Always up to no good.
When I was pregnant with James, I very rarely let myself imagine what life would be like when he was here, because I was too afraid to hope he’d make it here safely. But as his due date grew closer, I would occasionally picture Annabel and a little boy playing together. The image made me happy, but the reality has been so much better – and crazier.
James is always happy, friendly, and curious. He’s also nuts. He has no fear whatsoever. Where Annabel is cautious, James runs full-steam. He’s a quick study who has boundless energy, can figure out how to open a child lock, and has scaled just about every structure in our house. You can’t leave him alone for a second. I don’t leave him alone in rooms anymore because he only needs about five seconds to get across the room and on top of something.
Needless to say, he falls down a lot. It makes me laugh that he can climb onto our kitchen counter easily, but can trip over a speck of dust. And, because he literally runs everywhere (seriously, I don’t think he knows how to walk), the spills he takes are intense. I always hold my breath, but he just pops back up like a little cartoon character. Bumps, scrapes, and falling safes can’t stop my little Wile E. Coyote.
James is an independent little guy, but he loves fiercely. He’s very attached to my mom, and he shrieks with delight every night when Mike gets home. But he still loves his “Ah-knee” more than anyone else. He hates it when we drop Annabel off at school – just yesterday day, he yelled, “Ah-knee, no bye-bye!” when she went into her classroom. He follows her around like a little duck, and wants to do everything she does. His favorite place to be is sitting as close to her as possible.
I love my one-on-one time with him. When it’s just the two of us, he’ll momentarily stop his laps around the house to snuggle with me, grab my hands, and give me kisses. Making him smile or laugh is like receiving one of the greatest presents ever. Watching him learn new skills and phrases has been so much fun – I forgot how amazing this age is.
He turns two on Saturday, but it feels like he’s been here for so much longer. Life with this dreamy little boy has been even better than I ever would have dared to imagine. He makes us all happy in ways we never thought possible. I cannot wait to see what this next year brings for James – I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one.
Happy birthday to my best little guy. I love you to the moon and back.
An early Happy Birthday to one of my favourite online faces that always makes me smile.
Happy birthday to your amazing little guy!
An early Happy, Happy, 2nd Birthday to you, sweet guy! It’s been such fun “knowing” you these past two years, and I can’t wait to see more of your handsome, little face, and find out what you have planned to keep your mommy and daddy on their toes!!!!
I love 2. Their getting bigger to do more activities and life is just a great big adventure, every day, every minute and watching their faces is so fun. You have a handsome little bundle of joy in your little man. And in the picture of James with his birthday donut hole, love your “M” tattoo.
Debbie A-H says:
Happy, happy, happy birthday to James! And happy, happy, happy day to his parents!
Happy Birthday James!
Happy Birthday, James!!
Kim Q says:
He is just the cutest- happy birthday little man! I don’t know how your house isn’t stocked to the brim with diaper boxes. I smile every time I’m in Target and see the diaper boxes with his little face. Ha!
He looks SO grown in that first picture, and his eyes in the last one are amazing. I’m so glad you all have each other. Happy birthday, James!
Doctor Zhivago says:
Happy birthday, James!
So sweet! Happy Birthday,James!! I hope it is amazing!
Happy Birthday to your lil man! When I see him in Target, whoever I’m with I always says “Hey that’s James”
Enjoy his birthday party!
Cindy Thomas says:
I have been reading your blog forever!! I’m not sure I’ve ever commented before but I am so glad that James came into your lives. Such a nice little family that you have and I’m sure your little Maddie is smiling watching all of you. Happy Birthday James!!
Happy Birthday, sweet little boy!
That top picture melts me.
Happy birthday to your darling boy. He’s made all of our days a little brighter. xoxo
Awwww…this brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. Sweet, rambunctious James! Two years have flown by! Happy Birthday, Joyous James!