2016 Headshot Project: July

A headshot and update of each of our babies each month of the year 2016.

I know this picture is a tad blurry but HOW COULD I NOT. This baby, you guys.  This baby is LIIIIIIIIIIIFE.  You can’t really tell in this photo but his hair has this amazing wave and bounce to it and when his hair is perfectly dirty enough he has megga CURLZ.  CURLZ, PEOPLE! He is also just eating all sorts of food.  If you know me well, you know that choking is my biggest fear as a mother, so all of my babies have gotten a later start on the finger foods (which, I know, doesn’t help them…).  But Auggie has been doing great with the finger foods and hasn’t not absolutely loved everything he has ever put in his mouth.  His favorites are scrambled eggs, asparagus spears, pasta, and of course cheerios.  He double fists everything and would make anyone believe I never feed him by the way he devours it all.  He also is going strong with the nursing and is quite the little talent at staying latched through all sorts of acrobatic tricks and positions.  He also smiles his biggest for Dad and bangs his head rocker-style when he’s extra happy.  He recently turned 11 months old and just needs to stop that.

Sweet little Chooch.  And by sweet I mean sweet and salty and bossy and angelic and sassy and humble and so innocent and hilarious and my forever baby boy. He’s showing a lot of potential in the potty training department but we aren’t pushing it since we will be moving again in a few months and don’t want to deal with regression.  Once we are settled in our new place we will go all in.  He’s also really cute a giving thumbs up in his own little way.  He has hitchhiker thumbs like me and instead of sticking his whole thumb in the air he will keep the thumb closed flat on his fist and just stick up the little hitchhiker thumb tip part.  I can’t quite explain it, but it’s adorable.  He also says “actually”  aaaaallllllll the time and I hope he never stops.  But of all the things he’s cute at and good at, his greatest talent is completely ignoring us when it pleases him.

James turned the big 0-5 at the end of July and it was such a fun celebration!  You guys, I have a five year old, what the what!  And I will say that he is definitely the coolest five year old I’ve ever met.  While he remains the single loudest force in my life, he is just hilarious.  My favorite thing he said this month came after Charlie went “poopins” on the potty for the first time: “We are the luckiest family ever! I’m so glad Jesus made Charlie!”  He sure knows how to be a cheerleader for his brothers, in case there was any question about that.  I’m working on balancing not expecting too much from him and answering the call I feel in my heart to teach him of a higher plane of living.  He is so good and true and kind and loves nothing more than Jesus and his family.  In fact, whenever anyone says something along the lines of “You’re the best!” he always corrects them, “No, Jesus is the best.”  He’s even cried before when a friend insisted that he was the best and not Jesus.  He’s learning to pray really hard and have faith when he needs courage and it’s just about the most fulfilling thing of my life to eavesdrop on him teaching Charlie about loving Jesus.  Don’t get me wrong, James is still a five-year-old and we have some social things we need to work on (that school will no doubt help with) but in so many ways this kid shows his mature soul and I’m excited to see his social skills mature to match it eventually.  Needless to say, this kid teaches me every day.