Friday, July 29, 2011

Jay's Party- Guest of Honor

Here are lots of pics from our 1st Birthday bash featuring the guest of honor. I love this little TURKEY!!

Bring on the cake! Bring on the attention!!

I want to do this everyday!!

Clapping with buttercream-covered hands=win!


In his Daddio's rocking chair. Refinished and still rockin'!

Jay's First Birthday!

We have had a WONDERFUL time this week celebrating the ultimate "first" Jay's 1st Birthday!

Kelsey spent the week with us and was a huge help with party planning and prep. Jay loved playing with her and having a backseat buddy on all of our errands. He laughed and laughed every time we got in the car and Kelsey climbed in beside him.
On Jay's birthday we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant with Jay, Mommy, Daddio, Mimi, Papa, Dede, Aunt Jennifer, Weston, Davis and Kelsey then came back home for presents and cake. We had so much fun!

We continued the week with party prep and celebrated on Saturday with 40 or so of our nearest and dearest. Jay had the most fun! Mommy and Daddio loved his party, spending time with our wonderful friends and family who love Jay and have helped make this past year so spectacular. I had a little speech planned for his party and intended to give it right before we did Jay's cake. The reality was that with all of the action, I completely forgot, so pardon me while I share a few thoughts....

A year ago we were overwhelmed with joy when we first met our little "Turkey". Looking around at his party a year later we are still overwhelmed with joy when we think back on the blessings Jay has brought to our lives this year. We've gone from life in 90 minute increments (sleep, feed, sleep, feed) to a full 365 days of happiness, cuddles and laughter with our little one. We have so many people to thank for their support of our family this year. Mostly God for his grace and faith in us to trust us to be Jay's parents, but also our family and all of our wonderful friends who have loved our little fella and made this the best year of our lives. Our little family has grown so much--in number, in faith, in hope, in love and we could never have imagined life could be this good. Thanks be to God for his many and wonderful gifts. Thanks be to you  for supporting our family as we grow. Thanks be to our family for making our lives so unbelievable. Thanks be to my husband, Daddio for being the Head of our home and creating a great place for all of us that is safe and secure. Thanks be to Turkey for showing us the never ending joy and love that comes from being your parents. 


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Add this to the list of impossible....

Taking an 11 month old's photo with a dog. Precious wanted in on the action for Jay's 11 month photo-op. WHY could they not get it together? We'll never know. I just thought it was funny when I looked back at the photos to see that they were always out of sync. Enjoy!


Here we are--the last month of the 1st year.

Jay still weighs in at 24 1/2 pounds. No loss or gain since the 9 month checkup.

This little fella is an absolute delight. He jibbers and jabbers all the time and can clap, wave, kiss, "give love", "put that im Mommy's hand", at your request.

He says "bye-bye", "byeluh" (as in "byeiloveyou" when Kelsey was a tiny baby our family started using that salutation and it comes out as all one word--Jay has picked up on that in recent weeks).

"GUUH" for Gus, Precious and any other dog, "Wuh-wuh" usually follows right after once Jay identifies a dog of any kind.

"Go-Go" can be heard anytime we see a car, truck, stroller or ANYTHING with a wheel.

Of course, Daddio answers to "Da-Da" now and Jay often kisses Daddio and says "Bye-Da".

Jay answers the question "What does a sheep say?" with a mighty "Baaaaaaaaaaa" and will pick out a sheep photo or cartoon in any book and Baaaa with all his might.

If you ask about a cat or kitten or we see a picture you will get a high pitched "Mmmeee" out of Jay.

When asked "Where's Jay's tummy?" he places both hands on his tummy and dances with excitement. He also has a few toys that ask this question and it's so fun to watch him interact with them. He also can point out his nose and your nose and is getting pretty good at foot and mouth.

He's about 50/50 with a Mooo response when asked what the cow says. Sometimes he give you a Baaaaa, but then laughs--could he be trying to kid around? As his proud Mommy, I like to think so, but we can't be sure.

Anytime we pass a mirror or see a stranger at the store Jay says "Whoosssat, Whoosssat, Whoosssat?" it's best to try to give an answer because he is definitely expecting it.

He has begun randomly patting his chest and saying "Jay" over and over. I just can't keep up with how much he is learning.

He is a DANCING MACHINE. anytime, anywhere to any rhythm--cell phones ringing, washing machine cycles, the wonky wheel on the cart at Target and any commercial, music or little ditty within earshot and he busts a move.

Not walking solo yet, but it will be soon. One of his favorite games is Open/Close. This applies to anything that can be perceived as a door, drawer, box, book, jar, etc. Good times I tell ya! We also like to play crawl to the bathtub and turn on the water. Full Blast. All Day. This game makes mommy nervous.

Size 4 Diapers
18 month clothes, 24 month jammies

Eats EVERYTHING put in front of him.

**Editor's Note: I am aware that I am late in posting this monthly update. Here we are just 10 days away from Jay's 1st birthday. Yikes. I took the photos almost a month ago, just haven't gotten around to posting. Perhaps we should talk to the lead character in this blog about allowing mommy some down time to document all of the fun we're having. :)