

And, since I'm surely not the only one who wants to stare all day at his handsome little face, here are some more pics of our Sweet Baby James.








 He smiles in his sleep all the time--i cannot get enough of it!

16 comments:

Heather said...

How adorable! I really like that name! It flows really nicely! Funny thing, I have that SAME blue and green blanket I made for Tanner when he was born! hehe.. Congrats again. He is beautiful and so adorable! Eat him up while he's young! It goes by all too quickly!

Blair & Kristen Heward said...

Congrats on the cute baby boy! He'll certainly be well taken care of with 3 other mommies to look after him. I like the name you came up with. Hope you get the rest you need to recover. Congrats again!

Jared said...

Such a cute nephew I have!! And such sweet nieces!

Amy Brown said...

Oh Emily! He is perfection! Congrats to you, Reid and the girls! Much love from the Gritton Fam:) xoxo

The Busby Family said...

So adorable, but seriously, did you and Marilouise just have babies?????? Honestly I wish I could look like that after having a baby. You guys look awesome and so glad you could get together before they move to Texas! I so want to see you, letš make it happen!

Team Millward said...

He is absolutely adorable! Seriously,such a cute baby. I love the picture of him sleeping with his arms up. because I LOVE when babies sleep like that. All these babies....something in the water! And don't worry, James is a HUGE name in Mike's family. They need to start calling them James 1, James 2, and so on. His dad does go by Jim though...so you will probably get that a lot! But the name totally fits him!

Stacey Mom said...

He is just a cute little baby! I can't wait to see him this summer! He looks so sweet and perfect. Boys names a so diffecult for some reason, we had a hard name as well, but you made a wonderful choice!

Emily Alexander said...

Oh he's so cute!! Such a darling little boy, I wish I could hold him right now! And James is a great name, I've always liked it. I'm glad you guys are doing well. I miss you!

Shirlee said...

The pic of your girls kissing him is priceless. Scrapbook that one girl!!

Loved seeing you and ML too! Wish I could be there to cuddle those boys.

The Busby Family said...

By the way, I just LOVE the name! It is a family name for us too, grandpa, dad, brother and now nephew, good name!!

Boss Lady said...

He is GORGEOUS!!! What a handsome little man. I miss you so much!

Melissa said...

Wow, he is a really handsome baby if I do say so myself. Way to go momma! He is beautiful. I am glad that life is starting to get back to normal for you guys. How nice to have a husband who has paturnity leave. What a great time for you and your little family.
I love the name James. It means a whole lot more when there is meaning behind a name. He is so cute. You look great to Emily!
Enjoy he while you can. They grow up way too fast. I am glad your little girls are loving him lots. Those are sweet pictures. Best of luck and welcome to our world of raising boys. Have you been peed on yet?

Debbie said...

What a cutie! Congratulations! We have a James and it did take a while to get used to such a proper name for a small baby, but he grew into it very quickly. Enjoy!

Candace said...

Congrats again, and he is absolutely adorable. This little guy is going to get smothered, pampered, mauled, you name it. You are going to have some awesome helpers by your side. So I had to admit that I had no idea that Mari Louise just had a baby. Does she have a blog? Good luck with everything!

Carl D. said...

Jimmer!!!!

Caroline Welsh said...

WE love you guys. It was so fun to meet your handsome little man. Your girls were so sweet to my kids too. They are as beautiful as they are sweet. Just like their mama.