This tiny little thing
transforms into this adorable, loveable, kissable, squeezable chunk of a hunk!
James, following in the footsteps of his oldest two sisters, has chubbed up quite nicely. He's nothing but rolls and chubs and I can't get enough of him!!! He and Abby and Grace are tied for 1st place as my easiest babies (should i erase that someday before Eliza can read?). There's something to be said about FAT and HAPPY babies (and Eliza was neither)!
He almost never fusses, he sleeps TONS--like three 2-3 hour naps and 10 hours at night--and he LOVES to sleep in his crib. He falls asleep best if he's by himself in his crib. This means not as much snuggly, cuddly, sweet baby rockin' time for this mama, but he makes up for it when he wakes up and nestles his face into my neck.
He's content to kick it on the floor for 30+ minutes at a time. He eats 6-7 times a day, about 6 minutes each feeding. He nurses almost exclusively, but takes a bottle if i'm not around (which has happened about, oh....once). He wakes up at 5am to eat and goes right back to sleep until 8 or so. I'm telling you--he's a dreeeeeam!!!
As a newborn he had SERIOUS issues with his carseat. I mean, one minute he'd be sound asleep and the next he'd be screaming bloody murder--clearly in intense pain. My friend described it best when she said "it's like his car seat comes alive and starts stabbing him repeatedly." Exaggeration? Not even slightly. It was intense!! Thankfully he's outgrown whatever it was that was hurting him so badly and does just fine in the car seat now.
He smiles a ton--except for when the camera is in his face. He coos, too. Literally says "coo" over and over. Who knew babies did this? not me. And he loves to be swaddled. Thank heavens my friend, Laura, gave me 4 of the best swaddling blankets ever!
The girls LOVE him. They legitimately help out with him, too--by playing with him, holding him, giving him his binki, taking his right index finger out of his mouth, checking on him when he's napping (which i'm just as inexplicably neurotic about with this baby as i was the other three), washing his hair in the bath, rocking him to sleep in his car seat--i mean legitimately helpful! It's awesome!
At his 2-month appointment he weighed 14lbs 5oz and was 24 inches long. 95th percentile for weight, 85th for height, and 75th for head (really? i have a hard time believing that one). He was miserable after his shots. I've never had a baby react so poorly to vaccinations. It was heart-breaking, but by the next morning he was over it.
And, in case you still don't believe that the first picture and the second picture are the same baby, here are about 38 photos of the "in between" to show you the newborn-to-chubbers-transformation. Do you think 38 will cut it? not entirely sure...
About 2 weeks old:
|sporting the one and only thing i've made for him|
wearing the p.j.'s my mom kept all these year. My little brother, Jared, wore these 30 years ago
chillin' with dad
more chillin' with dad
love that little face!!
This is how Abby "holds" James when the TV's on...
3 weeks old:
My engine and caboose!
|I took this picture with a blog post title in mind...something clever like "Just a few of my latest creations" Get it? the ottoman, the dresser, the baby...I'm so funny!|
LOVE this pic of Abby and James!
James at the Cherry Creek beach in his "wave rider" outfit that you can't even see in this picture...trust me, he was adorably appropriately dressed
4 weeks old:
|This was back when he could sleep for hours in the middle of our loud and crazy front room.|
|still can't believe i have FOUR kids. it's insane, it really is.|
|Love him in this plaid dress shirt...even if he does look a little drunk in this photo|
James meets Aunt Julia
the cheeks! the cheeks!!
with Grandpa Ashworth
|i really hesitated posting this picture. I get sleepy just looking at myself here. But it's one of about 2 pictures i have with James. plus i'm booty-tired about 90% of the time, so why pretend, right?|
Can't get enough of either of these two
|one of his first smiles...i think|
7 Weeks old:
3-6 month hat that no longer fits
Grace "set up" James's bed this day--blanket, pillow pet, stuffed animals--she was very proud of her work
Eliza's the least interested in James, but even so she does love to hold him.
|This is one of 4 amazing onesies my sister-in-law made for James. Under the owl it says "woot woot." I love these little "muscle shirts!"|
|woops. dunno how this one got in here|
|his belly cannot be contained by these 3-6 month jammies|
|no, i don't wear these glasses regularly now. my girls found these and wanted me to wear them all day. the world is a bit clearer with them on...|
|gives a whole new meaning to "double chin"|
2 1/2 months old:
|How can you NOT love that face!?|
|The whole crew|