Sunday, August 10, 2008

Thirteen Months Old!!!

Yesterday, James turned the ripe ole age of 13 months! We took him out to Explore a Shore at the aquarium (after the rain storm) to celebrate. He usually loves running into the fountains and splashing around in them, but today he was a bit more reserved for some reason.
As you can see, I take sun protection very seriously. You have to with this florida sun! It was 4:30 in the afternoon, but the sun was still shining very bright and very strong!

With all of the fountains, slides and sea creatures to play on, what was James' favorite activity you may be wondering...

It was the steps leading up to the outdoor stage! He learned the joys of climbing up stairs while we were in Gatlinburg and has been keeping an eye out for some more ever since we returned! Well, today he found some! And, they were more of a hit than the the cool, refreshing water! Oh well!

Let's see, at 13 months, James loves his toys and loves to be "chased" around the house. Speaking of chasing, he also loves to chase Bob (our cat) and Misha and Abby (our dogs) all around the house! Poor animals!

Whenever he has friends over, he shares his toys and plays very well with everyone. I haven't seen any possessiveness (except for me, of course) yet, so that's a good thing! He loves anything with wheels (cars, trucks, tractors, etc). It's so cute to see him pushing them around the house. Here he is playing ball with his friend, Donovan. The two boys play together every week, so they have become great buddies!

He is still a good eater and will eat any veggies I serve to him. Let's hope this continues! We have been practicing with a spoon/fork, but most of the food still ends up on his head or the floor (not a problem for Abby!).

His personality shines every day and his smile just lights up any room. He still does his wide-mouthed grin where he wrinkles his nose and grins as wide as he can. So cute! And he knows that we love to see it! He still has his favorite books, but the collection of favs grows each week.

He claps at himself all the time. Yes, he is very proud of his own accomplishments. (another trend that I hope will continue) But, he does share his applause whenever we do something to make him happy. Mainly, it's whenever I start filling the tub for his bath. Another big hit with him! On the day we took him to the aquarium, he would climb up the three stairs to the stage and then start clapping for himself! Us saying "yeahh!!!" probably didn't help.....

Bath time fun! He loves playing in the water from the faucet. At this point, he has learned how to reach up inside the faucet, push it up and trigger the shower to turn on. What fun for mommy, who by this point in the day, doesn't really need another shower!

Look at that devilish grin! What a little stinker! He has also figured out how to turn on/off and work several other items in our house, much to my dismay. He can push up on the handle (how did he see it?) on the dishwasher to turn it off mid-cycle. One day, it took the entire day to finish washing one load of dishes! He also has found the on/off , channel and volume buttons on our TV. So, whenever he feels like some TV time, he will walk over and turn on the TV. Or, if he wants us to play with him rather than watch the news, he will walk over and turn it off for us. How nice. Don't even get me started on his love of using the Tivo remote! The teacher in me can recognize that he is learning the meaning of cause and effect and that these are valuable learning opportunities happening here in our very home, but man, sometimes I just wanna watch my soaps!

1 comment:

  1. Kalani - We've got to get these two together! James reminds me so much of Hugh, its not even funny. That sweet smile and eager interest to explore...They will definitely be buds! I bet James will be pulling his own juice out of the fridge before you know it!!